Why Investing on a Good Mattress can Help Improve Your Sleep

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Sleep is, without a doubt, one of the most important things you need to do to keep yourself healthy. While we still don’t know why it’s so important, not sleeping can lead to very serious illnesses that can turn fatal. Science have also proven its importance over and over again, so at this point, it’s already fully established that you have to sleep.

Sadly, not a lot of people get quality sleep regularly. A lot of things can factor in this, and some times, your body is just really wired to make catching some shuteye a major challenge. In many cases, you really have to work hard to get some quality zzz’s. But there are also a lot of easy ways to improve your slumber.

One of the best and easiest ways to help boost the quality of your sleep is by investing on a good mattress. This fact is backed up by many sleep experts, noting that a comfortable surface matters in helping you get a good night’s sleep. Others may want to ignore this fact as much as they can, but there’s really no going around it. A quality mattress is really essential in catching some quality shuteye.

The only downside to mattresses is you often get what you pay for. If you want to save, you’ll most likely get a less than stellar product. If you’re willing to invest, though, you’re in for nights of comfort and quality sleep.

The Importance of a Good Mattress

The value of a mattress to your sleep is pretty simple: it lets you get comfortable. If you’re comfy, the easier you can relax, and the better the sleep you’ll get. Of course, there are tons of other features mattresses can have like motion isolation, special fabric treatments, or cooling designs to prevent you from getting hot in the night. All of these are just extras as the main priority is your comfort when you lay down to sleep at night.

The main purpose of your mattress is to provide a cozy surface that will let your body rest properly all throughout the night. As we spend a great chunk of our days in bed, it’s just essential to have a mattress that you feel comfortable in. This way, you can easily relax and lull yourself to sleep easily.

Investing on a Good Mattress

If you wish to invest on a good mattress, we always recommend Salem Bed spring mattresses. Spring mattresses are durable and will not get heated the longer you lie down on it as they have spaces inside where air can move around and let the furnishing breathe. The firmness levels vary, though, so make sure to choose one according to your preference. It’s best if you can try them before taking one home so you can be sure that you’re really comfortable in the mattress that you buy.

Some people prefer foam mattresses, though. There’s no problem in this, you just have to make sure to choose a good one. You also need to know that foam mattresses come in varying density levels and that can affect their firmness.

Low density foams are softer and more malleable. They’re also cheap and will most likely wear down in the shortest amount of time. Medium density foams are soft-firm and are already great budget options for many homes. High density foams are firm with ample give, making them perfect for those who need excellent back support.

Memory foams are special as they follow the contour of your body. Latex are also great as they’re soft and made from natural materials, so you don’t have to worry about getting allergies or harmful fumes.

What you need to know about foams is that they are bound to lose thickness over the years. This is mostly due to compression from daily use, so expect to see your foam getting thinner as the years go by.

Again, when it comes to mattresses, you often get what you pay for. If you wish to get the lowest-priced product, be ready to need to replace it in a couple of years. So make sure to also check the product’s warranty to know the shortest life span the item you’re eyeing could have. Most items will last way longer than its warranty period, but a short warranty should tell you the indicated number of years would be the minimum lifespan of your item.

Replacing Your Mattress can Improve Your Sleep

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If you can’t sleep at night, your mattress could be the very reason why. Mattresses should only last seven to eight years, so if yours have lasted longer, maybe it’s time to get a new one.

Salem Bed mattresses are some of the best options in the market today, so make sure to check out our selections by visiting our website or any of our dealers. If you want to keep yourself updated with our latest promos and sale events, make sure to follow us in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well.

Sleep Apps aren’t the Solution to Your Sleep Deprivation

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Anyone with a smartphone will know that tons of different apps are being designed to help solve different problems, ranging from the mundane to the most outrageous ones. There are even lots of these applications touted to solve sleep problems, mostly by reminding you to make certain lifestyle changes, adjusting your phone’s blue light emission, or tracking how much sleep you’re getting.

While apps can be useful in diagnosing your sleep situation, it hardly does anything to actually solve it. All it really does is tell you how bad the situation is, but solutions aren’t really readily available. It can tell you that you snore or that you don’t sleep long enough and that’s mostly it. There are hardly any solution available to help improve your sleep.

This isn’t to say that they’re completely useless, though, because they still have use. As they can help affirm your suspicions as to whether you are really having sleep problems or not, they’re definitely useful in taking the first step in confirming that you do have a problem. Solving it is completely on you, though.

What we’re trying to say here is that sleep apps aren’t the be all and end all of your sleep problems. In the end, you’ll still need to do some lifestyle changes to improve your sleep. Whether it is through a specialized treatment by sleep experts or through taking steps to sleep better, it’s entirely up to you how you can improve your zzz’s. Apps are just tools to help you learn more about what you’re struggling with.

So the next time you download an app thinking that it will help you get rid of the bags under your eyes, pause for a bit and think whether you’re also ready to take actual steps in getting more and better zzz’s. We’ve talked about the things you actually need to do to get quality slumber in this blog multiple times before, but if you’re not going to take such tips to heart, the app will just eat up your phone’s storage space and do nothing to help you get better rested and healthy.

Bed Etiquette for those who Share a Bed

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Do you sleep well at night despite sleeping next to someone else? Is your bed partner having problems sleeping? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, then it might be you who’s keeping your bed partner up all night.

Even if you sleep well, you should still feel concerned about your bed partner’s lack of sleep, especially since you’re the very reason why they can’t get a full night of zzz’s. Observing the following bed etiquette can help, though, so make sure to take note of the following.

1. Talk it out with an open mind.

It’s very likely that your bed partner knows exactly what it is that you do in your sleep that keeps them up all night.  Talking about it with an open mind will help you get started in addressing the issue. Do not feel offended or hurt if they think that your kicking or cuddling is too much, though, because being defensive will get the two of you nowhere. You need to understand that both of you may sleep differently, so addressing those differences is essential.

2. Don’t hog the blankets.blanket hoggingBlanket hogging is one of the most common issues bed partners experience. It’s also the easiest to solve: get a bigger blanket or get separate ones for the both of you. It’s simple and you don’t have to get resentful and angry at each other over it.

3. If you can’t sleep, don’t toss and turn in bed.

If you’re the type who constantly needs to find the right position to fall asleep, tossing and turning could be your usual bedtime activity. This can also be the very reason why your bed partner can’t fall asleep as they can feel your every movement through waves on your bed. What you can do is to just get out of bed first if you still can’t fall asleep and do something else. Go back when your sleepy and ready to catch some zzz’s.

4. Just don’t move around too much in bed in general.

Some people are also notorious for moving around the bed too much in their sleep. This one’s really tricky to solve because you are doing it unconsciously.There are a few solutions, though:

  • Get a bigger bed. If the problem is that your bed partner gets kicked and punched every night, putting some space between the two of you can help.
  • Get a bed with motion insulation. Some mattresses, like the Salem Elite collection, have individually wrapped coil springs, so each spring won’t affect the others. This allows bed partners to not feel the other’s movements, allowing a fuller and undisturbed sleep.
  • Sleep in separate beds. In the worst cases, sleeping in separate beds might work out for the best. You can still share a bedroom, but getting two twin beds might be a better idea than sharing just one big bed.

5. Don’t take too much space on the bed by sprawling.

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If you share a bed with someone, you also have to consider that they need space to lay down in. Avoid sprawling or taking too much of the bed as a courtesy. If you can’t do that, you can also opt to get a bigger bed or separate beds.

6. Work on your snoring.

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Snoring can definitely keep your bed partner up all night or even jolt them awake in the middle of their slumber. Sadly, solving snoring takes a while, so while you work on it, you can either get your bed partner some ear plugs to shut out the noise.

7. Squeeze in a cuddle schedule on your bedtime routine.

If one of you don’t enjoy sleeping while cuddled with the other, things can definitely get complicated in bed. To work this out, first throw out feeling offended out the window. Some people just really don’t like to cuddle when they’re asleep for a whole lot of reasons, one of which is that the cuddler could be very heavy and restricts the breathing of the other. In any case, it could keep them up all night.

But cuddling is great, so a compromise is essential. What you can do is to schedule around 10 minutes every night to cuddle. This is ample time to relieve stress and release some happy hormones to your body, so you can sleep easier. You can go separate ways afterwards and sleep back to back or however you want.

Remember that working on improving on both bed partners’ sleep is essential to improve your health and relationship. So make sure to work out on these issues right away so your problems won’t get worse and affect other areas in your lives.

How Cute Sleep Can Be

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Parents do love to dress up their kids, but what makes them cuter is when they’re not fussing  and being stressed about being dressed up. So, we’ve rounded up the cutest napping babies in the most adorable costumes and set up to perk up your midweek a little bit.

Our friend has superpowers, and she squeezed your tiny bladder with her mind. #StrangerThings #eleven

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If only each and every one of us looks this cute when we’re asleep, no?

Your Relationship Might Just Be Damaging Your Sleep

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If you’ve been following us for a while now, you’ll know that there are lots of things that can affect your zzz’s. You’ll also know that your sleep partner could be the very reason why you can’t sleep. Apparently, there’s an additional reason why some people who sleep with their significant other can also find it difficult to get some shuteye, and it all boils down to their relationship.

According to a study published by the Social Psychological & Personality Science, people who don’t feel like their partners are responsive are more likely to have sleep issues than those who have partners who meet their needs. Responsiveness in a relationship is a way to measure whether your significant other cares for you and understands you. It also helps you feel more validated and important. People who don’t feel like their SOs are responsive to them tend to have higher levels of stress and anxiety, which can lead to sleepless nights, especially if they sleep next to each other.

A lot of people don’t easily realize that this is the very reason why they can’t sleep, as it is definitely something you realize right away. Resolving the issue can also be tricky. However, addressing it can have a huge impact on a person’s life.

Those who have loving partners tend to sleep better as well. As restorative sleep requires a sense of security and safety, feeling loved and well cared for can definitely put a person at ease and lower their stress levels. This can lead to better slumber.

If you think the reason why you can’t sleep is your partner’s inadequate amount of responsiveness, we’re not sure if a new mattress can help solve your woes. However, getting a Salem Bed can still help, because even if everything doesn’t work out, at least you have a quality and cozy place to spend your nights in.

How to Get Out of Bed on #BedWeather Days

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It’s been raining non-stop for the past few days and aside from the flooding and traffic, getting out of bed on a raining morning is one of the biggest challenges ever. The warmth and comfort of the bed is just the best alternative to battling it out on the streets, trying to stay as dry as you possibly can.

But if you need to be somewhere else, how do you force yourself to leave your bed? Here are some tips you can try to convince yourself that something else is worth leaving your bed.

1.Prepare the night before.

Prepping your things before you hit the hay will let you have a few more minutes in the bed the following morning. Decide what you want to wear the next day to lessen your worries and frustrations while you try to rush your morning routine. Have the stuff you need to bring all in one place as well so you can just grab them and go.

2. Drink a glass of water before hitting the hay or as soon as you wake up.

Drinking a glass of water before bed will force you to get out of bed in the morning as you have to rush to the CR for some relief. It’ll be hard to get comfortable again in bed once you already got out, so it could be a good way to wake yourself up.

However, if you’re the type who can’t handle fluids at night and tend to wake up during the wee hours to pee, this might not be the best idea. What you can do instead is to drink a glass of water as soon as your alarm goes off. A drink will instantly wake you up and will not let you go back to sleep, helping you get out of bed easily.

3. Place your alarm clock away from you.

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If you think you’ll be having a hard time getting yourself out of bed the next morning, take a preemptive measure and place your alarm clock away from the bed where you can’t reach it without getting out of the covers. This will instantly get you out of bed.

4. Remind yourself why you need to get up already.

There might be tons of reasons why you have to get out of bed in the morning, remind yourself of them and you’ll surely find a way to convince yourself that you can’t stay under the covers all day.

5. Reward yourself a little.
Rewarding yourself could be a great incentive for getting out of bed in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing, it can be just a nice cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop or a nice lunch dish. This way, you’ll feel better about getting out of bed in the morning.6. Don’t let yourself reason out for staying in bed.You’ll surely struggle with yourself if you really don’t want to get out of bed, so you’ll need a stronger resolve to convince yourself that there are more important things than staying under the covers.It might be difficult to overcome your attachment to your cozy bed on #bedweather days, but if you need to be somewhere else, you have to do what you can and get yourself moving. Hopefully, these tips will get you going.

Getting Some Sleep Before a Big Day

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The day before any big occasion might fill you up with a lot of tension, anxiety, and excitement that it gets extra difficult to fall asleep. Some find themselves still up just a few hours before they have to get out of bed and prepare for the big day. This, of course, isn’t good, as you’ll most likely be running on little energy the next day and you’ll look a bit off.

So, what should you do if you’re finding it hard to fall asleep on the eve of a big day? Here are some tips you can try.

1. Make sure that everything that’s need to be done is already done before night fall. A lot of occasions, especially DIY weddings, can have a lot of last minute tasks that needs to be done right away. This, of course, can result to sacrificing sleep.

The best thing to do is to plan your event properly and weigh the pros and cons of DIYing. Sometimes it’s more cost and time effective to just pay for some things, so always consider that as well.

2. Shut everyone out by 10 pm so you can have time to wind down, relax, and ease yourself to sleep. Are friends and family coming in the day before the big event? This might mean that you’ll spend most of the night trying to catch up while prepping and trying to complete last minute tasks. This, of course, will definitely affect your sleep, as those catchup sessions can easily last all night long.

So, what should you do? Shut everyone out around your regular bedtime. You might to be quite willing to do this as it’s easy to want to spend more time with folks you haven’t seen in a while, but remember, you can always easily just chat tomorrow during your event, right?

3. Avoid caffeine after 1 pm. In addition to feeling antsy and jittery, you don’t want caffeine to keep you up ’til late, so just skip it altogether.

4. Write down all your worries. If you’re fretting that something could go wrong on the next day, write all of them down. This way, you can release the building tension inside you and you will feel like you’ve already done the first step necessary in addressing your worries. You can even use your list the following day to check if everything is in place.

5. Get a massage. If you still have time, you can also opt to get a relaxing massage the night before your major event. This will help you relax better and have an easier time falling asleep.

6. Accept that mistakes can happen. Perfectionists and worry warts tend to find the night before major occasions the worst nights of  their lives because they spend the whole evening fretting about what could go wrong and what still has to be done. If you’re one of these folks, a quick remedy might be hard to find. However, accepting that mistakes can happen during your event will help you relax and pause your worrying until the next morning.

7. Do some relaxing yoga poses. Stretching and meditating are some of the best ways to relax, so why not give it a try?

Whatever the occasion might be, you’ll need a good night’s sleep for better performance and to be in good shape for the next day. Hope we’re able to help you out in your quest to ensure a good night’s sleep on the eve of your big day with these tips.