Your mattress is an essential part of your everyday life, and you put a lot of thought into selecting just the right one for you. So it can be easy—and tempting—to believe that you and your mattress will be together forever. Unfortunately, no matter how amazing your mattress may be, this is one relationship that must come to an end.
You can expect a good 7-10 years out of a premium mattress, but eventually it will succumb to the wear and tear of supporting your body every night. At that point, it stops providing you with proper support, leading to aches, pains, less-than-stellar sleep—and the need to find a replacement.
But how do you know for sure when you need a new mattress? Here are 10 telltale signs:
1. Obvious sagging
The most visible indication that a mattress needs to be replaced, sagging may as well be an “It’s Time to Replace Your Mattress” sign. It’s also a symptom that applies to all mattress types, as springs break down over time, memory foam gets softer, and the fibers in other materials compress—all of which lead to sagging. Don’t wait for a crater to form in the middle of your bed. Even minor sags of 1-2 inches shouldn’t be ignored, as they can mean a lack of support for the most vulnerable parts of your body.
2. Quite the impression
This one applies specifically to memory foam mattresses and can be a bit tricky to decipher. See, memory foam is supposed to “remember” your body and sleeping position (hence the name)—but only to a certain degree. After you get out of bed, the foam should mostly return to its original position. However, over time the cellular structure of memory foam breaks down, becoming softer and losing its ability to bounce back, aka to support you. If your memory foam mattress has a body impression that stays long after you’ve gotten up, or if the impression is deeper than two inches, it’s time to replace it.
3. The Goldilocks effect
Memory foam mattress owners should also take note if their mattress becomes too hard or too soft. Because of memory foam’s sensitivity to temperature (the reason that many people “sleep hot” on memory foam mattresses), it will become hard over time when kept in a small room, or soft over time when kept in a warm room. This change in firmness can wreak havoc on your comfort.
4. One lump or two?
When the padding within the mattress shifts around over time, you may see lumps in your mattress. This uneven density can mean you’re not supported where you’re supposed to be. It can also cause uncomfortable pressure points. Though lumps are more common with lower-quality mattresses, it can also happen with higher-end mattresses that have run their course.
5. Age is just a number…unless you’re a mattress
Even if your mattress is showing none of the above signs, if it’s more than seven years old, you should apply some scrutiny to it. Most mattresses will need to be replaced after 7-10 years. Even if you think you’re sleeping fine, there’s a chance that you’ve just become slowly accustomed to a less-than-excellent sleeping experience.
6. What a pain
Sleep is a time for your body to recover from the stresses it experienced during the day, whether that’s an intense gym session or too much sitting at your desk. So if you wake up with more aches and pains than you had when you went to bed, your mattress is likely the culprit. Because of the gradual degradation and softening of a mattress’s materials, it loses its ability to provide crucial support for vulnerable areas like your neck, low back, and hips. On top of that, as cushioning gets worn down, it can create painful pressure points. When your back is sagging and springs are jabbing your hips, then waking up with aches and pains is inevitable.
So if you wake up feeling beat up rather than refreshed, chances are your mattress needs to go (this is even more likely to be the case if you wake up with pain and it gets better throughout the day).
7. Up all night
If you can’t fall asleep, or frequently wake up during the night and adjust positions, it could be time to replace your mattress. Of course, other things like stress or poor sleep hygiene can keep you up at night, too. But if you’re tossing and turning into the wee hours, chances are your mattress no longer provides you with the proper comfort and you need a new one. If you seem to sleep through the night but still wake up tired, the same may very well be true.
8. Sleeping for two
One of the more exciting reasons for getting a new mattress is becoming pregnant. Because your body is undergoing so many changes during and after pregnancy, a customizable mattress and adjustable bed is a great choice that will provide support during every stage of the journey. Custom support for side-sleeping will help support your belly and prevent back pain during pregnancy, and can be easily changed back to your usual sleep preference afterward. Plus, an adjustable bed makes getting out bed easier when you’re pregnant. It also makes nursing more comfortable and can help protect abdominal muscles after a C-section.
9. Active allergies
Over time, most types of mattresses can accumulate allergens like mold, mildew, and dust mites. If you’re allergic to these irritants, that means that your mattress will trigger an allergic reaction. So if you notice yourself sneezing when you get close to the bed or a stuffed up in the morning, it’s probably time to evaluate your mattress situation. When choosing a new mattress, consider hypoallergenic materials like wool or latex.
10. It’s not you, it’s me
Sometimes everything is still perfectly fine with your mattress, but circumstances in your own life necessitate that you get a new one. This could be the case if you sustained an injury, lost or gained a significant amount of weight, or have a new bed partner. If your mattress is still in the prime of its life but you’re not getting the support you need anymore, don’t feel guilty about letting it go—just find a mattress donation location near you.
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With increasing interest in health and better sleep, among both millennials and baby boomers, more people are upgrading their mattresses. Usually that means a king size. In keeping with this trend, the mattress industry has moved to provide more options. Here’s an overview of what’s currently out there, starting with King and working on down to Twin.
KING SIZE, a plethora of choices
King size is the most popular choice for master bedrooms. This category has the most options, from sizes to special configurations or shapes. You’ll find king mattresses that are a little longer, ones that are built to allow separate movement on a power base and ones that are somewhere in the middles.
STANDARD KING, 76”W x 80”L
Pros: A king mattress provides an extra 16” of width (or 8” per person) more than a queen, for a more comfortable and less-crowded sleeping experience, particularly if you put the extra width between you. It is essentially the same size as two twin mattresses. Also great option if you have pets or children who like to climb in bed with you. Cons: Heavier and requires more room than queen size beds.
CALIFORNIA KING, 72”W X 84”L
Pros: At 84” long, California King mattresses are perfect for taller persons or anybody who wants more length in their mattress. It gives each sleeper 6” more sleeping width than a queen size bed. California King mattress size is nice for use with an adjustable base, because it provides extra length even with the head and foot elevated. If you’re taller or have a pet who likes to sleep at the foot of the bed, California King is a good choice. Cons: Takes up more space than a queen size, less width than a Standard King.
SPLIT TOP KING, 76”W X 80”L
Also referred to as a Split Head King and a DreamTop™ King, this is a newer entry into the market. Pros: It is built for use with a power adjustable base, with a split in the head section of the mattress about a third of the way down. This allows separate movement of head portion of the bed, which is the section that has the largest range of movement. The idea is to give an option to couples who like to cuddle while sleeping without the seam of a Split mattress. The foot of the bed, which rises less than the head, can still be operated separately, but is one piece. Cons: This bed requires special sheets, which can be harder to find, but are sold by some manufacturers who offer this mattress size, including Reverie.
SPLIT TOP CALIFORNIA KING, 72”W X 84”L
Also referred to as a DreamTop™ California Split King. Same as Split Top King above, except for the size, which is 4” longer and 4” less wide. Great for taller couples who like to cuddle while sleeping but who want the comfort options that a power base provides. Also good for couples whose pet sleeps at the foot of the bed.
SPLIT KING, 38”W X 80”L
(Two mattresses used side by side, for a total size of 76”W x 80”L)
An innovative newer option, Split King beds are made for use with power adjustable bases. Pros: They are great for couples who have different preferences for firmness in a mattress. They’re good for couples with different sleep preferences or schedules, allowing each partner to sleep in a different position, or one partner to read elevated while the other sleeps flat. They’re also nice for people who have different body temperatures; for instance, the partner who sleeps hot can opt for natural latex and the partner who sleeps cold might like a memory foam option. With a split king, you each get your own fitted sheet and can either sleep with one big flat sheet, or get your own completely different twin sheet sets and blankets, if one of you is known to steal the covers. If the power base has a massage function, each partner can use that separately, too, without disturbing the other. Cons: People who like to cuddle while sleeping sometimes find the seam down the middle bothersome.
SPLIT CALIFORNIA KING, 36”W X 84”L
(Two mattresses used side by side, for a total size of 72”W x 84”L)
Pros: A Split California King mattress gives ample space and length to each sleeper. When paired with adjustable bases, Split California King beds offer more comfort choices for couples who have different preferences in mattress firmness, sleeping positions or who keep different sleep schedules (see Split King description above). If the power base has a massage function, each partner can use that separately, too, without disturbing the other. Cons: People who like to cuddle while sleeping sometimes find the seam down the middle bothersome.
QUEEN, 60”W X 80”L
Pros: Queen mattresses are nice for couples with moderately sized bedrooms, bigger guest rooms, or couples who just like to sleep close together. Allows significantly more space than a full size mattress, with an extra 6” of width and 6” of length. This is also a good option for taller single sleepers who like to more space while sleeping. Cons: For couples with a bigger sleep footprint, queen size mattresses can feel cramped. A King mattress would give them an extra 12-18” of space.
SPLIT TOP QUEEN, 60”W X 80”L
Also referred to as a Split Head Queen and a DreamTop™ Queen, this mattress is built for couples with moderately sized bedrooms who want to maximize the comfort of their adjustable power base. Pros: Each partner can enjoy separate movement on his or her sides of the bed, sleeping or watching tv in different positions or perhaps using the bed massage function (or not). The top section of the mattress is split about a third of the way down, allowing separate movement of the head portion of the bed (which is the section that with the largest range of movement). The foot of the bed, which rises less than the head, can still be operated separately, but is one piece. Couples can sleep and cuddle in the middle comfortably. Cons: This bed requires special sheets, which can be harder to find, but are sold by some manufacturers who offer this mattress size, including Reverie.
SPLIT QUEEN, 30”W X 80”L
(Two mattresses used side by side, for a total size of 60”W x 80”L)
An option that is still available but starting to fall out of fashion. Split Queen beds are made for use with power adjustable bases. Pros: They allow individual movement of the bed for both partners, accommodating couples who have different preferences in a mattress in terms of firmness, sleeping position, body temperature or schedules. Cons: Splitting a smaller mattress all the way down the middle means having your separate territory can feel cramped at a width of only 30”. People who like to cuddle while sleeping sometimes find the seam down the middle bothersome. Sheets can be hard to find.
FULL, 54”W X 74”L
Full mattresses are great for tiny studio apartments, small guest rooms, single sleepers or children who need more space. Provide extra 16” of width over a twin and allows one sleeper to spread out comfortably as long as they aren’t too tall. Also, if you have a vintage bed, most of them are full size; people used to be smaller decades ago. Cons: At only 27” per person, full mattresses are a tight fit for two and they can be too short for some. There are no split power bases available for this size.
STANDARD TWIN, 38”W X 74”L
The smallest size mattress out there that can still fit an adult. Pros: Twin mattresses are the longtime standard size for kids, teenagers, bunk beds, trundle beds and daybeds. They are economical and fit most standard bed frames. Cons: It’s not a ton of room and most people outgrow them by the time they are adults. Obviously this mattress is only meant for one person.
TWIN XL, 38”W X 80”L
Twin Extra Long mattresses are great for teens’ bedrooms, college dorm rooms and small apartments. They don’t take much space, yet are suitable for young adults and guests that are too tall for regular twin beds. Cons: Even though they add 6” of length over a Standard Twin, they are the same width as a regular twin size mattress and still feel cramped for many adults.
Which is right for you?
Every person and every couple is different, so this advice is not absolute. Due to space considerations, we didn’t complicate things by talking about how, with Reverie, you can also get different firmness on each side of the mattress, even if they’re not split. Should you like to learn more about that, give us a call at 888-888-5990. We hope this detailed information has been helpful. Sleep well!
Every company in the industry talks about how great their beds are. But, as in most of life, independent verification is a good thing. Particularly when it comes to your bed. If you’re taking care of your health, you spend about a third of your life in your bed. What materials went into it? Are they safe? Have they been rigorously tested by reputable outside sources?
At Reverie, that answer is yes. An obsessive yes, in fact. We are truly dedicated to bringing you a happy, healthy bed. So we aggressively pursue certifications and reviews that are meaningful. Here’s a thorough guide to what outside sources say about our mattresses, power beds and linens.
Consumer Reports magazine
See what Consumer Reports had to say about our DreamCell® mattress here.
Women’s Choice Award® - Eight Times
The Women’s Choice Award is based on surveying women about products they own and would recommend. Since women are the primary shoppers for home items, this carries special significance when it comes to bedroom furniture. Over 96% of women surveyed would recommend their Reverie power bed to a friend. And over 98% of women who own our full sleep system (i.e., both the mattress and the power base), would recommend them to a friend. We’ve won the award for our power bed (aka power bases) every year since 2012 and the award for our sleep systems since 2016.
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
Truth is, in the real world, many products can’t be manufactured fully organically and still be functional or reasonably affordable. Which makes OEKO-TEX Standard 100 especially relevant … in real-world terms, it’s basically the next best thing to organic. OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is rigorous about safe levels of substances like chemical flame retardants, pesticides, formaldehyde, colorants and allergic dyes. It also restricts chemicals like formaldehyde and VOC emission levels. OEKO-TEX Standard 100 means a product was tested for over 700 harmful substances through independent labs. In many cases, their standard is more stringent than legally required. They also regulate substances that scientific data show may be harmful but aren’t yet legally banned.
In another show of toughness, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification is not awarded unless all components of the product meet their standards. In the case of a mattress, that means the foam, the outer cover, the threads used in quilting, the zippers–i.e., when they say everything, they mean everything. And the closer to the skin or the younger the intended user, the more stringent the standards. OEKO-TEX also insists on criteria regarding environmentally-conscious production.
Reverie is proud to have OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification for all the natural latex components of our Dream Supreme™ mattress lines, including the foam springs and comfort layers.
This certification comes from a nonprofit group that monitors the foam used in mattresses, whether it’s latex, memory foam or some other polyurethane. A versatile and far-reaching certification, CertiPUR-US monitors foam for toxic and carcinogenic materials within the foam itself like lead, formaldehyde, mercury, unsafe flame retardants, etc. CertiPUR-US certification also means that VOC levels (sometimes referred to as off-gassing) are low and within safe ranges. Lastly, CertiPUR-US certifies foam for manufacturing practices that look out for everybody’s future; namely, they strictly prohibit any chemicals that contribute to ozone depletion.
Reverie has CertiPUR-US certification for the memory foam used in our Hybrid mattresses as well as our RevTek™ polyurethane foam.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
GOTS is for fabrics, and it’s the strictest level of certification—meaning no toxic stuff can pass through here. It’s recognized around the world as the leading processing standard for organic textiles, defining criteria that cover environmental, health, and social concerns. A GOTS certification gives the consumer a worldwide guarantee of quality.
There are two classes of GOTS certification: “organic” and “made with X% organic.” The only difference between these two classes has to do with the proportion of organic fibers in the material. A product carrying the “organic” label has more than 95% certified organic fibers, while “made with X% organic” has at least 70% organic fibers.
There are also restrictions concerning what the other 5% or 30% can contain. Certain additions—like formaldehyde, heavy metals, chlorine bleach and polyurethane—are strictly prohibited. For additional safety and authenticity, all organic fibers must be kept separate from conventional fibers during production. And there are corporate responsibility requirements as well: manufacturers must adhere to a number of standards regarding environmental stewardship and fair labor practices.
Reverie uses certified organic GOTS materials for our organic linens as well as our organic pillow covers.
Intertek® Quality Performance Mark (QPM)
This is a little-known - but brutal - durability test for mattresses. It basically involves abusing them repeatedly with a giant, heavy roller. We are proud to carry the Intertek certification on all our mattresses, so you can be certain they will provide you with proper support for ten years, and likely well beyond. In addition, we also have the Intertek QPM designation for having met their rigorous flammability standards.
UL-962 is the U.S. standard for home furnishings, certifying that safety standards for electrical, flammability and injury risk have been met. Again, they don’t take anybody’s word for it. Furniture is tested by a nationally recognized and accredited independent lab, ETL.
All Reverie power beds (aka, adjustable power bases) have been certified to standard UL-962.
Reverie power beds are:
FCC-certified to meet safety standards for electromagnetic interference.
SIG-certified for any Bluetooth® modules we use. SIG is an independent organization that certifies that products meet all Bluetooth requirements.
UL-listed for linear actuators. Underwriters Laboratory is a premier certification organization for electronics.
Power bed durability testing
Even though it isn’t required for power beds to be sold, our standards are high. We have the most strenuous electromechanical load durability testing in the industry. Our standard weight limit across all Reverie power beds is 850 pounds, which includes the weight of the mattress and anybody/anything on top of it. That’s up to 200 lbs. more than most of our competitors.
A final word on certifications
We are all citizens of the same planet, and Reverie is committed to protecting it. We firmly believe that healthy materials, quality parts and safety in design are integral to a restorative sleep experience. Durability is incredibly important as well, and we stand by all of our products with strong warranties. You can rest easy on a Reverie bed.
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He said, she said. Venus, Mars. The battle of the sexes isn’t limited to waking hours. When you don’t get your way in terms of sleep, it usually means less sleep. Which leads to to more crankiness. And then all bets are off, grrr.
How do both of you happily coexist in the same bed? If you sleep differently, the answer could be a split king adjustable bed. A Split King has two twin-size mattresses that can be raised and lowered separately on top of one king-size adjustable base.
Here’s our handy guide to some of the top bedtime relationship issues a Split King could help resolve.
He snores, she doesn’t.
44% of all men are habitual snorers. Thankfully, Split King adjustable power bases have one of the greatest features ever developed for womankind: the Anti-Snore position. Raise the head of his side of the bed, and usually that locomotive roar will subside. Settle flat on the other side of bed and, ahhhh. Can you say #bliss?
She needs to check emails, he wants lights out.
Even though we strongly advise against it, we know many of you work in bed, arrgh. If you must, at least allow the saner partner some peace. You can dash off some late-night emails with a fully raised head and support under your knees to hold that laptop or tablet. Meanwhile, your partner can adjust to whatever sleep position works best, perhaps lying flat on his side. He can avoid all that bad blue-screen light and enjoy all that sleep you should be getting, hint, hint.
He sleeps one way, she sleeps another.
Side and back sleepers often enjoy a little elevation. Stomach sleepers, not so much – flat is best. In an adjustable bed, to each his or her own. No need to compromise. There are also different positions that help alleviate pain and allergies. If you have a sore back, you can sleep in Zero Gravity position, while he fights his allergies with a raised head. Or if you’re pregnant, you can sleep flat on your side, while he nurses that ankle sprain with elevated feet.
She sleeps like a nomad; he sleeps like a rock.
If one of you moves a lot while sleeping, it doesn’t have to disturb the other’s sleep. The small divide in the Split King keeps your partner from rocking your world in ways that you do not appreciate. It’s like hanging a Do Not Disturb sign on your side of the bed.
The infinite number of positions achievable in a split adjustable king can also help to alleviate many medical conditions like restless legs and keep both partners sleeping comfortably.
He gets up early, she sleeps in late.
Many power foundations have programmable massage features or raise-to-wake alarms. If the adjustable base is well-designed, you can enjoy either feature (or both) without the vibrations or moving parts disturbing your partner. Some also have nightlights under the bed, allowing you to hit the bathroom or even make a late-night fridge run without disturbing your partner. How considerate!
She’s cold, he’s a furnace.
Or vice versa. For many couples, it’s not a matter of fighting for the blankets, it’s fighting off the blankets as well. With a Split King, one of you can pile on extra twin blankets on your side of the bed, the other can forgo blankets altogether and sleep with a lightweight organic cotton sheet.
One caveat: if you’re a maximal cuddler, a Split King has a very small gap between the two mattresses which some people find less comfortable. If that’s the case, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons, i.e., cuddling versus crankiness. The gender gap can be further accommodated with a mattress that can be customized in firmness on both sides for each of you.
All in all, a Split King has some big advantages that can promote harmony, increase the amount of restful sleep you both get and work well for most couples. We wish you luck bridging the divide and sleeping happily ever after. For our obsessive explanation of what a Split King base is, click here.
The NHL started its season. If you follow hockey, you know that it’s one of the most challenging and grueling sports to play. Night after night, it’s lots of checking, slamming into the boards, falling onto hard ice and a gonzo pace that never lets up for the entire game. To paraphrase the old Ginger Rogers line, hockey players do everything baseball players do, but with full contact and on skates.
One can only imagine the effect on the body, even for young healthy guys. Combine it with a vigorous road schedule, and that kind of pounding would create a strong need for sleep. Over the summer, Reverie gave Steven Oleksy, a defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins, one of our Dream Supreme Sleep Systems. Oleksy, who runs a competitive hockey league over the summer, has been sleeping on it ever since.
How has his journey to great sleep been going?
Frankly, Oleksy’s journey has been short. Upon trying our bed in at our showroom outside of Detroit, he was impressed. “I’d never been on a sleep system before. I could feel immediately that it was a custom bed,” says Oleksy. And then, when his bed was delivered at home? “The very first night, I noticed a huge change in my sleeping patterns. I didn’t set an alarm clock and hopped right out of bed at 7:30am, ready to go. My legs felt great!” (Oleksy says it so enthusiastically, the exclamation point had to be added for honesty.)
The very next day, he told a friend the bed “was life changing.” Within the first few days, he noticed other things, too. He began falling asleep fast and sleeping soundly instead of restlessly. “I didn’t even dream,” he says. He also doesn’t wake up groggy any more, rendering his snooze button irrelevant. Oleksy used to suffer from sore throats in the morning. He thought the elevation of the Zero Gravity position, which he sleeps in and loves, helped with better drainage. (Another possibility might be our all-natural latex hypoallergenic mattress; it repels dust mites and bacteria, which thrive in other kinds of mattresses.)
A job where sleep is crucial
Great sleep is important to any athlete, but especially to a hockey player. On game days, their schedule involves a busy morning with breakfast at the rink, reviewing video, a short skate and stretching. All this happens before noon. Then most players head back home or to the hotel to nap for 2-3 hours in preparation for the evening’s game. Then it’s back to the rink in the late afternoon to work out, stretch some more and talk strategy. The game follows, with dinner afterward along with a debrief. And then it’s back to the hotel, usually around midnight. A long day, with sleep sandwiched in the middle and also capping off the day. It’s that important to performance.
One of the biggest sleep challenges a hockey player faces is after the game. “It’s a super physical and intense game,” Oleksy says. “It’s hard to wind down. And often, it’s even harder at home, when I have other people and responsibilities to take care of.” He finds the massage feature and the soft light of the under-bed nightlight are little luxuries that help him fall asleep.
Oleksy says “what sets you apart at every level of the game is how quickly you can recover.” And he thinks his Reverie bed really does help. “Those little aches and pains? They don’t bother me much or at all anymore.” Sleeping better maximizes his workouts, improves his mindset and minimizes the effects of constant travel.
A measurable difference
Every year, hockey players take assessment tests for power, endurance, etc. This year, Oleksy had his highest scores ever across the board, which he attributes in part to sleeping better. He is also very fastidious about taking care of himself. He eats healthfully and never drinks alcohol, with one exception … if it’s from the Stanley Cup. “It’s my job to stay in shape,” he says seriously. “I’ve noticed that when I don’t sleep properly or am up late, I tend to make bad decisions, especially eating worse.”
Lately Oleksy has been loving our new Nightstand app. “It’s great,” he says. “It has so many capabilities.” He’s now programming his own sleep routines, with various massage settings and positions of the bed set to run automatically.
He thinks anyone could benefit from the bed, primarily because everybody needs great sleep. “They’ll wake up, ready to go.” And he thinks it would be great for anybody who suffers from back or shoulder pain. Of course, we love that he’s also been talking up the bed to his teammates, telling them, “If there’s one investment to make, this bed is worth every penny.”
About life as a Stanley Cup champion
A genuine and humble guy, Oleksy says his philosophy of the game is that he wants “to be the hardest working guy out there.” He is grateful to have achieved every hockey player’s dream by having been on a team that won the Stanley Cup. And he’s trying hard to cherish every moment of being a champion. “Nobody can take that away from me.” Rather than be annoyed, he’s grateful to the fans who say “hi” and ask for autographs.
Asked about the Penguins’ chances of repeating as Stanley Cup champions this year, he shows he’s learned a bit about the media and interviews, however. He modestly declines to make any prediction. “It’s always hard to tell,” he says, nonchalantly. “We should be competitive.”
Got it. Continue to sleep well, Steven, and good luck. Your friends at Reverie will be rooting for you.
In recent years, sales of adjustable power bed bases have grown exponentially. Yet, when it’s time for a sleep upgrade, many people still think only about mattresses. They remain unaware of the big difference in sleep quality that a power bed can provide, mistakenly equating them with hospital beds. With all the technology now infused into adjustable beds, nothing could be further from the truth.
An adjustable power base gives you the ability to control and tweak the position you sleep in, which can lead to longer and more restful sleep. It can also reduce snoring and alleviate pain. And then there’s the lifestyle perks. Like finally being able to read in bed comfortably with support under your knees. Or drifting off to a massage every night. Or programming the head of the bed to rise automatically in the morning to help you wake up. And more.
All in all, an adjustable foundation is a big value-add in a big busy world. But with so many bed frames on the market, how do you go about choosing? It depends on your needs of course. But here are seven important things to consider.
#1 How good is the engineering?
Perhaps no other piece of furniture is as complex as an adjustable foundation in that it moves. How many pieces of furniture do more than swivel or go up and down? In the case of higher end bases, they move in so many different ways. You’re ponying up a decent sum here, so take your time to check it out. Lay in the bed and try every single function on the adjustable bed remote control. Does the bed move quickly on command? Are the motions jerky or smooth? Be sure to evaluate with your ears as well. A good base will operate quietly as a result of the high quality adjustable bed motors. Ask your salesperson a ton of questions and do some homework online. Does the company building your base have a sizable product line and at least a million bases behind them? The importance of great engineering can’t be overemphasized.
#2 How much science went into the design?
So let’s assume the base has acceptable engineering. The next thing to ask is, how did they develop the positions and features? For example, lumbar support is worthless unless it’s specifically developed to align with the spine. Is the massage feature something that just shakes the bed, or is it a sophisticated, travelling motion, developed using the principles of physics? Is the Anti-Snore position exactly the optimal angle for most people? Did doctors or scientists give input into developing the bed? Inspect the edges, seams and all other aspects of the bed for nice finishes, solid materials, smooth joints and overall sturdiness. And while you’re at it, think about your personal design aesthetic. A lot of bases out there look like bulky fabric-clad pontoon boats rather than sleek pieces of machinery. Function is important, but style matters, too.
#3 What features does it offer?
An entry-level base will usually allow you to operate the head and foot of the base. Make sure the operation is smooth and that those sleeping positions feel comfortable to you. Just because there are strings on your wallet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a well-made product. More sophisticated adjustable power bases have additional desirable features like variable massage levels, enhanced neck support and life-changing presets like Anti-Snore and Zero Gravity, which simulates weightlessness. Premium power bases let you control the bed through your smartphone and program multiple settings to run at specific times. You may even find some under-bed nightlights.
#4 Split adjustable bed base or not?
The reality of any bed is that usually two people are sleeping in it. When that’s the case, a split adjustable bed is something to consider, because it allows both people to adjust the bed independently. Make sure the manufacturer provides two bed remotes for that purpose, and that each of you can adjust the other side of the bed with your remote, not just your own side. This can come in handy for any couple dealing with snoring or sleep apnea. If you decide to go with a split adjustable base, your mattress becomes a part of the equation. You can order a Split King mattress, which allows independent movement on both sides and is essentially two separate twin mattresses with their own separate domains. If you like to sleep while cuddling, make sure any partially split mattress moves well with the base in the foot region. Split bases are sometimes offered in Split Queen size, but most manufacturers only offer them in Split King.
#5 Do you want it to fit within an existing bed frame?
Already have a bed frame you love? The better adjustable bed bases have been specifically designed to fit within many standard types of bed frames. They have dimensions and certain compact crossbars to make that happen. They also come with different leg heights or adjustable bed risers that you can swap out to put your mattress at the right height. Ask the manufacturer for measurement specs to see if your bed will work. A serious maker of adjustable bases will have such bed size specs available for you.
#6 Remotes and apps add to the experience
A good adjustable base comes with a remote that’s simple to use. If it’s back lit, that’s a plus. Ditto if it’s wireless. Some manufacturers also realize that you can never have too many charging stations and have gone to the trouble of creating a quality remote cradle that also charges your smartphone. If you’re into more sophisticated operations, ask your salesperson for a demo of the company’s smartphone app. A high-end app will let you easily program multiple positions and massage settings with timings.
#7 Who made your bed? Warranties, service and reputation.
Many companies have gotten into the reclining bed market in recent years, looking to make a quick buck without knowing much about power beds. Avoid them. A power adjustable foundation is a complex piece of equipment. Like a car, it has moving parts, electronics and a motor. So be sure you’re dealing with a company that’s built a lot of electric beds and has a reputation for standing behind them. Also, a great bed warranty is the sign of a great power base. Check out some of the leading bed sellers, and you’ll find they’re pretty oblique about the warranties on their bases. That is because most of them farm out their power bases. Some even require you to ship the base back for service. A good company will clearly call out its policy: how long labor is covered, how long parts are covered and how long the motor is covered. Some companies guarantee the motor for as long as 20 years.
And do yourself a favor before you buy … call the customer service department and see who answers the phone. Does the company care enough to handle customer service in-house? Or have they outsourced that, too? A good quality base will have few or no problems, but if you have questions about operation or installation, a well-trained customer service team is highly desirable.
The world of sleep is no longer flat.
A power adjustable base helps you to settle into your own perfect sleeping position, which often involves a raised head or a little support under your knees. With stress in abundance and time for sleep in low supply, a power base gives you a whole new toolbox of sleep options. Choose wisely and start enjoying them pronto.
Quick, what are the most relaxing things you can think of? Chances are, your list includes both lying in bed and getting a massage. But what if you could combine those two things? The level of relaxation just went totally off the charts. No, we’re not talking about a live-in masseuse (though that would be kind of great). We’re talking about one of the great wonders of the modern age: the massaging bed base.
When you think about it, massage and sleep go together like peanut butter and jelly. There’s no question that quality sleep is essential to health and wellness. There’s also no question that being stressed out before sleep can decrease quality of sleep, or make it difficult to fall asleep at all. And what does massage do? It chills you out and makes those stresses melt away. You know that eyes-half-closed, blissfully drowsy, completely relaxed feeling you get when you’re getting a professional massage? That’s not a fluke—that’s the massage taking effect by bringing you to a state of physical relaxation that spills over into your mental state.
And it’s not just anecdotal. Research indicates that massage can improve sleep for healthy people of all ages as well as those suffering from insomnia, back pain, migraines, and cancer, among other conditions.
Relieving stress before bedtime
Massage improves sleep in many ways, but one of the major benefits of pre-sleep massage is that it relaxes muscles that have become stressed during the day (just like your mind). Many of us unconsciously clench various muscles, usually the back and shoulders, as a manifestation of tension that accumulates throughout the day. Being in such a tense and rigid state can cause pain and make it difficult to relax enough to fall asleep; alleviating this tension through massage allows sleep to occur more easily.
Unfortunately, the stresses of life that cause both physical and mental tension are there every day, and most of us don’t have the time or resources to splurge on a professional massage with the same frequency. Plus, heading to a spa for a massage requires climbing into the car and driving home afterward, potentially in a cramped car or dealing with stressful traffic, meaning that by the time you arrive in your bed, you’ve lost any modicum of relaxation you had when you left your massage.
Massaging bed bases. Luxurious, yet practical, too.
As sleep technology continues to advance, adjustable beds with a massage feature have become increasingly common. Early massage features were a bit rudimentary, providing only a gentle vibration that didn’t do much for knots and tense muscles, but newer technologies have drastically improved this feature.
So what should you look for if you’re in the market for a massaging base? The first thing to be aware of—which may seem counter intuitive—is that a more intense massage does not mean a higher quality massage. In fact, it may indicate the opposite. The intense pressure you feel in some massage beds is actually the result of simply cranking up the speed and output of the motor. This causes the bed to vibrate indiscriminately, creating a less-than-ideal massage experience—and a lot of noise.
What distinguishes a better massage bed?
More advanced massage technologies use the concept of resonant frequency to provide targeted movement on the surface of the mattress. In these adjustable massage bed bases, the natural sound frequency of the mattress itself is manipulated, causing it to vibrate at various intensities. The result is a natural, soothing, and very quiet movement. All Reverie adjustable bed foundations with the massage feature use this technology.
Another thing to keep in mind is ease of use. If you’re fiddling with switches and cords every time you want a massage, it won’t be very relaxing, so it’s important to find a massage feature that is easy and seamless to use. In the case of Reverie’s massaging bed bases, we’ve facilitated this with an easy-to-use back lit remote and also a smartphone app that can be used to control your bed. You can switch between 10 different intensity levels and choose head-only, foot-only, or full-body. It also allows for individual control of each side of the bed, so partners can customize their own preference.
Smartphone technology comes to massage.
Our new Nightstand app for iPhone 6 ups the game even further, with some clever and useful new features. Besides controlling the basic intensity, speed, and location of your massage, the app also allows you to save certain Comfort Settings (specific bed positions and massage settings), so you can return to them with one click. Additionally, you can program Routines. Routines are essentially multiple Comfort Settings programmed into one setting, and you can have them start at a specific time if you want. For example, you could program the bed to start your favorite massage automatically at 11 PM and continue for 20 minutes, then move to Zero Gravity position and a low-intensity massage for another 10 minutes, then end the massage and move into Anti-Snore position as you drift deeper into a serene slumber for the night. All without having to lift a finger.
And when it comes to the next morning, you can program your bed to wake you up with a massage at a certain time. A massage alarm—is there a better way to start the day than that?
As an Ob-Gyn in the third trimester of my second pregnancy, I am keenly aware of the many changes the female body undergoes while doing the very important work of growing a new life. Hormones surge, ligaments and skin stretch, and bones shift to accommodate your little one, who starts off as one cell and becomes trillions of cells by birth. Momentous, certainly. But it also sounds uncomfortable, right? It is. So what can we do to make sure these nine months are more joy than pain while nurturing our future astrophysicists? One of the most important steps is ensuring adequate nightly amounts of peaceful sleep in spite of our frequent bathroom visits.
Dr. Amelia Bailey, who is currently pregnant, came up with a DreamCell™ configuration for expectant mothers
On becoming a side sleeper
During your first trimester, you can sleep the same way you always have, even if you sleep on your stomach or back. Second trimester, though, we have to start making adjustments to improve comfort. I encourage side sleeping, a position that maximizes blood flow to the baby.
How Dr. Bailey rearranged her DreamCell™ springs
I bought my Reverie Dream Sleep System a couple years ago, and have had it for both pregnancies. It features a mattress that can be switched up to accommodate life changes.
This allowed me to develop my own personal DreamCell configuration that provides support for our beautifully enlarging bellies in a side-sleeping position (see image). Because the pink (softest) foam cells are in a line down the center, your body will more naturally stay on its side once you lie down in that position. You will notice that there are blue coils in the area where your tummy will rest to provide additional support there. To view a chart of the full configuration, click here.
Why a power adjustable bed can help
Because my Reverie bed has a power adjustable bed base, I can also adjust the head and foot heights to provide the support I need. The foot of my bed is completely flat, which keeps my back comfortable, while the head of my bed is almost 15 degrees (I go to the Anti-Snore position, then lower the head for 1-2 seconds). This just happens to be the arrangement that is most comfortable for me, but you should play around with the heights and find what works best for you. During your third trimester, you can use the same cell configuration and adjustment tricks but may need to reposition the head and foot heights to increase comfort levels. There are not a lot of studies that show a safe intensity of massage during pregnancy, so I play it safe and avoid use of the massage function on my bed until after baby is born.
Let’s talk pillows and linens
Many women feel warmer during pregnancy, so using bed sheets in natural, breathable fibers or sleeping with a fan may improve your sleep. I also use a large U-shaped body pillow that stretches to below my knees in front and back. This pillow provides support between my knees, under my tummy, and beneath my head while acting as a posterior barrier to prevent me from rolling onto my back. If you are a natural side sleeper, you may only need a one-sided pillow such as the Cool Down or Sweet Zone™ latex pillow under your head and the adjustable Sweet Slumber adjustable pillow between your knees. Look for pillows that meet your specific needs.
Rest, rest and more rest
Sleep is paramount during pregnancy to support maternal and fetal well-being and development. Getting comfortable may require trial and error as well as frequent changes while your body grows to house your little one, but it is worth the effort. A focus on resting while you are pregnant will pay great dividends during the upcoming nighttime feeding and snuggle sessions that you are about to have. Good luck; I will be in the same boat!
Dr. Amelia P. Bailey is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility (REI) specialist in Memphis, Tennessee. She currently serves on Reverie’s Advisory Board.
We get it. When most people think of latex, the first thing that comes to mind is not mattresses. But the truth is, latex mattresses are increasingly popular for some compelling reasons. Here's everything you ever wanted to know. And more.
Latex mattress basics
So what are latex mattresses? Well, it varies. Some manufacturers mold the latex into one piece of foam; others utilize a foam core surrounded by softer latex. Still others make mattresses with hundreds of little foam springs. Dunlop and Talalay latex, both natural materials, are used in various types of mattress construction. Dunlop is typically more dense and used for the mattress core. Talalay has a more even consistency and creates a more plush bed.
Now on to the questions and misconceptions.
How can latex be comfortable? It's rubber!
Most of us associate rubber with tires and pesky dodge balls. But latex has a much softer side, happily. Latex mattresses are manufactured to be a gently springy, responsive foam. Instead of sinking in, as you would on memory foam mattress, you rest comfortably on top of a latex mattress. The soft support adjusts to your body and cushions your pressure points. This is especially good if you have any kind of pain. Latex does not "push back" on you like metal coils in a conventional mattress. Some premium latex mattresses are made with individual latex foam springs to allow customized firmness.
How is latex different than memory foam?
Most people considering a latex mattress also have memory foam on their list. So let's compare and contrast between 100% memory foam, latex and a new option emerging in the market, the latex/memory foam hybrid. The primary differences involve the feeling of the mattress and heat retention. An all-natural latex mattress feels light and slightly buoyant. You float on top of it, held up by the soft airy foam underneath. Latex also does not retain heat. Mattresses made from 100% memory foam have a plush feel. You sink into them and they're quite soft. These mattresses work off heat retention, so they often tend to sleep hot. A newer entry to the market is the hybrid mattress, which combines the feel of memory foam but uses latex underneath to help dissipate heat. The better hybrids are not uniform slabs of foam; underneath those comfort layers, they provide custom support.
What about allergies?
Latex mattresses are excellent for people who suffer from many types of allergies like dust and mold. Latex is naturally hypoallergenic, anti-microbial and dust-mite resistant. It is also manufactured with pinholes. This allows heat and moisture to escape, further reducing the ability of irritants to thrive. Still, sensitivity to the latex itself is an issue for some. Generally, people who have latex sensitivity are not bothered by latex mattresses, because the latex is covered with other natural materials and does not touch the skin. If you have latex sensitivity, however, approach with caution. Seek a 100% natural latex mattress with a trial period and full refund policy. Read more about mattresses and latex allergies.
Seems like they'd be hot.
The answer to this is an emphatic "no." Nope. Not only does latex not retain heat, it's also made with pinholes which allow air circulation. Some of the best natural latex mattresses are also made with individual latex springs or cells, allowing even better air circulation which creates a perfect cooling mattress. Which isn't to say that latex is cold. It's actually temperature neutral. If the occasional person complains about latex being hot, the culprit is usually an inappropriate mattress topping cover.
Are latex foam mattresses toxic?
The better mattresses are not. Mattresses made with all natural latex, like Talalay and Dunlop, could easily be the safest in terms of materials. They are made without toxic chemicals, and the end product is a form made from the organic sap of the rubber tree.Synthetic latex, on the other hand, can be manufactured with petroleum. Some companies use harsh chemicals and known carcinogens, which can emit a smell that does not subside and may be harmful.
Are they green?
Again, we're not talking tires in landfills here. Natural latex mattresses are made from sustainable materials and manufactured without harsh chemicals so they can be easily recycled. They are durable for much longer than other mattresses, but ultimately latex mattresses are biodegradable and will not be sitting in landfills for all eternity.
Is latex a proven mattress material?
Latex mattresses were first manufactured in the 1930s and have been around ever since. The number of latex mattresses on the market continues to increase.
How are they for durability?
Excellent. Latex foam mattresses do not sag, develop body indentations or disintegrate over time. Most are warrantied for 10 years, but quality latex mattresses usually last much longer, often twice that long. Some mattresses with individual foam springs even easily adapt years later if your needs change, adding to their usefulness and longevity.
No one can tell you which mattress is exactly right for you. Trying is ultimately believing, but latex mattresses offer some major advantages for comfort and health reasons. You'd do well to include them on your shopping list next time you're in the market for a mattress. All in all, for many people, latex is totally the stuff dreams are made of.