You might have uninvited guests in your bed, and no we are not talking about your pet or children. We are talking about little creatures living inside your bed that you may not be aware of. These creatures actually feed on residues inside your mattress and can cause you a lot of discomfort.
These creatures are called dust mites and they feed on your body waste, specifically residue from your skin and blood. According to this CNN article, dust mites can go without feeding for as long as a year. This makes eliminating dust mites completely from your mattress extremely difficult.Dust mites also cause allergies and even asthma.
The disgusting truth is that respiratory problems are caused by the feces left behind by these tiny bed creatures.If you are experiencing allergy or respiratory symptoms you might have dust mites under your covers. One way to deal with these uninvited guests is to use a mattress pad and allergy pillow covers as well, that way the dust mites stay trapped underneath the slip cover.Another way to take care of dust mites is to buy a new mattress and pillows.
If your mattress is older than 8 years, it is highly recommended that you replace your mattress and pillows anyways. Replacing your pillows every year and keeping them covered with a slip cover can also help.
Washing your linens often in warm water can also help prevent the appearance of dust mites.Hygiene, is key when it comes to controlling allergies, especially in your bedroom. Just think about all the contaminants you bring in after a long day of activity, sweat, skin residue, and more. Next time you even consider going to bed after working out, just stop and think twice, you might be feeding unwanted guests.