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

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

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.

Expert com­ment

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

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.

Arguments against”

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.

Expert com­ment

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.

Expert com­ment

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?


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