Can Making Your Bed Be Bad For Your Health?

posted: 07/19/16
by: Amanda Mushro

Your mom probably told you to make your bed every morning, and even science suggests that making your bed every morning can help you be more productive; however, a group of scientists are encouraging you to keep your bed messy all day- for your health.

According to Dr Stephen Pretlove, a reasercher who spoke with the BBC, making your bed in the morning turns your bed into the perfect living space for dust mites. Yuck.

The average bed is said to be home to more than one million dust mites--that's right one million. These tiny creatures, who feed off of human skin, are not only gross and creepy, but are linked to causing asthma and other allergies.

Since dust mites need warm and damp conditions to survive, when you pull up your sheets and blankets to make your bed in the morning, you've just created ideal conditions for these microscopic creatures to thrive. *Runs to un-make bed*

But if your bed is unmade, your sheets and blankets have time to dry during the day so dust mites are less likely to survive.

Pretlove told the BBC, "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."

But not every scientist agrees with these findings and say that most homes are already humid enough that making your bed or not making your bed will have no effect on the amount of dust mites where you sleep.

So even if you're team make your bed or team don't make your bed, we all can agree, that one million dust mites in our bed is entirely too many and maybe we all need to just wash our sheets more often.