Almost every person on Earth makes up their bed just after getting up, but according to scientists, this habit has a negative effect on our health.
By making your bed, you are trapping millions of dust mites between the sheets who will continue living and multiply and may harm your health. These mites feed on dead skin cells and sweat and are associated with asthma and various allergies.
According to newest discoveries, lazy people were right to leave the bed unmade until later. This exposes the mites to light and fresh air which slowly dehydrates and eventually eliminates them. We sweat a lot overnight – up to a liter of fluid, which creates the ideal environment for the dust mites. There are about 1.5 million bed mites per bed – the microscopic insects are not actually a problem, but what they leave behind is. These mites’ excretions can end up in our airways and cause asthma and allergies as well.
According to Carolyn Forte from the Good Housekeeping Institute, leaving the bed unmade will also allow the sheets and pillow to dry from all the sweat excreted overnight. In order to keep your bed free of mites and preserve your health, Forte recommends washing the sheets and pillow cases every 2 weeks.
Though some treatment chemicals have kept them away over the years, the United States is seeing an upswing in bed bug infestation. Though the tiny black bug is becoming more common, and is easily identifiable, there are more than one type of bug to look out for when you pull back those sheets.
The Bed Bug
Bed Bugs, known in the science world as Cimex lectularius, are a tiny, quarter-of-an-inch pest that burrow in the creases of a mattress and wait until you’re sound asleep to bite. Waking up with red bumps all over is a sure sign of these pests. Bed bugs can also be discovered easily by their smell, or if you see large groups of small black dots—they might be your unwanted house guest. To find them, especially when staying in hotels, use a flashlight, pull back the sheets and search for the little black dots.
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