People who don’t make their beds sleep worse than those who do

October 18, 2011 · 5 comments

Not enjoying your sleep? Go change your sheets and make your bed – you will sleep better.

According to recent research, people who make their beds, have their sheets fresh and their bedroom clean sleep better than those who don’t.

People who make their beds and keep their sheets clean sleep better than those who don't

Seven out of 10 people said they made their bed every day or almost every day. The bed-makers were 19% more likely to report getting a good night’s sleep on most days.

Thanks for the tip, Justin Morrisroe

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Rick October 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

This falls into the lack of cause and effect category. One might also infer that poor sleepers are too tired to make their beds.

Consider this true statement “Shorter people have longer hair”. Need proof? Okay, on average, women are shorter than men and on average, women have longer hair than men.

Ergo … Shorter people have longer hair but there is no correlation of implied cause and effect.

Rory October 19, 2011 at 7:29 am

You got the title backward.

Rory October 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

Oops, never mind.

Rory October 19, 2011 at 7:32 am

Common statistical error. Similarly, they once did studies that found a strong correlation between how much ice cream sold on a day at the beach, and how many people drowned. But correlation is not causation. One of the researchers later realized that, when it’s hot, more people buy ice cream, and when it’s hot, more people swim in the water, and when more people swim, more people drown.

FilGee October 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

Maybe the people who made their bed are psycologically at peace with the fact that they have searched and cleaned the whole sleeping area and so don’t have to subconciously worry that anything could be in the bed and it’s clean so they sleep better. A residue of instinct left over from before humans evolved.

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