Why You Need Sleep

When you really think about it, do you know why you go to bed at night? Aside from the fact that sleep is an important requirement of the body to function properly, not a lot of people realize just how important it is. This list tells more about the importance of sleep, though.

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1. Sleep makes sure that you will function properly. Not only does sleeping at night lets your body recharge the energies it has expelled during the day, but it also takes this time to prepare your whole body for the next day.

2. Sleep aids in healing your body. During this “down time,” your body gets the chance to repair blood vessels and promotes the release of helpful hormones for growth and development. It also boosts immune functions, which is why sleep is known to lower the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer.

3. Sleep can help you lose weight. Studies show that sleeping more results to better weight loss. This is attributed to the fact that certain hormones can shoot up when you’re sleepy, causing you to have a bigger appetite.

4. Sleep will help you ensure your own safety, as well as others’. Proper sleep will help you stay awake during the daytime and avoid drowsiness and falling asleep during important moments, preventing road accidents and medical mistakes among many others.

5. Sleep improves your mood. Lack of sleep results in irritability, anxiety, crankiness, and inability to concentrate, so getting enough sleep can be the key to having a positive temperament day in and out.

We hope we’ve given you a pretty solid idea on how important sleep can be. Of course, it also doesn’t end with just catching some zzz’s when you’re beat. Quality sleep should be the very thing you’re aiming for, as it is still the best form of slumber there is.

 

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Design Highlight: Clean and Subdued Scandinavian Interiors

With its bright and clean tones, as well as its crisp and minimalist aesthetic, it’s really easy to get drawn to the Scandinavian design trend. It is stylish and inviting all at the same time, creating a distinct charm that a lot of homes aim for.

But what does the Scandinavian design trend has to do with the local scene? It’s pretty simple, really. Although, warmth is one of the biggest key traits this type of design aims to achieve, it is also very bright at the same time. In a tropical country like ours, warmth is one of the things we definitely do not lack. However, as the trend makes use of a lot of whites, it is perfect for our warm weather.

Here’s a round up of the best Scandinavian interiors we’ve found all over the web.

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Minimalist, functional, laid back, simple with an understated elegance are just some of the traits that make Scandinavian design stand out. With its clean lines and subdued tones, it creates a space that really makes use of talent in pulling a look together.

Get Inspired: Bedroom Tubs for Ultimate Relaxation

Bedrooms have always been designed to serve as one of the most relaxing spaces in a home. Aside from the coziest mattresses, these rooms are decked with the softest linens, painted with calming tones, and dressed up with soft drapes and furniture. However, some people are still looking for ways how to up the ante and make their bedrooms even cozier. If you’re one of these folks, you might want to consider adding an actual bath tub inside your bedroom.

Yes, an actual bath tub. The one you soak yourself in and enjoy an hour-long hot bath so you can relax your aching muscles and soothe your senses with aromatic oils and scented candles. Place it inside your bedroom and you can create an even more relaxing space. Many have done it before, as these round up of photos will show you.

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Pair your tub with one of the coziest Salem mattresses, and you’ll surely get the most relaxing bedroom there is.

When Should You Replace Your Mattress?

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Like all consumer goods, mattresses have a shelf life that will ensure its performance and quality. This is why it always comes to a point where you’ll definitely need to know when the right time you need a replacement, as it can ensure the quality of sleep that you’ll be getting. A mattress can easily affect your slumber, so if you value your rest after a day’s work, you should know when you’ll need to go mattress shopping again.

Most experts suggest that it is highly important to replace your mattress every eight to ten years. Others argue that it should be as soon as five to seven years. Ultimately, it is up to you when you should replace your mattress. If your bed still feels like cloud nine even after a decade’s use, you may still keep it, but if there are other things about it that keeps you wide awake at night, then you should certainly head out to a mattress store near you.

To help you out in your quest in learning when you should trade in your mattress for something new, here’s a short checklist that we’ve compiled:

1. You should replace your mattress if it’s already causing you to wake up with sore and aching points all over the body.

The main thing with mattresses is that it should be comfortable. It should provide proper support to your body, so you can actually rest after a long day of working to provide for yourself and your family. If you get to wake up with aching points all over your body, then you need to look into your mattress’ current state. These aches can be the telltale signs that your mattress isn’t doing its job anymore and that you already need a new one.

2. You should replace your mattress if you keep twisting and turning in bed at night because you can’t find a spot.

It is always true that even the most fidgety of sleepers can find a good spot if matched with the right mattress. If you’ve purchased your mattress after testing it out, you’ll know that you’ve chosen the most comfortable one that suits your needs and preferences. So, if you start finding it hard to fall asleep at night because you can’t find a comfortable spot in your bed, then maybe it’s time for a change.

3. You should replace your mattress if it’s nearly a decade old.

This sign isn’t exactly set in stone and should always be taken with a lot of considerations. As mentioned earlier, some experts say that mattress replacement is necessary when your unit is already eight to ten years old, while others insist on replacing mattresses once they hit the five to seven year mark. Now, these numbers may sound too soon and too small, especially if you’ve actually spent a good amount of money on your mattress. Some high grade models’ warranties may not have even expired by this time, so why should you go get a replacement right away?

Here are the experts’ bases:

  • Mattresses accumulate dust, dirt, and debris over time. In fact, mattresses are said to double its original weight in just eight years or so because of these things. If you don’t maintain your mattress properly, including a regular thorough vacuuming and turning, these accumulated grossness can cause allergies and may even invite a bed bug infestation, which can be harmful to your health. To avoid this, experts suggest of replacing your mattress regularly.
  • Some mattresses’ quality naturally degrade as years go by. Of course, how you use you use your mattress affect it’s composition and construction greatly, so over the years, it will surely show some wear. Springs will eventually lose its bounce, while foam will grow thin. You can’t expect a seven year old mattress to be as good as new if it supports your weight for up to sixteen hours a day, even if it is the most expensive thing you’ve purchased in the last decade or so.
  • New models tend to come out with better technologies. Innovations tend to come regularly when it comes to mattresses, so you may want to check out what’s the latest technique in comfort every couple of years or so.

What you should know though, is that you’re not forced to buy a new mattress every ten years or less. It’s all up to you. It all depends on how you maintain and use your mattress, as well as its actual construction and composition. Some will last a long time with great care and minor alterations from time to time, while others will need a replacement every couple of years.

4. You should replace your mattress if your body has somewhat changed over the years.

So you’ve purchased a good mattress just three years ago, but you’re starting to notice that it’s not as comfortable as it first was. You may have already considered the composition of the mattress, but most who have invested on top of the line models can really wonder what’s happening. Before you call the bed manufacturer to ask for a replacement (given that your warranty hasn’t expired yet), you should also consider your body’s changes as well.

The discomfort you get from your mattress can be caused by a great number of things aside from the bed’s make and materials. For one, it can be because you’ve gained some weight. Extra mass, plus an aging mattress can really create discomfort that is easily noticeable. An increased amount of physical activity can also turn a once cozy mattress into a stressful surface, as certain lifestyle changes could definitely alter your body in various ways, so you should also learn more about that. Acquiring a certain illness can also change how you feel about your old mattress. Some people may have preferred sleeping on soft surfaces before, but after developing a back problem, will need a firmer back support when laying down. These things are just some examples of how you change over the years can affect your preferences in your mattresses.

5. You should replace your mattress if you’ve added a new sleeper on the bed.

A growing family definitely needs a new mattress. If you’ve just gotten married, a new mattress is surely in order, so both partners can feel more comfortable in the bedroom. A new baby will also require you to take a good long look at your mattress and whether it is safe for your little one. Some materials may cause allergies or may be unsafe for babies, so you should definitely look into those things as well.

We’ve said it before, and we’re gonna say it again: mattresses are excellent investments. It’s just up to you once you’ve purchased a good one on how you will extend its lifespan. Here at Salem beds, we aim to create the best products that will give you a bang for your buck, but how you use it will still determine it’s long term quality and usage.

Design Highlight: Beach-Inspired Bedrooms

With the temperatures climbing up and up the scales, there’s no denying that summer is totally upon us. While most of us daydream of spending their days near the water, either soaking up the sun or lounging lazily in the sticky salt air, a lot are stuck with the daily routine of getting up, battling with the Manila traffic, and sitting in front of their work computers. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get to enjoy the summer vibe all around you. With just a few tweaks, you can totally turn your bedroom into a beach house inspired space!

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To get you started, here are some photos we’ve gathered around the web to inspire you.

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The city location did not stop this room from getting a beach vibe as they’ve painted a wall with a beach mural. Talk about bringing the outside in, right?

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This one isn’t exactly a beach house, but with the use of light, fresh, colors, they’ve turned the space into something airy and relaxing.  A nice place of hues can totally set the mood for your room, so make sure to use it wisely!

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Can we just say that we love how they used the fishing net as a decor in this room?

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Nautical, yet elegant. If you want a formal beach home, making use of brass emblems could be the best solution for you.

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Found items with distressed wood create a very laid back design for this space.

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The unique use of rope in this home creates excellent visual interest and conversation point.

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What is a beach house without a hammock?

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To cap it off, here are also five top tips how you can create a beach inspired bedroom for the summer:

1. Ditch the heavy drapes and opt for lighter curtains.

2. Open up and let the natural light in.

3. Stick with lighter colors, mostly those that will remind you of the sea, sand, and sky.

4. Use found items as decor. Sea shells, dried star fishes, and distressed wood are just a few examples that could really get the beach vibe going inside your home.

5. Use well known beach staples as decor. Floaters, anchors, ropes, rattan, compasses, hammocks, and boats are just some of the most popular emblems that you can enjoy using and adorning your home with.

With a quality Salem bed, your beach inspired bedroom can surely create a relaxing summer, even if you’re stuck in the city and can’t spend your days by the shore.

Feature Highlight: Thermic

In a tropical country like the Philippines, the temperature can get pretty stable. Our temperatures usually stay around the 20 degrees range, only climbing to the 30s during the summer months. This makes air conditioners and electric fans some of the most commonly used electronic appliances in local households, and memory foams among the most highly doubted mattress types in the market.

As most people will know, mattresses and other cushioning products tend to absorb the body heat of the person laying on them. This gets the items quite balmy after a time, which can be uncomfortable for some. Especially when it comes to old generation memory foams, the mattresses can really get warm after a few hours of lying on it.

To avoid this, Salem has created a new formulation of memory foams. These improved products promise excellent temperature regulation, so the mattress won’t get too soft when it’s really hot out and won’t get too hard when the temperature drops. It also creates a stable temperature for the sleeper, so a heated mattress won’t disturb your slumber.

Salem Beds THERMIC

As an alternative to new generation memory foams, though, the Thermic Thermal Intelligent Comfort function has been employed by Salem for select items. As other foam products can also get heated after being in use for a long period of time, relieving the sleeper from too much heat is a desired comfort by many. With Thermic, maintaining your bed’s ideal temperature can be done more easily.

Salem’s Thermic function makes use of PCMs or Phase Change Materials, which are capable of adjusting to the temperature. Like water and ice, the PCMs can turn itself into a solid or liquid state, depending on the environment’s temperature, allowing it to absorb or emit heat as necessary. This allows the PCMs to be able to create an ideal micro climate, creating a continuous slumber when used in mattresses.

Especially in a tropical country like ours, the temperatures throughout the night typically fluctuates from something toasty to a chilling low. With a Thermic treated mattress from Salem beds, you can at least get a temperate surface to lie on, eliminating a possible hindrance in achieving high quality sleep.

 

Get Inspired: Fashion x Interior Design

Most fashion lovers are also inclined on other aspects of design. Some get inclined towards interior design, as it is a lot like fashion – it expresses the wearer’s style and individuality. However, aside from actually taking inspiration from designer outfits and runway shows, some folks are now using clothes as a part of their home decor. The exploration of an exposed clothes rack to a walk in closet bedroom as design elements are now being done, and creates wondrous variation and visual interest.

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Whether you lack the storage space or you just really love your wardrobe pieces, using clothing as decor through an open closet or a nice rack can be a great way to inject more style and personality to your space.