Rise and Shine: 5 reasons you should be making your bed in the morning

Throughout childhood, making the bed may have seemed like such a pointless chore. Your parents may have stood over you or refused to let you leave the house until your bed was made, while you were wondering the point of such an exercise, as nobody would see it, anyway.

Maybe your parents were right… what seemed like such a pointless task, can actually have amazing effects on your mood and general well being! Navy SEAL commander and author of ‘Make your Bed: Little things that can change your life and maybe the world’ Admiral William McRaven describes making your bed as an act of self-discipline. Netflix star and author of ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organising’ Marie Kondo says that “putting your house in order is the magic that creates a vibrant and happy life.”

With minimalism, decluttering and just generally ordering your home fast becoming hot topics, it can feel overwhelming. Do you really need to remove everything from your home that doesn’t add value when you’re busy working, parenting or adulting? It can feel like everything is telling you to purge in order to create a sense of self. But, what if just the simple act of waking up and making your bed right away has the ability to fill you with confidence, happiness and the feeling of a job well done. It might sound silly that a small task can elicit such feelings, but a recent survey* of 68,000 adults showed that 71% of bed makers consider themselves happy whereas 62% of non-bed makers admitted to being unhappy… the stats don’t lie!

If you need more persuasion, here are 5 reasons to start making your bed in the mornings:

  1. Sense of accomplishment. Sure, making your bed might feel like a simple task to add to your morning routine, but it does have the power to give you a sense of accomplishment, so give it a go and high-five yourself for doing so!
  2. Tidy house, tidy mind. It’s no secret that while yes, the influx of minimalism and decluttering blogs, books and tv shows are slightly overwhelming, having a tidy home can reduce stress. University of Southern California's Center of Everyday Lives of Americans, say that when we are able to think of our homes as "restful and restorative" places, we report lower stress levels. "Cortisol data shows a link between unhappy verbal characterisations of arrays of household possessions [chronically messy, cluttered rooms or unfinished remodeling projects] and higher stress levels."
  3. A good night's rest. A National Sleep Foundation found that people who make their beds consistently are 19 percent more likely to get a good night’s rest. A good night’s sleep has potentially unexpected positive benefits like improving your memory and promoting fat loss. Perhaps most surprisingly, people who don’t get enough sleep have a higher level of inflammatory proteins in their blood increasing their chances of heart disease and arthritis! Did you know that working from bed can also stop you from getting a good night’s sleep? Be sure to avoid picking up your laptop and sending those work emails too.
  4. Positive behaviours. The book ‘The Power of Habit and How to Hack It’, Charles Duhigg advises that certain ‘keystone’ habits can trigger other positive behaviours. If you can make a simple step to change unhealthy and untidy habits you are more likely to kick unhealthy patterns in other aspects of your life.
  5. It just looks better. Not exactly a big revelation, but by making and dressing the focal point of your room, your bed, will make the entire room look a whole lot better; show off new crisp bedding, contrasting cushions and faux-fur throws in their best light.

*survey by Hunch.com

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