What is in, our pillows and bed mattress, we sleep on?
Did you know the human body loses over 1 million skin cells a day? Did you know, that the human body, sheds its skin? Many spend some, one third of there life, sleeping but, what many people do not know, is that the dead skin that he or she sheds, has to go some where. Right? Where do you think or believe it goes? Our dead skin from our body is food for roaches, spiders, mites and more. Did you know that the human body produces over 10 to 12 pounds of dead skin per year? Now, add up how many years that you have your bed and do the math. Can you imagine, all that dead skin, making its way, down into the mattress and making the mattress, heavier and heavier, with each passing day and each passing year? It sounds gross huh? Just think of the feast made available to these kind of insects. Also, think of bed bugs and bacteria that our body creates. Now, think of the waste, being created by the bed bugs, or mites or roaches and more, that the insects create. The waste from there body is not healthy either. This knowledge came from a friend of mine with Control Environmental out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Keep fabric softeners out of the washing machine because some times this can trigger an asthma attack, if you have an asthma issue. Also, keep humidifiers out of the bedroom. Humidifiers produce moisture for the air. Humidifiers will load up your bed with moisture and we do not want this for health reasons. Who thinks Mold and bugs like a humid environment?
Now, lets think about all the moisture the bed and linens and pillow cases absorb. Think Mold. Think of urine and sweat that the body produces and where do you think it goes? Thats right! Your bed linens and bed. The bed linens absorb some of our fluids but not all of them. Think of all the body fluids, the body produces.I want go into details but I will let your imagination run wild. Is it sounding nasty enough for you yet? So, I recommend changing your bed linens, at least weekly and I recommend changing your bed mattress, at least every 5 to 10 years. Our bed accumlates so much dead skin that our bed becomes, heavier with age. Not only from the dead skin but also the waste from the insects that dine on our dead skin. I had a futton mattress that was so easy to move and that was so light weight. 15 years later, it weighed over 100 pounds from all the dead skin, that accumulated on it and so I threw the futton mattress away. I had no idea at the time, of just how nasty our bed could be. Did you? It was absolutely to heavy to move, with all the dead skin and things inside the mattress. I did research on what was in our bed or futton mattress, I decided, it was time, to dump the futton mattress.
I also reccommend a mattress cover, to protect your bed and to absorb any bodily fluids that might leak or spill over on the mattress pad. If someone is prone to wetting the bed, please make sure that you have an extra heavy duty mattress cover and pad to absorb the bodily fluids, that are released. I also know people who use plastic below the bed linen. Change your sheets and pillow cases on a weekly basis. Also, wash your pillows at least every six months to a year or just buy a new pillow every six months to a year. I am also a believer in using two pillow cases per pillow to absorb not only drool but sweat, that occurs. Vaccuum your bedding with a HEPA vaccuum cleaner, at least yearly but I would suggest 2 times a year to get rid of all the dead skin that can accumulate in the place where you rest and relax. Also, turn your mattress every six months to a year, so you do not wear out the mattress. Mattresses need to be turned so, they last longer. No one likes a sagging bed that, has a dip in it or a hole that you fall into as you try to go to sleep. Wink.
I will bet that many of you who are reading this will never look at your bedding the same way again. Will you? Well, now you know. Wink.
I hope you sleep well. This is David Snell.
Photo provided by Dr. Arthur Cushing.
Charlotte, North Carolina.
Some information provided by Jim Parkard, Fort Collins, Colorado with Control Environmental.
Bill, thank you.