Sleep Guides and Resources

Your mattress is only step one to getting better sleep. See our sleep resources to learn more about your sleep—how it impacts your health and what you can do to get more of it.

By The Mattress Nerd

At Mattress Nerd, we geek out over far more than just mattresses. We’re also big nerds when it comes to sleep. Your mattress is just the beginning. What we are really after, is making sure our readers get the best sleep possible. Fining the right bed is only one piece of the pie. To learn more about sleep health, sleep tips, sleep disorders, and sleep remedies, check out our sleep guides and resources page.

Sleep Basics

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.


Sleep Health

You can think of sleep as the glue that holds us together. That’s because sleep has an impact on every aspect of our health and wellness. On Mattress Nerd, we cover a variety of sleep health topics, ranging from sleep disorders to sleeping during pregnancy.

Sleep Troubles
Sleep and Physical Health
Sleep and Diet
Sleep Disorders

Sleep and Stress

Sleep and Anxiety

Sleep and Grief

How to Stop Snoring

Sleep and Weight Loss

Sleep and Back Pain

Sleeping While Pregnant (coming soon)

Sleep and Aging (coming soon)

Sleep and Alcohol Consumption

How What You Eat Impacts Sleep (coming soon)


Sleep FAQs


Additional Sleep Resources

Still looking for more information on sleep? Check out the following external resources (both online and offline) to learn even more about sleep.

Online Sleep Resources
Books About Sleep

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.

  • The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep: This book is from one of the most esteemed medical schools in the world. It has advice on getting a better night’s sleep as well as detailing the consequences of not sleeping well.
  • The Promise of Sleep: A New York Times bestseller by Dr. William Dement, a world-renowned sleep-researcher.
  • Why We Sleep: By Michael Walker, Ph.D., Why We Sleep, discusses how sleep is just as important to survival as food, water, and the air we breathe.

Comments (13)

  1. We currently have a tempurpedic mattress that sits on what they called a boogie board which was purchased because we owned a waterbed . we are now considering purchasing a new set . What should we use under the tempurpedic other than the board to raise it up ?

    • You should get the Tempurpedic foundation, if the bed isn’t a platform bed.

      (And the term is “bunkie board” for what it’s worth).

  2. IWe are looking a good queen sized mattress for our guest bedroom and came across a Sealy Noranda cushion firm. Will this mattress work for us, and what kind of quality is it?? Thank you

  3. Can you recommend a cooling mattress pad? We have a Stearns and Foster, which we love, but it’s hot. I often wake up sweating which breaks my CPAP mask seal. I look forward to your recommendation.

    • There is no such thing as a mattress pad that will cool you down to my knowledge; just ones that won’t heat up, or heat up as quickly.

      There are some that will feel cool at first, and maybe for a couple of hours, but tend to get even hotter at night.

      I have some tips to sleep cool here.

  4. Is there another Simmons Beautyrest mattress that is the same as the Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid “Wildwood Crest” Luxury Firm mattress? I cannot seem to locate this one anywhere. I purchased one last summer and now I would like to buy another one in queen size. Thanks in advance for your help!

  5. I bought a Leesa full size at your recommendation. I slept on it for the first time last night. It was lovely. However, it was also on the floor. My son-in-law is assembling the bed frame I purchased from IKEA at this moment. For the FIRST time I saw the notice on the Leesa website about NOT using flexible slats, which my IKEA bed frame has. I bought the Lonset slats. Leesa says the mattress should be on a flat surface. If using slats, they should be flat, non-flexible and three inches apart.You recommend using slats to allow air circulation. I couldn’t find any slat beds with slats no more than three inches apart. I’m going to have knee replacement surgery tomorrow — Sunday, July 20. I was hoping to come home to my new mattress and bed frame. My family can return the bed frame and/or slats while I’m in rehab. Can you recommend a solution? I will have access to email.

    • There are many options for the base. If you get the wire bed frame, you can add what’s called a “bunkie board” to even out the support. I recommend having the gaps between the slats being no larger than 2 inches, and most good platform beds are around that. They just need to be rigid, and not flexible like the Ikea ones.

  6. just wanted to thank you for this really comprehensive guide. This is a great resource and you deserve credit for making it.


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