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  • What Might You Be Sleeping On?

    If you’re considering buying a new mattress but have been holding off because you don’t feel like spending the money and it doesn’t seem that important to you, here are some things for you to consider. Getting a good night’s sleep is an integral component to your health. Not only does top quality and quantity sleep improve your ability to restore and repair muscles and refresh your ability to think clearly and learn and remember efficiently, but when you fail to get the sleep you need you are actually doing considerable harm, raising your risk of a bevy of chronic conditions that can have a negative impact on your life. Diabetes two, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease, increased blood pressure – all of these health risks have been associated with sleep deprivation, and having an uncomfortable, unsupportive mattress can contribute to your inability to get a good night’s sleep.

    Thomasville Latex has just what you need

    The fact is that you should replace your mattress every several years, with the exact amount of time depending upon the original quality of the mattress and your level of discomfort. If you are waking up feeling achy and sore in the morning, that’s your cue that you need to get on the stick and get yourself over to a mattress showroom. If you need any more urging, you might want to consider the following things that might be in your older mattress and impacting the quality of your sleep. These just may be the items that end up pushing you over the purchasing edge!

    • Bed bugs – Bed bugs have become a national issue. They’ve always been with us, but according to a report issued by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) in collaboration with the University of Kentucky, the number of reported infestations has grown dramatically over the last dozen years or so, with the majority of the problem being reported in individual homes, followed by apartment buildings and condominiums. So what are bed bugs and what do they do? According to the NPMA, “Although bed bugs are not known to transmit disease to humans, their bites do leave itchy welts on human skin and can cause an allergic reaction in some people.” Not only that, even when you’ve had your home treated, there’s a good chance they’re going to come back, especially if they make the leap from your bed to your other upholstered furniture. If you suspect that there are bed bugs in your mattress, you are strongly advised to dispose of it appropriately, get your home treated, and purchase a new one.
    • Sweat, body oil, body fluids – You don’t have to think too hard about this one, especially if you’ve had your bed for more than ten years. Every night that you woke up in a sweat, your body fluids did more than soak your sheets – they went straight down into your mattress, where they’ve stayed. The same is true of any other bodily fluids, as well as all the millions of dead skin cells that you have shed every night throughout the years. They are embedded deep within the surface of your mattress, which might be causing you to have rashes, break outs, or even to give your mattress a bit of a smell. This is one of the reasons why it is always recommended that you purchase a new mattress rather than a used one.
    • Dust mites – Everybody has dust mites, there’s no escaping them, but your bed is a breeding ground for them, especially with all of the dead skin cells that you’ve shed (see above). When you combine all of that stuff that they love to eat with the fact that when you lay down and pull up the covers every night, you’re making things nice and warm and cozy for them, there’s no wonder why an older bed is their favorite place to be. If that isn’t enough to gross you out, then think about this – experts say that “dust mites feed on the skin cells your body sheds at night and their droppings are a major source of discomfort for allergy sufferers.” And according to a report on CNN, “As if the presence of microscopic eight-legged vermin weren’t gross enough, consider that it’s not the mites that cause some people to cough and sneeze. It’s their excrement.”
    • Mattress materials – Few people give thought to the materials that their mattress is made of, but perhaps you should, especially if you have allergies or sensitivities to chemicals. According to the website, “Since the mid-to-late ‘60s, more mattresses have been made of polyurethane foam, a petroleum-based material that emits volatile organic compounds that cause respiratory problems and skin irritation.” Though not every memory foam mattress is a problem, some are made with more care than others. As mattress manufacturers have become increasingly aware of the sensitivities and irritation they have limited the foam’s use to the interior of the mattress, keeping it away from the primary sleep surface to decrease the potential for irritation. If you have an older mattress, there is less likelihood that this care has been taken.
    • Chemicals and pesticides – Because mattresses are required to be flame retardant, many mattress manufacturers are utilizing a variety of materials that make them compliant, and some of these chemicals may be toxic or may create sensitivity in certain individuals. According to a report on, “This means that the manufacturers are dousing them with highly toxic flame-retardant chemicals, which do not have to be disclosed in any way. This is probably the most important piece of furniture you want to get right, as you are spending about one-third of your life on it.” The majority of mattresses that are being made with dangerous chemicals are coming from China, where American manufacturers are taking more care with the safety of their processes and materials
  • The Steps to Having a Bed That’s an Oasis

    When you do it right, buying a new bed can be one of the best purchases you make. Part of the reason for that is because so many people are sleeping on beds that are past their prime. It usually takes a fair amount of time before we realize that the reason we aren’t sleeping well or that we are waking up feeling stiff and sore is because our bed is no longer giving us the support that we need. And even after the realization hits, it often takes a while longer before we actually make the decision to do the research and go out there and spend the money. A high quality bed can represent a big chunk of change, so it’s no wonder that we tend to be hesitant. But when you take the time to do it right and find the mattress that is the perfect fit for you, you’ll realize what a wise and worthwhile investment it is. Continue reading

  • Mattress Shopping Tips

    If you’re in the market for a new mattress and you’re not sure what you’re doing, there is plenty of information out there on the advantages and disadvantages of firm vs. soft, traditional innerspring vs. foam, and natural vs. manmade materials. The one thing that everybody seems to agree on is that if your mattress is ten years old or older, and you’re finding yourself waking up feeling achy or sore in the morning, then it’s definitely time to go shopping. Though we highly recommend that you take the time to really educate yourself about different mattress features, we’re also offering some random pieces of advice that we’ve collected over the years, in the hope that they will provide you with additional, common sense assistance. Continue reading

  • Choosing the Right Mattress

    Some people are incredibly organized about the way they run their lives, and even keep track of their purchases and the anticipated lifespan of the product they’ve bought so that they know exactly when it’s time to go shopping for a replacement. These are the same people who change the oil in their car every three thousand miles on the dot, change the filter on their furnace based on a calendar entry, and never miss an application of their dog’s flea and tick medicine. Then there are those who pay no attention to these types of details. The oil gets taken care of when the red light goes on, the flea and tick medicine gets applied when we see it sitting in the cabinet, and as for their big investments, they get replaced when they’re falling apart. Continue reading

  • Paying for the Pleasures of Sleep

    High-tech mattresses, expensive luxury sheets, white-noise machines … it seems like when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, some people are willing to pay just about anything. And with the attention that the dangers of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders has been getting in the news these days, it’s no wonder. Lack of sleep has been blamed – and rightly so – for a number of tragic accidents, for lost productivity in the workplace, for increased potential for Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases, for weight gain, and many more causes for serious concern.  Continue reading

  • Vitamins and their Role in Sleep

    Scientists researching the impact of nutrition on our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep have uncovered a great deal of information about the role that various vitamins play in our lives. As it turns out, Vitamin B plays a number of key roles, including the regulation of the body’s ability to regulate its use of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps our bodies produce serotonin, the feel good chemical that makes us fall asleep. Other important vitamin  contributions include: Continue reading

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