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Do you have a good couple with your bed?

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We find his bed every night, with more or less delight, to leave, or drag in the early morning. We dream there, read, converse ... and especially we sleep there. At the end of a life, it is 24 years that we will have spent in bed. But what does it look like, this piece of furniture so necessary for our rest?

Seen by a German, the French bed is big. Too tall even, for him who likes to feel cramped (German couples sleep on separate mattresses). Although it is cut for two, its 140 cm wide are among the most "slim" dimensions of the western world. But things change, slowly, to gain a few centimeters ... until 160.

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A luxury that today accounts for 30% of purchases. And that promises to be really good news, because 20 cm more would allow us to increase our deep sleep time by 15% (152 minutes against 132) and to decrease by a quarter (23 against 30) the number of nocturnal awakenings. Combined with a mattress thicker and thicker (30 cm instead of 15 there are a dozen years), that promises us dream nights! Rest the bedstead. Higher than 4 cm (20 cm on average), hoisted on feet, it is beautiful and advantageously replaces the bed frame by swapping its polyester ticking for a fabric covering, often coordinated with curtains, or downright leather ... and trend. As for the headboard, it is now a little more than protect the wall. Flanked by sconces, it illuminates our readings. Equipped with shelves, it welcomes our little bazaars and especially rinardise the bedside table, considered too cumbersome.

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As we make his bed ...

That's thirty years we swear by the quilt (thank you Ikea!). And not only because it exempts us from long ironing sessions or it frees us from the cover option. In France, the duvet, always large format, is shared (we are great romantics) and bordered, a bit as if it were a bedspread. It even happens that, in some, it doubles as a sheet. The chilly (or the chilly) can thus pull the blanket to him without the other being "bare". Nothing to do with the Nordic countries from which it originates. There, even if you sleep side by side (and without pajamas), you do quilt separately and, in the morning, fold down, in two or four, the quilt at the end of its layer. For the ethnologist Pascal Dibie, it goes without saying that this accessory came from the North has radically changed the daily life of companies called "sheets", where to make his bed required a whole ceremonial: correctly extend the linen, slide well tense under the mattress, and finally cover it. Today, the business is folded in five minutes, giving us every morning the impression of a bedroom dressed to the nines. And this is not to displease us.

Thanks to Gérard Delautre, General Manager of the Bedding Association (infoliterie.com).

Good night, little ones! At birth, a baby sleeps 16 to 17 hours a day. Around three years old 12 hours, and around six years old 10 hours a night.

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Read also : Praise of the bed Colette Gouvion (Rouergue ed.) Ethnology of the bedroom by Pascal Dibie (Métailié edition).