A good night's sleep can help with just about anything and you spend about a third of your life sleeping. But it's hard to sleep well when you have a less-then-comfortable mattress. Enter Lynn's Bedroom City. With multiple locations all over Northwest Indiana, you can bet you will find a great mattress or other household item that fits you perfectly.
Recently, Ideas in Motion CEO Chris Mahlmann and I joined forces and paid a visit to the Merrillville location of Lynn's Bedroom City. We did a thorough brain picking of Mitch Lynn, co-owner of the Lynn's Bedroom City business. We asked questions, perused the store's selection, and Chris took selfies.
Lynn began by dispelling an old school of thought.
"Firm and soft have nothing to do with support," Lynn explained. "The old adage was that the firmer the mattress was the more support it gave. The truth of the matter is that the floor is the firmest thing you are going to get, and that's not doing you any favors."
Real support happens when a mattress conforms to the natural curvature of the spine. Lynn showed us different mattresses from the various types of Serta mattresss like iComfort and iSeries to different Tempur-Pedic lines. The new technologies that these mattresses have give the support that your body needs as well as other great features like temperature control, firmness adjustment, incline adjustment, and more. Other mattresses on the market don't have the quality technology of the mattresses that Lynn's carries.
"We put a big emphasis on Serta," Lynn said as he gestured to a mattress made by Serta. "This has a double row of coils across the mid-section so as your shoulders and hips sink in, the mid-range of your body is held up in alignment. So whether you go with firm or soft, all have support to them, you just have to think about what yield you want."
Another thing to think about when purchasing a mattress is pressure points. Do your shoulders or hips hurt during the night or maybe your arms fall asleep? If you choose a softer mattress you will have less stress put on those pressure points. A firmer mattress will add to it. You could try the Serta iSeries Merit King Super Pillow Top Mattress to get the softness that you desire.
"Think of a fist pressing into the small of your back," Lynn said. "You're going to feel every knuckle. But the more layers that you put between you and that fist, the less you will feel those knuckles."
The firmest of beds aren't as firm as they used to be. Since it's not really about firm and soft anymore the mattresses don't have to be. If you want a firmer mattress then consider the Serta iComfort Savant EverFeel Cushion Firm Gel Memory Foam Mattress. You can have the added strength and support of a firm mattress, while still remaining comfortable. The primary focus of Tempur-Pedic mattresses, and what makes each one different, is the feel and the pressure.
Lynn showed us another brand that is widely known throughout the country: Tempur-Pedic. There are three layers of foam that make up a Tempur-Pedic mattress. And as you progress through the line, the thickness of the foam changes. The mattresses are also heat and weight sensitive so the bed will conform to your shape and provide the proper temperature while you sleep based on your body's temperature. So no matter the firmness or softness, the support remains the same.
"The softer you go and the thicker you go, the further you sink into the mattress," Lynn said. "And the more contact it makes to your body, the greater amount of pressure will be relieved... You should feel just as straight while laying on one of these mattresses as you would feel while standing. That's how you know that you are getting the perfect support."
If you want a firmer mattress from Tempur-Pedic, you could try something from the Tempur Contour Collection . The collection is supportive and firm yet still it adjusts to your body for superior comfort. To go the softer route, try the Tempur Cloud Collection. It's super soft and supportive. And if you want the best of both worlds, Temper Choice Collection has multiple adjustments so you can go from firm to soft and back if you wish.
"We've sold Tempur-Pedic here for over 20 years and we've never had a warranty issue," Lynn said. "The lifespan of our mattresses is typically 30 to 40 years. And all of our mattresses here are one-sided so you don't need to flip them like you were taught to do in the past. If you have to flip your mattress, that is not a mattress that you want to sleep on."
The idea of flipping a mattress used to be a big gimmick in its industry. Some companies would use this to their advantage when checking mattress warranties. If they saw that there was wear on one side more so than the other then they would decline it. This was an easy out for them. Serta was the only mattress company at the time that didn't require that their mattresses be flipped. No matter what, the warranty that was provided would last the full amount of promised time.
And if you want to add some MORE comfort and choice to your bed, you should get an adjustable base. Both Serta and Tempur-Pedic make them.
"The adjustable foundation is great because it helps to alleviate snoring, if you're sick with a cold you can prop yourself up to help with breathing, it helps to promote blood flow, and it can take stress off of your heart and lungs so you can breathe easier no matter if you are sick or not," Lynn said. "And with the material that a Tempur-Pedic mattress uses, it is nearly impossible to get bed sores. Also, with the way it hugs you on your pressure points, Tempur-Pedic is the only mattress on the market that carries the seal of approval from the Arthritis Foundation."
Something to remember is that pillows are important. Lynn's Bedroom City sells pillows from multiple brands, and you don't realize how much impact a good pillow has until you go from a big box store $20 pillow to a specially made pillow that contours to the shape of your head and neck with memory foam or gel technology. They even carry pillows with temperature-controlled technology that stays cool throughout your sleep. No more searching for the cool part of your pillow at night.
"Many people think that a pillow is just a pillow, and that isn't the case at all," Lynn said.
So the next time you make a mattress purchase, bring your business to Lynn's Bedroom City. It's money and time well spent.