Sleeping Position and Posture

October 30, 2012

When I was younger, I remember my grandma getting after me about my posture. “Stop slouching. Stand up straight. Stop picking your nose.” I didn’t understand the importance at the time, but as I get older, I can see (and feel) the benefits of having good posture. While you might take the necessary steps to ensure good posture in your waking hours, have you ever considered the role your sleeping position plays in your overall posture? I sure didn’t. I mean, I know about the different sleeping positions and the benefits and drawbacks of each, but I never considered how much the way I sleep affects how I look (and feel) while I’m awake. If you have a bad back or you find yourself in pain during much of your waking hours, take some time to asses how you sleep. You might find that your sleeping position is negatively impacting your overall posture.

Here are some tips to consider as you determine the best sleeping position for your body to maintain a healthy posture:

  • Try sleeping in a position that helps you maintain the natural curve of your spine. You can do this by placing a pillow under your knees or a lumbar roll under your lower back.
  • Make sure your head is properly supported. It should rest in its normal position, so avoid pillows that raise your head up to high. The pillow should stay below the head and neck. Your shoulders should not rest on the pillow. Make sure you use a pillow that’s firm enough to support your head while keeping it aligned with your spine.
  • Try sleeping on your side with your knees slightly bent. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees will prevent your upper leg from sliding down onto the bed and rotating your lower spine. This slight twist can not only lead to back and hip pain, but it can also make it harder for you to maintain good posture throughout the day.

When you have bad posture, you expose yourself to a number of health risks. We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so it’s vital that we consider our sleep posture and the role it plays in our health. Be sure you take the necessary steps to protect your body by maintaining a healthy posture both day and night.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

Hypoallergenic Bedding

October 25, 2012

Dear Snooze Guru,

When you were growing up, I’m sure you knew a kid who was allergic to everything. The kid who had to have his own dessert at your birthday party because he was allergic to flour. The kid who couldn’t play outside. Ever. The kid who sneezed more than he talked. Well, I was that kid. And now, I’m that adult. While I’ve managed to arrange my life so that I can avoid most my allergens, I do find that my allergies are often worse throughout the night and in the morning. I’ve deduced that I must be allergic to something on my bed. My doctor advised me to look for hypoallergenic bedding. Could you provide more information on this, and are there any products on that you recommend?

Kyle from Dearborn, MI

Dear Kyle,

Thank you for writing. I certainly do remember that kid. His name was Darryl. Darryl was something else. Anyway, I think hypoallergenic bedding could help you a lot. While hypoallergenic bedding isn’t completely allergy-free, it does significantly reduce allergic reactions. When you’re looking for hypoallergenic bedding, the first thing you’ll want to do is determine your allergens as best as you can. The best way to do this is to have your doctor test you. Once you know what’s causing your reaction, you can purchase what you need to protect yourself. Generally, it’s best to stay with natural fibers. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting without having to guess what’s beneath you. The Natura Organic Comfort Plus Topper is a great hypoallergenic mattress pad that will not only create a more comfortable sleep surface, but also a healthy one. If you find that you’re allergic to down, a common bedding component, you might enjoy a synthetic down alternative. The Downright Sierra Down Alternative Comforter gives you the feeling of traditional down without the irritating allergens. For a great hypoallergenic pillow, look to the Sealy Embody Ideal Dual Support Pillow by Pacific Coast Feather. It features a design that allows you to choose what kind of support you want. One side features conforming memory foam, while the other side has springy latex. Additionally, ventilation holes throughout the pillow allow air flow for a fresher sleep experience.

These are just a few of the hypoallergenic products available at Shop through our selection of hypoallergenic products to ensure that every component of your bed is as safe and healthy as you need. Good luck!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

Serta Perfect Sleeper

October 24, 2012

Dear Snooze Guru,

I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I try to do everything as perfectly as I can. For instance, last night when my wife Jane and I were eating our dinner that I cooked (ahthankyouverymuch), Jane couldn’t stop talking about how good the meal was. How perfect it was. See where I’m going with this? I want everything to be perfect, ok? Everything. Including my sleep. Now, I must say that this is one area of my life where I’m not perfect. When it comes to sleeping, I have flaws. Look, we all do. I’m not going to get into what kind of sleeping flaws I have, but just know that I have them and I WILL correct them. I WILL sleep perfectly. I’ve decided that I need a new mattress. Maybe that’s what is keeping me from sleeping perfection. I searched for mattresses with the word “perfect” in the name (obviously), and I found two lines from Serta. The Perfect Day and Perfect Sleeper series. Now, I’m not very interested in the Perfect Day mattresses, because I’ve already had a perfect day. Several times. I’m actually really good at creating perfect days. It’s kind of my thing. Ask any of my ex-wives. So, I’m really leaning toward one of these Perfect Sleeper mattresses from Serta. What do you think? Good choice? Remember, I’m shooting for perfection here.

-Edwin from Hot Springs, AR

Dear Edwin,

Thank you for writing. While your quest for perfection presents numerous hazards to your mental health, I’ll let some other kind of guru help you out with that. As far as your mattress selection, I can certainly offer some information. The Serta Perfect Sleeper series is a great line of mattresses. Serta engineered the series with input from the National Sleep Foundation and set out to help five common sleep problems. Every Perfect Sleeper is designed with a number of unique features that help correct:

  • Tossing and turning
  • Lack of support, leading to back pain
  • Sleeping too hot or too cold
  • Partner disturbance
  • Mattress roll-off or sag

The Serta Perfect Sleeper is the only mattress endorsed by the National Sleep Foundation, so it’s not surprising that we sell a lot of these at Our most popular Perfect Sleeper mattress is the Regal Suite. This mattress is an excellent choice for you, given your quest for perfect sleep. And don’t forget to pick up a set of matching Perfect Sleeper linens. The 310 thread count sheet set comfortably hugs your mattress while keeping you cozy and comfortable, and the supportive down alternative pillow conforms to cradle your neck as you rest. Now, while you may realize that perfection is scarce in our world, it’s not an unattainable goal when it comes to your sleep. Good luck!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

Semi-Annual Cutest Sleeping Pet Contest

October 18, 2012

US-Mattress is looking for the cutest sleeping pet in the US…again!

Aren’t pets just the cutest? Sometimes, if I’m having a rough day, I like to take my ferrets out of their cage and just kind of let them run wild in my apartment. They love it! I always think it’s so cute when I forget to put one of them back, and I find him in a surprising place. I’ll say, “Leonard! What are you doing in my desk drawer?!” and Leonard will just kind of scurry away. Man, those guys are the best pets anyone could ask for. They always keep me on my toes. Sometimes, when I’m watching them sleep, I just think, “Man, those little guys are so cute. What would I be without them?” Leonard, Tom, Keith, Brad, Scruffy, Chase, and Lazy Eye (well, Lazy Eye isn’t as cute as the others, but he tries) always put a smile on my face. I’m sure your pets do too, especially when they’re quietly sleeping. Everyone around the office here is pretty sick of seeing pictures of my sleeping ferrets, so they’re especially excited for you to send in a picture of your sleeping pet for our Cutest Sleeping Pet Contest!

The top 5 photos will win a Natura Natural Pet Bed. The winner will have the choice of size: Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large. Also, the winning photos will be featured on our homepage! More importantly, for each photo submitted we will donate $10.00 to the Michigan Humane Society. By submitting a photo, you will not only be entered to win a free pet bed, but you will also be helping an animal in need!

The Michigan Humane Society is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the country and the largest in Michigan caring for more than 100,000 animals each year since 1877. The nonprofit Michigan Humane Society operates solely on the generosity of individuals and companies. We’ve partnered with the Michigan Humane Society to help provide a safe, warm place for thousands of animals in Michigan. The Michigan Humane Society helps hundreds of animals every day, and we’re proud to be a partner in their fight to make a difference.

Contest Instructions
1. Like us on Facebook (you must like us on Facebook to be eligible for the prize)
2. Submit a photo of your pet sleeping for the chance to win a free pet bed, valued up to $168.00!

Prize Eligibility
Only persons residing in United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter.

Contest Starts
October 16, 2012 @ 08:00 am (EST)

Contest Ends
November 13, 2012 @ 12:00 pm (EST)

Made in the USA

October 16, 2012

In today’s global economy, we look around and see that most of our manufactured goods come from other countries. This isn’t an entirely bad thing, but it can help us recognize the importance of buying products that are made in the USA. And there’s something comfortable about seeing that “Made in the USA” label stamped on something we buy, isn’t there? We see that seal, and we imagine hard working men and women traveling to and from our nation’s factories and earning an honest day’s pay. At, the support for our country and our home grown working hands goes beyond the first two letters of our name. That’s why we’re committed to carrying an extensive selection of linens, furniture, and mattresses that are made right here at home. Check out some of these great items that proudly say “Made in the USA”.

Bedding and Linens

Bedroom Furniture

Bedroom Accessories


The next time you’re shopping at, consider purchasing something that says “Made in the USA”. We live in a great country, so let’s do all we can to keep our hard working men and women producing quality items for us to enjoy.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

Gel Mattresses

October 11, 2012

Dear Snooze Guru,

I’ve been reading a lot about gel mattresses. They seem to be the latest thing in mattresses these days. What’s the deal with these gel mattresses? Are they worth the money? How do I know if a gel mattress is right for me?

Eric from Dallas, TX

Dear Eric,

Thank you for your question. You’re right. Gel mattresses have gained a lot of popularity in the last year, and for good reasons. While all varieties of foam mattresses help relieve pressure, gel mattresses do it to a greater degree. Gel infused memory foam mattresses also eliminate motion transfer like traditional memory foam. Essentially, gel mattresses share all of the benefits of traditional memory foam, but they do so while staying cooler. Many people claim that traditional memory foam mattresses trap heat and and create a sweaty night of sleep. By utilizing the natural cooling properties of gel, the same kind of gel found in athletic equipment, mattress manufacturers were able to create a memory foam sleep experience without the unwanted heat. The open cell structure of gel infused memory foam allows it to breathe better than traditional memory foam, which also helps to regulate the mattress’s temperature. Gel mattresses are anti-microbial and anti-dust mite, so they help to create a healthy sleep environment by diminishing the sleeper’s chance of exposure to potential allergens.

So, how do you know if it’s right for you? If you’re a hot sleeper, then a gel mattress is a great solution to your problem. If you suffer from aches and pains in the morning, or if your sleeping partner’s movements keep you up, then you’ll also enjoy a gel mattress. While they can cost a little more than a traditional memory foam, I’d say that the benefits are worth the money. Shop for your gel mattress at today!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


October 9, 2012

Here’s a relevant story about that time I went hiking on a mountain.

I wasn’t sure where I was. The group was gone and I was making my way across the aching landscape. An eagle flew above me, mounting through the sky and armored in majestic manifest destiny. Down the path, I heard rustling brush and I turned my eyes behind me. I waited for a little while, but what I heard never came. The sky was getting dark with clouds and I sought shelter under a ridge I saw in the corner of my eye. When the clouds got thicker, I felt the wind shift and found myself in a furious snowstorm. The temperature was dropping as my hopes dimmed with the sky. I waited for hours until I fell asleep to the gently whistling wind. The next morning, the sun woke me and I started down the path again. The snow was beginning to melt by the time I made my way off of the mountain and into the cabin where we were staying. The others asked where I’d been and why I didn’t come back to the cabin. After all, it wasn’t far from the ridge where I was resting. I wasn’t sure why I didn’t go back. Maybe because I was warm. Maybe because I was dry. Maybe because I was wearing wool.

Warm, Cozy, and Durable

In keeping with the theme of preparing for the cold weather ahead, I’d like to point today’s spotlight on wool. When I think of wool, I think of cozy warmth. I think of the comfy socks that keep our feet warm inside of rubber boots on wet winter days. I think of curling up on the couch underneath a warm blanket, watching a Sunday football game or sleeping in on a Saturday morning enveloped under a heavy comforter. I think of my favorite holiday sweater. And how ugly (great) it is.

There are many aspects of wool that make it a great fabric for a number of products. Wool is a natural insulator, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It breathes more naturally than down and synthetic fibers, so it won’t overheat your body. Wool quickly wicks away moisture, and it is naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, and mildew, so it creates a healthy sleep environment. It also relieves pressure points, as it recovers up to 95% of its shape when compressed. Wool is very resilient, so it doesn’t shift like down, making it an excellent fill for pillows. Sleeping on wool increases the duration of REM sleep and reduces time spent tossing and turning. Wool is naturally flame resistant, so it’s an excellent safe bedding choice. Additionally, wool is a renewable, sustainable, and biodegradable fiber that is safely sheared from sheep. It doesn’t promote static electricity or static cling, and since static charges attract dirt and dust, wool products stay cleaner longer.

Wool offers you low cost and lasting comfort. When properly cared for, it can last for decades, so the wool items you purchase this season will grace your home throughout many more. Shop wool products at, and enjoy free shipping and no sales tax on top of the lowest prices you’ll find on the web.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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