8 Leading Mattress-Cooling Technologies Explained & Compared

A cooling mattress topper

A 2014 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that temperature was one of the main factors leading to poor sleep in both adults and children. While the report did not specify the source of temperature-related problems, for most people, it’s the mattress — specifically, a hot mattress. Many people sleep on memory foam mattresses, … Read more…

Firm vs. Soft Mattress: Which One is Right For You?

Ghostbed Vs Purple online mattress comparison

Even with the advent of online mattresses, there is still one aspect of mattress shopping that confounds shoppers; whether to buy a soft or firm mattress. Granted, most online mattress companies have made it easier to make a decision. Not because people are sure what kind of mattress they need but because they can make … Read more…

Olympic Queen or Texas King: How to Pick the Right Mattress Size

Best online mattress size guide

Buying the best online mattress won’t help you much if you choose the wrong size. Many people tend to underestimate how much personal space they need to sleep comfortably. Couples are especially prone to buying too-small mattresses. You never realize just how cramped the bed was until you ditch your double mattress for a king … Read more…

What is a Multi-Zone Mattress and What Are Its Benefits?

Casper Wave Comfort Zones - memory foam vs. spring

A lot goes into making the best mattress. The engineers have to consider the sleeping preferences of different people, different body weights, all kinds of sleeping positions and whether they sleep alone or with a partner. Mattress companies have mostly managed to create a universal comfort mattress either by using special materials (e.g. Purple’s comfort … Read more…

What Exactly are PCMs and How do They Keep the Mattress Cool?

Nest Love & Sleep Mattress Review - layers of foam

Online mattresses use various cooling techniques. Some use punctured foam while others combine foam with cooling gel. The Nest Love & Sleep mattress and several others use a phase change cover. This is a type of cover embedded with PCMs or Phase Changing Materials. A phase change cover is regarded as one of the best … Read more…

Does the Number of Layers Matter When Shopping For a New Mattress?

Does number of layers matter when doing an online mattress comparison

If you do a quick online mattress comparison looking for a good mattress, you’ll find that most of them have roughly the same number of layers. Foam mattresses usually have 3 layers while innerspring ones can have up to 4 or 5 layers. These layers fall into three zones: the comfort layer which is soft … Read more…

What is Sleep Latency and How Does It Affect Your Sleep Quality?

Sleep on a comfortable online mattress to reduce sleep latency

In my last blog post, I talked about sleep efficiency, which is a measure of sleep quality. Today I’ll explain another closely related sleep metric called sleep latency which is also an important indication of your overall sleep quality. How long does it take you to fall asleep when your head hits the pillow? 1 … Read more…

How To Test A Mattress In Your Home: 9 Issues That Will Ruin Your Night

Behavioral Insomnia involves poor sleep hygiene

Setting up a bed-in-a-box mattress

Your new mattress has arrived!

You've lugged that heavy box into your bedroom, unboxed it, unrolled it on your bed and watched it puff itself into a real, grown-up mattress. Cool!

Fortunately, because you bought your mattress online you now have 100 nights to test it in your home.

This means you can really get to know your new bed like never before – at zero financial risk.

But, um, exactly how do you really know if your new mattress is working for you and your partner?

In this quick guide, I'll walk you through the 9 things you should pay attention to after your mattress arrives, to ensure it's a keeper.

If your purchase does not meet your needs, then this guide will also help you identify specifically what's wrong so you can be more careful when selecting your next bed.

So, let's dive in.

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Should You Buy a 2-Sided Mattress? Top 10 Considerations For & Against

Split mattress

Double-sided mattresses were once the standard. Users could easily flip the mattress to avoid wearing down one side. The appeal of lower costs led to the single-sided mattresses that are so common today. All the mattresses from big names, including Serta, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic are almost exclusively one-sided. Even newer online startups like Casper and … Read more…