Sleep (and Mattress) Education
We always want to help you be as informed as possible to help you feel great about the new mattress you choose. It is an important investment in that all important time of rest and recharging at night that we call sleep.
Below we have some informative videos by the Better Sleep Council and some mattress selection tips that we hope will be helpful.
Of course we feel that we can help the most if you stop by our store, so we hope to serve you soon!
Normally, mattress will measure an inch or more smaller than what are listed as the "standard" industry dimensions.
Width Length Width Length
Twin: 39" x 74" Extra Long Twin: 39" x 79"
Full: 54" x 74" California King: 72" x 84"
Queen: 59" x 79"
King: 76" x 79"
Your usual sleeping position
Side - Typically you need a mattress that shapes around you more when you are on your side because you have your hips and shoulders curving out. The hips and shoulders need enough give under them so they aren’t being pushed against by the bed and creating pressure points. So a little softer top or memory foam mattress should be considered.
Back - When you sleep primarily on your back, the main thing to be aware of is that you need support into the curve of your lower back. To keep good spinal aligment while on your back, make sure you don’t feel a gap under the small of your back as you lay on the mattress. Usually a medium firmness or “plush” top mattress is best for on your back.
Stomach - The biggest consideration about sleeping on your stomach is making sure you don’t arch your lower back too much, causing lower back pain. We never recommend a really soft mattress for stomach sleepers for that reason. Normally firm to medium firm is best on your stomach.
For the most part, the heavier you are the more a high spring count mattress will be important (the more coils the more support in general). Also, making sure the mattress has high quality durable materials in the cushioning will help ensure a better nights sleep. High density foam like memory foam and latex foam are materials you want to make sure is in the padding.
If you are light you won’t settle into the cushioning or coils as much. It may be better to have a softer, more giving mattress, if you are light so that you can get the comfortable “cradling” effect from the mattress.
Try the bed in the store
When you come into the store we will ask a few questions and narrow down the selection to the choices that fit your needs. Then you can spend a few minutes lying down on the mattresses to decide what feels best to you. It may seem odd, but you should take a deep breath or two and close your eyes as you try the mattress. This will help you to be able to really notice the way your body feels on the bed.
Ultimately, you decide what feels best to you. But hopefully this has given you a place to start. We look forward to serving you!
IS IT TIME FOR A NEW MATTRESS?
Do you remember the last time you got a really great night’s sleep? Perhaps it wasn’t even in your own bed. Where were you? A hotel? Your favorite easy chair? A couch?
All too often, the answer is somewhere other than your own bed. But you should be getting your best night’s sleep on your own mattress.
If you find you’re not sleeping as well as you should in your own bed, you may want to consider that your mattress and foundation could be depriving you of good sleep. It may be time for a new mattress if:
You wake up with pain, stiffness or soreness.
You are not sleeping as well as you were a year ago.
You had your best night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed.
Your mattress shows visible signs of wear and tear.
Too often, people are unaware that their mattress is no longer meeting their needs. You can avoid sleepless nights by carefully evaluating the comfort and support of your sleep set twice a year to make sure your personal comfort preferences are still being met.