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


Relationships and Sleeping

Most couples enjoy sharing a bed – but that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect situation. Nice as it may be to have your partner close, sleeping beside someone else can make it a lot harder to get the sleep you need. The good news is that this problem is hardly unique. In fact, most couples require some communication and coordination before they’re able to sleep soundly together. Here are some tips to help turn your bedroom into a space that’s relaxing and restful for everyone.

Use the Right Size Mattress

There’s only one solution for a mattress that’s too small for two people: get a bigger one. Since most single people buy mattresses that suit the needs of one person, new couples often discover that their communal bed is too small. Sleep needs and preferences can also change over time, leading a couple that’s been fine sleeping in a smaller bed to want to upgrade to a King or California King. Potentially add pets and kids to the mix as well, and it’s clear why a lot of couples get the biggest bed they can fit in the bedroom. A lot of couples’ sleep issues can be resolved simply by giving everyone enough space.

Address Snoring Head On

About half of all people snore. Most bedrooms contain at least one person who snores, and while it’s not a problem for everyone, it’s a big disturbance for some people. Instead of trying to be polite or get used to the nightly noise, address the snoring issue head on. It could be a sign of a more serious health issue, so your partner should get checked out by a doctor. Special pillows, nasal strips, and other products promise to cut down on snoring, but it may take some experimentation to find a treatment that works. It’s worth the effort, though, because both partners should be able to sleep peacefully through the night.

Discuss Your Preferences

Don’t assume that just because you like being together automatically means you’ll sleep perfectly together. Sharing a bed takes an honest and ongoing conversation. Both partners should share how they prefer to sleep – the level of contact, noise, temperature, screens, morning routine, etc. – and what annoys them about sharing a bed. If you’re not on the same page about something, discuss how you’ll compromise. Ideally, you’ll have this conversation early in your relationship, but it’s important to bring it up again periodically. You should also be willing to listen when your partner wants to discuss issues with your shared bed.

Prevent Tossing and Turning

It’s the definition of a rude awakening when your partner’s arm or leg crashes into you in the middle of the night. A bigger mattress can help, not only because it gives you more room but also because uncomfortable mattresses cause most tossing and turning. If your current mattress is more than 5-6 years old, it’s close or past the expiration point. And if your partner is new to your bed or dealing with the onset of a healing issue, the current mattress may not support his or her sleep needs. Even if you don’t need a bigger mattress, upgrading to a newer one crafted using the best of today’s sleep science can help minimize restless sleeping – not to mention give you a nicer sleeping surface too.

Schedule Your Sleep

Perhaps you like to fall asleep early while your partner prefers to stay up. Then, in the morning, you want to jump straight out of bed while your partner likes to linger under the covers. There’s nothing wrong with being on different sleep schedules as long as you’re both in agreement about them. There’s also plenty of room for compromise. For example, if you want to turn in early but still want to be close to your partner, perhaps they would agree to read or browse their phone in bed with you. The next day when you’re up early, show the same courtesy by quietly leaving the bedroom while your partner continues to sleep.

Respect the Bedroom

Bedrooms should really be only for sleeping and sex. It’s tempting to relax in the bedroom, especially when you have kids, but then the space quickly fills up with books, papers, cords, dishes, and all kinds of other ephemera. In addition to getting cluttered, the bedroom becomes a live/workspace instead of a sleep sanctuary. Being surrounded by distractions only makes it harder for both of you to focus on what matters – each other and sleep.

Be Practical

Some couples sleep in separate beds or even in separate rooms. It’s not an indictment of their relationship- it can still be full of love and intimacy. But the simple fact is that some people can’t share a bed, and the best solution is to look for an alternative. It may take some getting used to, but if it results in one or both of you getting better sleep, separate beds could ultimately bring you two closer together.

Plan a Date to Sit ‘n Sleep

It’s hard to overstate how important good sleep is to a good relationship. If someone in your bedroom isn’t sleeping, both of you should visit a local Sit ‘n Sleep superstore. With 38 of them located throughout Southern California, there’s sure to be one close to you. Tour our extensive inventory of mattresses from all the top brands at a wide range of price points. More importantly, try out some mattresses with your partner and figure out what works for both of you. The sleep experts at each of our superstores are here to help you explore your options and find compromises when necessary. Plan a visit sooner rather than later, and please contact us with questions.

Tips for Helping Your Child Get To Sleep

Children need quality sleep on a consistent basis to support their health and growth. Sleep is actually one of the most important factors in their overall development: intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Therefore, it’s crucial that kids get enough sleep – especially when their restless nights are keeping mom and dad awake too. Follow these tips to help kids of all ages get the sleep they need.

Know What’s Healthy

Before doing anything else, you need to determine how much sleep your kid should actually be getting. Generally, toddlers need around 12 hours of sleep, children 3-12 need 10-12 hours, and teenagers need 8-9 hours. Figure out what time they need to be up for school or activities, then adjust their bedtime so that they have time to get enough sleep. But not so much time that they’re lying in bed before fatigue sets in.

Create a Bedtime Routine

Once you determine the right time to wind things down at night, follow the same routine. That routine might include bathing, brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, and reading a story. Routines help establish healthy sleep patterns that the body begins to recognize as a signal it’s time to sleep. For kids especially, turning bedtime into something familiar and predictable makes it easier to get to sleep night after night.

Do Something Relaxing

High-energy activities right before bed only make it harder to sleep. So does looking at a TV, phone, tablet, or computer screen. Kids benefit from doing something relaxing once they’re ready for bed but not quite able to sleep. That could mean listening to some music, reading a book, writing in a journal, or practicing a breathing or relaxation exercise. Younger kids may only need 10-20 minutes to relax, but for older kids, it might take 30 minutes to an hour to feel ready to sleep. Factor this into the bedtime routine.

Be Consistent

Stick to a consistent bedtime and sleep routine every night as much as possible. That means going to bed and waking up at the same time (approximately) on the weekends, and also during school breaks and family vacations. That doesn’t mean kids can’t ever stay up late or get up early, but you should try to avoid changes as much as possible.

Provide a Sense of Safety

Many kids experience some kind of anxiety about being alone in the dark. A night light can help, as can positive reinforcement when your child displays courage or independence. You can also help the situation by avoiding scary media – TV, movies, video games, bedtime stories. And while it may be tempting to let your child crawl in bed with you whenever they feel scared, it’s important for kids to get comfortable sleeping on their own. It’s a life skill they need to learn as early as possible.

Upgrade the Bedroom

Children have the same sleep needs as anyone else: a dark and quiet space that’s a comfortable temperature and free of distractions. Make sure your kid’s room isn’t brighter or noisier than you realize, especially if it’s adjacent to a living area. And like everyone else, kid needs a quality mattress to sleep on. Kids outgrow mattresses just like their clothes, meaning they might be sleeping on something too small. Kid’s mattresses wear out faster too, especially when it’s a hand me down, so it could be also uncomfortable and lacking support. If the mattress is more than 6-8 years old, consider a replacement.

Eat a Good Dinner

If your child doesn’t eat enough at dinner, it can leave them feeling hungry and uncomfortable when it’s time to sleep. Conversely, if they eat large portions of unhealthy foods, they could have digestive distress around bedtime. Try to get your child to eat enough good foods that he or she doesn’t need a snack at night. But if you think a snack might help, choose something like a piece of fruit or a glass of milk instead of something sugary or heavy.

Use the Day Strategically

The most reliable way to get your kid to sleep at night is getting them to burn off lots of energy during the day. Encourage active play, and go outside whenever possible to get exposure to natural light. Sunlight during the day helps your child’s internal body clock register the passage of time and activate the desire to sleep at night. You don’t have to avoid naps, just make sure they don’t go longer than your child needs, even if they would like to sleep more.

Sit ‘n Sleep – For Everything Your Child Needs

When you need a child’s mattress, visit one of the 38 Sit ‘n Sleep locations throughout Southern California. We have options to suit kids of all ages and budgets at every price point. And if it leads to better sleep for your child and more peaceful nights for mom and dad, it’s certainly a good investment. Spend some time exploring our website to learn more about our mattress inventory and our sleep accessories. Or feel free to call us at 800-908-0354.

Relaxation Techniques for Better Sleep

You want to sleep and you need to sleep, but instead, you’re wide awake and feeling anxious about it. So what’s the problem? It could be countless things, but the solution is always the same – learn to relax. That’s easier said than done, of course, but when you learn to release whatever is keeping you up, the restful sleep you’ve been hoping for comes a lot more quickly. The next time you’re struggling to get to sleep, try one (or several) of the relaxation tips outlined below. Each one might not work for everyone, but if you try all of them out sincerely you’re likely to find one that works for you.

10 Tips to Help You Relax

  1. Create a Sleep Sanctuary – Here’s a paradox for you: when you can’t sleep you begin to worry about not sleeping, and that worry only makes it harder to sleep. It’s a vicious circle, but the root cause might be a bedroom that’s simply not conducive to sleep. You want it to be a comfortable temperature, usually between 60 and 65 degrees, and be free of distracting lights and loud noises. You also want to be lying on top of a mattress, sheets, and pillows you actually like. Bedrooms are for sleep first and foremost, so make sure yours provides the perfect environment to doze off and stay in dreamland.
  2. Unburden Your Mind – If you have a big or busy day coming up, you might lay awake thinking about all you need to do instead of getting the sleep you need to seize the day tomorrow. Pushing specific thoughts of your head is never easy, but one method that can work is writing things down in a notebook next to your bed. Make a quick to-do list, write a note to yourself, or simply put your thoughts down on paper. It sounds unbelievable, but once you get those thoughts out of your mind and onto the page, they often stay there the rest of the night.
  3. Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation – Tension in your body can cause or contribute to stress in your mind. Release that tension by progressively tensing and relaxing each muscle group in your body. Start with your face, focusing on your forehead, followed by your eyes, and then your mouth. Hold each group tense for five seconds then relax for 10 seconds while breathing deeply before moving on to the next group. Continue on down your body, tensing each of your arms and legs separately. Plan to spend about 15 minutes on this exercise before finishing with your feet and toes. At the same time that you’re releasing tension, the act of focusing closely on discreet muscle groups helps distract you from whatever in your mind is keeping you awake.
  4. Hum Softly to Yourself – Humming has many of the same effects as deep breathing. It helps to calm you down, focus you on something besides the thoughts running around in your head, and even burn up a little bit of energy in the process. Humming can also help you to release tension from your neck and shoulders, which in turn helps release it from your whole body. Try to focus on humming generally rather than humming a specific melody. Be respectful of your sleeping partner too.
  5. Listen to Relaxing Sounds – There are some sounds that just about everyone finds relaxing – gentle waves or wind blowing through leaves are two good examples. Listening to these sounds on a bedside speaker or through a pair of headphones can help put your body in a relaxed mood while encouraging you to focus your thoughts on what you’re hearing. If you find some other sounds relaxing – music, speech, nature sounds, white noise, etc – use that instead. Just be sure that whatever you listen to is relaxing and not just distracting. The wrong choice could actually make it harder to sleep.
  6. Breathe Intentionally – This may be the simplest relaxation technique on the whole list. Simply breathe in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, then exhale for a full 8 seconds. Count out the seconds in your head so that you’re performing each step for the prescribed length. Deep breathing is known to produce a feeling of calm, and by focusing closely on the act itself you may be able to distract yourself from whatever is causing you stress.
  7. Transport Your Thoughts Elsewhere – When you’re stressed out it can feel impossible to think about anything else, but sometimes all you need to do is think about a memory or scenario that you find relaxing. It could be an image of you lounging on a sunny beach or walking through the woods on a hike – anything that helps you feel calm. Try to occupy the memory as much as possible, focusing on the little details, either remembered or imagined. It can take some time to master this technique, but once you learn to guide the images in your mind towards subjects you find relaxing, stress becomes a problem you can easily overcome.
  8. Enjoy a Snack – Midnight snacks aren’t just to indulge a craving. They can also help you relax when you’re struggling to get to sleep as long as you pick the right things. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, spicy snacks, or fatty foods because they can all keep you up. Foods like berries, yogurt, bananas, and chamomile tea all have the opposite effect. When you’re stressed-out is also a great time to treat yourself, so don’t feel guilty if you have a small piece of chocolate.
  9. Get Out of Bed – This may sound counter-intuitive, but when you’re lying awake you may want to get out of bed and get moving. Your bed is for sleep, but if it starts to become the place where you worry and stress it can stop being a source of relaxation and renewal. Try to keep your stress elsewhere by leaving your bedroom and restarting your sleep routine. It might be 30 minutes or an hour before you’re ready to get back in bed, but when you do you will hopefully have left your stress behind so that you can fall quickly into a deep state of sleep.
  10. Be Mindful – Mindfulness is essentially a combination of many of the techniques outlined above. It incorporates intentional breathing, guided thinking, and releasing tension from the muscles. It works a little differently for everyone, but in most cases, you practice mindfulness by putting relaxation at the center of your mind and body. People who practice mindfulness on a consistent basis often find they experience less stress overall, and when they do they’re able to overcome it in far less time. As a result, mindful people tend to get great sleep.

Sit ‘n Sleep – Your Relaxation Specialists

It’s hard to relax when you’re lying on top of a mattress that you don’t absolutely love. In fact, trying to sleep on the wrong mattress could be contributing to your stress and could even be the original source. If your mattress is more than 7 years old or poorly suited to your sleep needs, it’s time to consider a replacement. Explore today’s best options at one of the 38 Sit ‘n Sleep showrooms located throughout Southern California. Modern mattresses don’t just help you relax – they use the best of today’s sleep science to help you sleep faster, longer, and deeper night after night. Browse our website to learn about the impressive and affordable options in our inventory, and feel free to call us at 800-908-0354.