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Is Your Bed Making You Ill? Facts on Bed Bacteria

It’s somewhere we often consider to be a safe haven at the end of the day – to curl up and enjoy precious moments of sleep, to enjoy breakfast in bed on a Sunday or to get cozy whilst watching a movie on a cold winters evening. However did you know that your bed could be making you ill?

For starters, if your mattress is 8 years old or more, the likelihood is that it will contain a cocktail of bacteria, yeasts and moulds. Such bed bacteria can cause allergies, infections and could make any existing conditions worse.

This information was found in a study commissioned by the bed specialists Dreams, and was carried out by professional environmental and hygiene experts. Samples were taken from different depths of the mattress to reveal the presence of a number of bacteria. Here are some of the things they found:

Mould spores – although invisible to the naked eye, mould spores and other bacteria build up over the years. You could be breathing in these harmful spores unwittingly while you are asleep.

E. coli – this harmful bacteria can be found due to faecal contamination. If this is found on the bed it means that someone was carrying an infectious disease, which can be passed onto the person sharing the bed or using it at a later date.

MRSA causing bacteria – the bed bacteria Staphylococcus aureus can cause skin infections in most cases, but there are some strains that are resistant to anti-biotics, including MRSA.

To keep your mattress free from any bacteria and moulds which could cause disease or infection, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. Keep your sheets, pillows and duvets clean and fresh. Flip your mattress regularly, and hoover it on occasion. Lastly, use a disinfectant solution like Sanondaf regularly, which can get into fabrics to kill 99.99% of bed bacteria.

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