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How Designers at the Westin Hotel Approach Sleep

It may seem like it would be easy to design the interior of a hotel room. All you need is a bed, some furniture pieces, and a few lamps, right? It’s actually a lot more involved than that. “We don’t have full control over where everything is placed hotel rooms, but we try to consider as much as we can when designing them,” says Erin Hoover, vice president of global brand design for Westin, Sheraton, and Le Meridien hotels. For example, Westin rooms incorporate something known as biophilic design. The philosophy is focused in the belief that a connection to nature promotes well-being. It’s used by interior designers to create an environment that’s healthy and…

How to Buy an Electric Blanket

Blankets are warm, but on super chilly nights, they might not be warm enough. That’s where an electric blanket can come in handy. The most current electric blankets are smart, efficient, and safe. Keep the following suggestions in mind when shopping for one.Pick One That Feels Soft. The outer layers of the blanket can be made of cotton, polyester, fleece, or another fabric, so choose whichever one suits your taste best. After all, you’ll want to be comfortable. Hold it in your hands to ensure that you can’t feel the wires through the fabric (most blankets these days have wires that you can’t feel at all). Look at the Temperature Settings. Some electric blankets…

The Latest Sleep Trackers That Attach To Your Mattress

These three monitors slide under your sheets to keep an eye on your sleep habits without disrupting your slumber. Up until recently, you had to go to a sleep clinic to find out details about your overnight habits. Then came high-tech sleep trackers, and all that changed. While most styles involve a wristband, some people prefer to sleep without anything on their arms. That’s where these three new products come in. Each attaches to your bed in some way, helping you track your sleep without even being aware of it. Withings Aura Smart Sleep System: This system is made up of a mattress pad that goes under your mattress (above your box spring), a…

Sleeper Sofas: How to Buy the Best One

Giving your guests a comfortable place to sleep has never been easier. In an ideal world, homes would always have full guest rooms, complete with a spare bed for friends and family who are visiting. But in the real world, that isn’t always the case. And that’s when a sleeper sofa or air mattress comes in handy. There are many reasons to pick a sleeper sofa. They tend to be more supportive than air mattresses (although they are also more expensive—anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars—which is why air mattresses have their place, too ). How a sleeper sofa works: During everyday life, it’s a comfortable couch that’s perfect for…

Not Just a Housewife’s Stacy Risenmay Makes Over Her Bedroom with the #GoodNights Challenge

  Popular lifestyle blogger Stacy Risenmay takes the National Sleep Foundation on a tour of her gorgeous (and sleep friendly!) bedroom makeover Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram.  March’s Sleep Challenge During our recent Sleep Awareness Week, we asked Stacy Risenmay of

What Size Bed Should You Choose?

  Whether you like to snuggle or sprawl out, there’s a bed that’s right for both you and your partner. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, comfort is key. That’s true of the sheets that you choose, the pajamas that you wear, and the size of the bed that you snooze in—especially if you sleep with a partner. In fact, your significant other’s sleep issues can impact your own shut-eye, so hitting the hay in an appropriately sized bed is crucial. With some careful consideration, you can pick the one that will best meet your particularneeds. If you really like to cozy up to your partner… A full-size or queen mattress will…

When to Buy a Mattress

Save big bucks with this simple guide.   Finding a mattress that suits your particular preferences is vital for getting a good night’s sleep. How often you should replace your mattress depends on many different things, such as the original quality, but you should typically replace your mattress every seven years or so. Another clue is to look at the warranty—once it’s up, it might be time for a newer model. Lastly, if you wake up with stiffness and aches or your mattress shows obvious signs of wear, such as dipping in the middle, it’s time to go shopping. The newest mattress models and technologies typically hit the market between May and September. That’s why…

How to Make Up the Ideal Bed

You don’t have to splurge on a trendy hotel room to tuck yourself into pure luxury. It’s one of those unexplainable truths of life: Sandwiches and beds always seem better when someone else makes them. While there’s not much that can be done about the PB&J, with the right know-how, you can make up a bed that rivals the swanky hotel bed of your dreams. Step 1: Dress Up Your Box Spring Depending on what kind of bed frame you have, a valance (a.k.a. bed skirt or bed ruffle) can add to its overall style. It can help to keep dust from collecting underneath the bed. Just remember, it’s a good idea to wash a bed…

How Mattresses Are Made

Mattress construction from the inside-out If reading about mattress construction sounds like a real, ahem, snooze, know this: The way a mattress is made determines how it feels. And how a mattress feels may be the difference between a fitful night and peaceful slumber! The Big Picture Two basic types of mattress make up the vast majority of the market: They’re called innerspring and memory foam. Made of steel coils, innerspring is, by far, the most common type. Memory foam, on the other hand, is made from polyurethane or latex foam, and is very dense foam. Memory foam is usually more expensive than innerspring. Inside an Innerspring Mattress Coils determine how much support (suspension versus springiness) the mattress will…

Taking Care of Your Mattress

Eight tips for maximizing your mattress’s life Your mattress is an investment that you make for better sleep—and better physical and mental health. So of course you want to make it last! Depending on the type of mattress that you cozy up to every night, the rules of caring for it may have changed. Maximize your bed’s life with the following tips. Rotate It. While manufacturers used to recommend both flipping and rotating your mattress regularly to help it wear more evenly, newer beds have just one “right side up.” For a brand new set, avoid lumps and bumps by rotating it end to end every two weeks for the first four months, and then…