If you make your bed right after you wake up, then the tight sheets would trap millions and millions of dust mites that probably live on the bed, feeding off sweat and your dead skin cells and apparently contributing to allergy problems and asthma. An open and unmade bed, exposes these creatures to light and fresh air and this will help to kill them off and dehydrate them.
Dr. Stephen Pretlove, which comes from the Kingston University School of Architecture, proposes a simple explanation. In the morning, when you make the bed, especially after you wake up, you are trapping the body heat, the sweat, and the skin cells all over your bed. If you leave your bed unmade, you will expose the sheets to light and air, drying them out. We can sweat in sleep. The average individual might sweat up to one liter of liquid per night. So, this creates a perfect breeding ground for those mites.
The main reason behind this recommendation? Curbing the amount of dust mites that are part of your bed. The scientists guess that in the bed there could be 1.5 million dust mites that are living in the bed and feeding on our dead skin cells that are on our sheets. Their excretions can cause asthma flare-ups and can irritate the dust allergies.
Carolyn Forte is the director of cleaning lab that is part of the Good Housekeeping Institute. She told Good Housekeeping that the dust mites are everywhere and leaving the bed unmade may not make much of a difference. But, Carolyn said that it would be good to leave the bed unmade for some time, so the sheets have a chance to dry from your nighttime turns and tosses.
When we sleep, we sweat and the dead skin cells that are on the sheets give a veritable feast for all those dust mite inhabitants in your bed. If you made your bed right after you get up, all the moisture from the sweat, the dead skin cells and dust mites stay trapped beneath your sheets until bedtime.
Carolyn said that making your bed after your breakfast is a good thing. You have to wash the sheets every 1 to weeks, and don’t forget about the pillow cases. If you leave the bed unmade in the morning, the moisture, skin cells and dust mites are left exposed to air and light.
Dr. Stephen said that we have to leave the bed unmade in order to remove the moisture from the mattress and sheets so the mites will dehydrate and then die.
So, the experts recommend to leave the bed unmade until the night. After an exposure to light and fresh air, many of those dust mites in the bed will have died, and then you can breathe a little easier, and now there is a scientific excuse not to make your bed.
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