What Happens When You Don’t Change Your Sheets
We get it – you somehow manage to fit 25 hours’ worth of work, chores, exercise, self-care, relationships, hobbies and commitments into a 24-hour day. By the time you actually come in contact with your bed, the last thing you want to do is wash its sheets. Let’s be real: you’ve finally gotten into the habit of making the bed each morning, so adding another chore to your beloved sleeping sanctuary doesn’t seem too peaceful. However, we know that you know the sheets need to be washed, right? Take a moment and think to yourself when the last time was that you washed those bad boys. If it was more than 10 days ago it’s time for an intervention.
It might be hard to hear, but the reality is that you should be washing your sheets every seven to 10 days. We know how frequent, even time-consuming, this sounds. Although, we think you’ll be rushing to strip your bed once you read through the implications of not washing your sheets on a regular basis.
You may have read our other articles on adult acne in the past, and if so you know that acne isn’t just a condition experienced by the hormonal teen. Rather, adults experience acne in a whole new (and bothersome) way. Of course, some adult acne can be attributed to hormonal changes, but it also has to do with the imbalance of good versus bad bacteria that’s in contact with the skin. You guessed it: this bad bacteria develops on your sheets and pillow cases. Sleeping with makeup on certainty makes matters worse (as the pollutants will be spread amongst your bed), but simply going to bed and coming in contact with your sheets allows for all kinds of bacteria to spread and multiply amongst the fibers of your sheets.
Fungal and Bacterial Infections
That’s right, bacteria does more than make you break out, but this time it’s got nothing to do with your daytime makeup look. Whether you’re aware of it or not, you sweat at nighttime – we all do. The thing is, the all this sweat is absorbed by your sheets, which might seem like NBD until you consider the fact that beds make an excellent breeding ground. It gets worse. In addition to sweat and left-over makeup that builds up in the sheets, everything from stinky-foot-fungus, open wounds, germs transmitted from coughing and sneezing, and those unmentionable bodily fluids all thrive in your sheets. Oh, and does your furry friend ever join you on your bed? We think you get the point and will save what’s remaining of your appetite without going into greater detail.
Ahh yes – in addition to the build-up of makeup and pollutants, bacteria, and fungi, we present to you the hard-to-face-truth that unless you’ve washed your sheets recently, it’s likey that your bed is ridden with dust mites. These pesky critters belong to the spider family and feast in your dead and dry skin cells, most of which shed from your body while you sleep. These bad boys gather themselves in just about any location that isn’t cleaned regularly, in fact, studies have found that about 1.5 million dust mites make their way to your bed each night. While you might not see eye to eye with the other beings in your bed, they’ll remind you that they spent the night by leaving bumps of all kinds all over your body (most commonly on your neck, face, arms, and upper body). Did we mention that dust mites can lead to the development of allergies and weaken your immune system?