A ‘sleep coach’ says bad sleep impacts performance more than diet or exercise, and reveals how to combat it

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Bad sleep doesn’t just cause fatigue, irritability, memory problems and poor focus; it works against you in your work as well as in relationships.

  • Entrepreneurs, athletes, and high performers badly need adequate sleep.
  • Good sleep may be more important than diet or exercise, according to sleep coach Floris Wouterson.
  • Here are five tips the coach gave Insider to become a “super-sleeper.”
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“He’s a wonderfully creative person, but he shouldn’t be getting very little sleep,” Richard Branson once said, referring to Elon Musk’s late-night tweeting escapades.

Branson isn’t the only one who thinks Musk could benefit from similar advice.

“Entrepreneurs, athletes, and other high performers desperately need good sleep,” Floris Wouterson told Insider, claiming that sleep is even more important than eating or exercising well.

Author of the book “Superslapen,” Wouterson is the first self-proclaimed “sleep performance coach” in Europe.

“Although, that’s not exactly hard, considering I came up with the term myself,” he told Insider. “I’ve been researching everything I could find on optimal sleep for years.”

He then started coaching, with athletes and top managers claiming to benefit greatly from Wouterson’s approach. Wouterson, based in Flanders, Belgium, comes from an entrepreneurial family himself and since 2002, his wife has set up a number of sleeping comfort stores.

Over the past sixteen years, Wouterson spoke to thousands of customers and became increasingly intrigued by sleep, as he too had struggled with poor sleep for a period of time.

According to Wouterson, the consequences of bad sleep are hugely underestimated. “Fatigue, irritability, loss of concentration, forgetfulness… it works against you in your work as well as in your relationships. The risk of injuries or accidents also increases by 40%.”

The long-term effects of bad sleep can also be severe – depression and burn-out can take hold if you don’t relax. Here are the five tips Wouterson gave Insider to become a super-sleeper.

1. Forget the “eight hours of sleep is a must” myth

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You have to find your own sleep rhythm, go to sleep at a fixed time, and get up at a fixed time as much as possible.

According to Wouterson, this rigid notion that you must sleep for eight hours can actually cause sleep stress.

“If you think you should sleep eight hours every night, it can work against you,” said the expert. Lying awake and staying in bed because you have to reach eight hours in bed is illogical according to Wouterson.

You have to find your own sleep rhythm, go to sleep at a fixed time, and get up at a fixed time as much as possible. “Don’t stay lying down – it’s a misconception that sleep will come naturally.”

2. Don’t believe stories about super-short sleep

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Margaret Thatcher is famously said to have slept for only four hours a night.

Stories about CEOs or politicians who only need a few hours of sleep make them sound tough, but according to Wouterson, only a small percentage of people can genuinely cope with little sleep.

It’s possible to train to temporarily sleep less, he said. Wouterson coached Sanne Haarhuis, a pilot in hot-air balloon competitions, to regulate her sleeping pattern and endure heavy, multi-day races with a minimum of sleep. Wouterson also sees top athletes who can quickly refuel with napping.

“You can recharge your batteries with a 12-minute power nap for two hours,” said the sleep expert however, you have to wake up in time before you sink into a very deep sleep.

According to Wouterson, you can achieve this by, for example, holding a bunch of keys in your hand while taking a short nap. “As soon as you sink too deeply, your hand relaxes, the keys fall to the ground and you’re awake again.”

3. Small steps bring about big changes

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Letting your mind drift is one thing but, of course, brooding and pondering won’t help if you want to sleep.

Wouterson is convinced there isn’t just one quick fix to sleep better; there are several areas that demand your attention.

“80% of the five main sleeping problems are learned,” he said. You can achieve an enormous amount by taking small steps to alter your diet, exercise, and sleep routine, for example.

But self-examination, looking at your own attitude to sleep, is perhaps most important according to Wouterson.

4. Eat well and take a break from your phone

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You can massively change the way you sleep by taking small steps to alter your diet, exercise, and sleep routine, according to the sleep expert.

Eating and resting your head are two things that require extra attention when it comes to ensuring a good night’s sleep.

Wouterson said to choose healthy food and to be careful with carbohydrates, sugar, and alcohol, adding: “A good night’s sleep starts on your plate.”

Letting your mind drift is one thing but, of course, brooding and pondering won’t help if you want to sleep – negative media reports about “the state of affairs in the world” can keep you feeling worrisome, tossing and turning.

Wouterson advises you to focus on your own circle of influence – what are some challenges in your life you can influence yourself? Focus mainly on those things and try not to keep worrying too much about problems you can’t do much about.

A media diet can bring peace – make sure to put your smartphone away in the evening, a few hours before you go to sleep.

5. Employers should see their employees’ sleep as an investment

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Offering sleep training or sleeping facilities can actually be a good investment for employers, according to Wouterson.

Keep going, slog away, work through lunch, soldier on, stay an extra hour – it may seem logical to squeeze as much as you can out of your employees but it’s actually counterproductive, according to Wouterson.

Businesses may see a drastic improvement in the performance of their employees when they’ve slept better. The number of mistakes decreases, while better decisions will take the company further.

“As an employer, you don’t exactly want to be in your employees’ bedrooms, but offering sleep training or sleeping facilities can actually be a good investment,” said Wouterson.

According to the sleep performance coach, this is already a common phenomenon in Japan.

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These gorgeous linen sheets help keep me cool on hot nights – and they’re now available in limited edition colors

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Brooklinen's linen sheets in a terracotta color on a bed
  • Brooklinen’s linen bed sheets are made out of high-quality Belgian and French flax fibers.
  • The sheets are available in 11 different colors and patterns – six of which are limited edition.
  • They’re really breathable and perfect for anyone who sleeps hot.

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According to the Sleep Foundation, about 85% of people said that having comfortable sheets and bedding are important in getting a good night’s sleep. Additionally, nearly 70% pointed out that bedroom temperature is also important – something many of us find a little difficult to manage in the summer when our bedrooms are scorching hot.

Related Article Module: The 5 best bed sheets we tested in 2021

That being established, the sheets that keep you all warm and snuggly during the winter months probably aren’t going to do you any favors during a heatwave. If you want to get a good night’s sleep in the summer without blasting the AC, consider investing in a set of Brooklinen Linen Sheets.

About Brooklinen

In case you’re in the dark about one of our favorite bedding brands, here’s the backstory. The company launched in 2014 after a successful Kickstarter, and offers high-quality, beautiful sheets at reasonable prices, including ones made from soft cashmere and linen.

Our review of Brooklinen linen sheets

I knew linen is breathable and appropriate for sweaty summer nights, so I tested the Brooklinen Linen Hardcore Bundle and I wasn’t disappointed.

One of the first things you’ll notice when you receive a set of sheets from Brooklinen is the really nice packaging. Each set comes neatly folded in a fabric bag, which is a nice touch and a convenient way to store the sheets, but there’s even more attention to detail with the sheets themselves.

For instance, each fitted sheet has labels identifying the “short” and “long” side, so it’s super easy to make your bed correctly every time. Each duvet cover also includes interior corner ties to keep your comforter from sliding around, and big, sturdy closure buttons that won’t fall off in the wash. It’s those little things that make me a repeat customer.

As far as the material, I instantly fell in love with it. They aren’t soft and silky like Brooklinen’s other sheets but have a bit more texture to them. To me, there is something incredibly luxurious yet earthy about the feel of the sheets.

My husband didn’t feel the same way. “These feel like sandpaper,” he said to me when he got into bed. However, the tune of the hot-blooded man I married changed by morning. “Actually, these are pretty awesome,” he backtracked. Not only did he get used to the sensation on his skin, but the breathable, looser weave fabric also made it possible for him – and I – to get through the night without sweating.

One thing to point out is that if you love the smooth look of bed sheets, linen is not for you. There’s no way to keep these babies from looking anything less than slept in. Linen wrinkles – it’s just a fact. You can have them dry cleaned, steamed, pressed with an iron, and it still won’t matter. But to me, that adds to their unique characteristics.

Brooklinen linen sheets in blue and terracotta on a bed

Other specs

Fabric

The sheets are 100% linen, made out of Belgian and French flax, and constructed in Portugal. They are OEKO-TEX certified chemical-free so they won’t irritate the skin. Each set has also been individually pre-washed and garment-dyed.

Colors

The sheets are available in eight different solid colors and three patterns. While the offerings aren’t extensive, each shade is gorgeous and there’s a good chance you’ll find one that you like.

Sizing

If you have a Twin bed, sorry, you’re out of luck. Brooklinen’s linen sheet sets are only available in four sizes – Full, Queen, King, and California King.

Care requirements

Brooklinen suggests machine-washing them in cold water with a natural detergent and tumble drying them on low.

Even though the sheets are pre-washed, I’d still suggest you run them through the wash before sleeping on them the first time. I washed my sheets prior to placing them on my bed, but I opted to throw the duvet cover on straight away and it shed a bunch of fibers. The first few times that I laundered my set, I noticed quite an abundance of lint in my dryer filter too.

That said, I haven’t noticed any color bleeding in the wash, or fading in general.

Lifetime warranty

Brooklinen offers a great lifetime warranty on all of its sheets. If you experience any pilling, ripping, or fraying, Brooklinen will repair it – no questions asked. If a repair isn’t possible, it’ll go the extra mile and replace it free of charge.

365-day trial

The company also offers a 365-day trial, giving you the opportunity to try the sheets out before fully committing. If you hate them, just send them back.

Price

The only con about these sheets is that the price may be a bit prohibitive – even more so when compared to Brooklinen’s other sheets.

For example, a set of luxury hotel-style Classic Percale sheets normally retails for $150 and its popular Luxe Sateen typically goes for $175, while a set of the Linen will normally set you back $270.

But you can look at these as an investment, which I do. You can use them year-round, but chances are you’ll reserve them just for the summer months, so they’ll end up lasting years.

The bottom line

Do yourself a favor this summer and invest in your sleep.

These sheets will look gorgeously rumpled on your bed, feel amazing against your skin, and keep you cool all night long. It managed to win over my husband in just one night, but with a great free trial, there’s not much to lose either.

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What it’s like to use the Gravity Blanket, a $250 weighted blanket that’s designed to reduce stress and help you sleep

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  • The Gravity Blanket is a weighted blanket that’s intended to help you feel less stressed and sleep better.
  • The blanket began as a Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $4.7 million.
  • I tested the blanket for a few weeks and got some of the best sleep of my life.
  • The Gravity Blanket helped my mind to stop racing and put me to sleep almost instantly.

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When first I got a Gravity Blanket to test out, I had big plans for turning it into a scientific experiment.

I would wear an Apple Watch, I reasoned, to test how my heart rate responded to a weighted blanket. I planned to take notes about my mood and stress levels to measure whether the blanket could actually relax my central nervous system and calm me down.

The problem is, I kept falling asleep.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of the Gravity Blanket or weighted blankets in general, think of it like a Thundershirt for humans. The concept behind weighted blankets is that lying underneath constant and evenly distributed pressure will produce a calming and relaxing effect. Studies have shown that weighted vests or blankets can also help those with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, high anxiety, or insomnia.

But at the most basic level, weighted blankets mostly just feel like a gentle hug.

About Gravity

Gravity’s version of the weighted blanket began as a Kickstarter project in 2017. Gravity raised more than $4.7 million from nearly 24,000 backers to create a plush, single-person blanket that weighs up to 25 pounds.

Now, Gravity says it’s sold more than 60,000 weighted blankets, resulting in $15 million in sales. Gravity has now expanded its product lineup to include a weighted sleep mask, a cooling blanket for those who “sleep hot,” and more.

Review of the Gravity Weighted Blanket

I had the chance to test out the original $250 Gravity Blanket and the $30 weighted mask for a few weeks. I offered them up to friends, coworkers, and anyone who was willing to sit with a 20-pound blanket on top of them. For some people, the experience felt strange and uncomfortable. Others described it as “womb-like.”

Me? I had some of the best naps of my life.

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Weighted blanket sizing

The first and most important thing you need to know about the Gravity Blanket is that it comes in varying weights. The right blanket for you depends on your size, since it should be equivalent to about 10% of your body weight.

Not realizing that, I went with the 20-pound blanket and after a few weeks of testing, found it to be slightly too heavy for me. For most adults, 20 pounds doesn’t seem like that much, but it can be overwhelming when you’re lying underneath it (or trying to schlep it home on the subway).

The other thing to know about the blanket is that it’s not the size of a full comforter or duvet, and it’s not really meant to be shared. It won’t replace your bedding – unless maybe you sleep in a twin bed – and it won’t cover both you and a partner at the same time.

Plus, at $250, it’s one very pricey blanket.

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‘It felt like I was in the womb’

All that aside, I was curious to see if a seemingly simple – albeit heavy – blanket would have the same effect that is usually found with pharmaceuticals or meditation. Could it really reduce stress and anxiety? Could it help me sleep?

I decided to offer up the Gravity Blanket to friends, my boyfriend, and coworkers. Let’s just say that reactions were … mixed.

“It feels like an animal is laying on you,” one person said.

“I feel relaxed!” another told me. “But maybe it’s just a placebo effect?”

A friend came over to my house to try it and informed me that the Gravity Blanket made him feel like he “was in the womb.”

“I … am …. so … content,” he drowsily told me.

But for me, testing a Gravity Blanket was like taking a sleeping pill.

I’m not someone who typically has a hard time falling or staying asleep – actually, sleeping is one of my favorite pastimes. But I’m not much of a napper, and I have a hard time taking “power naps” or falling asleep when it’s still light out.

The Gravity Blanket changed all that.

Every time I went to go test the blanket, hoping to track how my heart rate changed or at least document how I was feeling, I passed right out. One night, I laid down with the blanket in the early evening and ended up sleeping under it all night. Another night, I used the blanket and sleep mask while in the throes of a migraine, hoping it might alleviate some of my symptoms – I slept for three hours and woke up with a much milder headache.

Here’s proof, kindly snapped by my boyfriend:

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The bottom line

I haven’t been able to try the blanket yet without passing out within moments, but it seems as though I’ve been reaping the benefits of a weighted blanket, even while asleep. My mind usually races when I’m lying in bed, and I tend to stress about everything from what I’m going to wear the next day, to trips I have planned months from now. The Gravity Blanket seemed to calm my mind enough that I fell asleep instantly, time and again.

So while my tests certainly haven’t been scientific, I can definitely say the Gravity Blanket helps me feel calm, relaxed – and very, very sleepy.

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I’ve tested dozens of mattresses and the Leesa Hybrid is one of the most comfortable – it’s also 20% off with our exclusive discount

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  • The Leesa Hybrid is the best mattress for back pain in our guide, and one of the most comfortable I’ve tested.
  • It combines innerspring and memory foam to provide a ton of support while containing motion transfer.
  • You can take 20% off any size of the Leesa Hybrid with our exclusive code “INSIDER”.

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By some estimates, there are currently more than a hundred brands that deliver compressed memory foam beds to your door. These “bed-in-a-box” companies are taking on traditional high-pressure mattress showrooms with low-stakes e-commerce, lengthy risk-free trials, and easy delivery and returns.

One of the biggest names in the industry is Leesa. We’ve tested almost all of its mattresses (which you can read about here) as well as many of its bedding accessories, and have always had positive experiences with them. One of my favorite Leesa mattresses is the Hybrid.

Review of the Leesa Hybrid mattress

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The Leesa Hybrid mattress arrived in a box, which is a beast so I encourage you to tip your delivery person generously. The King-sized mattress I tested weighs 142 pounds, so you may want to have a couple of friends help you with. My wife and I were able to carry it up a winding staircase to our second-floor bedroom, but it took at least a few breaks and several curse words.

Since the mattress is heavy, don’t plan on moving it after it’s been opened. In other words, open it where you plan on keeping it. With this in mind, I opened the box alongside my foundation.

I like to try to do as much of an assembly/installation as I can on my own so I can give a full report on what needs to be done. I unboxed the mattress, put it on the foundation, and removed the plastic without help but I don’t recommend anyone do this on their own if they can help it because the mattress is large and heavy. The unboxing and positioning of the mattress took me about 15 minutes.

I was surprised by how odor-free the mattress was right out of the packaging. Since I was in the process of renovating my home when the mattress arrived, it sat in the box for over a month. Longer storage times usually worsen the memory foam odors, commonly called “off-gassing.” You should allow the mattress to air out for a couple of hours or even days before sleeping on it.

The Leesa Hybrid Mattress features individually wrapped coils and layers of foam. The 11-inch-thick Leesa Hybrid has five layers: the cooling foam top layer, contouring memory foam, and a 6″ pocket coil system sandwiched between two layers of core support foam.

The feature that stood out to me most was the pocket spring coil system. You can feel the springs along the sides of the Leesa Hybrid mattress. Why does this matter? When you have springs that go right up to the edge, you can count on excellent edge support, which allows you to make the most of the entire area of your bed without feeling like you’re going to fall off. And, in my experience, the Leesa Hybrid did provide superior edge support.

Since I could feel the coils, I thought I might as well count them. There were 46 along the width and 50 along the length for an estimated grand total of 2,300. All factors being the same, the more coils there are, the more support and durability you can expect. The better innerspring mattresses have 600 to 1,000 coils.

The individually wrapped coils also kept motion transfer to a minimum and offered firm support. I’m a light sleeper, however, if my wife had to get up early or our four-year-old jumped into bed with us, I would rarely wake up. To put the motion transfer to the test, I dropped a 20-pound weight from 3 feet above the bed approximately 12 inches away from a can of sparkling water. I did this several times, and the can didn’t move at all.

Before the Leesa Hybrid, I slept on a medium-firm mattress that would be about a 7 on the firmness scale and was just a little too firm for my tastes. The Leesa Hybrid is closer to a 6.5, which provided the balance of comfort and support that I need as a side sleeper, as well as someone who moonlights as a roller derby player, cyclist, and runner. Often after roller derby bouts, I can’t sleep because of the pain but I have not had any trouble falling asleep on the Leesa Hybrid. My wife has had a similar experience. It’s this soothing comfort that led us to name this mattress “the best for back pain” in our guide. Of course, if you do suffer from back pain, I highly recommend you have someone else set up this hefty mattress for you.

I didn’t find that the Leesa Hybrid trapped heat, a common problem for memory foam. I’m a hot sleeper, and we were using the mattress during the height of summer heat. Regardless, I did not experience night sweats, which are an occasional problem for me.

Cons to consider

The Leesa Hybrid is outstanding and finding flaws was difficult.

Though I think it is worth it, the Leesa Hybrid mattress is more expensive than the vast majority of online mattresses. However, it is a hybrid bed, which tends to be more expensive than ones with just innerspring or foam. When you consider that the mattress can last you for more than a decade, the expense is reasonable, but it’s still an expensive investment.

Another concern is how incredibly heavy and unwieldy the mattress is. Fortunately, we just bought our first home, and hopefully (knock on wood) won’t have to move any time soon. But, if you are someone who moves frequently, you may want to enlist the help of professionals when it comes time to move this massive mattress.

Trial period and warranty

Leesa offers a 100-night risk-free trial period and they suggest that buyers try their mattress for at least 30 nights. If you aren’t satisfied, they will coordinate the pick-up of the mattress or foundation. You don’t have to worry about attempting the impossible task of fitting everything back into the box. There is no fee for returns unless you’re in Alaska or Hawaii, in which case it will cost $100.

There is also a 10-year mattress warranty. The warranty is limited to physical flaws in the cover or mattress craftsmanship and mattress deterioration that results in an indentation of more than an inch. The warranty covers the full replacement of the mattress, but the buyer has to pay for shipping.

Leesa offers a “white glove” delivery service in select locations. For an extra $100, a two-person team will deliver your mattress and foundation, unbox it, set it up, and remove the packaging. And, for $50 more, they will remove your old mattress and box spring, which is helpful since most municipalities charge extra for disposing of mattresses. I chose not to go with the white glove service because I wanted to get the full buying experience.

Alternatives to consider

There is no one-size-fits-all mattress. Depending on your sleep style and preferences, you may want a firmer, softer, or adjustable mattress. We’ve outlined mattress picks for every type of sleeper in our guide to the best mattresses.

The bottom line

Thanks to my job, I have the opportunity to test more than a dozen different bed-in-a-box mattresses but for more than a year, I chose the Leesa Hybrid as my main bed.

The edge support is outstanding. There is very little motion transfer if my wife decides to get up early, which isn’t really much of an issue because she rarely wants to leave the comforts of the bed before me. I haven’t had any trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and it’s by far, one of the most comfortable bed-in-a-box I’ve tested.

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Amazon has won permission to monitor your sleep using radar

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An Amazon Echo.

  • The FCC gave Amazon permission to make a device that can remotely monitor people’s sleep.
  • The device will use radar to track a person’s sleep, per Amazon’s FCC filing.
  • Insider reported in January that Amazon was working on a sleep-apnea device.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Amazon has won permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make a device that can monitor people’s sleep using radar, Bloomberg first reported.

The FCC approval document, published Friday, said Amazon’s description of its proposed device included “Radar Sensors to enable touchless control of device features and functions.”

It also said the device would be stationary, and Amazon “plans to use the radar’s capability of capturing motion in a three-dimensional space to enable contactless sleep tracing functionalities.”

Amazon filed for the FCC’s permission to develop its device in June, and said radar would help it monitor sleep “with a higher degree of resolution and location precision than would otherwise be achievable.”

“The use of Radar Sensors in sleep tracking could improve awareness and management of sleep hygiene, which in turn could produce significant health benefits for many Americans,” Amazon said in its June filing.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment on exactly what kind of a device it’s making.

Insider’s Eugene Kim reported in January this year that Amazon was building an Alexa-enabled device for monitoring sleep apnea, internally codenamed “Brahms.” Amazon did not immediately respond when contacted by Insider on whether its FCC permission was linked to Brahms.

Read more: Amazon’s Prime Air drone-delivery team is in upheaval as launch delays, ‘expat’ execs, and a 20% turnover rate roil one of Amazon’s loftiest projects

This wouldn’t be the first health-monitoring device Amazon has released. In August 2020 it released the “Amazon Halo,” a wearable fitness-monitoring watch that claims to accurately judge the wearer’s emotional state from their voice, as well as calculating body fat.

The company has also developed biometric tech for its physical stores. Some Whole Foods outlets – Whole Foods is owned by Amazon – allow shoppers to pay by scanning their palms.

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This cooling weighted blanket from Gravity helps me sleep deeper and keeps me from overheating at night

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Gravity Cooling Blanket

  • Weighted blankets can help improve sleep and help reduce anxiety, but they can also trap heat.
  • I’ve been using Gravity’s Cooling Blanket, and it’s better-looking and better at temperature regulation than alternatives I’ve tried.
  • The Cooling Blanket is expensive at $150, but if you can comfortably afford it, this is a solid option.

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There are few purchases that I would say have been truly life-changing – and most of them have, incidentally, been sleep-related. I have two fantastic pillows and a mattress pad that get me excited to jump in bed at night and, more recently, some superb weighted blankets that consistently give me the deepest and most restful sleep of my life.

If you’re in the early stages of research to find the right weighted blanket, you’ve probably ran into the name Gravity Blankets pretty early. It’s a Kickstarter-alum that sells one of the market’s most popular – and luxurious – options. Its original Gravity Blanket is one of the best weighted blankets you can buy.

But, sleeping under a necessarily dense, adult-sized weight can sound unappealing for those who sleep hot or shudder at the idea of blasting their AC over the summer. For them – and, I’d argue, anyone – there’s the Gravity Cooling Blanket. (You can find it in understated white, gray, and navy colors).

The Cooling Blanket still uses glass beads rather than plastic poly pellets (glass beads are smaller, denser, and make the blanket less bulky), but the duvet cover is made with a “faux Tencel” material that encourages airflow and helps keep you from overheating. Like its predecessors, its stitching helps keep the glass beads from dispersing unevenly during the night.

To see if it could actually remain comfortable on a swampy summer night, I tried it in the sort of small NYC apartment that suffers from its own damp, hot greenhouse effect. You’ll find my full review below.

How do weighted blankets work?

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Gravity’s Cooling Blanket won’t feel exactly like “the cold side of the pillow” all the time, but it is cool and smooth to the touch – and held up in muggy NYC summer living conditions.

Weighted blankets work through deep pressure touch stimulation therapy (or DPTS) – similar to the effect achieved by swaddling babies or putting dogs in “thunder jackets.” According to a Mayo Clinic Minute interview with Dr. Adam Perlman, it’s kind of like what happens in the body when you get a hug.

While light touches can alert the nervous system, deep pressure (such as a good massage or tight and heavy blanket) has a relaxing, calming effect on the body. In so many words, that’s why weighted blankets are used therapeutically for sensory disorders, anxiety, depression, autism, insomnia, etc. They’re a relatively inexpensive, effective, and medication-free way to encourage calmness and relaxation.

More specifically for sleep, deep pressure can help relax the nervous system, reduce the stress hormone cortisol, and encourage serotonin and dopamine production, which promotes relaxation and regulates our moods. Then, serotonin converts to melatonin, and that makes you sleepy. The tangential feelings of calm, safety, relief, and comfort only aid in your body’s natural processes. There are also studies that demonstrate how grounding the human body during sleep measurably reduces or eliminates pain and stress.

How to choose the right weight for your weighted blanket

If you’re looking into giving one a shot, aim for a weight that’s about 10% of your own body weight. My 15-pound blanket is a little more than 10% of my body weight, but I personally prefer it to be a little heavier. If you feel like something heavier might make it harder to roll over or give you a feeling of being trapped, though, then err on the lighter side.

Review of Gravity’s Cooling Blanket

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The Cooling Blanket is definitely the most elegant iteration of a weighted blanket, and meshes well with the rest of my decor – something worth mentioning for traditionally bulky blankets.

The Cooling Blanket is still a weighted blanket, so I was skeptical of how much an updated duvet cover could do. In-person, though, it did seem to keep me unnaturally well-regulated throughout the night. If you’re imagining it feeling like the cold side of the pillow all the time, though, you may want to temper your expectations.

The Cooling Blanket is cool, silky, and breathable at first touch and when readjusting – it’s just not a persistent phenomenon. The cooling is more subtle, though nonetheless effective, than that. In this, it reminded me of my favorite workout gear: Good performance materials let me get through a yoga class without cursing whoever makes my leggings, but rarely do I notice the work being done to wick away moisture and dissipate heat while it’s happening.

I’ve slept with the Cooling Blanket as my main blanket with temperatures in the mid-80s with 75% humidity without AC and never woke up uncomfortable. It won’t be nearly as airy as a linen top sheet, but it would be unrealistic to expect it to be. If you’re looking for a way to make a heavy, 15-pound blanket more breathable, this is a solid option. (For more options, check out our buying guide to the best weighted blankets).

Another thing worth mentioning if you’re going to drop $100+ on a blanket is that it’s by far the most aesthetically pleasing weighted blanket I’ve ever used. If you care about the overall aesthetic of your room, and the rest of it sounds justifiable to you, this is the one that will be the most undetectable. It looks fresh and crisp – like any other quilt.

Six-month update: The Cooling Blanket is still my all-time favorite weighted blanket – both for its temperature regulation and how effortlessly it blends in with the rest of my bedding.

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Gridded stitching makes sure the blanket’s internal glass beads remain uniformly distributed.

The bottom line

The Gravity Cooling Blanket is worth it if you want to experience the benefits of a weighted blanket and are willing to pay top dollar for better breathability and aesthetics.

If that doesn’t describe you, it’s worth looking into some alternatives before giving up the dream of owning a weighted blanket. There are under-$100 options on Amazon – like this one I also own and love – though you’ll probably need to throw on the AC in the summer if you plan to use it then (and once you start it’s hard to stop, so I’d plan for that).

Your budget and needs will determine what’s the best value deal for you, but, regardless of which one you ultimately choose, I couldn’t recommend trying a weighted blanket highly enough.

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The best mattress sales happening in July 2021 – including deals on DreamCloud, Leesa, and Casper

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Purchasing a mattress is a tough process. Doing so while balancing a budget can make things even more difficult.

Mattress companies are no strangers to discounts – popular brands like Casper, Helix, Leesa, and Purple are offering price cuts that are hard to pass up, along with freebies to seal the deal. The summer months are some of the best times to shop for mattresses as brands offer big discounts.

The Fourth of July is another great opportunity for extensive mattress discounts. Throughout the holiday weekend, many retailers are offering competitive discounts across mattresses.

We’ve also arranged exclusive discounts for readers with several retailers, including Leesa, Casper, and Tempur-Pedic. We put together a list of some of the biggest bargains currently available and included links to relevant mattress reviews.

Exclusive mattress sales for Insider readers:

  • Casper: Use code INSIDER to save $100 on the Original mattress or $200 on the Nova or Wave mattresses
  • Cocoon by Sealy: Use code INSIDER36 for 36% off sitewide
  • DreamCloud: Get $200 off a mattress and $399 in free accessories with code INSIDER
  • Leesa: Save an additional 20% off Hybrid and Legend mattresses with code INSIDER
  • Nectar: Use code INSIDER to save (discount increases with mattress size)
  • Tempur-Pedic: Use code BI30 to get 30% off Tempur-Cloud mattresses

The best mattress sales happening right now:

  • Allswell: 15% off mattresses with code JULY4TH
  • Avocado: Save $250 on the Organic Luxury Plush Mattress with code LIBERTY, Save $100 on Latex Mattresses with code SLEEPFREE, save $100 on Green and Vegan Hybrid Mattresses with code SLEEPFREE
  • Awara: $300 off mattresses + $499 in free accessories
  • Bear: 25% off sitewide and $250 free gift set with code CHILL
  • Big Fig Mattress:$300 off The Big Fig Mattress with code JULY4
  • Birch: Up to $400 off mattresses + 2 free pillows with code JULY400
  • Brooklyn Bedding: 25% off sitewide with code INDEPENDENCE25
  • Casper: Up to 30% off mattress bundles, 15% off mattresses, pillows, and sheets
  • Cocoon by Sealy: 35% off chill mattresses + free pillows and sheets with every purchase
  • DreamCloud: $200 off mattresses + $399 in free accessories
  • Eight Sleep: $200 off the Pod mattress
  • Emma: Up to 45% off all mattresses
  • GhostBed: 30% of mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Helix: Save $200 on orders of $1,750 or more with code JULY4200, $150 off orders of $1,250 or more with code JULY4150, or $100 off orders of $600 or more with code JULY4100, + 2 free pillows
  • Leesa: Up to $500 off mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Nectar: $399 of accessories with every mattress purchase
  • Nolah: Up to $800 off mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Purple: Up to $350 off mattress bundles
  • Saatva: $200 off mattress purchases of $985 or more
  • Sleep Number: Save up to $1,000 on select Sleep Number 360 smart beds
  • Tempur-Pedic: Save $500 on TEMPUR-breeze mattresses, save 30% on the TEMPUR-cloud mattress
  • Tuft & Needle: Up to 20% off sitewide
  • Wayfair: Mattresses starting at $130 with sales on big names like Sealy, Casper, Serta, and Simmons

The best sales on mattresses we recommend:

Save up to $200 of DreamCloud Premier Hybrid: Our pick for best mattress overall

Premier Hybrid Mattress (small)

The DreamCloud Premier Hybrid is highly recommended for all sleepers in our guide to the best mattresses due to its strong support, average firmness, and its fair price point. DreamCloud also offers an impressive lifetime warranty on all mattresses and a 365-night sleep trial period. 

Save $360 on the Leesa Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best mattress for back pain

Hybrid Mattress (Queen) (small, Preferred: Leesa)

If you suffer from back pain due to an uncomfortable mattress, the Leesa Hybrid Mattress will likely solve your problems. The mattress offers five layers of foam and coil support, motion isolation if you’re sharing the bed with a partner, and gentle pressure relief. In our review of the Leesa Hybrid mattress, we also noted its comfortability and other special features. It also takes home the title of “best for back pain” in our best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers guides.

Save $200 on the Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best mattress for side sleepers

Nova Hybrid Mattress (Queen) (small)

For those of us that prefer to sleep on our side, the Casper Nova Hybrid mattress is our top pick for side sleepers. It took home the aforementioned title in our guide to the best mattresses, and also was named “best overall” in our side-sleeper specific guide. The mattress stood out when compared to other Casper mattresses for its softness, heat dissipation, and edge support.

Save up to $400 on the Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed: Our pick for best adjustable mattress

360 i8 Smart Bed (Queen) (small)

If you’re looking for a mattress that allows you to customize and adjust your sleep every night, the Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed should be your top choice. In our review of the mattress, we noted its standout features which include, multiple firmness levels, and an adjustable air feature that adjusts to your sleeping position while you sleep. We also named it the best adjustable option in our guides to the best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers.

Save up to $700 on the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress: Our pick for best foam mattress

Cloud Mattress (Queen) (small)

Our well-seasoned home and kitchen reporter James Brains called the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress the most comfortable he’d ever slept on in his review of the mattress, and also named it the best foam mattress in our guides to the best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers. The Cloud Mattress contours to your body’s shape, making it a great option regardless of your preferred sleeping position. The mattress also has outstanding motion isolation, a layered foam design, and relaxing pressure relief.

Save $200 on the Birch Mattress by Helix: Our pick for best latex mattress and best mattress for heavy people

Natural Mattress (Queen) (small, Preferred: Birch)

The Birch Mattress by Helix is our best pick for heavier individuals as it offers firm support and great motion isolation. If you typically sink into your mattress instead of sitting on top of it, The Birch Mattress will offer you supportive relief.

Save $300 on Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best latex mattress for stomach sleepers

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Eco-concious brand Awara’s Organic Luxury Hybrid mattress took home the spot of “best mattress for stomach sleepers” in our guide. It’s soft, yet supportive and made of eco-friendly materials. We don’t often see discounts on this brand, so this is a rare deal. 

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Casper pioneered the bed in a box format, and its Original mattress is just as good as ever

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  • A high-quality mattress is ideal for a broad range of sleeping styles and body types.
  • I like Casper’s Original Mattress because it sleeps cool, offers impressive motion isolation, and keeps my spine aligned.
  • It comes with a 10-year limited warranty and is available to try risk-free for 100 nights.
  • You can save up to 30% off bundles, 15% off mattresses and pillows, 10% off everything else until July 5th.

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Casper remains one of our favorite bed-in-a-box brands, even as the industry continues to attract new competitors. Over the past few years, Casper has continued to up its game by improving the construction of its flagship mattress, introducing new models, and even adding bed frames, pillows, and accessories to its repertoire.

While Casper now makes a host of hybrid mattresses, its OG foam mattress is still around, and better than ever. A bit ago, Casper updated its best-selling all-foam Original Mattress with a more eco-friendly (yet comfortable) cover. The company also combined foam layers for a simpler construction that still offers all of the same pressure-relieving and heat-dissipating benefits. Casper sent me the updated Original Mattress to test for free. Here is my experience with it.

Design

Graphic of Casper all-foam original mattress showing layers of foam

The Casper Original Mattress is a 2020 update to the company’s flagship bed. The price remains the same, but the main difference is that the new mattress has three layers of foam (versus the four layers of the previous model). The new layers are:

  • “Airscape” perforated breathable foam – This top layer is designed to increase airflow for a cooler sleep and offer pressure relief.
  • Zoned support memory foam – The middle layer provides more relief and helps align your spine with three ergonomic zones that are softer under the shoulders and firmer around the lower back, waist, and hips.
  • Durable base foam – The thickest layer offers support by preventing sagging and sinking.

The mattress also has a more modern cover made of recycled polyester, recycled bottles, and upcycled cotton, rayon, and lycra. Appearance-wise, the covers are fairly consistent across Casper models.

Setup process

A casper mattress on a grey bed frame with a Casper box in the foreground

The Casper Original Mattress arrives at your door in a box that’s maybe a little larger than a mini-fridge and – in the case of the Queen – weighs about 85 pounds. Unless you run a CrossFit gym, you’ll want to get a friend to help you move it around. I had my teenager, who’s always looking to show off how strong he is, drag it up to our third-floor test bedroom. Casper also offers in-home setup for a fee.

The unboxing process is simple and intuitive. You open the box, remove the wrapped mattress, place it on your bed foundation, unwrap the outer plastic layer, carefully tear or cut open the inner layer of plastic, and give the bed time to expand.

The mattress is meant to work on just about any foundation, though since it’s an all-foam mattress, you’ll want to make sure it has as much direct support under it as possible. I slept on the same Zinus frame I use for all of my testings.

The mattress has the usual “new bed smell” so I’d recommend unboxing it in the morning and allowing it to air out before you put sheets on it. This will also give the mattress time to expand.

What makes the mattress stand out

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Sleeping on a mattress is the only way to find out for sure that it’s right for you. That’s why Casper offers a 100-night, risk-free trial. If you try the mattress and find it isn’t right for you, contact Casper, and they will work to have a local charity or recycling center pick it up. You then get your refund within two weeks, and there are no shipping fees or hidden restocking fees removed from the refund.

The new Casper Original is closer to average firmness than the previous model, which was on the firmer side. Though I preferred to sleep on my stomach to take pressure off my back, this mattress was also comfortable when I was on my side, and my back-sleeping wife found it suited her style.

Like its first incarnation, the 2020 Casper Original stays nice and cool through the night. This was a relief since I tend to be a hot sleeper and memory foam usually traps heat. The breathable top layer allowed for good airflow.

As with the previous Casper Original, the motion isolation is great. The mattress passed my motion transfer test with flying colors. I placed a 12-ounce soda can in the center of the bed and dropped a 15-pound bowling ball so it landing 12 inches away. The can stayed upright each time. A good approximation of what it might be like to have a partner in bed tossing and turning. You’re unlikely to be disturbed with this mattress.

The Casper Original is backed by a 10-year limited warranty that covers major indentations, manufacturing defects, physical flaws, and deterioration that may occur despite using a supportive foundation, proper handling, and normal usage.

Cons to consider

A woman's hand pressing into a Casper mattress

The edge support of the updated Casper Original is not as good as the previous version. When I sat on the edge of the bed, it sagged significantly. And, when I rolled onto the very edge of the bed, I quickly fell off.

One morning while testing the mattress, I woke up with back pain despite feeling fine when I went to bed. This is an intermittent problem for me, and I’m hesitant to blame the mattress. My back gradually improved as I continued to sleep on the mattress. That said, the mattress probably isn’t perfect for back pain sufferers.

What are your alternatives?

Aside from the ultra-soft Nova Hybrid and the over-priced Wave Hybrid, the other Casper mattresses are fairly similar. So, if you are looking to save money, you might consider the low-end Casper Element. The pressure relief isn’t as impressive as the Original, but unless you have specific aches and pains, you may not notice the difference.

If Casper doesn’t interest you, take a look at our guide to the best mattresses, which features my favorite mattresses based on the rigorous testing of dozens of models.

The bottom line

Overall, I enjoy the Casper Original Mattress. My favorite parts are the average firmness that works for my sleeping positions as well as the breathable, open-cell memory foam that kept me cool at night.

You’ll have a hard time finding a better all-foam mattress than the Casper Original. It works for a broad range of sleepers and is designed to offer supportive pressure relief. Though several mattress brands are more affordable, Casper has the benefit of being a juggernaut in the industry. This means that they will likely be around to honor the 10-year warranty that comes with the mattress.

Taking all of these factors into consideration, we recommend buying the Casper Original if you’re looking for an excellent, reliable mattress that will last you for a decade or more.

Pros: Works well for a broad range of sleeping styles, made of eco-friendly materials, excellent airflow for a cool sleep, great motion isolation, 100-night sleep trial

Cons: Poor edge support

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The best mattress sales happening in June 2021 – including deals on DreamCloud, Leesa, and Casper

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Purchasing a mattress is a tough process. Doing so while balancing a budget can make things even more difficult.

Mattress companies are no strangers to discounts – popular brands like Casper, Helix, Leesa, and Purple are offering price cuts that are hard to pass up, along with freebies to seal the deal. The summer months are some of the best times to shop for mattresses as brands offer big discounts.

Amazon’s Prime Day is running from June 21-22 and is another great opportunity for extensive mattress discounts. During Prime Day many retailers offer competitive discounts across mattresses. Check out our guide to the best Amazon Prime Day mattress sales to keep up with the best discounts.

We’ve also arranged exclusive discounts for readers with several retailers, including Leesa, Casper, and Tempur-Pedic. We put together a list of some of the biggest bargains currently available and included links to relevant mattress reviews.

Exclusive mattress sales for Insider readers:

  • Casper: Use code INSIDER to save $100 on the Original mattress or $200 on the Nova or Wave mattresses
  • Cocoon by Sealy: Use code INSIDER36 for 36% off sitewide
  • DreamCloud: Get $200 off a mattress and $399 in free accessories with code INSIDER
  • Leesa: Save an additional 20% off Hybrid and Legend mattresses with code INSIDER
  • Nectar: Use code INSIDER to save (discount increases with mattress size)
  • Tempur-Pedic: Use code BI30 to get 30% off Tempur-Cloud mattresses

The best mattress sales happening right now:

  • Avocado: Save $250 on the Organic Luxury Plush Mattress with code LIBERTY, Save $100 on Latex Mattresses with code SLEEPFREE, save $100 on Green and Vegan Hybrid Mattresses with code SLEEPFREE
  • Awara: $300 off mattresses + $499 in free accessories
  • Bear: 20% off all mattresses + $250 free gift set with code SUMMER
  • Big Fig Mattress: $200 off The Big Fig Mattress with code DADSDAY
  • Birch: $200 off mattresses + 2 free pillows with code MEMORIALDAY200
  • Brooklyn Bedding: 20% off mattresses with code SUMMER20
  • Casper: Up to 40% off select mattresses
  • Cocoon by Sealy: 35% off chill mattresses + free pillows and sheets with every purchase
  • DreamCloud: $200 off mattresses + $399 in free accessories
  • Eight Sleep: $100 off the Pod mattress
  • Emma: Up to 35% off all mattresses
  • GhostBed: 30% of mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Helix: Save $200 off on orders of $1,750 or more with code MEMORIALDAY200, $150 off orders of $1,250 or more with code MEMORIALDAY150, or $100 off orders of $600 or more with code MEMORIALDAY100, + 2 free pillows
  • Leesa: Up to $400 off mattresses
  • Nectar: $399 of accessories with every mattress purchase
  • Nolah: Up to $800 off mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Purple: Free sheets + pillow with select mattress purchases
  • Saatva: $200 off mattress purchases of $1000 or more
  • Sleep Number: Save up to $500 on select Sleep Number 360 smart beds,
  • Tempur-Pedic: $300 in free accessories with a mattress set purchase
  • Tuft & Needle: Up to 20% off sitewide
  • Wayfair: Mattresses starting at $130 with sales on big names like Sealy, Casper, Serta, and Simmons

The best sales on mattresses we recommend:

Save up to $200 of DreamCloud Premier Hybrid: Our pick for best mattress overall

Premier Hybrid Mattress (small)

The DreamCloud Premier Hybrid is highly recommended for all sleepers in our guide to the best mattresses due to its strong support, average firmness, and its fair price point. DreamCloud also offers an impressive lifetime warranty on all mattresses and a 365-night sleep trial period. 

Save $360 on the Leesa Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best mattress for back pain

Hybrid Mattress (Queen) (small)

If you suffer from back pain due to an uncomfortable mattress, the Leesa Hybrid Mattress will likely solve your problems. The mattress offers five layers of foam and coil support, motion isolation if you’re sharing the bed with a partner, and gentle pressure relief. In our review of the Leesa Hybrid mattress, we also noted its comfortability and other special features. It also takes home the title of “best for back pain” in our best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers guides.

Save $300 on the Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best mattress for side sleepers

Nova Hybrid Mattress (Queen) (small)

For those of us that prefer to sleep on our side, the Casper Nova Hybrid mattress is our top pick for side sleepers. It took home the aforementioned title in our guide to the best mattresses, and also was named “best overall” in our side-sleeper specific guide. The mattress stood out when compared to other Casper mattresses for its softness, heat dissipation, and edge support.

Save up to $400 on the Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed: Our pick for best adjustable mattress

360 i8 Smart Bed (Queen) (small)

If you’re looking for a mattress that allows you to customize and adjust your sleep every night, the Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed should be your top choice. In our review of the mattress, we noted its standout features which include, multiple firmness levels, and an adjustable air feature that adjusts to your sleeping position while you sleep. We also named it the best adjustable option in our guides to the best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers.

Save up to $700 on the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress: Our pick for best foam mattress

Cloud Mattress (Queen) (small)

Our well-seasoned home and kitchen reporter James Brains called the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress the most comfortable he’d ever slept on in his review of the mattress, and also named it the best foam mattress in our guides to the best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers. The Cloud Mattress contours to your body’s shape, making it a great option regardless of your preferred sleeping position. The mattress also has outstanding motion isolation, a layered foam design, and relaxing pressure relief.

Save $200 on the Birch Mattress by Helix: Our pick for best latex mattress and best mattress for heavy people

Natural Mattress (Queen) (small)

The Birch Mattress by Helix is our best pick for heavier individuals as it offers firm support and great motion isolation. If you typically sink into your mattress instead of sitting on top of it, The Birch Mattress will offer you supportive relief.

Save $300 on Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best latex mattress for stomach sleepers

Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress (small)

Eco-concious brand Awara’s Organic Luxury Hybrid mattress took home the spot of “best mattress for stomach sleepers” in our guide. It’s soft, yet supportive and made of eco-friendly materials. We don’t often see discounts on this brand, so this is a rare deal. 

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All the Memorial Day mattress sales still going on, including Wayfair, Leesa, and Casper

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  • Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times to shop for mattresses.
  • Shoppers can find mattresses from Purple, Casper, and Tempur-Pedic at all-time lows.

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Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times to shop for mattresses. Mattress companies like Casper, Leesa, Helix, and more are pulling out all of the stops this holiday with sales on their most popular and newest mattresses, along with freebies like sheets, pillows, and shipping.

If you’re waffling on taking the plunge on a new mattress, know that sales on mattresses hit a peak at Memorial Day and don’t see discounts as steep again until Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Below, we’ve gathered the best mattress deals and sales across the web, the best discounts on our top-rated mattress, and some exclusive discounts for Insider readers that you can take advantage of year-round.

We’ll continue to update this page with new sales as they become available, and be sure to check out our round-ups for the best Memorial Day weekend sales on furniture, grills, TVs, and appliances.

Keep reading to learn about the best deals on mattresses or find more Memorial Day sales here.

Deals on our top-rated mattresses

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Exclusive mattress sales for Insider readers

  • Casper: Use code INSIDER to save $100 on the Original mattress or $200 on the Nova or Wave mattresses
  • Cocoon by Sealy: Use code INSIDER36 for 36% off sitewide 
  • DreamCloud: Get $200 off a mattress and $399 in free accessories with code INSIDER
  • Leesa: Save an additional 20% off Hybrid and Legend mattresses with code INSIDER
  • Nectar: Use code INSIDER to save (discount increases with mattress size)

The best Memorial Day mattress sales happening now

  • Allswell: 20% off all mattresses with code MEMDAY
  • Avocado: Save $250 on the organic luxury plush mattress with code MEMORIALDAY, Save $100 on latex mattresses with code HONOR, save $100 on green and vegan hybrid mattresses with code HONOR
  • Awara: $300 off mattresses + $499 in free accessories
  • Bear: 25% off sitewide + $250 free gift set with code MD25
  • Big Fig Mattress$300 off The Big Fig Mattress with code MEMDAY
  • Birch: $200 off mattresses + 2 free pillows with code MEMORIALDAY200
  • Brooklyn Bedding: 25% off sitewide with code MEMORIAL25
  • Casper: 15% off mattresses and 10% off everything else
  • Cocoon by Sealy: 35% off chill mattresses + free pillows and sheets with every purchase
  • DreamCloud: $200 off mattresses + $399 in free accessories  
  • Eight Sleep: $150 off mattresses with code AFF150
  • Emma: 35% off all mattresses 
  • GhostBed: Up to 30% of mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Helix: Save $200 off on orders of $1,750 or more with code MEMORIALDAY200, $150 off orders of $1,250 or more with code MEMORIALDAY150, or $100 off orders of $600 or more with code MEMORIALDAY100, + 2 free pillows 
  • Leesa: Up to $500 off mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Nectar: $399 of accessories with every mattress purchase
  • Nolah: Up to $800 off mattresses + 2 free pillows 
  • Purple: Up to $400 off mattresses and bundles
  • Saatva: $200 off mattress purchases of $975 or more
  • Sleep Number: Save $800 on 360 i8 smart bed and $1,000 on 360 Special Edition smart bed; BOGO 50% off all pillows; savings for military
  • Tempur-Pedic: Save up to $500 on adjustable mattress sets + $300 in free accessories; 20% off Tempur Toppers plus free gift; 2 for $99 Tempur-Cloud Pillows
  • Tuft & Needle: Up to 20% off sitewide
  • Wayfair: Mattresses starting at $130 with sales on big names like Sealy, Casper, Serta, and Simmons

FAQs

When do Memorial Day mattress deals start?

Memorial Day mattress sales have already begun, some of which are ending soon. Last year, we saw some mattress deals lasting a few weeks beyond Memorial Day weekend, but we recommend taking advantage of the sales before then, since extended sales are never guaranteed. 

What mattresses are typically discounted on Memorial Day?

Almost every major mattress brand and retailer offers some type of savings on Memorial Day weekend; it’s one of the industry’s biggest events of the year. If there’s a mattress you’ve been eyeing, chances are it will be on sale.

When is the best time to buy a mattress?

Historically, we’ve seen the lowest prices on mattresses during Memorial Day weekend and again during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. 

What’s the best mattress to buy?

There is no one-size-fits-all mattress, which is why we’ve outlined picks for all different types of sleepers in our guide to the best mattresses. Our sleep reporter has tested more than 30 mattresses and outlines picks for all different sleeping styles, body types, and preferences.

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