Single Guys Hardly Ever Change The Sheets

A new survey from a U.K. mattress company uncovers bad bedroom hygiene

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Beds are sanctuaries, the place where we begin and end each day. But for some British men, keeping that sanctuary tidy by changing the bed sheets on a regular basis apparently falls low on their priority list. A new survey by U.K. mattress company Ergoflex reveals that young, single British men are the worst offenders, changing sheets a mere once every three months.

Single women reported swapping linens every two and a half weeks, while couples claimed to change sheets every two weeks. Of those couples, the study found 81% of those washing the sheets were women. Of the 2,004 interviewed, on average men admitted to owning only one set of sheets while women estimated around three selections.

Though it’s clear that females are cleaner overall, the results found that age is a factor as well. For those who answered once every three months, 55% were ages 18 to 25 with men accounting for 71%, while those who claimed to wash sheets once a week were in the 35 to 50 age range. Of the weekly washers, 62% were female. Indeed, 17% of single men participating in the study admitted that partners found their unhygienic practices unnerving compared to just 2% of women.

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“We were quite alarmed at the apparent lack of basic hygiene from some respondents,” said Jed MacEwan, a spokesman for Ergoflex, as reported by the Daily Mail. Experts like Philip M. Tierno Jr., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center recommend washing bed linens and pillowcases once a week to prevent respiratory problems and reduce debris like dead skin, dander, body secretions and bacteria that accumulate while we sleep.

“One person can perspire as much as a liter in a night—even more if you have a lot of covers,” he told the Wall Street Journal. Tierno also explained that skin cells are a source of food for mites, who are known to fester in mattresses and bedding, and also leave their feces behind. Fungal mold, fungal spores, lint, fibers, pollen, soil and cosmetics also accumulate in the often harmless looking sheets.

Time to change the sheets?

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224 comments
the_dp
the_dp

@SaraLang ugh. To be fair though, before I moved in with my boyfriend, a sheet change was mandatory before he spent the night

bexone
bexone

@SaraLang and now I wonder if there's a correlation between not changing your sheets and being friendzoned.

jd_dca
jd_dca

@SaraLang Now wondering if there is a market for vending machines in male dorms that dispense sheets/pillowcases.

jd_dca
jd_dca

@SaraLang After three months it is likely "replace" not wash.

JCWPolitics
JCWPolitics

@SaraLang lol, young guys are animals... :-) if women only knew how disgusting we actually were they would never even talk to us.

prestonnyc
prestonnyc

@mistressmatisse Ugh, unreal. My Mom changed our sheets twice a week when I was growing up. I feel weird if I don't do it once a week.

mason_bryant
mason_bryant

@mistressmatisse I will admit, if pressed, to mostly only changing my sheets before dates when single. But always before dates. Standards!

AgeLuvCom
AgeLuvCom

So the men in the U.K. are on the same schedule as their dental brushing.

LongClint
LongClint

@chandlerepp Well, for once I'm not guilty here. Fresh sheets feel awesome. Like I'm in a luxury hotel

SaraLang
SaraLang

@the_dp seems like a totally legit rule to me. I just figure, why not err on the side of clean sheets?

mistressmatisse
mistressmatisse

@mason_bryant That works. Although I swear, it's always when one DOESN'T clean up the house before going out that one gets lucky, right?

derekcottrell
derekcottrell

@AgeLuvCom according to the OECD, the British have better teeth than Americans and British children have the best teeth in the world.  Americans don't actually have good teeth, they have good fakery.

OChelsey
OChelsey

@smileyt22 so u put tide on your thin sheets? Well atleast they smell okay.

smileyt22
smileyt22

@OChelsey Seriously i didnt know. I was guessing thin sheets was a term for top sheet which i can't stand to use.lol.

smileyt22
smileyt22

@OChelsey I wash all my sheets with Tide r Gain. I like that spring smell which they trick me into believing.lol.