Making your bed in the morning makes you happier and helps you get a healthier night’s sleep afterward, a study suggests. But sometimes, even the most harmless habits may have some not so harmless effects, as scientists come up with new discoveries which feel like a bucket of cold water has been poured on our heads.
We at Bright Side like to look at things from different angles, so we invite you to find out how an ordinary morning routine can actually affect your health.
You host unwanted guests right on your pillows.
According to a study, taking time to make your bed not only sets your mind at peace, but it makes a cozy home for dust mites. You cannot see them without a microscope, and you may think the place is clean, when in fact it’s not.
Your blanket creates a wonderful atmosphere for bed mites.
Bed mites love to live in the dark, damp spaces of your mattress and pillows, and feed themselves with your dead skin cells. When you make your bed in the morning, you “cover them up” in their ideal environment with your blanket. In the evening, the army (that has now multiplied) starts doing its dirty work. Among the unpleasant effects, there can be skin irritations and even acne.
Dust mites poop right on your sheets.
While feeding themselves off of your dead skin cells, they leave their signature on your sheets. Yes, the mites poop right in the place where you’re supposed to cozily sleep after a hard day. Their feces provoke a lot of allergic reactions in humans. You may have sore eyes, sneezing, and even asthma.
Even if they’re dead, they are harmful.
Like any living creature on Earth, bed mites have their own life cycle. But even when they are dead, you can still inhale the remains of their corpses when you sleep. Scientists claim that this is potentially dangerous for people who are allergic, as inhaling these “corpses” may provoke the worsening of their condition.
Bed mites are scared of sunlight.
If you leave your bed uncovered in the morning, the mites are influenced by moving air and sunlight, which are their natural killers. This is why it’s so important to let your bed “breathe” for a few hours, instead of “protecting” these guys under your blankets.
When fighting them, don’t use the bug-killing sprays.
Dermatologists do not advise to use bug-killing sprays if you want to go to war with these unwanted guests. It is better to thoroughly clean your bed with a vacuum cleaner. Of course, you won’t be able to remove all of the mites, but decreasing their number helps prevent allergies.
Are you in the habit of making your bed in the morning? Does this process bring you satisfaction or irritate you?