Scientists have discovered the best excuse to skip making the bed in the morning; it seems that simply skipping this early day task might kill off the dust mite populations in your bed.
Dust mites are too small for us to be able to see with the naked eye and this is a very beneficial fact for all of us, because they live in our homes by the millions. And while we cannot see them or feel them directly, dust mites can affect our health quite significantly, as they are closely associated with the development of asthma and a wide range of allergies.
It seems that these small creatures feed on organic detritus in our homes, particularly on our that produced by the exfoliation of our skin. And they also migrate towards moist places in out homes, so that they can absorb the water in the environment, using specialized organelles placed on the surface of their skin.
This is actually the point where the state that our beds are left in the morning comes in. By making the bed immediately after waking up, the moisture that has accumulated during the night is allowed to be maintained, thus providing a welcoming environment for the mites.
However, by leaving the bed unmade, particularly by leaving the bed sheets separated from the covers, all of that night time moisture is dried and the mites have a very hard time surviving in those beds. Thus, the mite population in the bed is reduced with absolutely no effort at all.
While this has no effect whatsoever on the overall dust mite population of the house, it can actually improve the situation as far as the bed is concerned. And since the bed is a place where we spend quite a large amount of time on a daily (or at least nightly) basis, it could have a significant effect on allergies, for those of us who are battling these issues.
So, tomorrow morning think again before you hurry to leave your bed all tidy and neat, because for once, being a little bit messy could go a long way in keeping you healthy.
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