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Good News for The Untidy: Unmade Beds May Be Good For Health

posted: 09/11/15
by: Courtney Reimer
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Finally, some good news for those of us too busy to be perfectly tidy: believe it or not, not making your bed could have a positive side effect for your health.

According to a new study reported by BBC News, an unmade bed is not only uninviting for those who like their sheets straight and tidy, it's also a repellant to the dust mites who can carry bacteria and allergens with them. In the article titled "Untidy beds may keep us healthy," the findings from a Kingston University study showed that these tiny bugs (of which there may be as many as 1.5 million in your bed) are unable to survive in "the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed."

For those of you unwilling to sacrifice tidiness for healthiness, fret not: the scientists in the study said their results have applications to builders and interior contractors, who can take these factors into account when building out a new home or apartment building.

Until then, I'll be using this as a great excuse to spend a few extra minutes in the morning catching up on the news rather than straightening my sheets.