You know that delicious feeling when you slip into freshly laundered bed sheets? Ever wondered why it feels so good?
I once saw a microscope image of a shirt collar. All the strands of cotton were neatly interwoven into an attractive criss-cross pattern. Next to it was another photo of the same shirt collar 24 hours later, after having been worn by someone. What a difference! The strands were now coated with thick, encrusted layers of gunk, invisible to the naked eye but looking like a backdrop to a horror movie when examined close up.
Exactly the same thing happens with bed sheets — or more so, depending on how often you change them. A study at the University of Oregon in 2015 discovered that each of us is surrounded by a unique cloud of microbes, and we leave a trail of them wherever we go, mixed in with particles from our breath, skin, hair, and clothes, and the dust we pick up in our travels. Each centimetre of our skin contains thousands of bacteria, and every time we move, breathe, fart, or scratch ourselves, they become airborne.
We aren’t born this way — babies have no microbes at all — but we collect them during the process of birth and in the first few years of life until they actually outnumber our human cells by a ratio of about 4:3. (Incidentally, it’s thought that this may explain why babies who are born through caesarian section have a higher risk for certain allergies and obesity, because they do not acquire the usual vaginal microbes during the birth process.)
It’s not known yet how far a person’s microbial cloud extends, but it’s believed to be several feet. The energetic counterpart of this is well documented in ancient Hindu texts, and is known as the aura (the part of the human etheric that surrounds the physical body). We also excrete etheric debris everywhere we go, and particularly during the hours of sleep, when the etheric body is revitalized.
The fact of the matter is that when you sleep in the same bed sheets night after night, you are sleeping in layers of your body’s own bacterial excrement and your etheric’s nightly excretion of grunge.
The quality of your sleep at night directly affects the quality of your waking life, so weekly changing of bed sheets is a must, and if you wear night clothes, aim to change them daily or at least every two days. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the difference it makes.
Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2016