What’s the Science Behind BeautySleep?

1_1Science Behind BeautySleep. Simmons is known for their groundbreaking innovations, for being an industry leader in technology.  Just this year, the Beautyrest brand and the Comforpedic brand both got makeovers, with new features, benefits, and a great story.  But the brand that usually gets left out is BeautySleep, the less expensive cousin to the Beautyrest.

While in the past, BeautySleep was more of a traditional mattress, with an inner-locking spring system, border wire edge support, and so-so padding layers, this year is different.  BeautySleep may not be lighting the city on fire with new technology, but they have a new look and a new philosophy.  They have received the best hand-me-downs from Beautyrest, and they are making it work for them.

  • 700 Series Coil Technology – This is the new BeautySleep coil system.  Now, most of the line-up has individually wrapped coils, long the standard for Beautyrest.  Why is this good science?  Because pocketed coils offer superior back support, conform to curves better to offer better pressure relief, and provide individual support for each person sleeping on them.  They also localize motion, to keep partners sleeping undisturbed.  This is the first year that BeautySleep has received this huge upgrade, and it just adds more value to their line-up.
  • Foam Encased Edge Support System – Years ago, foam encased edge support was only for top of the line beds, and you paid for it dearly.  Now, every single bed in the BeautySleep line-up has this type of edge support.  Mattresses that are foam encased feel larger than others with more traditional edge support systems, because there is more usable space in the mattress.  The sleeper can lie right on the edge of the bed without being tipped off.  Also, this type of edge support makes sitting on the bed both comfortable, and less likely to dip the side of the bed.  Finally, foam encased beds have a more expensive look; they are less likely to be misshapen due to coils popping through the side wall.  Again, an expensive bed feature, in a value line-up.

  • Gel Touch Foam – The new material in the bedding industry is gel, and while with most brands it is exclusive to their top of the line beds, BeautySleep has put it in a few of their models.  What is the science behind this feature?  GelTouch foam is soft and conforming, and reduces pressure points.  It is also a cooling fiber, and it provides more air circulation for a more comfortable sleep.
  • Stretch Knit Fabric – Select models of BeautySleep mattresses have a knit fabric cover.  This is great for two reasons: (1) since this cover stretches, it further localizes motion and conforms to the body well, and (2) it is a natural material, and promotes airflow and comfortable sleeping temperature.  Like with the other features, in the past, stretch knit fabrics were reserved for more expensive mattresses, but BeautySleep puts this cover on beds starting at $499.

The Simmons BeautySleep mattresses have benefited from research and innovation performed by Beautyrest.  They have upgraded features such as individually pocketed coils, foam encased edge support, Gel Touch foam, and stretch knit fabrics to put them head and shoulders above the closest competition in their price range.

Sleep: You Just Might Be Doing It Wrong

Sleeping positionsIf you’ve been reading my blogs, you’ll notice that I recommend softer beds for side sleepers, medium beds for back sleepers, and medium firm beds for stomach sleepers.  I say this because most of the time, these average firmness levels help keep the sleeper’s spine in alignment.  But sometimes, folks, it’s not the bed.  It’s possible that you’re just sleeping wrong (position-wise).  Check out this info graphic about sleeping positions.  If you have arthritis, did you know that sleeping in the fetal position can be making it worse?  Or that acid reflux is increased in stomach sleepers?  If you’re concerned about wrinkles, try your best to sleep on your back, as all other positions will increase the pull on your skin.

According to the graphic, everyone should be sleeping on their back.  It reduces wrinkles and acid reflux, and can help prevent back and neck pain.  And, if snoring isn’t a problem, then this might be the just right position for you.  If it’s not comfortable, try putting a pillow under your knees, to elevate your legs slightly, this will ease the pressure on your lower back.  For a mattress, try the Bernardsville Plush Pillow Top by Beautyrest Recharge.  It’s that just right combination of firm support, and soft padding that’s not overwhelming.

Most of us sleep on our sides, because it just tends to be the most comfortable.  While the graphic says that it’s not so great for wrinkle free skin and perky breasts, that’s why they created plastic surgery, right?  Side sleepers don’t snore, and usually have less acid reflux.  And true, it is the requisite sleeping position for expectant mothers (how else are they supposed to sleep without smashing up their insides, and still being able to breathe?!?).  To open up your hips, place a poufy pillow between your knees to make your spinal position better.  Try the Comforpedic Balanced Days, which is really pressure relieving since most of your weight will be on your hip and shoulder, and will offer great support.

Does anyone over the age of five still sleep in the fetal position?  By pulling your legs up towards your chest, you are pushing your hip further into the mattress, which creates pressure points.  Your back is curved, which ends up being painful, and believe me, no pregnant lady is sleeping with her knees smashed up against her belly.  If this is the ONLY way that you can sleep, try putting a pillow between your knees to help with the hip problem, or find a bed that’s more comfortable for different positions, like the Comforpedic Renewed Energy.  I’d bet that you’d be able to train your body to sleep a different way on a more supportive and comfortable bed.

sleeping positions

Finally, stomach sleepers.  I never really understood them.  I once tried to sleep on my stomach, and couldn’t do it.  My neck and back hurt, I didn’t know where to put my arms, and I was being suffocated by the pillow.  It’s my personal opinion that these people sleep this way because they are resting on a bed that is too firm, and is creating pressure when they sleep on their sides, and isn’t adequately supporting their lumbar region when they are on their back.  If the bed isn’t providing cushioning, you might as well use your own natural softness, right?  The problem is that it’s a vicious cycle – stomach sleepers need to sleep on something firm, which means that the chances of them changing their sleep position are slim, because it’s just not going to be as comfortable as sleeping on their stomach.  If you sleep on your stomach and don’t have neck and back pain, then you belong in the circus.  However, if you’re a die-hard tummy fan, then get a Recharge Dennet Luxury Firm.  It’s firm enough to keep you breathing, but not too firm that it would be uncomfortable if you decided to make a position change for the better.  To ease your lumbar pain that you’re surely having, you can try to put a pillow under your hips, to relieve some of the pressure on your lumbar.

As for me, I sleep mostly on my side, sometimes on my back.  My husband sleeps on his back, until I shove him onto his side to stem the snoring.  Any way that you go, make sure that you choose a new mattress that will fit the way that you sleep.  And if you go into a store to shop, make sure that you try out that test bed in the way that you actually sleep.  Just a tip.

Important Articles on Sleeping Positions worth reading:

Slide show: Sleeping positions that reduce back pain

Suffering from Low Back Pain? This article might help you

Your Sleeping Position  – Get Clue on what kind of person you are!

Low Back Pain ? Wondering if Sleeping on Floor helps? Have a READ!

A Video Demonstration – Best Sleeping Positions to reduce Stress.

Simmons BeautySleep – Are BeautySleep Beds Good for Sex?

There are two main things that we do in our beds – sleep, and have sex.  I know that when you go out shopping for mattresses, the last thing that you want to ask questions about is how good the mattress is for sex, but it’s an important part of the decision making.  And believe me, the mattress salespeople have heard, and seen, it all.  There is nothing that you can do to embarrass them, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty about BeautySleep beds, and whether they will benefit, or hinder, your love life.

BeautySleep Beds Good for Sex

Things to Consider:

  1. Ease of Movement – Even if you’re not an athletic love making machine, you still need to get into the correct position.  This usually means that one person is on their knees, and has to be able to adjust accordingly.  If the mattress is too soft, this can be difficult, and it may feel like climbing out of a hole. A memory foam mattress can be worse, since it responds to weight, and the knees will sink in very far, and the mattress won’t respond quickly. A BeautySleep mattresses run the comfort gamut between firm and plush pillow top, but none are marshmallow soft, and all are easy to move around on.  Change positions at will!
  2. Pressure Relief for Contact Body Parts – Like I stated before, the knees take the brunt of the pressure for one partner.  There is nothing worse than getting distracted by pain and discomfort.  Similarly, if a partner is on their back, you don’t want the buttocks or lower back to feel pressure points.  BeautySleep beds have adequate padding, even in the inexpensive models, to combat this pressure point issue.  Furthermore, most of the models have individually pocketed coils, which respond and conform individually, offering even greater relief.
  3. Bounciness – Some of us need a little help in the rhythm department.  Nothing helps move it along more than a bouncy mattress.  BeautySleep mattresses aren’t especially bouncy, but they will provide resistance, and keep the rhythm on track. Word to the wise, if you’re looking for a little help from the bounce, don’t go for a memory foam bed, you’ll be getting more of a workout than you planned!
  4. Durability – As a mattress salesperson, I’ve heard many stories of the mattress starting to creak or crunch, or the foundation splintering from too much nocturnal activity.  BeautySleep mattresses never creak, shift, or crunch, due to their individually pocketed coil system and foam encased edge support.  And the foundation?  It’s called Triton Lite, and is one of the strongest out there, you literally cannot break it.  I dare you to try…

BeautySleep Beds Good for Sex

See, you can get a mattress that’s comfortable for sleeping, as well as for sex!  Check out our whole line-up of BeautySleep beds for your next late night liason!

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