Scientists are Now Saying that Sleeping In can be Good for You

One of the biggest dilemmas we’ve always had was whether to promote sleeping in on the weekends or not. Sleeping in has been strongly advised against by many experts as they can wreak your carefully crafted sleeping schedule. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why you feel groggy on Mondays. We resorted to promoting naps instead as naps are always good when done in moderation.

So imagine our surprise when a new study has emerged saying that sleeping in on the weekends can be good for you.

Honestly, it wasn’t entirely surprising since the science of sleep is still being researched. Sleep is such a complex activity so it’s not shocking to find contrasting information about the topic. It’s welcomed, actually, so it can be understood better.

But what does this new study offer?

Conducted by the Stockholm University, the study looked at the relation of sleep duration and habits to the general health of 43,000 people. They have determined that those who get less than 5 hours or more than 8 hours of sleep at night have higher mortality rates.

This has led experts to believe that even though you can’t really “bank” sleep, getting a few extra hours of shuteye on the weekends can be good if you really need it. You might not be able to offset the lost hours of zzz’s, but it’s a start. They still say that the best way to get better health is to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep nightly.

Simply put, those who are sleep deprived can benefit from sleeping in on their days off. If you’re not really in much need of the extra zzz’s, though, sticking to your regular sleep schedule would be best.

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What’s the Best Way to Find the Best Mattress?

One of the most popular questions that we get on a regular basis is: what is the best mattress? This may seem like a straightforward query, but in reality, it’s very tricky. If we’re to answer honestly, there’s a good chance that all of our mattresses are the best picks in the market today. However, that’s not very helpful to anyone who wants to find the next addition to their homes, so, we hope to give you a more precise answer.

And when it comes to the best mattress, it’s a very subjective matter. This means that it largely depends on who you’re asking. Picking the best mattress depends on your comfort. But not everyone finds the same things to be comfortable.

For example, some people love those acupressure mats or slippers like there’s no tomorrow. Others find the torturous and wouldn’t touch them at all unless they’re made to. So much so that it has become one of the most popular challenges in many variety shows on TV nowadays.

You might be thinking that mattresses are way different from accupressure mats. While you’re mostly right, it still shares tons of similarities to the wrong mattress. Sometimes, you won’t really find a mattress comfortable to sleep in even if it’s brand new because they just don’t feel right.

This is why we believe that getting the feel of the bed is always very important if you want to find the right mattress for you. Other experts recommend the same thing, too, as it is the best way to get to know if you’re actually comfortable on a mattress or not.

While it requires a good amount of work, it’s all worth it in the end if you happened to find the right mattress for you. Besides, you can always make the process simpler with research.

Take our website, for example. You’ll find a Firmness Level indicator in each product page. That indicates how soft or firm the item is from left to right. So if you’re partial to firm mattresses, just check out and try out the ones rated as such. It can help you save a tremendous out of time if you plan your course of action when mattress shopping.

If you’re going to shop for any mattress  this 2018, we hope this convinces you to try out the mattresses you’re interested in. If you’re planning on getting a Salem Bed product, visit this link to find a dealer near you.

Sometimes You Just Need to be Creative to Get Your Kids to Sleep

It’s no secret that kids are buzzing balls of energy. They also reject their bodies’ need to sleep. With all the fun these youngsters get, though, the more sleep deprived their parents are.

A quick search online will give you thousands of parenting tips how to get your kids to sleep. If you’ll ask us, consistency and being firm on enforcing bedtimes would be our top tips, but this post is not about that. This post is to share just how creative parents are getting just to get their little ones turn down for the night.

We’ve rounded up a few of the most unique and hilarious techniques that parents do that might also give you a few ideas when you’re already running out of ideas how to get your little one shut down.

The Bedtime Checklist

One mom made sure that their little one won’t be pulling any stalling techniques on them everytime bedtime rolls in. By listing down all of the things their kid likes to request before lights out, they get to make sure that they run out of reasons to stay up.

If you’re going to give this technique a try, some of the things you can add to your list are:

  • get a drink of water
  • say goodnight to all the pets and toys
  • check the closets for monsters

Tailor-fit your list according to your little one’s antics and they’ll soon run out of reasons to delay their bedtime.

End the Day with a Game

If you’re raising a competitive ball of energy, turning bedtime into a game can also work. One parent found out that they can get their kids to ‘race’ to sleep. The first one to fall asleep wins the game and for some kids, it works.

Use Aromatherapy

If you already have your own collection of essential oils, you’re in luck. You can just use a few drops of lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood are just a few of the best picks that can help soothe your little one to sleep.

There are a few ways how you  can use essential oils to get the job done:

  • A few drops on a tissue paper placed near their bed or crib can already be enough for many kids.
  • Massaging a small amount on their temples can also work. Make sure that the oil is safe to use on skin before doing this, though. It’s also not advised to use this trick on infants and very young kids.
  • A few drops on a humidifier can also help disperse the scent inside your kid’s room, so it can also be a good way to help them calm down at the end of the day.

Use Some Background Music

Listening to some white noise proves to be a useful way for some people to focus. For others, it’s very relaxing that it can even lull them to sleep. There are tons of white noise sounds and videos that you can play for your kid to get them to fall asleep, so you don’t have to worry about where to start.

These are just a few relatively different techniques that parents use to help their little ones sleep. Some of them are largely similar to what most adults do, so they might not seem too weird for a lot of folks. They are guaranteed to work, though, as most of them are techniques that can get everyone fall asleep.

Give these tricks a go and maybe you can start getting good sleep at night, too.

New Year, New Sleep

The new year is definitely one of the best times to start a new routine that will help you sleep better. While you can just start having a bedtime any time of the year, the new year is an easy symbol of a fresh start.

How do you reset your sleep in 2018? Here are a three techniques worth looking into:

Get a new mattress.

Experts say that a new mattress can definitely give you a fresh start if you want to improve your sleep. Your sleeplessness and body pains can be largely attributed to an old, uncomfortable mattress, so switching to a new one can be a revelation to many sleepers.

Replace your pillows.

If your mattress is not up for replacement yet, your pillows will most likely be. Experts recommend swapping an old pillow for a new one every year or two, so there’s a good chance that you can already retire your pillows.

A new pillow will provide better support and can give you a cleaner surface to rest your head in. So if your neck already gets painful in the morning or if you suspect that it’s allergies that’s keeping you up all night, a set of new pillows might just be the solution you need.

Set a new bedtime.

If you’re going to do something that’s really new for you, the new year is a great time for it. This is why it’s also great to set a new bedtime on the first week of January as it can really motivate you to start anew.

Start the year right by paying closer attention to your health. Better sleep can work wonders on your body, so if you wish to do one thing for yourself, we hope that it can be this one.

Need help in getting better sleep? Read our posts here or on our official blog for more tips and tricks or get a new Salem Bed mattress for the best results.

5 Things You Can Add to Your New Year’s Resolution that will Lead to Better Sleep

Many of us will have “sleep better” as a New Year’s resolution for 2018. Unfortunately, not everyone gets it done. Sure, it can increase the time you spend in bed in January, but this resolution tends to be one of the easiest to break.

If you don’t want to break the same promises over and over again in 2018, you might want to start small. Tweaking a few habits can also improve your zzz’s so why not start from there?

Where do you start? Here are a few that you can add to your list:

1. Drink more water during the day.

Dehydration can affect a person in so many ways. When you’re awake and dehydrated, you’d feel tired, sluggish, and even irritable. This is why it shouldn’t be too surprising that it can also have a negative effect to your zzz’s.

If you haven’t been drinking fluids all throughout the day, it’s very common to find your sleep disrupted during the night. Dehydration will naturally dry up your nasal airways which can then cause great discomfort and sleep disrupting snoring. Nocturnal leg cramps are also typically attributed to dehydration.

The key, however, to getting this technique right is to hydrate well during the day. Don’t guzzle a liter of water before hitting the sack as that will also result to disrupted sleep.

2. Stop trying to perk yourself up in the late afternoon or early evening with caffeinated drinks.

Caffeine is best known for its stimulating effects in the body. It also stays in your system for up to five hours. So if you drink some in the late afternoon or early evening in hopes to energize yourself, you can also be sure that it will affect your sleep. You can get some sunshine or take a walk outside to jolt yourself awake as alternatives.

3. Unplug an hour or two before bedtime.

Experts say that the internet is the biggest sleep disruptors in the modern age. The fact that it offers so many content to devour and it’s so easy to access make it nearly impossible for lots of people to disconnect.

The devices used to access the World Wide Web are also very disruptive to sleep.  The blue light found in electronic screens tends to trick the body into thinking that it’s daytime. This is why staying glued to your device, even when you’re already in bed, won’t make you sleepy right away.

These are some of the reasons why most sleep experts want electronic screens banned from the bedroom. If this is too drastic for you, you can always just unplug an hour or two before your bedtime.

4. Learn how to unwind after a long day.

Ever tried going to bed while you’re still super stressed? It’s highly likely that you didn’t conk out right away that night. If you often find yourself still super wired by bedtime, learning how to relax and unwind is a must. This can be the very trick you need to help yourself fall asleep faster.

5. Stop hitting the snooze button.

Believe us when we say that we get the allure of the snooze button. However, there are tons of compelling evidence that it’s bad for your sleep, health, and day, so please, just ditch this habit in the new year.

While improving the quality of your sleep can be a challenge, there are small things can do to make a difference. Starting small can also make the task more manageable, so give these tips a shot. You might be surprised at how effective they can be in improving your zzz’s.

Why You should Add Sleep to Your Self-Care Regimen

There’s no doubt that “self-care” is one of the most popular trends today. While it may sound over hyped, the idea behind it is wise. With modern lifestyle being too busy, lots of us forget to just sit back and look after ourselves. This is a crying shame, especially since, as the bible says, your body is a temple. You can’t do much if your body has deteriorated.

So if you have so many things to do, self-care is the best thing to balance everything. With a hectic schedule and having to look after everyone else, it’s very easy to lose yourself to the stress of it all. Doing some self-care techniques will help you stay centered and feeling good about yourself.

The best thing about self-care is the fact that there are tons of different techniques to get it done. But aside from massages, aromatherapy, and a boatload of pampering, sleep is still the ultimate self-care technique in our opinion.

If you’ll think about it, a good nap or a night of sleep can still be the best way to relax and get help yourself feel better. It can be the best way to feel-rested, get some quiet time, and just re-center yourself altogether.

Unfortunately, getting quality sleep isn’t always easy. But it’s not always hopeless. A bit of effort may be required for some, but you can always improve your zzz’s. You’ll find tons of tips how you can do so in our blog, so you don’t have to look far and wide to get started. The most important part is the willingness you have to change your ways and soon you’ll be on your way to care for yourself better by just getting quality shuteye nightly.

Travel Sleep Tips and Why It’s Hard to Get Restful Sleep on the Road

Holidays are not only known for family get-togethers and some time away from the workplace. They also come with long haul trips to the provinces and nights of sleeplessness.

Because it’s already a given that you’ll lose a couple of hours of sleep during the holidays, what some people try to make amends by just sleeping on the way to wherever they’re going. Unfortunately, this doesn’t cut it as it’s nearly impossible to sleep while traveling.

Ever wondered why? Here are a few answers:

  • REM sleep paralyses your spine and muscle tone which makes it difficult to sleep while sitting up. Your spine won’t be able to hold your body up while asleep, so it’s common to find yourself getting jolted awake when you lose control of your body.  This makes it almost impossible to sleep while sitting on a vehicle.
  • A vehicle’s chair isn’t exactly what most people consider as comfortable. Being comfortable will make you feel relaxed and ready to fall asleep and that’s just hard to achieve while riding a bus, plane, or car.
  • You might feel worried about your safety. It’s unfortunate that people with malicious intents like to take advantage of sleeping individuals in public spaces, so you have to stay on your toes to keep yourself and your belongings safe while traveling. This can keep you on edge which won’t really help your sleep.
  • Your co-passengers are noisy. Not everyone can fall asleep next to a screaming child or a talkative group of people.
  • You’re dehydrated. Lots of us don’t really drink anything when traveling because of the hassle of having to go to the bathroom. Most of the time, they’re completely inaccessible, so it’s best to not just drink anything. Unfortunately, dehydration won’t just make you uncomfortable, but it also makes you feel more exhausted. These, in turn, can make it harder to get a good shuteye while on the road.

As most of us like to make the most of our time, lots of long haul travels to the provinces are often scheduled at night. This way, you can just sleep en route and then get to what you want to do in the morning when you get to your destination. While you can still sleep while traveling, it won’t be as restful as the sleep you’ll get in your bed.

So, what are you to do? Here are a few tricks that can help you manage the inevitable loss of sleep during the holidays:

Plan Your Holidays Better

If you’re traveling for an action-filled getaway over the holidays, you should make sure to plan it better. It’s best if you can squeeze in some time to actually sleep before getting on your itinerary.

You should also make sure to get some free time in the evenings. This way, you can get ample rest after a tiring day. Sticking to your bedtime is also the best way to ensure that you won’t damage your sleep habit, so try to do that as well.

Pack Your Valuables Properly

If you’re worried about losing your valuables, make sure to secure them while in the vehicle. Wearing a small bag underneath your clothing can help secure your money and IDs. If you’re carrying other valuables, safely pack it inside a bag that you can stash safely away.

Bring Pillows

The seats on most vehicles aren’t comfortable even for sitting, so if you want to sleep on them, you should at least try to make them more comfortable. Pillows are the most portable items that can help you get comfortable, so, if you can, bring one to help you get some shuteye while on the road.

Stay Hydrated (If Possible)

As mentioned above, dehydration can make you even more tired, so it’s important to stay hydrated even while traveling. Doing so can be hard if you’re going to use public transportation, though.

To avoid the hassle, you can limit your liquid intake while on the road and opt to rehydrate well once you get to your destination. If your trip has scheduled stops, you should also take full advantage of them. Rehydrating about 45 to an hour before the stop can be a good way to make sure that you’ll be able to get your fill of fluids and still make it to a comfort room when your bladder neeeds it.

Take a Premium or Sleeper Bus (If Possible)

Lots of long haul destinations are now catered by Premium and sleeper buses. Due to the size of their seats, they can be comfortable eonough to sleep in. They can be the best options if you want to make the most out of your time. Unfortunately, they’re not the cheapest options, but if you can splurge anyway, your mode of transportation is always a good place to put your money in.

If your time off from work or school will involve a lot of traveling, keeping these in mind can come in handy. They can help minimize the number of hours of sleep you’ll lose over the holidays.