After securing your Saatva mattress(or any mattress), you want to make sure to keep it in the best condition possible! We have provided eight mattress care tips & performance guidelines to help you prolong the life of your ultra-premium, luxury mattress:
- A mattress can never be the absolute cure to a severe back issue. Ultra premium mattresses such as ours, will mold and contour to your body shape and sleeping positions while relaxing pressure points more commonly felt on less expensive beds.
- As in all ultra premium luxury mattresses there will be some level of natural impressions as the bed acclimates to your specific body shape and sleeping positions. Ultra premium mattresses have far more cushioning then less expensive promotional beds and will naturally settle into their final positions that have adapted to your body. The extra cushioning along with our specially engineered ‘coil on coil’ construction is what allows for maximum performance and healthy/balanced support.
- If you are sleeping on a King or Queen mattress, your bed frame must have a center leg support.
- Although not vital, we do recommend that you rotate your mattress once a year for balance and long term sustainability. This process should start with an initial rotation after the first six months.
- If your mattress should become soiled we recommend a small amount of antibacterial soap and a warm damp sponge for cleaning. Never saturate.
- If you are choosing to use a mattress pad, we recommend no specific brand for your new bed. We do strongly recommend an ‘all cotton’ mattress pad that breathes, with a minimal amount of padding, as our mattresses are designed with the proper amount of cushioning. Additionally, Saatva beds have 2 coil units and are covered in an organic cotton cover that breathes so you would not want disrupt or stifle the beds air flow with any type of synthetic in your cover.
- Each Saatva bed is handcrafted with multiple components that result in a mattress that is heavier than most. We always recommend that two people rotate the bed when the time comes.
- Saatva mattresses are designed to last 10 to 15 years with normal usage.
For more mattress care tips, check out housecleaningcentral.com
In an earlier blog post we covered how sleeping positions can reflect on our personalities and health but did you know that how we lie down can also affect how well we sleep?
Which sleeping position is best for you?
Sleep is important for all adults but nearly 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. Women actually have a harder time getting to sleep than men due to a higher range in hormonal changes throughout their life. According to a Sleep in America poll by National Sleep Foundation, women are more prone to sleep disorders such as insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and more.
But there’s hope for better sleep! Ladies, by changing your sleeping positions related to your specific health problems, you can start getting better sleep tonight! Read on for some great advice that Women’s Health provided:
Dealing with heartburn? You should lie on your left side! By resting on your left side you put less pressure on your esophageal sphincter(your food passes through this to your stomach. When it’s irritated, stomach acid can travel back up!) If you suffer from heartburn on a daily basis, you might want to check out these other tips that WebMD suggests.
Best Sleep Position for Heartburn
Spinal issues are a huge problem for women! So, if you have back pain then sleep on your side with your legs supported! It’s best to try to keep your spine in a neutral position: lie on your side and make sure you keep a slight bend in your knees. It also might help putting a pillow or two between your knees that keeps your legs hip-width length apart.
Keep having issues falling asleep because of sinus problems? You should lie on your side, propped up! Don’t lie on your back because your mouth will most likely open and in turn, everything will dry out…making breathing even more difficult. Try adding an extra pillow to help with drainage throughout the night.
Best Sleeping Position for Sinus Problems
Can’t seem to get rid of that shoulder pain? Try lying on your side in a “hugging” position! Avoid placing your hand under your head and sleep on the side opposite of the shoulder pain. Also, slightly bend your legs and then hug a pillow in front of you with both arms. If both of your shoulders are aching then lie on your back with both arms at your side.
Suffering from the monthly PMS? Avoid curling in the fetal position and instead sleep on your back! Put a pillow under your knees and keep your arms relaxed at your sides. If you are still sore, try placing another pillow under your knees to help add extra support for your lower body.
Best Sleeping Position for when you’re suffering from PMS
If your fall in the 15% category of women, your hips will hurt at one point or another. When or if they do, you should most definitely lie on your back! Avoid sleeping on your injured side because it put even more pressure on your hips! Lying on your back gives your hips a break and an extra pillow under your knees can add more support.
For more healthy sleeping positions for women, check out the full Women’s Health article! If none of these sleeping positions are relieving your pain, you can try out one of our Saatva Luxury Mattresses with our 30 day in-home trial! Our “Spinal Zone” sleep technology(located in the center third of our mattresses) helps reduce back pain and stiffness!
Our Saatva Luxury Mattress company is unique and diverse…kind of like our awesome customers! Today, we’re lucky to call Jeannie from Illinois as one of our very valued customers and also featured mattress reviewer of the week. We love her creativity and the fun twist that she added in her review of our Luxury Firm mattress model. We also love that her adorable greyhound Mugsy can’t seem to keep his paws off our mattress. We’re glad to cater to all types of sleepers, whether they have paws or not, and Jeannie and Mugsy are certainly no exception!
Click to read the full review & more Saatva reviews on whatsthebest-mattress.com
In case you were wondering what her precious pet Mugsy looks like, don’t worry! Here’s the Saatva Mattress lover:
Mugsy enjoying our Saatva Luxury Firm Mattress!
To reiterate what Jeannie said, don’t be afraid to try out one of our mattresses! Even though we sell our luxury mattresses online-only, we offer the friendliest 30-day home trial in the entire mattress market! And since we’re eco-friendly too, your pets(like Mugsy here) can safely sleep on our mattresses free from any chemicals.
Approximately 20% of Americans report getting less than 6 hours of sleep on average! The Winter season can also make it especially difficult for people to fall asleep. Layering under a huge pile of blankets might seem like the ideal situation to combat the cold Winter season but experts recommend other sleep tips for the upcoming cold months. Instead of letting the cold weather consume precious sleep hours, you should keep some of these sleep tips (recommended in an Huffington Post article) in mind:
- Lower the Heat: It may seem like a good idea to turn your thermostat up to stay warm but it can actually negatively affect your sleep. Instead of trying to turn your house into a sauna, keep the thermostat between 68 to 72 degrees for the optimal sleep environment.
- Warm Up: Just like having your house too hot can negatively impact your sleep, so can having the temperature too cool. Your body adjusts to the room temperature so it’s a good idea to find the ideal temperature for sleep. Try layering your bed with a few light blankets so you can remove or add more as you fall asleep.
- Get More Light: During the Winter months the days are usually darker and this can impact your sleep in a tremendous manner. Sunlight helps us to stay “alert and vigilant.” In order to get more sunlight during Winter, you should try going outside in the morning. Perhaps drink your coffee on your porch or just go for a light walk.
- Eat a Light Dinner: At the end of long, cold work day a heavy dinner sounds like a great idea but all that food can make it harder for you to go to sleep. When you eat a heavy meal, your body has to work extra hard to digest it at night. It’s best to eat a light dinner and finish it at least 4 to 5 hours before you head off to sleep.
- Keep Exercising: It’s easy to let your healthy habits fall to the wayside during Winter but keeping up with exercising can actually increase deeper sleep! Even if you’re feeling a little tired or lacking some energy, try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a brisk walk. It’ll do wonders for your overall sleep!
- Don’t Oversleep on the Weekends: Sleeping in on cold, dreary Winter weekend mornings is often tempting but all that sleep can make it difficult to get back on track for the work week. It’s best to try to stick to your wake and sleep patterns throughout the week and only alter them by an hour or so.
- Use a Humidifier: The dry, cold air during the Winter season can really take a toll on your breathing and steal much needed moisture from your nose. This lack of moisture can dry out your nose and actually lead to one of the most common sleeping problems: snoring. Adding a little humidifier in your bedroom can help keep the air moist throughout the night and also create a little white noise that can help you sleep better!
- Keep Your Nasal Airways Open: Between all the seasonal colds and flus circulating during Winter, your nose is most likely to be affected. Trying to deal with a stuffed nose can make sleep pretty much unbearable! Some good ways to keep the nasal passageways open before bedtime include using a humidifier, trying out a nose passage-opening product, or keeping your head elevated.
For some year-round sleeping tips, check out one of our previous blog posts about some of the top 10 things stealing your sleep!
Shopping around for the best mattress is a difficult task for many, especially because there are no real standard terms to describe the different mattress comfort levels. For example, terms such as “ultra-plush” and “cushion-firm” can mean entirely different things depending on the manufacturer.
Instead of relying on mattress salespeople to relay all the information about their mattresses, here are some of the top mattress buying tips that Spine-Health and the Better Sleep Council suggest:
- Research Before Shopping: You wouldn’t just walk into a car dealership and buy a car that you knew nothing about, right? No, you would find out about the certain features, gas mileage, cost, etc. The same goes for mattress shopping. Do some online researching and check out independent customer reviews. Two good resources to check out(that don’t sell mattresses) are Sleep Health Center and Better Sleep.
- Speak With Your Doctor: If you have serious back pain or any other health conditions that impede your sleeping, consult with your doctor. Although they are not sleep experts, they can offer good advice based on their knowledge of your personal conditions.
- Consider Different Comfort Levels: Several people assume that a firm mattress will alleviate all back problems but that’s not necessarily true. Research has actually shown that a medium-firm mattress is the best mattress for people who suffer from low back pain.
- Determine Your Budget And Needs: Do you really need a $2500 adjustable mattress? Review your budget and read reviews about the specific mattress you’re interested in. Do you tend to sleep better on your friend’s guest mattress? Take note and ask them what type of mattress they have and then start looking for similar mattresses.
- Compare Before Buying: The four most common types of mattresses are innerspring, memory foam, latex, and air mattresses. Once you know which one you prefer, check out objective comparisons of similar mattress models online and narrow down which type is suitable for your specific sleep needs.
- Ask About Money-Back Guarantees: If you aren’t completely sure about a mattress you’re interested in, make sure they offer at least a 30-day trial. Also, make sure what they tell you about their trial lines up with what they put on their mattress site. Take your time to comb through the fine details before having the mattress delivered. You could save yourself some expensive fees!
Another great thing to keep in mind when shopping for a new mattress is the E.A.S.E. method that the Better Sleep Council has developed:
Keep these mattress tips in mind the next time you’re searching for a new bed and you’ll be on your way to a new mattress and great sleep in no time! In the meantime, check out our luxury mattresses and request a brochure today to see how they compare to some of the best mattresses out there!
We’re glad to showcase Mary G. from Sandy Hook, CT as our mattress reviewer of the week! It’s unfortunate that she had to go through five mattresses before finding our Saatva luxury firm mattress, but we’re happy that she can now go to sleep within a few minutes and rest comfortably throughout the night.
As Mary mentioned, we truly care about our customers! We’d liked to say that our company is customer-centric and we treat all of our customers with the utmost respect. Whether it be from helping you find the perfect foundation height to the right comfort level, we’re here for you! Rest assured, we will continue bending over backwards to bring you the best mattress value in the ultra premium classification, along with an easy and enjoyable buying experience.
Click to read more reviews on goodbed.com
Make sure to contact us today to find out more about our Saatva Luxury Mattresses!
Although it’s still Fall season, it’s not too early to start planning out the perfect Winter bedroom. Bring some warmth to your bedroom with some of these tips & tricks we’ve compiled from Better Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home Garden, and Home Life:
- Layering your bed with blankets and cushions is a great way to add warmth – black, grey and charcoal work well in neutral schemes.
- Fill vases or very large, clear pots with twigs or branches. If you leave them plain, make sure their bark is very light brown to white, otherwise paint them white.
- Change the setting of your bedroom for winter season. For example, if your bed is placed on the right side then change its direction. It’ll give your room a fresh look.
- If you have wood floors, you can combat the cold by adding thick, plush rugs and a pair of bedroom slippers.
- Adding a lamp or two by your bedside will create a warm glow even on a dark day.
- Use trunks to store extra blankets, sheets and comforters. Select trunks and chests in dark colors, and set them at the foot of your bed and besides chairs.
- Avoid pinks, light greens, oranges, reds and other bright shades. Instead, stick to the winter color scheme: white, black, brown and silver.
- If you want to use other colors, consider adding small touches of blue and purple.
- Place your throws and/or blankets near your bed so they’ll always be within reach during the cooler months.
- Use materials such as alpaca or sheep skin rugs, wool, solid colored flannel, and dark leather to shield yourself from the coldest days.
- Lastly, create the perfect winter bedroom by adding contrast and depth to light colored bedding with accent pillows. Select pillows in dark brown or black shades of leather, cotton or faux fur.
For a year-round compilation of bedroom ideas, check out our Pinterest!
Our Saatva team has some exciting news for all of our loyal Saatva followers! We are hosting an UP Band Giveaway. UP is a wristband and app, designed by Jawbone, that tracks how you sleep, eat and move. All of this information is conveniently stored on your phone through the UP app.
Details of our Saatva UP Band Giveaway contest:
- The winner be announced on our Facebook page on January 3, 2014.
- In order to qualify, you must like our Facebook & share the photo before December 31, 2013.
- THE MORE YOU SHARE, THE MORE LIKELY YOU ARE TO WIN! So, share our Giveaway photo on your Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.
- The winner of the contest will receive ONE mint green wristband, USB charging charge, and user guide(worth $130).
Two of our Saatva team members, Kelly and Nicolle, actually tested out the wristband for one week each to see how it worked. While Kelly averaged about 8 hours of sleep every night, Nicolle averaged 6 hours, 41 minutes worth of sleep each night. Interestingly, Kelly and Nicolle slept on two different mattresses. While Kelly slept on a Saatva mattress, Nicolle slept on a Simmons mattress. We can’t attest if this is the primary reason Kelly got more sleep but it could be an underlying factor.
A great function of the UP band is that it can track key points about your sleeping activity such as how much time you were in light sleep vs. deep sleep. It can also report how long it took you to fall asleep and how many times you woke up, among other things. This could potentially help someone re-evaluate their sleeping habits and change them if they notice they aren’t getting adequate and quality sleep.
Here’s an example of how the UP app tracked Kelly and Nicolle’s sleep on two different nights:
Kelly’s(left) and Nicolle’s(right) Sleeping Reports
With the UP wristband and app you also have the ability to set specific sleeping goals, such as how much you want to sleep each night. Every time you update the data from the UP band into your phone, you get to see(in a percentage) how close you came to achieving your goal. For instance, in the example above Kelly completed 104% of her sleeping goal while Nicolle completed 102% of her sleeping goal on that particular night.
The UP wristband can also track your eating and overall activity such as how many steps you take each day. Here’s an example of Kelly’s activity and sleep on one particular day:
You can find out more about the UP wristband and app by checking out their website. Don’t miss out on a chance of winning this mint green UP band wristband!
At Saatva, we know how important sleep is and we want to ensure that everyone who buys our mattress gets the best night’s sleep possible. That’s why we’re thrilled to choose Glen as our mattress reviewer of the week! Glen’s wife had issues with lumbar back pain (low back pain) until she tried out our mattress!
Click to read more reviews on saatvamattress.com
Low back pain is a huge issue for many, in fact it’s the second most common cause of missed work days in the United States. We strive to alleviate this problem by providing a mattress that has lumbar support enhancement. Our lumbar support enhancement is made of high quality memory foam layer, providing additional pressure relief while helping reduce stress and tension from the lower back. This unique feature can only be found in ultra-premium, luxury mattresses!
In addition to containing a lumbar support enhancement, our mattresses also have the patented “Spinal Zone” sleep technology that helps reduce back pain and stiffness through an active wire support in the center third of our mattress. The ‘zone’ helps provide correct spinal alignment which improves your sleep quality. You can read more about how our mattresses help alleviate back pain by checking out our Sleep Wellness page.
Here at Saatva, we will continue to provide the best mattresses on the market to help improve your overall sleep quality. We won’t stop until everyone gets the great sleep they deserve! If you have any questions about our luxury mattresses, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-877-672-2882, email us, or chat live with us. We can’t wait to hear from you and relieve your back pain!
You’ve heard the saying before, “Spring Forward, Fall Back.” Well, it’s now that time of the year when daylight saving time (DST) is about to end. This upcoming Sunday(November 3, 2013), DST will end at precisely 2:00 A.M.
How does “gaining” an hour affect our sleep? According to an article by Liza Barnes, Health Educator, “even though your brain knows that the time on the clock has changed, your body’s internal clock does not.” When the time changes, our primary indicator of time – light – also changes. That means our internal clock becomes out of sync with the current day-night cycle. Although gaining an hour can actually help us fall asleep faster, it can make it harder for us to wake up.
Gaining an hour is welcomed by many in comparison to losing an hour in the spring though. Within days of “springing forward”, there are increases in car accidents, heart attacks and injuries on the job. Many people have difficulty adjusting to the time change in the spring but it should only take about one night to adjust to “falling back.” One of the major concerns with the ending of DST though is the decrease in the amount of light in the mornings and evenings. This means you could be making your daily commute to and from work in the dark.
The lack of light in the evening may also leave you feeling tired at an earlier time during the day and more prone to taking naps. To adjust to the time change, here are some good tips provided by Beth Dalbey:
Prepare in Advance & Reset your Biological Clock: Go to bed 15 minutes earlier tonight and tomorrow night and wake up 15 minutes earlier tomorrow morning and Sunday morning.
Use a Backup Alarm: Although electronic devices usually go back an hour on their own, it’s still a good idea to manually turn back the hour hand on an old-fashioned alarm clock or wall clock. Starting Saturday night, turn back the time on all your clocks by one hour that way you don’t miss any important events you may have scheduled for the next day!
Take Advantage of the Extra Hour: Gaining an extra hour can do wonders for your overall sleep! Start prioritizing sleep and take advantage of the extra hour by sleeping in for one more hour on Sunday.
Stick to your Regular Bedtime: Although it may be tempting to stay up an hour later, it’s best to go to sleep at the same time you usually do. By going to sleep at the same time, you gain an extra hour of sleep! In the end, you’ll feel more productive and well-rested the next day. You will thank yourself when DST begins again in the spring.
Watch Out for Pedestrians & Drivers: Since you’ll be commuting in darker mornings and evenings, you should be especially mindful of pedestrians and other drivers. Allow yourself extra time to get to work and drive carefully when heading back home from work.
Remind your friends and family that DST is nearing it’s end this upcoming Sunday at 2:00 A.M. Enjoy your extra hour until DST starts up again at 2:00 A.M. on March 8, 2014.
**Good Fact to Know: DST starts at 2:00 A.M. on every second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on every first Sunday of November.