Your Parents Were Wrong: Science Reveals Why You Shouldn’t Make Your Bed in the Morning

Science has goods news for people who are considered slobs for not making their beds.

As awful as it may sound, the average bed is home to about 1.5 million dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic organisms that are less than a millimetre long and feed on human skin scales.

These house dust mites make themselves at home under your sheets. These mites enjoy damp and moist environments typically found under your covers. The average individual sweats throughout the night so the moisture along with the dead skin flakes give the mites quite a buffet.

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Dr. Stephen Pretlove of Kingston University’s School of Architecture reports:

“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.”

As a result, when we make the bed in the morning, the mites and skin scales are trapped underneath. Experts recommend not making beds in the morning to expose the mites to the fresh air and light that will kill them. Instead, it is probably a better idea to leave the bed unmade all day and make it later on at night.

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