Is Your Messy Bed Destroying Your Sleep?

by Martin Reed Patient Advocate

Most of us grew up knowing that we were expected to make our beds and to straighten our bedrooms each day. It was just something that our parents required of us. It was easy to feel like it was a useless chore. After all, we were just going to be getting back into our bed that very night, and it would be unmade again.

Many still feel that way as adults and do not make their beds before they run out the door to work. However, a recent survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation backs up the promptings of mom and dad.**The National Sleep Foundation reported that having a made bed and clean room leads to [a better night’s sleep]( . **

Your bedroom is not just the place where your bed is located. It is your sleeping room or your sleeping area. It should be a haven and a place that is conducive to sleep. Having a proper sleeping environment is essential for healthy sleep, and a proper sleeping environment is a clean one. This means more than just keeping it dusted or vacuumed so dust and allergens stay away.

The report suggests that you will sleep better and have fewer sleeping issues if you:

  • Make your bed every day,

  • Change your sheets every week,

  • Make sure your bedroom is cool and dark, and

  • Make sure your bedding and mattress is comfortable.

The truth is that messy rooms can negatively impact sleep. Clutter and disorder can make falling asleep harder, and it can lead to disturbed or interrupted sleep, as well as daytime sleepiness.

  • If your bedroom is just a pit stop in life and a catch-all for all your stuff, change that. Get rid of the clutter. Move that stack of laundry to where it goes – in the hamper or in the laundry area. Move those stacks of papers you need to look through to another area of the home.

  • Clean out the clutter and make your bedroom a place that is a sleeping haven, not a gathering place of objects and projects. Having all of this around you keeps your mind on alert. That is the last thing that needs to be happening when you are trying to sleep.

  • An adult bedroom should be a place of sleeping and intimacy. Anything that is not conducive to that should be relocated to another area of the home.

Sometimes it's hard to admit, but our parents and grandparents did know a thing or two about life. When they were asked why they made their own beds each day and why they would straighten and tidy their bedrooms, and require the same of their children, they said it was because it made them feel better and rest better. They knew this long before science backed it up.

Some sleep issues are hard to remedy, but sometimes the sleep issues we have are easy to fix. It could be as easy as simply making your bed.

Martin is the creator of Insomnia Land’s free sleep training for insomnia. His course will help you identify the issues that are harming your sleep and teach you how to fix them. Over 3,000 insomniacs have completed his course and 96 percent of graduates say they would recommend it to a friend.


"Americans’ Bedrooms Are Key to Better Sleep According to New National Sleep Foundation Poll", National Sleep Foundation, Jan. 25, 2011. Accessed September 4, 2015.

Martin Reed
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Martin Reed

Martin is the creator of Insomnia Coach, an eight-week course that combines online sleep education with individual sleep coaching. His course helps clients improve their sleep so they can enjoy a better life with more energy and start each day feeling happy, healthy, rested, and refreshed. Martin also runs a free sleep training course that has helped over 5,000 insomniacs. He holds a master’s degree in health and wellness education and studied clinical sleep health at the University of Delaware.