Sleeping in a hotel is one of the best parts of traveling. You roll out of bed and you’re not immediately greeted by whatever mess your family has made this time. Everything is tidy and clean, there’s no laundry to do, and you are only surrounded by things you brought there with you. It’s like a little slice of heaven. But it’s not just that your room is tidy and clean on the outside—your bed is also much more comfortable than anything you have at home. The sheets are softer, the pillows feel fluffier, and somehow the mattress just fits your body perfectly. How do hotels manage to create such a heavenly sleep experience?
There are a few reasons your hotel bed might be so comfy. The obvious reason could be the pillows—they’re usually much softer than what you have at home (and some hotels even offer pillow menus where you can choose exactly how soft you want it). Some hotels also use down-alternatives in their pillows instead of real down, which is also a factor in how soft they are. But as for actually creating a hotel bed that’s as comfy as possible? There are a few steps you can take to replicate that experience at home:
You can start by getting yourself a new set of sheets. If you’ve had the same ones for years, they may be well past their prime—and even if they aren’t, the fabric will probably be less comfortable than something with more modern materials.
There are lots of different materials used in sheet-making. From cotton to polyester to silk to flannel to bamboo—and they each have their advantages and disadvantages. Each material is also available in its own assortment of finishes: smooth or textured, crisp or soft, shiny or matte, etc. If you want to know more about different kinds of fabric and what they’re made of, check out this article. Generally speaking though, here’s our take on various materials:
For summer: Cotton is the best choice for summer because it has great cooling properties. It absorbs sweat well and allows it to evaporate from your skin quickly. If you’re a hot sleeper, this could be just what you need; if not, look for a set that has at least some cotton in it. One way to find out is by reading the label; if there are multiple materials listed, but cotton is on top or by itself anywhere on the list, there’s a good chance that it’s mostly cotton.
For winter: A winter set should feel smooth and soft against your skin, but not necessarily silky or slippery like satin sheets tend to feel on their own. The most popular choice is polyester, as it offers warm sheets because it absorbs heat well and doesn’t wick it away from the body as cotton does. Polyester sheets tend to be durable and wrinkle-resistant, but they may not be as breathable (which can lead to hot flashes or night sweats).
If you have sensitive skin: Some people are allergic to certain kinds of fabrics, which means they’ll want to avoid certain kinds of sheets altogether. However, some bedding options can actually exacerbate skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. You may want to talk with your doctor if you have sensitive skin before making any changes to your sleep routine.
The average American spends 1/3 of their life sleeping, so it’s important to have a pillow with the perfect firmness and softness. That’s why it’s recommended to switch out pillows every year or two; the body changes shape over time, so older pillows become less supportive and more likely to cause neck pain or headaches.
You also want to plump them up before you go to sleep so your head can sink into them and get some proper support. Then, position two or three decorative pillows around your head and neck so they provide even more cushioning. This way, not only will your head lie comfortably against the soft surface of your pillow but it’ll also be propped up on several sides by pillows that don’t add too much bulk under your head – this makes it easier to breathe while you sleep.
Make sure you have the right mattress for you and your partner. The most comfortable bed is useless if the person sleeping on it isn’t properly supported by their mattress. Everyone’s bodies are different; just because you like a firmer bed doesn’t mean your partner will! If you’re having trouble deciding what kind of mattress is right for you, try visiting a store that carries several brands of mattresses and laying down on them until one feels right. Or you can find the exact mattresses your favorite hotel uses with a simple Google search.
To get the extra softness some people love about hotel beds, try using a mattress topper. They’re available in many different sizes and materials, but almost all of them are easy to install on your bed or box spring, or even on top of an air mattress.
The thing that makes a hotel bed so comfortable is the higher bed frame. It’s easier to get in and out of, and the extra height gives your mattress a better support system. You don’t need a hotel bed to have all those perks, though—a simple raised bed frame can give you the same results.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just hotel beds that have the taller frames—most standard beds do as well. The difference is, most people don’t raise their beds as high as they could, so they never really experience the full comfort of one. Raising your bed frame by even half an inch can go a long way towards making you feel more relaxed and rested in your bedroom.
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