5 Reasons Why Reading is the Best Thing to Do Before Bed

Nope, bedtime stories are not just for kids. Experts are actually recommending people to read before dozing off as a part of a solid bedtime routine as it has proven to be quite beneficial for your sleep.

This shouldn’t be surprising, really, as  there are tons of reasons why reading is good for you. And if it is good for you in general, it shouldn’t be bad for your zzz’s right?

But what exactly makes it an excellent addition to a foolproof bedtime routine? Here are the top five reasons.

Reading is (Largely) Relaxing

Reading can be very relaxing. For one, it lets you sit or lie down quietly without requiring you to do anything than absorb what’s written on the page. You don’t have to bother thinking about what to do or how to do whatever’s asked of you, so you can just chill with a book.

Then, there’s also the fact that it can effectively take your mind off things. If you’re worried about something, being immersed in a completely different world inside a book will help your mind calm down and unwind.

And because sleep doesn’t come easy to those who are stressed, being able to unwind easily is something you should aim to achieve. According to some studies, reading can help you calm down within six minutes. So if that doesn’t promise you a nice way to help you doze off, you’ll be hardpressed to find anything else that can do better.

Reading can be a Calming Part of Your Bedtime Routine

We know that we’ve said it about a million times before, but it really bears repeating that a bed time routine can really help you sleep easier and even better. As the brain works by associating things to one another, anything that you keep doing before hitting the hay can clue in your brain that it’s about time for bed.

The best bedtime routine should have a series of relaxing tasks to help you better ready yourself for sleep. Reading is certainly a perfect addition to this list, as the first point would tell you.

Reading can Keep You Away from Screens

The blue light in your smartphone, tablet, TV, and computer screens tell your brain that it’s daytime, so if you’re glued into them before bed, you might have a hard time falling asleep. Reading, on the other hand, can keep you away from these screens before you catch some shuteye. This is particularly true if you read a print copy or if your e-reader is not backlit with some blue light.

Books can Give You Something to Dream About

Want something nice to dream about? Read an equally nice book. The story you get to enjoy before dozing off can be your brain’s resource for your dreams. So if you want to dream about a fantastic adventure, grab an equally fantastic paperback before you go to bed.

The Right Books can be Better than a Lullaby

It wouldn’t be hard to find someone who’ll say reading makes them sleepy. And even if you’re an avid reader, there will always be some books that will bore you. So if you’re still highly energetic and very riled up by bed time, grab a dull book and go at it until you start feeling drowsy with sleep.

If you’ve been having a hard time falling asleep because of stress and worries, reading a book before bed might be the perfect solution for you. Combine it with a cozy Salem Bed  and you might be surprised just how effective reading before bedtime can be.

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A Quick Guide to Salem Bed Sizing

One of the most important things to consider when shopping for a new mattress is the size. Pick one that’s too small and you might not just fit. Going for something too big, on the other hand, might not fit your bedroom.

Unfortunately, mattress sizing can differ from one brand to another. If you’re interested in a Salem Bed mattress which is probably the reason why you’re here and reading this, you might want to get to know how we size our beds. For that, here’s a quick guide:

Standard Widths

Generally speaking, the width measurements are pretty much standardized in mattress sizing. For our mattresses, here are our standard widths:

Single 36″

Semi-Twin 42″

Twin 48″

Double 54″

Queen 60″

King 72″

Regular and Irregular Sizes

In our website‘s product pages you’ll see our sizes listed as Regular and Irregular Sizes. These refer to the length of the mattresses. Our Regular or standard length measures 75″, while Irregular mattresses measure 78″.

California King Size

Those who want to go all out on their beds can also opt for our California King Size which measures 78″x80″.

Custom Sizes

Aside from the listed sizes, we also offer custom sizes. We can easily go in between all of the regular sizes with great ease.

We hope this guide gave you a solid idea how we size our items. If you have further questions regarding sizing, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. You can also learn more about our sizing recos here.

Make the Bed Your Happy Place and Sleep Better

For most of us who needs to power through their days, the promise of a cozy bed can really make things better. There are those people who can be so stressed out the whole day but then instantly have a light and jolly mood the moment their backs hit the bed. Not everyone can transition this fast so you might be wondering, how do they do it?

The explanation is simple, albeit the execution may not exactly be: they made their beds their happy place.

Lots of us have happy places. Some find it in the great outdoors, other by the beach. There are also those who can instantly relax the moment they get together with a special someone or their family. It doesn’t even have to be a place at all in some cases. As long as you get to instantly relax the moment you’re there, then that’s it.

For some people, it just happened to be their beds. After a long day, your bed can be one of the most comforting places since it is, ideally, comfortable. The physical comfort, familiar smells, privacy, and the sense of security can do a number on your mood when you’re in bed. If you also have a cuddle buddy, it can up the comfort levels and even the sense of euphoria.

Turning your bed into your happy place shouldn’t be that hard. If you’re naturally inclined to feel relaxed upon lying in bed, then all you need to do is realize it. If not, you can try these tricks:

1. Don’t work in bed.

Doing any kind of work in bed often will have it associated with the stress and frustrations of working. If you have to work at home, do it outside of the bedroom.

2. Only do the things you enjoy in bed.

If you find something too tedious, don’t do it in bed. Don’t calculate the bills you have to pay in bed. Never open mail or bills that you’re sure will stress you out while you’re still laying down. Just don’t do anything that will upset you in bed so you won’t get stressed while in there and associate it with stressful things.

3. Remove clutter.

Even those who can work with clutter around them might find it hard to relax if their bedroom is a mess. Sure, you can sleep in it, especially if you’re really tired, but you won’t really feel relaxed with so much bothering you. Tidy up a bit and enjoy a relaxing bed.

4. Turn your bed into your haven.

Outfitting your bedroom with the coziest pillows, softest blankets, and the most comfortable mattress can really make it one of the best places to chill out at home. Add a few more items to turn it into what you’d call your favorite space and you’ll be able to relax more in your bed.

5. Hang out in your bed from time to time.

Got some free time on your days off? Hang out in your bed and just generally chill out in it. Read a good book, watch a fun series, or just do whatever else you like doing in bed. It can help you better associate it with some good times, allowing it to be a relaxing spot for you.

We’re not saying this because we’re in the sleep business, but, really, there are lots to gain by having your bed as your happy place. Not only will it promise you a nice and cozy place to relax in, but it can also benefit your sleep. If it’s a Salem Bed product, you’re even better guaranteed that it will be comfortable.

Beds with a View: Dream Vacations that will Literally Let You Dream

What’s better than a cozy bed? A cozy bed with a view. Let these amazing beds take you on an imaginary trip right in front of your screen.

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Want to make your own bedroom staycation-worthy? Add a Salem Bed and you’re set to up the comfort levels of your home.

Sometimes, Getting Out of Bed is the Best Solution for Your Sleep Woes

When it comes to sleep, there’s hardly any better surface to do it in other than a good bed. This is why we often tell you to invest in a great one, so you can get comfortable and get a good night’s sleep.

However, there are also those instances when it’s better to get out of bed if you want to fall asleep. It might sound counterintuitive, but it’s actually proven to be effective by many sleepers around the globe.

So, how does it work? Here are two good instances when it’s better to get out of bed instead of stay in it.

Can’t Sleep? Get Out of Bed

Whether you have insomnia or you just experience difficulties in falling asleep every now and then, it’s never good to force yourself to fall asleep. If you find it hard to catch some shuteye at bedtime, experts say that it’s better to get out of bed. This way, you won’t have your bed associated with snoozing difficulties.

Once you got out of bed, it’s best to do something dull and boring. Listen to some relaxing music or a specialty podcast that’s designed to help you fall asleep. You can also pick up a book that you’re not particularly interested in (this might backfire, though, as you might end up with a rather exciting paperback). Doing breathing exercises can also help to relax your mind and body.

Your Mattress Might Need Replacing

In many occasions, it’s your bed that’s keeping you from catching some shuteye. If you’re completely uncomfortable, it’s time to ditch your old mattress and get a new one. Most mattresses are only ideal for use for 7 to 10 years anyway, unless it has a higher warranty.

They’re not exactly designed to last a lifetime since the fabric and foam can soak in bodily fluids and become a breeding ground for creepy crawlies. The materials also degrade after a while, especially foams. They will naturally shrink over time, so you should definitely consider getting a replacement unit after a while.

Getting Out of Bed can Lead to Better Sleep in Some Cases

If you’ve already run out of options how to fall asleep, maybe getting out of bed can be something new to try. Give it a shot and you might just find a whole new way to get more zzz’s.

Ever Wondered Why Some People Can’t Sleep Without a Blanket? Science Explains Why

6360299917728757431144214810_puppyWe may be living in a tropical country with humidity levels that are just a wink away from becoming water, but you’ll still find lots of folks who can’t sleep without a blanket on them. They may have all ove their limbs exposed and just a teeny tiny corner of their blanket touching their torso, but it can still be their absolute bedtime requirement to get some zzz’s.

What’s even more amazing is that studies show that only nomadic foragers are the only folks who doesn’t sleep with beddings even in the hottest climates in the planet. This research focused on the foraging and non-foraging peoples who live in the hottest areas near the equator. They’ve discovered that almost everyone uses some sort of bedding or blanket, although, there’s no strict definition for such items.

How on Earth can people fall asleep with some covering despite the heat? According to experts, there are two main reasons why people can’t ditch the blanket no matter how sweltering the evenings can get. One is the fact that the body temperature drops when you near bedtime. A warmer body makes us more alert and awake, while a slightly cooler body signals your brain to hit the sack soon. To help you stay comfortable, having a blanket on hand will be a good idea.

Then there’s also the fact that the body can’t regulate heat during REM sleep. Even on sweltering nights, the temperatures will still drop in the wee hours and your body won’t have any means to warm you up on its own. You’ll need some external help to get it done and a blanket can also be your best bet.

For temperature regulation, it’s more like a habit that you might have already formed through the years. If you used to not need a blanket to fall asleep, there’s a high chance that things changed when one night you woke up to feeling too uncomfortable from the cold. That can catalyst your constant need of having a blanket nearby when you catch some shuteye.

The need for a blanket during bedtime is also said to be a product of conditioning. As humans have been wearing blankets to bed since birth, blankets are easily associated to sleep. It might even actually help trigger sleepiness as the body connects the presence of blankets to bedtimes.

So, if you’ve always wondered why you can’t sleep with a blanket, these reasons can easily answer your queries. Of course, some people can completely do away with them as not everyone is programmed in the same manner. Some folks even have more unique requirements for sleep, so, really, to each his own.

Paired with a cozy Salem Bed, a cozy blanket can really be an effective tool to help you sleep better.

 

Why Sleep is a Must for Moms-to-be

Becoming a mother is one of the most fulfilling things a person can experience. However, it involves a lot of work for a lots of people. With so many things that can go wrong, the task of carrying a child to full term doesn’t always come easy. In fact, despite so many advances in technology today, premature births are still challenging obstetricians around the world. Researchers found out, however, that sleep can help address the problem.

Studies have shown that insomnia in moms-to-be increase the risk of preterm birth. One study analyzed the medical records of 3 million pregnant women in California, while another surveyed over 166 pregnant women with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Both studies show that there’s a relationship between poor sleep and premature deliveries.

The numbers are also seriously high. In one of the studies, insomnia increased preterm birth risks by 30%, sleep apnea by 40%. While experts say that lack of sleep alone won’t directly cause the premature births, they do trigger the problems that can actually cause it. Inflammation is often caused by lack of sleep and it’s also largely to blame for premature births.

Aside from preterm births, studies have also shown that moms-to-be with sleeping problems late in their pregnancies will also most likely experience longer labor and even require cesarean deliveries.

What’s disturbing is the fact that pregnancy actually causes sleep problems in many pregnant women. The discomfort alone can really prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. The changes in hormones the female body experiences during pregnancy also makes sleep even more elusive.

What can a mom-to-be do to prevent all of these? Check out our sleep tips for moms-to-be here.