Here’s Another Study That Will Validate (or Shame) Your Bed-Making Habits

published Mar 25, 2019
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Do you feel like you can’t officially start your morning until you make your bed? Well, it turns out that there’s more anecdotal evidence that this simple task could contribute to your productivity.

In a survey of 1,000 people, the company Best Mattress Brand determined how bed-making affects productivity and health. And while we hate to admit our mom was right all those years, the statistics show that taking a few minutes to smooth out your sheets and awkwardly tussle with your duvet cover are worth it.

What’s most interesting about this study is the way making your bed seems to indicate feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction in other facets of your life. According to the survey findings, nearly three in four bed makers feel accomplished at the end of the day, compared to just 50 percent of non-makers. Bed makers were also more than twice as likely than non-makers to be satisfied with their job.

Making your bed can also lead to other healthy habits, often called a keystone habit. The survey determined that bed makers are more likely to follow routines and schedules, do household chores and upkeep, and organize and plan. They’re also 17 percent more likely to engage in healthy recreation and 15 percent more likely to eat healthier foods. And clearly, bed makers are confident in their ways: 82 percent of them believe completing a small task helps them be productive all day.

The joy of climbing into a freshly made bed may help you get a few more ZZZs, too: over the course of a week, bed makers get an extra two hours and 24 minutes of necessary sleep, the study found.

This study surveyed 1,000 people total, 500 who made the bed and 500 who didn’t. Respondents ranged in age from 19 to 81 with an average age of 36.