This post is sponsored by Sleep Innovations.

5 tips better sleep

Sleep – precious sleep. As you guys know, I just renovated our bedroom to be more “hotel like” in quest of a better night’s sleep. And guess what? It’s working! 


The couch has been downgraded – it’s no longer my favorite place in the house.  This room is!  But I didn’t just renovated the room for aesthetics – I did it for our health.  Quality sleep has definitely been lacking in our house (and not just because of the kiddos!), and I knew it was time to prioritize better sleep.  A better mattress, comfier pillows, a tranquil space = better space = a healthier and happier me.  It was effort well spent!


1) Get a better mattress and accessories.


First things first – upgrade your mattress.  I’ve been testing out Sleep Innovation’s SureTemp 12” Mattress for several weeks and have nothing but fabulous things to say about this innovative foam mattress. I love a soft bed, but squishiness isn’t really enough – a great mattress should hug your body, providing that pressure point relief.  One big thing the Husband and I noticed about this mattress is that it eliminates motion transfer, which means we don’t get bounced around when the other person flips over.


Oh – this is pretty cool… If you buy a Sleep Innovations mattress, look how it will be delivered to your home!  They vacuum-pack it into a box, which made it super easy to get upstairs.  And it was fun to watch it uncurl when we opened the wrapper!


We tried sleeping on the mattress with the Sleep Innovations Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper.  Now, this is kind of similar to what we used to have on our old mattress, but way better.  You can place it with the 3-inch thick memory foam air channels up or down (we preferred down).  When you lay down on this topper, it’s not an immediate sense of “Oh, squishy softness!” but more like a gel foam that slowly hugs your body.  Amazing.  Seriously – amazing.  Also, it doesn’t get hot like our old topper did.


Last – but not least – PILLOWS. 


Kristien has been using the Sleep Innovations Cool Contour Memory Foam Pillow. He likes foam pillows that are firmer and hold their shape because it cradles his neck and lets his shoulder and back muscles relax.  He gives this pillow two sleepy thumbs up, especially because it stays cool (his other foam pillow would get too hot, and he’d have to flip it).


I tested out the Sleep Innovations Anti-Allergy Pillow. You can tell the cover is designed to reduce dust and mites (it’s actually an all-natural, permanent fabric technology, not a chemical spray or anything).  It took some time for me to get used to the height of this pillow (I like ridiculously flat pillows) but now I think it’s a winner.  


Other suggestions for a better night’s sleep…


2) Get a BIGGER bed.


Switching from a Queen to a King was HUGE.  No pun intended!  It is so wonderful to have that extra space – we don’t bang into each other in the middle of the night anymore.



3) Use white noise.


I’ve blogged about this little desktop white noise machine before – I love it so much!


4) Buy blackout curtains.


Blackout curtains are clutch, especially during the summer.  Not only do they keep your room dark, but they also really help keep your room’s temperature cool, which is also essential for a good night’s sleep!  Our room’s new design required white curtains; you wouldn’t think could be very good at blacking out sunlight.  I took a chance and bought these and absolutely love them!  They don’t work as well as a darker curtain, but they are still very, very effective.


5) Get your pets on the floor.


Now, here’s one battle that has been well-documented on the blog!  We finally trained both dogs to not sleep in our bed. We love to cuddle them, but it was a big problem – they’d toss and turn and wake us up throughout the night (I have two kids, I have enough wake-ups!). As part of the redesign, Maggie got a new bed (James actually prefers to sleep on the couch now that he’s out of the bed, which I don’t mind because it’s probably better for security).  I tuck her in with a big, soft blankie, and she loves it!


Here’s where we bought all of our room’s accessories:


The beautiful tufted gray linen bed is from Overstock.

The blue side tables (which come in a lot of other fun colors!) are also from Overstock.

The mercury glass lamps is from Home Goods.

Our white noise machine is from Amazon.

All the bed linens were found at Home Goods.

The little plant and ceramic pot is from IKEA.

Maggie’s new bed is also from Home Goods.

The silver and mercury glass curtain rod is from Home Depot.

The blackout curtains are from Amazon.

The large white picture frames are from IKEA.

And the painting is from Home Goods.


But the comfortable mattress, wonderful topper, and amazing pillows were all courtesy of Sleep Innovations – and here’s your change to win one of the pillows for yourself!   Use the widget below to enter to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Sweet Dreams!


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  • Bets June 9, 2015, 7:14 am

    I wish I could talk my husband into getting a king size bed. He is a huge cuddler and I hate HATE cuddling at night and I know a king size bed would help. My parents have a Sleep Innovation foam mattress topper and they think it is heaven, I can’t wait to invest in one. I’m glad you’re sleeping better!

  • Monica June 9, 2015, 7:42 am

    Wow! I am super impressed with your decorating skills, absolutely loved what you did. You inspired me to redecorate my bedroom. What a gorgeous bed. I have dust mite allergies, but really want an upholstered bed… I have bed envy haha.

  • natalie June 9, 2015, 9:27 am

    I have some legitimate questions and I think it would be a good platform for discussion, so I hope you pass this through.
    Would you purchase these items with your own money if they weren’t given to you? I think it takes a lot away from your post when it’s presented as you next big project, and then at the end of the post it’s added that you were given the product.
    Did you have your master bedroom plan laid out before you were given the mattress, pillows, and topper? Or did you have to agree to create a project based on the free mattress? Sometimes the sponsored posts that are written (not just by you) seem forced and insincere. Can you shed some light?
    We hear about sponsored post items numerous times (Bombas, Sargento), but then we don’t hear anything else about other things (like the air filter post you did a while back.) How do you decide what products are given the most exposure? Is it part of the agreement with each particular company?

    • Caitlin June 9, 2015, 1:52 pm

      YES! I would have totally gotten the mattress on my own. I’ve tried some of their stuff before, and the quality and price point is so good (especially compared to, say, Tempurpedic). I actually was going to redesign my room anyway when Sleep Innovations contacted me about doing a review, and it was like – “Hey! I’m redoing my bedroom right now so this is a perfect fit.” When you’re a blogger, you get a ton of offers to review products, and I try to weed through the emails to find products that 1) I think are really cool and unique 2) I use the brand already 3) The brand is a small business (like FilterEasy, perfect example) 4) I think you guys would love to learn/hear about it 5) It’s a natural fit with timing (like redoing my bedroom right now!) and 6) help support me for the time and cost involved in having this blog.

      I still get my air filters 🙂 I actually just told my MIL about the service because it’s so awesome. And I just ordered a bunch more Bombas – they are cool socks with a great community service angle.

      Hope that helps!

      I know there’s been a slew of sponsored content lately, but it will be dialed back soon. I try to make sponsored content interesting (so instead of just a mattress review, a whole bedroom redesign!) but understand it’s not everyone’s fav. Thanks for reading!

  • kath June 9, 2015, 10:10 am

    LOVE your new room in person!!! And I think you should let future guests test out this mattress too ; )

  • Sissy June 9, 2015, 10:51 am

    Do you think the topper would be ok going on top of an other mattress? I don’t want to spend the money on a new mattress right now but we sweat so much with our memory foam top from bed bath and beyond I would try this if so.

    • Caitlin June 9, 2015, 11:56 am

      Yes! That’s what is so great about those toppers… They transform regular mattresses! Also, our old one was a bit sweaty (I know what you mean about them getting hot) and this one does seem to be a lot cooler.

  • Katie @ Operation Happier June 9, 2015, 12:50 pm

    What a lovely and useful makeover! We use a regular mattress with a thick memory foam topper and absolutely love it. I’ve used memory foam pillows for years and years, and I love my pillows more than any hotel pillow!! They’re the perfect mix of support and squish, at the perfect height for me.

    I’d love to get a new duvet or comforter! We haven’t been able to commit because my mother-in-law (very very kindly) made us a quilt when we got married. But I’ve honestly outgrown the quilt; I used to love the colors but now would prefer something more relaxing like a cream color, and with more fluff!

  • Elisabeth June 9, 2015, 1:12 pm

    I love my Sleep Innovations pillows! I have one I got at Kohl’s about 5 years ago & last year bought a second one off Amazon. I couldn’t sleep with anything else now!

  • Carolina John June 9, 2015, 3:01 pm

    We bought a memory foam mattress from Groupon and absolutely love it! Came the same way, shipped compressed to us in a small box. crazy.

  • Amanda June 9, 2015, 4:02 pm

    I need a gel mattress topper hug! I think I feel a purchase coming on…

  • Alex @ True Femme June 9, 2015, 4:17 pm

    I love your bed! I’m moving next week and I can’t wait to get my new (and very similar) bed delivered! I love tufted headboards–I think they are so elegant! I could definitely use a new pillow because my current one is causing a lot of neck pain 🙁

  • Jolene June 9, 2015, 6:55 pm

    We just bought a Tuft and Needle bed and *LOVE LOVE LOVE* it! Its foam but not memory foam (that’s my fave part) and its just so perfect for us!

  • Erin Ellis June 9, 2015, 9:08 pm

    My uncomfortable mattress is the worst part of my bedroom. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  • kate June 10, 2015, 10:48 am

    i so need to put all of your tips to use…a bigger bed & blackout curtains have been on my list for a long while!

  • DJohnson June 10, 2015, 9:20 pm

    Our mattress is old and very uncomfortable; it’s the worst part of our bedroom.

  • Dawn Keenan June 15, 2015, 3:38 pm

    We have a cape cod, and it’s hard to arrange the bed. However, its got all kinds of storage and I love that!

  • Tiffany T June 17, 2015, 6:23 pm

    Was the winner of this giveaway announced already?? (Can you tell I’m DESPERATE for a new mattress??)

    • Caitlin June 17, 2015, 7:57 pm

      No, but I will email them tomorrow. Fingers crossed you win a pillow!!!

  • Nancy August 13, 2015, 7:26 pm

    Would love to hear more about the blackout curtains, do they actually go black? Would you get the same ones again?

    • Caitlin August 14, 2015, 9:19 am

      They go very dark but not black just because they are white. If you must have white curtains, they are pretty good at making the room dark!

  • Church990 November 27, 2015, 1:47 am

    Thanks for your views on Sleep Innovations Brand, its giveaway…… but I rate it 7 of 10.

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