NATIONAL MAKE YOUR BED DAY
Each year on September 11th, National Make Your Bed Day reminds us of all the benefits a well-made bed offers.
We all need to sleep at some point. And getting a good night’s rest gives us an opportunity to recharge. While we can’t always get a perfect night’s rest, we can make some changes to improve our sleep habits. Do you want to get a better night’s sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, making your bed can help improve your sleep by reducing the amount of tossing, turning, and restlessness we experience. Reducing all that turmoil in the bedroom offers great returns, such as good health!
A great night’s sleep can depend on the comfort you feel in your bedroom environment. – National Sleep Foundation
At a Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, participants learn that the sleep environment is a major component of a restful night’s sleep. In a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their bed daily more often have a better night’s sleep. Fresh sheets, dark and cool rooms, and comfortable mattresses and pillows also play a factor in mastering sleep comfort.
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Besides the comfort level, the visual appeal of a well-made bed invites us to slumber. Almost like a blank canvas draws an artist to paint, a comfortably made bed calls to us. Who wants to face crumpled sheets and twisted blankets at the end of the day? Our bed and bedroom should be a sanctuary. And once our bed is made, very little is required of us but to slip between the sheets. When we’re tired, we ask for no more demands from the day, least of all from our bed.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMakeYourBedDay
Make your bed. If not in the routine of making your bed, Make Your Bed Day is the day! Use this observance as an opportunity to start this healthy habit. Encourage the entire family to join you. Even small children can help. And we all know creating healthful habits early in life can last a lifetime.
Other ways to celebrate the day include:
- Shopping for new bedding.
- Sharing tips for making a bed.
- Posting photos of your well-made bed.
- Make it a competition! Set a timer and have the whole family race. The fastest and best bed makers win!
- Challenge others to make their bed – whether they live with you or not!
- After making your bed, try bouncing a quarter off your bed after it’s made – military style.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ideas designed to use in your classroom.
Use #NationalMakeYourBedDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MAKE YOUR BED DAY HISTORY HISTORY
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On September 11th in History
George Washington appoints Alexander Hamilton as the first Secretary of Treasury of the United States. He served in the role for 5 1/2 years.
Singer Jenny Lind of Sweden makes her Castle Garden debut in New York City. Known as the Swedish Soprano or Nightengale, Lind toured across the country for over a year giving performances.
James Goold Cutler receives patent for a mail chute. Patent No. 284, 951 describes a collection box for mail in apartments and businesses. The design intended for the mail to be collected in a central location by mail carriers.
Distance swimmer Florence Chadwick becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions.
The Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ makes its television debut. The pageant crowned Miss Lee Ann Meriwether of California as the 28th Miss America.
Spawning a whole generation of home gamers, the Atari 2600 is released. Some of its most popular games included Asteroids, Missile Command, Mario Bros. and Pac Man.
The militant group Al Qaeda hijacked four planes in the United States and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. The coordinated attack killed over 3,000 people.
The Minneapolis Daily published Sid Hartman’s first newspaper column on September 11, 1945. By 2019, he became the World’s Longest-Serving Newspaper Columnist.
Born on September 11th
Mary Watson Whitney – 1881
The astronomer and educator co-founded the American Astronomical Society. She served as Vassar’s professor of astronomy and director of the observatory from 1888-1910.
O. Henry – 1862
Born William Sydney Porter, the author wrote several volumes of short stories. His work included unusual and surprise endings which grew in popularity.
D.H. Lawrence – 1885
Some of the author’s best-known works include Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. His poetry and novels explore class relationships, psychological emotions, and sexuality.
Paul Bear Bryant – 1913
The American football coach led the University of Alabama football team for 25 years.
Donald Blakeslee – 1918
During World War II, the American flying ace earned the respect of both the British and American military. From 1941 to 1944, the pilot led several units on successful missions. He also achieved the rank of Colonel during his career.
Charles Evers – 1922
Evers took up the baton of civil rights activist after the murder of his brother Medgar Evers. Eventually, Evers entered politics, running first for Mayor of Fayette as a Democrat. He would win the race. However, his later bids for Senator and Governor were not successful.
Pauline Cawley – 1924
The outfielder played two seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Crawley earned a reputation for her savvy base running.
Robert Laurel Crippen – 1937
On April 12, 1981, Crippen piloted the Space Shuttle Columbia in its first orbital test flight. Columbia was the world’s first reusable spacecraft. The astronaut also commanded the Space Shuttle Challenger in three separate flights – STS-7, STS-41C, and STS-41G.
Harry Connick Jr. -1967
The Grammy award-winning musician is known for his stylish jazz compositions. He’s also an actor known for his roles in Hope Floats, Independence Day, Iron Giant and Memphis Belle.