Disinfectant won’t work against dead cells ; Dusting your bed the only way

Mattress seen with naked eye

What It looks like, what we see.

Microscopic Image of mattress

What it really is, seen under microscope. Dead skin cell accumulated overnight.

Even though invisible to the naked eyes, we know our bedsheets do contain germs and we should clean it regularly, but how?

One may think killing bacteria and germs by spraying disinfectant, or using UV light or whatever Cleaning product you may think of that is going to neutralize the germs. But how about a “dead enemy”, how are you going to kill things that are already dead?

 

No matter how clean your bed was before setting off to sleep. You are going to sweat and shed skin throughout the night and no matter how clean your bed appears the next day, these dead skin cells are still on your bed.

“Study revealed that the average adult will lose around 10 ounces of fluid a night and shed up to 1lb of dead skin a year while asleep” REF; DERMATOLOGIST | Night Skin

That is roughly 1.25 g of skin we shed every night. And not to forget your sweating, dirt and grease accompanying those dead skin.

 

These dead skin along with the dirt and sweating will attract bugs, such as dust mites, which in turn deposit their own dirt and excrement into your bed. Your bed soon becomes a colony for the mites hardly noticeable, it’s only after you will start developing allergies and skin rashes that you will realize something is wrong.

What could happen if you don’t take actions?

1.Develop Allergies

The proteins in dust mite feces can cause allergic reactions like watery eyes, a runny nose, and, in severe cases, and even asthma attacks.

2.Worsen Asthmatic conditions

Noah Siegel, M.D, a board-certified sleep physician at Harvard and otolaryngologist, state that “people suffering from dust allergies or allergic asthma could experience nasal congestion and airway breathing problems while sleeping on a dusty mattress. Plain old asthma has what we call circadian rhythm, and it tends to work in the evening and the night”.

 

Cynthia Bodkin, M.D. Indiana University Health neurologist and sleep medicine physician, adds that sleeping on an old mattress won't directly cause nighttime asthma, but it could worsen symptoms for those who have the condition. 

3.Develop skin conditions

You may end up developing skin condition such as Eczema, a skin condition defined by inflamed, itchy, red patches that appear due to the dermatitis reacting to some sort of factor. This can be really uncomfortable and in some condition becomes severe and blister occurs.

 

Initial stage of the eczema

Severe stage, blister occurrence

We have seen how these simple 1.25g skin shredding a night can escalate into the above conditions. Not to forget that the dead skin itself, without any bacteria or mites, can on their own clog your skin pores. Having clogged pores that can lead to sporadic blemishes or blackheads.

They're clogged pores or hair follicles that collect sebum (the natural oil that the glands on our face make), dirt, skin cells and bacteria." 

When the gunk in your pores are open to the air, they oxidize and the surface turns black — resulting in a blackhead. 

Blackheads] are more likely to form on the nose because the nose has lots of glands.

Even if you don’t see the telltale pinpoints of clogged pores or whiteheads that look like pimples, you may be able to discover if you have blocked pores simply by running your fingers over the surface of the skin. Clogged pores on the chin will make your skin feel rough or bumpy, and you’ll have dull-looking skin from the buildup of dead skin cells.

Even if you don’t see the telltale pinpoints of clogged pores or whiteheads that look like pimples, you may be able to discover if you have blocked pores simply by running your fingers over the surface of the skin. Clogged pores on the chin will make your skin feel rough or bumpy, and you’ll have dull-looking skin from the buildup of dead skin cells.

 

The root of all the mentioned conditions ; The 1.25g of Dead Skin shredded each night.

 

Now to note that those skin cells are already dead. And no matter the amount of disinfectant you will spray or the UV you will expose your mattress to, will have any effect on the dead cells. That’s why dusting your bed before bed or both when you wake up and before sleeping is the best ans safest way to maintaining a hygienic bed.

 

Take off your bedsheet and give it a good shake. Or simply get a towel and give the bedsheet a good beating to shake off whatever dust or skin shred that might be present. And of course change your bedsheet at least once a week.

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