Health Benefits of Adjustable Beds

March 19, 2015

Serta Motion Custom Adjustable Base

While most people sleep on stationary beds and bases, a great option for anyone with back pain, swelling, or certain sleep conditions may find that an adjustable base provides a better night’s sleep. This kind of base, combined with a quality mattress, will help relieve a lot of common pain and problems that many people deal with on a nightly basis.

An adjustable base or bed allows you to customize the incline and angle at which you sleep. Depending on the kind you get, it can have more or fewer places for you to adjust. Generally, bases with more points of articulation will provide more health benefits.

Back Pain

With an adjustable base, you can arrange the angles to better match the natural position of your body when you lay flat. This will help provide better support to the lower spine, as well as the neck and shoulders. When your body is supported well, you’re less likely to experience pressure points as you sleep, which helps with conditions like sciatica, or other pain from trapped or pinched nerves.

Sleep Conditions

The ability to change the articulation of certain points in the mattress can greatly relieve some sleep conditions. Chronic snorers will want to angle the head of the mattress up, as this will help open up the windpipe so that air can travel easily. If you snore because of sleep apnea, you’ll find this extremely good for your health because it will help relieve obstruction. While an adjustable base won’t help every kind of sleep apnea, it certainly can help with some.

Swelling

Anyone with sprains, breaks, or general swelling will also benefit from an adjustable base. These are all cases in which your doctor will tell you to elevate the swollen limb, and it’s much easier to maintain elevation when you can easily adjust the angle of the foot of your bed. This means that you no longer have to rely on a couple pillows to keep your extremities raised up — you can simply heighten part of your mattress.

If you’re in the market for an adjustable base, but you don’t know if your current mattress will work with one, you can watch this short video for a brief overview of the many kinds that are compatible.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Mattress Edge Support

March 17, 2015

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Mattress edge support is something many mattress customers often overlook when in the market for a new bed. They crawl right into the center of a showroom bed, lay down for a few seconds, then hop out and try another. Especially for those who share a bed, mattress edge support can be a crucial aspect for you and your partner achieving a good night’s sleep. Even if you don’t share a bed, you might be an active sleeper or frequently sit on the edge of your bed. The smaller the size of your mattress, the more mattress edge support comes into play. Usually, a couple can share a king size bed without edge support being too crucial, but it is highly recommended when sharing a queen size or smaller that you get a mattress with proper edge support. As for single sleepers, I have always been tall and a VERY active sleeper. I can tell you from personal experience that proper edge support can essentially make or break a bed.

So what is mattress edge support? How can you tell if a mattress has it? Are there different kinds? Are some better than others? These are all questions I hope to answer for you here.

What is mattress edge support?

Mattress edge support is probably exactly what you think it is: designs that provide support from edge to edge, corner to corner, without experiencing “roll-off” or reduced comfort. This can be obtained in several ways, but essentially the idea for every method is the same: maintain support as you get farther from the center of the bed.

How can you tell if a mattress has edge support?

Most modern mattresses have some form of mattress edge support. But to tell if the manufacturer built the bed with mattress edge support in mind, the best way is to look at the bed’s features for phrases like “edge support,” or terms like you will see in the next section.

Are there different kinds of mattress edge support?

Yes! Here are the most common and effective mattress edge support mechanisms you will likely encounter:

  • Foam Encasement – Although the use of this term can vary from mattress to mattress, this usually means replacing the coils at the edges of the mattress with polyurethane foam that can differ in density and thickness to achieve an accurate level of comfort and support, difficult to achieve with coils.
  • Heavy duty border rods or border wires – This mechanism is simply using a rod or wire of varying thickness (or “gauge”) to enclose the perimeter of the coil springs. This binding keeps the edge coils tight, so they don’t create “roll-off,” but can be uncomfortable if laying or sitting on the edge of the bed.
  • Wire tied coil springs – This technology essentially links neighboring coils together so they work as a team to offer support, rather than individually. This helps to strength the coils on the mattress edges by offering support from their neighbors.
  • Additional coils – A simple solution for mattress edge support is to simply add more coils around the edges for a denser, more supportive bunching. This can make the edges firmer than the rest of the mattress.
  • Heavier gauge coil springs – Essentially the same as above, thicker coils mean more support, and usually a firmer comfort level.

Are some mattress edge support mechanisms better than other?

Just as with types of mattresses (innerspring vs. memory foam, for example) there are differences, but preference is generally a subjective choice. You may find one type of mattress edge support more comfortable than someone else. You may like a small support difference in different locations of the mattress. And you will often not have the option to pick and choose a mattress type and edge support type (non-hybrid memory foam mattresses are obviously limited to the non-coil mechanisms, for example). But keep a look out for one or more of these technologies when looking for a mattress with good edge support, and note that many times these mechanisms will have a manufacturer specific brand name.

 

Learn more here and keep informed! A mattress is a long-term investment!


What Is Tencel?

March 3, 2015

Malouf Five 5ided Mattress Protector with Omniphase and Tencel

Tencel is a relatively new product on the market, having been around for fewer than 40 years. It’s made its way into numerous household essentials, becoming a rather popular material, especially in the linens industry. But what is it?

Technically, Tencel is the brand name for lyocell. It is considered a natural product — even though it is man-made — because it’s manufactured from wood pulp cellulose and it’s biodegradable. However, it has a soft feel very similar to that of rayon, and it is considered to be very durable.

While natural fibers tend to be a little more high-maintenance than synthetic (think of how easily cotton can wrinkle), lyocell is actually quite easy to care for. Not only is it usually machine-washable, but it also is wrinkle-resistant. Besides this, it’s breathable and moisture-wicking, which makes it a good fabric for people who have allergies, people with sensitive skin, or people who tend to sleep hot. Plus, its manufacture results in very little waste, so it’s typically considered to be fairly eco-friendly.

US-Mattress carries a number of brands that use Tencel, including DreamFit, Home Source, and Malouf. From mattress and pillow protectors to full sheet sets, you’ll be able to outfit your bed with health-conscious, eco-friendly bedding at an affordable price.

 

 

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

 


What is CertiPUR-US®?

February 26, 2015

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Memory foam is a popular product in many of today’s mattress and bedding products — and even with its exceptional support benefits, there are concerns about its manufacture and health effects.

This is where CertiPUR-US® comes in. This is a program that allows companies to show customers that their memory foam products meet specific environmental and health standards. By applying for certification, a company can display the CertiPUR-US® seal in photos of their products so that customers know that they’re purchasing from a company that cares about lessening the possible risks of memory foam.

Any company that wishes to display CertiPUR-US® certification makes their products without the following:

  • Ozone depleters
  • PBDE flame retardants
  • Mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Such products also have low Volatile Organic Compound emissions to maintain the quality of indoor air.

The guidelines are stringent, so any company that wishes to apply must be willing to meet extremely high standards in order to feature the CertiPUR-US® seal. Not only have these requirements been developed by leading environmentalists, chemists, research scientists, and industry leaders, but they’re also considered to be living documents — that is, they can be revised and interpreted according to new and relevant research and results. This allows CertiPUR-US® to remain current so that you, the consumer, can continue to trust their name and their standards.

US-Mattress carries numerous brands that boast CertiPUR-US® certification — including mattress companies Serta, Simmons, and Spring Air, as well as the furniture and linens brands Klaussner, Jackson Furniture, and Malouf. Check us out today to find healthy, eco-friendly memory foam products at fantastic prices!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Apartment Sleeping Solutions

February 24, 2015

Apartment life, like anything, has its pros and cons. Personally, I love apartment life: I don’t have to cut the lawn, shovel the sidewalks, or fix the furnace. It’s great! But for every pro, there is a con; one of the largest cons of apartment life is space. Whether you have a studio or a two bedroom, no matter what size apartment really, you’ll soon find it full to bursting. Fitting every luxury of a two-story house into a two-room apartment is a challenge, but it’s not impossible! Smart planning and clever solutions can go a long way to finding a good balance of luxury and practicality.

Once such compromise that can have a drastic effect on space and functionality is daybeds, futons, and sleeper-sofas versus traditional beds. Whether for yourself, or as a guest bed, these alternatives to traditional beds can obviously save a lot of valuable real estate in your apartment. But which is the right alternative for your situation? Will you sleep as well as you would on a normal bed? How much space do you have? Do you mind setting up and breaking down your bed/couch?

For starters, let’s differentiate the options:

Daybeds

Daybeds lean closer to the bed end of the scale than the couch end. Essentially, a daybed is a bed with arms and a back to facilitate sitting up and using it as you would a couch. Normal bed mattresses can be used, so sleeping comfort isn’t sacrificed, but the shape of daybeds usually sacrifices something in sitting comfort and convenience in comparison to an actual couch.

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Futons

The word futon is often misused or misunderstood. Technically, a futon is a pliable mattress and quilt that is easy to fold up and store in a closet as to be out of the way during waking hours. The Western futon is essentially the same, with one large exception: the inclusion of a configurable metal or wooden frame to enhance the functionality of the futon. These frames usually lock in a sitting, couch shape, and then fold down flat to serve as a bed. Traditional futons, although very space friendly, are usually too different and suffer in comparison to comfort versus a normal bed and mattress. The Western futon, however, is a more viable option in most cases, providing essentially a couch and a bed frame in one. But more often than not, a Western futon will not compare to a regular couch or regular bed in their specialized levels of comfort.

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Sleeper-Sofas

Sleeper-sofas lean closer to the couch end of the scale than the bed end. Essentially, a sleeper sofa is a couch with a metal frame folded up beneath the seating cushions that can be unfolded to create a bed frame. In order for the sleeping mattresses to fit within the unit, they usually weigh-in at about half the thickness of a standard bed mattress. So, although you most likely will sacrifice some sleeping comfort versus a regular bed and mattress setup, the unfolded, couch form of sleeper-sofas are often quite comparable to that of a normal couch. These results make sleeper-sofas fairly effective space saving solutions, though you will also have to fold or unfold them to change the functionality of the piece.

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Breaking the Norm

Thinking a little outside the box, there is always the option to A) sleep on a normal couch, or B) use a normal bed as a couch. Personally, I can vouch for both of these with real life experience. When my fiancee and I first moved into our apartment, it was the dead of winter and the “bedroom” was attached to a sunroom that was poorly insulated being mostly windows. So we ended up plopping our bed dead-center in the “living room,” and it stayed there for the whole winter. We sat and watched TV, ate dinner, and worked on our laptops sitting on the bed. Sure, it provided zero lumbar support, and I probably got crumbs in the bed, but it worked and was a fully functional, comfortable bed every night. On the flip-side, my dad developed some shoulder problems when I lived back at my parent’s house, and I remember him often taking to the couch rather than the king-sized bed because it would force him to sleep still and not roll around where he might end up putting too much pressure on his shoulder during the night. Even after his symptoms largely subsided, he continued to frequent the couch simply because he found it more comfortable. I’ve napped on a few couches I thought were incredibly comfortable, and if you’re lucky enough to have one, that can be a viable space saving option as well!

In conclusion, know your options, weigh your priorities (sleep comfort, sitting comfort and convenience, space, price, style, etc.), and see if it is worth it to you to sacrifice having a specialized sleeping and sitting solution for a much more space-friendly hybrid of the two.


Innerspring Systems: The Offset Coil

February 13, 2015

Sleep Inc by Corsicana 100 Euro Top King Size Mattress

The fourth and final type of innerspring system is the Offset coil. Each individual coil is has an hourglass shape, but parts of the top and bottom sections are flattened and linked together by several helical wires. This allows Offset coils to be more responsive to the shape of the body.

This innerspring system gives you a fairly good combination of the conforming nature of the pocketed-coil system and the construction of the continuous-coil system. Their hinge design gives them their ability to respond to pressure so that it fits to your body. At the same time, it’s a tied-coil system, so it has a durability and support comparable to continuous coils and Bonnell coils.

A specific kind of Offset coil is the LFK coil, which is an unknotted cylindrical coil. It is even more flexible than your typical Offset coil, so there’s more give and flexibility. This is also a tied coil, so the individual wires are attached to each other — but the fact that they are unknotted means that they will conform to your body better than a typical tied system.

The drawback of an Offset coil system is that you and your partner will still be able to feel the transfer of motion when one of you shifts or gets up. However, if this coil is part of a mattress that utilizes both innerspring and foam technology, the foam padding should help decrease the amount of motion transfer.

Overall, if you want an innerspring mattress that will respond to your body shape, but will still provide you with long-lasting durability, an Offset coil system is a really good option. US-Mattress offers a variety of this type of innerspring, making your mattress-shopping experience that much easier.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Innerspring Systems: The Continuous Coil

February 10, 2015

Continuous-Coil Mattress

The third innerspring system is the continuous coil, which means that the entire system is made of one single piece of steel. This allows each coil to rely on its neighbors to help it provide support, so pressure is easily spread across the mattress. Because of this, continuous coil systems provide solid support for people of any size.

The ability of each spring to draw on support from the coils around it also makes a continuous coil mattress more durable, since they’re less likely to form body imprints. You’ll find that most mattresses with continuous-coil systems are able to provide great support for least ten years. Plus, continuous coils are less expensive than pocketed-coil systems.

As far as drawbacks go, the main one is that continuous coils don’t prevent the transfer of motion quite like a pocketed-coil mattress does. Having every coil connected is going to allow you to feel movement when your partner rolls over or gets out of bed. However, the coils are run from head-to-toe in their construction to help counteract this.

Overall, a continuous-coil mattress is a really good choice if you’re looking for an affordable mattress that will provide quality support for a long time. When you shop at US-Mattress, you’ll find a wide variety of comfort levels and prices for these kinds of mattresses, so it’s easy to find the mattress that’s best for you.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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