On TikTok, Bed Rotting Is Out, Here Comes Hecker-Dukele

Once you get into TikTok's sleepy side, you know you're in for a treat. Your five-year plan will be filled with tart cherry juice mocktails, cozy nighttime routines, bed rotting tips, and ultimately, the art of goo-goo.

The Scottish term, which has been viewed more than 11 million times on TikTok, is quickly becoming the latest and greatest excuse to take as much rest as possible. hurkle-durkle is staying in bed even though you know it's time to get up. It's all about prioritizing your urge to take a nap, especially when you technically have "better" things to do.

The phrase first appeared in the 19th century, and now it's starting to make a comeback among the sleepy-girl community, thanks in part to founder @kirakosarin, who says she's a big fan of hurkle-durkle. In a video that has now racked up 350,000 likes, Kosarin admitted that she would stay in bed until she "vomited out my last black hair" - and only then would she get up.

People in her comments section seemed to agree with the lifestyle, with one saying, "This is crazy I'm in deep trouble right now," while another wrote, "As a Scot I'm sad until Now I know the word because I love a good hurkle-durkle too.”

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If you set your alarm to wake up at 6 a.m. to exercise but then decide to take a nap, you're in trouble. It's also frustrating if it's Saturday morning and you want to go out and run errands, but then you choose to stay in bed until noon.

hurkle-durkle is all about staying comfortable in your pillow despite your busy schedule. It feels a little cheeky and naughty while sleeping, and that's part of the appeal. When you abandon your plans and lie down instead, your bed becomes a hundred times softer.

Creator @devriebrynn points out that hurkle-durkling is arguably good for your health, too. "Hurkle-durkle is a 200-year-old Scottish term for lying in bed after you're supposed to be up," she said on TikTok. "That's right. They knew it was so important to well-being that they created a whole term for it."

She went on to point out that when she hunched over, she wasn't being "lazy" or "wasting time." Instead, she sees it as practicing "ancestral rites of passage" while "connecting with her culture and heritage." Honestly, her speech was inspiring.

Again, in true TikTok form, Brin's comments were filled with hilarious remarks. One person joked, "I'm unknowingly taking advantage of my 17% Scottish heritage," while another said, "I'm going to be a curvy person from now on" - all words that presumably Someone wrote it in bed.

Hurkle-Durkling new bed rot?

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The Bed of Rot craze came on the heels of the "dark" craze, which was met with a lot of pushback. Bed rot is the act of lying down for hours on end in response to fatigue, burnout, or feeling overwhelmed. It feels good in the moment, but some people think it can actually do more harm than good.

"Ideally, a rot bed is a tool for relaxation and rejuvenation," Carla Marie Manley, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of The Joy of Fear , previously told Bustle. However, if you're lying there and not feeling more refreshed, you'll know something is wrong. In this case, she notes, it's best to get up and try something different, like taking a walk, picking up a hobby, or going on a trip.

The term "bed rot" also sounds terrible. "On a neurolinguistic level, [it] creates a sense of deterioration and decline," Manley said. "hurkle-durkle," on the other hand, sounds cheerful and fun, which may explain why it's so popular.

While bed rot may linger throughout the weekend, "dark nights" are a morning event and will eventually end. It’s all about getting a good night’s sleep, reading in bed, and allowing yourself to have a cozy, slow morning before starting the day again – what could be more refreshing?


Carla Marie Manly, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of "Joy from Fear"