A lot of people tend to make their bed right after getting up, but the tight sheets will trap millions of dust mites that live on your bed, feeding off your dead skin cells and sweat and potentially contributing to asthma and allergy problems.
Namely,Dr. Stephen Pretlove from Kingston University School of Architecture, offers a simple explanation. When you make your bed, especially immediately after waking, you’re trapping your body heat, your skin cells, and most importantly, your sweat, all over the bed.
On the other hand, if you leave the bed unmade, you expose the bacteria to fresh air and sunlight which dehydrates and destroys them.
Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, told Good Housekeeping that since there are dust mites everywhere, leaving your bed unmade might not make much of a difference. But she did say it’d be wise to leave your bed unmade for some time during the morning so the sheets have an opportunity to dry from your nighttime tosses and turns.
Forte said however, if you leave your bed unmade – the dust mites, moisture and skin cells are left exposed to light and fresh air which dehydrates and destroys them.
Also, it’s important to wash the sheets every two weeks as well as the pillowcases.
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