Sleep & Health: Ten Health Benefits of Sleep

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As Dr. Ana Krieger of the Center for Sleep Medicine puts it, “Sleep is a necessary philosophical process like eating and breathing.” In fact, sleep is found to be more important than food that sleep deprivation can kill you before you starve to death. In several studies, lab rats have died after two weeks without sleep, while it took a lot longer than that do die from being without any food.

What exactly do you get from sleep, though? Here’s a list of the ten health benefits that sleep can bring you:

1. Improved Memory

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The brain takes the time when you’re asleep to consolidate the information that you’ve taken in during the day and strengthens your memory, making slumber the perfect time to boost your brain power.

2. Lower Stress Levels

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Ever notice that when you don’t get enough sleep, you tend to become more irritable during the day? With some quality sleep, the opposite happens, thus letting you keep your calm and keep yourself away from stressing out on every little thing you come across with.

3. Healthier Heart

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Getting enough shuteye has been proven to help lower cholesterol and control blood pressure. Experts haven’t exactly found out why sleep affects the cardiovascular system this way, but many theorize that this may be due to the intricate hormonal play the body conducts while at rest.

4. Better Mood

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Feeling tired can really make you grumpy, which can lead to higher stress levels and even depression. To avoid all of these, catching some quality zzz’s is one of the best and easiest ways to go about it.

5. More Energy

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Sleep is the very activity that allows recuperation after a day full of action. To gain back all of the energy you’ve exhausted, resting through a good night’s sleep is essential. Studies conducted by the Stanford School of Medicine involving athletes has even shown that those who were able to get enough sleep showcased improved speed and accuracy as well as in game performance.

6. Increased Productivity

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Again, little sleep always tend to equal to feeling tired, which, in return, can easily damage your performance. If you don’t have enough energy, getting something done can be a bigger challenge than what it can really be. Your forty winks will help you recharge, which will let you feel ready for the work waiting for you the next day.

7. Chances of Weight Loss

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When you sleep enough, you get to recharge for the taxing day ahead of you. However, if you haven’t snoozed properly, the tendency to lack energy will definitely be there. This causes the body’s craving for additional food to fuel you, thus causing weight gain. Some studies also show that sleeping can burn some fats in the process, making it one great way to shed some pounds off.

8. Clearer Skin

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Again, sleep allows your tired body to rest and recuperate. This helps out your skin in the best way, as it lessens stress and irritation. Especially if you sleep with clean sheets, you can be sure to get clear skins easily.

9. Boosted Immunity

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It’s not just your gramma who suggests that sleeping properly will help you keep those colds at bay. It is actually backed up by some complicated science as well! According to experts, sleep deprivation suppresses the immune system, making you susceptible to flu and common colds. So the next time you doubt old wives’ tales, you better double check, as some of them can really be helpful.

10. Lower Risk of Cancer, Diabetes, and other Health Issues

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According to experts, sleep can also be a great way to lower the risks of getting or progressing cancer, diabetes, and other serious illnesses. Some scientists suggest that sleep’s ability to alter hormone levels can affect the diseases’ development, making sleep a great weapon against them.

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Sleep is truly an essential activity you shouldn’t miss out on. Pair it with a comfortable Salem bed, and you can be sure that you’re on the right track of getting high quality sleep, ensuring your health and wellness without a fuss.

Inspired Weekend Round-up: Magical, Whimsical, and Awesome Kids Bedrooms

Parents naturally want to create a beautiful childhood for their little ones. Not only do they wish to nurture and encourage their growth in the most positive ways, but creating wonderful memories are also essential as well. As most of the kids’ growth start at home, it’s also highly important to create a marvelous space for your young ones within your lovely abode. These kids’ bedrooms are some of the best examples of how you can easily express your love and awesome parenting through style and uniqueness.

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Beautiful and striking colors are said to be stimulating to children’s growth and intellect.

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Play is easily incorporated in this cute little girl’s bedroom.

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Muted colors still add some fanciness and style into this nursery.

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Tiny bursts of color make this space a lot more interesting.

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Despite being in black and white, this bedroom is still fun and childlike.

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This flying pirate ship bedroom spells all out fun and excitement.

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This nautical themed bedroom is easily timeless.

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Whether it’s for a kid, or for the child in you, this boat bed is just full of wonder.

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How to add more magic into your little one’s life? Give her a fairy-themed bedroom.

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This one is not technically a bedroom, but this Hobbit House inspired home of Simon Dale can easily inspire whimsy and magic for your own kid’s bedroom.

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Make your little princess feel like she is an actual princess plucked from a Fairy Tale with a room like this.

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Heroic and valiant, firemen are truly worth looking up to and idolizing.

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Fun and adorable, this carousel nursery will surely create great memories for your little loves.

Just don’t forget on investing on a high quality mattress for your little one’s room. Cap off their busy and active day with great comfort, so you can also enhance their sleep quality that can aid in their growth and overall wellness.

Sleep & Health: Food That Can Help You Catch Some Zzz’s

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According to studies by sleep experts from Harvard, it’s not about eating before bed that could make you fat. However, it is the very items you consume that could really affect your health. This is why if you’re the type to enjoy pre-bed time snacks, you may want to know which ones won’t affect your sleep and add inches to your waist. The following are the best food items that you can eat before dozing off.

1. Cherry

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Cherries are among the few food items that contain melatonin, which is a substance that helps control the body’s internal clock. A small study even showed that drinking cherry juice before bed has improved sleep in subjects suffering from chronic insomnia in terms of duration and quality.

2. Milk

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Remember when your grandma or mother used to make you finish your glass of warm milk before bed? Old wives’ tales said that this is because milk can be calming, but science shows that it is a lot more than just that. Milk apparently contains trytophan, which is a precursor to seratonin that induces quality sleep.

3. Fortified Cereal

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Who said you can’t eat breakfast food for dinner? Fortified cereals contain complex carbs which are excellent in promoting sleep. Also, cereals are best with milk, which doubles the chances of getting quality zzz’s.

4. Bananas

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Dubbed as “overall health promoters”, you can add sleep promotion to the many benefits of bananas. These popular fruits are chock full of the muscle relaxants potassium and magnesium as well as the sleep inducing trytophan, making them the perfect midnight snacks. Plus, they have tons of other benefits, so eating them all day long could be good for you.

5. Turkey

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Turkey is a lot like milk, wherein it also contains a great amount of sleep inducing trytophan. This makes falling asleep a lot easier after you’ve had a great serving of this white meat.

6. Sweet Potato

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Sweet potato has gained much fame lately, mostly for its endless health benefits. It is also perfect as a pre-bedtime snack, as it contains muscle relaxing potassium, aside from having complex carbohydrates that induce sleep. They can be cooked in so many ways that you won’t ever get bored with them!

7. Tea

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Select kinds of teas are potent sleep inducers, making them the perfect night cap after a long day. Just make sure that you opt for Valerian, Chamomile, Green, or anything caffeine-free so you won’t be jolted awake by other strong varieties. Mixing them with milk or honey also adds more calming and soothing effects, lulling some to sleep easily.

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Pair these bedtime-friendly food items to a quality and cozy Salem bed, and you’ll surely find yourself off to dreamland without a fuss.

Sleep & Health: Sleep Debt and How to Recover from It

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Sleep has always been one of the best refuges from a long day of work. Sadly, though, not a lot of people get to enjoy sleep after spending the day earning a living. Many fall into the problem of incurring sleep debt, which is the least healthy form of owing anything.

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Don’t you wish you were as lovely as Audrey Hepburn even while yawning?

Sleep debt can easily cause day-time sleepiness and, consequently, reduced productivity. When you don’t get enough zzz’s in the night time because of work or other activities, you tend to yearn for it during the day. This, of course, can create a vicious cycle of working all through the night just to not be able to function properly during the day and then rush into accomplishing tasks during the last minute, which causes the lack of sleep.

After a while of losing hours of sleep, negative effects will start to show. This infographic from Huffington Post will also show you just how bad things can get if you don’t get enough sleep.

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Don’t want any of that to happen? You may be glad to know that recovering from sleep debt can be done. It’s not that easy and will still take time, but it is not entirely impossible.

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The first thing you need to know, though, is that only short-term sleep debt can be recovered. Harvard experts suggest that it can be done by calculating the hours you’ve lost during the weekdays and adding them up to your sleep during the weekend. Although, it could help you feel more refreshed, it is still not the best solution if you’ve lost a lot of sleep through the years. This is also not a good alternative to repeatedly losing sleep during the week. The best way to solve long term sleep deprivation is by continuously clocking in enough or more hours in dreamland and not sliding back to the sleep debt cycle.

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Comfortable beds are also excellent tools in recovering sleep. With a cozy surface, you can be sure that you can be lulled to sleep without a fuss. A nice Salem bed is always a great option, so make sure to check one out today!

Salem’s On Going Events

Looking for big discounts on Salem mattresses? Here are some of our ongoing events that you can check out.

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Blims Fine Furniture Bed & Mattress Sale

March 20-April 31

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Sogo Home & Office Grand Home Fair

March 15-May 31

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Sogo Home & Office Warehouse Sale

March 27 – April 1

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Puregold Home & Fashion Outdoor Sale

March-27-31, 2014

Select branches of Calamba Crossing, Tayuman, Makati, Taytay, Sucat

Other Events:

Salem beds are also on sale at Puregold Commonwealth from March 27-31.

SM Homeworld Mattress Sale ongoing until March 31 in all branches nationwide.

Stay tuned for more info on where to get the biggest discounts on Salem products!

Design Highlight: Floral Details

Florals are definite classics when it comes to decorating. They have been used as beautiful motifs for the longest time, helping create an elegant and chic look for a specific space. Here at Salem beds, we love a timeless floral print. A striking pattern or a captivating design can really be inspiring.

Here’s a round up of some of the sweetest floral design motifs we’ve found for bedrooms around the web.

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This floral headboard became bold and striking when paired with clean white sheets.

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The subtle print on the bed clothes resemble the patterns of the wallpaper, but not really, adding a curious and playful character to the room.

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The striking contrast between the daintiness of the floral prints and the rawness of the exposed bricks create a stunning visual interest for this bedroom.

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Texture and dimension were introduced by the floral garland headboard accessory.

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The complementary floral headboards create unity and cohesion in the design, but not so much that it gets too matchy-matchy.

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Visually striking are the best words to describe these floral bed clothes.

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This one is just plain exquisite. The floral design painted in the ceiling is definitely whimsical.

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The watercolor floral print on the wall matched with paisley print sheets create a wonderfully chic bedroom.

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The floral on black wallpaper print is girly enough but not so overwhelming.

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The florals in this nursery creates a clean and fresh ambience.

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The refreshing floral print of this wallpaper next to natural lighting definitely allows the outside in.

Do you have other ideas for a floral bedroom? Let us know in the comments below!

Product Highlight: Classic Collection

When it comes to quality spring coil mattresses, there’s no other than Salem beds that could ever be an option for most Filipinos. It has been proven throughout the decades that our mattresses provide the best comfort and excellent quality families look for in a product. We’ve been a part of generations of Filipino homes, with some units passed on to the next.

Despite the growth of demands for foam beds, there are still a lot of people who prefer to go home to a spring coil mattress. Not only is it because they grew up with these products and have become well acquainted with the comfort it can bring, but also because recent innovations have truly improved these products. Especially when it comes to Salem beds, not only do we guarantee that you’ll get great quality spring mattresses, but you can also be sure to get highly innovated products that will ensure exceptional quality sleep.

If you’re not yet ready to take the plunge into big items like our Elite and Top of the Line series, our Classic collection may easily do the trick. Packed with the same high grade materials, Salem’s Classic collection is the best introductory pieces to luxe spring coil mattresses before you make the big jump of investing on a high end piece. Each piece comes with a Bonnel type spring unit, layers of natural coco fiber, and covers that are treated with the Sanitized function, ensuring hygiene and keeping away dusts, mites, and bacteria.

Restful

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Restful is a soft firm spring bed that measures 6.5″ in thickness. Although, Restful is a no frills mattress, it is a great pick for those who want to enjoy a quality spring mattress on a budget. With a 2-year warranty, you’re sure to get more out of your money with this Salem Classic bed.

Premier Rest

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As the name suggest, the Premier Rest aims to give you topnotch relaxation after a long day out. 6.5 inches in height, this Salem Classic is half quilted and offers great support. It’s Bonnel type spring system’s firmness is added with layers of polyurethane foam to create a softer sleeping surface. With a 1-year warranty, Premier Rest’s great components will surely sing you to sleep at night.

Sleepy Saver

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Save your self from uncomfortable sleeping conditions with the very affordable Sleepy Saver. This Classic Salem bed offers a wide range of benefits for such a low price, making it an excellent option for comfort-seekers. With Salem’s signature Bonnel spring system reinforced by natural coco fiber and quality polyurethane foam for comfort, the Sleepy Saver offers terrific comfort that you’ll surely enjoy. 6.5 inches thick, this Classic Salem bed also comes with a 6-Month warranty.

Primadonna

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The Primadonna may have an intimidating name, but in actuality, it is a very friendly Salem Classic mattress. Designed with clean lines, it is a best selling model not only for its competitive pricing, but also because of its straightforward features. Easily available in most Salem beds retailers and distributors, the Primadonna offers great support and firm surfaces.

Emerald

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Some beds are nostalgic, like the Emerald. It’s golden fabric can definitely take you back to the simpler days, when you spent your childhood jumping on your parent’s bed and unraveling the covers to expose the shiny and soft mattress underneath. With the Emerald’s timeless look, it can easily remind you of those times, and may even create the same memories for your little ones. 6.5 inches thick, this Salem Classic mattress comes with a 1 year warranty.

Sapphire

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Don’t let the fancy appearance fool you! The Sapphire may seem too much at first glance, but it is actually a very friendly mattress. This Salem Classic is soft yet with ample support, assuring you that you will be able to get a good night’s sleep. Sapphire comes with a 6-month warranty and is 6.5 inches thick.

If you feel like you still need to get acquainted with a Salem bed before you dive in an invest on a higher priced model, the Classic collection can really get you started. Each model comes in different sizes, so you won’t find it difficult to find the size that you need.