Don’t Make Your Bed Day

Making the bed is an activity that all of us are supposed to do on a daily basis, and there’s a good reason for it. Making your bed not only helps to keep the room from looking unkempt but also may help keep a person healthier.

According to a recent poll, people who make their beds every morning were almost 20% more likely to have a good night’s sleep. That alone is a good reason for anyone to make their bed first thing in the morning.

While it might be advisable for a person to make their bed on a regular basis, it’s still important for people to take an occasional break. After all, doing the same thing repeatedly can be a real pain in the neck.

Sometimes we all just need a day off, and that’s why someone had the foresight to create Don’t Make Your Bed Day. This holiday falls on the 21st of December each year and gives us the respite we need from the grind of daily bed-making.

The History of Don’t Make Your Bed Day

Believe it or not, this holiday was actually created by a 5th grader, Shannon Barba, of Tijeras, New Mexico. This 5th grader started a petition that said they had to make their bed every day since they were four years old, just to make their parents proud.

The petition also went on to say that they were sick and tired of this particular chore and saw that it was somewhat pointless. They suggested that since December 21st was the shortest day of the year, everyone should get a break from having to make their bed. Unfortunately, Congress was too busy with pressing matters to address this petition formally.

Some Quick Facts About Beds

Below are a few bed facts we’ve learned while researching Don’t Make Your Bed Day. We hope everyone reading finds them to be quite enjoyable.

  • The Queen mattress size is the most popular of any other size.
  • During the 1960s, waterbeds were given the nickname “pleasure pit.”
  • The first box springs during the 16th century used ropes that could be tightened for a better night’s sleep, hence the phrase “sleep tight.”

Observing Don’t Make Your Bed Day

Since the whole purpose behind this holiday is to skip making your bed for a day, we encourage everyone to do just that. However, we know that some people are probably going to make their bed, and the vast majority of people will find the relief they need from their bed-making chores. All that anyone should have to do on this holiday is to use the hashtag #DontMakeYourBedDay on social media to spread the word about it far and wide.

When is it?
This year (2024)
December 21 Saturday
Next year (2025)
December 21 Sunday
Last year (2023)
December 21 Thursday
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