DON'T LOSE SLEEP: Your Bedroom Questions Answered

DON'T LOSE SLEEP: Your Bedroom Questions Answered

1. Is it important to flip or rotate your mattress?

While flipping your mattress is no longer necessary (many new mattresses have a pillow top and/or, by design, only one side of the mattress is intended to be slept on), rotating is a great way to prolong the lifespan of your mattress and keep the spine alignment neutral, which is crucial to getting a good sleep and waking up pain-free.

We recommend rotating your mattress every three to six months. A good way to remember is to do it on the first day of the change of the seasons.

To rotate your mattress, lift it from your box spring with the help of a friend, rotate it 180', and set it down.

2. What is the lifespan of a mattress? 

You should always ask about the warranty when buying a mattress as they vary from mattress to mattress depending on the brand and the quality of materials but, the average lifespan of a mattress is 7-10 years.

All Sleepenvie mattresses come with a 20 year prorated warranty.

To extend the life of your mattress, always use a mattress protector. 

3. If I can't afford a new mattress right now, how can I make my current mattress more comfortable?

We understand that a mattress is a big investment, so, we have two suggestions here: you can take advantage of a financing option to split payments evenly over the course of up to 12 months OR you can add a mattress topper.

A mattress topper is a comparatively inexpensive way to add comfort to an old, worn out mattress. Our BYOB (Bring Your Own Bed) mattress topper, for example is 2.5" of cooling gel tech memory foam that you order to the size of your bed and that comes with a yoga-like travel bag so you can bring it with you to the cottage or anywhere else that you may be travelling to add a little luxury wherever you travel.  

Most mattress toppers should have a non-slip bottom so you can place it over your mattress and under the fitted sheet, and not have to worry about it shifting around as you sleep.

4. How often should you really wash your sheets?

I would love to live in a world where my sheets get washed once a week but, unfortunately, for many of us, that is an unrealistic goal between working full-time and maintaining even a very low-key social life.

For this question, we ask you to use your judgment. In the summer months, when you are often going to bed sweatier from sweating during the day and from being to warm at night, do your best to wash your sheets once every one to two weeks. If you think this is excessive, think of all the times during the summer you crash after a long day at the beach, tired and happy but still sweaty with dirty feet...

During the other seasons, realistically, you can probably push it to every two weeks or so depending on your lifestyle. You can probably get away with up to three weeks if you always shower at night, you wash your pajamas frequently, sleep alone, and you never eat in bed.

We strongly advise against going any longer that three weeks without washing your sheets as they are tend to collect dead skin cells, bacteria and dust mites. 

5. Does thread count matter? 

Yes. I never believed it until I bought 200 thread count sheets in college to try and save a little bit of money. It felt like I was sleeping inside a roll of brown paper towel. I did not sleep well during my freshman year, to say the least.

That said, you don't have to go wild and break the bank in search of 1000 thread count sheets to get a good night's sleep.

My recommendation is to look for something in the 400-600 thread count range. It will be very comfortable while still affordable.

6. How many pillows does one really need?

 Although it is very common to see beds littered with like six or seven pillows at a time, you really only need one per person.

That said, no harm done if you want to decorate your bed with throw pillows, we just don't advise that you use them for sleeping. If you want put pillows in shams, buy cheap pillows, since no one will be sleeping on them anyway, and invest in a quality pillow for sleeping on every night.

You should also consider what kind of a sleeper you are when buying your pillow. If you sleep on your back, you're looking for a very full and plush pillow. Side-sleepers tend to like medium-full pillows. And, if you sleep on your stomach like I do, you're looking for the least full pillow.

7. How come I feel perfectly comfortable, temperature wise, when I go to sleep and then wake up sweating? 

If your bedroom isn't obviously too hot at night, and you're still waking up drenched in sweat--you're a hot sleeper. Don't sweat it, it's a very easy issue to remedy.

Look for sleep products with cooling gel tech memory foam and/or ice yarn. These are components that can be built into mattresses, pillows, and mattress toppers that help to cool you down so you don't get so hot while you sleep. 

Standard memory foam and/or latex can make you feel hot at night, which is why gel memory foam was invented.


Sleepenvie is a Canadian online mattress-in-a-box and bedroom lifestyle brand that focuses on customization, convenience, and charitable contribution.

We make the mattress-buying process easy by delivering it directly to your door in one easy-to-handle compact box. We strongly believe in customizability, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. An easy one-minute quiz matches you to the ideal mattress for your lifestyle and sleep habits.

Check us out online at and on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest at @Sleepenvie. Sweet dreams!

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