4 Item(s)

per page

5 Tips for Better Sleep Routines

Saturday, October 20, 2018 12:48:40 PM America/Vancouver

5 Tips for Better Sleep Routines

Read More
Comments | Posted in Sleep Tips By Tom Starkey

How to compare mattresses

Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:04:33 AM America/Vancouver

How to compare mattresses

With so many brands, and so many mattress options, where do you start?

It can be confusing and challenging to find the right mattress. With so many options, it makes it a daunting task to compare mattresses and make a decision on which is best. Everyone is different, so there is no ONE right mattress for everyone. Comfort is very subjective, and testing the mattress in-store is usually the best way to make that final decision on whether or not it will be comfortable and supportive when you get it home. 

How do you narrow it down?

 

When comparing mattresses, it's best to compare like models as closely as possible.  There are many design features and material differences that can play a role.  Let's start with the most significant differences. 

 

Mattress Support Type

There are 7 basic mattress types.  Innerspring, Hybrid, Memory Foam, Latex, Tempur-Pedic, Air, and Water.  For the most part, waterbeds are no longer manufactured, and there is no longer a demand for them. So lets focus on the other 6 main mattress types. It would be unfair to compare a memory foam mattress to an air mattress because they are a different type of mattress, so it would not be an apples-to-apples comparison. There are many factors in the quality and durability of the support type.

Innerspring mattresses -  both the thickness of spring gauge and the number of innerspring coils makes a difference in how long it will last.

Hybrid mattresses - the number of coils and the density of the foam above the coils makes a difference in comfort and durability.

Memory Foam mattresses - the density of foam and how much of the mattress is memory foam vs. polyeurethane foam makes a difference in how supportive and durable the mattress will be. 

Latex Mattresses - are one of the longest lasting foams made today, however the type (Talalay Latex vs. Dunlop Latex) the ILD factor (firmness of the foam) and the way the mattress is layered all play a roll in comfort and durability.  

Tempur-Pedic mattresses

 

Comments | Posted in Sleep Tips By Tom Starkey

When should you replace a mattress?

Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:21:16 PM America/Vancouver

When should you replace your mattress?

 When should you replace your mattress

You might be wondering when is the right time to replace a mattress, why you should replace your bed or how long should you keep a mattress for?  There are several reasons you should replace your mattress, and continuing to use an old worn out mattress could actually be causing you more harm than good.

 

Body Impressions

Some body impression in a mattress is actually a good thing as it means your mattress is forming better to the curves of your body and it is providing better support, however body impressions that exceed 1.5 inches usually means you have lost the support the mattress once had and you could benefit from a new mattress. If you feel like you are climbing out of a hole or rolling into one, then it may be time for a new bed.

 

Back Pain

One major indicator of a mattress that is not providing good support is back pain. More specifically middle and low back pain that is worse throughout the night and in the morning tends to be related to a lack of support from your mattress. It tends to get worse as time goes on, and if unresolved can actually create serious spinal issues. The more you can keep your spine in its natural shape, typically the less back pain you will have. When your muscles are working throughout the night to keep your back in its natural spinal position, the more tired those muscles will feel in the morning.

 

Waking Up At Night

Although waking up at night may be normal on occasion due to using the bathroom or because of loud noises, doing so for comfort reasons is usually means that your mattress is not as comfortable as it once was. Each time you wake up at night you are coming out of the deeper stages of sleep which are vital to a good nights rest.

 

Tossing and Turning

If you find that you are tossing and turning a lot at night, it may mean that your mattress is not very comfortable. Although temperature and sleep partners can effect sleep, the comfort and support of the mattress is the number one aspect that effects overall comfort. On an old worn out mattress, the average sleeper changes sleep positions about 66 times per night, and on a new comfortable mattress that average drops to 34 times per night. Less tossing and turning means you will stay in the deeper stages of sleep longer and get a better quality of sleep.

 

Better Sleep Elsewhere

Often people who experience better sleep elsewhere when on vacation or staying at a friends house versus their own bed at home realize how bad their own mattress is and that they need a new mattress. We tend to get used to things and don’t know any different until we experience a different option.

 

Needs Change

Most people’s needs in a mattress will change over time. You may need to change your mattress if your body changes, because the comfort and support of a mattress is very dependent upon each person’s unique body shape and sleeping positions. For example, if you gained weight or if you sleep on your side you may need a softer mattress to conform more to your body and reduct pressure points, whereas if you have lost weight or now sleep more on your back or stomach then you may need a firmer mattress. Or perhaps your sleep partner has changed and it’s time to get a sleeping surface that is right for both of you. It’s important to evaluate your comfort and change your mattress based upon your comfort and support.

 

 

The average life of a mattress is 7-8 years. Mattresses tend to wear out on a sliding scale. Depending on the brand and quality, they can be good for the first several years then decrease by a percentage each year thereafter. Rarely does a spring ever popout telling you that it is done and needs to be replaced. Usually people keep their mattress much longer than they should and tend to rationalize their decision by “trying to get their moneys worth” or because of the fear of making a mistake when in reality they are going to continue to suffer from the effects of poor comfort and the lack of support.  Some folks don’t realize how bad their mattress is until they go on vacation or sleep somewhere else and experience better sleep. Regardless of how old your mattress is, if it is no longer comfortable then you should replace it. 

1 Comments | Posted in Sleep Tips By Quality Sleep

Co-Sleeping Risks And Fears

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:05:45 PM America/Vancouver

 

Co-Sleeping, is it safe?

Co-Sleeping Risks And Fears

As a father of four children, I myself questioned whether or not co-sleeping is safe, and eventually after reading several articles online and discussing it with my wife, we determined that although we both prefer not to co-sleep whenever possible for multiple reasons, that we would allow it on occasion.

My children range from 9 years of age, down to 18 months old. And it's rare that we have one of them in our bed anymore, sometimes when they are sick or scared, however when they were under 9 months of age, including as newborns, we occasionally allowed it. As new parents, when we were up every 2-4 hours with feeding and diaper changes, there were times when we barely had the energy to get up out of bed to go get the baby, and it was definitely easier for my wife to roll over and feed our babies than for either of us to go across the room. I know it sound silly, but if you are a dead tired new parent, I think you know exactly what I am talking about.  Fortunately, our bedroom is big enough that we kept a bassinet in our room, and most of the time I was coherent enough to put our baby back into the bassinet just to get up 2 hours later and do it again. 

My initial reaction to the idea was "No Way" because I was afraid that one of us would roll over and smother our child. We determined that the safest place for him or her would be in the middle of the bed. That way they wouldn't roll out of the bed. Of course infants don't roll over for several months, so it wouldn't really be a concern right away. We have a king size bed, so there is extra space in the middle, and that made me feel better that I wouldn't risk rolling over. I tend to stay on my side of the bed. We read that infants need to be on a firm mattress so that they don't accidentally roll over and not be able to breathe, and our bed is pretty firm, so check on that one. I found that I was actually hyper conscious of my child being in the bed, and because of that I realized that I stayed in one position for the majority of the night. Your body naturally moves, and preventing that natural movement can be cause for poorer sleep quality, which can be one of the negative effects of co-sleeping. I slept better when my kids were in the basinet rather than in the bed, and if you're only getting a couple hours at a time, it's important that it be a good couple hour. Generally people sleep better when their sleep is uninterrupted, and that includes by others in the bed. 

There are several basinets that are designed to be pushed up next to the bed, which can make getting the baby for night time feedings much easier, however rotating your body then picking up the child usually uses only the back muscles, which is not recommended and makes it easier to strain a muscle during the movement. I found that swaddling my babies made all the difference in their sleep quality during the first 2 months of their lives, and I got pretty proficient at doing the super swaddle. I don't like to brag, but I think I could teach a class on the benefits of swaddling and how to do it effectively. Anyway, I hope this information has been helpful. Personally I value my quality of sleep, which is why we try to keep kids out of our bed whenever possible. As they got older, usually around 3 years of age, we begin to enforce a house rule that if they don't stay in their own bed until 6:30 am that they do not get any screen time that day. It has been effective at curbing their desire to co-sleep with mommy and daddy, and helping to restore our sleep sanity with our busy lives of four children and a business.

 

It's really up to each parent. We do not recommend one form of sleeping over another (i.e. separate sleeping vs. co-sleeping) and it's important that both parents agree and are comfortable with co-sleeping and follow suggested guidelines to minimize the risks. It's not recommended to co-sleep while using sleeping pills, sedatives, alcohol, or any other substance that could impure the ability to wake from sleep easily.

If you enjoyed this information, subscribe to our RSS feed, or bookmark the page and come back to our blog for more sleep tips. 

 

 

Here is another great article on co-sleeping:  

myths-and-truths-about-co-sleeping

 

Some great information in this article as well:

 

The Pros and Cons of Co-Sleeping

 

 

A great quote from Mother Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory:

"Aside from never letting an infant sleep outside the presence of a committed adult, i.e. separate-surface cosleeping which is safe for all infants, I do not recommend to any parents any particular type of sleeping arrangement since I do not know the circumstances within which particular parents live. What I do recommend is to consider all of the possible choices and to become as informed as is possible matching what you learn with what you think can work the best for you and your family."

Comments | Posted in Sleep Tips By Tom Starkey

4 Item(s)

per page