Single Men Hate Changing Their Sheets
August 26, 2013

Many Single Men Only Wash Their Sheets Four Times A Year

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

Don’t expect to find clean sheets at a bachelor pad, because single young male adults typically only change their bedding four times a year, according to a new study from UK-based memory foam mattress firm Ergoflex.

According to UPI reports, 55 percent of single men between the ages of 18 and 25 polled for the study reported changing their sheets every 3.1 months on average.

Conversely, 62 percent of women between the ages of 35 and 50 said that they typically changed their bedding every week. Furthermore, once men entered into a relationship with a female partner, the woman took over bed changing duties 80 percent of the time, changing sheets an average of every 2.3 weeks, the news agency added.

Twenty percent of all men who admitted to infrequently changing their sheets said that they “didn’t see the need” to do so, and 19 percent said that they just “didn’t care” about changing them more frequently, according to Kimberly Gillan of MSN New Zealand. A total of 2,004 men and women completed the survey.

“We were quite alarmed at the apparent lack of basic hygiene from some respondents,” Jed MacEwan of Ergoflex told MSN’s Sam Ashton. “Unclean bed sheets contain the tens of thousands of dead skin cells that we shed every night, and by going months without cleaning them you’re risking some distinctly unpleasant consequences every time you go to bed.”

“Experts like Philip M. Tierno Jr., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center recommend washing bed linens and pillowcases once a week to prevent respiratory problems and reduce debris like dead skin, dander, body secretions and bacteria that accumulate while we sleep,” added Time’s Courtney Subramanian.

According to Subramanian, Tierno said that a person can produce up to a liter of perspiration while sleeping each night. He added that skill cells can be a source of food for mites, which have been known to live in bedding and mattresses, and that fungal mold, spores, lint, fibers, pollen, soil and cosmetics can also accumulate in sheets.

However, Euan Tovey, the head of the Allergen Research Group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, told Gillan that failing to frequently wash sheets was not a serious health concern.

“The conventional idea is that you might exacerbate eczema, hayfever or asthma at night, but all of these ideas are more based on conventional wisdom, not necessarily founded in experience,” he explained. “We've done research that showed that you don't get as much exposure to dust mites in bed as we once thought. Anywhere where there is dust and movement you are going to get exposure – it's not confined to bed.”