8 ways to sleep with your partner and get a good night’s rest.
Trouble sleeping next to your partner? You’re not alone. About 26% of people say they get better sleep when they sleep alone, compared to sleeping with their partner. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case.
Sleeping with your partner has its benefits
While it’s tempting to give up and sleep alone, sleeping with your partner can be important to your relationship. For starters, cuddling can help you bond with your significant other and promote intimacy. According to one study, cuddling after sex leads to higher sexual satisfaction and higher relationship satisfaction. Furthermore, touch helps communicate feelings of love, gratitude, and sympathy between loved ones. As we make contact with another human, our levels of oxytocin rise. Oxytocin is the “love hormone” that can prompt empathy, trust, relaxation and reduced anxiety.
How to get harmonious sleep with your partner
Address snoring together
Let’s start with the (very loud) elephant in the room. Snoring can be the biggest sleep issue couples have to deal with. And while there may be only one partner to blame, it’s important to deal with the issue together. If you’re the snorer, get evaluated by a medical professional to see what the underlying cause is. If you’re the snorer’s partner, encourage them to get checked out and go with them on their visit. Your support might be just what they need to finally get help.
Get some earplugs when your sleep with your partner
Whether you’re dealing with your partner’s snoring or your neighbor’s unnecessarily loud TV, earplugs might help your issues. Light sleepers should especially consider getting earplugs to block the noises that easily wake them up.
Stagger your bedtimes
Be intentional about your individual sleep schedule. If your partner is the one who is keeping you up, try going to sleep earlier than them. Then have your partner come to bed when you’re in a deep sleep. This will hopefully prevent your significant other from keeping you awake.
Put on headphones when you sleep with your partner
Speaking of staggering bedtimes, if your partner is ready for bed but you want to stay up and watch TV, try putting on headphones. As a result, your partner can sleep soundly while you enjoy your favorite show. Now they even make headphones and earbuds specifically for bedtime.
End the blanket tug-o-war
Who says sharing is caring? Are you and your partner always fighting over the sheets? One easy solve is to just get two separate blankets. That way you’ll have your own blanket to stay warm and comfy. You can still share a couple of layers, just make sure you each have one designated blanket for yourself.
Find the right mattress
Mattresses with individually wrapped pocketed springs, like hybrid mattresses, are great for couples. Pocketed springs contour to your bodyweight independent of each other. Because they don’t completely affect their surrounding springs, you’ll be able to move around in bed without waking your partner. If you toss and turn at night, pocketed springs can help prevent your partner from waking up.
Look into an adjustable base
You and your significant other don’t need to compromise on your preferred sleeping positions. With an adjustable base, you can each choose the most comfortable position for your individual needs. You may need to get two twin bases and put them together, but the results could be worth it. Adjustable beds come with plenty of benefits. Furthermore, they can help with snoring which, in turn, can help with your relationship. Sit ‘n Sleep is a flagship retailer for SmartLife mattress systems, which offer a superior experience to the likes of Sleep Number mattresses.
Get separate beds, if you must
Above all, the health of your relationship should be the priority. If you and your partner have tried everything and still can’t make it work, consider separate beds. A growing, though misleading, topic is the trend of sleep divorce. This is where a couple will sleep in separate beds, or even separate rooms, to get a good night’s sleep. But don’t let the name fool you, some say this can actually improve your relationship. After all, when you’re well-rested, you’re less irritable. As a result, you won’t be so hostile toward your partner. So while you should explore the ways to make sleeping together work, don’t be ashamed if you choose different beds. What’s important is that you and your significant other maintain a healthy and loving relationship.
Talk to a Sleep Consultant
If you’re looking to get better sleep with your partner, speak with our Sleep Consultants. We can help you find a solution that works for the both of you. Call or visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep today.
Get your kids to sleep and get more time to yourself with these 6 tips.
Children are one of the best gifts life can give you. But raising them isn’t without its challenges. Especially when it comes to bedtime. Almost every parent will tell you trying to get your kids to sleep can be, well, exhausting.
Why it’s important to get the kids to sleep
If children don’t get the appropriate amount of sleep, they may start to experience many different problems. Poor sleep can lead to behavioral issues with kids. They may also have trouble learning and paying attention in school. Lack of sleep can also play a role in childhood obesity.
Does your little one having trouble getting to sleep? You’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 25% to 50% of preschoolers experience sleep related problems.
6 tips to help get your kids to sleep
Set a sleep schedule
It’s important to work with your kid to set a sleep schedule, personalized to them. Is your kid an early riser or a night owl? School-aged kids typically need 9-11 hours of sleep. Set a bedtime and wake time that makes the most sense for your child’s own needs. Try and keep bedtime and wake time the same, within an hour or so, for consistency. If you allow them to break from their schedule and get too much sleep, they may not feel tired by bedtime. You can tell they’re getting enough sleep when they fall asleep within 15 to 30 minutes of going to bed. Furthermore, waking up easily in the morning, and not nodding off during the day are good signs as well.
Develop a routine
Kids thrive on routines. One study showed that bedtime routines helped significantly reduce problematic sleep behaviors for infants and toddlers. Create a routine that is comforting and relaxing so your kid becomes sleepy at the start of it. After dinner, try a routine that includes some gentle playtime, bath, brushing teeth, a bedtime story then bed. Try and keep the routine short and be firm about ending it when it’s time to sleep. Lastly, kids will always try and prolong their bedtime. A drink of water. One more book. Just five more minutes. When your kids turn on the cuteness, it may be tough to say no. But it’s important to stay firm and let them know once they’re in bed, they have to stay there.
Create the right environment
When you set up your kid’s room, keep in mind details that will help them sleep better. Get shades for their room to keep it dark. If your kid doesn’t love a pitch black room, invest in a small night light. Look into getting a comfortable mattress and soft sheets that will help your kid get better sleep. In addition, set their room’s temperature on the cool side to around 65-70 °F at night. Lastly, try and keep the noise level to a minimum when your kid is trying to go to bed.
Give them a comforting object
When your kids go to sleep it means that they’re separated from you. Parents may find this time relieving, but kids can grow anxious and scared being away from their parents. Even if you’re just in the other room. As a result, you may want to give them a comforting object like a teddy bear, doll or blanket. This will provide them with a sense of security and comfort that can be reassuring as they try and fall asleep.
Calm their fears
Monsters under the bed, boogeymen, ghosts — there’s a lot of scary stuff out there haunting kids’ imaginations. Rather than dismissing them as silly childhood fantasies, help alleviate their fears by addressing them with your kids. However, make sure you address these fears during the day, avoid having these conversations around bedtime. If a reassuring talk doesn’t help get your kid to sleep, get creative. Use a special toy to “guard the room” or even a spray bottle that will spray the monsters away.
Keep an eye out for troubling signs
There could possibly be other reasons your little one can’t get to sleep. If your kid has trouble falling asleep, snores, or breathes through their mouth, they could possibly have a sleep disorder. In addition, persistent nightmares, daytime behavioral problems, and being overtired may be worth looking into. Speak to your pediatrician about your child’s sleep habits. They might recommend a sleep consultant or offer other suggestions to help your kiddo get some zzz’s.
Help the whole family get to sleep
If your kid isn’t the only one having trouble getting to sleep, it might be time for a new mattress. Give us call or come visit one of our locations and speak to our Sleep Consultants. Together, we can help you and your family get the best sleep of your lives.
Sleeping with your dog has its benefits. Just make sure to follow these steps.
Snuggling with your pup is one of the best parts about owning a dog. It doesn’t just feel nice, it’s scientifically-proven to be good for you. Studies have shown that sleeping with your dog can create reduce depression, ease insomnia and improve your sleep quality.
But before you let your furry friend sleep on the bed, there are certain steps you should take. These eight tips can make sleeping with your dog safe and enjoyable for both of you.
8 tips for sleeping with your dog
Make sure they’re potty trained before sleeping with your dog
Young puppies may not have the bladder control to avoid wetting the bed. In addition, some breeds may be too small to get down from the bed on their own. As a result, your bedspread, sheets and mattress can be ruined if your dog has an accident. Even with housebroken pets, make sure they go potty at night before getting into your bed. This can help make sure your pup doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night to go outside. Potty training your dog is one of the most important first steps to take with your pup.
Keep your pup clean
Bathe and groom your dog on a regular basis, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. If necessary, use veterinary-approved products to protect against fleas, ticks and other parasites. The cleaner your dog is, the cleaner your mattress might stay. This can help with certain allergies you may have. Not to mention, it’ll help make sure your dog doesn’t start stinking up your room.
Keep them above the covers
When you’re sleeping with your dog, make sure they don’t get under the covers. Your furry bundle of joy is full of love, but they may also be full of dirt and debris. Keeping them above the covers will help keep your sheets clean, giving you a healthier night’s sleep.
Invest in a mattress protector
If you are going to let your dog sleep with you, you should get 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.
Change your sheets regularly after sleeping with your dog
Another important step in keeping your bed clean while your dog sleeps with you is changing your sheets. Many experts recommend cleaning your sheets once a week. Check out the care instructions on the label, but you’ll probably want to wash your sheets on the hottest setting. Hotter water will help remove more bacteria and allergens.
Stay in command
To make sure your pet understands it is your bed, never let them jump up on the bed without being invited. Furthermore, experts suggest making the dog stay on the floor for 10 minutes before inviting them up onto the bed. Also, don’t let your dog eat in bed, as this sends the wrong message about what the bed is for. If your pet misbehaves of exhibits dominant behavior, send them off the bed to sleep somewhere else.
Let them know bedtime isn’t playtime
Sleeping with your dog means just that: sleeping. Make sure your pup knows that now is not the time to play. Don’t let your dog bring their toys onto the bed, especially squeaky ones. As a result, you’ll get a better night’s sleep to be able to play with them more during the day!
Be mindful of their growth
There’s nothing better than snuggling with your new puppy. However, it’s important to consider how big your little puppy will eventually get. This may play a role in helping you decide if you want to sleep with your dog on the bed. If your pup will grow up to be gigantic, they may take up too much of your bed.
Call or visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep
Your dog isn’t the only one who deserves a great night’s sleep. Speak to one our highly-trained Sleep consultants about what else you can do to improve your sleep quality. If your mattress is older than eight years old, it’s probably time to replace it. Give us a call, or visit one of our locations today and get the sleep you’ve been dreaming about.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.