Since we were children we were told to make our bed as soon as we get up in the morning. According to scientists, this is a very bad idea. When you make your bed in the morning you lock the humidity in the sheets and the mattress. This way your bed becomes the perfect environment for dust mites and bed bugs to breed in.
Dust mites are microscopic organisms that feed off sweat and dead skin cells. Your bed is probably full of these organisms that could be causing asthma attacks and can also trigger allergies. Statistics say that the average bed is a home of more than 1.5 million dust mites. They get trapped in the fibers of the bed linens and can survive as long as the environment they live in suits them.
What health issues are caused by dust mites?
Dust mites can cause dust allergies, and the most common symptoms of this condition include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose, throat or roof of mouth
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure and pain
- Red, itchy bumps on the skin
- Nasal congestion
Dust allergy treatment
Vacuuming, sweeping and dusting actually make the problem much worse. In order to treat your dust allergy you should be using a vacuum cleaned with a HEPA filter. Vacuum your home regularly and use mite-proof pillow covers and mattress. Of course, you should also wash your sheets regularly.
There is also another powerful method of removing the allergens from your bed.
Dust mites can’t survive in an unmade bed, when exposed to direct sunlight or in warm and dry conditions. So, once you get up from your bed in the morning leave it unmade for the rest of the day. This way the moisture from your sheets and mattress will evaporate and the mites will become dehydrated. If you do this more often will get rid of the mites once and for all. Also, open your window so that the moisture can escape and also to let the sunlight in.