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3 Reasons You Shouldn't Eat in Bed

Ever snacked from the comfort of your comforter? Eating in bed may seem convenient in the moment, especially during those cold winter nights, but think twice the next time you consider bringing snacks into your sleep sanctuary — it could be damaging your sleep health.

While the occasional breakfast-in-bed can be fun, treating your bed as your permanent dining room is a harmful habit to pick up long term. The Mattress Firm Daily Dozers have three reasons to refrain from snacking in your sleep space:

Sleep Health

The sleep science doesn't lie. Developing a habit of eating in bed can impact the quality of your sleep. Doing other tasks in bed, such as eating and watching TV, can trick your mind into associating your bed with tasks other than sleeping. Encouraging this bed behavior can be disruptive to your sleep routine and leave you running at a significant sleep deficit.

Mattress Maintenance

For the chronic bed-eater, keeping a clean mattress is no easy task. If you're eating meals on your mattress, consider every part of your bed set as a potential breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

Experts say the average sleeper should be changing their sheets every 1-2 weeks — an activity that will no doubt need to be increased if bed-eating is your thing. Bottom line? Snacking in bed means a major increase in mattress maintenance and possibly quicker mattress replacement.

Unwanted Guests

Still unconvinced? Move over and make room in your bed for guests of a different variety. From ants to roaches, eating in bed leaves your sacred sleep zone open to hungry pests (and their friends!). The smallest of spills may leave your bedroom open for business for bugs. Even for the most careful eater, it's tough to eat in bed without leaving something behind, only for unwanted guests to enjoy it later!

You are where you eat (and where you sleep) — unless you have an injury or sickness, you should try and keep the eating in bed to a minimum. Make a rest-olution and prioritize your sleep needs this year. Head to a Mattress Firm location in your area to kick off the New Year right — by stepping up your sleep routine and your sleep comfort!

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