I’m sure if you are anything like many of us your mother always told you to “make your bed”.
And so we did…when we were kids.
But what about now? Do you make your bed every day?
There are in fact reasons why…
Why you shouldn’t
The reason you should not make your bed is one simple thing…Dust Mites!
Yep there are dust mites in them thar sheets. And it is believed that the mites very much enjoy the nice warm, moist environment of a nicely made bed. Dr. Stephen Pretlove, stated “We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body. Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die.”
Truth be told that is the only reason I could locate to not make your bed.
On the other side though I have found several reasons why you should make your bed every day:
- It really does help you sleep better. Getting into a well-made bed is actually pretty crucial to a good night’s sleep. You don’t start off with all those twisted up sheets and blankets half off the bed.
- It helps keep your room clean and tidy. Well as long as the rest of the room is clean and tidy. But seriously since the bed is generally the largest piece of furniture in the bedroom it can look a bit strange if the rest of the room is tidy and the bed is unmade.
- It helps to cultivate good habits. Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit”, says “Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.”
- British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Professor Andrew Wardlaw, noted that most homes are humid enough that the dust mites would be able to thrive whether your bed was made or not. Also according to Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at Good Housekeeping, dust mites are literally everywhere. She does not think that the unmade bed will make a huge difference in your home.
Following my mother’s rules (and of course I always did that!) I have made my bed just about every single day of my adult life. And since I am one of those people who jumps out of bed in the morning wide awake the making of the bed was at the top of the list for things to do.
But I have changed that routine…somewhat.
These days I seem to let the bed making go – at least until after I get dressed and get my first cup of coffee. Then I make it.
Honestly I don’t know if that makes any difference at all in this discussion regarding dust mites. But it at least makes me feel just a bit better. And I do so love getting into a nice clean made up bed every night.
The nice thing though is this. Being solo you can do as you damn well please! In other words if you hate making your bed…well then don’t! But if, like me, you like getting into a well-made bed at night then yea, go ahead and do it. The choice is yours and yours alone!
So where are you in this discussion? Do you or don’t you make your bed daily? While I truly do believe this to be very much a personal choice, I also understand that starting our day with good habits does help cultivate other good daily habits.