New 'Bed Rotting' Trend Is Taking Over Young People's Lives

By maks in Life Style On 10th June 2024

You might be looking forward to spending a lazy morning in bed soon.

So, why not dive into learning about a new trend called 'bed rotting'?

Admittedly, it doesn't sound as glamorous as other weekend activities like 'brunch' or 'drinks.'

But, you must be somewhat curious since you started reading, right?

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'Bed rotting' has gained attention on social media, like many modern trends.

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Despite its somewhat off-putting name, it's not nearly as unappealing as it might sound.

You might think the trend involves neglecting to do your laundry or letting leftover food spoil beside your pillow.

However, it's actually something many people already do—you just might not have realized there’s a term for it.

'Bed rotting' essentially means spending the entire day in bed, ignoring the outside world and whatever might be happening there.

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This concept isn't new—Bruno Mars even sang about it back in 2010 with his hit 'The Lazy Song.' 

In case you've forgotten the lyrics, he sang:

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"Today, I don't feel like doing anything / I just wanna lay in my bed / Don't feel like picking up my phone / So leave a message at the tone / 'Cause today, I swear I'm not doing anything."

This pretty much captures the essence of 'bed rotting.'

 Interestingly, it's only recently that this behavior has been labeled.

Given all the challenges in the world today—from rising living costs and global conflicts to political strife—it's not surprising that 'bed rotting' has become popular.

This trend is especially prevalent among younger people who often have fewer responsibilities, such as raising children.

However, it's important to balance our lazy days. Dr. Jessi Gold, an assistant professor of Psychiatry at Washington University, recently discussed 'bed rotting' on TikTok. 

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She explained: "I just learned this word, bed rotting, and apparently it's like you're so tired and so stressed out that you just don't leave your bed, and that's what you do to cope.

"I think a lot of us do that. We say 'I'm tired,' because stress makes us tired, being anxious makes us tired, not sleeping because of both makes us tired. But while we need sleep we need to ask ourselves is the sleep restorative or avoidant.

"Are you sleeping because you don't want to be awake, because of stress and anxiety or the things you have to do, or are you sleeping because you actually need it?

"You don't always have to fight the urge to bed rot, but ask yourself why."

So while we all deserve a day off now and then, it's good to check in with ourselves about why we're choosing to 'bed rot.'