King for a Queen Beautyrest Sale

Now through October 17, 2016, Beautyrest is running the King for a Queen Mattress Sale.  What does this mean for you?

  • All KING Hybrid, World Class, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrids will be sold for the QUEEN price.
  • All QUEEN Hybrid, World Class, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrids will be sold for the FULL price.
  • All FULL Hybrid, World Class, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrids will be sold for the TWIN price.
  • All TWIN XL Hybrid, World Class, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrids will be sold for the TWIN price.

What’s even better?  We still have some of those beds on sale from Labor Day!  And Columbus Day is coming up!

Some of the options in the store are:

lotus_flower_2_Beautyrest Hybrid Levant








Beautyrest Platinum Fandango








Beautyrest Hybrid Lester







This promotion has a FIRM end date, so make sure that you come in to check out the options before October 17th.

Bed Frames: Do They Really Need Replacing?

Mattress sales are not glamorous.  But what is the least glamorous part of your new bed?  The metal frame.  It’s the part that you think is included, but it’s probably not.  It’s the part that you don’t see, don’t care about, but can totally ruin your new mattress set.  It’s the part that you think is cheap, but since it’s made of steel, it’s not.

This is NOT an awesome frame.

This is NOT an awesome frame.

First, let’s talk about why it’s important.  It supports your foundation, which then supports your mattress.  If the frame doesn’t have a center support (for a queen or king size), you WILL damage your foundation and mattress.  Box springs aren’t designed to hold all the weight being placed on them without having support in the middle.  Conversely, if your frame is held together with the dreaded C-clamps, chances are that things have shifted a bit and the side of your foundation isn’t even on the frame anymore.  Also not good.

Second, let’s talk about why they cost so much.  They are made of steel, which is expensive.  They are heavy, and cost a lot to ship.  They are not a big money maker for mattress stores.

Third, let’s talk about your frame at home, and whether you can just use it again.  Does steel wear out?  Not really, but you want to make sure that your frame will adequately support your new, heavy mattress.  Is it the correct size?  There should be minimal room on each side of the foundation, between it and the side rails.  There should be a center support bar for queen and King frames.  There should be at least one leg extending to the ground in the middle of the bed, attached to this center support bar.  The frame should have all of the wheels/glides intact.  There should be no rust or corrosion.

This IS an awesome frame.

This IS an awesome frame.

Finally, let’s talk about why you would buy the more expensive frame, rather than the cheap-o frame.  A more expensive frame has more steel, more strength, and more of the rails touching the foundation.  There is usually a center support bar that is about 3-4” wide, extending from the head of the bed to the foot of the bed, which is especially important for king sized beds.  The wheels are wider, less likely to break, and have wheel locks.  They will be a one size only frame, meaning that they are not held together by nuts and bolts, but by wedge locks.  All in all, buying a more expensive frame will be a one time expense that you won’t have to replace.

So the next time you are buying a mattress, do your homework first and look at your frame.  If you can use it, great.  If you need a new one, spring for the best one that you can afford, and ensure that your investment in the mattress will extend as long as possible.

Students and Sleep: Improving Learning One Night at a Time

Lucélia Ribeiro

Photo Courtesy of Lucélia Ribeiro

With school starting up again, we as parents and grandparents always try to give our children the tools that they need to succeed.  This usually means books, pencils, a back pack, and other supplies to help them learn.  But did you know what is also important for learning and memory retention?  Sleep.

Harvard University has linked lack of sleep with lack of focus, which makes sense.  What many people don’t realize is that lack of sleep not only means quantity of sleep (as in hours rested), but also quality of sleep (as in how many hours you spend in deep REM sleep). A person that goes to bed at 10pm tosses and turns until 12am, then wakes up intermittently throughout the night until waking up at 6am isn’t getting 8 hours of good, restorative sleep.  In fact, someone who goes to bed at 12am, but falls directly asleep, and stays in long REM sleep cycles will wake up feeling more rested, and more able to focus on tasks with energy.

There are three functions that need to occur during learning, according to The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School: Acquisition, Consolidation, and Recall.  Acquisition is the process of actually learning the material, such as in class or by reading.  Consolidation is the process that makes those memories of learning stable, and permanent.  Recall is the process that allows for the mind to remember this learning, thus making it useful. Consolidation occurs while we are sleeping.  Although scientists aren’t sure how, the brain processes the information received throughout the day, and stores it in the correct place.  A student that is not getting proper sleep will not remember key learning points the next day, therefore making the original Acquisition process useless.

Photo Courtesy of CollegeDegrees360

Photo Courtesy of CollegeDegrees360

So when you’re getting your child ready to go to school or college, take a look at their sleeping situation.  Is their twin sized bed too small for their bigger frames?  Has it developed a dip or sag, therefore not giving the best support?  If they’re on the way to college, check out the dorm mattress, and replace if necessary.

Another great idea is to get your children in a good sleep routine.  Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed time.  Keep the bed clean, and not full of toys.  Make sure that the temperature of the room is comfortable.  Maintain the same sleep and wake times as much as possible.

We all want our children to get the most out of their education.  In preparing them for the new school year, also prepare their brains to absorb and retain all that learning!

The Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who loves nothing better than sinking into your mattress and falling asleep on your back, then you need a mattress that’s designed for back sleepers. Today, you can choose from adjustable beds, combination beds, gel memory foam beds, pillow top beds and more — but how will you know which kind is right for you?

Back Sleeping PositionIf you’re a back sleeper, you need a mattress that supports your lower back. If you wake up with pain or stiffness, it may be because your current mattress either pushes against your spine or allows your hips to sink too far. Medium-firm is the perfect mattress type for back sleepers, and there are several options to choose from.

Combination Mattresses

Have you ever tried mattress shopping with your partner, only to discover that you can’t agree on a new bed? That may be because you have different sleep styles. Side sleepers, for example, need a softer mattress that provides adequate support for the knees and hips so the back doesn’t sink too low. Stomach sleepers prefer extra-firm mattresses that don’t let the hips sink. With a combination bed such as the iSeries, you can each get the mattress you need without resorting to separate beds.

You can choose a combination mattress constructed with one side that’s medium-firm, and one side that’s soft or extra firm. You do need to select which side to sleep on before you order your mattress, because the mattresses are no-flip. Some beds have sleep numbers that let you increase or decrease the firmness on each side. You can also choose an adjustable mattress, which provides customized support as well as help for common sleep disturbances such as snoring and apnea.

Combination mattresses are typically more expensive than traditional mattresses. Nevertheless, when you and your partner can agree, you might find the added expense is well worth the effort.

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses are the most popular mattress choice in America. They are available in flat and pillow top styles as well as every size. Simmons, Serta and Sealy are three of the biggest manufacturers and they all make innerspring mattresses. You can find innerspring mattresses in all price ranges and made to varying degrees of quality. Search for a mattress that provides adequate support and durability while also reducing motion during movement.

Foam Mattresses

A foam mattress is another excellent option. Foam mattresses support all sleep styles, which makes them a great choice if you start on your back, roll to your side or wind up on your stomach. Foam mattresses are also a great choice if you share your bed with a partner who doesn’t have the same sleep style as you — but you don’t want to invest in a combination mattress. Choose a gel foam memory mattress with cooling technology, such as the Serta iComfort, to reduce the heating that occurs with foam mattresses in the middle of the night.

No matter what you choose, make sure you test your mattress before you buy. If you’re shopping online, choose a merchant that lets you exchange your mattress, so you’re not stuck with a bed you don’t like.

The Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Are you a stomach sleeper? If so, you have different mattress needs than side sleepers because you need a flatter surface that won’t let your hips sink lower than the rest of your body. If you’ve ever slept on a soft mattress and woke up experiencing back soreness, it’s because your back didn’t receive the proper support. The best types of mattresses for stomach sleepers are firm mattresses that won’t let the body contour to a position that promotes back stress, and eventually, back pain.

Purchasing A Mattress For You and Your PartnerFirm Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers and Their Partners

Although the quality and construction of your mattress plays a large role in the overall quality of your sleep, even the best-made mattress can cause back stress and pain if you choose a model that’s ill-suited for your sleeping position. The problem gets worse if you sleep with a partner who has a different sleeping position than your own. Pair a side sleeper with a stomach sleeper, or a stomach sleeper with someone who snores, and it might not be long before you’re both wishing for separate beds.

With a combination mattress, you won’t have to resort to separate bedrooms. Combination mattresses blend different firmness levels. For example, Sleep Number beds allow individuals to choose the firmness that suits their needs. A side sleeper might choose a soft setting, while a stomach sleeper prefers the firmest setting. If your loved one snores, consider a split adjustable bed — one side rises slightly to open up a blocked airway, while the other side stays blissfully flat and firm.

The downside of combination mattresses is their expense, as they can cost significantly more than a traditional flat, one-firmness mattress. Nevertheless, when you consider fewer stiff muscles and trips to the chiropractor, along with a more restful night of sleep, the investment becomes worth it for many families.

Foam Mattresses

Do you fall asleep on your side or stomach, and then wake up on your back? If so, you’re not alone. If you’re a combination sleeper — or if you share your bed with a partner — the foam mattress is another option. Foam mattresses provide adequate support for every sleep style, because they are not too soft for stomach sleeping or back sleeping, and not too firm for side sleeping. Foam mattresses can also be expensive, but they remain a viable option for individuals who shift frequently during the night. They’re also a fair option for couples who don’t share sleeping styles and aren’t interested in a combination bed.

Innerspring Mattresses

If you sleep alone and prefer a cost-conscious, traditional choice, a firm innerspring mattress may be right for you. Innerspring mattresses contain metal coils beneath a layer of padding. They are the most popular type of mattress.

No matter what, the best way to find mattresses for stomach sleepers is to test out your mattress before you buy. When you buy your mattress from Dr Snooze, you can also return your mattress if it’s uncomfortable. Contact Dr Snooze with any questions today!

How to Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Getting Sleep on A Mattress

Almost every day, we hear more research confirming the importance of a good night’s sleep. Aside from the intuitive benefits of sleeping well — more energy and increased

alertness during the day — we are learning that individuals who get a better night’s sleep live longer, are less susceptible to disease and depression, and look and feel younger at any age.

There’s clear value to making sleep a priority. Here are some tips for better sleep that have you out like a light in no time.

  • Establish a routine: Your body will sleep better if it is used to going to bed and getting up at the same time. Erratic, unpredictable bedtime schedules — and trying to make up for late nights by staying in bed longer — all have a negative impact on the quality of your sleep.
  • Make your bedroom a haven: Your bed should be a place you sleep in and nothing more. Watching TV in bed or spending hours on your laptop make it very difficult for your body to transition into sleep. These activities stimulate the mind and inhibit production of melatonin, an important sleep-inducing chemical.
  • Get lots of sunlight during the day: Exposure to sunlight is another way the body regulates your sleep cycle through the production of melatonin. Spending all day in a dark room makes it harder to get to sleep at night. If your home or office doesn’t get enough sun during the day, consider investing in a light therapy lamp for combatting seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
  • Get comfortable: Set up your bedroom in the quietest, darkest part of the home. Investing in blackout curtains, noise-cancelling headphones and — of course — a good mattress and pillow will all contribute to the quality of your sleep.
  • Cut back on alcohol: It may seem counter-intuitive, but the sleep you’re getting after a few drinks is less restful than it would be if you were completely sober. Cutting out booze, especially right before bed, can help you sleep better.
  • Regulate your diet: Likewise, avoid caffeine and stay away from big meals at night. If you’re hungry for a midnight snack, avoid fatty meals that can cause indigestion. Instead, try a bowl of yogurt, a turkey sandwich or a piece of fruit.
  • Exercise regularly: A healthy body is more receptive to sleep. Making time for even a small amount of daily exercise will leave you more rested when you wake up in the morning. As an added bonus, exercise can help you lose weight, which in turn may be useful in combatting indigestion, sleep apnea and other issues keeping you up at night.

Taking steps to increase both the amount and quality of your sleep is worth it. If you’ve tried the above tips for better sleep but are still struggling, talk to your doctor about your options.


Serta Perfect Sleeper — NSF’s Official Mattress

NSF SealDid you know that the Serta Perfect Sleeper is the official mattress of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF)?  Did you even know that there was a National Sleep Foundation?  They work to improve sleep and well-being through education and sleep advocacy.  They do extensive research on sleep, sleeping habits, and the effects of sleep on our lives and health.  The NSF is a non-profit foundation, and they have chosen the Perfect Sleeper because they have engineered their mattresses to combat the five common reasons for poor sleep.

How a Serta Perfect Sleeper Combats the 5 Common Sleep and Mattress Issues:

Tossing and Turning

Serta Perfect Sleepers increase their sleeper’s comfort by combining the correct comfort layers in the correct way.  Foams and fibers are used to cushion the sleeper, and allow for more circulation, therefore reducing the amount of tossing and turning on the bed.

Lack of Support

Perfect Sleepers have a continuous coil support system, and are designed to give you excellent support from your head to your feet, all night long.  They are made of tempered steel, to ensure that they support the heaviest parts of you just as completely as the lightest parts of you.  Some models also have zoned coils, for extra support where you need it most.

Too Hot or Too Cold

Serta Perfect Sleepers have breathable, moisture wicking material at the top of the bed, which keeps you cool when you’re hot, and warm when you’re cold, all night long.  Select models include CoolTwist Gel foams, to draw heat away from your body throughout the night.  You’ll never wake up needing more or less blankets on a Perfect Sleeper.

Serta Perfect SlspperPartner Disturbance

The coil system on the Serta Perfect Sleeper is “laced”, or attached, head to toe.  This means that motion runs from the top of the bed to the bottom and vice versa, not across the mattress.  If your partner is getting up or moving during the night, you’ll still stay blissfully asleep.

Mattress Roll Off and Sags

All Perfect Sleepers are tested beyond the industry standard, to provide comfort and support to more than 99% of the population, regardless of weight, height, or sleeping position.  They have increased edge support, for a bed that feels larger, and is comfortable to sit on.

When you have your Serta Perfect Sleeper delivered, you will receive the “Guide to Sleeping Well”, published by the National Sleep Foundation.  It provides suggestions on how to get your best night’s sleep, as well as how to maximize the rest that you’ll get on your new Perfect Sleeper.

We have all of our Perfect Sleepers on sale right now to celebrate their selection as the official mattress of the NSF, check out our Serta Perfect Sleeper selection today, and eliminate your reasons for not sleeping tonight!



10 Mattress Care Tips from Serta

Thank you Serta for providing us with these 10 Mattress Care Tips!  To see the original list, visit Serta’s website.  And please, don’t hold Serta responsible for the somewhat ridiculous explanations and commentary, while they made the list, the comments are my own.

  1. Serta SheepIt’s normal to have an adjustment period when you purchase a new mattress.  This can be anywhere from 1-4 weeks, until your body gets used to the new (and better) support system.  Just give it time, and you’ll most likely love it!
  2. Mattress foams and fibers wear over time, so make sure that you rotate your mattress.  Also along these lines, body impressions (slight depressions in the padding of the mattress) are totally normal, and do not make the bed defective.  This will happen regardless of the price that you pay for the mattress.  Just like your couch may have a rear end shaped depression where you always sit, or your shoes have compressed where your heel is, mattresses are not designed to be perfectly flat and fluffy forever.
  3. Serta recommends purchasing a matching foundation (box spring) or adjustable base when you purchase your mattress.  99% of the time, I agree with them.  If you just purchased a new foundation, that is the proper support for the mattress, then I don’t see why you’d need to buy a new one.  But don’t tell them I said so.
  4. Make sure that you have a supportive bed frame.  With a center support.  That’s the correct size for your bed.  Buy a good frame, it can be the difference between having a mattress for 5 years or 15 years.
  5. Uh, don’t bend your mattress.  Don’t roll it, don’t fold it, don’t be stupid.  Enough said.
  6. Let it breathe when new.  This one makes sense to me, and I had really never thought about it before.  The materials are new, and have been sealed in the mattress bag plastic for at least a few days, maybe a few months.  Let it air out before putting on your mattress protector and sheets.  Thanks Serta, for reminding me that I really don’t know it all!
  7. Serta SheepProtect your mattress.  Serta recommends vacuuming it once a year, but if you have a dust mite proof mattress pad, you don’t really need to.  Do make sure that your protector is adequate, and that you’re not spilling things on the mattress.
  8. Launch yourself into this century and stop putting a board between your mattress and foundation.  They are unnecessary and can do more harm than good for both your mattress and your back.
  9. Make sure your sheets fit your mattress well.  Don’t smash a pillow top into regular pocket sheets, and don’t put a thinner mattress into a 22″ fitted sheet.  There’s nothing better than a clean, crisp, well fitting sheet.
  10. Don’t tear off the law tag.  If you ever have a warranty issue with the mattress, you MUST have the info on that tag.

Thanks Serta for all the great tips, and for letting me put my two cents in!

If you’re looking for an awesome Serta mattress, remember that iComfort, iSeries, and Perfect Sleeper are all made by them, you’re sure to find your perfect bed.  They “Make The World’s Best Mattress”!

Mattress Toppers – Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig

Buying a mattress topper to extend the life of your mattress is a common solution for many people who are uncomfortable on their bed.  In some cases, it can be a lifesaver.  In others, it is like gluing your shoe back together – it makes it usable for a while, but things quickly go back to the way that they were before.

Polyurethane Mattress TopperWho Should Buy a Mattress Topper?

Really, only people who have a NEW mattress that they are just not comfortable on should purchase and use a mattress topper.  Their new mattress will still have adequate support, and that support will still benefit the sleeper even through a topper.  If you have a mattress that is less than 5 years old, isn’t sagging, and is just too firm, then by all means, purchase a topper. does carry toppers, though they are not currently available on the site for nationwide shipping.  If you are interested in purchasing one, give us a call at 855-377-6669, and we’d be happy to help you.  We have memory foam and latex toppers only, of high quality.  For more info on buying toppers, skip ahead to the “What to look for in a mattress topper” section…

Who Should NOT Buy a Mattress Topper?

Everyone else.  No, really.  If you have an old mattress, and are trying to make it more comfortable, just buy a new mattress.  The reason why your back hurts is the lack of support.  A topper does not offer any additional support, just comfort and pressure relief.  Your back is still going to feel as sore, even with a new topper.  If it’s a price issue, take a look at some less expensive yet supportive and comfortable mattresses like the Beautysleep Mount Laurel or the Perfect Sleeper Huxley Plush.  Many stores also offer financing, like our No Credit Check financing from Progressive.

I have heard of customers that just get so sick of mattress shopping, and are so confused by all the different beds and stores out there, that they just give up and buy a topper to make their current bed last longer.  People, procrastination isn’t going to help you.  Not only is mattress shopping going to be equally as horrible in a few years, but there was a reason why you went shopping in the first place: your mattress is worn out, and needs to be replaced.  Find a reputable dealer, that employs a salesperson that is both knowledgeable, and that you like.  Then spend an hour with them, and really decide what is best for you.

Mattress TopperWhat to Look For in a Mattress Topper

  • High density foams, such as memory foam, or latex foam will last the longest and offer the most pressure relief.  Good quality American made products, however, may cost as much as a new bed, so be prepared.
  • Stay away from those “egg-crate” polyurethane foams.  While they are in every bed every made, they are usually placed under a few layers of breathable material.  As a topper, they are right up against you, and will trap heat and make your bed into a sauna.  Additionally, they aren’t the most durable, so while cheap and easy to find, plan on replacing it in as little as 2 weeks.
  • Gel foams will keep you cool and comfortable, but are usually a bit firmer than other toppers.  They last a long time, but are pricey.
  • Yes, there are still down toppers.  No, I don’t like them.  They are bird feathers, you know.  They start to smell after a while.  The quills start to poke through the fabric and into your skin.  They cause some people overwhelming allergies.  You have to fluff them up EVERY DAY.  And really, it’s just gross.  Buy synthetic, buy foam, fill your bed with styrofoam peanuts, lay in 2″ of marshmallow fluff, whatever floats your boat, but please, don’t buy a down topper.  Yuck.

A topper can extend the comfort of your mattress for a period of time, but will not affect the support at all.  An old, tired mattress will still make you feel old and tired after sleeping on it, even with a topper.

What Are the Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers?

Side SleepersAre you a back, stomach or side sleeper? If you sleep on your side, you’re in the majority. According to, 63 percent of Americans are side sleepers. By comparison, 16 percent of Americans sleep on their stomach, and only 14 percent are back sleepers. (We’re not quite sure about the remaining seven percent — they must sleep standing up or on their heads!)

Most people do not consciously choose their sleep position. Although you may sleep in each of the positions at different times during the night, you’ll tend to gravitate to the one that feels natural. Specifically, you will assume the sleep position that enables you to breathe freely.

The type and condition of a mattress is also a contributing factor. An old, worn-out mattress that sags in the middle, for instance, can make side or stomach sleeping more difficult.

Finding a Match Between Mattress and Sleep Position

These days, bedding manufacturers produce customized mattresses for all types of sleeping positions. This means you have a choice between a back, side or stomach sleeper mattress. Choosing the right mattress for your natural sleep position can mean the difference between enjoying sound, restful sleep or tossing and turning all night long.

Softness Is the Key When Choosing a Side Sleeper Mattress

If you’re like most Americans and tend to be a side sleeper, mattresses that are softer are likely to be your best alternative. Why? When you lie on your side, it places you spine in its most natural position. A softer side sleeper mattress will provide better support for the natural curvature of your body and keep you spine properly aligned, enabling you to sleep more comfortably. If you’re a side sleeper, and you wake up with hip or shoulder pain or stiffness, there’s a good chance your mattress is too firm.

Consider a Memory Foam or Latex Mattress

Many sleep experts suggest that memory foam mattresses or latex mattresses are best for side sleepers. Memory foam is designed to cradle specific body pressure points and provide even weight distribution. Latex will support the natural curve of your body as you sleep.