pyjamas, germs, change

Now that we’ve finished daylight savings, we’re preparing to hibernate in our pyjamas until the warmth of spring creeps over our faces. It gets dark so early now that when you get home from work, it’s almost natural to slip straight into your flannelettes.

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But sometimes you get so comfortable in your pyjamas that you can forget to switch to the next pair when those ones get a bit dirty – and we all have a different definition of dirty. So how often should you change your pyjamas?

Not nearly as much as you should be, according to a survey by the Daily Mail earlier this year. It found that the average woman will wear the same set of pajamas for 17 days (that’s two and a half weeks!), while men will go 13 days before switching to a new pair. If you really think about, that’s pretty gross. You wouldn’t wear the same clothes to work or to the gym for over two weeks, so why are we wearing them to bed?

I’m going to take a wild guess and say laziness and comfort. We love the feeling of warm, worn in pyjamas so much that it can almost be related to a cuddle. There are serious implications from wearing your pyjamas too long, however, as they become a haven and breeding ground for potential infections.

Seriously harmful microbes like MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can build up in your pyjamas and lead to infections that are very hard to treat. The transfer of E.Coli into our urinary tract can cause cystitis and/or a urinary tract infection, which can be quite painful. These microbes can also be transferred to underwear and other clothes.

So, what’s the best way to prevent all this? Change and wash your pyjamas at least once a week to avoid the build up of these dangerous microbes and prevent any future complications.

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