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Interesting Sleep Facts

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A good night’s sleep sets the stage for the optimal level of physical and mental performance. Those individuals who receive the proper amount and proper quality of sleep each night are better equipped with the necessary tools for social, professional and physical challenges.

Studies have shown that sleep is directly linked to having a positive attitude on a regular basis and good levels of self-confidence. One good night of sleep does contribute to having a good mental and physical outlook on life. However, one good night of sleep is not enough. It is crucial for one to get a good night’s sleep every single night. Individuals who consistently receive a good night’s sleep are more likely to be more productive that those individuals who receive a poor night’s sleep on a consistent basis.

Sleep problems are often caused by a number of different factors. These factors can include: stress, physical discomfort and environmental factors. A new mattress often fixes sleep problems for the average person. For those few people whose sleeping problems are not alleviated by a new mattress, seeing a medical professional is enough to do the trick.

Luckily, it doesn’t come to that for most people. Studies show that replacing an old mattress with a new one significantly reduces shoulder and/or back pain and experienced a better quality of sleep on a consistent basis. An old mattress is considered to be one that is over 5 years old.

Many consumes expect their mattress to outlive their washing machine, dryer or dishwasher. First of all, a mattress is not similar to these products in any way. Secondly, your mattress gets a lot more use than any of these appliances. Lastly, these appliances don’t directly affect your health the way a mattress does. A washing machine doesn’t make the difference between you feeling well-rested or not.

A mattress is the most important piece of furniture you will ever buy. In fact, your mattress is the most important aspect of your entire home. Sleeping on a good mattress will increase your health and your overall quality of life. Isn’t it about time you give your health the attention that it deserves? Check out all the latest mattresses including the latex mattress and memory foam mattress then make the necessary investment.

Testimonial and Happy Memory Foam Mattress Customer

Monday, December 29th, 2008

I spent more than three months shopping for a new bed to help alleviate my back pain and help me sleep better. After testing out numerous types of beds I decided that memory foam was the most supportive and comfortable. I was somewhat discouraged however at the high cost of most memory foam beds and began to price shop. Upon finding the Rocky Mountain Mattress web site I was very pleased with the web site and all of their available product information. I found the exact bed I was looking for at a fraction of the retail cost. The support staff was very responsive and answered all of my questions making sure I was confident with my purchase. The warranty and guarantee they offer eliminated any of my concerns knowing it was a risk-free purchase. The bed was delivered very quickly. I am happy to say that my expectations were exceeded in every aspect. The bed is of the highest quality available. My back pain has gone away after only a few short nights of sleeping on my new bed. Thank you for a seamless transaction and superior product. Your prices are unbeatable. I will recommend you to everyone I know.

-Zack
Arizona

A Mattress So Comfortable Its Hard To Get Out Of Bed In The Mornings

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

We received this testimonial from Bob, who recently purchased a custom mattress from us. We are glad that you like it Bob, but I hope it doesn’t get you fired from work!!

Hi Dave,

I meant to write before now, but kept forgetting when online.

The mattress arrived (was it Dec.12th?) and I got it home in my Jeep. Thanks for compacting it – that really helped to get it into my trailer. I really like it – so much so that its hard to get out of bed in the mornings. The mattress fits as I had drawn it, and I am very happy with it.

Thanks, Bob

If you are interested in a custom memory foam mattress from Rocky Mountain Mattress, just click on the image below to get started!

4 Reasons Why You May Need a New Mattress

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Why You May Need a New Mattress

The average person spends 3,000 hours a year asleep. That means that you spend over 17.5 weeks a year in your bed. No wonder you should be replacing your mattress often. The Better Sleep Council recommends that you replace your mattress every 5-7 years. Higher quality memory foam and latex mattresses can last up to 20 years. But, more than likely, it is time to replace your mattress. Here is why you may desperately need a new mattress…

1. Life. How long have you been sleeping on your current mattress? Have you had it since you were a teenager? Did you get your mattress when you got married (over 15 years ago)? If so, it is time to replace it. Your current mattress may have a 15, 20, or 30 year warranty, but that doesn’t mean that is how long the mattress will last. Older mattresses can heavily affect the quality of sleep you get.

2. Age. This time, we aren’t talking about the age of your mattress. We are talking about how old you are. As you get older, your body’s sleeping needs change. Although you might have preferred a softer mattress ten years ago, your body might need a firmer one now. In order to relieve any sleeping discomfort, you will need to replace your mattress and assess your body’s needs every few years. A good indicator to see if you have different sleeping needs than you did a while ago is…do you wake up with your sheets all skiwampus? If so, it probably means that you are tossing and turning more. This means that your body is ready for a mattress change.

3. Is it sagging? If your mattress is sagging in the middle, or anywhere for that matter, it is time to get rid of it. Take a closer look and see if any side is higher than another. If it is, kiss it goodbye.

4. Noises and Movements. If you roll around on your bed or make the slightest movement, does your bed creak? Does it sway at all? These may be indicators that the wooden box spring is losing its support system. If the box spring breaks down before the top mattress, don’t hesitate to replace it first.

It doesn’t take a lot of observation to tell if you need a new mattress. In order to get a good night’s sleep, you need to replace your mattress every few years. Believe me, your body will appreciate the change.

6 Different Types of Bed Pillows and Their Benefits

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Different Types of Bed Pillows and Their Benefits

Pillows can add a whole new dimension to the quality of sleep you get. When it comes to pillows, there are many different choices to choose from. Each pillow offers a unique set of benefits. Choosing the right pillow can really make for a good night’s sleep. Choose a pillow that accentuates your sleeping style to get the best quality of sleep. Here is a list of different pillow types and their unique benefits.

1. Buckwheat Pillows
You might not know about buckwheat pillows. These pillows are not as common, but are an excellent choice for stomach, back and side sleepers. This pillow is the most adjustable pillow on the market and thus is perfect for any type of sleeper. These pillows are filled with buckwheat hulls and covered with a cotton zippered pillowcase. Buckwheat hulls are flat beans. These beans slide and adjust as you move in your sleep. Using this pillow is like being rocked to sleep throughout the night. Image courtesy of Flickr

buckwheat pillows

2. Latex Pillows
Latex pillows are increasing in their popularity. They are perfect for back and side sleepers. Latex pillows are made from natural latex. Latex pillows are an excellent choice if you are looking to relieve the pressure points on your head, yet keep your neck fully supported. These pillows do not allow for a buildup of moisture and heat and keep the pillow at one temperature all night long.

latex pillows

3. Memory Foam Pillows
If you are a side or back sleeper, a memory foam pillow can be a good choice for you. Memory foam pillows use the heat of your body to mold to your head and neck. Memory foam significantly reduces pressure points and stress points. It is also hypoallergenic. Another benefit of memory foam is that it comes in a variety of densities, so you can choose the right level for you. The higher the density of the memory foam, the more support it will give. Most memory foam pillows come in a contoured shape.

memory foam pillow

4. Traditional Knife Edge Memory Foam Pillows
Most memory foam pillows are contoured in order to provide optimal neck support and comfort. However, you can get memory foam pillows that are shaped like regular pillows. These pillows offer all of the benefits of the contoured model without the added neck support. These are perfect for side sleepers.

knife edge memory foam pillows

5. Magnetic Therapy Pillows
These pillows have magnets that are embedded into the material. These magnets provide a magnetic field around your neck and head while you sleep. Magnetic therapy has been proven to relieve aches and pains and can also keep your sinus passages clear. Magnetic therapy pillows can also help you breathe throughout the night.

6. Body Pillows
Body pillows aren’t used the way traditional pillows are used. Many people “snuggle” body pillows while they sleep. This helps prevent the arm of a side sleeper to compress the chest while asleep. Body pillows are popular among pregnant women and side sleepers.

Everything You Need To Know About Buying The Perfect Memory Foam Mattresses

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

It can be a wonderful life if you use the right type of mattress. Life can be extremely stressful. Often times, the only way to relieve that stress is by relaxing on the perfect mattress. The problem is that many people aren’t using the perfect mattress. Instead of relieving stress, many mattresses create stress.

Memory foam mattresses are the perfect mattress for any kind of sleeper. Memory foam mattresses go to work relieving harmful pressure points. These mattresses come in a variety of different densities which really benefit you as the sleeper. Memory foam uses your body temperature to heat the foam. When the foam has been slightly heated, it molds to your individual shape. If you are in the market for a new mattress, a memory foam mattress is just what you are looking for. Here is everything you need to know about buying the perfect memory foam mattress.

memory foam mattress cutaway picture

1. Density. It is important to choose the right density in order to get the perfect memory foam mattress. Density is a measurement of pounds per cubic foot. You can find memory foam with densities as low as a 1.5 pound density or as high as a 10.0 pound density. The higher the density, the more support you have. Also, the higher density you choose, the better quality mattress it will be. As density increases, the mattress is better able to relieve pressure points. As density increases, the more expensive it will be. However, a good quality of sleep is certainly worth the investment. We recommend not even looking at any mattress with a density lower than 4.0 pounds.

2. Firmness. Firmness is another important factor to consider. The firmness rating is measured in ILD. A good ILD range is between 10 and 14. Don’t consider any mattress with an ILD rating less than 8 or more than 16. Anything outside the range of 10 and 14 takes away from the memory foam aspect.

3. Thickness. Many people consider firmness and thickness to be identical. However, the thickness of a memory foam mattress affects the comfort of the mattress more than the firmness does. You can’t base the thickness of a memory foam mattress by the height of the mattress. Instead, you need to consider the thickness of memory foam inside the mattress. The ideal thickness range is between 2.5″ and 6″. Not enough memory foam will cause the mattress to be too firm and too much memory foam will cause your spine to be aligned improperly.

4. Scams. There are many imitation memory foam mattresses out there. These mattresses do not provide many, if any, of the benefits of quality memory foam mattresses. Don’t buy a memory foam mattress unless you are able to try it first in your home. You need time to see if the particular mattress will work for you. Don’t buy Asian-made memory foam. Many times, these memory foam mattresses have added clay inside them. Lastly, if it seems “too good to be true,” it probably is.

Memory foam mattresses can be your answer to a good night’s sleep. However, you have to make sure that you do your homework first. Take the time to research different products and prices. Don’t hesitate to ask questions either. Follow these tips so you can make a wise purchase.

Bed Pillows – Memory Foam? Latex? Feather? Down?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Bed Pillows – Memory Foam? Latex? Feather? Down?

pillows

Have you ever tried sleeping without a pillow? How about sleeping without a comfortable pillow. There are many different types of pillows. If you want to make sure that you are comfortable every night, you need to be sure to choose the right pillow. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your next pillow.

1. Sleeping Position. The way you sleep directly affects what type of pillow you need. Thinner pillows tend to work best for people who sleep on their backs and stomachs. People who sleep on their side need a thicker pillow in order to fully support their neck. No matter what position you sleep in, contour pillows work well because they can be easily adjusted to fit your individual needs.

2. Firmness. Pillows come in a variety of firmness levels. You can get a thick or thin Down pillow. As with other things, memory foam pillows come in different firmness levels, densities, sizes and shapes. Three pound density pillows tend to work the best because it is very supportive, yet still soft. Natural Latex pillows are similar to memory foam pillows, but without the memory aspect. Instead of taking a few seconds to return to its original form, latex pillows bounce back immediately.

3. Filling. If you like thin pillows, you would enjoy a Down or synthetic Down pillow. Memory foam and latex pillows tend to provide more support than Down pillows. Memory foam pillows use the weight and heat of your head to allow the material to gently mold to your head. These pillows offer great support to both you neck and head. Latex pillows offer much of the same support as memory foam pillows but are much more responsive.

4. Covers. Take into consideration what pillow you use to determine what cover you will use. Memory foam pillows often come with a cover. This cover is usually removable and washable. Standard pillows and latex pillows need to be used with a pillowcase to prevent them from becoming stained.

5. Changing your pillow. You should be changing your pillows every year. The oils from your head seep into the pillows and the longer you use one pillow, the more allergens it will contain. Make sure you are replacing your pillow at least every year.

6. Sizes. There are two main sizes for pillows: Standard and King. King size pillows are very long and bulky. Even if you have a King size bed, you might want to use 3 Standard pillows instead of 2 King size pillows. Some manufacturers also offer a Queen size pillow, which is the perfect size if a Standard pillow is too small and a King pillow is too large.

There are many different pillows to choose from today. Choose a pillow that will fit your individual needs. Make sure you aren’t losing any sleep from the lack of a good pillow.

If You Got Back Pain You Need To Try a Memory Foam Mattress

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Need Help With Back Pain? – Try a Memory Foam Mattress

I have a number of family members and friends who suffer from chronic back pain. It pains me to see them in so much pain. Each one of them has had to have back surgery. I have watched as some of them have gotten better and some of them haven’t. The men who have gotten better, interestingly enough, sleep on a memory foam mattress.

Why would a memory foam mattress make any difference to back pain sufferers? Well, memory foam was invented by NASA in the 1970s. The material didn’t prove to be helpful for their needs. Instead, hospitals and health care facilities around the world began putting memory foam mattresses on their beds. Surprisingly enough, the memory foam mattresses actually aided many patients’ recovery process.

Memory foam mattresses do an excellent job relieving pressure points. Instead of creating pressure points (like innerspring mattresses do), memory foam mattresses eliminate them completely. There are no steel coils or springs that can create pressure on your body. Instead, your body sleeps on a soft platform of memory foam.

Memory foam mattresses use your body temperature to heat up the material. Once the memory foam is heated, it is able to mold to your individual shape. Whether you like to sleep on your back, side or stomach, a memory foam mattress can give you optimal comfort and support.

You don’t have to live in constant back pain anymore. Back pain patients who sleep on a memory foam mattress often regain their strength and their pain is decreased dramatically. The more your back is supported and comforted during the night, the more you will be able to do during the day. If you need help with back pain, you definitely need to try a memory foam mattress.

6 Reasons Latex Beds Are More Beneficial Than You Think

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Latex Beds – More Beneficial Than You Think

Latex have hit the mattress scene and they have hit it hard. More and more consumers have become aware of the ‘new’ product. Many people who own latex mattress say that they will never go back to their old type of mattress. There are so many benefits to latex mattresses. Latex beds really are more beneficial than you think.

1. Soft enough. Latex mattresses cradle you all night long. These mattresses do the best job relieving pressure points. I bet you can’t imagine waking up in the morning ache-free. Latex mattresses are soft enough and comfortable enough to give you the sleep you deserve.

2. Supportive. Latex mattresses are supportive enough to support any type of sleeper. Whether you prefer soft mattresses or firm ones, your needs are sure to be met with a latex mattress.

3. Natural. Most latex mattresses are 100% natural. The latex that is used for latex mattresses is found on the rubber tree. Even the process to manufacture these mattress is mostly natural.

4. Resistant. I bet you didn’t know that latex mattresses are naturally dust mite resistant. They are also resistant to bed bugs, mold, mildew and other allergens.

5. Hypoallergenic. Many asthma sufferers and people who suffer from allergies enjoy latex mattresses because they are naturally hypoallergenic. These people feel that their health needs are not comprised during sleep. Rather, they are protected.

6. Anti-microbial. This one just speaks for itself. Imagine sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t harbor nasty germs.

Latex mattresses are the newest craze, and with good reason. These mattresses are worth every dime. They are a bit more expensive than other mattresses but it is well worth the investment. Latex beds really are more beneficial than you think.

Comfort that Only a Latex Foam Mattress Can Provide

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Comfort that Only a Latex Foam Mattress Can Provide

Haven’t you heard about latex mattresses? Haven’t you heard how popular they are right now? Latex mattresses are not popular for the same reason innerspring mattresses are. Innerspring mattresses are popular because they are so inexpensive. Latex mattresses, on the other hand, are popular because they offer unprecedented comfort and support.

Latex mattresses offer the same benefits as memory foam mattresses. The only difference is that there really isn’t a downside to latex mattresses. Mattress owners say that latex mattresses are not as ‘hot’ as memory foam mattresses. Latex mattresses also have a much quicker response time. This means that it doesn’t take as long for the mattress to respond each time you need to change positions.

Latex mattresses offer an unprecedented level of comfort. This is the kind of comfort that only a latex foam mattress can provide. Latex mattresses relieve pressure points better than memory foam mattresses. This is remarkable because memory foam mattresses do a great job in relieving pressure points. However, latex foam mattresses do an even better job.

Latex foam mattresses have also become popular among people who suffer from allergies or asthma. Latex mattresses are made naturally out of 100% natural products. Latex is naturally hypoallergenic and anti-microbial. These mattresses also are completely resistant to dust mites, bed bugs, mold, mildew and other allergens.

It is about time that you enjoyed a superior level of comfort. This kind of comfort can only be achieved when sleeping on a good quality latex foam mattress. Enjoy the kind of comfort that only a latex foam mattress can provide. It’s about time.

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