If making your bed is the one thing you want to avoid at any cost, you aren’t alone. Many people hate doing this chore the first thing in the morning. As a result, they tend to use a lot of diverse reasons to avoid doing it. From running short on time and difficulty tucking in the sheets due to the bed’s unfavourable position to saying it’s of no use as they will mess up the bed anyway again at night (or even before), the reasons could be varied. But did you know making your bed has several benefits? If not, here are the top five benefits, which we hope can encourage you to make your bed every morning.
It lets you start your day on the right foot
Though making your bed may seem a trivial job, it gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment when it’s one of the first tasks of the day you do. This will make you start your day on a positive note and help you feel pretty self-confident and motivated. This mental frame sets the tone for the rest of your day, persuading you to perform your other daily tasks with a certain level of vigour. And when the day finally winds up, you would have done and accomplished a lot more, beginning from the seemingly menial and simple chore of bed making.
It enhances your productivity
Once you make your bed, you feel encouraged to continue finishing your other small tasks. As you finish them one by one, you will have eventually done a lot when you consider them collectively. In other words, bed-making sets the ball rolling and helps you get in your work-mode. Today, when many professionals are either working from home or following a hybrid model of work, their bedroom often serves as their home office. If you too belong to this league and don’t have a separate space for your home office, an unmade bed enticing you to jump in and get some shut-eye could make it extremely challenging to handle your office work.
It improves your mood and lowers stress
You spend almost one-third of your life either sleeping or trying to sleep. As a result, your mood is deeply affected by how your bedroom looks. When your bed is made properly, the entire space gives off a peaceful vibe. This is in contrast with a bedroom where you have an unmade bed. Even if the room is painted in soothing colour and everything else is organised, you will still find it hard to feel peaceful and grounded. Making your bed indicates how you care for your home and yourself. This feeling helps in boosting your mood and relieving stress.
It encourages you to have better habits
It’s believed that making your bed has a domino effect in your life. This seemingly simple act correlates with better productivity and creates an immense sense of well-being. Perhaps that’s why many people consider making the bed a “foundational habit” that rolls over to almost all other areas of their life. It’s reasoned that once you have a neat and organised bed, you are most likely to continue with that nice feeling by practicing other healthy habits all through the day.
It promotes quality sleep
Having disturbed sleep at night could make you wonder if you have poor mental health that’s interfering with your sleep. You may even seek a sleep therapist’s help to find the reason behind your sleepless nights. However, the reason could be as simple as an unmade bed. Though you may find it hard to believe, wrinkled sheets that rub against your skin are far from being comfortable and won’t soothe you to sleep. What’s worse would be to wake up in the middle of the night to tuck in your sheets, only to realize that you have wasted some precious hours of your much-needed shut-eye.
Now that you know the benefits of making your bed, you should develop the habit of doing it if you aren’t already.