Mattress Types 101: Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses have been growing in popularity since their introduction in the 1990s, and for good reason. Created by NASA in 1966, memory foam has been used for everything from space shuttle seats to helmet padding for the National Football League. Universally praised for its “open-cell” structure, it provides unprecedented support and comfort than traditional foam padding.

As mattresses have evolved, it seems a natural step in technological evolution that our sleeping surfaces would incorporate this marvel of modern engineering. As with all mattress types, there is variety with the memory foam mattress with each version bringing varying levels of comfort and features.

The mattress experts at Mattresses For Less understand the need for consumers to do their homework on all of the sleeping surfaces available to them. With this in mind, they proudly offer the following information to better aid their customers in their search for the perfect mattress:

 

Traditional Memory Foam Mattresses

The most popular version of the memory foam mattress, traditional memory foam is what most consumers think of when shopping for this type of mattress. More dense than typical sleeping surfaces (like innerspring mattresses), memory foam is renowned for its ability to keep its shape (or “remember”) once used. This allows for a reduction of pressure points on the sleeper as the foam conforms to the body. This actually aids in circulation allowing for a better night’s sleep.

Another inherent trait with traditional memory foam is the reduction of allergens inherent in other sleeping surfaces. Memory foam inherently repels dust mites and microbial contaminants that are the primary cause of most allergy sufferer’s symptoms. This fact alone makes memory foam an extremely popular sleeping surface choice.

Motion transfer reduction is another benefit of traditional memory foam mattresses. No matter how restless you or your partner may be in the night, traditional memory foam limits how much movement is transferred to the other side of the bed.

Finally, traditional foam mattresses are tough. Warranties on traditional foam mattresses tend to last longer as the mattresses themselves have a longer life expectancy than non-memory foam sleeping surfaces. What this means to you is a noticeable increase in the life of your investment.

AirCool Memory Foam

Like the traditional memory foam, this type of surface also reduces pressure points as it conforms to the body as well as repels dust mites and other allergens. However, one of the common complaints against traditional memory foam mattresses is the temperature of the surface. Memory foam tends to store body heat making the surface temperature of the mattress uncomfortable, if not unbearable, for most consumers. The difference in this foam comes in the form of the open celled structure that allows for improved airflow and considerably less heat retention. A secondary benefit of this type of foam is the speed in which the surface responds to the shape of the body. While traditional memory foam mattresses can have a “quicksand” feel to it as it slowly conforms to the sleeper’s body, AirCool memory foam reduces that sinking feeling with its increased response speed. With the reduction in surface heat and faster conforming response time, many feel this type of memory foam is a substantial upgrade from traditional memory foam mattresses.

Gel Memory Foam

As with the previous types of memory foam surfaces, this version also reduces motion transfer, pressure points, and allergens. The biggest difference in gel memory foam from all others is found in the gel itself. Using the same substance found in many shoe inserts and sports equipment, this type of memory foam offers even more support and comfort than traditional memory foam. Surface temperature is reduced as well as it does not utilize the same heat retaining materials found in traditional memory foam. While all memory foam mattresses have a well-earned reputation for form retention and comfort, many consumers have found the gel memory foam to have the highest quality in terms of quality, comfort, and warranty (some as high as 25 years).

No matter what type of memory foam mattress you choose, the benefits of this particular sleeping surface are obvious. More comfort, more support, longer warranties, and less allergens are just a few of the benefits from a memory foam mattress. Without a doubt, these mattresses are among the best money can buy and certainly worthy of the investment not just in a new sleeping surface but ultimate in the health and well being that can only come from a good night’s sleep.

Mattress Types 101: Innerspring Mattresses

The rise of modern technology has had a profound effect on our lifestyles unlike any previous generation. Since the advent of the “space age”, we’ve seen technological wonders our parents and grandparents couldn’t imagine when they were kids. From space stations to smart phones, we’ve come a long, long way in a relatively short period of time, technologically speaking.

Modern technology has touched every facet of our lives, including our sleeping surfaces. Mattresses have evolved considerably over the last decade or two with plenty of advancements in how our beds are made debuting over the last few years. Gone are the days of sleeping on lumpy bags of feathers or spring-loaded devices that would seem more at home in a medieval dungeon than a modern bedroom. Today’s sleeping surfaces are testaments to engineering ingenuity with beds featuring state-of-the-art gel-filled coils to literal inventions spawned from NASA’s engineering successes.

With variety comes the difficulty of choosing which sleeping surface is right for you. Considering how big an investment new bedroom furniture is, you certainly don’t want to make a purchase without doing a fair amount of research. With this in mind, Mattresses For Less is proud to offer the following information concerning different types of mattresses to help the thrifty mattress shopper with their research. Today’s focus is a modern take on a classic type of mattress: the innerspring mattress.

An innerspring mattress has been around almost as long as there have been mattresses although the technology has drastically improved over the years. While most of us have slept on some variation on the innerspring mattress theme, you may be surprised to learn there is much more to these mattresses than covering a bunch of springs with cloth, sheets, and pillows.

Most innerspring mattresses are composed of three layers: the core, the foundation, and the upholstery layers.

The Core

The core of an innerspring mattress is the part of the mattress that supports the sleeper. The core consists of the “innersprings” usually made of steel coil springs. There are several variations of spring coils to choose from with each type bringing a different sleeping experience. The following list consists of a few examples of the coil varieties available:

Bonnell Coils:

Repurposed from the buggy seat springs from the 19th century, these are what most people think of when the phrase “innerspring mattress” comes up. These hourglass-shaped steel wire coils are connected by cross wire helicals forming the most basic of the innerspring mattress types.

 

 

 

Marshall Coils:
A much thinner gauge spring coil, these barrel-shaped coils are individually wrapped in fabric and are normally not interconnected. This design allows the coils to work independently instead of en masse for obvious benefits. Innerspring mattresses made with Marshall coils tend not to show the same types of wear and tear that Bonnell Coils often exhibit like sagging in the middle.

 

 

 

Continuous Coils:
This is an innerspring mattress style featuring rows of coils made from a single piece of steel wire. This style of innerspring mattress benefits from what is commonly referred to as a “hinging effect”. With this effect, the coils more easily conform to the shape of the sleeper’s body than the traditional Bonnell coils or even the individually wrapped Marshall coils.

 

 

 

The Foundation


This portion of the innerspring is the bottom section of the mattress set, or “box spring”. The foundation is made with extra heavy-duty springs as it must support not only the weight of the sleeper(s) but also of the core mattress as well. The box spring is made with a solid frame, usually made with wood as well as a high-density foam support beneath the coils for a more rigid foundation.

 

 

 

Upholstery Layers


As the name suggests, this section of the mattress is the fabric that covers the core springs and provides support and cushioning. Most upholstery layers are made up of an insulator layer made of a fibrous material, a middle section made up of cushioned materials like foam, cotton, or polyester, and a quilted section that comprises the actual sleeping surface. Together, these layers provides a soft, cushioned padding between the sleeper and the coils.
Put together, these components make up a major portion of the mattress sets offered by retailers across the globe. Obviously there is much more to a mattress set than meets the eye and if you find yourself in the market for a new set of mattresses, researching the benefits and liabilities inherent in each type of mattress is key to finding the perfect sleeping surface for you. We’ve all slept on uncomfortable mattresses over our lifetimes, but there truly is nothing that can compare with a good night’s sleep on a mattress set that seems tailor made for you.

 

Protecting Your Investment: Tips On Extending The Life Of Your New Mattress

You’ve done your homework, shopped around, and finally decided on the mattress set that fits your sleep comfort needs. You’re ready to make your purchase and get to the best part of mattress shopping; a good night’ sleep. That’s when the sales rep begins asking questions you may not have considered in your shopping. Words like “mattress encasements”and “mattress padding” begin to bombard your budget and the temptation to wave off the salesman’s suggestions for additional products and options to protect your mattress is at an all time high. But, before you say “no” to all of those additional costs, there are a few things you may need to know.

One of the most expensive component of any bedroom set is a high quality set of mattresses. Most studies tell us the life of an average set of mattresses is 7 to 10 years before natural wear-and-tear permanently reduces the positive effects of your new mattresses. Taking extra precautions to protect a big ticket investment like that is anything but frivolous. While most of us wouldn’t think twice about purchasing additional products, features, or even insurance to protect other big-ticket investments like a vehicle or our homes, few people think of mattresses in that same category.

But, with just a little care and proper application of a few “extras”, you can extend the life of that new mattress set well past the average expiration date. For example:

 

Mattress Pads/Toppers

A mattress pad is an additional layer of material designed to add comfort and protection for the surface of your mattress. There are many mattress pad types and materials to choose from depending on your needs or personal preference. Pads can come in cotton, wool, polyester, organic fabric, silk, foam, down features, or synthetic down materials. They also come in many different styles, for example:

Fitted Pads
More like a very thick fitted sheet, this type of pad usually has a layer of quilted material for additional comfort and protection of the sleeping surface. Elastic corners insure the fitted pad stays put.

Anchor Pads
The primary difference with this type of pad is the way it attaches to the mattress. Rather than elastic sewn into the fitted corners of the pad, the anchor pad has elastic bands that wrap around the mattress corners. This type of pad is easier to remove for cleaning purposes.

Memory Foam Pads
This type of pad is quite popular for its space-age materials. As the name suggests, this type of pad adds extra cushion to the sleeping surface that conforms to the curves of your body and retains that form for additional comfort and support. Since it is a pad and not a permanent part of the mattress, an additional benefit is protection of the mattress surface thereby extending the life of your mattress.

Egg Crate Pads
This foam material comes in the form of an “egg crate” and adds additional cushion and support for you and protection for the mattress surface. The difference between this pad and the memory foam is the egg crate does not retain any specific form.

Mattress Encasements

Maybe you’ve seen a mattress with a zippered cloth or plastic cover and wondered why someone would shrink-wrap their bed. The reason for this added step is simple; fully covering the mattress means full protection. While a mattress pad may protect the top of the mattress and the addition of a dust ruffle may help keep dust from accumulating underneath the bed, only a mattress encasement fully covers the mattress and/or box spring. If you suffer from chronic allergies or are simply trying to extend the life of your mattress, a mattress encasement is ideal.

So before you make your final decision on these seemingly frivolous extras, keep these suggestions in mind and remember, the quality of your sleep is largely dependent on the quality of your mattress. The best advice you can receive during your mattress shopping is be sure to include “mattress protection” in your budget. Not just to protect what you’re investing in a new set of mattresses, but in the greatest investment you will ever have; your health and well being.

The Evolution of the Mattress

When you look at the vast selection of mattresses available at a mattress store, you probably don’t think much of the variety since thats what you have come to expect. In this day and age we have gotten used to the innovations in mattress technology that make our beds so incredibly comfortable. We are so used to comfortable mattresses that most of us take for granted the fact that things weren’t always this way. Mattresses have come a long way since man first got the idea to not sleep directly on the ground.

The idea of mattresses goes back as far as 10,000 years ago during the Neolithic period. Primitive, cave-dwelling humans, following a Flintstonian line of logic, used large rocks covered in animal skin and grass to sleep on. When there were no raised rocks to rest, sleeping on the ground on top of animal skins was also a popular option. From there, at sometime around 3,000 BCE, Egyptian royalty began the practice of purposely raising their beds off of the ground. Pharaoh Tutankhamen owned a raised bed made of ebony and gold. At this point it was only the royals and possibly some highborn people that had the luxury of an actual bed. Most people at this time were still sleeping on piles of reeds.

It wasn’t until the Roman empire that we see actual stuffed luxury mattresses. Still owned exclusively by the upper echelons of society, these mattresses were stuffed with cotton, feathers, and reeds and usually sat upon beds of precious metal. Some scholars believe that the water bed was also created by the Romans, although there is still some debate on the matter.

With the path laid by the Roman empire, the Renaissance period pioneered on and improved on the Roman model. This is the first period in time when people began to consider what material their mattress was made of, not just what it was stuffed with. They first stuffed a coarse sack full of straw and feathers and proceeded to wrap it in velvet or silk. And thus, silk sheets were created. These mattresses were typically raised on wooden frames, held together by leather straps. This innovation provided to the common people not only raised people above the ground away from the disease infested pests that often resided on their floors, but also heavily prevented harmful mold from growing.

In the 18th century, the cast iron bed as well as the cotton mattress made their first appearances. People began to experiment a bit more on what worked best as mattress filling. Horsehair and coconut fibers were often used in addition to wool and cotton. These new mattresses were also a less attractive space for bugs and other pests. Up until this time bugs were an occupational hazard when it came to sleep so this was a very important innovation.

The next large step in the evolution in mattresses didn’t occur until 1865 when the technology for the first coil spring mattress was patented. The patent was originally used for cushions in chair seats but was soon after transfered to mattresses. Also in the late 19th century, a design for a modern water bed was introduced and was used in hospitals to prevent and treat the formation of ulcers.

The 20th century provided a boom in mattress technology beginning in the 1930’s with the innerspring mattress. Many of the innovations in the 20th century stem from the chemical advancements from WWII. The most common material developed from these advancements is polyurethane foam. It wasn’t until the 50’s that foam mattresses hit the market and became popular. With the development of vinyl, the 60’s ushered in the modern water bed which was very popular until the late 1900’s ushered in pillow-top, pocket spring, adjustable, and air mattresses. Memory foam was developed by NASA in the 60’s but did not become commercially popular until the 90’s.

These days there are too many different variations of popular mattress designs to even count. Just as we as a species has evolved, our emphasis of the importance of comfort has evolved with us. The choices that are currently available to you when you’re shopping for mattresses are numerous and they can all be found in one place: Mattresses for Less. Come get your new mattress at Mattresses for Less and after they deliver it the same day and haul away your old mattress, once you lay down to go to sleep, think about how far mattresses have come and how glad you are to not be sleeping on a rock.

The Many Uses of Memory Foam

Whenever it is mentioned that memory foam was designed by NASA, the image that seems to come to mind is an astronaut sleeping comfortably on a memory foam mattress while orbiting earth in a space station. But, upon some quick research, one will realize that the astronauts never slept on memory foam in space, but instead it was used in the cushions of their seats to absorb the impact of the extreme gravity during takeoff and landing. The creators of memory foam merely realized the potential for the springy foam material and included NASA in their marketing efforts in order to appear high-tech and futuristic. Knowing this, one can’t help but wonder what else we don’t know about this springy substance. What other uses are there for this innovative material?

Medical Uses

When patients in hospitals are forced to be immobile in bed for extended periods of time, regular hospital beds would often cause complications. The rigidness of an average mattress, when laid upon for a lengthy frame of time, would cause bedsores and even gangrene in patients. The introduction of memory foam mattresses into hospitals significantly reduced these symptoms in bedridden patients. Memory foam is also utilized in wheelchair cushions, stabilizers for broken or fractured bones, and, due to its heat retention properties, therapy for patients with neck or back injuries. Memory foam can be molded into any shape so its uses in the medical field are vast.

Active Uses 

Once the price of memory foam dropped enough for it to be widely commercially distributed, more and more activities have been finding uses for the substance. For instance, if you are a professional race car driver who is sitting in a driver’s seat for hours on end, you’re going to want to sit on a shock absorbant substance to reduce debilitating back pain. Memory foam can be used in an array of sports, both traditional and extreme, as a high-tech padding for safety equipment. Football helmets have begun to use composite pads that utilize memory foam technology to remain rigid enough to keep tight to the body but still absorb a great deal of shock. The use of memory foam in helmets can also be extended to bicycle and skateboard helmets since the same need is met. For marathon bicyclists, a memory foam seat will keep them much more comfortable and therefore willing to go farther distances. The military also utilizes memory foam padding for heavy vests and backpacks to cause less strain on the troops carrying them.

Traditional Uses

Although memory foam is such a versatile substance, the arena in which it is used most affectively is still in the bedroom. Since the temper material retains heat, it is a perfect therapy for erasing the basic aches and pains that arise from strenuous day-to-day life. It assists with proper alignment of your spine resulting in ideal conditions for a perfect nights sleep. The use of memory foam pillows can actually aide sleep apnea by elevating the head to the correct position. If there was ever a time to switch from a regular mattress to a memory foam, the sooner the better. Do your body a favor and invest in one of these mattresses, especially if you are a victim of any chronic pains. A great place to start shopping is MattressesforLess.net since they have  a huge selection of memory foam mattresses all at great prices. Your mattress is the piece of furniture you spend the most time on, wouldn’t it make sense for it to be as comfortable as possible?

War on Dust Mites

Now that the seasons are once again changing, people waking up with stuffy sinuses and allergic symptoms are simply attributing them to the start of summer.  Although this could be part of the reason for these reactions, there could be a more sinister explanation. Dust mites are a major cause of allergic reactions in the home and their favorite place of residence is in mattresses and pillows, where you spend a large chunk of your day. Most people are aware that dust mites are disgusting and are a hinderance on your health, but many may not know what exactly they do or how to keep them away from where you sleep. Note: This is not meant to scare anyone but to inform you of how to deal with this very common problem.

Dust mites are tiny bugs that thrive in humid, moist areas. They survive on dander from human skin and excrete a substance called Der p1, a very potent allergen. People sensitive to this allergen experience sinus headaches, itchy eyes, sneezing, fatigue, and even depression. The dust that accumulates in your mattress and pillows are contaminated with dust mite feces and are often the cause of these early morning allergic reactions.

The favorite hangout for dust mites, as mentioned before, is your bed. More specifically though, dust mites tend to thrive in coil or spring mattresses. The reason for this is the inner section of a spring mattress acts as a perfect space for dust mites to survive and multiply. The body heat that you provide acts as an incubator where mite feces and dead skin cells accumulate. This warm environment also often causes mildew and mold to grow which is often the reason your mattress will gain weight from the time that you first purchased it. Dust mites also reproduce at an extreme rate, making the problem exponentially worse the longer it is ignored.

Luckily there are several things you can do to prevent, or at least limit, dust mites in your sleeping area. The first and most obvious solution is simple cleanliness. Be sure to wash your pillow cases and bed sheets every week and your comforter at lease once every 2 months. Use warm water when washing your bedding since cold water will not get rid of dust mites. Also, clean your mattress at least once a year, preferably between winter and spring. This will ensure to kill all of the surviving mites from winter which will cripple their numbers going into the hot summer months. The best defense against dust mites, however, is to buy a mattress without an inner cavity within which mites thrive. If you have a latex or memory foam mattress you dont give dust mites an incubated area to multiply and accumulate harmful allergens. Luckily Mattresses for Less has a huge selection of such mattresses, all at very reasonable prices. So don’t make any more excuses for your beat up coil mattress, and instead spring for a new, dust mite-free mattress from Mattresses for Less!

Getting the Most Out of Sleep

For most, sleep is a standard block of time, usually beginning in late evening and ending at some point in the morning, typically consisting of 6-10 continuous hours. This is indeed the norm but for certain people this is far from reality. There is something called Polyphasic sleep, a term coined by psychologist J.S. Szymanski, which is defined as a pattern of sleep that consists of sleeping multiple times in a 24 hour period.

Many working people adopt biphasic sleep schedule without even thinking about it by simply taking a nap after work. This would be an example of the more common polyphasic sleep scheduling but cases get much more extreme from there.

The purpose of adopting such extreme sleep cycles is to maximize your efficiency by cutting down on the amount of time you spend asleep. The theory is that once you get into a polyphasic sleep cycle you will be able to sleep less and feel just as alert and energized as if you had a typical nights sleep. Adopting such an intense sleep schedule is no easy task though. For the first week and a half to two weeks you will go through a period of extreme mental and physical fatigue as your body starts to adjust to your new cycle. You must decide on which particular cycle you wish to adopt beforehand in order to plan your naps at specific points in the day so you can begin to train your body to be tired at those exact times.

For the Everyman Cycle you will need to take a three to three and a half hour nap accompanied by three twenty minute power naps at various times throughout the day. Using this cycle you will be sleeping around 17% of your time, as compared to the 33% you would be sleeping in the standard monophasic sleep pattern. For the Dymaxion Cycle, a cycle created by popular inventor, architect and theorist Buckminster Fuller, you would need to take four thirty minute naps every six hours leaving you with only two hours of total sleep per six hour increment. The most extreme cycle is the Uberman Cycle, from the German “Übermensch” meaning “Superman”. This cycle consists of six twenty minute naps every four hours. Those who have successfully adopted the more extreme cycles claim to fall immediately into REM sleep, the type of sleep vital to your health, when they take their naps.

There are several reasons people adopt polyphasic sleep cycles, both voluntary and involuntary. The U.S., Canadian, and Italian Air Forces as well as NASA have all done studies on polyphasic sleep in an effort to counter fatigue in extreme situations. In 1989 a long distance solo boat racer, Dr. Claudio Stampi, published his studies on polyphasic sleep claiming that it “…improve[d] prolonged sustained performance” in situations that require severe effort. People with irregular sleep-wake syndrome have no choice but to nap at various point throughout the day with no main sleep episode. This rare disorder can usually be traced to dementia or head trauma.

Regardless of what type of sleep schedule you choose to adopt, having a comfortable to place to sleep is a constant. Whether it be 36 naps a day or just one, you will need a mattress that will lull you to sleep quick so you can continue on with your busy schedule as soon as possible. Make sure you consider your options and be sure to choose the right one to achieve maximum efficiency when it comes to your napping.

The Skill of Lucid Dreaming

Every night when we lay down on our mattresses and close our eyes, we often wonder what kind of story our brain will come up with when we finally drift off to sleep. Will you be falling endlessly into an bottomless pit? Will you be alone on a private island with your favorite hollywood starlet? Will you accidently push that starlet into a bottomless pit?

“I would have let you do anythiiiiiiiiii”

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The point is you don’t know what wacky things your brain will throw together in the mysterious abyss of the dream-world. Unless of course, you are able to somehow become conscious of the fact that you are dreaming in the midst of doing so. This well-established phenomenon is referred to as lucid dreaming and has been studied and debated upon for decades in pseudo-scientific circles across the globe.

Lucid dreams, and dreams in general, occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of the sleep cycle. Studies have been done showing that the direction in which your eyes move during this stage corresponds with the direction you may be looking in the so-called dreamscape. While this eye movement is occurring  the first stage to dreaming lucidly is becoming aware that you are, in fact, dreaming. The recognition has been theorized to occur in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is where working memory occurs and is one of the few areas of the brain that is typically shut off during REM sleep. After the initial recognition stage, the dreamer must walk a mental tightrope in between being careful enough to let the dream continue and being conscious enough to be aware that he or she is dreaming.

There are several tried and true methods for achieving lucidity in dreaming, the most popular of which include Dream Induced Lucid Dreams (DILD), Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreams (MILD), and Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILD). In the DILD method the dreamer must simply have a high level of awareness when going to sleep in order to actively identify clues in the dream that give away the fact that they are dreaming. The MILD method can be utilized in four easy steps:

  1. Work on your dream recall by writing down at least one of your dreams each morning as soon as you wake up. The more you remember your dreams, the more vivid they were which increases your chances of attaining lucidity.
  2. Commit constant reality checks to your memory by actively thinking to yourself, “Am I dreaming”, at various times throughout the day.
  3. When you lay down to go to sleep, program commands to your memory by repeating in your mind, “I am dreaming”, which will affirm your lucidity when you actually are dreaming.
  4. When you are deeply relaxed and feel you could fall off to sleep at any moment begin to visualize a recent dream, but change the ending slightly. This will put you in the mindset you were in when you were dreaming last but now you have prepared yourself to achieve lucidity.

In order to use the WILD method you have to achieve sleep paralysis which can be done by lying completely still. If you do this until you fall asleep you will most likely be able to dream lucidly.

Above all, the most important step to lucid dreaming is achieving the appropriate amount of REM sleep. The best way to do this is sleeping on a mattress that is comfortable enough to keep you properly suspended between the dream and waking worlds without the tossing and turning that comes with an uncomfortable mattress. In all reality, the difference between sleeping on, say, a memory foam mattress as compared to an old spring mattress, could be the difference between lucid dreaming in a wonderful cloud world and a lumpy WWI battlefield.

Good choice.

The Best Mattress Size For You

Before selecting a type or certain make of mattress, it’s important to know which size of mattress is best for you. This can be easy to ignore; a lot of people are just accustomed to a certain mattress size because it’s what they’ve always slept on. Moving a size up or a size down could make all the difference in how your room looks and even how well you sleep.

Twin Size

The smallest size of mattress is the twin, at 75 inches long by 38 inches wide. The twin is an excellent choice for older children and young adults, who don’t need a lot of space. It is also ideal for single people with small living spaces such as apartments. While the twin may be too  short for older children and adults, an XL twin with an extra 5 inches of length are available, though the width is the same.

Full Size

A step up from the twin is full size. The full size is the same length as the twin, but adds an extra 15 inches to the width. This is becoming a very popular choice for children of all ages, just to give that extra bit of comfort. This is also an option for couples who live in small living quarters, but would still not have much space for two sleepers.

Bed Sizes Chart

Queen Size

Queen is the most popular size of bed, coming in at 80 inches by 60 inches. While it is still not the most space couples can get, it is an excellent choice for smaller-built people or those who don’t require a lot of space when they sleep. For single sleepers who like to stretch out during sleep, the Queen offers plenty of bed without taking up too much space in the room

King Size

At 80 inches by 60 inches, the King is the closest couples can come to sleeping on the equivalent of their own twin bed. While this gives you the maximum amount of space, this also means you have to have enough room for it. Make sure you’ll have enough room not only for the mattress to fit in your room, but also to get it in and out.

Once you’ve determined the best size mattress for you, head over to Mattresses For Less. They have mattresses of all sizes from all the top brands, and will help you find your best fit for the best price. So put all this new information to use, and begin a new life of comfortable and satisfying sleep!

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

What is it?
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that gives you the urge to move your legs. This urge comes from uncomfortable sensations that many have described as tingling, creeping, crawling and tightening. These sensations can range anywhere from irritating to extremely painful. RLS is commonly under diagnosed or misdiagnosed, most likely due to the fact that there is no real RLS “test”. Physicians must rely on a patients history and symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms tend to happen the most at the end of the day aka when you want to go to sleep, however, that is not the ONLY time they can happen.  Don’t go undiagnosed because your symptoms don’t occur at night. Symptoms can appear at any time during prolonged sitting or laying down. This means if you get these sensations while sitting in a desk at work, school, in the car or airplane, you are most likely experience RLS. Restless Leg Syndrome comes in all shapes and sizes, some describe it as a slightly irritating sensation while others describe it as intense and painful. The fact is, it’s real and causes sleep deprivation and stress.
Who is affected?
Restless Leg Syndrome can affect anyone at any age, it does not discriminate. However, there are a few statistics that might help you get a better idea of how many people are affected.
  • 5-10% of the entire population suffers from RLS
  • Women are twice as likely as men to develop RLS
  • As many as 25% of pregnant women develop RLS during pregnancy. Symptoms usually disappear within a few months after pregnancy.
What kind of treatment is there?
Physicians will prescribe certain medications that have been known to decrease symptoms but unfortunately no one medication has been proven to cure RLS in all individuals.  Some lifestyle changes have also been shown to decrease symptoms, which include:
  • Decreased consumption of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
  • Iron, folate and magnesium supplementation
  • Exercise
Losing sleep because your partner won’t stop fidgeting? Restless Leg Syndrome not only effects the person suffering from the disorder, but it also affects their partners.  In order to ensure that you both avoid sleep deprivation, sleep on a memory foam mattress! This will allow your partner to fidget and move around without disrupting your sleep. Another benefit of a memory foam mattress is that it conforms to your body and allows the muscles to relax in their most natural position.  This has been shown to decrease symptoms. If you want to help reduce your partners symptoms massaging their legs is highly recommended. This helps take the mind of the uncomfortable sensations and relax the muscles, allowing you to get a good nights rest!