We have all been guilty of leaving our bedsheets on a little too long at some point in our lives, but we can assure you that after reading about the truly disturbing health effects that comes with this lazy lifestyle, you’ll never neglect your sheets again.

It turns out that failing to regularly wash your sheets can lead to a whole host of unpleasant substances to start building up in your bed. From sweat, saliva and dirt to urine, sexual fluids and even feces, it is safe to say this sounds like anything but an attractive place to sleep.

If you are washing your sheets less than once a week you can expect nearly all of the above grubs to be present in your bed.

Plus, if you were to then get a scratch or wound, exposing it to those disturbing substances could lead to infection.

What many people don’t realise is that athlete’s foot and other disgusting fungi can also be transferred through fabrics so, it is important to wash your sheets regularly in order to stop these substances seeping into the pillows and mattresses. Once there it is understandably a lot more difficult to clean than just tossing your bedding in the washing machine.

Not to mention, lingering skin cells in your sheets can attract dust mites which can lead to breathing problems. Asthma suffers particularly suffer with the side effects of these creepy mites.

So, in short, the longer you go without washing your sheets, the more difficult it becomes to remove the build up of suspicious substances, as they become more deeply engraved in your bed.

The moral of the story is that if you wish to avoid sleeping alongside poo, sweat and mites, you just need to bite the bullet and do that chore you so greatly despise. Wash your sheets.

While it might seem like a drag at the time, washing your bedding once a week means the bacteria will be eradicated and you can sleep soundly knowing you wont be sharing your bed with any additional bugs or dirt.