Memorial Day Mattress Sales

Memorial Day Weekend is one of the biggest sales events of the year in most retail stores.  Besides Black Friday, it could be the most universally used time of the year for stores to heavily discount their prices to get customers in the door.

Furniture stores and mattress retailers will drop the price to one of the lowest levels of the year on Memorial Day Weekend.  Your newspaper is probably full of those tacky ads with an American flag built into the layout advertising “The lowest prices of the year.”

This is the best time of the year to get the cheapest mattress, but you should still do some homework on the products before you make any purchases.  Make sure wherever you buy your mattress offers a sleep trial if you need to buy something quickly for whatever reason. If you find out the mattress isn’t the one you wanted or it doesn’t give you the best rest possible, you would be able to trade it in for a full refund or an exchange.

Sometimes mattress retailers will try to offload their inferior products on Memorial Day to try and make a sale.  If you have a smart phone on you, you can quickly look up a particular bed by the model number to find customer reviews of the mattresses.  Don’t settle for anything less than you need to.

You’ll also be able to find a lot of discount mattresses online, not just in retail stores.  All of the major brands like Sealy, Sleepys and Tempurpedic along with smaller companies have sales going on for the holiday weekend.  From my experience, you will usually find more discounts and cheaper prices from smaller companies.   Do a Better Business Borough check on the smaller companies to make sure they have a reliable product.  Also make sure they have the 30, 60 or 90 day sleep trial as well.

Compare Memory Foam Mattresses

Not all memory foam mattresses are created equal.  There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing your mattress including density, topper, material and upholstery.

You’ll also have to compare memory foam mattress companies.  Some companies are more respected than others, some are way overpriced and some offer exceptional products and customer service.

Different Brands

There is a growing number of brands of memory foam mattresses.  With these products becoming more popular and more affordable, you are getting more options.

The major brands all have great products, but usually are not worth the price.  You’ll see when visiting most websites that the mattresses on their sites are compared to the major brands models, like Tempurpedics models.  The mattresses are usually made of similar materials and have the same density as those they are being compared to.

When choosing a brand you should do research from the BBB and compare their prices with the leading brands.  You’ll usually get a huge discount for an equal quality product.

Density

You should head into a mattress store to actually feel what different density means.  You can explain it on and on through words, but it is something you will have to feel yourself to know what you prefer individually.

Once you have decided on the density that works for you, then you can start comparing mattresses of the same density.  There are usually two layers of density with the higher number being the core of the mattress and the other being the topper.

The topper will be much less dense to give you immediate cushioning and provide softness to the bed, while the core will be much more dense and be what supports you when you are laying in bed all night.  Higher density mattresses are generally better for heavier individuals and those with joint pains.

Green Mattresses

This is a matter of preference.  You can choose green memory foam mattress now that are made of eco-friendly materials like soy.  These mattresses will be better for your own health and won’t take up a mattress sized space in a landfill forever when you are done with it.

Comparing Prices of Mattresses

Once you have found a list of the best mattress companies and decided on your density, you can now start to compare the price of memory foam mattresses.  This is the easy part.  Pull up all of the websites for the companies that you decided you liked.

Get to the pages with the mattresses you like and then compare the prices.  Some of these companies are negotiable, so call up and see if they can give you a discount.

Luxury Mattresses

You will spend at least one third of your life in bed.  On average, we spend about 217,000 hours sleeping and 9,100 hours sitting in a car.  Why is it that we will spend over $50,000 on a luxury vehicle and try to spend less than $1,000 on a mattress when we are in bed 24 times longer than we are in a car for?

Luxury mattresses are created for several reasons.  They are for show on occasion, health reasons and better sleep, but most often for the supreme comfort.

What Makes a Mattress a Luxury Mattress?

There are different levels of what makes a luxury mattress.  Lower end luxury mattresses are simply memory foam or latex mattresses.  These are premium beds compared to the vast majority of old fashioned inner spring/coil mattresses.

As you move up the luxury ladder, you will find some unique properties of these beds.  Some of them are green mattresses made completely organic.  Some incorporate massagers into the mattress itself.  Sometimes it is the actual upholstery that makes a mattress luxurious as certain materials like bamboo fibers do.

Luxury Mattress Companies

Again, depending on the level of luxury you are looking at, there are different levels that companies go into. Tempurpedic is probably the most popular luxury mattress company that sells memory foam mattresses only.  Sealy, Stearns & Foster, Kluft and Select Foam carry luxury mattresses as well, usually for a better deal than Tempurpedic.  But, the pinacle of all luxury mattresses would have to be a company called Hastens.

Luxury Mattress Pricing

You can get a regular mattress for under $200 if you go to a Walmart or Ikea.  If you want a luxury mattress, expect to pay at least $2,000 for the entry level variety.  These will be memory foam or latex mattresses with a good firmness and soft material for the upholstery.  The prices will go up from there when you get into serious luxury mattresses.

Most Expensive Mattress

Hastens makes the most expensive mattress.  It is nearly impossible to explain the comfort of this bed. To really understand its price tag, you have to lay down in it yourself.  Hastens is a Swedish company, and something Swedes are known for is their craftsmanship when it comes to handmade products.  Hastens mattresses are all handmade and personalized.  Their most expensive mattress is the Hästens Vividus, which costs a whopping $60,000.

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Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

Sometimes, we cannot control the way that we fall asleep.  Most people have their own position that they fall asleep in and they will stay like that until they wake up.  Whether it is the most comfortable position or not, there is a habit that most people form where they sleep in a certain position every night.

If you are a side sleeper, then you are part of the majority.  63% of Americans are also side sleepers.  Is this the best sleeping position?  There really is “best” position, universally.  The best sleeping position is the one that gets you, personally, to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Side Sleepers Pros and Cons

There are actually certain benefits and downfalls of each sleeping position.  Some people will sleep on their backs, some on their stomachs and then you have the side sleepers.

Benefits of Sleeping on your Side

Sleeping on your side, in the fetal position with a pillow between your legs is said to help take some stress off of your back.  There is also a lower percentage of people with sleep apnea who are side sleepers since your airway is more open when you sleep in this position.

Side sleeping is also known to prevent heartburn and is even the recommended sleeping position for pregnant women.

Cons of Side Sleeping

There really are no cons.  So long as you keep your head raised in such a way that your neck and spine are in alignment, you have nothing to worry about as a side sleeper.

Mattress-for-Lower-Back-PainSide Sleeper Mattresses

If you are a side sleeper, you should definitely replace your old bed if it is sagging in the middle.  Beds with sagging centers or curves down them make it more difficult for side sleepers to get to sleep and stay out all night.  This is because it messes with the curvature of your spine which is both uncomfortable and unhealthy.

Latex foam mattresses and memory foam mattresses are usually the best mattresses for side sleepers.  Coil mattresses don’t allow your body to straighten out in your sleep, which can leave your spine out of alignment.  Memory foam and latex mattresses naturally cradle your body and pressure points to keep your spine straight and aligned while you slumber.

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The Pros and Cons of Sleeping on Your Side, Back, and Stomach

Side sleeper? Back sleeper? Stomach sleeper? How you sleep may hold clues to how well you sleep.

Twin Bed Mattresses

There are eight different standard sized mattresses that you can buy online or in a mattress store.  There are 2 variations of a twin size, 2 full sizes, a queen, a California king and 2 other variations of the King size.

The twin bed mattresses are the smallest of all standard mattress sizes.  The smaller sizes are really meant for small children and babies.  The smaller sizes are crib mattresses and the European small single and European extra small single.

Twin Bed Mattress Size

American mattress sizes - Source WikipediaTwin sizes are generally only used in the United States and Canada.  There are different names for mattresses of a similar size outside of North America known as “single”, which come in several sizes.

A twin sized mattress is the smallest sizes made for standard bed frames.  They are just as long as full size mattresses, but not quite as wide.  The Twin XL is longer than the full, but just as wide as a twin.  This is generally for people who outgrow a twin but don’t share or need a lot of extra space in their bed.

Twin and Single Mattress sizing:

  • Twin - 39 in × 75 in (99 cm × 191 cm)
  • Twin XL - 54 in × 75 in (137 cm × 191 cm)
  • Super Single - 48 in × 84 in (122 cm × 213 cm)
  • Small Single - 30″ by 72″ (about 75 cm × 180 cm)
  • Standard single – 36″ × 75″, also sold as 90 cm × 190 cm

Twin Size Mattress Name Origin

Twin size is an interesting phrase to name a mattress.  Full makes sense.  King and queen have their obvious meanings in terms of levels.

Twin sizes are actually named because they used to primarily be sold in pairs.  Married couples used to be a bit more traditional, sleeping in separate beds instead of sharing a large one.  The beds were sold as a pair, or a twin set.

Twin Beds Mattresses

This is the most commonly bought bed size for a child’s first bed. It fits great in a smaller room that a child would occupy  it is cost efficient and it will take years before they need to upgrade to a larger size bed.

mattress_doubledOther uses for twin size beds would be guest bedrooms and doubling up.  Since these are such cheap mattresses, it is easier to put them into a guest room and not think twice about it.  Another use would be to put the mattresses together side by side.

If you were to take 2 twin XL mattresses and lay them side by side, you would have a king size mattress.  Some couples will decide this is a great option when the husband and wife each prefer a different hardness or firmness of the mattress. They can each have their own softness or firmness on their own size while technically sharing a bed together.

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