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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

Sep 19, 2022

With Rachel Stewart, President of Gardner White Furniture 


The three most important elements for a healthy lifestyle consist of getting enough sleep, eating nutritious food, and exercising. While a healthy, nutritious diet and regular exercise are essential for a healthy lifestyle, giving our body time to rest and recharge is also vital to our health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that a chronic lack of sleep for an extended period of time can lead to serious medical conditions such as diabetes and increase the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. 


But what is a sufficient amount of sleep? While we should try to get at least 8 hours of sleep, it’s important to make sure the time we spend in bed is quality sleep. We need to give our body and mind the opportunity for comfort and relaxation. If we’re sleeping fitfully or tossing and turning all night long, the source of our inability to sleep might be our mattress . Mattresses don’t last forever and it may be time to replace yours. But with so many different types of mattresses on the market today, it can be challenging to know which mattress is best to meet our needs. That’s why we need the advice of a trained expert.


Today, we’re going to talk to Rachel Stewart from Gardner White Furniture, the number one mattress store in Michigan. Rachel is an expert in the different types of mattresses and she’s here to explain how choosing the right mattress can lead to a better night’s sleep.


What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • How often should you get a new mattress and what should you do with the old one?
  • Why is getting a good night’s sleep so important to our health and wellbeing?
  • How could a lack of sleep affect us mentally, emotionally, and physically?
  • Can the type and condition of the mattress we have really affect our sleep?
  • Is a firmer or softer mattress better?
  • If you suffer from chronic neck or back pain issues, which type of mattress is best for you?
  • How can you tell that your mattress is getting old?
  • What is a dual comfort mattress?
  • What are the best mattresses available today and do they always cost more?
  • What are motion base mattresses or sleep systems?
  • Why do you recommend lying on a variety of different mattresses before purchasing them?
  • What tips or suggestions do you have for people who come into the store to try out the various mattress types?
  • What is the difference between store bought mattresses and the type of mattresses in a box ordered online?
  • If a new mattress isn’t in your budget right now, are there things one can do to extend the life of their current mattress?

Today’s Takeaway: 

A chronic lack of sleep is not only exhausting, it may also be harmful to

our health. In addition to the health issues we’ve already mentioned, weight

gain and a weakened immune system can also result from a lack of sleep.

Although there are a variety of reasons why we’re not getting the sleep we need, one of the easiest to correct is having a comfortable, supportive mattress. Since there is no such thing as a “one size fits all type of mattress”, finding a mattress that meets your needs can be a very personal experience. While you may prefer a firm rather than a soft mattress, that may not be your sleeping partner’s first choice. As we heard today, there are options such as

dual comfort mattresses to address that issue. In addition, because mattresses come in a variety of materials and price, the wide range of mattress types can feel overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to seek the advice of a mattress expert. They can answer all your questions and help you

decide which type of mattress is best suited to meet both of your needs.

Getting a good night’s sleep and making sure your body has a chance to rest and recuperate is not a luxury, it’s a necessity for maintaining good

health and peak performance. Remember that everyday is a gift and

the gift of a good night’s sleep is easily attainable when the mattress

we’re sleeping on is the cause of our sleepless nights. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”


  • “You know it when it’s not working for you anymore. It’s just not comfortable.” - Rachel
  • “If we do not sleep enough, we have seen there’s a 45 % increase in heart disease, 2x as likely to get cancer, 3x as likely to get diabetes, 5x as likely to be depressed.” - Rachel 
  • “We need to find a way to prioritize what we sleep on to make sure it fits our body.” - Rachel
  • “The big thing when you’re looking at sleep is spinal alignment. If your spine is not aligned, you’re not going to be sleeping well.” - Rachel
  • “It really comes down to comfort. If you’re not comfortable you’re not sleeping well.” - Rachel

Brought to You By:

Gardner White Furniture


Mentioned in This Episode: 

Gardner White Furniture - Mattresses