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Insight from Experts: The Rise of "Bed Rotting" Trend

Jan 18, 2024Jan 18, 2024

"Bed rotting" — or the act of people spending prolonged periods of time in bed — has taken the internet by storm. So we got to the bottom of this trend and even looked at the science.

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"For some, bed rotting may serve as a form of stress management. Stress and burnout affect both mental and physical health, and relaxation and me-time can help people rest and recharge. What we use to destress can be very personal: ASMR, physical relaxation, and even relaxing music have been shown to be effective stress management techniques," she added.

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Hill said she views bed rotting as the rebranded term for having a lazy day. "It's where you spend parts of the daytime in bed doing activities like reading, watching TV, or using your phone. It's a rejection of productivity culture by doing nothing. Everyone needs to rest and recuperate, though excess time in bed may disrupt healthy sleep patterns. Like other areas of health, 'everything in moderation' is the best advice to separate healthy vs. unhealthy bed rotting. Occasional bed rotting may recharge your batteries, but too much may backfire and may lead to more fatigue," she said.