Sealy Optimum Collection

Sealy Optimum Collection-

The latest offering from Sealy in to the Memory Foam Gel mattress market is the Optimum Collection, which features OptiCool Gel Memory Foam, presenting the idea that “Sleep is Optimum”.  OptiCool is the only gel memory foam to be fused with Outlast, which is more effective at removing excess heat than standard gel memory foam alone.  The Sealy Optimum Collection is an expansion of the Sealy Posturepedic Optimum mattress that was launched in June of 2012. 

The Sealy Optimum Collection of gel memory foam line works to combat one of consumers’ top complaints with memory foam mattresses – sleeping ‘hot’.  It does this by drawing excess heat away from the body for a deeper, more restful sleep.  The OptiCool gel memory foam is 12 times more effective than standard memory foam or gel memory foam.

Sealy Optimum mattresses are also designed to minimize Motion Transfer.  Just because your partner moves at night, doesn’t mean you should.  Optimum is designed to absorb motion, creating a calm, stable sleeping environment that lasts all night.

Sealy Optimum Collection Models-

The Sealy Optimum Collection consists of the following models, all offering a different and unique OptiCool gel memory foam experience:

Destiny– Starting at $1299 for a Queen Set, the Destiny mattress features 2” of OptiCool Gel Memory Foam, the only gel memory foam on the market fused with OUTLAST, which is more effective at removing excess heat.  OUTLAST material is used in high performance outdoor gear and footwear for superior temperature regulation.   With the Sealy Optimum Destiny model you also get 1” OptiSense Memory Foam- a layer of body hugging, contouring material that conforms to your body’s unique shape and weight, creating the feeling that your mattress was made just for you.  Underneath the OptiSense layer is the patented Sealy OptiCore.  This layer is a firmer section at the bottom of the mattress, which provides a deeper level of support.  The foundation piece is the Optimum Foundation, designed for durability and to extend the comfort life of your mattress.

sealy optimum destiny mattress

Sealy Optimum Destiny Mattress

Radiance- Starting at $1699 for a Queen Set, the Radiance also features  2” of OptiCool Gel Memory Foam, featuring OUTLAST.  In addition to the OptiCool, the Radiance gives you 2” of the body hugging, contouring material OptiSense Memory Foam, for an eve more unique feel.  There is also the 6” OptiCore and Optimum Foundation for the durability and life you expect from your Sealy Optimum mattress.

Inspiration- Starting at $1999, the Inspiration takes the comfort level up a notch.  In addition to the 2” OptiCool Gel Memory Foam layer, fused with the OUTLAST material; the Optimum Inspiration brings you 3” of OptiSense body hugging and contouring Memory foam.  This all rests on the 6” OptiCore Plus layer, a firmer section which provides a deeper level of support as well as reinforced edge for a solid seating surface.  This rests atop the Optimum Foundation.

Vibrant- Starting at $2499 for a Queen Set, the Vibrant kicks up the comfort level another step.  Starting with 2” of OptiCool Gel Memory Foam, the only gel memory foam on the market to be fused with OUTLAST, Sealy adds 4” of OptiSense Memory Foam, the body-hugging contour forming for your body’s unique shape and a feeling the mattress was made just for you.  A 6” OptiCore Plus layer sets a firmer section on the bottom of the mattress for a deeper level of support as well as a reinforced edge for a solid seating surface.  Sealy Optimum Vibrant finishes off setting atop an Optimum Foundation designed for durability and an extended comfort life of your mattress.

Elation- Sealy Optimum Elation is the next option in the line, starting at $2999 for a Queen Set.  Like the other mattresses, the Vibrant has 2” of OptiCool Gel Memory Foam, fused with OUTLAST for a heat-managed environment.  5 full inches of OptiSense Memory Foam provides the body hugging and contour shaping comfort to let you feel like the mattress was made especially for you and helps absorb motion transfer when your sleeping partner moves during the night.   All this sits on a 6” layer of OptiCore Plus, a firm section at the bottom of the mattress, providing a deeper level of support was well as reinforced sides for a solid seating surface.  Of course this system sits on the Optimum Foundation for durability and extended comfort.

sealy optimum elation

Sealy Optimum Elation Mattress

Desire- The Sealy Optimum Desire is the ultimate in cool gel memory foam technology that Sealy brings you.  Starting at $3799 for a Queen Set, the Desire has 2” of OptiCool Gel Memory Foam and 1 “ OptiSense body hugging Memory foam in it’s Pillow Top.  Below that is another 1” layer of OptiCool Gel Memory Foam(featuring OUTLAST).  Next you get another 3” of OptiSense memory foam for a body hugging, contour material that forms to your bodies unique shape and weight for that ‘made for you’ mattress feeling.  This memory foam bliss is atop a 6” OptiCore Plus layer for a firmer bottom section to provide a deeper level of support as well as a reinforced edge for a solid seating surface. 

All of the Sealy Optimum Mattress collection models can be partnered with the Optimum Reflexion Powerbase.  The Optimum Reflexion Powerbase is an adjustable base featuring Dual ‘Wave’ Massage with 3 programmed settings, a wireless hand remote, and an under bed ‘night light’.

The Sealy Optimum Mattress collection increases the stakes in the Cool Gel Memory Foam market, raising the bar for what is offered by the mattress manufacturers and for what you the consumer can expect in the areas of comfort and temperature management.

Sleeping in Hot Weather

Sleeping in Hot Weather

With the heat wave in the West and more to come this summer across the nation, it seems like a good idea to talk about sleeping in hot weather.  Getting a good night sleep is always important and it becomes more difficult when you have to try and sleep in conditions you are not used to.  Sleeping in hot weather can make it more difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep and get a restful night.  If you are one of the people who have trouble sleeping anyway, the added heat can make it even more difficult to get the rest you need.

sleeping in hot weather

Sleeping in hot weather

Air conditioning is one way to stay cool if you do a lot of sleeping in hot weather, but in the Northwest (Seattle, Portland, etc) most houses don’t have air conditioning, it’s just generally not needed.  One solution would be to stay a few nights in a hotel that offers A/C, but let’s face it- for most of us that is not feasible, either do to cost, logistics or both.  In lieu of A/C or a Hotel we will take a look at some other tricks and options to help make sleeping in hot weather a bit easier.

Use a Fan:

Most people think a fan will just circulate warm air that is already in the room, while this is true, you can increase the amount of cooler air circulated by opening a window and placing the fan at floor level. Colder air falls to the floor, and hotter air rises to the ceiling making it more effective to circulate cooler air.  I also just like the feeling if the air as it blows over me when I use my fan that has an oscillating head.

Ice Melting:

When ice melts you get a vapor.  An effective way to cool a room is melt some ice in a bowl of cold water.  Vapor from the ice enters the air and get circulated by a fan placed nearby.

fan blowing over ice water

Use a Fan Blowing over Ice Water

Cold Compress:

A wet washcloth, hand towel or cloth napkin can be soaked in cold water, then wrung out and placed on your forehead, face, shoulders, whatever makes you fell better.  It is said they work well when placed on your feet.  One variation of this I used in college when sleeping in hot weather was to put my pillow in the freezer for a few minutes then take it out and hope I fell asleep before it heated back up.

Keeping your feel Cool:

One way to reduce your overall body temperature when it’s really warm is to keep your feet cool.  Heat rises in your body like it does in the air.  A way to keep your body cooler is to keep your feet cool- wrap your feet in a cold compress and this will help your body stay cooler.

Cold/Lukewarm Baths and Showers:

Another method for sleeping in hot weather is to have a cold shower or bath and then lie atop your bed on a towel.  Cold baths and showers help bring the overall body temperature down and can help keep it lowered for a fair amount of time.

Water Sprays:

Using and old spray bottle (or buying a new one at the store), you can fill it with cold water or ice water and use it to spray on your face and body as you lie in bed.  The cool mist will help cool you down and make you more comfortable as you try to get to sleep or back to sleep.

Sleep in the Basement:

In my house, the basement (lower family room), or any room below grade is typically the coolest room in the house.  If you have an extra bed, inflatable mattress or comfortable couch down there it may well be the most comfortable place in your home for sleeping in hot weather.

Open your Windows:

As the sun goes down, the air temperature outside your home may well be lower than the air temperature inside your home.  Open some of your windows to create a breeze that flows through the house bringing in the cooler air and pulling the warmer air out.

Luckily we in the Northwest don’t have to worry so much about sleeping in hot weather.  We don’t experience too many of these really hot and uncomfortable days, so these short term solutions work and we are soon usually back to our more common moderate temperatures and don’t need to worry about sleeping in hot weather.  If you are in an area that has a warmer environment, and don’t want to or just can’t afford to get air conditioning, I hope these tips and tricks allow you some relief and better sleep.

Camping Mattresses- a quick review

Camping Mattresses and Pads-

Camping mattresses are big here in the Pacific Northwest where it seems almost everyone likes to get out for weekend camping trips at least a few times a year.  For the rest of the world, especially the Northern Hemisphere, summer is a coming and school is getting out- time for family camping trips.  We will look at some of the camping mattresses available today- price, comfort, Pro’s and Con’s, and where to get them.  Most of these camping mattresses are best used for Car Camping as they are not the tiny, thin and light pads best suited for the more hardcore backpacking and mountain climbing campers out there.

Like most regular mattresses on the market today, there are a lot of different options available to you as a consumer.  Some things you will see on the market while researching camping mattresses are:

  • Inflatable mattresses with either a foot pump or car plug in electric
  • Memory Foam
  • Varying size, weight, and thickness

Hopefully you get a few tips and have more information than you did before when you head out to get your new camping mattress.

Therm-a-Rest Camping Mattresses-

Therm-a-Rest camping mattresses and pads are popular, well made and reviewed and available at many (most) of the top outdoor retailers.  Some of the more popular and better reviewed include:

Therm-a-Rest Dream Time: (estimated cost $190) Arguably the most comfortable Car Camping pad, more comfortable and supportaive that ‘budget’ type pads.

  • Pro’s: Very Comfortable, Memory Foam Top, Washable Liner, Very Warm
  • Con’s: Cover gets dirty easily, less durable than some other pads
thermarest dream time camping mattresses

Therm-a-Rest Dream Time

Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map: (estimated price $75-$100) ultra squishy, and comfortable, car camping pad that comes in three sizes.

  • Pro’s: Super squishy, hips don’t hit ground, three sizes, pressure mapping technology for comfort with less weight and more compact.
  • Con’s: More expensive than the REI Camp Bed

Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Solar: (estimated cost $40-$55) a very comfortable and inexpensive closed sell pad that is durable and reliable.  Price combined with net Pro’s and Con’s make the Ridge Rest a good buy for the buck.

  • Pro’s: Light, durable, easy to set up, comfortable and warm
  • Con’s: Very bulky, collects dirt,

REI Camping Mattress Pads-

REI is well known and built for the great outdoors, in the Pacific Northwest REI reigns supreme and is a hometown brand.  Two of the REI Camping Mattresses we found reviewed include:

REI Camp Bed 3.5: (estimated cost $129) a luxurious and comfortable foam-sleeping pad.  Cover fabric is soft and plush, quick deflation (2 air valves), and a moderate price make it a good and popular buy.

  • Pro’s: Amazingly comfortable, soft cover material, two air valves, durable
  • Con’s: Very Large and very heavy
camping mattresses REI camp bed 3.5

REI Camp Bed 3.5

REI Trekker 1.75: (estimated cost $80) an affordable option for inflatable car camping mattresses- more comfortable than most pads, but not as comfy as the inflatable mattresses.  It falls in between: too heavy for long camping trips and not as comfortable as the car camping mattresses.

  • Pro’s: Warm, Comfortable, affordable
  • Con’s: not as comfortable as the REI Camp Bed 3.5, or some of the Therm-a-Rest mattresses

Other Camping Mattresses to look at-

REI and Therm-a-Rest clearly are not the only makers of camping mattresses and pads, here are a few more to look at and consider when you are in the market.

Jack’s Plastic Welding (JPW) Paco Grande: (estimated cost $260) a huge sleeping pad that has thick, cushy foam and an indestructible shell to make it heavy, large and durable- weighing 13 pounds.

  • Pro’s: Very Comfortable, very warm, very durable, hypo-allergenic, easy to clean and has many uses.
  • Con’s: Not good for users over 6 feet tall, difficult to make firm, hard to use inflation valves, not comfortable in hot weather.
camping mattresses jacks paco grande

Jack’s Paco Grande

Coleman Signature Rugged Air Mattress: (estimated cost $40) a great solution for car camping or kids camping in the back yard.  Durable with a heavy base, easy open valves for inflation and deflation.

  • Pro’s: Easy to inflate, durable, heavy duty base, good support
  • Con’s: Not ideal for camping, carry bag, does not roll up, bulky

Intex Comfort-Rest Rising Comfort Air Bed: (estimated cost $50) dual chamber design delivers a portable air bed and a raised sleep surface- lower chamber acts as box spring, upper creates a soft, supportive mattress.  Not ideal for anything beyond stationary car camping-

  • Pro’s: Elevated sleep surface, dual chamber design, double layer I-beam construction, built in pump.
  • Con’s: Heavy w/built in pump, not ideals for mobile camping, takes up space

We hope you gained some perspective on the options out there if you are looking for a camping mattress.  Some of the things you should keep in mind while shopping include dimension and connect ability (connect to other mattresses/pads).  What is the size of the camping mattress, what is the size of your tent?  Are you tall?  Does the mattress attach to others like it if you have a camping partner- snaps, Velcro, etc.

There is a lot of great information and reviews at Outdoor Gear Lab- they can be seen here.