August 28, 2014
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
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.
The Snooze Guru
August 19, 2014
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.
The Snooze Guru
July 29, 2014
While most of us put a lot of time into finding the right mattress, many of us don’t put much effort into finding the right bedding. But bedding plays a large role in our sleep experience. Without the right sheets on your bed, you won’t experience the full comfort potential of your mattress. At US-Mattress, you can shop through hundreds of bedding items to create the ideal sleep environment. But how do you know which materials and fabrics will deliver the comfort you’re seeking? The following fabrics are the most common types used in the bedding items on our site. Take a look and learn how to pick the items that will help you experience maximum comfort on your mattress.
There are many types of cotton used in bed sheets today. With varying degrees of softness, smoothness, and durability, you’re likely to find a cotton sheet that suits you. One popular type is combed cotton, which is formed by a process that removes short fibers and any other impurities in the material, resulting in a smooth, soft product. Egyptian cotton is another popular type of cotton. Grown only in Egypt, it is known worldwide as the strongest, most luxurious cotton. Purchasing an Egyptian cotton sheet set is a great way to ensure you experience exceptional softness.
When people think about polyester, they rarely think “comfortable.” But polyester has come a long way since it was found in the shoulder-reaching lapels of your dad’s prom tuxedo. While some polyester items can be scratchy and gritty, blends like microfiber are extremely soft. Polyester bedding also has some advantages over more natural feeling materials. Wrinkle resistance, durability, and high color retention are aspects of polyester that make it a smart choice for bedding. The longer your sheets and comforter keep their original look and feel, the longer you can go without spending money to replace them.
Wool is an excellent material to keep on your bed during the cold nights of winter. Wool comforters and throw blankets provide additional warmth and, because of their dense, strong construction, last for a long time. But wool doesn’t always have to provide excessive warmth. Many wool blends in sheets and comforters provide the same breathability as other, more airy materials. These blends can stay on your bed throughout the entire year and won’t cause overheating.
If it’s time for you to replace your sheets, head to US-Mattress to find the best selection and the lowest prices. You spend about a third of your life in bed. Why not make it more comfortable?
The Snooze Guru
July 22, 2014
The Solution to Sweaty Sleep
Although this summer has been fairly cool in many parts of the country, some are struggling through long, dry days and sleepless sweaty nights. Whether you’re tired of sweaty sleep or you’re tired because of sweaty sleep, the Design Weave Dreamaire Outlast Mattress Pad will help you establish the cool and comfortable environment you need to get the most out of your rest. The Dreamaire Mattress Pad features Outlast technology that was developed in conjunction with NASA to help astronauts cope with the extreme temperatures of outer space. It balances temperature with the microclimate surrounding a sleeper’s body to reduce night sweats and allow for a better quality of sleep. It is made from a soft and luxurious 350 thread count 100% long staple cotton, and it’s available in queen, king and Cal king sizes.
US-Mattress is your destination for the web’s lowest price on the Design Weave Dreamaire Outlast Mattress Pad, as well as everything else you need to create your ideal sleep environment. Shop today, and say goodbye to restless, sweaty nights.
The Snooze Guru