Do you know what happens when you sleep?

Leesa mattress

Did you know there are actually some techniques to get the best sleep possible? Whether you hit a full REM cycle or take a ten minute cat nap, it’s important to understand what goes on in your sleep.
A study done by Consumer Reports says that 68% of Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week. That’s approximately 164 million people.For Better Sleep Month last month, Leesa (an online mattress company) made it their mission to reduce this number. They developed this cool infographic about sleep that they asked me to share.  Continue reading “Do you know what happens when you sleep?”

Tuft & Needle, A Review {guest post}

This review of a Tuft & Needle mattress is written by Sarah Jo Burch. Sarah Jo lives in the South and is rediscovering her sense of adventure with her handsome and hardworking husband and two-under-three, about it and blogs (usually over a cup of tea) about faith, and the everyday life of a wife and mum, loving her neighbors, gratitude, and knitting – with pictures between. You’ll find her at Paper-Bark Burch, posting between dishes and reading Fox in Socks for the eightieth time.

About a year and half ago, I developed a passion for local/fair trade/ethical manufacturing that has reached from our socks to our toothbrushes, and everything in between. I’ve been amazed at how many one-for-one and write-a-better-story companies there are, and for the things that are left (like couches and cars) we’ve been able to buy second-hand. But when we needed a new mattress and an ad for Tuft & Needle * popped up in my Twitter feed, I clicked on it, because my preliminary research had not been promising.

From the beginning, the company was founded on a few core principles; “make a great mattress, sell it for a fair price, honor our local industry and help the US economy by sourcing all our materials domestically, and lastly, delight each of our customers.” Those were definitely principles that I felt comfortable supporting, and I convinced my husband to try the crazy mattress-in-a-box that you don’t get to test before buying.Oct15-t&n.curiousMy toddler was beyond curious when FedEx turned up with an alarmingly small box (shipped for free and arriving about a week after I ordered it). They vacuum pack them so they can be shipped manageably, and I was able to bear-hug it and drag it into our bedroom, then impatiently wait for unpacking time that night.Oct15-t&n.unfurlingWe wrestled our sad, worn, old mattress off the box spring (it was so blown that it was like trying to get a partially-baked cake out of a pan, intact) then slid the neatly rolled new one out. Layer one of the plastic wrapping unfurled it – layer two allowed it to begin expanding from extremely-firm-twin-sized to 10” deep queen sized.Oct15-t&n.popped upThe next morning, my husband remarked that he had significantly less back pain than he usually wakes up with – and then he left town for four nights. Which was perfect, because they recommend giving it a week to air out before making a final judgment and I am lighter (and easier on a mattress) than he is. I prefer a softer mattress (they only have one, specially-formulated, firmness), so it took a few days before it was really comfortable for me, but it did soften noticeably after that.Oct15-t&n.instructionsAll in all, this is a mattress I’d buy in the future and would definitely recommend. Reasonably priced, painless (taking a toddler and a baby to a mattress showroom is not my idea of a fun-filled afternoon), a great company and a great product (with spectacular customer service). If it’s an available option, I might suggest sleeping elsewhere for at least a few days (unless you like extremely firm mattresses), but it was certainly doable for it be our current sleeping solution.

Check out their informative website,* and look them up on Instagram at @tuftandneedle for some great pictures and videos (they just took a mattress on a roadtrip, strapped to the top of their vehicle, so you should at least see that!).

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Here are some interesting facts about Tuft & Needle:

— The foam that Tuft & Needle uses in their mattresses, called Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam, is completely unique to their brand because they actually invented it! It’s neither memory foam nor latex. It’s something better because it combines pressure relief, support, and breathability, which no other kind of foam offers.

— The “more layers, the better” concept is a farce. More layers have no impact on a better sleep experience. Quite the opposite, actually. Since every layer of foam or material needs a layer of glue and every layer of glue reduces airflow, more layers typically results in hotter, less comfortable sleep.

— The average mattress costs around $300 to make. But the typical price of a foam-based mattress runs around $3,000. Why the discrepancy? Because of the wholesale and retail markups, and marketing and commissions costs associated with buying a mattress in a store.

Sleep tight?

Yesterday was my three-month wedding anniversary. And despite being a newlywed, rx I like to have my space while I sleep. Sharing a full-size bed with my sweetie has it’s good times (wink), abortion but I was ready to upsize to a queen mattress. I convinced my parents to trade with me — they have two queen-size beds at their lake house — so today Anthony and I loaded up our full-size mattress and box springs in my dad’s truck, cheapest drove out to the lake about 30 minutes away. We did the swap, sweating in the July sun as we strapped in our new bed. Excited to be almost done when we got home, all that was left was getting the new box springs upstairs. One small problem: IT WON’T FIT UP THE STAIRCASE! photo(43)

Hot and frustrated and needing to get ready for church, we left it there. We’ll try again when we get home tonight. Hopefully, our spacial sense will kick in and we’ll figure this out. Otherwise, we might just have to add a master bedroom suite to the main level. (Or maybe just upsize to a king-size bed. Those are just two full beds side by side, right?)