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Best Bed Frames for Heavy People

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When you invest in a quality mattress its imperative that it rests on a bed frame that provides proper support. For heavy set people, this can be particularly challenging because you need a bed that will support the extra weight over time. Your first step is to find a quality mattress for heavy people that will last for years and is designed for heavy people. The beds below are great choices because the will work with any mattress and all the new bed in a box brands. As a general rule, an adjustable bed is a great choice because they have steel legs and supports and will last longer than wood slat beds. Adjustable beds are designed to fit inside a traditional bed frame so if you like the look of a bed you can put an adjustable inside so that it gives you the right support and extra features such as massage.

Best Budget Bed For Heavy People – Prima Sleep

Prima Sleep Bed Frame

Most of the beds you will find on Amazon will work for people up to around 150 lbs. and even then, they won’t last all that long before you start noticing loose screws or bent legs. You often get what you pay for. And although they look nice, it’s no fun when slats fall through the frame or the frame wobbles at night as you change positions. An exception to this are some of the steel-framed beds. In particular, I like the Prima Sleep steel slat bed frame. It’s a simple construction that is super easy to assemble in just minutes and therefore portable. Another option is the Hercules from Classic Brands but the problem with frames like this is that although they are super portable, they tend to squeak. With these types of beds you also need to know that the bed can slide around so buying some double-sided tape to keep it in place would be a good idea.

Best Adjustable Bed For Heavy People – Puffy

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Puffy makes incredibly comfortable mattresses but also makes an adjustable bed that is a really good value and is also very sturdy and durable. An Adjustable bed is a great investment for making your mattress more versatile but also provides a rock-solid foundation for years. Having an adjustable for your base ensures that you will no longer question if it’s your mattress or your bed which is sagging. You would be surprised how often mattresses get blamed for poor support when it’s actually the mattress.

Best Natural Bed For Heavy People – Avocado

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Avocado is the most awarded and credited natural mattress online. I haven’t come across a mattress online or offline that is as intentionally designed as the Avocado Mattress. Avocado carries this attention to detail into their bed frame. The Avocado Bed Frame is a handmade frame made with 100% reclaimed wood and zero VOC sealant. It’s not cheap but it is heirloom quality. You will be able to pass this on to your kids and grandkids. This is a great choice for heavy sleepers because the slats are made with real wood! Most beds these days are made with particle board which can easily fall apart, scratch or chip. This bed just looks better and better with age.

Best Retail Store Bed Frame for Heavy People – Pottery Barn

 

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We have had some Pottery Barn bed frames in the Sleep Sherpa stores and they hold up extremely well. If you are shopping Pottery Barn, West Elm or Crate and Barrel, all of these stores make great beds that will hold up well for heavy people but stay away from the mid-century modern styles. They look flimsy and because they have a minimalist style, there’s only so much material to work with. Stick with a more traditional style like the picture above and you will be happy.

My Final Recommendation on Beds for Heavy People

There are plenty of other brands and stores that offer quality beds for heavy peoplebut this post gives you a good sense of what to look for. Again, an adjustable bed is always a great investment but that’s especially true for heavy set couples. If you are looking for an inexpensive option, a steel frame from Amazon will work but it will have some drawbacks as I have outlined above. By all means, stay away from cheap beds with wooden slats! They won’t hold up and you will probably end up on the ground sooner than you think. Finally, if shopping online isn’t your thing, check out some of the traditional retailer sand keep in mind that you often get what you pay for.

 

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Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

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Sleep experts consistently advocate for back sleeping, as it is believed to be the easiest on the spine and the least likely to lead to soreness or wrinkles. Despite consistent advocacy for back sleeping, this is by far the rarest sleep position, with the National Sleep Foundation reporting that just eight percent of adults sleep on their backs.

 

Downsides and Challenges of Back Sleeping

There are few personal downsides to back sleeping, but it can be aggravating for others if you share your room — and if you happen to snore. Unfortunately, back sleeping aggravates snoring, which can keep others awake. Some people believe that back sleeping is problematic for those with sleep apnea, but research actually indicates that the prone (stomach) position is more harmful for apnea sufferers.

 

Mattresses for Back Sleepers

Back sleepers need a nice mix between stiff coils and soft foam — they’re the Goldilocks of mattress requirements. An overly soft mattress does not provide the support back sleepers need, thereby causing the body to sink too much into the bed. Overly firm mattresses put too much pressure on the shoulders and back, causing aches and pains in the morning. Many people alternate between sleeping on their side and back, and if the mattress is too firm, the quality of sleep while in the fetal position can be negatively impacted. Ultimately, mattress selection depends not only on sleep position, but also whether that position changes over time and whether the bed is shared with another person. The following are the best mattresses for back sleepers:

Purple 

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Purple is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a contouring mattress not constructed from memory foam. The no-pressure mattress features a polymer gel layer, which offers excellent pressure point relief and a unique floating sensation. A versatile mattress, it can accommodate all sleeping positions — including supine, which is notoriously difficult to shop for. Point elasticity is exceptional for the Purple, thereby making it perfect for sleeping with a partner (particularly a supine sleeping partner). The downside of Purple is that it is a one-size-fits-all mattress; adjustments can therefore only be made with toppers or mattress pads.

If you primarily sleep on your back, you can expect fewer aches and pains each morning — especially if you invest in a high-quality mattress. For the best sleep possible, aim for medium firm mattresses that provide a mix of support and contouring. Keep your secondary sleep position in mind, as many back sleepers shift onto their sides or flip into a supine position. A versatile mattress can provide the support you need while also accommodating your partner. Choose carefully — the quality of your mattress can have a direct impact on your general health and wellbeing.

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Brentwood Home Ojai

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Brentwood is one of my favorite brands. They are a vertically integrated company which means they make all their mattresses in the factory they own. If you are primarily a back sleeper, you will appreciate the support that the Ojai mattress provides. It combines a latex and a gel foam layer to give you good pressure relief without a lot of sinking in. Because of the latex it is very responsive and will keep you cool.

Here’s the full Ojai Mattress Review.

Zen Haven 

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Some back sleepers find it all but impossible to sleep on memory foam, as they feel as if they are sinking into the bed. Latex provides a far different feel; there is some contouring, but also a sensation of resting on top of the mattress, as opposed to sinking into it. Zen Haven mattresses can be flipped where one side is firmer and the other softer. Back sleepers tend to prefer Zen Haven’s firm side. The soft side is best for side sleepers. This is one of the few natural latex mattresses with a money back trial period. If you’re new to latex and want to try it out without the risk. Zen Haven is an excellent choice.

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Bear Mattress

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Specifically designed for the active individual, the Bear Mattress is intended to help athletes and exercise enthusiasts recover overnight so that they can get back up on their feet the next day. This means minimizing pressure points — the last thing active types need are lingering aches and pains from their overly firm mattresses. The medium firmness of the Bear accommodates most individuals, including back sleepers and combination back and side sleepers. The mattress has four layers of supportive foam, but its Celiant cover is most impressive, especially given Bear’s relatively low price point.

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Novosbed

 

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The Novosbed comes in three firmness ratings. The medium and firm options (formerly known as the Aria and Classic) are best for back sleepers, as they minimize sinking. If, after ordering the Novosbed, you find that it isn’t as soft or firm as you desire, you can order a free kit that will help you adjust the mattress to your liking. This is a nice option for back sleepers, as it can be difficult to pinpoint the correct firmness. All of Novosbed’s firmness levels feature super soft top covers and elastic covers designed to protect the foam core.

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Winkbed

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Hybrid mattresses are excellent for back sleepers, who sometimes require greater firmness than standard memory foam can provide.  Winkbeds combine spring technology with foam, thereby ensuring both comfort and support. Tempered support springs promote localized relief for pressure points, while hypersoft foam offers the buoyancy that memory foam sometimes lacks. Winkbeds are compatible with adjustable frames, which many back sleepers prefer.

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It begins slowly, with a suspicious bite or a small rash, but before you know it, that itch becomes incessant. Many things could be to blame, but if you’ve recently stayed in a motel or purchased furniture off Craigslist, bed bugs are the likely culprit. Their presence has nothing to do with you being messy or unhygienic; bed bugs invade even the cleanest homes. After a few days of itching, you may feel frustrated, but all hope of a bed bug-free home is not lost. Give the following tools and techniques a try — and get ready to kiss your bed bug problem goodbye!

Inspect For Bed Bugs

If you’re worried that bed bugs have invaded your house or apartment, it is important to perform a thorough inspection — of your home and your own body — before you commence with a treatment system. Typically, bed bug bites can be found on the shoulders and arms, with the neck and back also occasionally targeted. Red welts, swelling, and itching are all common symptoms of bed bug bites. The insects themselves can be tough to spot, but you may see signs of them on your mattress, including fecal stains. These small stains typically have a rusty color. Tiny pale eggs measuring approximately one millimeter may also appear on your mattress or on other furniture.

If you notice any rust-colored spots on your mattress, be sure to promptly investigate them with the Bed Bug Blue Fecal Spot Detection Kit. With this kit, you can determine in less than five minutes if bed bugs are to blame for those ugly little spots. Use one of the provided cotton swabs to dab at a suspicious spot, and then apply Bed Bug Blue’s developer fluid. The fluid will turn blue for any bed bug marks left in the last two years. Keep in mind, however, that the results may not be accurate if you’ve recently wiped down the area with chemical cleaners.

Thoroughly Clean the Affected Area

Harsh chemicals are best avoided, but there are a variety of alternative solutions that can rid your home of bed bugs with a simple cleaning. Green Rest Easy manufactures multiple bed bug solutions, including spray bottles for both home and travel. Spray closets, dresser drawers, and, of course, the bed with this solution, which boasts a surprisingly pleasant aroma.

Kill the Bed Bugs With Heat

Heat is one of the most effective approaches to killing bed bugs. Furthermore, it is one of the most eco-friendly types of pest control. This is why so many people immediately throw their clothes in the dryer upon returning home from motels with suspected bed bug infestations. Unfortunately, this isn’t an option for your mattress, headboard, or other furniture. Your best bet is a steam cleaner, which will help you target larger items with deadly heat. The Vapor Clean Pro6 Steamer is a must-have; commonly used in hotels and other commercial settings, the steam cleaner’s nozzle reaches up to 270 degrees Fahrenheit. Its boiler heats up in less than five minutes but never runs out of steam, as the cleaner also has a dual reservoir supply. Nooks and crannies can easily be reached with the cleaner’s detachable hose.

Another option is the Vapamore MR-100 Dry Vapor Steamer, which targets not only bed bugs, but also dust mites, bacteria, mold, and mildew. The steam cleaner features a convenient detachable hose and a retractable power cord. Once you’ve gotten rid of those pesky bed bugs, you can continue to use your Vapamore for general household cleaning and sanitization.

Remove Bed Bugs From Clothing and Bedding

Bed bugs are not likely to survive a thorough heat treatment, but better safe than sorry is a wise adage to apply to your situation. To ensure that no bed bugs accidentally survive on your clothing or bedding, use the Bed Bug & Lice Unscented Natural Laundry Treatment. This hypoallergenic laundry treatment will get rid of bed bugs without irritating your skin or ruining your clothing in the dryer. Simply add one ounce to each load you wash. Afterwards, you can either throw your clothes in the dryer, or, if you prefer, hang them to air dry.

Use PackTite Bed Bug Heaters For Smaller Items

The dryer is a great solution for clothes and bedding, but this method is not advisable for smaller or more fragile possessions. Thankfully, a variety of products allow for on-the-spot bed bug treatment, completely free of chemicals. The PackTite SC Portable Bed Bug Heater is a great option both at home and on the road. Designed especially for business travelers, the convenient bed bug killer is easy to assemble and use, no matter the location. Once set up, it can be used to rid luggage, shoes, sleeping bags, toys, and other items of bed bugs and their eggs. Speed up the process with the larger PackTite Closet, which inflates to an impressive 40 X 36 inches.

Protect Your Mattress

Mattresses are expensive, and if you have one you like, the last thing you want is to ditch it due to the interference of bed bugs. With a bed bug mattress kit such as the Protect-A-Bed BugLock Protection Kit, you can trap bed bugs and hang on to your favorite mattress. The trapped bed bugs won’t be able to access other areas of your home, and eventually, they’ll die of starvation. In addition to killing off existing bed bugs, the Protect-A-Bed BugLock Protection Kit can reduce the potential for future bed bug infestations, simply by taking away their favorite place to hide and lay eggs. Protect-A-Bed provides a variety of protection kits, including one specifically designed for the twin XL beds commonly found in dorms and student apartments. If you have not already suffered a bed bug infestation, consider investing in one of these mattress kits as a precautionary measure.

If you suspect that bed bugs have entered your home, it is important to act fast, before the infestation grows worse — and before you accidentally pass these obnoxious pests to your neighbors, friends, and family members. Bed bug elimination can be surprisingly affordable — you just need the right tools and equipment. From steam cleaners to mattress protection kits, a variety of affordable and easy-to-use tools can help you rid your home of bed bugs, once and for all.

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Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

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There’s something really comfortable about curling up on your side, which, perhaps, explains why the vast majority of adults sleep this way. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 15 percent of adults sleep on their side with their legs outstretched, while another 41 percent sleep in the fetal position, with their back hunched and their legs bent. Side sleeping is particularly common among pregnant women, who might otherwise struggle to accommodate their growing baby bumps. With the right mattress, side sleeping can provide superior rest, all while improving circulation and preventing snoring.

Benefits of Side Sleeping

Side sleeping just feels natural. It just feels nice to curl up in the fetal position and drift off to sleep. For pregnant women, this position is particularly beneficial, as it prevents the fetus from pressing up against the liver. Side sleeping is also a good option for those who tend to snore. If the spine is kept elongated, this position can minimize sleep-associated neck and back pain. Some side sleepers also report fewer acid reflux symptoms, as compared to other positions. Side sleeping may also be the most beneficial for the brain; research from Stony Brook University indicates that lateral (side) sleepers are more effectively able to rid their brain of the waste that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease. This waste is discarded via the glymphatic pathway, which is most efficient at night, and especially while the body is in a lateral position.

Challenges Faced By Side Sleepers

Side sleeping can be incredibly comfortable, but there are a few notable drawbacks. When sleeping in a fetal position, breathing can be restricted. Those worried about the visual signs of aging tend to avoid side sleeping, as spending so many hours with the face crunched up on a pillow can lead to wrinkles. For side sleepers of all ages — but particularly those above the age of 50 — curling up in the fetal position can lead to soreness in the morning. This can be prevented to some extent by placing a pillow between the knees, but a supportive mattress is also important.

Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers

Side sleepers typically prefer a softer surface, as this allows them to sink into the mattress while they are curled up on their side. Ideally, a softer mattress will also accommodate the natural curve of the spine and maintain proper alignment throughout the night. Memory foam’s superior contouring makes it an especially wise option for side sleepers, who require as little pressure on the shoulders and hips as possible.

Best Overall Mattress for Side Sleepers

Puffy Royal

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Hands Down the Puffy Royal is designed with side sleepers in mind. This mattress has foam that will provide maximum contouring and zero motion transfer. It is one of the few mattresses where you can sleep on one side all night without having to change positions. It is very well constructed and will contour extremely well for sleepers of all sizes. Puffy consistently ranks among reviewers as one of the best mattress brands online. Best of all you get a 100-night trial. This is the ultimate sleep experience for side sleepers and should be your first choice. If for some reason you don’t like it, Puffy has excellent customer service and will handle the return, hassle-free.

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Best Luxury Mattress for Side Sleepers

Brentwood Home Oceano

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The Oceano Mattress from Brentwood Home sells itself. The quality of materials and construction make it a thing of beauty and it feels as good as it looks. You get a great hug with this mattress but also quick recovery due to its pocket coil base layer and a layer of micro coils on top of that. Throw in the 2-inch gel foam layer, natural wool fire barrier, and hand tufting and you have a mattress that sets the bar for quality at this price point. I have had the Oceano in the Sleep Sherpa showroom for the past 6 weeks and everyone gravitates to it. A large portion of side sleepers end up purchasing it as well.

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Best Natural Mattress for Side Sleepers

Avocado Pillow Top

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The Avocado mattress has dozens of certifications and awards. It is one of the “greenest” mattresses you can buy. It is also one of the most comfortable and well made. This mattress has GOLS certified latex, organic cotton, New Zealand wool and quality steel coils. On top of that, it is hand-tufted and made in a GOTS certified factory. You can rest easy knowing that you are sleeping on an all-natural mattress made with quality and care. The pillow top version is made with an extra layer of latex at the top for added contouring for side sleepers. Avocado also has an industry-leading, 1-year trial, so you get to see how this mattress performs for an entire year to see if its right for you.

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Best Spring Mattress for Side Sleepers

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For those struggling to choose between the contouring abilities of memory foam and the greater support and resilience of innerspring mattresses, there is a third and arguably better option: hybrid mattresses. These feature a unique combination of foam and innerspring construction. Winkbeds combine these two distinctive sleep technologies to great effect, thereby ensuring that side sleepers enjoy both the plush feel of foam and the extra support associated with spring mattresses. Side sleepers tend to gravitate towards the outer perimeter of their mattresses; Winkbeds addresses this with its dense perimeter of high-ILD foam, which is designed to prevent the sagging that might occur over time with a lower-quality mattress.

No one mattress is perfect for every type of sleeper — even preferences among side sleepers can vary considerably. In general, however, side sleepers do best with slightly softer mattresses that avoid placing pressure on the shoulders or hips. No matter your preferred position, the right mattress can have a huge impact on your health and happiness, so choose carefully.

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Best Performance Mattress for Side Sleepers

Molecule

Molecule Mattress

You know who sleeps on a Molecule mattress? Tom Brady from the New England Patriots. If it’s good enough for Tom Brady, chances are it will be for you too. This mattress is extremely breathable for an all-foam mattress which means you won’t wake up sweaty at night or throwing off covers. By keeping your temperature regulated you will stay asleep longer and get more restorative sleep. But temperature aside, this mattress is just plain wonderful for side sleepers. It has excellent pressure relief without being too soft or firm which is a hard balance to strike in an all-foam mattress.

Get the full Molecule Mattress Review

Best Budget Mattress for Side Sleepers:

Zinus Green Tea Mattress

Zinus Mattress

The Zinus Green Tea mattress is your best bet for a mattress under $500. This mattress comes in different thickness levels and for side sleepers, you need to get the 12-inch version. The extra layering provides a super cozy experience. You will sink deep into this mattress and it will give you that sleeping on a cloud feeling. But beware, all that cradling comes with a cost. This mattress will sleep warmer because your body will be further into themattress. I think it’s a small price to pay for all the comfort you get at an unbeatable price.

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Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

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Sleeping hot is becoming a growing concern among mattress shoppers. I think this is in large part because more mattresses on the market are incorporating foam into their construction. Most innerspring systems nowadays have a layer of foam for comfort. There’s no doubt that memory foam is one of the best materials for pressure relief which is why it is everywhere. However, the drawback is that it also functions as an insulator. There’s a reason that spray foam insulation is being used in houses.  So, what are your options for a good mattress for hot sleepers? I created the list below of some great mattresses for hot sleepers.

Eight Sleep Pod

Eight Sleep PodThe new Pod from Eight Sleep is not necessarily a mattress. It’s a complete comfort system that dynamically regulates your temperature as you sleep to give you the most restorative sleep possible. This is done by circulating water through tubes at the top of the mattress. The water is conditioned so that it can be warm or cool depending on your needs. It is can also be zoned so you and your partner can have different temperatures at the same time!

The bed integrates with an app on your phone to track your sleep and provide coaching on how to use the system to optimize your rest and recovery. Not only that but it can also integrate with other smart devices so that when it senses you getting into or leaving your bed it can adjust your thermostat or even start your coffee maker.

With the Eight Sleep Pod you can look forward to coming home to a warm bed on a cold night or chill out in a cool bed on a hot summer night. The choice is yours!

Learn more about the Eight Sleep Pod.

Molecule Mattress

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Who sleeps on the Molecule Mattress? Well for starters, star NFL quarterback, Russell Wilson does, and that’s just the start. Every month more and more top athletes are taking to the Molecule mattress to get optimal recovery. Athletes understand the importance of sleep and recovery and its correlation to performance.

The Molecule was engineered for comfort but also cooling. The super open cell foam breathes very well and will keep you in a deeper state of sleep longer than a traditional foam mattress. It’s hard to find a breathable foam mattress that is actually comfortable and has great pressure relief but the Molecule hits the mark. Read our full Molecule Mattress Review.

Purple

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Hands down the Purple mattress is the best mattress for addressing heat retention. That’s because the Purple grid allows body heat to pass right through it. This mattress is a little on firmer end of the spectrum and in my opinion is best for back or stomach sleepers. Side sleepers should look for more contouring mattress.  To get the most out of your purple mattress, it’s best to buy a purple mattress protector and either purple sheets or stretchy sheets like Sheex or Bedgear sheets. The base layer of the Purple mattress is made of foam but the contouring and pressure relief comes from the purple grid.  Get the full Purple Mattress Review.

Sleepovation

Sleepovation

The Sleepovation mattress is actually 700 tiny mattresses that make up a super conforming sleeping surface that contours beyond what a solid piece of foam can do. Because the coil and foam pieces all work independently they also create channels for air to pass through making this one of the most breathable mattresses on the market. If you crave the feel of memory foam but don’t like to sweat this is the mattress for you. There are no compromises with this mattress, only benefits.

Read the full Sleepovation Review

 

Winkbeds

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A traditional inner spring mattress will almost always sleep cooler than a memory foam mattress. That’s because the coils create space for the mattress to breathe. But, once you get the feel for foam, it’s hard to go back to an inner spring. The Winkbed gives you all the benefits of a spring mattress along with the contouring and coziness that foam provides. Their top layer of very light foam is very responsive and breathable. The cover is made of Tencel fiber which is more breathable than cotton. This mattress is also on the firmer end of the spectrum but offers excellent lumbar support.

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Brentwood Home Oceano 

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Brentwood home is a vertically integrated mattress company. They own the factory where they make their mattresses which allows them to create luxury mattresses at extremely competitive prices. The Oceano feels like a high-end luxury hotel mattress that should cost two to three times as much. They hand tuft this mattress which creates channels for air flow. The natural wool fire barrier also serves as a sort of thermometer to help regulate temperature. Below that is a layer of gel foam then miro coils followed by a layer of pocket coils. All these materials together make for a cozy yet cool sleeping mattress.

Get the full Oceano Review

In addition to a cool sleeping mattress, make sure that you have sheets that are breathable. I like Tencel/Cotton blend sheets which are available through Molecule. are an excellent choice in this regard. I am still surprised at how many people complain about sleeping hot but sleep with a down comforter. An easy step to remedy this is to ditch the down and layer up. Start with one light blanket and add from there. In the summer I use a cotton coverlet. Heat rises so the majority of your hot sleeping issues will come from your top layer trapping too much heat.

If you already love yourmattress or fell in love with the feel of a mattress but it sleeps too hot, you may want to invest in a Bedjet. The Bedjet can cool and/or warm your bed by blowing conditioned air between the sheets. It really works and is a simple upgrade that can make a world of difference. Check out my Bedjet review.

 

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Are you wondering if your mattress is too old? If you are asking yourself that question, chances are it is. But, if you want to be sure consider some of the following questions.

  1. When did you buy your mattress?

The typical lifespan of a mattress is around 7-8 years before you can expect some notceable breakdown in performance.

2. What type of material is it made of?

I often get asked which breaks down faster, springs or foam? The answer depends on the qualtity of both.

If you have a mattress made with dense foam, think memory foam that is slow to conform and slow to recover. This type of foam will last longer than some of the less dense foams on the market which are designed to be more responsive.

Coil systems also can vary in quality. If you have lower gauge coils that are firmer, they will also hold up longer but be less conforming.

Mattresses made of natural latex can last a long time upwards of 15 years. That’s because latex is a very durable material that isn’t as prone to breaking down as memory foam. However the trade off is that it doesn’t conform as well and can be more expensive than memory foam.

3. How Heavy are you? 

Finally, your weight and amount of use of the mattress also affects lifespan. Heavier people will wear down a mattress much longer than a light person. I can say for certain but I imagine for every 10 lbs. over 200 lbs in weight, you can subract 6 months off the lifespan of a typical mattress.

4. How often do you use your mattress?

If you have a matttress in a vacation home you rarely use, that will last much longer than the mattress you use every night. However even an unused mattress will still age over time.

5. Did you buy a quality mattress to begin with? 

If you bought a mattress with inexpensive components or poor construction you may not even get 3 years of good life out of it. You often get what you pay for, up to a point. Stay away from some of the bargain basement deals and makes sure that you know what is going in to your new mattress.

6. How does your mattress feel?

If you wake up in the moring with a sore back or you find yourself tossing and turning all night, then it’s your body’s way of telling you that you’re not getting proper support. Extra pillows can help but that is a bandaid approach. Stop by a mattress store to give a new mattress a test drive to see how they feel compared to yours at home. Give yourself enough time on the mattress, at least 15 minutes before making any conclusions.

If if it turns out you do need a mattress, you’re in luck. There are some great online brands out there that are affordable, have excellent free trial periods and feel amazing.

 

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Leesa vs Nectar Mattress

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If you’re looking for a Leesa vs Nectar comparison, this should make your decision much easier. In this post I break down all the pros and cons of each mattress to help you decide which is right for you. Both the Nectar and Leesa are great mattresses but each have a distinct feel that will appeal to different types of sleepers. There are no winners or loosers here, just clarification for you so that you get the right mattress the first time.

Overview of Nectar vs Leesa Mattress

The video below gives you a side by side comparison of both mattresses. As you can see in the video below, my bowling ball reacts very different on each of the mattresses.

Both of these mattresses come with a generous trial period.

Leesa free trial period = 100 Days

Nectar free trial period – 365 Days

Here’s the breakdown on prices of the mattresses

Leesa mattress price = $940 (Queen Size)

Nectar mattress price = $795 (Queen Size)

Both of these companies offer discounts on a regular basis. Leesa tends to have a $100 off coupon making the queen size $840 and Nectar has $125 off with 2 free pillows making the price $670.

There is a significant difference in price here but not so much that it would be a deal breaker if one is better suited to your needs.

Leesa Mattress Construction and Materials

What gives the Leesa mattress that extra bounce you saw in the video is that they use a layer of Avena foam on top. The cooling comes into play in that it is convoluted (think egg crate shaped) so that there are channels for air to circulate.

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  • 10 inches total height
  • Top layer is 2 inches of Avena foam,which is a polyurethane foam that performs like latex
  • Below that is a 2 inch layer of memory foam for extra comfort and pressure relief.
  • The base layer is a 6 inch high density foam used as the support base. It is the foundation of the Leesa matttress.

Nectar Mattress Construction and Materials

11 inches total height

Top layer is made 1 inches of quilted foam which is sewn into the cover. This helps with airflow and gives it an initial soft feeling

The support layer is made of 1 inch of 4lb. cooling gel memory foam.

The transition layer is 3 inches of 3lb. cooling gel to further the transition among the layers and provide even more contouring and pressure relief.

The base layer is 6 inches of high-density foam similar to the Leesa.

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It should be noted that the Leesa mattress is made in the USA while the Nectar mattress is made in China. However, both are CertiPUR-US Certified. Which means that the foams used in the mattresses are tested by a 3rd party to be free of harmful chemicals.

Benefits of the Leesa Mattress

The Leesa mattress is a very versatile mattress in that most sleepers will find it to feel great right away. The Avena foam will allow you to quickly sink into the mattress and will recover just as quickly. This means it is easy to move around on and even has some bounce as it behaves like latex.

The other major benefit of the Leesa mattress is that it is very breathable. The convoluted foam and density of the top layer means it doesn’t trap as much heat as other mattresses.

The Leesa also has a great Made in the USA story. The foams used in the mattress and the construction of the mattress itself are all domestic. They even have some great brand ambassadors such as Michael Phelps. Leesa has also been around a bit longer than Nectar. As of this writing, they will soon be celebrating their 3rd anniversary.

Benefits of the Nectar Sleep Mattress

The Nectar Mattress provides excellent pressure relief. This mattress does a very good job of conforming to your body. It provides great pressure relief and support at the same time. The quilted foam cover and layers of dense foam throughout make it very resilient mattress as well meaning that it should last a long time.

The Nectar mattress is also one of the more affordable mattresses online. Given the construction and great feel it has proven to be one of the best values out there. Although they don’t have any brand ambassadors, it has been getting good feedback despite some of the shipping delays caused by large demand when the mattress was first introduced.

Nectar or Leesa, Which is Best for You?

If you are on the fence about which mattress to choose here are a few points to consider.

If sleeping hot is your primary concern, the Leesa mattress would be a good choice. I found it to sleep a little cooler than the Nectar. However, the cover of the Nectar mattress is made with phase change technology that will draw heat away from you so it’s not to say that the Nectar sleeps hot, it’s just that the Leesa will sleep cooler.

I often recommend the Nectar to people who complain about lower back soreness. I found that the Nectar provides superior pressure relief and contouring. The dense foam used in the Nectar can address certain pain points in ways other mattresses can’t.

If Made in the USA and buying American is important, then Leesa is a clear winner. They even have a Team USA Gold Medalist sleeping on their mattress. Considering how fit Michael Phelps is, I’m sure he could sleep on almost anything. I think the true test may be an out of shape arthritic, elderly person as those are the people who will need a quality mattress the most.

If you are price sensitive, Nectar is a more affordable option. And affordable doesn’t mean cheap. In this case you get quality and value.

I think 1oo days is plenty of time to figure out if a mattress is a good fit although Nectar has raised the bar with a 365 night trial so you basically get a whole year. I live in Minnesota where the seasons are very distinct. Winter nights can get as low as minus 30 and summer nights in July can be humid and 90 so being able to test a mattress out in extremes can be important.

In the end, you really can’t lose with either of these mattresses. You literally have nothing to lose by trying them out in your home. This guide was created to save you time and get you to the right mattress the first time.

 

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The Purple and Nectar mattresses are two very popular mattresses online. Interestingly, they are also completely different feels. In this post we break down the key differences between the Purple and Nectar mattress so that you can make a more informed decision about which is best for you.

Let’s start with the purchase process. Both can be bought direct online via their respective sites. Both should arrive about a week after purchase however because these mattresses are in such high demand, they may arrive a bit later than a week.

Each have a generous trial period although Nectar has a 365 day trial period while Purple has a 100 night trial.

Each also has a good warranty period. Purple has a 10 year warranty while Nectar advertises a lifetime warranty. Of course with any warranty it’s important to read the fine print but after reading through them, Nectar seems to be the most generous here.

Construction of the Nectar Mattress

The Nectar mattress is an all foam mattress. Below is a graphic that shows all the layers.

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Compare that with the specs of the Purple mattress

  • The top layers is a 2′ hyper elastic ploymer also know as the “smart grid”.
  • The midle layer is 3.5 inches of polyurethane foam.
  • The base layer is made of 4 inches of a polyurethane foam which is a standard foam mattress base.

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In terms of motion transfer the Nectar does a better job in that it absorbs motion much better. Here are a few videos to illustrate the point.

First the Nectar Sleep Mattress

And now the Purple Mattress

Which sleeps cooler, Nectar or Purple?

Although the Nectar is treated with a phase change cooling material at the top cover, the Purple has the edge here as heat will pass right through the polymer grid. This makes it a top pick for hot sleepers.

In terms of cost, a queen size Nectar retails for $795 while the Purple costs $999 a significant difference in price.

Who should buy a Nectar Bed?

I recommend the Nectar mattress for people that want the ultimate in pressure relief. This mattress will contour extremely well. If you find your current mattress is leaving you with aches and pains in the moring, this mattress should cure that.

People that are looking for a good deal will be hard pressed to do better than the Nectar. It is one of the best priced mattresses online.

Finally, if your partner tends to wake you up at night from their tossing and turning, the Nectar will put a stop to that. You won’t feel a thing due to the high density foams used in the Nectar mattress.

Who Should buy a Purple Mattress?

Again, hot sleepers will find immediate relief with the Purple mattress. It is basically temperature neutral in that it really doesn’t trap heat. The top layer grid allows air to freely pass through.

I also tend to recommend the Purple mattress to heavier sleepers. We find at the Sleep Sherpa store in Minneapolis that heavier people respond well to the Purple and it gives them the right amount of support.

Finally, people that have tried tradtional foam and coil mattresses but are still unsatisfied owe it to themselves to give the Purple a try. It’s something you really need to lie on to understand how it works and for many, it’s the mattress they have been seeking.

 

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Goose Down vs Duck Down

Which is better – goose down or duck down? This is a question that is often asked in the world of bedding products. It is an important question to consider when you are looking for a down comforter for your bedroom. As you may already know, goose down has a higher value when compared to duck down. However, this depends largely on the product – for example, a high-quality duck down comforter may be better than a mediocre goose down one. It also depends on your specific needs and your budget. Let us take a quick look at a few things about the goose and duck down to find out which one is a better choice for you.

Is There a Major Difference Between Goose and Duck Down?

This is another important question to ask when checking out down comforters for your bed. The answer is no. Both types of down provide equal insulation, and they both share the same essential structure that makes down an incredible insulator. If there is a difference between a goose down comforter and a duck down one, it would be that the duck down blanket has about 87% of the insulating power that the goose down comforter has.

Goose down and duck down have the ability to maintain their warmth and loft for many years, maybe even decades, if they are well cared for. It does not matter which bird provides the feathers or down for your comforter. The secret is to find a well-made down comforter from a reputable manufacturer and take proper care of it to ensure that you always have a cozy and luxurious sleeping experience for many years.

Here is a look at a few important things you should know before deciding between goose and duck down:

Durability

Generally speaking, regardless of fill power, there is no major difference between the durability of goose down and duck down. Part of how durable they are depends on the down’s fat and oil content – there is an inherently higher content of oil and fat in some birds. Moreover, down, whether goose or duck, is an organic product and will vary from one season to another because of several factors including weather, bird condition, feed, etc. To ensure warmth-trapping – keeping the down resilient and pliable – there needs to be a certain percentage of fat and oil.

If the down is “over washed” during processing and an excessive amount of oil and fat is removed, it can become dry and brittle. This makes it easier to break down, which in turn decreases the fill power of the down. High-quality down comforters have properly processed down to optimize performance and durability, irrespective of whether it is goose or duck down.

Odor

As mentioned earlier, down is a natural product. Although a certain percentage of fat and oil is necessary to ensure its resilience and pliability, the presence of these substances also plays a part in the scent of the down. People with a highly acute sense of smell may notice a slight odor, even when the down is in the cleanest condition.

Because there is a difference between the feeding habits of goose and duck, there may be minor differences in smell between goose and duck down. This is due to the scent in the oil content, which is necessary to make the down resilient. You should look for a down comforter made with DWR-treated down – you will find that the odor of these products is minimal.

Higher Fill Powers

Birds, whether goose or duck, that are older more mature tend to provide down with higher fill power. When a bird lives long, it’s down cluster becomes more developed. Furthermore, to ensure that they achieve the fill power they desire, processors sort through large down clusters, small down clusters, feathers, etc. to produce down of a certain fill power and content.

Currently, the highest goose down fill power is roughly 1,000 FP. However, this is available in very limited quantities, and usually at extremely high prices. Comparatively, the highest-end and most expensive down, Eider duck down has an anecdotal rating of up to 1,200 FP. The more common fill power range for goose down and duck down is between 450 and 850 FP. As a result of improvements in the sorting process that filters out extra small down clusters and fibers, high-end 850-FP duck down has become more accessible in recent years.

Color

Goose and duck down are both available in white and mottled grey. If you look at things from a historical point of view, the bedding industry desires white-colored down more, which is mainly due to the fact that manufacturers commonly use white in bedding fabric and prefer to hide the presence of down. Apart from a visual difference, white and grey colored down do not have a difference in performance – meaning that one is not warmer or more durable than the other.

The Conclusion

Both goose and duck down can insulate equally efficiently when you take variables such as quality of fill, fill power, processing, etc. into account.  Down quality has a direct connection to everything from the bird’s feed during its lifetime, to the length of its life, to the method of washing that is used in processing.

When you are looking for a great down comforter, you will need to choose between, goose and duck down. It is a good idea to know what goes into the manufacturing process to make sure that you make the best choice. Keep in mind that although goose down is considered superior to duck down, there are countless high-quality duck down comforters available in today’s market. They are, more often than not, more affordable and you get the same insulation that a goose down comforter provides.

Whether you choose goose or duck down, make sure that you pick the best quality down comforter for your bed. You can have a cozy, luxurious sleeping experience and make sure that you get restful, relaxing sleep every night, no matter what time of the year.

 

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The only time you get for yourself is when you are sleeping. This is when you are free from your worries, stress, anxieties, and not to mention, exhaustion from a long day of work. Since this is the only time for you to relax, how do you make the most of it? Well, a great idea is to have a down comforter to cuddle up with. No matter what time of the year it is, a down comforter is sure to give you a relaxing sleep and make sure that you are well rested for the next day.

What Makes A Down Comforter?

A down comforter is made of three things:

Construction: This refers to how the down comforter is made and sewn together. It is important to keep in mind that these comforters are filled with animal feathers. This may trigger allergies for some users. This is why different manufacturers have different ways to make these products. You may find that some comforters look fluffier and cozier, but they may not have been thoroughly sanitized – this is a major reason that allergic reaction may be triggered.  On the other hand, you will find other comforters that look and feel cozy and luxurious, and are also hypoallergenic. It all comes down to how the manufacturer constructed the comforter.

Fill: This refers to the type of feathers and down that is used in the comforter. Needless to say, this is the most important component as it determines the comforter’s performance. There are two options when it comes to the fill that comforter manufacturers use – duck down or goose down. Comforters that have a goose down fill are more expensive than those with duck down. However, you should keep in mind that comforters with duck down provide an equal amount of insulation as goose down comforters. However, goose down and feather are larger and fluffier, so comforters with this fill are cozier and more luxurious and provide better performance.

Fabric: The texture, quality and feel of a comforter are determined by the fabric that it is made with. Down comforters are most commonly made with four fabrics:

  • Damask: Outstanding quality that comes at a great price
  • Cambric: Uses basic weaving to provide excellent value
  • Batiste: Lightweight and provides high durability
  • Sateen: Offers a soft feel with high sheen

How to Choose the Best Down Comforter

With the right comforter, you can add a special touch to your bedroom and have a soft, fluffy and luxurious bed to sleep on every night. So how do you make sure that you have the right down comforter? With a few tips in mind, you can choose the best down comforter for your bedroom:

  • Choose the right design and size: Before you start checking out comforters, the first thing you should do is figure out the size of bedding you need. For instance, if yours is a queen-sized bed, your comforter should be a queen-sized one too. However, you could also treat yourself to a king-sized comforter to extra comfort and luxury. A larger comforter also gives you that extra length and width for coziness and warmth during the cooler months. Comforters come in different designs that you can choose from as well. For instance, you will find some comforters with box-stitch pockets that are placed for holding down and feather fillings firmly in place, while others are reversible and colorful, which is superb when you want interesting accent pieces in your bedroom.
  • Choose the ideal weight: The best down comforter for, you might be a medium-weight quilt that can be augmented with extra blankets or an all-season type that comes with a mid-level tog rating. You may, alternatively, prefer a lightweight down comforter for late spring through early fall. You can also pick a winter-weight quilt for the colder months. To get the ultimate experience in luxurious sleeping, you might want to consider adding a featherbed to your bedding during the winter months.
  • Choose the best filling: Lightweight comforters usually contain a mixture of duck and feather down, which provides both warmth as well as cost-effective construction. Nowadays, there are also feather fiber, down fiber and down-alternative fillings that you can choose from. Down alternatives like foam work quite well with feather fillings and create a lighter, loftier comforter. If you suffer from allergies, you should consider buying a hypoallergenic comforter – these have a special down-resistant shell fabric that keeps the feathers firmly inside the quilt, thereby reducing your overall potential for sneezing.
  • Check out ultra-light down alternative comforters: As mentioned already, there are a few down alternative comforters that are made to feel like the real thing. If you cannot tolerate down, these blankets may be the best option for you as they still provide the luxurious, cozy experience you get from down comforters. Polyester batting or fiberfill pieces can give you the light, warm feel of goose down and feathers. Ultra-light down alternative comforters are hypoallergenic, naturally resistant to dander and dust and not to mention, conveniently washable and dryable.

You will have no problem finding the best down comforter for your bed, no matter what your personal taste or style. There are numerous amazing choices out there these days. Apart from the natural goose and duck down and feather comforters, you can also choose from a wide array of down-alternative materials that are excellent for people with allergies and other problems. You do not have to compromise on comfort and luxury with a vast selection of down comforters that are available nowadays.

If you are looking for a relaxing, comfortable bed to sleep in every night, you should definitely consider getting a down comforter to cozy up with. You can forget about sleepless nights when you have a fluffy, cozy comforter in your bedroom. With thebest down comforter, you can make sure that you get restful sleep every night and say goodbye to stress, anxiety and fatigue. Wake up feeling refreshed each morning after a comfortable sleep with your down comforter.

 

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Welcome to the World of Brentwood Home

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Over the 2 years I have been given multiple mattresses from Brentwood Home for review. I created this post to introduce readers to the Brentwood Home line. In every respect they have exceeded my expectations when it comes to quality, customer service and craftsmanship. Not only do they offer high end mattresses at an affordable price they also have sheets, pillows, blankets, candles, baby accessories and more that make your house a home.

First, the mattresses. Most people are introduced the the Brentwood Home brand through their mattresses. They offer mattresses for every type of sleeper and budget. One of the first mattresses I reviewed was the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel 13 which still ranks as an exceptionally comfortable mattress at a price.

A big reason why Brentwood is able to stand out from the pack is that they have their own factory. They make all their mattresses and pillows in house. This means they can test and refine their product quickly to make sure its the best it can be. Here’s a picture of their loom creating a cover from the factory floor during my visit.

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To give you an idea of the quality, here’s a shot of a worker sewing the handles onto side fabric for a new mattress.

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They also have a separate office that houses their creative department and other staff in LA. This is a peek at their offices which doubles as a studio space for photographing their products. It’s a great space that is very relaxing and has a California vibe.

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Now, on to the products. Like I said, with this company, there is something for everyone. My favorite mattress so far has been the Oceano which looks and feels like a mattress you would normally pay 5 times more for. For many people, latex mattresses are out of reach due to price. Brentwood offers some amazing mattresses with latex without the high price tag and an excellent 120 return policy which is one of the best in the business. Try out the Sequioa for that latex feel.

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For pillows, Brentwood has recently introduced two new options. The Aliso pillow is a shredded memory foam pillow with bamboo cover for $25! There are many shredded memory foam pillows on the market but they are often overstuffed making them too firm. This one is a great balance of softness and support where you can scrunch it up just right to keep you comfortable all night.

If you’re looking for a more natural option, check out the Helena pillow. It is made with latex ribbons and kapok. Kapok comes from a tree. It is the silky seed pods that make for great pillow stuffing. This mixed with natural latex give the pillow a nice loft that is soft, cushy and supportive.

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Brentwood also has an emerging line for babies. Their crib mattresses are innovative and are made with natural materials that minimize environmental impact and create a healthier sleep environment for babies. The Wildfern crib mattress is made with coconut husk and natural latex.

Brentwood even has quality beds for your pet which are made with the same quality and care as their mattresses. These pet beds have furniture grade upholstery and look great in a living room to complement your existing furniture.

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To top it all off, Brentwood Home is expanding its line of bedding to make your bedroom complete. I expect to see more great products in 2017 for this company and it’s great to see that they are bringing quality to the mainstream at factory-direct prices and a laid back California style.

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Microfiber Sheets, Are They Any Good?

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Is it that time of the year that you purchase new sheets? Is your old set too stained, ripped or just worn out and need a change? Most of us splurge on expensive pillows and comforters but often overlook bed sheets. When it comes to bedding, durability and quality are of paramount importance, after all, we spend nearly one-third of our lives between our sheets!

Cotton and Microfiber are two popular choices when it comes to bed sheets. It is important to remember that they are very different materials, and the one for you depends on several factors. These bedding materials, each offer a different level of breathability and feel. They also differ in drying time, durability, and cost. You will need to take all these factors into account while picking the right bedding for yourself and your family. They are both very good choices, and each offers a bunch of benefits. That said, you get what you pay for. And while many people prefer cotton, premium quality microfiber sheets do not tear easily and nor does the color turn dull with repeated washing.

Nowadays, there are more and more bed sheets on the shelves made from microfibers. Microfiber sheets have become rather popular, but are they the right choice for you? In this article, we compare cotton sheets and microfiber sheers to see what all the fuss is about.

Feel – Many prioritize feel over durability. If the feel of your sheets is an important deciding factor for you, you are sure to love microfiber sheers. These sheets are perfect for those who love a silky feel. If your kids or partner moves around a lot at night, these sheets will let them slip and slide without becoming a tangled mess. While these sheets do not offer the crisp feel of cotton, you will love crawling into these sheets as they feel soft against the skin. On the contrary, if you are someone who prefers crisp linen, cotton is your go-to choice.

Warmth – Microfiber is an excellent choice for those who tend to get cold easily as it retains your body’s natural heat. If you tend to kick the blankets at night or are prone to night sweats, cotton is a better choice for you. Since cotton is a natural fiber, it is more breathable and keeps you cooler. It also wicks moisture better making it an ideal choice if you sweat a lot during sleep. On the contrary, microfiber is a lot better at resisting stains which makes maintenance a breeze. However, remember that though microfiber sheets do resist stains better than cotton can, it can be a herculean task to get them out once they find their way in. If you accidentally spill a cup of coffee on your microfiber sheet, the cleanup is time sensitive. Unlike its natural cousin, if you wait too long to attend to the stain, it will set!

Durability of Microfiber Sheets– Low-quality sheets, be it microfiber or cotton will last you only a couple of washes. While cotton sheets are subject to pilling, poor quality microfiber sheets are likely to tear in just a few weeks. High-end microfiber and cotton sheets are both quite durable. However, cotton doesn’t hold dye as well as microfiber and hence begins to fade over time. Microfiber is more resilient and is likely to remain bright and vibrant after repeated trips to the laundry. Most users will agree that cotton wears over time, thinning and piling before becoming entirely useless. Microfibers tend to deteriorate all at once – either ripping or tearing when you least expect it.

Airflow – Premium quality sheets made from both cotton and microfiber are woven in a percale which is touted to be the best weave to facilitate good air flow. When comparing the percale woven microfiber to percale cotton sheets, the latter has more weight and thickness but does boast of better air flow. Microfiber sheets, on the contrary, have a thin and light feeling and yet manage to trap air within it.

Cost – Whether you pick cotton or microfiber – the higher the thread count, the more expensive will the sheet be. A higher denier count means the thicker the fibers will be. The Denier rating affects the cost of a microfiber sheet just as the thread count affects the cost of cotton sheet. However, when compared to one another, cotton is a lot more expensive than microfiber since microfiber is man-made. If you are on a budget or have many beds to make, microfiber is hands down the best choice for you.

Maintenance – Cotton sheets are not just more expensive too but also are more expensive to own. They are thicker and take longer to dry when compared to sheets made from microfiber. Cotton sheets can be easily washed and dried in the comfort of your home. Some of them may shrink after the first wash, but they do get softer the more often you wash them. Microfiber sheets can also be machine laundered at home and tend to shrink after the first wash much like cotton sheets.

If you wash your sheets regularly, you may spend a lot more at the laundromat if you own cotton sheets. Microfiber sheets are perfect if you do not have much space to hang your sheets outside to dry and are on a tight budget and wish to reduce your laundry expensive.

All in all, there are pros and cons to each of these sheets. Microfiber is a great option for people with allergies, but in the end, it all does come down to your personal preference. If you are convinced that microfiber is a better choice for you, you may consider investing in the MezzatiLuxury Bed Sheet Set.

Why buy Mezzati Luxury Bed Sheet Set?

The Mezzati Luxury Bed Sheet Set is one of the most affordable yet premium quality bed sheets on the market. It is available in sizes ranging from Twin to California King. The set contains 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, and 2 standard size pillowcases. All pieces in the set are hypoallergenic and made from premium quality brushed microfiber. Not only are they wrinkle and fade resistant, but also have a soft silky feel to them. These breathable sheets are ideal for any room and are also resistant to dust mites. The pillowcases come with classy embroidery that renders an elegant touch to them Easy to care for and available in attractive colors, this bed sheet set is meant for those who love luxury!

 

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Best Mattress for Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep-related disorder that affects millions of people across the globe. If you or your loved one is suffering from the same problem there are several ways to treat this sleep disorder and minimize its effect on healthy sleeping habits. One of the quickest and simplest tricks that can help you ensure a good sleep cycle and prevent frequent awakenings at night is purchasing mattresses that can help you with your sleep apnea problem.

Below is a list of the best products for sleep apnea along with a detailed guide to help you combat such a problem.

Best Memory Foam Mattress for Sleep Apnea: Nectar Mattress

If you have a sleeping partner and want to keep motion transfer at bay then the Nectar Mattress would be the best choice for you. The flagship memory foam bed from Nectar Mattress is constructed with a top layer of quilted gel memory foam, followed by a subsequent layer of gel memory foam.

It also features a high-density memory foam transitional layer with a support core made of high-density polyfoam. The removable cover is a combination of cotton and TENCEL lyocell.

The dense foam layer of the Nectar provides above-average durability with an estimated lifespan of 6-7 years.

Pros:

  • Exerts minimal pressure for those with stiff muscles and achy joints.
  • Carries a budget price tag affordable to most buyers.
  • Suitable for all types of sleepers – stomach, side, back, and combo.
  • Best product for buyers looking for a long trial period and warranty.

Cons:

  • Inappropriate for individuals who dislike memory foam.
  • Light-weight sleepers under 130 lbs might find it too firm.
  • The body-hugging sensation that the mattress provides might be uncomfortable for some users.

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Best Natural Mattress for Sleep Apnea: Avocado

One of the best natural mattresses available in the market, Avocado mattress features an eco-friendly construction with 100% organic certified latex, organic cotton, and wool. The Avocado is a blend of the traditional innerspring with elevated comfort feature foam that assures a chemical-free, all-natural night’s sleep.

The bed comes with environmental certifications like OEKO-TEX and GREENGUARD which ensures safety from hazardous substances.

Pros:

  • The firmness paired with the thickness of this mattress makes it a perfect choice for sleepers with heavier body frames.
  • Committed to handcrafted construction and all-natural material, the bed comes straight out of the collection with no noticeable off-gassing.
  • People who prefer a responsive and durable latex mattress should go for this product.
  • Those who tend to sleep hot should opt for the Avocado.

Cons:

  • Inappropriate for petite side sleepers.
  • If you are on a tight budget you should look for other alternatives as this is made from premium and certified organic material.

Best Hybrid Mattress For Sleep Apnea: Lytton

If you are looking for a durable, comfortable and serene mattress then you are at the right place as Lytton Sleep Mattress makes the best mattress for sleep apnea.

The heavy gauge border coils provide all-round edge support and durability. Its cooling gel technology makes the mattress as breathable as a cloud and as cool as an ocean breeze.

Considering the superior and durable material used, this mattress is expected to serve for a minimum of 10 years. If you have any doubt about the quality of this mattress they offer 100 nights trial for potential buyers to try out.

Pros:

  • The quantum coil system combined with high-density serene foam makes the mattress lasts longer than other market alternatives.
  • The deep-pocketed coil system offers optimal back, hip, and shoulder support while minimizing the motion transfer.
  • The serene foam provides consistent comfort for greater support while reducing motion transfer significantly for a better night’s sleep.
  • The cover is made from eco-friendly certified organic cotton which provides a soft plush feel to the user.

Cons:

  • This mattress offers limited thickness and composition options.
  • The Lytton may be a bit heavy for some users to move.

Luxury: Brentwood Home Oceano

The high-quality Brentwood Home Oceano mattress is designed to provide a luxurious experience to the user at a budget-friendly rate.

This hybrid mattress uses both foam and coils with layers of gel memory foam and pocketed coils to offer both pressure relief and support to the user.

The material is CertiPUR-US certified which ensures that the foam on which you are sleeping has low VOC and is non-toxic. Brentwood uses natural hydrated silica sand as fire-retardant layer in its Oceano mattress.

Its cover is made from natural plant-based TENCEL fibers making it thick and soft to touch. The construction provides the bed with an innerspring feel, topped with plush and soft pillow top.

Pros:

  • It has earned positive reviews from sleepers who weigh 230 lbs or less.
  • Both coil layers promote strong airflow while the top wool layer wicks away moisture.
  • The mattress isolates motion better than most competing products.
  • Perfect for eco-conscious shoppers.

Cons:

  • This mattress is inappropriate for those who prefer a classic memory foam feel.
  • Buyers looking for the cheapest mattress might find it inappropriate.

Performance: Eight Sleep

For most online beds it is the convenience and value that sells, but for Eight it is all about the smart features more than anything else.

Although it is technically not smart, the mattress contains a 4-layer foam with great pressure relief and support and also a nice medium feel.

Its unique smart cover slips over the mattress and helps the user connect to his phone. The cover tracks the sleep of the user and ensures that each side of the bed is evenly warm.

Pros:

  • Eight follows the direct to consumer model to help buyers save a significant amount.
  • The 2” Reactive foam offers consistent heating without getting excessively hot making it appropriate for sleepers who like to sleep cool.
  • Eight has a good amount of bounce and body conformance for great pressure relief.
  • This mattress is appropriate for all sleeping positions with a smart cover sleep tracker.

Cons:

  • If you prefer a spring mattress you should consider something with coils.
  • Eight provides a medium feel you should look elsewhere if you prefer an extra-soft mattress.
  • This mattress is inappropriate for sleepers weighing over 300 lbs.

Budget: Allswell

The Allswell hybrid mattress constructed from premium memory foam and supportive pocketed coils makes it the best economy mattress for sleep apnea.

Allswell features three variants of its mattresses – The Allswell, The Luxe, and the Supreme. A comfort layer of copper with graphite-infused gel memory foam provides firmness to the mattress while keeping it soft and comfortable.

Pros:

  • The thicker coils along the perimeter ensure strong edge support with minimal sinkage.
  • This mattress is suitable for all body types, including heavier sleepers.
  • People on a tight budget should definitely opt for this mattress.
  • It sleeps relatively cool as its spring system offers more breathability and doesn’t let the sleeper sink too much.

Cons:

  • It does not provide the same pressure-relieving sensation as a traditional memory foam mattress.
  • It might feel a bit firm for lightweight side sleepers.

More about the Best Mattress for Sleep Apnea

If you are dealing with sleep apnea on a nightly basis you would probably be wondering if there is a perfect mattress to ease such symptoms. Fortunately, there are and you just need to know the essential factors that play a major role in your search process. The essential factors to consider include –

Construction and Build Material

The construction and build material of your mattress is likely to help with your sleep apnea problem

  • Latex Mattress: Made from the sap of rubber trees these are light and airy material. Avoid buying synthetic latex when shopping for the best mattress for sleep apnea as it contains a petroleum base and chemical compounds that can affect breathing.
  • Memory Foam Mattress: It offers superior pressure point relief by supporting the hips and lumbar area. Make sure you buy a high-quality product when purchasing a foam mattress. Innerspring mattresses and firm beds tend to lack pressure relief making them a less suitable choice for this purpose.
  • Hybrid Mattress: Consists of an innerspring base with memory or latex foam as comfort layers. Check whether the hybrid mattress is compatible with an adjustable base.

Natural and Organic Material

If you have breathing problems the last thing you would want is a mattress that increases your breathing problems. Therefore, it is recommended to opt for natural and organic materials as opposed to synthetic ones. Synthetic mattresses are known to contain volatile organic compounds that trigger conditions of asthma, allergies, and respiratory problems. If an organic product is beyond your budget opt for a mattress that is hypoallergenic.

Firmness

Sleepers with sleep apnea problems usually sleep on their sides, especially if they are using a CPAP machine. This would require a mattress that not only provides ample support but also enough contouring to relieve the pressure points at the shoulders and hips. Choose a mattress that would be firm enough to provide support while preventing you from sinking too deep to maintain the right alignment.

Best Mattress for Sleep Apnea FAQs

What Type of Mattress Is Best for Sleep Apnea?

If you are on a hunt for the best mattress for sleep apnea keep the different types of mattresses in mind before making a purchase. This includes –

  • Memory Foam: The superior pressure point relief makes it a suitable choice for sleepers with sleep apnea problems.
  • Latex: It is available either in natural or synthetic form. The natural latex is made from the sap of rubber trees that makes it a hypoallergenic component. Synthetic latex is made from a petroleum base and other chemical compounds that may worsen the sleep apnea problem.
  • Hybrid: This combines innerspring base or core with a latex surface or memory foam. Choose a mattress that can adjust to your bed frame.

Can a Mattress Help Sleep Apnea?

An elevated bed will allow air to easily pass through the airways and into the vital organs. Although adjustable beds are not a solution to sleep apnea problems they can surely lessen the symptoms and bring more peaceful sleep to the user. A latex mattress can encourage a good sleeping posture, relax muscles and help with sleep apnea and insomnia problems.

Can a Bad Mattress Cause Sleep Apnea?

Sleeping on the wrong mattress can escalate the problems related to sleep apnea and insomnia. For severe cases of sleep apnea, the episodes can last the entire night with the sleeper waking up every thirty seconds.

Is It Better to Sleep on a Hard or Soft Mattress?

Sleepers who are experiencing troublesome back pain should opt for a firm mattress for a comfortable sleep. Firm mattresses are appropriate for sleepers who sleep on their back as they provide a more stable and even surface. Also, stomach sleepers find these mattresses more appropriate. Others may opt for a softer one.

Bottom Line

Your hunt for the best mattress for sleep apnea comes to an end once you get to know the features that you should be considering while searching for one. Rest is just your personal preference and choice which may influence your decision of selecting one product over the others.

 

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Best Sleeping Cots For Camping

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Are you one of them who avoid camping just because you miss the cozy bed at night? Well, you can get the same level of comfort even when you are camping on sleeping cots. Yes, the sleeping cots can help you get that cozy night’s sleep even when you are outdoor. These camping cots are collapsible camping beds that maintain your sleep quality while you are out on recreational camping in family-friendly campsites. Not only for camping, but these products have also found a place in homes and hotels in the form of add-on beds whenever required.

Below is a detailed guide on the best sleeping cots available in the market that can help you make an informed decision.

Coleman ComfortSmart Deluxe Cot

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The coil suspension system of ComfortSmart Deluxe Cot makes it the perfect product for camping. It can easily fit inside a car’s back and offers a near-experience of sleeping in a wooden bed. The cot legs are designed to support the structure for heavy and tall persons to fit in comfortably.

The cot has coil support as well, which makes it comfortable to sleep on without the possibility of deflating.

Pros:

  • Durable, strong, and lightweight
  • Easy setup
  • Heavy and tall people can use cot comfortably

Cons:

  • Difficult to fold for storage
  • The foam is thin and may not last longer

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL

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This camping cot by Teton Sports offers its users great sleeping comfort, ensuring sound sleep. When paired with a sports outfitter pad, it provides great comfort and can be used as a guest bed. This cot is stable and relatively strong and can support up to 600lbs. It is a perfect cot for outdoor activities, including base camp and hunting.

Pros

  • Durable and Portable
  • Can support heavyweight up to 600lbs
  • Plenty of space on the bed
  • Can be set up easily

Cons

  • A slight heavy to carry
  • The price is a little higher

Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot

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The Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot is easy to set up and assemble. It is made of a sturdy aluminum frame, which can support the weight without bulging. This cot is ideal for users who are planning to go out for car camping. This cot comes along with a 3/8 insulating foam cot. It can handle all kinds of weather.

Pros

  • It offers a warranty of one year against defects
  • Encapsulation rain fly gives protection against extreme stormy weather
  • It is firm so that you can sleep soundly
  • A heavy-duty carrying bag allows easy transportation and set-up

Cons

  • Slightly expensive
  • Slightly bigger than most camping cots

Byer of Maine Portable Folding Cot

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Byer of Maine has invested a lot of time and effort in designing their portable folding cot. Their portable folding cot is easy to set up and store. This cot offers the perfect solution for travel, home, and camping. Besides being portable, it is incredibly sturdy and durable. The cot may be set up within a minute, as it does not have loose parts.

Pros

  • Provides maximum comfort
  • Can be set up within a minute
  • Strong legs of steel
  • Can be folded easily for storage

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slightly expensive

Coleman Pack-Away Cot

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The Coleman Pack-Away Cot is a traditional cot that has been given a modern look with the state-of-the-art technology. It is constructed, especially using durable and strong steel frames providing maximum support. It has a convenient folding bag along with cup holders for lanterns, glasses, and books. This cot has a portable storage bag that makes it good for camping.

Pros

  • It can be set up easily within a minute
  • Can support up to 300lbs weight
  • Is appropriate for both indoors as well as outdoors
  • The powder-coated steel frame is rust-resistant,

Cons

  • It cannot be shipped to all countries

Alpcour

alpcour cot

The lightweight of Alpcour makes it easy to carry. The cot can hold up to 300 lbs making it sturdy and durable at the same time. It can easily fit an adult or two small children. This cot has a side pocket that can store odds, cell phones, and keys.

Pros

  • Made of 600D durable polyester fabric
  • Lightweight and has carrying case
  • Can hold two children or an adult

Cons

  • Pillow is slightly uncomfortable

Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot

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This minimalist masterpiece by Mountain Tails is undoubtedly the slimmest and the most affordable model available in the market. The length of this cot makes it suitable for tall people, and the width offers adequate room for users. The legs and the frame are built using powder-coated steel, and the top is made of polyester making it a durable and sturdy product.

Pros

  • Offers a lot of room for sleeping
  • Affordable
  • Useful add-on beds at home
  • Tough cover and sturdy frame supports up to 225lbs weight

Cons

  • Complicated assembling
  • No rubber or plastic cover on legs
  • Weak C-shaped legs.

Coleman Trailhead II Camp Cot

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The Trailhead Cot from Coleman is portable and collapsible with the width of a standard bed. If you want a military-grade camp cot at a low cost that provides the premium features, then this is a good option. The cot is not big enough but can accommodate 300lbs of weight. The cot is foldable and, therefore, can be stored easily at a corner.

Pros

  • Can be easily folded to move and to store
  • Military-grade design
  • The X-frame can provide support for durability

Cons

  • A little heavy in comparison to other brands.
  • The cover may be tight when new

Essential Factors To Consider While Buying A Cot

Shopping for a cot is not as easy as you might think. You need to consider a host of factors simultaneously, which would help you in making an informed decision. Some of the essential factors include –

Checking Out The Fabric

Cots are available in a wide variety of fabric. The best sleeping cots are made from nylon and polyester. These fabrics help in maintaining a warm and cozy environment while you are resting. While some cots might be made out of the canvas, it makes the product heavy to carry, which can be a problem when you are trekking or camping.

Type Of Frame

Apart from the fabric, the frame type if equally important while shopping for a cot. The frames of a cot need to be lightweight, durable, and rust-resistant. Alongside this, it would be necessary to ensure a sturdy frame due to which people opt for a steel frame instead of aluminum. It is recommended to go through manufacturer reviews to help you guide through the frame selection process. The frames must consume less space and should be easy to fold.

X-Shaped Legs

This type of sleeping cot is widely favored by army men. With comfort similar to that of king-sized beds, these are a must-have for campers. The X-shape of their legs are sturdy and stable enough to carry heavy weights. However, you may need to go through the reader menu if you are a first time user.

U-Shaped Legs

These types of legs are mostly observed for sleeper cots that can be folded twice or even thrice for carrying. The underneath folding technique helps in distributing the weight of the cot evenly, making it easier to carry it to camps, hotels, and houses. Experts recommend the U-shaped legs for cots if you are a beginner in camping.

Apart from the above-mentioned factors, there are other things that need consideration, such as the size of the bed, insulation, sleeping pattern, etc. There are multiple options available in the market that can surely help you to make the right choice depending on your needs and preference.

Cot Buying FAQs

Can Camping Cots Damage The Tent Floor?

Many camping cots come with rubber coverings on their legs, making them suitable for use inside tents. Cots that do not have any protective covering may be covered up using tennis balls or small pieces of the carpet, which can be placed under the legs to protect the tent floor. So, a camping cot may damage the floor of the tent, but they don’t have to if you take adequate protective measures.

Are Cots Comfortable To Sleep On?

Sleep cots provide the same sleeping experience to users as normal beds, but they are bulky and heavy. Still, many campers are willing to accept such characteristics to ensure a good night’s sleep. Most cots are manufactured using an aluminum frame with fabric stretching that gets taut once assembled.

Are Sleeping Cots Difficult To Assemble?

The modern camping cots are quite simple and easy to assemble in comparison to the traditional ones. Many cots come directly out of the box ready to use, such as the Coleman ComfortSmart Delux and the Bayer Cot. But even if it requires a bit of assembling, you won’t have any problem getting the things in place.

What Are Cots Made Of, And Which Is The Best For Me?

All cots are either made of polyester, canvas, or nylon. You won’t find a spring coil mattress in a cot as they are too heavy to carry. It would be better for you to choose a product made from synthetic material like nylon, which is both sturdy and durable while being lightweight at the same time. Such material also dries out faster in case they get wet while camping outdoors.

The Bottom Line

It is not difficult to get hold of the best sleeping cot provided you know what and where to look for. Throughout your search process, you must remember that the most expensive and heaviest ones are not always the best. Different sleeping cots are designed for different purposes. Make sure you match your requirement with the features that a specific sleeping cot offers to help you make an informed decision.

 

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Yaasa Weighted Blanket: Knitted Comfort

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Yaasa is a furniture company that makes mattresses, adjustable beds, desks, and bedding. They are based out of Santa Barbara, California and are known for producing products that are both innovative and stylish. The recent addition of their weighted blanket is no exception. Most weighted blankets on the market are made with glass beads sewn into the fabric for weight. Yaasa instead knits their weighted blanket making it breathable and stylish so that you will actually want to leave it out.

Why Do You Need a Weighted Blanket?

If you haven’t tried a weighted blanket, you owe it to yourself to experience it. A good weighted blanket feels like a reassuring hug that instantly gives you a feeling of security and calm. It’s a big reason why first responders wrap trauma victims in blankets. But you don’t need to be under duress to get reap the benefits of a weighted blanket.

There are now all kinds of weighted blankets to choose from but Yaasa has a unique design that takes weighted blankets to the next level.

Ordering the Yaasa Weighted Blanket

You can order this blanket directly from the Yaasa website. It currently retails for $249 in the 15 lb. weight and $269 in the 20 lb. weight. For this review, I received the 15 lb. weight in a cream color. As you can see below, the blanket comes wrapped in plastic to keep it clean.

Yaasa Weighted Blanket Packaging

I noticed that there was a bit of a new fabric smell to this blanket but if you air it out for a bit it should be fine. Here’s what it looks like out of the packaging. Unlike a normal weighted blanket, this is knitted with large cables of fabric that give the blanket its weight but also make it very breathable.  This is a great design because it is also stylish.

folded weighted blanket

Construction of the Weighted Blanket

Below are the construction details of the blanket as listed on the Yaasa website.

Dimensions and Weights

15 lbs

Length 72″ x Width 40″

20lbs

Length 72″ x Width 45″

 

Materials

Cover

100% Cotton

Filling

100% Polypropylene Fibers

 

Warranty

Every Yaasa Weighted Blanket comes with a 1-year warranty.

 

Shipping

The Yaasa Weighted Blankets ship from Santa Barbara, California using FedEX ground.

 

Country of Origin

 

Made in China.

My Yaasa Weighted Blanket Findings

This blanket has a unique feel. I like that you can stretch it out a bit as it is a loose-knit. Here you can see that I can easily poke my fingers through it.

knitted blanket

In the picture below I am using it on my Sol Tec Lounge meditation chair. I use weighted blankets because it helps me relax and stay grounded.

 

Yaasa Weighted Blanket

According to the care instructions, the blanket should be dry cleaned only. I suspect this is because they don’t want the yarn coming through in the washing machine. I think this would be problematic with a washing machine with an agitator but I have a newer high-efficiency washer that can handle oversized loads. I thought I would put it in the wash just to see what would happen.

The blanket washed just fine but it took about 3 dry cycles for the blanket to get dry. However, It wasn’t damaged at all. The picture with me in the blanket on the meditation chair is the blanket after it was washed.

My Yaasa Weighted Blanket Recommendation

Weighted blankets are wonderful. My daughter has her own and I now have a couple in my bedroom. I don’t use them every night but sometimes they are just what I need to relax or fall asleep faster. You can certainly find cheaper weighted blankets but I would rather have this blanket out and folded as it looks great and is a wonderful conversation piece.

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Yaasa Weighted Blanket: Knitted Comfort

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Yaasa is a furniture company that makes mattresses, adjustable beds, desks, and bedding. They are based out of Santa Barbara, California and are known for producing products that are both innovative and stylish. The recent addition of their weighted blanket is no exception. Most weighted blankets on the market are made with glass beads sewn into the fabric for weight. Yaasa instead knits their weighted blanket making it breathable and stylish so that you will actually want to leave it out.

Why Do You Need a Weighted Blanket?

If you haven’t tried a weighted blanket, you owe it to yourself to experience it. A good weighted blanket feels like a reassuring hug that instantly gives you a feeling of security and calm. It’s a big reason why first responders wrap trauma victims in blankets. But you don’t need to be under duress to get reap the benefits of a weighted blanket.

There are now all kinds of weighted blankets to choose from but Yaasa has a unique design that takes weighted blankets to the next level.

Ordering the Yaasa Weighted Blanket

You can order this blanket directly from the Yaasa website. It currently retails for $249 in the 15 lb. weight and $269 in the 20 lb. weight. For this review, I received the 15 lb. weight in a cream color. As you can see below, the blanket comes wrapped in plastic to keep it clean.

Yaasa Weighted Blanket Packaging

I noticed that there was a bit of a new fabric smell to this blanket but if you air it out for a bit it should be fine. Here’s what it looks like out of the packaging. Unlike a normal weighted blanket, this is knitted with large cables of fabric that give the blanket its weight but also make it very breathable.  This is a great design because it is also stylish.

folded weighted blanket

Construction of the Weighted Blanket

Below are the construction details of the blanket as listed on the Yaasa website.

Dimensions and Weights

15 lbs

Length 72″ x Width 40″

20lbs

Length 72″ x Width 45″

 

Materials

Cover

100% Cotton

Filling

100% Polypropylene Fibers

 

Warranty

Every Yaasa Weighted Blanket comes with a 1-year warranty.

 

Shipping

The Yaasa Weighted Blankets ship from Santa Barbara, California using FedEX ground.

 

Country of Origin

 

Made in China.

My Yaasa Weighted Blanket Findings

This blanket has a unique feel. I like that you can stretch it out a bit as it is a loose-knit. Here you can see that I can easily poke my fingers through it.

knitted blanket

In the picture below I am using it on my Sol Tec Lounge meditation chair. I use weighted blankets because it helps me relax and stay grounded.

 

Yaasa Weighted Blanket

According to the care instructions, the blanket should be dry cleaned only. I suspect this is because they don’t want the yarn coming through in the washing machine. I think this would be problematic with a washing machine with an agitator but I have a newer high-efficiency washer that can handle oversized loads. I thought I would put it in the wash just to see what would happen.

The blanket washed just fine but it took about 3 dry cycles for the blanket to get dry. However, It wasn’t damaged at all. The picture with me in the blanket on the meditation chair is the blanket after it was washed.

My Yaasa Weighted Blanket Recommendation

Weighted blankets are wonderful. My daughter has her own and I now have a couple in my bedroom. I don’t use them every night but sometimes they are just what I need to relax or fall asleep faster. You can certainly find cheaper weighted blankets but I would rather have this blanket out and folded as it looks great and is a wonderful conversation piece.

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Best Weighted Blankets 2020

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Today, the number of people suffering from various sleep disorders is increasing. Innovative product companies are always introducing products to help people get better sleep. One such sleep product that has become wildly popular in recent years is the weighted blanket. Unlike a regular blanket, weighted blankets are much heavier, ranging from anywhere between 5 and 30 pounds. It has become a common sleep accessory for many adults and children because it 20supposed to help with several sleep-related disorders.

Weighted blankets usually have a filling inside made of glass or plastic beads. Some weighted blankets also have extra padding off polyester fibers to provide maximum comfort. The outer portion of the blanket is usually made of cotton, flannel or wool. Weighted blankets look much like regular blankets but feel a lot heavier. The reasoning behind weighted blankets is that the weight helps release happiness hormones that help with sleep disorders and mental disorders such as autism and depression.

A lot of mental and behavioral problems cause restlessness and make it hard to fall asleep. Weighted blankets are supposed to calm down restlessness and induce relaxation and sleep. But weight is the most important consideration when choosing weighted blankets. If the blanket is too heavy, it can cause discomfort and disrupt sleep, especially in children. Not all weighted blankets have the same weight, so you must always try to feel and hold the blanket before purchase.

How a Weighted Blanket Works?

Weighted blankets work by providing a sensation called ‘grounding’ that involves applying moderate pressure to the body and pushing them deeper into the sleep surface. Grounding is also said to trigger the release of calming hormones that soothe the nerves and aid in sleep.

The key to making a weighted blanket work for you is the weight. This is why weighted blankets should always be customized according to individual users because no two people will be comfortable using the same weight.  Most adults are usually comfortable with a blanket weighing around 5 to 10 percent of their own body weight. Weighted blankets are also safe for older children, with the optimal comfort level being 10 percent of their body weight. But children under the age of eight should not be using weighted blankets unless prescribed by a physician, because they pose health and safety risks.

Weighted blankets aren’t for everyone. There are people who should avoid using them or consult with their doctor about the use of weighted blankets. These people include those with respiratory or circulatory disorders and those with claustrophobia and fear of confined spaces or being trapped. Weighted blankets can cause distress and complications to such people and make their problems worse. Particularly heavy blankets can cause significant distress to the user in case of respiratory and circulatory problems. People with claustrophobia should also avoid using weighted blankets because the heavyweight can trigger the phobia.

Benefits of Weighted Blankets

Despite the health risks that come with using weighted blankets, they have been found to be useful in aiding with proper sleep for certain people. Some of the advantages of using a weighted blanket are:

Reduced nighttime cortisol levels: After a stressful day, cortisol remains in your blood even when you go to sleep. Excess cortisol impacts the production of melatonin and hinders sleep. The use of weighted blankets has been found to lower cortisol levels, bringing about calmness and relaxation and helping the person fall and stay asleep.

Increased production of serotonin: Using weighted blankets has been found to increase the production of Serotonin, the hormone that is responsible for keeping us awake and alert throughout the day and preventing daytime sleepiness. Weighted blankets also help in the production of other hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin, which are called happiness hormones.

Reduced instances of sleepwalking: Children who walk in their sleep benefit from the use of a weighted blanket, because the heavyweight isn’t easy to quickly get out of in the middle of the night. Besides, weighted blankets are also known to promote calmness and relaxation, reducing the instance of somnambulism.

Weighted blankets also help calm down children with autism and ADHD, because they have significantly low levels of melatonin and are hard to put to sleep. Weighted blanket calms down restlessness, increase the production of melatonin and also improve memory and cognition to some extent.

Best Weighted Blankets of 2020

With weighted blankets so popular, bedding manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon and producing their own versions of the blanket. But not all of them are capable of providing you with the benefits of weighted blankets. We have listed the top weighted blankets today that are on the forefront for being the best.

Bearaby Weighted Blanket

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The Bearaby weighted is the best looking and best feeling weighted blanket on the market today. While it isn’t cheap, starting at $249, it will look great in your bedroom or living room. You can choose either the Classic Napper made of organic cotton or the Tree Napper made of ultra-breathable Tencel fiber. Its also machine washable, just throw it in the wash and you’re done. Not need to unzip an outer shell.

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Layla Weighted Blanket

Layla Weighted Blanket

Layla is best known for their popular foam mattress, they now have a super soft and cozy weighted blanket that feels like mink. The sophisticated black and gray cover is washable and goes with any decor. What is especially nice about this blanket is that it comes with a 120-night trial and a 5-year warranty putting it at the head of the pack. You can try it for 120 nights and if you don’t like it, it’s a free return so you have nothing to lose by giving a try.

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Mosaic Weighted Blanket

Mosaic Weighted Blanket

Highlights

  • Fun, colorful weighted blankets made of nontoxic materials and BPA-free pellets
  • Made for year-round use
  • 100 % customizable
  • 5 lbs to the 25 lbs weight range

Mosaic has been one of the most beloved weighted blanket manufacturers in the US, founded by Laura LeMond as a way to help people get relief from disorders like panic, anxiety and ADD by cuddling up with a blanket. Mosaic weighted blankets are made in Austin, Texas, and are 100 percent customizable. In fact, you can even send in your own materials and pellets to have a blanket made just for you.

Mosaic offers a huge range of weights, colors, and styles, outnumbering most other weighted blanket manufacturers. Mosaic blankets begin from 5 pounds are available in one-pound increments. They also come in different sizes, and 100 percent customizable to suit your exact preferences. You can have a Star Wars themed blanket for your boy, a pink polka dot blanket for your daughter, a plaid 20-pound blanket for yourself, or 25-lbs queen size for the master bed.

While Mosaic does offer reasonably priced weighted blankets that have been tried and tested by consumers over the last eight years, the company does lack some of the user-friendly features offered by newer weighted blankets. For instance, the plastic pellets can be felt through the cotton cover and they also noisily move around inside the pockets. But if you don’t do much tossing and turning during the night, and also find the sound of the pellets soothing, you shouldn’t have a problem with the Mosaic weighted blankets. As far as grounding and calming are concerned, the blankets perform an excellent job.

Good for:

  • Both adults and children
  • Those who love body-hugging blankets
  • Interested in customizing options and variety

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CMFRT Cozy Weighted Blanket

cmfrt weighted blanket

Highlights

  • Scientifically proven to improve sleep, reduce stress and increase productivity
  • Dual-sided, for summer and winter use
  • Evenly distributed weight

Not all weighted blankets are machine washable, but the one by CMFRT is. You can easily remove the cover and wash the blanket, just like all your other clothing. Another advantage of the CMFRT Cozy weighted blanket is the dual side. One side has a minky microfiber cover for use in winter while the other side has a soft cotton cover for use in summer. Inside there are beads stitched uniformly into individual pockets that add weight to the blanket. Because these beads don’t heat up, you can easily use this blanket throughout the year, switching sides to your preferences.

The weighted blankets by CMFRT are available in small and queen sizes. The smaller sizes – 5 lb, 7 lb, and 12 lb – are great to cover your body, and the larger queen sizes – 16 lb, 20 lb, 25 lb – are great to cover the bed. Although they don’t offer many customization options, CMFRT Cozy weighted blankets do come in a number of color options. The beads are made with premium glass and are nontoxic and hypoallergenic. The blankets are made entirely in the US and have a satisfaction guarantee. A 22 lb queen size blanket retails for $179.

Good for:

  • Those who want a user-friendly, innovative weighted blanket
  • Those who want size and weight options
  • Those who want to machine wash the blanket

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YnM Weighted Blanket

YnM Weighted Blanket

Highlights

  • Reasonably priced, compared to competitors
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • 3-year warranty
  • Seven-layer construction

Given the variation in children’s weights, it can be hard to find the right weighted blanket for them. The YnM weighted blanket seems to be just right for both kids and adults, because of the variety of sizes they offer. Children are usually comfortable with weighted blankets that are 10 percent of their body weight. Usually, weighted blankets that weigh 5 to 7 pounds are ideal for children. YnM offers that, and there are additional options that are fit adults.

The blanket has a seven-layer construction, at the center of which is the layer of glass beads. The additional layers are made of soft fabrics that do not heat up and help keep the sleep cool.  Because there is little to no microfiber content, the blanket is great for the summers. Sleepers will also be comfortable without feeling the beads through the layers. There are five weighted inserts for evenly distributing the beads and allow the blanket to adapt to the shape of the sleeper.

Good for:

  • Children as well as adults
  • Those who prefer a blanket that adapts to their shape
  • Hot sleepers

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Density Comfort Weighted Blanket

Density Comfort Weighted Blanket

Highlights

  • Machine washable
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Three weight options to choose from

The Density Comfort weighted blanket has only three weight options to choose from, and they are all pretty heavy at 15 lbs, 20 lbs, and 25 lbs. Needless to say, this isn’t a blanket that’s ideal for children. Only heavy adults will be able to use it comfortably. Many adults who prefer something lighter have said that the blanket is too heavy to sleep with. If you’re above 150 pounds and would love something really heavy pinning you down through the night, this is the blanket for you.

The outer cover is plush fleece, and the inner layer is made cotton. The outer cover can be removed and thrown in the wash.

Good for:

  • Heavyweight people
  • Those who sleep cold
  • Those who love really heavy blankets

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Zzzhen Weighted Blanket

zzzhen weighted blanket

Highlights

  • Soft and breathable materials
  • Responsive customer service
  • 30-day return/replacement and 3-year warranty

The Zzzhen weighted blanket is made of cotton, which means it’s breathable and also sleeps cool. It’s touted as the ideal blanket for those who suffer from insomnia, anxiety and other pressures of life. The gentle weight of the blanket helps remove stress and fatigue and creates a calming sleeping experience. The blanket is constructed with high-quality Egyptian cotton through well-proportioned sewing that evenly distributed the weight through the blanket.

Good for:

  • Hot sleepers
  • Those who love premium cotton
  • Those who want dependable customer service and longer than average warranty

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Sensadream Cooling Weighted Blanket

sensadream

Highlights

  • Dual-sided removable cover
  • Evenly distributed weight
  • Only one size of 15 lbs

Although Sensadream offers only one size and weight – queen 15 lbs – the company claims that it can be used for all people. However, the ideal weight range is 130-lbs to 180 lbs. the blanket has two sides to the cover, the minky side for winters and the 100 percent natural bamboo side for summer. The cover can also be removed for washing. The tiny glass sand beads are non-toxic and hypoallergenic and do not make any noise.

Good for:

  • Those looking for attention to detail
  • Ideal weight
  • Those who want reasonable pricing

Degrees of Comfort Weighted blanket

Highlights

  • Weight options 5 lbs to 30 lbs
  • Two covers for summer and winter
  • Affordable

Available exclusively on Amazon, the weighted blanket from Degrees of Comfort comes with two separate covers- one for the summer and the other for the colder months. Strict attention to detail is paid during construction, using only the highest quality materials that are hypoallergenic and non-toxic. Suitable for both children and adults, the weighted blanket comes in a wide range of weight options and is priced under $60.

Good for:

  • Those looking for value for money
  • Use in both summer and winter
  • Wide weight options

Although weighted blankets claim to offer a number of health and sleep benefits, remember to consult with your doctor before you start using it if you have any health problem that requires attention.

 

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What’s worse than making the bed? Keeping the sheets and covers in place the whole day. For those who hate making the bed, having to put the sheets and covers back in their proper place several times throughout the day can be quite a chore. Unfortunately, bedding tends to get all tangled or end up in a mess on the floor. Not only does this look unpleasant but also makes for additional work when making the bed. Even those who do not dislike making the bed can get frustrated if the sheets and blankets keep tumbling down to the floor throughout the day and during the night. Keeping the bedding in place is the key to a tidy bed. Even if the sheets and blankets do not slip off on their own, several people are in the habit of kicking off the sheets and covers during the night. When bedding comes into contact with the floor, it gets dirty and requires more frequent washing.

Weighted Blanket to Prevent Slipping

There are a few ways to prevent bedding from slipping off the bed without spending a fortune. One of the most popular ways to achieve this is by using weighted sheets. In recent years, weighted sheets have become known for the ability to alleviate symptoms of insomnia and anxiety and aid in more restful sleep. But heavy sheets and blankets have long been used for preventing the bedding from slipping off. To achieve this, you need a blanket or top sheet that’s heavier than the rest of the bedding. The heavy weight of the blanket or sheet helps keep the bedding from slipping off.

What we now know as a weighted blanket is actually a sensory blanket filled with plastic pellets used for insomnia, anxiety, and autism. These blankets are expensive than regular blankets. But for keeping your bedding in place you do not need these sensory blankets sensory blankets. A regular blanket that is significantly heavier than the rest of the bedding can work just as well in keeping the rest of the sheets in place.

Choose the Right Materials

Regardless of the type of top sheet or blanket that you choose, special attention should be paid to the materials. There are a lot of people who are fond of the silky, luxurious bedding materials, such as satin and silk. In places like hotels and resorts, these silky materials are found all over, because they are supposed to lend a stylish and luxurious touch to the bedroom. People often use these materials for their regular bedroom decor.

There is no doubt that silk and satin are more stylish and attractive than fabrics like cotton or wool. But unfortunately, these silky materials are also notorious for sliding off the bed. Instead, choose cotton, linen or flannel sheets, duvet covers, and quilts, avoiding any fabric that is shiny and silky to touch. When cotton, flannel, and linen are washed regularly, they keep becoming softer but not slippery. If you want to give a luxurious finish to your bed, you can choose fabrics like cashmere or chenille. These fabrics are often used to make chunky blankets that can also be used as a top sheet or a throw. These fabrics offer the softness of satin or silk while the chunky knit adds weight and keeps them in place.

If you still prefer satin or silk sheets and blankets, choose a fitted flannel sheet on top. The friction that is created between the silky sheets and the flannel top sheet keeps the bedding in place.

Keep It Tucked In

Another easy and effortless way to keep bedding from slipping off is to tuck the edges of the sheets or blanket underneath the mattress or the box spring. Sheets or blankets that are secure are less likely to slide off or move around and also require less time and work to make the bed in the morning.  Regardless of whether the sheet is heavy or light, keeping it tucked under the side of the mattress can prevent it from moving even when you toss and turn in bed.

Use Bedding Straps/Suspenders

Keeping bedding secure is a foolproof way to prevent sheets and blankets from sliding off. This can be done by using bedding straps or suspenders. Straps or suspenders provide bedding with an additional layer of security. Once the sheets and blankets have been tucked into place, the mattress should be lifted at the corner at the foot of the bed and clipped to the suspenders crosswise along each corner.

If you clip them crosswise or diagonally, the blankets remain tucked without having to run an entire suspender along the foot of the bed. If you buy high-quality bedding straps, they are capable of attaching to more than one layer and can be used to hold together the sheets, blanket, and quilt at the same time. This not only removes unnecessary bulk at the foot of the bed but also provides a neat, hassle-free solution to keeping the bedding in place.

Make the Bed

The unfortunate truth is that even the best-made bed becomes messy by the end of the night. Therefore, you cannot expect your well-made bed to last forever and stop making your bed every morning. More often than not, sheets and blankets tend to slide off a bed that’s disheveled. To make your bed the right way, first spread the sheets and then tuck the edges underneath the mattress, folding the corners over and tucking them along the sides. This process should be repeated with the blankets. The heavier items should be placed on top of them to keep the layers from sliding off. Don’t forget to tuck the edges and use straps to keep the layers together.

While weighted or heavy blanketsdo keep the bedding in place, they aren’t the only solution. Using the right fabrics, clipping the layers together, and making the bed the right way every morning are also equally effective in keeping the bedding from sliding off the bed.

 

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