On average, how many nights in a row do you wear the same pajamas to bed? When polled, men said they waited an average of 13 days to change their pj’s, while women admitted waiting an average of 17 days to switch it up! Many of us don’t think twice about throwing on the same pair of pajama pants a few nights in a row. But it turns out that wearing the same pair of pj’s is a habit that could affect our health.
Here are seven reasons why you should change your pajamas more frequently:
1. Bad Odors
If you wanted to stay clean and avoid bad odors, you probably wouldn’t go a week without showering, right? A similar concept applies when wearing the same pajamas night after night. Dirty pj’s tend to absorb sweat during the night, along with bacteria that thrives in moist, dark spots. This allows bacteria to grow and create bad odors. If you shower at night, then change into dirty pajamas, your shower was pretty much pointless!
2. Staph Infections
Staph is a very common microbe that most people carry a small amount of on their skin. We pick it up through our nose, mouth and skin. Most of the time, it doesn’t cause a problem. But if you wear the same piece of fabric over and over again, staph bacteria can start to collect in your clothing. Over time, staph can find its way inside the skin through cuts, ingrown hairs or other breaks in the body’s defense system. Changing and washing your pajamas frequently helps kill off staph bacteria and prevent life-threatening infections.