“I can’t sleep any more. It’s too much like death.” — Cosmo Castorini in “Moonstruck”
When’s the last time you replaced your pillows or bought new sheets?
I was in bed the other night, tossing and turning, when I had the sudden urge to use the restroom. Apparently when you hit your 50s, your night become an endless series of bathroom trips.
Anyway, I looked down and realized I had my pillows folded over and bunched up like a bunch of rags. Frowning, I shook them out a bit and took a good look at them. My pillows were flat, misshapen and old. And my sheets weren’t much better. Those poor sheets have seen a lot of hot flashes and snuggling dogs.
I haven’t slept well since 1980, but even so, I wondered how much worse my sleep was because of my ratty old bedding. I couldn’t remember the last time I replaced my bedding, and I have tended to just buy whatever is cheap and sturdy.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think about my bedding a lot. When I do it’s usually because I’m in a nice hotel with high thread-count sheets and high quality pillows and I’m thinking how great it’d be to have that at home. Then I go home and forget all about it.
I resolved to treat myself to new bedding. I decided to start with pillows. But how to choose? There’s approximately a million pillows, so I made a mental list of things that were important to me, like suitable for side sleepers, chemical free, hypoallergenic and not too hard or too soft. Then I moved onto sheets and decided on warm and soft, but moisture wicking (hot flashes, remember?).
I didn’t go crazy, but I also didn’t go cheap. I purchased items that checked off everything on my list, had consistently good reviews, and were mid-range in price. And now I had something to pair with my brand new Chicago Bears quilt. (Go Bears!)
When my new bedding arrived, I felt surprisingly excited. It felt kind of decadent, like I was really treating myself, except there was no chocolate or alcohol involved. It made me wonder why I hadn’t bought new bedding a long time ago.
An upgrade of your bedding has several important benefits, including:
- Replacing old items that are broken down, uncomfortable, full of dust mites, smell funky or are otherwise gross
- Improving sleep
- Alleviating neck or shoulder issues from bad pillows
- Stimulating the “feel good” hormones that flood your brain when you feel indulged
- Reducing skin issues like acne, wrinkles or rosacea
- Counteracting the scarcity mindset that many of us start adulthood with — it feels good to move past the days of goodwill sheets and hand-me-down pillows
Tonight when I lay in bed, it’ll be on my fluffy and comfortable new pillows and my soft and luxurious new sheets. I may even get a little bit of sleep – until I have to pee again.
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