Design Highlight: Platform Beds for Adults

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Platform beds are most typically seen in dorms, as they are convenient furnishings for such tight spaces. However, with its great potential in maximizing your space, it is now being used for more and more homes – whether big or small – as they’re perfect for providing more storage spaces that do not take up extra room and create visual intrusions to an area.

If you’re looking for a nice inspiration on which bed base to get next, these photos may just help you out.

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Complete your new platform bed with a quality Salem Bed and you’ll surely create a cozy and functional bedroom.

How to Wake Up Refreshed and Not Feeling Like a Zombie

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For some people, waking up in the morning is one of the hardest things to do. Some chalk it up to the fact that they are not morning people, while others know it’s because they go to bed way too late when they know they have to be up early the next morning. Whatever the cause is, really, waking up groggy and disoriented is an actual thing, but not something you can’t avoid.

Known as “sleep inertia“, waking up groggy in the morning is typically caused by abrupt awakening during REM sleep, which means you have not fully completed your sleep cycle and that you’re not ready to wake up just yet. During REM sleep, you still have high levels of melatonin, which causes sleepiness. This makes waking up abruptly during this sleep stage difficult and disorienting, as the human body is really not too keen on not completing its job.

As feeling groggy is the main effect of sleep inertia, it can pose dangers to a person. Sleep inertia can last from 30 minutes to four hours, which could easily put anyone suffering from it in danger, especially if they have to handle heavy machinery during that time frame.

If you’re someone who tends to suffer from sleep inertia on a regular basis, there are a few things you can do to deal with it. This handy infographic from British retailer My Bed Frames, will provide you a number of options in combating that morning grogginess.


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To learn more about sleep inertia, you can also read this article by the Valley Sleep Center.

A Few Tricks in Cleaning Your Mattress

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Yesterday, we blogged about how a dirty mattress could affect your sleep: how it can grow moldy, accumulate dead skin cells and dust, as well as get stained with bodily fluids. In turn, it can irritate and affect your breathing and even cause infections in the long run.

Today, we’ll give you a few tips in how you can clean your mattress. As mattress maintenance is essential in ensuring the health of sleepers, learning how to keep your bed in top shape should be a priority.

Cleaning Your Mattress

When cleaning your mattress, you first need to assess the situation. Consider the conditions of the mattress, whether it is still in good condition or not. If it’s actually in a really bad shape already, it could be better to replace it rather than exert the effort to clean it. If the item is still good to go, your next step should be gathering the necessary cleaning agents to get the job done.

Disinfectant and detergent are the most essential materials you need to grab when planning to clean your mattress. Among your options are disinfectant sprays, liquid or powder detergents, rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, baking soda, or bleach. Depending on your disinfectant of choice, you may also need a sponge or cloth. Have a vacuum cleaner and blow dryer on hand as well.

According to LifeHack, it’s best to use a spray disinfectant if you’re going to clean a whole mattress. This makes the application of the solution easier, and the pressure from the spray will help the product to get absorbed better. This offers you better chances in reaching mold spores, in case there are some that are lurking inside your mattress.

For spot cleaning, however, you will need to saturate the area with the cleaning solution of your choice. By letting the solution sit on the problem area for a while, there are better chances that the stain will fade away. This will also ensure that you get to clean not only your mattress’ surface, but also it’s inner components.

Cleaning Procedure

Start off by removing your mattress from your bedroom. It’s best to put it in an open space, so you won’t have to inhale a lot of  disinfectant fumes and so you can clean off the mattress without leaving all the dust, dead skin, and other soot around your bedroom. If you can’t move it someplace else for cleaning, make sure to at least open all your windows and be ready to clean your bedroom afterwards.

The first step in cleaning your mattress is to vacuum it. Use an upholstery brush for your vacuum to better clean off your mattress’ surfaces and ensure that no dead skin or dust is still clings to it. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, you can dust it off by taking it outside and smacking the surfaces repeatedly with a broom or a long stick.

Once you’ve cleared your mattress of any dusts and dead skin, you are now ready to apply disinfectant to it. As mentioned earlier, a disinfectant spray is the easiest tool for this job, especially if you have a large sized bed. It is also more likely to dry faster and be more evenly distributed. If you’re not too keen on using a disinfectant spray, you can also wet your sponge with a detergent or liquid disinfecting solution to apply it on your mattress.

After applying your cleaning solution, you will now have to dry the mattress. You can leave it out to air dry or use a blow dryer to cut down your waiting time. If you want to lessen the strong detergent odor, you can also sprinkle baking soda on top of your mattress so it can absorb the smell. Make sure that your mattress is fully dry before taking it back to your bedroom, so you can be sure that it won’t regrow spores and attract more dust afterwards.

A Few Notes

When you decide to clean your mattress, make sure that you have the time needed to execute the disinfecting and drying process. It will definitely take a while for your mattress to dry, so you also have to ensure that it is kept in a covered and well ventilated space, so it can breathe without you having to worry that it’ll get wet with dew or in case it rains. You’ll also need to have another sleeping surface at hand while you dry your mattress, as it may take overnight to fully dry.

If you don’t think it’s worth your time to clean your mattress because it’s already too filthy but it still feels great to sleep on, you can opt to have it reupholstered. Salem Bed units that need fabric replacement can be serviced for a corresponding fee, just contact us through our trunk line: (02) 432 0562.

Your Dirty Mattress May be Affecting Your Good Night’s Sleep

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As you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, it shouldn’t be surprising that a few years of spending nights on your mattress can make it quite dirty. Especially if you haven’t done anything to maintain or clean your mattress over the years, it could accumulate pounds of dead skin and dust, grow mold from the getting wet and not drying up fast and well enough, as well as absorb a lot of bodily fluids.

The thing with having a dirty mattress is that, all of these dirt can actually prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Mold could easily cause respiratory inflammations and infections, dust could trigger your asthma, and dead skin can cause skin irritations and itchiness all throughout the night. All of these will not only hamper your zzz’s, but will surely harm your (and your loved ones’) health.

This is why maintenance is essential if you want to keep your mattress in top shape. Ensuring that it is clean and dry will guarantee that it is fresh, healthy, and ideal for a good night’s sleep.

So, if you ever find yourself having difficulties in sleeping, coupled with a hard time breathing while in bed, your mattress may just be the very culprit for your sleepless nights. A deep and thorough cleaning or even a replacement may be the best solution for such cases.

Sleeping in Airports: A Handy Guide

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Anyone who has ever traveled by air knows that delays tend to happen. As there are a myriad of reasons that could cause postponed and even canceled flights, a seasoned traveler should know a trick or  two in how to sleep in an airport.

While you really can’t expect to get quality sleep in an airport, getting some shuteye – even just the lightest kind – is still necessary. Getting delayed when all you want to do is get home or to your destination can get frustrating, and lack of sleep can make you feel worse than you already do. Getting some shuteye will help you calm down, clear your mind, and make better decisions in such trying times.

So how do you sleep in an airport? This infographic from Travel Supermarket will give you all the important pointers you need so you can sleep safely and somehow soundly in an airport.


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Sleeping In vs. an Early Morning Workout

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With today’s modern lifestyles, finding time to workout can be a hassle. Most people are already too tired after work to spend some time to sweat, making the mornings the most attractive times of the day for a workout. If you’re one of those people who are thinking of waking up earlier to get some exercise, you should weigh your pros and cons first.

The great thing about working out in the morning is that it can help you get a great kickstart on your day. By exercising early, you get to enjoy the energy rush to your body at the start of your day, letting you stay more alert and awake the whole day. You will also feel a lot lighter and in a better mood.

The only con about working out early in the morning is the fact that you probably have to wake up earlier than the usual. If you usually get up at 7 am to make it to work by 8 am, squeezing in an early morning run will need you to wind your alarm clock up by another 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the duration of your exercise.

Those who consider themselves as morning persons may not have a problem with this adjustment, but if you’re a night owl, this can be a difficult undertaking. Keep in mind that in the morning, waking up 5 minutes later feels a whole lot different.

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What should be a clincher to the dilemma of sleeping in or working out early in the A.M. is the time you usually go to bed. If you tend to sleep late, it’s best if you skip early morning workouts.

For those who sleep late, it’s best to sleep in rather than work out early in the morning. As exercise and sleep are both important, sacrificing one for the other doesn’t really make a lot of sense. Working out while sleep deprived doesn’t put you in the best shape for heavy activities, which could result to injuries or accidents. As you’re also most likely lack the energy to exert a lot of effort to exercise, it’s also expected that you won’t be able to get the most out of your workout anyway.

As for your workout, you can always schedule it in the evening, or as soon as you wake up after a full night’s sleep. If you sleep late, it’s likely that you’re not supposed to go to work early the next morning, so if you can squeeze in 30 minutes before you have to prepare for your midday shift, that will also be a great time to sweat it out.

So if you’re thinking about skimping out on sleep just so you can get some exercise, please rethink your options. Sleep and exercise aren’t either/or options, but are both necessary for your health, so sacrificing one for the other isn’t something we’d recommend.

Why Letting Your Kids Cry to Sleep is a Bad Idea

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It’s no secret that bed time can be quite a disaster for most homes. Especially if you’re just starting to sleep train your toddler, tantrums will definitely be thrown and tears will be shed.

Now, some parents see this as an opportunity to make their kids fall asleep. After a lot of crying, kids are bound to get tired, which can lead them to fall asleep. It’s an easy solution for some parents, especially if they can stand the loud cries of their little ones. It’s a pretty common practice and was even made into an official method by Richard Ferber, a pediatrician who legitimized the technique, saying that letting children cry it out will teach them how to self-soothe, which can lead to sleep training and independence.

The cry it out method works by letting the child cry for a specific period of time, followed by the parent’s comforting. This soothing doesn’t involve picking the child up, but will require the parents to return to their little one’s room repeatedly at longer intervals every time. This means, if you’re going to try the cry it out method, also known as the Ferber method, you’ll need to follow your regular bedtime rituals by letting the child cry and then checking up on them first after three minutes, then after five minutes, and then after ten minutes until they fall asleep. This should also apply to instances when the baby wakes up in the middle of the night. The parent’s presence during the times when they check up on the child can provide the toddler some comfort, but it should be noted that parents shouldn’t pick the child up to console them and make the crying stop.

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As mentioned above, the Ferber method aims to teach little kids to self soothe. By learning how to comfort themselves and resolve to sleep instead of continue to cry, the child can be trained to sleep. However, there are lots of criticisms about the Ferber method and has even been proven to have many negative effects on a child including higher cortisol levels, possible behavioral problems, lower IQ, and higher chances of becoming more dependent later on.

So, if you’re considering to let your child just cry it out every night to fall asleep, please think twice. Not only is it not good for your child in so many ways, but it may also affect your temperament and your neighbors’ as well. There are tons of other sleep training techniques that can help your little one doze off easier than the Ferber method that are safer and more effective, so make sure to be on the look out for those as well.