Enjoy That Thanksgiving Nap More Than Ever

November 25, 2015



This is Andrew, and I work as a merchandiser for US-Mattress. The holiday season is fast upon us, rife with delicious food, family functions, and the feeling that you may most associate with both — drowsiness.

Did you know that the best way to avoid drowsiness this Thanksgiving and Christmas is to avoid the topic of politics around your beloved Uncle Joe? We all know that good ol’ Uncle Joe doesn’t need an invitation to discuss his opinions on the best potential leader for our country, so when that drowsiness inevitably hits, I hope you remember US-Mattress, where we have an enormous selection of mattresses on sale for Black Friday. We even have some models that we get to you the next day.

So if you order soon, you’ll be able to duck Uncle Joe’s lecture on how the government was so much better when he was your age by slipping away to your room to catch a delightful nap on your brand new mattress.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our site and are able to find something to help you enjoy this time of year even more than usual.

Happy holidays!

Why You Should Use Vinegar instead of Fabric Softener

October 29, 2015

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If you are one of millions of Americans who uses regular fabric softener, you are also one of millions of Americans who is a) wearing out their clothes and linens faster, and b) exposing themselves to chemicals.

That’s right. Traditional fabric softener actually contains a variety of petroleum-based chemicals that ruin the quality of your textiles. The flammability of fabrics increases, and its ability to breathe and absorb water decreases, according to a study conducted by Jiangman Guo and Jessie Chen-Yu of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

These petroleum-based chemicals are put into fabric softener in order to coat fabrics so that there is less static electricity. However, this actually breaks down the original finish of the material. The finish of the fabric is an essential part of the textile-manufacturing process, and is part of what gives a fabric its look and feel. Once that finish begins to break down, the fabric itself begins to wear out much faster.

Those are just the immediate results of fabric softener.

Many of the chemicals in fabric softener are harmful to the human body. Some ingredients have a smaller effect, such as benzyl alcohol, which irritates the upper respiratory tract. However, there are some more potent and serious chemicals, such as phthalates and benzyl acetate, which are both linked to cancers. Benzyl acetate has actually been connected with pancreatic cancer, which has only a 7% five-year survival rate. Some chemicals like these are listed on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste Lists.

Luckily, there is a much more natural solution: white vinegar.

White vinegar doesn’t contain chemicals, nor does it affect the quality of your fabrics. Even better, it’s a much cheaper alternative to traditional fabric softer — you can get a 128 oz. bottle for as little as $2.87 at Target. And there’s no reason to worry about that vinegar smell staying with your clothes, because it doesn’t leave a scent behind. For a personal review of vinegar as a fabric softener, read this blog post from Green Idea Reviews.

Now vinegar won’t prevent static, but there’s another home necessity that will — aluminum foil. Just crumple some aluminum foil into a ball and pop it into your dryer with your wet clothes. Green Idea Reviews has another personal account on using these as a replacement for dryer sheets.

It may seem a little odd to transition from traditional fabric softener, but considering the benefits of switching, it’s not a high price to pay at all. This one small change will help you live a healthier lifestyle without drastically changing any of your basic habits.

How to Style a White Bedroom

October 15, 2015

White is a classic color for walls, no matter what generation you’re from. Besides this, it’s a great color for decorating, since it looks good with everything. But white on white? Can you do that?

The answer? Of course you can.

There’s certainly an art to styling your bedroom in all white, but if you do it right, the results are both beautiful and soothing. Not only is white a fresh, crisp color that makes every room look more peaceful, but it also does the best job of reflecting natural light to make your spaces look brighter. Let’s get started!


It might seem simple at first to choose all white for everything in your bedroom, but like any other color, you’ll find many different shades. Once you have a paint color chosen, try to keep your bedding and curtains fairly close to that shade. After that, you can begin introducing light beiges and grays into the mix, and even some satiny ivories. Metallic pieces, from mirrored furniture to actual mirrors themselves, will break up the monochrome look without detracting from the white color scheme.





Make sure that you have a variety of patterns and textures throughout your bedroom so that all the white is broken up. A linen-upholstered headboard will have a different look than a textured comforter, since they use different fabrics. Throw pillows will give your bed volume, and if they have a pattern of some kind, all the better.

Your choice in furniture for a white room can say a lot about your personality too. Whitewashed finishes will create a rustic look, while a mirrored dresser will give it a more glamorous, modern touch. Or you can choose all black furniture for a more dichromatic appeal.


Paula Deen Down Home Bed in Oatmeal Finish


When you keep these two decorating points in mind, it’s easy to create a beautiful white bedroom that helps you relax and unwind. If you don’t know where to find certain pieces to for the look that you want, check out US-Mattress! We carry a wide variety of furniture and décor to help you style the space of your dreams.

Get Comfy — Blanket Season Is Here!

October 8, 2015

Shavel Micro Flannel® Full/Queen Sherpa Backed Blanket

Maybe things haven’t gotten too cold if you live in the South, but the northern part of the country is starting to feel the chill. Autumn is in full swing — the nightly temperatures are dropping, and soon it’ll be time to bundle up each time we go outside. This also means that it won’t be long before a cozy blanket is a necessary part of your evening.

If you’ve already begun pulling your blankets out of storage, you may have found one or two that are getting threadbare or dismally old. Oftentimes, it’s not until you want to use them that you find that they need to be replaced.

When you’re shopping for a new blanket, don’t forget to consider the kind of winters you experience in the area you live, and always keep in mind the ways that the blanket will be used. For example, if you live in the frozen tundra of northern Wisconsin, you know that sub-zero temperatures have no problem overstaying their welcome — and to combat this, you’ll want a thick, insulating blanket. Or if you have kids and pets, you know your blankets are inevitably going to get laid on, dragged around, and crumpled up.

If you want something that’s easy to care for, cotton blankets are a popular choice. Plus, they can often be used year-round because they’re made from a natural, breathable fiber. For a reasonable price, you can get the SFERRA Celine Throw Blanket or the Peacock Alley All Seasons Blanket, both of which are made of cotton and will keep you cozy this fall and winter.

If you know that winter is going to set in hard and heavy, you may want to get a wool blanket. Wool is known for being hypoallergenic, since it’s a natural fiber, and it requires few to no chemicals in its manufacture, unlike many other fibers. For the superb comfort and insulation of wool, check out the Matouk Rialto Throw or the SFERRA Tartini Throw.

Fleece and microfiber are great alternatives if you need something on a budget. From sports teams to television shows, we have a huge range of themed blankets. If you’re looking for a plain blanket, see the Design Weave Outlast Temperature Regulating Blanket or the SHEEX Crème Brushed Fleece Travel Blanket. These will keep you toasty without breaking the bank.

Even if the cold weather sticks around long after we’d all wish it would warm up, a cozy blanket will help you stick it out until you get to put it away when summer comes around.

So What’s Really the Best Sleeping Temperature?

September 17, 2015


Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their ideal sleeping environment. Whether or not you’ve really considered it before, temperature is a key aspect to making your bedroom as sleep-conducive as possible — because no one likes to wake up in the middle of the night shivering or sweating. Temperature genuinely affects the quality of your sleep, which in turn affects how you feel when you’re awake.

Studies have shown that the best sleeping temperature exists somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Whichever you choose within that range is up to you, but anything higher than 75 degrees or below 54 degrees will disrupt your sleep. Even if you don’t remember every time that you wake up due to temperature, your body will recognize it the next day. If you’re too warm or too cold as you sleep, you’ll often sleep restlessly, and therefore, less deeply. Warm temperatures, especially, will affect how you sleep. This is because warmer body temperatures help you feel more awake and alert, while colder ones generally help you feel more drowsy.

If you’re naturally a hot sleeper, there are a variety of ways to help you sleep cool at night so that you don’t have to use the air conditioner at night.

While some mattresses, especially memory foam mattresses, have been known for retaining body heat, those made with cooling gel memory foam allow you to enjoy the pressure-relief of memory foam without the excessive heat.

chili-technology-chilipad-3There’s also the Chili Technology Chilipad, which has been recommended by neurology specialist Dr. Christopher Winter. It reduces the cost of cooling your bedroom because it works directly on your mattress. Rather than having to run your air conditioning all night, you just use the Chilipad on your mattress as you would a mattress topper or protector. It’s designed so that you can control the temperature of your half of the bed, and your partner can control theirs.

You may also want to look into wool or Tencel bedding products, both of which work to keep the body temperature-neutral. Wool is a natural material that has simply gotten a bad rap over time for being uncomfortable and warm. Tencel is a manmade yet biodegradable material that will wick moisture away from the body. Bedding made of either of these materials will do a good job of keeping warm bodies cooler at night.

If you have any other tips for sleeping well at night, let us know in the comments!

All’s Wool That Ends Wool: How Wool Improves Your Sleep

August 20, 2015

SFERRA Tartini Throw

Sure, it’s still August. It’s still warm outside. It’s too early to begin thinking about bundling up for winter. So why are we talking about wool?

Even though wool is generally associated with colder weather, it’s a lot more versatile than most people would think. Wool is a natural fiber that provides several benefits to create a healthier sleep environment.

  • Wool is naturally resistant to microbes and mildew. This is because its fiber structure doesn’t hold onto moisture; instead, the moisture can pass through the fabric and evaporate. So not only will it not retain a gross smell if it gets wet, but it also helps if you sleep hot or sweat a lot at night.
  • Wool can naturally regulate your body temperature. Not only does it wick away extra moisture, but it also draws excess heat away from your body to keep you at a comfortable temperature. Temperature is important to your sleep because if you’re sleeping too warm or too cold, your sleep won’t be as deep or as restful.
  • Wool is essentially non-allergenic. Fabrics made from wool don’t need to be made with harsh chemicals, which is the biggest cause of allergens found in textiles. While a few people are allergic to lanolin, the oil found in wool fibers, it’s the chemicals that cause most allergic reactions to fabrics.
  • Wool can actually lower your heart rate, helping you sleep more deeply. It sounds surprising, but scientists at the Polytechnic Institute of Wales conducted a study to measure the effects of various fibers on sleeping humans, and their research showed that wool actually does lower heart rate. A lower heart rate means that your sleep will be deeper and more refreshing, which will in turn make you more energetic for the next day.

US-Mattress offers a variety of wool bedding, including blankets, comforters, and pillows. Even some mattresses contain wool. Check out our selection of Vispring mattresses to enjoy both the comfort and health properties of wool as you sleep.

Sleep & Beyond Organic Merino Wool Comforter

The Evolution of the Pillow

August 13, 2015

Beautyrest TruEnergy Firm Memory Foam Pillow US-Mattress

The pillows that we use today have been a long time in coming. Like mattresses, pillows have experienced their own evolution, transitioning from blocks of stone and other solid, hard materials to the memory foam and latex cushions that we are familiar with today.

Pillow history generally begins in Mesopotamia around 7000 B.C. Part of their use stemmed from wealth and status, but it also had a practical use, as pillows were used to elevate the head to keep insects and bugs out of people’s faces and hair as they slept. The use of pillows eventually worked its way throughout the ancient civilized world, as historians have discovered pillows in the ruins of ancient Egypt, Europe, and China.

During the Middle Ages, pillows became unpopular, particularly in Europe. They were viewed as a sign of weakness, and therefore, most people did not use them. Even once the Middle Ages ended, it took until the Industrial Revolution for pillows to become the commonplace sleep essential that they are today. At that point, textiles were easier and less expensive to produce, which, in turn, made them more affordable.

Once pillows became an established part of everyone’s sleep, it was only a matter of time before their health benefits became a regular topic of study. Plus, their affordability meant that a market opened up for the creation of luxury pillows, which in itself was affected by progress in the mattress industry. The invention of memory foam, for example, revolutionized the construction of pillows just as much as mattresses. Even today, pillows continue to evolve with changes in technology and studies on sleep and health.

Here at US-Mattress, we’ve embraced all kinds of pillow technology. We have a wide variety of pillow for you to choose from, and at affordable prices, so that you can enjoy both selection and quality in your price range. Whether you’re looking for a latex, memory foam, or traditional down pillow — if you need a pillow to reduce your allergies — if you need one with a specific loft or height based on your sleep position — we have exactly what you need to sleep comfortably each and every night.


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