How quickly do you make your bed? You should make your bed in the morning because this helps to make a room look tidy; however, how quickly you make your bed after getting up is important too. If you want to have a healthy bed then it might pay you to hold off making it and give it a chance to breathe before you pull your room together and make the bed. It doesn’t matter how pretty your bed looks, what is important is to have a bed that is going to give you the best possible sleep and not to add to the potential of making you ill.
Why Make Your Bed Last
When you sleep at night you sweat, it is a natural part of sleep, you lose some moisture and this goes into your mattress; you also shed particles of skin, which will sit on your sheets.
The perfect breeding ground for dust mites is a warm and damp environment and the best food is dead skin particles, in return for the hospitality they leave behind their poo.
If you air out your bed before making, you are giving a chance to remove some of that moisture and preventing it from being the perfect breeding ground for the dust mite.
Reducing their numbers can improve your health; there is a lot of research that suggest asthma and eczema gets worse by the poo left behind by these little creatures. Therefore, by reducing their numbers, you are potentially improving your health because in theory you are reducing their population.
Still Make Your Bed
I know this might increase the argument for not making a bed, it could be a healthier environment than a made one. However, an unmade bed can make a room look untidy and uninviting and this isn’t my aim.
Having a bed that is healthy for you is important, you don’t want to get into a bed that could make you poorly and this could be what you are doing if you make your bed the second you exit it.
You should wash your bedding regularly as well, to help to keep it healthy but you mustn’t forget the pillow and the duvet that you use too. Keeping them clean is important, you can buy barriers to prevent the dust mite from entering the pillow or duvet but I just prefer to wash and dry mine, sometimes a quick tumble can help to kill off the mites, but check the washing instructions.
I do prefer the look of a made bed; I will be the first person to admit I don’t make our bed. My husband has a thing for the perfectly made bed, in the beginning of our marriage I did make the bed; I thought it was something I had to do. However, I quickly noticed that after I made it he would remake it and this I thought was a waste of my time. Therefore, unless something drastic happens he makes the bed in the morning before he goes to work, this gives the bed a good 15 – 20 minutes of an airing and helps reduce the amount of dust mites that live in the bed.
Therefore, it is important for a healthy bed that you let it air before making, otherwise, moisture gets trapped and can increase dust mites living inside your bed.
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