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It's National Make Your Bed Day!

No matter what side of the bed you are on, there seems to be strong opinions on whether to make your bed each day or not. It may be hard to believe there are health benefits associated with such a simple task, but daily bed making can also lead to other self improvement habits.


Benefits of Making Your Bed

According to research, the benefits of having a bed making routine range from physical to mental health improvements, such as:

1. Sense of accomplishment.

2. Improved Mental Health

3. Focus & Organization

4. Relaxation

5. Better Sleep

Really, better sleep? The National Sleep Foundation believes so, and promotes National Make Your Bed Day on September 11 for this very reason. It's been studied by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that having daily routines reduces stress and creates less distractions. So entering an uncluttered bedroom can lead to more calm, and a better night's rest.

Many people view it merely as aesthetics, but the possible attributes listed above play a huge part in a person's mental and physical well being. Sleep deprivation is a common experience for many, and can lead to many health issues such as blood pressure and heart disease. If changing one small thing like making your bed each morning could make a difference, why not try it?

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Do I Really Need To Make My Bed?

Obviously any adult can make the choice of making their bed each day. I remember my niece telling me it was silly to make a bed because you sleep in it every night. I of course argued with her about having a serene setting and a sense of accomplishment, but she wasn't buying it.

Adults can make the choice, but mothers have been yelling 'Make Your Bed!' for years to children. For many of the same reasons adults can benefit from making the bed, children can as well. But for a child, this simple task can be the beginning of how they view many things in life. There's a widely known book by William H. McRaven, retired Navy four-star admiral and former chancellor of The University of Texas System called Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World. To summarize, he says:

1. Making your bed each day is your first accomplishment.

2. Succeeding at one task, will lead you to more tasks throughout the day.

3. You'll have a sense of pride.

4. You learn that little things matter.

5. If you have a bad day, coming home to a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow may be better.


Simple and Effective

Who doesn't want happy, successful children? It may sound simple that making your bed each day can instill confidence and a sense of accomplishment, but it certainly doesn't hurt to try. As parents, we are continually searching for actions that create these attributes in our children. If the daily routine of making their beds can instill positive thoughts and behavior, we shouldn't just be teaching it, we should be doing it as well.

However, being an adult has the benefit of not having to do everything your mother asks of you. Whether you choose to make your bed each day or not, is up to you. You may have the type of personality that craves a little clutter because it helps your creative juices flow. This may be the more desirable environment needed, especially if you work from home.

There will always be two sides to the bed and two opinions about making it. Either way, it's up to you!

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