While many people associate those who make their bed as having their life 'together', UK-based mattress retailer Mattress NextDay is challenging this with a surprising message.
The experts warned you should never make your bed within the first 30 minutes of waking up as they explained why. Traditionally, making your bed has been associated with tidiness and discipline.
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However, Martin Seeley, the CEO and sleep expert at MattressNextDay, argues that making your bed as soon as you wake up may not be the best choice for your health.
He said: “Contrary to popular belief, an unmade bed is less susceptible to dust mites, those tiny creatures that can trigger a range of health issues, including asthma and allergies.
"Many studies show that unventilated bedding, caused by making your bed immediately, can create an environment that leads to higher concentrations of dust mites and their allergic proteins as reported in many studies.”
He added: “This is because dust mites tend to thrive in warm environments that have a lot of moisture. So, given that the average person sweats 500ml per night, naturally, your bed environment is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites in the morning.
"That’s why it’s important to leave your bed for at least 30 minutes allowing for better ventilation which helps disperse moisture and reduces the overall humidity in your bed.
"Moreover, natural sunlight can play a role in preventing the accumulation of dust mites.
"Allowing your bedding to remain unmade for a while gives it exposure to natural sunlight. Sunlight has disinfectant properties and can help kill some bacteria and mites, further reducing potential health risks."
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Ironically, the best temperature for sleep is also the perfect temperature for dust mites to thrive.
Martin continued: "Many studies have revealed that the best room temperature for sleep is approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 degrees Celsius), which interestingly, is also the optimal temperature for dust mites to grow.
"With the current period being one where dust mites increase due to higher humidity levels in summer, it's crucial to allow your bed to breathe in the next couple of months until late winter when humidity levels decrease.”
Dust mites might be small, but their impact on health is significant, according to Martin.
He said: "It’s estimated that 10% of the world’s population is allergic to dust mites, amounting to 6.7million people in the UK.
"However, this is also an international problem – in the US, it’s estimated nearly four out of five homes in the US have dust mites in at least one bed, this means that approximately 11.3m Americans could be impacted.”
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