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How to Create a Bed You’ll Love Sleeping in


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We all want great sleep. And you know you need more than wishful thinking to achieve that. When it comes to your night of sleep ahead, your mattress matters big! Yet, you don’t sleep on a mattress alone. What you need is an entire sleep system that is perfect for you and your sleep needs. This is so important to get right. After all, your bed is where you spend a third of your life and a lot of your sleep quality depends on building the one that’s ideal for you! Here’s how to do just that:


It all starts with your mattress, so you should start with a great mattress! You need to purchase a new mattress when you no longer sleep comfortably or about once every eight to ten years, whichever comes first. You want to find and purchase the best mattress for you: one that is within your price range, provides excellent support, is made from materials you prefer, keeps your spine aligned properly, and is made to your comfort level. At City Mattress, we carry over 80 sleep surfaces to choose from, everything from pillow top to extra firm, with many different manufacturers, multiple size options, and more. 


Your foundation, or box spring, is the next step in creating an ideal sleep system. The purpose of the box spring is actually threefold: to raise the mattress's height, making it easier to climb in and out of bed, to absorb shock and reduce wear to the mattress, and to create a flat and firm structure for the mattress to lie upon. Your foundation can do a lot more than this, especially if you get the right one. We also sell adjustable bed bases that raise your upper body and legs, separately, to your ideal angle. For many, raising the upper body is a great way to reduce snoring or raising the lower legs helps with restless leg syndrome. Of course, there are people who prefer an adjustable bed base simply to make it easier to watch television or enjoy a gentle massage!

Mattress pad

A mattress pad is a thick piece of quilted material that sits on top of your mattress, below your sheets. A mattress pad can help to protect your mattress from normal wear and tear, as well as make your bed more comfortable. Purchasing a mattress pad is a fantastic way to enhance the comfort of a mattress while also protecting their mattress investment. Some people love the feeling of even more soft cushion, and a mattress pad will do just that. They do more than that for you, though. Waterproof mattress pads come in many varieties and offer a barrier to eliminate any staining and possibly voiding manufacturers' warranties.


A pillow might not seem as crucial to a good night’s sleep as your mattress, but it serves a very important purpose. Your pillow supports your head and neck throughout the night, ensuring that you can wake up without neck pain or stiffness. An old or inexpensive pillow is not only going to inhibit your sleep and stop you from waking up feeling refreshed, but it can also trigger or worsen neck pain and headaches. There are many different types of pillows, from sizes to materials to shapes. While someone who sleeps on their side may need one specifically designed for that, another person may sleep on their back and worry more about getting one that helps to regulate their temperature. There are memory foam pillows, gel-filled pillows, organic cotton pillows, wool pillows, micro-fiber pillows, feather pillows, and more. You can purchase a firm pillow, a soft pillow, a medium pillow, and everything in between. The rule of thumb is to replace your pillow every one to two years. 

Sheets and other bedding

You may not realize just how much your sheets impact on your sleep. If you're sleeping on the wrong material or kind of sheet, you can disrupt your natural sleep cycle, and end up either way too hot and just generally be uncomfortable. Quality is extremely important! Egyptian cotton is the best material for comfort, durability, and breathability.  Polyester linens are less expensive but not as durable and will trap heat. Consider the thread count but know that it is not all that matters. Good sheets range anywhere from 200 to 800. It’s also important to note that for some sleepers, higher thread counts may actually be uncomfortable. Higher numbers indicate that the threads are tightly woven together and could cause you to sweat more if you are going through menopause or get hot when you sleep for another reason. If you worry that this will be the case, you’ll want to stick with around 400. Beyond sheets, get the right quilt, comforter, duvet, and pillowcases that help you relax and sleep through the night.

You need more than a mattress to sleep great, and more than just a mattress salesman to help you create your perfect sleep system. That is why here at City Mattress, we don’t have salespeople in our stores. We have individuals who know a lot about sleep and want to help you achieve your best night of true rejuvenation. Often, this entails a new mattress that is better suited for your comfort preferences and needs.

This information can feel like a lot to remember, but well worth it in order to have the sleep you need. It may be that you need a mattress topper, an adjustable bed base, or even more-supportive pillows. When you visit your nearest City Mattress location, begin by discussing your current sleep situation with our team members. They’ll know which products to show you so you can begin looking at your best options. Very soon, you’ll have a night of deep, restful sleep and wonder how you ever went so long without your ideal sleep system!