IKEA’s 2020 Catalog Is About Giving You the Best Sleep Ever

published Jul 29, 2019
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The 2020 IKEA catalog was announced today, and while we’re gathering inspiration from its pages, there’s something a little different about it this year. The theme is universal, something we all do—with varying degrees of success—since we were born. We fight it as kids, but can’t seem to get enough of it as adults. It’s sleep, and IKEA wants us to get more of it.

“What the world needs now is more lovely, life-affirming sleep,” the catalog’s inside cover reads. Because we’re getting less of it than ever: In the past 50 years, the global average for hours slept has fallen from eight to a little over six. Whether it’s screen time, stress, or sharing the bed, it’s not surprising we’re so short on shuteye. But getting enough sleep is possible, and important for your health, wellbeing, and yes, your productivity.

While prioritizing an earlier bedtime is a good idea, there are a few things you can do to make the sleep you do get better overall.

Less light at night

Banish blue light from your bedroom by switching to an analog alarm clock, and get some blackout curtains to help you shut out outside light. IKEA launched FYRTUR smart blackout shades earlier this year that you can control with a remote.

Control the sound

If there are distracting noises, it will be harder to get to sleep. Curtains, rugs, even upholstered headboards help dampen sound coming from outside your room. Consider a sound machine, or lulling yourself to sleep with some “slow lit” podcasts.

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Pick the right pillow

Sleeping with the wrong support can be a pain in the neck, literally. IKEA has a bunch of new pillows meant for all types of sleepers; there’s even one, KLUBBSPORRE, that has cooling gel on one side for those who sleep hot.

Keep it cool

When it comes to sleeping temps, cooler is key. But if your feet get a little chilly, try sleeping with socks on.