Want to Cut Out Sweets in Your Diet? Try Sleeping Better

Everyone knows that sugar can be blamed for all of the additional inches on your waist. This is why ditching sugar is one of the everpresent dieting techniques out there.

However, if you have a sweet tooth, doing this can be easier said than done. This is particularly true if you rely on sweets to perk you up during the day. Despite the crash that it can cause later on, a sugar rush can be rather effective in helping you power through a midday slump.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t cut out sweet in your diet, though. With the right techniques, you can actually completely avoid sweets without sacrificing your energy levels during the day.

How?

Sleep better.

According to a study, increased sleep might be able to help reduce your sugar intake. While the research only involved 42 subjects and didn’t really say that sleep is the key to an improved diet, it still shows great promise.

As lots of people take in sugar because they’re tired and sleepy, sleeping more and better can definitely be the best solution to get rid of the problem. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone as this technique won’t just help you avoid sweets but will also boost your weight loss efforts, too.

With more sleep, you’ll get more energy for your workouts. It will also help reduce your other cravings, so you’ll most likely have to eat less. This can result in better creating better calorie deficit and more lost weight.

Besides, there’s really nothing wrong in improving your zzz’s if you’re sleep deprived anyway. It can do wonders on your health that if it did help you cut down your sugar intake, it will just be a bonus.

So if you’re having a hard time saying no to indulging your sweet tooth, sleeping more could be of great help to you. Try our many sleep tips in the blog to help you improve your zzz’s and you might just find yourself consuming less sweets in no time.

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New Pick from Salem Bed: The Milton

It’s no secret that people’s opinion on comfort vary from one person to another. Some folks love to sink into their beds while others prefer a more supportive surface to help them sleep better. This is the very reason why you’ll find a wide range of mattresses with varying firmness and softness levels in our selection.

However, we recognize that as diverse as our selection may be, there can still be a number of sleepers who have very specific preferences. This pushes us to further innovate and create new and different products so every Filipino home will have a choice.

This is the very reason why we love adding new products to our roster. So for our latest offering, meet the Milton mattress.

The best description for the Milton is it’s the perfect balance between firm and cozy. With its unique combination of our special blend of firm rebonded foam and a layer of high-grade memory foam, it will let you sink just enough to get that nice cozy feeling while giving enough resistance to hold your back in place. This makes it a nice choice for those who tend to have back pains in the night because the poor support of their old mattress.

To further ensure your comfort, the Miton is  finished with a knit, Sanitized fabric cover. It guarantees top-notch hygiene and protection against dustmites, insects, and other harmful microorganisms, minimizing allergic reactions by boosting the unit’s ability to keep itself in top shape.

With a 5-year warranty, the Milton can also offer you a years of excellent sleep. So if you still haven’t found “the one” sleeping surface for you, this might just be it.

Learn more about or shop the Milton here.

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.

Why You Need to Get Some Sleep During the Holidays

Good news: the holidays are here! Bad news: it’s highly likely that you’ll have to miss some zzz’s. With the horrible traffic, late night parties, and long-haul travels the holidays have in store, lots of people opt to lose sleep than miss out on what’s happening. As a result, most people end up with a massive sleep debt by the time the new year rolls in.

Being groggy and sluggish on your first day back is not how you’d want to start your year, right? The lack of sleep you’ll get during the holidays will soon manifest itself as soon as you get back on your regular programming and it can get tough.

It’s very easy to avoid all of that if you can just make the effort to maintain your regular sleep schedule during the holidays. If you’re doing well in having a regular bedtime and wake up time before the holidays rolled in, sticking to them will help you avoid incurring sleep debt during the most wonderful time of the year.

In short, the secret to ensure that you’ll start the new year right is as easy as sticking to your bedtime.

Want some motivation to get to bed even with the temptation of staying out with friends and family? A new Salem Bed might just do the trick. Check out our selections at www.salem.ph and you might just find something that will make you look forward to bedtime.

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.

The Reason Why You Sometimes Feel Giddy and Energetic When Sleep Deprived

Have you ever experienced feeling so hyper after a few sleepless nights? It’s quite surprising and mildly encouraging, right? Because you totally expect to look and feel like a zombie, the burst of energy on what could be some of your busiest days ever is a great gift. But what does it mean and is it bad for you? Should you be worried?

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The thing with the sleep deprived brain is that it can get extreme. You don’t need to read a study to know that lots of people who aren’t getting a lot of zzz’s are irritable and pessimistic at best. However, one study discovered that the brain’s reward networks also go into hyperdrive when deprived of sleep. This means that you can end up taking neutral cues as positive ones when you haven’t gotten some shuteye in a while.

While this sounds great, it can also be burdensome in many occasions. Not because lack of zzz’s makes you hyper and giddy does it mean that you’re doing alright. You should actually look at it as you not communicating properly, which can lead to interpersonal complications later on.

What we’re getting at here is, not because you’re feeling up and happy despite not getting enough sleep does it mean that you’re fine not getting quality shuteye. You might feel great, but, really, sleep is important, so you should work on improving your sleep hygiene.

Major Considerations when Mattress Shopping

There are tons of guides on mattress shopping that you’ll find online but most of them will just tell you what to look for. However, it’s very important to take into consideration a series of factors that are unique to your situation and circumstance.

So, to help you be more thorough in your search, we’ve rounded up a few of the most important considerations that you should remember when mattress shopping.

Your Idea of Comfort

The most important thing that a lot of people might not know is that everyone can have different ideas of what feels comfortable. Some people prefer a firm mattress while others love sinking into their beds. This is why it’s very important to test out a mattress that you’re interested in, as it’s the only way you can determine whether a mattress is comfortable enough for you or not.

Your Weight

If you’re on the heavier side, it’s very important to consider your weight when shopping for a mattress. Soft mattresses, especially the ones made purely of foam have low density so they might not work out for you well.

Having low density means it doesn’t have a lot of resistance so your weight will most likely push the mattress downwards and have your back meet your bed base. In such cases, opting for high-density mattresses would be your best bet.

Your Budget

This one’s a no-brainer. If you’re going to buy a mattress, you should always consider your budget.

Your Bed Base

If the new mattress you’re eyeing will only replace an old one, it’s best to also take into consideration the bed base you already have. Not every bed base will work on foam mattresses, especially the thin and low-density ones. So if your base has slats, you might want to consider a thicker mattress or one with spring. A mismatched mattress and base can lead to accidents and uncomfortable sleep, so make sure to know which pairings work best.

We hope this quick list helps you out in your search for the right mattress for you. For more mattress options, you can also visit and shop at our website.