The Luxury Of A Good Sleep

SARAH HALLIWELL on the ALLURING MAGIC of sleep …

 

My family would snort with laughter if they knew I was writing about the luxury of sleep; I’m renowned for being something of a professional. And to be good at sleeping is strangely frowned upon: world-beaters must conquer the world on a scant few hours; you can sleep when you’re dead. There’s a growing awareness, though, of sleep’s myriad health benefits – Arianna Huffington has written about our sleep deprivation epidemic, while neuroscientist Matthew Walker’s new book Why We Sleep is nothing less than a wake-up call. It can take the arrival of children to reveal with absolute clarity what a luxury sleep is: take back your mink, take back your pearls, you’d sell your soul for a straight eight hours. If you can grasp it, sleep has an alluring magic: the cinematic escapism of dreams, the divine decadence of closed shutters in a foreign city in the heat of the day. Like a cup of tea, sleep solves most things – “sleep on it” is always good advice – and should be taken seriously. Screens of any sort have absolutely no place in a bedroom. In fact, no accoutrements are necessary beyond a good pillow, but if pushed, I’m certain that a pair of Asceno’s silk pyjamas would make a good night’s sleep even better, as would an item from Louise Kennedy’s new sleepwear collaboration with Turnbull & Asser. Add in a mist of Chanel Sycomore and some Rodin lavender face oil, and a silk sleep mask to add Holly Golightly glamour to the whole business. The ultimate luxury? Dropping off to the sound of the sea. With the person you love breathing (quietly) beside you …

Sarah Halliwell

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