Your Next Night of Sleep…From a Box

What’s in the box?

When thinking about mattresses, they are usually out in the open for you to experience. From shopping to sleeping, you typically have a full idea of what you’re getting into. With the popularity of the “bed in a box,” the landscape of how mattresses appear on our doorsteps or even in-store is rapidly changing.

 Convenience is key

It’s always an ordeal to get a mattress delivered. Scheduling time off work or blocking off part of your weekend for delivery can turn into a hassle. With a bed in the box like the Snooze Cube at Art Van, there is nothing to worry about. This mattress can be delivered to your home or picked up in-store at your earliest convenience. Similar bed-in-a-box mattresses

Unfurl some fun

Once you’ve opened your bed in a box, it’s time to see the real magic happen. The cool thing about these types of mattresses is that they are compressed and shrink-wrapped for easy transport.

Once you position the mattress on your bed frame, just cut the plastic and watch the mattress come to life. Make sure it’s where you want it because it expands quickly. After it’s fully expanded, it’s ready for sleeping, but the full benefits of most bed-in-a-box brands are unlocked after a few days once the material completely settles in.

Think outside of the box

The bed-in-a-box trend is much more than that. It’s reshaping the way we all think about how mattresses are supposed to be dealt with. Cutting out the logistical headache of traditional delivery is a huge win for those of us that seem to always be short on time. The simple set up of the Snoozecube and similar mattresses makes it easy to get great sleep right away.


3 Tips for Sleeping Cool this Summer

Beat the heat while you sleep

With summer around the corner and the temperature heating up, sleeping cool might turn into a challenge. Don’t sweat it though. There are a few quick and easy things you can do to stop your bedroom from turning into a sauna. Investing in mattresses with cooling technology, lowering your thermostat before bed, and getting breathable bedding goes a long way to getting you comfortably cool sleep.

1. Cooler Mattress, cooler sleep

Mattress brands are very plugged into the conversation about staying cool during sleep and the issues with overheating. If you find yourself sweating at night, think about getting a mattress that has a gel foam layer. Gel foams draw excess heat away from your body to keep you temperature neutral at the very least.

Latex foam mattresses are especially adept at regulating heat as the rubber it’s made from is heat resistant. This means that heat from your body and external heat does not get trapped in the mattress.

Other mattresses come with cooling covers that are cool to the touch, absorbing body heat at the first point of contact. These are really convenient as they can be taken off if it gets too chilly.

Hybrid and gel foam mattresses are your best bet to stay cool at night. Latex is also great at keeping your body from being too hot. Take a look at our selection of mattresses with cooling technology.

2. Chilling the atmosphere

Before heading off to bed, it’s a good practice to lower your thermostat a few degrees. Even though your core temperature drops while in deep sleep, body heat still radiates while under the covers.

If your thermostat stays the same temperature from when you were awake, that imbalance creates discomfort and overheating. Try to lower your thermostat a few degrees before bed to get the best quality sleeping environment.

3. Great sheets beat the heat

It’s easy to forget that sheets and pillows are a big factor when it comes to sleeping temperature. Breathable sheets can mean the difference between staying asleep and constantly waking up drenched in sweat.

Sheets are directly on your skin where heat can easily get trapped in very high thread count sheets. Contrary to popular belief, more threads are not better. Ideally, it’s good to be within the 250 to 350 thread count range so your body heat escapes. Anything within the 500 plus range will leave you feeling smothered, sweating and probably miserable.

Sheets made with lyocell fibers, like Tencel, or bamboo-based fibers, like Layla, are excellent at wicking away moisture, dissipating heat and helping to create breathable sleep environments. Using these types of sheets will keep you sleeping cool and dry all night, every night.

Take sleeping temperature seriously

The best bed in the world can only feel that way if your sleeping temperature is correct. Keep your sleep cool by investing in mattresses that have cooling technology, lowering the thermostat a few degrees prior to sleeping, and ensuring your sheets are breathable with reasonable threat counts. Doing this is the perfect way to go to sleep and stay asleep.

Looking for more tips? How about a hands-on experience with the Rest Test at our Art Van Furniture & Mattress and PureSleep Stores?

Our Sleep Specialists will guide you through your personalized report on the best mattress for you and recommendations for the best bedding. Find your store today.


Is It Time For A New Mattress?

Signs that your mattress is slacking

Your mattress should be in your corner when it comes to comfort. If you’re waking up feeling sore, stiff or sweating in your sleep, it’s probably time for an upgrade. No mattress is meant to last forever. Sagging, creaking, and lumpy mattresses do no favors for your body or hygiene. Your sleeping health is linked to your overall health and a worthy mattress goes a long way to improving both.

Getting the best of dreamland

We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so it makes little sense to replace your mattress with the frequency of a used car. Keep your sleep cool and take the pressure off your body with a mattress that’s doing you a service. 10 years is average lifespan of a mattress. Stacking mattress toppers and avoiding lumpy mattress areas is hardly a solution. Old mattresses gain weight from sweat and skins cells over the years. This also a perfect place for dust mites and mold spores to call home. Invest in yourself, prevent allergens and replace your old mattress.

Step up your mattress game

When it’s time, it’s time. Take care of yourself while you’re in dreamland with a mattress that’s worthy. Not sure where to start? Visit a PureSleep Mattress Store and experience our Rest Assured Test to discover your mattress match with ease.


Inside the Insight: PureSleep Specialists with Jamie Holman, Manager of Customer Support for PureSleep

You can buy a mattress from anywhere. Beds that arrive in boxes have become common place and it can all be done from your phone. Buying a mattress has become easier but knowing which one fits best in your sleeping environment requires much more than a sales pitch.

We sat down with Jamie Holman, Manager of Customer Support for PureSleep, to understand how the Sleep Specialists at PureSleep Mattress Stores remedy the sleep issues that customers face and what qualifies them to do so.

AV Reporter: Jamie, thanks for joining me today. So, what is a Sleep Specialist and what do they do to assist customers looking for mattresses?

Jamie: My pleasure. Well, a Sleep Specialist understands the problem of poor sleep and seeks to solve that using multiple approaches without solely focusing on mattresses. Sheets, pillows, and adjustable bases also contribute to our sleeping environment.

AV Reporter: A more wholistic take on sleep, that’s definitely unique in the industry. I understand you train Sleep Specialists to become gurus of the sleep game. What does that all entail?

Jamie: Sleep Specialists go through rigorous certification that includes sleep seminars, field research and required reading. Power Sleep by James Maas and Why We Sleep by Matt Walker, PhD are our bibles. Basically, it’s college all over again for some [laughs].

The biggest takeaway from this coursework is that we improve sleep through environment, behavior and equipment. Again, more than just your mattress.

AV Reporter: Sounds like Sleep Specialists are no slouches when it comes to sleep education. Speaking of which, what is your favorite aspect of sleep training?

Jamie: Oh boy, there’s so much. Generally, I love the pursuit of demystifying sleep. Sleep science is the same age of NASA, about 50 years old. There’s a lot to learn when compared to centuries of modern medicine research.

Another favorite is understanding why we sleep the way we do. We can only measure sleep quality by day performance. Knowing the why of sleep clues us into how to sleep better.

AV Reporter: I would have never guessed sleep science was so young, that’s wild. So, what separates Sleep Specialists from typical mattress sales approach?

Jamie: In short, Sleep Specialists are focused on solving a problem instead of only selling a product. Your thermostat might be too high or sheets too thick, overheating your body. TV or computer use before bed could also be the culprit.

There are many factors that affect your sleeping environment and your mattress might not be one of them. That’s where the Rest Test comes in to handle a lot of that leg work. Sure, we can sell you a mattress, but if that’s not the issue, you’ll be coming right back doubly upset.

AV Reporter: Solutions versus pure sales, that makes sense. Here’s a fun one. What are some myths about mattress that you’d like set the record straight about?

Jamie: Too many to count [laughs]. A popular one is that firmer is better. In general, harder surfaces are not comfortable. Think about sitting in a recliner compared to a park bench. Excess pressure causes tossing and turning at night, so it’s good to err on the side of softer.

Another good one is that kids can sleep on anything. Sleep is very fragile for kids so going cheap on a mattress isn’t going to get them the extra hours they need when they’re growing. Spoil your kids with great sleep for several years instead of toys they will forget about in a couple months.

AV Reporter: Soft is the way to go and we shouldn’t skimp on our kids’ mattresses, got it. Anything else you’d like to add about the mattress world?

Jamie: Here’s a pro tip. If you find yourself in a mattress store and all they talk about are mattress features instead of how it improves your sleeping environment, run. Run and never look back [laughs].

We hope you learned something valuable from our resident sleep guru Jamie Holman of our PureSleep Mattress Stores.

If you’d like to experience the expertise and commitment to solving your sleeping problems from Sleep Specialist firsthand, stop by a PureSleep Mattress Store near you.


How To Fall Into Quality Sleep and Stay There

Enter into dreamland, every night.

For some, sleep is easy, but for a lot of us that’s not the hard part. Staying asleep is the real challenge and fortunately there are a few things you can do to make sure you keep counting sheep until the morning.

Your mattress, room temperature, and other habits are big factors for quality sleep. Some aspects you may not have considered can really impact things.

Ace your Rest Test.

Better sleep starts with the right mattress and using PureSleep Mattress Store’s Rest Assured Test is the best way to find out your mattress match. Discover your comfort level (plush, medium, firm), support level and preferred mattress type (innerspring, foam, hybrid) to determine the perfect mattress for optimal sleep.

Not entirely sure what your results mean? Our Sleep Specialists are ready to guide you to the mattress of your dreams, literally.

Think beyond your mattress.

Your mattress is only a part of your total sleep environment that helps you get good sleep that lasts. Adjustable power bases go that extra mile so you can position yourself for the greatest comfort. Improve your circulation, alleviate pressure points, reduce snoring and wake up feeling refreshed for the day.

In addition to adjustable power bases, pillows play a big role too. 30% of your sleeping comfort comes from your pillow. It’s truly the Bed for your Head™ that completes your sleep. Having your neck and shoulder’s natural curve properly in-line with your spine reduces the chances you’ll wake up mid-sleep wishing your neck wasn’t sore.

Keep it cool while you sleep.

It’s important to keep your room around the same temperature when your core temperature drops during sleep. In general, most people are comfortable around the 65-70-degree range. But these values are not set in stone. Set the thermostat to what feels best when you’re catching some shuteye.

With the combination of your sheets and comforter, having a warmer room exponentially increases the heat you feel while sleeping. In general, it’s best to have a room that’s a few degrees lower than your normal sleeping temperature.

Set yourself up for slumber.

Accelerate your body’s temperature change with a hot bath or shower so you can fall asleep faster. This also releases stress within your muscles and the steam clears your sinuses. This is the perfect way to set yourself up for long-lasting sleep that leaves you feeling recharged the next morning.

Ditch the blue light at bedtime.

It’s tempting to wind down with TV or your phone in bed, but it’s not the best for getting quality sleep. The blue light emitting from TVs, phone screens and computer screens sends similar signals to your brain that sunlight does, telling your body it’s time to wake up. This makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Trade those bright screens for reading or journaling about your day instead. You can also use programs that change the hue of your screen to a warmer tone that keeps your body in nighttime mode.

Take control of your sleep.

The power to getting quality and restful sleep all night is in your hands. Cultivating your sleeping environment goes a long way. The right mattress, pillow, adjustable base, Rest Assured Test and proper pre-sleep tactics will make sure you stay in dreamland the whole night.

Need help finding the perfect mattress or bedding? Stop by a PureSleep Mattress Store and let our Sleep Specialists get you on the right track to counting sheep until the morning.