Let’s be honest: many of us do not wake up at the first ring of the alarm clock, and the bed is not made every day. But there are reasons to reconsider your habits! A neatly made bed is the first step on the road to happiness, science says.
Home aesthetics: one pillow, two pillows
Who doesn’t want to see perfectly smooth sheets and fluffy pillows on their way home from work? They beckon to themselves and seem to say: “Hello, master! Lie down — rest!
But in the morning, there is catastrophically not enough time for anything. So is it worth spending it on the questionable importance of “tinsel”? Psychologists, sociologists, scientists and doctors insist: “Of course!” and give a whole list of convincing arguments.
1. You can finally sleep
Scientific research conducted in 2010 National Sleep Foundation (NSF) showed that people who make their bed every morning sleep better than those who skip this “routine”.
The study involved 1.5 thousand people. At the same time, 44% of supporters of a neatly made bed noted that they sleep well every or almost every night. Among the opposite camp, there were only 37% of such people. And even if the difference is not very big — it’s worth a try! Maybe you, too, will have vivid color dreams.
Did you know?
Residents of different countries choose different bedding. So, Americans like to sleep on thin percale, the Germans choose satin or calico, and the British prefer linen.
2. Every morning will be kind
There are people who can’t wake up without a cup of coffee. A simple physical activity will help improve their mood in the morning and bring the body into tone. For example, while the drink is brewing, you can make the bed.
Simple actions will activate blood circulation and relieve drowsiness, and then a cup of coffee will no longer be perceived just as “ordinary”, but as an encouragement for a small step forward.
The fashion for bedding made of fine silk was introduced by the favorite of the French king Louis XV — the famous Marquise de Pompadour.
3. You will earn more
This unexpected conclusion was reached by the American journalist of the New York Times, a graduate of the Harvard School of Economics, writer Charles Duhigg. In his best-selling book The Power of Habit, he explains this by saying that a simple morning ritual is a great discipline that extends to other areas.
In support of his words, the author cites scientific works that prove that people who make the bed are more likely to be satisfied with their lives and usually earn better.
It is interesting!
In the nineteenth century, bedding consisted of three sheets and six pillowcases of various sizes. The first duvet covers appeared only in the middle of the twentieth century.
4. You will reduce the manifestations of stress
Many people feel “kind envy” for those who are always ready to open the door to guests, look great and have an exemplary order in their house. But posts on social networks show that such people are in the minority. But a bed made in the morning is already half the battle on the way to a tidy bedroom!
In addition, surveys show that if the bed is made, the “artistic mess” around it is perceived more easily. Less remorse — a better mood, and therefore a victory over stress! As the psychologist says Andrew Mellen: “When you make your bed, you clean up your head.”
On a note!
Along with the time-tested natural textures for bed linen — silk, linen and cotton, accessories made of bamboo are extremely popular today.
5. It helps with allergies
If you make simple calculations, it turns out that most of the time a working person spends at home in bed. Few people manage to be able-bodied without 6–8 hours of sleep at night!
And if the bed is not made all day, more dust, pet hair and other allergens get on the bedding. So is it worth being surprised by the frequent manifestations of the disease?
Did you know?
A sheet with an elastic band was invented by an American Gisele Jubinville. It happened in 1990. And already in 1993, the inventor sold the patent for her invention at an auction for one million dollars.
6. You will feel happier
Sociologists conducted an interesting study involving 68 thousand people among users of the social network Hunch.com. It turned out that 71% of respondents who do not forget to make the bed in the morning feel happy. Only 62% of the opponents of “extra body movements” are like that.
But the most surprising thing is that, according to the same study, adherents of the made bed are more likely to have their own home, a good job and exercise in contrast to the bed “sloths” — who rent a house, complain about low-paid work and shy away from physical exertion.
Gretchen Rubin, writer, bestselling author of The Happiness Project
We spend about a third of our lives in our own bedroom. The external paraphernalia and furnishings of the room affect our mood and well-being. It’s hard to feel peaceful and relaxed when we’re surrounded by clutter. A neatly made bed transforms the room, creates an atmosphere of comfort and serenity.
When I was doing research for my book, I found that one of the simplest life changes that made people happy was learning how to make their bed every morning. Is there anything else that can change your life just as quickly, with minimal effort?
7. You will have time for real life
Sexologists and somnologists are unanimous in one thing: the bed should only be used for sleeping or intimate pastime. But many people neglect this recommendation, using a bed to sort things out or “hang” on gadgets in social networks.
Neurologist from Northwestern University, Illinois, USA — Kelly Baron says that a made bed is less conducive to watching TV or playing games online, leaving time for more constructive activities. The one who makes the bed in the morning opens the door to the real world, where there are so many interesting, important and unknown things.
Did you know?
Sociologists conducted research among residents of seven states — Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Australia and Russia. The results showed that at least sixty percent of people in every country make their bed in the morning.
Every morning people are divided into two warring camps: those who always make the bed and those who oppose it. It is curious that the scientific minds of mankind are both in the first camp and in the second!
On average, it takes a person three weeks to consolidate a good habit. If you “tormented yourself” twice as much, and you are not used to making the bed, science allows you to be lazy.
Dr. Marie Barnesthe president Australasian Sleep Association states: “There is no real reason to make the bed every morning. But if it helps you sleep or brings other pleasant changes to your life, do it!”.
At the same time, dust mites are causing concern among doctors. According to various sources, 1.5–2 million individuals can live on one bedding, which feed on dead particles of human skin. They need a favorable environment for reproduction and “prosperity”: warmth and humidity. And if we make the bed every morning, we ourselves create ideal conditions for them.
Dr Stephen Pritlove, Kingston University, UK
When you make your bed right after you sleep, you retain your body heat and moisture from sweat on the bedding. In addition, dead particles of the epidermis remain on the linen, which feed on dust mites. To get rid of these individuals, you need to dry the laundry well, ideally, keep it in the sun. Ticks cannot exist in a dry microclimate.
Dr. Marie Barnes, President of the Australasian Sleep Association
Ticks feed on dead skin particles. And it is natural that bed linen “accumulates” them. However, if you give your bedding, blankets, and pillows a good shake every morning, there’s no reason not to make your bed afterwards.
While sociologists, scientists and doctors argue whether it is worth spending precious morning minutes on a home routine, each of us can decide for himself: whether a neatly made bed will make life better. Who knows, maybe this is really the easiest way to happiness?