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 K Naomi takes a stand and shows women how to fight back WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Are you sure? » Aid your digestion What are digestive disorders? Are you really constipated? Many people think that if they do not have two or more bowel movements every single day of their lives they are constipated. This is patently not true, writes DietDoc. True of False? » SEE: How anaphylactic shock affects your body Stop believing these 10 allergy myths Do you still believe that hay fever is caused by hay? Or that food allergies are really common? No, and no again. We bust 10 myths about allergies.