Does making the bed in the morning set you up for a successful day? This theory has been debated for years and I am here to tell you the positive effects it can have on you and your day!
What have experts said about making your bed?
Making your bed is linked to getting adequate rest
Those who make their bed are more productive throughout the day
7 out of 10 people complete this small task every day
5 Benefits of Making Your Bed
Better Sleep: A poll done by the National Sleep Foundation found that those who make their beds in the morning sleep better at night. There is just something about laying down on a clean and well made bed that positively influences our sleep and helps us to fall asleep quicker. Adequate sleep has been linked to weight maintenance, improved concentration, improved immunity, and better moods. Additionally, getting a good night’s rest will add to your productivity the next day.
Feeling of Accomplishment: Making your bed first thing in the morning provides a small feeling of accomplishment. This can encourage more small tasks to be completed, resulting in a day full of small achievements. Let's start crossing off items on our to-do lists by making the bed! Another benefit of making the bed is that it can help create a clutter-free environment. Studies have shown that a clean, organized environment leads to higher success rates and increased productivity. Additionally, being organized can positively impact our mind.
Stress Reduction: While it can be easy to let our mind stress about all of the things that we have to complete for the day, tidying up can actually help to reduce our worries. Who would have thought something as simple as a tidier room with a neatly made bed could make such a difference? Crazy, right? Especially during a time when we might be spending more hours in the house working from home, messes can start to pile up and add to our stress levels. Staying tidy allows us to feel like we have all of our ducks in a row and stay calm during times of chaos.
Improved Focus: A tidy space can not only help to reduce stress, it can also improve our focus. This may be in part because as we destress, our minds become less distracted with worries. Additionally, being in a decluttered and organized space can allow your mind to feel free to focus on the task at hand. As you may have realized by now, our environment has an impact on the way that we work. The amount of natural lighting, wall colors, decor, and cleanliness can all change how effective and productive we are with our work.
Better Daily Habits: It takes 21 days to form a habit. Making your bed every morning can help you to feel like you're starting the day off right and result in creating a morning routine that is perfect for you! This could include eating a healthy breakfast, brushing your teeth, taking care of personal hygiene, and/or exercising. Getting a good start to your day can allow you to stick to your schedule and complete everything on your to-do list.
In conclusion, making your bed each morning has been shown to positively affect a person’s productivity, mood, and focus. Just think - each morning, you can work to improve your life with such a simple task!
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Written by: Megan Kirchoff, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern