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Don’t Let Your Mattress Come Between You

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Better Sleep Tips for the Uncomfortable Couple (ARA)

Learning to live with a mate’s habits is a rough road for many couples. Leaving the toilet seat up or not capping the toothpaste may fuel heated arguments, but most couples ultimately find a compromise. But what if the problem literally leaves you sleepless?

Many couples have a difficult time sleeping well on the same bed and efforts to compromise often threaten the quality of their sleep.

According to the Better Sleep Council, 37 percent of both men and women said that their spouse is more comfortable sleeping on their bed than they are. Furthermore, one in four couples reported that they would sleep better if they did not sleep in the same bed.

“Whether couples are newly married or are celebrating their 30th anniversary, they need sleep. Sleeping partners usually have very different requirements for rest and don’t often realize that their bed might be preventing them from getting a good night’s sleep,” says women’s health researcher Joan Shaver, Ph.D., RN, professor and dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“The mattress may be too firm for one person, or too soft for another. Even the wrong pillow can make for a long night.”
There are several ways couples can get a better night’s sleep, including a mattress that offers adjustable firmness on each side of the bed like the Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort.

Unlike traditional innerspring mattresses, the firmness of a Sleep Number bed can be personally adjusted for comfort. A Sleep Number is a number between zero and 100 that represents each person’s ideal combination of mattress comfort, firmness and support.

Dual-adjustable air chambers allow each individual to find their Sleep Number and choose the ideal firmness of their side of the mattress, without affecting their partner’s choice.

In a study conducted at the Stanford University Medical Sleep Disorders Center, researchers found that 87 percent of those who slept on a Sleep Number bed experienced a greater percentage of REM sleep. The bed also is the only one clinically proven to relieve back pain and improve quality of sleep.

Because a good mattress is only one element of creating an ideal sleep environment, Select Comfort offers a variety of accessories that recognize that no two people are alike. Quite often, one person prefers a cooler sleep environment while the other likes to wrap up in a cocoon of blankets.

In Select Comfort’s 2002 Sleeping Habits Survey, 53 percent of respondents said that temperature was the environmental factor that most affected the quality of their night’s sleep. Experts agree that the body sleeps best when its temperature is at its lowest and advise that the thermostat be set between 60 and 65 degrees.

If the room is warmer that 75 degrees or below 54 degrees, a person will awaken. Still, finding that ideal sleep temperature can be difficult for couples who have different preferences. If she is wearing socks to bed while he is tossing the covers on the floor to stay cool, a dual-weight comforter or a dual-zoned heated mattress pad may be the solution.

The dual-weight comforter offers a lightweight side for less warmth and a heavyweight side for more warmth. The heated mattress pad comes with dual temperature controls that allow each person to independently adjust the warmth on their side of the bed.

Select Comfort also offers a dual-weight wool blanket, exclusively made for the retailer by Faribault Woolen Mills of pure Merino wool. One half of the blanket is a lightweight texture weave for less warmth.

The other half is a 45 percent thicker weave for more warmth Select Comfort’s products are sold through its more than 320 retail stores located nationwide, including leased departments in Bed Bath & Beyond stores; through selected bedding retailers; through its national direct marketing operations at (800) 535-BEDS; and on the Internet at www.selectcomfort.com. Courtesy of ARA Content

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Sleeping Habits Survey was conducted on behalf of Select Comfort by CARAVAN, ORC International's twice weekly national telephone omnibus survey.

During February 2002, 1,019 U.S. adults responded. This survey has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. Company History, founded in 1987, Select Comfort is a leader in sleep solutions technology, holding 27 U.S.-issued or pending patents for its products.

The company designs, manufactures and markets a line of adjustable-firmness mattresses, including the Sleep Number bed, as well as foundations and sleep accessories.

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