What lives in your mattress

It can be a hard pill to swallow when you’re told that your bed is the dirtiest thing in your room. Not yours personally, but any bed that has been in any room for a couple of years can be regarded as a dirt-bag. While you might be changing the sheets on a regular basis and flipping your mattress whenever you deem necessary, there are some things that make their homes in your mattress over the years which you just cannot prevent.

The old saying goes: “goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite”. If taken seriously, this saying really sheds light on the various types of micro-sized critters that have set up camp in your mattress and which you have no idea about. It can be a troubling thought to even consider that you spend one third of your life rolling around in filth that is made up of bacteria, fungi, human skin cells, dust, plasticisers and flame retardants. While most of these substances are not directly harmful to you, they can overtime become the cause of health issues including different types of allergies and asthma. Let’s look at the various types of micro-organisms that might be living in your mattress and how to get rid of them.

The most common microorganism that might be inhabiting your year old mattress is bacteria. Old mattresses are breeding grounds for skin, oral, intestinal and fecal bacteria. These can sink into your mattress and multiply in numbers overtime. Another common companion for you in bed are dust mites. These mites basically originate where dust accumulates and if the mattress is not clean on a regular basis, these can be the cause of hay fever, asthma, eczema, dermatitis and various other serious diseases.

Fungal spores are also some of the commonly found bedtime friends. Feather and synthetic bedding are most likely to contain different types of fungi and these are known to facilitate the occurrence of different allergies and even asthma. While substances like dust and fungi originate in our environment, there are things that the human body produces that contribute to the filth that accumulates in our beds. Sweat, skin cells and even bacteria are some of the examples. Over the course of a year, one human body can generate up to 26 gallons of sweat. This along with the heat that is generated by your body being trapped in the mattress provides the perfect environment for fungi and bacteria to grow and multiply. It should be understood however that the filth in your bed is just not because of you. It accumulates over time and can be sourced from your pets, the environment in general or anybody else that you share your bed with.

All of the above mentioned substances become harmful when they are not paid attention to for a long time and the older your mattress is, the more likely they are to create long term problems for you. The only solution to the entire ordeal is to not use one mattress for more than a few years.

Majority of our mattresses and ensembles use foam from Dunlop which is treated with ultrafresh.  Ultrafresh helps control dust mites and other household bugs that trigger allergies and asthma. It also helps keep foam cleaner and fresher for longer by controlling bad and unwanted odours caused by bacterial growth.

Some mattresses and ensembles that would be suitable if you have allergies and asthma are as follows:

Single Mattress : Sensor Deluxe for $299

King Single Mattress: Spinal Sensor for $449

Double Mattress: Spinal Sensor for $599

Queen Mattress: Spinal Contour Contour Harmony for $1399

King Mattress: Spinal Contour Harmony for $1799

Feel free to call us on 3279 4444 for any further queries.

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