The average bed could be a home to as many as 1.5 million dust mites. If that fact alone doesn't scare you, then keep reading.
New research has shown that leaving your bed unmade will actually kill off any dust mites that you share your bed with. Yes, you heard right. In addition to killing off those creepy-crawlers with an unmade bed, this will leave you more healthy in the long run.
According to BBC Health News, "While an unmade bed may look scruffy it is also unappealing to house dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies." In a Kingston University study, according to BBC, they discovered that these dust mites cannot survive in a warm, dry atmosphere — hence the unmade bed scenario.
"The bugs, which are less than a millimeter long, feed on scales of human skin and produce allergens which are easily inhaled during sleep," BBC reported. "The warm, damp conditions created in an occupied bed are ideal for the creatures, but they are less likely to thrive when moisture is in shorter supply."
Dr. Stephen Pretlove, from Kingston University, says that these bugs only survive when they take in water. They receive their water from small glands on the outside of our 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," Dr. Pretlove said.
Dr. Pretlove and his team of scientists have furthered their study by placing "mite pockets" in beds of 36 homes. "Our findings could help building designers create healthy homes and healthcare workers point out environments most at risk from mites," he said.
What do you think about this new research? Can you imagine having an extra 20 seconds a day? Over the course of an average lifespan, you will get nearly seven days back by not making your bed! One great way to make use of this extra time is by watching these funny clips from the popular show, "This Is Us."