National Make Your Bed Day seems like a very silly holiday. To be honest, I only make my bed when I have company over. At a Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, participants learn that the sleep environment is a major component of a restful night’s sleep. In a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their bed daily more often have a better night’s sleep.
Health Benefits of a Made Bed
Turns out that making our beds isn’t just something that are parents made us do to torture us. There are lots of evidence that making our bed regularly has various positive side effects. It:
- Starts Your Day Off Right
- Encourages You to Keep the Rest of Your Room Tidy
- Leads to Better Productivity
- Lowers Your Stress and Improves Your Mood
- Just Looks and Feels Better
I happen to be an extremely productive person. In fact, it’s more like an OCD for me to be productive at every waking moment, which I know ins’t healthy, but that’s a different issue. All research seems to agree on the fact that making one’s bed leads to better productivity and I always wondered why. This is answered in the book , “The Power of Habit,” by Charles Duhigg.
According to the author, daily bed making becomes a keystone habit, something that kickstarts a chain of other good decisions throughout the day, and gives you a sense of taking charge. Duhigg claims that these keystone habits cumulatively lead to “a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.” Pretty impressive results, simply for taking a minute or two to pull up the sheets and comforter.
National Make Your Bed Day
Consider celebrating National Make Your Bed Day by starting the healthy habit of making your bed every single morning. Yes it’s a pain in the butt until you are used to it, but think of the benefits! You literally have nothing to lose by getting into a habit of having a beautifully made bed.
Summary: National Make Your Bed Day
Making your bed has so many benefits and it looks pretty. Do it today to celebrate the holiday but also consider making it a regular habit. Clearly it’s important enough to have a day to celebrate it annually! Apparently if you start making your bed, your life will change for the better in terms of productivity, stress and mood!
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