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The #1 Way to Reduce the Risk of SIDS and Why I Never Co-Slept with my Babies

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SUID is the leading cause of death for infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. What is SUID? Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). According to the CDC, the term describes the sudden and unexpected death of a baby less than 1 year old in which the cause was not obvious before investigation. These deaths often happen during sleep or in the baby’s sleep area.

SIDS is a subset of SUID. A SUID death might be from suffocation from a blocked airway because of being tangled in bedding and blankets, infection, choking, injury or a cardiac or metabolic dysfunction. If you know the cause was suffocation, then it’s classified as SUID. When the death cannot be explained, the baby is said to have died from SIDS.

The #1 Way to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

The #1 way to reduce SIDS is to put babies to sleep on their back, on a firmer baby mattress. The next is to not have pillows, blankets and soft bedding in the crib with them.

These are recommendations to reduce SIDS:

  • Put an infant to sleep on their back on a firm crib surface (this is associated with the lowest risk).
  • Use a firmer crib mattress and avoid soft mattresses. Soft memory foam can sink in and make it difficult to move around, esp. for babies who cannot move their head/necks easily. Also, it’s not breathable.
  • DO NOT let babies sleep on soft mattresses, yes, that includes your memory foam mattress. Even toddlers and older children have suffocated in their parent’s bed.
  • DO NOT decorate your crib with blankets in cribs. That means no crib bumpers, decorative pillows, toys, or anything else. I like to put my babies in a sleep sack or swaddler to keep them warm instead of using a blanket. Or using a breathable blanket. BLANKETS, PILLOWS and BUMPER PADS are the biggest problem.

The advice to keep soft bedding and decorations out of the crib is backed by evidence. In fact, it’s the biggest link to babies and death. “A new study of nearly 5,000 babies who died suddenly between 2011 and 2017 found nearly 70% were sleeping in an unsafe environment per the AAP safe-sleep guidelines, such as sleeping on soft surfaces or with suffocation hazards like blankets, pillows, and crib decorations…”

Your Sleep Environment is Important

I highly value the health benefits of sleep. That’s why I was drawn to mattresses. I want to do everything I can to make an environment where I can sleep well. One mattress changed my life about 5 years ago and kept me from being woken up most nights, at least once. Before that, my husband moved, I woke up. It was a tidal wave in the bed. After the difference it made in my life, I wanted to learn everything I could about mattresses and sleep. I started sharing it on my blog and later launched this website.

I wish that sleep got easier now that my son is in college. Now we have a little girl (who’s also a good sleeper). But even when she’s gone I think sleep will still be a lifetime work and challenge. Sometimes coming easy. Other times elusive and restless. Just for different reasons.

No Kids in the Bed (No Co Sleeping)

One rule that I followed, for the sake of my marriage and sanity, is no kids sleeping in the bed. No babies in my bed (co-sleeping). I went to their room to rock and check on them in their bed. Sure, during a bad storm or when they’re sick (and older), they snuggled in. I welcome my daughter for snuggle time before school most mornings. But when I put her to bed it’s for the night, most nights.

In college I was a bit of a hippie. Many of my friends were granola moms when they started having babies. I still had a baby wrap to hold my child because it was so much easier and my baby boy liked that. But I never co-slept. Not even one time. Instead I cried my way through crying it out (thankfully it only lasted a day). I did everything to teach him to sleep. Slowly stretching the time asleep from a few hours, to more and more until he slept through the night. Which meant I could too.

My parenting skills are much better when I’ve slept well. Being tired and worn out means I don’t notice as many things. I’m trying to get through the day.

When I sleep well, even today, my moods more even. I’m happier. Relationships go smoother. My memory is better. I heal faster or get sick less.

CoSleeping is Risky

Why won’t I cosleep? For me it’s too risky. Too many babies die in our country. And it’s not getting better. I’m not saying that a baby mattress, bedding or even anything we can control is the only cause of infant death. But, as a mom, I’d do anything possible to prevent doing anything that could increase risk of suffocation. No baby mattress can say they prevent SIDS.

However, a more breathable baby mattress gives me more peace of mind. As this article states,

“These deaths are still happening — and they happen to well-meaning parents,” said Dr. Rachel Moon, who chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics task force on SIDS and authored the AAP policy statement on safe infant sleep.

We have remained at the same rate of sleep-related deaths since around 1998…And the rate in the U.S. is much higher than that in most developed — and even some not-so-developed countries.”

The United States is behind other countries on this issue. Our rates are MUCH HIGHER than other countries. WHY? Is it because we don’t follow known guidelines to reduce the risk of SIDS? We need to do better.

Final Tip: Watch out for Fiberglass in your Mattress

One more sleep safety tip: don’t remove the mattress cover. Some mattresses have fiberglass inside that acts as a fire retardant. If you remove the cover on a mattress that has fiberglass, it can be inhaled and spread in your home. It’s like small shards of glass. Cheaper mattresses have been known to have this. DO NOT remove the cover of your mattress.

Instead, get a waterproof mattress protector (I like this brand waterproof crib mattress protector, esp for cribs because it’s more natural). I recommend getting two so when you take one off to wash it, you have another to put on. You can’t believe how many accidents happen when the mattress protector is in the wash! If your kids wet the bed, this is how to clean urine stains and smell from your mattress. It works on pillows too.

tired man reading on phone before bed

Viral TikTok Explains ‘Revenge Bedtime Procrastination’

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Revenge Bedtime Procrastination is a fancy term for the phenomenon of not going to sleep even if you’re really tired, just to get some free time to yourself. According to Glamour magazine, the phrase was popularized by millennials and Gen Z in China, which literally translates to “sleepless night revenge.”

Watch this TikTok video that explains it:

why is this me every night🧍🏽‍♀️
@samanhaiderrwhy is this me every night 🧍🏽‍♀️#fyp #foryoupage #desi #brown #sleep #psychology♬ original sound – Saman Haider

Parents are known to do this, after putting the kids to bed. You’ve been running all day and you’re exhausted, but you fight sleep like a little kid avoiding bedtime. Instead of turning out the lights, you scroll on your phone.

It’s a feeling of lack of control or too many demands on your time and your revenge is you steal that time from sleep. We all need some recharge time where we’re not rushing, in charge, and can do whatever we want. And we’re not choosing sleep.

Saman Haider, a 20-year-old pre-med psychology student at the University of Iowa, made the TikTok video that went viral. It obviously hit a nerve with people. The video has been viewed over 13.6 million times and there are thousands of comments from people who relate. It’s become a trend aided by tech that is too tempting to ignore. Plus, we just want more control in our lives. So our sleep suffers.

The pandemic has made this experience worse as many people are often more isolated from their community, friends and have less social gatherings. At the same time there are more stresses and loneliness. This is escapism. And like Samatha in the comment above, this is how we get a break from conflict in our lives. Or maybe it’s the demands of our focus that make us reach for things that bring us pleasure without having to think about it.

Our bedtime gets pushed back once again.

But the solution adds more problems. Chronic lack of sleep can bring on depression, make you sluggish and less able to focus. So if this is you, hopefully you can break this habit. How? Take more breaks during the day. Plan new habits to replace the one at night. Meditate, go on a walk at lunchtime or take a bath after dinner. Look for ways to slow down enough during the day to get some free time. Try to avoid talking on your phone and focus on it being a recharge.

I once worked at a company that had beautiful gardens. During good weather, my co-worker and I walked there after lunch. We forgot we were at work and just enjoyed the beauty and some light exercise. It was a ritual that I looked forward to every day. When the weather was bad we hit the company gym for a light walk on the elliptical. It really helped reduce stress.

Have you practiced Revenge Bedtime Procrastination? Let me know in the comments. And if you’ve overcome it or reduced the time you spend in that mode, let us know what worked for you. 

Purple brand womens pajamas

New Super Soft Purple Pajamas from Purple Mattress

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I recently reviewed the Purple SoftStretch Sheets which are the perfect sheets to go with a Purple mattress. In that review, I wrote that the sheets are so soft and have the right amount of stretch. I also said, the material is so soft they should make pajamas out of them! Then today I got an email about the new Purple pajamas and they’re made with the same material as those sheets!

Softness doesn’t come cheap though. At $149, these pajamas cost as much as a whole set of queen size SoftStretch sheets (fitted sheet, flat sheet and 2 pillow cases).

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If you want the sheets, you can buy the pajamas and sheets together as a bundle to save (they end up being $134 each when I selected a queen size sheet set).

SleepyJones created the design with Purple’s SoftStretch sheet material.

Purple Pajamas

Purple has new limited edition pajamas. They’re a collaboration with Sleepy Jones. If you’re not familiar with Sleep Jones, they’re pretty high end. They make Purple pajamas look like a bargain, because their pjs are almost $200.

“These pajamas let you take the comfort of bed with you even after you get up.” They’re available for women or men and feature a long sleeved v-neck button up shirt with matching long elastic waist pants and drawstring in front. Edges are piping in light grey or a contrasting color.

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Lots of Pockets

If you love pockets on your pajamas you’ll be happy. There is a pocket on the pants back and pockets on each side. The shirt has a pocket on the chest. That’s a total of 4 pockets! What will you store in them??

Women’s Soft Pajamas Colors

Both the women’s and men’s look almost the same, and come in two colors.

  • Soft Lilac, which is a lavender (light Purple) color.
  • Morning Mist, which is a light blue.

Men’s Soft Pajamas Colors

  • Stormy Grey, a medium grey color, pictured below.
  • Morning Mist, which is a light blue.

Price

$149

Sizes

The Purple pajamas come in 4 sizes: Small, medium, large and X-large.

Temperature Regulating Pajamas

Like the sheets, the fabric is high performance, temperature regulating so you don’t sleep too hot.

Material and Care

Pajamas are made of 63% Rayon from Bamboo Viscose, 27% Polyester, 10% Spandex. They say to machine wash cold. Tumble dry low or line dry flat. I accidentally washed my sheets on regular heat and dried them the same. No shrinking noticed. However, since these are pajamas I’d be more careful to follow the instructions!

Sleep trial, Warranty and Returns

Purple accepts returns but only on pajamas that are unworn, unwashed, and with their hangtags attached within 45 days from the original date of purchase. There is not a sleep trial or warranty.

Note: no person’s legs were cut off below the knees in the making of these photos.

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CBD Infused Mattresses, Pillows and Products Trending in the Sleep Industry

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2019 seemed like the year that CBD everything hit its highest popularity. Get it – it got high?? However, the joke’s not accurate because CBD oil doesn’t contain psychoactive properties. Rather, it’s a chemical compound in marijuana and it has a long history of being used as medicine. There are no psychoactive compounds in this part of the plant (the part that makes you high is called THC).

The idea is that CBD helps you get better sleep by lessening restlessness, pain, and stress.

At the most recent mattress industry trade show in Vegas there were several new products touting CBD in mattresses and bedding.

Here are Some Examples of CBD Products Related to Mattresses and Sleep

  • Therapedic’s new b-Calm mattress line which has CBD-infused cover and foam.
  • MLILY’s Mprove CBD-Infused Mattress, an organic hybrid mattress with CBD-infused fabric.
  • Malouf’s $200 CBD-oil infused pillow.
  • Joy Organics CBD soft gels with melatonin to help promote better sleep.

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Bear Mattress Introduces New CBD Products

Now Bear Mattress has introduced a new wellness brand dedicated to improving sleep through CBD and other natural products. It’s called Curfew. You won’t find it on Bear’s website though. It’s on a completely new website all centered around CBD that you can find here.

There are 3 products so far:

Curfew Dream Blanket 

Worlds first CBD blanket with patented, micro-encapsulated beads that release CBD to provide ultimate relaxation
Great for sleep, rest and recovery
Super soft and comfortable
Great for well-being and staying calm
$295

See Dream Blanket

Curfew Nightly Salve 

Best salcbd salveve specifically for night time use
Contains 500mg lavender and eucalyptus
100% natural ingredients
Trusted and tested
$75 or FREE with purchase of Dream Blanket

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Curfew Evening Tincture (CBD Oil) 

Best CBD oil specifically for sleep
Special formulation for sleep
500mg natural peppermint flavor
100% natural ingredients
Trusted and tested
$75

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18 Gifts for Sleep Lovers, Like Your Mom

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If you know anyone who loves sleep it’s probably the ones who are most sleep deprived. For a lot of us, that means moms with young kids. So check out our top 20 best gifts and make your mom or someone who loves sleep very happy!

This shirt always gets comments and other parents nod in agreement when they read it. People have stopped me in an airport to ask where I got it. It’ll bring some smiles and hopefully a bit of slack when people realize that you’re sleep deprived.

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Unisex Let’s Sleep In Tee in Black and White (or White on Black)

lets sleep in tee

or the same idea but in a fun print for your bedroom decor.

lets sleep in sign

I’m so Tired Tee
I'm so tired tshirt

Let’s Just Sleep Pillowcase

lets just sleep pillowcase

 

I am going to bed tee.

i am going to bed shirt

Let me Sleep PJs
let me sleep pjs

Eyelash pillow case

eyelash pillow case

Stop Snore Shirt

Fill the area with balls so you can’t sleep on your back comfortably. Strange but it has a lot of fans!

stop snoring shirt

Comfy wide sleep mask that’s also pretty

Thick eye mask comes in 8 patterns, with a satin or minky back. This one won’t slide off as easily as thinner masks that barely have you covered.

wide flower sleep mask

Matching sleep deprived tshirt and onesie for dad and baby

sleep deprived matching shirts for dad and baby

Silk Short Flowered Robe

silk flowered robe

I’d Rather Be Sleeping Tee

rather be sleeping

Award Winning Adjustable Pillow

Choose the firmness you want and take the quiz to get the best match for your sleeping position.

Coop adjustable pillowAllergic to mornings tee

allergic to mornings tshirt

Give it to God and sleep sign

give it to God wall hanging

Soft 100% cotton guaze pjs for summer

Make by double gauze consists of two layers of gauze tacked together.

womens muslin guaze pjs

If you love me, let me sleep tee

Comes in 30 colors

love me let me sleep tshirt

Let’s sleep under the stars tee

sleep under the stars tshirt

 

New Casper Glow Light Uses Tech to Help you Sleep

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We know Casper for their #1 Consumer Reports rated mattress but they have a bigger dream in mind than just selling beds. They are coming up with new tech to help you sleep and the Casper Glow Light is their first sleep tech product. It’s called The Glow Light and it’s a nightlight that helps you sleep.

Sleep research and marketing has always been at the front of what Casper does, but unlike Eight or other high tech solutions, Casper keeps their tech simple. They use the data they gather from customer research to develop elegant products that do a few things very well.

The company Airbnb’d a large Victorian house in San Francisco to conduct sleep experiments to see how technology could help improve sleep. Just like the sun gradually gets dim or lighter when it’s time to sleep or wake up, light changes and affects us. The process of light changing triggers reactions that either wake or make us sleepy, like the release of melatonin to signal it’s time to fall asleep.

This video shows you how Glow works.

 

Casper Glow Nightlight

The new Casper Glow does more than just glow, yet it also draws a line at not being fussy or complex. Glow won’t track your sleep, record your snoring or give you any data. It doesn’t connect to your Alexa or anything really. Rather it aims to help you fall asleep and wake up.

Put simply, the Glow gradually dims at night to help you fall asleep, and then gradually gets brighter when it’s time to wake up. It has sensors that react to the light in the room.

Light is key to sleep and Glow helps you set the light in your room. I already have a Phillips Hue light in my room that I can dim or brighten without having to wire anything. I like that you can set and forget it or use the manual controls.

Glow is small and cordless. It’s a little like a lantern that you can take with you when you get up to go to the bathroom or check on the kids (something you can’t do with your lamp).

Who Will Love The Glow Light?

For me, I’d set the light to fade up until bedtime as a signal that it’s time to turn everything off, stop talking and go to sleep. In the morning, the sun usually wakes me up but during the darker winter months it could gently wake you.

Set Glow between 15 minutes and 1.5 hours through the app, or use the simple actions to operate it without the app.  In fact, you touch or rotate Glow to dim or brighten the light or use the app to turn it on/off.

I’d use the Glow on vacations because it’s lightweight, easy to carry and doesn’t take up a lot of space. At just over 5 inches tall it fits in your hand but a handle to make bringing it places easier. I’d take Glow camping and yes, put one on my nightstand for its minimalistic design and the quality of the light.

For kids, the selling point is how you don’t have to read anything, press any buttons or do anything confusing. Operate it with touch – simple! It could make an effective gentle alarm clock if your kids wake up with light.

Older adults who have trouble reading at night or operating buttons or grasping something small could operate the Glow intuitively.

If space is limited or you like an uncluttered bedroom, it will fit on a small nightstand.

The Casper Glow Cost

The Casper Glow costs $129 for a single light, $229 for a pair. The price actually went up by quite a bit from launch, but it doesn’t seem to deter customers.

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Glow Trial and Warranty

You have up to 30 days to try Glow and it has a 6-month limited warranty.

Specs:

  • Wireless (battery operated) with the option of plugging it into a wall or into the wireless charging station
  • Portable and lightweight – weighs under 1 lb
  • Minimalist design – 5.25 inches tall with a base
  • LED lighting with a 36x warm white LED array and 12x accent LEDs in amber
  • Apple and Android app for scheduling
  • Ability to group Glows or operate them independently
  • Touch control via app or shake, rotate or otherwise operate it
  • Battery life, said to be several days on a charge or 7 continuous hours

What’s next?
At the Vegas furniture show a few years ago, I was wowed by Reverie’s display that had speakers built into the headboard that can only be heard by you. Casper is working on something with music/sound. Besides light, temperature is another big factor in sleep.

Casper is said to be working on concepts such as…

  • Weighted pillows that you can warm up
  • A diffuser to give the right scents to relax and help you fall asleep
  • A heated foot pad

What do you think of Casper Glow?

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Sleep Too Hot or Cool? A Guide to Getting the Temperature Just Right

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At Unbox Mattress, we’re obsessed with getting the best night sleep. And while there are many, many reasons you’re not getting the best sleep you can,  your bedding is a part of that.

If your room is too hot, your body will struggle to keep your body temperature at a comfortable level. Too cold and you can’t sleep well. The climate or time of the year (hello summer) you live in can be a factor. Night sweats, hormonal changes, and even aging can make throw off your body temperature. 

It’s a challenge to find the right temperature for the best sleep. Here are some ways we’ve found to help.

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Sleep Issue: You Sleep Too Hot

Problem: You get hot and sweaty at night (and it’s not from sex). 

Sleeping too hot is one of the most common sleep issues. According to a survey by Sleeprate, 80% of people said they slept better during cooler months compared to summer months. And this sleep study says sleep is actually disturbed more with too much heat than with by being too cold. 

Solution #1: get a new mattress. If you normally don’t sleep hot, it could be your mattress. Memory foam heats up, softens up, sinks and traps body heat then cooks you all night long.

All foam mattresses with large sheets of foam stacked on each other don’t allow for airflow, which means you sleep hotter. Here’s the mattress we recommend if you sleep hot. This recommendation is based on tests by Consumer Reports on cooling beds as well as our own experience. 

Solution #2: If you sleep hot because you tend to be sweatier or you’re going through hot flashes (menopausal women), it may be more than your mattress. In that case, we recommend a bed fan or cooler. Products like a BedJet or Chilipad can cool you down fast – for a price.

The BedJet is a bed fan that recirculates cooler air on the ground or warms the air. Turn it on and you get cool within seconds.

The Chilipad is not a fan, rather it’s a mattress pad that circulates water through a network of tiny tubes. It has a temperature range between 55°- 110° F which covers just about anyone who sleeps hot. Sleep in a hot climate? Try using a Chilipad to cool down to 55°!

These products work well but they’re also more pricey. The next solution is less expensive (but may take longer to work or not work as well).

Simple&Opulence 100% Stone Washed Linen 4pcs Hollowed-Out Design Solid Sheet Set (Queen, Linen)Simple&Opulence 100% Stone Washed Linen 4pcs Hollowed-Out Design Solid Sheet Set (Queen, Linen)

Solution #3: Cooler blankets and bedding. 

To stay cool, you need a blanket that allows good airflow in and out of your sleep space. Trapped air heats up quickly which raises your body temperature. Look for a blanket with natural or synthetic venting structures.

Blanket materials with good breathability include: Regular cotton, Egyptian cotton, Linen, Satin, Viscose, Rayon Blends (e.g., cotton & linen). We really love linen for the summer or just for cooling. Just be aware that even though it’s not the softest option, it softens up as you wash it.

Another thing that keeps you too hot: sweating. When you have wind to cool you off that’s not a bad thing. When it makes your bedding moist, it is.

A cooling blanket should be made of fabric with good absorption properties or hygroscopy. It will then “wick” or draw moisture from the air instead of trapping it next to you.

Here are some blankets with good absorbency: cotton, hemp, bamboo, flax linen, and microfibers.

We like Sheex brand performance sheets. They are sold with just the bottom sheet or just the top, so if you prefer not to sleep with a top sheet, you can just buy the fitted one. 

SHEEX – Original Performance Fitted Sheet, 1 (One) Fitted Sheet ONLY, Ultra-Soft Fabric Transfers Body Heat and Breathes Better Than Traditional Cotton, Ecru (Queen)SHEEX – Original Performance Fitted Sheet, 1 (One) Fitted Sheet ONLY, Ultra-Soft Fabric Transfers Body Heat and Breathes Better Than Traditional Cotton, Ecru (Queen)

 

Solution #3: a warm mist humidifier.

It’s easier to warm humid air. A warm mist humidifier can help make your room warmer without turning up the heat for the whole house. We like top fill models and ones with larger tanks so it’s easier to refill and you don’t have to refill it as often.

Venta is our favorite humidifier/air purifier/diffuser. It’s not a warm mist humidifier, it isn’t warm or cool. While this product is an investment but it’s one of those things you can’t live without once you have one. Plus, the Venta has the added benefit of being easy to clean. There are no filters to replace, it uses tap water, is easy to fill and you can add your favorite essential oil (like sleep-promoting lavender) to the water.

Sleep Issue: You Get Too Cold

Problem: you freeze most nights and spend hours trying to warm up so you can relax and fall asleep. Or you wake up freezing cold during the night.

This problem is easier to solve than sleeping hot. The ideal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Most people say 65 degrees. Falling temperatures (like what happens when you go from being warmer to being cooler) help you fall asleep. However, anyone who’s been winter camping, knows if you’re too cold you won’t get great sleep either.

Fact: rooms between 60 and 68 degrees encourage the body to produce melatonin. Melatonin not only promotes sleep, it’s also a powerful anti-aging hormone.

Solution #1: the BedJet or Chilipad. This solution has the added benefit of working in too hot or too cold conditions. It’s more expensive but it works.

Solution #2: a heated mattress pad.

If, like a lot of us, you get cold and someone you sleep in the same bed with gets too warm, a dual control heating mattress pad can help. These go underneath your sheets but that means they can’t be kicked off or fall off the bed.

We have this heated mattress pad (pictured below) and like how quick it heats up. You can set it for 1, 2 or 10 hour auto shut off times. There are no cords running underneath and you don’t have to plug in both sides for it to work.

After testing several brands of heated mattress pads, this is by far our favorite:

Newlifeelectronic Heated Mattress Pad, Electric Heating Bed Toppers with EasySet Control and Timer, Fast Heating Technology, Ultra-Fresh Anti-Bacteria Extra Comfort, White (King Size)Newlifeelectronic Heated Mattress Pad, Electric Heating Bed Toppers with EasySet Control and Timer, Fast Heating Technology, Ultra-Fresh Anti-Bacteria Extra Comfort, White (King Size)

 

 

Solution #3: an electric blanket.

Most electric blankets are made from polyester because which is naturally more flame-retardant and keeps its shape better after washings. Cotton is softer but less flame resistant. You can also get fleece heated blankets.

What to look for in an electric blanket

Thicker is better for warmth and if a blanket is too thin you risk being able to feel the wires through the blanket, which isn’t very cozy at all.

Your electric blanket or heated mattress pad can get stains and odors. So find one that has detachable controls (like the heated mattress pad pictured above). That way you can wash and dry it to keep it sanitary. Washing your blanket wrong can ruin it so be sure to check the instructions and follow them. Every heated blanket and mattress pad we link to in this article is machine washable. 

Look for an electric blanket that has the cord on the side, not down the middle so you can plug it into the nearest outlet. Is the cord long enough? Also, it’s easier to make the bed without dealing with the cord in the middle.

Your blanket’s controls should also be simple to see and use, even at night. If you sleep with someone else, dual controls are so helpful. Also, some blankets have one setting and others have many temperature settings to choose from. This one has 10. We prefer a digital readout rather than a dial because it’s tough to maneuver dials in your sleep. The one we linked to has a dimmer so as to not keep you awake.

If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, here are more bed cooling options. 

Does being too hot or cold affect your sleep? If so, how did you solve the problem? Let us know in the comments. 

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Best Adjustable Beds Reviews 2021

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Boxed mattresses often just have the top mattress and still need to be paired with a base or platform. This, along with how many features and styles you can get them in, has contributed to more interest in adjustable beds. You can find them in a variety of colors and fabrics and with high tech features. To get a more finished look, get a headboard or bed frame with your base.

Adjustable beds are popular for all ages. Split options make them appealing to couples. They address health issues like back pain, snoring, acid reflux, congestion and other concerns so you can sleep more deeply.

Enhance the time you spend in bed with under bed lighting and even speakers or USB chargers can keep you powered as your bed becomes your work station that allows you to work in bed. You can find the most luxurious adjustable bed or a cheaper model that covers the basics. Or something in between.

Zero-G positions may reduce the pressure on your spine, shoulders, or hips. Relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. There’s nothing better for bad backs. 

Massage soothes sore muscles from today’s tough workout or takes you to a deeper state of relaxation. 

Adjustable beds improve your health, sleep and lifestyle. Just be sure to get a mattress that will work with an adjustable bed.

Wellsville mattress with Reverie adjustable base

Reverie Adjustable Bed with Wellsville memory foam luxury mattress https://amzn.to/2Hp5Jci

Like mattresses, adjustable beds can be boxed and sent to you. However, most don’t offer returns or sleep trials because they’re so heavy.

Best Rated Adjustable Beds 2021

This list has been completely updated for 2020. Prices and models change from year to year so we encourage you to check the website for current prices and sales.

We looked at the top 5 adjustable beds based on number of reviews and features they offer. These have features and price tag to make them attractive choices for different budgets and price ranges. Unbox Mattress may receive a commission from sales on this page at no cost to you. This allows us to bring you even more reviews and industry news. 

Adjustable Beds Reviews and Comparisons

Adjustable bases can run hundreds or thousands of dollars. Here are some top choices based on research to help you get the most out of yours.

Purple Powerbase

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Features

  • Full-body massage with 5 comfort levels.
  • Elevate feet or head.
  • Zero gravity button.
  • Anti snore button.
  • USB and power outlets.
  • Alarm features gradually wake you from sleep with a gentle vibration.
  • Works with original Purple mattress or new Purple mattresses. Purple mattresses are more floppy and conform well to the base.
  • Financing offered so you can buy now, get it, and pay as you go.
Want to see the Purple powerbase in action? See our video and get more details in our  Purple Power base review.

Ghostbed Adjustable Base

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Ghostbed sells a highly rated adjustable base that’s as quiet as a mouse. No one wants to hear that squeaking mouse sound from their bed – it’s the worst complaint people have about an adjustable base! A lot of companies haven’t figured out how to avoid it.

The two factors that set this adjustable bed base apart: LIFETIME WARRANTY and the excellent price for the features — other brands are DOUBLE the price. Adjustable beds can be a big pain to set up so thankfully Ghostbed has videos to walk you through the process as easily as possible.

 

Ghostbed adjustable bed base

  • Zero Gravity (benefits of 0 gravity sleeping)
  • Wireless remote control with anti snore button
  • Dual Foot & Head Massage
  • Minimal Setup
  • Under-Bed LED Lighting and USB chargers (1 per side)
  • Flexible Financing & Payment Options start at $75 per month
  • Ships In 24 Hours
  • Lifetime Warranty
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Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Upholstered Adjustable Bed Base 

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The dimensions of this base is 59″ W x 79″ L x 15″ H for a queen. It says upholstered but please know that it doesn’t include the bed frame that you drop the base into that’s pictured with it. 

  • Head and foot massage
  • USB ports
  • Wireless remote
  • Separate ergonomic head and foot elevations; programmable settings for lounge, TV/PC, and zero-gravity positions
  • Head Elevation is 65 degrees and foot elevation is 50 degrees
  • 3-speed separate dual head and foot massage so you can unwind, relax and soothe your body
  • Easy to use wireless remote with preset and programmable settings and for additional convenience two 1.5A USB ports are built in the base to charge your electronic devices
  • Adjustable legs for three different height options- 5, 7 or combined for 12 inches; includes mattress retention rail to keep your mattress in place
Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Upholstered Adjustable Bed Base with Massage, Wireless Remote, Three Leg Heights, and USB Ports-Ergonomic Full

Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Upholstered Adjustable Bed Base with Massage, Wireless Remote, Three Leg Heights, and USB Ports-Ergonomic

AMAZON BESTSELLING ADJUSTABLE BASE, which means this base outsells others on Amazon

Sven & Son Queen Adjustable Bed Base Frame Platinum + Mattress

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We like how easy the remote is to use, considering all the features.

  • Lumbar Support | Pillow Tilt | Head 0-75° Foot Articulation 0-45°
  • Wall Hugging 8 inches
  • 4 Independent Heavy-Duty Motors
  • 900 lb. lift capacity | Compare to Leggett and Platt Prodigy Comfort Elite adjustable bed base. 
  • Includes 10″ Memory Foam Mattress 
  • REMOTE with Zero Gravity | Anti Snore | TV | or 3 Pre-Set Memory Buttons
  • Under Bed LED Lighting 
  • Dual USB Charging Stations – 4 Per Base
  • Multiple Level Massage, Pulse, Wave, and Full Body Vibration
  • 3″ 6″ and 9″ adjustable legs
  • 10 YEAR EXTENDED WARRANTY ($600 Retail Value) $0 DEDUCTIBLE PARTS AND LABOR in-home technician visits. 100% mechanical, motors, electric, power surges, and structural coverage.
  • Free Shipping, White Glove set up service available.

Sold with or without a memory foam mattress (choose from 10 or 12″ thickness and firmness level), and they offer white glove delivery option so you don’t have to set it up yourself

LUCID L150 Bed Base

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This is the lowest priced base on our list but it is quite basic. No massage, presets, USB chargers or fancy features. It’s more to raise your head or feet. As of writing, price is $449 for a queen size and financing offered for Amazon Prime members – 5 monthly payments of $90. Ideal for an older adult who wants the basics and simple operation.

  • Bed base dimensions: 79.5″ L 59.5″ W 14″ H
  • Head elevation: 0-58ᵒ. Foot elevation: 0-40ᵒ
  • Supports a maximum weight of 600 lbs. of evenly distributed weight
  • Compatible with most mattresses under 14 inches; can fit in most bed frames
  • Reliable, quiet and responsive motor (no massage)
  • Measures 13.5 inches from the floor to the top of the base
  • 5-year warranty protects against manufacturer defects
  • People say that assembly is pretty easy – takes about an hour for 1 person

No frills base that’s value priced with an easy-to-use-remote

iDealBed 4i Custom Adjustable Bed Base

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  • Item Dimensions LxWxH 80 x 14 x 60 inches
  • Head can be adjusted up to 70° and the foot up to 42°
  • Wireless back-lit remote with 18 buttons, 3 pre-set positions including zero-gravity, anti-snore, and flat button
  • Underbed light with 2 USB ports per side
  • Ultra-quiet Leggett & Platt power motors with 850 lbs. capacity per unit
  • Zero clearance design made to fit inside existing bed frame
  • Full body massage with 3 intensity levels, 4 modes including wave, pulse and constant with a 10 to 30-minute timer option
  • 3 in 1 height option leg design including 4″, 7″ and 11″
  • 3 years of full coverage and 10 years prorated on the entire bed

We like that the massage comes with a timer so you can set and forget (fall asleep to it)

Questions to Ask Before Buying an Adjustable Bed Base

Here are some things you need to be aware of before choosing an adjustable bed base:

How much weight will you need to support? Consider your weight, the mattress and the base.

Do you sleep solo or with someone else? If you sleep with someone else do you want one mattress or a split base that each has its own control?

How much space do you have? Wall huggers conserve space.

What features do you want? Consider what’s important to you – massage, plugs, alarm feature, etc.

Wired or wireless remote? Does it come with an app? Presets?

What is your budget and does the price include the mattress? If you buy a mattress that’s too thick it won’t bend when you raise or lower your head/feet. Make sure you get a quality mattress though – the flexing motion will cause extra wear and you don’t want to sleep on a mattress that develops a fold in the middle. Adjustable mattresses can be innerspring, foam or a combination of the two. Most boxed mattresses will work with an electric bed. Many bases include financing so you can buy now and pay later.

What’s your style? If you don’t like the look of the mattress and bare base, you might still need a bed frame to drop your adjustable base into. It gives a more polished/stylish look.

What is the warranty like or repairs? This is a machine and is much more complex than a regular bed frame. If something goes wrong, what are your options?

Does it come with set up or can you purchase it – how hard is it to set up?

That’s it for our top adjustable bases for 2020. What one do you want?

Trouble Falling Asleep? This Natural Remedy Helps

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Do you have trouble falling asleep? We do and our kids struggle falling asleep some nights too, especially if we have anxiety or stress. Another issue is falling asleep and then waking up for no reason and not being able to fall back asleep again! The most dreaded phrase we hear after putting our daughter to bed at night is, mom, I can’t sleep! We want to be off parent duty and relax. We also need a good night’s sleep ourselves.

Insufficient sleep can hurt relationships, work performance, moods and overall happiness in life. I know because I’ve lived it – a lot! We got the right mattress. That helped because I couldn’t feel when my husband moved around at night or got out of bed. But it wasn’t the only solution.

So I tried things like meditation, sleep videos on YouTube, going to bed sooner and many other things. We exercise most days and try to eat a healthy diet.  These are beneficial practices but they didn’t solve the problem – at least not for us.

Somewhere online I read a recommendation for something that I finally tried that worked: magnesium.

Does magnesium help you sleep?

For us, yes! Magnesium really helps sleep. Since I started drinking some in my water every day I haven’t woken up or had any problem falling asleep.

According to the Sleep Doctor, “Healthy magnesium levels protect metabolic health, stabilize mood, keep stress in check, promote better sleep, and contribute to heart and bone health.” Magnesium levels are often lower in women, especially as they get older.

Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds but as you age you might be less efficient at absorbing it or your diet may not have enough.

Note: links to products are affiliate links, however we wrote this post because we found this sleep solution to help families or anyone who struggles to fall or stay asleep.  We hope it helps you as much as it’s helped us. If you purchase through our link we earn a small commission. It worked for us, we hope it will for you. Please comment and let us know.

A lot of people swear by melatonin but magnesium is what works for us.

Magnesium Helps with PMS and ADHD 

Other things that get in the way of good sleep: PMS and ADHD. During mensuration your hormone levels are all over the place. It can mean you easily wake up getting too hot or cold. Studies have shown that magnesium can reduce premenstrual symptoms like mood swings, irritability, anxiety and bloating.

Magnesium can even help children who have ADHD. Research indicates children with ADHD are more likely to have low magnesium levels, plus having less magnesium can bring on more impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactive behavior.

Older Adults Have More Trouble Falling Asleep Too

Trouble falling asleep is common in older adults too.  A national poll by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, found that 46% of older adults had trouble falling asleep at least 1 night a week and 15% had trouble sleeping 3 or more nights a week.

In this study, supplementation of magnesium appears helped elderly improve subjective measures of insomnia. They had longer sleep time and easier time falling asleep and less early morning awakening.

Calm Magnesium Powder

If you want deeper and less restless sleep, give magnesium a try. We like this brand: Calm magnesium powder.

Read the reviews and you’ll see people call it a miracle cure. Everyone has different reasons for their sleep issues, but this is an easy, inexpensive solution to try.

It has a great taste and the powder is very fine so it dissolves easily and you don’t get chunks. Since drinking it we have fallen asleep every night and stayed asleep without waking up at all. The powder form makes it best for kids – or add it to their smoothie or juice.

If you prefer capsules or for adults, try Brain MD Health. In addition to magnesium it has other sleep vitamins. Their Restful Sleep supplement has 5 ingredients help you fall asleep, stay asleep and get a better quality sleep.

  1.  Vitamin B6
  2.  Magnesium
  3.  GABA
  4.  Valerian
  5.  Melatonin

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Do you need help falling asleep? Give these a try. Please come back and comment and let us know if they’ve helped you as much as they’ve helped us!

Casper Mattress Review and Promo Code for this #1 Rated Foam Mattress

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Casper Mattress Review

“The movie star mattress” with a lot of star power…Casper is also much loved and gets the top #1 rating by Consumer Reports for the best foam mattress

Casper Mattress Review

You might think friendly ghost when you hear the unique name Casper, but I like to call Casper the movie star mattress because of the star power behind it. For example, Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Levine are investors. You’ll also find celebrities and famous Instagrammers sleeping on a Casper.

Unbox Mattress requested and was given this queen size Casper Mattress by Casper for the purposes of this review.  We weren’t paid to review Casper but we may earn a small commission should you buy one.

Promo codes change frequently so click the button to check for the latest Casper promo code.

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Overall, we found the regular Casper mattress to be a decent bed but we’re more wowed by the marketing and their testing than the mattress itself. However, if you love memory foam beds and want a medium soft feel, Casper might be right for you. We’ve learned that each person is unique and after getting close to the firmness, features and price you want, the next best step is to do a sleep trial.

Here’s our Casper mattress review video (we hope to review one of their higher end mattresses too):

How Casper Mattress is Made

Take a look inside of a Casper mattress.

Let’s break down some facts about Casper…

Materials and Layers
Casper is made of all foam. There are no springs inside. There isn’t a lot of memory foam. Rather Casper beds consist of at least 79% regular / non-memory foam.

Casper has 4 layers of foam. All foam layers are Certi-Pur certified.

  • 1.5” Open-Cell Foam
  • 1.5” Responsive Memory Foam
  • 1.5” Zoned Support™ layer provides optimal support for the shoulders and hips
  • 5.0” Durable Support Foam

10” total height (foam and cover). We like the touches that distinguish this bed from other foam mattresses with the extra support where you need it. Casper calls it zoned support. They continue to test and make adjustments to their mattress based on customer feedback.

Firmness
Casper is a medium firm mattress, right near the middle. It offers some sink but not a lot.

Temperature

One purchaser will say Casper sleeps cool (and as I said I didn’t find complaints about the temperature) but others say it’s average temperature, neutral or even warm. Overheating didn’t seem to be a big issue, likely because there’s not very much memory foam in this bed.

Price of a Casper Mattress

You’re looking at under $1k for a queen and a king is $1195 but prices change so click below to find the current pricing. 

Size Dimensions (width and length) Weight Check Price
Twin Twin XL 39" x 75" 39" x 80" 44 lbs 46 lbs
Full 54" x 75" 60 lbs
Queen 60" x 80" 71 lbs
King California King 76" x 80" 72" x 84" 91 lbs 90 lbs

Casper Mattress Pros

  • Overall, Casper doesn’t sleep hot. The thing about foam, especially memory foam is that it warms up with body heat so even if you sleep cool, a mattress can make you sweat.
  • The cover is modern and clean but not fancy – we love that it zips off from the top instead of under the mattress, which makes for easier cleaning. The zipper is sturdy and it’s sort of fun to see inside.
  • Returns are easy and customer service is responsive.

Cons of Casper Mattress

  • Not as thick as some beds – although the extra material will usually add to the price.
  • It does have offgassing. Not the worst we’ve tested but not the best either.

Facebook Comments on What’s the Best Mattress?

We sort of hate when someone asks for friend’s recommendations for a mattress without giving any criteria. Everyone is different and it’s unlikely you’re going to have the same preferences or budget as your friends.

When we saw a thread about the best mattress, a friend raved about her Casper so we reached out to ask her what she thinks so far. She’s had hers a few years. Her response? She still loves it. Will you love it? There’s only one way to know. Try it out. And be sure to get one of the Casper mattress protectors to go with it. Nobody wants to think of what gets into your mattress without one!

Really though, that’s the beauty of a boxed mattress. You can sleep on it and that’s the best way to know once you’ve narrowed down your choices. Studies show that you’re just as likely to like a traditional mattress as a boxed one – it’s about 80% across the board.

Is Casper too Firm or Too Soft?

The biggest concerns people have with a mattress are usually the feel and the durability. The feel is subjective. The number one complaint we hear is it’s too hard or it’s too soft. As far as durability – Consumer Reports tests say they test a mattress to simulate 20 years of sleeping and Casper was at the top.

You’ll like Casper if you already know you want some memory foam and softness but you like a medium firm feel. Love the sleep system – you save by buying  sheets, pillows and mattress as a bundle.

We’re not hip enough to review this mattress.

Casper and the star power behind it is the biggest story because no one else in the boxed bed industry has done what they’ve done.

From nap pods in music stores to having Uber drivers deliver mattresses in New York City, they’re definitely chic. We’ve had a Google alert on their name to follow them for over a year and we’re just waiting for their nap pods to roll into our town so we can see them in person!

Casper officially launched on April 22, 2014, and they sold $1 million worth of product in the first 28 days. They’ve recently had product placed in some American Airline flights in first class. The big problem with that? People are stealing the bedding!

Casper is an award winning mattress

Casper mattress awards

● Consumer Reports’ highest rated memory foam mattress under $1,000
● TIME ‘Invention of the Year’
● Fast Company’s ‘Innovation by Design’ winner
● Industrial Designers Society of America award winner
● Good Housekeeping 2018 Lab Pick
● #1 out of 27 top foam mattresses rated by Consumer Reports, beating out other brands such as Ghostbed, Lull, Tuft & Needle and more.

Casper consumer reports

2017 Consumer Reports ranked Casper above Ghostbed and Purple but in a 2019 issue it rose to #1.

If we could pass out award for mattresses we review, we’d give Casper awards for…

The most personality packed in a mattress

Casper is one of the original bed in a box mattress companies that we credit with infusing fun into the otherwise snoozy mattress industry.

Casper is incredible at marketing and they have fun! During the eclipse of 2017 they took over part of Casper Wyoming (their namesake city). We think they should sponsor it like Half.com sponsored a city in Oregon for a year in 2000. They could give the city a bunch of beds in exchange!

Casper created a glamping moon gazing party that people could attend to watch the eclipse on a Casper, in Casper Wyoming! We don’t know if there were any celebrities in attendance or if they had a DJ but it looked like fun!

The stars really aligned for them too because Casper, Wyoming just happened to be one of the best places in the nation to view the eclipse. Casper Wyoming was in the Line of Totality. Talk about lucky!

If you call customer service you’ll want to be placed on hold so you can listen to the lullaby music play. We tested it out and it’s true. They supposedly also have bedtime stories if you press a certain number but we haven’t confirmed that. You can try it out by calling 1 888.498.0003.

When they launched, Casper packed actual books into the mattress box. You know how cereal boxes or cracker Jack have toys inside? Well Casper had books. Because people love to read before nodding off. Today the box comes with care interactions but we thought they should include a comic book or something.

The most engineers on staff

While they’re advertising is fun, Casper is serious about their mattress. They’ve got a testing lab where they monitor and test products, and have 30 engineers on staff. They even worked with a renowned polymer chemist to make our base foam more durable.

Today Casper has the Original Casper mattress which they continue to innovate on. It’s been re-engineered to add more support in places you need it like your hips and shoulders.

Don’t forget to always use a mattress protector with your mattress. Casper does carry a highly rated mattress protector to go with your bed. As we say never let your bed go naked. You don’t want moisture getting into the mattress and breaking it down. You want your mattress to last and be sanitary so be sure to protect it.

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That wraps up our Casper mattress review. What do you think of this movie star mattress? Let me know in the comments and check the video description for a link to buy along with our Casper promo code UNBOX to save $100 if you decide to try one out.

Finding the right boxed mattress for you is a bit like dating – you have to be willing to date different kinds until you find the right one. Except you get a full refund and the bed goes to charity after every breakup!

Casper Questions and Answers

Can I use a box spring with a Casper?
When you order a Casper mattress you only get the top mattress. You’ll need a surface to put it on. You can use a box springs but there’s no need to but they’re outdated and were used when mattresses were thinner and weighed less. Today’s mattresses are heavier and are made mostly of foam. You need a surface to get your mattress off the ground and help distribute your weight evenly.

Instead of box springs, it’s preferable to use a platform, bed base, adjustable base, or even put your mattress on the floor.