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


It’s Almost Time to Head Back to School!

July 31, 2014

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It pains me to write it, but we’re entering the dog days of summer, and soon college campuses will be flooded with students coming back for another year of memories and, well, probably some math. If you’re heading back to school this fall, there’s no better place to shop than US-Mattress. Whether you’re looking for a new mattress, bedding, or furniture, you can get the lowest prices on the best brands when you shop with US-Mattress.

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Spirited Bedding and Linens

Northwest Company and College Covers make great looking sports themed bedding and linens for most of the nations universities. Whether you’re looking for a spirited comforter, pillow case, valance, throw pillow, or even slippers, College Covers and Northwest Company have you covered! Shop through our collection of college themed bedding, and ensure you show up to school packing a lot of pride!

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Desks

Every student needs a desk to study at, and no matter what kind of space you live in, you can find a desk to perfectly fit in any room. A wall mount desks is kind of like the Murphy bed of desks. You can pull it down while you’re working, and then close it up when you’re done. Most wall mount desks have plenty of room for a lap top, and many of them come with drawers and storage compartments that help you stay organized. Corner desks are also a good option for work space in a small room. They fit right into the corner of your wall, making the most of what is often wasted space. Corner desks also have deeper drawers than wall mount desks, so if you plan on storing a lot of study materials, then a corner desk might be a better option for you.

No matter what kind of furniture, bedding, or accessories you need to make this the best year of college, you can find them at US-Mattress. Shop today, and get everything you need before the summer’s over!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Common Bedding Fabrics

July 29, 2014

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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.

Cotton

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.

Polyester

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

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?

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Design Weave Dreamaire Outlast Mattress Pad

July 22, 2014

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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.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Camp in Comfort With an Air Mattress

July 8, 2014

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Out With the Old, In With the New

To all of the campers who eagerly await trips into the sticks, only to lie awake staring at the stars through uncomfortable evening hours – an air mattress from US-Mattress is the perfect solution to your sleeplessness! If you haven’t slept on an air mattress in a while, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Today’s air mattresses provide exceptional comfort and support compared to those of the past, and since our collection is filled with air mattresses made by a trusted brand like Simmons, you can count on enjoying lasting quality and durability.

Years ago, air mattresses were floppy and unsupportive. If you ever spent a night on one, you probably woke up feeling sore and achy as you rolled off of the half-deflated blob. The air mattresses from Simmons have features like raised channel beam construction for ideal ergonomic support and a built in pillow for extra comfort. Also, they’re made out of heavy nylon, so you don’t have to worry about air leaking out while you sleep.

Head to US-Mattress today, and ensure that no matter where you sleep, you experience a comfortable and supportive night of rest. Find your new air mattress today!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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