If you do this first thing when you wake up, it could be a disaster for your health

For many people making their bed every morning is pretty much a reflex. Plus, studies have shown that people who make their beds tend to be more productive throughout the day.

In fact, according to a new survey from Best Mattress Brand, of 1,000 people those who made their bed every morning reported being very productive at work (34%) and 58% said they were productive. And 74% of the bed makers felt they had accomplished something at the end of the day compared to only 50% of the non-bedmakers feeling this way.

Plus, now with so many people working from home, making your bed can really help you distinguish between your work-life and home-life. William McRaven, a former U.S. Navy Admiral and the 9th Commander of USSOCO, making your bed is the foundation to having a productive day: “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,” he told graduates at the University of Texas, Austin. “By the end of the day, that one task will reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter…and if you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never do the big things right.”

However, the following information may make you want to bask in the messiness of your unmade bed.

See, your bed is full of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus AKA dust mites. While you sleep they are feeding on your dead skin cells, breeding and defecating (coronavirus doesn’t sound as scary right now, does it?)

Then what happens is when you are making your bed you are literally providing the dust mites with a protected area. You just nicely tucked in the dust mites! How kind of you!

The bugs are less than a millimeter but on average 1.5 million may be living in your bed. Permission to scream into your pillow now. Wait, they are there too. Don’t do that.

But what kind of health issues can sleeping amongst the dust bunnies cause? Many people suffer from dust mite allergies which can cause the usual array of symptoms: runny nose, itchy eyes, sore throats, but also difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and wheezing according to The Mayo Clinic. This can all lead to trouble sleeping but not sure how you would be sleeping anyhow with this new information about your fun bedmates.

Not making your bed could make you healthier. Researcher Dr. Stephen Pretlove told The BBC, “We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body. 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.”

Not making your bed could help the issue but that may make people feel less productive and capable throughout the day. Another way to deal with this problem could be to keep your house as dry as possible as the mites thrive in humid conditions. Also keeping your pets off your bed and not wearing clothes you’ve worn outside on the bed could help as well.