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.

Classic Holiday Décor

Need some holiday inspiration for your home? Our Creative Director Broc Clark has identified three important holiday trends for 2018, each with its own distinct style and twist. Last week he shared the dramatic and unique Starry Night. This week he offers the latest nuance to Classic Holiday Décor.

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, you can never go wrong with a traditional look. It’s timeless and elegant, and will never go out of style. Here are five of its signature elements:

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Color

The combination of red, green and white are classic, and they form the foundation for the Classic holiday trend. Look at earthy versions of these three colors, such as a brick red, snow white and pine green. They are the colors found in nature as opposed to their more vibrant counterparts. The look is rich and refined with understated elegance.

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Accents

Mercury glass is an important accent in this season’s Classic trend. Add mercury glass trees to your mantel, sideboard or holiday table. Use a mercury glass vase to hold greenery or branches. Or enjoy the charm of this year-round by using a mercury glass lamp in your décor.

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Greenery

Deck the halls with lots of greenery this season, draping garland on bannisters, mantels and chandeliers, and wreaths on doors and windows. This season’s Classic style uses designs that complement the earthy palette.

The Glass Bird Jeweled Wreath is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Motifs

Accessories and patterns in Classic holiday style feature woodland creatures, birds and botanicals. Use them in ornaments, accents, pillows or wall art. These nature-inspired motifs add the elegance of the outdoors to your indoor spaces.

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Texture

Quilts and coverlets that are rich in texture and color are an important part of the Classic holiday style. Simply add a layer to the foot of the bed, or swap out your comforter for something more festive. Quilts can also be used in living spaces, allowing you to curl up by the fire with a warm blanket.

Three Traditional Trends for Fall

The classic designs of Traditional Style are timeless for a reason—they’re an institution of grace and elegance. Your well-dressed home features furnishings with soft curves and an attention to detail, celebrating the finer things in life. This season Traditional style continues its focus on classic silhouettes. But it get an update with an infusion of modern elements. Here are three Traditional trends for Fall:

 

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Color

A classic characteristic of traditional style is its rich neutral color palette, with taupe, brown and gray. This fall, one of the Traditional trends is pops of deep wine balanced with shades of blue, updating the collection of sophisticated colors. Add an accent chair, side table or a collection of toss pillows to be on trend.

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Heritage

Traditional furniture stays true to its heritage with rolled arms, carved legs and ornate tabletops. Update your living room seating by adding a new cocktail table or an accent chair with curved lines.

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Pattern

Traditional style centers around classic patterns, such as houndstooth, stripes or floral. This fall, rooms get a twist with the addition of modern prints, like geometric and animal patterns. Update your space with upholstery, toss pillows or a rug. The combination of traditional and modern will give your room a fresh feeling.

How to Choose a Bedside Lamp

Bedtime stories shouldn’t stop just because you grow up. Reading before you go to sleep is a great way to unwind from the day by escaping into a good novel or inspirational piece of non-fiction. In addition to a good book, having the right lamp is instrumental. You need it to provide the right amount of light at the right level so you don’t strain your eyes.

Here are five things to keep in mind when choosing lamps for your bedroom:

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1. Think about height. Choose a lamp that puts the base of its shade at about your chin level while sitting in bed, so it properly illuminates the pages of your book. If the light is too high it will create glare and that can be difficult on your eyes.

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2. Consider table lamps and wall-mounted lights. From a decorative standpoint, table lamps offer the widest range of options, and they’re a great choice if your nightstand has ample room. Look for wall-mounted lights if you’re short on space or want a streamlined look.

Bedside lamp bedroom setting 33. Or pick a pendant light. Pendant lights can add a sense of drama to your room. Hang them on either side of your bed at the height that is chin level for you when you’re sitting in bed. Look for styles that gently diffuse light rather than simply provide a spotlight directly below.

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4. Pick the right shade. Look for opaque shades because they cut glare. You want to have just enough light to read but not so much that you disturb your partner or cause eyestrain.

Table lamp

5. Look for the switch. Choose lighting that is easily turned on and off when you’re in bed. You don’t want to have to strain to find the switch when you’re ready to go to sleep. And having a lamp that is hardwired into your home’s electrical system means you’ll need to get in and out of bed to turn it on and off.

New Year, New You: Get Better Sleep

Sleep is not only important for your physical health; it affects your mental wellbeing. This can be especially vital to children who attend school.

Here are three things parents should know about the direct relationship between sleep and learning:

  • During quality sleep, your child’s brain stores the information he or she learned that day so it’s available for recall at a later date.
  • Sleep enhances your child’s learning and problem-solving skills; it helps them pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.
  • Lack of sleep is linked to trouble with decision making, problem solving, behavior and coping.