It’s pretty disgusting! You get up, get dressed, get ready for the day, and then make your bed so that it looks nice and tidy when you go back to sleep, don’t you?
Making your bed one of the first things you do when you get up is not a good idea. No, it’s not about taking valuable time out of your morning routine but about your overall health.
You’re about to read knowledge that’s been around for nearly 20 years, but it’s about time it became common knowledge. According to Pensionist, in 2005, Kingston University researchers published a two-year study showing that dust mites—up to 1.5 million of which can live in a bed at any given time—don’t survive well in an unmade bed’s warm, dry conditions.
“Mrs. D.”, a well-known cleaning expert in the UK, also advises against making the bed immediately after getting up. She writes on Instagram that people sweat a lot overnight, so “by making your bed first thing every morning, you are trapping all the moist air and helping dust mites/bed bugs breed.”
Instead, wait about an hour after waking up before making the bed, regardless of what you’ve learned or become accustomed to.
We’ve been indoctrinated over the years that making your bed every morning is essential, but you should rebel against that old advice.
However, before you take it a step further and use your newfound knowledge of mite breeding to give up bed-making altogether, there’s another study you should know about.
Dr. Michael Breus, also known as “The Sleep Doctor,” recently published the results of a study conducted by his company. It showed that while only 38.4% of adults make their bed every day, 45.4% of them fall asleep within 20 minutes at night.
He says this is because “a clean room represents a clean mind,” which, while not particularly scientific, is a comforting thought.
Keep it even cleaner and more comfortable by not allowing mites to breed even more in your sweaty, damp, dark, freshly made bed.
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