6 Disgusting Reasons You Need a New Mattress
Most of us never really give much thought to our mattress. But aside from the normal wear of an old mattress, there are some disgusting, and slightly disturbing, reasons you might want to consider replacing your mattress. Be warned – you may want to sleep on the couch tonight. Or wrapped in plastic. It’s really that bad.
Sweat the Small Stuff
It’s not uncommon for a person to sweat up to a pint of fluid each night. Now, some of that evaporates, but some of it is absorbed into the giant sponge you’re sleeping on. So in a year that’s 5,840 fluid ounces. That’s over 45 gallons. Of sweat. This creates a wonderful breeding ground for mold and mildew.
In 10 years, your mattress can double in weight. How? It’s a combination of dust mite debris, including feces, and dead skin cells. The average person loses over a pound of dead skin cells each year while they sleep.
Major Dust Up
The average mattress is home to around 6 billion dust mites. That’s billion. With a B. And what are they doing? They’re having a great time, eating those dead skin cells and making baby dust mites. Ewww.
Your Mattress Is Bleeding You Dry. Literally.
If you’re sharing a bed with bedbugs, think about this. Bedbugs, the little blood suckers they are, can ingest seven times their own weight in blood while you sleep.
With all the bedbugs and dust mites feasting on a nightly menu of dead skin, you can imagine they produce a lot of fecal matter. That’s poop to you and me. And you’re sleeping in it.
Love Your Pillow Pet. Just Not in Bed.
I’ve got dogs, so I get it. We love our fur babies in bed with us. They’re so cute when they snuggle up with us. But health professionals warn that this could be harmful to our health. And maybe even a little disgusting when you think about it. According to the Center for Disease Control, pets can spread “zoonotic diseases.” These are diseases spread from animals to humans caused by harmful germs like viruses, bacterial, parasites, and fungi. These germs can cause many different types of illnesses in people and animals ranging from mild to serious illness and even death.
Bonus Nasty Notes
Ever stay in a hotel? You may never again. Think about all the people who have slept on that mattress before you. Most hotels don’t regularly replace mattresses. So essentially you’re sleeping on the dead skin cells, bodily fluids and other unmentionables that guests have left for you. And don’t even think bout the bed spreads that rarely get changed or cleaned. I’m sleeping in a tent the next I go somewhere.
What about where you put your head each night want you slide into slumber? Pillows can absorb germs from our skin and the air. It’s a breeding ground for nastiness. Try replacing your pillow every 2 years or so. And for the love of Pete, invest in a pillow cover.
Don’t Lose Sleep Over It
It’s a little concerning. You’ll probably never look at your bed the same way again. But it’s not a lost cause. It may be time to consider replacing your mattress. To help make it easier, we’ve put together the Ultimate Buying Guide for the Perfect Mattress. And when you’re ready to shop, check out the top 5 mattresses on Amazon.com that you can have delivered right to your door. And if it’s been two years since you’ve replaced that pillow, check out these top rated pillows that you can lay you head on without worry. So start getting better sleep…without the worry.