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Making your bed may be bad for you, because science

Making your bed

If you wake up every morning and make your bed first thing, you may be murdering yourself. Ok, probably not, but you may not be doing yourself any favors.

According to the bastion of scientific knowledge known as Good Housekeeping, you should consider leaving your bed messy, at least for a while. In fact, the tighter and more properly you make your bed immediately after sleeping in it, the more damage you can do.

After you get out of bed following a full night’s sleep, you leave behind plenty of skin and sweat, which dust mites dine on. Dust mites are everywhere and you can’t really do much about them shy of living in a bubble, so it’s best not to worry too much about them for the most part. You don’t want to give them a hand though.

Dust mites dehydrate quickly in the open air, so the idea is that if you leave your sheets crumpled and open to the air, the mites will dehydrate faster. Alternatively, locking down your sheets tightly traps the mites in and allows them to thrive. That in turn can lead to increased asthma and allergy problems brought on by the little buggers.

That said, there are plenty of good reasons to not be a slob and to make your bed, although most of them are psychological. Making your bed can help establish that you are awake and that your day has begun, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment – at least according to Lifehack.

A compromise between the threat of the vicious dust mites and your own sense of self-worth is to just give your messy bed a few moments in the air to murder the little sumbitches, then make the bed. Once you get up, go ahead and do your morning routine (including breakfast if you‘re in to that sort of thing), then make your bed later. That should help.

Another good tip is to clean your sheets once a week if possible, no more than twice a week at most. You should also wash your pillows and comforters a couple of times a year too. Partly because they need to be cleaned to get rid of mites and the like, and partly because it’s gross not to.

So get to it.

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