Introducing: Aireloom Mattresses

September 3, 2015

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If you’re in the market for a sleep experience beyond your typical mattress, we have exactly what you’re looking for. We are extremely pleased to announce that we now carry Aireloom mattresses — some of the best mattresses available today.

Founded in 1940, Aireloom has been handcrafting mattresses according only to their own standards. While most mattress brands make models that are almost directly comparable, Aireloom’s mattresses are made more slowly, more carefully, and with better materials. If a mattress can truly embody the meaning of luxury, an Aireloom mattress certainly does it.

Aireloom defines itself by these three tenets: its California Design, its Patented Aireloom Lift, and its Handmade construction.

  • California Design: Inspired by the landscape of the Golden State, Aireloom’s mattress artisans strive to build each mattress with care and precision. They take the distinctive beauty of the California terrain and channel it into their passion for crafting uniquely luxurious mattresses each and every day.
  • Patented Aireloom Lift: Part of the luxury of an Aireloom mattress is its one-of-a-kind, patented design. They have eliminated the barrier between the comfort layers and the coils, which allows you to experience full enjoyment of every material in the mattress. No other company in the world makes their mattresses in the same manner.
  • Handmade: In keeping with their superior standards, each one of Aireloom’s mattresses is entirely handcrafted by a mattress artisan. With materials such as New Zealand Joma wool and pure staple cotton, they create a mattress designed to give you the utmost in comfort and support. They pay meticulous attention to every detail of construction so that you get the best mattress possible.

Visit US-Mattress.com to see our selection of Aireloom mattresses. Luxury like this doesn’t come cheap, but good sleep is priceless. We offer the best prices on the best mattresses in the industry.

Want to try it out in person? Visit our Birmingham, MI showroom to get a real taste of luxury.


Dreams Need REM Sleep, REM Sleep Needs a Good Mattress

September 1, 2015

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Did you have any good dreams last night? Assuming the average person lives to the age of 75, did you know that person will have spent a whopping 6.25 years dreaming?! Pretty incredible. We still don’t know all that much about dreaming. Though many theories exist, it seems that the more we learn, the more questions are raised, and the more old theories get altered or debunked altogether. But what we do know is, if you enjoy paying a visit to Dream-world each night, REM sleep is the key to spending the most time there; And the key to REM sleep is deep, undisturbed slumber. One way to help ensure you are receiving deep REM sleep is with a comfortable mattress that suits your needs. Tossing and turning or waking up because you are warm or have uncomfortable joints is a surefire way to break your sleep cycle and decrease your REM sleep potential. Memory foam mattresses are great for cradling you in consistent contouring to prevent tossing and turning and relieve pressure on joints, though traditional memory foam tends to trap body heat and sleep hot. Gel infused memory foam helps with heat retention, so if you want to be sure you are getting your ~2 hours of dreams each night, and your 6+ years of dreaming over the course of your lifetime, consider a gel-infused memory foam mattress such as Serta’s iComfort series for maximum REM sleep!

Dream on.

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

August 20, 2015

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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.

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What’s the Best Sleepwear for You?

August 18, 2015

When considering the quality of your sleep and how to improve it, many people will think about what they are sleeping ON or what they are sleeping UNDER, but have you ever given much thought to what you are sleeping IN? The right sleepwear for the season and your personal preferences can have a large impact on the quality of sleep you receive each and every night. Whether it be silk pajamas, a cotton onesie, an oversized shirt and a pair of gym shorts, or nothing at all, what you wear to bed can have a large impact on your quality of sleep.

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Popular pajama materials are silk, cotton, and flannel, with other materials like bamboo, wool, and fleece also being available. Some of these materials are only suitable under certain conditions, while other options like sleeping au naturel have their own benefits.

  • Silk is an impressive material that feels warm when you’re cold, and feels cool when you’re warm. It has a very smooth texture that some people love, but others need some getting used to. The downside to luxurious silk pajamas is the initial cost and the hassle of dry-cleaning. But if you enjoy silk sleepwear, it is often very worth the price.
  • Cotton is a very common material for sleepwear and bedding as it is soft, breathable, and relatively cheap. The breathability of cotton makes it fairly efficient at regulating temperature, though it has less-than-ideal moisture wicking properties which can cause discomfort if you perspire more than average throughout the night.
  • Flannel is a great material for the colder months, being breathable like cotton, but much more effective at insulating. Although it is great for keeping toasty warm during a cold winter night, it is too warm of a material for the summer months.
  • Bamboo is a newer material that has become popular recently, having exceptional moisture wicking properties and a soft, smooth texture. This renewable material is also biodegradable and great for “green” minded individuals. It works best during the warmer seasons.
  • Fleece is a good insulator that can be effective at keeping you warm during the cold months, but it does not allow for good airflow which can be especially uncomfortable if you sweat during the night. Fleece is only a good choice when it is very cold.
  • Wool is a natural material that keeps you warm during cold nights and cool during warmer nights. It’s generally associated with insulating, though, so it’s probably a better choice for winter pajamas. The other thing to consider is that wool can feel irritating to some, so if you have sensitive skin, you may want to forego this material.
  • An old t-shirt and a pair of gym shorts or boxer shorts is an effective sleeping solution for some. Generally these do not insulate exceptionally well, but they are comfortable and rarely result in overheating.
  • Sleeping in just your underwear or nothing at all is another common, and also effective, way to sleep. The human body has a host of biological mechanisms designed to regulate body temperature both day and night. Although these mechanisms are not effective enough to keep us warm during the coldest winter night, or cool during the hottest summer night, a few blankets is often all you will need to get in the ballpark, and then your body can handle the rest.

While each of these types of sleepwear have benefits and drawbacks, personal preference reigns supreme. You may be able to get used to silk, or wearing nothing, but if you are looking to sleep well tonight, whatever pjs or other sleepwear you prefer will usually outdo trying something new based on the material. But if you’re looking for a change, or need a new pair of pajamas for the winter, consider the pros and cons of the materials listed above.

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And check out our selection of sleepwear at US-Mattress.com! Featuring Sheex at the lowest price available anywhere.


The Evolution of the Pillow

August 13, 2015

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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.


The Smells of Sleep

August 11, 2015

A lot has been said about how the senses affect sleep: visually relaxing colors in the bedroom, the feel of your mattress and bedding, even the sounds of sleep with white noise devices and relaxing music. An often overlooked sense that can be a great sleep aid is smell. Certain scents are often taken for granted or used peripherally to aid in relaxation and sleep, but the active and strategic use of your sense of smell to help get the best sleep possible can be very effective. On the flip side, some scents can be effective in revitalizing the mind so you wake up feeling sharp and positive.

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Lavender is a primary ingredient in many detergents and fabric conditioners, and you might be sleeping on lavender scented pillows and sheets without ever giving it much thought. Lavender is one of the most popular scents for its calming, floral aroma. Lavender has been cultivated in Europe for hundreds of years for its beauty, fragrance, and many medicinal properties. The scent of lavender has been shown to calm nerves, induce relaxation, and even help with depression. Although your bedding may very well be infused with the scent of lavender from your detergent, more strategic uses of the scent in the forms of essential oils, a lavender treated bath, or a spray for your bed can help your body and mind relax for a night of deep, restful sleep. (We actually offer a pillow that is infused with lavender on our website).

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Chamomile is perhaps most well known as a tea, one which many may drink in order soothe and relax. But chamomile is also powerful in aromatherapy for its ability to reduce stress and relax muscles. It is believed to help with digestion, asthma, and even menstrual discomfort by relaxing muscles and relieving tension. So brew some chamomile tea, use a chamomile spray on your bed, or simply add a drop or two of chamomile essential oil to a cotton ball and leave it near your pillow during the night for a relaxing, stress-free snooze.

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Jasmine is used in the majority of fragrances on the market. From shampoos and conditioners to perfumes and body washes, jasmine is very popular for its ability to reduce stress, anxiety, and even depression. Jasmine is very popular in aromatherapy as a natural sleep aid, and its scent has been found to be the most effective natural sleep remedy. It is commonly used in tea and bath products.

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Everyone loves the smell of roses, but most aren’t aware of the many benefits and value of rose oil. It can take thousands of pounds of rose petals to extract just one ounce of oil, but the many benefits are worth the expense. The scent of rose in aromatherapy is effective as an antidepressant, a sleep remedy, a stress reliever, and, of course, an aphrodisiac. Use rose essential oil with a diffuser to experience these benefits and more!

Vanilla is somewhat of a comfort scent. Whether you simply enjoy the delicious smell as it relates to food, or find it comforting and stress relieving, vanilla is a relatively cheap and readily available scent. Use vanilla scented candles, essential oils, or even desserts to help you relax and unwind before bed time.

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Peppermint marks a transition in this list from scents that induce a good night’s sleep, to scents that help you wake up in the morning. Peppermint in aromatherapy has been shown to reduce cortisol levels and also decrease fatigue. Rather than getting that cup of coffee for a pick-me-up, consider a peppermint tea that won’t interfere with your chances of falling asleep afterwards.

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Lemon, like other citrus scents, has an energizing scent that is great for waking up your brain. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a cup of water for a boost of energy and a slew of other health benefits with this natural and organic power drink. In aromatherapy, lemon has been shown to improve concentration, productivity, and even memory. We naturally associate lemon with cleanliness, which is why it is used in cleaning products. This makes it a great way to start off fresh in the morning!

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Similar to lemon, orange has been shown to boost energy while also improving mood. Squeeze a fresh cup of orange juice or use a diffuser with orange essential oil to start off your day with a positive outlook.

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Bergamot is a lesser-known member of the citrus family, and is described as a cross between a lemon and an orange. It has the same refreshing, revitalizing properties of its cousins, and you may be familiar with it as a primary ingredient of Earl Grey tea. Bergamot is believed to aid in digestion and help with cholesterol, in addition to other benefits. Bergamot is also used in many beauty products as it is good for the skin, and with its scent, makes a great natural deodorant.


Your Pet’s Sleep and You

August 6, 2015

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While most people will stress the quality of your sleep, it’s important to remember that if you let your pet sleep with you, their sleep is also important. Anyone who has spent a night with a cat or dog in their bed knows that when Fido and Fluffy have a rough night, generally you do too.

Typically, a dog needs about 12 to 14 hours of sleep per day, depending on the size of the breed, and cats require anywhere from 15 to 20 hours of shuteye. Just like humans, your pet will need more sleep if they’re babies or seniors. But unlike humans, both dogs and cats can sleep just about anywhere and anytime.

An average dog will spend about half its day sleeping, but not all in one long chuck like humans. Because they nap around all day at various intervals, they spend less time getting REM sleep, which is the most restorative sleep. These smaller REM cycles are the reason that they spend so much of the day asleep. Cats have a similar sleep pattern. Just like dogs, they prefer a series of naps throughout the day, which, again, causes shorter REM sleep and therefore, a need for more sleep.

While your dogs will probably sleep better at night — which is good for those of you who share your beds with them — a variety of factors can affect the quality of their sleep or yours. The fact that they don’t sleep for long periods of time like humans do can influence your sleep, especially if you have a larger dog. Regardless, any waking dog who moves around on your bed is going to potentially wake you up. If you have an older dog that can’t get up on your bed, any whining (for a variety of reasons) will probably affect your sleep as well.

As far as cats, it’s common knowledge that they’re nocturnal creatures. This is an obvious way that they’ll disrupt your sleep. However, many domestic cats will adjust their sleep schedule so that it resembles yours, which makes it easier for cat owners to get necessary shuteye.

So how do you make sure that your pet will sleep while you sleep? Even though they won’t sleep as long as you will, if you get them on a schedule, they’ll generally work their sleep schedule around yours. If you’re worried that they’ll want to run around while you’re slumbering, set aside some time during the day to play with them so that they’re tired out when it’s bedtime. When your dog or cat has had some exercise, their sleep with you will improve.


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