Whether it’s the dreaded duvet cover-change or simply neatening-up the bedcovers before we leave the house, it seems that making the bed is one of Britain’s least favourite tasks.
In a new poll from The Fine Bedding Company, 87% of those surveyed confessed to changing sheets and pillow cases less frequently than they should, due to the inconvenience of putting the duvet cover back on. To ease the nation’s frustrations, they’ve uploaded a Youtube vlog with a handy time-saving technique.
It may be enough to make most of us yawn, but it seems that making the bed each morning also carries a number of psychological benefits. Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, says: “Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.” So by making your bed, you ‘start as you mean to go on’, creating a positive chain reaction of good habits that lasts throughout the day.
For generations we’ve been taught by our parents to always tidily make the bed in the mornings, but is it always a good idea?
There are a few allergy experts who say ‘no’. BBC News reported on a Kingston University study, which found that dust mites can’t survive in the dry conditions of an unmade bed.
Dr Stephen Pretlove said: "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."
Therefore, if you have dust mite allergy, it may actually pay to skip making the bed and enjoy an extra 5 minutes’ kip in the mornings.
That’s not to say you should leave your duvet in a crumpled mess – at The Healthy House we advise neatly folding the duvet at the end of the bed to allow the sheets to cool and dry in the natural light. It’s advisable to let the bed air and for those who suffer from dust mite allergy, dust mite proof bedding should be considered.