Mattress experts have encouraged us all to live a little messier and not bother making our bed in the morning – as doing so can trap sweat and moisture in the sheets
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When you get up in the morning, is your first port of call to make sure your bed is made neatly?
That’s the case for many of us, but experts have now claimed there’s a gross reason we shouldn’t be bothering with the task – and it’s all to do with our sweat.
Mattress experts at And So To Bed have told the Daily Star that moisture and sweat build up within our bedsheets when we sleep, especially in the summer months when the nights can feel suffocating and sleeping without sweating seems impossible.
In fact, The Sleep Council estimates that the average adult loses 285ml of fluid each night, and a fair chunk of this liquid seeps into the sheets below our bodies.
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And if we make our beds as soon as we get up, this moisture stays trapped underneath the duvet – meaning it’ll still be there when we get back into bed the following night. Ew!
To tackle the problem, we should instead be pulling back our bed linen in the morning to allow our mattress and our sheets time to “breathe” and let the moisture evaporate.
The experts at And So To Bed aren’t the only people backing this idea, as TikTok star Dr Karan Raj has also previously given the same advice to followers on his social media platform.
In his clip, the NHS doctor explained: “Stop making your bed first thing in the morning, it’s going to make you healthy.
“Making your bed in the morning traps dust mites that have accumulated overnight. These microscopic predators, which are less than a millimetre long, feed on the scales of human skin and thrive in moist environments.
“When we sleep at night, our bodies become warm and sweaty, making them prime targets for these mites to feed on. They will leave behind excretions which can give us asthma or allergy-like symptoms. So making your bed in the morning traps all this moisture and provides a home for 1.5 million of these bad boys.
“Instead leave your bed messy just for a while. It exposes these mites to air and sunlight, which dehydrate them and causes them to die.”
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