Why My Morning Bed-Making Routine is a Bad Habit

Have you ever been nagged by your mom for not making your bed in the morning? Are you the type who is diligent and accustomed to the routine of bed-making? Or, are you compelled to do it right away that it makes you feel productive, accomplished, and gratified the moment you’ve done it?

unmade bed

When I was a kid, my mom taught me to make my bed right from the moment I get out of it. She told me that every successful human being always make their bed in the morning. Little did she know, there is a misconception in that statement.

I learned of that misconception when I moved to Finland a few years ago to study. Our school taught us. Yep! You read that right, was taught in a Finnish school!

So, why is it a bad habit?

Here’s the answer.

Dust mites! Dust mites are everywhere and mostly thrive in a warm and moist environment. An environment we produce every night when we tuck ourselves beneath the sheets to keep us warm. They are the ones who cause allergens which can be inhaled and make us sick when we sleep.

Making your bed immediately traps your body’s heat and moisture during a night’s sleep. Thus, providing those mites a better chance of survival and a perfect environment to feed on your dead skin. Something you don’t want to ever happen.

Dr. Stephen Pretlove, a researcher, said:

“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.”

So, leaving your bed unmade right after getting out of it, is not bad manners after all. It rather is beneficial. Now that you know, would you still tidy up your bed in the morning?

You should always remember: when you feel cozy under your blanket, so do they.

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2 thoughts on “Why My Morning Bed-Making Routine is a Bad Habit

    1. I think you are. I never really leave my bed unmade the whole day. My unmade bed is usually an eye sore in the afternoon. 😀

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