“You should change your bedding more often!” says bed company

Hygiene news now, with the revelation that the average bedsheet is dirtier than the bed of a chimpanzee:

Our beds are filthier than those kept by chimpanzees in treetops, as a quarter of Britons change their sheets only once a month, study finds

A quarter of us change our bedsheets only once a month, leaving them covered in bacteria, the poll of 2,000 Britons discovered.

Scientists took samples from some of the sheets and compared them to those taken from beds used by chimps, our closest living relatives.

They found that sheets left unwashed for four weeks were a ‘breeding ground for microbes’ and contained more bacteria than that found in chimp beds.

Source: Daily Mail, 8th June 2019

If it seems a surprise to hear that the average person’s bed is dirtier than that of a chimpanzee (who, it’s worth bearing in mind, live essentially in their own excrement), it probably won’t come as surprise to hear that this story is not so much a scientific or anthropology study as it is an advert for beds:

The bacteria on the bedsheets included bacteroidales, which can cause pneumonia, and fusobacteriales, a culprit for skin ulcers, the study from bedroom firm Time4Sleep found.