The average person changes their sheets every 24 days, a new survey reveals.
Single people change their bedding after 37 days, while those in a relationship wait nearly 22 days.
The survey also found a big difference in how often men and women swap out their sheets, with men waiting nearly 30 days to change their bedding, and women waiting 19 days.
When sex is involved, men wait an average of 18 days to change their bedding after a one-night stand, while women wait just two.
Mattress Advisor found the average person changes their bedding roughly every 24 days
Although experts encourage people to clean their sheets at least once a week, it’s clear many men and women don’t do that.
People will spend nearly a third of their lives in bed, this amounts to 56 hours a week of sweat, body oil and dead skin cells.
After a while, they will become filled with fungi, bacteria, dust, dirt, pollen, and other allergens that settle in unwashed linen and mattresses over time.
Mattress Advisor, a company that provides mattress reviews and ratings, surveyed more than 1,000 Americans to find out their bed-cleaning habits and then asked them how gross they perceive different bed habits to be.
The survey revealed people who sleep naked or don’t shower before going to bed wait 19 days to do a bed sheet overhaul.
It also found men fell woefully short when it came to hygiene in the bedroom.
Men in relationships wait more than 29 days to change their sheets compared to women, who change their sheets after about 19 days.
Single men were worse, waiting nearly 45 days to switch out their bedding, which could be the reason why they’re still single.
Researchers found people in relationships were more likely to clean their sheets and pillowcases
Researchers found men wait on average 10 days longer than women to change their sheets and pillowcases
Although 26.4 percent of men think it’s gross to not change sheets immediately after sex, they wait 18 days to change their sheets after a one-night stand
This isn’t the first report to reveal men are bad at hygiene when it comes to bedding.
A 2013 survey conducted by UK mattress company Ergoflex found men wash their bed sheets just four times a year.
Overall, the new survey revealed single people had the worse cleaning habits.
Singles went 37 days to change their bed sheets, compared to married folks and people in relationships who swapped their bedding after 20 and 21 days, respectively.
Revealed: How often people change their bedding after sex
The percentage who wash their sheets before a night out if sex is a possibility
Men: 43 percent
Women: 33.4 percent
The percentage who change their sheets before a night out if sex is guaranteed
Men: 48. 6 percent
Women: 39.3 percent
On average, how many days do you wait to wash your bed sheets after they become soiled through sexual activity?
Men: 11.7 days
Women: 4.3 days
On average, how many days do you wait to wash your bedsheets after having a one-night stand?
Men: 18.3 days
Women: 2.2 days
Despite 26.4 percent of men finding it gross to not clean sheets after having sex, they, on average, wait 18 days to change their sheets after a one-night stand.
Fortunately, people are much better at cleaning their bedding when sex is involved.
After sheets become soiled due to sexual activity, women change their sheets after four days, while men, who are apparently more comfortable sleeping in grime, wait 11 days.
Since pillows are smaller and easier to change, many would assume the fluffy cushions would be changed more frequently.
But pillowcases had a slightly longer unwashed period than bedding.
In fact, people who drooled regularly wait more than a month to change their pillowcases.
Surprisingly, those surveyed had their own limits for unwashed bedding, claiming that not changing sheets after 35 days is what they would consider ‘gross’.
Overall, researchers found people in relationships were more likely to clean their sheets. Married couples had the shortest average time between bed sheet cleanings, while people in relationships had the cleanest record for pillows.
However, their bed-cleaning habits still fall short.
Many experts recommend people change their bedding once a week to avoid bacteria spreading from sweat and dead skin.
Mattress Advisor asked customers to submit visual evidence of their bedding hygiene
The company said that regardless of how often both males and females claimed to change their sheets, there was a fair share of splotches and discoloration