Untidy Beds May Keep us Healthy

Posted on October 18, 2007  Comments (3)

Untidy beds may keep us healthy – I knew I was right not to make my bed, I just didn’t know why 🙂

Research suggests that while an unmade bed may look scruffy it is also unappealing to house dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies. A Kingston University study discovered the bugs cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed. The average bed could be home to up to 1.5 million house dust mites.

The bugs, which are less than a millimetre long, feed on scales of human skin and produce allergens which are easily inhaled during sleep.

Good news. Some other scientist is not being helpful however 🙁

“However, most homes in the UK are sufficiently humid for the mites to do well and I find it hard to believe that simply not making your bed would have any impact on the overall humidity.”

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3 Responses to “Untidy Beds May Keep us Healthy”

  1. xm carreira
    October 20th, 2007 @ 8:10 am

    The main problem with the UK romms is not the beds but those horrible carpets that can contain millions of bugs.

  2. Anonymous
    January 22nd, 2009 @ 4:34 am

    I have a problem with not making the bed… the wife! I have forwarded your post to her in the hope we can come to a compromise and just fold the covers half way down the bed in a tidy looking fashion. Then we need to sort the problem of scatter cushions. Wish me luck :~}

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