The Dark Side of 'Bed Rotting': Why This Viral Trend May Harm Your Sleep and Mental Health

This article takes a look at the (horribly named) bed rotting trend on Tik Tok and asks whether it’s really a good form of self-care.


Sure, we’ve all had those days where we NEED to stay in bed.  (And we’re not talking about the day after closing karaoke night with our epic take on “Wrecking Ball.”). We mean those lazy days where our cozy bed calls to us, inviting us to have a lie in to lounge and recharge.


But this summer, social media (especially TikTok) has taken the idea completely next level and with a disgusting new moniker: bed rotting. The gist is spending the entire day in bed as the ultimate form of self-care. Gen Z bed rot fans post up in bed to fight burnout and relieve stress, doing things like eating, binging movies, meditating, even working a little. 


More Time in Bed Can Mean Less Rest

Here at Mulberry Park Silks , we get it. After all, our silk sheets make US want to spend the day in bed. And we are certainly not above sleeping in or even dipping out for a little afternoon nap. 


But unfortunate name aside (just, ew), this new trend probably isn’t the best lifestyle choice if your goal is to feel rested. Why? Because spending long amounts of time doesn’t promote quality sleep and may even harm mental health.


According to Ginger Houghton, a licensed therapist and owner of Bright Spot Counseling ,“Bedrotting is a slippery slope in leading towards insomnia. Staying in bed for extended periods of time can really disrupt our sleep schedule when our brains connect our beds to being awake. It's really important for our beds to be a place where we sleep.. If you need a comfy place to binge watch or relax, create a comfy nest in an area outside of your bedroom. Find blankets, pillows, fun lighting, great seating that help you feel nourished without leading to long-term sleep problems.”

On the other hand, there are things you can do to promote better and more restful sleep.


Foster Good Habits for a Better Night’s Sleep

Putting a few good habits in place—and sticking to them—can make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. Here are some suggestions:

  • Keep a sleep diary
  • Use a sleep tracker
  • Go to bed at the same time every day 
  • Maintain a cool, comfortable room
  • Add to relaxation with essential oils and soothing lighting
  • Avoid blue light (screens) for at least an hour before sleep
  • Minimize alcohol consumption
  • Block light with blackout curtains
  • Use a noise machine
  • Change bedding frequently
  • Sleep in clean, comfortable bedding ( like our pure silk sheets!)

You can read more about these habits and how to gradually and successfully implement them in this blog.

Mulberry Park Silks Sheets: A Wonderful Sleeping Environment

Silk sheets have many benefits that make them the ideal environment for restful sleep. Along with many beauty benefits (preventing hair breakage, calming frizzy hair, moisturizing dry skin, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and more) silk bedding supports good sleep and overall well being. 

 Waking up in Silk Be Like

  • Natural: Like your hair and skin, silk fiber is natural and protein-based. Pure mulberry silk is woven from the protective, hygienic silk fibers of the bombyx mori cocoon.
  • The feel: Nothing on earth compares to the soft, comfortable feel of silk. Our silk pillowcases, sheets, and accessories are made from the highest-grade silk in the market (6A) and woven into a lustrous, charmeuse weave for maximum 

You can learn more about how our silk bedding supports good sleep—and consequently, better mental health—here .


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Mulberry Park: Accessible and Affordable Luxury Silk

We founded Mulberry Park with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we've done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our silk sheets and silk pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

Visit us online or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, silk pillowcases, duvet covers and shams, and real silk accessories including sleep masks, travel pillows, and silk hair scrunchies.