Sleep Posture at Sleep Well

Find Your Perfect Sleep Posture

In the mattress business, the main talk is about back support and what a difference a good mattress can do for you.  There are miracle products marketed every day from diamond foam to super cool deluxe memory foam.  Progress is great, but what is the real goal to all this?  Do you as a customer have to upgrade every year to be able to get the best sleep?

What does Back Support have to do with Sleep?

The short answer to the question is, everything.  Did you know that associating a specific pain, or discomfort with sleep can ruin your chances of getting a good nights sleep?  A great way of understanding this is concept is by thinking of it as a sort of PTSD, and its effects are ruining your sleep.  Waking up with a super sore back, or sore neck can ruin not only your day but can go on and ruin your sleep the next night as well.

What is Proper Back Support?

The goal of any mattress shopper should be to find the mattress that feels most comfortable, whether Firm or Plush and at the same time supports you to keep your posture the same laying down as it is standing.

Finding comfort and support is not as easy as I made it sound above.  By instinct, you’ll seek a Firm mattress just because you think that something Firm will support you better. However, that is not always the best way to shop.  Firm is suitable for back pain sufferers, but today’s technology allows for a Plush to support and cradle your back in such a way that your sleep posture is kept straight as standing.

What Should Be My Number One Concern?  Comfort or Sleep Posture?

The answer is both.  Posture will stop your pain, but posture won’t help you stay asleep longer.  Comfort will help you sleep longer, but waking up in pain will ruin your day and health.

Find the right mix.  For us at Live Well our top sellers are the Instant Comfort Number Bed, the reason there is that the sleep posture is achieved by their spring choice and the comfort is achieved by their three different foam combinations.  For our other manufacturers we have mixes of foam that allow for studier support and yet have enough give in them to allow you to feel cradled.

How Does Live Well Help Our Customers Find the Right Mattress?

When we are helping our customers, we concentrate first on posture.  Finding your correct sleep posture is our easiest goal.  From there, our job is to help you find the right comfort (softness) that will allow you to find and keep your sleep longer.

The real challenge for us is to find the right comfort level that keeps you in the correct posture.  The majority of customers tend to seek an overly soft mattress, something akin to a cloud.  Why not? Most advertising pushes the whole cloud-like feeling so naturally, our customers will seek that level of soft.  The truth behind that is cloud-like translates typically into “way too soft.”  Try talking someone from a super soft cradle experience to a support-oriented plush mattress someday…it’s not easy.  The key to meeting our customers in the middle is we make sure that we get our customers to lay down on the right mattress for ten to fifteen minutes.  When we can get someone to do this, they see the difference between good support and what having your back straight can do for you.

Getting the Right Mattress is Easier Than You Think

With the right help finding the right mattress to help you wake up back pain-free is easier than you think.  Feel free to ask questions, ignore hyped-up materials, and lay down on your choices for ten to fifteen minutes.  Your salesperson should be able to show you the right posture choice and find you the right comfort too.

Live Well prides itself on being fully trained on all our mattress choices, from materials to manufacturing methods we know our stock inside and out.  There are no sharks in the Live Well stores, our team is aware of our customer’s needs, and that is our top priority.  Let us help you next time you need help finding your sleep!

Need more help finding the right mattress? Here’s several blogs to help you shop smarter:

Does a “Name Brand” Make Better Mattresses?

Foam vs Springs and the Importance of Sex

The Cheap Mattress

Mattress Foundations and Bed Height

Finding the Right Mattress for Your Sore Back

Javier is the owner of Sleep Well, professionally trained sleep stores, specializing in specific mattresses for specific needs. He lives to give. He is an active member of his community and church. His hard work and efforts pay off for him when he can help others, and give to efforts for the betterment of others.
His spare time is spent with his beautiful wife, Gretchen. They are craft beer hobbyists who enjoy making their own beers, visiting small breweries, and making new friends. Their lives revolve around church, family, exercising, four great dogs, and keeping up with their home in Alamogordo NM.

Sleeping Together Better: Finding the Best Mattress for Motion Isolation

When it comes to sleeping, motion transfer is a major concern for couples and can significantly impact sleep quality. Motion transfer, where movements on one side of the mattress are felt on the other, is a common challenge for couples.

Motion transfer disrupts sleep by transmitting movement across the mattress. For those sharing a bed, this means that an active sleeper can inadvertently disturb their partner’s rest, leading to a less-than-ideal night’s sleep for both. You’ve experienced it before, I am sure, when your partner turns in their sleep and you can feel a wave of motion spring through the mattress.

To steer clear of those disruptions, picking the right mattress is key, especially one that’s crafted to keep movement on one side from waking up someone on the other. Think of memory foam mattresses as the superheroes of the sleep world, soaking up any shifts or turns so peacefully that you’d hardly notice someone else is there. They’re often hailed as the top pick for keeping peace on the sleep front. Then there’s latex mattresses, which not only keep the peace by reducing how much you feel someone else’s movements but also bounce back with a comforting, gentle responsiveness. And let’s not forget about hybrid mattresses – these clever combos bring together the best of both worlds with individually wrapped coils hidden under layers of foam. This design gives you a comfy cushion that also keeps you steady, so you’re not rocked awake every time your partner rolls over.

When considering a new mattress, you should focus on products specifically engineered to address motion transfer. Keeping in mind that value mattresses aren’t specifically designed for keeping disruption at bay, instead they are designed with a price point in mind.  Don’t sacrifice sleep just because of price. That seems to be the main complaint of most of our customers, they bought cheap thinking it would be the same as buying a good quality mattress.  They find out that buying quality once, always beats buying cheap two or three times.

For couples, selecting a mattress that minimizes motion transfer is key to achieving restful, uninterrupted sleep. By prioritizing this aspect during the selection process, you can enhance your sleep environment, ensuring both you and your partner enjoy the benefits of quality rest.

 

Motion transfer isn’t the only thing you have to look out for.  Here are a few other details you need to know when you decide to go mattress shopping:

Choosing the Best Mattress for Shoulder and Hip Comfort: Essential Tips for Side Sleepers

The Hidden Benefits of Sleeping with a Pillow Between Your Knees

No More Compromises: The Benefits of Split King Mattresses

 

What is a Mattress Warranty?

A common question our customers have is about the mattress warranty and what it covers. They have fears that a year or so down the road, their investment will start to break down, and they don’t want to have to dish out their money again just because their bed didn’t last. Let’s put those worries about your mattress warranty to rest (pun intended).

Warranty 101: Think of a mattress warranty as your sleep safety net. It’s there to catch you if something goes wrong that’s not your fault, like a spring popping out to say hello or the mattress sagging like a hammock. But remember, it’s not a pinky promise that your mattress will stay comfy forever. There are limitations to the longevity of your mattress, so don’t expect a lifetime’s worth of sleep.

Covered vs. Not Covered: Most warranties will cover things like wonky workmanship or if your mattress decides to develop a crater in the middle. But if it’s just getting a bit softer with age or your cat decided it’s the perfect scratching post, you’re on your own.

If you’ve put your mattress on the wrong frame or, for some reason, decided to use a foundation that was more warped than Seth McFarland’s brain, you won’t have a warranty to fall back on. Make sure you use the foundations approved by your manufacturer. If there’s a question, get it answered by your salesperson in writing to protect yourself.

Another important rule of thumb is to make sure you don’t stain your mattress in any way. Save yourself a bunch of grief and spring for a mattress protector the minute you buy your mattress. Most manufacturers will void your warranty for any little stain, don’t let this happen to you. Cover and protect your mattress and your wallet. Get a mattress protector.

Reading the Fine Print: Before you snooze, peruse. Some warranties are prorated (meaning the coverage decreases over time), and others have specific do’s and don’ts to keep them valid. And that “lifetime warranty”? Make sure you check what “lifetime” really means.

Always keep the head tag intact! We all know the temptation to remove it, but you’ve voided any warranty coverage the minute it comes off. It’s a small price to pay to keep your mattress covered. Just let the little guy stay on there.

Keeping Your Warranty Intact: Treat your mattress like a bestie. Use a protective cover, make sure it’s on a proper base, and no, it’s not a trampoline. Taking good care of it ensures your warranty won’t go poof if you need it.

You spent a lot of money on your mattress, so don’t let little things like a drink spill or a dirty pet void your warranty. Keep these small preventative measures in mind and save yourself some grief.

Shopping Smart: When comparing warranties, look beyond the years. A longer warranty doesn’t always mean better coverage. Peek at what’s actually covered and how easy the claim process is. And if a deal seems too good to be true, give it a good side-eye.

Wrap-Up: Understanding your mattress warranty is like reading the rules before playing a board game. It might not be thrilling, but it’ll save you headaches later. So, take a moment to know what you’re getting into. Your future well-rested self will thank you!

Remember, the goal is never to need that warranty, but it’s nice to know what’s under the hood if you do. Happy mattress hunting, and here’s to many nights of blissful sleep!

Now that you have one less worry about mattress shopping, how about a couple more articles that will help alleviate even more of that anxiety?

Choosing the Best Mattress for Shoulder and Hip Comfort: Essential Tips for Side Sleepers

Caring for Your New Mattress Protector: A Guide to Lasting Comfort

Research Before You Buy Your Next Mattress

 

Sleep and Blue Light : The Latest Research

For years, we’ve been warned about the evils of blue light lurking in our screens, stealing our sleep and wreaking havoc on our circadian rhythms. But is the blue light monster as scary as we think? Recent research suggests it might not be so clear-cut.

Traditionally, blue light, especially in the evening, was seen as the arch-nemesis of sleep. Blamed for suppressing melatonin, the sleep hormone, it was believed to disrupt sleep patterns and leave us feeling groggy. This understanding stemmed from studies highlighting blue light’s powerful effect on regulating our internal clock. But a 2022 study published in Current Biology threw a curveball. Exposing young adults to blue light in the evening didn’t significantly impact their sleep duration or melatonin levels. This challenges the one-size-fits-all narrative, hinting at individual differences in blue light sensitivity.

Further complicating the story, a 2022 JAMA Ophthalmology study debunked concerns about blue light exposure harming the retina, contradicting earlier fears. So, where does this leave us?

The landscape of blue light and sleep research is evolving. While the traditional view still holds merit for many, individual factors and the nuances of light exposure (timing, intensity) seem to play a bigger role than previously thought. This doesn’t mean we should disregard blue light’s potential sleep-disrupting effects entirely. If you find screens leave you wired at night, limiting screen time before bed and using blue light filters remain wise choices. Remember, good sleep hygiene goes beyond blue light – a cool, dark, and quiet environment is still key.

Ultimately, the best approach is personalized. Experiment, see what works for you, and don’t be afraid to consult a healthcare professional for tailored sleep advice. After all, a good night’s sleep is crucial for our health and well-being, regardless of the color of the light (or lack thereof) we expose ourselves to.

If you would like to read more on issues affecting sleep, here are other posts you might find interesting:

Coffee Keeps You Awake For How Long?

How Does Alcohol Affect Your Sleep?

References:

  • “Evening Blue Light Exposure Does Not Affect Sleep Duration or Melatonin Levels in Healthy Young Adults” (Current Biology, 2022)
  • “Blue Light from Electronic Devices Does Not Harm the Retina: A Randomized Clinical Trial” (JAMA Ophthalmology, 2022)