Advice for People Who Make or Don't Make Their Bed Every Morning

Updated on September 5, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.

Some people say you should make your bed every morning when you get out of it, and some say you should not make your bed.
Some people say you should make your bed every morning when you get out of it, and some say you should not make your bed.

It is true that a bed that has been made up looks good in the bedroom. It is true that most mothers insisted that children learn to make their beds every morning. It is also true that you can read ten articles, and nine of them will tell you to make your bed every single morning. The tenth article will tell you something different and here it is.

Reasons to Make Your Bed in the Morning

You were probably taught to make your bed as soon as you get up because it "starts the day off well." You were probably told that when you make your bed every day, it brings calmness and order to your day.

Some people have no problem leaving home for school or work with an unmade bed. Then there are others who will feel guilty all day long if they know they will have to go home and see an unmade bed.

U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, tells his graduating class at the University of Texas at Austin that “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day.”

Reason NOT to Make Your Bed in the Morning

It might be hard to believe, but there is a very good reason NOT to make your bed every morning. Scientists have backed up the reason to leave your bed unmade.

Researchers have concluded that making your bed every morning is bad for your health because in the average bed there are as many as 1.5 million microscopic dust mites crawling around and feasting off the skin cells you shed while you slept. If more than one person slept in the bed, there will be more than that number of dust mites.

You might try to fool yourself and say your bed doesn't have dead skin cells and dust mites. You can't see them with the naked eye, but you would be shocked if you could see them.

There is a scientific reason for leaving your bed unmade.

Dust Mites

If you make your bed as soon as you get out of it in the morning, all of the dead skin cells, sweat, dust mites, and their droppings will be trapped underneath the sheets, blanket, and bedspread. That's one reason so many people have asthma and allergies.

If you leave your bed unmade, all of the sweat, dust mites and their droppings will be exposed to air and light and will die instead of multiplying for the next night.

Results of an Informal Poll

An informal poll was taken in seven countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and Russia. The results revealed that at least 60 percent of people in households in each country fluff the pillows and make their beds every morning.

That means at least 40 percent of people around the world do not make their beds every morning.

Make Bed in Evening

If you want to feel better about making your bed, do it in the evening instead of in the morning. An unmade bed is less appealing to dust mites than a made up bed. If you wait until the evening, the dust mites would have died during the day. There would be no old ones the next night, but surely new ones will come.

The same situation exists with pillows and stuffed animals you keep in your bed. They also collect dust mites.

Keep your bed open all day so the sweat evaporates. Feel free to make your bed in the evening.

A neatly made bed
A neatly made bed


It is certainly left up to the individual whether to made the bed or not to make the bed. Those who are concerned about dust mites might choose not to make their bed every morning so the dust mites will die.

Stephen Pretlove of Kingston University in London said, “Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die."

If the bed is made, dust mites stay in a warm environment all day, where they will multiply.

Do you make your bed every morning?

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      24 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Lyn, some people conclude they should make their beds every morning and some do not agree with that suggestion. Hopefully, you and your husband can come to a compromise.

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      24 months ago

      This was new information for me. I'm somewhat of a phobic to things being out of order and making my bed is something my husband and I struggle with. With this new information I'll try it his way and see how I cope. Thanks again.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for your feedback, RTalloni. I appreciate your comments about the bedmaking issue.

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      2 years ago

      Some good info to consider here. Very light bed coverings trap less moisture but even they need regular airing. Straightening out and folding back coverings then spraying them with a vinegar/pure essential oil mixture is a great way to air them between washings. Doing whatever it takes in one's circumstances to sleep clean is important to good health.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Carolyn Fields, yes, that was some interesting information about whether to make our beds in the morning or evening.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Tamarajo and Patricia Graham, sometimes I make my bed and sometimes I don't. Since I am retired, I am in and out of the bed so often during the day that dust mites don't know what's going on. (smile)

      Patricia, I am like you. I hate coming home and seeing an unmade bed.

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      Carolyn Fields 

      2 years ago from South Dakota, USA

      I definitely learned something new, thanks!

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      Patricia Graham 

      2 years ago

      Since I've retired some days I do not make my bed up. However when I was working I never left home without making my bed p. I hated coming home and walking into my bedroom and looking at an unmade bed. It blew my evening. I would have to make it up right then.

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      2 years ago

      Ill try not to be aware of this when I do make the bed.

      I try to make my bed every morning simply because I hate getting into a messy bed at night. Im ok with the microscopic things I can't see and wouldnt stop making my bed because of that but the statistics you provided concerning how that affects our health are a convincing reason not to.

      Very intetesting information

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Elaine PN, yes, there is an interesting reason given for not making your bed every morning. Most parents taught their children to make their bed. Therefore, it is hard for a lot of people not to make their beds every morning.

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      Elaine PN 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      I make up my bed in the morning most of the time. This is an interesting article and I learned something new. Thank you for sharing!


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