Christmas All Through the House

November 13, 2014

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Well, we got a good layer of snow here in Michigan, so I think it’s time we all admit that it’s time to start gearing up for the holidays. Usually when I decorate, I completely forget about any room but the living room — so it ends up looking like Santa’s Workshop in just the one room, while the rest of the house looks normal. This year I want to get away from that and spread out my decorations evenly, which I think is how most normal people decorate. It’ll be great, because you can only put so many Santa figurines in one room before you’re on overload.

One thing that I noticed is that my family pretty much only has decorative accents to use when it comes to putting up the Christmas stuff. At the end of the day, every inch of surface space is covered in different sized statues and sculptures. So this year, my goal is to make the house look like it usually does, but with Christmas- and winter-themed décor where we would usually have normal home items.

For instance, Shavel makes some really comfortable holiday sheet sets and throws, which are an easy way to accessorize your home without covering your house in tiny figurines. They’re festive and bright and will do the job right! I really love this Shavel Snowflake Micro Flannel Sheet Set for its classic snowflake designs – and since it’s not specifically Christmas, it’s okay for me to use them all winter! Or there’s a super cute Nutcracker Oversized Luxury Throw that I would love to cuddle with while I watch It’s a Wonderful Life (George Bailey, I’ll love you till the day I die).

Even if you don’t like celebrating or decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving, it doesn’t hurt to order now so that you’ll have everything you need once December rolls around. After all, there’s nothing better than Christmas cheer, especially when it arrives in the mail right on time.

Check out this video from Jill to learn additional information about Shavel Printed Sheet Sets. And remember, head to US-Mattress for the web’s best prices on bedding and décor for every season.

Sleep Well — and Happy Holidays!

The Snooze Guru


How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?

November 4, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

This might be a dumb question, but how often should I wash my sheets? I’ve heard of people washing them once a week, and I’ve heard of others washing theirs once a month. My instinct is to wash them once a week, but I’m also concerned that it will cause them to wear more quickly. What do you suggest?

-Beth from Claremont, NC

Dear Beth,

Thank you for your question, and it’s certainly not a dumb one. Before we get into specifics, I’d like to make it very clear that you need to wash your sheets more frequently than once a month. You really shouldn’t let more than two weeks pass between washes. And here’s why…

What’s in Your Bed?

You might like the idea of snuggling up with your cat at night, or getting cozy under the covers with your partner, but I bet you’re not too keen on sharing your bed with thousands of dust mites and other microbes. Unfortunately, you don’t have a choice. In addition to dust mites that gather in and around your bed, your sheets collect a host of disgusting bed partners, including:

  • Dead skin cells
  • Skin and hair oils
  • Sweat
  • Other bodily fluids

After reading that list, I hope you can understand why washing your sheets once a month isn’t nearly enough. Ideally, you should wash your sheets every week, so your inclination was correct. The more you wash your sheets, the healthier your bed is. Since we spend a third of our lives sleeping, we should strive to spend that time in a clean environment. Comforters don’t need to be washed as often as your sheets, especially if you have a top sheet on your bed. If you sleep with a duvet cover and no top sheet, then you should wash your duvet cover when you wash your sheets. Remember to pay careful attention to the washing instructions on your bedding to ensure you get the most use out of them. If your concerned about your sheets wearing too quickly, I suggest purchasing additional sheet sets. This will not only keep your sheets around longer, but it will also allow you to bring different colors and patterns into your bedroom’s décor. In the bedding biz, we call that a win-win.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


It’s a Wonderful Wool

October 30, 2014

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Warm, Cozy, and Durable

In keeping with the theme of cold weather sleeping, I’d like to point today’s spotlight at wool. When I think of wool, I think of cozy warmth. I think of the comfy socks that keep my 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 it is.

There are many aspects of wool that make it an ideal fabric for sleep products. It’s a natural insulator, so it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It also breathes more naturally than down and synthetic fibers, so it won’t overheat your body. Wool quickly wicks away moisture, and it’s naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, and mildew, so it fosters a healthy sleep environment. Wool is very resilient and it doesn’t shift like down, which makes it an excellent fill for pillows. Wool is also 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 lasting comfort at a low cost, and when properly cared for, it can last for decades. Shop for wool bedding at US-Mattress, and enjoy the best selection and the lowest prices on the web!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


The Importance of Fill Power

October 23, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

Lately, you’ve been writing a lot about cold weather bedding. I’m in the market for a new duvet and some other bedding items, and I’m wondering what kind of impact fill power has on the warmth of a piece of bedding. Will pieces with a higher fill power keep me warmer? I’m not too familiar with fill power, so any information you have is much appreciated!

-Linda from Churchill, PA

Dear Linda,

Thank you for writing. Fill power is an important aspect of down and down alternative bedding, especially where comfort and warmth are concerned. Essentially, fill power is a measure of efficiency. Fill power is measured by the fill material’s insulating capability; the higher the fill power, the greater insulating ability. The fill power number represents the number of cubic inches filled by an ounce of fill material.

This video from Jill will give you additional information on fill power. And remember, head to US-Mattress for the web’s best prices on every piece of bedding you need to create a comfortable sleep space.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Getting to Know Your Body (Pillow)

October 21, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I’m one of those sleepers who needs to snuggle with something while I sleep. I used to snuggle with my husband, but lately he hasn’t wanted to snuggle with me. What’s a snuggler to do? I know that some people really enjoy body pillows. I’ve never tried sleeping with one, but I’m definitely considering trying one out. Like I said, I need to snuggle and, for whatever reason, my husband doesn’t want to lately. I don’t know. He’s been working late hours and traveling a lot of weekends for work. I guess he’s just overtired. Anyway, do you have any body pillow suggestions?

-Beth from Canterbury, NH

Dear Beth,

Thank you for writing. I’m quite familiar with nighttime snugglers. In fact, I once dated one. She was a little too strong, though, so she was more of a strangler than a snuggler. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out with us. I guess there were a lot of reasons (and Dana, if you’re reading this, let’s grab some coffee or something. It would be good to talk). Anyway, I know a lot of people who sleep with a bed pillow, and they love it. I’m particularly fond of the RestMate BodyNest Pillow. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants to enjoy full body comfort, and it’s also especially helpful in relieving the discomforts of pregnancy. Check out the following video from Jill to learn more about this comfortable pillow. If you like to snuggle as much as I think you do, then you’re going to love it.

Head to US-Mattress, and enjoy the web’s lowest price on the RestMate BodyNest Pillow, as well as everything else you need to enjoy full body comfort while you rest.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Warm up With a Heat Reflecting Mattress Pad

October 16, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I’m looking for a way to bring more warmth to my bed without adding layers on top. I get pretty cold at night, and I already have a few blankets on my bed. I don’t want to add any more because my bedding is starting to feel like that lead apron they make you wear when they take x-rays at the dentist. I’ve experimented with heated mattress pads in the past and, even though I know they’re safe, they make me feel uneasy. Do you think a down mattress pad is my only option?

-Suzanne from Yonkers, NY

Dear Suzanne,

Thank you for writing. A down mattress pad could bring some extra warmth to your bed, but I have an even better suggestion. The Shavel Micro Flannel Heat Reflecting Mattress Pad uses your own body heat to keep you warmer while you sleep! By reflecting some of your own body heat back up to you, the Heat Reflecting Mattress Pad keeps you feeling cozy and warm without any electric components. It’s also wrinkle resistant, so you don’t have to worry about this pad making your bed look uneven and frumpy. The following video from Jill has more information about this innovative mattress pad and how it keeps you cozy, even during winter’s coldest nights.

Head to US-Mattress for the lowest price on the Shavel Micro Flannel Heat Reflecting Mattress Pad and everything else you need to enjoy comfortable and cozy sleep every night of the year.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Properly Caring for Your Down Pillows

October 14, 2014

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For many people, there’s nothing more cozy than a fluffy down pillow. I’m not one of those people, but I know enough of them to speak with some authority here. If I know one thing about people who love down pillows, it’s that they want their down pillows to last. I often hear people say things like, “I just don’t know what I would do if I lost my down pillow.” Or, “I wish I could clone my pillow. That way we could always be together.” When you love your pillow as much as these people, you want to make sure you take proper care of it so that it can last as long as possible.

While it’s important to keep your down products clean and fresh, it’s not necessary to wash them often. You should only wash or dry clean your down pillows once a year. Avoid washing more than twice a year at the risk damaging the down. Although you shouldn’t wash the products often, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep them clean. Here are some tips to keeping your down products clean and healthy all year.

Tips for Keeping Your Down Pillows Clean

  • Purchase a zipped pillow cover as a first layer of protection. In addition to keeping the pillow clean, this helps eliminate potentially harmful allergens.
  • Always sleep with a pillowcase over your zipped pillow cover.
  • Wash the zipped pillow cover and the pillowcase regularly.
  • When you wash your pillow, use cold water and a detergent that has a degreaser to remove any oils. Follow any additional manufacturer directions closely.
  • Dry your pillow in a dryer at the lowest setting. Place a tennis ball in the dryer to fluff the pillow as it dries.
  • Also, storing your pillow in a dry and well-ventilated area will help prevent the growth of mildew.

Down pillows can be expensive, but they can last for many years if they’re cared for properly. Protect your health and your investment by keeping your down pillow as clean as you can.

If it’s time to replace your down pillow head to US-Mattress.com for an excellent selection and prices that can’t be beat.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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