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    Guest Beds for the Holidays

    Last updated 3 years ago

    With the Holidays approaching more and more families are coming in trying to find the right mattress to go into the guest bedroom for visitors.  Whether you are trying to find a temporary solution to a problem, or if this will become a bed for children, or even the master bed, there are a few questions that are going to be necessary to consider. 

    First, who is going to be sleeping on this mattress?  

    Some individuals are purchasing for an unknown guest who will be coming at an unknown time, others have a specific individual coming next weekend.  Knowing the preferences of that specific individual might make this decision easier and result in a happier time together as family. 

    Second, how many people are going to be staying with us? 

    Most guestroom beds are going to have 2 people sleeping in the room.   This traditionally rules out a twin size mattress and leaves the full, queen, & king size beds.  A full size bed is 54” wide by 75” long, the same length as a twin, and we recommend a full mattress with a foam encased edge.  A queen size mattress will be 60” wide by 80” long, and is the most popular size mattress in America.  Finally, a king size bed will be an additional 18 inches wide, making the dimensions 78” wide by 80” long. 

    Next, why do I want a mattress that is foam encased? 

    We already mentioned that we recommend a full size bed with foam encased edges, but mattresses of all sizes can be made with this feature.  An edge that is foam encased had a hard foam layer around the coils of the mattress that allows an individual to sit, or sleep, on the edge of the mattress without it feeling like it is collapsing under weight, This feature is especially important if a full size mattress  is the largest size that the room will allow.  More than that, during a recent survey many people said that if they are staying in a friend/family member’s home, they prefer to sit on the bed in the guest bedroom than a chair or other furniture in the same room, to minimize their inconvenience to their hosts.  Having the foam encased edge on the sides and foot of the mattress provide an area to sit and get dressed as well.

    Fourth, what type of bed should I buy? 

    With all the different types of bed there are on the market today there are many different choices to make: innerspring, memory foam, latex, hybrid, and air beds.   In the past the innerspring mattresses have been the most popular in guest bedroom situations, however, as technologies are advancing 

    Mattress Direct - Product Review - Beautyrest World Class Levanna Firm Pillow Top

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Dave presents the new Beautyrest World Class coil on coil Firm Pillow Top. The Beautyrest World Class Premium Firm Pillow Top is a great balance of contouring comfort coils and world class support. Well Balanced for side sleepers, back sleepers, and even stomach sleepers. If you are inclined to tossing and turning, this is a great mattress to help you rest in ergonomic alignment.

     

    Mattress Considerations for Older Americans

    Last updated 4 years ago

                      Americans are living longer than ever, and as a result, senior citizens make up a significant portion of the mattress buying population.   Due to their unique set of needs, older Americans need to take certain factors into consideration when looking for a new sleep set.   

     

    Many sleep specialists agree that the best mattresses for aging people are Tempur-Pedics .     These mattresses offer a unique sleep surface that provides unparalleled support and pressure relief, which are the two most important things a bed needs to do.   All people need support, which puts the body in proper alignment during sleep.  However, this is especially important for older people, who frequently suffer from alignment issues such as scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis which are all abnormalities of the spinal column.   Many older Americans also live with osteoporosis or arthritis, so pain management should be a key factor in choosing a sleep set.   Because Tempur-Pedic uses the latest in sleep innovations and technology, they are able to produce mattresses that conform and contour distinctly to each individual’s body type.   This allows consumers to choose the Tempur-Pedic with a feel that is most comfortable for them without sacrificing support. 

    Because many senior citizens deal with poor circulation as well as more general aches and pains, pressure relief is paramount in getting a good night’s sleep.   Often times with this age group, there is a preconceived notion that “firmer is better.”   However, for people suffering from the aforementioned afflictions, a softer initial feel is often recommended, provided the mattress still provides support, as all Tempur-Pedics do.   A Tempur-Pedic will not restrict capillaries or blood flow, which means less stress on the body, less tossing and turning, and a deeper, more restorative night’s sleep.   For older Americans that are confined to bed, these mattresses are a great choice, as the unique pressure-relieving surface will limit bruising and bedsores.    In fact, Tempur-Pedics are popular choices for hospices and burn units for these very reasons. 

    Along with a Tempur-Pedic mattress, an adjustable lifestyle base can further improve quality of life for senior citizens.   A lifestyle base that allows the user to raise and lower the head and feet is not only extremely comfortable, but also provides an easier transition in and out of bed for those with limited mobility.  Additionally, the limitless customizable settings allows for unmatched comfort and pressure relief.    For older Americans whose medical conditions confine them to bed, the base allows them to enjoy life and interact with others in a way they would be unable to do on a traditional mattress and box spring set. 

     

    Sleep Divorce today on Dr Oz! With our friend Dr. Michael Breus

    Last updated 4 years ago

                When most people think of married couples sleeping in separate bedrooms, they picture either a troubled relationship or one with Victorian-era ideas about the role of sex in a partnership.  However, it’s now estimated that 25% of American couples sleep apart.   In fact, many new homes are being designed with two master bedrooms.  But is this rising trend of solo slumber actually beneficial to those that try it?  Experts seem to be split.

     

    Couples who choose to sleep separately have different reasons for doing so.  Some are on wildly different schedules and don’t want to disturb one another.  Others are trying to get away from a partner that snores or moves around too much during the night.   It’s also common among new parents whose sleep schedules are already in shambles. 

     

    Proponents of separate bedrooms claim that it’s beneficial for both partners, because they deeper, more restorative sleep.  Some studies claim that sleeping alone allows for up to 50% less disrupted sleep.  Waking up more refreshed is just the beginning; good sleep also helps with weight loss, mental clarity, recovery from illness, and a litany of other benefits that are just now being understood.  Sleep experts also claim that when couples are well-rested, it improves their communication and overall satisfaction with each other. 

     

    On the other hand, many sleep specialists believe sleeping apart is the wrong solution to sleep problems.  They recommend making sure your bedroom is a sleep-friendly zone, with a high quality mattress and appropriate temperature and lighting.  Just about everyone agrees making your bedroom an electronics-free zone without televisions or computers is a great step for a less disruptive nighttime.  It’s also suggested you work with your partner when possible to compromise on sleep habits – such as a lights out bedtime.   If these things aren’t working, the next step may be to contact a medical professional who specializes in sleep disorders.

     

                There are several reasons couples might consider going through all the steps listed above instead of simply sleeping in separate rooms.   Most people reported feeling a better sense of togetherness when sleeping in the same bed.  Many people said they felt the few minutes before bedtime were some of the only, and therefore most precious, moments they got to spend with their partner.  Additionally, having a partner in close proximity leads to more sex and intimacy, which is vital to most people for a healthy relationship.  Finally, several cases were cited where one partner had a health crisis in the night, such as a stroke, heart attack or seizure, that was addressed much faster due to having their partner right next to them.

     

                While there is no one right answer for the best way for you and your partner to live your life and get the best night’s sleep possible, it seems fair to say that before you and your partner move into different bedrooms, you should assess other aspects of your sleep habits and hygiene that may be contributing to disruptive sleep.  

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