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Quarantine Bed Making Habits

We surveyed 2,000 Americans to see if their bed-making habits have changed, what these habits mean for dating life, and if making your bed really does make you sleep better.

By Madison Muire

There are a lot of things you have to consider when you start dating someone new, add making your bed to the top of that list. According to a new study, four in 10 Americans say it would be a total turn-off to date someone who doesn’t make their bed. This study looked at the implications of making your bed (or not) in new relationships, the sex life of established relationships, and the sleeping habits of individuals.

As we have all been spending more time at home during this global pandemic, we wanted to know if this has changed people’s bed-making habits. To find out, we surveyed 2,000 Americans to determine how habits have changed, what these habits mean for dating life, and if making your bed really does make you sleep better.

How Many People Are Making Their Beds?

Your sex life may not be the first thing you think of when you’re deciding to make your bed in the mornings. However, our research suggests that those who make their beds every day are having 25% more sex during quarantine then those who do not make their bed daily.

It also seems that daily bed-makers are more attracted to fellow bed-makers, with 55% of bed-makers stating that an unmade bed would be a deal-breaker. Those who do not make their beds daily do not seem to mind if their date makes their bed as much. 61% of non-bed-makers said an unmade bed would not be a deal-breaker. So, it may be a good idea to find out if your date is a bed-maker or not before the first date.

Impacts of Bed-Making on Your Sex Life

Dating life is not the only reason to practice daily bed making. 48% of bed-makers said the quality of their sleep has increased, whereas 30% of non-bed-makers reported a decrease in sleep quality. Whether it is just the fact that so many people have more time at home during the pandemic (66%), or sleepers have been an avid bed-maker of years now, 44% of people feel making their bed makes them more productive throughout the day.

Additionally, 38% of people who make their bed everyday report better sleep every night.

TOP REASONS TO MAKE YOUR BED DAILY DURING QUARANTINE

  1. It makes my room look clean – 64%
  2. It’s part of my morning routine – 59%
  3. Out of habit – 52%
  4. Makes me feel ready for the day – 50%
  5. It makes me feel productive – 44%
  6. I feel like I sleep better when my bed is made daily – 38%
  7. It helps me manage my stress levels – 32%Dedicated Nappers

Decreased stress, daily success, and routine habit are all among reasons people make their beds daily. One additional reason is the feeling of cleanliness and organization it gives different aspects of your life. Sixty-six percent of these respondents were also in agreement that making their bed every morning has been the key to a successful day during their lockdown days.
Having a clean and organized sleep space trickles into other areas of your life; workspace, kitchen, living room, etc. Not only does making your bed in the morning have a psychological impact on your productivity, but it also makes you more likely to keep other things cleaned and organized; laundry, sheets, etc.

The increased time at home has also been a wake-up call for many Americans regarding their sleep hygiene and bedding laundry habits. Forty-eight percent of all respondents shared that they didn’t realize how infrequently they washed their sheets until they entered quarantine. And 58% of respondents also shared that quarantine was a wake-up call for them to take better
care of their sleep hygiene overall.

Sleep Hygiene Wake-Up Call

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