‘Bed Rotting’ Is The Latest Trend Gen Z Are Obsessed With

'Bed rotting' is the latest trend Gen Z are obsessed with.
Credit: @adelina99x/@k14nn4/TikTok

‘Bed rotting’ is the latest trend Gen Z are obsessed with.

Gen Z – short for Generation Z – is a demographic cohort born roughly between the mid-1990s and the early 2010s.

Typically, they’re known for being socially conscious, self-caring and technologically savvy… amongst other things.

And a new TikTok trend has got them hooked that combines a little bit of all three.

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The generation has come up with a new and improved way to decompress and take care of their mental well-being.

The latest trend among young people is called ‘bed rotting’, which involves spending significant amounts of time in bed engaging in activities that promote relaxation.

Unlike the conventional act of lounging in bed, a successful bed-rotting session is intentional and free of guilt.

It can last anywhere from a few hours to an entire weekend, depending on the level of rejuvenation needed.

The goal of bed rotting is to fully surrender to any mental or physical fatigue one might be experiencing, becoming one with the pillows and embracing the state of rest.

The term ‘bed rotting’ has gained popularity on TikTok, with hashtags like #inbedrotting and #rottinginbed accumulating over four million views.

The trend surged after a video from user @g0bra77y went viral in December.

In the video, she asked who actually enjoys spending time rotting in bed while gesturing to herself.

The clip garnered more than 1.4 million views and sparked a wave of comments from fellow bed-rotting enthusiasts.

@g0bra77yTalented and very ambitious♬ original sound – hard ahh audios fr🤞

One commenter writes: “I feel my purpose in this life is to rot in dif places. My bed, hotel bed, beach sand, hammock etc. I was made to lay and rot.”

Another person described it as their ‘hobby’ and ‘passion’.

While a third viewer comments: “Me watching this while laying in bed every day for the past two weeks. Never felt so alive.”

TikTok is filled with countless videos dedicated to the art of bed rotting.

Some users even take it a step further by preparing for their day in bed by completing a full makeup routine and dressing up in nice outfits.

This elevated level of self-care amplifies the experience of bed rotting.

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In addition to bed rotting, another self-care trend that has gained attention on social media is the concept of ‘everything showers’.

These are showers that last between two and four hours, during which members of Gen Z pamper themselves while listening to music.

Gen Z influencer Kourv Annon shared her love for everything showers, describing how she uses the time to wash her hair, shave her legs and armpits, deep condition, exfoliate, and perform her skincare routine.

Annon, 22, told her fiancé Alex Warren: “An everything shower with hot water and Taylor Swift is better than s**. Sorry.”

@k14nn4 kinda living for the unhinged marie antoinette hair ?? #princesscore ♬ PR3TTY WH3N 1 CRY – chaerries

High praise indeed.

While some individuals limit their everything showers to once a month, others partake in this ritual more frequently.

Dermatologist Dr Lindsey Zubritsky advises on the proper way to approach an everything shower.

She recommends starting with rinsing out conditioner early in the shower to prevent it from clogging pores and causing acne on the back and chest.

Exfoliating and shaving with gel should follow, and double cleansing the face is recommended after washing off the shaving gel.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.