Help Us Help These Animals!

April 16, 2015

We’re back with another Michigan Humane Society feature! Today we have four more animals who are all ready for adoption. Check out these videos and help us spread the word to help them find their forever homes!

First up is Echo, a 1-year-old domestic shorthair cat who loves to be petted. She does best in a quieter family where she’s the only cat, but in an environment like that, she’ll flourish. Echo is low-key, so she’s up for petting, playing, or napping whenever you are.

Godiva is a young domestic shorthair cat who’s a little bit of a mystery. She loves to play and be active, but she doesn’t have any history with children or other pets — so she might get along really well with them, but she also might not. However, her love for playing and being petted could easily help her overcome any shyness with others.

There’s Tulip, a 4-year-old Pit Bull mix who loves to play. She’s an active and friendly, and she gets along with both people and other dogs, which is great if you have a family that includes animals. When she’s not running around, she loves to snuggle, so she’ll make herself a part of your family in no time.

Last, but not least, we have Rosie, a pretty hound/lab mix with lots of energy. Rosie loves to run around and play with other dogs, so she’s quite socialized and friendly. She could use a little training because she has so much energy, but if you live an active lifestyle, she could be the perfect dog for you.

Each of these adoptable animals has the potential to be a wonderful addition to your family, and thanks to the Michigan Humane Society’s efforts to save them, they have this chance. As a charitable partner of the MHS, US-Mattress is giving a free pet bed to the families who adopt these cats and dogs.

If you remember our last MHS feature, then you’ll be happy to know that Ed the cat, Athena the Pit Bull, and Bear the Shepherd/Lab mix were all adopted last time! These sweet animals are all enjoying their new homes with their forever families.

If you can’t adopt right now, but you still want to help in some way, you can donate to the Michigan Humane Society on the US-Mattress website. We’ll match whatever you donate so that your contribution goes twice as far in the rescue of Detroit’s homeless animals.


The New Jefferys Bay Mattress

April 9, 2015

Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Liberty Point Luxury Firm Mattress

Every now and then, mattress companies make changes to their collections or even to specific mattresses. While it’s not always very noticeable, sometimes these changes can be confusing, especially if not every consumer is aware of the change.

One recent, subtle change from Simmons is the name change for the Jefferys Bay Luxury Firm Mattress. It’s not an earth-shattering change by any means, but it can be confusing to customers who receive a word-of-mouth recommendation for this specific model, and then can’t find it when they search for it. The Jefferys Bay has been renamed as the Liberty Point Luxury Firm Mattress.

Just as it did when it was still the Jefferys Bay, the Liberty Point contains three different kinds of comfort padding layers: AirCool Memory Foam, AirCool Memory Foam with Micro Gel Touch, and Dynamic Response Memory Foam. These all help relieve pressure so that you sleep more restfully. Its individually wrapped coil system gives it better contouring ability, and even allows you to use it on an adjustable base.

Plus, it has a Comfort Scale of 3, which makes it a firm mattress. So you get good pressure relief and a solid, supportive feel, which is an excellent combination for anyone who needs something that feels a little harder than your average plush mattress.

It may not seem like a big deal if you weren’t looking for the Jefferys Bay mattress, but even so, the knowledge could come in handy. You never know.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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


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