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Unexpected Ways Your Bed Is Making You Sick and How to Fix It for Good

It may come as a surprise, but your bed can actually affect your health, and in this article, you’ll find out how.

22/07/2020

 

 

A phrase ‘sleeping 8 hours per day is a must’ became a cliché. Most of us know how vital it is to sleep well in order to be healthy. But did you know that sleeping can also have a detrimental impact on us?

Various scientists keep talking about how many hours of sleep you should get, but not so many of them give you specifics about how and where you should put your head to rest. It may come as a surprise to many, but your bed can actually do you a lot of harm, and in this article, you’ll find out in which ways.

 

Dust Mites

You should not feel lonely when you sleep on your own. You’re not alone. Almost 10 million dust mites are there for you. Indeed, the number of mites that can happily reside in your mattress, pillows, and blanket is overwhelming.

Dust mites are very dangerous, especially to those who have asthma. They cause many breathing problems and allergic reactions. Dust mites can also lead to nasal polyps growth in your nose. You can have a running nose for months and not be able to cure it because you simply don’t know the real reason behind it. And the reason may be very tiny and insidious, and live in your bed.

Mites can also be the cause of some skin problems. Sometimes, it is very difficult to find out where your acne comes from. Your diet is very healthy, you’re not a teenager anymore, and the hormonal levels are normal, but these obnoxious pimples seem not to want to go away from the face?

Your problem may be in your bed. Consider cleaning all your mattresses, pillows, blankets in very hot water, and iron the things that can be ironed, such as bed linens. If the temperature is below zero in winter, you can leave a mattress outside, for instance, on a balcony. Dust mites die in cold temperatures.

It’s always better to buy the mattresses that are cleaned easily. If you live in the U.S., you might consider reading Bear mattress reviews, as this company has gained an excellent reputation among Americans for producing easy-to-clean mattresses.

 

Bed Bugs

More dangerous than dust mites are bed bugs. They feed on your blood and can transmit multiple diseases. Their nocturnal bites are very itchy and unpleasant and lead to many sleep problems.

Very often, when we travel, these creatures decide to ‘hitchhike’ in our suitcases, bags, clothes. They are impossible to notice until they are already at home in your bed. Second-hand furniture can also be the reason why one has bed bug infestation. Therefore, it is not recommended to buy used mattresses, sofas, beds, armchairs, et cetera.

These insects also die in hot or very cold temperatures. You should wash all the items in which they can hide (that is clothes, curtains, carpets, bed covers, mattresses) in hot water to get rid of them. Only washing linens is not enough. The whole room should be vacuumed and cleaned.

 

Mold

When you see green, gray, or pink spots on your mattress, it’s high time to take action. Those who live in humid areas know how insidious mold is and how difficult it is to get rid of it. Exposure to mold causes numerous health issues, such as throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, cough, wheezing, skin irritation, and more.

You might need to clean your mattress with alcohol or vinegar and disinfectant in order to get rid of this problem. Also, direct sunshine kills mold so you can leave your bedding on a balcony for a couple of hours.

Get a dehumidifier for making the air in your home dryer. It will stop the mold from appearing all over your house in the future. Not only are moist and humid places like heaven for fungi, but they also are harmful to your lungs, throat, and nose. Therefore, by putting a dehumidifier, you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

 

The Bottom Line

This article hasn’t been written to make you feel anxious before going to sleep. Its aim is to make you more aware of how important it is to clean your mattress and bed linens regularly and not let mites, bugs, and fungi happily reside there.

Your bed can indeed bear harm to your health. But, luckily, there are many ways to prevent it and sleep safely. Hopefully, these tips will be useful for those who want to know how to maintain their beds clean and safe to live a healthier life.

 

 

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