Could Having A Messy Bed Actually Be Healthier?
By Kirsten Cowart
Though having a messy bed may be unappealing compared to the look of your house, it may actually be better for your health.
It may sound crazy, but a study done by the Kingston University discovered that dust mites cannot survive in the warm and dry conditions of the typical unmade bed.
Since you can end up sweating in your sleep, allowing the unmade bed to be exposed to the air can help your bed quickly dry and stay warm in the bedroom air. When you make your bed before it has had a chance to air out, it traps moisture, leading to dust mite heaven.
Your bed can sometimes be the home of around 1.5 million dust mites. These bugs, which are often less than a millimeter long, like to feed on dead human skin. It may sound gross, but they’re seen as nature’s cleanup crew.
The only problem to this system is that dust mites have been linked to the production of common allergens. These can be easily inhaled during sleep, leaving you congested and ill.
Dust mites have also been linked to an increase in asthma symptoms. It’s also believed that dust mites may even cause asthma in people who don’t already have it. Keeping your air quality pure is important for maintaining good health.
Though the warm and damp conditions of an occupied or made bed may be heaven on earth for these creatures, they definitely start to struggle once you cut off their supply of moisture.
Researcher Dr. Stephen Pretlove said: “We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body.
“Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die.”
The next stages of these scientists’ research is putting mite pockets into 36 houses around the UK to test their computer model. They are hoping to find out what other activities in people’s daily routine affect the mite population.
Typical home features such as heating, insulation and ventilation is also believed to be a factor in dust mites ability to function.
Dr. Pretlove hopes that the finding will help reduce the cost in asthma treatment. “Our findings could help building designers create healthy homes and healthcare workers point out environments most at risk from mites.”
So, next time you, your spouse or child forgets to make the bed, remember that you are actually helping to reduce dust mites, allergies and asthma in your life and home.
Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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