Unmade beds could be healthy

You may want to think twice about rushing to make the bed in a morning according to research carried out at Kingston University, as failing to do so may keep you more healthy.

Dust mites, horrible critters about one millimetre in length, feed on scales of human skin and produce allergens which are easily inhaled during sleep and are often the cause of asthma and other allergies.

The house dust mites thrive in warm, damp conditions and moisture is essential for their survival. And an occupied bed is an ideal home for them.

You probably don’t want to know that the average bed contains around 1.5 million dust mites, so don’t read that last bit.

An unmade bed deprives them of moisture and they are much less likely to survive.

However, that doesn’t mean they won’t thrive in other areas. Heating, ventilation and insulation all contribute to the humidity, and therefore moisture, in the home, so unless you have an almost desert-like environment throughout the house, those nasty critters will not go away.

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