We’ve always been hounded by our parents to make our bed in the morning.
However, according to a 2006 study, when you do make your bed, you are in fact, breeding 1.5 million microscopic dust mites for the next time you hop in between those sheets. House dust mites live off human skin scales. Gross. When you roll around and sweat overnight, the concoction of skin scales and sweat will be trapped under your nicely made bed during the day and provide a warm moist shelter for your dust mites to infest under.
Experts recommend leaving your bed unmade for the entire day to leave your sheets exposed to the light and air. Dr. Stephen Pretlove of Kingston University’s School of Architecture said, “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.”
So there you go. Don’t make your bed.