How to Remove Most Common Stains from Your Mattress

How to Remove Most Common Stains from Your Mattress

Let’s be totally honest here. When it comes to your mattress, accidents will happen. Stains are inevitable. Your mattress is exposed to all kinds of things — oil from your skin, hair products, drool, sweat, and more. Add allergens from mites and dust and things are even worse. No matter what the stain is from, it’s important to get it out as soon as possible. No one likes sleeping or lounging on a soiled mattress. Not removing the stain right away can cause bacteria to grow, leading to a bad smell. So, how to clean your mattress?

Most stains can be removed using a few everyday ingredients that you probably already have around the house. The following tips can help you take on any stain, whether your mattress is memory foam, latex, organic or pocket sprung.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

In the future, buying a mattress protector is a simple and effective way to prevent stains from occurring. Nowadays, you can not only buy mattress protectors that are waterproof but can also breathe, therefore allowing for a more comfortable and cooler sleep.

But if you haven’t used a mattress protector and you find yourself in front of a stained mattress situation, here are some tips that could help.

Stain Removal Basics

Removing the most common stains on your mattress doesn’t involve complicated rocket science. There are just a few basics to remember when lifting the stain:

  • Always dab to lift liquid. Avoid aggressive scrubbing.
  • Use a sponge or cloth. Paper towels tend to shred apart.
  • Never drench or soak the mattress. This will lead to bacteria growth and/or mould.
  • Cool-wash sheets and bed lines. Hot water sets in stains.
  • Vacuum to lift excess dirt. Use your vacuum’s upholstery tool to vacuum any loose debris from the mattress.
  • Air out your mattress. Sunshine and fresh air are two of the best ways to get rid of odours. So, if it’s sunny out, take your mattress outside and let it air dry in the sunshine for a couple of hours.

Removing Most Common Stains on Your Mattress

Here is an overview of how to remove just about any stain from your mattress.

Urine

If you’ve got kids, you’ve likely dealt with bedwetting accidents. Unfortunately, sometimes the stain doesn’t get noticed until the morning. As soon as you notice the stain, do the following:

  1. Immediately remove the entire bedding and begin pressing and blotting the mattress area to absorb the wetness.
  2. Next, take 8 ounces (227 ml) of hydrogen peroxide, a drop of liquid dish soap and 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Put all the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well and spray.
  3. Allow the cleaning solution to settle into the mattress for about 15 minutes. You should see a reaction from the cleaning solution working. Then, remove with a sponge, and allow it to dry.

If that doesn’t work, you can try a cleaning solution containing equal parts of white vinegar and water.

  1. Spray on the area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Blot it with a cloth, and then sprinkle baking soda to sop up any odour.
  3. Use a vacuum to remove the powder.

Cat and Dog Pee

We all love our pets, but sometimes our feline and canine friends leave behind some unwanted urine.

  1. Take a rag to blot up the pet pee, and then make a solution of one to one vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spritz the solution over the soiled area and blot up the area again.
  2. Next, sprinkle baking soda over the stain.
  3. In another spray bottle, add about a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and mix in a drop or two of dishwashing liquid. Drizzle this mixture over the soiled area on top of the baking soda.
  4. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes, and then, blot it again.
  5. When the mattress is dry, vacuum up the powdery mix.

How to remove cat pee from mattress

Sweat

Over time, sweat can cause mattresses to become discoloured. When your mattress is sweat-stained, it’ll turn yellowish. Moisture from your body can also leave your mattress smelling musty. So, here’s what to do if your mattress is stained with sweat:

  1. Spray the stain with equal parts of water, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid dish soap.
  2. Don’t saturate the mattress. Spray just enough to wet the stain.
  3. Let the mixture soak for about 20 minutes.
  4. Take a clean rag and blot the area dry.
  5. Sprinkle baking soda on the stain. Let the baking soda sit on the stain for 24 hours.
  6. After the baking soda has absorbed the moisture, vacuum the mattress.

Blood

Wondering how to remove menstrual stains from your bedsheets? The important thing is to work fast. Always use cold water when removing blood from a mattress. Do not use warm or hot water. Cold water will help to dissolve blood proteins.

  1. Prep the stain. Before you start, take a rag and soak as much liquid from the mattress as possible. Blotting is important. Don’t rub the stain, as it will work the blood deeper into the mattress.
  2. Next, fill a spray bottle with cold water. Don’t wet the mattress a lot. Just spritz it. Then, use a rag to blot at the stain.

Usually, cold water is enough to get out blood stains. However, if that doesn’t work, you can try the following:

  1. Mix ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon each of table salt and dish soap. When you combine these ingredients, it will form a paste-like mixture.
  2. Rub this mixture into the stain. Let it sit on the stain until dry.
  3. Once the area is dry, scrape up the paste and then vacuum the mattress.

Tip: If the stain doesn’t come out the first time with the peroxide mixture, you can apply it multiple times.

Vomit

This is another unfortunate accident but can be remedied quickly. First, strip sheets and blankets from the bed, and toss them into the wash.

  1. Next, make a cleaning solution containing equal parts of white vinegar and water into a spray bottle.
  2. Spray the soiled area of the mattress, and blot with a clean towel.
  3. Repeat this step until the stain has been removed.
  4. Afterward, sprinkle some baking soda to absorb any lingering odours.
  5. An hour later, vacuum the powder away.

What If the Stain Won’t Come Out?

Some stubborn, old stains just won’t budge — no matter how hard you try to remove them. Pet stains can be especially hard to remove. It might be a good idea to hire professional cleaners to try to take the stains out. However, that sometimes doesn’t work either. Your mattress should be fresh and ultra-comfortable— especially since you probably spend an average of eight hours a night on it.

To find the best mattress that you’ve ever slept on, check out our selection online. We carry a large variety of mattresses for every budget from top brands.

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

Best Paint Colours for Your Bedroom: What the Experts Say

Best Paint Colours for Your Bedroom What the Experts Say
Source: Tara Benet Interior Design

If your favourite colour is magenta, it may be great for a scarf but perhaps not as the wall colour of your bedroom. Choosing the best colour that promotes relaxation and sleep can make all the difference to your sleep experience.

Pink is said to be playful and sexy while blue carries a more calming vibe. Purple shades can be mysterious, rich and royal, but yellow is more joyful, loving and cheerful. Shades of brown evoke feelings of being grounded, positive and earthy. Green hues range from soothing and refreshing to promoting fertility and health. So, in order to pick a paint colour for the bedroom, you must first decide how you want to feel when you walk in there!

What Studies Show

Complementary medicine includes many holistic techniques, one being colour therapy. Studies show that introducing certain colours to children on the autistic spectrum, for example, can alleviate stress and anxiety. Conversely, red is a highly charged colour used to stimulate and anger the bull in a bull-fight and the colour of choice for dining rooms to inspire lively conversation. Blue-light is used by therapists when treating seasonal affectedness disorder while orange is used for people with depression. Clearly, colours have an impact on our senses. Some people react instantly to colours while others take a while for the effects, however subtle, to show.

According to a survey conducted by Travelodge in the UK, those participants that slept in a room painted blue had the best sleep quality with green and pale yellow a close second place. Primary colours like white and red apparently raised people’s blood pressure, so they should be avoided in the bedroom. The science collected during similar studies is great to consider but when do your colour preferences come into the decision-making?

Beige bedroom decor
Source: Regan Baker Design

How to Pick the Right Colour

These studies are great tools when you consider the research collected. Considering the data that red may be too strong a colour on your bedroom walls, you can still consider the paleness of the tint as well as the finish of matte over glossy, which tends to intensify any colour. If white is too stark and somewhat stimulating, choosing a colour such as ivory or bisque, or perhaps eggshell can make a difference.

If red is a colour that you really want to have in your bedroom, you can choose red accessories. If green is what you are looking for, don’t choose forest green, but something more subtle, warm and comforting. Paint shops have the technology today to create the perfect colour and finish to your specifications. They can blend a variety of colours until the perfect shade is achieved.

Bedroom wall colour is only one component of your sleep experience. A combination of your wall colour, bedding accessories, furniture, and lighting can create the ideal sleeping environment.

Following a consistent evening routine is also necessary to promote good quality sleep, including eating a light dinner, reducing screen time, taking warm baths, practising gentle yoga and meditation.

Dreaming in technicolour is possible when you fall asleep to the perfect 50 shades of your favourite colour!

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

How to Clean Your Mattress After You’ve Been Sick

Concept Zzz mattress

Nothing is worse than being sick in bed for days or weeks at a time. When you’re finally feeling well enough to get up, it feels like a million chores have piled up! Grocery shopping, bills, catching up on emails, changing your toothbrush head … but do you think to clean your mattress after an illness?

No, we don’t just mean swapping out the sheets — when you’re sick, germs can get all over your mattress, especially if you’ve been spending all day every day in it. Just washing out the sheets won’t get all the gross stuff that’s built up on your bed while you’ve been sick, so it’s important to take time to clean your mattress once you recover. Here’s how to do it the right way.

Change Your Sheets

Okay, yes, we did just tell you that this goes beyond cleaning your sheets, but this should still be the first step of the cleaning process. Remove sheets, blankets, comforters, and pillowcases and toss them all in the washing machine. If your laundry machine has a sanitize cycle, be sure to use it! Not only will you feel like a whole new person with fresh sheets, but you’ll also stop the spread of germs if you wash your blankets right after recovering from your illness.

Open the Windows

Pull back the drapes and open those windows wide, especially if it’s a sunny day! Airflow helps keep bacteria from settling into your mattress and sunlight is a natural disinfectant, so before you get started, make sure your bed has access to both. If you can, you might even want to take the mattress outside to maximize access to warmth, sun, and fresh air.

Vacuum Everything

Though you can’t exactly vacuum up germs, the buildup of dust and allergens on your mattress might even be what got you sick in the first place! Plus, it’s a good idea to get rid of any loose hair or debris on your mattress before you get into the serious cleaning. Break out your vacuum’s upholstery attachment and get in all those crevices — cleaning out any dust mites or pet dander that might be hiding in your mattress will keep you breathing easier in sickness and in health.

Sanitize the Surface

Sanitizing a mattress

There are a couple of options to make sure any lingering viruses are good and dead. A garment steamer or other small steam cleaner is the perfect first step for getting rid of germs and dust mites. Do a few passes over the surface, and make sure to get in all the corners. If there are any spots from bodily fluids left behind while you were sick, spot clean them with a damp cloth and a mixture of water and some gentle dish soap. Finally, sprinkle some baking soda onto the mattress and leave it to sit for a few hours (again, preferably in the sunshine) before vacuuming it off.

These methods work for any mattress type, but if you’re cleaning a memory foam mattress, you’ll have to be extra careful about drying the mattress thoroughly. A fan or a hairdryer set to cool can help soak up excess water and get your mattress ready to go as quick as possible.

Preventative Action

The best offense against germs is a good defense! Before making your bed back up, protect your mattress with a mattress cover. This will help minimize the microbes and allergens that can actually reach the surface of your bed, and make cleanup easier next time you get sick – which hopefully won’t be for a long time!

Not only will cleaning up your bed keep sickness at bay, removing hidden allergens and dust mites can help with nightly allergies and snoring, giving you a better sleep all around. So say hello to a new, germ-free you, and a better night’s sleep! For more mattress care tips or advice on the best mattress for your sleep needs, come by our store and talk to our associates. Our sleep expertise will have you snoozing better than ever every night.

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Angela, Your Sleep Expert

How to Properly Make a Bed in 6 Steps

How to Properly Make a Bed in 6 Steps

At some point in your life, you probably learned to make a bed. Maybe a parent taught you, or maybe you just figured it out yourself. It could be that you don’t even know how to make a bed. Assembling some bed sheets and covers over a mattress seems easy, but you’d be surprised how many people just don’t do it right.

Follow these steps when making your bed so that you get it right every time:

1. Make Sure Everything Is Off

Start with a blank canvas – a.k.a a naked mattress. You want nothing on the bed that will get in your way. That means removing all the blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals sitting on your mattress, so you have a clean slate to work with.

2. Start with a Mattress Protector

A mattress protector is one of the most important components of your bed as it forms a barrier around your Tempur-Pedic mattress, shielding it from allergens, dust mites, accidental spills and most importantly pet urine. Believe us when we say that you will never regret this investment.

TempurPedic Mattress Protector
Tempur-Pedic Mattress Protector

3. Put Your Fitted Sheet On

First, identify your fitted sheet from your top sheet. The difference between the two lies in the corners. The fitted sheet has the elastic ends that make holding onto the mattress corners easy. Put the fitted sheet on by covering the mattress, one corner at a time. You may need to tug hard on the final corner to wrap it around, but otherwise, it should be easy. Make sure the sheet is without any wrinkles on top, so that the next steps go smoothly.

4. Lay Out the Top Sheet

Lay the top sheet gently on top of the fitted sheet with the large hem at the top of the bed. Make sure the sheet is laid out evenly so there isn’t an awkward amount of the sheet hanging to one side of the bed. You could start by stuffing the sheet under the mattress – which is a slightly messy way to get it done. In order to make your bed perfectly, we highly recommend putting your sheets on with the hospital corners method. This will keep the sheet tight under your mattress while making it look very neat at the same time.

5. Put Your Bedspread, Duvet, or Comforter on Last

This part is easy. Throw your blanket over the top sheet and spread it out so that it’s even on both sides. Make sure there aren’t any wrinkles by smoothing it out with your hands.

6. Add the Pillows

Put the pillow sheets on your pillows and fluff them. The way you fluff a pillow is by placing your hands on separate ends of the pillow and squeezing the pillow together and pulling it apart. Do this a couple of times until the pillow looks fuller. Finally, place them next to each other at the top of the bed and you’re done!

Making your bed is an easy and quick daily task. Take a few minutes every day to make your bed and start your morning off feeling organized and productive!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

How to Test a Beautyrest Mattress Before Buying

How to Test a Beautyrest Mattress Before Buying

Try before you buy! It’s true of everything from sports cars to ice cream scoops, so why shouldn’t it be true of your mattress?

The quality of your mattress can affect your physical and mental health in lots of ways, so make sure you’re getting the right one for all your needs. Beds in boxes shipped straight to your door may be trendy at the moment, but nothing beats taking your mattress for a test drive before bringing it home. When you go bed shopping, be sure to follow these mattress-testing tips to make sure you’re getting one that’s perfect for you.

Study Up on Mattress Types

Starting your mattress shopping journey without the right knowledge is a one-way ticket to disappointment. Before you start shopping, read up on the different options and their pros and cons. Be sure to measure your space too, so you don’t find yourself trying to cram a King into a spot that couldn’t even fit a full-size bed! Though our mattress experts are always happy to help answer questions and help you find your perfect fit, you’re more likely to go home with a bed you love if you’ve done your research on mattress sizes, price points, and types.

Ask an Expert

Don’t try to go it alone! One of the best parts about testing a bed in store is having access to knowledgeable sleep experts who can guide you through all your questions and concerns. One-on-one advice from our associates can help you find a Beautyrest mattress that fits your body and your budget without the headaches of online-only shopping.

Test for Your Sleep Style

The right way to test a mattress

Back, side, and stomach sleepers are all going to need different kinds of support in different places. While you’re shopping, be sure to check that a mattress has the right balance of comfort and reinforcement for your sleep style.

If you sleep on your back, test a potential mattress by lying down and trying to slide your hand under the small of your back. It should be a bit difficult, but not impossible. If your hand easily slides behind your back, the mattress is probably too firm, and if your hand won’t budge at all, it’s probably too soft.

Side sleepers will need a friend, partner, or store employee to help test this out. Take off any loose outerwear and lie on your side in whatever position you would normally sleep in. Have someone take a picture of your back, then check the picture to make sure your spine is as straight as it can be. If it isn’t, move on to another mattress!

Stomach sleepers can’t test this quite as easily since no mattress can fully support your back in this position, so you’ll have to take extra care to listen to your body during the testing process. Can you feel your shoulders cramping, or the mattress sagging under you? If you notice these problems now, you’ll definitely notice them after spending a whole eight hours sleeping on it. Thank you, next!

Get Your Snooze On

To really find out if a potential new mattress is going to offer support and comfort in all the right places, you can’t just touch it, sit on it, or lie down on it – you have to sleep on it.

You aren’t going to really see how a mattress affects you until you let your muscles relax and rest how they would while you’re asleep. So when you start mattress hunting, set aside plenty of time to browse our Beautyrest mattress selection in store, and be sure to bring your partner too! Just because a mattress is supportive enough for you, doesn’t mean it will be as comfortable with two on the bed. Lie down on a mattress that interests you and set a timer for at least 15 minutes, then get to napping. You’ll know soon enough whether a bed feels right or not.

You deserve a bed that gives you the right support – that’s why we’re here to give you the right support on your journey to find it. If you’re ready to begin your mattress shopping adventure, stop by our store or give us a call! We’re always ready to give you the sleep – and the service – you deserve.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

How a Tempur-Pedic Mattress Can Alleviate Arthritis and other Pains

How a Tempur-Pedic Mattress Can Alleviate Arthritic Pain

The weather is getting chillier, which means everything is about to start hurting. It’s true that when the weather changes, sometimes it affects our body and has a tendency to make certain, tender joints feel a little rusty. When arthritis starts acting up, finding ways to soothe the pain can be exhausting.

But, sometimes the answer to soothing the pain has been right there all along. We’ve just been laying on it. That’s right, with the right bed, your aches and pains could be on their way to feeling better.

If you’re looking to get relief from arthritic pain, a Tempur-Pedic bed has the ability to help you out there. Find out why people have been choosing Tempur-Pedic as their go to mattress when their dealing with this and other harsh body pains.

The Arthritis Foundation Approves

The American Arthritis Foundation conducted a study on various people suffering from arthritis and found that 75 percent of those participants believed that Tempur-Pedic mattresses helped support painful and stiff joints. Many of the people who were part of the study recommended others afflicted by arthritis to use a Tempur-Pedic mattress in hopes that it would help alleviate their pain as well.

The Material Was Created For NASA

Can you imagine being inside a hot, muggy spaceship without any way to cool down? Or being exceptionally cold on your way to the moon?

When Tempur material first became big, it was being used to cushion astronauts on rockets in the 1990s. The special foam, which was created by NASA, has been proven to help with a number of things, one being temperature. The Tempur-Pedic material worked in a way to help regulate the rocketeers’ bodies so they weren’t overcome with heatstroke or hypothermia. This applies to your mattress as well: You won’t be having sleepless, sweaty nights or craving more covers.

And if there’s anything people with arthritis need, it’s a bed that will gently support all your joints so you’re not putting too much weight on one body part. The Tempur-Pedic material was also used to assist with controlling the impact intensity and pressure, which helps this mattress conform to your body in a way that will disperse your weight evenly throughout the bed.

Tempur pedic Mattress

Don’t Believe Us? Read the Reviews!

If research and facts aren’t enough, here are some reviews off Tempur-Pedic.com from current Tempur-Pedic Mattress owners that have felt that their Tempur bed gave relief to their bodies aches and pains.

“Has changed the way I recover as an elite athlete!!”

“Everyone needs a Tempur-Pedic mattress! As a Team USA figure skater, recovery is a HUGE part of my life. This includes proper amount of sleep. Before I was sleeping on a mattress that I had had since middle school. In the past year I had noticed that I was having trouble falling asleep, getting too hot while I slept, and waking up with a sore back or not feeling refreshed. As soon as I started sleeping on my Tempur-Pedic mattress I noticed that I had more energy in the morning, I didn’t feel as sluggish. This mattress adapts and conforms to my unique weight, shape, and temperature. It’s pretty amazing what a good quality mattress can do for your life!”

“Hands down a winner!”

“I had back surgery 8 years ago, the mattress supports me when I change position at night and my night pains are gone. Look, I always kept a pillow under my legs at night because by morning I was jumping in pain with spasms. now with adjusting the bed heights and raising the mattress by my legs no more spasms. In fact, my whole body is very relaxed the next morning and I like that. This mattress and adjustable frame is worth every penny spent giving me peace of mind to pay off this expense over time.”

Finding a bed that can help you get some relief when it comes to your arthritis and other pains doesn’t have to be hard, especially when there is evidence suggesting Tempur-Pedic beds have helped people in the past. Stop by our store to speak with a sales associate and give our Tempur-Pedics a test drive. You’ll soon get what everyone is talking about.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Top 5 Sleep Goals to Have For 2020

Top 5 Sleep Goals to Have For 2020

What’s on your New Year’s resolutions list? Is it eating healthier, or cutting down on screen time? Maybe you want to take more walks or learn how to juggle. Well, how about getting a better night’s sleep?

The new year is the time for improving your habits and setting goals, so don’t leave your sleep out of the equation! A good night’s rest is crucial for having the energy to achieve all your other goals, and adjusting your sleep habits. Strive for these five sleep goals in 2020 and you’ll be feeling more rested every morning, and have the energy to take on all the other feats you want to accomplish this year.

1. Get up at the same time every day

It can be tempting to doze the day away on your days off, but when Sunday night comes around again and you’re left tossing and turning all night, those sleepy afternoons just won’t seem worth it. Challenge yourself to get up at the same time every day, whether you have work or not. Waking and sleeping at the same time every day makes it much easier to fall asleep, and helps your body make the most of the sleep it’s getting. Those first few early morning weekends will be tough, but trust us, your body will thank you in the long run!

2. Say goodbye to screens

You might think you’re helping yourself relax and unwind when you spend an hour binge-watching “Friends” before laying down your head to sleep, but screen time can have a seriously negative effect on your sleep health.

Checking your phone, watching TV, or surfing the net within 30 minutes of going to bed can all make it harder to fall asleep, and lead to more disrupted sleep once you get there. This is because the blue light emitted by all these screens can suppress melatonin production and keep your mind active late into the night. So, ditch the laptops and cell phones and replace your fancy digital clock with a vintage analog one (yes, even the screen on your clock can harm your sleep). After a few weeks of keeping your bedroom a screen-free zone, you’ll be sleeping better than ever.

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3. Set a regular routine

Your brain is a creature of habit – even without being told, your mind will start to make connections when you repeat the same activities over and over. If you have trouble getting to sleep at a reasonable time, try setting up a routine that tells your body it’s time to sleep. Maybe that includes a few minutes of yoga or a glass of warm milk as you read a book – whatever you decide on, if you do it the same way, at the same time every night, your brain will start to get the message that it’s time to sleep.

Stop Drinking alcohol at night

4. Ditch the drinks

Alcohol and caffeine are definite no-nos before bedtime. The dangers of caffeine when you’re trying to sleep should be self-evident, but some people swear by their evening “night cap.” Alcohol before bed can reduce your time spent in deep (or REM) sleep. So you might be able to get to sleep faster, but you won’t be sleeping as deeply, and you’ll wake up feeling less rested than you would otherwise.

It’s a good idea to limit your intake of ANY fluids for about an hour or two before bedtime, and be sure to go to the bathroom before you get too comfortable in bed. If you’re getting up to use the toilet every other hour you’re just not going to feel as rested when morning comes around.

5. Get a new mattress

Good sleep starts with a solid foundation, and without a comfortable mattress that supports you just right, you can forget about a good night’s rest, no matter how many goals you set. The Better Sleep Bureau says your mattress should be replaced every five to seven years, so if your current mattress is becoming a little worse for wear, it might be time to invest in a comfy, new mattress that supports your sleep every night.

A good mattress should provide plenty of support for your neck and back, while making you feel like you’re floating on a cloud. There is no one “right” type of mattress, so come try them all out and see what works best for you. We have a great selection of every kind of mattress you can imagine, from king to twin, plush to firm, pillowtop to memory foam. The choice is yours! And when you invest in a great new mattress from our store, all your 2020 sleep goals will feel that much closer.

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Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Tips to Help Kids Sleep During the Hectic Holidays

Tips to Help Kids Sleep During the Hectic Holidays (2)

Holiday travel, hordes of people in and out of the house all day, irregular sleeping and waking times – these are all things that can throw anyone’s sleep schedule out of whack. But kids, who tend to need more sleep and have more trouble than adults getting it, can be especially affected.

Yes, the holidays are lots of fun, but the schedule shake-ups and change of scenery can make bedtime a real nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are plenty of ways to minimize stress and maximize sleep for your little ones no matter the time of year, so try these tips to keep your kids’ sleep on track during the hectic holiday season.

Stick to a Schedule

If you’re travelling to a new time zone for more than a day or two, it’s important to get kids adjusted to local time as soon as possible. If kids sleep in until noon and stay up until they feel sleepy, you’re going to be stuck wrestling restless little ones into bed long after midnight during your whole vacation. Nip it in the bud and get the kids used to the new schedule ASAP!

Even if you’re not travelling, it can be easy to fall into an “anything goes” kind of bedtime schedule with all the excitement of visitors and activities. Regardless of the holiday thrills each day has to offer, getting the kids to stick closely to their usual evening routine can help bedtime go much more smoothly.

Prepare Ahead of Time

On a related note, sticking to a schedule is often more easily said than done, so if you can, adjusting kids slowly during the week leading up to your big travel plans can be a big help. Putting them to bed 15 to 30 minutes earlier each night will reduce the shock to their system and help get them on track faster.

Bring Pieces of Home

Tips to Help Kids Sleep During the Hectic Holidays (2)

If your little one is sleeping in a strange bed, it can be helpful to bring along some things that remind them of home and put them at ease. Blankets, toys, or even a pillowcase that still smells like their bedroom can all make new surroundings not seem quite so scary. Whatever you bring, the comfier the better. Be sure to stop in to our store and pick up a comfy new pillow to help your little ones get cozy in their unfamiliar surroundings.

If the kids are still restless, a flashlight and some “anti-monster spray” (which can be made with a spray bottle, some water, and just about any fragrance you have on hand) can help ward off fears of creepy corners or dark closets.

Plan Relaxation Time

Your little one might not be able to drop off to sleep right after being plopped into bed during this exciting time of year. New faces, tasty food, and the promise of new games, toys, and gifts can keep kids from simmering down for a long time, so you may need to add in some extra time for kids to relax and unwind before lights out. Reading a favourite book together or listening to soothing music can help put your little one in the right state of mind for bed.

By following these basic tips, you can minimize the evening struggle of getting your little ones to sleep, and make sure you get enough sleep to take on the holidays, too! If you’ve followed all these tips and your little one is still struggling to sleep, even in their own room, it may be time to upgrade their bed. Uncomfortable beds can cause fussiness and poor sleep quality in kids as well as adults – so check out all the incredible Beautyrest mattresses, pillows, and more that we have to offer in-store. Your bedtime routine will thank us!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Why Consistency is Important to Your Daily Sleep Routine

Why Consistency is Important to Your Daily Sleep Routine

Consistency is key. Don’t we hear that all the time when we’re trying to improve our habits? New diets, new hobbies, dragging yourself onto the treadmill every day even if you would rather work double overtime than exercise – staying consistent, they say, is always the most important part to building good habits. So why don’t we take that same advice to heart when it comes to the most important part of our daily routine: bedtime?

If you wake up feeling like a zombie every morning, or struggle for hours before slipping into the sweet embrace of sleep, it might be time to freshen up your sleep hygiene with a secret ingredient we like to call “consistency.” Let’s break down why consistent sleep patterns are so important, and what you can do to get your bedtime routine back on track.

Why We Need It

Our bodies crave consistency. It’s the reason why your stomach starts grumbling every day at around 11:59, and why we spend the rest of the day feeling out of whack when we skip our morning coffee and newspaper.

Routine helps us function more efficiently, and without those external cues, our bodies struggle to sync up with our intentions. Having a consistent daily routine lets your body know what to get ready for, and how to do what it needs to do even better.

When it comes to sleep schedules, everyone’s body clock is different, so there’s no hard-and-fast rule about when to eat or sleep or get up in the morning. What’s important is listening to your own internal rhythm when setting your sleep routine, and making a commitment not to let the stresses and concerns of the day get in the way of a restful night.

What It Does for Us

Do Monday mornings feel like the night of the living dead? Do you find yourself dozing at your desk more often than not? Yeah, those are all signs your sleep schedule is way off track. A consistent sleep schedule can be the difference between a productive day at work and a total wash, between making the most of your day off or dozing the daylight away. If you’re sleeping in three or four hours later on weekends than you do on weekdays, you’re going to spend your days off groggy and delirious, and your days on in a stupor.

A consistent sleep schedule can even affect your mood. Studies show that sleeping poorly can elevate stress and even lead to mood disorders like anxiety and depression. So, don’t settle for a chaotic sleep schedule! Not only will you feel better day-to-day if you change things up, it can actually make you happier in the long run.

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How to Get It

So, now that you get just how important a consistent sleep schedule is, how can you achieve it?

Well, it starts with commitment. Set an alarm, mark it in your calendar, heck, even write it on your forehead if you have to! Decide on set times for going to bed and waking up and stick to it, no matter the day of the week. And no, the fact that the show you’re binging just ended on the biggest cliffhanger ever isn’t an excuse to put off bedtime.

Good habits are another key to a healthy sleep schedule. The bed is not the place for stressful activities like work, balancing your checkbook, and managing your monthly calendar. Keep that far away from your mattress, and out of the bedroom altogether if possible! You want to keep your bed mentally associated with nothing but rest and relaxation.

Finally, like we said, routine is super important for establishing better sleep, so come up with a nighttime ritual that works for you. Maybe it’s having a cup of tea before bed (just remember to stay away from caffeine) or maybe it’s reading your favourite book for 15 minutes. Whatever your ritual is, keeping it consistent is the best way to make those relaxing associations stick in your mind.

It can be a long journey to creating a consistent sleep routine, but when you’re waking up every morning upbeat, energized, and ready to seize the day, it’ll all be worth it! Of course, falling asleep and staying asleep consistently can be nearly impossible without a good mattress, no matter how carefully you’ve planned your new routine. If you’re still struggling to get a good night’s sleep, it might be time to upgrade your bed. Stop by our store today to check out our selection of Beautyrest mattresses and ask our sleep experts how to revolutionize your rest!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

How to Pick the Perfect Sheets

How to Pick the Perfect Sheets

A good set of sheets can make a big difference at bedtime. When you slip into a bed made up with sheets that are just the right weight, weave, and texture, you can’t help melting right into dreamland! But finding that perfect set can be harder than it seems.

Well, you don’t have to be Goldilocks to find those sheets that feel just right — if you start your sheet shopping journey armed with the right knowledge, that is. To help you on your path toward a better night’s sleep, we’ve put together this list of everything you’ll want to keep in mind to pick the perfect sheets.

Thread Count

Thread count is often thought of as the ultimate measure of sheet comfiness, but it might not be as important as we once thought. Thread count typically ranges between 100 and 800 threads in a square inch of fabric, with some luxury brands advertising thread counts of over 1000 — but in reality, it’s almost impossible to reach a thread count higher than 400 without cutting corners. Sheets with a thread count above 400 achieve this by wrapping threads around each other before the weaving process, which has little effect on the comfort and quality of the fabric.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider thread count at all though — the difference in touch between 100 and 400 thread count can be significant. If you want to max out your nightly coziness, you’ll want to get a thread count of at least 200. Anything below that and you’ll definitely feel some scratchy edges.

Weave Method

This may be a new idea for the average sheet shopper, but there are actually two different weave methods that can drastically change the look and feel of your sheets. Sheets of almost any fabric and thread count can be woven using one of two methods: percale and sateen.

Percale uses a tighter weave pattern to create a crisp, matte finish. Your favourite work shirt and light, cotton sheets probably use this weave. Percale sheets are light, breathable, and perfect for warm weather.

Sateen sheets have a silky-smooth finish and are a bit heavier, making them the perfect thing to curl up in during winter. They’re prized for their luxurious lustre and elegant look on any bed.

Neither of these options is objectively better than the other. Depending on the weather and your own personal preference, either weave can make an incredibly comfy bed sheet option, but you’ll definitely want to make a note of which type your favourites are as you shop.

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Fabric Type

Not all weaves and thread counts are created equal! The type and quality of the fabric your sheets are made of will majorly change the look and feel of them, so be sure to get a fabric that suits your needs.

Cotton

Even within the cotton-sheet family, there are big differences between the different types of cloth. If you’re looking for peak luxury, seek out sheets made of 100 percent Egyptian cotton. But if you’re more interested in bargain hunting, common cotton and cotton blends provide much of the comfort and breathability of cotton at a fraction of the price. No matter the type, cotton is always a great choice for its reliability, affordability, and easy washability.

Linen

The ultimate summer sheet! Not only is linen light and breathable, it’s also great at wicking away moisture in warm and cool weather. It does tend to have lower thread counts though, so it can be a bit scratchy before being worn in, but once it is, linen sheets are as light and comfortable as a summer breeze.

Flannel

For winter warmth, you can’t get cozier than flannel sheets. These sheets are fairly heavy and super soft, so you can curl up feeling safe and sound all winter long. They’re easy to wash too, although they should be dried at the lowest setting to prevent pilling.

Jersey

These knit, cotton blend sheets feel as cozy and easy to slip into as your favourite t-shirt. Unfortunately, that means they’re as susceptible to stretching and holes as a t-shirt too. But they’re another great option for winter (though not as warm as flannel) and for year-round comfort on a budget.

Silk

Naturally hypoallergenic and incredibly soft to the touch, silk is perhaps the most luxurious sheet option on the market. It can even help prevent bedhead, since the fabric doesn’t catch easily on skin or hair. This super comfy fabric isn’t measured by thread count either, but instead by weight in “mommes.” So if you’re dedicated to the ultimate sleeping experience, you’re going to want silk sheets of at least 19-mommes.

Bamboo

Bamboo or rayon sheets are nearly as smooth as silk and even more durable. They’re moisture wicking, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, cozy in winter and breathable in summer … is there anything these sheets can’t do? Well, taking it easy on your wallet is one thing they’re not so good at. Bamboo sheets can be a bit pricey and difficult to properly care for, but if you’re willing to put in the work for them, they’ll last you many comfortable nights!

When you sleep on a set of sheets that feels like they were made just for you, you’ll be snoozing better than ever. So start your journey to better sleep today! And if new sheets aren’t cutting it, you might need a new mattress to go with them. Come by our store to check out our selection of Sealy mattresses and ask one of our expert associates for help picking the perfect one for you.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert