If you make your bed right after you get up from bet in the morning, millions of dust mites that live in your bed will be trapped between the sheets feeding off your dead skin cells and sweat.
What you didn’t know is that these mites are potential causers of asthma and allergy. An unmade and open bed, however, exposes the creatures to fresh air and light and will help dehydrate and kill them off.
When we sleep, we sweat. According to scientists, the average person may sweat up to a liter of fluid per night. This creates an ideal breeding ground for the mites.
They estimate unbelievable number of 1.5 million dust mites residing in an average bed which are feeding off our old skin cells that we shed onto our sheets as we sleep.
It’s not their existence but what they leave behind that causes problems for humans. Their excretions can provoke dust allergies and cause asthma flare ups when inhaled.
Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, advices that it’d be wise to leave your bed unmade for some time during the morning so the sheets have an opportunity to dry from your nighttime tosses and turns.
Forte said making your bed after you eat your breakfast and get ready for the day ahead is a good rule of thumb.
Also, wash your sheets every one to two weeks — and don’t forget about those pillow cases!
So yes, experts have recommended leaving your bed unmade for the entire day – saving this chore for when you get home at night.
After a day’s exposure to fresh air and light, the dust mites in your bed will have died, leaving you to breathe a little easier.
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