Do You Make Your Bed When You Get Up? Here's Why You Should Stop

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.15 - 2024 9:05 AM CET

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Do You Make Your Bed When You Get Up?

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It's quite disgusting! You get up, put on your clothes, get ready for the day, and then you also make your bed so it looks nice and tidy for when you go to bed again - or do you?

Actually, it's not a good idea to make your bed as one of the first things after you get out of it. No, it's not because it takes valuable time out of your morning routine - it's actually a matter of your general health.

What you are about to read is knowledge that has been around for almost 20 years, but it's time it becomes widely known. In 2005, according to Pensionist, researchers at Kingston University published the results of a two-year study showing that dust mites - of which up to 1.5 million can live in a bed at any given time - do not survive as well under the warm, dry conditions created by an unmade bed.

"Mrs. D.," a well-known cleaning expert in the UK, also advises against making the bed immediately when you get out of it. She writes on Instagram that people sweat a lot overnight, so "by making your bed first thing every morning, you trap all the moist air and help dust mites/bed bugs to breed."

Instead, you should wait about an hour after waking up before making the bed, regardless of what you have been brought up with or have gotten used to.

But before you completely drop it...

We have been told over the years that it is important to make your bed every morning, but you should actually rebel against these old pieces of advice.

However, before you take it a step further and use your newly acquired knowledge about mite breeding to completely forgo making your bed, there is 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 firm, which 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 that this is because "a clean room represents a clean mind," which is not particularly scientific, but a comforting thought.

Keep it even cleaner and more comfortable by not allowing mites to multiply even more in your sweaty, moist, dark, freshly made bed.

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