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Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite. . .

Bed Bug
Bed Bug
Bed Bugs are about the size of an apple seed

Buying a mattress protector is helpful in more ways than one, especially against these nasty insects.  Many people think bed bugs are generally a thing of the past, but I am here to tell you that that common thought may not be completely accurate, and here’s why:

Last year, my father took my younger brother to a camp for baseball.  The camp was located in a very small town, and therefore had limited hotels and motels to choose from.  Ultimately, they ended up staying at a small, cost-efficient motel.  The morning after the first night, they woke early to get ready for a day filled with America’s favorite past-time.  Soon after the alarm went off, they started feeling itchy.  They noticed small rashes on their legs and arms.  After a few hours of consideration—and denial—they finally accepted that they had been visited in the night by bed bugs.

In the past few years, bed bugs have been making a substantial reappearance in the lives of citizens living in even the most developed countries.  The most recent studies (http://www.pestworld.org/all-things-bed-bugs/) say that bed bugs have been reported in all 50 states.  In fact, 99.6% of pest controllers state that they have run into a bed bug infestation in the past year.

Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.  They have a reddish brown coloring and feed up to seven times their body weight on the blood of warm-blooded mammals—including human beings.

Bed bugs generally wait until early morning to crawl out of the cracks and crevices of their surroundings to feed on the blood of the nearest warm-blooded creature.  Generally, bed bugs will feed for an average of 5 minutes, every week or so.  Interestingly, the more well-fed a bed bug is, the shorter its life span becomes.  A short while later, the bed bug’s victims will feel the need to itch at the area that has been affected.  Thankfully, a mere irritation is the most harm a bed bug will inflict on you.

Bed bugs generally travel on objects carried from infested areas, such as luggage.  While in the past bed bugs have mostly been present in the hotels of developing countries, they are becoming increasingly present in cheap hotels in Europe and the U.S., and have even been found in expensive hotels.  One study claims that they are most commonly found within the U.S. in residential settings, such “apartment/condominiums and single-family homes” (Bed Bug Facts and Statistics).

The most effective way to clear out an infestation of bed bugs is to simply throw out the infested furniture.  For a more thorough explanation on getting rid of bed bugs, read this wikiHow article: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Bed-BugsMattress Protectors are a great way to defend against pests such as bed bugs and dust mites alike.  Be sure to check out our extensive mattress protector section to find the one that works best for you. For some folks it might be too late for protection and they will need to purchase new bedding. If you’ve been a victim of bed bugs and you need a new mattress you might consider looking in to the new Comforpedic by Beautyrest or our Beautyrest Black line.

Cheers and sleep well.

 

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Bet on Better Sleep Bracket

better sleep championship

It’s that time of year when people lay down money on who will be crowned the NCAA champion after three and a half frantic weeks of college basketball. If you want to sleep better during the frenzy, consider putting your money on a new mattress. To help you make a choice, here’s our very own (smaller and more manageable) Better Sleep Bracket:

better sleep championship

With a little research, you can place your bets on which mattress comes out on top. Watch over the next few weeks as we follow the action between these fierce competitors. With such quality picks, we know one thing for sure: no matter who wins, better sleep is a given.

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What to do with a tax refund? Put your money in your mattress.

what to do with a tax refund

what to do with a tax refundHave you been wondering what to do with a tax refund? While literally stuffing your money into your mattress wouldn’t be a wise investment or make for comfortable sleeping, it’s not a bad idea to put a little money into your mattress purchase. Especially if you’ve got some coming back after this tax season.

When you consider that you spend roughly 1/3 of your life on your mattress, and the time you spend on there can have a direct impact on how the other 2/3 of your life progresses, it makes sense to find a quality mattress.

Here are our Top 5 mattresses that would make a good tax refund investment:

  1.  The Beautyrest Black Brooklyn – One of our most popular mattresses, and for good reason. It falls right in the middle of the comfort spectrum, pleasing a wide variety of sleepers.
  2. The ComforPedic New Life – If you’re looking for a memory foam mattress (as opposed to inner spring), the new line of ComforPedics have all the latest technology. And with a name like New Life, you know its designed to deliver results.
  3. The Simmons TruEnergy Brielle plush firm – Wake up feeling refreshed and energized after a full night of quality sleep. The Brielle TruEnergy combines firm support with a comfortably plush top layer so you have just the right amount of resistance.
  4. The Beautyrest Black Beyond Kelyn – Looking to treat yourself? The Simmons Beautyrest Black Beyond Kelyn will welcome you to the world of luxury with the latest in comfort foams, gel layers, and high-performance pocketed coils.
  5. The Beautyrest Classic Barnum – Yeah, you want an upgrade, but the Black Beyond is a little too Beyond for you. You can trust Simmons’ Classic line of Beautyrest mattresses to provide comfort and durability. The Barnum plush has that pillowtop luxury at a comfortable price.

When you’re contemplating what to do with a tax refund, your best bet might be to go the old-fashioned route and put your money in your mattress. Re-invest in better sleep!

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Is that mattress “the one”? Simplify online mattress shopping

online mattress shopping
online mattress shopping
“Is this mattress as perfect as our relationship?”

Do you believe everyone has a soul mate? A perfect match just out there waiting for them? Okay, admittedly that’s a pretty lofty subject to be talking about, and the only loft we’re really interested in is the type that’s inside your mattress. But, it’s related, because we’re firm believers that there’s a perfect mattress waiting for everyone. And just like so many real-life couples these days, you can find your match online.

Finding the perfect mattress is a lot like finding the perfect relationship — there’s some give and take. In this case, it’s how much give on a mattress you can take. Choosing the best mattress, especially when you’re shopping online, is a big decision and a long lasting commitment (seeing the similarities yet?) as your mattress may be with you for 8 to 10 years. Choose the wrong mattress and you’ll be dealing with more than a few restless nights, painful mornings, and a host of negative side effects that come with not getting great rest.

But choose the right mattress and you could be looking at something that very few people ever see: a good nights sleep.

So how do you identify a great mattress? And more importantly, when you’re online mattress shopping, how do you know that it’s the right one for you? It’s not as hard you might think, and Sleep City has made it a downright comfortable process.

It’s all thanks to their Comfort Levels system.

Sleep City has identified about five different levels of comfort that are common for most mattresses, and they’ve divided those five levels of comfort into ratings from 10 to 100. So what’s the secret to the system? You can read a little more in-depth descriptions of the different ratings here.

Beautyrest Black Mariela Luxury Firm Mattress - For those seeking a firm mattress
Beautyrest Black Mariela Luxury Firm Mattress – For those seeking a firm mattress

10: Most Firm Mattress – Have you ever slept on a cement floor? That’s about what this mattress is like. No flex and give; just an incredibly firm surface. There aren’t many mattresses that fit this level, but it gives you a good place to start comparing.

Beautyrest Black Sonya Luxury Firm Pillow Top Mattress - For those who want a happy medium
Beautyrest Black Sonya Luxury Firm Pillow Top Mattress – For those who want a happy medium

20 to 40: Very Firm Mattress – We’ve moved from a cement floor to a wood floor with carpeting. This is incredibly firm, without a lot of give. But for some people, it’s the best mattress for a comfortable night’s sleep. (The Beautyrest Black Mariela Luxury Firm is a good example of a mattress in this category)

40 to 60: Mid-Range Mattress – The perfect compromise between too hard and too soft, this level of comfort might be your best mattress choice if you’re of two minds about a good nights sleep (or if you and your partner can’t completely agree on two different levels). (The Beautyrest Black Sonya Luxury Firm Pillow Top falls right in the middle of firm and soft.)

Beautyrest Black Tatiana Ultra Plush Pillow Top - For those who like soft
Beautyrest Black Tatiana Ultra Plush Pillow Top – For those who like soft

70 to 90: Soft Mattress – If your answer to the question, “How soft is too soft?” is, “What do you mean there’s a too soft?” then this might be the category for you. This is all about fluff and plush, letting you sink into your mattress on  your way to dream land. (Try the Beautyrest Black Tatiana Plush Pillow Top for a mattress with a lot of give.)

100: Super Soft Mattress – Sleeping on a cloud is generally a  figure of speech meaning comfort, but for this type of mattress it might almost be literal. These mattresses have very very little resistance. There’s not a lot of mattresses at this rating, but it’s a good place for comparison.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start shopping for your perfect mattress — we know it’s out there waiting for you.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2013 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness September 2017.
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Simmons President’s Day Mattress Sale!

ComforPedic mattress sale

ComforPedic mattress saleThe Simmons Presidents Day mattress sale at sleepcity.com is going on now through February 18. If you’ve been thinking about replacing your old mattress, take advantage of the discounts on Beautyrest Black, ComforPedic, and TruEnergy. These models feature some of the latest technology from Simmons as well as 20 to 25-year warranties.

Right now you can save up to 25% and up to $300 off your mattress purchase. Need some new sheets or pillows to go with your new bed? How about another 17% off?

Beautyrest Black mattresses are the luxury flagship of the Simmons fleet. The Advanced Pocketed Coil system forms the basis for the Black mattress, with additional GelTouch and AirCool Memory Foam layers cushioning your body and relieving pressure. The pocketed coils provide superior motion separation so you won’t feel your partner shifting around.

The ComforPedic models are Simmons highly-rated, all memory foam mattresses. However, Simmons has made significant improvements to traditional memory foam. Their AirCool foam with GelTouch beads is more responsive than the industry’s standard foam, which means you can easily change position and get comfortable. Plus, the ComforPedic beds are engineered to move warm air away from your body while you sleep, so you stay cool and comfortable all night.

Beautyrest Black mattress sale
Don’t let the Presidents down. Get better sleep on a new mattress.

Simmons’ TruEnergy line was designed to help you recharge every night so you can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. These mattresses also feature personalized back support and spine alignment.

We’re pretty sure that if we were to poll the Presidents, nine out of ten would agree that all Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of a good night’s sleep. Therefore, we’re pretty sure the Presidents are encouraging you to make your life better by buying a new mattress at an impressively low price during the Simmons Presidents Day mattress sale.

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How to clean a mattress

beautyrest black mattress
Beautyrest Black Mattress
Keep your Beautyrest Black mattress as clean as the day you got it.

Your mattress is a pretty happening place. You want to know how to clean a mattress, because if you’re anything like the average human being, you probably spend about  seven to eight hours per night in it. It’s pretty inevitable that a place like that is going to get dirty.

Unfortunately, your mattress isn’t like your bedsheets that can be tossed into a washer. Oh, and just throwing your mattress out isn’t an option — your mattress isn’t disposable (especially not if it’s one as comfortable as Simmons Beautryrest Black matress; let’s not get crazy).

So how do you clean a mattress? Here are six simple supplies you’ll need.

The Tools to Clean a Mattress

1. Vacuum cleaner with a hose or upholstery attachment

2. Sponge

3. Spray bottle

Your vacuum cleaner with the hose, or preferably an upholstry brush attachment, is your main, regular tool for keeping your matress clean. Use it over the surface of the bed to clean up dirt, dust mites, and other loose debris that builds up over time (remember, you spend a lot of time there).

A sponge is the perfect tool for cleaning, as you’ll want to use a dabbing motion to lift particulates out of the fibers of your mattress, rather than rubbing them in. Sponges are also very absorbent, and are able to lift moisture more quickly than most towels or rags.

The final tool of mattress cleaning, a spray bottle, will help you get the right amount of solution onto the areas you need. There’s nothing quite like dumping too much of a wet cleaning solution on your mattress to make your job harder.

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Use the vacuum hose or upholstery brush to clean a mattress.

Mattress Cleaning Solutions

1. Cold water

2. Vinegar

3. Baking soda

Cold water is one of your best friends when it comes to cleaning your mattress. Make sure to use cold water, rather than hot or warm water, as it helps make most stains easier to lift out of the surface of your bed, and won’t accidently cook a stain permanently into the surface.

Vinegar not only disinfects the area, it’ll also start breaking down the stain. Add vinegar to a spray bottle and spray it on the stain. Sprinkle some baking soda over the top, and let it sit for about 10 minutes and fizz. Clean up what’s left with a sponge or vacuum, then dry any remaining moisture with a sponge.

Baking soda can be mixed into a one part baking soda, two parts cold water solution as well. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the portions of your bed that need cleaning, and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before using cold water to rinse the area, and a dry sponge to finish the job.

For most situations, these simple supplies and solutions will be enough to get you by. By regularly cleaning your mattress, you are helping lengthen its lifespan. Also, knowing how to clean a mattress is essential to keeping it hygienic and comfortable. And that’s important — after all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time on it.

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Free Box Spring Event means now is the time to buy

Free Box Spring Event

Free Box Spring EventHave you been considering a new mattress but not quite ready to take the leap? During the Free Box Spring Event, get a free box spring with any TruEnergy, Beautyrest Black, or ComforPedic Advanced mattress. You can even save up to $400 on a NuFlex adjustable foundation.

There are some purchases you don’t make on a whim. A mattress set is typically one of them, especially if you’re ready to invest in a luxury mattress. You want to do your research and carefully consider your options. Of course, you also want the best deal possible.

There’s good news for those of you waiting for the right deal or the right time to buy a mattress. The Free Box Spring Event lasts from now through January 2, 2013. With the purchase of select mattresses, you can get a free box spring or up to $400 off a NuFlex adjustable base.

Why buy from Sleep City during the Free Box Spring Event?

In addition to a free box spring, Sleep City offers other perks to make your mattress an even better bargain.

  • No sales tax
  • Free delivery
  • Free bed frame and pillows
  • Additional discounts at checkout

Several of our blog posts have covered the benefits of different mattresses. The Free Box Spring event is specifically for a few of our most popular mattress lines. Let’s take a look at those qualifying products:

  1. Beautyrest Black mattress – Simmons’ luxury line features AirCool memory foam and GelTouch layers so you can experience superior motion separation and pressure relief. A 20-year warranty guarantees that a Black mattress will last for years to come. You can find a Beautyrest Black in almost any comfort level from extra firm to ultra plush pillowtop.
  2. Beautyrest TruEnergy mattress – Keep your spine in line with the personalized back support you find in the TruEnergy line. Special coils respond to your unique shape and movement. Well-designed ventilation keeps air moving. They call it the Recharge Sleep System because you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.
  3. ComforPedic Advanced mattress – New memory foam production techniques mean the foam in the ComforPedic mattresses are more responsive to your movements and better at keeping you cool throughout the night. This line of memory foam mattresses conforms to your body for pure comfort.
  4. NuFlex Adjustable Foundation – The best sleep position isn’t always lying flat. And you might want to use the most comfortable spot in your house for work or relaxation. In that case, you need the NuFlex adjustable base. The remote control lets you elevate the bed to just the right position for sleeping, reading, working on a laptop, or catching up on your favorite TV show. Handy outlets and pockets let you keep your electronics and reading materials nearby and fully charged. There are lots of reasons to love the NuFlex adjustable base, and $400 off might be the biggest reason of all.

Don’t miss your chance to get a Free Box Spring with the best mattress models available!

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Sleep City Receives the Hunger’s Hope Award from the Montana Food Bank Network

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Sleep CityJed and Jennifer Heggen, owners of Sleep City, have been given the Hunger’s Hope Award from the Montana Food Bank Network

Missoula, MT – November 15, 2012

Jed and Jennifer Heggen, owners of Sleep City, have been unanimously selected for this year’s Hunger’s Hope Award from the Montana Food Bank Network.

The Hunger’s Hope Award is the organization’s most prestigious award provided to donors, corporations and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in their efforts and have made significant impacts to assist in ending hunger in Montana. Through Sleep City’s partnership with NBC MT, “Don’t Let Montanans Go To Sleep Hungry,” nearly 350,000 meals have been donated to hungry Montanans across the state.

“It’s such an honor to be part of something that helps our communities in such a big way,” says Marketing Director, Patti Earling. “So many people are struggling right now, it’s so important to make sure families have access to the help they need.”
Montana Food Bank Network presented the award to the Heggen’s and Sleep City at the annual Chef’s Affair Gala in Missoula on November 10th at the Governor’s Room in the Florence Building

About Sleep City

Jed and Jennifer Heggen founded Sleep City in 1999 in Missoula, Montana. The company offers a complete selection of mattresses, including Beautyrest, Beautyrest Black, Beautyrest Black Beyond, TruEnergy, Natural Care Latex, ComforPedic, ComforPedic Loft and Tempur-Pedic. Sleep City also carries a variety of specialty sleep products, including pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, mattress pads, headboards, and frames. A helpful sales staff of sleep experts has been assembled and trained extensively to fit every customer with the proper mattress to solve any physical ailments or sleep issues.

For more information about Sleep City, or the Sleep4All Mattress Donation program. Please call 877-246-7533 or visit the website at http://www.sleepcity.com.

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A Black mattress on Black Friday – finding deals for yourself

black mattress shopping on black friday
black mattress shopping on black friday
Shoppers comes out in force on Black Friday for amazing deals.

Lots of people approach Black Friday shopping armed with their gift lists for family and friends. But it’s also one of the best times of the year to shop for those things you’ve been thinking about for yourself – like a new Black mattress, the luxury line by Simmons.

There’s a reason retailers discount nearly everything on Black Friday, and it’s not because they think you’re going to buy your husband athletic socks for Christmas. (Although if that’s your go-to gift, good for you. Practical items are much less likely to end up in the “re-gift” or return pile.) According to some statistics, as many as 90% of Black Friday shoppers are looking to buy for themselves. Perhaps not exclusively, but they’ll likely take home at least one item for their own use.

And this Black Friday will be no different. Since 2007, retailers have begun holiday discounting earlier, around the first week in November, but they still frequently reserve the special deals for the day after Thanksgiving when traffic will be heaviest. If you’ve been considering a new washer and dryer, the latest smartphone or tablet device, or a new Black mattress, Black Friday may just be your lucky day.

Simmons Beautyrest Black Mattress
Give yourself the gift of a Black mattress.

Your mattress is an important part of your daily life, and because personal preference plays such a large role in choosing a mattress, it’s unlikely you’ll get one as a gift. If you’re ready to treat yourself to a special holiday gift, or if you and your significant other want to limit the stress of finding gifts for each other, consider a Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress.

Simmons Beautyrest models are known for their durability and comfort. The Black mattresses are a top-of-the-line series that feature excellent motion separation, GelTouch foam and AirCool memory foam to relieve pressure and keep you cool throughout the night, and a 20-year warranty so you can sleep peacefully for the next two decades.

Black Friday shopping is nearly as big a part of the holiday tradition as a turkey dinner or a decorated tree. Enjoy the deals, and take advantage of the opportunity to score yourself something you really want at a price you won’t see any other time of year. Your Black mattress awaits!

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Bed Basics: Compare mattress upholstery (part 1 of 2)

Sleep City comfort layer foam
Sleep City comfort layer foam
Mattress foam comfort layer.

As we mentioned in a previous post, when you compare innerspring mattresses, you’re really looking at three basic components: coils, upholstery, and foundation. Upholstery refers to both the fabric covering the mattress and the layers of foam and cushioning inside the mattress. We’ll start by taking a look at the inside layers, which include insulator, support, and comfort layers.

An insulator layer in a mattress is the least glamorous position. The goal of the insulator layer is to separate the comfort foams from the springs. Usually a mesh style fabric covers the coils, possibly with another layer of cotton or batting on top of that. These layers will also help keep the comfort foams from shifting over the life of the mattress.

Support layers help determine the feel to the mattress. Is it firm to the touch, plush on top of firm, or plush all the way through? Support layers can be made of the same material as comfort layers but may be thicker or rated for different densities.

Which brings us to everyone’s favorite part: the squishy, resilient, and sleep-inducing materials that make up the comfort layers. The latest trends in mattress construction involve memory foam, latex foam, and a gel layer. But poly-urethane or visco-elastic foam are also common. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each.

Sleep City mattress comfort
Memory foam conforms to shape based on heat and weight.

Memory Foam

Great for cushioning, cradling, and pressure relief. Probably best as a thinner layer over the top of a firmer support layer. Higher density foam means higher quality, so look for 5.0 lbs per cubic foot or more. The “sink” factor can make it feel more difficult to change positions. First few generations didn’t breathe as well as other materials, so may sleep warmer than other materials. (Simmons created AirCool Memory Foam in the Beautyrest Black mattresses to combat this issue.)

Latex Foam

Molds well to the body. Both supportive and cushioning, so offers great pressure relief. Durable and resilient. Can find in both a denser, firmer style (Dunlop) and a springier style (Talalay). Most breathable type of foam, so regulates temperatures better than other foam options. More expensive than other foam options.

Polyurethane Foam

Must be High Resilience 2.5 lbs per cubic foot (HR) polyfoam to be durable enough as a comfort foam layer. Highest quality polyfoam performs similarly to latex but isn’t very common. Not as durable as memory or latex foams. Best used as a support layer rather than a direct comfort layer.

gel touch layer
The Simmons TruEnergy mattress features a top GelTouch comfort layer.

Gel Layer

New mattress technology, typically found in higher-end models. Great pressure relief, contours closely to the body while also providing support for areas that don’t settle as heavily on the mattress. Works well with a firmer support layer. Especially good for people who sleep warm; dissipates heat and regulates temperature very well. (Simmons’ Beautyrest TruEnergy mattresses have a GelTouch layer that conforms very well to the body shape and keeps you cool throughout the night.)

Natural Fiber

Can include wool, cotton, and hemp. Best for people who sleep in a single position as they need a “break-in” time and don’t adjust as well to position change as foam layers. Extremely durable. Regulate sleeping temperature very well due to natural breathability.

Many innerspring mattresses offer a combination of layer materials, with a focus on one in particular. When you compare mattress upholstery layers, take into account how you sleep. If you move around a lot, memory foam and natural fiber may not be for you. If you sleep hot, the gel layer may be a lifesaver. If you have questions, call our trained sales staff. They’ll be happy to explain the differences in comfort layers from model to model.