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The best mattress and bedding upgrades for back to school

CBS News logo CBS News 8/15/2022 Carolin Lehmann
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A good night's sleep can be key to success in school. But college apartment and dorm beds often fall short when it comes to comfort. Luckily, there are a handful of smart bedding upgrades that can make just about any bed more comfortable.

Top products in this article:

Pluto Puff body pillow, $95

Tuft & Needle mattress topper (queen), $250

Night Chill pillowcase (standard/queen 2-pack), $115

Below, the best mattress and bedding upgrades for back to school. Whether you're sleeping on a dorm-room twin XL or your first apartment's full-size bed (or just shopping for someone who is), you should also create a real barrier between you and that used mattress with a mattress protector and a mattress topper. Then get extra comfy with a body pillow, high-quality sheets, linen bedding and more.

The upgrades for your bed ahead are worth splurging on, because good sleep is priceless.

Pluto Puff body pillow

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If you've never tried a body pillow, this one will change your life. Or, at least, the way you sleep. This surprisingly comforting pillow is perfectly squishy and won't leave you feeling sweaty.

Pluto Puff body pillow, $95

Tuft & Needle mattress topper

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Turn an uncomfortable mattress into a dream with this foam mattress topper with a non-skid bottom. Its material promises to keep you cool. Available for six bed sizes.

Tuft & Needle mattress topper (twin XL), $200

Serta Power Chill stain resistant and waterproof mattress protector

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Keep a solid barrier between you and that used mattress with this mattress protector. It's made of a cool-to-touch fabric and stains easily wash out of it. Its waterproof material inhibits the development of odor.

This mattress protector is on sale for back to school. The twin XL size protector is $14 on Amazon, almost half off its regular price.

Serta Power Chill stain resistant and waterproof mattress protector (twin XL), $14 (reduced from $26)

Night Chill pillowcase

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Swap out your standard pillowcase for something more special. This rayon, bamboo and nylon-blend pillowcase that wicks excess moisture claims to feel cooler than cotton and polyester. Find it in three colors and two sizes, and in one-packs or two-packs.

Night Chill pillowcase (standard/queen 2-pack), $115

MagicLinen gray-blue linen duvet cover set 

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Upgrade your bed with luxurious linens. This breathable duvet cover set comes in 22 colors and prints on the MagicLinen site. It comes with a duvet cover and two standard- or queen-size pillowcases. This set is available in twin, queen and king sizes.

MagicLinen gray-blue linen duvet cover set (queen), $297

Eli & Elm cotton side-sleeper pillow

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Are you a side sleeper? Then check out this special pillow from Eli & Elm with a U-shape design. This pillow promises to be temperature regulating and has a breathable cotton cover. Don't forget to pick up a custom pillowcase to go along with it.

Eli & Elm cotton side-sleeper pillow, $100 (reduced from $120)

Parachute Percale sheet set

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Splurge on nice sheets to make your bed more comfortable. These Parachute sheets of 100% premium, certified long-staple Egyptian cotton feel like a crisp button-down shirt. These lightweight and breathable sheets come in nine colors and six sizes, including twin XL. Choose whether you'd like a top sheet included or not.

Parachute Percale sheet set (twin XL), $129

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