LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

Not For The Squeamish! Why It’s A Bad Idea To Sit On Your Bed In Everyday Clothes

Date April 9, 2019 09:30

We always try to look tidy and well-groomed around people, but behind the doors of our own house, in general, we are more relaxed. Besides, new inventions keep making our lives easier. You may have heard about underwear that you can wear for a month without washing. After all, what's the harm if after a long working day you indulge in a little pleasure of lying down on the bed right in your clothes? All movie characters do that! But few people think what it is fraught with.

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You know that we live in a world infested with microbes and bacteria. Some people accept it and don’t worry too much about it, because most bacteria are incapable of causing significant damage to health. Others are terrified of them and try to keep their house, clothes, things, and themselves as clean as possible. They have many good habits, such as changing immediately after coming home, keeping outwear separate from other items of clothing, and keeping items such as wallets or suitcases out of bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.

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Clothes and things that we use outside are always full of bacteria. It is hard to quantitatively assess what risk they represent, but experts believe that failure to follow basic hygiene rules increases the likelihood of contracting various infections, including those that develop from causative agents accumulated in outwear.

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Is it worth changing immediately after coming home and before sitting down on your bed or sofa? The answer is yes! Every day we interact with people who may only seem healthy. We don’t know who held onto the handrail in public transport or touched a banknote we got as change. Bacteria and microbes “settle” on the surface of our skin and clothes. There is no way of knowing what exactly we picked up and how long it can live in our homes. Staphylococcus and acinetobacter are considered the most dangerous of them. The former causes purulent and inflammatory processes in almost all types of body tissues, and the latter is fraught with respiratory infections that can lead to pneumonia.

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Our bed is a kind of a safe haven. We lie down on our sheets after taking a shower and fall asleep with certainty that everything is clean.

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At the same time, we forget that the bed is not devoid of bacteria either. First of all, it is “our” bacteria that live on our own bodies. So, is it a good idea to also invite strangers’ microbes we bring from work, park benches, or the subway? If you want to stay healthy, then definitely no! On a similar note, earlier we wrote about 9 household items that should be washed and changed regularly.

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It is always hard to change established habits, but when it comes to health, there is simply no other way. After all, changing after coming home and washing your hands only takes a couple of minutes, right?

Do you have the habit of lying down on the bed in your outwear? Do you plan to change this?

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