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.

Which Color Helps You Get Better Sleep?

July 31, 2015

Hallmart USA Fazio 6 Piece King Comforter Set   Hampton Hill Marine Coverlet Set by JLA Home

If you want better sleep, and you’re not opposed to doing a little redecorating, here’s a tip: paint your bedroom blue.

A study from Travelodge says that, on average, people with blue bedrooms get 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep per night. This is right on track with doctors’ recommendations for 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

The color blue is typically associated with feelings of tranquility, which is part of what makes it a good choice for a bedroom. This association can help reduce your blood pressure and your heart rate — helping you relax and calm down as you prepare for shut-eye.

If you don’t want a blue room, that’s okay. Those sleeping in yellow bedrooms get an average of 7 hours and 40 minutes of sleep, and people with green rooms get an average of 7 hours and 36 minutes of sleep.

Colors to avoid? Stay away from purple, brown, and gray. Purple especially is known to stimulate the brain, which is why it’s not a good choice for a bedroom.

If you’re not up to taking on a project like painting, something as simple as changing out your linens could make a difference. Bedding and décor in blue tones will still add that peaceful tone that you want without taking up a lot of your time or money. Check out our website to find great prices on blue bedding and accessories, and find yourself sleeping better in no time.


Back to School with Northwest Company and College Covers

July 28, 2015

college-covers-michigan-pillowcase-pair-1You might be dreading the upcoming Fall semester; you might be excited for it. You might be nervous about letting your son or daughter go off to college, or you might be ready. Whatever the case, collegiate bedding from Northwest Company and College Covers can be a good way to start off the school year and a great gift for the student in your life. With over 100 schools officially licensed, there is a good chance that you can find the school you’re looking for represented in a variety of items. From bedding sets to pillows, window treatments, slip covers, and more, there is no reason not to be decked out in school spirit next semester!


For those not attending college, these companies offer bedding and other items with licences ranging from professional sports teams to your favorite TV and movie characters, and more. Why decorate your bedroom with plain one-tone sheets and a boring quilt when you could be representing your favorite sports team or movie? Bedding for all ages is available, from the crib upwards, so whether you are a college student now, aspiring to attend your favorite university, or graduated from college long ago, we have plenty to offer from College Covers and Northwest Company.


For the Love of Pattern: Ikat

July 16, 2015

Ceylon Bedset by Eastern Accents

If you’ve seen a lot of ikat lately, you’re not the only one. Ikat (pronounced “ee-KAHT”) is very trendy right now — but what most people don’t know is that it’s been around since the pre-Columbian era.

Ikat can mean either the method of dyeing threads to achieve the pattern, or the resulting piece of fabric. It stems from the Malaysian language, and it references how the threads are tied together before dyeing. A bundle of threads is tied together in a way that blocks dye from reaching certain sections — kind of like modern tie-dye, but more complicated.

Once the threads have been dyed, they are woven together by one of three methods: warp ikat, weft ikat, and double ikat. The differences in these kinds of ikat weaving come from which yarns are dyed — whether it’s the warp threads, the weft threads, or both.

Besides its ancient and worldwide tradition — as ikat fabrics have been found all over the world — ikat is known for its specific look. Because the yarns are tie-dyed before weaving, the resulting pattern typically looks like the colors are bleeding into each other. This gives it a more abstract appearance, and further emphasizes the difficulty and meticulousness necessary to create precise patterns.

While many trends come and go, the fact that ikat has been around for so long is a pretty good sign that it won’t look dated in your home. If you want to add a little ikat to your décor, check out the wide selection at US-Mattress. We offer plenty of bedding and home accents that will add the perfect touch to your living space.

Safavieh Penelope 18 Inch Charcoal Grey Decorative Pillows Set of 2                    Safavieh Brian 18 Inch Desert Brown Decorative Pillows Set of 2

What Is Batting?

June 11, 2015

Quilt Batting

All bad baseball jokes aside, batting is actually a pretty important part of linens and textiles. It won’t help you win a game, but it will help you stay comfortable and warm in your bedroom.

Batting, in the linens industry, is the insulating filler material that you’ll find in most often in quilts and similar bedding. Cotton, wool, or polyester fibers are carded to draw the strands out of the raw material. This turns the fibers into batts, which can take a sheet-like form, or an unformed mass. Once the batts have been formed, they are put in between the surface layers of fabric of products such as quilts.

There are two factors that you may want to keep in mind when considering the batting of your bedding — fiber and loft. We touched on fiber briefly in the paragraph above, but each kind has its benefits.

  • Polyester batting is cheaper, but it will shift inside the quilt, comforter, or duvet much more easily. If you’re looking at bedding with polyester batting, make sure that it has some kind of baffle or close stitching that keeps the batting in place.
  • Cotton batting is a natural fiber, but it also needs to be stitched closely to keep it from shifting. Cotton batting will be more breathable than polyester, which is better for summer months.
  • Wool batting is more expensive than the other two options, but it won’t migrate as easily throughout the quilt. Wool is also a natural fiber, and it reacts well to your body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Now for loft. The main thing to remember with loft is that high loft means that it will be thick, and low loft means that it will be thinner. This plays a role in the appearance of the bedding, as well as the warmth.

We carry a lot of quilts and quilt sets at, so you can choose exactly what you need to keep you comfortable every night of the year. Once you know what you’re looking for in terms of batting, it’s easy to shop our site to find the bedding that will provide for all your nighttime comfort needs.


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