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  • Sleep and the Brain

    Why getting a good night’s sleep is more important than you think.

    Between work, kids, pets, taking care of the house, helping the community, and spending time with family and friends, it can be hard to find a minute to breathe, let alone enjoy a good night’s sleep. But sleep is one of the last things you should be shortchanging yourself on. Without making time for rest, it’s even more difficult, if not impossible, to check off everything else on your to-do list.

    The reason for this is simple: sleep is incredibly important for our brains. From improving learning to reducing the risk of certain types of mental illness, sleep helps our brains to function better every day. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for enjoying a productive, healthy life. And the consequences of not doing so can be counterproductive for your health.

    The Good News: Getting Enough Sleep Helps Us Learn and Perform Better

    While you sleep, your brain is busy synthesizing and analyzing all the knowledge you’ve picked up during the day. The brain creates new pathways and forges new connections between information. Once you wake up, this makes tasks like processing information, making decisions, and performing productive work much easier. Whether you’re putting together a presentation for work or trying to reason with the kids, getting a good night’s sleep can make all of the difference!

    The Bad News: Missing Sleep Can Have Unhealthy Consequences

    Losing sleep doesn’t just make you groggy and grumpy when morning arrives. Even missing just an hour or two of sleep a night can severely impact the function of the brain. For instance, a lack of sleep has been tied to increased risk-taking behavior, depression, and can perpetuate other negative attitudes.

    Sleep deficiency can also be incredibly dangerous for drivers. When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, you might experience a condition called “microsleep.” During microsleep, your body slips into sleep condition when it should be awake. This is completely involuntary and impossible to control. If this happens while you’re behind the wheel, it can lead to an accident – possibly even a fatal one. Studies have shown that drowsy drivers are as impaired or more impaired than drunk ones, and as many as 1500 traffic fatalities every year are at least partially a result of drowsy drivers.

    The Takeaway: Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep!

    Sleep isn’t an optional extra, something you can enjoy “when you have the time.” It’s the foundation for a safe, healthy, and happy life. Viewed this way, it just makes sense not to let that big project at work cut into your sleep, for when you get enough sleep, you’ll find it that much easier to complete the project.

    And once you’ve carved out the time for sleep, make sure that your mattress isn’t working against you. If your mattress makes you uncomfortable or leads to you tossing and turning at night, it’s time for a new one. Luckily, we here at Mattress One have an incredible selection of mattresses from all the leadings brands. Even better, with our affordable pricing, we make it easier than ever to invest in your sleep and your health. So don’t suffer through another night of broken sleep. Visit us today to find your next mattress!

  • Sleep Style & Your Mattress

    To sleep well, first you must determine how you sleep.

    Walking into a mattress store can be intimidating. It’s probably been years since you last shopped for a mattress. The brand names are familiar to you, but you’re not sure of the differences between them. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin.

    Luckily, finding the right mattress for you comes down to a few simple factors. One of the most important is your sleep style: whether you sleep on your back, your side, your stomach, or a combination of positions. To help, we’ve assembled this handy guide to let you know what to look for as you start your mattress search.

    Side Sleeper

    Many people find that it is most comfortable to sleep on their sides. If this describes you, you want to find a mattress that’s soft, because you don’t want too much pressure being put on your shoulders and hips. A softer mattress will also accommodate your body’s natural curves and keep your spine properly aligned.

    Stomach Sleeper

    When you sleep on your stomach, it’s important that you select a firm, stiff mattress. This might seem counterintuitive, as you may have selected this sleeping style because of lower back pain. However, you don’t want your body weight pressing down too hard on your stomach. You want to “float” on top of the mattress to make it easy to breathe and to keep pressure off your spine.

    Back Sleeper

    Back sleepers need the Goldilocks mattress: not too soft, not too firm, but just right. Medium-firm mattresses are the way to go for back sleepers. A medium-firm mattress will give just the right amount of support to the back without pressing too hard on the spine or creating painful pressure points.

    Combination Sleeper

    If you are a combination sleeper – which means you end up in just about every position before the end of the night – you need a mattress that is comfortable no matter what. You also need a mattress that doesn’t transfer motion to your partner, especially if your partner is a light sleeper. A foam mattress is a very good pick here, as it conforms to your body as you shift throughout the night, and your partner won’t feel a thing. But if a foam mattress isn’t in your budget, try for a mattress with pocket coil springs to cut down on motion transfer.

    Match Your Style

    The most important thing to remember about shopping for a mattress based on your sleep style is that you need to try multiple mattresses. You won’t know whether a firm mattress, ultra-plush soft mattress, or cushion firm mattress feels right to you until you lay down on one. Luckily, Mattress One has hundreds of mattresses for you to try out. We know that you’ll find your ideal mattress right here. And remember, we also offer our special 180-day in-home trial.* Feel free to bring your new mattress home and sleep on it for a few days. If it isn’t perfect for your needs, you can trade it in for one you like better!

    *Conditions apply; click here for details.

  • Why You Shouldn't Buy a Used Mattress

    Believe it or not, buying a used mattress will keep you up at night.

    There are many things you can do to ensure you get a good night’s rest, like turn off all electronics an hour before bedtime, avoid sweets after dinner, and count sheep. But here’s another thing that can help you sleep calmly and peacefully: make sure the mattress you buy has been owned by you and only you.

    Buying a used mattress may seem like a great way to save money. But here’s a dirty little secret: a used mattress is a purchase you’ll be paying for long after the final check clears the bank. Bringing a used mattress into your home is a recipe for problems, and here’s why.

    You don’t know where it’s been – or what’s been on it.

    There is nothing that says "buyer beware" quite like a used mattress, especially if you’re purchasing it from a stranger. The seller might claim that it’s “like new,” but if they have children or pets, there is no telling what happened on that mattress. Thinking of what might have gotten into the mattress you’re sleeping on is more than enough to keep you up at night.

    Used mattresses can come with a lot of baggage.

    Over time, mattress can pick up a great deal of what our bodies leave behind: dead skin cells, hair, and more things you don’t want to consider too closely. It’s impossible to thoroughly clean a mattress of all these remnants. Worse, with bedbugs on the rise, it’s possible that a used mattress may also come with some unwanted stowaways, which can then spread through your entire house.

    The mattress may already be at the end of its useable life.

    Depending on the quality of the mattress and how it was used, most mattresses have a lifespan of 7-10 years. Many people go far longer without replacing their mattress and then try to sell the mattress after it’s worn out. Remember, if you’re buying from a stranger, you have to take their word on things like the age of the mattress. Do you want to entrust your sleep to a product that is already at the end of its lifespan?

    Mattress technology is constantly improving.

    The science of sleep advances a little further every day, and the product development experts at the leading mattress brands are taking those advances in stride. New products are coming on the market aimed at providing consumers with a better, more restful night’s sleep. When you buy a mattress, the last thing you want is to lock yourself into yesterday’s technology. Take advantage of all the advances that have been made. Your body will thank you for it!

    A good night’s sleep is priceless – and a new mattress can be surprisingly affordable.

    Here at Mattress One, we take pride in offering the best mattresses on the market for affordable prices. Not only do we have a price match guarantee, we also have attractive financing. Plus, with our 180-day in-home trial, you can rest assured that the mattress you bring home will be perfect for you – and if it isn’t, you can trade it in for one that is better suited to your needs.*

    With these incentives in place and with all those warnings in mind, buying a new mattress just makes sense. So when you need a new mattress, make sure it’s a new mattress, and visit Mattress One today! *Conditions apply, see here for details.

  • How Old Are Your Pillows?

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    Your pillows are an important part of your bedroom. They are just as important as your mattress because they provide support for your head, neck and spine while you sleep. Your pillows will go a long way towards determining whether or not you get a good sleep. Pillows can hold onto a lot of different kinds of particles, including things like dust mites, so it is important for you to make sure they are as clean as possible. However, depending on the kind of pillow you have, you may not want to wash it very often in your washing machine, as this could cause it to deteriorate or break down. So if you can’t wash your pillows often, how often should you replace them completely? And exactly how old are your current pillows?

    Particles That Can Be Trapped in Your Pillows

    Your face will come into contact with your pillows every night. It is important to know what types of particles your pillow could contain, especially if you are susceptible to things like allergies. Frequent washings of all of your pillowcases, bed sheets and blankets in hot water will help reduce the amount of allergens you come into contact with on a daily basis. But things like dirt, dust, mold, pollen, dust mites and other allergens could still be found on your pillows, even if you wash them frequently. The same could be true of your mattress. It may be a good idea to replace both your pillows and your mattress if you are experiencing serious allergy symptoms. Pillows can also collect things like skin flakes and body oils over time, which can attract dust mites, mildew, mold and bacteria. Other things like human drool and perspiration can make your pillows dirty, even if they are covered with pillowcases. Over time your pillows can become rather unhealthy. If you are an allergy sufferer then it is recommended that you change or replace your pillows once every 1 to 3 years. You can also help to prevent the effects of pillow allergens by using an allergy-specific pillowcase.

    Your Pillow Also Needs to Be Supportive

    Unless you have the above allergies, you may not notice too many problems with your pillows on a day to day basis. However, what you may notice will be whether or not your pillow and your mattress are providing you with the proper amount of support. Over time even support-specific pillows can become lumpy, flat or misshapen. Support for your head, neck and spine during sleep is important for preventing many types of neck and back problems, including pain and discomfort. If your pillow isn’t providing you with the right support then you need to get rid of it and purchase a pillow that is supportive right away. Old pillows can sometimes cause improper neck alignment, which can throw off your entire posture. Now is the ideal time to look into new pillows if you are experiencing any problems with your posture or back.

    Is It Time to Replace Your Pillow?

    Here are some things you can do to determine if now is the best time to replace your older pillows. If your pillow is made from polyester, fold it in half and place something like a shoe on top of it. If it is strong enough to unfold itself and knock the shoe off then it is still good enough to sleep on. If your pillow is made from feathers give it a good squeeze and see if it unfolds on its own. If it stays squeezed together it is time for a new one. Also, think about how much sleep you get and if this sleep is high quality. If you are not getting enough quality sleep think about replacing your pillows and possibly your mattress.

  • Sleepwalker? How to Keep Yourself Safe!

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    Are you a sleepwalker? Have you recently been getting up from your bed at night and wandering around your home? Have you been walking and talking while you are asleep, but don’t remember doing so? If so you are probably experiencing the effects of sleepwalking. Sleepwalking has a number of potential causes and can be experienced by just about anyone. Some effects of sleepwalking are short in duration while others can last longer. If you are a sleepwalker you could unknowingly be putting your safety at risk. It is a good idea to discuss your sleepwalking problem with your doctor, as there may be certain medications that could be prescribed to help. There are also a few things you could do at home to help protect yourself when you sleepwalk.

    Preventing Sleepwalking

    There are few things that you can do to actually prevent sleepwalking occurrences. Doctors and scientists aren’t even sure what directly causes sleepwalking. However there are steps you can take to minimize if not prevent these occurrences. For starters, get as much sleep as you can on a regular basis. Get a nice comfortable mattress that helps you to fall asleep fast and stay asleep for longer. Limit the amount of stress you have to deal with on a daily basis. This could involve adding yoga, meditation or relaxation exercises to your daily routine. It is also a good idea to limit the amount of stimulation you get just before you fall asleep. This could include watching movies or listening to music.

    Protecting Yourself During Sleepwalking Episodes

    Walking around while you are asleep will put you at risk of harming yourself. You could trip and fall down the stairs or bump into an object. You can take certain precautions to help prevent injuries while you are sleepwalking. Try to make your environment as safe as possible. Remove all potentially harmful objects or anything that is sharp from your living environment. Place these sharp or potentially harmful objects in a locked closet or draw. Try to sleep on the ground floor if you can, as this will minimize the likelihood that you will travel up and down stairs while you are sleepwalking. Make sure that you lock all of your doors and windows, preferably in a way that they cannot be easily opened while you are sleepwalking. You certainly don’t want to end up walking down the street! Use heavy drapes to protect your windows. You may also want to alert someone else in the house that you are sleepwalking so they can take some preventive measures to help you prevent injury. You could place bells or other types of alarms on your bedroom door so other people in the house will know when you get up in the middle of the night.

    Sleepwalking Treatment Options

    There are several ways that sleepwalking can be treated. For example, certain medications can be prescribed, including things like ProSom, Trazodone and Klonopin. Sometimes these drugs can cure the problem within a few weeks. Other possible treatment options may be available if your sleepwalking is the result of an underlying medical condition. Often the sleepwalking will stop if the underlying condition is properly treated. You may also be able to teach your body not to sleepwalk through relaxation techniques and anticipatory awakenings. Again, it is important to make sure your sleeping environment is quiet, relaxing and comfortable. If your mattress or pillows are not providing comfort and support they may need to be replaced. Relaxation techniques, either performed at home or with the help of a behavioral therapist, can help you relax your mind and allow it to sleep throughout the night.

    The good news is that few people experience serious symptoms associated with sleepwalking and the problem will usually go away after some time.

  • Short Sleep Reduces the Effectiveness of Vaccines

    Recent studies have indicated that the length of sleep a person experiences will often affect exactly how their body responds to vaccinations, thereby increasing the potential for illness. Research shows that insufficient sleep allows people to be significantly more unprotected by a vaccination.

    Sleeplessness Causes Negative Anti-Body Responses

    The study that generated the results used a sampling of 125 healthy individuals ranging in the ages of 40 to 60 years old. Over the six-month trial period, every participant was given a three dose hepatitis B vaccination. As a way to perform an evaluation, the researchers that conducted the event measured each individual’s antibody response level prior to the second and third vaccinations. A measurement was then performed one half year after the last injection.

    Over that time span, every subject maintained a diary containing sleep information. They also wore an electronic sleeping monitor during their sleeping cycles the entire time. The results indicated that the subjects that were only able to sleep less than six hours every night were significantly more likely to be unprotected (up to 11.5 times more) against the hepatitis B vaccination. This was compared to the individuals that were able to sleep on an average of seven hours or more.

    The Importance of Quality Sleep

    In all, the researchers that conducted the study found that the results were more likely due to the quality of sleep and not the length of sleep that served to generate a dramatic negative response to the vaccination. Overall, the study tends to indicate that the quality of sleep has a tremendous impact on the health of the human body immune system. Additionally, follow-up researchers in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands found that their study group of healthy young men that were severely sleep-deprived indicated a compromised lower blood cell count than the group that was not sleep-deprived.

    The Disadvantage of Insufficient Sleep

    It has also been shown that insufficient sleep tends to be directly correlated to diabetes, obesity, and reduced productivity in the workplace. As a result, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine highly recommends that adults of every age get a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep each night.

    One way to accomplish a more restful night is to sleep on a supportive, comfortable mattress. Doing so will reduce the potential of tossing and turning during the night, which often leads to sleep restlessness and the inability to quickly fall back into slumber.

  • Tips for Becoming a Morning Person

    Depending on your natural circadian rhythm, you are likely to be either a night owl or a morning person. While it is very hard to fight your urge to stay up late and sleep in, the world is generally a more difficult place for night owls. Unless you take night classes or work the graveyard shift, school and work generally require you to become a morning person. Because depriving yourself of sleep is a very unhealthy option, your next choice is to follow these tips to transform yourself into a morning person.

    Power Down – Avoid the urge to listen to music, watch TV, or surf the web right before you go to bed or while you are in bed. Learn to associate your bed with quiet and sleep.

    Use the Sun – Sleep in a room where the sun will shine in on you in the morning. Having this exposure to the sun first thing in the morning naturally helps reset your body’s natural rhythm for waking.

    Set a Routine – As hard as it may be, it will really help if you can force yourself into a daily routine, going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time. The longer you stick to this routine, the easier it will be for you to naturally get up at the same early time every day. Missing your routine for even one day can throw off this rhythm.

    Eat Wisely – Avoid large meals and alcohol close to bedtime. These habits cannot only make it difficult to fall to sleep, but it can also make it harder to get quality sleep. If you must have a snack, stick to small portions. Have a glass of milk, or a small serving of turkey, which contains tryptophan.

    No Caffeine – Tying into the eating habits, you should also avoid caffeine as much as possible. If you must have your coffee, stick to one or two cups only in the morning hours. Even caffeine you ingest in the afternoon can keep you from sleeping that night.

    Morning Exercise – Work an exercise regiment into your morning routine. This will not only wake you up, but it can also help you get a more restful sleep that night. Avoid exercising close to bedtime.

    Get Help – If you continue to struggle with being able to fall asleep at night, you may need further assistance. A sleep specialist may be able to identify an underlying condition that is keeping you from sleeping, and they may be able to recommend treatments and/or medications to help.

  • How to Shop with Your Partner for a Mattress

    He Wants This and You Want That: How to (Peacefully) Shop for a New Mattress

    Mattress shopping can be difficult enough, but what happens when you and your sleeping partner can’t agree on softness or support? When the two of you want two different things, it’s important to find a middle ground to ensure you make the right investment – we want to help.

    If you and your partner aren’t sleeping well, it’s more than likely starting to affect your relationship. Our Jacksonville, FL, sleeping experts see it all of the time. A lack of sleep can lead to being grouchier, more irritable, and even more depressed. Don’t let your mattress put a strain on your relationship, find the right one that suits both of your needs.

    Here are some important things to consider as a couple when purchasing a mattress in Jacksonville, FL:

    • Space & Size
    • Support
    • Comfort
    • Price

    Space & Size: No matter how in love you are with your significant other, you need space and room to sleep right. For instance, full-size mattresses are too narrow for too people thus reducing the duration and frequency of deep sleep.

    Support vs. Comfort Although you may not agree on the support you need vs. the comfort you want, it’s important to compromise. Our stores are very open so you and your partner can each lay on one side and see for yourself if it’s something you will enjoy and will improve your sleeping. Can’t compromise on this one? We have a solution for that as well. Try a memory foam mattress – the memory foam moves with you so if your partner turns and shifts a lot through the night, it won’t effect your sleep.

    Price Money is a number one reason why couples split up. Don’t let it happen to you and your partner over a mattress purchase. Choose a mattress that’s within your discussed budget and that you can agree on. Also, when choosing a mattress from Mattress 1, be sure to ask about our specials and discounts that we always have available.

    Our sleep experts enjoy working with couples to find the right mattress to meet both of your needs and budget. We will sit down with you to review both sets of needs then choose the right mattress to match it. Visit one of our locations across Northeast Florida today.

  • Comfort vs. Support

    Comfort vs. Support – Can You Get Both

    Our Jacksonville, FL, Sleep Experts Say YES!

    It’s a battle as old as time – can your mattress be both comfortable and supportive? Thanks to innovations and creative designs, there are new models from name brands that allow you to have it all and a good night sleep – who could want more?

    When you’re shopping for a mattress, you know there are two things to consider: comfort and support. And anyone who has slept on a lumpy mattress can tell you, these two terms are not interchangeable in terms of mattresses.

    What is the difference between support and comfort? Support refers to the ability of your mattress’s inner restructure to resist the downward pressure applied to it by the weight of your body. Material layers on the top of the innerspring offer comfort. It’s acquired through the use of firming pads and high-density foam.

    There are a lot of misconceptions about comfort and support. For instance, a firm mattress isn’t always ideal – even if you’re suffering from back or neck pain. In fact, most manufactures use the same exact innerspring in their firm, plush, and pillow-top mattresses.

    Different levels of comfort There are three different levels of comfort: firm, medium and soft.

    Firm mattresses offer a great level of support for the body by design. The mattress has an almost flat surface with very little padding.

    Medium mattresses have the same level of support as a firm mattress but are designed with a few extra layers of cushioning material sewn into the surface of the mat.

    Finally, soft mattresses offer the most in comfort. The soft mattresses include the same level of support as the firm and medium mattresses, but also include layers of soft fibers and foam sewn inside the surface.

    The level of comfort and support that you need to make the most of your eight hours of sleep is dependent on your physical needs. The best way to get started in choosing the right mattress that has comfort and support you need is to speak to a Jacksonville, FL, sleep expert at Mattress 1 One.

  • Remedies to Sleep Better

    Can’t sleep through the night? Try these remedies

    The busier we get, the less we sleep. Whether it’s stress, poor lifestyle habits, or being overworked, we often find ourselves tossing and turning more than we ever sleep. It’s time to change that. Here are some tricks and remedies to sleep better at night.

    Turn it off. Your television, your computer, your smart phone, they all emit a blue light that dramatically decreases your melatonin levels. If you fall asleep with television on or like to read emails before going to sleep, you won’t sleep as well or as long as you would if those devices were away from your bed. Make your nighttime ritual technology free to help build your natural melatonin levels – a hormone that is intimately involved in regulating the sleeping and waking cycles.

    Keep it on a schedule. If you’re one of those people that likes to go to bed “whenever you feel like it,” you’ll find it’s more difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep. Strive to go to sleep at the same time, every night. Additionally, try to keep those weekend mornings you decide to sleep in to a minimum. Your body’s schedule is important to sleep better.

    Keep your naps short. After 30 minutes, it’s no longer a “nap.” For your body, you’re asleep. It’s important to keep naps between 20-30 minutes. It needs to be just enough time to recharge your batteries, but that’s it!

    Enhance your sleeping environment The best way for you to sleep better is to create the right environment to do so. Darken the room, turn off all lights, turn off the television and shift the lights of any bright alarm clocks. The dark room will help increase the production of melatonin levels.

    Invest in your sleep When all else fails, it might be the best time to invest in a better mattress. If you are staying on a sleep cycle, avoiding caffeine, and follow all of the necessary steps to sleep better but you’re still unable to get a solid 7-8 hours, visit us today. We’ll help you find a better mattress that offers your body the support and comfort it’s missing.

    Visit the store near you to browse our complete collection of name-brand mattresses today and sleep better tomorrow.

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