Growing up, most of us were told, “make your bed!” a chore we hated as much as being told to clean your room. In the adult world, some of us still feel the same. You’re already running late, have to get the kids ready – or just yourself. Making breakfast is hard enough let alone getting dressed in something coordinated (and clean) for the office. With the laundry list of morning to-do’s, making the bed isn’t exactly high priority.
Why does society demand we make our beds and keep it neat and tidy? Is the president coming to inspect a kept bed? Don’t think so. Although, we agree there are times a bed should be made – house guests, bedroom cleaning and sheet changes – there may be good reasons for not making your bed too.
We pondered bed making while watching the cat snuggle on our messy bed. Can making our bed help improve our daily routine? Will it help improve our mood after a stressful work day? Let’s explore some reasons why you should and shouldn’t make your bed.
The almighty dust mite – yikes! Mom may have been wrong. The average bed has approx. 1.5 million dust mites scurrying between the sheets. Heat, sweat and skin naturally flaking off during sleep create the perfect environment for mites to thrive. If you make your bed in the morning you trap heat, the mites and their food under the covers.
Experts recommend leaving your bed unmade all day and make it in the evening if you enjoy the feeling of crawling into a freshly made bed. This gives time for the bedding to naturally dry out. Don’t forget to change your sheets weekly for a hygienic sleep environment – more often if you sleep in the buff.
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