Make your bed before you start the day!
Yep, I was that mom. There was just something about looking into Boy’s room and seeing the bed pulled together that made the rest of the chaos easier to accept. Didn’t hurt that this was an important household issue, drilled into my youthful brain by The German.
If she knew I rarely make my bed now, she would be all gathered together eyebrows and scrunched lips. NEIN!
My bed, as I left it this morning:
So, what changed my bed-making ways? Dust mites. Creepy, asthma-provoking, allergen generating dust mites.
I ran across the research years ago and BAM! no more bed making.
The research was key for those suffering from asthma and allergies, which can be brought on by many things, one of which is the by-product dust mites produce after feeding on particles of human skin found in all beds.
The key in the study was water content, because dust mites thrive in moist environments. A made bed traps in moisture from the warm bodies that occupied it during the night, leaving the perfect party joint for the icky creatures. If you eliminate the water source, simple moisture, then you reduce the mite population and the exposure to allergens.
An unmade bed, left unmade all day, drys out the bed and provides a hostile environment for dust mites.
Not all agree, though:
Professor Andrew Wardlaw, of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology: …most homes in the UK are sufficiently humid for the mites to do well and I find it hard to believe that simply not making your bed would have any impact on the overall humidity.”
It’s for this reason, in my house, we take it one step further. Because we live in a humid locale, once we are out of bed in the morning, I pull the sheets back and keep the ceiling fan running during the day to make sure the bed gets a solid drying and the concentration of mites is decreased. I also employ the fan method when stripping the bed to wash the sheets, so that the mattress underneath gets a solid drying out.
And if someone comes to our house? I simply shut the bedroom door.
For all of you who had it drilled into your head as a child to MAKE YOUR BED!, or were made to feel like a slob if you didn’t (I apologize, Boy), I offer this little bit of research to embolden you to leave your bed unmade without any mother-guilt ringing in your ears.
Do it for your health. Yeah, that’s what we’re going for…our health.
Stop rolling your eyes. It’s SCIENCE!
Happy Healthy Bed, Y’all!