The Rumor Mill on Making Your Bed
I can’t remember exactly when I stopped making my bed, but I think it must have been in college. For all first 18 years of my life, I dutifully made my bed every morning before heading out to school. But that all went out the window when I went off to live up my college years and since then, the not-making-my-bed habit has been a hard one to break. . .But as I read in this little article, I’ve apparently been taking the right approach to my morning by investing in my overall health by not making my bed. The average bed is home to more than 1 million dust mites! Eek!
House dust mites feed on human skin scales (ew), so they love to take up residence with us under the sheets. The allergens they produce (which are actually the mites’ poop) are easily inhaled during sleep and are a major cause of illnesses like asthma. They don’t exactly help dust allergies, either.
Experts recommend leaving your bed unmade all day, so that the dust mites don’t get trapped under the sheets and feed off of all the moisture, your sweat, skin flakes, etc. and they are exposed to fresh air and light, since they survive by taking in moisture from the atmosphere.
So tomorrow, ditch the habit of pulling up those sheets and duvet, and leave it be. Leave it be! Don’t give your bed’s dust mites their daily feast! Oh, and maybe pass along this article to your parents who once nagged you of this chore.
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