There are both pros and cons of making a bed every day, and making a bed or refusing to do so can lead to various negative and positive consequences. Since the early childhood, people learn to make their beds because their parents make them do it. However, today some parents do not insist on making beds every day, as this procedure has harmful effects too.
According to Dr. Stephen Pretlove, when people make their beds, they create a comfortable environment for the mites (Fuller, 2015). When people sleep, they sweat, and this moisture creates a perfect breeding ground for these arthropods. More than that, some skin cells are left after people get up. Altogether, sweat, skin cells, and trapped body heat create ideal conditions for the mites to survive and reproduce. These mites bite humans, transmit diseases, and cause irritation and rashes. Thus, not making a bed every day will have a positive effect on health of people as sheets with removed moisture will stop being a good environment for the mites to live in.
At the same time, there are some negative effects of not making a bed every day. Firstly, making a bed every day is a small accomplishment. People start their day with making their beds, and doing that gives a sense of accomplishment. Having this sense of accomplishment helps people organize their days better, and making bed takes only several minutes, but it can set a good tone for the whole day. In addition, when people make their beds, bedrooms look tidy, and people feel more control over their space, and, as a result, over their lives. Tidy and clean space leads to the lowered level of stress, so people who make their beds will be more calm and organized.
Also, it can always happen that guests can come unexpectedly, and if people have their beds unmade, it can cause a great embarrassment. Guests will think that the owner of the apartment is a grubby person, so making a bed every day can be a good habit if you want others to think that you are neat. So, not making a bed every day can have a negative effect on relations with others.
Moreover, there is one negative effect of not making a bed every day, and that is a loss of discipline. Making a bed every morning makes people more disciplined, and they manage finishing everything on time. Disciplined people have plans for the day and strict rules and procedures they follow, and it leaves no time for procrastination. Therefore, such people tend to more successful than others. Finally, there is a statistics that proves a negative effect of not making a bed every day. According to Salynn Boyles (2011), people who make their beds every day, are 19% more likely to have a better sleep.
Thus, there are both pros and cons of making a bed on a daily basis. The only positive effect of not making bed on the everyday basis is that it will be harder for the mites to survive and reproduce. However, not making a bed every day will also have some negative consequences too, as making bed every day can become a great habit that can has many positive effects. Definitely, not making a bed can have a positive effect on health of people, but negative effects should be taken into consideration too when making a choice whether to make a bed or refuse to do so on a daily basis.
Boyles, S. (2011). Want to Sleep Better? Make Your Bed. WebMD. Retrieved 5 February 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20110126/want-sleep-better-make-your-bed
Fuller, G. (2015). The Scientific Reason Why Making Your Bed Is A Terrible Idea. Elite Daily. Retrieved 5 February 2016, from http://elitedaily.com/news/the-scientific-reason-why-making-bed-terrible-idea/1205575/