I have a pal who cannot sleep, wasn’t a good sleeper even when she was a child. She is ancient now and it has only gotten worse, so she decided to try one of those weighted blankets.
You know the ones, kind of like a thunder shirt for dogs, but a blanket, which is heavy and is supposed to provide a nice hefty sense of safety to calm you and send you off to dreamland.
She says it works, sort of, but that some nights it is like sleeping in chain mail, and once she gets settled she can’t extricate herself from the bed until morning. I am not sure what happens in the morning that makes it easier, but this is what she says.
And I know it is the truth, because she sends us Snapchats in the middle of the night, all in the pitch black, just her groggy voice reporting she isn’t asleep, she can’t move, she might die in the night and she wishes us a fond farewell.
An hour later she sends another Snapchat, still nothing to see but a pitch-black screen, and her voice, sleepier now, letting us know she is has been napping and she thinks she likes her blanket after all, and she will talk to us in the morning.
I read them in a dutiful manner, usually around 4:00 a.m., when I awake against my will, no spring chicken myself. Her Snapchats tickle me but I think she is excessive.
Excessive, obsessive, even about that weighted blanket, that is until I bought a really nice set of sheets back in the summer, and then I knew what true obsession was.
I researched them, compared thread count and finish, made note of provenance and then sussed out if they were both organic and Oeko-Tex certified which means the linens are processed without the use of any toxic chemicals, right down to the threads and buttons, and even the testing process for those chemicals is environmentally responsible. The EU is all about the Oeko-Tex certification, and we know what they are like.
If these sheets were chickens they would be free range.
I didn’t even know I cared about Oeko-Tex certification, but once I read about it, well, I just had to have it. I settled on a set, which I like very much, and now I, too, am all about my bed and my sleep hygiene.
Which is a thing.
As winter approaches, I want a down comforter. I have a lightweight fiberfill comforter I like, but it doesn’t give me that “roasting on an open fire” feeling I find myself craving, so the hunt is on.
The first one arrived in a box so light I thought someone had sent me fresh air, but no, there was a comforter in there, and I gave it some time alone to collect itself and fluff up to a respectable degree, but I must tell you, it was a miserable disappointment.
It was warm enough, but then, the one I have is warm enough. This one was just too feathery light, something that most of the reviews raved about. I thought I wanted something light, too, until I tried it and found I didn’t.
It seems my friend, the insomniac, and her blanket have a point. While I want to be able to move my limbs once in bed, I think I underestimated how I associate warmth with heft, and had forgotten the importance of the weight of things. Somewhere in my quest for winter bedding, I remembered my grandmother’s quilts, and then blankets thrown over us, one at a time, as the mercury slid south.
The root word of comforter is both a noun and a verb, and that is exactly what I want for my winter bed—something warm to give comfort and to be a comfort, too. It’s harder to find than you think.
I have choices, but shew, it isn’t easy. There is fill power to consider, and levels of warmth, Hungarian white goose down vs. Siberian down vs. Michigan duck. Box construction vs. baffled, Damask, sateen or German batiste, and Oeko-Tex, most certainly, now that I know what it is.
It feels a little like choosing a career, a car or a mate. I’ll live with the decision a long time, and I want to get it right. But winter is coming. And like choosing a career, a car or a mate, it is best not to leave it too late.