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Britain’s Secret Bedroom Hygiene Habits, Revealed

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1 in 10 Brits cut their toenails in bed, putting themselves at risk of a fungal infection

MattressNextDay discovered that more than 1 in 10 (11%) of Brits cut their nails in bed, however, Dr Deborah Lee advises against this: ‘If you don’t want yellow toenails, don’t cut your toenails in bed as fungal infections thrive in warm, moist environments – such as the bed.’

1 in 14 Brits treat their feet’s dead skin in bed – attracting dust mites which can cause rashes and more

MattressNextDay also found that 7% of Brits have dealt with their feet’s dead skin, whilst in bed. According to Deborah Lee: ‘We shed 30,000–40,000 dead skin cells every day, and that’s without physically exfoliating. This is around 9 pounds (or 4kg of skin) – per year.,

She then goes on to say: ‘House dust mites, and bed bugs feed on dead skin cells. They then produce droppings which are very irritant to the skin, and are a common cause of allergy, resulting in skin rashes, eczema, and asthma.’

9% of Brits wash the bedsheets they’ve slept in while ill, with other items

Dr Deborah Lee states that when you are ill, ‘hopping in an out of bed, your sheets, pillows and duvet cover will be covered with bacteria, viruses, and cell debris. This is a breeding ground for further infection.’ She recommends separating your bedsheets and any clothes you’ve worn while ill, when doing a wash, before washing at least 60°C.  

1 in 7 Brits have slept in clothes they’ve worn outside, but the warmth of a bed is a breeding ground for germs

14% of Brits surveyed said they have fallen asleep in the clothes they’ve worn outside, which may be a sign of burnout. However, it’s important to take the time to change out of the clothes you’ve worn outside. A recent report revealed that bacteria and germs can survive on your clothes for months unless washed. 

Dr Deborah also highlights the importance of getting changed, stating: ‘When you sleep, the temperature in your bed increases, making this an ideal breeding ground for whatever is on your clothes. Sleeping in a clean pair of PJs is definitely recommended.’

1 in 12 Brits leave wet towels on their bed, encouraging mould growth

MattressNextDay’s survey revealed that 8% of Brits leave wet towels on their bed, however, the now moist environment that is your bed, will encourage mould to grow and can release spores. If you have asthma, you are likely sensitive to these spores which can trigger your symptoms or make them worse.Instead, hang your towel outside to dry or pop it in the tumble dryer. If you have to dry them inside, make sure the room is well ventilated to avoid encouraging mould growth.

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