Many of us grew up hearing, “Make your bed before you go to school!” But scientists now urge people not to make their beds in the morning to help keep millions of unseen, allergy-causing dust mites at bay. Dust mites feed on the flakes of dead skin that we shed while we sleep. And while we sleep, the prolonged body contact with the bed produces moisture. When we make our beds, we trap that moisture inside, which keeps dust mites alive. Dr. Stephen Pretlove explained, “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.”
Here’s what a dust mite looks like, by the way:
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Strange bedfellow to say the least!
Watch this short video and decide whether you’d like to continue making your bed every day and continue to appear the “non-slob” — or if you’d rather skip this tedious chore and create a healthier sleeping environment.