How to Sleep On Your Back

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Your sleep position matters if you want to get a good night’s sleep. According to experts, sleeping on your back is always the best way to fall asleep. Granted that your mattress offers proper support, sleeping on your back will benefit you in so many ways. However, it’s not so easy to do so if you’re used to other sleeping positions. It can be a real struggle to train yourself to change your main sleeping habit, but it can actually be done.

Benefits of Sleeping on Your Back

You might be thinking, why on earth should you sleep on your back if you’re more comfortable sleeping on your side or even on your stomach? Sleep is all about comfort anyway, so why bother? Here are some reasons why you should give sleeping on your back a shot:

1. Your spinal column will be in a neutral position, ensuring pain free mornings and better health overall.

If you sleep on your back on a, say, Salem Bed mattress that will nicely support your back, you can get better sleep because your spine will be in a neutral position. Sleeping on your side, stomach, or fetal position will need you to bend, twist, or curve your back for hours on end which can strain your body. This can lead to body pains and bad posture in the long run as your stiff neck and lower back pains will tell you.

2. It’s good for your skin.

There are actually a few reasons why sleeping on your back is good for your skin. For one, it keeps your face off the pillow which can be teeming with bacteria and dust. This can help you minimize your breakouts. Two, it can prevent the formation of sleep-related wrinkles that can come from pressing your face on to the pillow for extended periods on a nightly basis.

3. It can make you look slightly better.

Sleeping on your back will prevent the fluids from moving to the front of your body during sleep, resulting to a less puffy appearance. If you tend to look a bit swollen in the morning, you might want to consider sleeping on your back from now on.

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How to Train Yourself to Sleep on Your Back

Now that you know that sleeping on your back is good for you, the next step is to try changing your ways. To do that, here are some tips you need to keep in mind:

Check if your mattress can support you.

Sometimes, the comfortable sleeping position for you has nothing to do about your preference but only because it’s the only way you feel comfortable on your mattress. Check if your mattress can still support your body well when lying down. If you feel that some parts of your body is uncomfortable, suspended, or strained, you should get a new mattress, stat. Firm mattresses are great for back sleepers and you’ll find some good options from Salem Bed.

Use the right pillows (both in terms of height and number).

Whatever your sleeping position is, pillows are essential. Your neck should be propped up nicely to keep the proper alignment of your spine. This will ensure your comfort and prevent any pains and strains in the evening. The pillow for your head should be thick enough to keep your spine properly aligned.

If you’re training to sleep on your back, you should also get a few more pillows to help you get comfortable sleeping in this new position. Place a few under each arm, on each side of your torso, and one under your knees. These can serve as bumpers to keep you in position all night long. Just make sure not to use pillows that are too fluffy so those areas won’t be puffing out and make you uncomfortable all night long.

Don’t eat a heavy meal right before bed.

Heavy meals before bed are absolute no-no’s if you want to sleep better and on your back. Doing this will weigh you down and make sleeping on your back a bit uncomfortable. Make sure to eat at least 2 hours before you hit the sack.

Make sure you’re not too cold.

When we’re cold, there’s a high likelihood that we curl up to conserve our body heat. As you’re trying to sleep on your back, you shouldn’t do this. Turn your AC or fan’s setting down if you know that you’ll get too cold in the middle of the night. Having a cozy blanket on hand can also help you out.

Be patient, consistent, and determined.

Patience is truly a virtue if you want to train yourself to sleep on your back. It will take a lot of getting used to, especially if you’ve been a side or stomach sleeper all your life. It can also be a big challenge if you tend to move a lot in your sleep. You’ll need to be determined and always consistent if you want to be successful in this as well.

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Sleeping on your back will really help you enjoy many benefits that are good for your health. Give it a shot and see for yourself just how much it will improve your slumber.

 

New Techs for Sleep that will Wow You

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Sleep is the latest health trend that has been taking over the world today. From Arianna Huffington’s Sleep Revolution to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Clean Sleep, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that most of the world are now paying close attention to their zzz’s. The growing number of technologies for sleep is another proof that sleeping more is indeed the latest trend. The latest CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has definitely shown a large number of latest products designed to help people improve their zzz’s.

If you’re one who’s interested in using technology to help you sleep better, these latest innovations and offerings might tickle your fancy. However, their novel ideas might not exactly bring more slumber to everyone. Some might even just leave you encumbered with too much tech and data that you might not have use for.

Still, they seem great, right? So we’ve rounded up some of the most unique and promising techs for sleep and see for yourself which ones may work for you.

Wearable Trackers

Wearable tech comes in a wide array of designs nowadays but the most popular ones are smart wristwatches that will monitor your nocturnal behaviors for you. It will then collate the data and present the information to you upon you wake up. Mostly, it will monitor your sleep-wake patterns, movements, breathing, and heart rate. Others might also be able to monitor your teeth clenching and snoring.

Are they worth it? Yes, if you have sleeping difficulties that you can’t detect. However, if you sleep fine, they might not be the best to help you get more zzz’s.

Sleep Apps

Apps that are designed to help you get more zzz’s also come a dime a dozen nowadays as well. They have different purposes, but since they’re stuck on your phone and you largely have to input data on them to work, they’re less handier than wearables in telling you what’s wrong with your sleep. They can still be very useful, though, if you already know what you need to work on.

Smart Pillows

Ok, so you might be thinking, how can pillows be smart? They’re just a bag of fluff or a block of foam? Well, you see, these smart pillows have special chips in them that can basically replace your wearable and work just like your apps at the same time. Most are designed to track your sleep and work as white noise players or alarm clocks at the same time. You can say that they’re quite handy but they can also be pricier as well.

Smart Bed?

The latest in the burgeoning sleep techs industry is the smart bed. It’s actually quite promising because it adjusts to what you need to sleep better. It automatically contours to your body to support your pressure points better and even moves when you snore so you stop doing so. The concept’s still very new, though, so we can expect to see more development in the future.

Is Tech Good for Your Sleep?

Experts have been quite adamant that tech in the bedroom can cost you your sleep. And honestly, we kind of agree. All those blue lights can really mess up your Circadian rhythm. However, if you have no clue what’s keeping you up at night, these techs can still be very helpful to you since we don’t have a lot of sleep specialists in the country just yet. If you think they can be of great help to you, though, you can always give them a try.

If you ask us, though, there’s always a high chance that your old mattress is messing with your zzz’s. If you toss and turn in your sleep, we suggest considering replacing your old mattress for a new one. That does the trick for a lot of people, so why not give it a try?

Want to Lose Weight in 2017? Add Sleeping More to Your New Year’s Resolution

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Losing weight is the the most popular new years resolution there is. However, not everyone gets to actually pull it off. There are so many factors to losing weight that a simple list of what to do doesn’t always cut it.

If you’re one of these folks who want to lose weight this year, all you really need is to actually exercise, eat better, and sleep more. Yes, sleeping more can actually help you shed some pounds off. How? Here are the top reasons:

1. The rest sleep provides helps your body heal and recuperate.

This helps you have more energy for the next day, letting you exercise more and harder the next day.

2. You can reduce your cravings.

When you’re overtired, your body’s reward center kicks in hard. This causes cravings, which can lead to eating more or pigging out on unhealthy food items.

3. You eat more when you’re tired.

Not sleeping enough and doing strenuous physical activities will require your body to compensate. This means that you’re hungrier and will be able to eat more. More food can cause a strain to a slow metabolism (which is very likely to be present in someone who needs to lose weight) and cause weight gain.

While more sleep alone won’t let you lose weight, doing so can trigger your body to function better and boost the effects of your diet and exercise. It’s often the missing ingredient in most weight loss regimens, so if you really want to slim down, you really should sleep more.

3 Reasons Why You Should Buy a New Salem Bed Mattress in 2017

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The New Year makes a lot of us think about doing some home improvements. If you’re not ready for a major renovation just yet, replacing old stuff can be a great way to achieve a new feel at home. And what’s a better item to replace than your old mattress, right?

Replacing your old mattress will really make you feel like you’ve changed something up at home even if it’s the only new thing you have. We know that a mattress is a big ticket purchase, but really, it might just be the very thing you need to improve the whole feel of your home.

If you’re on the fence whether you actually need to replace your old mattress with a new one in 2017, here are some reasons that might convince you.

1. Your mattress is already almost a decade old.

Every mattress bought is intended to be used for a few years. However, some are made of better quality than others, so there are a few that can get up to a decade old without showing signs of massive wear and tear. A number of Salem Bed products are proud to have this trait, which is precisely why we are a top brand in the country.

However, most mattresses are only supposed to last for 8 to 10 years. This is because the materials can already lose its integrity, leaving you more and more uncomfortable as the days go by. Hygiene can also be an issue, because no matter how well you maintain your mattress, dust will still find its way into the tiniest nooks and crannies of your sleeping surface.

These are just some of the most important reasons why you should replace your mattress every 8 to 10 years. If yours has been around for more than a decade now, you’re overdue for a good replacement.

2. You need better sleep.

An old mattress can be the very reason why you can’t sleep well at night. It might be uncomfortable, leaving you tossing and turning at night instead of catching some shuteye. It can also be inadequate in providing you proper support, leaving you with body pains by the morning. A new mattress, especially if you made the effort to choose the right one that will suit your preferences and needs, will help solve all of these woes and bring you better zzz’s.

3. It’s a great investment for your home.

All of us wants to improve our homes. Being big ticket purchases, mattresses can definitely add value and luxury to your home. A new one can be the perfect upgrade for your space.

Ready to purchase a new mattress for your home? Visit our website today to see the available Salem Bed products to you!

4 Reasons Why You Should Add “Sleep More” to Your New Year’s Resolutions

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We know the holidays are still about to fully roll in, but most of you might already be planning your New Year’s resolutions by now. Every year we recommend sleeping more as an additional entry and we’re doing it again this year. Why? Because it’s good for you.

It’s no secret that most of us are sleep deprived. What with our busy schedules, long and stressful commutes, and the desire to spend more time with our families, we’re really strapped for time to catch some zzz’s. And since sleep is an essential requirement of our bodies to function better, it’s just normal that we should care about this matter.

If this isn’t enough reason for you to get more zzz’s, here are four more reasons why you should sleep more in 2017.

1. It will improve your health.

Sleeping more on a regular basis can do wonders to your health. It can minimize your risks of getting serious illnesses, boost your immunity, and clear your skin among other things.

2. It will help you lose weight.

Experts say that sleeping an hour more everyday can help you in losing weight. More zzz’s can affect your metabolism and will give you enough energy to power through the day. This will help you minimize your sugar, caffeine, and carbohydrates intake, which are all stored as fat by the body. If you can skip these food groups, you’re definitely on your way to getting a slimmer and fitter body.

3. It will help you perform better.

As mentioned before, more sleep means more energy. This will help you stay awake and alert to let you perform better, whether when it comes to your studies, work, training, or any other particular physical activity that you might be involved in.

4. It will improve your mood.

Lack of sleep always leave us cranky, mostly because we’re tired. If you sleep better, you’ll feel more awake and well rested, so you won’t feel too stressed about not getting enough rest and you can be your normal self. This will help you stay in a good disposition and can help you avoid having certain psychological problems.

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These are just four reasons how sleeping more can help improve your quality of life. Hopefully it’s enough to convince you that you should get more zzz’s.

Gift Ideas for the Sleepy

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While some of you have already ticked off every item on your gifts list, there might still be some who are quite stumped with what to give to a friend, family, or co-worker. If they happened to love sleep (or you feel like they need more of it), you’re in luck because we have a few suggestions that might come in handy.

So, what should you give a sleepyhead or someone you think should get more zzz’s? Here are our picks:

A New Mattress!

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Perfect for aging parents, siblings, and even yourself, a new mattress will guarantee a good night’s sleep for the new year. Just make sure to check with them how firm they like their mattresses to be or better yet, let them pick something from our website!

Pillows

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If you don’t have the budget for going all out, you can also go small and get a nice pillow or two. It’s best to give decorative or huggable pillows since pillows for sleeping need to be the perfect fit for sleepers.

Air Purifier

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Struggling with allergies in the bedroom? An air purifier will help you get better zzz’s. The best thing here is, if you’re not too keen on getting an appliance, you can also opt to give a potted plant that can also get the job done.

Pajamas

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Cute and cozy pajamas are some of the best gift ideas for those who love to lounge around and catch some shuteye.

Blankets

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Blankets are also great gifts for those who love to snooze as they will always get reminded of you every time they get under the covers. There are also tons of options to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift for your loved one.

Eye Mask

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They’re cute, functional, and affordable, so why not opt to give them out as gifts? The best part is the fact that these items are very versatile. They can be taken and used anywhere, so you’re not only helping your loved one sleep better, but also get more zzz’s.

Linen Spray

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If nice scents relax the person you wish to give a gift to, a linen spray is an essential for their bedroom. These products are easily available and can even be DIY’ed so it’s easily one of the easiest gift options there is.

Candles

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This might seem like a cop-out gift, but anyone who knows how to relax will love a nice smelling candle for their bedroom. Skip the harsh smells and opt for these scents instead as they are the best for bedrooms as they’re relaxing and can enhance your sleep.

These are just a few examples of what would be great gifts to those who like to sleep and deserve to get more zzz’s. We hope we were able to give you a few good ideas to give out and make your holiday merrier.

New Year, New Bedroom? Get Some Ideas Here!

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Planning to revamp your cozy space by the new year? We’ve got some of the best ideas that might just tickle your fancy. Check them out below!

1. Starry night bedroom by Crispin Young Wilson

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Ok, so let’s start off with an amazing ceiling art made by Crispin Young Wilson for a young boy who’s struggling to sleep on his own in his first bedroom. The actual bedroom isn’t something to write home about, but the ceiling art will definitely help you relax. Especially if you love sleeping under the stars, this might just give you the relaxation you need every time you go to bed.

The best part about this work of art is it’s completely invisible when the lights are on! It makes the whole thing extra magical and easy to whip up in any kind of bedroom.

2. Use “scraps” as decor.

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There may not be a lot of these intricately detailed discarded fa├žades laying around, but if you’re lucky to find one, the bedroom is an excellent place to put it on display.

3. Let nature take its course.

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We love some quick and unusual ways to update the bedroom, so we’re throwing in adding some plants into your bedroom in this list. They can really change up the look of your space and make it feel more relaxing. Opt for plants that can clean the air, as well as varieties that don’t require too much sunlight, so they won’t wither and die in a few days.

4. Move your bed near the window.

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If your bedroom has a massive window and a nice view, why not incorporate the feature to your interiors? Use the great view to decorate your space by ditching the curtains (okay, you can still use them for privacy, but it’s best to keep them drawn open) and enjoying the marvelous sight from you bed.

5. Give your walls a fresh treatment.

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Covering your walls with a fresh coat of paint, a new wallpaper, or an entirely different treatment is another way to refresh your bedroom without doing anything major. You can get this done in a weekend, so it’s definitely worth trying out if you want a new look for your cozy space by the new year.

Give any of these five a go and you’ll surely enjoy a bedroom that looks fresh in no time. If you want it to really want it to feel different, grabbing a new Salem Bed also wouldn’t hurt.