In a world divided into two kinds of people – those who diligently make their beds and those who just can’t be bothered – it’s time to embrace the art of the bedtime routine.
If you find yourself in the latter group, listen up because there are more reasons to make your bed than you might think!
Your bed is not just a piece of furniture; it’s a centre piece of your room, capable of setting the entire mood.
An unmade bed amidst an otherwise tidy room creates chaos. Those luxury towels you bought, now wet on the bed, on the top of a bundle of sheets…?
A neatly made bed signals maturity and control. Your bed’s appearance reflects on your personality, so why not make a statement with crisp or soft, tidy sheets? A beautiful Portuguese bedspread or an attractive duvet set? Maybe a decorative cushion too. It’s your bedroom!
It’s not just about vanity; it’s about getting a good night’s sleep. Your sleep environment matters, from room temperature to cleanliness.
Tangled sheets lead to restless nights, but neatly arranged ones promote deep, restful sleep.
A good mattress topper also promotes deep, restful sleep; make sure it’s suitable for the climate. You need a cover that regulates to temperature and protects from being too hot.
Making your bed also contributes to your health. By straightening it in the morning, you prevent dirt, dust, and allergens from joining you under the covers at night. It’s especially crucial for pet owners or city dwellers who bring in the city’s dust.
Good to reduce allergens too is a good anti-dust/allergenic mattress protector. It keeps your mattress protected not just from spills but unwanted little guests too.
Believe it or not, there are studies linking happiness to bed-making and they always start with making your bed. A well-made bed welcomes you home after a bad day, providing a sense of relief and encouragement. Fluff up those pillows and look forward to resting your head at the end of the day.
Don’t worry; making your bed is a minor commitment that reaps major rewards. Even if you love hitting the snooze button, you can spare three minutes to straighten and tuck your sheets. It sets the tone for tidying up the rest of your room and fosters a sense of accomplishment.
What should you make your bed with? In the summer, a cool cotton percale or a soft sateen cotton, anti-allergenic pillow, a down and feather pillow. Come the winter, when you need a little more warmth, the choices are yours – good, natural duvets and pillows make such a difference to your getting into bed and your motivation to get into that luxury space.
For those who believe that not making the bed defines them as slovenly and doomed to a messy life, fear not. Happiness experts found that bed-making was a common habit people wanted to adopt for positive change. Taking charge of one small task can lead to greater self-mastery.
So, what are you waiting for? Making your bed is a simple process. Strip everything but your fitted sheet, straighten and tuck it, create hospital corners at the foot if you use a top sheet, and secure your duvet with ease using the ties. Finish it off with pillows and pillowcases. Voilà! You’re done.
If being ecological using sustainable products helps you sleep at night, use a local source where you can be green and invariably save money. Shopping locally has many cost benefits, and you can get good advice too from independent stores.
Embrace the world of wellness, create a bedtime routine and discover the transformative power of making your bed – it’s not just about neatness; it’s a lifestyle choice that brings positive change and a happier you!
By Karen Love
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