We spend one-third of our lives be-tween the sheets, and according to the experts, we’re not making the most of that time. We stay up too late, wake up too early and when we are in bed, we toss and turn. We all know that deep, restorative sleep makes us more alert, more productive, happier — and in the long run, healthier. So it makes sense to want your bedroom to be conducive to a good night’s sleep (as well as beautiful, of course). Since your bed is the most important piece of furniture in the room, start there, with a good mattress — and then work your way out.
Mattress: A high-quality mattress can keep you comfortable for 20 to 50 years, while midrange brands typically last no more than 10. The difference is high-performance materials and handmade workmanship that stand the test of time. Firmness is a matter of preference, but don’t forget a mattress cover, which is the best way to protect your mattress from dirt and allergy-causing dust. Go to: Hästens, Duxiana, Sleepy’s for Vera Wang by Serta
Sheeting: Don’t play the numbers game. The quality of the cotton and where it’s woven are more important than thread count. The world’s best cotton comes from Egypt, and Italians are master weavers, so look for sheet and pillowcase labels that say “100% Egyptian cotton” and “Made in Italy.” As for the thread count, look for a minimum of 200; after that it’s really about preference. Go To: Lynnens for Sferra linens, Bloomingdale’s for Matouk linens, Lexington Company for fun prints.
Duvets and Sleeping Pillows: Down or feather duvets and pillows are a popular choice because they are light and fluffy while still providing much warmth. For duvets, choose the appropriate weight for the season, and for pillows the appropriate fill for the firmness you prefer. These can last many years; they are machine washable, and actually hold up better than synthetic fillings. Use the low-heat or air setting in the dryer, as higher heat can cause clumping. Throw in a couple of tennis balls for extra fluffing. Go To: Scandia Home, The Company Store, Pottery Barn.
Decorative Pillows and Throws: For your last layer and the finishing touch, add a folded quilt or throw at the foot of the bed and some decorative pillows. These may not necessarily help you sleep better, but they do give your bed and bedroom personal style. Choose patterns and colors to coordinate with your overall bedroom design. Go To: John Robshaw for ethnic prints, Restoration Hardware for faux fur pillows and throws, Roberta Roller Rabbit for playful prints.
1. Lavender Rosemary – Agraria Home
The Lavender & Rosemary PetiteEssence and AirEssence Diffusers host an aromatic blend of essential oils that fosters deep sleep. $50-$120,agrariahome.com
2. Handwoven Mohair Throw
The Handwoven Mohair Throw is made from the hair of South African Angora goats. Available in nine colors. $415 each, nantucketlooms.com
3. Tigre Turquoise Elbow Sham
The Tigre Turquoise Elbow Sham is made of cotton percale and hand-finished with scalloped trim. $275, dporthaultparis.com
4. Eye Mask and Case
The Eye Mask and Case in chartreuse satin will help you sink into a blissful night’s sleep. $100, leontinelinens.com
5. Ralph Lauren Home Bedding
The Langdon Sateen Bedding Collection in Vintage Silver is crafted from 624-thread-count cotton sateen in an iconic color palette. $115-470, ralphlaurenhome.com