PILLOW TALK: ‘Making your bed is linked to improved productivity and wellbeing’

Updated: Mar 17, 2021



To plump...or not to plump, that is the question?


Just lately, bed making has fallen somewhat by the wayside. The pillows are left un-fluffed, and the sheets in disarray as many a morning routine struggles to get past the start line!


On the whole, a disheveled bed might seem like the least of our problems, but the demise of one of these most important ‘keystone habits’ is not to be taken lightly!


A ‘keystone habit’ is one that typically kick starts a chain reaction of other positive, productive behaviours. In other words, bed-making is the success-building, happiness-cultivating habit that we can ill afford to neglect, especially right now!


According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity and a greater sense of wellbeing.


The mechanism for this effect, in part, is owing to the sense of accomplishment the simple act of bed-making brings, which then sets the tone for the rest of the day.


Then, of course, there’s the sleep benefits (and that priceless feeling!) of retiring to a neat bed and an organised environment at the end of the day.


This in mind, it’s time to fluff the pillows, straighten the sheets, and seize this first win of the day, that handily enough...also happens to be the last!


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