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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!

About The Author

The Daily Dozers

The Daily Dozers are the mattress experts behind The Daily Doze, pooling their knowledge to bring you all that you need to know about what’s right under your head (literally). The Daily Dozers are team members who have been embedded in the mattress industry for years, whether that’s at one of our more than 3,000 neighborhood stores, or in our hometown of Houston at BedQuarters. These product experts can answer any question you might have about your bed. From ‘what size mattress do I need for my room?’ to ‘how do I know if I need an adjustable base?’ – there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers. Even better? The Daily Dozers work together with The Savvy Savers to make sure you’re getting the bed you want, at a price you can’t find anywhere else.

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