Mind & Body

Refusing To Make Your Bed Could Kill Off Dust Mites

In 2006, a study simulated different bedroom conditions that could affect the hundreds of thousands of dust mites living in your bed. They found that a humid, warm environment is probably best, and that the dry environment created by leaving your bed unmade could be enough to dry out and kill some of the mites. Why would you want to? Well, dust mites don't harm humans directly, but the enzymes in their waste can exacerbate asthma and irritate the lungs.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Humans shed flakes of skin throughout the day that dust mites eat. 00:53

  2. If you have pets, children, or a home on the ground floor, you probably have more tiny arthropods living with you than the average person. 01:21

  3. Breathing in the enzymes found in dust mite waste can irritate the lungs and aggravate asthma. 02:31

Written by Curiosity Staff April 22, 2016

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