The 5 Different Types of Mattresses You Never Knew About

Memory foam or innerspring? Latex or hybrid? When purchasing a new mattress, today’s shoppers have more options than ever to choose from. And with new innovations in materials and technology constantly being introduced by mattress manufacturers, it can be hard to keep up with them all.

Most sleepers are familiar with the traditional innerspring mattress. And some people even have a working knowledge of pocket coil mattress technology. But unless you’re an avid follower of sleep products and technology, you probably don’t know all there is know about today’s mattress products. To bring you up to date, here are five different types of mattresses you never knew about – but should.

Memory-Foam Mattress

The 5 Different Types of Mattresses You Never Knew About

The 5 Different Types of Mattresses You Never Knew About

Memory foam was developed as part of a NASA contract in the 1970s to improve seat cushioning and crash protection for airline pilots and passengers. The project proved to be very successful, and engineers and designers soon began using the unique material in a wide variety of commercial products, including mattresses. In a short time, memory foam mattresses have become one of the most popular designs on the market.

Also known as Visco Elastic foam, memory foam has the unique ability to conform to your body while dispersing your weight evenly throughout the bed, making it ideal for achy joints, morning pains and restless sleepers. Because it is affected by temperature, memory foam also softens and conforms to the sleeper in response to body temperature and body weight. As a result, memory foam mattresses tend to sleep warmer than traditional innerspring mattresses. In response, mattress makers have introduced new types of foam mattresses with innovations such as “open-cell” memory foams, gel-infused memory foams, reticulated foam support layers and other technologies to improve air circulation when sleeping on these mattresses. Memory foam is also resistant to mold, bacteria, bed bugs, dust mites and many types of allergens.

Of all the different types of mattresses, this one is a great choice for people who wake up in pain and want more support when they sleep. It’s also ideal for couples that wake each other up at night because memory foam is great at stopping and separating motion. You really need to lay on a memory foam mattress to appreciate what sets it apart, so plan to visit a Sit ‘n Sleep location soon to explore our extensive inventory.

Innerspring Mattress

The 5 Different Types of Mattresses You Never Knew About

The 5 Different Types of Mattresses You Never Knew About

Innerspring mattresses are the oldest and one of the most popular of modern mattress designs. Manufacturers use a variety of steel coil support systems, such as springs connected into a single unit or individually wrapped pocketed coils, to construct these durable mattresses. Then they cover the innersprings with various types of padding or upholstery materials, which results in a surprisingly comfortable sleep experience. And with today’s advanced mattress materials such as foams, fibers, and additional layers of smaller steel springs, innerspring mattresses are stronger and more comfortable than ever. As one of the more affordable mattress types on the market, the innerspring remains a top seller around the world.

If you have not laid on a next-generation innerspring mattress, we encourage you to try one out in person. Compared to other types of mattresses, innerspring has a reputation of being outdated and uncomfortable, but the newest versions are vastly improved. The combination of high comfort and low cost makes this an appealing option for anyone who needs a better mattress.

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Best Mattresses For Back Support

Having constant back pain is no fun. And if the last time you replaced your mattress was more than 8 years ago, you’re overdue! Luckily, Sit ‘n Sleep has a wide selection of mattresses to choose from and recommends several mattresses for back support. Now is the time for you to rest easy and bring that spring back in your step!

  1. Beautyrest Gwynn Firm
Best Mattresses For Back Support

Best Mattresses For Back Support

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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

While having a fitted sheet on your mattress is great, folding it up to store neatly in the closet is a whole different beast. How to Fold a Fitted SheetEven crumbling it up and tossing it into the closet may seem like the easier option. However, there are definitely foolproof techniques according to Martha Stewart for folding this troublesome sheet.

These instructions are for a right-handed person, but you can just reverse the instructions if you’re left-handed.

HOW TO FOLD A FITTED SHEET

1. Hold the sheet by the two adjacent corners of one of the shorter edges. Have the inside of the sheet facing you and place one hand in each of these two corners. Continue reading

How To Tell if You Have Bed Bugs

How To Tell if You Have Bed Bugs

How To Tell if You Have Bed Bugs, Source (King County Health Department)

If you’ve crossed paths with bed bugs, they are definitely an unwelcome nighttime visitor. These small insects feed on human blood and are usually active at night when you’re sleeping.

Bed bugs don’t spread disease, but can be a huge nuisance. They don’t jump or fly, they crawl and move about the same speed as an ant. According to the King County Health Department, bed bugs have flat, rusty-red colored oval bodies, and are about the size of a pen cap tip. When bed bugs feed, they swell and become brighter red. They are big enough to be easily seen, but will hide in your mattress, box springs, bedding, cracks in furniture, or even floors and walls. Bed bugs can live for several months to over a year without feeding. Continue reading

7 Best Bedtime Stories for Kids

Some of the best childhood memories come from having a story read to them by their parents. This warm tradition of reading a bed time story has been passed down from generation to generation. While getting your children INTO bed may consist of a little fussing and fighting, after you’ve finished their bath time and got them into bed, reading them a book will certainly make their eyelids droop. If you’ve run out of good books for kids, check out the 7 Best Bedtime Stories for Kids.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

7 Best Bedtime Stories for Kids

7 Best Bedtime Stories for Kids

Colorfully drawn and very popular among children, follow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

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7 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Feeling groggy? Or just worn out? If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, that may be the problem! Having a full nights rest can really put a huge impact on the way you perform the next day. While many factors can interfere with your sleep, you’re not alone; an estimated 50-70 million U.S. adults do not get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here are 7 Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep according to the Mayo Clinic to help you rest easier.

1. Stick to a sleep schedule

Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.

2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink

Having a poor diet really affects you during the day and can make you feel sluggish and tired. Eating fruits and vegetable will give you more energy during the day. Additionally, don’t go to bed full or on an empty stomach as it may provide discomfort. Continue reading

Is it Healthy to Sleep with your Pets?

It’s a very common trend for owners to allow their feline or pooch to sleep with them and many people wouldn’t even dream of kicking them off the bed.

Is it Healthy to Sleep with your Pets?

Is it Healthy to Sleep with your Pets?

According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners.

The survey also found that 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.

While it may be kind to let animals on the mattress, there may be some health issues associated with sleeping with your four-legged friend.

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4 Tips for Building the Ultimate Pillow Fort

Admit it, you miss doing it. Crafting a pillow fort using bedding accessories and furniture always pulls up nostalgic memories. However, it’s never too late to share some laughs and pick up this ancient art. Here are some tips to building the ultimate pillow fort with your children.

4 Tips for Building the Ultimate Pillow Fort

4 Tips for Building the Ultimate Pillow Fort – Source: The New York Times

1. Location, Location, Location

Scouting for the prime real estate is the most important aspect. Make sure the fort is placed in an area with not too much traffic and near an electrical outlet so you can plug in nightlights, fans, charge iPads, wrap the fort with Christmas lights, etc.

2. Pick a Solid Foundation

Will you be using chairs or a table to lay out the structure of the pillow fort? Couch cushions can be very stable when perched up against something. Avoid using bedroom pillows as they can easily collapse. You can even sit on a mattress for extra comfort. Other well-known best bets are four dinner table chairs, couches, or a table (creates an instant roof too!).

3. Use a Sheet as a Roof

Using a heavier material like a comforter can create too much slack and makes it too hot inside. After stretching the sheet over the foundation, you can hold it in place by tying the corners around door knobs or even pin your roof to your furniture using binder clips. A large umbrella can also double as a great roof.

4. Remember, this activity is all about your children!

Bring picture books, games, snacks and an imagination and enjoy this marvelous staycation with your loved ones!

30 Things You Didn’t Know About Beds

Thirty Things You Didn't Know About Beds

Thirty Things You Didn’t Know About Beds

The bed is the place that is all yours, the place where you relax away the cares of the day and find the rest that your body has been longing for all day. The bed has come a long way since its humble beginnings. It has been reinvented time and time again with different mattresses and continues to evolve as people demand a higher end of comfort, support, and catering to their needs. Though you may feel that you know your bed, there are many things that you do not know about this piece of furniture that we all rely on to achieve sleep.

The First Bed was not so humble.

1. One of the first beds was not so humble a piece of furniture. It was actually quite huge and much larger than you can even imagine. Measuring in at a whopping 18 feet by 12 feet long, this bed could hold as many as 65 sleepers. Can you imagine sleeping with 65 other people at night?

Tutankahmun’s bed was crafted from gold.

2. How would it feel to sleep in a bed that was made entirely of gold and ebony? This is no twin mattress! Tutankahmun had this bed to sleep in every night. While his subjects were made to sleep on palm branches, he slept in the ultimate in luxury.

Thirty Things You Didn't Know About Beds

King Tut’s bed – Thirty Things You Didn’t Know About Beds, Source: BBC

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