Science Says You’re Right Not To Make Your Bed

Unmade beds kill critters. Made beds make for bug breeding.

Seriously, it’s true. You don’t have to make your bed tomorrow morning, and you can say it’s for health reasons

A recent study has proven that, at any given time, there are an average of 1.5 million microscopic insects called dust mites living between your sheets. These tiny, beetle-like creatures feed off human skin cells and require a warm, damp atmosphere to survive and thrive.

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When we sleep, we sweat. A lot. Rumour has it, the average person may sweat up to a litre of fluid per night. This creates an ideal breeding ground for the mites, who will begin to hump like Hugh Hefner and deliver their creepy, eight-legged offspring.

That is, unless you leave your bed unmade. Problem solved.

One researcher, Dr. Stephen Pretlove from Kingston University School of Architecture, offers a simple explanation. When you make your bed, especially immediately after waking, you’re trapping your body heat, your skin cells, and most importantly, your sweat, all over the bed. But leaving the bed unmade exposes the sheets to air and light, drying them out and depleting the mites’ lifelines.

See? Don’t make that bed. Unless you’re going to change out the sheets, that is.

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