Sealy Optimum debut

Sealy Optimum Mattress introduced-

The Sealy Optimum mattress, the latest mattress offering from the Sealy Posturepedic line, was introduced to the consumer public at the beginning of 2012.  The new Optimum line uses Gel and Memory Foam to create a sleep experience that offers optimal temperature, comfort and support levels.

Sealy Optimum helps control sleeping temperature:

The biggest issue with memory foam mattresses is the problem of sleeping too hot.  The Sealy Optimum gel enhanced line offers a mattress that works to create your optimum sleeping temperature.  It draws heat away from your body so you stay cooler and experience a deeper, more restful sleep.

Introducing OptiCool Gel Memory Foam:

Sealy Optimum is a unique mattress thanks to the innovation of OptiCool gel memory foam, that is fused with OUTLAST material, proving more effective for removal of excess heat during the night.  The OptiCool gel memory foam is 12 times more effective that standard memory foam or gel alone.

Sealy Optimum also offers:

In addition to the refreshing coolness, the new line includes enhancements at the top and bottom of the mattress.

  • OptiSense memory foam creates a body hugging top comfort layer
  • OptiCore is a firmer section at the bottom of the mattress designed to provide a deeper layer of support with a substantial seating edge.

Sealy Optimum mattress line models:

The Optimum models start at $1699 for a Queen set(Destiny) and move upwards from that point.  The models all offer 2 inches of OptiCool Memory Foam and then increasing layers of OptiSense Memory foam for greater support and comfort.

  • Destiny
  • Radiance
  • Inspiration
  • Vibrant
  • Elation

The Sealy Optimum collection brings you the latest enhancements in gel/memory foam mattress products.  The new Sealy Optimum from the Posturepedic line is designed to give you the coolest, most comfortable, restful and relaxing sleep experience.

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The new Sealy Optimum Inspiration mattress offers cool comfort

Sleep Apnea and an Adjustable Mattress

Sleep Apnea and an Adjustable Mattress-

Sleep Apnea and the health risk it poses has been in the news again- most recently tied to increasing the risk of dying from cancer.   This is in addition to the other health issues it can bring on such as Heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Sleep Apnea is defines as “the periodic pausing of breathing during sleep that results in drops in oxygen levels in your blood.”  The more sever the Sleep Apnea, the greater the impact and likelihood of the corresponding health issues.   Sleep Apnea is more likely to appear in individuals who are overweight/obese.

The Best Mattress for a Sleep Apnea Sufferer-

An adjustable bed and mattress system may be a good option for sufferers of mild Sleep Apnea.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the airway of the sleeper collapses on itself, this is made more likely by lying on a flat surface.  An adjustable bed, where the head can be raised to a higher position allows gravity to work and make the likelihood of the airway collapse drop.

Many Sleep Apnea sufferers are overweight, some severely, and many people who are overweight have difficulty sleeping- with or without Sleep Apnea.  An adjustable bed again provides some relief.  The ability to raise and lower the head, creating less likelihood of painful pressure points while also keeping the airway clearer allows the sleeper to get a better, more restful sleep experience.

adjustable beds can help with sleep apnea

An adjustable bed can help minimize Sleep Apnea symptoms

How to minimize the affects of Sleep Apnea-

Regardless of whether you decide to get an adjustable bed, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the affects of Sleep Apnea and get a better nights rest:

  • Control your weight/lose weight if you are overweight
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Sleep on your side or stomach
  • Don’t smoke/stop smoking
  • Raise the head of your mattress 4 to 6 inches.  A system that elevates your back from the waist up, may help reduce airway collapsibility.  Do not just stick a pillow under your head, if your chin is thrust forward it can actually worsen Sleep Apnea.

For more information on Sleep Apnea, you can visit the American Sleep Apnea Association website.

Memory Foam- Choosing Sleep over Sex?

Memory Foam mattresses: Sleep over Sex?-

Memory foam mattresses have increased dramatically in popularity in the last decade.  In the last eight years alone the market share of memory foam mattresses has increased from 14% to 20% of the American mattress market.  This represents the fastest growing segment in the $4.6 Billion US wholesale mattress market.

Americans, especially Baby Boomers, have been embracing the Memory Foam mattresses as a way to improve their sleep experience, but at what cost to our, ahem, sex lives?

What is Memory Foam-

Memory Foam, developed by NASA in 1966, is a dense material filled with tiny air cells that compress and soften when pressure and heat are applied (via a body lying on top of it).  It is denser and more responsive to a body heat than standard mattress foam.  Cells closer to the body release air, allowing the memory foam to mold to the bodies shape to provide better support and a more relaxing sleep experience.

Sleep vs. Sex-

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Have Memory Foam mattresses driven sex from the bedroom?

So, sleeping on memory foam is supposed to feel like you are floating on the mattress, sinking in to it, with fewer pressure points that cause tossing and turning.  Memory foam molds to the body, evenly distributing your body weight.  Memory has been used widely for medical patients with sore necks and back pain.  As the Baby Boomers age and seek a better nights sleep, the number of Memory Foam mattresses bought has climbed steadily.

Sex on a memory foam mattress is a different matter it would seem.  Apparently Good Sleep = Bad Sex.  While a memory foam mattress provides support during sleep, it gives very little ‘traction’ during sex.  Gripes found on blog posts include:

  • No traction for knees and feet
  • Bottom person sinking in to the bed
  • Difficulty in changing positions
  • Difficulty in developing a ‘rhythm’

A traditional coil mattress provides more ‘bounce’, you can develop and maintain a better rhythm, change positions easier, gain traction, and basically have an easier sexual experience than on a memory foam mattress.

Sleep Like the Dead has done research on mattress types and sexual compatibility and found that 40% of Memory Foam mattress owners say sex is less than ideal, but, that 80% of memory foam mattress owners are satisfied with the sleep they get- the highest rate of satisfaction of any mattress segment on the market.

Baby Boomers buying Memory Foam-

People are working like crazy these days, and as the Baby Boomers age they are worried about getting enough sleep.  Additionally they are showing less interest in sex than prior generations.

  • Of Adults 45 and over, only 28% have sex once or more per week
  • Only 43% are satisfied with their sex lives (down from 51% in 200$)

As the popularity and market share of Memory Foam mattresses increases, it appears that people are in fact choosing sleep over sex-