Five Steps to a Perfect Night's Sleep
Once you have found a mattress that best suits your sleep needs, it is important to select a foundation and bedding accessories to complete your sleep system. Our “Fab Five” sleep-system essentials–mattress, movable base, custom-fitted pillow, quality sheets and mattress protection–are specially designed to complement your new mattress set and enhance your sleep experience
1. Choosing your Mattress
Your Mattress Discounters Mattress Professional can suggest several models for you to try by lying down on each model for several minutes. Turn from side to side to check comfort and support in all positions. Make sure to lie for several minutes in the position you usually sleep.
Look for key features and benefits of each mattress you are trying. Comfort, support, durability and space are critical characteristics to evaluate when purchasing a mattress set. Check coil counts: full-size should have at least 300, queen-size at least 375 and king-size at least 450. Keeping in mind a high coil count doesn't automatically mean it's a better product. Wire gauge is important too -- the lower the number, the more durable the wire (13 is thicker than 16).
And remember, you can't judge a mattress by its coils alone. Pay close attention to mattress comfort. The conformability and firmness of your mattress are the critical elements that make a comfortable sleep posture possible.
2. A Fitted Pillow
A well-chosen pillow is more than just a bedding accessory–it supports the neck and keeps the spine in alignment with the rest of the body. Your head accounts for 20% of your total sleep space, and a poor pillow-fit can have a considerable impact on your overall quality of sleep. Pillows that aren’t a proper match for your preferred sleep position and body type can cause headaches, shoulder pain and numbing of the limbs. Ask one of our trained mattress professionals to fit you for a pillow today, and experience the difference that a perfect match can make.
3. Choosing Your Movable Base
Choosing the right foundation for your new mattress can make the difference between getting a good night’s sleep and getting a great night’s sleep. Movable bases offer a number of health benefits and can adjust to accommodate a myriad of sleep preferences. A movable base makes it possible to achieve the “wellness position”–a sleep configuration in which the head and feet are elevated at approximately a 20 degree angle, relieving tension in the lower back and allowing the muscles in that region to fully relax. In addition to alleviating such common sleep challenges as snoring, indigestion and joint pressure, the “wellness position” has been shown to increase blood flow and promote circulation. As an added benefit, a moveable base can make nightly activities, like watching television or reading a book in bed, more comfortable and enjoyable.
4. The Perfect Sheets
A comfortable and luxurious set of sheets can be as conducive to a quality night’s sleep as proper support and alignment. When it comes to selecting a sheet set, it is important to consider factors like durability, softness and breathability. Breathable sheets allow for proper air circulation, which helps the body maintain a consistent temperature and prevents a mattress from sleeping too hot or too cold. Lower-quality sheet sets made from synthetic materials can negatively affect the feel of a new mattress and cause it to sleep hot. Mattress Discounters sheet selection provides the highest quality natural fibers available–including Egyptian, Pima, Micro Fiber and Organic cottons–to produce beautiful, breathable linens.
5. Protect your Investment
Once you have found a mattress you love, quality mattress protection will ensure that it is well taken care of. By investing in quality mattress protection, you are shielding your new mattress and pillows from environmental stressors like dust mites and perspiration, which can be damaging to the foams and fibers of your new mattress.
Mattress pads that are thick or of poor quality can change the feel of a mattress and cause it to sleep hot. Mattress Discounters’ selection of thin and breathable mattress protectors provide you with the protection you need, without sacrificing the comfort you expect.
In addition to preserving the foams and fibers of your new mattress, protectors shield you from common allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander, while eliminating the possibility of a bed bug infestation.