We've debated the merits of the lived-in look, giving rise to a "team neat" and a "team messy" in the process. But a study from Kingston University in London lends legitimacy to the latter camp, finding a link between making your bed and the livelihood of dust mites. It turns out that dust mites, which can increase your risk of having an allergic reaction, or even asthma, thrive in moist, humid environments (like underneath your comforter). Conversely, these mites cannot survive in the dry conditions of an unmade bed.
"The average bed could be home to up to 1.5 million house dust mites," said Dr. Stephen Pretlove from Kingston University. "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 researchers reportedly developed a computer model to arrive at this conclusion, tracking how changes in the home can impact the number of dust mites in household beds. But not everyone is on the same page when it comes to this issue. Professor Andrew Wardlaw of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology recently told Today that mites can survive in any home that is humid. "I find it hard to believe that simply not making your bed would have any impact on the overall humidity," he said.
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