One expert warns that dust mites and germs living in our sheets can cause asthma, hayfever, flu and food poisoning (gross!)

By Refinery29
Updated: May 06, 2015
Alexandra Gavillet

Well, this is disgusting.

Instead of being a safe haven at the end of a long day, your bed could actually be harboring dead skin cells, which could lead to millions of nasty dust mites (spare yourself the Google image search, really).

Home hygiene expert Lisa Ackerley, M.D., told The Daily Mail, "Humans shed half an ounce of skin a week and a lot of that will be in the bed." YUCK.

As if that wasn't gross enough, those micro-organisms put you at risk for illnesses and allergies like flu or even food poisoning-or as Ackerley likes to call it, "Sick Bed Syndrome."

"Dust mites like warm moist environments, the bed's the perfect environment," said Ackerley to The Daily Mail. "They reproduce so there will be about 10 million per bed." Excuse us while we gag forever. [Read the full story at Refinery29!]

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