Don’t Make Your Bed First Thing in the Morning. It’s Unhealthy
No disrespect to Admiral McRaven. We took the advice too seriously without researching.
Three years ago, when I gained financial control of my life after starting my first job, I consumed tons of self-help porn on the internet.
Some of it helped, some didn’t.
One such wisdom is to make your bed the first thing in the morning.
You can see so many cons from a lazy guy’s perspective that you’ll never want to make your bed again! That’s too extreme. Let’s dial down.
The healthy habit is to set it after you wake up, but not immediately.
Organisation mindset with hygiene.
Adopting the organisation mindset is as crucial for health as it is about peace of mind.
Until last year, I made my bed the first thing in the morning for two years nonstop. My routine was:
- Wide awake ( **Katy Perry’s Wide Awake playing in my head** ),
- Turn on the light,
- Make the bed.
It sent a positive current through my mind that I had accomplished one small goal for the day.
The motivation carried me throughout the day, and even if my schedule didn’t go as planned, I could always die in my bed at night for the next day’s resurrection.
As Admiral McRaven says:
“It will give you a small sense of pride. And will encourage you to do another task. And another. And another.”
There’s more to the advice than meets the eye.
Does it feel like the snowball effect of endless motivation? Kind of. But when to set the bed is a question of consideration.
Now I don’t set up the bed the first thing in the morning because of hygiene concerns.
When you sleep, you shed skin cells and release sweat, which promotes the growth of dust mites by increasing humidity. Here is a microscopic view showing you the truth ( you might not like it ).
When you wake up and immediately make the bed, the mites with their faecal matter get trapped underneath. While dusting, the particulate matter even pollutes the air that you inhale!
The healthy alternative is to leave the bed as it is for long enough that the sunlight enters and kills those germs. Plus, the mites die from dehydration and fresh air if you are not on the bed anymore.
Balance is the key.
The scientific angle revamped the way I cared about my bedroom hygiene. It even assures me that I am going to bed at night without compromising my hygiene.
This slight and straightforward shift can improve your lifestyle if you’ve been following the wrong way.
As much as it is about living an organised life, it is also about following a healthy lifestyle.
Maintain the balance.
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Sanjeev is a mentor, writer, and fitness enthusiast from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not engaging with students in solving their doubts or busy with writing, he’s sweating either in a workout, PC gaming or playing 8-ball pool. You can also find him on Twitter and Instagram.