Why Don’t You… Make the Most of Your Time in Bed?

You Can Finally Stop Counting Sheep and Get a Good Night's Sleep

Why Don’t You… Make the Most of Your Time in Bed?

‘Why Don’t You’ is my weekly tribute to legendary editor Diana Vreeland who penned a column of the same name for Harper’s Bazaar for 26 years begging, “Don’t just be your ordinary dull self. Why don’t you be ingenious and make yourself into something else?”

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time making my bed feel like a serene space these days. Blame living in a studio or in a nation that elected Donald Trump as President of the United States, either way, I need some help shifting the energy where I lay down to sleep.

I love Sand & Sand, a magazine dedicated to the strangeness of sleep, and the vibe that founder Verena Michelitsch has created around it. I reached out to her for a few tips we can use to make the most of our time in bed, which is apparently the latest thing. Add getting 10 solid hours of good, clean sleep to that list with hygge and kondo-ing.

You Can Finally Stop Counting Sheep and Get a Good Night's Sleep

“It’s most important to feel comfortable and make going to bed a positive and relaxing experience,” Michelitsch said. “I personally like to keep my bedroom minimalistic. I don’t have a lot of art on the wall or things standing around. All of my sheets are white, earth- or gray- toned. I’m picky about choosing natural and soft fabrics.”

“Making the bed every morning, letting fresh air in before going to bed, and changing sheets weekly, pillowcases every other day help make me feel comfortable in my bedroom,” she continued.

You Can Finally Stop Counting Sheep and Get a Good Night's Sleep

“Before going to bed I often have some tea. Recently stopped taking my phone into my bedroom. Now I started to keep any electronics outside my bedroom. I rather read a magazine or book and I doze off much better.”

And as for what she’s wearing the between the sheets? “[There] is this NY brand called RUDAS [that] creates beautiful ‘idle wear’, robes, pajamas and sleep shirts. I love the materials and silhouettes. Plus it’s made in New York. Also, I like Sleepy Jones. But most of the times I sleep in cotton underwear and an old T-Shirt.”

Yeah, same.

But now I’m definitely going to kick my laptop out of the bed and invest in some big girl jammies.

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Click here to read Sand & Such and here to learn more about Verena Michelitsch.