That's right: the lazybones among us have always been on to something. As it turns out, making your bed is not necessary and might even be harmful for your health!
The reason? These guys.
What is pictured here is a house dust mite. It's present in every home, in every bedroom – in fact, there are as many as 1.5 million of these in the average bed. Dust mites dwell under the sheets and feed on dead human skin scales. They also produce allergens that are a major cause of diseases such as asthma (and by "produce" we mean "poop out".)
At night, as our skin sweats and rubs against the sheets, it leaves flakes everywhere, and the mites come out to feast. Now, if we pull up the sheets first thing in the morning the mites will be left to finish their feast in peace and quiet, surrounded by the lovely dark and damp conditions that they thrive in. If, however, we leave the bed unmade, it will expose the mites to fresh air and light – two things that they hate.
“We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body,” Dr. Stephen Pretlove of Kingston University’s School of Architecture says. “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.”
This said, if you absolutely must make your bed, experts recommend putting it off until evening. By that point, most of the mites will have been dead of dehydration.
So, the next time your mother calls you a lazy slob, tell her this – or better yet, send her this article.