Mattress Guides & Resources

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  1. Should You Ever Purchase a Used Mattress?

    A mattress is an investment, and some mattresses can get pretty pricey. If you’re balking at the price tags and wondering if you should just go ahead and purchase a used mattress, you certainly would not be the first person to ever come up with this idea. However, we would urge you to abandon this line of thought, for several good reasons.  

    • First, you have no way of knowing the quality of the mattress. If you’re buying a used car, you can take it to your mechanic to be examined, so that you’ll know whether or not it’s a good buy. Mattresses aren’t something you can take apart to inspect, and they do tend to deteriorate over time. Even if the mattress is a name brand you recognize and looks to be in good shape, the wear on the springs and foam may not be apparent when you’re just looking at the outside.  
    • A used mattress will need to be replaced sooner. A new mattress has a lifespan of seven to ten years, so if you buy a used one, you’re automatically at a disadvantage. What’s more, used mattresses don’t have warranties, so there’s no protection if something goes wrong. When you buy a used mattress, you’re setting yourself up to have to buy another one sooner than you otherwise would.  
    • You have no idea what a used mattress has experienced in its lifetime. Bed bugs are a real threat when you purchase used furniture, and even more so when you buy a used mattress. Beyond that, there could be dust mites, water damage, pet dander, bodily fluids, and a host of other contaminants in the mattress. It’s easy to spot clean the exterior of a mattress in order to sell it, but mattresses cannot be sanitized or washed. They can contain all sorts of potential health threats, including a host of allergens.  
    • A used mattress is not going to be as advanced as a new mattress. Mattress technology is continually evolving to make sleeping options better not just for you, but also for the environment. One advancement that’s progressed very quickly, for instance, is cooling technology, which makes your mattress much more comfortable. When you buy a new mattress, you’ll be able to find one that meets your needs in terms of extended use, comfort, cleanliness, and technology, while giving you the most bang for your buck.  

    The good news is that high-quality mattresses don’t have to be out of your reach, especially if you shop at Mancini Sleep World. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, the Mancinis now have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini Sleep World, contact us through our website or call 925-456-6400, extension 111.  

  2. Choosing the Best Pillow

    Do you love your pillow? Pillows have been favorite bed accessories for many years; the ancient Greeks were enamored of lavishly embroidered pillows, and the Egyptians even sent pillows to the afterlife with their dead. For centuries it was traditional to sleep not just on pillows, but also propped up by bolsters so that the sleeper was almost sitting rather than lying prone. Today, there are so many pillow options available that if you don’t love yours, there are plenty of options from which you can choose the next place you rest your head. Of course, several different factors come into play when you’re shopping for the best pillow.  

    First, think of how you sleep. Your pillow should work with your mattress to fully support your spine, and if it doesn’t adequately support your neck, this can lead to headaches and sleep loss. This is because your neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments get fatigued during the night if they’re not supported, and your neck can fall into an unnatural position. Knowing how you sleep can help you find the pillow that will best support your neck.  

    • Back and stomach sleepers have similar problems when choosing a pillow. Too much stuffing in a pillow can strain your neck in each of these positions, while too little will leave you without support. People who sleep on their backs or stomachs need an easily adjustable pillow or a pillow that automatically conforms to the neck and head.  
    • Side sleepers need a pillow that takes up space between the head and the mattress. The neck doesn’t really need support in this position, but if the pillow is too high it will crank the neck sideways, and if it’s too low the neck will become strained from trying to support the weight of the head. There’s also the issue of shoulder posture when sleeping on your side because tucking your forearm under your body or under your pillow will cause too much pressure on the rotator cuff.  

    Once you’ve determined what kind of pillow best suits your sleeping position, it’s time to consider stuffing. You need to find the right balance of support vs. comfort, and understanding the various stuffing options can help you determine what’s right for you. It’s also important to find a pillow made of washable material that allows appropriate airflow so you’re comfortable while you sleep.  

    • Memory foam pillows conform to the pressure of the head. First developed in 1966 by NASA, this foam is created by feeding gas into a polymer to create a solid structure that conforms to pressure and then returns to its original shape. Pillows made with memory foam can be helpful to those who suffer neck pain because they conform to the head shape while springing back to support the neck. They’re durable, but can be expensive. They also tend to trap heat, are dense and heavy, and can have an odor that bothers some people. Shredded memory foam has better air circulation than traditional memory foam, but shredded foam pillows are less supportive and don’t conform to the head as well.  
    • Feather pillows have long been a popular option, stuffed with feathers or down of ducks or geese. Down is much softer than feathers, but it’s expensive, so most pillows are stuffed with a combination of feathers and down. The more down is in the pillow, the more expensive the pillow is. Feather pillows are adjustable, lightweight, easy to wash, with good airflow, and there are options to fit every budget. On the other hand, if a feather pillow is too soft it can be less supportive than it needs to be, and feather pillows lose their shape quickly. They can also be noisy, they’re not vegan or cruelty-free, they collect allergens, and the feathers can work their way through the cover and poke you.  
    • Polyester pillows come in different levels of firmness and thickness. They’re affordable and easy to wash, lightweight, with a low odor. Unfortunately, they’ve also got low airflow and they're not very durable. The support degrades over time, and they’re not environmentally friendly, though they do provide a lovely haven for dust mites.  
    • Specialty pillows have unorthodox stuffings. Buckwheat pillows are filled with buckwheat hulls, and which makes them adjustable and durable, with good airflow. However, they can be too firm, they’re hard to clean and adjust, and they can be noisy. Further, some people have buckwheat allergies. Water pillows are another specialty pillow, essentially a small waterbed for your head. Typically, they’re made of a layer of polyester fiberfill on an adjustable water sack, encased in a pillow cover. They’re supportive and adjustable, cool and odorless, and stay in place. On the negative side, they’re heavy, expensive, hard to adjust, make sloshing noises, and the polyester is not very durable.  

    If you’re looking for a mattress to match your perfect pillow, you owe it to yourself to check out Mancini Sleep World. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, the Mancinis now have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini Sleep World, contact us through our website or call 925-456-6400, extension 111. 

  3. See How Sealy Mattresses Are Made

    In the past, mattresses were stuffed with everything from straw to horsehair. Today, things are a little more comfortable. Mattresses can be made from many different materials to ensure the ultimate comfort of every kind of sleeper. 

    Watch this video to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Sealy mattresses are made. The multi-stage process involves ensuring that the highest possible quality materials are used and that every mattress that comes out of the factory meets the high standards of the Sealy name.  

    Sealy is one of the top brands that we’re proud to offer at Mancini’s Sleepworld. Visit one of our 33 mattress stores in Northern California or call (800) 647-5337 for more information about our selection.
  4. What Allergy Sufferers Need to Know About Choosing a Mattress

    If you suffer from allergies, then nighttime can be the hardest time of your day. A large part of the reason for this is the way in which your bedding can harbor allergens. Mattresses, pillows, sheets, and comforters are common culprits when it comes to harboring allergens, so many people end up climbing into a bed that is teeming with triggers each night. Fortunately, with a little smart mattress shopping and some special care techniques, you can sleep better and breathe easier. Here is what you need to know.  

    Pick a Hypoallergenic Mattress 

    Hypoallergenic mattresses that are made of natural, organic materials, such as wool or cotton, or all-latex mattresses can dramatically reduce the amount of allergens you are exposed to each night. Other kinds of mattresses will retain large numbers of dust mites and skin cells, which in turn will trigger allergic reactions. Hypoallergenic mattresses that are allergen resistant can keep these triggers at bay, allowing you to breathe easier every night. When you’re shopping for hypoallergenic mattresses, don’t forget to look for hypoallergenic pillows as well.  

    Use a Mattress Cover 

    A mattress cover will further protect your mattress and keep allergen exposure down. Some mattress covers are dust mite protectors and will fully prevent dust mites from entering your mattress. Ensuring that dust mites are not present will not only reduce your odds of experiencing an allergic reaction but will also help to extend the life of your mattress.  

    Wash Your Bedding Regularly 

    Your bedding can hang on to allergens and transfer them to your mattress. Wash your sheets weekly using hot water and dry them on the hottest setting in your dryer. Clean your mattress at least once every six months by sprinkling baking soda on it and vacuuming it up.  

    A good night’s sleep starts with the perfect mattress. At Mancini’s Sleepworld, we have something for every kind of sleeper, from hypoallergenic mattresses to mattresses for adjustable beds. We have 33 mattress stores in Northern California to serve you. You can also call (800) 647-5337 for more information about our mattresses or to find a store location near you.  

  5. A Look at the Health Benefits of Adjustable Beds

    If you are considering your options for beds, an adjustable base may be just the thing you’re looking for. These kinds of beds provide several health benefits as well as the perfect environment for a good night of sleep, even for people who usually struggle with issues like pain and sleep apnea. If you’re considering this kind of bed and mattress but aren’t sure it’s the right choice for you, read on to learn more about some potential health benefits.  

    Arthritis Relief 

    Aches and pains keep many people awake every night, struggling to find a position that is comfortable. These same people often find that they are in pain as soon as they get out of bed, stiff from a restless night in an uncomfortable bed. With an adjustable bed, you can move your mattress up and down until you find the right position for you that eases pressure on painful joints and helps you sleep. You can even set up your mattress in a zero gravity position with an adjustable bed, so your weight is distributed evenly and not compressing any joints.  

    Sleep Apnea Improvement 

    Sleep apnea is one of the most common causes of fatigue and sleep loss facing adults. Many people don’t even know that they have it until someone tells them that they are snoring or gasping for air in their sleep. With an adjustable bed, you can raise the head portion, elevating your neck and helping to keep your airway open, so you breathe easily and get the rest you need.  

    Edema Reduction  

    If you’re someone who suffers with edema, your doctor has probably advised you to rest with your legs above your heart. It’s not easy to rest in that position in a normal bed, even if you try to sleep with your legs propped up on pillows. With an adjustable bed, you can raise the mattress so that your legs are elevated and your edema is eased.  

    Mancini’s Sleepworld has an enormous selection of mattresses that are designed to work with adjustable-base beds. Our team is ready to help you today in one of our 33 locations in California. Dial (800) 647-5337 for more information.  

  6. Hybrid Mattresses 101

    Hybrid mattresses are a marriage of innerspring and memory foam mattresses. If you are having a hard time choosing between these two styles, or if you and your partner each have a different preference, then you may find that a hybrid mattress is the best middle-ground solution. Here is what you need to know. 

    Hybrid mattresses have an innerspring core that is surrounded by supporting layers. The layers above the coils are usually made from memory foam. The benefit of having a hybrid mattress is getting the softness of memory foam with the support of an innerspring mattress. Hybrid mattresses are also good for people who want the support of an innerspring mattress that absorbs movement like a memory foam mattress, so that partners don’t disturb each other with tossing and turning.  

    Mancini’s Sleepworld has a large selection of hybrid mattresses, so stop by one of our 33 locations in California to try one out for yourself. You can also call  (800) 647-5337 to learn more.  

  7. What Exactly Is Sleep Hygiene?

    Sleep is the most basic component of good emotional and physical health. If you’re struggling to get a good night of rest no matter when you go to bed, then poor sleep hygiene could be to blame.  

    Watch this video to learn more about sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene refers to your behaviors surrounding your sleep cycle. Poor sleep hygiene, such as sleeping with the lights on or playing on your phone in bed, can interfere with your ability to get restorative rest.  

    If you’re struggling to get a healthy amount of sleep, your mattress could also be to blame. Mancini’s Sleepworld offers unbeatable deals on the best mattresses for every kind of sleeper. Learn more about the selection of mattresses in our 33 mattress stores in Northern California by calling (800) 647-5337.
  8. What Kind of Bed Frame Is Right for You?

    When you’re choosing a bed frame, there are several different factors to consider, from the size of your mattress to the size of your room. You may also need to keep other things in mind, like picking a frame for an adjustable mattress. When you’re in the market for a new bed frame, this advice will help you make the right choice.  

    Determine Your Preferred Mattress Size 

    If you’re getting a bed frame for a mattress you already have, then you know what size you need the frame to be. If you’re going to be investing in a new mattress along with your new bed frame, then determine what size of mattress you want before you start looking at frames. Although a full size mattress can technically accommodate two, most people recommend that you pick at least a queen if you’ll be sharing a bed with a partner. If you want even more space to spread out, a king is the way to go. Keep in mind that kings and California kings are not interchangeable, so make sure you pick a frame that is specifically made for the size of mattress you are getting.  

    Decide if You Want a Platform Bed or Box Spring 

    With a platform bed, you can place your mattress directly on slats that sit across the frame, without the need for a box spring. Other kinds of bed frames require a box spring. Some people prefer box springs, even if they choose a platform frame, for additional height and firmness. If you decide to combine a box spring with a platform bed, make sure the frame is built to sustain it.  

    Measure the Size of Your Room 

    Your bed will likely be the biggest piece of furniture in your bedroom, so the size of the room will determine what size frame you accommodate. Make sure you now all of the relevant measurements before you start shopping. Smaller rooms may benefit from more minimalist frame designs or frames that sit higher to allow for more storage under the bed.  

    From bedframes to mattresses, Mancini’s Sleepworld has everything you need for a good night’s sleep. Talk to one of our team members at our 33 mattress store locations in San Francisco and the surrounding areas by calling (800) 647-5337. 

  9. Tips for Extending the Life of Your Mattress

    Most mattresses will last for eight to 10 years, but how you care for your mattress can have a dramatic impact on its lifespan. To get the most out of your mattress and to ensure it stays as comfortable and cozy as the day you picked it out for as long as you have it, keep these tips mattress care tips in mind.  

    Use a Mattress Protector 

    Contrary to popular belief, mattress protectors are not just for kids or for older mattresses. If you start using a mattress protector on the first day you get your mattress, you will help to keep it safe from moisture, dirt, and other debris that can get inside your mattress and cause to wear out quicker than expected. With a protector, all of the oils and skin cells that you shed when you’re sleeping won’t penetrate the surface of the mattress, so you’ll have fewer issues with dust mites, allergens, mold, and other contaminants. Using a mattress protector is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your mattress in top condition.  

    Wash Your Sheets 

    Clean sheets don’t just feel good to slip into—they’re also good for your mattress. Even if they look clean on the surface, your sheets are harboring bacteria, crumbs, hair, skin cells, and oils. If you let your pets sleep in your bed, you add a whole new level of contaminants. Letting these build up on your sheets also lets them come into contact with your mattress for an extended period. Ideally, you should wash your sheets once a week.  

    Rotate Your Mattress 

    To ensure even wear and tear on your mattress, rotate the mattress 180 degrees every six months, flipping the head and the foot. For the first few years of ownership, it is especially important to stick to this schedule, so that you’ll break in the entire mattress evenly.  

    Ask the team at Mancini’s Sleepworld for more care advice when you’re picking your new mattress. We have 33 locations across Northern California to serve you with a huge selection of mattresses for every sleep style and budget. Contact us today at (800) 647-5337 to find a location near you. 

  10. Sleep Easy with a STRATUS Mattress

    Are you fed up with tossing and turning every night? The problem could be your mattress. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all mattress, and the one you’re currently trying to sleep on may not be giving you the kind of support you need. Fortunately, there is a solution: the STRATUS mattress. STRATUS is the brainchild of Sleepworld Designs and brings comfort and quality right to your door. 

    STRATUS offers three different mattress styles, so that you can find the right one for your needs. The original STRATUS is a breathable memory foam mattress, while STRATUS Elite has both latex and memory foam to disperse heat while providing comforting support. STRATUS Hybrid combines memory foam and innersprings to offer plush pressure relief with minimal motion transfers. STRATUS mattresses are delivered for free and come with a 120-night guarantee.  

    To try the STRATUS mattress for yourself, contact Mancini’s Sleepworld at one of our 33 Northern California mattress stores. Find out more or place an order by calling (800) 647-5337. 

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