Survey Reveals We Hibernate – Sleep More in Winter

December 28th, 2009

We may not be bears but we certainly tend to behave like them during the winter time snuggling under a blanket while laying on the couch or spening more time in bed while watching tv, or simply just sleeping a bit more.

With so many studies and surveys that are done on practically anything now a days, I wondered if this had in fact been looked at and in fact I did find out that back in 1998 a survey conducted by the Better Sleep Council (BSC) confirmed that “most people retreat to the bedroom for our own kind of hibernation during the winter months.”

Below you will find the entire article for your reading pleasure.  With all this sleeping going on, wouldn’t it make sense to pay a bit more of attention on your mattress quality.  Is it too old, sagging, or has stains?  Perhaps this is a good time to think about exchanging it for a new one.  Some mattresses may still be under warranty so look into that and see if you can file a warranty claim to get a replacement one.  If you have a Sealy, Sring Air, Englander, and in some cases other mattress brands, we may be able to assist you in filing such warranty claims.  Call us at (702) 737-5337 for more information.

Here’s the rest of that aritcle by the BSC:

According to the nationwide survey of 1,000 adults, more than five times as many adults spend more time in bed during the winter than in the summer.

“The findings confirm what we’ve suspected all along,” says Herman. “After all, who hasn’t snuggled further underneath the covers for a little extra sleep on a cold morning?” In general, people prefer to lounge in bed rather than venture out in wintry climates. More than one-half of adults read more; and almost two-thirds spend more time watching television. With all the sleeping, reading and TV watching to be enjoyed while it’s cold outside, only one person in ten pursues outdoor activities more in the winter than the summer.

As cooler temperatures signal the change of seasons, now is a good time to prepare your home for winter hibernation. “A comfortable environment is conducive to maximum rest and rejuvenation during winter downtime,” advises Herman. “If you’re like most people and spend more time in bed, you’ll want to make sure your mattress still provides the support and comfort you need for a restful night’s sleep.”

HiberNation Wake Up Call: Mattress Checkup

Just as bears ready their dens to hibernate, people need to plan for a good winter’s slumber. And that means taking a close look at the condition of your mattress. Sleeping on a mattress that’s a season or two past its prime can rob you of nighttime rest and daytime energy. To determine if you need to replace your mattress, ask yourself the following questions. An answer of “yes” to one or more signals it could be time:

  • Are you sleeping better or worse than a year ago?
  • Do you wake up feeling stiff or sore?
  • Does your mattress have visible signs of wear and tear?
  • Would your sleep improve if you had a new mattress?

“The benefits of improving your quality of sleep dramatically affect your overall quality of life,” advises Herman. “The key to feeling more alert and active may be as simple as taking the cue from Mother Nature and enjoying a little extra sleep.”

Go to Land of Nod This Winter

While bears instinctively know when it’s time for a long deep sleep, people tend to ignore their cues for extra rest and push full steam ahead. The result can be chronic tiredness from sleep deprivation. During winter, feeling sleepier can be remedied as easily as giving in to nature’s call and going to bed earlier in the evening. To make the most of your sleep and to fulfill your expectations for waking up refreshed, make sure your mattress provides the support and comfort you need.

According to Herman, the secret to a good winter’s sleep can be as close as your mattress. “Pay attention to how you feel when you wake up in the morning. If you don’t feel well-rested then check your mattress. A worn-out mattress is an energy-zapper. Replacing it could help you rest easy all winter long.”

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The Better Sleep Council, a non-profit organization supported by the mattress industry, is devoted to educating the public about the importance of sleep to good health and quality of life, and about the value of the sleep system and sleep environment in pursuit of a good night’s sleep.

Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite!

December 17th, 2009

We all remember this endearment phrase that our parents used to tell us after tucking us in bed at night. The soft, comforting tone of her voice gently putting us to sleep yet unknowingly distracting us from the seriousness of these little critters.

Today and just recently with the huge bed bug outbreak going around throughout the nation, consumers and city officials alike are even more concerned with the extermination and prevention of these bugs.  How serious and concerning is this event?  So serious that it prompted Congress to pass H.R.2248 Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009.

Watch this video I found online:

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 Consumers who purchase used or refurbished mattresses need to realize they are putting themselves and their children at risk! You may save some money by buying a cheaper used or refurbished mattress, but the consequences that come as a result of an outbreak will cost you well in the thousands! 

First and foremost, you will need to discard your infected mattress or mattresses if the outbreak has spread to more than one bedroom. In many occasions you will also need to discard your bedroom furniture as well; since bed bugs will travel from your mattress to other areas of your room/house. Finally, you will have to hire an exterminator who may need to treat your room or entire home more than once.

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If you don’t have them now, then take the necessary steps to prevent such nightmare. You can do so by purchasing from legitimate mattress retailers who sell ONLY new mattresses and who have the proof to back that statement.  Also, protect your brand new mattress buy buying a mattress protector.  Don’t confuse a mattress protector with a mattress pad.  One is for comfort and protection against dust mites and spills, the latter is simply for comfort.

Back in September, I had a meeting with Jamie Hulbert an inspector from the Southern Nevada Health District. We were discussing training for our staff in regards to bed bug protection for our mattress store showrooms and warehouse here in Las Vegas. You can understand how important this is to us since we obviously have thousands of brand new mattresses and such an outbreak could potentially put us out of business. Just like any major mattress retailer, we sanitize our showroom mattresses on a daily basis and take precautionary steps in our warehouse and delivery trucks by also sanitizing them.

Jamie was telling me of her never ending quest to catch unscrupulous local mattress manufacturers who are illegally making mattresses for sale to consumers through various mattress and furniture retail stores here in Las Vegas. What makes them illegal is the fact that these local mattress manufacturers are going around picking up old discarded mattresses, taking them back to their warehouse where they simply change the outer mattress cover and labeling them as new or with fake law labels that contain invalid licensing information. As a result, you have these really inexpensive mattresses out there for sale that look “new” on the outside but have the same old worn out and many times infected parts inside.

Many consumers have no knowledge of all this and more importantly what’s inside the mattress.  The general advice I give to consumers is that if you see mattresses being sold for under $100, you really need to be extremely careful. Look at the law label on the mattress (located on the head side of the mattress).

A law label is a legally required tag or label placed on new items describing the fabric and other materials being used. Typically these tags begin with a phrase such as “This tag may not be removed under penalty of law except by the consumer”.  Some states require tags on used or refurbished bedding as well.

Laws requiring these tags were passed to inform consumers as to whether the product they were buying contained new or recycled materials. This was and still is considered important as contaminated, recycled stuffing material could contain lice, bedbugs, or human excretions.

If the mattress is refurbished it should have an orange label; however some illegitimate mattress makers use fake white labels to give consumers the impression that they are buying a new mattress when in fact they are not. (see picture of sample law label)

Mattress Law Label

Mattress Law Label

Write the name of the manufacturer, address, and Registry No. so that you can in fact confirm that this is a manufacturer of new mattresses by calling the appropriate State agency that regulates such manufacturer or click here to find contact information for the agency in your area.  You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to make sure you are not being taken by unscrupulous companies or individuals.

You can rest assure that our mattresses are of the highest quality and that we are constantly working with legitimate mattress suppliers for ways to offer quality products at the best pricing without sacrificing our integrity and without putting your health at risk.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding mattresses or if you purchased one from a retailer you suspect may have sold you an infected mattress, please do not hesitate to comment on here or call us at (702) 737-5337 and we will help put you in contact with the proper authorities.

Sweet Dreams Mattress is always happy to assist consumers here in Las Vegas with their mattress purchase needs.  You can always visit our store website at www.SweetDreamsMattress.com or any of our store locations, click here for listing of our mattress stores in Las Vegas.

Sweet Dreams!

Think Blue

December 14th, 2009

There is so much focus on Living Green nowadays in our way of living.  Mattresses is no exception as there are more and more eco-friendly mattresses as well as organic mattresses available for those consumers seeking to enhance their life while helping the environment.

I recently ran accross a new initiative taking place in the world and it has to do specifically with preserving our ocean and all living things within it.  Coming from Southern California, moves like “save the ocean,” “adopt a beach,” “save the whales”, etc are not new.  What caught my attention about this particular initiative was the fact that there is this multi-billion dollar company that has taken this as a personal project.  What a change!  Critics will say there must be some type of financial gain for this company in doing this and perhaps they are right but if a company is willing to put money into such situation why not also allow them to bank on it.  We have plenty of companies who only take money but never put it back to their communities.

So as always, I try to share with you articles that may be of interest.  This new initiative is being spearheaded by a company called Nakheel and I thought you should might find it interesting.

Nakheel is a property development company in the Arabian Gulf and the only one with dedicated experts working full time in the area of environmental research and development.

They are making a call to action for the world with their “Think Blue” message.  This initiative is working to create a global set of standards for coastal development, under the direction of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum.

For more information on “Think Blue” visit their website at http://www.bluecommunities.org/page/home

For information about our eco-friendly and organic mattresses contact any of our mattress store locations or call us at (702) 737-5337.

Mattress prices too good to be true? They just may be…

December 11th, 2009

While there are many legitimate mattress retailers out there, there are also many others who are just looking to make a quick buck even if it means selling inferior produts that will put your healt at risk.

Buying a mattress is a very important decision.  It may directly impact your health and determines how you will feel the rest of the day.  So next time when you go out there shopping for a mattress, you owe it to you and your loved ones to make sure you are not buying mattresses that are sold as “new” when in reality they are re-builts or re-furbished.  How can you tell?  We’ll discuss this on a separate article (“Is it new or not?”).

These mattresses may look new on the outside, but inside there may just be a series of hidden dangers.  Take a look at this Dateline MSNBC video here in which a mattress store owner is confronted about the sale of bed bug infected mattresses at his store.

The second video is of another incident in Chicago with another mattress retailer. Vegas is no different, except bigger cities like LA, New York, or Chicago are more aggressive when it comes to combating such retailers who put consumers at risk.

Please post your questions/comments below and/or share your experiences to help other consumers visiting this website.

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