1. How to Make your Bedroom your Oasis

    What is your bedroom like? Is it a peaceful place where you can go to get away from the stress of the day? Sometimes, we allow our bedrooms to become catchalls for overflow from the rest of the house, or places where we eat, watch television, or even work. It’s a far better and healthier idea, however, to make your bedroom into a beautiful oasis, where you can set aside anything that’s troubling you and get lovely restorative sleep.  
    • Choose quiet colors. Subtle, soothing colors like blue, lavender, and green can help you feel calm and serene, and jewel tones like warm browns and deep pomegranate can make you feel cozy. Keep the palette toned down, and avoid bright or primary colors.  
    • Keep your décor simple. No matter what style of decorating you choose, the bedroom should be a cozy, comfortable space. Furnish the room with only what you need, eliminating excess furniture and sticking to the basics: a bed, bedside tables, a dresser, and a chair are all you need in the bedroom. If possible, you might even consider putting your dresser or chest of drawers in the closet. Make sure your furniture is the right scale, keeping furniture in a small room small, and using large pieces only in large rooms with high ceilings.  
    • Make sure there’s plenty of storage. Nothing clutters up a bedroom more quickly than having nowhere to put your things. Use a custom organization system to maximize your closet space, choose furniture with plenty of storage for the things you need, and consider under the bed boxes for additional storage.  
    • Create space to read and relax. A comfortable chair with good light for reading may be just what you need, or, if you have space, you might consider installing a window seat.  
    • Make your bedroom cozy. Choose high-quality linens, keep extra blankets on hand, and layer textures to give your room a warmer, more inviting feel. Decorate with things that make you feel peaceful and happy, whether that’s cherished family photos, beautiful artwork, or fresh flowers 
    • Keep it cool and dark. If you’re going to be spending time in your room during the day, you’ll want to have window treatments that you can adjust to let in plenty of natural light. At night, though, a cooler environment is better for sleeping, and window dressing that shuts you off from the world is preferred 
    • Keep your room a screen-free zone. Televisions, computers, and even cell phones should stay out of your bedroom so that you can concentrate on getting a good night’s rest.  
    • Make sure your mattress and pillows are up to your standards. Shop around before you buy a mattress so that you’ll find the perfect one for you. Do your homework when it comes to pillows too, so that when you get into bed you have all the comfort you need to relax and get a good night’s sleep.  
    If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep in Northern California, 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.  
  2. The Downlow on Sleep Trackers

    Are you getting enough sleep? Research has shown that sleep is important for your immune function, metabolism, memory, and other important functions. Too little sleep can lead not only to cognitive difficulties but also serious health problems. If you’re not sure that the duration and quality of your sleep are sufficient, it might be time to consider a sleep tracker.  

    Sleep trackers function like an observer, watching you sleep and recording data. They use movement and sound sensors to figure out when you fall asleep, how well you sleep, and how long you stay asleep. They’re great for detecting normal sleep patterns, but not really very good at noticing insomnia. That’s because if you’re just lying in bed trying to get back to sleep, there’s no way for a sleep tracker to know you’re not sleeping. Because broken sleep is not really a sleep tracker’s specialty, if you’ve got major sleep disturbances like nightmares, insomnia, or sleep apnea, you’re better off with a sleep study. A sleep tracker also might not work well for you if your bedroom is noisy, or you have a partner who thrashes around a lot.  

    If you’re someone for whom a sleep tracker would work well, it’s time to determine which sleep tracker is best for you. To figure that out, you should ask yourself two questions. First, what’s your budget for a sleep tracker? Second, how much time will you want to devote to reviewing sleep tracking data? 

    High-end sleep trackers are often used by sports teams to track their players’ sleep patterns. These might not be the best option for an ordinary person though, because they’re very expensive and require extensive data interpretation. Sports teams hire an expert to do this data analysis, but most ordinary people aren’t able to do that.  

    If you just want a basic idea of how many hours you’re sleeping, you might consider a smartphone app. They’re not the most reliable trackers if you’re looking for in-depth data, but they are really convenient because when your smartphone is your sleep tracker, there’s no need to buy another device. Since most of us check our smartphones every day, it’s not hard to find time to check the app’s data. Sleep tracking apps available on iPhone and Android include Sleep Cycle and Sleep Score, while Pillow is only available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch.  

    You can also choose a wearable sleep/fitness tracker. These products are not too expensive, and they’re good for recording daily movement and overall sleep time.  

    • Fitbit has a heart-rate monitor and motion detector, which work together to monitor your sleep. With a Fitbit, you’ll know how long you stayed in each sleep stage, and the tracker will make recommendations to help you meet your sleep goals.  
    • Garmin trackers use movement, heart rate, and heart rate variability to analyze your sleep. The data is recorded in the Garmin Connect app.  
    • Withings Move has the advantage of being able to go without a charge for 18 months. It tracks light and deep sleep cycles and offers a sleep score based on the length of time you slept, the depth of your sleep, and whether you woke during your sleep. It can even track naps.  
    • ŌURA Ring tracks body temperature, pulse, and body movement. It compares favorably to medical grade equipment, and provides both a sleep score and a readiness score, which tells you if your body is ready for peak performance.  

    Some sleep trackers are not wearable, but either sit under or are built into your mattress. These include the Emfit, the Beddit, and Withings Sleep. They analyze aspects like breathing and cardiac activity to in-depth data about your sleep.  

    Of course, there’s always the old-fashioned way to track sleep: with a pen and paper. It’s easy to keep a sleep diary by writing down when you go to bed, when you wake up, and anything unusual that happens during your sleep time. This is actually considered one of the best forms of sleep tracking, and medical researchers use sleep diaries to test how well sleep trackers work. Whether or not this method is for you depends on whether you want to add one more task to your day in pursuit of a good night’s sleep.  

    If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep in Northern California, 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. Why You're Waking Up Tired

    If you’re like a lot of people, you wake up tired every day. You might attribute this to being up too late, but even if you strive to sleep a solid eight hours, you may struggle with fatigue in the morning. Why is this? What causes you to wake up feeling tired, despite your best efforts to get enough rest?  

    • You might be sleeping too long. Especially if you’re trying to catch up with some sleep you’ve missed the previous night, you might sleep for too many hours. In fact, it’s not really possible to make up for lost sleep. Your best bet is to aim for a consistent sleep schedule, with seven to eight hours each night. If you’re chronically oversleeping, see your doctor: oversleeping can be caused by an underlying medical condition like heart disease or diabetes.  
    • Anxiety and depression may be keeping you awake. Most of us have been there: sometimes we toss and turn, unable to shut off our minds long enough to fall asleep. If this is happening to you frequently, you may be experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression. Look for ways to manage stress, seek support from family and friends, and consider talking to your doctor about what might be stealing your sleep.  
    • What you eat affects your sleep. If you eat too much fatty, fried, or processed food, it can cause indigestion, gastrointestinal problems, and heartburn, which can all disrupt your sleep. To sleep more soundly and feel better in the morning, eat a well-balanced diet, full of vegetables, fruits, proteins, and whole grains. Additionally, take care to stay hydrated during the day and don’t drink too much in the evening. Too many fluids before bed can cause you to awaken during the night to go to the bathroom. What’s more, dehydration can lead to muscle cramps, which can be particularly bad when you’re lying down and trying to sleep.  
    • You may not be getting enough exercise. Experts recommend shooting for 40 minutes of exercise at least four days a week, in order to stay healthy. You can walk, jog, do cardio or yoga, ride a bike, or swim- anything you enjoy, as long as it exercises your body. Regular exercise builds your energy during the day and helps you sleep more soundly at night. Just be careful not to exercise too close to bedtime, or you’ll risk disrupting your sleep.  
    • Use caution when taking sleep aids. Many sleep aids and supplements are available over the counter, which makes them very popular with people who are having trouble sleeping. Unfortunately, many sleep aids actually disrupt your sleep patterns, leaving you feeling drowsy during the day. One safe option is melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps you feel sleepy, but make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplement or sleep aid. 
    • Restless legs syndrome (RLS) can cause problems when you’re trying to sleep. This common condition of the nervous system causes an overwhelming urge to move the legs, and it worsens at night. RLS can keep you tossing and turning at night, which makes it hard to wake up in the morning. RLS can be caused by things like iron deficiency, so if you think restless legs are keeping you awake, consult with your doctor to find a solution.  
    • Your sleep environment might be too distracting. If you live in the city, there may be traffic noise and light outside your windows keeping you awake. On the other hand, you may be providing your own distractions, using your cell phone, laptop, tablet, or television too close to bedtime. The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to turn your room into a haven, with no screens, blackout curtains to keep light from streaming in, and a cool, comfortable atmosphere in which to rest.  

    If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep in Northern California, 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.

  4. 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.  

  5. 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. 

  6. 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.
  7. 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.  

  8. 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.  

  9. 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.  

  10. 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.
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