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


Staying Warm During Cold Nights

October 9, 2014

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With summer not yet a distant memory and fall slowly making its presence known, now is a great time to prepare for the cold nights ahead. While many of us enjoy sleeping in a cool environment, there’s a fine line between cool and cold. Once the temperature drops, you might find yourself searching for blankets or layering your pajamas to stay warm. This year, take a proactive approach by outfitting your bed with a sturdy and warm comforter or duvet that will help you enjoy deep, restful sleep, even through the coldest nights of winter.

Warm Comforters and Duvets

The best piece of bedding to include in your ensemble during the cold months of the year is a winter weight duvet. The down or synthetic fill will absorb and trap more heat, keeping you warm throughout the night. If you already have a bedding ensemble with a comforter and don’t want to change the entire look of your bed, then consider purchasing a lighter weight duvet to place beneath the comforter. The logic is similar to outfitting your bed with a blanket or throw, except that a duvet will bring even more warmth to your sleep. In addition to finding a heavy and warm duvet or comforter, placing a heated mattress pad beneath your sheets will ensure that you enjoy a warm and comfortable sleep experience.

Don’t spend nights shivering this fall and winter. Head to US-Mattress.com to find everything you need to enjoy deep, cozy sleep every night of the year.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


In Search of a Cozy Blanket

October 2, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

As the temperature starts to drop, I always enjoy pulling out my favorite cold weather clothes and blankets. I love to spend cold Sundays wearing my favorite sweater and wrapping up in a blanket on the couch while I drink hot cider out of a mug with both of my hands. It’s so cozy, so warm. As I was unpacking my large Tupperware bin of blankets and throws, I was reminded of an old blanket that I lost years ago. It was an especially soft and cozy Sherpa blanket that was given to me by a friend who traveled through Nepal crafting blankets with a petulant Sherpa man and his grandson, Lakpa. The blanket was so cozy, so warm. This might be a long shot, but could I find something similar at US-Mattress? I know the chances are probably slim. It was an old blanket that came from the other side of the globe, so how could there possibly be another? I don’t know, maybe this is a lost cause. Maybe I shouldn’t have tried. But look at me rambling on. I don’t want to keep you because I know you’re busy. I guess just let me know if you know what I’m talking about. I’ll remain hopeful until then.

-Jim from Kingston, NY

Dear Jim,

Thank you for writing. I think I know the kind of blanket you’re talking about. I purchased something similar at an estate sale in the early 80’s. I’ve always enjoyed snuggling up with that blanket on a cold Saturday while drinking a steaming cup of tea with milk and honey. Anyway, there’s a blanket you can find at US-Mattress that, I think, will really remind you of the blanket you lost. You should be excited about this, Jim. It’s the Shavel Micro Flannel Sherpa Backed Blanket, and it’s not only so cozy and so warm, but it’s also luxuriously soft and surprisingly easy to care for. Check out the video below to learn more and to see the Sherpa Backed Blanket in action!

US-Mattress is your destination for the web’s lowest price on the Shavel Micro Flannel Sherpa Backed Blanket. Shop today, and enjoy cozy warmth through the cold days and nights ahead!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Hypoallergenic Bedding

September 23, 2014

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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 decided that I must be allergic to something on my bed. My doctor advised me to look for hypoallergenic bedding. Does US-Mattress sell any products that you recommend?

Ken from Larchmont, NY

Dear Ken,

Thank you for writing. I certainly do remember that kid. His name was Darryl, and he was something else. Anyway, I think hypoallergenic bedding could help you a lot. While hypoallergenic bedding isn’t completely allergen-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.

The Downright Cotton Mattress Pad is not only hypoallergenic, but it’s also 100% cotton and machine washable, so it’s easy to care for. 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 Ashley Sleep Dual Side Pillow. This soothing pillow has a traditional shape and offers the supportive benefits of memory foam on one side and the luxurious cushioning of down alternative on the other, offering you a more customized and comfortable sleep experience.

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

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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