What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Some go straight to the toilet to wash up, others drink their morning cup of coffee while many of us first make our bed and then go about our morning routines. Our parents taught us to do this since we were kids and it kind of stick to us and turned into a habit. However, recent studies show that this habit may be damaging our health after all and we’ll tell you why.
According to research making the bed right after you get up traps millions of dust mites inside the sheets and the mattress and they can wreak havoc on our organism. Dust mites are tiny, microscopic bugs which live in our bed, sheets and pillows, feeding on our dead skin cells and sweat, rapidly multiplying. Scientists have confirmed that there are up to 1.5 million dust mites in an average bed.
And it’s not the bed bugs that are health detrimental, it’s actually their excrement because it contains a protein which when gets inhaled or come in contact with our skin gets our antibodies’ levels up. When our antibodies’ number increases our body starts to release histamine and that’s when the problems begin. Histamine causes the swelling and redness usually associated with allergies.
As a result, you may start to notice some of the following symptoms: red and watery eyes, watery nose, itching sensation, hay fever, sneezing, coughing and even breathing problems. Some people who are extremely sensitive to these dust mites may even notice red, itchy bumps on their skin after being exposed to dust mites.
If you want to eliminate these annoying dust mites there is one simple way to do it. All you have to do is not make your bed right after getting up. If you don’t make your bed in the morning you expose them to direct sunlight and fresh air, which will dehydrate and destroy them. Leave your bed unmade until you come from work and you’ll be safe. Wash your sheets as often as you can, every two weeks or so and the pillows as well and that’s it. You won’t have to worry about these tiny creatures ruining your day!