OUR beds are filthier than those made in treetops by chimpanzees, a study shows.
Unwashed sheets and duvet covers contain more bacteria than our ape friends’ beds.
2 Our beds are filthier than those made in treetops by chimpanzees, a study shows.
The linen collects bugs which can cause appendicitis, cellulitis, pneumonia, gonorrhoea and meningitis.
One nasty found by biologists can cause Lemierre’s syndrome, a potentially deadly infection of the jugular vein. They said: “Based on this, chimpanzee beds show less diversity of micro-organisms.”
The research came after a survey showed a quarter of us change our bed just once a month.
Researchers took swabs and samples from human bedsheets and compared them to treetop beds used by chimps, our closest living relatives with 99.9 per cent of our DNA.
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Amazingly, they found that the great apes – which build beds out of branches, twigs and leaves – are cleaner than us.
Apart from the bacteria, they also found creepy crawlies such as mites and silverfish. It backed a US study which found chimp beds, made of twigs and leaves were cleaner.
Time4Sleep, which commissioned the tests, said: “Change your bedding at least every fortnight.”
2 Bacteria linked to appendicitis, cellulitis, pneumonia, gonorrhoea and meningitis were found in beds used by humans
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