Health Benefits of Adjustable Beds

March 19, 2015

Serta Motion Custom Adjustable Base

While most people sleep on stationary beds and bases, a great option for anyone with back pain, swelling, or certain sleep conditions may find that an adjustable base provides a better night’s sleep. This kind of base, combined with a quality mattress, will help relieve a lot of common pain and problems that many people deal with on a nightly basis.

An adjustable base or bed allows you to customize the incline and angle at which you sleep. Depending on the kind you get, it can have more or fewer places for you to adjust. Generally, bases with more points of articulation will provide more health benefits.

Back Pain

With an adjustable base, you can arrange the angles to better match the natural position of your body when you lay flat. This will help provide better support to the lower spine, as well as the neck and shoulders. When your body is supported well, you’re less likely to experience pressure points as you sleep, which helps with conditions like sciatica, or other pain from trapped or pinched nerves.

Sleep Conditions

The ability to change the articulation of certain points in the mattress can greatly relieve some sleep conditions. Chronic snorers will want to angle the head of the mattress up, as this will help open up the windpipe so that air can travel easily. If you snore because of sleep apnea, you’ll find this extremely good for your health because it will help relieve obstruction. While an adjustable base won’t help every kind of sleep apnea, it certainly can help with some.

Swelling

Anyone with sprains, breaks, or general swelling will also benefit from an adjustable base. These are all cases in which your doctor will tell you to elevate the swollen limb, and it’s much easier to maintain elevation when you can easily adjust the angle of the foot of your bed. This means that you no longer have to rely on a couple pillows to keep your extremities raised up — you can simply heighten part of your mattress.

If you’re in the market for an adjustable base, but you don’t know if your current mattress will work with one, you can watch this short video for a brief overview of the many kinds that are compatible.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Brand Spotlight: Matouk

March 5, 2015

Matouk Nocturne Duvet Cover

 

One of the more high-end brands at US-Mattress is Matouk, a linens manufacturer based out of Massachusetts. Almost 100 years old, this company began as the brainchild of one immigrant man, and has now become one of the world’s finest creators of luxury linens.

Born in Damascus and trained in the Italian tradition of fine linen-making, John Matouk founded his company in 1929, when he moved overseas to America. Here he began selling his high-quality fabric, and even though America had just plummeted into the Great Depression, plenty of people recognized the worth of his linens and were willing to pay for it.

With the onset of World War II, he was unable to ship his materials from Italy to the United States, and so he moved all of his manufacturing to America. He also developed his own special fabric to take the place of linen when people could no longer access it. This new material became intensely popular and was established as Matouk’s first signature tablecloth.

After John Matouk’s death in 1963, his son George became president of the company — and during his time, he grew the brand until it became a maker of every array of household linens, acquiring status as a household name in the process.

At US-Mattress, you can find Matouk linens for every room in your home, at an affordable price. Their comprehensive inventory and dedication to the highest quality manufacture mean that you can fill your entire home with high-end linens, making life more comfortable in every space.


Help These Animals Find A Home

February 19, 2015

For more than six years, US-Mattress.com has been a charitable partner with the Michigan Humane Society, donating funds and spreading awareness to help give homeless, abused, and neglected animals food, shelter, and eventually loving homes. Right now we’re spotlighting four lovable animals who have been at the MHS for quite some time. These dogs and cats are all agreeable animals that would love to become the newest member of your family.

We have Meg, a beautiful 10-year-old long-haired cat. As an older cat, she’ll have a more low-key personality, which makes her easy to get along with.

Then there’s Jackson, a playful 1-year-old Pit bull with a friendly personality. He’ll be a fun dog to grow along with your family.

Our third pet is Manny, a handsome 3-year-old shorthair cat. He may seem shy at first, but since he’s lived with people before, he’ll quickly adapt to become a friendly part of your family.

Last, but not least, we have Snow White. She is a medium-sized, 3-year-old dog with big, beautiful eyes and a playful disposition that’s perfect for any dog-lover.

Each of these animals would make a great pet — they just need a chance. With you, they can have one. We ask you to consider adopting one of them and giving them a permanent home. As a thank-you, US-Mattress will give a brand-new pet bed to whomever adopts one of these four animals.

If you can’t take in an animal right now, but you’d still like to help, you can donate to the Michigan Humane Society on our website. Whatever you donate, we’ll match in order to help your contribution go even farther toward the rescue of helpless animals.


Innerspring Systems: The Continuous Coil

February 10, 2015

Continuous-Coil Mattress

The third innerspring system is the continuous coil, which means that the entire system is made of one single piece of steel. This allows each coil to rely on its neighbors to help it provide support, so pressure is easily spread across the mattress. Because of this, continuous coil systems provide solid support for people of any size.

The ability of each spring to draw on support from the coils around it also makes a continuous coil mattress more durable, since they’re less likely to form body imprints. You’ll find that most mattresses with continuous-coil systems are able to provide great support for least ten years. Plus, continuous coils are less expensive than pocketed-coil systems.

As far as drawbacks go, the main one is that continuous coils don’t prevent the transfer of motion quite like a pocketed-coil mattress does. Having every coil connected is going to allow you to feel movement when your partner rolls over or gets out of bed. However, the coils are run from head-to-toe in their construction to help counteract this.

Overall, a continuous-coil mattress is a really good choice if you’re looking for an affordable mattress that will provide quality support for a long time. When you shop at US-Mattress, you’ll find a wide variety of comfort levels and prices for these kinds of mattresses, so it’s easy to find the mattress that’s best for you.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Innerspring Systems: The Bonnell Coil

February 5, 2015

Bonnell Innerspring System

The Bonnell coil system is the second of four innerspring systems that I’ll be discussing. Bonnell coils are the most common kind of coil, as they are both the oldest kind of coil and also one of the simpler ones to manufacture. They were originally used in buggy seats back in the 1800s, and were eventually adapted for use as the main support in mattresses.

The basic shape of a singular Bonnell coil is that of an hourglass. To create the entire system, many of these coils are held together by smaller spiral coils — also known as helical lacing — which allows weight and pressure from an object (or body) to be spread out more easily.

Essentially, the Bonnell coil is your most basic innerspring system. If you buy a mattress with a low coil gauge (which makes the coil stronger) or a high coil count, you can still get good, lasting support from your mattress. Even if the coil gauge is higher, you can still get a durable mattress if it has a high coil count. A good Bonnell innerspring mattress has a minimum coil count of 500 for adults and 312 for children. It’s important to be very discerning when you’re looking at mattresses with a Bonnell innerspring system to make sure that it meets those standards — otherwise it will probably wear out much sooner than a comparable mattress with a different coil unit. Also, this is not the best choice for light sleepers. Because all the coils are attached, there is a very high transfer of motion — so you will be able to feel it every time your partner moves, shifts, or gets out of bed. If this sounds unappealing to you, you may want to look into pocketed-coil mattresses.

It’s not impossible to find a Bonnell system that gives you comfortable support. You just have to go in with your eyes open so that you know what you’re getting. This is the kind of support system you’ll find in a low- to mid-range quality mattress. If you need something for a guest room, or if you plan on replacing your mattress in another five-ish years, a Bonnell innerspring will save you money and still provide support.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


American-Made Furniture

January 27, 2015

Serta Perfect Sleeper Smart Surface Tidmore Super Pillow Top Mattress

Buying furniture is a pretty big investment. You want to furnish your home with quality pieces, but you also know that long-lasting furniture is not going to come cheap. You also want to know that the company you’re buying from has a good reputation when it comes to materials, construction, and eco-friendly practices.

One of the best aspects of American-made furniture and mattresses is that the companies producing these products typically adhere to these standards. The phrase “Buy American” isn’t just about supporting the economy — although that’s still pretty good motivation, considering the jobs it creates and the money it puts into the market. It’s also about investing in a higher quality. Lots of foreign industries don’t have the same kind of material and construction standards as we do here in the USA, so even if it means spending a little more money, you’re almost guaranteed to get better performance and quality from an American product than an imported one.

At the same time, importing materials and products across the world uses up precious natural resources — plus, it adds a pretty hefty shipping cost to your bill. American companies using American resources are wasting less and spending less because they don’t have to transport materials as far. This, combined with higher manufacturing standards, helps reduce the carbon footprint of American furniture and mattress companies.

US-Mattress carries a wide variety of furniture, mattresses, and linens that have been manufactured in America. We value both the economy and the environment, so we strive to provide you with a good selection of products that are crafted in our great country.


The Growing Benefits of Bamboo

January 22, 2015

Home Source Bamboo Cotton Block King Blanket

A relatively new product on the textiles market is bamboo fabric — and it’s quickly becoming a popular fiber thanks to its durable, eco-friendly nature. Bamboo plants grow extremely quickly, sometimes reaching heights of about 115 feet tall — so there’s a lot of plant to work with once it’s harvested. Plus, the act of harvesting is actually very healthy for bamboo plants, allowing them to grow back quickly. It also flourishes in a wide range of climates, proving its durability and sustainability. And as an added bonus, it doesn’t hurt the surrounding environment to harvest the plant.

As a fabric, bamboo is very resilient. Its strong fibers don’t break as easily as many other materials, so bamboo products will have a longer life than many polyester and cotton products. Plus, bamboo is very soft and breathable, and it wicks away moisture, which makes it great for bed sheets and pillowcases.

If you’re thinking of looking into bamboo fabrics or products for your bedroom, check out the selection at US-Mattress. They offer lots of bamboo essentials for your bedroom so that you can turn your bedroom into a comfortable, eco-friendly haven.

 


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