Are you one of those people that absolutely has to make your bed in the morning before you leave for the day? Or are you one of those folks that thinks it’s a waste of time, and that it doesn’t matter if you make it because nobody is going to see it? If you fall into the latter category, you may want to reconsider your morning routine, despite the fact that you no longer have to do what your mother tells you.
The Proof is in the Pillow
If you are already in the habit of making your bed neatly before you tackle each day, you already know how good it feels to crawl under those covers every night. It’s almost therapeutic. Those who don’t want to be bothered with the chore need more convincing and should consider all of the factors that affect how well you sleep at night.
- Environment – Lights, noises, and other distractions can easily affect quality of sleep
- Excercise – The amount of physical activity you do, and the time at which you do it, has a significant impact on your sleep patterns.
- Diet – Believe it or not, the type of foods you consume throughout the day, and especially in the evening before bedtime, can either help or disrupt your ability to fall asleep.
- Comfort – The comfort level of your mattress, pillows, sheets, and blankets, dramatically affects how well you snooze.
- Temperature – Whether you prefer a warm or cool setting, finding the ideal temperature for your bedroom has a powerful effect on your overall sleep health.
Finally, consider the role that your mind and body play in regards to sleep. Being able to let your body physically relax, and being able to shut your mind off as you lay your head on the pillow, are key players when it comes to quality of sleep. Furthermore, consistently restless nights filled with broken sleep, and tossing and turning, can eventually lead to serious sleep disorders. During the day you will be irritable, physically and mentally tired, and more prone to illness.
A simple act like making your bed each morning, and slipping under clean, cool, crisp covers, can in fact help your mind and body relax. It literally takes just a few minutes to make your bed each morning. The results are not only visually stunning, but also a great benefit to your sleep health. This is not to say you need to master the art of hospital corners or make your bed military inspection ready. A couple lifts, folds, tucks, and pillow fluffs, and you can be on your way.
Get in the Groove
They say that old habits die hard, but getting accustom to making your bed each and every morning is a habit that you will not want to fizzle out. In addition to helping your mind and body relax each night, you will enjoy coming home and seeing the neat and inviting appearance that your bed exudes. You don’t even have to tell your mother she was right all this time. Just enjoy the peaceful feeling and the benefits of a good nights sleep.
Guest Post Written By:
Online Community Director
Tampa Sleep Doctors