Which Color Helps You Get Better Sleep?

July 31, 2015

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If you want better sleep, and you’re not opposed to doing a little redecorating, here’s a tip: paint your bedroom blue.

A study from Travelodge says that, on average, people with blue bedrooms get 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep per night. This is right on track with doctors’ recommendations for 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

The color blue is typically associated with feelings of tranquility, which is part of what makes it a good choice for a bedroom. This association can help reduce your blood pressure and your heart rate — helping you relax and calm down as you prepare for shut-eye.

If you don’t want a blue room, that’s okay. Those sleeping in yellow bedrooms get an average of 7 hours and 40 minutes of sleep, and people with green rooms get an average of 7 hours and 36 minutes of sleep.

Colors to avoid? Stay away from purple, brown, and gray. Purple especially is known to stimulate the brain, which is why it’s not a good choice for a bedroom.

If you’re not up to taking on a project like painting, something as simple as changing out your linens could make a difference. Bedding and décor in blue tones will still add that peaceful tone that you want without taking up a lot of your time or money. Check out our website to find great prices on blue bedding and accessories, and find yourself sleeping better in no time.

 


Sleep Positions and Comfort Scale Ratings

July 9, 2015

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The question often comes up of “What is the best/most comfortable mattress?”. Simply put, there is no best or most comfortable mattress. You might as well be asking a chef “What is the best/most delicious food?”. The reason you can’t answer that question is mattress comfort preference, like taste preference, is subjective. What is comfortable for one sleeper might not be for another. There are, however, certain consistencies regarding sleep health, comfort, and mattress type that can be a good place to start to find the best mattress for you. For starters, sleep position and Comfort Scale ratings.

In the most basic terms, there are three main sleeping position categories: back, side, and stomach. Each position has certain benefits and drawbacks associated with different scores on our Comfort Scale. In general, stomach sleepers want a mid-range mattress, side sleepers want a softer mattress, and back sleepers want a medium-firm mattress. We will discuss the pros and cons of each to determine why these matches are ideal, so you can use that as a jumping-off point if you know your preferred sleep position.

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Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers will generally want a mid-range mattress, something that isn’t too hard and isn’t too soft. The ideal Comfort Scale rating would be a 5, with a range from 4-6.5 being best. The reasons why are fairly obvious: Too firm of a mattress (CSRs ranging from 1-3) will be uncomfortable on your chest and stomach where the majority of your weight is focused. This can restrict the lungs causing short breaths and also cause unnecessary pressure in the ribs and abdomen. On the other hand, too soft of a mattress (CSRs from 7 upwards) is usually bad for stomach sleepers as the mattress is too soft and the mid-section sinks into the mattress. The issue here is over-extension of the lower back. Although the lower back has a natural concave curve, forcing it to arch further than normal can be uncomfortable and unhealthy, especially for a full 8 hours of sleep. So for stomach sleepers, the ideal CSR range is usually a middle-of-the-road number that provides enough give to avoid feeling hard, but not so much give that the back is bent unnaturally.

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Side Sleepers

Side sleepers will generally want a mattress on the softer half of the scale that provides plenty of contouring. The ideal Comfort Scale rating can be anywhere from 5 up. The reason for this is that side sleepers, unlike back and stomach sleepers, are focusing all of their weight on a much smaller surface area. By lying on your side rather than lying flat, all the weight of your body is focused on your narrow side like the blade of a knife, rather than on the larger flat surface like the side of a knife. So what happens on firmer mattresses is the outlying parts of the side (namely the hips and shoulders) cut through the thinner comfort layers and put pressure directly on the core of the mattress. Similar to lying on a blanket on the floor, there just isn’t enough to cushion the body from the supportive coils or dense core compound. This can lead to discomfort, tossing and turning (switching sides), and the bottom arm and leg falling asleep. So unless you enjoy waking up with pins and needles in the middle of the night, shoot for a higher score than 5 on our Comfort Scale.

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Back Sleepers

Back sleepers have it a little less straightforward as there is no major problem with any mattress type. The ideal mattress will contour to the curve of the lower back, but be supportive enough to keep the spine properly aligned. Mattresses too low on the Comfort Scale will leave a gap between the lower back and the mattress, while mattresses too high on the Comfort Scale might cause you to sink in too much, sacrificing support. Generally those who require a firm mattress are back sleepers in need of above average support, but this category is more varied. Mattresses with a Comfort Scale rating of 4 are common for back sleepers as they provide enough contouring to properly align the spine, but provide firm underlying support. But Comfort Scale ratings both higher and lower than 4 might be preferred by some back sleepers, just beware of the potential drawbacks mentioned above.

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Couples

It is likely that you and your partner utilize different sleeping positions and have different comfort preferences, but don’t despair! Use the information above to find a compromise that works for both sleepers. For example, let’s consider a couple where one is a stomach sleeper and the other is a side sleeper. The suggested Comfort Scale rating for the stomach sleeper is mid-range (4-6) while the suggested Comfort Scale rating for the side sleeper is high (5-10). So the best compromise for this couple would likely be found in the overlap, mattresses in the 5-6 range.

This can get a little trickier with more specific Comfort Scale rating preferences, say a back sleeper who prefers a Comfort Scale rating of 2 and a side sleeper who prefers a Comfort Scale rating of 7. Although the compromise here would be in the middle at 4.5, you would need to consider the viability for the side sleeper at that comfort. It is possible that a mattress with a 4.5 CSR would cause too much pressure in the hips and shoulders of the side sleeper and just not be viable, even as a compromise. Whereas if you shift up to a mattress scoring a 5, 5.5, or 6 on the Comfort Scale, this may not be ideal for the back sleeper, but at least the sleeping position wouldn’t be incompatible. So in these trickier situations, find the average of the two Comfort Scale rating numbers and adjust accordingly depending on the specific situation. Say the back sleeper from the previous example had a lower back problem and needed a mattress that fell below a 5 on the Comfort Scale, it might be worth it to the couple overall to look at perhaps a 4 or 4.5, etc.

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Families

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Launching Our New Charity Event, Share the Sleep!

July 7, 2015

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What happens when an online retailer wants to give back to the community? They draw upon their resources. And what are the resources of US-Mattress? Why, mattresses, of course!

On July 14, 2015, US-Mattress will launch its new charity campaign, aptly named Share the Sleep. It’s a buy-one-give-one program, where for each Stearns & Foster purchased, US-Mattress will donate a mattress to a charity in need.

There is a regular demand on many charities, especially homeless shelters and halfway houses, to provide a quality sleep environment for people who don’t have access to one. With more mattresses, charities can give people a better night’s sleep — one that is both safe and comfortable, so that people can feel more rested and healthy.

Research by the National Sleep Foundation shows that losing sleep, even for just one night, has a negative impact — and chronic sleep loss can cause permanent damage to your health. So for people who don’t have anywhere to sleep, a shelter where they can stay until they get back on their feet is a huge blessing.

US-Mattress has two charities lined up already as recipients. Place of Hope and Cocoon House are both children’s shelters, located in Florida and Washington, respectively. With more mattresses, they will be able to help more children in need get better sleep, which will improve their development as they grow.

If you know a charity who could make good use of mattresses, or if you are a charity, please feel free to contact us to apply! We want to help as many people as possible through these mattress donations.


Luxury Redefined: Vispring Mattresses

July 2, 2015

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If you’re looking to take your sleep experience to the next level of luxury, you’ll want to check out Vispring, the line of mattresses available through US-Mattress. Vispring mattresses are known for being the cream of the crop, as each is hand-crafted with premium, all-natural materials. If you’re not sure exactly how high-end these mattresses are, just remember that they were used on the Titanic in the first-class cabins.

Vispring embodies the British ideal of distinction and leadership. No one in the mattress industry makes a mattress quite like Vispring because no one works to uphold the same standards.

Every single Vispring mattress is made by hand, with only the best natural fibers — including silk, cashmere, horsetail, and real Shetland wool. They even make their own Vanadium-steel springs, all of which are individually wrapped for the best blend of support and contouring. Then they layer the comfort materials over the springs to create a mattress worthy of the Queen herself.

Whether you choose the Masterpiece Vicuna, the Elite, or any of the choices in between, know that you’re getting one of the best possible mattresses available in today’s market.

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Brand Feature: Simmons

June 30, 2015

Simmons is the 3rd leading mattress brand in America, and the oldest of the top 3. In fact, the Simmons Bedding Company is one of the oldest of its kind in the U.S. Founded in 1870, Simmons began by manufacturing wooden telegraph insulators and cheese boxes. In payment of a debt, Simmons received a patent for a woven-wire bedspring, and the rest is history. By 1891, Simmons was the largest company of its type in the world.

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Today, Simmons has four primary collections on the market: Beautyrest, Beautysleep, Comforpedic, and CURV. Simmons Beautyrest is, of course, the flagship brand that is largely responsible for Simmons success. In fact, it is hard to say “Simmons” without “Beautyrest” just rolling off the tongue. Simmons Beautyrest was first introduced 90 years ago, and relies on many of the same principals to this day. Simmons was the first to discover a way to automate coiling and encasing wires, known as pocketed coils, and this system has survived ever since in the Beautyrest line.

Other notable advances in mattress technology by Simmons are the Hide-A-Bed sofa bed, the first Queen and King size beds produced in the U.S., and establishing a research and development facility based on pioneering studies of human sleep sponsored by Simmons. Simmons continued its success as other companies like the younger Serta and Sealy brands threw their hats into the ring.

Simmons had another big success in the 1990s with their advertising campaign that used a bowling ball being dropped on a Beautyrest mattress to demonstrate the motion reduction and motion separation capabilities of their design: the same design from 1925! This advertising campaign was so popular it was revived in 2006.

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Since then, Simmons continues to push forward and offer a wide selection of mattresses at different price points and with different designs. CURV is their most recent offering: a budget-friendly memory foam mattress that offers consumers a chance to experience the benefits of memory foam without breaking the bank. If they enjoy a CURV mattress and want to upgrade, or are looking for something a little different, Comforpedic is Simmons full-fledged memory foam collection. Meanwhile the Beautyrest line is still going strong after nearly a century, and has even began to branch off into other lines such as Beautyrest Recharge and Beautyrest Black. These branches take the Beautyrest technology in a different direction, with Recharge focusing on re-energizing sleep and Black targeting the highest quality luxury in the market today. And for sleepers on a budget, the Beautysleep line is always there with great value mattresses at affordable prices.

So whatever it is you are looking for, from good value economical mattresses to top-of-the-line luxury, innerspring or memory foam, you can count on Simmons to have a quality offering at a competitive price.

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Brand Feature: Stearns & Foster

June 23, 2015

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Since 1846, Stearns & Foster has been a leading manufacturer of luxury mattresses. Every one of their mattresses is built by certified craftsmen, and every piece of material that goes into a Stearns & Foster is rigorously tested to ensure the best durability. By constructing their mattresses out of only the best materials in the industry, Stearns & Foster is able to offer a high level of comfort and quality, earning them recognition as a luxury mattress brand.

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Since their inception, Stearns & Foster has been committed to focusing their efforts on creating the perfect balance of comfort and support using the most cutting edge and innovative technologies available. Their twice tempered, individually wrapped, titanium alloy coil systems conform to the curves of each sleeper’s body while significantly reducing motion transfer and providing individualized support. This type of coil is the perfect answer for couples who struggle with motion transfer during the night.

Stearns & Foster Golden Elegance and Silver Dream mattresses are the epitome of the luxury brand. They feature the revolutionary Intellicoil Wrapped Titanium Innerspring, which has a dual stage coil-within-a-coil design that provides initial contouring followed by deep, sturdy support. The Intellicoil system expands on the properties of Stearns & Foster’s single stage coil and is far more durable, meaning that sleepers can enjoy enhanced motion separation and support for a longer comfort life. By committing to innovative technologies such as these, Stearns & Foster maintains its coveted position as America’s premier luxury mattress brand.

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If you’re a luxury-minded sleeper, then Stearns & Foster is the mattress brand for you. Search through our wide selection to find the perfect model for your sleeping position and comfort preference; And with a variety of comfort and support options available, every type of sleeper can enjoy deep, healthy sleep on a Stearns & Foster mattress.

US-Mattress offers Stearns & Foster mattresses at the lowest prices on the web, giving even more value to this premier brand. Shop today, and change your sleep-life for the better!


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Brand Feature: Sealy

June 16, 2015

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In 1881, in the town of Sealy, Texas, a cotton gin builder named Daniel Haynes filled a request for a cotton-filled mattress. And then another. And then another. His business grew exponentially from there, leading to many innovations and several patents in the mattress industry. Fifteen years later, Haynes sold his patents to a company that retained the Sealy handle. Soon after, advertising executive Earl Edwards penned the slogan “Sleeping on a Sealy is like sleeping on a cloud,” and with that Sealy mattresses were a national phenomenon.

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Even during the Great Depression, Sealy managed to not only stay afloat, but to introduce a new product–the Button-Free Innerspring. And their innovations didn’t end there: Sealy continued to improve the world’s sleep for decades to come. Milestones include the introduction of the Sealy Posturepedic line, being the first mattress company to display and advertise a king-sized bed, creating an Orthopedic Advisory Board, reinventing the innerspring coil and the box spring, patenting Posture Channels and Pressure Relief Inlays, and the list continues to grow to this day.

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In late 1983, Sealy purchased the Stearns & Foster Company. True to the Sealy heritage, these mattresses redefined luxury and expressed a dedication to craftsmanship and intricate detail, making it a perfect addition to the Sealy family of beds.

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Today, the company owns and operates 25 bedding plants in the U.S. Sealy is the second leading mattress brand in America, and when you lie on a Sealy mattress, you can feel a century and a quarter of mattress innovation working with your body. With popular lines like Sealy Posturepedic, Sealy Comfort Series, and Sealy Optimum, the company offers consumers healthy, supportive sleep at every price point.

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Sealy excels in producing mattresses that employ current and cutting edge technology, spending more than twice as much time and money on research and development than their closest competitor, and more than all other manufacturers combined. They also hold more patents on mattress and foundation technologies than any other manufacturer. Sealy has factories spread out all over the country that specialize in a variety of mattress constructions, including innerspring, latex, memory foam, and gel memory foam, with three dedicated to innerspring and foundation component parts, and one dedicated to producing its very own latex–another first in the mattress industry.

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You can rest assured that with Sealy, you are getting quality products of every type from a trusted and well-established leader in the mattress industry.

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