What are the Benefits of a Firm Mattress?

Remember the waterbed craze of the 70s and 80s? Sit ‘n Sleep does. It’s hard to believe that many people actually preferred to sleep on a rolling wave of water. However, as with all fads, those days have passed. Customers are reverting back to a good old-fashioned firm mattress. People seem to be more concerned with their health than with having the latest in trendy bedroom furniture. Especially if that furniture leads to back problems and nights of restless sleep. There are so many firm mattress benefits, it’s not surprising more Americans are choosing them to sleep comfortably at night.

Years ago, your only choice for a firm mattress was an innerspring coil mattress with a sturdy box spring. This often required sacrificing comfort in order to get firm support. However, today’s advanced sleep technologies have led to many different types of firm mattresses. These include memory foam, latex and hybrid mattresses.

Firm Mattress Benefits

People who have switched to a firm mattress usually have many reasons for doing so. But chiropractors, doctors and other medical professionals also tout firm mattress benefits. These include:

Superior comfort.

You can never have too much support, but you can always have too little. This is especially true for older people and those with back, neck or joint problems.

Proper alignment of the spine.

Proper posture matters, even during sleep. If your backbone is out of whack for eight hours, it can be hard to function normally the next day. A firm mattress does a better job of keeping it nicely aligned. As a result, you can get through the day without too much stress or strain.

Deeper rest.

Our bodies can’t fully rest on a soft or sagging mattress, because it’s trying to compensate for the unorthodox positions. And it’s not just the spine that requires excellent posture. Even your limbs, neck and other body parts need a comfy, cozy retreat for a great night’s sleep.

Proper weight distribution.

Your body will eventually sag in one direction if you don’t get enough support. In turn, this can lead to misalignment in your joints and muscles.

Ongoing health benefits.

There’s an axiom in the sleep industry that proper rest equals proper health. During sleep, your body does a hundred different things to repair and rejuvenate. Cells are restored. Human growth hormone gets activated. Insulin levels are reduced. Without a firm mattress to give deep rest, you’re missing out on these important health benefits every night.

Getting the Right Firmness for You

Believe it or not, a mattress that is too firm can also cause sleep and health problems. The mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position. Your spine should have a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head should be supported in proper alignment. If your mattress is too firm, it will push on those key pressure points and take you out of alignment. Conversely, if the mattress is too soft, those pressure points won’t be properly supported, making your whole body flop back.

Are Firm Mattresses Better?

According to sleep experts, a mattress with less cushioning is more likely to support a neutral spine position during sleep. When you sleep on a firm mattress with minimal cushioning, your bones bear most of the pressure. This frees up your muscles and allows the arteries and veins to relax. In turn, this improves circulation, which also helps you sleep better. The right mattress also prevents your lower back from collapsing when you lay on it. This stops your airway from becoming constricted, allowing the lungs to inhale more oxygen.

For the best night’s sleep, choose a level of firmness based on the following factors:

Sit ‘n Sleep: The Mattress Experts

Are firm mattresses better? It depends on what you’re looking for. While there are many firm mattress benefits, your body type and sleep position might need a softer one. Call or visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep and speak to one of our Sleep Consultants to see which mattress is right for you.

Mattress Technology In 2022

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Mattresses have come a long way. Gone are the days of animal hides stuffed with straw, leaves, feathers, horsehair or other loose fillings. Today’s mattress technology contains various combinations of coil springs, polyurethane foams, polyester fibers, latex and other manmade and natural materials.

However, with all the mattress technology and combinations to choose from, selecting a mattress can be overwhelming. New mattress innovations and designs are constantly emerging. As a result, choosing a mattress that meets the sleeper’s unique needs can be even more difficult. These technological advancements, however, will help improve sleeper comfort and overall physical and mental well-being.

A Brief History of Mattress Technology

Coil spring bedding’s arrival in the early 20th century was the mattress industry’s most significant leap forward in technology. Early innerspring mattresses used a series of steel coils covered with wool, natural fibers or soft fabric for padding. Eventually, polyurethane-filled memory foam mattresses became available in the 1980s and started to replace innerspring mattresses. Today’s choices include mattresses made from organic fibers, natural or synthetic latex, gels and hybrid combinations. However, innerspring mattresses continue to lead in sales over other types.

Recent Advancements in Mattress Technology

Perennial mattress industry innovator Beautyrest claims to be the first manufacturer to offer “no flip” mattresses. They’ve also introduced Beautyrest Black Luxury Adjustable Bases to complement their line of quality mattresses. The Beautyrest Black supports our current lifestyles in an unprecedented way. You’ll no longer find yourself wedging pillows to support your back and shoulders beyond the support of a traditionally flat foundation. With the Black Adjustable Base, you can forget about the hassle and simply adjust to your precise comfort.

Furthermore, if you’re looking for the latest in premium sleep, start with hybrid mattresses. They’re combination of support and comfort fit almost every sleeping type. Mattresses like Hybrid Infinity combine a cooling surface, cool gel foam and pocketed innersprings. The result is a cooling, comforting sleep

What’s the Future of Mattress Technology?

Some predictions for future mattress innovations and sleep technology include a mattress system that self-cleans. It may sound like science fiction, but it could be useful. In fact, the average 10-year-old mattress weighs about 30% more than it did at the time it was purchased. This is due to accumulated dead skin, dust mites and miscellaneous debris. Using technology much like today’s vacuum cleaners, mattresses may someday be capable of cleaning themselves.

The future of mattress technology may also include sensors that monitor and control the heat level in the bedroom. The goal would be to keep your mattress at an ideal temperature for hot summer nights and cold winter mornings. The same mattress innovation could potentially change the temperature of the comforter and pillow so there’s always a cool side.

While the future of mattress innovation is exciting, today’s luxury mattresses still offer plenty of benefits. If you’ve had your mattress over eight years, it’s probably time to replace it. Sit ’n Sleep Mattress Superstores have everything you’ll need to begin sleeping soundly, all at affordable prices. Whatever mattress technology or mattress innovations the future holds, you can be sure you’ll find them at Sit ’n Sleep.

How To Store A Mattress After Moving

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Last article, we discussed how to move your mattress. But do you know what to do if you don’t plan on using your mattress after moving? In this article, we’ll talk about how to store a mattress. While it may seem as simple as putting it in your garage or storage unit, there are other things to consider. So before you stash your old mattress, check out these helpful tips.

What to Do if You Don’t Plan on Using Your Mattress After Moving

Clean Your Mattress

First, you’ll want to make sure your mattress is clean and dry. A dirty mattress can accumulate mold, fungus, and dirt if you store it incorrectly. Start by vacuuming the mattress on both sides. You may also want to consider sprinkling baking soda or upholstery cleaner as well. However, you should check to make sure this is safe for your mattress first. If you decide to use baking soda, you’ll need to vacuum again to remove it afterward. In addition, a steam cleaner is an effective way to apply upholstery cleaner due to its ability to kill allergens. After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your mattress, let it air out outside to dry for a few hours. When you do finally use your mattress again, be sure to add a mattress protector to keep it clean.

Wrap In A Mattress Storage Bag

Once your mattress is completely dry, it’s time to seal it in a mattress storage bag. You can find a mattress storage bag at most hardware stores, and they’re usually less than $20. Mattress storage bags are great for keeping out dirt, dust and moisture. When it comes to these mattress covers for storage, it’s a good idea to get a high quality one with no holes are tears. If you don’t want to get a mattress cover for storage, you can also wrap your mattress in plastic. Make sure you seal your mattress tightly using packing tape. Furthermore, avoid using thick plastic as this is more likely to trap in moisture. If possible, it’s also a good idea to open the plastic wrapping every few months to let it air out.

Lay Your Mattress Flat

The best position to store your mattress is flat on the ground. By laying your mattress flat, you’ll keep the integrity of the mattress intact. Storing your mattress on its side can cause the coils and springs to shift and the mattress to sag. However, you should never place items on top of your mattress. Certain objects can tear the cushioning or damage the springs. We know this can be super inconvenient, as your mattress takes up a lot of space. If you’re also storing large boxes or flat furniture, you can try laying your mattress on top of them. Just make sure it’s steady.

Find The Right Storage Unit

Where you store your mattress is just as important as how you store it. It’s best to store it in a climate-controlled environment if possible. Climate-controlled storage units usually cost more than traditional units but can be worth the additional cost. Storing your mattress in a climate-controlled unit will help make sure your space stays cool during summer and has heat in the winter. Protecting your mattress from severe temperature changes can elongate the life of your mattress and make sure it doesn’t get ruined. In addition, you should avoid damp basements, storage sheds, or storing your mattress outside. Dampness or humidity can lead to mold and bacteria growing inside your mattress. Gross. If you must store your mattress in a non-climate-controlled space, it may be worth investing in a portable dehumidifier. This will help pump some of the moisture out of the room.

Consider The Age

Storing your mattress in a storage unit usually costs a monthly fee. Consider the age of your mattress and the amount of time you’ll be storing it. If your mattress is eight years old or older, it may not be worth keeping. Visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep and speak with one of our Sleep Consultants to explore your options. With our wide variety of mattresses, you may just want to buy a new one when the time is right.

Bed-In-A-Box Mattresses: Our Five Favorites

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We love having our customers visit us in-store. However, we understand having your bed shipped to you is a convenient way to get great sleep too. That’s why we offer a variety of bed-in-a-box mattresses. Never heard the term “bed-in-a-box”? It’s basically a mattress that’s shipped directly to you (often in a box, hence the name). All of these mattresses come with a trial period that lets you try it out to see if it’s the right mattress for you. Nowadays you have plenty of bed-in-a-box mattresses to choose from. Here are our five favorites.

The Top 5 Bed-In-A-Box Mattresses

Best Back Support

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress

We love The Casper Wave Hybrid mattress because it provides ultimate support for less aching and more sleeping. Casper’s hybrid mattress is great for people who have aches and pains and want maximum support. The ZonedSupport Max™ provides continuous zones of support for full-body relief. Furthermore, Casper included gel pods under the waist and back to give you even more support. There are also three layers of AirScape™ breathable foam with cooling gel. Lastly, the Casper Wave Hybrid has a 10-year warranty and a 120-night sleep trial.

Best Temperature Regulation

The Hybrid Infinity Cool Standard

Coming in at Best Temperature Regulation is The Hybrid Infinity Cool Standard. For the price, this bed-in-a-box is tough to beat. The Hybrid Infinity Cool Standard comes with individually wrapped 12.5-gauge steel coils for extra sturdiness and quiet full body support. Plus, the incredibly comfortable mattress is equipped with premium memory foam and support foam that contour to you. When you put this altogether you get the perfect balance of comfort and support. And then there’s the cool factor. This mattress comes with an ice-cold stretch knit cover that dissipates heat as you sleep. It also has an Infinity Cool Gel layer that keeps the mattress and you cooler through the night. On top of the great price, the Hybrid Infinity comes with an infinity warranty and 365-night sleep trial.

Best Comfort

Leesa Legend Hybrid Mattress

Leesa has a reputation for great mattresses, and the Legend Hybrid might be at the top of their list. This luxurious mattress combines the benefits of premium foam with dual pocket springs for comfort and advanced support. Leesa’s exclusive specialty foam is hole-punched for breathability. This also promotes airflow for a cooler sleep environment. More than 1,000 active response pocket springs will give you edge-to-edge support and durability. If you’re looking for relief, this might be your mattress. For example, the micro-pocket spring and exclusive foam provides targeted pressure relief for your back, hips and shoulders. Additionally, there’s almost no motion transfer, which is a relationship-saver. However, what we love most about the Legend Hybrid is how eco-friendly it is. Each mattress is made using recycled PES fiber made from recycled water bottles. The Legend Hybrid has a 10-year limited warranty and 120-night sleep trial.

Best On A Budget

King Koil Caprice

Looking for a great mattress, that won’t break the bank? Look no further than the King Koil Caprice. We’re a big fan of King Koil because they’re always searching for new foam designs to enhance your sleeping experience. This mattress is no different. The King Koil Caprice Mattress features gel-infused memory foam and high density memory foam. The gel memory foam draws heat away and allows for breathability. In addition, the high-density memory foam conforms to your body providing support, pressure point relief and proper spinal alignment. The King Koil Caprice offers a 10-year warranty and a 120-night sleep trial.

Best Overall

The Hybrid DreamCloud Mattress

The comfort and support paired with the warranty and sleep trial makes The Hybrid DreamCloud Mattress our Best Overall. This super comfy mattress offers the perfect balance of contouring comfort and pushback support. The multiple layers of soft and supportive premium materials are especially impressive. Starting with the base, this mattress has a base support layer that provides extra stability. The layer of pocketed innerspring coils helps promote breathability and temperature regulation for cool comfort. In addition, the innerspring coils help reduce motion transfer to prevent you from waking your partner up. The support layer provides resistance and a stable foundation for better body alignment. But our personal favorite layer is the ultra-plush comfort layer. The gel-infused memory foam helps relax the body and provide relief for pressure points. The Hybrid DreamCloud Mattress includes a forever warranty and 365-night sleep trial.

Search Our Wide Selection Of Bed-In-A-Box Mattresses

Sit ‘n Sleep has a large variety of bed-in-a box mattresses that can be shipped straight to you, and plenty of beds-not-in-a-box that come with free local delivery. Many of our beds-in-a-box are hybrid mattresses that offer the ultimate in comfort and support. Check out our selection of bed-in-a-box mattresses to see which one works best for you. Soon enough, the best sleep of your life will arrive right on your doorstep.

Is Your Mattress Too Soft? Here’s what you can do.

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The phrase “soft mattress” sounds so appealing. Thoughts of sinking into a nice plush mattress or the cliché of sleeping on a cloud. Who wouldn’t want that? Well it turns out there is such thing as a mattress that’s too soft. Despite how comfy they sound, a soft mattress can have you waking up in a lot of pain. That’s why it’s important to make sure your mattress is not too soft. In addition you should look to see which firmness level is right for you and your sleeping position.

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The Best Black Friday Mattresses on Sale

Sit ‘n Sleep’s Black Friday Sale has top mattresses over 50% off!

After all that turkey tryptophan has you feeling deliciously tired, you’ll need a nice comfy mattress to sleep on. Luckily, Sit ‘n Sleep will be having their annual Black Friday Sale on name brand mattresses.

Save hundreds on mattresses this Black Friday.

No matter what kind of mattress you’re looking for this Black Friday, we’ll have something for you. Here are some of our best Black Friday deals on mattresses.

Kingsdown Passions Capistrano

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$1,999.99  $869.99

You can save over 50% off this Kingsdown mattress for Black Friday. The Kingsdown Passions Capistrano mattress provides the ideal mix of innerspring support and foam conformance. Cooling gel fibers on the surface of the mattress help maintain an ideal body temperature for healthier sleep. Furthermore, the resilient foam layer enhances pressure relief and conforming comfort to provide deep, restorative sleep. It’s gel-infused memory foam band delivers powerful lumber support for optimal spinal health. The Tri-Zoned Wrapped Coil Innerspring delivers targeted lumber support and reduced motion transfer with undetectable center rail. There is high-density foam on all sides of this edge support system to provide superior support edge-to-edge. In other words, you’ll have everything you need for a great night’s sleep.

Beautyrest Silver Drifton Plush

Beautyrest on sale for Black Friday

$1,799.99  $898.99

Get half off this durable Beautyrest mattress for Black Friday. The Beautyrest Silver Drifton Plush mattress is engineered to maintain its shape and comfort over the life of your mattress. Your sleep will be every bit as restful years from now as it is today. The mattress features the DualCool™ Technology antimicrobial layer. This layer keep your mattress fresh and cool while moving heat and moisture away. As a result, you’ll sleep at your ideal sleeping temperature. You’ll also get support right where you need it most with Gel Memory Foam Lumbar Support. Therefore, the lasting resilience of Beautyrest Silver ensures you’ll Be More Awake™ every day – for years to come. Above all, you’ll sleep great and feel refreshed.

Sealy Mill Lake Firm

Sealy on sale for Black Friday

$1,999.99  $998.99

All the comfort, half the cost. You’ll save 50% off this amazing Sealy mattress this Black Friday. With The Sealy Mill Lake Firm mattress, you’ll get targeted support for your back and core from the exclusive CoreSupport™ Center. In addition, you’ll love the cushioning comfort for your whole body from layers of high-quality foams. It’s all backed by reliable durability that comes from decades of precise engineering and testing above and beyond industry standards. Trusted by sleepers for over 130 years, Sealy gives you the rest you need to live the life you want.

Get a great deal on an adjustable base and a mattress for Black Friday.

Sit ‘n Sleep Motion Sleep System

$899.00  $499.00

Save hundreds of dollars on this Sit ‘n Sleep adjustable base and mattress during our Black Friday sale. Many shops will only ship you the adjustable base and mattress separately. However, with the Sit ‘n Sleep Motion Sleep System, you’ll get both the mattress and base shipped to you in one box. The six-inch-thick mattress includes five inches of foam core and one inch of memory foam. The adjustable base features an independent head lift and independent foot lift. It also has a superior steel support structure and wireless remote control. Set up takes just a few minutes, with no tools required. In addition, this set can be shipped via UPS throughout the entire USA. As a result, you don’t have to worry about leaving your house to get a great adjustable bed.

Invest in your comfort with a great mattress this Black Friday.

With sales on almost everything during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s important to prioritize what you need. Don’t lose sight of your sleep and your health. A new mattress can help you get the sleep your body needs to replenish. Therefore, visit us online or check out one of our Southern California locations to find the right mattress for you. Our highly-trained Sleep Consultants are here to help make sure you get the perfect mattress this Black Friday. As a result, you’ll come away with a brand new mattress just in time for the holidays.

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!