Enjoy That Thanksgiving Nap More Than Ever

November 25, 2015



This is Andrew, and I work as a merchandiser for US-Mattress. The holiday season is fast upon us, rife with delicious food, family functions, and the feeling that you may most associate with both — drowsiness.

Did you know that the best way to avoid drowsiness this Thanksgiving and Christmas is to avoid the topic of politics around your beloved Uncle Joe? We all know that good ol’ Uncle Joe doesn’t need an invitation to discuss his opinions on the best potential leader for our country, so when that drowsiness inevitably hits, I hope you remember US-Mattress, where we have an enormous selection of mattresses on sale for Black Friday. We even have some models that we get to you the next day.

So if you order soon, you’ll be able to duck Uncle Joe’s lecture on how the government was so much better when he was your age by slipping away to your room to catch a delightful nap on your brand new mattress.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our site and are able to find something to help you enjoy this time of year even more than usual.

Happy holidays!

Can Too Much Sleep Affect My Health?

November 19, 2015

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Is it possible to get too much sleep?

Apparently so. Studies show that people who get more than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep have an increased risk of developing health complications. This doesn’t mean that if you’re someone who needs 10 hours regularly, or if you’re sick or recovering from jet lag, that you’re compromising your health. This is for the people who consistently spend 11 or more hours a day in dreamland.

According to researchers at Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine, patients who got too much sleep were just as likely to develop diabetes as those who got too little sleep. After 6 years of tracking nearly 300 patients, they discovered that 20% of these people developed diabetes or some other type of impaired glucose tolerance. This is 2.5 times more than patients who got the recommended amount of sleep.

Risk of stroke also increases with excessive sleep. Unlike diabetes, your chances of stroke are higher if you sleep too much than if you sleep too little, according to Neurology. Researchers tracked the sleep habits of more than 9000 adults for almost 10 years. After accounting for any other health factors that could have affected the risk for stroke, they found that those sleeping for over 10 hours a night were much more likely to suffer from one.

Excessive sleep is often associated with some kind of sleep or medical disorder, so if you regularly sleep for more than 10 hours a night, you should go to the doctor.

If you’re oversleeping because you just can’t sleep well, the problem may be your mattress. If your mattress is past its warranty, or if it’s sagging or hurting you, it’s time to invest in a new one. Check out our slashed Black Friday prices to make sure that you get the best possible deal on a new mattress.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth at Night

November 12, 2015

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Some people talk in their sleep. Some people snore. And some grind their teeth. If you’re one of these last unfortunate few, then you understand the consequences of grinding your teeth — headaches, tension, and even tooth sensitivity or breakage.

Why do we grind our teeth?

Bruxism, or tooth-grinding, is typically the result of one of these two general causes: stress, or a physical or medical condition.

Stress has a strong relationship with tooth-grinding. When you feel lots of stress or anxiety, you are much more likely to clench your jaw and move it around while it is clenched. Even when you’re asleep, you can grind your teeth. In fact, this may be worse than daytime grinding, since you’re unaware that it’s happening.

Physical and medical conditions is a rather broad category that covers most of the other causes of tooth-grinding. Some people have occlusion, which is a term for tooth misalignment. In some cases, occlusion is caused by a malfunctioning temporomandibilar joint or the muscles surrounding the jaw. If this is the case, then when those muscles twitch or spasm while you are sleeping, they can cause you to clench and grind your teeth. The best way to figure out if this is a problem is to go to the dentist and have X-rays done.

There are a variety of medical conditions that can lead to bruxism — from acid reflux to something as severe as Parkinson’s disease. There are also some medications that can cause it, including some antidepressants.

How do we stop it?

There’s a pretty wide variety of ways to prevent yourself from grinding your teeth, even at night when you think you can’t help it.

  • Get a night guard.
    • Your dentist can fit you for a night guard, which fits over your top teeth to protect your chompers. Even if you’re trying to stop your grinding entirely, a night guard is a good investment just in case.
  • Apply moist heat.
    • Taking a bath or using a hot, wet wash cloth on your face is a good way to loosen your jaw muscles, which will help you to clench your teeth less.
  • Unwind.
    • Simply taking the time to relax can help you grind your teeth less. By letting stress build up, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of bruxism, so it’s important to take some time each day to let it go and unwind.
  • Become aware.
    • Learn to pay attention to your body so that you’ll be aware when you start to unconsciously clench your jaw or grind your teeth. The more you try it, the more easily you will be able to stop yourself preemptively from grinding.
  • Massage your jaw.
    • Just like a classic body massage relieves tension in your shoulders and back, so also will a jaw massage relieve the tension in your jaw that causes your bruxism
  • Watch what you chew.
    • If you have a tendency to chew on pens, or if you really like chewy foods, you’re doing your sensitive teeth no favors. Give them a break by chewing only on food, and only on food that takes less effort to chew.

Because there are so many ways to ease your bruxism, you can rest easy knowing that soon, there will be less weeping and gnashing of teeth in your life — and therefore, less pain.

Sleep well,

The Snooze Guru

5 Healthy Ways to De-Stress before Bed

November 5, 2015


If you have trouble falling asleep at night, it may be because you’re too stressed to fall asleep quickly. This can be a result of multiple things — whether it’s the daily stresses of life, current family issues, or the onset of an illness (serious or not). No matter how big or small your stressors are, there are ways to combat them so that you can fall asleep more quickly and enjoy a night of restorative, restful shut-eye.

1. Make a to-do list.

Maybe you have a lot on your plate right now and you’re afraid that you’ll forget one of your growing number of tasks. Instead of stressing out over everything that needs to be done, write it all down. Each evening, before you begin getting ready for bed, sit down with a pen and paper and make a list of everything that you need to accomplish the next day.

Make it as long as you want, and feel free to get super detailed. Knowing that you’ve recorded everything that you need to do will put your mind at rest so that it’s not speeding like a madman when you crawl under the covers.

2. Turn down the lights.

Bright lights, especially the blue light from electronics, signal to your brain that it’s time to wake up. So turn on the mood lighting and turn off the television. If you need to check your phone for some reason as you’re getting ready for bed, make sure that the brightness setting is as low as it can go.

Even if you’re used to watching an episode of a show to unwind, you’ll be able to fall asleep more quickly and more easily if you turn off your electronics an hour or two before you get in bed.

3. Read a book.

If you’re used to watching television before bed, this is a great alternative. Just find a book in the same vein as the TV shows that you like to watch in the evenings. It’s a similar kind of entertainment, but it makes your brain work a little harder.

Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, a book is an excellent way to slow your mind down so that you fall asleep more quickly. It works just as well if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep. Just turn the lights on low and read for a little bit.

4. Listen to music.

Maybe you’re less of a visual person and more of an auditory person. If that’s the case, you’d probably prefer to listen to music as you get ready for bed.

Any kind of quiet, soothing tune is best for the evening. Whether it’s calm Classical music, or gentle guitar strums, it doesn’t particularly matter — as long as it helps you feel more relaxed and ready for bed.

5. Drink a mug of Chamomile tea.

Chamomile tea is widely known to help people relax, and this includes relaxing at bedtime too. It’s a great way to help your body calm down and prepare for sleep so that you can fall asleep more quickly when you crawl into bed.

It also has a few other benefits, so by drinking chamomile tea, you’re improving your health in more ways than one. Not only does it help soothe you before bed, which leads to better sleep (and therefore, better health) — but it also helps to ease stomach pain, boost your immune system, and calm anxiety.

Get Comfy — Blanket Season Is Here!

October 8, 2015

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Maybe things haven’t gotten too cold if you live in the South, but the northern part of the country is starting to feel the chill. Autumn is in full swing — the nightly temperatures are dropping, and soon it’ll be time to bundle up each time we go outside. This also means that it won’t be long before a cozy blanket is a necessary part of your evening.

If you’ve already begun pulling your blankets out of storage, you may have found one or two that are getting threadbare or dismally old. Oftentimes, it’s not until you want to use them that you find that they need to be replaced.

When you’re shopping for a new blanket, don’t forget to consider the kind of winters you experience in the area you live, and always keep in mind the ways that the blanket will be used. For example, if you live in the frozen tundra of northern Wisconsin, you know that sub-zero temperatures have no problem overstaying their welcome — and to combat this, you’ll want a thick, insulating blanket. Or if you have kids and pets, you know your blankets are inevitably going to get laid on, dragged around, and crumpled up.

If you want something that’s easy to care for, cotton blankets are a popular choice. Plus, they can often be used year-round because they’re made from a natural, breathable fiber. For a reasonable price, you can get the SFERRA Celine Throw Blanket or the Peacock Alley All Seasons Blanket, both of which are made of cotton and will keep you cozy this fall and winter.

If you know that winter is going to set in hard and heavy, you may want to get a wool blanket. Wool is known for being hypoallergenic, since it’s a natural fiber, and it requires few to no chemicals in its manufacture, unlike many other fibers. For the superb comfort and insulation of wool, check out the Matouk Rialto Throw or the SFERRA Tartini Throw.

Fleece and microfiber are great alternatives if you need something on a budget. From sports teams to television shows, we have a huge range of themed blankets. If you’re looking for a plain blanket, see the Design Weave Outlast Temperature Regulating Blanket or the SHEEX Crème Brushed Fleece Travel Blanket. These will keep you toasty without breaking the bank.

Even if the cold weather sticks around long after we’d all wish it would warm up, a cozy blanket will help you stick it out until you get to put it away when summer comes around.

So What’s Really the Best Sleeping Temperature?

September 17, 2015


Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their ideal sleeping environment. Whether or not you’ve really considered it before, temperature is a key aspect to making your bedroom as sleep-conducive as possible — because no one likes to wake up in the middle of the night shivering or sweating. Temperature genuinely affects the quality of your sleep, which in turn affects how you feel when you’re awake.

Studies have shown that the best sleeping temperature exists somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Whichever you choose within that range is up to you, but anything higher than 75 degrees or below 54 degrees will disrupt your sleep. Even if you don’t remember every time that you wake up due to temperature, your body will recognize it the next day. If you’re too warm or too cold as you sleep, you’ll often sleep restlessly, and therefore, less deeply. Warm temperatures, especially, will affect how you sleep. This is because warmer body temperatures help you feel more awake and alert, while colder ones generally help you feel more drowsy.

If you’re naturally a hot sleeper, there are a variety of ways to help you sleep cool at night so that you don’t have to use the air conditioner at night.

While some mattresses, especially memory foam mattresses, have been known for retaining body heat, those made with cooling gel memory foam allow you to enjoy the pressure-relief of memory foam without the excessive heat.

chili-technology-chilipad-3There’s also the Chili Technology Chilipad, which has been recommended by neurology specialist Dr. Christopher Winter. It reduces the cost of cooling your bedroom because it works directly on your mattress. Rather than having to run your air conditioning all night, you just use the Chilipad on your mattress as you would a mattress topper or protector. It’s designed so that you can control the temperature of your half of the bed, and your partner can control theirs.

You may also want to look into wool or Tencel bedding products, both of which work to keep the body temperature-neutral. Wool is a natural material that has simply gotten a bad rap over time for being uncomfortable and warm. Tencel is a manmade yet biodegradable material that will wick moisture away from the body. Bedding made of either of these materials will do a good job of keeping warm bodies cooler at night.

If you have any other tips for sleeping well at night, let us know in the comments!

So You’re Shopping for a Wood Bed . . .

September 10, 2015


When people think of a bed, their minds probably flick to the classic idea of a wood four-poster piece. There’s a reason that this is a bedroom trope: a wood four-poster bed is totally iconic. It evokes ideas of a historical context, since that kind of design has been around for several centuries. It possesses an inherent elegance — simple yet refined, it naturally gives a bedroom a comfortable yet sophisticated appeal.

Whether or not you want one of these idealized four-poster beds, the kind of atmosphere that they generate in a room is one that many people strive to achieve. Fortunately, you don’t need a four-poster bed to do that. However, a wood bed is one of the best, and easiest, ways to bring a sleek balance of grace, comfort, and beauty into your bedroom, regardless of its overall style.

Wood beds range in quality, much like any product on the market. The best beds will, of course, be made of solid wood, with no medium-density fiberboard (MDF). MDF is a manmade wood product, where leftover bits of hard or soft woods are compacted into panels. It’s like plywood, but more dense. Typically it has some kind of plastic veneer or covering with a wood-like pattern on it. A bed made of MFD will be sturdy and will resist warping, which is especially good in humid climates.

Even among beds made entirely of solid wood, there are inequalities. You have softwoods and hardwoods, but be warned — just because they have the terms “soft” and “hard” in their names, that doesn’t mean that one is stronger than the other. Those qualifiers are in there to determine the general type of tree that the wood comes from.

Softwood is wood that comes from a gymnosperm tree. Gymnosperm simply means that the seeds are not enclosed inside some kind of fruit. They generally have needles. Conifers are a type of gymnosperm tree; this includes species like Pine, Fir, and Cedar.

Hardwood is wood that comes from angiosperm trees. This means that the trees flower in the spring, and this is where the seeds are. They generally have broad leaves. Common angiosperm trees include Birch, Cherry, and Oak.

However, if your bed has weak construction or a poor-quality finish, it doesn’t matter what it’s made of.

The best kind of construction features dovetail joints and mortise and tenon joints. In both of these kinds of joints, the wood pieces are cut along the edges to fit together naturally. Rather than relying on any kinds of bolts, the different pieces fit together to support each other. Beds that need to be held together with bolts are not great quality. They’ll certainly function, but their pieces are separate and always will be. Rather than supporting each other, both pieces with a bolt through them will put pressure and strain on the bolt, which results in weak joints.

The finish of the bed you choose should be smooth. The piece will have been sanded and stained before the finish is applied; in many high-quality brands, there are over 10 steps to their finish process to ensure that the piece looks and feels good. The finish itself can be lustrous or matte, but no matter what it is, you should always be able to see the grain of the wood. The only exception to this is if the bed has been purposely distressed by the manufacturer to create a certain aesthetic, like with rustic-style furniture.

If a wood bed is the way you want to go, then you’re in good hands with US-Mattress. We have hundreds of wood beds, so we’re sure to have the one that you’re looking for. From Traditional to Contemporary, Mission to Country, we feature all kinds of designs and all kinds of prices.



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