How to Trick Yourself to Fall Asleep when Your Body Clock is Out of Whack

The holiday season is definitely upon us. And as usual, it’s not good for our sleep. With so many parties and get togethers to attend and prepare for, most of us have to sacrifice sleep just so we can get everything done. As a result, this can damage your body clock which can leave you groggy and by January.

If you can’t avoid going to bed late, the next best thing that you can do is to try to sleep earlier the next night. It can be difficult, especially if you had the luxury of sleeping in the morning or taking a long nap during the day but fret not. There are a few techniques how you can get yourself to sleep faster if you want to get your sleep back on track.

These tricks are recommended to get you drowsy with sleep in just minutes:

Grab a Boring Book

Lots of experts recommend reading a book before bed. It has several benefits, for starters. But for many, it’s the best way to unwind, especially with the help of the right title.

If you’re an avid reader, you’ll know that some books can keep you up all night which defeats the purpose of reading to lull yourself to sleep. This is why you should be able to choose a good bedtime read that is mostly boring for you.

A “boring” book doesn’t necessarily mean that your choice is useless or a bad title in general. It should only be something that’s not completely interesting to you so you won’t get so engrossed in it. This way, you can find yourself tuning out and getting more relaxed.

Repeat Certain Words

Some people say that repeating a specific word over and over can get you sleepy right away. The monotony of the activity and the rhythm involved can help you relax and doze off after a while. A few experts even say that it’s much better than counting sheep, so it’s certainly worth a shot.

Learn an Effective Breathing Technique

If you’re too wired or riled up to get to sleep, learning a breathing technique can also help. This method is effective in soothing your nerves and helping you relax.

Use a Sleep Inducing Product

There are tons of products that are designed to help you calm down and lull you to sleep. Votives are some of the most popular options for this purpose. You’ll also find creams and lotions that are said to be effective in calming you down. Some also opt for pillow packs to help them calm down.

Give them a go and find out what works for you. You might be surprised how useful they can be to help you sleep better.

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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.

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.

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.