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Pillows So Fresh!

Fill Station Pillow Kiosk

Join us this week through September 17th and visit the Fill Station Pillow Kiosk at Gardner’s on Plaza Boulevard! 

It’s the “Pillows So Fresh!” Pillow Building Event. Is your current pillow old and in need of replacement? Does the thought of shopping for a new pillow frustrate you and make you procrastinate? Don’t do it! Stop by our Fill Station Pillow Kiosk and created the pillow of your choice; Choose your case, fill type and cover! You’ll get a fresh new pillow customized to your sleep needs and a 5-year “Re-Fresh” guarantee. We’ll re-fluff any Fill Station Pillow purchased with the easy 1-2-3 system for up to 5 years! It’s like getting a new pillow, every time!

Stop by Gardner’s on Plaza Boulevard and visit the Fill Station Pillow Kiosk today and Freshen Up Your Sleep Routine with a new, customized pillow from the Fill Station Pillow Kiosk!

Which Sheets Should I Buy?!

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It’s the simple things that make life enjoyable- A cold glass of iced tea after a long, hot summer day. A relaxing Sunday drive through the countryside with your family. A night out with a loved one for a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Here at Gardner’s we feel that a nice set of sheets can really transform your sleeping experience into something much more enjoyable. After all, isn’t it a wonderful feeling to lay down on a freshly laundered sheet set, at the end of a hectic workweek?

The problem that many people find with purchasing new sheets is there are many “features” that may be confusing or mean nothing to the person making the purchase. Thread Counts, Cool Sleeping, Deep Pockets… What does it all mean?!

Here’s a primer for sheets that may come in handy. When purchasing new sheets, consider these questions:

  • What even is a thread count, anyway?
  • Which material is the best material for me? Cotton? Bamboo? Microfiber?
  • How thick is my mattress? Do I actually need deep pocketed sheets or should I ignore that phrase?
  • Do I sleep hot? Can I buy a new set of sheets that may help cool me off during the night?

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Thread Count

Thread counts can be confusing and a higher thread count doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best sheet for you. Basically, thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. A higher thread count mattress will hold up longer, and generally feel softer. Conversely, a higher thread count sheet doesn’t breathe as much as a lower thread count sheet.

Lower thread count sheets are nice and breathable, however they may not hold up as long as a higher thread count. Lower thread count sheets are generally less expensive than higher thread counts and many folks are very satisfied with them.

If you’re a warm sleeper who doesn’t mind a thinner sheet, try a 200 Thread Count sheet. If heat is no issue, or perhaps you’d like a softer sheet, anything over 300 thread count will feel great.

Materials

Although Cotton is the most common fabric, there are other options out there. True Egyptian Cotton sheets are super soft and made with a higher quality cotton thread.

Many people enjoy Bamboo sheets. Bamboo sheets can be almost as soft as Egyptian Cotton and tend to aide in cooling during those hot summer nights. Bamboo sheets are also very durable and will withstand many wash loads over the years.

Tencel is a popular option for warm sleepers. Tencel is manufactured from the Eucalyptus tree and converted into a fabric. These sheets tend to be thinner and allow great ventilation throughout the night. They also feel silky smooth, which many people prefer.

Outlast or other poly fibers are available as well. Man made fibers featuring Outlast, or an Outlast-type of material can also aide in sleeping cooler.

Microfiber sheets are super-affordable and provide a silky smooth feel as well. Some folks complain that Microfiber doesn’t breathe as well, so if you’re a warm sleeper, you may want to avoid these sheets.

Mattress Thickness

Some sheets indicate a mattress depth (“Fits mattresses up to 18 inches”, etc). For the most part, newer mattresses these days can range from 9″ all the way up to 18″ or more in depth.

Every sheet set that we sell at Gardner’s will accommodate any mattress on our floor, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

We also carry a line of sheets from a company called DreamFit, which provides four extra heavy duty straps on the fitted sheet portion of the set. These extra straps ensure that no matter the thickness of your mattress, your fitted sheet will not kick off and they are guaranteed to stay on. Check out our DreamFit sheets, here.

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Hot Sleepers

Some folks are extremely warm at night. Oftentimes our body temperature spikes when we fall asleep and this can cause discomfort. No one enjoys waking up sweaty and hot at 3am. There are a few specialty materials that you should consider, if this pertains to you.

Cotton sheets are the most common type of sheets sold. If you purchase a lower thread count sheet, the sheet will be more breathable and can aide in venting out some of that body heat.

Bamboo Sheets are cool, moisture wicking and durable. Generally as soft as cotton sheets but with a little more “Oomph”.

Tencel Fiber Sheets are sheets that have been made with Eucalyptus fibers which are processed into a fabric. These sheets are often thinner and super cooling. A great option for hot sleepers.

Specialty materials like Outlast are great at temperature control and if you like “cutting edge technology”, then these are the sheets for you. A relatively new product that was developed by NASA for it’s spacesuits, Outlast fibers are becoming more widely available in the bedding industry.

Considering all of these factors, one can make a better educated decision on sheet purchases. If you have any questions, take a look at our page devoted solely to sheets, here!

If you have further questions or would like to speak to a Gardner’s Team Member, here’s how to contact us.

Or, better yet, stop by Gardner’s on Plaza Blvd in Lancaster to get a closer look at everything we have to offer! We’re open 7 days a week and are happy to assist you!

 

 

 

Adjustable Bed Base Renaissance

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Ahhh the Adjustable Bed Base, so misunderstood!

Here at Gardner’s we’ve seen an uptick in interest in what some people derogatorily refer to as “Hospital Beds”. Most commonly heard in the statement “I don’t need a hospital bed! I’m not old!” Well, truth be told, hospital beds and adjustable bed bases are related. In fact, there’s a reason hospitals use them- they aid in the healing process and can be the difference in getting a good night’s sleep and getting a great night’s sleep!

The reason we use the term “Renaissance” is not to be pretentious. It’s a valid description of the current market. There is a wide variety of options for people ranging from basic needs to a true lifestyle bed base, complete with sleep tracking technology and wireless remote apps!

Selecting the best Adjustable Base for you requires some thought. Consider options such as vibration massage, optional remote control apps for iPads or Android compatible phones, USB ports for easy device charging and more. For a list of what we have to offer, click here to see our adjustable base page.

Many major mattress manufacturers have their own options to purchase as a complete bed set, or adjustable bases can be purchased separately. If purchasing separately, make sure your current mattress is compatible- most newer beds are constructed to complement adjustable bases. In most cases, all memory foam or natural rubber foam beds, as well as pocket sprung mattresses will work.

We’re happy to help guide you through the selection process, or even just to answer a few questions.  Check out the link below to get our free Adjustable Guide or contact us here for more informationStop by either of our stores to learn more and we’ll give you a free demonstration.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is kick your feet up and experience one for yourself!

 

The One Day Mattress Sale, Today Only, Until Tomorrow’s One Day Only Sale, Starting Tomorrow

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Have you ever driven by a mattress store and noticed a sign for a “One Day Only Mattress Sale”? Was the same exact sign up a few days later on a separate trip? Did you ever stop to consider that perhaps, the One Day Only sale is nothing more than a retail trick?

One of the things that separates Gardners from it’s competitors is this unscrupulous practice: They do it, we don’t.

Let’s take a look at the 5 most common “sales slogans” that you’ll see in Mattress Store adverts:

 

1. One Day Only Sale

2. Almost all mattresses ___% off

3. 50% off

4. The $79 mattress

5. Free Pillow with Purchase

 

Now let’s take the same Sales Slogans and translate them into what the mattress store is really saying:

 

1. One Day Only Sale, until tomorrow, and there’s not really a sale, we just need get you inside.

2. The phrase “Almost all mattresses” is like a child taking the first, small scoop of peas from his dinner plate, eating them and exclaiming “I ate ALMOST ALL of my peas!” Any discount on “Almost all mattresses” really means “We have a few mattress in the back that are really cheap but most of the prices are set by the manufacturer”.

3. 50% off = We doubled the price and offer 50% off the doubled price (which is always, in turn, the everyday price).

4. The $79 mattress is a mattress that a scoundrel wouldn’t give to their worst enemy. It’s the mattress that requires an “air quotes” before saying it. The $79 “Mattress”. It’s a 5-inch thick motley crew of springs, cotton balls and stitching (if you’re lucky) and it only serves as a placeholder; A few months down the road, when you’re in another mattress store explaining “I bought a mattress a few months ago and it really didn’t hold up.” It isn’t meant to be bought, it’s meant to UPSELL.

5. The Free Pillow with Purchase is a way to make someone come away from the situation thinking they got something when they really didn’t. Sure, it’s a pillow and you can use it. It’s usually the cheapest of pillows, even the pillows with the brand names on them, and there is a small chance that you will actually be comfortable using it.

 

Now, what do we do about this?

 

Gardner’s has sales and pricing specials that work in concert with what our vendors provide. We work on the honor system of pricing. 90% of our showroom floor is set by the manufacturer and is at the lowest possible price. We do not offer “50% off mattress sales” because it is a straight up untruth and we respect our customer’s intelligence. We do offer lower cost mattresses, however, unlike most mattress retailers, we are upfront with you: Two adults will be comfortable on a $200 mattress for a few months to a few years and should be considered only a temporary sleep solution.

Instead of dumping a free pillow on you as a gift, we offer something called “Bonus Cash”. Bonus Cash is an accessory credit, good for any accessory in the store. Pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, or even frames. It is a way to say “Thank You” to our customers and is designed to enhance your new and exciting mattress purchase.

The next time you are perusing the newspaper for mattress sales and come across one of these dastardly catch phrases, realize that some things, especially in the retail world, are to good to be true. Buying a mattress takes time and patience and we provide skilled and honest consultation. We don’t want to take as much of your money as possible, we want you to get a better night’s sleep.

 

If you find a better deal than what we can provide, get a written quote and we’ll gladly match it. Supporting small businesses supports the local economy. Buying local has other benefits too, including great customer service before and after your purchase. We have many, many satisfied customers that gladly back us up. Can our competitors say the same thing?

 

Stop by one of our stores (located at 830 Plaza Blvd, Lancaster PA 17601 or 2481 Lincoln Hwy East, Lancaster PA 17602), give us a call at 717.299.6228 or visit us online.

 

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ReviveSleep, a new mattress collection

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We’re always looking for unique ways to get a good night’s sleep and our newest brand, ReviveSleep, is a great option to consider.

When you first see the ReviveSleep beds on our showroom floor, the enticing, cool blue color simply looks comforting. As you learn more about them, you realize that there’s something for everyone. Based on a philosophy that a slightly cooler sleep will allow a more restorative slumber, the three beds we offer are unique and ranging in firmness… from medium firm to soft.  They also range in cooling ability. For some folks, temperature -specifically, heat- is not really an issue. For others, getting a full night’s sleep can be interrupted by kicking the sheets off, tossing and turning due to heat and sweat.

The major features that the ReviveSleep beds have to offer are ReviveGel, ReviveGel Fusion, ReviveGel Visco and ReviveGel 3D. To summarize:

 

ReviveGel is a unique material to the ReviveSleep company. It is the material that draws heat from an individual and provides a comfortable, cooler night sleep.

ReviveGel Fusion uses a patent pending airflow system that affords a fresh, cool sleeping surface. A blend of gel cohered with polyurethane foam is the formula for a supportive mattress layer.

ReviveGel Visco is a blend of gel and memory foam that utilizes a higher density foam to provide years of cooling comfort

ReviveGel 3D is a super tensile strength gel that works by independently adjusting to your body’s weight and pressure, in turn providing support where you need it.

 

Our collection at Gardner’s currently consists of three models: the L2, the R1 and the R3. Each offers a specific feel and a unique sleep experience.

 

The L2 features the ReviveGel Fusion material combined with Natural Latex and the ReviveGel Visco material which offers a plush but supportive sleep. Great for side sleepers and back/stomach sleepers, the latex foam provides a durable and pressure relieving feel while the ReviveGel material cools the body and provides an extra level of comfort.

 

The R1 makes use of the ReviveGel 3D material as well as a top layer of ReviveGel Visco to provide a conforming feel. The combination of other foams and gels in this mattress create a uniquely light and supportive mattress.

 

The R3 improves upon the R1 by adding airflow and multiple layers of Visco foam and 3D material. Cool to the touch, it is one of the most unique beds on our showroom. Great for folks who sleep hot or desire a cooler sleep surface– this bed deserves at least a minute of your time, even if just to experience the dramatic cooling effect.

 

Lastly, ReviveSleep’s selection of pillows utilizes the same cooling technology found in it’s beds. If you are one to search for the “cool side” of the pillow, your search is over. These pillows offer support, comfort and a consistent cooling feature that is a unique, one-of-a-kind product.

Overall, we’re excited to have the ReviveSleep collection on our floor. It is indicative of how far the mattress industry has come in just a few decades. At one point our only options were soft or firm innerspring. Now, through this collection, we can see technology develop before our eyes and we’re proud to offer a product that is both unique and the answer to many of our sleep related issues.

As always, stop on by or contact us with any questions or concerns!

Where have the waterbeds gone?

Apparently, they are with the Dodo bird as they are nearly impossible to find on any showroom floor. As of our last UN-official count there were 133 places in Lancaster County Pennsylvania where you can buy mattresses and only 1 still had waterbeds on the showroom floor – and I think that store is closing. What happened?

If we go into our Mr. Peabody’s Way-Back Machine to the 70s and 80s you didn’t have many choices in mattresses. Well, you had two choices Firm and Really Firm. Mattresses were two-sided, built like a tank, and offered very little padding. Then along came the waterbed.

Waterbeds were priced very economically, lasted a long time, but most importantly provided a feel for the consumer that they couldn’t get in a traditional firm innerspring mattress. The waterbeds conformed to your body, put your spine in a natural, neutral alignment, relieved pressure, and provided you with enveloping support. You could get a very basic free-float waterbed set up for $100-200, or fancier more supportive models for over a $1000, while most innerspring beds were being sold for around $500. The mainstream mattress companies started taking notice.

Waterbed popularity started to leak away with the introduction of quality memory-foam mattresses like Tempur-Pedic, which provided all the contouring, enveloping support but without the inherent hassles of water: special sheets, needing to add conditioner, and ‘once it is in place fuhgetaboutit if you want to move it.
Gardner’s Mattresss & More was Gardner’s Bedrooms back in the 90s and were waterbed specialists, but the writing was on the wall that the waterbed was going the way of the Dodo. Gardner’s was the first local, independent store to carry Tempur-Pedic, which started taking much of that waterbed business. Today we have many options for mattresses that contour to your body while providing support including memory foam (Tempur-Pedic & iComfort), latex (Pure Latex Bliss, PranaSleep, Posh+Lavish and Savvy Rest), memory-foam/spring combo (iSeries), handmade coil inner-spring (Vi Spring, Hypnos & Gold Bond) as well as many traditional inner-spring mattress offerings.

 

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The Importance of a Pillow Fit for You

When you are trying to achieve a comfortable and pain-free sleep we tend to focus on the mattress. Rightfully so as that makes up 75% of your sleep surface, but that doesn’t mean we should discount the other 25% – your pillow.

Pillows - Gardner's Mattress & More, Lancaster, PAIn the photo I’ve demonstrated on a Queen Sized bed that your pillow is truly 25% of the sleep surface, and when you are laying on the bed the pillow actually supports 20% of your spine as well. Sleeping with a pillow that doesn’t fit your body could be causing you aches, pains, and costing you valuable recuperative sleep.

Pillow Basics

Pillows come in many varieties including Down/Feather, Memory Foam, Latex, Gel, Fiber-fill, and combinations of the above. Plus there are even specialty pillows such as Buckwheat and other creative options. We shouldn’t worry too much about what is in the pillow (unless you have allergies to something) but worry more about the loft (height), density, shape, and I’ll call the last category general comfort.

Loft. The height of your pillow is probably the first factor we should look at. If you are a side-sleeper and have very broad shoulders a high loft pillow might be the ticket. However if you are very petite a high-loft pillow might cause your neck to bend in an uncomfortable angle. Typically side-sleepers need a higher-loft pillow than a back sleeper. Another factor to determine loft besides the distance from your head-to-shoulder would be the type of bed you are sleeping on. If you are sleeping on a soft, memory foam bed your shoulder might go into the bed several inches, thus shortening the loft needed.

Density is a much more subjective thing when it comes to pillows. Some like pillows very hard and rigid, some like them squishy and malleable. The main thing is to pick one that once positioned, scrunched, whatever… helps you to maintain proper spinal alignment.

 

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Shape. At one time all pillows were rectangles, however many pillow manufacturers are now making pillows to be more ergonomic; designed to fit your body. There are pillows for side-sleepers that have cutouts for your shoulder, neck-pillows for a back sleeper that contour under your head to support your neck, and others.

General Comfort. This is the “wildcard” portion of pillow selection, meaning “whatever works for you”. We can measure, advise, and recommend all we want but at the end of the day the pillow that helps you sleep better is the right pillow.

-Pete

Mattress Brand Name Game

“I was just at XYZ Department Store and they had the “S-Brand” Ultimate Blue Phantom mattress, what do you have that is similar?” I get a similar question to this every single day either on the phone, chat, email, or in person. The simple answer is: I have no idea what you are talking about. The complicated answer, which I’ll explain here, is that nearly every retailer have different names for their mattresses making them nearly impossible to compare.

confusedThink of your traditional mattress companies like sandwich shops. Doesn’t matter if it is Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Restonic, Comfort Solutions, Gold Bond – whoever, they have a ginormous menu for us retailers. One of our mattress manufacturers has nearly 100 different futon and mattress “builds” that we can order, then mix in the fact that we can also modify what color and type of fabric they come in and things get exponentially insane quickly.

You could be in a shopping mall and 4 different stores may sell mattresses from the same company. The models might be completely different — or they could be exactly the same, just with different names and colors. It can get maddening for the consumer.

As a sleep consultant I ask, “What is it about the S-Brand Ultimate Blue Phantom mattress that you liked?”. Was it plush and conforming or was it firm and rigid? Was it coil springs, memory foam, latex or some combination? Is price your only concern, or are you open to letting me help find you a bed that is comfortable for you?

At the end of the day you need to not be overwhelmed with names and mysterious arbitrary marketing jargon like “coil count”. You want to find a mattress that is comfortable for your personal sleeping needs, fits your budget, and will meet a certain standard of longevity. That is the kind of thing we can help you with here at Gardner’s Mattress and More.

At Gardner’s we have some value priced mattresses that feel great – but, in 5-to-8 years you’ll probably be shopping again. We have some great mid-priced mattresses that will give you 10-15 years of comfort life and some premium mattresses that will give you 20+ years.

-Pete, Sleep Consultant @ Gardner’s Mattress & More

My First Night on My Carpe Diem Bed of Sweden

You remember life changing events in your life, right? Ok, maybe you don’t consider sleep to be a transforming occurrence, but I do. Sleep is something we too often take for granted. Our bed is somewhere we go every night…that much we know will happen. However, how we feel in the morning is all too often a mystery. Not me. Because I sleep on a Carpe Diem Bed from Sweden.

I have an apology to make. My first night on my Carpe Diem bed was not actually my first night on one of them. When I visited Sweden in June of 2012, I had the unique honor of touring the pristine factory and beautiful country, and wouldn’t you know, they arranged a Carpe Diem bed for my sleep! After one night, I knew my sleep would be forever changed.

 

Let’s back up. For seven years, I slept on a Tempur-Pedic bed. You know, the original memory foam based bed that has a 94% customer satisfaction rate and one that I’ve been selling at Gardner’s Mattress & More since 2001. In fact, my Tempur-Pedic mattress was on top of an adjustable bed base where I could elevate my legs to improve circulation and reduce lower back tension and elevate my head to improve breathing and reduce reflux. Yeah, that’s right…I invested in an adjustable bed at the ripe age of 30, about half the age that you might expect someone to. Again, I understand the importance of sleep and its effect on everything else that you do.

My Tempur-Pedic bed was great. It took a few nights to get used to it, but it was a great bed for the time I owned it. In fact, it felt just the same as when I got it 7 years prior. No dip in the bed, no soft spot, no roll-to-the-middle. There truly was no reason to replace it. That was, until the Swedish swept me off my feet.

Although my Tempur-Pedic mattress was very firm and supportive, I often felt it was too stiff on the surface for my preference. In the past few years, Tempur-Pedic has developed softer models that I would have preferred over mine. I had always preferred to sleep on my side and somewhat longed for a mattress that was softer on the surface. The problem with softer beds is that they often lack substance on the surface. What I mean is that they feel comfortable and pressure relieving at first, but they lose their shape and support more quickly than you’d like. Certainly, there are beds that do this well – the softer Tempur-Pedic and iComfort models, the wonderful Pure Latex Bliss beds, and the Aireloom hand made mattresses. But, none like Carpe Diem.

Carpe Diem Kornö Bed

Ok, I’ve teased long enough…let’s talk Carpe.

Simply put, my Carpe Diem bed is a side sleeper’s dream – soft enough to eliminate pressure points and firm enough to keep my spine in alignment. A truly unique combination of surface softness without sacrificing support. As good as it is on my side, the same is true for when I sleep on my back. Often, I’ll fall asleep on my side and wake up on my back – surprisingly plush and supportive at the same time.

So, what’s the secret? A Carpe Diem bed is handmade with the finest natural materials a bed can be made out of. Generous amounts of New Zealand lamb’s wool, organic cotton, and pure natural latex, on top of 2 rows of vertically aligned pocket coils combine to create a sleep experience like no other.

Carpe Diem SandöThe support coils in the bed come in varying spring tensions, firm and medium. I sleep on the medium Sandö bed. I am a taller guy in the 210lb. range and sleep on my side, so I felt that this feel was the best fit for my sleep needs. Back sleepers, heavier individuals, or people that like a stiffer bed may prefer the firm tension. The Sandö bed also features an extra “x pocket” micro coil, adding a layer of support that the others don’t have. For folks sharing a bed who have varying bed firmness opinions, Carpe Diem makes split firmness beds a reality.

Carpe Diem Top MattressA unique feature of the design is the Carpe Diem top mattress, where the wool, cotton, and some of the latex reside. In fact, it has a “warm” side (wool) and a “cool” side (cotton). Additionally, the top mattress is a component that can be replaced without investing in a whole new bed. Think about your current mattress…what happens when it develops an impression? You either deal with it and sleep poorly or you have to go out a re-invest more quickly than you would have liked. With a Carpe Diem bed, the support layers have a 25 year full warranty and the topper – which won’t last forever – can be replaced, providing a brand new sleep surface.

Carpe Diem Swan Eco LabelBy the way, did you catch the word “natural”? Carpe Diem uses as many natural components as they can, and have very little waste in the manufacturing process. They are recognized by the SWAN and öko-tex associations for their environmentally conscious ways. Giant wind turbines planted next to to factory help to power it – how natural of them, right? While “natural” doesn’t physically help me sleep, it is comforting to know that I have supported a manufacturer who cares deeply about the world we live in.

At the time of this writing, I have been on my Carpe Diem bed for 3 months. I love to travel, but I’ve got to tell you, I hate to leave my Swedish bed behind. If you told me when I started in the mattress industry 13 years ago that I would sleep on a Swedish made mattress, I would have thought you were crazy. Am I the crazy one to invest so much in a bed? Perhaps. But at least I know I’m experiencing the type of sleep most people dream about. Won’t you be crazy with me?

Better Sleep – A Resolution that is Easy to Keep!

How many of us make a resolution to eat better, lose weight, join a gym, stop smoking and a few weeks later we’ve given up? The intentions were good, to help your body and to improve your health, but after a few weeks the plan fell apart. Well I have a way that you can invest in your health while embracing your inner laziness. Invest in a better mattress.

According to Mark Stibich, Ph.D. having a great night’s sleep can help you with many things.

1. Sleep Keeps Your Heart Healthy: Heart attacks and strokes are more common during the early morning hours. This fact may be explained by the way sleep interacts with the blood vessels. Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol, all risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Your heart will be healthier if you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.

2. Sleep May Prevent Cancer: People working the late shift have a higher risk for breast and colon cancer. Researchers believe this link is caused by differing levels of melatonin in people who are exposed to light at night. Light exposure reduces the level of melatonin, a hormone that both makes us sleepy and is thought to protect against cancer. Melatonin appears to suppress the growth of tumors. Be sure that your bedroom is dark to help your body produce the melatonin it needs.

3. Sleep Reduces Stress: When your body is sleep deficient, it goes into a state of stress. The body’s functions are put on high alert which causes an increase in blood pressure and a production of stress hormones. Higher blood pressure increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes. The stress hormones also, unfortunately, make it harder for you to sleep. Learn relaxation techniques to counter the effects of stress. There are also stress reduction techniques for sleep.

4. Sleep Reduces Inflammation: The increase in stress hormones raises the level of inflammation in your body, also creating more risk for heart-related conditions, as well as cancer and diabetes. Inflammation is thought to one of the causes of the deterioration of your body as you age.

5. Sleep Makes You More Alert: Of course, a good night’s sleep makes you feel energized and alert the next day. Being engaged and active not only feels great, it increases your chances for another good night’s sleep. When you wake up feeling refreshed, use that energy to get out into the daylight, do active things, and be engaged in your world. You’ll sleep better the next night and increase your daily energy level.

6. Sleep Bolsters Your Memory: Researchers do not fully understand why we sleep and dream, but a process called memory consolidation occurs during sleep. While your body may be resting, your brain is busy processing your day, making connections between events, sensory input, feelings and memories. Your dreams and deep sleep are an important time for your brain to make memories and links. Getting more quality sleep will help you remember and process things better.

7. Sleep May Help You Lose Weight: Researchers have also found that people who sleep less than seven hours per night are more likely to be overweight or obese. It is thought that the lack of sleep impacts the balance of hormones in the body that affect appetite. The hormones ghrelin and leptin, important for the regulation of appetite, have been found to be disrupted by lack of sleep. So if you are interested in controlling or losing weight, don’t forget to pay attention to getting a good night’s sleep.

8. Naps Make You Smarter: Napping during the day is not only an effective and refreshing alternative to caffeine, it can also protect your health and make you more productive. A study of 24,000 Greek adults showed that people who napped several times a week had a lower risk for dying from heart disease. People who nap at work have much lower levels of stress. Napping also improves memory, cognitive function and mood.

9. Sleep May Reduce Your Risk for Depression: Sleep impacts many of the chemicals in your body, including serotonin. People with a deficiency in serotonin are more likely to suffer from depression. You can help to prevent depression by making sure you are getting the right amount of sleep, between 7 and 9 hours each night.

10. Sleep Helps the Body Make Repairs: Sleep is a time for your body to repair damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposures. Your cells produce more protein while you are sleeping. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, allowing them to repair damage.

So, don’t you think it is time for you to invest in yourself? Visit Gardner’s Mattress & More and we’ll help you find the right mattress for your needs and budget and help you get a great night sleep in 2013.