IT’S NATIONAL MAKE YOUR BED DAY BUT ONLY 21% OF BRITS MAKE THEIR BED DAILY AND IT’S STIFLING PRODUCTIVITY SAY EXPERTS
AS THE NATION wakes up to National Make Your Bed Day*, Sunday 11th September, a new survey has found that a meagre 21 percent of Brits take the time to reposition their duvet or bed sheets as soon as they get up each morning.
A further quarter (23%) said they returned to the bedroom to make their bed during the day or before they get back into it at bedtime, which leaves more than half the beds in Britain unmade!
But making a bed as soon as we get up is believed to lead to a more successful life and could actually make us more productive, say experts. According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit: “Making your bed every morning each is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.
“It’s not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.”
Of 2000 British adults polled by The Fine Bedding Company ahead of this year’s National Make Your Bed Day, the worse culprits for not making their beds were men.
Of the 44% of those who make their bed daily, two-thirds (59%) were women, showing a big male / female bed making divide.
More than half of British women (59%) said they did make their bed daily. Although just over a third of women (33%) said they returned to the bedroom to make their bed during the day or after returning home from work and other daily activities.
The stats also revealed that changing a duvet cover is the second most hated household chore, only just trumped by cleaning the loo! It even comes above loading the dishwasher and picking up discarded clothes from the bedroom floor.
More than half (54%) of adults said making their bed wasn’t worth the effort – choosing to jump back into it just as they left it.
Sara Wadsworth, brand manager at The Fine Bedding Company, said: “These statistics have surprised us because repositioning a duvet must be one of the easiest things to do in the house. Yet so many either put it off or don’t bother at all.
“Perhaps they know it is easily done at any moment and, with all the pressure of modern life, they feel it can be left to another time.”
Further questioning in ‘bed making skills’ has revealed that the art of making a crease-free bed, and the age-old housekeeping technique of a ‘hospital corner’ are dying life skills.
Of the 2000 sleepers polled, a massive 61 percent said they’d never heard of a ‘hospital corner’.
And 82 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t know how to create one if they tried.
The Fine Bedding Company survey also found that in today’s busy world 93 percent of sleepers now use duvets, with a tiny seven percent still staunchly committed to sheets and blankets.
Wadsworth, from The Fine Bedding Company, commented:
“The days of smoothing down and meticulously folding sheets and blankets are virtually gone, replaced by the quick and easy, modern technology of duvets and fitted sheets.
“Sleepers are no longer prepared to waste long hours ironing and wrestling bed linen into perfect shape, choosing rather to toss their duvets back on the bed – if they even do that at all – according to our survey.
“It means the legacy of the ‘hospital corner’ – left to British culture by wartime nurse Florence Nightingale – is coming to an end, with hospitals the last domain of the dying skill.”
Wadsworth continued: “Increases in daily pressures – including alarm-clock starts, school runs, early business meetings and longer working days – have contributed to the demise of the convoluted technique.
“But the convenience of modern duvets and stretch-to-fit nature of fitted sheets means there is no coming back for the pain-staking process that locks sheets and blankets into place.”
Even though it is a chore British adults staunchly dislike, The Fine Bedding Company’s testing team report that a duvet can be changed in just 1.5 minutes.
The poll also revealed the most popular techniques that British adults adopt to put a duvet cover on (and also unearthed some very bizarre methods too!).
The UK’S top five techniques for changing a duvet cover include ‘the hand puppet’, ‘the wrestler’, ‘the recruiter’, ‘corner to corner’ and ‘the double fold’. For helpful videos showing these techniques, follow the link below:
But it’s not all bad news if we don’t make our beds in a morning. Another study found that failing to make your bed in the morning may actually help keep you healthy. So while an unmade bed may look scruffy, research suggests it is also unappealing to house dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies. A study by Kingston University discovered the bugs can’t survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed.