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National Make Your Bed Day

Updated on September 10, 2018
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What Is It?

National Make Your Bed Day, observed on 11 September, is a day when people are encouraged to set aside time in the morning to make their beds and straighten up their bedrooms.

‘But I’ve got enough to do in the morning. Dogs need walking, kids need dropping off, not to mention the commute to work. Anyway, what’s the point of making up a bed nobody’s going to see?’

Yes, we all have busy lives. But did you know that setting some time aside to make your bed can help you cope with the rest your day?

Benefits of Making Your Bed

According to the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their beds and tidy their rooms are more likely to get a good night’s sleep. An orderly environment means less stress and a more fitful sleep. A well-rested person is better able to deal day-to-day challenges.

Making your bed keeps dust and allergens from settling on your sheets and pillowcases resulting in less sneezing and more quality sleep for you and your partner.

Also, the simple task of making your bed can impart a sense of accomplishment, boosting a positive attitude. This, in turn, makes you more likely to carry on tackling the day’s various challenges with a better outlook.

Change the World by Making Your Bed

How to Celebrate

Make Your Bed

Making your bed seems pretty obvious, I know. But here are some tips anyway.

1. Don’t start making your bed as soon as you jump out of it. Mites love a warm, humid environment, like the bed you just rose from. Pull the covers all the way down and let the bed air out while you shower, have a coffee, check your emails, etc.

2. If you use flat sheets, have a go at hospital corners. This method was developed by British nurses during the Crimean War so they could change or resize the sheets without discomforting the patients. Hospital corners also help keep the sheets secure, so you don’t get tangled up in them during the night. The more simple fitted sheet, with elasticated corners, did not appear until approximately the 1990s.

How to Make Hospital Corners in a Snap!

3. During the night, perspiration and drool can seep into the pillow. Whenever possible, leave them out in the sun for a few hours to dry out. This will help the pillows plump up naturally.

Show Off Your Bed

Your bed provides you with warmth and succour. Show your appreciation by covering it with fluffy, feather comforter tucked inside a beautiful cotton duvet cover.


Musee des Maisons Comtoises
Musee des Maisons Comtoises | Source
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Eco Musée Maisons Comtoises de Nancray dans le Doubs | Source

Fun Facts

1. Hurricane Beds, patented in the United States 1985, is a bed in a drawer which can be closed to protect the sleeper from hurricanes.

2. Murphy beds, patented by William Lawrence Murphy circa 1900, can be folded into a wall and pulled down when needed.

3. Approximately one in ten of all living Europeans were conceived in an Ikea bed.

4. The first waterbeds were used in Persia nearly 4000 years ago. They were made from goatskins. The first modern ones were used at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London as a way to treat and prevent bed sores.

5. Magnetic floating mattresses are now available. For a mere $1.6 million, you can utilize the power of magnets to support you while you sleep.

6. But that price is nothing compared to The Baldacchino Supreme bed. Made from 24k pure gold, ash and chestnut woods and topped with a glass canopy, this bed comes in at an extraordinary $6.3million.

7. It is believed that the French king, Louis XIV, owned 413 beds. That’s enough to celebrate Make Your Bed Day every day and then some.

Louis XIV Rigaud Condé Chantilly
Louis XIV Rigaud Condé Chantilly | Source

Yes, I Do Make My Bed

I first watched the Admiral’s speech above a few months ago. As I listened, I was inspired. The following day, I made a conscious effort to make the bed every morning rather than waiting till later in the day, if I did it at all. It’s not a monumental job, only five minutes out of my morning. But during those five minutes, I made a mental list of what I wanted to accomplish that day. When I finished, I was rather pleased with myself and motivated to carry on with my to-do list. In addition, I found I actually had some spare time to indulge in some cross-stitching.

I may not change the world by making my bed, but I did change my outlook. Hopefully, it will do the same for you.

References

www.express.co.uk

www.protectabed.co.uk

www.sleepfoundation.org

© 2018 Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon

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    • phoenix2327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      8 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for stopping by, Denise. That speech is truly inspiring. I like to listen to it every now and then when I need motivation. I never tire of it.

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      Denise McGill 

      8 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      It seems like a good way to start the day. And I know I always feel good about having a nice made bed to slip into at the end of the day. Thanks for the history lesson. I've heard the Admirals speech before. It's a good one.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • phoenix2327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      11 months ago from United Kingdom

      No, Nell, not lazy. You just have different priorities. :)

      Thanks for commenting. Enjoy your day.

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      Nell Rose 

      11 months ago from England

      lol! love your fun factss! A gold bed? And no I wouldn't want one that goes into a drawer! You know what would happen, lol! Interesting stuff, and no I don't make my bed till bedtime, lazy!

    • phoenix2327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Kudos to you, Miebakagh, for trying at least. Perhaps let your wife know you'd like to have a go at making the bed. The look on her face may be well worth it.

      Have a good day.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Zulma, I wake up much earlier expecting when my wife gets off the bed, then I'll set it up. Unfortunately, she set the bed up. Thank you.

    • phoenix2327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Don't be surprised if someone is working on an auto-bed even as we speak. lol

      Thanks for stopping, Ron. Your visit is most appreciated.

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      12 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Although I don't think I'll ever be converted to making my bed every morning, it is true that I have to spend time every night rearranging my disordered bed coverings before I can get comfortable enough to sleep. I'm still waiting for someone to invent the auto-bed with its automatic bedmaking attachment.

    • phoenix2327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Mary, I totally agree. My bedroom is my sanctuary and I like it pretty and uncluttered.

      Thank you for your visit.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for your comment, Cecil.

      I've never slept on a futon and now that I know you have to make the bed twice, I don't I ever will. lol

    • phoenix2327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      I get what you mean, Liz. Sometimes it's just easier to flop into bed after a hard day.

      I don't see the point of corners, myself. I use fitted sheets though I'll be damned if I can figure out how to fold them. lol

      Sometimes the kitties get comfortable in the bed before I can get to it. In that case, I make a little 'cave' for them with the blankets. They look so cute and content in there.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • phoenix2327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Make the bed and wash the sheets! Bill, you are a rebel. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I never thought there is such a day but I'm glad there is. I love well made-up beds with beautiful beddings. It makes the room alive. I always make the bed in the morning and I love to air them first.

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      Cecil Kenmill 

      12 months ago from Osaka, Japan

      I live in Japan. Like many of the locals, I sleep in a futon. That means I make my bed when I wake up and make it again when I go to sleep!

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      Liz Elias 

      12 months ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL! Personally, I don't see much point. I'd far rather be able to just jump into an already open bed when I'm tired than fight to untuck sheets and remove 'dressing' pillows, etc.

      All I to is pull up the quilt over everything, and call it good enough. As for "hospital" corners, we call them mitered corners, and I've been doing it all my life, but I don't try to pull it on top of the bed, and be so anally precise about it.

      Since the cats frequently burrow under the blankets during their naps, it's a lost cause anyway.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Zulma, thanks for responding again. I'llpost you later. I think it will catch the attention of my girls and significant order at home. Thanks again for sharing the story.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That was a fun article. I had never heard of a hurricane bed.

      I'm one of those ridiculously ordered human beings. Making my bed is just part of my morning routine. You can call me anal if you want lol but I for one am going to celebrate this holiday with gusto. I might even wash my sheets for fun. :)

    • phoenix2327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Good for you, Miebakagh. Let me know how that goes for you. Incidentally, I don't always make the bed every morning. My husband enjoys sleeping late on the weekends, so he'll do it when he's finished dressing.

      Have fun and I hope your day is productive.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Zulma, today is the first time I heard about the challenge. Okay, come tomorrow, I will do the bed dressing as it has been the custom of the women folks and girls alone. Thank you.

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