by Lidija Drakulic

After ten years, a mattress doubles its weight because of dust mites and their feces. An average person spends around eight hours on their bed every night: sleeping, watching TV or reading something. Who else do we share our beds with besides our loved ones? We also share our beds with an insect called a dust mite. Your family and you are sleeping on a bed with millions of tiny insects called dust mites. They eat your dead skin flakes and they comfortably nest in your pillows, bed and furniture. Dust mites are the number one allergen in people’s homes. They affect 85% of people who suffer from asthma. The average person spends about one third of their life in bed. A mattress can contain millions of dust mites. A single one of these insects produces about 20 waste droppings every single day. Each of these droppings can get lunged into your bronchial tubes and lungs. In other words, after you've owned a pillow for about two years, around ten percent of that pillow’s weight will be composed of dust mites and their feces.