When you think about your bed, what are the first words that come to mind? Cozy? Warm? Soft?
What about filthy?
It turns out that your bed, like your kitchen sink or your car seat, is one of the dirtiest places you go all day. But we are often lulled into a false sense of security, believing that just because we wash our sheets three times a week, that we’re safe.
The truth of the matter is very different. Your bed is actually a lot more disgusting than you think.
Your Bed Is Dirtier Than That Of An Ape
Humans like to think that they have a monopoly on being clean and sanitary. No other animal has bathrooms, so surely none can come close to the squeaky clean body of the average human?
But it turns out that this isn’t true, especially when it comes to our beds. Research by the North Carolina State University found that the beds of chimpanzees are actually cleaner than the beds of people they looked at in their study.
Chimpanzees sleep in trees in vast forests crawling with all sorts of creatures. So how can this possibly be true?
It turns out that the critical issue here is biodiversity. In the rainforest, there are millions of different bugs and bacteria, and they are all trying to eat each other, as well as the bodily materials that fall off chimps. Fecal matter, skin, hair and other debris all get gobbled up by the forest ecosystem. But the same is not true of human beds.
The average human bed has very little biodiversity, and that means that it is far easier for skin, mouth and anal bacteria to build up unchallenged.
Lack Of Biodiversity Leads To Other Problems
According to The Bed Bug Inspectors, bed bugs can be a health hazard. But the reason they thrive in bedding is that they are among the few creatures who can survive in that environment. Modern bedding isn’t loamy soil on the forest floor: it’s synthetic material without a much-carrying capacity for organic life.
Bed bugs, therefore, can go about their business unchallenging, multiplying until they exhaust their food supply.
Scientists now believe that one of the best ways to keep a healthy home is to increase the biodiversity of the creatures that live inside it. We need bacteria from soils and other outdoor habitats to keep some of the nastier critters in check. It might sound counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to stop all of the revolting fecal and oral bacteria from building up on our bed sheets is to make them dirty. But who wants to go to sleep in mud?
The other option is to wash the sheets every day on high heat to kill off any bacteria that may have grown during the night. The sad truth is that there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution to the problem. Thanks to our modern lives, it’s almost inevitable that we will have to live in filth. We don’t live in the forest anymore.