Since we were young, we were told that we need to wash up and make our bed as soon as we get up. This is a habit that has become a part of our everyday routines.
Yet, it seems that is shouldn’t have. Namely, research suggests that making the bed immediately after getting up traps millions of dust mites inside the sheets, bed and mattress.
Dust mites are tiny, microscopic bugs which live in our bed, sheets and pillows. These bugs are rapidly multiplying and are feeding on our dead skin cells and sweat. Moreover, they are also rapidly excreting, up to 20 times a day.
It was scientifically proved that up to 1.5 million dust mites live in an average bed. Hence, the biggest health hazard for humans is dust mite excrement, since it contains protein which when gets inhaled or when in contact with our skin gets our antibodies’ levels up.
What Are the Health Effects?
The dust mites are considered to be the culprit of dust allergies. Some of the most common symptoms of dust allergy are:
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Postnasal drip
- Cough Sneezing
- Runny nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pressure and pain
- Red, itchy bumps on the skin
How To Treat Dust Allergy
You should remember that this issue becomes even worse after vacuuming, sweeping, dusting and walking. So, in order to manage the dust allergy, you should vacuum your home regularly using a HEPA filter vacuum. Moreover, use mite-proof mattress and pillow covers and washing your sheets regularly. However, there is also a powerful method of eliminating all allergens.
The dust mites cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. Hence, the best thing you can do is leave your bed unmade during the day. This will remove moisture from the sheets and mattress and dehydrate the mites. Hence, the mites will be gone in no time. Remember, leave your bed unmade, open your window, and make sure the sheets are exposed to direct sunlight