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Bed Doctor

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)

I started in the mattress business almost 12 years ago in the Chicago area. I managed several stores throughout Chicagoland and was in Boubonnais, IL, where I opened a store for Bedding Experts, just before I moved to the Seattle area.

I LOVE what I do and have helped a lot of people with their sleep issues and back issues over the years. At Bourbonnais, not long before I moved here I had a couple of doctors walk in together. I had helped both of their families find good mattresses for deep sleep and great back support, but I didn't know that they knew each other. One of their wives had sent them in to buy more of the awesome pillows I had sold them and we wound up laughing and joking with each other for a bit. When I was ringing them up the one buying the pillows said, (you have to read this in a Pakistani accent) "Dabe, yourr a bad doctorr." I said, " Aww, why am I a bad doctor?" He said, "No, no - yourr a bed doctorr." Then we all laughed. 

I took it as quite a compliment that a real doctor called me a bed doctor because of the way I had helped him and his family with their mattress needs.

Truly, I LOVE people and I LOVE what I do... Thank you to all of my great customers, many of which have kinda become friends.

Dave

Sleep SMart Mattress Store


A Story about Finding the RIGHT Mattress

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Find the RIGHT mattress for your back - Sleep SMart. Here's a story that illustrates what I'm talking about:

Several years ago a lady came into the store where I was the manager and she said, "I need the firmest mattress you got." Well, when someone KNOWS what they want I try to show it to them. As I was showing her some FIRM mattresses she kept saying, "No, that's not the one. No, that's not the one." After a few minutes I asked her, "Why did you ask me for the firmest mattress I have when you walked in?" She told me that she had bought three mattresses in the last five years and said, "Obviously I haven't been getting a firm enough mattress because my back is still killing me." I told her that I've been in the business (at that time) for nine years and have helped a lot of people with their sleep and back issues. I asked her if she'd mind if I gave her a little perspective. She said ok. I explained to her that though we NEED a firm core to keep our back aligned correctly she was probably getting TOO FIRM of a mattress. I told her that if a mattress is TOO SOFT it's like a hammock and a hammock is wonderful for an afternoon in Hawaii but NOT good to sleep on on a regular basis. So we NEED a good balance between a firm core and some softness on top to help eliminate pressure points and make it more comfortable. I also told her that when you have some softness on a firm core the softness helps to fill in the small of our back (or side) and give it support - that when a mattress is too firm we get support at our hips and shoulders but that the small of our back doesn't get enough support - it supports itself all night and doesn't get to relax. Besides not getting enough support in the small of the back, the hips and shoulders get TOO MUCH support - they become PRESSURE POINTS - and after awhile they tell the body to move to a different position. So we keep partially waking up every little while and NOT getting a deep sleep.

After I explained a little bit she said, "Hmmm? Show me some mattresses like you're talking about." I did and she found one she liked and bought it. She called me a couple of weeks later to say, "Dave, THANK YOU for spending the time with me to help me understand and find the RIGHT mattress. I'm FINALLY sleeping THROUGH the night for the first time in FIVE years." I LOVE what I do!

Come see us at:

Sleep SMart Mattress Store

@ Northgate Mall  206-669-7684

or

Everett Mall  425-622-5787

We have a mattress for every back and every budget.

Adjustable Bases

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Adjustable bases ARE amazing! They're NOT just for bed-ridden people. Not only can you sit up and watch TV in bed, but if you raise the head of the bed only five inches and the foot only 4 inches you will see the amount of stress this will take off of your back. In fact, if you lay there for a minute and then take it back to a flat position you will all of a sudden FEEL how much stress you are putting on your back without an adjustable base.

Doctors actually even prescribe them for things like acid reflux, gerd, etc. 

 

Come in and try one out - Sleep SMart. Treat your back right - sleep deeper - make the other two thirds of your life more productive!

They start at ONLY $547 for a twin and $697 for a queen.

 

Come in and see Dave or Jumoke Phillips.

 

 

 

Help with finding the right mattress

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Help with finding the right mattress - Dave Phillips

I'll start with a question from a friend that will represent the sentiments of a lot of people when they want to look for a mattress. Then I will give my response:

Hey, Dave! I have a question for you, since you sell mattresses. I've been having problems with my back aching in the night from the mattress I have, and I'm thinking it's time to buy a new one. The problem is that, every time I buy a mattress, it ends up not working for my back. (I have mild back problems - nothing severe, but noticeable with the wrong mattress.) I think I need to go with something firmer - I think that may be part of the problem. Also, every mattress I buy ends up developing dips in it from where I sleep. My last one was a pillow-top, so it couldn't be flipped - only turned. The one I have now is one I can flip, but it's still not helping - I still have dips. So, my question is what your recommendation would be for a mattress that will be a good quality for someone with mild back problems, but will also be affordable. Any suggestions? I hope you're having a wonderful day, my friend!

Hi ___, I have been in the mattress business for over 8 years (now almost 12 years) and I can say with confidence that there is no "cure all" mattress. I am not a doctor but a lot of people have thanked me for helping them find the right mattress for their needs. I have studied mattresses and sleep and have interacted with hundreds of customers. So here are some observations that hopefully will help you.

First lets clear up a common misunderstanding. Many times I hear, "I need a really firm bed" OR my doctor said I should get a harder bed. You need to ask for clarification. The floor is hard but it will not meet most peoples support needs. Usually when someone in the medical field says, get a harder bed they mean get rid of your 20 year old, sagging mattress and buy one that doesn't sag...buy one that gives good support.

What is good support in a mattress?

You can break support into 2 categories.

1. The first is the core support: springs/coils, or in a latex/foam mattress it would be the core foam. The core should offer good, strong support while not creating pressure points at the shoulders and hips. If your core is not strong enough you will sink too far into the middle...we call this "hammocking." A hammock is great for an afternoon in Hawaii, but not recommended for regular sleep.

2. The other form of support is the padding above the springs/core. There are three basic categories (and each of these will have sub-categories):

FIRM: Thin or high density padding which is made even firmer by a tighter stitching pattern on the top.

PLUSH: Additional layers of padding to create some softness.

PILLOWTOP: More layers of padding with a top that looks like a separate piece that has been added to the top (looks like a pillow sewn on top of the mattress). Usually pillowtops allow more give.

How do you know if you are getting enough support?

When lying down on your side or back you should feel that your spine is straight and feel overall...comfortable. You don't need to sacrifice comfort for good support. If you are used to a hard mattress or floor you may need to stick to what you are used to, but softness is not bad. Softness helps to eliminate pressure points and also fills in the curve of your side or back and giving support where a "too firm" mattress would not reach. Sorry there is no magic bed that will meet everyone's need. You should try several out.

In regards to flippable mattresses...basically they quit making them about 10 years ago and though we salespeople were skeptical at first, there was actually good reason. With two soft sides you have twice as much material to compress allowing the mattress to get a deeper body impression. So only one sleeping side actually, generally, gives better back support. You should at least seriously consider a good quality foam mattress (without a coil). Some people like latex and others prefer the memory foam (and memory foam now comes with cool gel so that it doesn't sleep too hot).

About box springs...manufacturers always want you to buy their new box springs. There are two reasons for this. One is they want to make more money off of you. The other other is because a box CAN go out and if your mattress doesn't have good support, YOU won't have proper support AND this can cause your mattress to go out (break down). You CAN use a platform bed, in which case you don't need a box spring. Or if your box is relatively young and in good shape you don't need to get a new one. If your box IS old you probably should get a new one if you're not using a platform bed.


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