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!

Cozy Up: Bed Accessories to Make Your Bed Comfier

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When it comes to a good night’s sleep, it’s not just your mattress that seals the deal. You also need a few more things to get really comfortable. So if you’re really dedicated to getting quality slumber, finding the right sleep accessories should be a priority as well.

To help you get started in creating the coziest bed for your zzz’s, here are a few essentials you absolutely need.

1. Smooth and clean sheets

Sleeping on a rough and itchy bed is just the worst. It’s even possible that you won’t actually fall asleep in such a condition as it’s just totally uncomfortable. So make sure to shop for sheets that feels nice and soft on your skin and always change your sheets. At least once a week will do, but if you want to use new sheets more often, especially during our sweltering summer months, that’s not a problem as well.

2. The right pillows

We’ve talked about how important pillows are in getting a good night’s sleep, and we’re saying it here again: you need good pillows. The right pillow will help support your head and align your spine properly while you lie in bed for hours on end. It can make or break a good night’s sleep as waking up with a stiff neck is always considered as the opposite as a night of great slumber. You need the right pillows to sleep better and there’s no contesting that.

There are lots of pillows to choose from. Of course, you need one for your head, but you might also need one for your knees or lower back. When shopping for these, you need to consider your sleeping position. Side sleepers will usually require an additional “knee spacer” or a knee pillow to serve as a cushion between their knees to better align their spine.

For a more detailed guide in pillow shopping, you can also read this article.

3. The season-appropriate blanket

In a tropical country like ours, not everyone sleeps with a blanket. However, with the colder months approaching, you should already have a blanket on hand when you sleep. It can get chilly in the middle of the night and you don’t want to disturb your sleep just to look for a good blanket to keep you warm. Also, it’s hard to go back to sleep if you’re already woken up by the cold, right?

In any case, having a blanket that perfectly suits the weather or season is a must. A really thin blanket can be used in the summer, while thicker ones are great for cooler nights. Choose one that is soft and smooth, so it can get you cozy while bundled up. If you can also get a big one for you and your bed partner to share nicely, that’ll be a great plus.

4. Some shut out blinds or curtains

Sometimes, bedrooms don’t really get dark enough for you to drift off to dreamland in a breeze. Especially if street lights tend to seep into your bedroom, you’ll want to use thicker curtains or shut out blinds to keep your bedroom nice and dark¬† for a good night’s sleep.

5. Cozy sleepwear

What you wear or don’t wear is also essential when it comes to getting you comfortable at night. An old, soft shirt does the trick for many, but there are also tons of special sleepwear that you can purchase in case you want to make your nights extra special. The most important thing is that the clothes you wear are comfortable.

6. A cuddle buddy (only if you want one)

Cuddling can help you sleep better, so why not grab a cuddle buddy and call it a night?

7. Extras like sleep mask, ear plugs, etc.

Other sleep accessories like sleep masks, ear plugs, white noise makers, and many others are essential for some people under certain circumstances. If you think these things can help you improve your zzz’s, grab some and start using them tonight.

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While not all of these may prove to be useful to you, this list is what most people use to get a good night’s sleep. Give some of them a try and discover how they can be beneficial for your slumber.

Why Investing on a Good Mattress can Help Improve Your Sleep

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Sleep is, without a doubt, one of the most important things you need to do to keep yourself healthy. While we still don’t know why it’s so important, not sleeping can lead to very serious illnesses that can turn fatal. Science have also proven its importance over and over again, so at this point, it’s already fully established that you have to sleep.

Sadly, not a lot of people get quality sleep regularly. A lot of things can factor in this, and some times, your body is just really wired to make catching some shuteye a major challenge. In many cases, you really have to work hard to get some quality zzz’s. But there are also a lot of easy ways to improve your slumber.

One of the best and easiest ways to help boost the quality of your sleep is by investing on a good mattress. This fact is backed up by many sleep experts, noting that a comfortable surface matters in helping you get a good night’s sleep. Others may want to ignore this fact as much as they can, but there’s really no going around it. A quality mattress is really essential in catching some quality shuteye.

The only downside to mattresses is you often get what you pay for. If you want to save, you’ll most likely get a less than stellar product. If you’re willing to invest, though, you’re in for nights of comfort and quality sleep.

The Importance of a Good Mattress

The value of a mattress to your sleep is pretty simple: it lets you get comfortable. If you’re comfy, the easier you can relax, and the better the sleep you’ll get. Of course, there are tons of other features mattresses can have like motion isolation, special fabric treatments, or cooling designs to prevent you from getting hot in the night. All of these are just extras as the main priority is your comfort when you lay down to sleep at night.

The main purpose of your mattress is to provide a cozy surface that will let your body rest properly all throughout the night. As we spend a great chunk of our days in bed, it’s just essential to have a mattress that you feel comfortable in. This way, you can easily relax and lull yourself to sleep easily.

Investing on a Good Mattress

If you wish to invest on a good mattress, we always recommend Salem Bed spring mattresses. Spring mattresses are durable and will not get heated the longer you lie down on it as they have spaces inside where air can move around and let the furnishing breathe. The firmness levels vary, though, so make sure to choose one according to your preference. It’s best if you can try them before taking one home so you can be sure that you’re really comfortable in the mattress that you buy.

Some people prefer foam mattresses, though. There’s no problem in this, you just have to make sure to choose a good one. You also need to know that foam mattresses come in varying density levels and that can affect their firmness.

Low density foams are softer and more malleable. They’re also cheap and will most likely wear down in the shortest amount of time. Medium density foams are soft-firm and are already great budget options for many homes. High density foams are firm with ample give, making them perfect for those who need excellent back support.

Memory foams are special as they follow the contour of your body. Latex are also great as they’re soft and made from natural materials, so you don’t have to worry about getting allergies or harmful fumes.

What you need to know about foams is that they are bound to lose thickness over the years. This is mostly due to compression from daily use, so expect to see your foam getting thinner as the years go by.

Again, when it comes to mattresses, you often get what you pay for. If you wish to get the lowest-priced product, be ready to need to replace it in a couple of years. So make sure to also check the product’s warranty to know the shortest life span the item you’re eyeing could have. Most items will last way longer than its warranty period, but a short warranty should tell you the indicated number of years would be the minimum lifespan of your item.

Replacing Your Mattress can Improve Your Sleep

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If you can’t sleep at night, your mattress could be the very reason why. Mattresses should only last seven to eight years, so if yours have lasted longer, maybe it’s time to get a new one.

Salem Bed mattresses are some of the best options in the market today, so make sure to check out our selections by visiting our website or any of our dealers. If you want to keep yourself updated with our latest promos and sale events, make sure to follow us in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well.

Bed Etiquette for those who Share a Bed

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Do you sleep well at night despite sleeping next to someone else? Is your bed partner having problems sleeping? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, then it might be you who’s keeping your bed partner up all night.

Even if you sleep well, you should still feel concerned about your bed partner’s lack of sleep, especially since you’re the very reason why they can’t get a full night of zzz’s. Observing the following bed etiquette can help, though, so make sure to take note of the following.

1. Talk it out with an open mind.

It’s very likely that your bed partner knows exactly what it is that you do in your sleep that keeps them up all night.¬† Talking about it with an open mind will help you get started in addressing the issue. Do not feel offended or hurt if they think that your kicking or cuddling is too much, though, because being defensive will get the two of you nowhere. You need to understand that both of you may sleep differently, so addressing those differences is essential.

2. Don’t hog the blankets.blanket hoggingBlanket hogging is one of the most common issues bed partners experience. It’s also the easiest to solve: get a bigger blanket or get separate ones for the both of you. It’s simple and you don’t have to get resentful and angry at each other over it.

3. If you can’t sleep, don’t toss and turn in bed.

If you’re the type who constantly needs to find the right position to fall asleep, tossing and turning could be your usual bedtime activity. This can also be the very reason why your bed partner can’t fall asleep as they can feel your every movement through waves on your bed. What you can do is to just get out of bed first if you still can’t fall asleep and do something else. Go back when your sleepy and ready to catch some zzz’s.

4. Just don’t move around too much in bed in general.

Some people are also notorious for moving around the bed too much in their sleep. This one’s really tricky to solve because you are doing it unconsciously.There are a few solutions, though:

  • Get a bigger bed. If the problem is that your bed partner gets kicked and punched every night, putting some space between the two of you can help.
  • Get a bed with motion insulation. Some mattresses, like the Salem Elite collection, have individually wrapped coil springs, so each spring won’t affect the others. This allows bed partners to not feel the other’s movements, allowing a fuller and undisturbed sleep.
  • Sleep in separate beds. In the worst cases, sleeping in separate beds might work out for the best. You can still share a bedroom, but getting two twin beds might be a better idea than sharing just one big bed.

5. Don’t take too much space on the bed by sprawling.

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If you share a bed with someone, you also have to consider that they need space to lay down in. Avoid sprawling or taking too much of the bed as a courtesy. If you can’t do that, you can also opt to get a bigger bed or separate beds.

6. Work on your snoring.

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Snoring can definitely keep your bed partner up all night or even jolt them awake in the middle of their slumber. Sadly, solving snoring takes a while, so while you work on it, you can either get your bed partner some ear plugs to shut out the noise.

7. Squeeze in a cuddle schedule on your bedtime routine.

If one of you don’t enjoy sleeping while cuddled with the other, things can definitely get complicated in bed. To work this out, first throw out feeling offended out the window. Some people just really don’t like to cuddle when they’re asleep for a whole lot of reasons, one of which is that the cuddler could be very heavy and restricts the breathing of the other. In any case, it could keep them up all night.

But cuddling is great, so a compromise is essential. What you can do is to schedule around 10 minutes every night to cuddle. This is ample time to relieve stress and release some happy hormones to your body, so you can sleep easier. You can go separate ways afterwards and sleep back to back or however you want.

Remember that working on improving on both bed partners’ sleep is essential to improve your health and relationship. So make sure to work out on these issues right away so your problems won’t get worse and affect other areas in your lives.

How to Get Out of Bed on #BedWeather Days

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It’s been raining non-stop for the past few days and aside from the flooding and traffic, getting out of bed on a raining morning is one of the biggest challenges ever. The warmth and comfort of the bed is just the best alternative to battling it out on the streets, trying to stay as dry as you possibly can.

But if you need to be somewhere else, how do you force yourself to leave your bed? Here are some tips you can try to convince yourself that something else is worth leaving your bed.

1.Prepare the night before.

Prepping your things before you hit the hay will let you have a few more minutes in the bed the following morning. Decide what you want to wear the next day to lessen your worries and frustrations while you try to rush your morning routine. Have the stuff you need to bring all in one place as well so you can just grab them and go.

2. Drink a glass of water before hitting the hay or as soon as you wake up.

Drinking a glass of water before bed will force you to get out of bed in the morning as you have to rush to the CR for some relief. It’ll be hard to get comfortable again in bed once you already got out, so it could be a good way to wake yourself up.

However, if you’re the type who can’t handle fluids at night and tend to wake up during the wee hours to pee, this might not be the best idea. What you can do instead is to drink a glass of water as soon as your alarm goes off. A drink will instantly wake you up and will not let you go back to sleep, helping you get out of bed easily.

3. Place your alarm clock away from you.

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If you think you’ll be having a hard time getting yourself out of bed the next morning, take a preemptive measure and place your alarm clock away from the bed where you can’t reach it without getting out of the covers. This will instantly get you out of bed.

4. Remind yourself why you need to get up already.

There might be tons of reasons why you have to get out of bed in the morning, remind yourself of them and you’ll surely find a way to convince yourself that you can’t stay under the covers all day.

5. Reward yourself a little.
Rewarding yourself could be a great incentive for getting out of bed in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing, it can be just a nice cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop or a nice lunch dish. This way, you’ll feel better about getting out of bed in the morning.6. Don’t let yourself reason out for staying in bed.You’ll surely struggle with yourself if you really don’t want to get out of bed, so you’ll need a stronger resolve to convince yourself that there are more important things than staying under the covers.It might be difficult to overcome your attachment to your cozy bed on #bedweather days, but if you need to be somewhere else, you have to do what you can and get yourself moving. Hopefully, these tips will get you going.

5 Ways to Relax Before Bed Time

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Winding down is a very important bed time activity. Doing this will help you calm your senses and let you relax better so you can doze off easier. But with your hectic schedule and action-packed days, sometimes winding down is an entirely challenging task on its own. So, how do you get yourself to calm down and be ready for zzz’s? Here are some tricks you can try.

Take time for some pillow talk with your significant other.

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If you and your spouse or significant other go to bed at the same time, take a few minutes talking about anything. You can tell them what you’re worried about or detail the amusing things you saw during the day. Reconnecting with the person you love right before you fall asleep is a good way to wind down and be ready for sleep as it helps you unload your worries. Try not to get into an argument, though, as that will have the opposite effect to your goal.

Write down your worries on a journal.

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If you’re more expressive in writing, you can always opt to write down the things that you’re worried about in a journal. If you have a lot of things to do the next day and you’re often fretting about forgetting something, jotting them down will help you feel like you’ve done something to take care of your worries, letting you calm down a bit. It will also help you remind yourself of the important details you shouldn’t forget for the next day. With this, sleep will come easier to you.

Meditate.

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Meditating before bed is also a great way to get rid of your anxiety and tension that has been built up through the day. It helps you get a quiet time to yourself after a long day, letting you get in touch with yourself and be at your center again. Meditating before bed is best for those who spend their days busy with a lot of stressful tasks.

Pray

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For a lot of people, praying is key to relax and calm themselves. By spending a few minutes in prayer, you can hash out all of your worries, anxiety, sadness, and disappointments, letting you feel better after. Some also feel more spiritual by doing this regularly, allowing them to be more in touch with their faith. In many cases, you can also feel safer and more in tune with your decisions and actions by adding this to your In any case, if you’re the spiritual kind, a meaningful prayer is always the bed time routine activity you shouldn’t miss.

Cuddle

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According to experts, cuddling with a loved one releases the cuddle chemical known as the oxytocin. This hormone relieves pain and stress as well as boosts the immune system. It also helps you fall asleep faster, making cuddling the perfect bed time routine activity. Even if you just hug it out for ten minutes before turning your backs against each other to doze off, the short period of hugging will still let you enjoy a lot of health benefits.

These are just some of the easiest ways how you can relax and fall asleep better at night. Try them out tonight and start enjoying longer zzz’s.

Sharing the Bed Can Be Ruining Your Sleep

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There are tons of things and factors that can affect your sleep. One, however, is often ignored, especially since the majority of the Filipino population is used to co-sleeping. A lot of us may have shared beds with siblings, parents, relatives, significant others, pets, or roommates and found it difficult to sleep. Some brush it off and attribute their sleeping issues with a myriad of other reasons, but rarely on sharing the bed with someone else.

But what we all should know is that the very reason why you can’t catch some zzz’s might just be lying next to you.

How can your “bed-mate” affect your sleep? Here are some ways:

They snore.

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Light sleepers who share a bed with someone who snores will surely find it difficult to sleep properly. Sure, some can get used to the noise, but others won’t be able to handle it. Especially if you only occasionally share your bed with someone else, having to re-adjust every time can be a nightmare.

The solution? You can always have your bedmate checked by a physician, as snoring is typically a symptom for an ailment or an ailment in itself. You can also try rolling them on their side when they start snoring. But the best solution is still to just use earplugs and revel in the peace and quiet it can bring.

They hog the sheets.

Not all of us like to sleep tucked under the sheets, especially since our tropical nights are hot and humid. However, as the wet and cold months roll in, the night breeze can be a bit chilly, so using a blanket can give you some more comfortable sleep. The problem is, your bedmate likes to hog the sheets to themselves that you end up wide awake trying to pull and get some parts of you covered.

The solution? Get separate blankets. This way, you won’t have to play tug of war in the middle of the night that will only wake the both of you up. However, if you really want to share the blanket, get a really big one so you can still be able to fit in even if your bedmate likes to sleep like a burrito.

They like to snuggle and you don’t.

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Some people are just really malambing and like to snuggle with loved ones when they sleep. While this is cute and sweet, not a lot of people like having someone else’s arms wrapped around them as they try to catch some zzz’s. It could be because of the extra weight that will pin you down or the body heat that can get you a bit too warm for comfort. It can be because of a plethoria of other reasons, but the fact is, some people aren’t sleep snugglers and we just have to deal with it.

The solution? Talk it out. If your bed mate is a new significant other who might get offended that you don’t want to sleep in their arms, explain that you just really can’t fall asleep that way. We’re all wired differently, so some things are just like that. You can also get a body pillow for your snuggler to keep them comfortable when they sleep.

They can’t sleep easily at night.

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It doesn’t matter if they’re insomniac or a night owl, some people just can’t sleep early at night. Instead, they’ll result to watching TV, working, or playing on their devices while in bed. This can easily interrupt your sleep as whatever they’re doing can create disturbing sounds or the blue light from their device can stimulate your senses. Some people also just can’t fall asleep if someone else in the room is awake, so that can also keep you up to the wee hours until your bedmate nods off.

The solution? You can use an eye mask to get the darkness you need. You can also compromise by going to bed at different hours. This way, they’re not forced to stay in bed when they can’t sleep and you won’t be disturbed if they try to make themselves sleepy by doing something else.

They move a lot in their sleep.

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Some people sleep like a log, while others thrash, kick, and even yell when they’re asleep. It all depends on how physical they get when they’re dreaming or how comfortable they are in the bed. Others might be just having an intense dream so they get malikot, while others might not be completely comfy with your bed so they try to find a good sleeping position even while they’re asleep. Whether you’re a light sleeper or not, too much movement, especially if your bed is small, can disturb your shuteye.

The solution? This one can be tricky to solve because if one acts out their dreams, it’s highly likely that they’re suffering from REM behavior disorder. You might need to seek a physician to help deal with the problem or live with it if you can. Getting a bigger bed can help, as it can put a good amount of space between you so you won’t be kicked or punched in the middle of the night.

They sprawl and take a lot of space.

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Possibly the most common reason of sleep disturbance is when one bed partner sprawls and the other’s left holding on to the bed for dear space. This can be a big problem if you’re not used to sleeping with someone and you need some open space to get comfortable. Your sprawling partner’s movements can also wake you up periodically during the night.

The solution? Try to know why they push towards your side of the bed. Sometimes they’re cold and want some body heat so they want to stick close to you. If you’re the type who likes some personal space in the night, this can be a problem as you’ll most likely move towards your edge of the bed. If this is the case, you can start your night in the center of the bed or move more to your bed partner’s side instead of near the edge of yours. This way, when they start pushing you to your side, you still have some room for breathing.

Another good solution is to get a bigger bed. If they sprawl and you’re in a tiny bed, you won’t have anywhere else to go, so opting for a more spacious bed is the best solution to this problem.

They’re not human.

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Some of us like to sleep with our pets and that can be the very reason why we can’t get quality sleep. Animals, especially big ones, can take up a lot of space in the bed and might even have some nocturnal habits that can disrupt your slumbers. Others are also mildly allergic to pet hair and dander and extended exposure during the night can trigger adverse reactions.

The solution? Learn how to sleep on a separate bed from your pet. While some experts say that sleeping with furry friends can help you relax and fall asleep easier, they can also be the very cause of your sleep disruption, so it’s better to just avoid the whole thing altogether just to be safe. Of course, if you insist on sleeping with your fur baby, it’s all up to you. But just know that they can be the very reason why you’re sleep deprived.

The bed is too small.

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According to BetterSleep.org, a full size bed (54″x75″ in standard Salem Bed sizing) only offers enough space for one person who is under 5 feet and 5 inches. This is a shocking revelation for most folks as some people feel like a full sized bed is already big enough for a couple. Some even sleep in one with their young kids.

It’s important to sleep in the right sized bed so you have enough room to feel comfortable. Some light sleepers get woken up by the slightest touch or movement in the bed, leaving them with interrupted zzz’s. Others, especially those who are quite tall, never find it comfortable when they’re limbs are stuck on their sides or dangling on the edges of the bed.

The solution? Get a bigger bed. Queen size beds are great for couples who like to sleep close to each other most of the time, but still have some space to sprawl should they want to. A king size is also great, especially if you and your bed partner are heavy set. This size will also let you sleep comfortably with a small kid quite comfortably.

Of course, all of these problems can also be solved by sleeping on a separate bed or bedroom, but in case that isn’t a feasible option for you, little changes and compromises might just do the trick. The most important thing is that you don’t live with sleep deprivation. You can sleep better if you know how to do adjust, so make sure to take the extra effort to do so.