I wanted to start doing monthly challenges that seemed like simple tasks, but are often not completed. So this past month I wanted to challenge you and myself to make the bed every day! Seems simple, right? Well….not always.
We are all too familiar with the morning routine of hitting snooze and running late, leaving while our partner is still in bed, or just too focused on the day ahead to think about the bed you need to make. That is why part of my challenge was to make the bed at ANY time of the day. Get rid of the notion that in order to successfully make your bed, it has to be done first thing in the morning. Nuh-uh girlfriend – as long as your bed is made before you snuggle back into it for the night, you made your bed that day!
I also wanted to note that making your bed doesn’t have to be a chore. You don’t have to have those perfectly lined edges, or tuck in your sheets every morning, just pull up the sheet, even out the duvet/bedspread and fluff those pillows on top and voila! The bed is made!
Now I’ve always viewed having a made bed as a big accomplishment. It meant that I took time in the morning to get it all together and it helped make your room look much more presentable. But the biggest difference I saw from making the bed was being able to fall asleep more quickly than normal! I even brought this up to my husband and he felt the exact same!
This was a big revelation because I used to love, and I mean love, getting into a bed that wasn’t made and having the sheets a little messy/exposed because it felt cooler for me to sleep in. I would go back in time and start this challenge all over again because the quality of my sleep and the amount of time it takes me to fall asleep has drastically changed.
So not only was making the bed every day a wonderful way to start refreshed, organized, and accomplished first thing in the morning (or last thing at night, lets be honest), I actually discovered an efficient and easy way to get my mind and body prepared to sleep at night.
And I’m not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation:
People who reported making their bed in the morning were 19 percent more likely to get a good night’s sleep every night.“Make Your Bed for Better Sleep.” National Sleep Foundation, www.sleepfoundation.org/bedroom-environment/touch/make-your-bed-better-sleep.
They are not sure why this is, but I can certainly vouch for having had an amazing night sleep since making my bed. It’s almost as if once I am ready to sleep, not having to worry about adjusting covers, and sheets allows my mind to fully turn off while laying down. It adds ease and alleviates an extra step in my night time routine.
I’m really glad I started my monthly challenges with this goal and will definitely continue to make my bed in the future. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be in the morning and it doesn’t have to be a chore. Make it part of your daily routine, at whatever time of the day!
Let me know how your monthly challenge went! And what challenges you would like to see in the future.
Get ready because June’s Goal starts tomorrow and this will be a challenge for me.