Trouble Sleeping?

June 14, 2008 — Leave a comment

I sometimes have trouble sleeping. It usually is a result of not shutting off my brain – especially if there is something going on that has a whole lot of details that I don’t want to miss due to their interconnectivity.

Then I saw this article from Men’s Health and now I’m ready to combat insomnia. Here are some highlights:

THE MATTRESS
There’s more to take home from hotels than mini shampoo bottles. Chains such as Four Seasons, Westin, and W have been working with mattress manufacturers to create the most comfortable sleep surface possible. Made to the exact specifications of each hotel, the beds feature more coils and cushioning than even high-end store models.

Best in class: Thanks to a near-perfect balance of support and padding, the Four Comfort Bed ($1,300, starwoodhotels.com) provides the ultimate slumber surface. The specially designed Sealy mattress sits atop a foundation made of heavy-gauge, high-carbon steel, which does a better job of flexing to absorb weight and movement than a traditional box spring. Need something softer? Check out the Heavenly Bed ($1,450, westin.com); its pillow-top mattress provides an extra layer of padding that you can sink into without being swallowed up.

THE SHEETS
Instead of looking for quadruple-digit counts, pay attention to the fabric. The rule: Go with natural fibers, such as cotton, and avoid synthetics, which are less absorbent, says Breus. “Over the course of an evening, you can release close to a half gallon of sweat and oils.”

Best in class: Make your bed with Garnet Hill Signature flannel sheets ($135 for king size, garnethill.com). A napped cotton surface makes these sheets somnolent soft. And, while warm, they weren’t oppressively so. Runner-up: Pure Beech sateen sheets ($100, bedbathandbeyond.com). They’re woven with fiber from beech trees and were lighter than the Garnet Hill flannels and nearly as soft.

For more on the right blanket, pillow, supplements, and sleeping pills, read the full article HERE.


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Pat Callahan

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