Home > Lifestyle > Woman > Your life Updated 16 May 2013 Your mattress is alive Your bed is crawling with life: 10 000 dust mites call it home. They live off the half litre of moisture you sweat out every night as well as bits of shed skin. 0 iStock Quiz Is my diet healthy? » 10 odours our noses can identify 6 body language mistakes to avoid Your bed is crawling with life: 10 000 dust mites call it home. They live off the half litre of moisture you sweat out every night as well as bits of shed skin.Take action:Mites cause allergies. Use clean bed linen as a barrier between you and the dust mites and wash bedding every week at 60 degrees Celsius. Regularly air your mattress in the sun. Read more: A-Z of allergies NEXT ON HEALTH24X Experience a contact lens that feels like nothing 2016-10-24 12:49 More: WomanYour life advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Cipla today announced the launch of its innovative inhaler called Synchrobreathe. Live healthier How loud is too loud? » Heal your hearing Pain relievers linked to hearing loss in women FDA approves balloon device to clear Eustachian tube SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Our ears perform quite a complex job – not only are they responsible for helping us hear, they also assist with balance. Get back into your healthy habits » 7 beach sports to keep you active 7 reasons to start running Here's how to get yourself back into exercise after a break 5 ways to kickstart your fitness routine in 2017 With the festive season at an end, getting back into your fitness routine should be a breeze with these five steps.