Personalize Your Bed for a Good Night’s Sleep

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You might already be tired of hearing this from us, but because it’s true, we won’t get tired of saying that your bed is a huge factor in getting a good night’s sleep. Personalizing it is essential to get the most amount of comfort that you need to get great zzz’s. Doing this may sound pretty simple, but with all of the options available in the market today, choosing the right products can be a challenge.

To help you personalize your bed, here are some tips that you should keep in mind:

If you’re replacing your old mattress with a new one, make sure to try out the very product you’re planning to buy.

A lot of us tend to like ordering stuff online as it’s a lot easier to just click on the items you wish to purchase than actually go to a store. While you can already buy mattresses online, it’s still best to actually visit a store and try the mattresses out. We cannot stress this point enough: try out the mattresses out. This way, you can get the feel of the mattress before purchasing it.

Mattresses are made in different ways using a wide range of various materials so they definitely don’t feel alike at all. Not all mattresses will feel comfortable for you as well, so you need to look for one that allows your body to relax and provides ample support to your body’s curves and contours. You won’t be able to do that by just clicking on a product that seems nice on your screen, so, please, do yourself a favor and actually visit a mattress store before you make a decision.

Choose the right pillow for your sleeping style.

Pillows are just as important as picking the right mattress to buy but people always neglect getting a good pillow for their bed. Some just picks out the first thing they come across with, without too much thought.

As pillows help keep your spine properly aligned while you lay in bed, it’s an essential addition to your sleeping environment. You need one with a good lift but not too high to put strain on the muscles in your neck.

The problem with buying a pillow is that it’s hard to test them out in stores. Lots of pillows sold locally are vacuum-sealed so you don’t really know if it’s just the right amount of fluffiness or not. Make sure to ask if there’s a sample pillow so you can try to get its feel. You might also be able to stand flat against a wall and place a pillow behind your head just so you can get the feel and height of the pillow. It can be tricky, but if you want a good pillow, it’s something worth doing.

Be picky when it comes to sheets and blankets.

No one wants to use a scratchy bed sheet or blanket, so make sure to really feel the material of the sheets and blankets that you want to buy. Don’t purchase anything that feels rough and think that it might soften up after a few washes, because it’ll be a total waste if it didn’t. Go for something that already feels nice and cozy as soon as you touch it, so you’re guaranteed that you’ll get a nice sheet to sleep in.

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Create a cooler bedroom.

A cool bedroom will let you drift off to sleep easily as the body needs a drop of temperature to let you doze off. If you can’t afford having an air conditioning unit yet, you can always find ways to improve the air circulation in your bedroom by strategically placing fans and opening windows.

Make sure that you’re perfectly comfortable.

Lastly, a bed is not personalized enough if you’re not comfortable in it. Make sure that you are perfectly cozy in your bed, so you can easily welcome sleep every time you climb in it.

 

Mattress Shopping Tips for Your Little One’s Bedroom

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Most parents often just buy the first mattress they see for their kids. Because kids hardly ever complain about body pains, a lot of us think that any mattress will work for them. Sadly, this isn’t exactly true. They still need to feel comfortable in order to sleep well, so finding the right mattress for them should also be a priority.

So, how do you shop for your kid’s mattress? Here are some tips.

Consider the age of your child and the size you want for them.

There are two very important things to remember if you want to get a bed for your child: the mattress’ size and your child’s age. A lot of parents like to get a baby bed for their kids, but that also means that they’ll grow out of it in just a couple of years. The downside here is that, some parents splurge on a kiddie bed frame and then skimp on the actual mattress, which is just wrong. The mattress should be a bigger priority than the cute bed, if you ask us. The mattress will actually ensure your child’s comfort, while a bed frame is more for the aesthetic (although, a good one can provide great additional support as well).

In any case, the mattress is more important, so, it’s best if you get them a good mattress that they can grow into. A regular sized (75 inches from Salem Bed) mattress is great because it will be long enough for them to grow into. Most parents opt for single sized (36 inches in width) for young kids, but going a bit bigger can provide more space and comfort for your child so you should also consider getting a twin (42 inches) or a semi-double (48 inches).

Let your child get a feel of the mattress before purchasing one.

We also suggest that your child should try out the mattresses before you get one for them. This way, you can be certain that they are comfortable. They may have some difficulty in determining the most comfortable mattress for them, so make sure to get the assistance of a salesperson to help your kid try out some good mattresses that they might enjoy.

Consider your budget.

Of course, your budget is also an important consideration when it comes to buying a mattress for your child. Because mattresses are always big ticket purchases, you might want to skimp on what your child will use, but please, don’t do this. Your child also needs to be comfortable, so investing on a mattress is always a good idea. And if you buy a quality Salem Bed, you’re sure that it will last for years, so you can just opt to get a regular sized mattress and enjoy the mattress for years to come.

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Choosing the right mattress for your child might be a bit of a challenge, but as they play a vital role in your kid’s bedroom, investing in one is always the best way to go about it. A whole lot of Salem Bed products will be perfect for your little one, especially since we also accept custom orders.

 

Mattress Shopping Tips for Couples

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We’ve said it before and we won’t get tired saying it again and again: if you’re buying a new mattress, it’s highly important to actually get a good feel of the unit before you pay for it. Mattresses are big ticket purchases that cost a good deal of money, so you will want to make sure that it’s comfortable if you’re spending a lot on it. Cars can be test driven and electronics can be tested before you hand the money, so why don’t you want to do it with a mattress? As you’ll be spending 1/3 of your life in it, you should pick one that suits your needs and comfort preferences.

We know that mattress shopping is a challenge. A lot of them feels the same and it’s a total hassle to lie down on mattresses while at the store. What you should know, though, is that all of these are necessary. You should go through all of it if you want to bring home a good surface to lay down in every night.

Some people hate mattress shopping. It even gets more challenging when they have to do it with their bed partner as two people can have different opinions and preferences on comfort. So, how do you shop for a new mattress as a couple? Here are some tips.

1. Talk it out.

As most people say, communication is key for a relationship to work out. So make sure to talk to your bed partner about what they’d want your new mattress to be like. Explore the many possibilities and make sure to cover the following:

  • Budget. You need to have a set budget for a new mattress as these products can range from really cheap to really expensive. Decide on how much the two of you are willing to spend on your sleeping surface. This is important to talk about so you won’t waste time looking at products that your partner wouldn’t like. It will also help the both of you narrow down your options.
  • Type of mattress. When shopping for a new mattress, you have so many options: foam, memory foam, latex foam, spring, and pocketed spring. Deciding on what the two of you might like or will want to look at is important, so you can have a better plan when mattress shopping.
  • Firmness level. Determining what feels comfortable for the both of you is essential if you want to get the right mattress for your bedroom. Make sure to discuss with your bed partner what they liked and disliked about your old mattress. Also note how soft or firm they want the bed to be. Make sure to also talk about whether they experience body pains and aches from your old mattress so you can easily consider not getting the same kind of mattress again.
  • Schedule for mattress shopping. It’s important that the both of you gets to try the mattress. If you can go mattress shopping together, it can help ensure that you’ll find the right one for your good night’s sleep.

2. Be ready to compromise. Not everyone, even the closest of kin, agree on everything. Especially when it comes to mattresses, people just really tend to have different preferences. So, if you share a bed with someone else, be ready to compromise. You’ll most likely just have to meet in the middle of what the both parties consider as comfortable. Just make sure that you both find the mattress you’re getting very comfortable and you’re not just settling.

3. Go mattress shopping together. This is the most important tip you need to do. Don’t let your bed partner let you look for a mattress on your own because you’ll need to find a unit that feels great for the both of you. It’s essential that you two get to try the mattress before you pay for it, so make sure to drag them if you have to just to get a new mattress.

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There’s really no way to cut corners when shopping for a mattress. You really need to physically experience the unit in order to decide whether you like it or not. It’s a hassle to be stuck with the wrong mattress, so make sure to really do the legwork and exert the effort in finding a comfortable mattress for you and your bed partner.

 

Why Investing on a Good Mattress can Help Improve Your Sleep

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Sleep is, without a doubt, one of the most important things you need to do to keep yourself healthy. While we still don’t know why it’s so important, not sleeping can lead to very serious illnesses that can turn fatal. Science have also proven its importance over and over again, so at this point, it’s already fully established that you have to sleep.

Sadly, not a lot of people get quality sleep regularly. A lot of things can factor in this, and some times, your body is just really wired to make catching some shuteye a major challenge. In many cases, you really have to work hard to get some quality zzz’s. But there are also a lot of easy ways to improve your slumber.

One of the best and easiest ways to help boost the quality of your sleep is by investing on a good mattress. This fact is backed up by many sleep experts, noting that a comfortable surface matters in helping you get a good night’s sleep. Others may want to ignore this fact as much as they can, but there’s really no going around it. A quality mattress is really essential in catching some quality shuteye.

The only downside to mattresses is you often get what you pay for. If you want to save, you’ll most likely get a less than stellar product. If you’re willing to invest, though, you’re in for nights of comfort and quality sleep.

The Importance of a Good Mattress

The value of a mattress to your sleep is pretty simple: it lets you get comfortable. If you’re comfy, the easier you can relax, and the better the sleep you’ll get. Of course, there are tons of other features mattresses can have like motion isolation, special fabric treatments, or cooling designs to prevent you from getting hot in the night. All of these are just extras as the main priority is your comfort when you lay down to sleep at night.

The main purpose of your mattress is to provide a cozy surface that will let your body rest properly all throughout the night. As we spend a great chunk of our days in bed, it’s just essential to have a mattress that you feel comfortable in. This way, you can easily relax and lull yourself to sleep easily.

Investing on a Good Mattress

If you wish to invest on a good mattress, we always recommend Salem Bed spring mattresses. Spring mattresses are durable and will not get heated the longer you lie down on it as they have spaces inside where air can move around and let the furnishing breathe. The firmness levels vary, though, so make sure to choose one according to your preference. It’s best if you can try them before taking one home so you can be sure that you’re really comfortable in the mattress that you buy.

Some people prefer foam mattresses, though. There’s no problem in this, you just have to make sure to choose a good one. You also need to know that foam mattresses come in varying density levels and that can affect their firmness.

Low density foams are softer and more malleable. They’re also cheap and will most likely wear down in the shortest amount of time. Medium density foams are soft-firm and are already great budget options for many homes. High density foams are firm with ample give, making them perfect for those who need excellent back support.

Memory foams are special as they follow the contour of your body. Latex are also great as they’re soft and made from natural materials, so you don’t have to worry about getting allergies or harmful fumes.

What you need to know about foams is that they are bound to lose thickness over the years. This is mostly due to compression from daily use, so expect to see your foam getting thinner as the years go by.

Again, when it comes to mattresses, you often get what you pay for. If you wish to get the lowest-priced product, be ready to need to replace it in a couple of years. So make sure to also check the product’s warranty to know the shortest life span the item you’re eyeing could have. Most items will last way longer than its warranty period, but a short warranty should tell you the indicated number of years would be the minimum lifespan of your item.

Replacing Your Mattress can Improve Your Sleep

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If you can’t sleep at night, your mattress could be the very reason why. Mattresses should only last seven to eight years, so if yours have lasted longer, maybe it’s time to get a new one.

Salem Bed mattresses are some of the best options in the market today, so make sure to check out our selections by visiting our website or any of our dealers. If you want to keep yourself updated with our latest promos and sale events, make sure to follow us in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well.

The Goldilocks Conundrum in Mattress Shopping

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We all know the old fairy tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. The little blondie goes on to try the three different beds in the bear family’s household and found Papa bear’s bed too firm, Mama bear’s bed too soft, and Baby bear’s bed just right. It actually perfectly depicts mattress shopping if you ask us. Everyone has their own “just right” mattress as comfort depends on personal preference.

For some people, Papa bear’s firm feels “just right”. For others, Mama bear’s soft is their best match. For Goldilocks and Baby bear, it’s the third mattress that feels just great. For you, it can be an entirely different mattress altogether so we always recommend testing out the beds before purchasing one. We say it over and over again, only you can determine what’s comfortable for you, so make sure to test “drive” mattresses before you buy. These products are big ticket purchases, so you have to be absolutely sure that you’re comfortable in them.

The Best vs. The Most Comfortable

The most common question we get is “what is the best mattress in your line?” Our response is to automatically point you to the Legacy mattress. It’s the finest product in our range, so we take great confidence in this product. However, we also know that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you prefer a firm sleeping surface.

This brings us back to the Goldilocks conundrum once again, as our best might not be the most comfortable for you. The Legacy, our best mattress, is a perfect combination of soft and firm as it makes use of a pocketed spring coil system topped with latex foam. It will let you sink just enough to feel cozy and embraced.

Others, however, need extra back support, so a firmer mattress is required. We have a number of firm mattresses that you can also check and try in stores.

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Solving the Goldilocks Conundrum

So, how do you find your “just right” mattress? Simple: Try them out and make sure to do the following:

  • Lie down on mattresses on display in stores for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Try out every position you most typically do when you sleep.
  • Wear comfy clothes. This way, you can really get the feel of the bed and not get poked and stabbed by your jean zippers and whatnots.
  • Try as much mattresses as you can.
  • Ask your salesman a lot of questions. You’ll want to know what’s inside the bed, what the fabric used is, and a lot of other things.
  • Do your own homework and read reviews, but don’t rely on them entirely. Again, mattresses provide very subjective experiences. The most you can get out of reviews is learn how durable a brand is and how great their customer service is.

When it comes to mattress shopping, patience is definitely a virtue. Even Goldilocks just found the right mattress for her on her third try, so give it some time if you’re having some difficulties in finding the right mattress for you.

Don’t know where to start your search? Visit one of our dealers to try out a Salem Bed.

7 Common Bed Issues That Can Be Preventing Your Good Night’s Sleep

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We’ve said it a few times before: it could be your bed that’s causing your sleepless nights. As it is the surface that supports your body when you’re tired and in need of recuperation from the day’s hard work, it definitely has a great impact on how you catch some zzz’s.

This is why it shouldn’t be surprising to know that your mattress can also be the very reason to keep you up all night. There are so many ways how a mattress can affect your ability to catch some shuteye, and some of these are the following:

You could be allergic to your mattress.

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Your mattress is composed of a lot of different materials that can be reacting to  your system. It is also a hot spot for insects like dust mites that love moist and warm areas. Both of these reasons can cause allergies that will leave you sneezing and coughing all through the night, leaving you sleep deprived.

To deal with this problem, you can always look for dust mite-proof beddings to prevent their infestation on your mattress and pillows. Cleaning your mattress thoroughly as often as possible is also helpful, as it can minimize the presence of these teeny critters on your bed.

Your bed’s firmness might not suit your needs and comfort preferences.

Being comfortable in your bed is highly important in getting a good night’s sleep. Your mattress should be able to support your body’s contours properly, so you won’t wake up aching and feeling sore in the morning. Getting comfy in your bed will also help you relax easier, allowing you to drift off to sleep faster.

If this is the very thing that’s causing your sleepless nights, you can always replace your mattress or look for a mattress topper that will provide the firmness you’re looking for.

Your bed could be brimming with junk.

Ok, technically, this is not your mattress’ fault, but yours because it’s most likely you (or the other person you share your bedroom with) who pile on stuff on your bed. These “junk” can be a wide array of things – pillows, clothes, books, plushies, blankets, or anything else that you think is okay to be put on your bed and were too lazy to put away after. Sleeping on a crowded bed can easily disrupt your sleep, so make sure to clean it before you doze off.

Your mattress’ old age.

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Mattresses need to be replaced every seven years because of the following:

  • You spend up to 9 hours in bed every day, so it’s safe to say that your bed can get worn out after clocking in thousands of hours supporting your body weight. This can take a toll on your mattress’ construction. Foam will lose some of its bounciness over the years and springs will eventually lose its tension. These will make your bed a lot less comfortable as it ages.
  • Hygiene also becomes an issue when it comes to old mattresses. As we lose up to half a pint of bodily fluids during the night and shed a pound of dead skin all throughout the year, your mattress can also get quite pretty gross over the years. Even if you use multiple layers of beddings to protect the mattress, with the tropical heat and the natural ways our bodies work, there’s still a high chance that your mattress won’t be squeaky clean by year 7.

Bed bugs and other things that bite.

In a lot of cases, bed bugs and other tiny critters that bite residing in mattresses can also cause a person’s sleeplessness. These bugs can really disrupt your sleep and even cause health problems, so dealing with them is highly necessary.

It can be quite tricky to get rid of, so make sure to get the right information in how to deal with a bed bug infestation.

Your bed can be too small for you.

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Personal space is essential in making us feel comfortable. It is also true even when we sleep, especially if you share your bed with someone else. Sleeping in a bed that’s too small for two people will leave you competing for room and getting disturbed in your sleep more easily. Having your feed dangle on the ends of the bed can also cause discomfort and leave you sleepless as well.

For folks who share a bed, we suggest to go for a queen size (60″x75″) Salem Bed mattress and bigger. If you don’t mind constantly touching and squeezing close to your bedmate, you might also be okay with a full size (54″x75″) mattress, but we don’t really recommend it. If you’re taller than the average, going for an irregular sized mattress that measures 80″ in length is a good way to ensure that you actually fit within the bounds of your bed.

It might be making weird creaking noises at night.

There are lots of reasons why spring beds creak, one of this is old age. The problem with a creaking bed is that you can always hear it loudly, especially when you’re lying down in it. This can easily disturb your sleep.

If this is the root cause of your sleep problem, you can either ask the manufacturer to check your unit and have it replaced.

 

All of these mattress issues are easily resolved either by replacing or cleaning your mattress. So, if you think one of these things are stopping you from getting a good night’s sleep, maybe it’s time to do something about it.

Top Tips in Caring for Your Bed this Summer

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With daily heat indexes already reaching up to 40 degrees in some parts of the country, there’s really no denying that summer is already here. As summers can be cruel in this country, special measures should be done by everyone to help them keep cool and fresh despite the inevitable sweating. This is why we’re here to remind everyone that your bed also requires some special TLC during these sweltering months.

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If you don’t sleep at night with an airconditioning unit on, you’ll know just how hot it can get even in the wee hours of the morning. There are times when you sweat so much that you wake yourself up in the middle of the night just so you can wipe yourself off or down a cold glass of water. Having a fan doesn’t even prove to be foolproof nowadays, as it can really get muggy even when the sun’s already out.

With all of the perspiring you’re going to do this summer, your bed will surely suffer as well. Especially if you’re the type who likes to sleep in the nude, all those body fluids will instantly get into your sheets and even seep into your mattress. This is why you should really pay close attention to caring for your mattress during the summer months, as your sweating could result into stains, dirt, and bad odors.

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Summer Care for Your Mattress

To give your mattress some loving this summer, here are a few tips you should try.

1. Air it out

Your mattress is probably covered in layers of sheets and linens that it really doesn’t get to breathe. If you can, take it outside the house (or even just your veranda if your mattress fits) so you can expose it to some sunshine and air it out. In the case of heavy mattresses, you can just opt to leave it bare for a few hours with windows open and a fan on to help air circulation. This allows the mattress to dry up a bit to prevent possible mold growth and to get rid of bad odors.

2. Vacuum your mattress

When we sleep, we shed a lot of dead skin, hair, and other debris. Some of these are so tiny that they can stay behind even after we try dusting and changing our sheets. Vacuuming can do a much better job at cleaning our beds and with the help of some baking soda, you can also eliminate bad odors as well. Just make sure to sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on your mattress and leave it for a while so the powder can sop up the undesirable smell.

3. Wash and change your sheets every week at the very least

Just think of your bedsheets the same way as your clothes: if you perspired a lot, you should definitely change. Because it’s summer, you will definitely sweat in your sleep and in bed, so it’s just right to change your sheets at least once a week. Doing it twice a week is even better, so you can be sure that your bed is cleaner.

4. Flip your mattress

Since you’re already moving your mattress to air it out or change your sheets, flipping it for a summer can be a good idea as well. This way, you can be sure to give one side of your mattress a break from all the use it gets.

5. Use an extra layer of covering

To ensure your mattress’ good shape despite the heavy sweating it will endure this summer, you can always double up on your mattress’ covering. Instead of using just a single layer of bed sheet, you can always put on some extra layers so it can create a better barrier between you and your mattress. More layers of bed covers also mean more fabric to absorb your sweat before it gets to the mattress. This minimizes the odds of getting your mattress dirty and ensures its good hygiene.

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This summer, give your mattress a hand in surviving the heat. Give these tips a shot and enjoy good quality sleep on your squeaky clean mattress.