Mattress Tips

Choosing the Right Mattress is Everything

Whether you sleep alone or with a partner, it’s important that you choose the right size mattress to give you as much room as possible.

For Adults

  • The mattress should be longer than the tallest person who will be sleeping on it and wide enough so that the person has enough space to lie in their natural resting position without reaching beyond the edge of the mattress or in the case of couples having their elbows or knees touching. For couples we would recommend a Queen or King.
  • The closer you get to your partner, the greater the chance for motion transfer as well as heat transfer which can disturb your restful sleep. Larger sleep surfaces reduce these factors
  • Consider your lifestyle needs. Do you expect young children or family pets to join you in bed? If so, additional sleeping space would be required.

For Young Children

  • Consider the length of time you expect to keep the mattress before replacing it. You should select a mattress that your child can grow into instead of grow out of.
  • Remember to factor in times where you may need to spend time in bed with your child such as nighttime readings and comforting sessions. If space permits, we suggest a full size.

For Teens

  • Remember these are the growing years so anticipate the growth spurts and select a size they won’t grow out of.
  • It’s likely homework and study time will be spent in bed as well as video gaming
  • The child will be off to college in a few years, so the room may be converted into a guest room. If space permits, we suggest a full size

For Guest rooms

  • Consider if couples will be using the bed. If so a full size with proper edge support would be required. If space permits, a queen would be recommended since most couples sleep in queen sized beds. Your guests will appreciate the added space and have a more restful stay
  • Anticipate that you may be sleeping in the guestroom on occasion. Relief from a snoring or restless partner, or times where young children have come in for comforting with your spouse.
  • Children’s sleepovers where more than one child would be sleeping in the bed

Choosing the right Foundation / Box Spring:

The foundation is the bottom component of the sleep set. It is constructed of wood and is designed to be a flat ridged surface acting as a platform to place your mattress on raising it up off of the frame or rails of your Headboard / Footboard. It is a non-yielding surface and is ideal for one sided mattresses. Many mattresses constructed of pocketed coils and high tech foams require a non-yielding foundation in order to maintain the warranty and for maximum performance of the sleep set.

Box Springs differ from foundations in that they are made of wood and steel torsion modules that act as a shock absorber for your mattress. Box springs absorb 70% of the initial energy compression when entering the bed and therefore help extend the performance life of the mattress.

Box Springs and Foundations come in several size options to accommodate ease of delivery and esthetics of the bedroom.

Standard Height Foundations are 9 inches tall.  Bunkie Boards, which are just a smaller version of a standard foundation are 2 inches tall.  There are options for a reduced Height Foundation are 4 inches tall and are recommended for Thicker Pillow Top mattresses. The combined height of your new sleep set may be much greater than your current set particularly if you have selected a Pillow Top. Your new sleep set may be too high for you to get in and out of comfortably and may feel like it overpowers the bedroom. Headboards and nightstands were made to match the height of the mattress set. If your bedroom set is greater than 10 years old, the new set may appear to be too high as it relates to your headboard and night stands. Alarm clocks and phones placed on the night stands may now appear to be too low and out of sight while Ceiling fans may appear too close. For Pillow Tops and Ultra Plush models, we recommend the Reduced Height Foundation option. 

Facts About Sleeping:

Why is sleep important?

The quality of a night’s sleep determines the quality of our waking life. Alertness, energy, mood, thinking, productivity, safety, health and longevity are all linked to the quality of your sleep.

How much sleep do I need?

For sleep to be rejuvenating, you should get your sleep in one uninterrupted block of time.  Disruptive sleep is not restorative and may cause drowsiness.  On average, six hours of solid sleep is often more restorative than eight hours of poor, fragmented sleep. Remember, the quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity of your sleep.

Tossing and turning is a sleep disrupter.  Make sure that you have a mattress that provides proper support and the right comfort to minimize tossing and turning, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep through the night.

How can a lack of sleep impact me?

Here are some common side effects caused by a lack of sleep:

  • Drowsiness
  • Mood Shifts
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decreased Motor Performance
  • Decreased Cognitive Performance
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Decreased memory capacity
  • Ineffective communication and decision making skills
  • Inability to handle complicated tasks
  • Lack of productivity and creativity

Is my health directly related to the amount and quality of my sleep?

Yes.  Studies have found a relationship between the quantity and quality of one’s sleep and many health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and depression.  For example, insufficient sleep affects growth hormone secretion that is linked to obesity; as the amount of hormone secretion decreases, the chance for weight gain increases.  Blood pressure usually falls during the sleep cycle; however, interrupted sleep can adversely affect this normal decline, leading to hypertension and cardiovascular problems.  Research has also shown that insufficient sleep impairs the body’s ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes.  More and more scientific studies are showing correlations between poor and insufficient sleep and disease.

If I wake up in the middle of the night should I get up or lie there until I fall back to sleep?

Waking up in the night and not being able to fall back to sleep is a symptom of insomnia.  Peaceful thoughts may help to induce sleep more than the old adage of counting sheep, which some research suggests may actually be more distracting than relaxing.  Whatever technique you use, experts say you should get up go to another room and engage in another relaxing activity if you don’t fall back to sleep in 15-20 minutes.  Reading or listening to music is recommended.  Return to your bed when you feel sleepy again.

Tips for a Better Nights Rest:

  • Keep Regular Hours
  • Keep your biological clock in sync by going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning – even on weekends.
  • Develop a Sleep Ritual
  • Doing the same things each night just before bed cues your body to settle down for the night.
  • Sleep on a Comfortable, Supportive Mattress and Foundation.
  • It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on a sleep set that’s too small, too soft, too hard, or too old.
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Regular exercise can help to relieve the day’s tension – but not too close to bedtime or you may have a hard time falling asleep.
  • Cut Down on Stimulants
  • Consuming stimulants, such as caffeine, in the evening interferes with falling asleep and prevents deep sleep.
  • Don’t Smoke
  • Smokers take longer to fall asleep, awaken more often and experience disrupted, fragmented sleep.
  • Drink Only in Moderation
  • Drinking alcohol before bedtime interrupts and fragments sleep.
  • Unwind Early in the Evening
  • Try to deal with worries and distractions several hours before going to bed.
  • Create a Restful Sleep Environment
  • Sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room on a comfortable, supportive mattress and foundation.
  • Make Sleep a Priority
  • Say “yes” to sleep even when you’re tempted to stay up late. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.
Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don’t sleep enough are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease regardless of age, weight, smoking and exercise habits. One study that examined data from 3,000 adults over the age of 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night.
National Sleep Foundation

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