Martha does it, and so should you! The secret cure for a sleepless night and a more productive, happier, and healthier day is as simple as taking a few minutes in your morning routine to fold the blankets, tuck in the sheets, and prop up those pillows.

There's a saying that goes "the state of your bed is the state of your head," and we couldn't agree more.

Most of us don't get the full eight hours of sleep recommended to feel well rested. And how can we, with work to be done, dinner to make, dishes to be washed, and kids to take care of? (The to-do list goes on and on...)

But getting a good night's sleep is key to your health. And a crisply made bed will help you catch more z's. According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, those who make their beds every day (or almost every day) are more likely to get a good night's sleep than those who do not.

Martha understands that not only does making the bed help your state of mind, it keeps your bedding -- that includes your comforter, sheets, pillows, and mattress -- in good shape: "No one ever said that making a bed was easy," Martha admits. "Really 'making' a bed into a comfortable, gorgeous place to lie down actually takes quite a bit of designing, careful craftsmanship, some excellent fabrics, beautiful linens, and common sense."

When the linen corners are tucked in and the duvet is spread out, this minimizes wrinkles, helps your pillows keep their plump shape, and protects your mattress from stains -- extending the life of your bedding, overall. Dust, pollen, and other allergens are less likely to accumulate in between the sheets. By making the bed, you're more likely to clean the surrounding areas -- the nightstand, the floor, and the corners of your room. Making your bed sets a chain of chores in motion. Suddenly, your bedroom is transformed.

Really, is there any better way to start your day?

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