Do You Make Your Bed As Soon As You Wake Up? Study Says This Is A Bad Idea

September 21, 2018

For some people, it has become quite mechanical. As soon as they wake up in the morning, the first thing they do is to make their bed. In fact, that's one of the first household chores many parents teach their children. 

The premise is simple: When you make your bed in the morning, you have a cool and fresh place to fall back asleep at night. Besides, waiting to do it will give a untidy appearance to your bedroom, and there's the fact that, after a long day, many of us have run out of energy to even think about doing that chore. 

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While it all sounds very noble, there's the possibility that making your bed once you wake up can actually harm your health. 

You may want to leave it unmade

One study has found that making your bed will only give dust mites a super comfortable place to hang out. On any bed, there are about 1.5 million of these creepy creatures and they breed in the moisture that collects in the air. They also munch on the skin cells that fall off when you're asleep. 

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Keep in mind that it's possible for the fact that making your bed may make you sick. This is because these microscopic elements are an allergen and they can cause breathing problems, including asthma.

So, how do you kill as many dust mites as possible? By leaving your bed unmade. According to  Kingston University professor Stephen Pretlove, these mites can only survive by sucking out the moisture from the atmosphere.

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If you leave your bed the way it is until the end of the day, the moisture in the sheets will disappear and the mites will be dehydrated and, eventually, die. 

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The researchers advise that you should wait until the end of the day to make your bed or, at least, a little later when the room has had some time to cool and be aired. 

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Not everyone agrees

Cleaning expert, Carolyn Forte, in an article published in GoodHousekeeping, theorized that leaving your bed unmade will not do much to get your bed rid of dust mites, since they are already all over the room anyway. 

She advised that instead of leaving a messy bed at home, you should throw back your bedding to let some moisture out and make sure your sheets are washed as frequently as possible. Once every other week would be effective.

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Writer Dana Dovey explained that the psychological benefits of making your bed far outweigh the risks. He added that when you make your bed first thing in the morning, it's the perfect way to kickstart a day of making smart and reasoned decisions throughout.

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