Think You’re Buying Just a Mattress? National Sleep Foundation Says Think Again!

buying more than a mattress

The National Sleep Foundation recently conducted a study (Sleep and the Bedroom) to determine the importance of the sleep environment when it comes to getting enough sleep. Participants in the study reported that they felt that they functioned best after eight hours of sleep, yet the average amount of sleeping time was only 6 ½ hours. Researchers wanted to find out why.

Do you need a mattress pad or topper? Read our article explaining the difference between the two.

Respondents reported that they didn’t “have enough time” to get their eight hours of sleep. They also noted that there were distractions during their sleeping time that stood in the way of getting enough sleep. Distractions noted by respondents to the survey included their sleeping environment, their pillows, their sheets and their mattresses.

Find the best mattress topper for back pain.

Can you relate? I think we all can. You lay in bed, exhausted. The sheet is too rough, your pillow is too lumpy and no matter where you lay, it feels like you have this protruding coil in your side. You change sleeping positions several times to no avail. Finally, your body gives in; until it wakes you up in pain. Then the whole mess starts all over again. It’s no wonder we’re so sleep deprived!

So how do you correct the problem? Well, that’s where the experts here at come in. We have mattress reviews on the top name brands in mattresses,we offer unbiased, fact-based reviews. Our methodology covers a wide range of variables to ensure that they really are helping our site visitors find the very best mattress.

Read our hard mattress buyers guide.

Since pillows also play a part in the overall sleep experience, you might also be interested to learn that we also covers information on pillows. We explain the different types of pillows, what each type means for the end-user and which type is most likely to suit your sleeping habits.

How to maintain a clean mattress.

Other tips for increasing the comfort of your sleeping environment include finding sheets that are breathable but comfortable for you, consider dropping the temperature in your room slightly and clean your room. Yes, even a clean room can add to the comfort of your sleeping space.

Mattress cover buyers guide.

If you have trouble sleeping at night or don’t get enough sleep, know that you are not alone. Also know, however, that it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do to change your sleep experience, which in turn, will improve nearly every other aspect of your life.

Please follow and like us:

Build a PVC Day Bed

PVC bed

This bed is inspired by a platform daybed designed by Stevie Henderson and Mark Baldwin in their book, “Terrific 2×4 Furniture.” The more I looked at the design, which uses stock lumber for various projects, the more it occurred to me that PVC pipe comes in stock sizes, too. Eureka.
PVC is strong, lightweight and cheaper than wood. In the unlikely event of a flood, just clean it off. It won’t soak up water, mold or mildew, and bugs won’t eat it. Rodents leave it alone too, or the squirrels in my neighborhood would never get tired of eating in my back yard.

Notes to consider:

• This bed is made with 2″ PVC pipe and fittings. It can be constructed with three or even 4-inch PVC pipe; adjust the lengths and measurements.

• One-inch PVC may be used for this project to make a child’s daybed. I would use 1″ schedule 40 pipe, as it is thicker and stronger. Make is shorter if so desired, and use a custom mattress.

• Do not allow children or adults to jump on this bed.

• When a different bed is desired, or the child has outgrown the bed, simply remove the plywood or MDF covering, tip it upright, add shelves, and use it as a bookcase.

• As the child grows, lengthen the bed with connectors in between the tees and corners, or only on one end. Add tee connectors as needed to keep measurements and bed strength consistent.

• This is made for standard twin mattress measurements: 39 inches wide by 75 inches long. It will easily accommodate an air mattress, which is 39 inches wide by 74 inches long (twin size).

• For dual-duty, if its current use is a bookshelf, leave plywood on, remove books, lay frame down and place mattress on for instant guest bed.

• Always follow safety instructions with power tools and chemicals.

• Surround the bed with bead board glued to the wall as a headboard or frame, poster, quilt or leave plain.

• Cut additional pieces of plywood for the inside of the frame and use as extra storage space. This is a great place for guest bedding stored in space bags.

• Paint or stain the PVC frame to match your décor.

To make this daybed, you will need:

• 8 each 3-way connectors

• PVC pipe

• Hacksaw

• PVC Cement (one or two-part)

• 12 each 4-way connectors

• 1 sheet ½-inch MDF or furniture grade plywood

• Drill with bits

• 12 inch long electrical wire cables “zip ties”

• Sandpaper, paint or seal

• Measuring tape and marker

• Power saw to cut plywood or MDF and appropriate blades

• Appropriate safety gear- goggles, gloves, ear protection, etc.

  • Step One:

Cut one piece of plywood or MDF measuring 39 inches wide by 75 inches long.

Lay down on floor on top of newspapers, good (furniture) side down.

  • Step Two:

Cut 10 pieces of PVC, each 14 inches long.

Sand cut edges to remove roughness. This doesn’t take long.

  • Step Three:

Lay four connectors on the board at the corners. Lay three 4-way connectors on each side of the board at equal distances. Mark the board.

Carefully measure the distance between the edges of each connector, and add two inches. Record these measurements for each pipe. The side and end pipes should be equal. Make sure the fittings are not over the edge of the board, and no more than ½” on the inside of the board all the way around.

Cut the lengths of pipe for the ends and the sides. Dry fit in place; don’t glue anything yet. The corners and four-way connectors will have one hole pointing up.

  • Step Four:

Insert the 14-inch pipes into each connector pointing up.

Using the measurements from the bottom, cut matching pipes and using the rest of the connectors, connect the top frame. Dry fit only at this point.

Measure the height of the bed frame at each connector. It should be the same all the way around. Measure the bed from one corner to the opposite diagonal corner. The measurements should match. Make reference marks on each fitting and pipe.

If any length adjustments need to be made, now is the time to make them.

  • Step Five:

Before removing frame from wood, make marks on each side of the inside cross members.

Remove the PVC frame and drill holes through the wood for the zip ties.

Glue the PVC frame together using the reference marks. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

  • Step Six:

Finish wood as desired, attach to bed frame with the plastic zip ties. Use two ties for each attachment.

Set bed in place, top with mattress and accessories.

Source: Stevie Henderson and Mark Baldwin (1998), “Terrific 2×4 Furniture,” Ashville, NC, Lark Books

Please follow and like us:

How To Maintain a Clean Mattress

How to keep mattress clean

Approximately one third of our lives are spent in the state of sleep. This being the case, it is a good idea to have a place to sleep that is clean, comfortable and good for your back at the same time. Thus, the mattress that you choose and use should be of good quality and kept clean and free of odors.
This can be achieved by first choosing a mattress that is a combination of comfortable firmness and softness at the same time. In order to keep dirt and allergens away from your body while you sleep it is essential to keep your mattress clean underneath where your body lies for so many hours of your life.

Find the best mattress topper if you are experiencing back pain.

Maintain the freshness and cleanliness of your mattress at all times by doing the following:

To give your mattress a clean and fresh smell, I like to place dryer sheets on top of the mattress and underneath the bed sheets. This gives the bed a laundry fresh scent all of the time, which lasts for days on end. As a matter of fact it should last until you change your sheets the next time. When you change the sheets, simply set a new dryer sheet under the bed sheets once again. Be sure to sample different varieties of dryer sheets in order to find one that you really like a lot and will enjoy the smell of on a regular basis. There are many to choose from on the market today, and I like to switch from time to time from one of my favorite scents to another.

It is difficult to find a mattress in which you can avoid getting dirty and malodorous for the long term, so my family uses the air mattress sleep number variety of beds. It is really nice because not only can you pick the amount of firmness that your body does the best to sleep with and what works best for your back to keep it from hurting throughout the day, but it also is a whole lot easier to keep clean! These mattresses are made from a rubber material and covered with a zip on cover. The zip on cover is removable and washable in a washing machine! It really makes a difference with keeping it clean. This kind of bed is less likely to pick up things such as dust mites and other airborne allergens and bacteria because of the ease of cleaning it on a regular basis.

Read our Bamboo Mattress buyer’s guide.

If you do not want to use an air mattress, another alternative is a water bed. These too are made out of an easily washable material; the plastic that is the actual mattress is very easily washed down with a little bit of mild cleaning fluid and then covered with a pad and then the sheets.

Okay, so you may be the kind of person who prefers a good old fashioned spring mattress. In this case, I suggest using a mattress cover and washing it on a weekly basis along with your bed sheets and blankets. For the purpose of good health, always buy a mattress that is brand new and never one that is used!

Whatever type of bed you prefer it is smart to keep your bedding clean so your body will not pick up anything while you are asleep that you would rather avoid.

Not sure about the difference between a mattress pad and topper? Read our article!

If you smoke cigarettes then it is good practice to never smoke in the same room as your bed. If you do, the smoke will settle into the fibers of your mattress and then onto your body as you rest on it.

Cleaning your mattress is a good way to live a healthier life. Sleep well!

Keep your mattress clean by buying a mattress cover!

Please follow and like us: