Sleep is good. It improves memory, helps with problem solving, stabilizes emotions, prevents death. And you need more of it: the National Institute of Health recommends that adults seek seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but a recent study found that 40 percent of the country sleeps less than six on average, while an estimated 50 to 70 million US adults suffer from some kind of sleep disorder, whether chronic or acute. There are many perpetrators to blame — stress, diet, jet lag, smartphones — but a few quick solutions exist that improve not just the quantity, but the quality of your shut-eye.
For starters, take a hard look at your mattress. The Better Sleep Council suggests replacing a mattress about every seven years; if you’re in the market, there are droves of emerging mattress manufacturers offering premium cushioning at affordable price points. With your foundation laid, consider that bedding, the supporting cast that elevates the entire overnight experience. From toppers to sheets to versatile, year-round comforters, there’s a better ensemble out there to help you capitalize on your sleep log. Remember: sleep better, live better.
That Extra Layer of Luxury
Coco-Mat Iviskos Mattress Topper
Measuring nearly three inches thick, the Iviskos line of top mattresses from Coco-Mat is constructed from a solid layer of rubber that hugs the body’s natural contours; it also features thousands of small holes to keep you cool throughout the night. Like all Coco-Mat products, this top mattress, which can be found in the first-class cabins of Ethiad Airways, is handmade in a privately owned factory in Xanthin, Northern Greece. Prices range from $680 (for a twin) to $1,720 (California king).
Airweave Classic Mattress Topper
Founded in 2007 by way of Japan, Airweave has garnered something of a cult following among US athletes. The flagship mattress topper, which measures roughly one and a half inches thick, is constructed of 100 percent polythylene that disperses body pressure and maintains optimal body temperature for a cool night’s sleep. It’s slightly more resilient than conventional mattress toppers, allowing users to smoothly roll throughout the night, all while maintaining proper sleep posture.
Hästens BJX Luxury Top Mattress
Swedish manufacturer Hästens has been in business since 1852, and still exports its entire product line from a factory in Köping, Sweden. Though the BJX Luxury Top Mattress is the company’s most expensive offering, ranging from $1,820 and $3,640, depending on the size, it’s also Hästens’s most popular. The secret is two layers of genuine, hypoallergenic horsehair, with a mix of cotton, wool and mohair sandwiched between them. The topper is available in 14 different patterns and colorways.
Sheets & Pillowcases
Cotton or Linen?
Matteo Vintage Linen
Sewn in Los Angeles, Matteo sheets are manufactured using premium cotton and linen from specialty mills across the globe. Each garment is eco-dyed to order, offering that one-off vintage look that’s wholly unique to a specific set. The Vintage Linen collection is a standout from the brand, available in a spectrum of early tones that includes greige, coal and natural loomstate.
Design Within Reach Percale Cotton
Commissioned by New York City designer Judy White, whose CV includes tableware collaborations with Calvin Klein, Design Within Reach’s 210-thread-count Egyptian long-staple cotton percale line of premium sheets and pillowcases follows the same mid-century aesthetic that defines the global distributer. The different colorways — cyan, white, sienna, putty, slate — are inspired by the Case Study Houses, which infamously used raw materials such as stucco, steel and glass.
Cultiver’s line of 100 percent linen sheets and pillowcases is woven from French flax, pre-washed for premium softness and durability. Available in a variety of understated colorways, including charcoal, blush (rosy pink) and ice blue, a complete set includes one fitted sheet, one flat sheet and two standard pillowcases with an envelope enclosure.
Details That Go the Distance
Brookstone BioSense 2-in-1 Classic Pillow
Constructed around a hypoallergenic memory foam core, Brookstone’s BioSense pillow is equipped with green tea, charcoal and seed oil to keep odor (a result of longterm use) at bay. Its perforation pattern also helps with airflow to keep your head cool.
Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Neck Pillow
The hard contour of Tempur-Pedic’s neck pillow influences sleep posture to help those that suffer from chronic neck or back pain. Available in four different sizes, including a travel option, it’s firmer than your average pillow, and marketed for those prone to side and back sleeping.
The Casper Pillow
Designed with all breeds of sleepers in mind, Casper’s proprietary pillow is filled with nearly a billion plush micro fibers that respond to your head movements throughout the night. A two-inch gusset provides optimal spine alignment, while a percale weave on the cover improves overall breathability.
Also Known as “Duvets”
Crane & Canopy Luxe Cotton-Filled Comforter
For the budget conscious, Crane & Canopy’s take on the comforter relies on cotton, instead of goose down, to keep prices low. It’s machine washable with a 240-thread-count, water-resistant cover, also made from cotton.
Developed in the 1980s by the United States military, and used by a range of premium outdoor brands, PrimaLoft makes a great synthetic alternative for those looking to stray from animal down. PrimaLoft comforters, which come in a variety of different weights and bed sizes, are machine washable and dryer friendly.
Feathered Friends Baffled Box Comforter
From Feathered Friends, the Seattle-based manufacturer that specializes in outdoor jackets and sleeping bags, this line of comforters is among the finest money can buy. Each is outfitted with vertical fabric walls that keep its goose-filled chambers evenly lofted over time.
Blankets & Quilts
For Cool Winter Nights
Wintercheck Factory 106 Deadquilt
Brooklyn design studio Wintercheck Factory sources fabric from now-defunct mills for its 106 Deadquilt, offered in a range of different pattern combinations. Each quilt, accented with nylon ripstop, is manufactured in the same Missouri factory that produces garments for rugged outdoor brands such as Filson and Carhartt.
Faribault Woolen Mill x Gear Patrol Cabin Blanket
We’ve teamed up with Faribault Woolen Mill to create a premium medium-weight merino wool blanket with a pattern exclusive for Gear Patrol and, naturally, a light touch of our signature orange. Made from 100 percent merino wool, it’s perfect as a bedspread for the cabin or as a spare blanket in the trunk of your car.
Danish design house HAY commissioned graphic designers Tanja Vibe and Petra Olsson of All The Way To Paris to conceive the pattern on these hand-stitched quilts that are distributed in the United States through MoMA’s design store.