Contour Pillows

November 12, 2013

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I know they’ve been around for a while now, but what’s the deal with contour pillows? I see them all the time in bedding stores, but I don’t think I know anybody who sleeps with one. They actually look kind of uncomfortable to me. Can you provide me with some information? I don’t usually spend too much time thinking about contour pillows, but lately I’ve been struggling with some neck pain, and I got to thinking that my pillow might be to blame. Are contour pillows good for people who have neck pain?

-Dale from Bisbee, AZ

Dear Dale,

Thank you for writing. To tell you the truth, I went a long time before investigating contour pillows for myself. They do look a little strange, and I think that’s why I was initially turned off. But eventually I knew that I would have to acquaint myself. I am a guru, after all. It wouldn’t look too good if someone like yourself asked me about contour pillows and I said, “I don’t know, why don’t you just Google it?” Anyway, there are a handful of benefits that come from sleeping with a contour pillow, and since you’re suffering from neck pain, a contour pillow might be especially ideal for you.

Head and Neck Support

Contour pillows curve with the shape of your head, keeping it fully supported throughout the night. Proper head support allows for an enhanced level of neck support as well. Contour pillows keep your neck in a healthy position while you sleep, alleviating pressure points and delivering proper support.

Spinal Alignment

When your spine isn’t properly aligned while you sleep, your weight isn’t distributed evenly, which can result in back pain or more serious spinal ailments. Contour pillows enable you to sleep in the healthiest spinal position and help to promote long term spinal health.

Enhanced Comfort

Contour pillows help to create a more comfortable sleep experience. With your spine, neck, and head properly aligned for maximum comfort and support, you won’t have to change positions throughout the night. Without tossing and turning, you can enjoy the deep, undisturbed sleep that your body needs to achieve peak performance.

US-Mattress.com is the place to go for the best prices on contour pillows. Latex, memory foam and gel memory foam contour pillows are especially popular right now, as they alleviate more pressure points and provide enhanced conforming comfort. Shop through our selection, and find the contour pillow that will give you deep, restful sleep and allow you to enjoy ache-free mornings.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


The Great Foam Debate

May 10, 2013

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I’m looking for a new mattress, and I think I want to make the switch from innerspring to foam. I’m seeing some great selections on US-Mattress.com, but I’m torn between latex and memory foam. Both seem to have some great benefits, so I’m not sure which one to choose. Can you give me some more information that might help me make up my mind?

-Leighton from Auburn, IN

Dear Leighton,

Thank you for your letter. Oh, the great foam debate. Which is better? Which is more comfortable? Which will last longer? These are common questions people have when they consider which type of foam mattress to purchase. Both latex and memory foam are excellent comfort materials that do a great job of relieving those pesky pressure points that can cause you to toss and turn at night. Both memory foam and latex will aid in reducing motion transfer between couples, and both do a good job of adding durability to a mattress. For more information on the differences between the two, and to determine which one is right for you, I suggest that you watch this video from Jed, our buyer and resident mattress expert.

As you can see, both have characteristics that will help you get great sleep, but they do so in different ways. Hopefully Jed’s information about the ways in which they differ will help you decide which one is the right choice for you. Best of luck!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Innerspring or Foam?

February 28, 2013

When you’re shopping for a mattress, you see a lot of information about foam mattresses, and if you’ve never owned one, you may be considering making the switch from an innerspring mattress. You may be familiar with the benefits of the different foams, but still not know if an all foam mattress is right for you. If you’re not sure that it’s worth spending the extra money, then take a look at this video from our mattress buyer, Jed. He has some great information that may help to clear up some of your questions.

No matter what kind of mattress you’re looking for, you can count on getting a great deal when you shop with US-Mattress. Shop today, and start getting the restful sleep that you deserve!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


The Best Type of Pillow

March 21, 2012

We all have opinions about what type of pillow is the best, or at least which ones we find to be the most comfortable. Personally, I’m not very hard to please. If it’s soft, clean, and helps me spend my nights in in a peaceful slumber, then I’m a happy camper. But I have spent enough nights battling pillows in guest bedrooms, on dorm futons, and on basement couches when the heat of a summer night finds light sleepers seeking cooler conditions, to know that when you’re not laying on the right pillow, falling asleep can seem impossible. Let’s take a look at a few different kinds of pillows, and hopefully if you’re among those on a quest for the perfect one, this will steer you in the right direction.

Down and Feather

Down pillows are made of the light, fluffy tufts that lie beneath the wings of geese and ducks. Feather pillows are made of flat feathers with quills running through them. Many people prefer down and feather pillows because of their pliability and the ease with which they conform to the neck. These pillows are washable, and when taken care of, can sustain their durability. If you’re a hot sleeper, you may not favor these as they can trap heat and make for a sweaty night. Also, if you have a heavy head or require lots of neck support, you will likely find these pillows unsatisfactory. Finally, down and feather pillows can trigger allergies for some, so you’ll want to be sure you’re not allergic to the pillow before you buy it.

Synthetic Fiber

If allergies are one reason you wouldn’t buy a down pillow, then you might enjoy nights spent on pillows made of synthetic fiber. Free from allergens, synthetic pillows are soft, washable, and, if made of high quality fiber, can last for years. Cheap synthetic pillows, however, can break down easily resulting in a lumpy, uncomfortable surface. Synthetic pillows often require a “break-in” period of about a week, so keep that in mind if you don’t find yours immediately comfortable.

Cotton

If you enjoy the feeling of a pure, natural pillow, then you might enjoy one made of cotton. These pillows are favored by those who find down pillows excessively soft. Over time, cotton pillows can compress and harden, resulting in a firm spot to rest your head. They do not contour easily to your body, so if you desire pliability, you may not enjoy these pillows. Also, cotton pillows retain moisture and, if not washed often, can attract mold and dust mites.

Foam

Foam pillows are a great choice for those seeking superior neck, back, and spine support. Specifically designed to contour your body, foam pillows offer the right support precisely where you need it. Memory foams will conform most readily, but harder foams will offer better support. Foam pillows can retain heat, so like down pillows, these might not be the best bet if you’re prone to a sweaty sleep. Like other synthetic materials, foam may require some time before it feels comfortable. Additionally, foam can give off a chemical smell for a day or two when brand new, so keep that in mind if you experience an immediate odor.

So, which pillow is best? Do you prefer easily shaped down to hard foam? Do you enjoy the hardness of your cotton pillow? Do you like anything as long as it doesn’t make you sweat? Asses your needs and preferences the next time you buy a pillow, and hopefully when you go to bed at night, you’ll rest your head on the best one.


Sleep Naturally: Organic Mattresses

January 24, 2012

In light of growing concerns for the environment, many manufacturers are taking steps toward more responsible sourcing of materials for their products, a trend that has now carried over into bedding.

If you’re concerned about the materials that go into the products you buy for your home, you may be interested in one of many organic mattresses now on the market.

What’s in Your Mattress?
Often, finding out exactly what your mattress is made of can be difficult. Traditional mattresses are made primarily of synthetic materials like polyurethane foams, polyester fiber, and are treated with flame retardant chemicals.

Some manufacturers are offering new, naturally derived mattresses to meet the increasing consumer demand for organically sourced beds.

Natural Alternatives
Simmons Natural Care® is a line of latex mattresses made from the sap of the rubber tree. Latex is an increasingly popular mattress type because it is breathable, eliminates motion transfer, and conforms to your body. Latex models also offer superior durability and comfort life. Naturally derived latex mattresses provide just as much comfort and support as their synthetic latex counterparts, and also give you peace of mind in knowing where your bed came from. For more on the differences between natural and synthetic latex, see our earlier post, Latex: Natural vs. Synthetic.

Natura, another organic brand, offers not only organic latex mattresses, but also a collection of organic bedding, pillows, and other accessories. These products are made with natural memory foams, latex, wool, and even recycled water bottles.

CertiPUR: Natural Assurance
A company earns the CertiPUR seal by undergoing regular, voluntary testing to ensure that their products meet specific criteria for physical performance, indoor emissions, and environmental stewardship. Both Simmons Natural Care® and Natura products carry the CertiPUR seal.

What Are You Sleeping On?
Organic mattresses are an excellent choice for those who want a naturally derived product without sacrificing quality, comfort, or durability. With the growing collection of organic offerings, knowing what your new bed is made of is easier than ever. Shop for natural mattresses and bedding.


Latex: Natural vs Synthetic

January 13, 2012

Latex mattresses are among the finest mattresses found on the market today. They provide great support, long lasting durability, retain almost no heat, transfer very little motion (great for couples) and reduce painful pressure points better than any comfort material on the market. They’re also hypoallergenic, anti-dust mite, and anti-microbial, which makes latex the healthiest choice for you and your family. However, keep in mind that there are two types of latex: natural, and synthetic. One of these is, as it sounds, naturally derived; the other is the farthest thing from it.

Natural latex is available in two different styles: Talalay and Dunlop. While both styles are natural, the names refer to the type of refinement process that is used to convert the sap of the rubber tree into the comfort material you sleep on at night. Talalay (pronounced tal-la-lay) is the highest quality latex you can find. It’s also the best at reducing pressure, which is why all high quality natural latex mattresses feature Talalay latex near the top of the mattress. Dunlop latex, while still extremely effective at reducing pressure, is commonly used to produce the support cores. This is because the Dunlop process results in a firmer latex than Talalay, making it ideal for back support rather than comfort. The key to finding a quality natural latex mattress is to make sure the mattress has a Dunlop core with at least one layer of Talalay latex near the top. As long as these two criteria are met, you’ll have a great, healthy product that’s built to last.

The other commonly used form of latex in mattresses is synthetic latex. Synthetic latex provides great pressure relief and support, but isn’t the best choice for those looking to purchase a “green” product. However, if this isn’t a concern for you, synthetic latex mattresses will provide you with 20+ years of quality comfort and support just like their natural counterparts.

So which type of latex mattress is best? That depends on your outlook and budget. If you enjoy buying products that are naturally derived and eco-friendly, a natural Talalay or Dunlop latex mattress is an excellent choice. If you’re not worried about the materials, a synthetic latex mattress will provide the same performance and long life at a comparable price. As always, if you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below and I will be happy to answer them as soon as possible. Click here to view our selection of natural and synthetic latex mattresses.


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