Allergy & Asthma Network publishes a VERY helpful magazine once a quarter. It's called Allergy & Asthma Today.
I was reading the Spring 2016 issue of the magazine and had to laugh out loud when I came across an article called "Don't Make That Bed!"
Okay, I won't!
Hubby is very tidy and always likes to make the bed. Unfortunately, he leaves VERY early for work while I am still curled up in bed. So, he hopes in vain that I will make the bed after I get up. Ha! Dream on......
It's not on the top of my list of things to do in the morning. I just try to get daughter Kitty up and to high school and me to work by 8 am. And neither Kitty nor I are morning people.
The "Don't Make That Bed!" article talks about researchers in Kingston University in London. Of all the creepy things to study, they studied dust mites.
Their study showed that if you leave your bed unmade each day, the bed will dry out and dust mites won't be able to live in your mattress. Dr. Pretlove of Kingston University's School of Architecture says:
“We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body,” Dr Pretlove said. “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.”
For all of you messy people....this is your excuse to not make your bed! (Honest Mom.....this will kill the dust mites and make my allergies and asthma better!)
For all of you tidy people that like to make your bed, mattress covers are recommended to protect you from dust mites.
In the "Don't Make That Bed!" article, Allergy & Asthma Network suggests contacting them if you can't afford mattress and pillow covers. They have coupons and discounts. Contact them at 800-878-4403.
Meanwhile, Messy People of the World - unite and leave the bed unmade. Ha!