6 Genius Ways to Get a Better Sleep
1. Install a Super-Quiet Ceiling Fan
Look for fans powered by DC (direct current) motors, which produce less noise and are more energy efficient than AC (alternate current) motors.
Buy it (clockwise from top): Hunter Fan Company Cranbrook 52" Ceiling Fan in Mint, $229; Casablanca Fan Company Perseus Indoor/Outdoor 64" Ceiling Fan in Metallic SunSand, $599; Casablanca Fan Company 52" Isotope Ceiling Fan in Brushed Cocoa/Cased White Glass/Espresso Blades, $399
2. Light it Right
Avoid over-lighting your bedroom, which disrupts all-important winding-down time. For instance, a bedside table lamp or sconce bulb shouldn't exceed 60 watts. The total wattage for your entire bedroom should be less than 300.
Buy it: Serena & Lily Halsey Table Lamp, $498; serenaandlily.com
3. Take a Break from Screen Time
Just how bad is bringing your technology to bed? Not only do the blue lights of our screens suppress the production of melatonin (the hormone that controls our sleep/wake cycle), but the devices keep our minds engaged at a time when our circadian rhythm (internal clock) is telling us to disengage and wind down. For better, more reliable sleep, go tech-free in the bedroom and settle in with real page-turners like The Cuban Affair, The Identicals, and Swell.
4. Set up a Soothing Soundtrack
Ambient, repetitive sounds like gentle surf drown out disruptive nighttime sounds that often zap us out of our all-important REM cycle. (In other words, these babies are the key to happiness.)
Buy it: Marpac Rhom Portable White Noise Sound Machine, $35
5. Pick a Pillow That "Gets" You
Generally speaking, top-notch pillows have a fill power of 500 or higher, which indicates good-quality down. But finding the best fit has more to do with how you snooze:
Your Perfect Pillow Guide:
Back Sleepers: a medium-support pillow
Side Sleepers: a firm or super firm pillow
Stomach Sleepers: a soft, plump pillow
Tossers 'n' Turners: a medium-density pillow
Buy it: Garnet Hill Signature White Goose Down Pillows, from $168 each
6. Buy Bedding That Breathes
Linen sheets are ideal for beach bedrooms because they stay cool even on warm nights and age beautifully (especially if you line-dry them).
Buy it (clockwise from left): kai Room/Linen Spray, $56; Sefte Living Mila Banguis Cotton Throw in Seaglass, from $320; Cuddledown Washed Linen Sheets in White, from $119; Coyuchi Organic Relaxed Linen Chambray Sheets in Blue, from $498