Metal Beds

November 20, 2014
Hillsdale Furniture Vista Bed

Hillsdale Furniture Vista Bed

Dear Snooze Guru,

After several years of working and scrimping and saving — and putting every spare bit of cash into my student loans — I’ve finally been able to pay off all of my college debt. The only things I’ve bought myself have been things that are absolute necessities, so I really want to use this next paycheck to treat myself to something — specifically a new bed. I’ve been using the same bed since middle school, so I think it’s time for an upgrade. I’m looking for something that is both moderately priced and still a good investment (since I still have regular bills and things — you know, adult life). From what I’ve seen, metal beds seem like they would do the job well. What’s your take?  

Phoebe from Voorhees, NJ

Finished with your loans? Way to go! And look at you now, still using your money for something very practical. A new bed is certainly a good investment, especially if it’s a quality piece. Metal beds are great not only because they are quite economical, but also because they take up less space than a typical wood or panel bed. Their reduced mass also means that they weigh less than most other beds. They’re very durable as well, which is especially great for young adults and young families who plan on moving not far into the future. You don’t have to worry about the frame warping or breaking, so it will hold up to years of nightly use.

Metal beds also have a more contemporary look. Even if they’re designed in a Traditional or Old World style, metal has a more modern association. However, you shouldn’t let this deter you if you really like those styles. A metal bed can still work with the more Victorian themes if surrounded by the right kind of furniture and décor.

I think you’ll really like having a metal bed. There are a number of different brands that sell them, including Amisco, Hillsdale Furniture, and Fashion Bed Group. With all the different styles available, I’m sure you’ll find one you like in no time.

Sleep Well (on your new bed),

The Snooze Guru


Savvy Sleeper Sofas

November 18, 2014

Dear Snooze Guru,

I got married over the summer — which is great! But now my husband and I have to split our holidays between our families, since he’s from Wisconsin, I’m from Virginia, and we live in Michigan. We decided to spend our first Christmas with his family, and they’re coming out to us because he’s an only child and they want to see where we live. Well, we live in a small one-bedroom apartment, and I’m not sure how we’re going to house them at night. (They’re kind of high-maintenance.) I would prefer it if they got a hotel, but my husband wants to put them up in our own bed. Do you have any solution that might lead to a happy compromise?

Janelle from Romeo, MI

Dear Janelle,

Yikes! Spending your first married Christmas away from your family is one thing, but giving up your bed to your in-laws too? Yeah, let’s see if we can find a better solution. You could try a futon, but those have thinner mattresses, which could be uncomfortable for an older couple. (And the last thing you need at Christmas is a passive-aggressive comment from a mother-in-law about sub-par furniture.) You should try a sleeper sofa. They’re way more comfortable, both as a bed and as a regular sofa, and they generally come in full- or queen-size mattresses (I’d recommend the queen for in-laws). Also, sofas are generally built better so that they last for a long time.

Even if your in-laws do manage to finagle their way into your bed, you and your husband will enjoy a sleeper sofa more than any other option. And it’ll come in handy down the road when other relatives come to visit. Really, it’s an investment — in your comfort and in your sanity.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


It’s a Wonderful Wool

October 30, 2014

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Warm, Cozy, and Durable

In keeping with the theme of cold weather sleeping, I’d like to point today’s spotlight at wool. When I think of wool, I think of cozy warmth. I think of the comfy socks that keep my feet warm inside of rubber boots on wet winter days. I think of curling up on the couch underneath a warm blanket, watching a Sunday football game or sleeping in on a Saturday morning enveloped under a heavy comforter. I think of my favorite holiday sweater. And how ugly it is.

There are many aspects of wool that make it an ideal fabric for sleep products. It’s a natural insulator, so it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It also breathes more naturally than down and synthetic fibers, so it won’t overheat your body. Wool quickly wicks away moisture, and it’s naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, and mildew, so it fosters a healthy sleep environment. Wool is very resilient and it doesn’t shift like down, which makes it an excellent fill for pillows. Wool is also naturally flame resistant, so it’s an excellent safe bedding choice. Additionally, wool is a renewable, sustainable, and biodegradable fiber that is safely sheared from sheep. It doesn’t promote static electricity or static cling, and since static charges attract dirt and dust, wool products stay cleaner longer.

Wool offers you lasting comfort at a low cost, and when properly cared for, it can last for decades. Shop for wool bedding at US-Mattress, and enjoy the best selection and the lowest prices on the web!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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


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


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


Tips for Better Sleep Posture

September 30, 2014

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Do You Have Good Posture?

While you might take the necessary steps to ensure proper posture in your waking hours, have you ever considered the role your sleeping position plays in your overall posture? If you have a bad back or you find yourself in pain during much of the day, take some time to asses how you sleep. You might find that your sleeping position is negatively impacting your overall posture.

Here are some tips to consider as you determine the best sleeping position for your body to maintain a healthy posture:

  • Try sleeping in a position that helps you maintain the natural curve of your spine. You can do this by placing a pillow under your knees or a lumbar roll under your lower back.
  • Make sure your head is properly supported. It should rest in its normal position, so avoid pillows that raise your head up to high. The pillow should stay below the head and neck. Your shoulders should not rest on the pillow. Make sure you use a pillow that’s firm enough to support your head while keeping it aligned with your spine
  • Try sleeping on your side with your knees slightly bent. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees will prevent your upper leg from sliding down onto the bed and rotating your lower spine. This slight twist can not only lead to back and hip pain, but it can also make it harder for you to maintain good posture throughout the day.

With bad posture, you expose yourself to a number of health risks. We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so it’s vital that we consider our sleep posture and the role it plays in our health. If you take the necessary steps to maintain a healthy posture during your waking and sleeping hours, you can enjoy many years of restful nights and pain-free days.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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