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Is an Unmade Bed Better for Your Health?

Good news for anyone trying to buy back two minutes of time during the morning rush: It’s officially OK to stop making your bed, or so says a study published in Experimental & Applied Acarology.

But before you cheer, a word of warning--the reasoning is actually a little bit gross.

Turns out we’re all sleeping in a hotbed of dust mites. In fact, the average bed could be home to up to 1.5 million of the little microscopic buggers.

And, contrary to popular belief, making your bed actually improves conditions for these guys, who crave warm, dark and damp conditions. What they don’t love? Warm and bright and dry conditions--the exact kind they get when sun pours in through your bedroom windows hitting the sheets on your messy, unmade bed.

So go ahead and cut bed-making from your morning routine. Or if you just can’t stand the thought of sloppiness, commit to washing your sheets at least once a week in hot water to better ward off bed-crashers.

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