Making your bed in the morning is hailed as one of the best habit-forming activity. The simple act of making one’s bed has been correlated with better productivity and well-being to an extent comparable to exercising.

No one has voiced this concept as vividly as Navy Seal William H. McCraven, commander of the forces that led the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden. The commander famously said in his 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas, “if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” It is called a “keystone habit,” something that kick starts a pattern of other good behaviour.

This could be good advice, however, it does not take into account your bed’s hygiene. In fact, making your bed straight away after getting out of it is actually quite bad for its ecology and cleanliness. Let’s talk about the relationship that links your body to your bed: when you sleep your human bodies’ nightly debris penetrate your bed. Your dry skin is deposited in films on the sheets while your sweat and body moist gets absorbed by the sheets offering a real treat to mites, the real inhabitants of your bed. Concretely, making your bed first thing favours the breeding of mites where you sleep.

A good way to limit this phenomenon is to let your bed breathe before making it. The ideal routine would be to get up and actually unmake your bed by unfolding and shaking the duvet or sheet together with your pillows. A nice addition to this would be opening your window to let natural light and fresh air sweep through your sheets. The exterior light will dry the moist accumulated in your sheets, and eliminate the mites. The fresh air will also evacuate the moist.

While you are aerating your bed you can step into the shower or have your coffee and breakfast. Making your bed should be one of the last things you do before leaving the house. Not the first thing you do when you wake up.

Another obvious thing you must do to favour good ecology in your bed is to wash your sheets every one or two weeks.

Nothing wrong with making your bed in the morning, as long as you let it breathe first.

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