In today’s fast-paced world, stress and anxiety have become common companions in our daily lives. People are constantly seeking ways to cope with these overwhelming emotions and find solace in different activities or practices. One intriguing coping mechanism that has gained attention lately is “bed rotting.”

“Bed rotting” is a term used to describe the act of lying in bed, doing nothing, and simply allowing oneself to be engulfed by the weight of stress or anxiety. However, it’s not all negative. What exactly makes bed rotting an effective coping mechanism for some individuals?

In some cases, such as a nurse returning from an overnight shift who is in severe need of rest. Very fair! A teacher embracing a long kid-free weekend. And a depressed college student sought solace in bed for a short while. Also completely understandable.

Experts believe that it might have something to do with giving oneself permission to take a break and acknowledge their emotions. In a world that glorifies productivity and constant action, bed rotting provides a counterintuitive approach by encouraging people to slow down and be gentle with themselves.

However, it’s essential to remember that bed rotting shouldn’t be considered a long-term solution or a substitute for seeking professional help when dealing with chronic stress or anxiety. While it may offer temporary relief, it’s crucial to address the root causes of stress and anxiety through healthy coping strategies and support systems in society.

To understand the risks, effects, causes, and benefits of bed rotting, Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on public opinion on the impacts of bed rotting.


  • 31.68% noted the positive impact of bed rotting on providing personal downtime.
  • Almost half of respondents (48.84%) admitted to bed rotting occasionally.
  • 38.57% of respondents rarely feel guilty after prolonged bed rotting.

The concept of “bed rotting,” which refers to spending extended periods in bed to cope with stress and emotions, seems to be familiar to a significant portion of the surveyed population. 37.84% were aware of the concept, while 30.08% had a vague understanding of it, leaving 32.08% completely unaware.

Unveiling the Cozy Escape: Understanding Bed Rotting Amidst Stress and Anxiety

In the face of stress and anxiety, people often seek solace in familiar comforts. But have you ever found yourself drawn to the cozy embrace of your bed, seeking respite from life’s challenges? It is quite common for individuals to resort to bed rotting when feeling stressed or anxious.

According to the survey results, among the 10,000 respondents, 48.84% admitted to doing it occasionally, 33.04% frequently, and 18.12% claimed they never engaged in such behavior.

However, the frequency of bed rotting appears to vary among the respondents. Around  33.07% engaged in it once in a while, 30.19% restricted it to weekends, 25.67% confessed to experiencing it daily, 5.25% did it monthly, 4.45% rarely, and 1.37% claimed they never did it.

Figure 1: Frequency of bed rotting.

Bed Rotting Emotions and Activities: A Diverse Response to Coping Behavior

When it comes to emotions experienced during bed rotting, the responses were diverse. About 29.34% reported feeling lazy and unproductive, 20.2% felt relaxed and content, 19.38% found comfort and coziness, 15.17% felt guilty and regretful, and 15.93% felt isolated and bored.

During bed rotting, respondents indulged in various activities, with 47.64% using smartphones or electronic devices, 31.66% binge-watching TV or streaming content, 9.58% reading books or magazines, 4.91% eating or snacking, and 6.2% engaging in social media or online browsing.

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Impacts on Mental Health and Mood

The impact of bed rotting on mental health and well-being was diverse, presenting a fascinating tapestry of contrasting experiences. Among the respondents, around 37.08% noticed positive changes, 33.24% observed no noticeable changes, and 29.68% reported experiencing negative changes.

Subsequently, feelings of guilt and regret after prolonged bed rotting were reported by 38.57% (rarely), 31.36% (never), 23.35% (occasionally), 4.08% (frequently), and 2.64% (almost always) of the respondents.

Figure 2: Most respondents rarely feel guilt after a prolonged bed rotting period.

Unraveling the Motivations Behind Bed Rotting

The motivations driving individuals to engage in bed rotting offer valuable insights into how this coping strategy may influence their mental health and mood. Work-related stress, for instance, can lead people to seek comfort and respite within the confines of their beds, providing a temporary escape from the pressures of their professional lives.

When asked about the main cause of bed rotting, 24.52% said procrastination, 23.74% to seeking comfort and relaxation, 19.22% attributed it to work-related stress, 18.03% to escape or avoidance, and 14.48% to entertainment or leisure.

Figure 3: Main causes of bed rotting.

Negative Impacts of Bed Rotting

Experts’ concerns about bed rotting’s negative impacts seem justified, as reported by respondents. Specifically, 43.85% cited disrupted sleep patterns and poor sleep quality, 29.21% mentioned social isolation and decreased interactions, 8.01% highlighted disrupted hygiene, 7.39% pointed out impaired cognitive function and concentration, and 8.83% expressed concern about an increased risk of depression and anxiety.

Bed Rotting Benefits

However, some respondents also acknowledged the positive impacts of bed rotting, with 27.98% stating enhanced relaxation and stress relief, 31.68% valuing personal downtime for introspection, 22.35% creating a comfortable space for self-care, 8.43% finding opportunities for leisure activities, and 6.7% appreciating temporary escape from responsibilities.

In conclusion, while bed rotting may provide temporary relief and comfort, it is essential to strike a balance and not let it become a habit that negatively impacts sleep, social interactions, and mental health. Engaging in healthier coping mechanisms and seeking professional support when needed can lead to better overall well-being and self-care.


Survey TitlePublic Opinion on the Impacts of Bed Rotting
DurationJuly 19, 2023 – July 26, 2023
Number of Participants10,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.