The bed also has a lot to do with health. Also when we do it, how we distribute it… Because it’s probably the place in the house where we spend the most hours. And all this time we are in very close contact with her.
- We put our face on the pillow,
- we dress up to the neck in winter
- and often we share it with another person. But it’s also home to millions of allergy-causing dust mites and other microorganisms that can get between the sheets.
For these reasons, we must be careful and respect hygiene.
What should be done? Here are a few tips:
Air first, make the bed later
Many people they make the bed as soon as they get up in the morning. They leave it tight again, without creases. But It is not the most suitable from a hygienic point of view.
After spending a whole night sleeping we leave remnants of cells, fat and keratin from our skin in the bed. All that, seasoned with a little sweat. An environment ideal for Mites.
These microscopic arthropods live in our beds, from sheets to pillows and mattresses, and They feed on the dust generated by our skin. They also proliferate in humid environments, as usually occurs in the sheets when you just woke up.
There are millions of small animals which, among They and their droppings cause allergies. in a large part of the population.
For this reason, some authors have proposed stopping making the bed to eliminate them. A practice which can prove very useful if accompanied by good fresh ventilation.
Mites need temperatures around 22 degrees and high relative humidity. And that is why, by ventilating the room and leaving the bed unmade, the sheets cool down and lose moisture due to sweat, thus significantly reducing the number of dust mites.
For people with allergies, it is essential to ventilate
For people suffering from allergies or asthma, this is a highly recommended practice.
But on the other hand, it is by no means the only way to reduce dust mites. It is even an insufficient task if the air entering for ventilation is hot and humid.
Furthermore, Leaving the bed unmade allows more contact between the environment and the sheets where we will sleep later.
We leave the clothes, the bag, the animals get in… And if that happens, Leaving the bed unmade can also introduce new microorganisms..
This without counting the beneficial effects of making bed on our mental healthsince it seems sufficiently demonstrated that:
- Improves concentration
- Increased productivity
- It might even help you sleep better!
So the most advisable thing is open the windows, leave the bed unmade and let the fresh air pass between the sheets. This will dry the sweat and cool the bed, creating a more hostile environment for dust mites.
But after a while, for example once we have finished eating breakfast and washing, we can make the bed. and close the window again.