Experts reveal why you should never make your bed in the morning – especially in spring

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Those who don’t have time to make their bed in the morning, or those who just can’t be bothered, will no doubt be very happy with this advice from a sleep expert

Making your bed every morning before you leave the house may give you a sense of order and calm, but it could actually be making you ill.

Many are of the opinion that tucking your sheets in, plumping your pillows and smoothing your duvet over every morning is the first small step towards a successful day. The thinking behind it is that beginning with a small organised task can help to motivate you for more after your morning is over.

Retired US admiral William McRaven felt so strongly about the importance of making your bed, he went as far as saying it could change the world. He famously talked about it in a speech at the university of Texas, where he said: “You will come home to a bed that is made, that you made and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better. So if you want to change the world. Start off by making your bed.” He even wrote a book about it, the aptly entitled Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World about the powerful effects this simple chore can have on you.

However sleep experts have warned that those who do adhere to this way of thinking, may be causing themselves unwanted health issues, especially for people who suffer with allergies. As spring is upon us and hay fever symptoms such as itchy eyes and nose and headaches increase, they say it’s important to consider that your bedroom may be the place harbouring pollen. This can cause sneezing at night and therefore disturbed sleep.

Martin Seeley, the CEO and sleep expert at MattressNextDay, explains that making your bed may not be the best choice for your health because it can trap pollen and dust mites. He says: “Contrary to popular belief, an unmade bed is less susceptible to trapping pollen and dust mites, those tiny creatures that can trigger a range of health issues, including asthma and allergies.

“Many studies show that unventilated bedding, caused by making your bed immediately, can create an environment that leads to higher concentrations of dust mites and their allergic proteins.”

He goes on to reveal why leaving the duvet or sheets turned back is a better option: “Moreover, natural sunlight can play a role in preventing the accumulation of dust mites. Allowing your bedding to remain unmade for a while gives it exposure to natural sunlight. Sunlight has disinfectant properties and can help kill some bacteria and mites, further reducing potential health risks.”

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