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.

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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.

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.

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.

 

Here’s Another Reason to Love Chocolates If You’re Sleep-Deprived

Chocoholics might not find it surprising that scientists have found another benefit for their favorite superfood as dark chocolate has already lots of health benefits that you can take advantage of. It’s packed with fiber and minerals that’s good for your diet, it’s a fantastic source of antioxidants, can improve blood flow, as well as boost your skin and heart health among many others.

While all of these may not sound much, the fact that you’ll be eating chocolate, a.k.a. one of the best treats in the planet, instead of some soggy green stuff can really motivate you to eat better. And now, with scientific proof that dark chocolate is also a great addition to the diets of those who don’t get enough zzz’s, you have more reasons to snack on these to keep yourself awake on your midday slump.

As 50% of Filipinos are deemed to be sleep deprived, getting only six hours of zzz’s nightly, looking for ways how to cope is essential. While improving one’s slumber is still the best solution to sleep deprivation, you will still need to manage the effects of the problem while you solve it. As improving your sleep doesn’t really happen overnight, you will need remedies to handle sleep deprivation’s consequences. And dark chocolate may just be one of the best examples of such.

According to a study conducted by Italian researchers, dark chocolate can boost brain power. By consuming the compound commonly found in cocoa and chocolate known as flavanols, proficiency on cognitive tests are seen to have increased in test subjects, heling scientists conclude that eating chocolate can help people focus better, react faster, and retain information better.

Chocolate and Sleep

But what does all of these have to do with sleep or the lack of it? With sleep deprivation often resulting to poor concentration, slower response, and poorer cognitive functioning, chocolate might just be the perfect instant remedy if you didn’t get a solid night’s sleep.

The study actually helped prove this as well. They’ve discovered that ingesting cocoa after a night of total sleep deprivation counteracts cognitive impairment effectively. They have also discovered that the bigger the cognitive challenge is, the more chocolate help.

Through the study, researchers discovered that chocolate can be a potential remedy to those who are chronically sleep deprived and that daily consumption can have a positive effect on one’s cognition over the long run.

A Word of Caution

While dark chocolate can be packed with lots of health benefits, you should also remember that it has high calorie and sugar content, so to prevent weight gain and other health complications from regular consumption, you should do so moderately.

Sleep Deprivation: Actual Solution vs. Remedy

It should also be noted that snacking on chocolates is still just a remedy for sleep deprivation. If you really want to have your cognitive functions in full swing, you’ll want to solve your sleep deprivation problem head on. To do that, improving the quality of your slumber with a solid sleep hygiene is still the best and most effective way to enjoy the benefits of getting ample shuteye. A regular sleeping schedule, less stress, good diet, ample exercise, and a Salem Bed can really help you go a long way.

This isn’t to say that eating dark chocolate for better cognitive performance while sleep deprived is something you shouldn’t try. If you feel like snacking post-lunch to perk yourself up, some dark chocolates can really be some of the best options as they will also fuel your brain and maybe even make you more productive for the rest of the day. What we’re saying, however, is that you shouldn’t be reliant on chocolates to keep you awake, alert, and capable.