How Often Should You Change Your Bed Sheets?

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So, the other day, I posed this question to friends, colleagues...and some random people: “How often do you change your bed sheets?” While some said one week, quite a few said biweekly. However a couple did say once every month or so. Their argument: Why change it if it isn’t dirty? It’s not as if they roll in the mud with some pigs and wipe of the mud with their bed sheets.
Wow. One week, I understand and applaud. Biweekly, I hear you. month? I don’t get this...well not unless you are the live-life-on-edge kind of person and sorta relishes how your dirty sheets run you the risk of having acne, causing nasty blemishes. Or maybe you hate to sleep alone and thoroughly enjoy the company of dust mites? Or maybe you consider your body secretions soooo precious, you’d rather bask in them in the filthy bed sheets!
Yep, dirty sheets, especially dirty pillows {with all that drool} can call forth all these and more. Imagine what happens every night to your sheets as you rest on your most sanction of places. While you sleep, your body sheds dead skin cells, you secrete oils from your skin, your body sweats and to top it off, you may often leave small amounts of fluids from our groin region {...or those the kids leave in no small amounts!}. On top of all of that, if you’re in a healthy relationship, it’s likely you have sex in your sheets every week which leaves behind even more stuff.

How does this affect your health?

·    Dust Mites: These microscopic creatures thrive off of your dead skin. They live, eat, reproduce and die right in your bed and pillows; leaving behind their own rotting bodies. The average bed has anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites living there.  Your health is greatly affected by these creatures if not properly kept under control. You may develop severe allergies and have a lowered immune system.

·    Allergy: Dust mites won’t make a meal of you like blood-sucking bed bugs do; dust mites will instead leave feces and body parts behind as they crawl over beds. This residue can make you sneeze, sniff, wheeze, and feel miserable. The mites will also aggravate asthma, cause eyes to water, and induce respiratory problems. Waking up scratching and sneezing should be a sign that sheets are too dirty and need to be sanitized. The worst irritation generally happens after two weeks of sheet use.

·    Skin Blemishes: Many kinds of bacteria and germs thrive on your dirty sheets causing severe skin irritations. Do not blame guguru ati ekpa!
The bed sheet should be changed once every week. We spend nearly a third of each week of our lives in bed. The bed is a sanctuary. When tired and vulnerable, people crawl into their soft, warm beds and pull the covers up around their bodies to create a safe, womb-like cocoon. The bed serves as a retreat for people when they ache, when they are scared, and when they need to be rejuvenated.
Would you willing and knowingly desecrate your place of sanctuary?
Would you wear the same clothes for several weeks unwashed?
Have you not heard that bed sheets are the latest way to make a personal statement? Forget bags and necklaces!
What statement are you making with your bed sheets? How often do you change your bed sheets? Share your thoughts on this simple home making act in the comments below.
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1 comment:

Ibifiri Kamson said...

I change my bedsheets like every three days. I don't leave it long. always love the smell of fresh bedsheets.