4 Ways To Make Your Bed More Comfy
Getting a good night’s rest can make you more energetic and productive, and cause you to act less like a cantankerous jerk.
By Michael Irons
A good mattress will run you anywhere from $400 to $600. Add in pillowcases and sheets and you’re looking at $800 or so. But the truth is you can revamp your bed with four purchases and spend half of what you’d shell out for just a mattress. The right pillow, a quantity set of sheets, memory foam mattress pad, and comforter can turn your bed from crappy to comfy. Doing it right should run you about $400. Yes, you can find cheaper items than the ones we’re suggesting, but skimping on your bed makes as much sense as going cheap on your footwear. You spend hours walking, so you take care of your feet. And you spend nearly a third of your life in bed, so you take care of your body.
Plus, a comfortable bed can be the difference between a good night’s rest and being known as Cranky Asshat around the office. And if you have guests (read: women) over frequently and she consistently wakes up with a wrenched back because of the piece of slate you call a bed, she’s going to think twice about sleeping over.
So it pays to invest a little time and money into your bed situation. Here are four easy ways to do that …
Along with a wrenched back, a stiff neck is another pain that will ruin your day. The Proper Pillow ($90) was designed by a chiropractor who witnessed one too many kinks in someone’s neck due to a shoddy pillow. After a few meetings with The Sandman, the good Doc unveiled the Proper Pillow. Whether you’re a side or back sleeper, it’ll keep your spine, neck, and back in proper alignment. Basically it’ll help anyone get a better night’s sleep … except weirdos who sleep standing up.
No need to bore yourself researching thread counts when you’re picking new sheets. The numbers are essentially a marketing ploy after you hit 400 threads per square inch. A sure-fire option: Parachute Sheets ($130-$250). They’re made of super soft Egyptian cotton and come with three purchasing options: 1 fitted sheet, 1 duvet cover, 2 pillowcases ($249); 1 fitted sheet, top sheet and two pillowcases ($129-$279); and shams and a duvet cover ($179).
Our advice: Go for The Venice (1 fitted sheet, 1 duvet cover, and two pillow cases). Sure, it’s pricier than what you’ll find in Marshalls or Kohl’s, but the set look way sharper and feels exponentially better than anything you’ll find on the rack.
Also, picking up The Venice gives you an excuse to brag about how charitable you are. For every purchase the company donates a net to Nothing But Nets. It may sound like a basketball camp, but it’s an organization that fights malaria.