1. 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.

  2. 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.  

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.  

  5. 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.  

  6. 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.  

  7. 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.  

  8. A Look at Common Causes of Insomnia

    Nearly everyone experiences a restless night now and then, but chronic inability to sleep, or insomnia, can cause serious health problems. What causes insomnia and what can you do to fall asleep more quickly when you hit the mattress? 

    Watch this video to learn more about the common causes of insomnia and what you can do about them. Sometimes, if pain is an issue, changing your mattress can help you get the rest you need.  

    At Mancini’s Sleepworld, we offer a large selection of mattress for all sleeping styles and budgets. Visit our 33 mattress store locations in San Francisco and beyond or call (800) 647-5337 for more information.  

  9. Side Sleeper? Here’s What You Need to Know About Picking a Mattress

    Side sleeping is the most common sleeping position. More than 50% of people sleep on their sides, either with their legs outstretched or with them pulled up towards their chest. Fortunately for side sleepers, there are many mattresses that are designed to give support from the side, ensuring a good night’s rest without aches and pains in the morning. If you’re a side sleeper in need of a mattress, this advice will help you choose the perfect one for your needs.  

    Look for a Soft Mattress 

    It’s common to hear people extol the virtues of a firm mattress, but for side sleepers, softness counts. Firm mattresses are too hard for side sleepers, who need to sink into the mattress to feel comfortable. A firm mattress can put too much pressure on the hips and the shoulders, pressing on those joints and even pushing the spine out of alignment. As a result, side sleepers on firm mattresses often end up in pain. Look for a soft mattress, or if you feel like you need a little more support, look for a medium soft mattress that has some additional heft but is still soft enough to let you sink in.  

    Opt for Latex Memory Foam 

    Memory foam is a good option for side sleepers, since it contours to the body and cradles you, giving you the right mix of support and softness. However, many side sleepers find traditional memory foam too hot. Latex memory foam offers the best of both worlds, because it allows air to circulate. Latex also keeps its shape more than traditional memory foam, so it is less likely to develop the permanent depressions that traditional memory foam often develops.  

    Whatever your favorite sleeping positions, you will find a mattress that is perfect for you and your budget at Mancini’s Sleepworld. We have 33 mattress stores in San Francisco and the surrounding area and can help you find the perfect match for a good night’s sleep. Call us at (800) 647-5337 to learn more.  

  10. Spotlight on Soft Mattresses

    When picking a mattress, the firmness of the mattress is likely to be one of the most significant factors that you consider. Many people who experience back pain or other kinds of discomfort look for the support of a firm mattress, but other people may find that a firm mattress are too hard to give them any kind of relief. Soft mattresses are not right for everyone, but they are the perfect fit for some—could they be right for you? 

    Soft mattresses are ideal for people who weigh under 200 pounds, since they may not weigh enough to sink into a firm mattress. The lighter someone is, the softer the mattress they can tolerate. Side sleepers also do well on soft mattresses and are more likely to find them comfortable than back sleepers.  

    Mancini’s Sleepworld has mattresses ranging from very soft to very firm, so there is something in our 33 mattress stores for every kind of sleeper. You can learn more about our selection by calling (800) 647-5337. 

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