When To Replace Your Old Mattress

Swapping your old mattress for a new one can lead to better sleep, improved health and less aches and pains.

If you’ve seen our ads, you know how important it is to replace your mattress every 8 years. But you may not know why. Well, we want to break down some of the reasons you should replace your old mattress.

Your Allergies Are Acting Up

Do you find yourself sneezing a lot more? Has your partner given up on saying “bless you”? If so, it could be your mattress to blame. You spend about a third of each day on your mattress. As the years add up, so does the sweat, oils and skin flakes. While you may think that’s disgusting, there are others that consider it delicious. Dust mites feed off skin flakes, which naturally attracts them to your old mattress. Unfortunately, many people are allergic to these tiny bed hogs.

If you’ve been sneezing, coughing, or have runny nose lately, your mattress might be infected with dust mites. Dust mite allergies can also contribute to asthma, with symptoms like difficulty breathing.

Don’t share your bed with these little intruders. Replace your mattress if you have any of these symptoms.

Pro Tip: Invest in a mattress protector that you can remove and wash to keep your mattress clean.

Your Mattress Is Dirty

In addition to the allergens, your mattress will simply get dirty over time. We’ve already discussed how sweat, oil, and skin flakes will accumulate. But there’s also drool, hair, blood, urine, and other fluids. Not to mention the family pet. Plus, if you’re the type to snack in bed (who isn’t?), you can add crumbs and spills to that list.

All of this filth can cause your mattress to smell and your skin to break out. This is yet another reason to get a mattress protector when you replace your old mattress.

You Wake Up In Pain

As your mattress ages, it loses its shape. A saggy mattress doesn’t provide the support you need. As a result, your body won’t get the rest it needs to repair itself. This leads to sore and stiff muscles. Common pains occur in the neck and lower back. When you wake up in this aching state, you’re usually tired.  This usually means you didn’t get the best sleep you could have had.

If you keep waking up with aches and pains, take a closer look at your mattress for signs of wear and tear. If your mattress is sagging, or if there are lumps or coils that you can feel, it’s probably time replace.

According to one study, a new mattress can help reduce back pain and improve sleep. So if you’re in pain, don’t wait to replace your old mattress. Relief can come with just one trip to your local Sit ‘n Sleep!

You Can Feel Your Partner Moving Around

Replacing your old mattress can also help your relationship. As mattresses age, they start to lose their ability to reduce motion transfer. As a result, you’ll be able to feel your partner moving around in bed. This can become a nuisance if you’re a light sleeper or if you’re partner tosses and turns a lot. Plus, if you’re on different sleep schedules, it could be harder for you each to get the sleep you need.

Speak To A Sleep Consultant

There’s no reason to keep going to bed sneezing or waking up sore. If you’re noticing or experiencing any of the issues we’ve discussed, it might be time to replace your mattress. A new mattress can help you sleep better and be better for your overall health and wellness. Just remember to keep it clean.

At Sit ‘n Sleep, we have a huge selection of mattresses that can fit your unique needs and body type. Give us a call or visit us in store and speak with one of our highly trained Sleep Consultants. They can help you find a great new mattress to replace your old one. You’re one call or visit away from the best sleep of your life.

What is a Hybrid Mattress? A Lesson In Comfort

A look into hybrid mattresses – the newest and most comfortable mattress on the market

We recently explored the return of adjustable beds’ popularity. Now we want to turn our focus to another popular bed: the hybrid mattress.

When most people hear “hybrid,” they think of cars. But lately the term has been getting a lot of buzz in the mattress world too. And for good reason. Hybrid mattresses offer the perfect balance of comfort and support by combining memory foam with pocketed springs.

So what exactly is a hybrid mattress?

To answer this question, we’re going to dive into each component of hybrid mattresses and how they all do their part to help you get a great night’s sleep.

What Makes Up A Hybrid Mattress?

Memory Foam

Memory foam’s comfort is out of this world. In fact, it was literally invented by NASA to help improve their seat cushioning and crash protection. Its viscoelastic substance allows the foam to mold to your body and evenly distribute your body weight.

This astronaut-approved foam also reacts to your body’s temperature, becoming softer as your body heat rises. This is especially beneficial when it comes to pain points, which have an average temperature higher than the rest of the body. The foam will mold itself according to your aches and pains, providing relief and letting your body recover quicker.

Memory foam can also help make sure your spine is properly aligned when you’re lying down. This can help solve a lot of spinal problems in the long run, which your back will thank you for.

Pocketed Springs

Of course, comfort isn’t the only important feature of a good mattress. You’ll also need a strong support system. Enter: the innerspring.

Innersprings are metal coils in the mattress that “push back” on your bodyweight. This gives your body the support it needs to keep your spine aligned properly. These springs also let the mattress breathe, especially compared to traditional foam mattresses. They also provide a certain bounce that can help you get in and out of bed and switch sleeping positions. Plus they help with some of the more intimate activities.

But there are more than one kind of innerspring system. And while different spring systems each have their own benefits, the best of the bunch is the pocketed spring.

Pocketed springs are coils in the mattress that are individually wrapped in fabric. This fabric allows them to contour to your bodyweight independent of each other. This is what separates pocketed springs from traditional innersprings, where all the surrounding coils will react in unison to pressure.

Because they don’t completely affect their surrounding springs, you’ll be able to move around in bed without waking your partner. These springs could literally save your relationship.

Cooling Gel

Memory foam is an amazing invention. But memory foam infused with cooling gel puts the “ice” in “icing on the cake.”

For all the great benefits memory foam provides, it does tend to trap in heat. This can increase your body temperature while you sleep. Fortunately, we have a great solution for that with our cooling gel. By infusing cooling gel into the memory foam, you’re able to get a comfortable and cool sleep. This is especially helpful for all you human furnaces that have a higher body temperature.

Studies have shown that your body’s core temperature needs to drop in order to start falling asleep. Furthermore, sleeping with a colder temperature can decrease insomnia, increase your release of melatonin, and improve your overall sleep quality.

Aside from the advantages cooling gel can bring to your sleep, it also improves the actual memory foam. Gel infused memory foam is airier and more breathable thanks to an improved open-cell structure. Gel mattresses also give more support, since the cooling gel makes the foam more resilient to body heat.

Cashmere Fibers

Speaking of staying cool, some of the more luxurious hybrid mattresses include natural cashmere fibers for even more breathability and a cooler sleep.

You probably know about the use of cashmere in clothing. You might even own a few nice cashmere sweaters or scarves. And who can blame you? Cashmere’s soft and lightweight fibers make any article of clothing unbelievably comfortable.

But while many equate cashmere with a feeling of warmth, you might be surprised to learn of its cooling properties. Cashmere has the magical ability to regulate temperature. The fabric that keeps you snug in the winter can also help you keep cool during the summer.

We added cashmere to our Hybrid Infinity Cool Luxury mattress to give you a better sleep. You’ll get all the great benefits of a hybrid mattress, with the temperature-regulation, softness, and durability of cashmere.

The Hybrid Infinity is the ultimate hybrid mattress

The Hybrid Infinity mattresses combine the pocketed springs, memory foam, cooling gel and, in some cases, cashmere fibers. The result is a mattress that has the perfect balance of comfort and support.

The unique line of Hybrid Infinity mattresses include Cool Firm, Cool Standard, and Cool Luxury. Each mattress offers a different level of firmness to best fit your sleep needs.

If “what’s a hybrid mattress?” is the question. The Hybrid Infinity is the definitive answer.

Everything You Need to Know About Bed Bugs

According to the experts at the American Pest Management Association, the bed bug problem is out of control. Over 95% of professionals surveyed report dealing with at least one bed bug infestation within the past year, and the majority say that infestations are increasing. According to a different survey, 1 in 5 Americans have encountered bed bugs or knows someone who has. If you want to avoid becoming part of the statistics, you need to know to avoid these pests for good. Use this comprehensive guide to protect yourself, your bed, and your whole home.

What is a Bed Bug?

Bed bugs have terrorized beds for as long as beds have existed. They are small, round, brown bugs that grow to be around 5 millimeters long. The bugs feed on blood, which is why they seek out humans to bite in bed. The bugs are primarily active at night, and they use a decoagulant in their saliva to keep blood flowing at the site of the bite. The good news is that bed bugs do not transmit or spread diseases. The bad news is that their bites leave swollen, itchy red welts.

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Typically, you carry bed bugs into your home without even knowing it. They may crawl into your luggage when you stay at a hotel, or bury themselves in your coat as you ride on a train. Used furniture is another common source of hidden bed bugs, and in an apartment or condo complexes, they can easily travel between units. Experts suspect that bed bug infestations are increasing in part because people are traveling more, unknowingly visiting places with an active bed bug infestation, and bringing the pests home accidentally. Considering that bed bugs can live in carpet, bedding, or almost any cloth surface, combined with the fact that they’re small and reclusive, it’s easy to encounter bed bugs without knowing.

How Do You Recognize an Infestation?

Bed bugs may be hard to spot, but it’s not impossible. Identifying them sooner makes it easier to control them effectively, so you should monitor for evidence of an infestation, especially after you travel. If you end up with red welts, it’s a clear sign bed bugs have followed you home. Small red or brown blood spots on your sheets are also tell-tale evidence. When you have reason to suspect bed bugs, look for the bugs themselves around the piping of your mattress. Even though these pests are small and good at hiding, you will usually be able to visually verify you have an infestation. If you’re unsure, err on the side of caution by treating the infestation, or call in a professional to evaluate the space.

How Do You Prevent an Infestation?

Considering how common bed bugs have become, it’s smart for everyone to take steps to prevent them.  When traveling, inspect for bed bugs in your room, and keep your suitcases on a luggage rack so the bugs can’t reach it. Upon returning home, unload your clothes directly into the washing machine, and store your suitcases away from your bedroom. In between trips, be cautious about any second-hand furniture you buy. It also helps to seal your mattress in protective plastic because it denies the bed bugs their favorite hiding spot. Take care to clean your bedroom, bed linens, and clothes regularly while watching for any evidence of bed bugs. Finally, never assume you are immune. Bed bugs are attracted to humans, not messes, and they can make their way into any home and hide out of sight. Be vigilant so you can address the problem as soon as it appears.

How Do You Treat an Infestation?

Getting rid of bed bugs involves multiple solutions. Take all these steps to ensure the bugs and their offspring are completely gone:

Put all your bedding and clothing in a dryer set to high temperature for at least 30 minutes. Washing will not kill bed bugs, but high, sustained heat will.

Heat items that may be infested but can’t go in the dryer (furniture, mattresses, etc.) along with any rooms that may be infested to 120 degrees for at least 90 minutes. People typically rent specialized equipment to safely reach these temperatures or hire a professional to do it for them.

Use a pesticide to kill the remainder of the bed bugs. There are literally hundreds of products to choose from, which you can easily search using this tool from the Environmental Protection Agency. Though it’s possible to eliminate an infestation without pesticides, it’s far less reliable, which is why most experts recommend using a product specifically made to kill bed bugs. If you’re worried about toxins in your home, work with an expert to explore greener options.

Put out indicators that can show you if bed bugs are present in the area so you know whether or not the infestation is gone.

It can take some time and persistence, but as long as you’re thorough you can kick bed bugs out of your home once and for all.

How to Overcome Mattress Sticker Shock

At Sit ‘n Sleep, our goal is to help Southern Californians lead happier and healthier lives by improving the quality of their sleep. To help us accomplish this, we had the San Francisco-based market research company Survata conduct a survey of more than 500 Californians who are 18 years of age or older to learn more about their mattress buying habits and preferences. The results of the survey, along with a few comments from Sit ‘n Sleep store managers and Sleep Consultants, are summarized below. Some of their findings were quite surprising.

 People Who Have Never Purchased a Mattress and Why

The survey revealed that although the average respondent has purchased 3.5 mattresses during his or her lifetime, and 45% of them report having made their first purchase before the age of 24. However, almost half of those surveyed (48%) had never purchased even a single mattress. What’s more, over 20% of those who hadn’t bought a mattress indicated they’d never even considered buying one. Among the reasons given were sleeping on hand-me-downs, futons or air mattresses, but the number one reason for not having bought a mattress is that they simply assumed mattresses were too expensive. Evidently, they haven’t visited Sit ‘n Sleep.

Here’s what the manager of one of Sit ‘n Sleep’s Southern California brick and mortar locations had to say when asked why so many people think that mattresses cost too much:

“At Sit ‘n Sleep, every day is a sale day. People who assume shopping at a mattress discounter like Sit ‘n Sleep is expensive obviously haven’t visited one of our 38 mattress superstores. We’ll beat any competitor’s advertised price. Set-ups are always free, there’s free local delivery on purchases of $399 or more, and we won’t charge you to haul away your old mattress, frame and foundation. What’s more, our financing options can’t be beat, even if you have less than perfect credit. ”

How Often do People Replace Their Mattresses?

The largest group of respondents (43%) indicated they buy a new mattress every 5 to 10 years, while 13% replace their mattress more often than every 5 years. Over 40% of those who replied to the survey reported keeping their mattresses for more than 10 years. Amazingly, 10% of them indicated they have been sleeping on the same mattress for 20 years or more. It was also surprising to learn that two-thirds of people who have kept their mattresses for over 10 years say they’re still happy sleeping on it, while the remaining one-third indicated dissatisfaction with their present sleep system.

How Often Should Your Mattress be Replaced?

Sit ‘n Sleep’s City of Commerce mattress store and clearance center manager Joe Shaw says, “The life of a mattress varies based on the habits of individual sleepers. If your mattress is more than eight years old, it’s definitely time to have it replaced for health reasons, as well as sleeping comfort. All Sit ‘n Sleep locations have Sleep Consultants on duty who are always available to help shoppers choose a mattress that’s the right size, type and comfort level for their individual situation.”

Jack Armstrong, a Sleep Consultant at Sit ‘n Sleep’s Culver City location, pointed out that anyone who’s been sleeping on the same mattress for more than eight years will be amazed at the advances in mattress comfort and support that have been made in recent years. Armstrong went on to say that after testing one of the quality mattresses from manufacturers like TEMPUR-PedicSealySerta and other well-known brands available at Sit ‘n Sleep, that worn and tired old mattress they’ve been sleeping on will never feel the same to them again.sleep myths

How Much are People Willing to Pay for a New Mattress?

The Servata survey concluded that slightly more than half (51%) of the respondents would be reluctant to pay more than $500 for a new mattress. Of the remaining half, 32% would be comfortable paying between $500 and $1,500. On the high end, there were a few respondents who would be willing to spend $4,500 or more to replace their old mattress. Here’s the full breakdown:

  • Less than $500 – 51.0%
  • $500 to $1,499 – 32.4%
  • $1,500 to $2,499 – 6.7%
  • $2,500 to $3,499 – 2.8%
  • $3,500 to $4,499 – 1.0%
  • $4,500 or more – 6.1%

Brad Jones, another Sit ‘n Sleep store manager had this to say after seeing the survey results: “Our everyday low prices and huge selection of quality mattresses means all 38 Sit ‘n Sleep superstores have the right mattress for all body types at prices to fit just about any budget, regardless of how small.”

Sit ‘n Sleep carries a huge selection of quality name brand mattresses in sizes from Twin to California King, in comfort levels ranging from ultra-plush to extra firm, at prices starting below $300. In addition to the huge sales with deeply discounted prices on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and other major holidays, every day’s a sale day at Sit ‘n Sleep. Our online only specials offer savings that simply can’t be matched anywhere else. What’s more, we’ll beat any competitor’s advertised price for the same brand and model.

What Keeps People from Replacing Their Old Mattresses?

The majority of those who took part in the survey (56.5%) said price was the primary reason for not buying a new mattress, while 15.6% delayed replacing their mattress because they felt shopping for mattresses was inconvenient. The remaining 27.9% cited other undisclosed reasons for postponing their purchase. Susan Keller, another Sit ‘n Sleep store manager, points out that “Whether it’s online or in one of our superstores, shopping for a mattress at Sit ‘n Sleep is fast, easy and affordable, and it’s also convenient. No matter where you live in Southern California, there’s a Sit ‘n Sleep nearby that’s open 7 days a week. Sit ‘n Sleep believes in providing great customer service, which is why trained and knowledgeable Sleep Consultants are always available to answer customers’ questions and help them select a mattress that’s the right size and comfort level. We plan to use what we learned from the survey to provide our customers with an even greater selection of quality mattresses and sleep related products.”

Buying a Mattress Online

Almost 70% of the survey’s participants bought their last mattress from a mattress specialty store or big box retailer. Of these, less than 10% were purchased from an online retailer, despite the convenience and sometimes lower prices that can be found online. When asked hypothetically what would cause them to buy their next mattress online, 37% said convenience, 34% replied price and 21% felt they could find a wider range of choices online. Sit ‘n Sleep offers the best of both worlds, since shoppers can visit a nearby retail outlet, speak with a Sleep Consultant, test various mattresses and still take advantage of Sit ‘n Sleep’s online only specials by logging on the Internet and ordering at home.

Sit ‘n Sleep makes buying a new mattress simple. For more than 40 years, we’ve been providing consumers with quality mattresses, bedding and accessories at unbeatable prices. We carry a huge selection of name brand mattresses in a full range of sizes and comfort levels. Our knowledgeable and experienced Sleep Consultants will be pleased to answer your questions and help you select the mattress combination that’s best for your unique situation. Delivery is free for all purchases over $399, and same day delivery is available within 25 miles of a Sit ‘n Sleep warehouse.

To find out how you can start sleeping better tonight, stop by one of our 38 conveniently located mattress superstores, call us at (800) 908-0354 or visit us online today. You’ll be glad you did!

All About Latex Mattresses

Latex technology has come a long way since its newfound popularity in the mid nineteenth century. Now, even Latex mattresses are made using advanced technological processes and techniques.

Latex mattresses are ideal for allergy-sufferers in that Latex mattresses are naturally dust mite, bed bug, bacteria, mildew and mold resistant. Standard innerspring mattresses can be covered using a mattress protector or mattress cover, but regular mattresses are the perfect habitat for dust mites. Latex and memory foam, however, are not.

One big difference between regular mattresses and Latex mattresses is that Latex mattresses get warmer than regular mattresses and are great for keeping warm on cool nights. When purchasing your new Latex (and Memory foam too) mattress keep in mind that homes in higher altitudes, and climates that vary drastically are subjected to varying Latex firmness. In high altitude, many Memory foam and Latex foam mattresses get very firm because their natural properties react to body heat in order to allow for complete conformability.

Many find that there is one major advantage of a Latex mattress over regular innerspring mattresses.

Latex mattresses offer pressure-relieving support in areas most mattresses cannot.

Latex mattresses conform to the curves in your body and disperse your weight evenly across the surface of the bed. If you are a sensitive sleeper, easily awakened by the movements of your partner, a Latex mattress can be an easy way to eliminate disruptive movements.

There are different types of Latex and different levels of firmness. You will find, in the mattress description, numbers that refer to firmness of Latex foam. Latex foam firmness, referred to as ILD, comes in four comfort levels. The higher the ILD rating, the firmer the foam will be. For example ILD 11 is considered very soft, Plush foam, whereas ILD 50 is a very Firm, supportive foam.

Latex mattresses can be made in different ways and from different types of Latex. Here are a few different types of Latex used in mattresses.

  • Dunlop: The most common method of making Latex. Often cheaper than Talalay
  • Talalay: Another common method of making Latex, offers less dense Latex. Considered a more Premium Latex
  • Natural Latex: More expensive as it is harder to harvest.
  • Blended Latex: Chemicals are added to promote a consistent feel.
  • Synthetic Latex: A synthetic material that acts like Latex.

In comparison to Memory foam, Latex mattresses offer a springier, quick release for comfort. Also, a big difference is that Latex mattresses are not as sensitive to temperature change, whereas Memory Foam mattress rely on and retain body heat to remain soft and malleable.

To learn more, visit your neighborhood Sit ‘n Sleep mattress stores and speak with one of our expert Sleep Consultants.

Dust Mites, Allergies, And Your Mattress

Do you Wake up in the Morning Itching, Wheezing and Sneezing?

Most likely it’s because you’ve got unwelcome company living in your mattress. You may think you’re getting your 40 winks alone or with your sleeping partner, but in the recesses of your older mattress, box spring and pillows you are being joined by a happy family of millions of dust mites. Unfortunately, these critters are actually the cause of many indoor allergies in both children and adults alike. Indoor allergies, especially those that emanate from your mattress, can have a profoundly negative effect on your sleep and overall health. But, the good news is that there are many easy remedies for indoor allergies caused by the dust mites in your home furnishings.

How Common are Dust Mites?

Dust mites can be found in nearly every home, including yours. The American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology approximates that 10 percent of Americans exhibit allergies due to dust mites. Like bed bugs, mites prefer warm temperatures and love the warmth, moisture and plentiful food supply in your mattress.

Because dust mites feed on human and animal skin flakes, a mattress is the perfect home for mites.

It is estimated that humans shed about 1/5 ounce of dead skin each week. This is why it is extremely important to wash your sheets every two weeks and replace pillows that are more than a year old. This can reduce the risk of infestation.

Why are they Called Dust Mites?

Dust mites get their name because a large percentage of dust particles come from microscopic particles of dust mite skin and feces. This is a very common cause of indoor allergies. It has been estimated that dust mites play a role in around 60% of asthma, eczema and hay fever cases. Although some individuals are predisposed to dust mite allergies, allergies can develop in any person over time and should you start to see symptoms of indoor allergies, it is wise to speak to your physician.

How Can I Combat Dust Mite Allergies?

Indoor allergies can, and are often the cause of sleep disturbances and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be getting the sleep you deserve. Manufacturers now cater to individuals with allergies by offering mattresses made with latex instead of cotton. Latex mattresses are naturally resistant because of their density and hypo-allergenic make-up and have been found to relieve the symptoms associated with allergies related to dust mites. Speak to your neighborhood Sit ‘n Sleep Sleep Consultant more about this issue today!

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How To Protect Your Mattress

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At Sit ‘n Sleep, we’re always stressing the importance of a good night’s sleep. We are continuously trying to keep the public aware of the dangers of dust mites and how a good sleep health not only can help you stay thin but can help improve your on-the-job performance as well. Another important aspect of sleep health is ensuring that you have a clean, healthy sleep surface and that your bed is adequately protected from pesky parasites (dust mites, bed bugs) and allergens. The best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your mattress is by having a quality mattress protector.

What Does a Mattress Protector Do?

Mattress protectors are a must for every bed, regardless of its size or the materials from which it’s constructed. A good mattress protector will be made of a thin, breathable fabric like polyurethane to keep the mattress cool, prevent bunching and make sure it’s a quiet surface on which to sleep. Mattress protectors are great at preventing dust mites and bed bugs because they keep the inside of the mattress from accumulating human oils and skin flakes (their major food supply), sealing off the bed altogether. Mattress protectors can also benefit children and the elderly by preventing the mattress from being stained.

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Is Your Mattress Making You Fat?

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You’ve probably heard that not getting enough sleep is bad for you. But did you know that losing sleep might also be causing you to gain weight? Recent medical studies are repeatedly finding a connection between sleep duration and weight gain. You can read below more about how sleep affects weight, but first we’d like to offer you some serious savings on your next mattress.

At Sit ‘n Sleep, we’re dedicated to making sure Southern Californians get the best sleep possible. If it’s time to replace your old, uncomfortable mattress (which could be causing you to gain weight!) we’re here to help. We hope you’ll take advantage of our unbelievable selection and unbeatable prices.

And now back to the sleep/weight connection: A study presented last year at the American Thoracic Society’s Annual Conference by Dr. Arn Eliasson shows that getting more sleep helps you lose inches around the waistline. In Eliasson’s study, nurses at Walter Reid Army Hospital who slept more hours a night or “long sleepers” had an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 24.5 compared to “short sleepers” whose average BMI was 28.3. BMI for normal weight is 18.5 – 24.9 and for overweight people, 25 – 29.9. Dr Eliasson attributed the “short sleepers” higher body mass to the fact that lack of sleep disrupts natural hormonal balances, triggering overeating.

Not getting enough sleep thanks to an old, lumpy mattress? It could actually be causing you to pack on extra pounds.

In a world full of fad diets where what’s great for you one day is terrible for you the next, there has only been one constant truth – a healthy diet and exercise will make you lose weight. You never can go wrong if you eat sensibly, control your portions, and get about 30 minutes of exercise a day. But, recent research does more than plainly suggest there should be a third component added to the diet and exercise equation. People who are looking to lose or maintain their current weight have to get a good night’s sleep as well!

Mounting scientific evidence shows that people who sleep 7.5 – 8 hours a night weigh less and lose weight easier than those who only get 5 hours of sleep a night.

Lack of a proper amount of sleep creates a hormone imbalance in the body which leads to overeating according to a recent study by Eve Van Cauter, a researcher at the University of Chicago. Two hormones, Leptin and Ghrelin – referred to by Cauter as “the yin and yang of hunger” – are affected by the amount of sleep one gets. “One is the accelerator for eating (Ghrelin), and the other is the brake (Leptin).”

Leptin is the hormone that tells us when we’re full. When it is working correctly, it suppresses our appetite.

Ghrelin is the hormone that tells us we need more food to keep our energy up.

When we don’t get enough sleep, both Leptin and Ghrelin get thrown out of whack. Leptin goes down, making us feel less satisfied – even when we’ve had enough food. Ghrelin goes up, stimulating our appetite.

Van Cauter’s research, which was conducted on normal weight men, found that when the men only slept for four hours a night, leptin levels were 18% lower and ghrelin levels were 28% higher after they slept four hours. These findings show hormonal reasons why a lack of sleep can lead to overeating.

Another study from the University of Chicago compared the calorie intake of people who slept 5.5 hours a day versus those who slept 8.5 hours a day.

The study found that the sleepy eaters consumed on average 221 calories a day more than those who slept over eight hours. insomniac

The extra 221 calories a day could translate to a weight gain of over a pound of fat every two weeks!

The hormonal change that occurs when Leptin levels lower and Ghrelin levels rise lead the body not to just crave more food, but foods high in fat and carbohydrates.

Why is it that people are overweight due to a lack of sleep? Is it the busy American lifestyle, stress or just plain staying up at night and watching the late show? The one thing people may be overlooking is their mattress. If you have an old mattress that’s losing its shape, it could be making you out of shape. A poor-quality mattress that’s unsuited to your body type is guaranteed to reduce the amount and quality of your sleep. Staying up all night tossing and turning on a 12-year-old mattress that might be too small or too firm will cause your body’s internal processes to function sub-optimally. This in turn can lead to weight gain despite your best efforts to stay fit.

On the other hand, a new mattress that provides proper support for the spine, lower back and neck can help people sleep through the night without tossing and turning.

If you are having a hard time getting the proper amount of sleep to maintain a healthy and attractive weight, the problem could be what lies beneath you every night — your mattress.

These days, the magic equation to weight loss isn’t just watching what you eat and getting off the couch, it’s diet, exercise and sleep. How much sleep should you get each night to lose weight or maintain your ideal weight? The tried-and-true time of eight hours a night is exactly what you need to maintain a healthy weight. These three lifestyle changes work well together, too. Exercise during the day helps you fall asleep at night and not eating too much helps you exercise as well as sleep soundly. And at the day, literally, sound sleep starts — where else — with your mattress!

Everything You Need to Know About Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses made using memory foam were introduced to the public in 2008. They were developed as a result of complaints from customers that coil and foam systems alone didn’t provide the level of comfort needed for sound, uninterrupted sleep.

Hybrid mattresses combine the support, strength and bounce of conventional innerspring mattresses with the softness and comfort of foam, latex or gel sleep systems. Many sleepers find these combinations to be ideal for consistently getting a good night’s rest and awakening relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the day.

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Sit ‘n Sleep’s Five Best Selling Mattresses Under $1,000

From basic mattresses to technologically advanced sleep systems, Sit ‘n Sleep has quality mattresses to fit every body shape, comfort level preference and budget. Here are five of our best sellers, all of which are available for less than $1,000:

Sealy Good Spirits Firm Mattress. Sealy mattresses have long been known for their quality and durability, and the Good Spirits Queen Size Firm Mattress is no exception. Part of the Sealy Performance™ Collection, the Sealy Good Spirits Firm Mattress brings innovation and engineering together to deliver a restful night’s sleep at an attractive price.

Sealy’s exclusive  Posturepedic Technology™ combines 1” layers of SealySupport™ Firm and Ultra Firm Foam for stable, full body support, as well as added support under the heaviest part of the body where it’s needed most for a good night’s rest. The Good Spirit’s 2” layer of SealyCushion™ Air Foam has been designed as a series of peaks and valleys that allow increased airflow, added softness and greater overall sleeping comfort.

The mattress’s 910  Response Pro barrel-shaped encased coils allow them to move independently, which reduces motion transfer. Combined with the 1/2 ” layer of SealyCool™ Gel Foam, the result is a cooler, more comfortable night’s sleep. Sealy’s DuraFlex™ Edge Support System provides a high-density flexible coil border that makes the Good Spirit a sturdier mattress with a larger useable sleeping area. Top it all off with Sealy’s plush feeling ComfortLoft™ soft knit fabric cover, add a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty and you have a combination for a good night’s rest that’s hard to beat!

King Koil Florence Euro Top Mattress. This best seller brings together a luxurious plush feeling with the levels of comfort and support needed for sleeping well night after night. The King Koil Luxury Florence Euro Top is the only mattress endorsed by the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) for helping to promote proper spinal alignment and a better and healthier night’s sleep

The Florence Euro Top Mattress brings together advanced foam and spring coil technologies for better sleeping. The  8” Contour Elite innerspring system has 858 individually encased coils that conform to the body’s natural contours for less motion transfer and added sleeping comfort. The coils serve to relieve pressure on the sleeper’s body and reduce motion transfer that causes nocturnal tossing and turning and interrupts natural sleep.

The latex lumbar support system in the center of the mattress adds to its comfort and body supporting properties. King Koil’s Excellent Edge™ Foam Encasement provides a firm, sag resistant seating edge, greater stability and a larger usable space for sleeping. Add to that a comfortable, eco-friendly Tencel™ fiber surface made from sustainable wood sources, which is known to aid the body’s natural temperature regulating mechanism, resist microbial bacteria and wick away moisture.

The King Koil Florence Euro Top Mattress is made in the USA and comes with a 10 year non-prorated warranty.

Sealy Redondo Beach Cushion Firm Mattress. One of several mattresses from the Essentials™ Collection of Sealy’s Response™ product line, the Sealy Redondo Beach Cushion Firm Mattress delivers the same high levels of quality, support, comfort and value that Sealy has been providing its customers for more than130 years. As with all Sealy mattresses, the Redondo Beach Cushion Firm mattress is a combination of innovation, engineering and high level of strictly enforced quality assurance standards. The Redondo Beach Cushion Firm Mattress’s features include a 2” layer of SealyCushion™ Air Foam cushioning, a SolidEdge™ reinforced foam border and Sealy’s exclusive innerspring Response Pro HD coil system. The result is a perfect balance of the comfort and support needed to ensure a good night’s sleep.

As with all mattresses in Sealy’s Response line, the Redondo Beach Cushion Firm mattress is a great choice for today’s increasingly popular adjustable base beds. Like all Sealy mattresses, the Redondo Beach Cushion Firm mattress comes with a 10 year limited warranty.

Sertapedic Waitrose Euro Top Mattress. As with every Sertapedic mattress, comfort is included at no extra cost. The plush-feeling Sertapedic Waitrose Euro Top Mattress is filled with features designed to provide sleepers with cushiony comfort and just the right amount of support that’s needed for a good night’s rest.

The Sertapedic Waitrose Euro Top mattress has a comfortable plush feel. It’s recommended for people who like to sleep on their sides or backs and prefer a lot of softness. The following are some of the sleep-enhancing highlights that come with a Sertapedic Waitrose Euro Top mattress:

  • A 1/2 ” layer of Cool Twist® Gel Foam, which is polyurethane foam with tiny bits of gel mixed in that gently cradles the body and helps dissipate heat
  • A 1” layer of Serta Balanced Support Foam that supplements the mattress’s innerspring support system
  • A 2.75” layer of Serta Comfort XD® Foam that provides pressure-relieving comfort while gently cradling and supporting the sleeper’s body
  • The Serta 532 Continuous Support® Innerspring System, which is a series of head to toe coils that provide support along the entire length of the body
  • The Total Edge® Foam Encasement that works in harmony with the Continuous Support Innerspring System to minimize sagging at the mattress’s edges
  • Unlike many mattresses, there’s no need to periodically flip the Waitrose Euro Top to make it more comfortable

Available online only, the Sertapedic Waitrose Euro Top Mattress comes with a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Sealy Cheery Cushion Firm Euro Top Mattress. This best-selling mattress and box spring combination is another quality sleep system from Sealy’s Performance collection. For people who prefer medium or medium soft mattresses, the Sealy Cheery Cushion Firm Euro Top Mattress offers stable, full body support reinforced with Sealy’s exclusive Posturepedic Technology for a sound, comfortable night’s sleep.

Regardless of whether you prefer to sleep on your back, side or stomach, you’ll find the Cheery Cushion Firm Euro Top mattresses to be a great choice. Features include motion isolation for uninterrupted sleep, pressure relief to minimize pain or loss of circulation at the shoulders and hips and easy repositioning for changing sleeping positions during the night. The mattress’s foam padding serves to both cushion the body and supplement the individually wrapped pocketed coil support system.

As with all Sealy mattresses, the Cheery Cushion Firm Euro Top Mattress comes with a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty.

For more information on these or any of Sit ‘n Sleep‘s huge inventory of mattresses, bedframes and sleep accessories, call us at 800-908-0354, contact us online or stop by any our 38 mattress superstores conveniently located throughout Southern California. We’re open seven days a week and our knowledgeable sleep consultants are always on duty to help you select a sleep system that’s best for your unique situation.