Weird isn’t it? That a supposed yardstick for neatness has suddenly been proven to be bad for one’s health. Here’s why:
According to a study published in the journal; Experimental & Applied Acarology, making your bed is admittedly good for your mental health, but also makes your bed extra-comfy for dust mites.
“On average, each bed contains more than a million dust mites. These tiny creatures live in damp spaces of your mattress and pillows, feeding off your dead skin cells and pooping out an allergen that can trigger asthma-like symptoms.”
So technically, when you make your bed in the morning, you trap these dust mites and prevent them from dying in the bright daylight, thereby giving them a comfy space to breed. When you don’t make your bed, you’re exposing the dust mites to the regular atmosphere of your house, which includes the harsh sun. They die and you might have saved yourself from triggering “asthma-like symptoms”.
This isn’t an excuse to be lazy though because after a while, you have to sprinkle your mattress with baking soda and vacuum it each month to clean out the dead mites.