We spend a LOT of our time in our beds.
There is nothing better after a long hard day than climbing into your nice soft cosy bed – especially if you’ve got clean sheets.
But it turns out some people don’t clean their sheets as often as we would hope, especially after they’ve had a ‘guest’ over to stay.
A rather disturbing study by Mattress Advisor has found there’s a big difference in how long men and women wait to change sheets which have been ‘soiled through sexual activity’.
They discovered the average bloke will wait 11 days, compared to four days for women.
Surprisingly, guys are apparently less keen to change their sheets after a one night stand and on average wait 18 days, compared to 2 days with women.
Generally, single guys admitted they only changed their sheets every 45 days.
Some would argue this probably won’t be helping their search for ‘the one’…
Do those sheets look clean to you…? (Image: E+)
However men are more likely to change their sheets if they think they’re going to get lucky – but this still depends on how certain they are on bringing home a special friend.
In total 43 per cent of men will change their sheets before a night out if there is a possibility of sex later on, compared to 33.4 per cent of woman.
But if sex is pretty much guaranteed this jumps to just under 49 per cent for men and 39.1 per cent for women.
The company surveyed 1,000 people about their bed-cleaning habits for the study.
According to their findings, the average person changes their sheets every 24 days, but say they don’t become ‘gross’ until 35 days.
But that figure changes a lot when it comes to people who are in a steady relationship.
Bet they’re nice and fresh (Image: iStockphoto)
Men and woman who have a partner tend to change their sheets more often, with married couples winning the title for most regularly changed sheets.
But how often should we be washing our sheets anyway?
Every week we shed half an ounce of skin, and a lot of that happens when we’re in bed. Gross.
Warm and moist environments are also ideal breeding grounds mites, and the average bed contains about 10million of them.
Combining those delightful facts, experts say we should be changing our sheets every week.
It’s best to wash sheets on a high temperature to make sure you kill all those mites.
In between washes you should pull the duvet back every morning and open the window to allow moisture to escape.