Elevate your Sleeping

Elevate your Sleeping: Benefits of Adjustable Mattress Bases


Picture this scenario, you have a head cold and its time for bed.  You know you’re in for a restless night’s sleep full of difficult breathing, snoring, and general discomfort.  That is the exact scenario I was facing a few weeks ago.  Thankfully with a little bit of elevation from my adjustable bed, I was soon breathing easier which means less snoring which means my wife was happy.  It is a pleasure to be more rested but more importantly as the old saying goes, “Happy wife, happy life.”  We purchased our adjustable base last winter and has been a pleasure to own.  In this blog I am going to address a few of the benefits adjustable beds provide.  With a little knowledge you may find one beneficial for you as well.

1.     Easier Breathing, Less Snoring:  As I mentioned before, adjustable bases help you breathe easier and results in less snoring.  The reason for this is because the windpipe is more restricted when laying down flat according to healthguidance.org.  Even raising your head slightly allows for easier air flow. Easier airflow means better breathing which helps ease and quiet snoring.  So that means if you’re are the snorer you sleep more rested and so does your partner since you no longer sound like a jet engine.  That’s what we call a win-win.  On a personal level I definitely raise my bed up a bit more when I am congested.  It truly makes a world of difference.

2.     Ease pain:  One of the biggest challenges Americans face in getting a good night’s rest is pain.  Back pain in particular seems to affect an incredible number of adults.  When suffering from a chronic condition of even a temporary ailment.  Changing the pitch of your mattress and often provide some relief.  Different positions relieve pressure from different locations such as back, neck and shoulder, hip and legs. This also applies to swelling feet and ankles for swelling.  This is an incredibly valuable non-medicinal aid for a better night’s sleep.

3.      Fun and relaxation:  An adjustable base really does make being in bed more fun and relaxing.  Do you ever read or watch television in bed?  If you are one of the many folks who enjoys unwinding and relaxing in bed, an adjustable is perfect for you.  No more straining and stretching to see the television or moving your book around to catch both light and a comfortable position.  The base has certainly made spending time in bed more comfortable and enjoyable.

4.     Partners with different needs:  It is very common for partners and spouses that have different needs and comfort levels.  While some spouses do sleep in separate beds, a split king adjustable base allows you both to manipulate your own side of the bed and achieve a personalized comfort level.  In some instances, couple choose different mattresses to put on their bases.  One may prefer and firm and the other soft.  You can have your preferred comfort level and still sleep next to your loved one.

5.     More digestion, less indigestion:  Many of us enjoy a snack before bed whether we should or not.  One of the issues that arises from this is less than ideal digestion again due to being flat.  Raising up a bit again help counteract this allowing better digestions thus better sleep and better health.  The same is true for indigestion, this will not cure people with chronic indigestion but it can help relieve some of this discomfort associated with that condition.

6.     Style and looks:  This does not really fit “benefit” category exactly but is far from a negative.  A big concern often expressed as a negative about adjustable bases is the look and concern over their existing bed.  Some are worried they will have to get rid of their existing bed thus ruing their set.  That simply is not the case.  The adjustable bases are designed to drop down inside your existing bed.  Just have a head board?  Not a problem.  The bases can be mounted to your existing headboard.  The process is simple and easy and should not be seen as a barrier to getting your adjustable base.

Starting to sound like a good idea?  It certainly does not hurt to try one out.  Come in, test them out and see for yourself.  Different bases offer different features in a variety of price ranges.  Come in to the Blackstone Emporium and see which one works for you!

What is a Sleep System?

What is a sleep system and why should I care?


Sleep, everybody does it and probably wishes they could do it more.  Getting quality sleep is crucial to both our physical and mental health.  Today’s world moves at breakneck speed and is filled with distractions and stressors that impact our health.  We have all seen the studies talking about how little sleep Americans which means when we do sleep it is vital to get quality sleep.  When it comes to optimizing your sleeping, a comprehensive sleep system will give you the advantage.  In this blog I will try and cover the basic components of the sleep system in an overview so that this does not turn into something like a Russian novel in length.  Specific components will be covered in greater depth and detail soon.

What is a sleep system?  I never thought you would ask.  A sleep system is a comprehensive setup designed to offer optimal comfort so that you may better rest and sleep during your precious down time.  At the core of this system is your mattress. Mattresses are the starting point for assembling your perfect sleep system.  Everyone has a unique body and therefore unique preferences.  This is reflected in the incredible variety of mattresses available.  The most important thing to remember is to choose the right mattress for you!  There are many factors to consider but the most important is that you are comfortable and supported.  Take some time when shopping and actually lay on the mattresses.  Sitting on the edge tells you very little about how it feels.  You do not have to buy the most expensive mattress, but I encourage you to choose the mattress that is most comfortable for you.

After the mattress you must consider the proper foundation in order to support your mattress and ensure it holds up properly.  The terms “box spring” and “foundation” are usually interchangeable these days and come and are generally sold in sets.  It is usually a bad idea to place your new mattress on an old foundation for two important reasons.  First, the mattress may not be adequately supported causing it to sag and deform prematurely.  Second, it generally voids your new mattresses warranty which is bad.

An important piece of many sleep systems, and one you should consider, is an adjustable base. These bases are used instead of foundations and allow you to move your head and feet up and down in order to achieve positions more comfortable to your body.  They also help you better relax and unwind in bed.  It is amazing the difference raising your head and feet a few inches can make. These are particularly helpful to people who suffer from a variety of common ailments including acid reflux, hiatal hernia and more.  Again, your sleep system should satisfy your needs and increase comfort.  Try one out and see for yourself.

Other accessories should be given important consideration as well, including but not limited to sheets, pillows, mattress protectors, air purifiers and essential oils.  Invest in durable and comfortable sheets that regulate temperature and give you the desired softness.  No matter how comfortable or expensive your mattress is, cheap scratchy sheets will not help you sleep.  The same can be said for pillows.  Check out some different styles and find the one the best fits you.  Are you a side sleeper?  Perhaps a pillow with a cut out for your shoulder that smells of lavender or chamomile would suit nicely.  The importance of mattress protectors and encasements cannot be over stated.  Their purpose is to keep your mattress clean and hygienic.  At the minimum it should be water proof and dust mite proof but also consider getting bedbug proof encasements.  Speaking from personal experience, they really do help with allergies. Additionally, they are also important to protect your warranty.  Many warranties expressly state that the mattress be kept clean and sanitary. And do not worry, a quality protector will not be felt under your sheets.

The main point of this, if any, is that a one size fits all approach should not be taken.  At Blackstone Emporium we encourage you to explore all our options.  Find your specific mattress, foundations, adjustable bases, pillows, sheets and encasements.  Take a comprehensive approach to your sleep.  As my grandfather jokingly used to say, “I was just an average looking man too, until I got my new mattress; see what you have to look forward to!” Get a new lease on life with an optimized sleep system.  Come see us and start sleeping better!

Benjamin Winn,

Sales Associate and Purveyor of an Excellent Night’s Sleep

Blackstone Emporium