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Wellness starts with good sleep. During sleep, the body builds new connections in the brain that assist physical, mental, and emotional health.

A good night’s sleep promotes:

  • good decision-making skills and learning
  • creativity
  • healthy growth and development
  • a strong immune system

Making sure your bed is clean, cool, and supportive may help you improve your sleep.

Recent technological advancements have improved mattress and bedding quality to provide these benefits. Cooling, antimicrobial, and memory foam technologies built into the Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress are a few examples.

Here’s an in-depth look inside these sleep technologies.

Bedding materials that help you stay cool are game-changing year-round for anyone who tends to sleep hot. They’re also essential for good sleep on hot summer nights.

Cooling technologies should wick away sweat and promote airflow around your body. Some technologies take cooling even further.

Serta’s CoolFeel™ Fabric is a breathable cover with plant-derived technology that has an instant cool-to-the-touch sensation. This phase-change material consists of 53 percent bio-based content and is certified through the USDA BioPreferred® Program.

The technology is made to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Why it matters: Temperature and restorative sleep

The relationship between temperature and sleep is complex. When getting ready for sleep, many people naturally tend to prefer things that keep them warm, like snuggling up under a big blanket or taking a warm bath.

However, a 2019 study suggested that cooler temperatures are better for quality sleep, which may help conserve energy and promote restorative processes in the brain and body while sleeping.

According to the results of a 2018 study, a mattress with cooling properties promoted a 16 percent increase in nightly slow-wave sleep, which helps promote the formation of long-term memories.

Some cutting-edge bedding technologies now offer antimicrobial properties. These help keep your bedding clean and fresh smelling, and they also help extend the life of the bedding.

In 2020, Serta Simmons Bedding announced the company was partnering with the Swiss brand HeiQ to develop the first line of antimicrobial mattresses.

HeiQ V-Block™ technology* uses microsilver and vesicle technologies to attract harmful bacteria and viruses on the surface of the mattress. It then breaks the bacteria and viruses down to prevent them from making a home inside your mattress.

Research has shown that silver-based nanoparticles have antimicrobial properties against a variety of bacteria and viruses.

Recently, research from the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, Australia demonstrated that, within 30 minutes, fabric treated with HeiQ V-Block technology* killed 99.99 percent of the virus particles studied.

Why it matters: Keeping a clean sleep environment

As you sleep, microscopic particles and organisms that collect on your skin, hair, and clothes throughout the day transfer to your bedding, including:

  • allergens, like pollen and pet dander
  • bacteria, viruses, and fungi
  • chemical pollutants
  • sweat and dead skin cells

As you move around at night, these particles can be resuspended and potentially inhaled, which can contribute to allergies, skin conditions, and asthma symptoms.

Washing your bedding regularly with hot water can help maintain a clean sleeping environment. For most people, that means changing your sheets at least weekly. An antimicrobial mattress is another tool in your arsenal to combat pathogens.

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The Perfect Sleeper Mattress by Serta includes HeiQ V-Block™ technology, which kills 99.9 percent* of bacteria on contact.

HexCloud™ is Serta’s exclusive memory foam that boasts a geometric cutout to help deliver contouring pressure relief.

The memory foam technology is designed to provide improved ergonomic support, which may reduce discomfort and improve quality of sleep.

According to the results of a 2018 study, high rebound mattresses, such as memory foam mattresses, provided a number of sleep benefits, including:

  • improved body temperature cooling
  • increased time spent in deep sleep
  • reduced muscle activity while adjusting

Why it matters: Comfort and support

It’s no secret that a good mattress is key to a good night’s sleep. For most people, that means comfort and support.

About 81 percent of people said good back support is one of the most important features they look for when choosing a mattress, according to a 2016 survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted on behalf of a mattress industry association.

That’s no surprise, since a supportive mattress can provide a variety of benefits, including reduced back and neck pain and improved sleep quality.

However, good support isn’t all your mattress can do for you. Advances in sleep technology now mean that a great bed can promote many aspects of good sleep hygiene, including cleanliness and temperature control.

In general, a good mattress lasts about 6 to 8 years. However, that window can be extended, or shortened, depending on how you care for your mattress and the kind of mattress you use.

When choosing a memory foam mattress, keep in mind that all-foam mattresses typically have shorter lifespans, whereas higher density foam mattresses tend to last longer.

Keeping your mattress clean can extend the lifespan, too. This is especially important if you share your bed with pets or kids, as they can increase the amount of dander and allergens the mattress accumulates.

To help keep your mattress clean, always use a mattress protector, and consider mattresses with built-in antimicrobial technology, such as HeiQ V-Block*.

A great mattress is important for a good night’s sleep. Better sleep improves your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Advances in sleep technology can help you get the most out of your mattress by promoting good support, temperature regulation, and cleanliness. Together, these factors can help promote quality sleep and a more restorative nighttime experience.

*This product does not protect users or others against bacteria, viruses, germs, or other disease organisms.