Is Your Bedroom Keeping You Up at Night?

Home design should never be boring, however, there’s one room in your home that should put you to sleep – literally. Your bedroom should be a serene space that promotes relaxation and helps you unwind from your day. If your bedroom isn’t doing its job it could be affecting your health and wellbeing.

Sleep affects all aspects of our lives. Studies show that when we sleep better, we’re healthier, we have more energy, we’re happier, we can focus longer and we look better. In fact, health experts call sleep the third pillar of health, in addition to eating well and getting exercise.

For fully restorative sleep, you must set the stage with a proper bedroom environment. It’s one of the easiest and most basic ways to look after your overall quality of life, but often it’s the detail that gets overlooked. Make sure you’re getting the rest you need by asking yourself these five questions:

1. Is my bedroom quiet? Distracting sounds such as noisy furnaces, barking dogs, neighborhood traffic and roommates or family members can disturb your sleep. Your bedroom should be kept as quiet as possible. If you can’t get rid of the sound, try masking it by using a fan, humidifier or a white noise machine that will create a soothing noise, such as rain or a babbling brook.

2. Do my window treatments let in too much light? Too much light in the bedroom can contribute to sleeplessness. Use dark fabric or black-out curtains to block light from windows. .

3. Is my bedroom too hot or too cold? ?The ideal temperature for sleeping is 65 to 67 degrees, so it can help to turn down the thermostat before you go to bed. Since your body temperature drops when you go to sleep, be sure to have sufficient blankets to keep warm during the night. During the summer, bamboo sheets will wick moisture, and help cool you down.

4. Is my mattress more than eight years old? According to the American Chiropractic Association, mattresses should be replaced every 5 to 8 years to ensure proper support and comfort. Older mattresses start to break down and can cause you to wake during the night due to pain caused by improper alignment. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine said that sleeping on a new mattress can significantly reduce stiffness and back pain. If you need to replace your mattress, our PureSleep experts will fit you for the right one, helping you get a great night’s sleep.

5. Is my pillow more than a year old? If you’re not sure how old your pillow is, it’s probably ready to be replaced. You can also take this quick test: Fold your pillow in half, squeeze and release it. If it doesn’t spring back into form, it’s time to get a new one. The editors of Prevention magazine suggest that you change your pillow once a year. If you use a protective pillow cover, you can double its life.

Pillow Talk: How To Choose the Right Sleep Pillow

A good night’s sleep rests on the right pillow. A pillow has a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Not only does it support your head and neck, it helps align and maintain the curvature of your spine during sleep, so you have a restorative experience instead of one that causes further aches and pains.

The best pillow is not one size fits all. And if you don’t give much thought to where you lay your head, you should. According to Chris Schollenberger, director of PureSleep at Art Van Furniture, 30% of the comfort of your sleep will come from your pillow.

“A mattress should cradle your spine and the pillow is responsible for the neck up,” he says. “The goal is to have you lying in bed with the same posture you use when you stand. And for that reason, people should purchase their mattress and pillow together.”

The pillow that would be fitted for you depends upon your answer. Pillows come in different lofts, which are based on gaps presented. If you sleep on your side, you need a higher loft. If you sleep on your back, you require a lower loft. And stomach sleepers need pillows with the lowest loft. According to WebMD, 63% percent of Americans sleep on their side, 14% sleep on their back, and 16% on their stomach. Once you know your sleep position, you can choose the pillow that will provide proper support.

 

Side Sleeper

If you sleep on your side, you need a firm, full pillow that will fill the space between your ear and shoulder. Look for one that will maintain its shape to eliminate neck pain. Sleep experts say sleeping on your side provides the most comfortable position for your spine, and can help alleviate back pain.

 

Stomach Sleeper

If you’re a stomach sleeper experts say you might not even need a pillow for your head, but you can tuck one beneath your stomach to avoid lower back pain. Sleeping on your stomach causes strain on your lower back and has the potential for causing neck pain. Sleep experts do not recommend this position, but if this is the best way you can fall asleep, choose a thin, almost flat pillow.

 

Back Sleeper

If you sleep on your back, you need a thin pillow, too. Look for one with extra loft in the bottom third to provide cradling for your neck. You can also place a soft pillow under your knees to help maintain the natural curve of your spine.

 

For more pillow choices, visit Art Van Pure Sleep where you’ll learn about our complete sleep system that includes a mattress, foundation, mattress protector and pillow. Getting fitted to the right pillow could be the difference between tossing and turning and getting the best sleep!

The ABCs of Getting Your ZZZs

The key to a good night’s sleep is right under your nose … and your back and your legs. It’s having a good mattress. And choosing the right one is like finding that perfect pair of shoes – it’s more about the fit than it is about the style.

 

With more than 80 locations across four states, Art Van PureSleep is the Midwest’s number one mattress retailer for good reason. Only Art Van PureSleep scientifically fits you to the right mattress. You won’t have to play Goldilocks at our stores, trying one that’s too soft and one that’s too firm before you find the one that’s just right. Our PureSleep Diagnostic Machine does the job for you. In five minutes we’ll identify a selection of mattresses that are right for you – mattresses that will be comfortable while you’re awake and support you while you sleep.

 

We offer three basic types: innerspring, which have the traditional coils; specialty, which includes foam, memory foam and gel memory foam beds; and hybrids, which are a combination of innerspring and foam. Within these types, we have more than 100 mattress choices, and each does a specific job.

 

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Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses are the most widely purchased type of bedding, according to the Better Sleep Council. They use the support of tempered steel coils in a variety of configurations. A variety of upholstery types and layers provide cushioning between your body and the springs, resulting in a wide range of comfort choices.

 

Sealy manufacturers some great innerspring mattresses. Their twice-tempered PostureTech coils retain 98% of their height and performance, resulting in a more durable mattress with longer lasting comfort. It’s a quality mattress at a budget-friendly price.

 

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Specialty

Specialty mattresses are made of foam, which cradles your body at its pressure points while you sleep, no matter what your sleep position may be. They can be made of a solid core or of several layers of different types of foam laminated together. Advanced technology has created visco-elastic, or memory, foam mattresses, which offer a high level of comfort, support and performance.

 

Tempur-Pedic mattresses are a great example of foam mattresses with advanced technology. Its TEMPUR material responds to your body’s unique shape, weight, and temperature, automatically adapting to support your body. Fewer pressure points, means less tossing and turning during the night, resulting in a calmer, more restful night.

 

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Hybrid

Hybrid mattresses use a combination of coils and foam to create a comfortable night’s sleep. Bringing together the best of both worlds, this mattress has an innerspring core surrounded by foam, conforming to your body and providing the ultimate, restorative sleep experience.

 

Art Van Furniture carries King Koil hybrid mattresses, which are endorsed by the International Chiropractors Association. Utilizing Cool Cell, the latest in foam technology, they offer long-lasting comfort and an optimal sleeping temperature surface – all at a price you can afford.

 

So, how’d you sleep last night? You could be sleeping soundly tomorrow!

How’d You Sleep Last Night?


If you’re like 60% of Americans, your answer to that question is something like, “Not too well.” Better sleep is tied to sharper memory, improved mood, and overall better health. How do we get the rest we crave?

 

Bedtime Basics.

  • Moderate exercise during the day can help you sleep better, but avoid strenuous workouts within three hours of bedtime
  • Keep a fairly consistent bedtime ritual, like brushing your teeth, washing your face, and reading for 20 minutes. These cues will tell your brain it’s time to start unwinding, helping you relax
  • Create a quiet, cool sleep environment, with no TV or computers and dim lighting or nightlights for when you have to get up during the night

But even if your room is the ideal sleep sanctuary, you may still be waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Tossing and turning on the wrong mattress and pillow is one of the leading causes of poor sleep. Luckily, we can help you find the right one.

Mattress Bliss. It begins with the proper sleep system: a mattress, foundation, pillow, and mattress pad or protector. To find the right sleep system for you, Art Van Furniture offers exclusive and free My Side Technology™ from Sleep to Live®. This computerized program replaces guesswork with science by using 18 statistical measurements and over 1,000 calculations that scan both your and your partner’s bodies to build a profile based on sleep preferences, patterns, and needs, to the perfect bed with two sides in one.

Rest Easy. Make sure you buy the best sleep system you can afford to guarantee you get the restorative sleep your body requires. Remember, the mattress you select should be longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. And if you’re sharing a bed, allow yourself enough room to fold your arms behind your head without going beyond the mattress edge or touching your partner’s elbows.

Discover how much better your sleep experience can be at your nearest Art Van Furniture store today, or visit us at artvan.com.

And don’t miss our PureSleep expos at our Canton and new Rochester PureSleep locations! We’ll have experts on hand to answer questions, as well as the chance for you to take home prizes and gifts!

The ribbon-cutting at our new Rochester PureSleep location!