Back to bedroom basics – ‘Mattress Mick’ and interior designers on the best toolkit for a good night’s sleep

What happened to the pads? From the 1960s to the millennium, people designed bedrooms for sex. Most are aesthetically disgusting – mirrors on the ceiling and carpets on the walls – and take on the red color of predatory masculinity.

Modern furry pads will need a table for visitors to sign their consent form. The feminine version, the boudoir, also comes in multiple genders, its trim predominantly peach satin and ruffles. Aesthetics aside, you have to respect the intention of the bedroom designed to be glamorous.

Nowadays, the main story of bedroom design is all about sleep. Sex is barely mentioned. Over the past 20 years, a vast and hugely profitable industry has grown around sleep.

According to a 2017 Kinsey report: “Sleep deprivation is a major cause of human mental and physical health costs, as well as significant economic losses due to reduced productivity.

“The billion-dollar sleep healthcare economy is one response to this growing problem and opens up many compelling market opportunities for both private equity investors and private equity investors. consumer-oriented company”.

The skeptics among us would conclude that there is more money in sleep than sex.

It would be short to say that sleep is an interior design issue. Insomnia has many contributing factors, including anxiety, bad habits, and misuse of mobile devices. But there are ways in which the bedroom can be adjusted to optimize sleep.

This year’s Ideal Home Show, taking place at RDS from April 1-3, will include a bedroom designed by Anne Marie Boyhan, founder of Sleep Care Company.


Anne Marie Boyhan of Sleep Care Company

She loves mellow green with Dulux Bamboo Stem painted walls, a fresh and botanical color that balances out the almost white Dulux Cloudy Dreams.

The bed is a French Connection Zinc double bed from DFS (1,235€) in forest green, with silk pillowcases from The Silk Pillowcase (70€), and a Joules Langton Stripe support mattress, also from DFS (35€) to upgrade populations.


Kip & Co Toasted Marshmallow Linen Duvet Cover from Antipodean Dream

Low light is beneficial for sleep and this can be designed with blackout curtains to prevent the penetration of morning light and low levels of artificial light.

“It is important to appeal to all the senses,” says Boyhan, recommending the low-level selection of LED blubs from Irish company Litt (from €8). She also includes the Black Kotanical Stone Diffuser (60€ from the Sleep Care Company), which exudes the scent of sleep-inducing essential oils.

“A sleep routine is very personal,” she says. “It’s about having things in the bedroom that will help you relax, but it’s also about changing your routine.” Moving through the night late is never a good plan.

World Sleep Day, which happens every year on March 18, is usually a good time to find bargains.

This year, it is a direct clash with Ireland’s one-time Bank Holiday. “It’s a bit silly,” Michael Flynn said. “We usually have an offer on.”


“Your mattress is like your best friend, it doesn’t argue with you,” says Michael Flynn, aka Mattress Mick.

Flynn, who is also known as Mattress Mick, is in the business of selling Irish mattresses. He adopted an extravagant personality to help save his business during the 2008 recession and became known for his eye-catching guerrilla promotional videos and an ironic mullet.

He was also the subject of the 2016 documentary, Men’s mattress. Directed by Colm Quinn, the film showed how Flynn reinvented himself as Mattress Mick under the guidance of his friend, Paul Kelly. I’m not just a little star. Flynn was very informative about the Irish and their mattresses.


Kip and Co’s Skyline Tartan duvet cover from Antipodream

“I know what we’re going to do for World Sleep Day,” he said. “We’ll be offering a free mattress recycling service from March 18-25. If you buy one of our mattresses, we’ll store the old one for free. ”

Recycling is a service that usually costs €35. “Some of the things we get in return are really, really bad. It’s hard to imagine how people slept in it. I won’t go into it”.

Regarding the new mattress, Flynn found that the buying public in Ireland was well informed.

“It’s like the fashion business. People research it online and they know what they want. Five years ago, memory foam was a big thing. Not now. People want pocket springs, wool, and artificial ponytails. It is becoming very sophisticated. ”

The average bed size in Ireland is getting bigger, with more people choosing a king size bed over a standard double bed. “Your mattress is like your best friend,” he says. “It doesn’t argue with you.”


Emer Flanney, founder of Kocoono, with one of her weighted blankets

Weighted blankets, developed as a therapeutic tool for sensory problems, have now become popular as a sleep aid. Kocoono founder Emer Flannery has a background in psychology and made the first weighted blanket for an autistic child she is working with in the UK.

“I made the first ones myself,” she said. “My mother was a tailor so I always knew how to sew.” She then returned to Ireland to work in homeless services and began experiencing sleepless nights of her own.

“Trouble sleeping is often a sign of something else going on,” she says. “A weighted blanket causes compression, which helps the nervous system relax. It’s very difficult to do it on your own.”


Furniture and accessories from Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic for Dunnes . Stores

In 2019, she raised funds through a Kickstarter Campaign and launched Kocoono. “We are based in Belmullet and the blankets are made in Poland. They are sewn by hand so it takes a lot of work. And we ship everywhere! ”

I quietly evangelize about weighted blankets. I bought one from Kocoono in October and have rarely parted with it since. They are by no means the cheapest on the market.

Prices start at €171 for the basic version, which is the version I have, but their most popular is the €279 Luxe.

Both come in three different weights – the rule of thumb is to use one that’s 10 pc of your body weight – but the Luxe is customizable, so you can create zones with or without weights. quality and fitted around the neck. “It’s more like a duvet,” says Flannery.

Cheaper alternatives include Ikea’s Odonvide weighted blankets (from €85) but they are gray and dull. My Kocoono blanket has turquoise velvet on one side and dark blue cotton on the other.


Great Reflection mural from Feathr

I decided to analyze on the basis that something that you use every day, and the important thing is sleep, is something worth doing right. I slept deeper down there, to the point where waking up in the morning was a nightmare. But everything seems better after a good night’s sleep.

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