Bed Basics

How Making Your Bed Can Change Your Life (Seriously)

There are two kinds of people: those who make their bed in the morning, and those who don’t. If you’re part of the latter group, incorporating bed-making into your morning can be a real game changer—here’s why.

It’s a positive start to your day

Some people are natural early birds, while others find themselves lagging in the A.M. If you’re one of those people who’s stressed out by the thought of the day’s responsibilities, making a list the night before can help. And in the morning, we recommend starting small. Taking 30 seconds to make your bed (even if it’s just straightening out your comforter and evening out your pillows) can help you feel accomplished and more motivated to tackle bigger, more challenging tasks—like getting ready for work.

Less visual clutter = less stress

Contrary to popular belief, bedroom clutter is more than just an inconvenience. Clutter can be detrimental to your mental health by overstimulating your senses, and sometimes even causing anxiety. Because your bed is a part of your sleep sanctuary, seeing it covered in a cluster of blankets doesn’t feel very much like an oasis—and you might even begin to associate your mattress and sleep with all that clutter.

Routine is important

Are you the person who says, “I’m going to sleep in it again at night, so who cares if my bed is messy?” We beg to differ. We’ve waxed poetic about structure and routine, but you don’t have to take it from us. Our resident Sleep Expert, Dr. Kansagra, emphasizes that “your brain loves routine,” and making your bed in the morning is a vital part of a complete morning routine. And even if the morning turns out to be a disaster, making our bed right after getting up always makes us feel more put together. Small victories, right?

When something bad happens in the morning, your mood is dampened for the rest of the day. Similarly, making a conscious effort to do something good in the A.M. can set a positive tone for the day ahead. And remember, the morning routine is part of a bigger phenomenon—a good morning routine is nothing without a solid bedtime routine the night before.

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