Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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Leaving your bed unmade has its benefits

Research suggests that while an unmade bed may look scruffy it is also unappealing to house dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies.  A Kingston University study has conclude the bugs cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed. 

To put in a short sentence! Making up your bed is like saying " Hey bed bugs, make yourself at home!! "

The average bed could be home to up to 1.5 million house dust mites.
The bugs, which are less than a millimetre long, feed on scales of human skin and produce allergens which are easily inhaled during sleep.
The warm, damp conditions created in an occupied bed are ideal for the creatures, but they are less likely to thrive when moisture is in shorter supply.  

FYI: Bed bugs cause this type of damage to the human skin, photo below.



  1. now i won't be able to go to sleep peacefully tonight.

  2. This is so wrong. @iTweetFacts needs to get it's facts straight. Dust mites and bed bugs are 2 different creatures. You are speaking as if they were the same bug. Dust mites are one-fourth to one-third of a millimetre long. Adult bed bugs are wingless insects, roughly oval in shape, 5-6 millimetres long. Gargantuan compared to dust mites, So, if you can see the creature with your naked eye, it is definitely not a dust mite.

    Bed Bugs Bite; Dust Mites Cause Allergies

    Bed bugs actively bite people to feed on our blood while we sleep. The bites themselves are painless, but may leave itchy, red scars the next morning. Typical symptoms indicating bed bug bites are small red spots in rows of three or more. Every person reacts differently, however, and some people may exhibit no symptoms while others can have severe skin reactions. Most people become increasingly sensitive to bed bug bites with repeated bites over time.

    Dust mites do not bite, but are the major cause of indoor allergies. The mites themselves do not produce symptoms, but a protein in their fecal pellets does cause asthma, or aggravates existing asthma symptoms. Dust mites can also cause eczema, a skin condition also known as “atopic dermatitis,” whereby the skin becomes dry, itchy, red and scaly.

    Now you have the facts. :-)