Dangers That Could Be Lurking In Your Mattress
Your bedroom, and more specifically your mattress, is where you lay your head at night. You would think that a place that you spend roughly one-third of your life in would be clean and free of any harm. Unfortunately, there are a whole host of dangers that could be lurking in your mattress. Think about it, something made of cotton and other fabrics that sits for years, collecting dust, sweat, skin particles, and experiencing varying temperature change and moisture levels; it’s bound to get dirty and not be the cleanest piece of furniture in your house. Here are a couple of dangers to look for.[separator size=”30″]
Perhaps the most common (and feared) thing people think of when you bring up the question of “what’s lurking in your mattress” is bed bugs. While keeping a tidy room certainly won’t hurt, there’s no real connection between dirt and bed bugs. These little guys thrive wherever human blood can be found, and travel by hitching a ride on a host or piece of clothing. Places with high people turnover (hotels, apartments, dorms) are more susceptible to having bed bugs, as there are just more opportunities for them to be brought to these places.[separator size=”20″]
These are microscopic critters that feed of of our dead skin. They don’t bite or sting, but they can cause allergic reactions in a lot of people, and in some cases, even asthma. They’re much more common than bed bugs, and are actually found in a majority of homes. They multiply quickly, especially in most places like mattresses, sheets, and blankets.[separator size=”20″]
Traditional mattresses often have poor ventilation, and when you sweat overnight it creates a warm, dark, moist environment where bacteria and fungus can grow. Mold or mildew can be more difficult to eradicate than bed bugs or dust mites, because it spreads and becomes virtually ingrained into the mattress. If mold is found on your mattress, your best bet is to dispose of it and get a new mattress, free of hazards.[separator size=”30″]
To mitigate the chance of one, or all three of these from occurring in your bed, try using a breathable yet waterproof mattress cover. This will greatly reduce the amount of dead skin, sweat that can seep into the mattress itself, and reduce the risks. Also, all of these tend to be more common among traditional spring mattresses, so think about switching over to an open-cell memory foam mattress. Another alternative is to invest in a mattress topper with good ventilation, like the ones offered by SensorGel. Ultimately, make sure that wherever you lay your head at night, it’s somewhere you can sleep soundly.