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Wash Your Sheets Regularly to Avoid These Health Hazards

Nothing is better for a person’s mental health than a good night of sleep. It is the body’s natural reset, the turn it off and turn it back on of everyday life. These sleeps are important to a person’s mental health, but can have strong impacts on other aspects of our health.

The bed is where we spend a lot of our time, so making this environment conducive with positive health is imperative. Unfortunately, if your sheets and pillow cases are not washed regularly, you could be creating a negative environment for your skin and health.

One of the most important reasons to wash your sheets regularly is to prevent the buildup of bacteria and other grime. Though this accumulation is natural, the buildup can be very harmful for your skin. When laying down on dirty sheets, the bacteria and buildup has an unblocked path to your skin. This can lead to the creation of acne on the face, chest, and back. Bacteria can also enter open or unhealed wounds, this can lead to infection which can be painful and uncomfortable. All of this can fortunately be prevented by washing your sheets frequently. When put in the wash, the combination of hot water and detergent will kill and break down all of the harmful build up. This frequent killing of bacteria will allow you to keep yourself clean throughout your slumber.

Another reason to wash your sheets is pretty self-explanatory: It gets all the gross stuff off your sheets. Aside from bacteria and other things that can cause acne and infections, your bed sheets are littered with dirt, hair, dead skin cells, dust, and countless other strange things. These naturally come off during sleep and there is nothing you can really do about it. This can cause a lot of issues, but uncleanliness is one of the biggest. No matter who the person is, this is unpreventable. It doesn’t matter if you shower every night before bed and are the cleanest person in the world. In a sense, your body is constantly shedding dead skin cells and hair follicles which end up spread out throughout your sheets. Washing them every single week will reset your bed, allowing you to have clean and dead skin free sheets more frequently.

Like any article of fabric, after constant use one problem becomes very apparent: Odor can be a major issue. In this situation, sheets are no different. Whether you sleep with a partner or sleep alone, it is imperative to wash sheets frequently to prevent the buildup of odor. Lots of things contribute to odor being trapped in bed sheets, many of which have been listed earlier. However, other things also contribute. Consistently, the main contributor to bedsheet odor is sweat that accumulates. Many people get hot under the weight and heat of their bedsheets and will sweat slightly throughout the night. Overtime, this will lead to the creation of sweat stains and a lasting scent being laced into your bedsheets. Though odor takes awhile to build up and may not be extremely noticeable after a few days, if left unwashed, can be quite unpleasant. This can be embarrassing for when your partner or guests are in bed and overall unpleasant for yourself in a place where comfort should be highest. Frequent washing will prevent odor from ever being a problem, allowing your sheets to smell fresh every time you go to sleep.

People have heard stories of bed bugs for their whole life, but many haven’t had to deal with them first hand. However, if your sheets are not washed frequently enough, bed bugs will find a nice new home in your bed and cause some uncomfortable issues. Bed bugs are small dark parasite-like bugs. They bite sleeping humans and animals on exposed skin, causing irritating bumps and bite marks. Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to spread infectious diseases, but the bites can still be pretty irritating and should be avoided if possible. The easiest way for you to avoid bugs is to, once again, wash your sheets. This will kill off any that remain on the bed sheets and will help remove some of the particles that they feed off, destroying the environment they thrive off of.

Another creature that thrives off dirty sheets is the dust mites. Dust mites are known to be a major cause of allergies and asthma, and they thrive off the dusty conditions of unwashed sheets. Dead skin and other waste from dust mites is known to contribute to allergy symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, a runny or stuffy nose, and itchy noses. For those who suffer from asthma, dust mites can trigger symptoms of asthma, leading to coughing and wheezing. Both of these ailments don’t just go away throughout the day and can cause a lasting impact on your health throughout the day.

Washing bed sheets frequently and remaking your bed every single week may seem like a hassle, but the positives of doing so far outweigh the small time commitment. Your bed sheets will be cleaner, preventing gross and harmful buildup from forming in the sheets you sleep in every night. You won’t have to deal with bed bugs and dust mites that will cause you physical ailments. Your allergies will go down, as you won’t deal with allergy inducing grime in your sheets. You also won’t have to sleep in the dust, dirt, and grime you built up throughout the day, which will help prevent acne and infections from developing.

Wash your sheets at least once a week on the hottest setting you can to properly kill off and rid your sheets of the gross buildup that has accumulated, and reap the benefits as you enjoy a nice night of sleep.Nothing is better for a person’s mental health than a good night of sleep. It is the body’s natural reset, the turn it off and turn it back on of everyday life. These sleeps are important to a person’s mental health, but can have strong impacts on other aspects of our health.

The bed is where we spend a lot of our time, so making this environment conducive with positive health is imperative. Unfortunately, if your sheets and pillow cases are not washed regularly, you could be creating a negative environment for your skin and health.