Charlie Hedin—founder and creative director of bedding company Tekla—on his rituals of sleep.
When do you sleep the best?
When I go to bed at a point of physical exhaustion. I often go skiing with friends in the wintertime. Nothing compares to the feeling of zoning out completely after a whole day in the snow by collapsing into bed.
How do you go to sleep?
I always sleep stomach-down. I never use a pillow; instead, I take a linen pillowcase, curl the fabric together and rest my head on top of it. It’s strange but it does the trick of getting me to sleep.
What is your earliest memory of sleep?
I always considered my bed a safe haven when I was a kid and I still feel that way today—I let go of all the things in my head, what’s going on at work and this and that. Your bed is a carefree-zone. It’s where you’re at your most vulnerable and emotionally exposed. Think about watching a film in bed versus on a couch; the couch is cozy but it’s not nearly as intimate and private as your bed.
What does sleeping mean to you?
I was on the Swedish youth national sailing team when I was a kid. Back then, sleeping was a mere necessity; I’d get up early, spend the whole day on the water, study at night and go to bed simply because I needed the rest. It was an amazing feeling to lie down and fall asleep with my body completely out of energy. But I would get in bed because I had to, not because I wanted to. I’ve matured in my relationship with sleep. Now I actually enjoy going to bed.