Celliant Fiber in a Mattress

Celliant Fiber and Your Mattress

Have you heard about Tom Brady’s new pajamas? Made by Under Armour, they are supposed to help him recover faster, while he’s sleeping. This means that the aging QB should be able to run faster, play harder, and get up and do it all again tomorrow.

More interesting than the fact that Tom has new PJs is the technology used to create them. While Under Armour doesn’t give away any trade secrets, industry insiders are pretty sure that his new sleep set relies on celliant fiber to do all that it claims to do. And some companies are putting this technology in mattresses now, too, claiming that it helps you reap the same benefits, just from the mattress instead of pajamas.

 

Celliant Fiber in a Mattress

 

What is Celliant Fiber?

Celliant fiber has been around since 2008, when it was used to help horses recover after racing and jumping. Since then, it’s been used in everything from clothing to hospitals to bedding. NASA is even looking into using it to help regulate astronauts’ sleep while they’re in space.

Celliant is the brand name of this fiber, which is made from polyethylene terephthalate. It used to be called holofiber, because it deals with infrared light. They changed the name because people thought it indicated that the fiber had a hollow core, which it does not.

In the process of making this fiber, the manufacturers add tiny, micron-sized optically active quartz, silicon oxide, and titanium oxide to polymers. They form these particles into a type of resin, then weave it into the fabric itself. This means that the technology doesn’t wear out. It’s simply around as long as the fabric is intact.

How Does Celliant Fiber Help You?

The particles that get woven into the fabric cause the fiber to interact with infrared light in unique ways. Infrared light is light that exists just outside of visible light on the spectrum. It has been shown to alleviate hypertension, help repair muscle damage, and promote blood flow.

Celliant fiber basically converts body heat into infrared energy, which it then reflects back to the body. This helps increase blood flow and raise oxygen levels in the skin. This has been shown to help with minor aches and pains. Fabric with Celliant fiber will do this even when it’s not worn right up against your skin. That means that you can wear it as an outer layer or have it in sheets that don’t touch your body directly and still reap its benefits.

Note that this is a huge contrast with normal thermal wear or long underwear. These simply trap heat in next to your body, rather than converting it to a type of energy that is useful for your body.

Celliant Fiber and Sleep

 

 

Sleeping in or on Celliant fiber can have the same benefits for you that it has for Tom Brady. Namely, it can help you recover. If you workout hard or do a job that is strenuous, you’re probably no stranger to aches, pains, and sore muscles. Infrared energy can help relieve some of these pains, and even help your body repair anything that’s been damaged.

Since Celliant fiber also boosts your blood circulation, it can help your body regulate its temperature overnight. Most of us experience a small but significant body temperature drop as we head into deeper stages of sleep. Blood circulation is one of the main ways that the body regulates its temperature, so Celliant fibers can help this process, making for better sleep all night long.

The improved oxygenation brought on by Celliant fiber can help athletes or anyone who pushes their body hard. More oxygen in your tissues isn’t a bad thing. It can improve your athletic performance, if you care about that sort of thing.

Some people fear that sleeping on Celliant fibers will actually make them hot. However, since the fibers aren’t designed to hold heat in, they can actually help you get warmer or cooler, as needed. When the blood circulation and oxygenation are up, the body regulates its temperature better all the way around.

All of this may sound like a scam, but Celliant has been run through numerous tests. While it isn’t a magic bullet, it definitely improves the way your body functions in small but significant ways.

What are the Options for Sleeping with Celliant Fiber?

If you’re interested in the benefits that Celliant fiber might have to offer you, there are various ways to sleep with it. We’ve already mentioned the notorious pajamas, which you can buy from Under Armor to try out for yourself. In fact, Under Armour and other companies have whole lines of clothing with the fibers inside, so you can wear it 24/7, if you so desire.

A few companies also offer bedding featuring Celliant fiber. You can get sheets, pillowcases, mattress pads, mattress protectors, and more. These encase you in the fiber and claim to offer many of the same health benefits as wearing it does.

Finally, mattress companies are beginning to add Celliant fiber directly into beds themselves. Many of these are marketed at endurance athletes, but anyone can buy one and reap the benefits of the technology. They are starting to go more mainstream, too, with other mattress companies beginning to utilize the technology, too.

Is Celliant Fiber Right for You?

If you’re buying a new bed, take Celliant fiber into consideration. Unless you have a pressing need for better circulation or oxygenation, it may not be the deciding factor as far as which bed you buy. However, if there’s a bed you like and it comes in a Celliant version, it’s probably worth looking into it further.

If you’re an athlete, you work a strenuous job, or you suffer from aches and pains, it may be worthwhile to see if you can find a bed that’s comfortable, supportive, and contains Celliant fiber. Sleeping on the fibers every night could help give you the edge you need to perform better in your daily life.


 


Do I Need a Box Spring?

When buying a new bed, most people think a lot about the mattress. They put their time and effort into choosing the size and type of mattress, and then into choosing the one that works best for them. However, there are several other components that you need to look at when buying a mattress. One of these is the box spring or the support system for your mattress.

For a long time, all mattresses were sold with box springs. Now, though, there are other alternatives available that also claim to provide mattress support. There’s some controversy about these, though, and whether or not they are actually as good as using a box spring. Here’s everything you need to know to make a good decision when you’re purchasing support for your new mattress.

What is a Box Spring?

 

 

A box spring is basically a wooden rectangular box, covered in fabric, with various wire configurations inside of it. You put it under your mattress to offer support for the part of your bed that you sleep on. The box spring is usually the same size and height as your mattress so that when you stack them it looks like you have two mattresses on top of one another. The fabric covering the box spring is usually the same or complementary to that covering your mattress, so they are clearly meant to go together.

The box spring used to be made with actual springs inside and was specifically designed as a support for innerspring mattresses. These were intended to keep the mattress from sagging, as well as to provide more support and comfort for the sleeper. They were also intended to raise the level of the bed so that it was easy to sit on and so that sleepers didn’t feel like they were sleeping on the floor.

Box springs were also designed to provide ventilation for both the sleeper and the mattress. Because the box spring contains a lot of open space, it allows for better airflow underneath the mattress. This helps the sleeper stay cool, and it makes sure that the mattress can dry if the sleeper gets sweaty.

Benefits and Drawbacks of the Box Spring

When well-designed, the traditional box spring does a good job at what it was designed to do: providing support and ventilation for innerspring mattresses. However, box springs today are not always well-designed. In fact, many of them are cheaply made and don’t provide the support that a mattress needs to help you sleep comfortably, align your spine, and add longevity to your mattress.

In addition, many box springs that are sold with latex and memory foam mattresses are not designed to hold the weight of these beds over a long period of time. Since both latex and memory foam can be significantly heavier than innerspring mattress options, they should have updated box springs, too. However, some companies sell these beds with the same box springs that they sell with their innerspring models, which can create problems down the road.

Box springs also may not provide the type of support that memory foam and latex require in order to last as long as possible. Both of these types of mattresses need even support across the bottom part of the mattress. Any holes or gaps in the support raise the risk that your mattress will sag into the gap. Since many box springs have more support straight down the middle and around the edges than they do right under where you sleep, they may not offer the support your new mattress needs.

What Other Options are Out There?

Many shoppers have never considered an alternative to the box spring. After all, isn’t that how mattresses have always come? However, there are some new choices that you may prefer, or that might work better for you, depending on the type of bed you’re purchasing.

Put your mattress on the floor

If you don’t mind sleeping low to the ground and you like that look, putting your mattress on the floor is always an option. One major downside to this is that the mattress won’t get good ventilation. This means that you may get warm when you sleep on it, especially if you tend to sleep hot. Also, while the floor provides decent support for latex and memory foam mattresses, it is not necessarily the best for innerspring mattresses.

A wood foundation

You can make or purchase a wooden rectangular box to put your mattress on. These have more wood than the box spring, and so they offer more regular support for your mattress. They also don’t have wire inside, so there’s no springiness to them. These wooden foundations provide even more ventilation than a traditional box spring. This helps your mattress remain dry and mold-free. 

Most people choose to buy a wood foundation with a fabric cover that matches their mattress or to put one on if they are making the foundation themselves. This protects the foundation and enhances the overall look of the bed in the room.

Wooden foundations work really well for latex and memory foam mattresses, as long as the slats are close enough together. If there’s more than a 3” gap between them, the mattress can sag down between slats. This can lower the lifespan of the mattress and cause uncomfortable sleep.

 

 

Platform beds

Platform beds are basically beds with raised sleeping platforms. These platforms are designed to have the mattress placed directly onto them. The platform can be solid wood, or it can be designed from slats like wood foundations. In fact, the main difference between the two is that platform beds usually come with footboards and headboards as part of a matching bedroom set, while wooden foundations look more like a traditional box spring. 

While platform beds can be expensive, they can also be a great investment when it comes to the support that they offer. Like wooden platforms, they are best for latex and memory foam mattresses, though they can also work with many innerspring models. If the platform is flat, you may have some ventilation issues, while slatted platforms allow for more airflow.

Adjustable beds

Adjustable beds are flat platforms on legs that have motors and flexibility. This allows you to move the top and the bottom of the bed. You can sit up in bed or add support under your knees if you sleep on your back. If you sleep with a partner, you can even buy split mattresses and platforms, so you can each sleep the way you desire. 

The only downside to an adjustable bed is that it does not work with innerspring mattresses or with innerspring hybrids. These beds are simply not made to flex and move, so they will render your amazing adjustable miracle into just another flat place to sleep. On the other hand, an adjustable bed offers great support for latex and memory foam mattresses. Because the platform is solid and flat, it helps keep them from sagging. Adjustable beds are also made to hold the extra weight that these beds bring, so you won’t lose support over time.

Finally, adjustable beds allow for some air flow, though not as much as a platform bed or a wooden foundation. As an added bonus, platform beds are great for people with back pain and acid reflux or heartburn. Because you can move the bed, you can put it in the position most likely to relieve symptoms.

 

 

What Mattress Support is Best?

The mattress support that will work best for you depends on a number of factors. The type of bed you’re buying can play a huge part in the support that you choose. Innerspring beds may work with box springs, while latex and memory foam beds will do best with another option.

You should also listen to your body. If you’ve spent on an innerspring bed with a box spring in the past and you’ve had a lot of pain, it may be better for you to choose another option when it comes to mattress support.

Your budget matters, too. If you have the money for an adjustable bed or a platform bed, you can invest in something that will last you for years, through many, many mattresses. If you move a lot or you don’t want to invest, you may want to choose a box spring or to simply place your mattress on the floor.

Finally, pay attention to any warranty that comes with your new mattress. A few manufacturers still require you to use their box springs with their innerspring mattresses in order to keep your warranty valid. If you’re worried about problems with your bed, take this into consideration when you’re buying mattress support.

In the end, you need to choose the mattress support that works best for you. Consider all the factors, take the time you need, and you’ll end up with a bed that will work for you for a long time.


 


Neck Pain from Sleeping

How to Rid Yourself of Neck Pain, Once and For All

Does your neck hurt all the time? Regularly? More often than you’d like it to? Chances are, your neck pain has something to do with your sleep. Even if the neck pain was caused by something else, sleeping in an incorrect position can set it off or make it worse. Fixing your sleep positioning can also be a huge part of the solution to your neck pain issues. If you struggle with neck pain because you’re not sleeping in the right position, here are some ways to lessen it.

Get a New Pillow

Having the right pillow can mean the difference between waking up ready to take on your day and waking up with a sore, stiff neck that makes it feel hard to do anything. You need a pillow that keeps your spine aligned at night. This means that your spine stays straight, without any awkward flexing or twisting.

You may need some help to choose a pillow that’s right for you. You’ll want to test the pillows on the mattress you use at night since different mattress/pillow combinations can cause different alignment issues. Lie on the pillow in the position you normally sleep in. Have someone else check, visually, to see if your spine is straight through your neck. If it is, then that pillow could work for you.

Get a New Mattress

If you have a bad mattress, a new pillow alone won’t make much of a difference. Your mattress may have lost its ability to support your body in such a way that it keeps your neck in alignment. If you replace your pillow but you’re still suffering from neck pain, it’s probably time to look at getting a new mattress.

You can find a mattress that will keep your body in alignment no matter what type of mattress you like. Some people who have a lot of neck and back pain say that memory foam helps them sleep pain-free, but you can find something else if you don’t like the feel or heat of sleeping on foam.

Sleep on Your Side or on Your Back

When you sleep on your stomach, you often end up cranking your head to one side so that you can breathe. This puts constant pressure on your neck, which can lead to neck pain and even injury. If you sleep on your stomach, work on training yourself to sleep on your side or your back.

If you already sleep in one of these other positions and you still end up with neck pain in the morning, try the other one. Back sleepers can try sleeping on their sides and side sleepers on their backs. You may find that the new position is better for your neck. It can take some time to get used to sleeping differently, but you’ll be more comfortable in the long run.

Deal With Your Stress

 

 

If you are constantly stressed out, you can end up clenching your jaw or other muscles through the night. This can cause all sorts of problems, neck pain among them. Try journaling or yoga before bed to reduce your stress and the tension you’re carrying into your rest time.

If you’re already in bed and you’re feeling stress, try progressive relaxation to release your stress. Starting with your feet, relax all of the parts of your body, one by one, until you get to the top of your head. Take special care to relax your neck, jaw, and facial muscles, as these can cause nighttime tension to build up.

Treat for Inflammation

Sometimes, rolling over quickly or sitting up startled in the night can cause your neck to spasm. This can cause incredible, awful pain, and it can be hard to go back to sleep, let alone get any decent quality sleep. If this happens to you, start by treating your neck with ice right away. This will lower the inflammation and help your neck to begin healing quickly.

You can also take anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen, to help lower your neck pain. You don’t want to take maximum doses of these long-term, but taking them for a few days can help your neck heal. As it heals, begin some gentle stretching. Slowly lengthen the muscles that spasmed without putting too much pressure on them or causing them to spasm again.

You don’t have to live with constant neck pain or any pain that distracts you from the things you love and makes daily life difficult. If you’re waking up with a sore neck and these ideas don’t help, get in touch with your doctor. There may be more going on than you know about right now, and your doctor can help you determine how to take care of yourself so you wake up pain-free.


 


Melatonin

Can You Overdose on Melatonin?

If you’ve struggled with insomnia or suffered from jet lag, you’ve probably heard of taking melatonin. It definitely helps some people sleep better, and it can help combat jet lag when taken correctly. However, some people worry because it is an unregulated supplement. They wonder if the supplements they buy in the store can be trusted, if taking melatonin will actually help, and whether it’s actually safe.

So, Can You Overdose on Melatonin?

The short answer is: No. It does not appear that melatonin will kill you. While it’s theoretically possible to overdose on anything, there’s no research that shows melatonin to be lethal. Even when people take quite a bit more than the recommended amount, while they may suffer negative side effects, it doesn’t cause them to die.

However, taking more melatonin than you need can be miserable. Because melatonin tells your body when to sleep, having too much in your system means you’ll still be sleepy when you want to be awake. That’s why it’s important to find the right dose for you.

What are the Side Effects of Too Much Melatonin?

If you’re considering melatonin for your sleep issues, you should know the symptoms of taking too much. That way, you’ll be able to adjust your dose accordingly, until you find the right amount. Here’s what to look for:

  • Daytime Sleepiness. As mentioned above, taking too much melatonin will make you sleepy during the day, when you want to be awake. This is annoying, but it can also be dangerous. If you need to drive, operate heavy machinery, make significant decisions, and perform other, similar tasks, your performance can be impaired when you’re tired.
  • Headaches. Many people get bad headaches if they take too much melatonin. Since melatonin is a hormone, it helps regulate more things than just sleep. Some of these things can cause headaches that won’t go away until the melatonin leaves your system.
  • Depression. Melatonin regulates sleep, but it also performs other functions in the brain. Another main function is that it helps regulate your mood. If you have too much of it, you may feel down, discouraged, or depressed. In addition, depression can come anytime there’s a hormonal imbalance. Having too much melatonin throws off your hormones, can throw off your mood, too.
  • Irritability. Similarly, too much melatonin can make you easily frustrated with other people and grumpy when you’re around them. This may be because of mood irregularities stemming from a hormonal imbalance, or it may be because the side effects make you so miserable that you don’t want to be around others.
  • Stomach Cramps. Melatonin helps regulate neurotransmitters, which are present in your stomach as well as in your brain. Too much melatonin can cause your body to overproduce some of these, which can cause painful stomach cramps, nausea, and even vomiting if you are especially sensitive.

How Much Melatonin Should You Take?

 

 

Your recommended dose of melatonin will depend on what you’re using it for. When it comes to promoting restful sleep and recovering from jet lag, the recommended amount runs from 0.3mg to 5mg per night. Since this is a wide range, it’s a good idea to start at the low end. If you take 0.3mg for a few nights and it doesn’t help, slowly work your way up to taking more until you find the dose that works for you.

Unfortunately, not all melatonin supplements are created equal. Many of them do not actually contain the amount of melatonin that is stated on the package. Since melatonin is a supplement and not a prescription or an over-the-counter drug, it’s not regulated by the FDA. If you’re concerned about getting an exact amount of melatonin, consider buying pharmaceutical-grade melatonin online. This is more likely to contain the amount of melatonin noted on the package.

Remember, since melatonin isn’t a sleeping pill, you’ll want to take it at least an hour before you plan to try to sleep. You may want to stick with the same dose for several days, to see how it affects your body over time.

If you want to take melatonin for something other than sleep, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before you start on a regimen. They will help you determine the right dose for your condition and make sure you don’t suffer from negative side effects.  

When you’re taking melatonin, the key is to start small. Even if it takes longer to work up to a dose that works for you, at least you won’t have to deal with side effects that make you feel sluggish, moody, emotional, and sleepy. Once you find the right dose for your body, you should be able to sleep well and wake up refreshed and ready to go.


Tips for Hot Sleepers

Tips for Hot Sleepers

Do you ever get too hot at night? Maybe you wake up covered in sweat, or you toss and turn and can’t even fall asleep because you’re so warm. Sleeping hot is not just difficult and uncomfortable, it can also mess up your sleep cycles and your body’s clock.

Your body temperature is supposed to go down at night, and that’s part of how your body knows that it’s nighttime. When your temperature can’t or won’t drop, your body can become confused and your circadian rhythms can get messed up, too.

While some mattresses can hold heat, some people will get warm at night no matter what they do. You can’t change your body’s chemistry, but you can change some things about how you sleep. These may seem like small changes, but they can go far towards making you more comfortable at night.

Sleep Under a Damp Sheet

It may sound crazy, but it’s a great way to stay cool. Take a sheet and get it good and wet. Then put it in the dryer for just a few minutes, or run it through the spin cycle in your washing machine. Don’t let it get too dry, but do make sure it’s not dripping wet. Once your sheet is right, put it over you while you’re sleeping. The dampness should help you sleep cooler.

If you don’t like the idea of having something damp right on your skin, hang your damp sheet in front of an open window or place it in front of a blowing fan. The air moving through the dampness will help cool the entire room.

Sleep Downstairs

Since hot air rises and cooler air sinks, the lower you can sleep, the cooler you will be. If you have access to a basement bedroom or sofa, sleeping down there will definitely be cooler than sleeping in an upstairs bedroom, or even on the main floor. Basically, get as low as you can go and sleep down there.

Sleep on the Right Pillow

It’s important to keep your head cool if you want the rest of your body to stay cool, too. That’s because brain activity generates quite a bit of heat, so if you can let that dissipate, you’ll be able to cool more effectively.

Some pillows hold more heat than others. Pillows that fold around your head tend to insulate it, holding heat in rather than letting it escape. Smaller, thinner pillows will let more air circulate, which will help your head cool down. These may not be as comfortable to sleep on, but you can get used to them over time and they go far towards helping you stay cool.

Sleep on Cooler Sheets

 

 

Some sheets will hold heat in close to your body, where it will only serve to make you warmer. Other sheets let heat escape. Try to find sheets featuring natural fibers like cotton or bamboo. If you’re still too hot at night, look for ones specially designed with cooling technology. These can be more expensive, but it’s worth it when you’re sleeping well.

Sleep with Bedding Straight Out of…the Freezer

Put your pillowcase (or even your whole pillow) and a sheet in the freezer an hour or so before you want to go to bed. When it’s time to sleep, pull them out and sleep on them cold. Sure, they’ll warm up eventually, but they should help lower your body temperature first, so you can fall asleep and stay asleep longer.

If you wake up at night hot but aren’t hot when you go to bed, save your freezer bedding until then. Put it on your bed when you wake in the night, so you can fall back to sleep and rest until morning.

Sleep After a Cool Shower

Right before you go to bed, hop into a cool shower. The colder you can stand to run the water, the cooler you will be. The shower will help lower your body temperature, and you’ll get even cooler when you get out and the water evaporates from your skin. Hop straight into bed, so you don’t have a chance to warm up before you sleep.

If you can’t take a cool shower for whatever reason, try running your hands, wrists, feet, and ankles under cool water. Your blood comes close to the surface in these areas, so it will absorb the coolness from the water. As it circulates, it will cool the rest of your body. Stay under the water for 2-3 minutes. This should give you 10-15 minutes to fall asleep before you warm back up again.

Sleep on a Cooling Mattress Topper

If nothing else works, invest in a mattress topper that will cool you. The Chilipad is one of the highest-tech options out there. It aims to keep your sleeping surface the perfect temperature, whether that means warming or cooling. There are less expensive options out there, too, that aim just to cool you down. While this can still be a significant investment, it’s worth it when you’re not roasting at night!

You don’t have to be too hot in your bed. Finding the solution or combination of solutions that’s right for you may not happen overnight, but there’s always hope. Keep trying different tactics until you find what works for you. It’s worthwhile for the health and happiness benefits you can gain when you’re sleeping well.


 


King vs California King

King vs. California King: Which King Bed is Best for You?

When you’re buying a new bed, it can feel like a challenge to find the size that will work best for you. There used to be only a couple of options, but now there are many more. Figuring out what will work best for you, a partner if you have one, your room, and your budget can feel like a puzzle that’s impossible to solve. If you’re trying to choose between and King and a California King, there are a few things you should know.
 

What are the Basic Differences Between the Two?

Many people think that a California King is bigger than a King. However, the truth is that it is longer and narrower. While it’s still wider than a Queen, it loses 4” of width to the King. This difference may or may not be significant for you. Some couples want the full width of a King for ultimate comfort, while others find that the California King fits their sleeping style, height, or bedroom layout better.

Both beds are popular choices for master bedrooms. As long as the room is big enough, either can fit well. If your room is longer than it is wide, you may want to consider a California King. Similarly, if you are so tall that your feet hang off the end of a King, a California King may be the right choice for you.

Fun Fact: The California King is also known as the Western King, while the regular King can be called the Eastern King.

If you want to see the differences between the two beds in a nutshell, the following table can help you out.

King California King
76”x80” 72”x84”
Accessories are easy to find and relatively inexpensive Accessories are harder to find and significantly more expensive
More sleeping space overall Less sleeping space overall
Prioritizes width Prioritizes length

 

Everything You Need to Know About a King

 

 

Many people see a traditional King-sized bed as the ultimate luxury. There’s plenty of space for you, your partner, and even a pet or two. These beds tend to look grand, especially when you put them in a large room and balance them well with other furniture. They also make it possible for couples to sleep together, even when one of them needs to sleep with a medical device or they don’t want to touch while sharing a bed.

Pros

  • King mattresses are easy to find and affordable. Most companies make all levels of mattresses in this size, so you can get a very basic bed or one with lots of comfort layers or more complex technology. Because so many people choose King beds, there are many options available and they are easy to get.
  • The King mattress is perfect for larger sleepers. If you take up more space, you need more space to sleep comfortably. If you or your partner are large but not taller than normal, the King bed should allow you both to sleep comfortably.

Cons

  • King mattresses don’t work well for tall people. Despite the extra width they offer, they are still the same length as the Queen. This means that tall people don’t necessarily gain anything by moving from a Queen to a King. If they don’t like it when their feet hang off the bed, getting a King won’t solve the problem.
  • King beds can be very difficult to move. They don’t fit easily through doorways and usually require several people to get them where they need to go. If you move a lot or you’re anticipating a big move, the King may not be the best choice for you.

 

Everything You Need to Know About a California King

Tall people love California King sized beds, especially when they don’t need extra width beyond that of a Queen. If you’d buy a Queen except it’s too short, then the California King bed may be perfect for you. These mattresses are also perfect in rooms that are longer than they are wide. Occasionally, when a King bed just won’t work, the California King fits perfectly.

Pros

  • California King beds are the best solution for tall sleepers who want to sleep comfortably with a partner. There’s not another mattress this long, so if 80” is too short, the California King is the only better option.

Cons

  • California King mattresses may not be available in every option. Some manufacturers don’t make all of their beds in this size because it’s not as commonly chosen as the King.
  • California King mattresses can be more expensive than the King. Even though they offer slightly less overall sleeping space, there is less demand for them and so some companies charge more for them.
  • Accessories for a California King can be harder to find and more expensive. Again, there’s less demand for them, so they cost more when you buy them.

 

Conclusion

You are the only person who can figure out what bed will work best for you. When choosing between the King and the California King, you need to determine what your priorities are when it comes to space. Do you crave the width to move around comfortably, or do you need the extra length so your feet stay on the bed? No matter what you choose, you can find mattress options that will last for a long, long time.


 

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Full vs. Queen

Full vs. Queen: How to Choose the Right Size?

When you’re looking for a new mattress, there are so many choices. If you’ve narrowed down your options to a full or a queen-sized bed, you’ve already made quite a few choices. Whether you’re buying for yourself or you’re part of a couple, you want to get a bed that will work for you and that you won’t have to replace early because the size just doesn’t work. Here’s the information you need to know to make a wise, informed choice between the two sizes.
 

Back to Basics

The major differences between the mattresses come down to size. At 60” wide, the Queen is significantly wider that the Full, which measures 54”. It’s also longer, at 80”, than the Full is (at 74”). This means that the Queen is a popular choice for couples. It’s not that much bigger than the Full, so it fits well in most bedrooms. However, those extra inches can make all the difference when you’re trying to get comfortable.

The Full, on the other hand, is a popular choice for guest rooms. This is especially true when your guest room serves another function as well, If, for instance, your guest room is also your office, you don’t want a bed to take up most of the space. A Full-size mattress can still sleep a couple if it has to, and it leaves you space for the other things you need to fit into the room.

Fun Fact: The Full-size mattress was the most popular for couples for many years. With the advent of larger bedrooms, though, the Queen has now surpassed it and makes up 32% of all mattress purchases.

Here are the major differences between the two sizes, for your consideration as you buy.

Full Queen
54”x74” 60”x80”
An affordable bed More expensive than the full
Accessories easy to find and inexpensive Accessories easy to find and can be more expensive
Easier to move Slightly harder to move

 

Should You Choose a Full Size Bed?

Full-sized mattresses are great for guest rooms, for couples who like to snuggle close at night, and for single people who have the extra space and want some extra room. They are small enough that they easily fit into most modern bedrooms, and can be made to fit if your house is an older style, too. They can be the perfect balance between sleeping space and affordability.

Pros

  • When compared to the Queen, the Full almost always costs less. This means that you can get a great bed for less money, or you can upgrade your bed because the smaller size costs less. This is another reason why the Full is a great choice for guest rooms: you can get a bed that’s more comfortable for the people who visit you for less.
  • A Full mattress is lighter than a Queen. If you move a lot or are in a position where you think you’ll be moving soon and you’ll be doing most of it yourself, a Full bed will be easier for you to move. This also goes for people who like to rearrange their bedrooms frequently. If you want to move your furniture around, it makes sense to have a bed that’s lighter.

Cons

  • Many couples can’t sleep comfortably on a Full. For a long time, the Full was the standard mattress for couples simply because other sizes weren’t available or were harder to find. However, as soon as the Queen became easy to get, people started buying it instead, particularly when they were sleeping with a partner. It’s more comfortable to have just a few more inches of space.

 

Is a Queen Size Bed Right for You?

 

 

Queen-sized beds are perfect for couples who don’t fit comfortably into the Full bed. It fits well in most modern bedrooms since it doesn’t take up that much more space than the Full. They’re great for single folks who want even more sleeping space than a Full offers, or for those who want to have the potential of sharing their mattress comfortably with someone else. They can also be great in guest rooms, provided they fit well with the rest of the furniture.

Pros

  • A Queen mattress offers more space. For couples sleeping together or people who like to be able to move and stretch a lot when they sleep, a Queen mattress is perfect. It offers the leg room that smaller beds don’t, while still fitting easily into most bedrooms.
  • The Queen offers a good balance between price and space. Yes, you’ll pay more for a Queen mattress than a Full, but most people consider that money to be well spent when they can sleep more comfortably with their partner.

Cons

  • A Queen mattress is more expensive than a Full. If saving money is your top priority or you have a relatively small amount of money to spend on a mattress, you won’t be able to get a top-quality Queen bed for the same price as a Full.
  • A Queen bed is heavier than a Full. If you move frequently, you’ll want to take this into consideration when buying.

 

Conclusion

You need to buy the bed that will work best for you. Consider your comfort and how well it supports you, in addition to the bed’s size. Lay on beds of all different sizes and choose what works well for you and your partner.


 

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Full vs Twin Bed

Full vs Twin Bed: What’s the Scoop?

Is it time to get a new bed? Buying a new mattress is always exciting, but it can also be nerve-wracking because you want to make a good choice. Whether you’re buying for one person or two, getting a bed you’ll use every night or one for a guest room, you want to buy something that will work for you for a long time. When you’re debating between a Twin and a Full mattress, here’s what you need to know.
 

The Basic Differences

Both Twin and Full mattresses are 75” long, but the Full is wider, at 54” instead of the Twin’s 39”. This extra width makes the Full perfect for people who want more space to move around, couples who like to sleep close together, or guest rooms that may house either single people or couples.

Twin beds work well for kids and people who need to save space. They fit in even the smallest rooms and they can provide quite a bit of comfort for a low price. Full beds, on the other hand, work well for adults who occasionally share their bed, or for people who want the luxury of a slightly larger bed without the cost or space considerations that come with having a Queen- or a King-sized mattress.

Fun Fact: Both Twin and Full mattresses have an XL, or Extra Long, version, too. These add 5” to the bottom of the bed, for taller sleepers or people who want more space for their feet.

Here are the main differences between the two sizes, so you can consider them as you make your choice:

Twin Full
39”x75” 54”x75”
Very affordable Significantly more expensive than a Twin
Accessories easy to find and inexpensive Accessories easy to find and more expensive

 

Is a Twin Bed Right for You?

 

 

Twin mattresses are most often used by children or by adults who are sharing a bedroom with other adults, where each person wants their own bed. They’re common in shared apartments, dorm rooms, and other shared sleeping spaces. They can also be perfect in a guest room if you know your guests will be single or you need to use the room for something else, too.

Pros

  • Twin beds are inexpensive. If you need a quick, easy mattress solution that only needs to sleep one person, you can pick up a twin bed for less than $100. While these cheap beds can be less comfortable, they are better than sleeping on nothing and you can always upgrade later.
  • Twin beds are easy to move. If you know you’re going to be changing locations frequently for a while, a twin mattress is lighter and more portable than a Full. Many adults can move twin beds by themselves, while it usually takes at least two to move a full.

Cons

  • Twin beds are small. Sometimes, they seem narrow for one person and they’re definitely too small to fit two comfortably. If you like to stretch out or have the option of having a bed partner, you may need something larger than a twin.
  • Adult accessories can be hard to find. Because children are the most common users of twin beds, many of the accessories available will be geared toward them. While you can certainly find adult-oriented twin accessories, especially online, they may not be as readily available as they are for the full.

 

Should You Buy a Full Mattress?

Full-sized mattresses are great for couples who like to cuddle at night or those who have to fit their bed into a limited amount of space. They’re also wonderful for single people who want a little more room, or who want to have the option of not sleeping alone. They’re great for guest rooms, too, because they can sleep two people but don’t take up the entire room.

Pros

  • Full beds offer more space. No matter your reason for wanting more space, the full bed can provide it without taking over your bedroom. Whether you want to sleep with another person, an animal, or you just want to be able to stretch out, a full bed gives you those extra inches you need to get comfortable.
  • Full beds offer a balance of space and price. While they’re more expensive than twin beds, full mattresses aren’t normally so much more that you can’t consider getting one. If you’re ready for a bit more space but don’t want to take up too much space in your room and don’t want to spend a lot, they’re a perfect solution.

Cons

  • Full beds are too narrow for many couples. If you each want some personal space in your bed, you won’t find it in a full. In fact, you’ll each get less space than you would have if you each slept in a twin.
  • Full beds are heavier and harder to move. If you’re looking to relocate, you’ll need some help getting your full bed out of the old place and in to the new one.

 

In the End…

…buy what’s best for you. Look at your space and measure. Even you’re a single adult, you may want the extra room that the full mattress offers. If you’re buying for a child, though, or you have a serious limit on space, a full might be perfect. Consider carefully, try out some beds, and buy the one that works best for you.


 

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Twin vs Twin XL Bed

Twin vs. Twin XL: What’s the Difference, Anyway?

Are you shopping for a new bed? Maybe you’re moving your baby or toddler into his or her first “big kid bed,” or you’re shopping for a dorm room mattress as your baby goes off to school. Whatever the reason for your purchase, it’s important that you make an informed choice when you’re choosing between Twin and Twin XL mattresses.

Back to Basics

The “XL” in “Twin XL” stands for “Extra Long,” and that’s exactly what this mattress is. It’s 5” longer than a regular Twin. This makes it perfect for people who are tall, those who like to sleep with lots of pillows and so end up farther down the bed, or for people who slide towards the bottom of the bed while they sleep.

Twin mattresses are great for children. They provide enough space for the child to move around at night without being so big that the child doesn’t feel safe or feels like his or her whole bedroom is taken up with a mattress. Twin XL beds, on the other hand, are perfect for adults who are sleeping in small rooms or who don’t want to invest in a larger bed for themselves.

Fun Fact: Two Twin XL mattresses make up a King sized bed. If you and your partner need drastically different mattresses, putting together two Twin XLs can be a way for you to still sleep together.

This chart summarizes the differences between a Twin and Twin XL mattress.

Twin Twin XL
39”x75” 39”x80”
Very affordable Affordable but more than a Twin
Accessories easy to find Accessories slightly harder to find

 

Why Buy a Twin Size Bed?

 

 

Twin mattresses will fit in almost any bedroom. If you’re in a small room or you’re trying to fit several beds in one room without bunking them, twin mattresses can be a great solution. They’re perfect for college dorm rooms and shared apartments. They’re also commonly found as children’s beds and as guest beds, especially if you don’t have many guests or you know the ones you do have will be sleeping alone.

Pros

  • Twin beds are very affordable. If you’re on a very tight budget, you can usually find one for $100 or less, though these cheap mattresses may not be very comfortable and probably aren’t a long-term solution for most people. As some of the smallest beds out there (outside of those made for little kids), they are made to be an affordable solution for nearly anyone.
  • Twin beds are a common size. Do you like to buy accessories for your bed? Twin beds are such a common size that you can find accessories for them in almost any store that sells bedroom stuff. If you need a new mattress protector, new sheets, or anything else, it will be easy to find it all if you have a Twin bed.

Cons

  • Twin beds may be too short for some adults. Depending on how tall you are and how you sleep, you may need a bigger bed. If your feet are hanging off the end of your mattress, you probably won’t sleep as well.
  • Twin beds are narrow. You can usually sleep one person comfortably, but no more than that. If you want to share your bed at any point, you’ll need something larger. Similarly, if you have a pet you like to sleep with, you may want a bigger bed.

 

Is a Twin XL Bed Right For You?

Twin XL mattresses also fit easily in almost any room. If you have several adults who will be sharing a bedroom, these mattresses can be the perfect way for everyone to have their own bed. They’re also great in guest rooms. If you know that your guests will be adults who may or may not want to share a bed, a couple of Twin XLs that they can push together if they want to could be your perfect solution.

Pros

  • Twin XL beds provide more length for tall sleepers and more foot space for everyone. If you’re tall or you like to feel like you’re feet aren’t encumbered while you sleep but you still want to save space, a Twin XL bed is probably perfect for you.
  • Twin XL beds are often a bit pricier than Twins, but they’re still affordable. It depends on the company you’re buying from. Some price the XLs slightly higher, simply because they’re not as common. Others sell them for about the same as a Twin. Either way, they shouldn’t break the bank.

Cons

  • Twin XL beds take up slightly more space in your room. While that extra 5” shouldn’t be a huge deal, it can change the flow of your room. You may have to move the other furniture around until you find a solution you’re happy with, especially if you’re transitioning from a Twin to a Twin XL. In very small rooms, a Twin might fit while the XL wouldn’t.

 

The Verdict

As always, you need to buy the bed that will work best for you. Consider the size of the room, the size of the person who will be sleeping on the bed, and what other furniture you want to fit into the room. If you’re worried about space, the Twin is probably your best choice. If you’re concerned about comfort for an adult sleeper or a tall teen, try a Twin XL instead.


 

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Queen vs King Bed

Queen vs. King: What’s Better for You?

Are you on the hunt for a new bed? It can be so hard to figure out what’s right for you. There are so many choices out there and it can be a difficult task to filter out the ones that just won’t work. While bed size is only one of the many choices you’ll make when buying a bed, it’s an important one. You want a bed that’s big enough for you and your partner, if you have one, while still fitting well in your space. If you’re choosing between a Queen and a King, here’s what you need to know.

The Basic Differences

Most people know that King mattresses are larger than Queens, but how much larger? The Queen comes in at 60”x80”, which the King measures 76”x80”. Thus, they’re the same length but the King offers significantly more width. This means that, while the Queen works for many couples, some may be a lot more comfortable with a King.

The Queen is the most popular mattress on the market these days. It offers a great balance between size and price, and it fits very well into most modern bedrooms. However, it’s not great for everyone. Some couples, or single people who sleep with several animals, need the King to get comfortable. As long as there’s space in the room, this can be a great option for people who aren’t comfortable in a Queen.

Fun Fact: A King bed is the size of two Twin XL mattresses pushed together. If you need an inexpensive King option or you and your partner need vastly different mattresses to be comfortable, put two of these together!

When you’re choosing between a Queen and a King, it’s important to have all the facts. This table gives you the basics:

Queen King
60”x80” 76”x80”
More affordable Less affordable
Accessories readily available and relatively inexpensive Accessories readily available but more expensive
Works well in most rooms Needs a larger room for visual balance

 

A Queen Size Bed in a Nutshell

 

 

Queen beds offer a great balance between size and price. They are big enough that most couples can sleep relatively comfortably in them, even if both of them would rather have more space. They’re great for guest rooms, provided the room is big enough, and they often offer enough space for you to sleep with a pet, too. They look good in most normal-sized bedrooms and are easy to balance with other furniture.

Pros

  • When comparing a Queen and a King, the Queen is almost always less expensive. Because there’s simply not as much material required to make it, it costs less. This means that the Queen may be better for a guest room, or for people buying a bed on a budget. It may mean that you can get a nice Queen bed for the same price as a King.
  • It’s easier to make a Queen bed look nice in most rooms. You don’t have to worry about balancing your massive bed with other furniture or about it overpowering the rest of the room. You won’t usually feel like maybe you need an entirely new bedroom set to go with your bed.

Cons

  • Many couples aren’t comfortable in a Queen. If you both like your own space, one or both of you sleep with body pillows, you don’t like to touch when you sleep, or you sleep with several animals, a Queen may be too small for you and your partner. Consider your normal sleeping positions, too. If one of you moves a lot or spreads out, a Queen may not work.

 

A King Size Bed in a Nutshell

King beds offer the ultimate in a comfortable sleeping experience for many people. Many couples don’t like to cuddle when they sleep, or medical conditions require them to spread out or sleep with various types of support. If you sleep with someone else, it’s probably worthwhile to at least consider a King. However, you need to make sure your bedroom is large enough to not only fit the bed, but for it to look good, too.

Pros

  • Most couples can be comfortable in a King. Even if a Queen will work fine, many choose a King because it’s just a little more comfortable and that comfort is worth the sacrifices they have to make in terms of bedroom space and money. If you haven’t tried a King, you probably should check it out before you buy a new bed.
  • King beds balance well in today larger bedrooms. Especially in new homes, many Queen beds simply look too small. If you have an exceptionally large bedroom or you think you might, it’s worth it see how a King would look.

Cons

  • King beds are almost always more expensive than Queens, since they require more material to make up that extra 16” of width. If you have the money to spend, they are still a good investment and worth the cash. However, if you’re on a budget, a King bed can be impractical.

 

In Conclusion

As always, you need to buy a bed that will work for you and any partners who will share it with you. This means trying different beds. You can try them out in stores, or you can even buy one online and use it for the trial period. In the end, weigh your options and your priorities and choose the one that you want to sleep on for years.


 

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