Making the bed is one of the activities that most people perform when they get up each morning, or at some time during the day. We believe that this activity is essential to make our home look well organized and to make our room look very cozy every time we enter it. However, despite the fact that most people are used to making the bed every day, a recent study published by the University of Kingston (located in London, Great Britain), says that making the bed is not as good as it looks and even has negative effects on our health.
How do they explain this?
To confirm that making the bed can be harmful to our health, the researchers revealed the fact that perfectly placed sheets and bedspread makes a perfect nest for mites and extends their lifecycle. In particular, they point out that when we make the bed, we are covering mites and other arachnids that inhabit the same sheets, helping to increase their life expectancy.
Although we don’t usually realize it, the sheets and bedspread have moisture and heat, which is generated due to the sweat we produce when we sleep. This moisture coupled with poor ventilation makes a perfect home for mites, which can easily reproduce and live for a long time without us being aware of it.
By making a perfect home for mites, we are more likely to suffer from asthma, eczema or dermatitis, chronic hay fever, different respiratory allergies and even insomnia. It is that, in fact, that the investigation showed a made up bed may be home to up to 1.5 million mites, therefore there is a great risk of developing one of these diseases.
Stephen Pretlove, the leader of the team of scientists who published the study, said that to avoid diseases caused by mites, it is best to combat them by avoiding making the bed as soon we get up. When we don’t make the bed, the mites can be more easily removed, especially if we allow ventilation into our bedroom. Mites can be removed with fresh air and sun exposure, that is, to prevent them from reproducing in our bed, it is best to leave the sheets unmade and open the window of our bedroom.
Pretlove also revealed that many insects and pests can be eliminated with different cleaning products and by using a vacuum cleaner. However, he clarified that the mites cannot be eliminated in this way, and so he recommended ventilating the room frequently, washing the sheets and blankets regularly and especially to expose them to sunlight.
In conclusion, the researchers noted that these findings may be key in preventing allergies or similar diseases, and which could help in their treatment. Therefore, those who don’t enjoy making the bed very much now have a good reason not to. And those who do it often, especially after getting up, should start considering these recommendations to prevent the reproduction of mites and lower their life expectancy, in order to prevent the diseases mentioned.