Sleep Resources

By The Mattress Nerd

Sleep Tips

We have a variety of great articles to help you get better sleep.  While we think mattresses are a good place to start, when searching for some more ZZZ’s, there are many other things you can consider to improve the quality of sleep.

Accessories

It’s true.  We talk about mattresses A LOT!  But there are plenty of other products out there that you might find can really make a difference in your quality of sleep.  Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Dohm-DS White Noise Generator: Your brain is good at detecting changes in sound level, which is why the smallest sound in an otherwise silent house can keep you up. This is a white noise generator, which drowns out those extraneous sounds to help you fall asleep quicker. This is the highest-rated and one of the best selling ones on Amazon. I personally use this one, and it helps me get a better night’s sleep. My fiancee likes how this one sounds better than the app I used to use on my phone.
  • Leviton Amber Nightlight: Blue light (which is present in white light as well) disrupts melatonin production in your body, which makes it harder to fall asleep. If you use a night light, use one that doesn’t have blue in it. The amber-colored Leviton linked above is just one example. Find one that suits your needs, as long as it isn’t white or blue.
  • Uvex S0360X Blue blocking goggles: These goggles will block the melatonin-disrupting blue light from reaching your eyes at night, so you can sleep better.
  • IMAK Sleep Mask: I don’t use sleep masks personally, but this was the best-reviewed one I could find on Amazon. It will block out the light from outside to help you go to sleep and wake up at the correct time. This is especially useful during the summer when the sun doesn’t go down until almost 9pm and comes up at 5am.
  • Protect-a-bed Mattress Protector: This is one of the most popular mattress protectors on the market. A mattress protector does four things: it keeps the mattress clean, it prevents the foams from wearing down due to perspiration and other fluids, it prevents allergens like dust mites from accumulating in the mattress, and it protects the warranty.

 Where to buy a mattress online

This is a tough one.  Because there are lots of “right” answers , depending on your pricepoint, sleep preferences, or desired experience.  I think first and foremost, while it’s tempting to want to try before you buy, typically, you’ll find a better deal shopping online

  • Leesa: High quality direct-to-consumer foam mattress with a 100 night return policy. See my review of them here.
  • US Mattress: One of the largest online retailers of mattresses. Also has a few stores in the Michigan area.
  • Sears: I usually don’t recommend department stores because their prices tend to be a little higher, but Sears occasionally has great sales.

Websites

  • Mattress Advisor: This website is a great resource for unbiased reviews on specific mattresses and manufacturers. The site also reviews other sleep products such as mattress toppers and sound machines.
  • The Sleep Doctor: This is the homepage of Dr. Michael Breus. He has a blog, several books, and links to his sleep articles elsewhere.
  • The National Sleep Foundation: A foundation created to spread the word about the importance of sleep.

Books

No, these aren’t books that are so boring they’ll put you to sleep!  While that is an effective practice for many people, these books actually have great, actionable information about getting better sleep.


Comments (56)

  1. RB says:
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    Where is all the useful info you used to have regarding comparison of names in different stores?!?!? Learning the same mattress has 4+ different names depending on what store its in was a gamechanger! This was the best moneysaving part of your website, please bring it back!! Also, any advice for someone looking for the old spring style flippable mattreses? These new coil foam ones are all garbage and start to sink, making you sleep in a depression, but the foam bounces back when you are off so you can never measure 1.5in depression required to activate the warranty..

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