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Do You Know What You’re Sleeping With?

An article on ( interviewed Philip M. Tierno Jr., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, regarding what’s hiding in people’s sheets. Here are some important points:

  • Sheets and pillowcases should be changed once a week. Most Americans don’t change them for up to three weeks, a month or even more.
  • Human skin cells are meals for dust mites. Mites accumulate, along with their feces, in bedding. Other things that can be found in bedding:
    • Animal hair, dander, fungal mold, fungal spores, bodily secretions, bacteria, dust, lint, fibers, particulates, insect parts, pollen, soil, sand and cosmetics
  • Debris in bedding can lead to respiratory issues, such as infections, or trigger allergies and/or asthma.
  • Wash bedding in water 130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit and dry them on high. Bleach and non-bleach bleaches are germicidal and will eliminate the vegetative materials.
  • Protect your mattress – Without an impervious cover, your mattress is a “zoological and botanical garden,” Tierno said.

Protect-A-Bed offers a variety of mattress encasements that keep the sleep zone healthy. Mattress encasements help ensure total protection from allergens, dust mites and bed bugs. Visit Protect-A-Bed’s website ( for more details on available products.

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