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What’s Hurkle-Durkling? The New Bed Rotting Craze On Social Media


TikTok is tirelessly propelling and fuelling one trend after another. Whether it be fascinatingly healthy like “Rat Snacking” or dangerously problematic like “Legging Legs”, the trends are often widely embraced and followed by netizens. The eras of cozy nighttime routine and bed rotting have gone with the coming of “hurkle-durkling”, the newest version of bed rotting. So if you’re someone who wants to prioritise sleeping and resting, this one’s for you.

What’s Hurkle-Durkling? 

Hurkle-Durkling is a quirky trend that encourages snoozing alarms and staying in bed as long as you want to. For example, it’s a Saturday morning, and you choose to be in the comfort of your cosy bed till noon rather than doing the workouts you should have. The weirdest part of this trend is prioritising rest and sleep over your busy, healthy schedule.

Although it’s currently trending by garnering millions of views, this term is not entirely new. Hurkle-Durkling has a Spanish origin meaning, “ to lie in bed or lounge about when one should be up and about”. The term gained popularity when Kira Kosarin, the American actress, introduced hurkle-durkling on TikTok. 

The Pros and Cons of Hurkle-Durkling 

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, hurkle-durkling is healthy to an extent. While embracing resting, one learns to ease oneself from the orthodox, harsh schedule and pressure for productivity. Loosening thoughts and moving with a gentler pace. According to HuffPost, Marisha Mathis said, “Sometimes prioritising rest and having a slower start to the day is the best way to optimise your mental health”.

An overdose of anything is unhealthy. When one stays and beats time from bed for an unusually long period, it is not fun. Mathis also said, “It might be a red flag when the hurkle-durkling extends beyond a slice of the morning and draws throughout the day, or becomes a regular occurrence that takes us away from our responsibilities or creates isolation from friends and families. This can contribute to or be a symptom of something more serious, such as depression”.

Right Way To Huckle-Durkling 

Instead of choosing to lounge in bed by doom-scrolling, cultivate a habit of writing journals, listening to motivational music and reading a good book to begin the day. Avoid lounging for an unusually long period. Hurkle-durkling should be all about embracing a slower pace to enhance mental well-being, it should never be about scampering away from responsibilities and drowning in one’s thoughts. 

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