What Do You Really Do in Your Bed?
There are few relationships more sacred than the one we share with our beds. And while a good night’s sleep is always priority number one, it’s hard to believe something that comfortable should be used exclusively for those 6-8 hours of shut-eye each night.
Between nap time, Netflix and everything else tempting us to spend more time under the covers, it seems as if the bed is well on its way to becoming the modern day comfy couch. And what better way to save a few extra bucks than to use your bed as a multi-functional spot to do things you enjoy. There’s no need to waste hard-earned dollars on extra chairs or desks that only clutter up your room!
Not convinced? Here are five of the most common non-sleep-related activities taking place on beds across the country:
- Netflix, of course. As far as we're concerned, "Netflix" is a verb.
- Scrolling aimlessly through your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. Sometimes we even catch ourselves subconsciously scrolling. Don't deny it, it's happened to all of us. No judgment here.
- Diving into a good book on your e-reader or tablet. Physical books count, too, of course – yes, those still exist. After all, nighttime reading has been a bedtime routine staple for decades.
- Catching up on emails. Because who needs work-life balance when you can just work from bed, right?
- Texting, texting and more texting. Ironically, most of us are texting while simultaneously doing any of the above. That's not to say you can't just lay there in silence and text your friends and family all afternoon, because we've all had those days too.
We're Still Connected, Even in Bed
Don't worry, you're not alone. Roughly 95% of Americans admit to using some type of electronic device before bedtime. Today's world is more socially connected than ever before – and we're living in the era of Netflix and the 24/7 news cycle – so there's never a shortage of content to occupy, stimulate or entertain the mind.
Now that we’ve established the basics, we wanted to share a few examples of things people do in their beds. Again, this is a judgment-free zone – it’s your bed, after all – but some people will stop at nothing to ensure their beds receive the attention they deserve.
- Eating. There’s nothing strange about a good ol’ breakfast in bed, but these days, the bed seems to be a popular dining location for all hours of the day. It takes some serious willpower to pull it off without a hitch, because there’s nothing worse than trying to sleep in a bed full of crumbs. Those munching in bed should consider taking meal-time to a whole new level with an adjustable base – with a simple push of a button you’ll be sitting upright sipping your orange juice without spilling on your duvet.
- Wrapping presents. The holidays may be over, but spring wedding season and baby showers mean wrapping, wrapping and more wrapping. And for those with little ones or hectic work schedules, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. This year, however, a compromise was reached: wrap yourself in a blanket first, wrap the presents second.
- Practicing yoga. In theory, it makes sense – yoga calms the mind and the bed calms the body – but have you ever tried a downward-facing dog on a mattress?
It’s funny how our beds were designed to provide 6-8 hours of sleep each night, yet getting a good night’s sleep is hard to squeeze in after a long and chaotic day. Although your bed is made exclusively for sleep, there is a lot more you can do on a comfortable mattress, so you don’t throw dollars away on unwanted stuff in the bedroom. At Mattress Firm, we’re here to help you save on your bottom line.
Whatever you do, consider setting a curfew roughly one hour prior to bedtime. After that time, you should avoid eating, intense physical activity and using electronics. Other than that, your bed is your business, but don’t forget about that comfy couch!