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    Are hotel mattresses really more comfortable?

    Hand opening door to show hotel bed.

    We've all had the experience of lying in a hotel bed, falling asleep quickly, and getting a great night’s sleep. But have you ever stopped to wonder why hotel beds are so darn comfortable?

    We've all had the experience of coming home from a fabulous vacation and finding it hard to sleep in our own bed. Why is that? Could it be that we've simply gotten used to the luxurious surroundings and higher thread count of hotel sheets? While that may be part of it, there are other, more explanations for why we sleep better in a hotel.

    A theory is that we sleep better in a hotel because we're away from the usual distractions of home. No televisions, no screaming kids, no pets jumping on the bed, no taking out the garbage. In a hotel room, we can finally relax and get the rest we need. It's all about context. When we're away from home our bodies are more relaxed and get a better night’s rest. We wake up refreshed and ready to start the day. But then we come home and our mattress feels uncomfortable. Why is that?

    Think about it – when you’re at a hotel, you’re usually there for a vacation or a business trip. You’re away from your usual routine and everything that comes with it. You may be sightseeing or working long hours, and all of that can be pretty exhausting. So, when you are ready for bed, most any mattress would feel comfortable. When you return home to your normal routine, you may not sleep as well. But it’s not the mattress that’s to blame – it’s the experience you had leading up to bedtime. All the sightseeing or working long hours can take a toll. Plus, you are less stressed. So, when you’re ready to call it a night, any mattress would feel comfortable. It’s only when you return home to your normal routine that you may have trouble sleeping on your mattress.

    Not only is it that you are less stressed and more tired, but also hotel mattresses are comfortable because of the bedding. The average hotel bed has multiple layers of comfort around you, creating a nesting feeling. The many layers above you act like a weighted blanket, creating a calming effect. Plus, the textures of the fabrics are often softer and more luxurious than what you are used to at home.

    The different textures also add to the comfort by providing a variety of sensations. The smoothness of the top sheet, the coziness of the comforter, and the support of a luxury pillow all work together to create a comfortable sleeping surface.

    If you have ever found yourself wondering why hotel beds are so comfortable, now you know. It is not just the mattress, but the bedding as well. The multiple layers of sheets, blankets, comforters, and pillows create a cozy sleeping environment that is hard to beat.

    So the next time you find yourself in a hotel bed, enjoy the comfort and know that it is not just the mattress, but your experience and the bedding that makes it so special.