As most house dust mite allergy sufferers will know, your bed is one of the greatest sources of dust mites in the home. With this in mind all dust allergy sufferers should know why you shouldn’t make your bed in the morning.
Does this sound like your morning routine: after a shower and coffee, and maybe a quick spot of yoga, and then you get dressed and make your bed by pulling all the sheets and duvet back over to make it look neat and tidy. Everyone does this, right?
But that’s the worst possible thing you can do to stop the spread of dust mites.
Why making your bed is a bad idea.
Dust mites love nothing more than the warm, damp atmosphere of the bed, full of dust to feast on. Our beds are warm and humid in the mornings and covering over whilst still warm with the covers will only lock in that heat and aid the spread of the mites. You need to let your bed air.
This is backed up by research by Kingston University, who found that simply leaving the bed unmade allows the moisture inside the bed to escape.
It’s important at this point to remind ourselves that dust mites thrive on moisture. Without it they cannot function and begin to hibernate, and eventually die, so to cut off their main source of moisture is crucial.
In previous posts I have highlighted the importance of replacing old mattresses with fresh, mite free ones. How pointless it would be therefore to invest in a lovely, clean new mattress only to quickly allow it to become as full of dust mites as before!
What you should be doing.
The goal is always to make your environment as inhospitable to dust mites as possible. That means good ventilation. That means decluttering and keeping your environment dust free. And it means keeping your bed protected with a fully encased cover, and keeping it free from the sweat your body produces.
So next time you go through your daily routine and make your bed as normal, think again. Leave the duvet pulled totally back and allow all that heat and moisture to escape. Your bed will thank you for it.