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Now There's Proof That People Who Make Their Beds Are Basically Better at Everything

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 4/8/2019 Caroline Picard
a large bed sitting in a room: Bed making has a lot of benefits. People who make their beds regularly feel more accomplished, work more productively, sleep better, and practice better health habits, according to a new survey from Best Mattress Brand. Previous polls also indicated that bed making is correlated with better sleep quality. © KatarzynaBialasiewicz - Getty Images Bed making has a lot of benefits. People who make their beds regularly feel more accomplished, work more productively, sleep better, and practice better health habits, according to a new survey from Best Mattress Brand. Previous polls also indicated that bed making is correlated with better sleep quality.

Some people believe making the bed each morning is pointless. Those people are wrong. As my fellow bed makers know, it's the twenty-second chore that sets your entire day up for success - and there's actually some data to back up my hypothesis.

Reviews site Best Mattress Brand recently conducted a survey of 1,000 people, and 50% reported they make the bed and 50% stated they do not. And oh boy, will the results make you want to straighten your covers.

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of bed makers feel accomplished at the end of the day, versus just half of non-makers. That may be in part because 21% of bed makers start work right away when they get to the office (versus procrastinating), and 8% report doing tasks to the best of their ability (versus only as good as necessary).

What does all of this mean in my not-so-scientific opinion? Bed makers have their sh*t together. We're unsurprisingly more likely to follow routines and schedules (83% versus 56%) and organize and plan (72% versus 49%).

Our Type A-ness seemingly pervades every other part of our lives too. Bed-making survey takers reported better financial habits, like budgeting and saving money, and of course cleaning routines. A commanding 75% said they have a tidy home, compared to just 43% of non-makers. They're also twice as likely to never let food go bad in the fridge.

"But making the bed is just a waste of time," you might protest. "It's just going to get messed up the next night." That's where this little nugget of information comes in handy: Bed makers get on average seven hours and 19 minutes of sleep per night, versus non-makers' measly six hours and 57 minutes. That adds up to over two and a half hours more shut-eye per week!

And while the health outcomes of bed-making aren't exactly a robust topic in actual scientific research, both a 2018 survey commissioned by Sleepopolis and a 2011 poll from the National Sleep Foundation found similar results, with more messy bed adherents reporting lower quality of sleep and hitting the snooze button regularly.

So if there's even some correlation between sleep quality and smooth blankets or fluffed pillows, then isn't it worth a shot? (As long as you're able to, of course.) I'm not a sleep scientist, but if I was I would start investigating bed-making as a potential panacea immediately. Climb under crisp sheets and it's hard not to immediately fall into blissful slumber.

And if you're already on Team Bed Makers, well, consider this your official, go-to piece of evidence when it comes to convincing your spouse/roommate/child to join you. They'll probably thank you once they start sleeping better.

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