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You Donít Sleep Alone: The Horrifying Creatures Lurking in Your Bed

By Thomas Harrison   |   Posted in Sleep Research   |   Wednesday 17th September 2014

You Donít Sleep Alone: The Horrifying Creatures Lurking in Your Bed

Your bed is one of the most private places in your life – a personal space occupied only by yourself or those dearest to you… oh and billions of dust mites, bed bugs, and bucket loads of sweat.

A mite-y problem

Okay, we’re not saying that microscopic creatures living around the home is anything new, or even that shocking. Our own skin is home to millions of microscopic mites, and those mites are unavoidable – a recent study found that almost everyone will have millions of mites living on their face. Feeling itchy? The human face is home to two different species of mites: face mites and follicle mites. New-born babies are free from these mites but the older you are, the more of an infestation you’ll have. Follicle mites have specially-adapted shapes to burrow into your facial follicles and pores, and the face mites prefer living around the nose, eyelashes and eyebrows. The study found that ALL of the 253 people they tested had mite DNA on their face, and can be passed on simply by skin contact with one another – not a nice thought at all.Dust mites in your bed.

Mattress infestation

This brings us nicely onto the subject of bed hygiene. Your bed can be home to over 6,000,000,000 dust mites, and some studies have even suggested that a mattress will become slightly heavier over the years purely down to the accumulation of dust mite faeces, although many experts question this. Even though that thought sounds horrifying, dust mites are commonplace and would be impossible to completely eradicate from a family home, but if you aren’t washing your bed sheets regularly, you may find yourself with a real infestation. Dust mites thrive in warmth and moisture, and the bed is just one of the many perfect environments around the home for a dust mite to flourish in, as well as providing the mites’ preferred diet of dead human skin cells. The consequences of a dust mite infestation can significantly reduce the quality of one’s life, especially those who are predisposed to allergic reactions and breathing difficulties – the allergens produced by dust mites are one of the principal triggers of asthma. It could be worse though, at least dust mites don’t drink your blood…

Bed bugs on the other hand are a bigger issue than dust mites, and pose more of a threat to your health. Bed bugs are parasitic creatures, and just like dust mites, they thrive in and around a bed… even more horrifying is that their diet consists exclusively of blood – human blood, preferably. These bugs are visible to the naked eye and can grow up to 5mm in length, and feed by inserting their piercing beak into your sleeping body, feasting on your blood like a bug-sized Dracula. Small red spots on your skin can be a tell-tale sign of bed bugs, and they can cause rashes, psychological effects and allergic reactions.

The type of mattress you own can have a significant effect on the risk of having a bed bug or dust mite issue – traditional pocket-spring mattresses have lots of empty space between the coils and springs within, providing enough room, warmth, safety and moisture for mites to thrive in. Memory foam mattresses however have virtually no gaps within, and are so densely-packaged that they offer little opportunity for a mite to call home. If you’re worried about dust mites, then investing in a memory foam mattress should set your mind at ease, as well as improving the quality of your night’s sleep.

Bed hygiene

Q. How often do you change your bed sheets?

A) Weekly                           B) Fortnightly                     C) Monthly                         D) Quarterly

Ideally you would have answered weekly, although fortnightly is still acceptable. A lot of you will be squirming in horror at the idea of washing bed sheets only once a month, and that ‘quarterly’ is there just for comedic purposes. Well it isn’t – in 2013, we carried out a survey into how often people washed their bed sheets, and we found that on average, young single men are changing their bed-sheets every 3.1 months. That’s only 4 times a year!

We also recently carried out a survey into how students sleep, and how their bed hygiene holds up against the rest of the population – we found that on average, students are also washing their bed sheets once every 3 months, and during the course of an academic year, they’re sleeping with 19 different people – that’s the germs of 6 different partners PER wash! Considering that and the accumulation of dead skin cells, germs, the mites, the hair and the pint of sweat you lose every night sleeping, washing your bed sheets less than fortnightly can be a health hazard.

Replacing your mattress and pillows

You’ll spend 1/3 of your entire life on a mattress, so it really should be considered as being one of the most important objects in your home, but many see it as somewhat of an afterthought, and don’t take adequate time choosing the right mattress to satisfy their needs. Pillows are another afterthought, and it’s recommended that you should change your pillows once every two years, although our research suggests that most people keep theirs for much longer. Mattress and pillow quality can significantly affect your well-being and general health, so it’s vital to make a solid investment in the quality of your night’s sleep – you’ll spend a lot more money on things much less important, so why not head over to our Bed Buying Guide to see what’s right for you.

Dust mites are fairly unavoidable, but bed bugs are way more of a serious issue and their presence would suggest very poor hygiene. Make sure you’re washing your bed sheets at least once every two weeks, replacing your pillow every two years, and have a good quality mattress to ensure that you’re getting the most from your night’s sleep…




Sleep Deprivation and Your Body

Monday 15th September 2014

Sleep Deprivation and Your Body

An infographic insight into the various ways in which sleep deprivation impacts upon your body.

Category: Sleep Research

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5 Things Everybody Believes (Incorrectly) about Sleep

Wednesday 10th September 2014

5 Things Everybody Believes (Incorrectly) about Sleep

Sleep is one of those subjects where personal opinion and old wives’ tales seem to outweigh the cold hard facts. Here are 5 things most people get wrong about sleep…

Category: Sleep Research

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Sleep Your Way to Sports Success

Monday 8th September 2014

Sleep Your Way to Sports Success

A good fitness regime involves many things: eating the right foods, doing enough training, being motivated to keep fit, and allowing the body to adequately repair itself. However, the one often-overlooked factor in determining your fitness is probably also the most simple – sleep. Most people underestimate the power of sleeping well, and sleep can greatly influence your overall well-being, general health, and more relevantly, your athletic ability. Read on to discover just how vital sleep is to keeping fit…

Category: Sleep Research

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Memory Foam Mattress Misconceptions

Thursday 4th September 2014

Memory Foam Mattress Misconceptions

They’re used in space shuttles

It’s fairly common to find mentions of astronauts, NASA and other space-age references when looking into memory foam mattresses, which has led to the misconception that they’re used in space shuttles. The truth behind this one is slightly less sensational. Memory foam technology was indeed originally developed during a NASA research programme back in 1966, but for experimental aircraft cushions rather than space shuttle-based beds. The potential for the supportive moulding foam to be used in medical settings such as x-ray tables and hospital beds was soon noticed, and the applications for the technology grew from there.

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The Mystery of Yawning

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The Mystery of Yawning

Yawning is one of the easiest and most natural things we do – adults, unborn babies, mammals, birds, fish and reptiles all yawn. Traditionally, a yawn was thought to be an indicator of tiredness, but researchers are only just beginning to discover that this may not necessarily be true. It is only fairly recently in the last 30 years that we have begun to study in-depth what purpose a yawn serves, and surprisingly, every study seems to leave more questions than answers. Yawns are also somewhat of a phenomena – they’re contagious, sometimes they’re a reflex and uncontrollable, yet other times we can forcefully yawn at will. Read on to discover the theories behind why we yawn, why they’re contagious, and how animals can even use them as a threat to ward of predators…

Category: Sleep Research

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The Sleeptember Challenge

Wednesday 27th August 2014

The Sleeptember Challenge

Sleep deprivation really isn’t as trivial or as harmless as many would like to believe. Consistently failing to get enough sleep can increase the risk of developing serious health issues like cancer, type 2 diabetes, dementia, muscle aches, depression, and heart disease, as well as lowering your life expectancy. It is believed that over 30% of the population are sleep deprived, and worryingly, the figure is increasing every year among young people.

Sleeptember aims to raise public awareness about just how dangerous sleep deprivation is, and how you can improve your sleep hygiene. Take the challenge…

Category: Sleep Research

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Back to School Sleep Tips

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Back to School Sleep Tips

The school summer holidays are nearly over, and those long, lazy days of freedom will be replaced with hours spent back in the classroom before long. For lots of children this will be a rude awakening, literally, as summer holidays are typically a time for lie-ins and later bedtimes. Going straight back into ‘school mode’ from such giddiness can be a difficult transition, and there may be some resistance to early nights and early mornings.

Regular good quality sleep is of course important in every stage of life, but it is particularly so for school-age children as it plays such a key role in learning and all aspects of development. School is a demanding process; from the length of the day, the variety of lessons and academic expectations, to the social aspect of fitting in and co-operating with others – all-in-all there’s a lot going on. It’s certainly not a place where a tired, sleep deprived child can thrive.

So, here are some tips to make sure your child starts the new school year well-rested and ready to go.

Category: Sleep Research

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Bed-sharing, Multiple Partners and Unwashed Sheets - Welcome to a Fresher Studentís Bedroom

Tuesday 19th August 2014

Bed-sharing, Multiple Partners and Unwashed Sheets - Welcome to a Fresher Studentís Bedroom

Our latest sleep survey took a timely look at first-year university students, and unexpectedly uncovered a whole host of shocking statistics.

Polling nearly 3000 students who have recently completed their first year living at university, we found that washing bed sheets wasn’t high on the agenda, with the average time between changes some two and a half months. Almost as worrying as that was what happened in the bed throughout that debut year at university, with sleep appearing to be the last thing on a student’s mind.

 

Category: Sleep Research

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6 Ways to Banish Bedtime Stress

Monday 18th August 2014

6 Ways to Banish Bedtime Stress

Stress and anxiety are among the main reasons behind loss of sleep, with night-time worries keeping many of us awake. Here some quick ways to keep stress levels low at bedtime.

Category: Sleep Research

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5 Incredible Things People Have Done in Their Sleep

Tuesday 12th August 2014

5 Incredible Things People Have Done in Their Sleep

The process of sleeping should be a relatively straight-forward concept – you go to bed, eventually fall asleep, and then wake up the next morning in a similar physical and mental state to when you went to bed.  Imagine if this wasn’t the case. Imagine you woke up in a completely different place, or woke up to discover all your problems had been solved by a dream? Unbelievably, it does actually happen. Here are some of the amazing and crazy things people have done in their sleep…

Category: Sleep Research

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Sleep - The Facts

Tuesday 12th August 2014

Sleep - The Facts

All the important and surprising facts about sleep...

Category: Sleep Research

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How to Fall Asleep like a Pro

Wednesday 6th August 2014

How to Fall Asleep like a Pro

Isn’t it annoying how some people can fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow? Are you one of the ever-growing number of people who find it difficult to drift off at night? Fear not, we’ve constructed a handy guide on how to sleep like a pro.

Category: Sleep Research

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Dreaming of Home Ė Beds top the list of most-missed things on holiday

Thursday 31st July 2014

Dreaming of Home Ė Beds top the list of most-missed things on holiday

What do you miss about home when you’re away on holiday? Pets? Friends and family? Favourite TV programmes? Well, according to the results of our latest sleep survey it’s your own bed. Of the 2,361 UK-based respondents, 21% said that their trusty bed at home was the thing they longed for the most.

The top five most-missed were;

  1. Own bed: 21%
  2. Pets: 18%
  3. Home-cooked food: 17%
  4. Favourite TV programmes: 13%
  5. Family and friends: 11%

Category: Sleep Research

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7 Surprising Ways Sleeping Well Can Improve Your Life

Wednesday 30th July 2014

7 Surprising Ways Sleeping Well Can Improve Your Life

Sleeping well is something many of us don't take seriously enough, but getting a good night's sleep really does play an important role in our well-being and long-term health. Read on to discover 7 surprising ways sleep can improve your life...

Category: Sleep Research

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