Worth’s 2021 Guide to Better Sleep
World Sleep Day, in case you haven’t already marked your calendars, is Friday, March 19, according to the World Sleep Society. The slogan for this year’s edition of the annual event is the rather anesthetic, “Regular Sleep, Healthy Future”—one of the more soporific taglines I can recall reading—but maybe that’s the point. Nevertheless, somnolent slogans aside, World Sleep Day’s purported mission is to serve as a wakeup call to all sleep professionals to advocate and educate the world about “the importance of sleep for achieving an optimal quality of life and improve global health.” Worth couldn’t agree more with the importance of a good night’s rest, which is why this year, in celebration of World Sleep Day, we are sharing our picks and recommendations for the best new sleep products on the market—especially in a few cases for those with considerable disposable income to invest in those hours of the day that you will hardly remember.
Like all such listicles that compare sundry odds and ends that live in the same ecosystem but that, in most cases, really don’t even compete with each other, this list is not a ranking per se. One really cannot in good faith compare an app on an Apple Watch that addresses nightmare disorders with a comforter made from fine Egyptian cotton—nor should we; both are merely different tools that hopefully get us all a bit closer to what we all need more of: a solid night of rest.
With that in mind, let’s get to Worth’s 2021 sleep guide of products that will help you get a better night’s rest.
Retail Price: $390,000 (King)
It’s the Bentley of beds, only more expensive than most Bentleys. Designed by famed luxury interior designer Ferris Rafauli in partnership with storied Swedish mattress maker Hästens, the Grand Vividus is entirely handmade and takes master craftsmen at least 600 hours to assemble, according to company promotional materials. And it’s not some one-off contraption made simply to generate press. The rapper Drake gushed about how great the bed was in a recent piece in Architectural Digest that toured his Toronto home.
There is a sizeable waiting list, but it might be a good idea to get your name on it, if you are indeed curious to know what its like to slumber on one of the world’s most expensive beds. (Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars’ magnetic floating bed, which can be had for $1.6 million a pop, still reigns as the bed industry’s top dog in case you were wondering.) Hästens, it should be noted, offers an array of much more affordable beds that do not require waiting lists, such as the Vividus (sans Grand), which clocks in at around $180,000 a unit and can be delivered within a couple months after placing your order. Still not convinced? There is actually a way to test drive the Vividus. The Regent Seven Seas Splendor, arguably the most luxurious cruise ship on the planet, has a pair in its top-of-the-line 4,500-square-foot, two-bedroom top-deck Regent Suite.
Retail Price: $9,500 (Queen)
Back on planet earth, those of us who aren’t willing to spring six figures on a bed can do just fine. At just under $10,000 is the Intellibed Matrix Grand with Sleep Genius Smart Base, which may very well be one of the most technically sophisticated beds on the marketplace. Let’s start from the ground up—with the Sleep Genius Smart Base, a civilian end-product that came to market as the result of a NASA research project looking into the best way to get astronauts to fall asleep in space.
Here’s a bit of trivia: Astronauts orbiting the earth will experience 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours—throwing their circadian rhythms way off. This pushed NASA to enlist a band of neuroscientists to find ways to help astronauts improve their sleep without having to resort to sleeping pills or other medication. The Intellibed design was based on NASA research and in partnership with experts in music therapy and sleep wellness; together, they came up with the smart base that activates the brain’s inner ear through movement.
Coupled with the Matrix Grand mattress, the products will rock you to sleep like a baby—or maybe an astronaut. The mattress is another impressive work of engineering and science. From the luxury quilted cover to inner layers sporting its titanium infused flakes that resists compression and increases thermal heat transfer from the sleeping surface, this mattress is not messing around.
Retail Price: $6,000 (Queen)
Here’s a stat you probably didn’t know: 60 percent of Americans consider themselves “hot sleepers.” And to address this heated marketplace, viscoelastic foam mattress kingpin Tempur-Pedic has come out with a line of uniquely engineered mattresses that deliver all-night cooling and comfort. The Temper-breeze° is packed with technology, with its multiple layers working in concert together to have you feeling up to eight degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler throughout the night.
Worth test drove the Tempur-breeze° mattress on a Tempur-Ergo Smart Base powered by its state-of-the art Sleeptracker AI that addresses another common sleep issue: snoring. The Ergo Base is the first bed system that both senses and automatically responds to snoring without disturbing the snorer nor his or her sleep partner. The bed system silently detects and automatically responds to snoring by adjusting the bed frame and mattress into a position that can help reduce it. Its sensing technology also delivers sleep coaching, with robust insights and customized sleep tips, through an easy-to-use mobile app for deeper, more rejuvenating sleep.
Retail Price: $170 (King)
Celliant Performance Sheets were designed with high performance athletes in mind. They are the perfect combination of comfort and revolutionary technology engineered to promote more restful sleep. These luxurious sateen weave sheets are made with a blend of premium long-staple cotton and patented Celliant-infused polyester yarn, which creates a soft, smooth and wrinkle-resistant fabric that looks and feels amazing. The mineral-infused fabric has a proprietary technology that converts body heat into infrared energy and returns it to your body in a natural and safe way, temporarily increasing blood flow to your muscles to improve local circulation. These sheets will help you to get better sleep and recover faster from daytime physical activity. Whether you just ran a 10K or played through 18 holes, Celliant will deliver better sleep and faster recovery—claiming to boost energy and stamina, improve strength and enhance athletic performance all while helping regulate your body temperature for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
Retail Price: $210 (King)
When it comes to quality, comfort, opulence, elegance and equity, not much else can match Down Cotton, a bedding company that specializes in importing premier Egyptian linens. The brand has empowered local Egyptian cotton farmers by opening up a global export market, enabling them to generate more income. In this smart-looking and inviting comforter, luxurious 100 percent long-staple Giza cotton encases the goose down insulation, rendering the comforter highly absorbent and breathable so it will keep you cool and dry during hot summers and warm and cozy during the colder months.
Retail Price: $599
Any list of top sleep products in 2021 would not be complete without Somnox, the world’s first sleep robot. There are untold products on the market that help track sleep, manage your sleep cycles and give you data on your sleeping patterns, but Somnox is one of the very few pieces of technology that actually addresses the key issue at hand—helping you fall asleep.
The product was invented by a Dutch robotics engineer who wanted to help his mother address her chronic insomnia without the need for addictive prescription medication. The Somnox sleep robot is ergonomically designed for “spooning” and senses its user’s breathing with an array of adaptive sensors, making it possible to detect the breathing pulse or rhythm of the user. This detection capability enables the Somnox robot to automatically adapt and sync its breathing to that of its user, helping to gradually guide the user towards slow, deep breathing patterns that enable her to fall asleep faster, relaxing both body and mind. Here is the real kicker: As a fully sentient device, the Somnox sleep companion robot’s real-time breathing sensor is also able to detect if its user is on the precipice of waking, and then gently lulls her back to sleep. The product also comes with a built-in speaker and audio capabilities, enabling the user to listen to guided meditation, lullabies, a heartbeat, audio books or white noise via the accompanying iPhone or Android app.
Retail Price: $70 (5 inches)
The Pillow Cube is a must-have pillow for all those side sleepers out there. Its memory foam helps with spinal alignment, decreases sleep apnea and reduces acid reflux. It comes in the traditional five-inch thick and an extra wide six-inch version. Think of it as a “bed for your head” engineered for the contours of the human skull, shoulders and neck. And don’t fret if you get used to sleeping on a Pillow Cube and then have to travel; the five-inch cube easily fits into just about any overnight case.
Retail Price: Available by Prescription Only
Anyone who happened to catch the hot Netflix psycho thriller, Behind Her Eyes, has gotten a glimpse into how terrifying nightmares can be. However, for many struggling with PTSD, nightmares are far too real. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are roughly 1.3 million Americans annually diagnosed with nightmare disorder.
The NightWare device, which runs on the Apple Watch platform, is the world’s first digital therapeutic for nightmare disorder cleared by the FDA. It’s a real game changer. For patients, reducing their nightmares is not merely about getting a better night of sleep; it’s a life saver that improves quality of life. Given the increased risk of suicide among those suffering with PTSD and nightmare disorder, any treatment for nightmares serves the cause.
Retail Price: $608 (King)
Just in time for the warmer months ahead, you can’t go wrong with the Down Etc Summer Weight Comforter. This luxurious 100 percent cotton sports a 300 thread count and an attractive subtle stripe-on-stripe pattern filled with CentroClean hypoallergenic white goose down. Soft to the touch, it is the perfect accoutrement for sleeping with windows open on a breezy summer night.
Retail Price: $160 (3 feet x 4 feet)
A proven stress-reducer, the weighted blanket has been a staple of the sleep ecosystem for years now. Not only have weighted blankets been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as help their owners sleep better, but they also soothe and comfort the user’s tired muscles and joints after a long day. But recent innovations by Magic Weighted Blanket—the pioneer in the sector—have taken the category to a new level. For example, the Grey Minky Dot blanket that Worth test drove, which weighs in at a solid 6 pounds and covers 12 square feet, has a plush duvet cover securely sewn onto the inner liner, making it durable and easy to wash and dry.
Retail Price: $80
If you have been in the market for a sleep sound machine over the past year or so, you may have noticed that the dominant trend is for an increasingly complex library of sound options. But SNOOZ has thankfully not hitched itself to this trend and has instead doubled down on what science has proven really works: white noise. The brand’s machine offers 10 fan-like white noise settings to cycle through, which is more than enough for the average person who just wants a calming sound to help him drift off into slumber. It also comes with an app that enables users to pick noises based on environmental conditions, which is a neat feature.
Retail Price: $229 (King)
Move over, cotton—eucalyptus fabric is the new cotton. Buffy’s cool-to-the-touch Eucalyptus Sheets are made from fabric that is purportedly much more breathable than standard cotton and much softer than linen. But you better buy a few sets as you might be tempted to never take them off your bed.
Retail Price: $800
Dyson is top of the line when it comes to tech-powered household items, and it is no different when it comes to humidifiers. The Pure Humidify + Cool does triple duty as a humidifier, an air purifier and a fan with a built-in HEPA filtration system that removes allergens, pollutants, gas and bacteria. Its self-cleaning feature will be a welcome feature to those who have had previous experiences with other brands. A crisp, easy-to-read LED screen keeps users apprised of real-time pollution and humidity in your immediate environs. And like just about every other entry on this list, of course there is an app. Design-wise it looks like a high-tech museum piece.