Are you a morning person? If you aren’t don’t worry, cause most people aren’t. Every morning you have tons of alarms; you need to leave your warm cozy bad and make it. Then continue with your morning ritual.
But there is good news. It is best if you don’t make your bed every single morning right after you get up.
Why? Well if you make your bed right after you get up what you would do is that you will trap dust mites between your sheets.
Yes, as a matter of fact, these dust mites stay there, and they survive thanks to your sweat and dead skin cells. This usually causes allergy issues and asthma.
Even if you are someone who wants to keep everything organized, you should bear in mind that it is much healthier if you keep your bed unmade and open for some period.
This is necessary in order to dehydrate and destroy the dust mites.
The Opinion of Dr. Stephen Pretlove
Dr.Pretlove from Kingstone University School of Architecture explains that when we make the bed right away in the morning what we do is that we trap the body heat, sweat and skin cells in the bed (1).
If you leave your bed unmade, you will expose it to air and light, and that will destroy the mites. You should know that during the night, usually, people sweat around one liter of fluid. This makes our cozy, warm bed an ideal environment for the dust mites.
Furthermore, according to estimation, there are around 1.5 million dust mites in the average bed. You must admit that this number is huge.
What these dust mites do is that they feed on old skin cells and then their excretions might cause flare-ups of asthma and dust allergies.
The Opinion of Carolyn Forte
The director of the cleaning lab at Good Housekeeping Institute, Carolyn Forte says that leaving it unmade might not make enormous differences in case the bed is already full of dust mites.
However, she notes that leaving it unmade will surely be beneficial. Her advice is to eat breakfast and then make your bed. This time is enough for the sheets to dry. Furthermore, Carolyn suggests washing the pillowcases and sheets every single week.
Moreover, Dr.Pretlove says that dust mites can only survive if they take in water from the atmosphere with the help of their small glands which are found on the outside of their body.
Therefore, it is better to leave your bed unmade throughout the day in order to eliminate the moisture from the mattress and sheets, so the mites dehydrate and die.
It is better to leave your bed unmade than to make it immediately. The light and fresh air help destroy dust mites and in that way protect you for from different health problems.
This is good news for all of you who don’t make your bed in the morning. And if someone tells you to make it, now you can just say that it is better to leave it unmade.
You won’t have to feel bad any more or feel as you are messy, cause hey, you are doing it for your health.
Remember, dust mites might stay alive only thanks to your habit to make the bed in the morning.