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This Is Why You Shouldn’t Make Your Bed Anymore

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Make Your Bed Anymore

Hey, fellow anti-bed-makers!

I have some good and bad news to share with you today.

All my life I’ve been in the anti-bed-making group, and now I’ve found a scientific reason why making your bed is bad. Yay! That’s great, right? The article proves that it’s okay, even good, to not make your bed!

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Well, here’s where the bad news comes in.

You see, the reason to not make your bed is repulsive. Frankly, I would rather not think about the creepy critters who have made their home in my bed…

CREEPY CRAWLY MICROSCOPIC CREATURES CALLED DUST MITES THRIVE IN YOUR BED

Dust mites are close relatives of spiders and ticks. They are very tiny, too small to be seen with the naked eye.

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Here are some facts about dust mites from the Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America:

Dust mites are white and have eight legs, like spiders. They “spend their lives moving about, eating, reproducing and eliminating waste products.” Adult mites live for 2 to 4 months, and female dust mites may lay 100 eggs. Yuck!

The Mayo Clinic website says that dust mites don’t drink water. Instead, they absorb water from humidity in the atmosphere.

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THEY LOVE TO EAT YOUR DEAD SKIN

Dust mites survive by eating the dead skin you shed. According to the Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America, the average person sheds 1.5 grams of skin per day, which is enough to feed 1 million dust mites! Can you picture the feeding frenzy? Tons of mini-spider-like dust mites crawling around you while you sleep, gobbling up on the buffet of all the dead skin you shed?

THEY THRIVE AND MULTIPLY IN YOUR BED

They love the warm, humid environment in your bed. They are all under your covers and multiply there while you sleep. Even if your house looks very clean, dust mites have likely infested your bed. Your bedroom is their favorite place in your house, according to studies. And your house likely has millions of dust mites even if it looks impeccably clean. Millions of them. All. Over. Your. House.

PROBLEMS THEY CAUSE

Even if your house isn’t visibly dirty, you can suffer from problems due to dust mites. Dust mites are a common cause of asthma in kids. According to this article, they are the most common cause of allergies related to house dust. Mayo Clinic’s website states that chronic inflammation of tissues in your nasal passages caused by allergy to dust mites can obstruct your sinuses, which may increase your likeliness of developing sinus infections.

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WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MAKE YOUR BED

According to researcher Dr. Stephen Pretlove, “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.”

Fewer dust mites means less grossness, less allergies, and less asthma – sounds like good news all around to me!

OTHER WAYS TO GET RID OF DUST MITES

This article has a variety of additional recommendations for decreasing the amount of dust mites living in your home:

  • Vacuuming only removes about 5% of them, because they burrow deep into your pillows, mattresses, furniture, and carpet. Special vacuum cleaner filters can help keep them from circulating back into the air, though.
  • Cover your mattress and pillows in dust-proof, zippered covers. These special covers have pores too small to let mites inside.
  • Wash blankets and sheets in hot water (at least 130 degrees F) to kill the mites. Do this weekly. Cold water can leave up to 10% of the mites alive.
  • Decrease humidity in your home by using a dehumidifier.

Well goodnight everyone, sleep tight, and don’t let the dust mites bite…

Featured photo credit: Bed linen/Marla Morri via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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