How much sleep do you need?

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Even Ben Franklin knew the virtues of a good night’s sleep: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Then again, Franklin also held some dubious viewpoints, including one that questioned the bald eagle as the choice for America’s national bird: “He is a Bird of bad moral character.”

It turns out Franklin was right on track with the former statement, if not the latter, as science backs him up. Sleep is as important as healthy eating and regular exercise on the path to wellness.

In a 1999 study by the University of Chicago, a group of healthy young adults was limited to just 4 hours of sleep per night for a week. This resulted in altered hormone levels for some test subjects: Glucose metabolism mirrored that of diabetics, and cortisol — which help the body use glucose and fat — levels matched those of a much older population.

A lack of sleep has been tied to obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea and other health issues. So we know it’s important, but how many hours of sleep do we need?

Mattress Reviews from Happy Homemakers Customers

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A search for the best mattress has an obvious end goal, but where do you start?

Mattress reviews help. Take a cue from some satisfied Homemakers customers, who succeeded on their own searches and are enjoying better sleep because of it.

Read on to see some of our customers’ recent mattress ratings and what they had to say about them.

Infographic: Discover the Perfect Mattress

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How do you find the perfect mattress?

There’s a lot to consider: Do I want a plush mattress? A firm mattress? What’s a pillow top mattress?

We want to keep it simple. The best mattress delivers on three main criteria:

• Support
• Comfort
• Durability

We break it all down in our latest infographic.

It’s Mattress Madness at Homemakers!

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If you’ve been hemming and hawing, putting off a mattress purchase while you toss and turn on that lumpy, sagging old mattress, good news: Your procrastination has paid off! As you know, we’re passionate about better sleep. That’s why we’re kicking off our Mattress Madness sale, designed to help you step up your snooze while saving you money at the same time.

Sleep Like a Pro with a Stearns and Foster Mattress

Sleep Like a Pro with a Mattress from Stearns & Foster, Homemakers Furniture

PGA tour golfer Louis Oosthuizen is serious about good sleep.

Ever since falling in love with a Stearns and Foster mattress, the 2010 British Open champ has hauled one with him to tournaments around the country.

Logistics prevented Oosthuizen from bringing it to last month’s U.S. Open in University Place, Wash., so he asked Stearns and Foster for help.

The company jumped in to action, building a mattress to his specifications (a Lux Estate, in case you were wondering) in its Lacey, Wash. plant and delivering it to his hotel room. It must’ve worked: Oosthuizen rocketed up the standings with back-to-back rounds of 66 and finished second overall, just one stroke behind Jordan Spieth.