Check bed linens
Another reason vacay slumber is so sweet is all those white, fluffy, down coverings and high-thread counts. According to some luxury hoteliers, the secret is a bonus middle sheet between the fitted and top sheet, which helps regulate body temperature. “Layering a luxurious bed starts with a good-quality mattress pad or featherbed,” said Steve Caradano, owner and founder of Vero Linens, a high-end luxury linen company that manufactures Italian linens.
Next up is excellent-quality sheets. While thread count is what we know to look for in the United States, the grade of cotton is equally important, Caradano said. Egyptian cotton is the finest, and there are hundreds of grades. Obviously, a 1,000-count Egyptian cotton sheet set for $39.95 won’t be equivalent to a luxe boutique or high-quality department store brand. Caradano said the finest cotton costs $20 a meter before anything’s been cut, sewn or transported, and a flat sheet contains 3.5 meters of fabric. Excellent quality sheets can set you back north of $300 and should last six to eight years.
“The hospitality industry recognized people like sleeping under light, airy duvet covers and down comforters,” said Caradano. They breathe better than synthetic fabric, aren’t as heavy and won’t splay your feet and spread toes downward, causing back pain. Plus, down traps air and provides light, cool, airy layers, keeping you warm without weight.
Finally, a menu of pillows with various fillings are key. Down and feather are far superior in comfort and support to foam or synthetic pillows, which are stiff and can bunch. Buckwheat hulls also can offer neck and head support that relieve tension, helping you sleep better.
If you can’t give your body another vacation, give it the best part of a vacation: the right sleeping environment for a perfect night’s sleep.