Many people in Japan sleep on futons, which are distinct from the western piece of furniture that goes by the same name. There are tricks to bedding down on a Japanese futon.
- Step 1: Remove the futon from the closet, and lay it on the floor. Japanese futons are large enough for one person to sleep on.
- TIP: Japanese bedding consists of a mattress, called a futon or _shikibuton_, a sheet, a quilt, and a pillow. It is stored in a closet or a corner of the bedroom during the day to conserve space.
- Step 2: Place a sheet over the futon and tuck the edges under the futon.
- Step 3: Place the quilt, called a kakebuton, over the futon.
- Step 4: Place the pillow, called a _makura_, at the head of the bed. The makura is stuffed with beans and will conform to the shape of your head.
- Step 5: Stretch yourself out on the covered futon under the quilt, and enjoy a good night's sleep.
- Step 6: Place the bedding in a closet after you get up in the morning. Fold the futon into the shape of a Z and place it flat on the floor. Place the quilt, folded in quarters, on top. Then place the pillow on top of everything.
- FACT: Research suggests that comfortable bedding is crucial to getting a good night's sleep.