A lot of people tend to make their bed right after getting up. However, experts claim that this habit has its downfalls. If you make your bed then you trap millions of dust mites between the sheets and the bacteria thrive on d.e.a.d skin cells and sweat, causing asthma and allergies.
On the other hand, if you leave the bed unmade, you expose the bacteria to fresh air and sunlight which dehydrates and destroys them. Scientists explain that during sleep, we sweat. In fact, the average amount of sweat we produce goes up to one liter of fluid per night. Sweat is the ideal surrounding for dust mites.
There are approximately 1.5 million mites residing in your bed. Their existence does not cause an issue, however, what they leave behind does. Their excretions are responsible for dust allergies and asthma flare ups.
Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, explains that leaving the bed unmade for some time after waking up in the morning is an excellent decision as the sheets have the time to dry from the nighttime tossing and turning.
Wash your sheets and pillowcase every two weeks.