As we all know, making your bed every morning is like a clean soul and a step towards a tidy life. Of all our daily habits, the tradition of making our beds in the morning is always at the top of the hierarchy of habits. But it turns out that, contrary to what we know, it may be doing more harm than good.
surprised? It may sound shocking, but making your bed first thing in the morning can affect your health. This is because of the millions of dust mites that may share your bed. They love nothing more than warm, damp bedrooms, and in the morning, your bed is the perfect breeding ground for them.
So if you’re reading this in the morning, make that bed unkempt for a while. There are scientific reasons why you may not want dust mites to be your roommates every day feeding on your skin.
Why should you wait to make your bed in the morning?
New research and studies show compelling motives for not making your bed first thing in the morning. When you make your bed as soon as you wake up, you end up trapping all the dust mites that have gathered overnight. Trapping them once you make your bed provides them with the perfect breeding ground, allowing them to thrive, giving rise to our allergies and asthma.
But if you wait at least half an hour, you can give your bed a chance to breathe, and the light and air will kill dust mites. According to a study by Dr. Stephen Breitloff of Kingston University, who researched this topic, doing something as simple as keeping the bed unmade for at least half an hour in the morning will remove moisture from your sheets and mattress. Since dust mites primarily feed on moisture, they will eventually dry out and die.
So, the advice is to wait a bit before making your bed. Go drink your coffee first. Your bed can fight off dust monsters while you enjoy your morning cup.
What happens when we sleep?
We may be happily asleep, snuggling under the covers at night, but a lot goes on around us while we sleep. We lose a lot of moisture through sweat, oil secretion, and skin cells. According to the UK Sleep Council, an adult loses approximately 10 ounces of fluid each night through sweat as well as breathing. So, we may not know it, but a lot of moisture and swarms of microorganisms seep into the room at night when we sleep. Most of them are on pillows, sheets and mattresses. Moreover, if the windows are closed and there are two or more people in the room, the humidity doubles.
What is dust mites?
Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, also known as “dust mites,” are small, microscopic insect-like insects that feed on the scales of dead human skin. They thrive and flourish in the warm, moist climates of rooms, which are undoubtedly, and most commonly, the bedrooms of our homes. They feed on all the dead skin we shed every night. sounds gross? Thank your lucky stars that they are invisible to us, because they are too small for us to see. Although they don’t bite, sting, or make their hideout on our bodies, they are pretty lethal to our everyday health. They make us allergic to dust and can be responsible for mild to severe asthma.
Dust mites mostly live in bedding, mattresses, carpets, curtains, and any upholstered furniture in our homes and offices. They are everywhere and everywhere. According to statistics from the American Lung Association, four out of five homes in the United States have dust mites in at least one bed in their home. Interestingly, there is no escaping dust mites because they are naturally occurring, absorbing moisture from the air. Because moisture is the main stimulus for their existence, dust mites cannot survive in dry, desert areas.
Dust allergy is a reaction to the feces and urine of dust mites in your bed. Yew!
This revelation isn’t a pleasant thing to do, but it needs to be told. Dust mites cause dust allergies in people who are allergic to dust. But what do we inhale? Mostly, allergy prone people inhale the proteins in dust which mainly come from the feces, urine and decomposing bodies of dust mites. It’s gross, but it’s true! Don’t kill the messenger.
When we have a runny nose and sneezing due to allergies, it is because our nasal passages swell up, causing inflammation due to dust mites. Prolonged exposure to these little beasts can have a lifelong impact on health, especially for people with asthma and people with dust allergies. Dust allergy causes allergy symptoms that range from mild to severe sneezing, coughing, and congestion. In extreme cases, it can trigger a severe asthma attack as it directly affects the lungs.
What is the right and best way to make your bed?
We all know that light kills darkness. And the solution to all dust mite problems is good old fashioned sunlight and air. Once you leave your bed, keep your mattress and pillows exposed to light and air, for at least half an hour, so dust mites can’t survive.
Since we cannot wash bed sheets every day, the best thing to do is to air the sheets every morning. When morning comes, fold the sheets back, or pull up the covers, turn on the ceiling fan if you can, and keep the windows open. Keep this War Mode on for an hour, and the enemies will be dead before you know it.
No matter how therapeutic and stress-relieving making your bed is, the trick is to resist the temptation to do it as soon as you wake up. The rest of the day will be smooth sailing, without the unnecessary distraction of sneezing and coughing interrupting your important moments.
Here are some tips to make your bed clean and bacteria-free.
You can’t wash bed linen every day, even though doing so would help a lot. But a good recommendation is to wash them at least once a week, and the pillowcases should be changed every two to three days. When washing linen, wash it on a warm to high temperature if you want a germ-killing machine. Other good practices that help keep beds clean and discourage dust mites are showering before bed, not going to bed when you’re sweating, and avoiding going to bed when wearing makeup, lotions, oils, creams, etc.