Outfit your bed for maximum snooze potential

Crawling into bed each evening should be a pleasure. Your sheets and blankets should suit your needs in terms of texture and temperature. Your pillows should support your head and neck and encourage a comfortable night's sleep.

  • Experiment with your pillow alternatives. Firmness and filler can vary. Synthetic-fibre pillows may harbour more allergy-triggering fungal spores than feather-filled ones. A plastic cover between pillow and pillowcase would minimize exposure to allergens and dust mites.
  • Test out linen choices. For some people, flannel feels cozy, but it can induce an itch-fest in others. Also, what keeps you comfy in the cold months may have you sweating come spring.
  • Measure your mattress options. Even if you're not as picky as the girl in "The Princess and the Pea," an older, poorly structured mattress can cause tossing and turning. A mattress that's too firm may not support the body evenly, and one that's too soft could find you sinking in too deep. Either way, you could have a tougher time falling asleep and wake up with aches and pains. Take your time when shopping for a new mattress. Wear comfy, loose-fitting clothing so you can hop on and try out many models.

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