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How To Tell If You Have A Bed Bug Bite

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

I guess the better question would have to be – How Do I Know If I Have A Bed Bug Bite?

Everyone wants to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, I have never met someone who doesn’t want to sleep well and feel well rested when they wake up. Some people aren’t able to get a good night’s sleep because their bed is completely infested with bed bugs. That’s right. Bed bugs aren’t some myth or old folktale. Here is a look at a typical bed bug:

Bed bugs, or cimes lectularius, are tiny, wingless insects. These bugs are found all over the world. In fact, there really isn’t a place where bed bugs aren’t. Bed bugs are nocturnal parasites. These means they are active during the nighttime in finding a human host. Bed bugs usually sleep during the day and feast on human hosts at night. Mattresses are the perfect house for bed bugs because there is always a source of food for them there.

Are you ready to learn more about bed bugs? Bed bugs have highly developed mouths. They use these mouths to
pierce human flesh and suck blood from human hosts. Usually, the bite itself is painless. In fact, often times the human host doesn’t recognize that they have bed bug bites for quite some time.

So, how do you know if you’ve been bitten by bed bugs? What do their bite marks look like? If you find large wheels or red marks, you have bed bugs. The red marks may only last for a few days. Chances are too that these marks are made in orderly rows. Mosquito bites are random but bed bug bites are usually strategic. Like mosquito bites, bed bug bites can also itchy. If you think you might be victim to bed bugs, try and find the bugs yourself or see a specialist (bed bugs like to hide in tiny cracks and crevices).

So what can you do to prevent bed bugs? Use a mattress cover.

mattress cover

Mattress covers are cheap and go a long way in preventing bed bugs, dust mites and other unwanted creatures. Mattress covers are usually hypoallergenic and prevent all forms of bed bugs. Usually, you can even wash your mattress covers. If you want to make sure that you aren’t sleeping with thousands of bed bugs, the best thing you can do is use a mattress cover. You can stay safe and your mattress will last a lot longer.

Custom Made Memory Foam Mattresses For Antique Beds

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

At Rocky Mountain Mattress, we have helped so many customers with custom made memory foam mattresses for antique beds and antique bed frames. We would love to help you to! Just check out this Victorian bed frame we custom made a memory foam mattress for recently:

Custom Antique Bed Frame
Antique Bed Frame with Measurements
Custom Mattress Spec Blueprint
Custom Antique Mattress for Antique Bed Frame
Custom Mattresses Made for Antique Bed Frames

So, you have this antique bed that has been in your family for generations (like the picture above). It is a beautiful bed with a lot of sentimental meaning. The problem is that your mattress is beyond worn out and traditional size mattresses are either too big, too tall, too small, too long, too narrow, etc. You don’t have to take your special bed down and store it in the garage anymore. Good news is just around the corner. Well, it is just further into this article.

You can get a custom made memory foam mattress for your antique bed. Some people don’t ever use their antique bed for sleeping. Others, feel better about keeping the heirloom in the family and use it every night. No matter what your specific circumstance is, you can order a memory foam mattress for your bed. If you aren’t sure if you want to make the investment of getting memory foam for your bed, let me spare you the decision. Do it. Memory foam mattresses have been proven to offer an unprecedented level of comfort and support. These mattresses have also been shown to relieve pressure points and help reduce the pain of chronic pain patients.

Memory foam is made from a strong polyurethane material. It uses heat technology to utilize your body temperature. As your body temperature heats up the mattress, the memory foam slowly begins to mold to you. You don’t have to spend any more nights aimlessly tossing and turning. Let your mattress cradle you or your guests all night long. Memory foam is also popular among couples because there is a low amount of motion transfer. Couples who sleep on memory foam mattresses often comment that they never heard their spouse get up in the middle of the night. Now, that’s what I call a good night’s sleep.

Memory foam manufacturers want to help you replace your existing antique bed mattress with a memory foam mattress. You can custom order the mattress to your liking. You can choose a lower density mattress or a high density mattress for optimal comfort and support. It doesn’t matter how off the measurements are on your antique bed. You can get a memory foam mattress that fits perfectly on your heirloom.

It certainly is worth it to take extra good care of your antique bed. Take extra good care of your bed by using a top quality memory foam mattress. You’ll be able to get the comfort and support you’ve been looking for at a reasonable price. Memory foam mattresses also last a lot longer than traditional mattresses. Memory foam doesn’t wear down as quickly as innerspring mattresses or other types of mattresses. Go the extra mile and help your antique bed last for many more generations.

To receive additional information on custom mattresses please complete our custom mattress form or email us at
or call 1-866-733-3132.

History Of The Mattress

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

What is a mattress? Ok, duh right? But really – do you know the history of the mattress, and when they first started to be used? Rocky Mountain Mattress wanted to dive a little deeper into this for you and bring you some insightful info on the subject! Enjoy!

For centuries, human beings have depended on mattresses. We have used mattresses to sleep on and, in some circumstances, as padding. What exactly is a mattress? Where did it come from? Who invented the mattress? Find out all of your mattress questions here.

history of the mattress

What is a mattress? Webster’s Dictionary defines a mattress as “a fabric case filled with resilient material (as cotton, hair, feathers, foam rubber, or an arrangement of coiled springs) used either alone as a bed or on a bedstead.” It can also be “an inflatable airtight sack for use as a mattress.” Our current definition of mattress comes from the Middle English materas. Mattress also comes from Anglo-French and Medieval Latin materacium. In Arabic, mattress is derived from matrah, which means the place where something is thrown. As you can see, mattresses have been around for quite some time.

When did mattresses first start being used? There are different theories about which civilization actually “invented” the mattress. Europeans adopted the Arabic method of sleeping on cushions during the Crusades. Traditionally, these cushions would be thrown on the floor in some sort of pattern to create a larger pad to sleep on.

Most sources say that mattresses started being used during the Neolithic period. People in this period of time began sleeping on raised platforms to avoid dirt, pests and drafts. Mattresses were probably first made from leaves, grass or possibly straw, with animals skins over it. In 3600 B.C., Persians began using goat skins that were filled with water. The Ancient Romans slept on bags of cloth filled with reeds, hay or wool during 200 B.C. Wealthy Romans used feathers to stuff their mattresses.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, mattresses began to evolve even further. People began making wooden frames to put their mattresses on. The frames would have a lattice work of rope or leather to support the down or straw-stuffed mattresses. Mattresses weren’t covered with cloth or linen until the mid 18th century. In 1855, Tyler Howe patented the first Spring Bed in Spencer, MA. Two years later, steel coils were patented for use in mattresses and chair cushions. The inner-spring mattress was invented by the Germany-born Heinrich Westphal. Sadly, he died in poverty after never profiting from his invention.

Believe it or not, the first few Water Beds were sold via mail-order in 1895. The box-spring mattress was invented in the late 19th century. The box spring helped regular mattresses not feel so lumpy. Inner-spring mattresses became extremely popular in the 1930s. During the 1950s, foam rubber mattresses and pillows became available for general use. NASA invented memory foam in the 1970s but it wasn’t until 1992 that Tempur-Pedic introduced the first mattress made of it.

Mattresses have come a long way from their origin in the Neolithic age. I know I’m sure grateful that I have a pillowtop inner-spring mattress to sleep on, rather than a pile of leaves. Mattresses now come in all different sizes and textures. The most popular types of mattresses today include: inner-spring, memory foam, latex, air, and waterbeds. Now you have a little bit of history behind you when you go to buy your next mattress. These days you can even have your own custom made mattress for the perfect sleeping experience!

To Flip or Not To Flip, Your Mattress That Is

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Here is the Rocky Mountain Mattress question of the day – To Flip or Not To Flip? These tips are for your everyday mattresses.

Mattress care is extremely important if you want to get the most use out of your mattress. Flipping your mattress is an important step to take to ensure that your mattress lasts. Here’s why…

Not Flipping Your Mattress
Causes uneven wear spots
Can cause your mattress to “break” years before it should
Wears out the top layer
Causes dust, dander and dust mites to build up on your mattress surface

Flipping Your Mattress
Makes sure your mattress wears evenly
Adds years to the life of your mattress
Gradually uses the entire mattress, not just the top layer
Resists the build up of dust, dander and dust mites more because the mattress is being flipped consistently

It is so important that you take care of your mattress. You need to flip and rotate your mattress at least every six months. Flipping your mattress means that you flip the mattress so that the bottom is on top and the top is on bottom. This will keep the wear of your mattress from being on one side. You also need to make sure to rotate your mattress. This means you rotate the bed in a clockwise or counter-clockwise pattern, moving the foot of the bed to the head and the head of the bed to the foot.

If your mattress can’t be flipped, be sure to rotate it. For instance, it really wouldn’t make much sense to flip a pillow top mattress. If you do, you’d be sleeping on the pillow top surface some of the time and a different surface the rest of the time. Make sure that you rotate your mattress, especially if you can’t flip it.

Flipping and rotating your mattress will add years to the life of your bed. You will get better comfort and support from an even mattress than you would from a worn-out old mattress that has several uneven spots. The answer to the question “To flip or not to flip” is “to flip!”

Custom Made Memory Foam Mattresses For Boats

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Custom Made Memory Foam Mattresses For Boats

Boats are more luxurious now than ever before. Some boats have extremely powerful engines. Some boats have bathrooms. Some boats even have kitchens. Some boats have cubbies which you can sleep in. Some boats have all of the above. Although these boats may be extremely nice and luxurious, the mattresses that are designed for bed boats are not. In fact, boat mattresses are anything but luxurious. Often times, boat mattresses are made from coil cushions or innerspring mattresses.

The good news is that times have changed. Rocky Mountain Mattress has begun to offer memory foam mattress specifically designed for boats. These mattresses are custom made. You can choose different sizes and densities. Custom memory foam mattresses really are the way to go if you are looking for a “boat upgrade.”

Chances are good that you sleep on a memory foam mattress at home. Memory foam mattresses have become extremely popular due to their increased level of comfort and support. People like the fact that memory foam mattresses mold to their body and sleeping position. Here’s how it works. As you lie down on a memory foam mattress, your body temperature heats up the mattress. As memory foam is heated, it conforms around whatever is putting pressure on it. In a mattress form, the pressure is created by your body.

Memory foam has been proven to relieve pressure points and help reduce the pain felt by chronic pain sufferers. Many people with chronic back or neck pain often find relief from memory foam mattresses. If you are planning on spending any sleep time on your boat, you need to order a custom made memory foam mattress. You can seriously order the mattress to your specifications and likings. These mattresses aren’t expensive and it will certainly pay off. It’s time you got some quality rest on your boat. Even the U.S. Coast Guard has begun replacing their boat/ship mattresses with Rocky Mountain Mattress memory foam mattresses. If you would like to order a custom boat mattress please call Dave at 801-360-9009 or email him at dmink (at) rockymountainmattress (dot) com.

“I Just wanted to send an email to let you know the crew onboard are more than satisfied with the mattresses. I also wanted to put in an order for six more if possible.”

“Thank you”

SK1 Marcos Campos
(Coast Guard Vessel)

Take the advice of people around the world. Don’t hesitate replacing your mattress with a memory foam mattress.

To receive additional information on custom mattresses please complete our custom mattress form or email us at
or call 1-866-733-3132.

4 Advantages of Adjustable Beds

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Advantages of Adjustable Beds

Adjustable beds have been used in hospitals and for in-home patients for quite awhile now. However, they are becoming more and more popular for general use. Adjustable beds are defined as a bed in which the head and foot sections can move to different comfort levels. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember seeing commercials for adjustable beds on T.V. Adjustable beds aren’t just for a patient anymore. They are for anyone who wants a little more versatility from their bed.

Some advantages of adjustable beds include:

1. Electrical motors. All of the adjustable beds on the market today use electrical motors. These motors work efficiently to move either section up or down. Many beds also offer extra settings. These settings can include a heat setting, a massage setting or both.

2. Medicinal Purposes. Adjustable beds have long proved to have several medical advantages. Some of their medical benefits include: the improvement of circulation, relieves lower back pain, decreases tension, improvement of breathing, decrease of acid reflux, etc. Adjustable beds allow the sleeper to sleep or rest in the semi-fowler position. This position is where the head is elevated to 30-45 degrees. Adjustable beds are also used often for patients who have recently undergone surgery.

3. Reading or relaxing. Many people like to read, watch T.V. or relax in their beds. Traditional mattresses can make it somewhat difficult to relax in bed. I know that reading often makes me extremely sleepy or uncomfortable when I read while lying flat. Adjustable beds make it easier to relax in bed. You can read while sitting up an lying down.

4. Comfort. Some people find traditional mattresses uncomfortable because they are so flat. Some people prefer to sleep while inclined at an angle. Adjustable beds provide the perfect amount of comfort for these people. They can relax to the position they want with just a push of a button.

Adjustable beds became available for general use in the 1960s. People have found them to be very comfortable and supportive. Adjustable beds are still used in medical settings. They work well for surgery patients, acid-reflux sufferers, chronic back victims and more. Check out adjustable beds if you are looking for something more from your sleep experience.

How The Economy Is Affecting Your Sleep

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The Economy and Your Sleep

The downward-spiraling economy isn’t just on your mind. People around the country are beginning to loose sleep over financial situations, gas prices, bills, etc. It seems as though the Baby Boomer generation is suffering the worst. The Better Sleep Council (BSC) recently conducted a study to see the effect of the economy on sleep. They surveyed the U.S. Baby Boomer generation. This included men and women who were between the ages of 44 and 62.

The study found that three-fourths of American baby boomers are not getting the proper amount of sleep. This percentage of people said that they were not getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. Many of them blamed their sleepless nights on “economic, financial or family woes.” Currently, there are approximately eighty-two million baby boomers in the United States. One-sixth of these people reported chronic sleeping problems. These problems included having difficulty falling asleep every night of the week.

It isn’t news to anyone that our society today is, for the most part, sleep deprived. Baby boomers have expressed their desires to forgo other things in their lives simply to get a good night’s sleep. Twenty-seven percent of these people surveyed said that they would give up chocolate for a good night’s sleep. Another twenty-two percent said that they would put their cell phones on “silent” to enjoy the benefits on good sleep. These people didn’t just say they would try to give up these things. These people expressed their interest in giving up these things forever. As you can see, our society, specifically the baby boomer generation, is obviously in search of a good night’s sleep.

Sleep Better Tonight

The Better Sleep Council has expressed the need for a good night’s sleep. Karin Dillner, the director of communication at the BSC recently said, “Quality sleep is vital to proper health and well-being at any age; it’s critical to look, feel and perform your best.” The BSC recommends sleeping in a dark bedroom that is quiet, comfortable, uncluttered, free of laptops and t.v., and cool. It is also to reassess your individual sleeping needs often. As you get older, your sleeping patterns will change. You will require more comfort and support as you age too.

Don’t let the economy ruin your night’s sleep. Yes, there are many things that are worrisome in our society today. But, if you lose sleep over those things, you won’t be able to handle life’s changes in the days to come. Make sure that you are getting the rest you need to perform at your best. Don’t let anything come in the way of the quality of sleep that you need.

4 Mattress Care Tips For Prolonging The Life Of Your Mattress

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Mattress Care Tips

It takes a certain amount of handling to properly care for a mattress. You can’t buy a mattress, not take care of it and expect it to last throughout your lifetime. First of all, remember that you will go through several mattresses throughout your life. Mattresses do wear out over time and can’t provide as good of support as it once did.

If you want to get the most use out of your mattress, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Flip and/or rotate it. Every six months, you should flip and/or rotate your mattress. This will prevent one section of your mattress from wearing down faster than the other parts. Depending on how your mattress is constructed you may need to flip it one or both of two different ways. 1) Six months after you get your mattress, flip it so that the top is now on the bottom and the bottom is now on the top. 2) Six months after that, rotate it so that the foot of the mattress is at the end and that the head of the mattress is at the foot. If you have a mattress (such as a pillowtop) that cannot be flipped, make sure you at least rotate it religiously.

2. Cover it. Don’t let the bed bugs bite…or dust mites, or other allergens. Cover your mattress. Mattress covers are cheap and can lengthen the life of your mattress. Many mattress covers are machine washable so you can really make sure that your mattress is well protected.

mattress covers

3. Remove the dust. Even if you are using the best sheet you possibly can, dust is going to get on top of your mattress. Obviously, you need to remove the dust. But, it isn’t just dust you are going to be removing. Dander and dust mites can also build up. Your vacuum is a great thing to use to get rid of dust, dander and dust mites. Simply use the upholstery attachment to vacuum away all of these things.

4. When in doubt, shampoo. Mattress that aren’t protected with a mattress cover can really get disgustingly dirty. If this is the case with your mattress, use an upholstery shampoo. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly. The shampoo can get rid of dirt and soil from the surface of your mattress. Make sure to allow the surface to dry completely. Also, make sure you put a mattress cover on after cleaning it so that you won’t have to go through that again.

If you want something to last, you need to take care of it. Taking care of your mattress is extremely easy to do and isn’t very time consuming. Extend the life of your mattress by 3-5 years by taking care of it.

History Of The Memory Foam Mattress

Monday, October 6th, 2008

A complete guide to the evolution of the memory foam mattress, and what it means for you.

memory foam

Millions of people around the world have begun to love memory foam mattresses. These mattresses offer the right amount of comfort and support. Many people think that memory foam mattresses were created within the last ten years. Let’s look at the evolution of the memory foam mattress.

NASA designed the memory foam mattress in the 1970s. NASA’s intent was to develop a product that could decrease the amount of pressure that the astronauts experienced during lift-off. This product was actually never used in the space program. However, it didn’t take long before the medical industry discovered memory foam. Memory foam mattresses were used originally for patients who had to spend extended periods of time in bed. For instance, patients who had recently experienced a paralyzing stroke were put into beds with memory foam mattresses. Before, these patients had to lie on extremely firm mattresses. These mattresses actually decreased their blood flow and caused bed sores or even gangrene. Once memory foam mattresses were introduced, the amount and severity of such problems decreased dramatically.

Initially, memory foam mattresses were only used in hospital settings because of how expensive they were. They were much too expensive for general use. However, it eventually became more cost-effective to produce the “miracle” mattresses. Since it doesn’t cost as much to manufacture memory foam mattresses, they are now widely available.

You can get memory foam products in more than just a mattress. There are memory foam pillows, mattresses, mattress toppers, etc. Memory foam is also used in wheelchair cushions, hospital bed pillows, and padding used for people with long-term pain or postural problems. For instance, chronic neck pain is sometimes alleviated with a memory foam cervical pillow. Memory foam’s heat retention has also proven helpful. Some pain sufferers find that this heat-retention property also helps reduce their pain.

Memory foam mattresses are more dense than other types of mattresses. They offer an unprecedented level of comfort and support for pain patients, long-term patients and ordinary people. Thank goodness NASA decided to create such a wonderful product. We know can experience exquisite comfort while sleeping every night.

It Is Recommended You Replace You Mattress And Pillow Every 5 – 7 Years

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

When should you replace your pillow and mattress?

Deep cleaning goes beyond the bathroom and kitchen. When was the last time you deep cleaned your bedroom? Not sure exactly how to go about deep cleaning your bedroom? Start with your bed. When was the last time you got a new pillow? How old is your mattress? These can be very important questions to ask yourself often. When it comes time to deep clean, make sure your mattress and pillow are included.

You need to replace your pillows at least every year. Nobody really thinks about what goes on with pillows. When you use your pillow every night, your hair and body oil can seep into its fabric. The more hair and body oil your pillow has, the more likely it is to attract bacteria and dust mites. You can use pillow protectors that can prolong the life of your pillow. Even still, you need to replace your pillow every other year.

How long should your mattress last? A good quality mattress should last between 9 and 10 years. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that everyone replaces their mattress at least every 10 years. If you don’t sleep well, your mattress may be to blame. If you aren’t getting a good quality of sleep, you should consider replacing your mattress every 5 to 7 years. Oklahoma State University conducted a study that proved that you should replace you mattress every 5 years if you aren’t sleeping well. Their study found that people who replaced their mattress every 5 years had less back pain and slept significantly better than those who didn’t.

Most people don’t think about replacing their pillow and mattresses. But, if you want to get a better quality of sleep, you need to replace your pillow every year and your mattress at least every 10 years. If you use a pillow protector, you can get away with replacing your pillow every other year. If you aren’t sleeping as good on your mattress as you used to, you may want to consider replacing that earlier than the 10 year recommendation. Think about these things the next time its your turn to do some deep cleaning.

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