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Mattress Warehouse Bed Blog Features Great Articles on Sleep Products and More

Who doesn’t love a great night’s sleep? The professionals at Mattress Warehouse know how important a great night’s sleep is to a person’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing. We understand that - if you’ve found our website and specifically this site’s Bed Blog - you’re on the lookout for the best path to achieving the rest your body and mind are after.


Here’s how we can help: the Mattress Warehouse Bed Blog is our ongoing effort to deliver informative and entertaining commentary on great buying strategies when shopping for a new mattress, box spring, bedroom furniture and more here at our website or at one of our many conveniently-located retail stores in communities spreading from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and from West Virginia to Delaware!


Mattress Warehouse Bed Blog is Exciting Blend of News and Buying Guides

The Mattress Warehouse Bed Blog is committed to developing and presenting an exciting blend of news, guides, and commentary on the latest from the world of mattress, box spring, bedroom furniture and bedding product manufacturing and marketing.


We will not only feature inviting content on our own lineup of products but will also provide our own unique insight on a range of bedding products you’ll be able to find out across the Web. Our stories will be complimented by an attractive array of exciting photography so the Bed Blog also captures the striking visual appeal these products have as well! It’s all here at the new Mattress Warehouse Bed Blog at SleepHappens.com! Come and experience a new and vibrant take on sleep here at the Bed Blog and please save a spot for us in your Web browser’s Favorites’ List!



  • Mattress Warehouse Summer Concert Series Ticket Giveaway | Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire

    The next giveaway in the Mattress Warehouse Summer Concert Series ticket giveaway is for TWO pavilion level tickets to:

    Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire

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    at Jiffy Lube Live on Friday August 14, 2015!

    ENTER HERE for your chance to win!

    Winner will be announced on Thursday August 6, 2015 on our Facebook Page! ♪♫♪♫

  • Unplug This Summer

    Unplug This Summer

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    Remember how summer felt like it lasted forever as a kid? Days were spent by the pool, riding around the neighborhood on your bike and of course the frequent visits from the ice cream man. Sure summer is still fun, but it is certainly different. It's not as easy to lose track of time when your smartphone is always right there to remind you. Instead of getting lost in a good book or a face to face conversation we spend most of our time with our noses buried in our Facebook or Twitter feeds.

    How does going back to the summers of our youth, summers before our lives revolved around our gadgets sound? Here are a few tips on how to unplug this summer and enjoy the season and all it has to offer!

    Set Office Hours: Being able to access your work e-mail on the go from your smart phone can be a blessing and a curse. It's great when you have a off campus meeting and need to stay updated on a project. But let's be honest, how many times has a quick check turned into a quick reply? Which then turns into tying up a few loose ends. Before you know an hour of your weekend that you waited all week for has been taken over by work.

    So if working out of the office on the weekend is a must for you, limit how often and when you check your emails.

    Find Tech-Free Activities: When you go gadget-free, you can fully unwind and take advantage of what summertime has to offer. Instead of spending your summer afternoons reading about what others are out doing, schedule an outdoor activity with your friends. Go for a bike ride, visit a local park, relax at the beach or go to an amusement park. Summer is the perfect time to explore and get off the grid for a while.

    Face Time: No, we're not talking about picking up your phone and using the FaceTime feature on your phone. We're saying spend some quality face-to-face time with friends. Rather than juggle multiple text message conversations while sitting by the pool alone, invite them over to sit by the pool and relax with you.

    Substitute Screen Time: If your phone isn't already sitting next to you at the dinner table, you are more than likely plunking yourself on the couch after dinner to scroll through your news feed or watch TV. Try putting together a post dinner activity with your family. Longer days mean that it's often still light out after the dishes are washed and put away. Go for a walk or watch the sunset - that definitely beats watching reruns.

    Take a Nap: Summer is the best time to recharge yourself, not your devices. Not only can an afternoon nap energize you, but it can also help boost your mood and more - which is the perfect thing to get you ready for a summer evening outing with friends.

    Reducing time spent on social media or even temporarily deactivating your accounts could greatly improve the quality of your life. Spend this summer focusing on yourself and enjoying summer and the beautiful outdoors to the fullest.
  • Mattress Warehouse Summer Concert Series Ticket Giveaway - Toby Keith

    The next giveaway in the Mattress Warehouse Summer Concert Series ticket giveaway is for TWO pavilion level tickets to:

    Toby Keith

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    with special guest Chris Janson

    at Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday August 8, 2015!

    ENTER HERE for your chance to win!

    Winner will be announced on Monday July 27, 2015 on our Facebook Page! ♪♫♪♫

  • Keeping Your Sheets Clean

    We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so don't you want to make sure that it’s on a clean bed? Many common allergens like dust mites can cause reactions like skin rashes and sneezing, which can lead to more serious illnesses like asthma, eczema and rhinitis. So here are a few hygiene tips to help keep get rid of dust and dirt on your bed.

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    No Liquid Cleaner: Do not use liquid- or moisture-based cleaning methods on your mattress without consulting professionals. These might damage it and introduce unwanted moisture.

    Replace your pillowsDirt and oil and dead skin cells get trapped there, which might lead to acne. Dust mites, which belong to the spider family, also like to hang out in the crevices of your pillow. Change your pillows every one to two years. The use of a mattress or pillow protector will help prevent stains and will help to protect your bed from bacteria and stains.

    Wash the dirt away: Wash your bed sheets every other week. However, if you sweat at night you should wash your sheets once a week. Always wash them in hot water to kill dust mites and bacteria. To get a deep, natural clean you can also wash run your sheets in cycle with hot water and 1 cup of vinegar (no detergent) followed by a second cycle with 1/2 cup of baking soda (no detergent). It helps to clean any build up and deodorize your sheets. The same thing can be done for towels.

    Sun your sheets: Open up your bedroom window and allow the sun to hit your pillow, mattresses and duvet regularly. The UV rays kill bacteria and dust mites.

  • Bringing Good Technology to Bed | Dr. Robert Oexman

    Bringing Good Technology to Bed | Dr. Robert Oexman

    ThinkstockPhotos-520913823It’s one of my top rules for better sleep – take technology out of the bedroom. That’s everything from laptops to TV’s and smart phones. No excuses! If you are using your phone as an alarm clock, spend five dollars for the real deal. If you’re in the habit of falling asleep to the TV, it’s time for a new routine. Here’s why – blue light emitted from these devises inhibits our body’s natural melatonin production, which we need to fall asleep and stay asleep each night. Quite simply, technology can keep us up at night.

    However, I’m going to make a few exceptions to the rule. I believe there is “good” technology that can actually help you to sleep better and wake-up rested in the morning. I’m highlighting my four top picks here – feel free to bring these to bed.

    • Smart Homes: From smart thermostats to automatic shades, our houses are now starting to adapt automatically to our lifestyles. In the past we have addressed the need for a decrease in core body temperature to fall asleep and maintain sleep. For a minimal cost you can add a thermostat that will begin decreasing room temperature when it’s time for bed and will begin increasing temperature when it’s time to wake up. Automatic shades will make sure your room is dark and will lighten your room when it’s time to wake up. Do you worry about whether you shut the garage door or left the back door unlocked, there are aps to remind you if you forgot.

    • Wake-up Light: I said it earlier – if your phone is your alarm clock, you need a new one! Forget the sound function; what I really like about this is that it’s designed to wake you up naturally and gradually by slowly brightening so we wake up with “the sun.” Think about it - before electricity, we slept and woke by the sun, taking our cues from Mother Nature. That’s best for our bodies. I like the design by Philips - there are 20 brightness settings to fit your personal preferences. Here’s an additional tip for you – as you wake up, don’t immediately jump out of bed. Instead take five minutes to do a bit of light stretching. The combination is an effective, gentle way to wake up each morning.

    • Low Blue-Light Nightlights: Remember when I mentioned that blue light can inhibit the production of melatonin? Low blue-light bulbs provide light (an amber glow) without the negative side-effects of blue light. That’s why I suggest that all nightlights in the house should be low blue light. This way if you wake in the middle of the night – whether for two or ten minutes – the light won’t disturb you and wake you further. On that note, if you do wake at night, it’s not the time to read or watch TV. That will only wake you further. Sit in a dark space and take some time to lightly stretch, meditate or pray. Soon enough – your bed will be calling you back.

    • White Noise Machine: Noise is incredibly disruptive to our sleep. Whether it’s the dripping faucet or the neighbor’s blaring stereo – both can steal your shuteye. This bit of technology has been around for decades and it’s still one of the most effective – the sound conditioner, also known at the white noise machine. Forget the rainforest, ocean and nature sound settings – changes in the audio track can actually wake you up. I recommend the static sounds of white noise. This is not a reason to bring your phone in the bedroom. I don’t want you using a white noise app. Instead I recommend Marpac, the company behind the original white noise machine. Turn this on each night and tune out the rest of the world.

    Technology is part of our every-day lives. It can be all consuming – but we have to draw the line somewhere. Remember, in general – the bedroom should be a “tech-free” zone. Unless of course, that technology was specifically designed to help you sleep better and wake rejuvenated.

    Dr. Robert Oexman is the Director of the Sleep to Live Institute in Joplin, Mo. He oversees the Institute’s research studies, particularly the impact of the sleep environment on quality of sleep. At the Institute, Dr. Oexman helped develop bedMATCH, a patented system using 6 million people profiles, 18 statistical measurements and over 1,000 calculations to assist consumers in determining the best mattress and pillow options for their body type. Visit a Mattress Warehouse near you and you could be fitted for your bed in just 3 minutes!

  • Mattress Warehouse Summer Concert Series Ticket Giveaway - Nicki Minaj

    The next giveaway in the Mattress Warehouse Summer Concert Series ticket giveaway is for TWO pavilion level tickets to:

    Nicki Minaj

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    with special guests Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe & Dej Loaf

    at Jiffy Lube Live on Wednesday July 22, 2015!

    ENTER HERE for your chance to win!

    Winner will be announced on Thursday July 16, 2015 on our Facebook Page! ♪♫♪♫

  • Sleeping Positions And Their Effects On Your Health

    Sleeping Positions And Their Effects On Your Health

    At night when you curl up in bed, where is your comfy place? Sleep has a pretty significant impact on your health and the position you sleep in can also have an impact. Here are eight common sleeping positions that can have on your body.

     

    ThinkstockPhotos-177840546On your back. Arms at your side: Sleeping on your back with your arms along the side of your body is usually considered to be the best sleeping position for spine and health, and as long as you don’t use too many  pillows it is also good for your neck. However, back sleepers tend to snore more than those sleeping in another position and sleep apnea is highly associated with back sleepers.

     Face Down:  Sleeping on your stomach can help to improve your digestion. Now who doesn’t want help in that department? Well, unless you can breathe through your pillow, you are more than likely twisting your neck in one direction or another so you can breathe. Doing that obviously puts a lot of strain on your neck. It also can cause back pain because your back is not being properly supported.

     

    Fetal Position: Though curling up in a little ball may help to keep you warm, go ahead and grab that extra blanket. Having your body curled up in a little ball with your knees tucked up and your head tilted down not only does a number on your back but it can restrict deep breathing. That considered, sleeping like a fetus will have you sleeping like a baby if you find that you have issues with snoring or if you’re pregnant.

    On your side. Arms at your side: Sleeping on your side with both of your arms at your side allows the spine to be supported properly in its natural curve, which naturally helps reduce back and neck pain. But the downside, because of gravity this can contribute to skin aging – meaning facial wrinkles and sagging breasts.

    On your side. Arms out: This position has many of the same benefits of sleeping on your side with your arms at your side. However, any side sleeping can cause arm and shoulder pain because of restricted blood flow and pressure to the nerves which could be made worse by having your arms out in front of you.

    On your right side: Did you know that which side you sleep on can make a difference? Though sleeping on your left side minimizes acid reflux it can strain your internal organs. Sleeping on your right side can worsen heartburn. Doctors typically advise pregnant sleepers to snooze on their left side because it can improve the circulation to the fetus.

    On your back. Arms Up: What is usually referred to as the “starfish” position is also very good for your back. Sleeping on your back (whether your arms are above your head or not) may also help to prevent skin breakouts and facial wrinkles. However, just like the arms-down back sleeper you may also find that this sleeping postion can result in snoring problems as well as acid reflux. Plus, you will most likely wake up with pain in your shoulders due to pressure on your nerves.

    Pillow-Supplemented: No matter what position you sleep in snuggling up with your body pillow will more than likely give you the best nights rest with less pain in the morning. If you are a back sleeper try putting a small pillow under the arch of your spine. Side sleepers; place a pillow between your knees. And Stomach sleepers; place a pillow under your hips to support your joints.

    Sleep is incredibly important to our daily lives: a restful night’s sleep can easily set the tone for the day that follows. Better sleep can help us feel better emotionally and physically. Is a better mattress your personal passport to a better, more productive day? Mattress Warehouse thinks so, and that is why we offer bedMATCH™ - to help you find the perfect bed for you!

  • Mattress Warehouse Concert Flyaway Sweepstakes

    Mattress Warehouse Concert Flyaway Sweepstakes

    How does 2 tickets to a Live Nation concert of your choice, airfare and hotel for 2 and a $200 pre-paid cash card sound?

     Mattress Warehouse has teamed up with Live Nation to give one lucky grand prize winner a once in a lifetime experience!

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  • 4 Medical Conditions That Disturb Sleep

    Are you one of the many people who find themselves struggling to get to sleep or stay asleep? Recent research suggests that there are health conditions that could be the root of your sleep struggles.

     

    Sleep troubles could be caused by one or more health conditions including asthma and heartburn. Below is a list of the most common causes of sleep disturbances.

     

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    Musculoskeletal Disorders: Arthritis and Fibromyalgia pain can make falling asleep very difficult. Arthritis and Fibromyalgia suffers often need to change positions throughout the night to stay comfortable, interrupting sleep.

     

    Cardiovascular Disease: Coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure have been linked to sleep problems. These conditions can cause extra fluid to accumulate around the lungs when lying down causing periodic sleep interruptions throughout the night. A helpful tip: use extra pillows to help elevate the upper body

     

    Asthma: Asthma suffers often battle with sleep disturbances due to breathing difficulties like coughing and wheezing. Asthma symptoms can worsen at night due to increased exposure to allergens; cooling of the airways; and being in a reclining position.  A helpful tip: be sure to enclose your mattress in a protector to help stop the accumulation of allergens like mold and dust mites.

     

    Heartburn or GERD: Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease causes acidic juices from the stomach to flow back into the esophagus. This can cause irritation and a burning sensation which makes it difficult to fall and stay asleep. Actually, lying down worsens the condition. A helpful tip:  Try avoiding coffee, alcohol and large meals in the evening; as well as elevating the upper body with either pillows or an adjustable bed.
    L_LUX_R7_300_5x7A common suggestion to help alleviate sleep disturbances caused by many medical conditions is to elevate either the upper or lower body. This can be done with the help of an adjustable base for your bed. One of the primary benefits of an adjustable sleep system is that it allows for ergonomically correct positioning which allows for natural curvature of the spine during sleep. By promoting a healthy posture during sleep, many of the discomforts and problems that inhibit deep, restful sleep can be avoided.

     

    Disclaimer: The content provided on this website is intended for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

     

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