Since childhood we’ve been taught: to always make our beds. To be a normal, functioning human you should make your bed in the morning. Only very messy, untidy people will leave their beds unmade. However, recently scientists have found unmade beds are better for you and it makes a lot of sense why.
Studies at Kingston University have shown dust mites, which can cause asthma and other allergies can not survive in dry conditions. However, when the bed is made directly after being slept in, there is no time for it to be aired out efficiently and leads to the warm and damp environment dust mites thrive in.
These tiny little bugs (less than a millimetre long) feed on dead human skin flakes and produce allergens which are very easily breathed in during sleep. There could be up to 1.5 million of these critters in your bed.
The researchers at Kingston University were able to use a computer model to track the levels of dustmites. They found the dustmites thrive whilst you are asleep in bed, causing the environment to be damp and warm. Researcher Dr Stephen Pretlove said: “We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body.
“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.”
Anyone else not looking forward to getting back into bed? Another way dust mites can be controlled is by regular washing of sheets. According to a 2015 survey by the Daily Mail, “one in ten, identified in the poll as ‘au naturels’, confessed they didn’t bother to throw their linen in the washing machine more than once a month.”
The ideal amount of time to leave sheets unlaundered, according to Good Housekeeping is at least every fortnight. They also said it is important to clean pillows and comforters 3/4 times a year. Great advice to keep the bacteria, mites and everything else in our beds at bay.