This might be a strange title for a post as some people might hate staying in hotels. But I love it. I have the best night’s sleep when I stay in hotel rooms! I went to Arundel over the weekend with my boyfriend (not for the first time) and we stayed in a lovely quaint hotel for a little getaway.
Granted I think when I go on work trips I sleep better because I’m alone in the bed and can stretch out without disturbing anyone else but I think there are other factors too. I would like to get some of these items myself to make my bedroom more like a hotel room:
Blackout curtains and blinds
I absolutely love hotel rooms that have blackout blinds, it makes such a difference to my quality of sleep (and how quickly I can fall asleep) if the room is dark. My curtains at home are particularly bad – they are really thin and don’t quite cover the whole window frame as the curtain pole is a little too short. I haven’t replaced them since I moved into my house earlier this year but think it should become more of a priority, especially since there’s a lamppost outside that lets orange light flood in! I’d prefer curtains to blinds as I think they feel more homely so I’ll look to invest in those soon. In the meantime, I’m looking to buy a sleep mask to block out the light.
I was lucky when I bought my foam mattress than I saw an offer on Groupon and jumped at it. Its original price was somewhere in the region of £1,000 but I think I got it for something like £200-300. It’s so amazing – it moulds to your body so feels like it’s giving you a hug while you sleep! I’ve had it for about two or three years now and I’m not sure if it’s less effective or I’ve just got used to it but I don’t notice the moulding so much now, although I can tell the difference if I stay in a less comfortable bed. I also use a padded mattress protector.
Duvet and pillows
A high quality duvet and pillows make the difference between a good and bad night’s sleep. Choose the right tog for the season – the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet. I have one of those all seasons duvets which is actually two (one is about three tog and the other is 10 tog) which button together to create one really thick warm duvet in the winter.
With pillows it really comes down to taste – from hollow fibre to foam and down or feather pillows, you should also take into consideration your sleeping position. Apparently if you sleep on your back, you need a medium-firm pillow, but if you sleep on your side you should have a firm pillow to support your neck. This page on the Spine Health website suggests that a pillow or pillows should support your head from a height of four to six inches.
Really good hotels will generally have bed sheets with a high thread count, which is why they feel so soft and luxurious. The higher the thread count, the better quality the fabric.
If you’re going to go all out, you could get silk sheets which help you to sleep better by regulating your body temperature (they will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter) but also have great health and beauty benefits. Silk combats dry skin by helping to retain natural oils to minimise wrinkles and prevent frizzy hair in the morning.
A dimmer switch on the lights seems a bit 1980s but actually will help to make you feel sleepier. Close to bed time, you’re meant to keep the lights as low as possible as it helps to trick the body into feeling sleepy. If the lights are too bright your body will feel alert and find it more difficult to switch off. I often go up to bed a little while before I want to sleep to read a magazine with just the lamp on so that it helps me to feel sleepy – and if I wake up in the night to go to the loo I actually navigate there in the dark because if the lights are on it wakes me up too much!
This of course isn’t essential and perhaps not all hotel rooms have these, but I think it’s a real luxury if you have the space in your bedroom for a small reading corner. All you need is a comfortable arm chair, a small table and a pile of coffee table reading material. Preferably put the chair next to the window so you can gaze out at the views while reading and thinking. Perfect!