This headline may hook many Moms off guard and the average 13-year old will quickly forward this article to its parents, but there’s a very good excuse supported by science why you should leave your bed undone in the morning.
When the sun rises you immediately make your bed. In this case your tight sheets are trapping millions of dust mites that are living on your bed. They are feeding out of your sweat and dead skin cells. Potentially initiate allergy problems and asthma.
If you leave your bed unmade you will expose the creatures to light and fresh air, which will help to dehydrate and kill them.
Dr. Stephen Pretlove from Kingston University School of Architecture suggests a simple explanation.
In a situation when you make your bed immediately after waking you will trap your body heat, skin cells, and most importantly, your sweat, all over the bed. Leaving the bed unmade exposures the sheets to fresh air and light; drying them out and thus, diminishing the mites’ sustenance.
It is widely known that when we sleep, we are sweating. Person may sweat up to a liter of fluid in one night; which creates an ideal breeding ground for the mites.
What is the reason behind this advice?
Reducing the number of dust mites that live in your bed.
Scientist’s evaluation is that there could be approximately 1.4 million dust mites that are living in the average bed. Their existence is not so bad compared to the poses problems that they are leaving for humans. Their secretions can irritate and cause asthma flare ups when inhaled.
Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, said to a recent interview that since there are dust mites everywhere, leaving your bed unmade maybe will not make much of a difference. But also it can be very wise to leave your bed unmade at least for some time in the morning. That way the sheets will have a chance to dry from your nighttime turns and tosses.
Making your bed directly after waking up, initiates all of the skin cells, moisture from your sweat and dust mites to remain stuck beneath the sheets until bedtime comes.
Take your breakfast and get ready for the day and afterwards making your bed is a good rule of thumb. Also, you must wash your sheets every one to two weeks. We don’t need to remind you about those pillow cases, do we?
“We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body,” Dr. Stephen Pretlove of Kingston University’s School of Architecture said.
“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,” he said.
So, experts have recommended that you should leave your bed unmade for the entire day – saving this routine for when you get home at night.
If you leave your sheets to light and fresh air all day many of the mites will disappear and even your breathing will be easier. Surely you have now a scientific excuse not to make your bed in the morning.
Original article published at PreventDisease.com