May 23, 2019 | Bedrooms, Sleep Health
Rare Cutting Edge Technology
The search for the right mattress has always been highly important to our customers. The real obstacle we had in the past was pairing the right mattress for our customer’s body type. When Serta came out with its highly advanced Connection System, we were one of the first retailers in the Midwest to add this to our showrooms. We are still one of only 18 dealers in the nation to have the complete system in all three locations.
How Does the Connection System Work?
The journey begins in our “comfortpoint,” theater. Individuals are asked a series of questions about their sleep patterns, sleep issues, and what they prefer. After the sleep lifestyle has been determined, an overhead display shows real-time pressure-mapping profiles of the customer’s body. The Connection system narrows down the number of choices based on its findings in the home theater.
The Connection system can eliminate a number of sleep issues:
- Tossing and Turning
- Lack of Support
- Sleeping Too Hot or Too Cold
- Partner Disturbance
- Mattress Roll-Off & Sagging
A number of our customers are surprised by just how comfortable they are after purchasing their new mattress through the comfort point system. The heat mapping technology takes the subjectivity out of the process and makes the decision much more scientific. To ensure that everyone loves their new purchase, our 365 sleep promise allows for a whole year to test out just how comfortable you are. Our Perfect Sleep Promise also offers free delivery for your new mattress and free delivery if you decide to exchange it.
May 22, 2019 | Bedrooms, Sleep Health
Our sleep specialists at Mattress 1st are surprised at the number of clients that are uneducated about sleep health. In light of our big mattress sale, we couldn’t think of a better time to help our viewers improve their sleep health. This blog includes a collection of information, fun facts, and advice.
Sleep Health Information
Let’s review our healthy sleep checklist. If the following healthy habits do not fall under your sleep lifestyle, it may be time to reevaluate your sleep routine. Better mornings are just around the corner!
- You average 7 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
- You usually sleep through the night without long sessions of being awake or disturbed.
- You fall asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down.
- You feel alert and productive the following day.
- Your partner & family do not notice snoring, pauses in breathing, restlessness or other odd sleep behaviors.
- You wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Failing to confidently check every point off? No worries, 1 in 3 adults do not receive enough sleep every night. You are not alone and Mattress 1st is here to help.
Sync Your Schedules
Listen to your body’s internal clock. Following your natural sleep pattern is one of the essential strategies for restoring sleep health. If you fall asleep and wake up at the same time, you will begin to feel much more energized when your alarm clock rings. This sleep pattern is more beneficial than sleeping for 7 hours every night at different times. You’re probably wondering by now, and the answer is yes- avoid sleeping in on the weekends. The more your weekend and weekday schedule varies, the more exhausted you will feel. A quick tip- to help your body find it’s natural sleep schedule, let natural light enter your bedroom in the morning. Natural light encourages your body to start the day and will help your body follow its internal clock.
Be selective when taking naps. Even though naps do help the body catch up on missed hours, it can make falling asleep much more difficult. If you struggle with insomnia, always avoid naps or keep them below 20 minutes long. Try to fight the after dinner drowsiness, if you are feeling groggy from after your dinner, avoid laying down. Get up and do something mildly active to prevent falling asleep before your usual time.
If you are not tired, do not force your body to fall asleep. After 20 minutes of trying to drift off, leave your bedroom and transition to a different setting. Settle your body down by doing something relaxing; reading a book, take a bath, listen to music, etc. Sometimes taking a break from your bed is the insomnia fix you need!
Bed Time Meals
A large greasy meal before bed can be a recipe for insomnia. Avoid foods that cause indigestion, instead, choose light healthy snacks if feel hungry before bed.
Create a Bedtime Routine
Utilize the 20-30 minutes before bed to prepare your body for a full nights rest. Take a bath, read a book, listen to music but above all avoid stressful activity. Psychologically stressful activities can cause the body to secrete the stress hormone cortisol which can cause alertness and keep you awake. If you do tend to experience stress when your head hits the pillow, write down your thoughts and set them aside for tomorrow.
Quality Sleep with a Quality Mattress
How old is your mattress? A majority of problems with your sleep lifestyle could be the cause of a unsupportive or old mattress. If your mattress is 7 years old, it may be time to invest in a new mattress. At Montgomery’s Mattress 1st we have one of the ONLY heat mapping theaters in the nation. This highly advanced technology will use 4,000 tiny sensors to find your pressure points and lead you to the right mattress for your body and lifestyle. We have a wide selection of top quality mattresses in the industry. Our top specialists will help improve your sleep health, come visit! View our Mattress 1st page here
Interesting Sleep Facts
- People spend 1/3 of their life sleeping.
- The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days.
- Within 5 minutes of waking up, you have forgotten 50% of your dreams.
- Sleep deprivation will kill you before starvation does.
- If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep you are actually sleep deprived.
- Sleep deprivation reduces pain tolerance.
- Snoring is the main cause of sleep deprivation in 90 million US adults.
May 21, 2019 | Bedrooms, Design Tips
Is your guest bedroom ready for visitors?
You’ve put a lot of effort and heart into decorating your home, but maybe you ran out of steam when you finally got to the guest room. Or, maybe you’ve decorated it but feel like it needs something more. Why settle for a guest room that’s only ok?
Think back to times you’ve stayed at someone else’s house (or even a hotel). There are usually some little things that would improve your stay. Do you ever tell your hosts about those things? Like most of us, you probably politely say how well you slept but secretly wish you had a different pillow that didn’t make your neck sore.
Treat your guests to a great stay by taking a few steps to transform that spare bedroom into a true getaway. Improvements can be simple and don’t have to break the bank.
Assess Your Situation
The best way to figure out if your guest room is comfortable is to spend a couple nights sleeping there yourself.
Pay attention to the bed, lighting, storage, and where they might put their belongings. Listen for noise coming from the rest of the house as well. This will give you a good idea what and how much they hear from you after they turn in for the night.
If you find yourself crawling back to your own bedroom after the first night, improvements can probably be made for your guests.
Now that you know what you’re dealing with, let’s whip this room into shape.
Start with the Guest Bed
Although the bed is the most important part, many of us are guilty of shipping our old mattress off to the guest bedroom. If it’s still in good shape, it’s smart to reuse it, but it’s also best to avoid making your guests sleep on something you wouldn’t sleep on.
Montgomery’s Mattress 1st Manager, Clint Richards, recommends purchasing a medium to medium-firm mattress to appeal to a wide range of sleepers. A traditional coil mattress is the safest buy. If you have a regular guest, you might consider a mattress more to that single guest’s liking.
For most guest rooms with intermittent use, Clint recommends buying a mattress in a middle to low price range. However, if you end up sleeping in this room often because of a partner who snores or steals the covers, buy something closer to what you would sleep on in your master bedroom.
If you have a tight budget for guest room improvements, focus your money here. Your guests will appreciate the great night’s sleep more than anything else you do.
Offer Bedding Options
When it comes to completing the bed, give your visitors options. The right pillows, blankets, and sheets blend together to make the secret sauce for a good night’s sleep.
Clint recommends a basic cotton sheet set for most guests. “Microfiber can sleep hot, and other materials like flannel may sound great to one guest and like a furnace to another,” he says.
If you know some of your regular guests love flannel sheets, keep a spare set ready. Always ask your guest their preference before putting anything other than cotton sheets on the bed.
Clint recommends providing medium-firm pillows or have multiple options handy. Make at least one option hypo-allergenic since some people have allergies you may not be aware of. If you can, provide two pillows per guest in case they like to sleep propped up (for those heartburn-y kind of nights).
Finish off the bed with a couple layers of lightweight blankets, a bedspread or a comforter. Layers offer your guest the ability to add more or less heat through the night, depending on their comfort level. Also, keep a couple extra blankets in the room in case they feel cold.
Now that the bed is comfy and cozy, focus on other guest room must-haves.
Think About Organization & Electronics
You’ve arrived at your destination and you’re shown to the room you’ll be sleeping in. You notice right away the bedside table and lamp are not on your side of the bed. You like to read before going to sleep. Hard to do when the lamp is on the wrong side of the bed, especially if your spouse is traveling with you. Has this ever happened to you?
To solve this problem, put a nightstand or small table on both sides of the bed. Add lamps to each table that are tall enough to reach from the bed. Matching lamps will help tie together mismatched tables or bedroom furniture. No room for a table and lamp on both sides? Keep a clip-on reading light handy near the bed.
With tables and lighting are taken care of, give your guests options for organization so they don’t have to live out of their suitcase or keep their things on the floor. Put out a luggage rack, make space in the closet for hanging clothes, and add decorative but functional hooks to a wall or the back of the door to hang jackets, purses, or wet towels after a hot shower.
Finally, guests always come with one important little electronic: their cell phone. If you don’t have an outlet within easy reach of the bed, add an extension cord so they don’t have to crawl half under the bed to reach one.
Finish it off with Creature Comforts
For most guests, it’s the little things you do that really matter. Put a box of Kleenex along with a wastebasket in the room. Tuck a lint roller in a drawer. Add a night light for easy late-night navigation.
Add a basket filled with a couple bottles of water, a snack or two, lotion, aspirin, antacid, extra toothbrushes, and even some essentials for the ladies. I actually had a guest once with such bad heartburn in the middle of the night he went to the convenience store six blocks away for antacid because he couldn’t find where we kept it. See how great that basket of goodies would have been? I learned my lesson!
If your guest room doesn’t have a ceiling fan, offer a table-top fan for your guests to use. A lot of guests need air movement to sleep well. And the fan helps drown out household noise as well.
Guest Room Essentials Accomplished
Now that your guest bedroom is ready to make visitors feel at home, orient your guests to the room. Show them where to charge their phone and hang their towel, where the extra pillows and blankets are stashed, and how to get out if there’s a fire (especially if you have any doors or windows that are difficult to open).
After their first night, encourage them to share with you if they found a need for something that wasn’t there. And find out if they slept well or need something adjusted with the bed. Tell them you’re trying to get the guest experience just right in your home. They’ll be happy to help with recommendations if they have any.
Did we miss anything? Let us know if you have something special you do for your guests. And don’t forget to enjoy your time with them.