You may be surprised to learn which object is teeming with the most microscopic debris in your bedroom: The answer is mattress.
And guess what? You spend about a third of your life sleeping in it.
That means that you're rolling around in and inhaling all kinds of nasty particles — including allergy-causing dust mites, fungal spores, bacteria, plasticizers, flame retardants, and human skin cells — 8 hours a day, 365 days a year.
While most of these things aren't likely to kill you, scientists have been scrutinizing how this daily exposure to a barrage of allergens can negatively affect your health. And it turns out that the accumulation of all of this debris may actually cause problems over time.
One in six people have allergies, that's a lot of people in the world," Mr. Tierno (microbiologist in New York University- Mr. Philip Tierno) said. "You talk about why people have allergies and everyone's blaming all sorts of things. In reality, it’s right under your nose. You’re breathing that air in eight hours a day every day of your life."
In fact, a 2014 study found that simply rolling from your stomach onto your back was enough to resuspend particles to detectable levels in the air.
The reason your mattress is so filthy is because of gravity, Tierno says. When all of those airborne particles of dust and debris float around in the air, they need somewhere to settle. Your mattress is one place for that stuff to go.
Your mattress also provides a nice culture medium for fungi. Humans naturally produce 26 gallons of sweat in bed every year. This moisture combined with the heat of a sleeping body provides an "ideal fungal culture medium" out of your mattress.
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