Health warning issued to anyone who sits on their bed in jeans

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Sleep experts are advising people to avoid lounging at home until they've swapped into clean clothes. Bacteria can stick to your outdoor attire and transfer to your bed, so it's crucial to change into fresh garments before settling down.

Jeans are one of the biggest offenders. Many follow the guideline of washing them every three to 10 wears - meaning they're worn outside multiple times before being cleaned, according to MattressNextDay.

Research has revealed that two infectious bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. Coli) and Staphylococcus aureus, can survive on mattresses, reports Wales Online. Studies suggest that E. Coli could persist in mattresses, with the bacteria capable of surviving for months on surfaces.

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The older your mattress, the more conducive it is for the bacteria to flourish - E. Coli can cause diarrhoea, food poisoning and can even lead to conditions such as pneumonia. If your pneumonia is severe, you may require hospital treatment to receive antibiotics and fluids via an intravenous (IV) line.

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that can result in skin infections, acne and, in some instances, pneumonia. Studies have discovered that this type of bacteria has a high survival rate on cot mattresses.

Further research also shows it can lurk on your pillowcases. So, it's important to stay on top of cleaning all areas of your bedroom.

How to prevent this from happening.

Martin Seeley, sleep expert and CEO at MattressNextDay, recommends following these tips: "Before sitting on your bed, change into clean clothing and avoid placing any items that have been outside, such as bags, coats, or shoes, on your bed."

"Additionally, store clothes that have been worn outside and are to be re-worn, like jeans and jackets, separate from your clean clothing. Use a different drawer or cupboard to prevent germs from transferring to your clean items and potentially contaminating your bed."