We`ve always been told that the first thing to do after waking up is to wash up and make the bed, so this became our everyday habit.
But is this wrong? According to certain scientists, millions of dust mites get trapped inside the sheets and bed when we make the bed after getting up.
These microscopic bugs live in our pillows, sheets and bed, feeding on the sweat and dead skin cell we leave, multiplying rapidly.
Science came with the average of 1.5 million dust mites that live in every bed. They excrete up to twenty times a day, and this excrement is the biggest hazard to human health because if we inhale the protein it contains, the level of our antibodies will raise. When this happens, the body starts to release histamine as an immune response.
Histamine can cause redness and swelling, like in allergies, and symptoms like sneezing, coughing, fever, watery nose and red eyes, itching, or even breathing problems. If you are sensitive to dust mites, the exposure can result in red, itchy skin bumps.
Once we`ve established the negative effects of dust mites to our health, we need a solution for the problem. And there is an easy one:
Leave the bed unmade! At least until you finish your breakfast or before going to work. These mites live in dark and moist conditions, so when they get exposed to heat, fresh air and sunlight, they will dehydrate and die.
Also, it`s recommended to change and wash the sheets once a week, or at least every 10 days.
This way you can sleep in cleaner ad healthier space, and protect yourself from the risk of some allergy or asthma.