Getting dirty between the sheets now has a whole new meaning.
Researchers are urging people to stop wearing dirty socks to bed after finding they often contain the same bacteria found in cockroaches and their feces.
Experts obtained by Mattress Next Day surveyed 1,017 Britons on their sleeping habits and found that 18% of people wear socks to bed.
It’s disgusting that 70% of sock wearers don’t bother to change into a clean pair of socks before bed and instead stay in the same pair they’ve been wearing all day.
Researchers swabbed smelly socks worn by people between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. and found that half of them contained Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that causes infections in humans.
“It often infects the airways and urinary tract and leads to lung infections,” the mattress expert asserted the next day. “It spreads easily on tools that are contaminated and not properly cleaned.”
Mattress Next Door researchers also found that some socks were even dirtier than an uncleaned TV remote – no small feat considering these devices are “dirtier than a toilet.”
Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health reports that Pseudomonas aeruginosa is commonly found in cockroaches and their feces.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa spreads easily, so someone wearing smelly socks may transfer the bacteria to their bedding, greatly increasing the likelihood of infection.
Experts also add that there are approximately 250,000 sweat glands on the feet, which means moisture can accumulate in dirty socks, which can produce fungi called dermatophytes, which can cause athlete’s foot.
Mattress Next Door researchers recommend that those who want to cover their toes put on a new pair of socks before bed. They also urge all readers to wash dirty socks at temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any bacteria.
This isn’t the first time experts have advised what people should and shouldn’t wear to bed.
Back in 2021, a doctor in Detroit urged people not to sleep naked, saying that doing so could make the sheets dirty.
“The average person farts 15 to 25 times a day, and this can happen while sleeping,” explains the Detroit doctor. “A scientific study proves that every time you fart, you spray a small amount of feces.”