Things live inside your mattress


Research Team

Hello readers, we have been lately working on research on what is living in the mattress and we found out this:

Foam mattresses absorb 46 percent more moisture than any other type of mattress, according to bed maker Harrison Spinks. Moist mattresses are “a breeding ground” for bacteria, the firm said. Bacteria that reside in mattresses include Staphylococci, Enterococci, and even the deadly MRSA superbug.

Staphylococci - Staphylococcus is a genus of Gram-positive bacteria in the family Staphylococcaceae from the order Bacillales. Under the microscope, they appear spherical (cocci), and form in grape-like clusters. Staphylococcus species are facultative anaerobic organisms (capable of growth both aerobically and anaerobically).

Enterococci - Enterococcus is a large genus of lactic acid bacteria of the phylum Firmicutes. Enterococci are gram-positive cocci that often occur in pairs (diplococci) or short chains, and are difficult to distinguish from streptococci on physical characteristics alone.[4] Two species are common commensal organisms in the intestines of humans


MRSA superbug - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) refers to a group of Gram-positive bacteria that are genetically distinct from other strains of Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. MRSA is any strain of S. aureus that has developed (through natural selection) or acquired (through horizontal gene transfer) a multiple drug resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics. Beta-lactam (β-lactam) antibiotics are a broad-spectrum group that includes some penams (penicillin derivatives such as methicillin and oxacillin) and cephems such as the cephalosporins.[1] Strains unable to resist these antibiotics are classified as methicillin-susceptible S. aureus or MSSA

Fungi can grow in your pillow and mattress, due to it being the perfect breeding ground for fungi culture. Beds have the perfect mixture of temperature and moisture, on average we excrete about 100 Liters of sweat per year while we sleep at night. Fungi isn’t the only thing living within your mattress, bacteria also like the comfort of your bed. Within a week your bed can start growing 3 to 5 million colony-forming units of bacteria and after about a month nearly 12 million colony-forming units can be found within your pillowcase and sheets. Your mattress is a little better protected can produce the same number of bacteria after 1 year. Gravity in this case doesn’t help much when it comes to getting dust on your bed thus attracting dust mites to live within your bedding and mattress. If someone is sick then there is a high chance that your bed can contract the flu virus. The flu doesn’t survive that well outside of the body and may only be able to live for a maximum of 24 to 48 hours with most viruses dying off within a few hours. Mold can grow on damp mattresses. Just think about the 100 liters a year we sweat out at night or that accidental spillage of water that wasn’t properly cleaned up can lead to a mold outbreak. Well, this might not be for everyone but a lot of pet owners allow their pets to sleep in the bed with them. Dogs and cats can attract worms, fleas, and all sorts of different animal diseases that can live and thrive within your bed.

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