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


Hypoallergenic Bedding

September 23, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

When you were growing up, I’m sure you knew a kid who was allergic to everything. The kid who had to have his own dessert at your birthday party because he was allergic to flour. The kid who couldn’t play outside. Ever. The kid who sneezed more than he talked. Well, I was that kid. And now, I’m that adult. While I’ve managed to arrange my life so that I can avoid most my allergens, I do find that my allergies are often worse throughout the night and in the morning. I’ve decided that I must be allergic to something on my bed. My doctor advised me to look for hypoallergenic bedding. Does US-Mattress sell any products that you recommend?

Ken from Larchmont, NY

Dear Ken,

Thank you for writing. I certainly do remember that kid. His name was Darryl, and he was something else. Anyway, I think hypoallergenic bedding could help you a lot. While hypoallergenic bedding isn’t completely allergen-free, it does significantly reduce allergic reactions. When you’re looking for hypoallergenic bedding, the first thing you’ll want to do is determine your allergens as best as you can. The best way to do this is to have your doctor test you. Once you know what’s causing your reaction, you can purchase what you need to protect yourself.

The Downright Cotton Mattress Pad is not only hypoallergenic, but it’s also 100% cotton and machine washable, so it’s easy to care for. If you find that you’re allergic to down, a common bedding component, you might enjoy a synthetic down alternative. The Downright Sierra Down Alternative Comforter gives you the feeling of traditional down without the irritating allergens. For a great hypoallergenic pillow, look to the Ashley Sleep Dual Side Pillow. This soothing pillow has a traditional shape and offers the supportive benefits of memory foam on one side and the luxurious cushioning of down alternative on the other, offering you a more customized and comfortable sleep experience.

These are just a few of the hypoallergenic products available at US-Mattress.com. Shop through our selection of hypoallergenic bedding to ensure that every component of your bed is as safe and healthy as you need. Good luck!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Shopping for a Down Comforter

August 28, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

As much as I don’t like to think about it, the cold nights of autumn and winter are right around the corner. I’d like to purchase a winter weight down comforter, but I’m not very informed. What should I know? Since I’ve been shopping, I’ve seen some terms I don’t understand. Like, what’s fill power? Also, I’ve noticed that some down comforters have different types of stitching. Is that just for design or does the form follow function? I guess I need a little help to learn more about down so I can know what I want to buy. Thanks, Snooze Guru. You’re a real American hero.

-Stephanie from Woodstock, NY

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you for your letter. Down certainly helps to create a comfortable sleep experience, and its insulating qualities are especially desirable during the cold months of winter. I’m glad to provide you with some additional information so that you can make a confident, educated purchase.

As you shop, keep in mind that not all down is created equal. The best down feathers come from large, mature water birds. Goose and duck down are both popular, but goose is the superior down. The best way to measure the quality of down is through fill power, which is a measure of the number of cubic inches displaced by an ounce of down. The larger the down, the higher the warmth to weight ratio. The higher the fill power, the better the down.

The stitching pattern on down comforters is part function and part design. The two most common stitch patterns found on down comforters are:

  • Baffled Stitch – Creates 3D box-shaped pockets that allow for maximum loft while minimizing cold spots and shifting for evenly distributed comfort
  • Box and Diamond Stitch – Creates patterns that keep the down from shifting. Large squares enable the down to loft fully for warmer comfort

Hopefully this information helps direct your search. When you’re ready to make a purchase, head to US-Mattress, and enjoy the lowest price on a warm and cozy down comforter. Your sleep is important. Let the comfort of down help you get the best rest possible.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Establishing a Back-to-School Sleep Routine

August 19, 2014

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Start the School Year Well-Rested

For most students, the school year is just a couple weeks away. For many parents, that means struggling to get their kids back into a healthy sleep routine. During the summer, it’s particularly difficult for teens to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, at least one that doesn’t entail strings of long nights spent out with friends and dozy mornings spent in bed. As the school year begins, it’s important for young children and teens to get enough sleep to perform at their highest potential both during and after school. As you prepare to send your children back to school, consider these helpful tips from the National Sleep Foundation that can help you both enjoy an easy transition from the freedom of summer to the disciplines of the fall.

  • From now until the school year begins, work with your child to agree on a sleep schedule. For younger children, set an earlier bedtime each night and an earlier wake-up time every morning.
  • Once you and your child agree about a sleep schedule, follow it closely. Establish a bedtime routine that helps your child wind down and relax. This could include activities such as a bed-time story for younger children, or a reading time for teens.
  • Cut off exposure to electronic distractions close to bedtime.
  • Of course, make sure your child also avoids caffeine and sugary drinks in the hours leading to bedtime.

By establishing and maintaining a healthy sleep routine, you and your child can enjoy a more restful and successful school year. Since rest is so vital to your child’s health, it’s important to find a mattress that is well suited to support a young, growing body. Head to US-Mattress.com or call 1-800-455-1052 to speak with a friendly expert who will be happy to help you find the perfect mattress.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Choosing Your Child’s Mattress

August 12, 2014

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If you’re looking to purchase a mattress for your child, you might be tempted to buy the cheapest one out there. You might burst into your local brick and mortar furniture store, latch on to the first salesperson who offers you an eager greeting and say, “Look, I don’t have a lot of time. Or money. I need to get a mattress for my child, and I just don’t know what to buy. Give me something cheap, and give it to me soon. I can’t take this kid sleeping in our bed anymore. I’ve had seven cups of coffee every morning for the last 3 weeks, and my hair is starting to curl.” But be sure about one thing: buying any ol’ cheap mattress for your child is a bad idea.

Lasting Comfort and Durability

Parents take so many steps to ensure the safety of their children, but unfortunately, they commonly underestimate the role that their child’s mattress plays in the growing process. They think that the cheap mattress is the best one to buy because kids outgrow most things quickly. But while your kids might quickly outgrow shoes, clothes, and toys, they don’t necessarily outgrow their mattresses. If you want your child to sleep on the same mattress through their teen years, you should search for a high quality mattress that will last for at least ten years. While durability is important, you should also consider support when you buy your child a mattress. As your child’s body grows, it needs a mattress that will promote proper spinal alignment. You should also find out how your child sleeps (on his or her back, side, stomach), as this will help you narrow your search and make the best purchase.

You can find all of the best mattresses for children at US-Mattress. Every mattress set we sell will provide adequate support and comfort as your child grows into a young adult. Remember, although you may be tempted to buy a cheap “it’ll do for now” mattress, it’s best to give your child a supportive sleep surface that’s built to last.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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