Sleep Habits of Californians

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Sit ‘n Sleep is committed to promoting the health, well-being and happiness of Californians by helping them improve the quality of their sleep. That’s why we wanted to look at their sleep habits. We conducted a survey of more than 500 California residents over 18 years old to learn more about their mattress buying habits and sleep preferences. Below is what we found out about Californians, their sleep habits, and how and where they shop for mattresses. Some of the answers were quite surprising.

What We Found Out About Sleep Habits

  • Most of those who took part in our sleep habit survey bought their first mattress when they were between the ages of 18 and 34
  • Almost half had never bought a mattress
  • On average, respondents had purchased 3.4 mattresses
  • Most kept their mattresses between five and ten years before replacing them
  • More than half would be uncomfortable paying more than $500 for a new mattress
  • Cost is the primary factor that kept those who were surveyed from buying a new mattress
  • Slightly less than half had purchased a mattress from a mattress-only retailer
  • Of those who buy their next mattress online, more than half would do so either because of lower prices or the convenience of online buying

Sleep Habits Survey Questions and Responses

Mattress Sleep Habits

Have you ever bought a mattress?

Only slightly more than half of the Californians who took part in the sleep habits survey (51.8%) indicated they had purchased one or more mattresses during their lifetime. 

What are the reasons why you’ve never purchased a mattress?

Here are the reasons given by the 48.2% of respondents who indicated they had never bought a mattress:

  • 25.9% Sleep on a hand-me-down mattress
  • 21.7% Assumed that mattresses were too expensive
  • 20.8% Never considered buying a mattress
  • 7.5%  Sleep on an air mattress
  • 5.5%  Sleep on a futon
  • 18.6% Indicated there were various other reasons

All of these justifications are understandable, but none of them are compelling reasons not to purchase a new mattress. Hand-me down mattresses, futons, and air mattresses are all fine for a few nights of sleep, but since they don’t offer an optimal sleep surface, they eventually lead to soreness, restless nights, and groggy days. For all those who have never considered buying a new mattress, it may be time to evaluate how well you’re really seeping. And for anyone who assumes it’s to expensive, rest assured that new mattresses come in a variety of price points. The nearly 50% of people getting by with something to sleep on owe it to themselves to try a new mattress at least once. The difference between a great sleep surface and what you have now might be greater than you expect. 

What was your age when you bought your first mattress?

Not surprisingly, the vast majority (71;4%) of those questioned were between 18 and 34 years of age, which is when young people traditionally leave home, set up new households and begin lives as adults. It was, however, surprising, to learn that 6.5% of the respondents to our survey purchased their first mattress before their 18th birthday. The remaining 22.2% were broken down as follows:

  • 11.1% were between the ages of 45 and 54
  • 7.3% were between 55 and 64 years of age
  • 3.8% were 65 or older

How many mattresses have you purchased during your life?

The average respondent had purchased  3.4 mattresses during their lifetime. 

How often do you replace your mattress?

Most respondents indicated they replaced their mattresses every five to ten years. Amazingly, over 40% of those who replied kept their mattresses ten years or longer. Of these, a whopping 10% had been sleeping on the same mattress for more than 20 years. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Less than every 5 years – 13.0%
  • Every 5 to 10 years – 43.1%
  • Every 11 to 15 years – 22.5%
  • More often than every 5 years – 13.0%
  • Every 16 to 20 years – 11.1%
  • 20 years or longer – 10.3%

According to Joe Shaw, manager of Sit ‘n Sleep’s City of Commerce mattress store and clearance center, “The life of a mattress can vary based on the habits of individual sleepers, but if your mattress is more than eight years old, it’s definitely time to have it replaced from standpoints of both health and comfort. We have Sleep Consultants on duty at each Sit ‘n Sleep location who are always available to help shoppers choose a mattress in the size, type and comfort level that’s best for their particular situation.”

Do you love the mattress you’re now sleeping on?

Despite more than 40% of respondents indicating they slept on the same mattress for more than ten years, it was surprising to learn that two-thirds (66.2%) of the people surveyed replied that they did in fact love their mattress. The remaining 33.8% indicated dissatisfaction with the mattress they now sleep on.

What type of mattress do you prefer?

The single largest category of respondents indicated they weren’t sure of the type of mattress they preferred. Here’s the breakdown of the responses in descending order:

  • 27.8% weren’t sure 
  • 21.7% preferred a firm mattress
  • 20.2% found soft mattresses to be the most comfortable
  • 16.4% liked a Tempur-Pedic mattress
  • 5.3% liked Sleep Number adjustable mattresses
  • 4.3% preferred the least expensive mattresses available, regardless of brand, type or comfort level
  • 3.4% responded with various other preferences

From comfort levels of ultra plush to extra firm and everything in between, you’ll find them all at your nearest Sit ‘n Sleep location in sizes from Twin to California King.

Spending Sleep Habits

How much would you be comfortable spending on a new mattress?

Over half of those we asked would be uncomfortable paying more than $500 for a new mattress. There were, however, a few respondents who would be willing to spend $4,500 or more to replace their old mattress. Here’s the complete 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%

After seeing the results of the survey, Brad Jones, a Sit ‘n Sleep store manager had this to say: “Our huge selection of mattresses and everyday low prices means each one of our 38 Sit ‘n Sleep mattress superstores have a mattress to suit any body type and fit just about any budget, no matter how small”.

What is keeping you from buying a new mattress?

More than half (56.5%) of our survey respondents indicated price was the primary factor that kept them from replacing the mattress they were sleeping on. Another 15.6% put off buying a new mattress because it was inconvenient, while 27.9% had various other reasons for delaying their purchases. As Susan Keller, another Sit ‘n Sleep Southern California store manager pointed out “Mattress shopping at Sit ‘n Sleep either online or in one of our mattress superstores is fast, easy and affordable. No matter where in Southern California you live, there’s a Sit ‘n Sleep mattress store nearby that’s open seven days a week. We believe in great customer service, so trained and knowledgeable Sleep Consultants are always on duty to answer our customers’ questions and help them chose the mattress that’s right for their situation”.

What was the reason for purchasing your last mattress?

Not surprisingly, almost half (47.4%) of the total respondents said they bought a new mattress either to replace one that was old and worn or because they were sleeping on a mattress that was so uncomfortable they couldn’t get a good night’s rest. Here are all the reasons Californians gave for buying a new mattress:

  • Replacing a worn out mattress – 27.9%
  • Sleeping on a mattress that’s uncomfortable – 19.5%
  • Moving to a new location – 16.0%
  • Wanting to change to a larger or smaller size mattress – 12.6%
  • Moving away from home – 5.0%
  • Having outgrown the mattress – 3.1%
  • Other reasons – 5.7%

Shopping Sleep Habits

Have you ever bought a mattress from a mattress-only retailer? 

A slight majority (59.2%) of those asked indicated they had never purchased a mattress from a store that specialized in selling only mattresses and sleep-related products and accessories, such as a Sit ‘n Sleep mattress superstore. The other 40.8% had purchased at least one mattress from a mattress specialty store during their lifetime .

Hypothetically, why would you choose buying your next mattress online rather than from a brick and mortar mattress store?

More than one-third of the survey respondents said they would shop for a mattress online for convenience. Almost as many said mattress prices were low enough to prompt them to buy over the Internet (here’s where you can check you can check Sit ‘n Sleep’s online deals or everyday low prices). Here’s the breakdown among all respondents:

  • 36.8% would buy online for convenience
  • 34.2% would choose an online retailer because of price
  • 20.6% buy online because of the wide range of choices
  • 8.5% would buy a mattress online for other reasons

Where did you get your last mattress?

This is the breakdown of where the Californians who participated in our survey got the mattress that they now sleep on:

  • Mattress Specialty Store – 42.0%
  • Big Box Retailer (Costco, Walmart, Ikea, etc.) – 19.8%
  • Hand-Me-Down – 8.8%
  • Purchased Online – 7.6%
  • Received as a gift – 7.3%
  • Thrift Store – 2.7%
  • Other Sources – 11.8%

Improve Your Sleep Habits With Sit ‘n Sleep

Sit ‘n Sleep has been providing the public with sleep systems, bedding and accessories for more than 40 years. We continue to be dedicated to providing Southern Californians with quality products, affordable prices and outstanding customer service. What we learned from the survey will be used to provide our customers with an even greater selection of quality mattresses and sleep related products.

How To Become A Morning Person

Start the new year off earlier than usual by becoming a morning person.

Looking for an attainable new year’s resolution that will have a positive impact on your life? Try becoming a morning person. Not only are morning people reported to be happier, but they might even sleep better as well. So adjust your alarm clock, check out these steps, and reintroduce yourself to the morning sun.

Turn into a morning person with these simple steps.

Become a morning person by going to bed earlier.

This might seem obvious, but it’s an important first step in becoming a morning person. Start by gradually going to be earlier and earlier. Aim for 15-20 minutes earlier the first few days and then another 15-20 minutes the week after. Remember that most adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep a night, so plan accordingly.

Adjust your nightly routine to become a morning person.

As you start to go to bed earlier, it’s important to remember to adjust your nighttime routine alone with it. Start brushing your teeth, putting on your pajamas, and setting into bed earlier than usual. You should also start taking other steps to make sure you get to sleep easier. Put down your phone and pick up a book to read. Try and stay away from electronics an hour before you go to bed. The sooner you get to bed the quicker you’ll become a morning person.

Eat protein for breakfast.

Make room for a hearty breakfast, after all, it is the most important meal of the day. After sleeping at night, your metabolism and blood sugar are very low. The protein will help you refuel and get rid of your body’s sluggish feeling. Protein also boosts your alertness and gives you the focus and energy to take on your day.

Reward yourself.

Give yourself something to look forward to when you wake up. Make yourself a nice cup of coffee or a delicious breakfast (see above). You can also have a morning meditation or yoga session to start your day with more Zen. Maybe there is a game or puzzle you could work on when you get up. Whatever it may be, reward yourself when you wake up earlier. As a result, you’ll look forward to being a morning person.

Get some exercise.

Get your blood flowing and your adrenaline going with a great morning workout. Exercising in the morning will increase your alertness and your focus, while giving you mor energy overall. Furthermore, you’ll be in a better mood with all the endorphins released. Not to mention, you’ll improve your quality of sleep at night. It might be helpful to prepared your workout gear and your breakfast the night before. This will give you one less thing to worry about that morning. You may also want to find a morning workout buddy so you can help keep each other accountable.

Let there be light!

Expose yourself to bright light first thing in the morning when you wake up. This will help you feel more alert and will actually help you wake up earlier. Natural light is best, open up your blinds when you wake up and let the sun work its magic.

Stay away from naps.

Normally we recommend all things a cozy bed can offer, but if you want to become a morning person, avoid napping for at least for the first few days of adjusting your schedule. Waking up earlier than usual might be tough in the beginning and you’ll probably be pretty sleepy come afternoon. If you nap though, you’ll throw off your schedule and may not be tired when it’s time to go to bed.

Get a better mattress.

Now is the perfect time to become a morning person with Sit ‘n Sleep’s Year End Clearance Sale. You’ll be able to save over 50% on some of our best mattress brands, plus get an adjustable set starting at $499. Improve your sleep with a new mattress, so you can rest better and wake up earlier feeling refreshed and ready to start your day.

Become a morning person with the help of our Sleep Consultants.

Call and chat with one of our highly-trained sleep consultants today about improving your sleep. They can help you find the perfect mattress based on your unique body type. Here’s to quality zzz’s and early mornings in 2021!

Tossing and Turning? Here’s what you should do.

Stop tossing and turning with these helpful tips

It’s the middle of the night. Pitch black. Everyone is asleep. Everyone, except you. Lying awake, tossing and turning is an extremely frustrating experience. Especially, when you’re exhausted and just want to get some rest.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to cut down the frequent tossing and turning for a better night’s sleep.

What’s causing your tossing and turning?

Before we dive into how to stop, let’s look at why you may be tossing and turning to begin with.

Tossing and turning because you’re anxious or stressed

Studies have shown that both anxiety and stress can have a negative impact on your sleep quality. An anxious and racing mind will have you feeling restless. A stressed mind can have you tense up. Not exactly the relaxed state you want to be in for a deep sleep.

Tossing and turning because you’re overstimulated

More and more reports are coming out about the problematic blue light emitted from our phones, TVs and other devices. This blue light can delay the melatonin in our body, the hormone that regulates our sleep. In addition, noise and bright lights can also keep you stimulated and awake.

Tossing and turning because of poor sleep behavior

Trying to go to sleep when you’re not tired can backfire. On the other hand, if you’re too tired, you’ll be surprised to learn it might be hard to fall asleep. Furthermore, if you take long naps during the day you might not be able to sleep at night.

How to stop tossing and turning

Here are some things you can do to help get a good night’s rest.

Invest in your comfort

Your mattress obviously plays a big role in your sleep quality. You want to make sure your mattress isn’t just comfortable, but compatible to your sleep position. Same thing goes for your pillow. If you keep waking up stiff and sore, your mattress might be the reason you’re not getting a good sleep.

Check the thermostat

In addition to a comfortable mattress, you want to make sure you have a comfortable room as well. Studies have shown that sleeping in a colder room can help you get a better sleep. Set your room’s temp to about 65 degrees and see if that help’s with the tossing and turning.

Get out of bed

This might seem counterintuitive, but if you’re tossing and turning in bed, get out. Trying to unsuccessfully force yourself to sleep could lead to negative associations with your bed. So go in a different room and do something calming like reading a book. When you’re truly sleepy, hop back in bed and see if that does the trick.

Work out earlier

Exercise can help relieve stress and eventually lower your body’s temperature. Both are important for helping you fall asleep. Just make sure to finish your workout at least four hours before bed. If you exercise close to bedtime, your body temp will be too high, making it harder to fall asleep.

Put your phone down

Try to stop using your phone, or any other electronic, for about an hour before you go to sleep. Instead, pick up book. Furthermore, your TV isn’t helping either. Consider putting your phone in another room to make sure you don’t instinctively grab it. This will let you disconnect (literally) and allow your mind to shut down for bedtime.

Practice relaxation

Certain relaxation techniques can help decrease the symptoms associated with stress and anxiety. Try deep breathing or meditation to calm your mind and body down and ease into a nice restful sleep. So take a deep breath and put your worries about tossing and turning behind you.

Stay healthy

Are you wheezing and sneezing in addition to tossing and turning? You might have dust mites or other allergens in your mattress. Our mattresses absorb all of the sweat, oils, and skin cells that come off our bodies every night. Many people don’t realize that if you’re being kept awake at night, it could easily be because of nighttime allergies. These allergens in your mattress make for a restless night of sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, or a sore throat.

Look into getting a mattress and pillow protector for your bed. They provide an ultra-thin physical barrier that you can wash. Not only will a mattress protector help keep you healthier, but it’ll prolong the life of your mattress as well.

Speak to one of our Sleep Consultants

Our Sleep Consultants are specially trained to assist you with your sleep-related issues. They’ll be able to match you with the perfect mattress for your body type and sleep preference. If you’re wondering how to stop tossing and turning, visit Sit ‘n Sleep today.

Which Pillow Is Right For Your Sleep Position?

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The right pillow for your sleep position can make a huge difference.

Everyone knows that your mattress is essential to a good night’s sleep, but what about your pillow? Pillows come in different sizes and materials and are crucial in determining your quality of sleep. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, make sure you have the right pillow for your sleep position.

The Right Pillow For Back Sleepers

As with all sleep positions, it’s important to make sure your neck and spine are in proper alignment. As a result, back sleepers should invest in a pillow that conforms to pressure, with medium firmness. You don’t want a pillow that is too thick because it’ll raise your head out of proper alignment. But It’s also important to avoid pillows that are too thin so the head isn’t tilted too far back while sleeping. Find a pillow that comfortably supports the natural curvature of your neck, while keeping it straight.

The TEMPUR-Adapt ProLo + Cooling Pillow is a solid choice for back sleepers. The TEMPUR® material adapts to your head, neck and shoulders to deliver personalized comfort and support. The low profile won’t force you to crane your head upward and strain your neck.

The Right Pillow For Side Sleepers

Side sleepers need a fluffier pillow to fill the gap between their neck and shoulder to keep their spine aligned. Just make sure it’s not too soft or you’ll constantly be fluffing it trying to get the right support. Pillows with medium support will mold to your body and keep your neck in proper alignment. Anatomic pillows that firmly support and properly align the neck and back are also great for side sleepers.

If you sleep on your side, check out the Technogel Sleeping Anatomic Pillow. It’s especially popular among those who suffer neck, back or shoulder pain. Mainly because it’s designed to provide superior relief and support. The ergonomically curved surface is great for medium-to-large built back or side sleepers—and those who roll between the two!

Pro Tip: Placing a pillow between your legs can also help ensure proper spinal alignment for side sleepers.

The Right Pillow For Stomach Sleepers

While its recommended you avoid sleeping on your stomach, if you must then at least find the right pillow. Stomach sleepers put more pressure on the neck and spine, which are being twisted around all night. Extra soft pillows are best because they allow the head to sink down enough to keep your spine healthy. Find a pillow that is flat enough to allow you the extra head space you need. Pillows filled with feathers or down alternatives are good because they are easily compressed down.

The Technogel Sleeping Deluxe Thin Pillow is refreshing choice for stomach sleepers in search of more comfort. It’s designed to support proper spinal alignment. it may even satisfy sleepers who sometimes prefer lying without a pillow.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking to stop sleeping on your stomach, invest in an orthopedic pillow.  The ergonomic shape of this pillow makes it uncomfortable to sleep on your stomach, which will essentially ‘train’ you to sleep on your side or back.

Other Things To Consider

Look for cooling qualities.

If you tend to sleep hot, look for a pillow with cooling properties. The PureCare Sub-0° Softcell Chill Latex Pillow is a great option for hot sleepers. It blends PureCare’s exclusive FRÍO rapid chill cooling fibers with the ultra plush feel of TENCEL® threads. As a result, you get a luxury responsive textile that’s more absorbent than cotton and softer than silk. And best of all, it cools 5x faster than traditional polyester.

Invest in a pillow protector.

Just like with your mattress, dust mites, dirt and other allergens can collect on your pillow. This can lead to sneezing and even facial acne. That’s why its important to get a pillow protector. PureCare’s pillow protectors feature MiteTight® seams and a locking zipper, providing a physical barrier against allergens, bed bugs, dust mites, stains, moisture, mold and mildew.

Replace your pillow every 1-2 years.

As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your pillow every 1-2 years. After a while, your pillow could lose its shape and not give you the support you need. Try not to go too long with an old, as it could affect your sleep, comfort and health.

Everyone is different.

Some people only sleep in one position. Others roll into two or three positions every night. Some of us have a smaller build, while our larger friends may need more support. The point is, there is no one-size-fits-all remedy. Visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep and speak to one of our expert sleep consultants to see which pillow is right for your sleep position.

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.

Why You Need A Mattress Protector

Learn how a mattress protector will keep your mattress clean

None of us care to admit it, but us humans can be pretty gross. We sweat, shed, and secrete all types of unflattering things we’re not exactly proud of. And while (most of us) try our best to stay clean, the truth is we can’t help it. This is why mattress protectors are so important.

Our mattresses absorb all of the sweat, oils, and skin cells that come off our bodies every night. Add a pet to the mix and your mattress can get pretty gross pretty quick.

We recently discussed the importance of keeping your bedroom and mattress clean. Now we want to dive deeper into keeping your bed clean with a mattress protector.

What Is A Mattress Protector?

A mattress protector is fabric made out of specialized fibers and materials. It fits onto your mattress like a fitted sheet and can be removed to be washed in the washing machine. Mattress protectors provide a physical barrier that resists allergens, dust mites, moisture, mold and mildew.

The Health Benefits Of Mattress Protectors

As we’ve already discussed, your mattress gets exposed to some nasty things like skin cells, drool, sweat, body oil, hair, blood, urine, and other fluids. The ability to wash your mattress protector can help you get a much cleaner and more hygienic sleep. In addition, this can limit the number of allergens you’re exposed to. All those dead skin cells on your mattress can attract dust mites. These dust mites can wreak havoc if you’re allergic to them.

More than 50 million Americans have allergies. When you consider how much filth you, your kids, and your pets can track into the house, it’s important to stay clean. Make sure the thing that you spend eight hours a night on isn’t making you sick.

Types Of Mattress Protectors

Hybrid Infinity Wellness Protector

The Wellness Protector offers an ultra-thin waterproof barrier on five sides of your mattress, keeping it clean and protected. The fabric barrier protects against moisture and allows the airflow to keep your mattress fresh. Moisture, allergens, dust mites, mold, and mildew meet a 5-sided barrier.

PureCare Tencel 5-sided Mattress Protector

Another great brand is PureCare. Their clinically proven 5-sided mattress covers fit like a fitted sheet around your mattress. PureCare’s covers use MiteTight® seams, combined with OmniGuard® Advance lightweight performance fabric to ensure a quiet and cool sleep. Great for allergy sufferers, these protectors provide a barrier against allergens, dust mites, stains, moisture, mold, and mildew.

PureCare ReversaTemp 5-Sided Mattress Protector

This mattress protector provides moisture, allergen, and dust mite protection, plus microclimate control. The unique, reversible design uses FRíO (cooling) and Heatstar (warming) textiles. Changing your sleep surface from cool to warm is as easy as flipping over your protector. As a result, you’ll sleep comfortably no matter the season.

PureCare Silver Total Encasement Mattress Protector

This clinically proven mattress cover offers PureCare’s best level of protection by covering all six sides of your mattress. PureCare’s encasements feature MiteTight® seams and a locking zipper. As a result, you’ll get a physical barrier against allergens, bed bugs, dust mites, stains, moisture, mold, and mildew. The OmniGuard® Advance lightweight fabric won’t alter the feel or comfort of your mattress. This mattress protector works with any mattress type, including memory foam and innerspring. Similarly, it works with gel or latex mattresses as well.

PureCare Aromatherapy Total Encasement Mattress Protector

Breathe, relax, and sleep better with this clinically proven Aromatherapy mattress protector, a time honored solution for restless sleepers. You’ll enjoy the scented sachets filled with natural lavender buds to enrich your sleep environment with calming scents. Above all, you’ll get a great relaxing sleep.

Don’t Forget About Pillow Protectors!

PureCare ReversaTemp Pillow Protector

Protect your pillow against moisture, bed bug, allergen, and dust mite protection plus the added benefits of microclimate control. Changing your sleep surface from cool to warm for year-round comfort is as easy as flipping over your protector. An AirXchange strip allows air to flow in and out, while keeping moisture, bed bugs, allergens, and dust mites out. Furthermore, the AirXchange strip prevents ballooning and heat accumulation in the protector.

Conclusion

There’s a lot of mattress protectors to choose from. However, what’s important is that you invest in one to make sure your mattress, and your health, are protected. Check out our wide selection of mattress protectors online or check out the Sit ‘n Sleep near you and speak with one of highly-trained Sleep Consultants.

Should I Get An Adjustable Bed?

A quick guide to help you decide if an adjustable bed is right for you.

We all agree on the  importance of quality sleep. What’s debatable is which products can help us get it. This article offers a quick guide on the pros and cons of investing in an adjustable bed.

Way back when, adjustable beds were primarily reserved for hospitals (aka EXPENSIVE). But, like any popular technology, over time, the price goes down. Adjustable beds are now affordable for many of us to use inside our own homes.

A couple reads on their adjustable bed, sitting up comfortably and supported by their mattress.

Reasons To Get An Adjustable Bed (The Pros)

Get one if you have back issues.

Adjustable beds help relieve back pain, especially so if you suffer from chronic back pain:

  • Spinal stenosis – Position your bed more forward to expand the space in your spine and decrease pain.
  • Osteoarthritis – Set your bed to a reclined position to help with joint compression.
  • Back surgery recovery – Elevate your upper body to minimize lower back strain and help you get better sleep while you heal.

Get one for the health perks.

Adjustable beds offer tons of health benefits :

  • Breathe easier – Sleep in an inclined position to help with different breathing issues like sleep apnea, asthma, and snoring.
  • Improve digestion – Angle your body so your stomach is above your intestines, allowing your digestive tract to run smoothly.
  • Ease heartburn – Sleep at an incline to help with acid reflux.
  • Enhance blood circulation – Elevate the bottom half of your bed so blood flows back to your heart. As a result, you’ll improve overall circulation while reducing swelling in your legs and feet.
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Get it to improve your overall quality of life.

  • Gain independence – An adjustable bed can literally help you get in and out of bed, and support you while you complete tasks like eating, writing, and working on your laptop. This means working from home just got way comfier.
  • Maintain quality sleep – Having a bed that can adjust to your needs means you can maintain sleep quality as those needs change. Adjustable Beds adjust, who knew!
  • Get custom comfort for you and your partner – If you have a partner, there are adjustable beds that allow each of you to adjust your own side of the bed. So you can keep your side inclined to watch your favorite late-night TV show while your partner reclines to catch some Zzz’s. Win-win.

Reasons Not To Get An Adjustable Bed (The Cons)

Don’t get an adjustable (yet) if you’re thinking about getting a new mattress.

Imagine you decide to buy adjustable base and then soon after upgrade from a queen to king mattress. If upgrading your mattress is on your mind, consider ways to execute this purchase together so you can get the most out of your investment.

Don’t get an adjustable bed if you have drawers under your bed frame.

Adjustable bases are designed to fit inside most bed frames. Bed frames with underside drawers, however, likely will not work with an adjustable base.

Interested?

For over 35 years, Sit ‘n Sleep has been one of the top suppliers of adjustable beds in Southern California. We’d love to match you with one that fits your lifestyle and your budget. Call or visit us .We’re here to help you Sit ‘n Sleep more comfortably.

How to Stop Sleeping On Your Stomach… Because It’s Terrible For You

Sleeping on your stomach is tough on your body.

In our last article, we touched on the fact that sleeping on your stomach isn’t exactly ideal. In this article we are digging deeper, sharing how to stop sleeping on your stomach and start getting a better night’s sleep.

If you’re a stomach sleeper, we bet you experience some kind of neck, back, or joint pain. Yikes! When you sleep on your stomach, most of your weight is in the middle of your body, making it a challenge to keep a neutral spine position. This can lead to pain, tingling, and numbness all over your body. Plus you’re forced to turn your head to the side, which also causes your neck and spine to fall out of alignment, AGAIN leading to neck and back pain.

Sleeping on your stomach is basically the worst! You’re more likely to experience pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night and leaves you tired (and pretty cranky) in the morning.

So what you can do to stop?

Use an orthopedic pillow.

Start by investing in an orthopedic pillow. These type of pillows are specifically designed for back or side sleepers. The ergonomic shape of this pillow makes it uncomfortable to sleep on your stomach, which will essentially ‘train’ you to sleep on your side or back. The upside is when you do start sleeping on your side or back, this pillow will offer extra neck support to help decrease neck pain and promote proper spine alignment.

Consider a full body pillow.

Speaking of pillows, a full body pillow is another great way to transition away from sleeping on your stomach. Full body pillows help you become a side sleeper. Body pillows are especially great during pregnancy, as they provide extra abdomen support for you and your little one. Let’s be real: during the final trimester, sleeping on your stomach—sleeping in general—feels impossible. Get yourself something, anything, that helps.

Bonus sleep tip for mamas-to-be:

One study suggests that when pregnant women sleep on their left side, it can increase healthy blood flow and provide optimal levels of oxygen for mom and baby.

Ask your partner for help.

If you have a spouse or significant other that you sleep with, enlist them help you on your journey to stop sleeping on your stomach. If they happen to notice you’re snoozing on your stomach, they can tap or nudge you to roll onto your side or back.

Get the right mattress for side and back sleeping.

As you start sleeping less on your stomach and find your new preferred sleep position, reward yourself with a new mattress that can provide the most comfort. If you discover that your new favorite position is on your back, then look into a mattress that’s medium-firm. If you’ve converted into a side-sleeper, then a medium-soft mattress is the way to go.

Speak to a Sit ‘n Sleep Consultant.

Our Sleep Consultants can help you find the perfect mattress for your sleep position, body type, and budget. Visit us in-store or give us a call. We’d love to help you start getting a great night’s sleep.

The Best Mattress For Your Sleep Position

For every sleep position, there’s a mattress to help you get a good night’s rest.

How you sleep can have a lasting effect on your overall health and quality of life. Different sleep positions have health benefits and disadvantages. No matter what your preferred sleep position is, getting the right mattress can make a huge difference to your quality of sleep.

Sleep Position: On Your Back

Health Benefits:

Sleeping on your back is considered the healthiest sleep position because it lets your spine, head, and neck rest in a neutral position. As a result, sleeping on your back helps keep your spine aligned, reduces tension headaches, relieves sinus buildup, and wards off acid reflux. Plus, back sleepers enjoy less wrinkles, face creases, and irritated skin because they’re not shoving their face in a pillow.

Disadvantages:

Back sleepers tend to be snorers, making them a challenge for their partners. In addition, sleeping on your back can also cause your tongue to block your breathing tube which can be dangerous for those suffering from sleep apnea.

Did You Know?

There are different variations of sleeping on your back.

Soldier position: flat on your back with your arms by your side.

Starfish position: flat on your back with your legs spread out and your arms bent up on the side of your head.

The Best Mattress For Back Sleepers

If you opt to sleep on your back, the best mattress is medium-firm. A mattress that’s too soft can cause your hip area to sink causing your spine to fall out of alignment. Too hard a mattress will cause your hips and butt to get pushed up, which also puts your spine out of alignment.

If you’re a back sleeper, these mattresses could be perfect for you:

Sleep Position: On Your Side

Health Benefits:

Side sleepers are the most common among us, with 74% of people saying they sleep on their side. Side sleeping has its own set of benefits. Sleeping on your side can help decrease pain in your joints and lower back, as well as reduce snoring. Side sleepers also enjoy a healthier gut, as this sleep position helps your digestive system function better!

Disadvantages:

Sleeping on your side can lead to stiffness in your shoulders and can also lead to jaw tightness on the side that you’re sleeping on. You can also experience neck and back pain if you don’t have the right pillow.

Did You Know?

Side sleepers take on a few different forms:

Fetal position: you sleep on your side with your torso hunched and your knees bent.  Considered the most popular sleep position of all with 41% of all adults sleeping like an infant.

Log position: you sleep on your side with both your arms down and close to your body.

Yearner position: you sleep on your side with both arms out in front of you, like you’re reaching out for a better mattress to sleep on ;).

The Best Mattress For Side Sleepers

Side sleepers need mattresses that are medium-soft, allowing for proper spine alignment. If you side sleep on too hard of a mattress, you’ll put a lot of pressure on your shoulders and hips. Plus, your shoulders won’t be able to sink which can cause your neck to bend and strain.

If side sleeping is your preferred sleep position, these mattresses could be the way to go:

Sleep Position: On Your Stomach

Health Benefits:

Sleeping on your stomach doesn’t offer many benefits outside of easing snoring and diminishing sleep apnea. Only about 7% of adults prefer this sleep position.

Disadvantages:

A lot of stomach sleepers experience some kind of pain in their neck, back, or joints. When you sleep on your stomach, most of your weight is in the middle of your body, making it a challenge to keep a neutral spine position. Sleeping with this kind of pain makes you more likely to wake up in the middle of the night and feel less rested in the morning.

If you just can’t help yourself and must sleep on your stomach, try using a thin pillow so your neck isn’t at an awkward angle. Also, consider putting a pillow under your pelvis to keep your back in a neutral position.

The Best Mattress For Stomach Sleepers

Those who prefer sleeping on their stomach, aka the free fall position, should look into getting a firm mattress. If you sleep on your stomach and your mattress is too soft, your belly will sink and pull you spine down, causing it to bend against its natural curve.

These mattresses are ideal for sleeping on your stomach:

A Mattress For Every Sleep Position

It’s important to learn your preferred sleep position, understand how it affects you, and identify what you can do about it. At Sit ‘n Sleep, we have a team of Sleep Consultants who can help you find a mattress for your sleep position, body type, and budget. Come in store and speak with us today.

9 Tips to Keep Your Mattress & Bedroom Clean

By now, we’re all well-aware of the benefits of washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds to keep us from getting sick. Coronavirus has given us all a new-found appreciation for disinfectants and sanitizers. We’ve come to fully realize the significance of keeping ourselves—and our surroundings—clean! In this article we’ll share with you our top 9 tips for keeping your mattress and bedroom clean.

A clean mattress and bedroom is good for you.

Keeping your mattress and bedroom clean can increase productivity, decrease stress, and improve mental health. A clean room can prevent you from getting sick. Here are our Top 9 Ways To Keep Your Mattress and Bedroom Clean.

1. Start With Protecting Your Mattress

One of the easiest ways to keep your mattress clean is with a mattress protector. A mattress protector is completely washable and helps provide a physical barrier that resists moisture, allergens, dust mites, mold, and mildew. Plus, you won’t even notice it’s there! (bonus tip: pillow protectors do the same thing for your pillow.)

2. Quality Bedding Can Help Keep Your Bed Clean

Antimicrobial sheets are especially helpful for allergy sufferers but do wonders for any sleeper trying to keep their mattress clean. Coronavirus has made some sleepers hyperaware of their allergies. These antimicrobial sheets are treated with antimicrobial silver product protection to inhibit bacteria, mold, and mildew.

3. Make Your Bed

Every day. One survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation actually revealed that making your bed in the morning increases your chances of getting a good night’s sleep by almost 20 percent! While many of us are still at home due to COVID-19, your mattress and bedding can at least be made to lower your stress and improve your mood. So leave that snooze button alone, hop out of bed, tidy those sheets, and start your day off right.

4. No Outside Clothes on Your Bed

It’s a good idea to make sure you never sit on your bed or mattress with your outside clothes. No disrespect to your wardrobe (we’re sure it looks amazing on you) but your clothes can carry germs, bacteria, and viruses; all things you don’t want to contaminate your pillow, comforter, sheets, or mattress. What a great excuse to get in your PJs as soon as you get home.

5. Replace Every 8 To Keep Your Mattress Clean

If you’ve seen our commercials, then you’ve heard us say this before: it’s important to Replace Every 8. After eight years, your old mattress practically doubles in weight with sweat, dead skin, and millions of dust mites that can make you sick. Check your mattress tag and if it’s over eight years old, it’s time to replace. Check out our wide selection of mattresses online or in store when you’re ready for a new one.

6. Check For Signs Your Mattress Isn’t Clean

If you’ve got rashes, asthma, or start to feel tightening in your chest when you lie down, you might be allergic to dust mites in your mattress. If you’re waking up every morning with lower back pain, stiffness, or sore muscles or joints, an old sagging mattress could be the cause. And, of course, if you’re just not getting a good night’s rest, your mattress might be on its way out. All these signs could mean your mattress and bedding need to be cleaned or replaced.

Now for the rest of your bedroom.

7. Nightly Clean Up

Night caps are cool, but have you ever woken up to a clean house? Set aside 15 to 20 minutes every night to take care of some of your top cleaning priorities in your bedroom. Set a timer and focus on the bigger messes in your room that pile up and create clutter. When you’re done, you’ll feel accomplished, relaxed, and ready for some well-deserved sleep.

8. Dust It Off

Here’s a fun fact: in just a single gram of dust (about the weight of a paperclip), there could be hundreds of dust mites. Yikes. Too much dust can become an incredibly uncomfortable nuisance for those with allergies or asthma. And if dust gets into your HVAC system (which it’s likely to do!) it will circulate through your entire house. So grab a microfiber duster or cloth and start dusting your bookshelves, nightstands, dressers, and ceiling fans.

9. Donate What You Don’t Need

Decluttering your house is a great way to stay organized, which also makes things much easier to keep clean. Instead of just getting rid of your old stuff, let someone else enjoy it by donating it to a charity like The Salvation Army or Goodwill. Take a Saturday morning to go through your closet and start making a pile of things you don’t use anymore. Then check the list of needed items at your local charity and set those aside. Make sure they’re clean and folded before you drop them off.

Start cleaning today.

So, yes, your mattress can make you sick, over time becoming contaminated with dust mites, germs and bacteria. Following these tips will help you keep your mattress and bedroom in tip-top shape. We spend about a third of our life sleeping in our bed, so it’s important to make sure your mattress is protected, your sheets are clean, and your room is tidy! Start today with at least one of these tips and we promise you’ll sleep better tonight.