The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep

As the calendar speeds toward the holiday season, you may be evaluating the state of your guest room mattress. With the advent of new innerspring, foam, and gel technologies, many people have taken advantage of great sales to purchase a new mattress set for themselves, and retire the old one to the guest room. Whether you’re looking to improve a bed for holiday visitors or upgrade your own mattress, here are some of the latest bedding innovations and must-haves.

Temperature-Neutral Comfort Waking up during the night due to uncomfortable temperatures is one of the main disturbances of quality rest. Several mattress makers have made innovations in their products to address this problem. Serta’s iComfort and iSeries, Beautyrest’s TruEnergy and ComforPedic, and Sealy’s Optimum offer the latest in sleep technology while concentrating on individual comfort and support. All of these brands offer temperature-regulating materials, which keep sleepers from being too hot by infusing foam layers with cooling gels.

Temperature Neutral Foam Mattress Protectors Another sleep-related product growing in popularity is the new generation of mattress protectors. A good mattress protector will prolong the life of your mattress and ensure you do not void your warranty if the mattress becomes soiled. Today’s advancements in breathable fabrics offer the maximum in stain protection without diminishing the temperature-regulating features of your new mattress set.

Allergy Relief If you suffer from dust mite allergies, you may want to consider a 6-sided mattress encasement with zipper enclosure. Not only will you breathe better, it will protect your mattress from propagating dust mites. Reducing allergic rhinitis (stuffy nose) will help you sleep better, because you will breathe better. This will also help reduce snoring, so your bedmate will sleep better too!

Pillows to Match Your Sleeping Position Did you know that 20% of your overall spinal alignment comes from your pillow? New offerings in pillows allow you to select one that fits your sleep style whether you are a back, side, or stomach sleeper. These advancements allow the sleeper to adjust the feel of their pillow by adding or removing comfort layers. Pillows are also available with the same support and temperature-regulating materials as today’s premium mattress sets.

Two-Sided Mattresses The popularity of one-sided, pillow-top mattresses in the early part of this century has made two-sided mattresses harder to come by. They are now beginning to reappear on the market. The advantage of a two-sided mattress is that they offer twice the lifespan. With regular flipping and rotating for maximum longevity, you can gain extra value from your purchase.

The holidays are a great time to give yourself the gift of a better night’s sleep.