Growing up we all had regular chores that our parents asked us to do. Take out the garbage. Put away the clean dishes. Make your bed. But a recent study suggests that one of our tried and true chores is something we should never, ever be doing. And that chore is hurting our heath bigtime.
Unfortunately, it’s not taking out the garbage that’s posing a health risk. Sorry, mom and dad – it’s actually making our beds that’s the culprit. As it turns out, according to research from London’s Kingston University, making our beds everyday makes us much more vulnerable to dust mites.
Dust mites are microscopic bugs that pose threats to individuals with allergies and asthma. As many as 1.5 million dust mites can live in one mattress and trigger all sorts of allergic reactions such as runny nose, wheezing, sneezing and difficulty breathing. Researcher Dr. Stephen Pretlove explained the link between dust mites, unmade beds and allergies on the university’s website:
“We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their 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.”
The first step of defense is to safeguard your mattress with a dust mite-proof mattress case and pillow cases to keep them at bay. Wash your sheets in the hottest water you can to help zap the bugs dead in their tracks. And when it’s time to put the sheets on and make your bed…remember to skip that last step. It’s for your health, right?
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