A 2006 study added one more to the list of the perks of leaving your bed unmade in the morning. According to the findings, a messy bed might be better for one’s health because dust mites dry out when the blankets are left unfolded.
Whether we like it or not, we co-exist with dust mites. They are naturally part and parcel of our environment. Know that around 1.5 million of them must be living life to their fullest on your bed right now. They might not be a problem to all of us, but some people are allergic to them. So, the new study suggests that these people could leave their bed in a mess in the morning so as to decrease the intensity of their symptoms that include coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and even asthma.
The researchers found, via a computer model, that dust mites thrive when we’re in bed at night providing humid conditions with our perspiration beneath the sheets and blankets. On the other hand, their numbers could be lowered during the day when the moisture wears off.
“We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body,” lead researcher Stephen Pretlove said in a statement to the BBC when the research was released. “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.”
Sadly though, if this is actually true, it would only apply to the UK since the experiment took into consideration the conditions there. Therefore, it would not be the case for more humid regions, for instance. The scientists intended to extend their research but their results are not yet available.