Get ready to call your mom and tell her that forcing you to make your bed every day was actually a hindrance to your health. We’ve got the research to back it up.
Researchers say that unmade beds aren’t only unappealing to your parents, they’re also disliked by dust mites, which could be linked to allergies and asthma. A Kingston University study found that the bug can’t survive in the warm, dry conditions created by an unmade bed.
It may seem like no big deal, but scientists say 1.5 million dust mites can be found on the average bed. These bugs are less than a millimeter long, which is why you don’t see them crawling all over your bedspread. Researchers say they feed on scales of human skin (Anyone else feel like they need a shower now?) and produce allergens, which you can inhale as you sleep.
“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,” says Dr. Stephen Pretlov, one of the researchers on the project.
When you’re snuggled in your bed, it creates warm and damp conditions ideal for dust mites. But when you’re out of bed, your unmade bed doesn’t give them the moisture they need to thrive.
So, next time someone criticizes your messy bed, tell them about how many dust mites are crawling around their body every time they sleep.