Why Do I Sleep Better In A Hotel?

Why Do I Sleep Better In A Hotel?  There’s nothing like falling into a fluffy hotel bed. The sumptuous sheets, heavy comforters, and surplus of pillows make hotel beds so much better than my bed at home. It never fails, when I’m traveling for work or on vacation I always sleep so much better in a hotel bed than in my own bed at home. At home, I wake up every few hours look at the clock then fall back to slept throughout the night but in a hotel it seems once I hit the pillow it’s the best sleep ever and I wake up so refreshed!

If you sleep better in a hotel than at home, you’re not alone. Many people find it easier to get a full night’s rest away from the usual distractions. In a hotel, you won’t be burdened with thoughts of unfinished tasks around the home, like I forgot to wash the dishes, taking out the trash or wondering if you locked the back door. Those with pets might sleep better in a hotel because their furry friends aren’t hogging the bed or waking them at the crack of dawn for a morning walk.

This week working in the TuneGo headquarters office in Las Vegas I had a whole game plan for after my first day in the office which wrap up early around 6pm.  I had planned on checking in the hotel and heading straight to the Green Valley Resorts awesome gym then coming back to do some much needed work on the computer.  None of this happened, I checked into my room at 6pm with every intention of unpacking and heading to the gym but instead I climbed right into my hotel bed and went fast to sleep  and didn’t wake back up until the next morning at 6am.  I woke up refreshed and ready to go the office but the biggest question is why can’t I sleep like this at home? So now I’m on the quest to sleep better at home and make the necessary changes to do so and yes I will have a blog on exactly what I’ve done but here’s what I’ve come up with.

Green Valley Resort in Henderson, Nevada

Upgrade your mattress: The foundation of an inviting bed is a comfortable mattress. Hotels invest in high-quality mattresses because they know this is fundamental to the bedroom experience. Most hotel mattresses are innerspring and thicker (coupled with a boxspring) for a traditionally plush and luxurious feel.

If your current mattress is way past its prime, like so many of the name brand mattress are, it is likely that it has a body impression and has lost its supportive qualities. A body impression in your mattress means that during the course of the night, your spine is bowing out of alignment and following the dip and valley of the body impression. It also means that the matted down nature of the materials creates an environment where your mattress no longer is able to absorb the energy of your body weight, making it even more uncomfortable. When you stay at a hotel, you are usually staying on a mattress with little to no wear, basically a new mattress. Your spine is properly supported and the cushioning materials are newer, providing the missing comfort you so desire. But just because this new sleep environment is working for you doesn’t mean it’s the best mattress for you.

When it comes to mattresses, you really get what you pay for. Many hotels invest in custom mattresses exclusively made for their hotels. While you may not get the same treatment, investing in the best mattress for your body will make a world of difference in your sleep. If you’ve had your mattress for more than 7 years, it’s likely time for a new one. Luckily, there is a new kind of mattress war going on, with a number of online competitors offering “bed-in-a-box” options for lower prices. So now, that high-end mattress feel is more within reach.  Even if your mattress is firm, you could also use a bit of fluff to lull you into dreamland then you can add a feather mattress topper to really mimic the dreamy, fluffy hotel bed feel.

Spending the night on a different mattress other than the one I have at home made me realize that my current mattress is in dire need of replacing. I have had the same mattress for over 20 years and it’s time for a replacement! When we moved into our new home,  I bought our son Tyler an amazing new mattress but I always over look my needs to supply everyone else’s! I’m working hard on supplying my needs as well! And a new mattress is happening immediately!

Pile on the pillows

There’s nothing like sinking into a bed with big, fluffy pillows surrounding you. For a queen or king-sized bed, they recommend adding 4-5 pillows. You can reserve 2 of the pillows to “stand up” against the bed frame. More is more when it comes to pillows. When they said less is more, they were not talking about pillows. The best hotels are normally equipped with two to four down pillows (again, check and see if you have an allergy), about two fiber filled pillows, and perhaps a few decorative ones as well.

Invest in sumptuous sheets

Always go with the highest thread count possible. The higher your thread count, the softer the sheet. Generally speaking, most luxury sheets are made with cotton (usually Egyptian cotton) with a thread count around 300 or more. Hotels typically use 300-thread count percale sheets made from a long-staple cotton, such as Egyptian or pima cotton. As you may have heard, high thread count specs are a marketing gimmick. 300TC in a high-quality cotton like Egyptian or pima is usually all you need for that luxury feel.

(I just purchased 300 TC count sheets Percale Sheets at Home Goods for $59)

Choose percale sheets if you like that crisp, cool feeling. These kind of sheets will soften up over time and give a really classic feel. Percale sheets tend to feel lighter and more breathable, perfect for summer months. Hotels like percale because they hold up really well and get better with more washes. However, if you prefer a silkier, smoother feel with luster and drape right away, choose sateen sheets instead.And in the world of sheets, you often get what you pay for so don’t be afraid to splurge a little for better-quality. They’ll last you longer and feel better over time.

Don’t use a fitted sheet.  This is new to me but makes since. Most hotels do not use a fitted sheet on their beds. Instead, they use one flat sheet on the bed, tucked into the mattress using hospital corners for a smooth fit. Then they place another top sheet under the comforter or duvet. Hotels primarily do this so they can stock the same sheets and save cleaners’ time in making beds. But it also gives a very neat and clean fit. No saggy fitted sheet pockets or overstretched elastic corners that wear the sheets out faster. Check around your hotel bed and you might notice something is missing: elastic. Many hotels use an oversized flat sheet in place of a fitted sheet for the smoothest sleeping surface possible. Here’s a video on how to tuck them properly.

Hotel Amour in Paris, Frances

Choose white linens Almost all high-end hotels dress their beds in white linens, from an all-white duvet to spotless white sheets. The whiteness exudes a modern coolness. Hotels have also found that the all-white color scheme reads fresh, new and renovated. It creates a calming focal point for your room that’s almost spa-like and meditative. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that white linens are easy to bleach.

Just make sure that the rest of your room, including your headboard, isn’t too cold or stark. Warm accents around the bedroom can keep the space luxe and cozy.

Make your bedside table an oasis

Hotels have mastered the bedside table with all the essentials: a lamp, an alarm clock, maybe a bit of decor. Your bedside table should strike the balance between minimal and maximal, holding your essentials for your nighttime ritual but also looking like a beautiful accent for the room. To do this, take away any clutter you have and keep whatever you might need (your clock, your lamp, a book, etc.). Then, as a final touch, add one more piece that is only for decoration like flowers, a candle, or a small piece of art.

Make going to bed a ritual. While you may not have access to a hotel turn-down service at home, you can recreate the experience by devising your own bedtime ritual. The best thing for sleep is to unwind at the end of the day by dimming the lights, listening to music, pulling back your sheets, and making your bedtime feel special.

Not convinced it’s worth it? Why reserve that luxury feel only for times when you travel? With sleep so precious, you deserve to feel good every night in your bed. I know I do! 

I’m getting started on my upgrading my bedroom as I write this because I deserve to have a goodnight sleep in my own bed and getting good sleep keeps you looking and feeling young!

Don’t forget to chime in on this is if you have some great information on great mattress, sheets, pillows and anything else that helps you get a good nights sleep.   I’ll be of course following up with all my great findings to accomplish my new journey on getting a good night sleep just like in the hotel!

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