Friday, March 22, 2024

Make your Bed! The Therapeutic Benefits for Autoimmune Diseases

Make your Bed!

You are probably wondering: Can making my bed really have a significant impact on my autoimmune condition? And will bed-making help with all types of autoimmune diseases? The short answer is, "Yes!" Read on to find out why it helps.

Autoimmune diseases occur when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, leading to inflammation and damage to organs and tissues. With over 80 different types of autoimmune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, these diseases can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Living with an autoimmune disease can present various challenges in daily life. Symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and inflammation can impact one's ability to carry out routine tasks and lead to a decreased quality of life. Managing these conditions often requires a combination of medication, lifestyle adjustments, and self-care strategies.

Made bed

Impact of Sleep on Autoimmune Diseases 

Research has shown a strong link between sleep and autoimmune diseases. Lack of quality sleep can trigger inflammatory responses in the body, exacerbate symptoms, and contribute to disease progression. Prioritizing good sleep hygiene is essential for managing autoimmune conditions.

Quality sleep plays a crucial role in managing autoimmune disease symptoms. Adequate rest helps support the immune system, reduces inflammation, and promotes overall well-being. Establishing a consistent sleep routine and creating a restful sleep environment are important steps in improving symptom management.

Making your bed each day can contribute to creating a calming and organized sleeping environment. A tidy bed can signal to your brain that it's time to wind down and promote a sense of tranquility, which is beneficial for individuals managing autoimmune conditions.

The simple act of making your bed can have therapeutic effects on stress levels. Engaging in this routine can instill a sense of accomplishment, order, and control, which may help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Lowering stress is crucial for managing autoimmune conditions as stress can exacerbate symptoms. The act of making your bed and maintaining an organized sleeping space can have psychological benefits. Order and organization in your surroundings can provide a sense of stability, control, and comfort, all of which are important for mental health and overall well-being. Embracing a tidy sleeping environment can support individuals in coping with the challenges of autoimmune diseases.

Why make my bed?

My Experience with Making my Bed

COVID quarantine was a very new experience for everyone. Trying to think of things to keep us occupied at home, I began a list of things we could be doing. I started by looking for productive ways to spend the hours stretched before us. Of course, there was schoolwork and ministry work to keep up on, but there was still so much time leftover, and the weather wasn't exactly comfortable for being outside in the beginning of quarantine. So, we did puzzles, watched zoo cams, made movies, took pictures dressed up like famous paintings, did scavenger hunts, learned to play whist, bundled up for hikes, gardened, made playlists, and listened to inspirational talks. One of those talks I listened to was the Make your Bed Speech.

With everyone in the house together, every minute of the day. I really needed one clean, inviting space that was my own. And my bedroom became that space. Once I began making my bed, I found that walking into the room automatically relieved tension and stress. I was never a bed maker before COVID, but now I'm sold. I make my bed every day now. It is wonderful to slip into smooth feeling sheets every night.

Practical Tips for Establishing a Bed-Making Routine

Let's face it, convincing yourself to make your bed when you could just as easily leave it messy can be a challenge. So here are some tips to get you on your way!

  1. Decide at what part of your day you can devote a few minutes to making your bed.  
  2. When it comes to bed-making, efficiency is key. Start by straightening out your sheets and fluffing your pillows. 
  3. Use the "hospital or military corners" technique for a crisp look. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect, just enough to create a sense of order.
  4. Think of it as a self-care ritual. 
  5. Take a moment to appreciate the act of creating a tidy space for yourself. It sets a positive tone for the day ahead.

In the world of autoimmune diseases where so much can feel out of control, making your bed is a small task that can give you a sense of accomplishment. It's a reminder that you have the power to create order in your immediate environment.

While it may seem like a simple and even unnecessary act, studies have shown that maintaining a clean and organized space can positively affect overall health, including autoimmune conditions. Making your bed could be a small yet impactful step in managing your health. Making your bed may seem like a mundane task, but it can offer therapeutic benefits for those managing autoimmune conditions. Incorporating this simple habit into your daily routine can promote a sense of control and well-being.

simple task of making the bed

As part of your holistic approach to managing autoimmune disease, consider adding bed-making to your self-care toolkit. It's a low-cost, low-effort strategy that can contribute to a more positive mindset and overall wellness. So go ahead, tuck in those sheets and fluff those pillows – your health might thank you for it!

What unique ways have you discovered to improve your autoimmune condition?

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not to offer medical advice. I am not in the medical field. My purpose is to share what decisions I’ve made in an attempt to improve my health and try to put my autoimmune disease into remission. Remember everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and supplements and you have to make the decisions that are best for you. Consult a trusted practitioner for medical advice. Our resource page details the books, articles, journals, and websites we've researched to put together our autoimmune articles. You can access our Autoimmune Research Resources by clicking.  

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