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How to Sleep Like You’re in a Luxury Hotel (at Home!)

hotel-601327_1920We’ve all been there – you’re going through life as usual, thinking you’re getting “good enough” sleep in a bed that’s “pretty comfortable”… And then it hits you: BED ENVY. You could be anywhere when it strikes – on vacation with family, a weekend getaway with friends, a business trip, even house-sitting. All it requires is you spending the night on a spectacular bed that isn’t your own. You get under the covers and before you know it, you’re drifting off to sleep like you’re floating on a cloud. The next morning, you feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and determined to recreate this experience in your own home.

If you’ve tried and just can’t make it happen, we’re here to help. You may be missing a key element to getting that next-level “vacation sleep” you’re after.

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The very first piece of the puzzle is the right mattress. If you’ve had yours a long time, you could likely benefit from a replacement, especially if you’re waking up with an achy or stiff back. If you’re having back troubles, Sleepy Cat Plus is the orthopedics choice of mattress for back pain so check it out! A good tip is to try out all the different options to see what you like best – mainly because you might discover you need to go in a direction you hadn’t previously considered. For example, many people think they need to go after the softest mattress available, but if you sink into your bed too much, your spine won’t stay aligned properly throughout the night. It’s all about personal preference, so choose what’s comfortable to YOU, whether it’s innerspring, memory foam, an airbed, etc. Just make sure to top it off with a mattress protector to shield your investment from liquids, dust mites, and dirt (and most importantly to protect your warranty)!

Another source of back pain may be that you’re too cramped. If your bedroom’s size allows, you may want to upgrade to larger mattresses this go-around, especially if you sleep with a partner. That way you’ll feel free to take up more room and likely stay comfortable for longer.

Nevertheless, having back pain is just going to make it even more difficult for you to get to sleep. Reducing this back pain is another vital aspect of you getting a good night’s sleep. Luckily things like CBD oil can reduce the sensation of pain and ensure you regain a great sleeping pattern. You can learn more here about CBD oil if this is an option you want to look into.

If getting a new mattress isn’t in the cards for you right now or you have a decent mattress that just isn’t as soft as you’d like, mattress toppers can make a difference. Standard egg crate or memory foam work well, and if you’re worried about trapping heat, choose one infused with cooling gel. You could even go luxurious and try a down featherbed, but you’ll probably want to put a pillowtop mattress pad over it (which is essentially a mattress protector with a small layer of cushion built in). This not only adds further protection from the “elements” and keeps the topper from sliding around as much, but also prevents you from being poked by any feather quills.

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If you wake with neck pain, your pillow may be the culprit. There are lots of different types of pillows on the market at every price point, so start by choosing one that’s designed for your sleep style – many pillows are tailor-made for the needs of back, stomach, and side sleepers. From there, just experiment. Again, it’s down to personal preference. Some people have decided to make use of the best acupuncture near me to reduce neck pain and it has worked for some people. But I digress.

Here are some different fill types:

  • Synthetic or down alternative- Usually the most inexpensive option and good for those who have allergies. Synthetic fibers such as polyester are used to create a plush filling, and the result is a crowd pleasing, easy-to-clean pillow. However, synthetics tend to break down faster than other fill varieties and may go flat without regular fluffing.
  • Feather or down- More expensive and may not be ideal for allergy sufferers. They are extremely soft, durable pillows you won’t need to replace as often, but you may get poked by feather quills occasionally. They’re much more suited for back and stomach sleepers since they tend to flatten when you rest your head on them. (Side sleepers may find that feather/down doesn’t offer enough support.)
  • Memory foam- Good for those who want neck pain relief and support. They come in contoured or standard varieties, and they’re normally quite durable and heavy. Memory foam can be pricey depending on the brand, and it’s not very easy to clean.
  • Microbead or buckwheat- Again, good for support and neck/shoulder pain relief. Microbeads are made of polystyrene (think beanbag filling), and buckwheat pillows are stuffed with hulls (the husks that protect the buckwheat’s kernel). Some may find these pillows to be noisy or too firm.

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Also keep in mind that hotels switch out their pillows every six to eight months, so that may be why their pillows seem fluffier or “better” than your own. Experts recommend not hanging on to your pillow any longer than about two years because over time, pillows collect a buildup of body oils, sweat, dead skin, dust mites and their waste… lovely, right?! While regular cleaning keeps this at bay, the filling inside eventually breaks down. (Admittedly, its nightly job supporting the weight of our heads is hard work.)

Washing and drying your pillows every three to six months is key to maintaining the loft and getting rid of all the aforementioned yucky buildup – if your pillows are washable, of course! Just follow the care instructions on the tag, and if you’re using a top-loader, make sure to wash two pillows at a time so the load will be balanced. We recommend doing an extra rinse cycle followed by an extra spin cycle, just to be sure you’re getting rid of all the soap and excess water. Before you put your pillows in the dryer, throw in some dryer balls or make a DIY version by putting tennis balls into socks. This will ensure that the filling stays evenly distributed and doesn’t bunch up. (If you’re using the tennis ball method, covering each one with a sock is important because it prevents the bright yellow dye and odor from transferring to your pillows. Tie a knot at the end of the sock to keep the tennis ball from escaping.) The result? Fluffy, lofty pillows!

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Once you have your bed at its optimum comfort level, it’s time to dress it up with sheets, a comforter, shams and throw pillows. White is a great choice because of its clean, tranquil feel, and it’s surprisingly easy to maintain its brightness if you wash with a little bleach or Oxi-Clean. But if that’s too minimalistic for your taste, go with something that makes you feel relaxed. Some colors that are considered stress-reducing are lavender, light gray, cool blue, aqua, dusty/baby pink, beige, and pale green.

When it comes to sheets, you don’t necessarily have to go with the highest thread count – sometimes this can lead to a more fragile sheet because of the thinner threads used. 400600 is a good “sweet spot” between durability and comfort. We do, however, recommend sheets made of breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, or bamboo. Polyester may not wrinkle, but you’ll likely find that it traps too much heat.

Here’s a general tip: Most people sleep best in a cool, dark room. Try moving any electronics that give off light and then set your thermostat to around 67 degrees. (75 or above will usually disrupt sleep if you are under a comforter or duvet.)

As you can tell, we believe in a good night’s sleep. Feeling comfortable and relaxed throughout the night leads to feeling revitalized and fresh in the morning. And we could all use a little more of that, right? Especially on Mondays.

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Feel free to share this post on your social media if you found it helpful. You might help a friend get a good night’s sleep too!

You can also visit one of our Great American Sleep Shop locations to test out all the different mattress types and firmness levels. One of our sleep experts can help you create a “luxury hotel bed” for your own home.

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How to Upgrade Your Bedroom This Weekend

Interior design can be a daunting process for most people – especially if you work full-time or stay busy with familial duties. However, a new look doesn’t necessarily require a total overhaul. When time is of the essence and you aren’t sure where to begin, you can make a big impact just by changing some key elements in your space. (And YES, you CAN do this over the weekend! Promise). Sometimes it’s a good idea to give your home a makeover if you are planning on moving anytime soon. This is because home improvements make it easier to sell your home. However, you don’t need to have an excuse like moving home to start redecorating, if you fancy a change then you can easily get started. And as stated earlier, you can do it over a weekend if you wanted to.

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1) Out with the old

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First, identify what you don’t like about your bedroom’s current look. Is the overall feel too cluttered? Eliminate some unnecessary knickknacks that are taking up space. Tired of the outdated canopy over your bed? Give it to a friend or donate it to charity. Once you’ve removed anything that doesn’t bring you joy or fit with your lifestyle anymore, you can start to add in new elements that do.

2) Dress up your focal point

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The bed is a good place to begin since it carries a big impact, and the rest of the room will be easier to style if you use the bed as a centerpiece to complement. If you want to change up the color of your bedspread but don’t want to purchase a new one, try a duvet cover (which is essentially a large “pillowcase” for your comforter with a closure at the bottom). It’s a great way to bring a different aesthetic to your room without committing to lots of expensive bedding. And the best part? If you want to change things up again, it’s as easy as removing the cover.

3) New pillows for a pop of color

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Most duvet cover sets come with shams for your existing full-sized pillows, but you’ll probably want to place some smaller throw pillows on your bed to accent them. This is a perfect opportunity to play with color and texture if the rest of your décor is relatively plain. If you have a chair or loveseat in your room, try putting a matching throw pillow there too. It will not only tie the look together, but also add comfort to your seating area.

4) Set the mood

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Next, focus on increasing the “coziness quotient” of your room. If you have hardwood or otherwise uncarpeted floors, a rug can add some warmth. If you place it next to the bed right where your feet hit in the morning, you’ll never have to deal with a jarring, cold floor again! Another element that can affect your space’s mood is lighting. Getting new uPVC windows installed can take a little bit of time. For instant fixes, you can buy a new lamp, or just switch out the lampshades and light bulbs of your existing lighting. An inexpensive way to add ambiance is to purchase some string lights and drape them around your headboard. If you really wanted to upgrade the lighting in your room, you could change the style to a more modern one, similar to barn style lighting, to really make your room stand out and benefit from light.

5) Get a handle on it

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You may not have time to change out larger furniture like your chest of drawers and bedside tables, but there’s a quick way to make them over – new handles! Just visit your local home improvement warehouse and pick your favorite style. Trading out your rusty metal drawer handles for some beautiful glass knobs will make a noticeable difference you’ll love.

6) Gallery wall to the rescue

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Now let’s take a look at the walls. You may not have time this weekend to repaint, but you can refresh the look by moving around any artwork you already have hanging up, adding a new painting, or putting up a simple floating shelf. Instead of just displaying photos of family and friends in free-standing picture frames, get creative and make a gallery wall arrangement! Choose a grid pattern or any shape/combination that accents your wall. Additionally, your space will feel larger and brighter in a matter of seconds if you hang up a mirror. If you already have this type of feature wall already present in another room in your house, you may need to think about redecorating your wall in a different way. Designs like this marble wallpaper for your bedroom may persuade you to turn your attention toward wallpaper and stickers. What’s even better is that you don’t need to spend that much time doing it, as some of them have the peel and stick option. It’s definitely something worth considering if you want to change your interior.

7) Storage with style

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If you don’t have much closet space or like to store your belongings out in the open, adding some creative storage solutions will help keep things tidy. (Well, at least tidier – we’re all only human!) Uniformity is key, so pick a style you like and try to stick with it. For example, we love the look of matching baskets lined up on open shelves or a hutch.

8) Fun with feng shui

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It’s amazing what a general change of scenery can do, so don’t be afraid to experiment with furniture placement. Try facing your bed in a different direction or moving your desk to a new corner of the room. If you don’t have a group of body builders at your disposal to execute your vision, a multi-pack of furniture pads and sliders that will make the job a lot easier.

9) Greenery for that finishing touch

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Finally, a wonderful way to add life to your room is to do just that – add life! If you grab some fresh flowers the next time you’re at the grocery store, arrange them in decorative vases to place in various spots throughout your space (such as your bedside table, desk, dresser, or windowsill). If you prefer larger potted plants, these look nice in the corner to help frame and anchor the space.

When you’re ready for a bigger change, consider stopping by The Great American Home Store for inspiration. You just might find the perfect bed, table, dresser or accessory to complete your dream room!

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