When I was a child, my mother made me make my bed every single day as soon as I woke up. I hated it! Even as a kid, I didn't see the point of making a bed when I was just going to get into it at night and mess it up again.
It made no sense to me then, and makes no sense to me now. As soon as I was old enough to get away with it, I stopped. To this day, the only time I make my bed is when I wash my sheets.
Well, I have been vindicated! It turns out that making your bed, while giving your room a tidy look, is actually BAD for your health! According to a 2006 study published in the journal, Experimental & Applied Acarology, a made bed is the perfect home sweet home for dust mites!
Dust mites are those little critters that we all have in our beds. It's estimated that the average person's bed has over a million dust mites. I know...GROSS! Dust mites are responsible for allergens that can cause asthma attacks.
And, they just love to live in the damp, dark places on your pillows and mattress. Making your bed keeps in the moisture and keeps out the light, giving them the perfect environment to eat, poop and breed.
By not making your bed, you allow the sheets to dry out and let light in, keeping the environment on your bed the kind of place dust mites might visit, but wouldn't want to live in.
You can also help keep the dust mite population on your bed down by washing your sheets and pillow cases at least once a week and vacuuming your mattress a couple of times per month.
Sprinkling a little baking soda over your mattress before vacuuming will also keep your mattress smelling fresh. Mattress and pillow covers will also help.
If you must make your bed every morning, go ahead. Just don't make it right away to give it time to dry out and let some light in. You can also fold your sheets and comforter halfway down the bed.
This will keep your bed looking neat while giving those nasty dust mites the environment they hate.