Do you make your bed immediately after getting up?
If so, you need to know that you thus trap millions of dust mites between the tight sheets of the bed, that remain there to feed off your dead skin cells and sweat and lead to asthma and allergy problems.
Therefore, even though you surely want your place organized, it is much healthier to keep the bed open and unmade for some time to dehydrate and destroy them.
According to Dr. Stephen Pretlove from Kingston University School of Architecture, we trap the sweat, skin cells, and body heat in the bed when making it in the morning, and if you leave it unmade, you will expose the sheets to light and air and thus destroy the mites.
During the night, we sweat up to a liter of fluid, which is a perfect environment for these mites.
Moreover, it has been estimated that about 1.5 million dust mites live in the average bed, feeding on our old skin cells, and their excretions potentially lead to dust allergies and asthma flare-ups.
On the other hand, according to Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, leaving the bed unmade does not make a huge difference it the bed is full of dust mites, but she says it could be highly beneficial.
She says that it is wiser to eat your breakfast and then make the bed so that you will leave enough time for the sheets to dry. Moreover, she suggests washing the sheets and pillowcases every week.
Furthermore, Dr. Stephen Pretlove of Kingston University’s School of Architecture, says “We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body.
Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die.”
So, it is highly beneficial if you leave the bed unmade for some time or even during the entire day, as the fresh air and light will destroy the dust mites, and protect you from health issues like allergies and asthma.