It’s commonly suggested that in order to be healthy and productive during the day, you must get eight hours of sleep every night — but for some sleepers that’s easier said than done. For men and women who need a little help achieving a full, restful night’s sleep, The National Sleep Foundation has a useful tip: make your bed in the morning. According to a survey conducted by The National Sleep Foundation:
“We tend to think of making our beds as a routine morning chore, but it turns out the ritual may be more meaningful than that. The results of a recent Bedroom Poll found that many people believe clean, neat and comfortable elements of the bedroom environment are important to getting a good night’s sleep.”
For most folks, the thought of completing a chore immediately upon waking is not appealing, however, ritualizing the readying of your sleep space in the morning could help you get more sleep at night and feel more energized the next day. According to the survey, 62 percent of sleepers feel that resting in a tidy, organized bedroom helps them feel more relaxed and sleep better throughout the night. It’s not guaranteed to work one hundred percent of the time, but studies imply that the more relaxed you feel before going to sleep, the better you will feel when you wake up.
It’s hard to pinpoint all the reasons why a made bed contributes to healthy sleep habits, but The National Sleep Foundation suggests that if you feel good, you sleep well: “It’s not clear why this is, but perhaps there is a connection between feeling good about where you sleep and your tendency to sleep through the night.”
The survey also revealed that more than ninety percent of sleepers said that one of the most important, determine factors for a great night’s sleep is a comfortable mattress. So, maintaining healthy sleep habits might take some effort, but a clean sleep space and a comfortable place to lay your head is a good place to start.