NEW YORK — People who make their beds daily are generally cleaner, healthier, more outgoing, and have better quality of sleep than those who leave the comforter and sheets in a heap, according to a recent study.
Researchers commissioned by bedding experts Sleepopolis polled 2,000 adults and found that how tidy we are with our beds reveals much about our personalities.
For example, the survey found that a large segment of people who don’t make their beds in the morning seem to enjoy watching “Seinfeld” episodes and comedy movies, listen to rock music, are night owls, and snooze their alarm before getting up. Those with messier beds also are more likely to hold a job in business and financial fields, and their personalities tend to be sarcastic, moody, shy, and curious.
On the other hand, those who make their beds are more likely to be morning people, work in health or technology fields, listen to jazz music, enjoy watching “House Hunters” episodes and romantic movies, and wake up without an alarm. They’re described as more adventurous, confident, sociable and high-maintenance.
Bed-makers were also more likely to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and consider themselves as clean. They enjoy more benefits in the bedroom too, having sex three times a week on average, while those who don’t make their beds only have sex twice a week.
Activity level seems to be a factor. Those who said they make their bed in the morning, were 10 percent more likely to say they enjoy cooking. Folks who don’t were more prone to watching television or movies.
“While it’s interesting to examine the differences between people who make their bed and people who don’t, the differences pale in importance to getting a good night’s sleep,” says Logan Block, the director of content at Sleepopolis in a statement. “Results highlighted the sleep loss epidemic that Americans are facing – sleep is incredibly important to our mental and physical health, yet the average American is only getting six and a half hours per night. There are many easy solutions to getting more sleep, including going to bed at an earlier time and being in a comfortable environment conducive to sleep.”
For those who make their beds daily, 42% say their romantic partner makes them do it. A third of respondents say that not making one’s bed is a turn-off for a potential partner.
Of the more bizarre findings, people who don’t make their beds were more likely to have broken a promise, perhaps explaining why they’re less likely to have three more close friends.
Bed-makers were more likely to believe in ghosts.
And if you snore, odds are you keep your bed unmade. But if you make your bed, you’re more prone to sleepwalking.
The survey was conducted by market research firm OnePoll in August and September 2018.