It all comes from a publication in a French magazine almost 20 years ago, which stated that a scientific study estimated that we ingest an average of 15 insects a year while we sleep, without specifying their size or species.
For your peace of mind: the reality is that most of these insects are usually harmless mites that live in our bed, so there is nothing to worry about. However, what worries people the most is that this bug is of a specific type: spiders.
Bill Shear, a biology professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, says: “Spiders look at us like we’re a big rock.”
Also, when we sleep, we tend to breathe synchronously and even snore; so that we emit rhythmic vibrations whose focus is our mouth. Spiders are extremely sensitive to any vibration and generally tend to run away from them since they associate them with possible predators.
However, we must tell you that we do eat a lot of insects without being aware of it but being awake. Scary? Not so much.
You may already know that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, the US government agency responsible for food regulation, among others) proposed some time ago the incorporation of insects in our regular food as a source of protein substitute for meat or fish. And it has been this same organization that has calculated that we consume 453 and 907 grams of insects per year without realizing it.
How is this possible? First, because any agricultural product we consume does not occur in an aseptic environment, it may contain small insects that go unnoticed when washed and end up in our stomach.