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Dealing with Mattress Attachment [and Knowing When It’s Time for a New One]

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Disclosure: I am a Serta brand ambassador and am compensated for my participation in the program and have received complimentary mattresses for review. I LOVE my Serta mattress. Love! 

When to Replace a Mattress

Today’s post is about when to replace a mattress, and how that process can sometimes be delayed due to, what I call “mattress attachment.” Could you be dealing with mattress attachment?

First, let me share our story.

Back in 2011, when Serta Mattresses launched their first generation of memory foam mattresses, the iComfort Sleep System, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to be a brand ambassador and received an iComfort Prodigy mattress to report our experience.

It was a serendipitous opportunity as our previous mattress was close to 12 years old, and I had no idea just how poorly we had been sleeping until we got our new iComfort mattress.

The difference my husband and I experienced sleeping on our iComfort mattress for the first time (an upgrade from a very old mattress) was extraordinary.  I became VERY attached to my bed.

Mattress Attachment 

We LOVED our 2011 iComfort Prodigy, so much so that when Serta contacted me about returning for my 3rd year as a brand ambassador in 2014, with the opportunity to select a new 2014 iComfort mattress to experience the improvements Serta had made, I became a little anxious because I was quite attached to my 2011 iComfort.

I was having mattress attachment issues. Big time.

How many people out there put off shopping for a new mattress, even though it’s TIME for one, because of the attachment they have to their bed?

Think about it.

When traveling or away from home, how many times do you wish to get home to “your own bed?” Or, when you are sick, how all you want to do is curl up “in your own bed?”

Our beds are a source of comfort and security – a symbol of home. Which is why shopping for a new mattress can be somewhat upsetting. If you have put off buying a new mattress because you too, have mattress attachment issues, I get it. I feel you.

But mattresses, even quality ones, have a lifespan, so it’s important to know when it is time to replace your mattress.

And, once I got over my mattress attachment, and we had the opportunity to sleep on the 2014 iComfort Prodigy mattress, well, let me just say, I didn’t know it was possible, but now I am even MORE attached to my mattress because it is a little slice of heaven. Full 2014 iComfort review to come. Stay tuned.

When To Replace a Mattress? 

The National Sleep Foundation states that a mattress has an average lifespan of about 8 years.

How Do You Know if It’s Time to Replace Your Bed? 

If you have any question about whether or not it’s time for a new mattress – take note of your sleep quality.

Do you wake up with any sore muscles? Are you tired or stiff in the morning? Do you toss and turn or wake up a lot during the night? Do you find you actually sleep better in a hotel than you do at home?

If you answered yes to any of the above, and if your mattress has been around awhile, it might be time to go mattress shopping.

And believe me, it will be the BEST thing you ever did.

A Prime Example of Mattress Attachment 

Just the other night, we were out to dinner with a bunch of friends when one of the men complained about being up for two hours the previous night because he hadn’t been sleeping well.

They had NO idea they were sitting next to a Serta brand ambassador. I almost wanted to apologize in advance for the earful he was in for with that innocent comment.

I casually asked how long they had had their mattress?

They looked at each other, and said, “I don’t know, maybe at least 10 or 15 years old.”

I told them, “Time for a new mattress!”

His wife then said, “You know, I DO wake up with a sore neck every morning!”

“Time for a new mattress!”

“But I love my bed!” the husband exclaimed.

Prime example of mattress attachment.

Again, I GET it, but I the level of love and attachment you will have to your NEW mattress once you are sleeping full nights’ of quality sleep will pale in comparison and you will wonder why you didn’t do it earlier.

His wife got on board, “We probably DO need a new mattress!”

The husband had no idea it would turn out to be a very expensive dinner now that he was going home with a wife on a mattress shopping mission. Sorry. But, actually I’m not because I KNOW just how happy they will be when sleeping well, really well on a new mattress.

So, I ask you, how long have you had your mattress?  Is it time to replace your bed?

Here are some resources to help you:

1. Mattresses 101

2. Mattress Shopping Tips

3. Mattress Shopping? There’s an App for That!

4. iComfort Mattress Review

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Mattresses 101

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Disclosure: I am a Serta Brand Ambassador and am compensated for my time and participation in the program and have received complimentary products to help communicate our first-hand experiences.

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A good night’s sleep is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself and your mattress quality plays a huge role in how well you are sleeping. If you have been tossing or turning, or waking up with sore muscles or a stiff back, it might be time to shop for a new mattress.

One of the most important things you will have to determine when selecting a new mattress is what kind of mattress is right for you? Innerspring vs memory foam? Or even memory foam hybrid?

It’s easy to put off mattress shopping because the whole process can be a bit overwhelming, however, Serta actually makes the process quite simple. Let me start by explaining the differences in Serta’s different types of mattresses.

Innerspring Mattresses 

innerspring Innerspring mattresses are a traditional type of mattress, made with a steel coil innerspring support system and interior metal coils that give the mattress a little bounce.

On the top of an innerspring mattress, various foams and fibers are used to provide comfort on the sleeping surface.

Serta has a variety of innerspring constructions providing different levels of comfort and support.

Memory Foam Mattresses [iComfort] 

A memory foam mattress features an all-foam support core that provides superior memoryfoam support and pressure-relieving comfort.

The iComfort Memory Foam mattresses feature Serta’s Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam which is designed to disperse heat build up so that the sleeping surface is kept cool and comfortable.

One of the best benefits of a memory foam mattress is motion isolation, meaning if your partner moves, the mattress doesn’t doesn’t bounce with them. This can drastically reduce the amount of tossing, turning, and waking throughout the night.

Memory Foam Hybrid [iSeries]

Can’t decide on innerspring vs memory foam? Well, Serta took the best of both mattress constructions and made a series of mattresses combining the support of a traditional steel coil innerspring bed with the comfort of memory foam.

hybrid-1 The Serta iSeries mattress line is their memory foam hybrid collection.

Every new iSeries hybrid mattress features the same Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam along with the support of a traditional innerspring bed.

Innerspring vs Memory Foam:

How to Choose the Right Mattress For You 

Now that you understand the different types of mattress options, how do you know how to pick the right mattress for you?

First, you can go online and take the Serta Mattress Selector Quiz to see what recommendations Serta would make based on your answers to a few simple questions.

You can also download the Serta Test Rest app for free and take the quiz through the app. Once finished you can use the app in-store to record your thoughts on the different models.

I made this video awhile back on how to shop for a mattress so you can find more tips on making the most out of your in-store shopping experience.

2014 Serta Mattress Improvements 

The Serta iComfort mattresses were first introduced in 2011, with the iSeries following in 2012.  Now, just this year, Serta introduced all-new iComfort and iSeries models with brand new Cool Action Dual Effects gel memory foam.  This new material combines two different types of gel, giving consumers up to 25% more gel than the original formula.

Meaning just that much more comfort and cooling effects for your best night’s sleep. Ever.

My husband and I have been sleeping on a new 2014 iComfort mattress for a few months now and it is hard to believe Serta could have made improvements to an already amazing product, but they did.

Stay tuned for my full 2014 iComfort mattress review. I hope this post has helped explain the different mattress types. Now, if you are not sleeping well, time to put getting a new mattress on the radar!

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WAKE UP! It’s a School Day!

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Disclosure: I am a Serta brand ambassador and I m compensated for my time and participation in the program. I have also received complimentary products for review.
All opinions are my own. 

Back-to-school sleep tips for kids

Many kids in this area are going to back to school after Labor Day, so I wanted to share some back-to-school sleep tips for kids to hopefully create brighter mornings when school starts.

From my work the past three and a half years with Serta, I have had the opportunity to experience firsthand the difference a good night’s sleep makes when sleeping on a quality, supportive mattress like the iComfort.  Serta’s Perfect Sleeper mattress is the official mattress of the National Sleep Foundation – a great resource site for all sleep topics.

Getting enough sleep is essential for a child’s health and well-being, especially during the school year so they can be alert and able to learn.

Summer inevitably brings later bedtimes for the kiddos. With lighter, later nights, fun activities and vacations, parents tend to relax a little on bedtime, especially if they can sleep in the next morning.

But when summer vacation comes to an end, it’s often a rude wake up call for kids to wake up early.

Here are some of my personal tips I have learned through my 8 years of parenting combined with expert advice on back-to-school sleep tips for kids from the National Sleep Foundation.

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1. Determine The Ideal Hours of Sleep for Your Child

The National Sleep Foundation recommends children 5 – 12 get 10 to 11 hours of sleep/night. Click here for recommended sleep for children birth through 12 if anyone is interested in recommended hours of sleep for preschoolers.

In the weeks prior to school starting, mentally note what time they go to bed, what time they wake up naturally, and how it corresponds to their mood. Does 9 hours mean lots of yawns or crabby behavior the next day? If they get 10.5 or 11 do they seem well rested? From your observations, determine what you feel is their healthy number of hours of sleep.

2. Determine Your Ideal “Asleep” Time for Each Child

Once you have the number of hours needed, think about what time they have to wake up on school days and back up the ideal hours to see what time they should be asleep by each night.

For example, my 5-year-old does best on 11 hours sleep. When kindergarten starts, she will have to be awake at 7am, so I will aim to have her asleep by 8:00pm each night.

3. Set Your School Year Bedtime 

Think about how long your typical bedtime routine lasts and how long on average it takes your child to fall asleep.

For example, I read two books to my daughter in bed and then we snuggle and do prayer (usually about 10 minutes), then it usually takes her about 10 minutes to actually fall asleep on her own. Therefore, her bedtime should be ideally between 7:30 – 7:40pm to have her asleep by 8:00pm.

4. Move Up Your Bedtime Gradually Before School Starts

If you child’s summer bedtime has been later than the school year bedtime should be, gradually move up bedtime each night until they have a good handful of nights going to bed at their school year bedtime before school starts.

5. Keep Your Bedtime Regular – Even on Weekends

My kids tend to do better all around with a regular bedtime throughout the entire week. Weekends can be challenging in this respect, but try your best to try to keep your kids on a regular bedtime even on the weekends to keep their sleep routine regular.

 More Back-to-School Sleep Tips for Kids 

The National Sleep Foundation also offers these additional back-to-school sleep tips:

~ Before bedtime, start a “quiet time” to allow your child to unwind including relaxing activities such as a bath, story, or reading for older kids.

~ Limit TV, video games, and other electronics before bedtime.

~ Avoid big meals close to bedtime.

~ Avoid caffeine after 12pm or at least six hours prior to bedtime.

~ Maintain a peaceful sleeping environment – dark, comfortable bed, room temperature not too hot or cold.

~ Electronics should be removed from child’s bedroom and set in different location.

~ Be a role model of healthy sleep for yourself.

Do you have any advice on back-to-school sleep tips for kids? Please share in the comments below! 

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