Does Side Matter in the Bedroom?

When is the last time you thought about what side of the bed you sleep on? If you’re like more than half of Americans, you didn’t consciously pick your side of the bed.

In preparation for Sleep Awareness Week(March 2-8), Saatva conducted a “Pick Your Side” survey:

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America Picks Its Side In Bed

Here are some of the key findings from the survey:

  • More than half of Americans(54%) prefer the right side of the bed.
  • On average, people reported sleeping on the same side for 17 years.
  • More than half reported they didn’t consciously pick their side.
  • While 39% would give up their preferred side for a pet, only 16% would give up their side for a close friend.
  • 62% of people wouldn’t change what side of bed they sleep on.
  • 75% Americans reported that being close to an outlet is important in choosing what side of bed they sleep on.

Does the Side You Sleep on Influence Your Sleep?

While 89% of people are content with the side of the bed they choose, 58% of people are not happy with the hours or quality of sleep they get.

Over 3 in 5 Americans report that when they wake up in the morning, they feel tired instead of energized and ready to tackle the day. Those that have committed to their preferred side of the bed for over two decades have reported better sleeping habits though.

  • Americans who have slept on the same side of the bed for over 20 years are more likely to feel energized when they wake up.
  • More people in this category sleep more than 6 hours per night and are satisfied with the amount of hours they sleep.
  • They are more likely to feel happy than unhappy and focused vs. unfocused.

So, what side of the bed do you sleep on? Comment and let us know!

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Romantic Bedroom Ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and if you’re like most Americans, you are going to be spending the day with your loved one.

For this upcoming holiday, the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey expects American consumers to spend about $18.9 billion this year. 

If you want to share the day with your partner but don’t want to have to deal with restaurants, over-priced roses or crowded places, spend the day at home.

Romantic Valentine's Day Decor Ideas

You can spruce up your bedroom this year with some of these design and decor ideas without overspending.

Valentine’s Day Bedroom Decor Ideas

Light up the Room with Candles: If you have dimming lights to create a romantic mood that’s great but candles can create an even nicer effect. It’s really up to you where to place the candles but if you have a fireplace, you could dress up the mantel with your very own DIY candles.

Valentine's Day Decor Ideas, CandlesAdd Some Scents of Love: Using candles in the bedroom is great because they can also fill the room with pleasing scents. Be careful what candles you use though because you don’t want the scent to be too overwhelming. Go for a scent that invokes memories, you could spray the room with your favorite perfume to set the mood.

Play Some Tunes: You can set the mood more by adding some music to the overall setting. Pick out a few songs that bring back memories for both you and your partner. Maybe the first song you danced to or a romantic song that reminds you of his or her favorite qualities.

Add Some Pops of Red: The color red is often associated with passion, desire and love. You can add accents of red in your bedroom with throw pillows, bedding, and or drapes.

Show-off Some Crafts: Show that you care by making your own Valentine’s Day crafts. You could make some tasty desserts, floating heart backdrop or even make a mixed playlist.

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Sleep Revisited: Foundation Issues New Sleep Recommendations

Despite the dangers of sleep deprivation, many people still aren’t getting the adequate amount of rest each night.

How much sleep is really enough though to function properly and remain healthy throughout our lives?

In an effort to answer this question, the National Sleep Foundation has reevaluated the approximate sleep needs of different age groups.

Although sleep needs vary depending on one’s specific lifestyle factors and age, the NSF has concluded the following from their research:

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Sleep Recommendations by Age (National Sleep Foundation)

Sleep Needs Change As We Age

As we undergo developmental changes, our sleep patterns and needs also change.

Infants and toddlers generally sleep more and need more of it since it aids in their overall development and health.

In fact, they typically spend about twice as long in REM sleep than adults. REM sleep is associated with dreaming and furthering the development of our brains.

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Babies can spend up to 50% of their sleep in the REM stage, compared to only about 20% for adults.

As we get older, our sleep becomes lighter and more fragmented with longer awake time throughout the night.

For more in-depth information about our how sleep patterns change over time, check out the article Changes in Sleep and Age by Healthy Sleep.

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Although you may prefer a set amount time of sleep, sleep experts have concluded the following sleep time recommendations by age group:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours (range narrowed from 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (range widened from 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (range widened from 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours (range widened from 11-13)
  • School-Age Children (6-13): 9-11 hours (range widened from 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours (range widened from 8.5-9.5)
  • Young Adults (18-25): 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours (no change)
  • Older Adults (65+): 7-8 hours (new age category)

The amount of sleep you need will vary and the NSF recommends asking yourself the following questions to evaluate your own “individual needs”:

  • Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep? Or does it take you nine hours of quality ZZZs to get you into high gear?
  • Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease?
  • Are you experiencing sleep problems?
  • Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
  • Do you feel sleepy when driving?

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How to Get the Best Sleep When Stressed

According to research conducted by Braun Research Inc., stress is one of the leading factors that is keeping Americans up at night.

About 60% of Americans can’t sleep at night because they are up stressing about family and relationship issues.

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60% of Americans can’t sleep because of family and relationship stresses.

Other Sleep and Stress Statistics:

  • 65% of Americans are losing sleep due to stress
  • 32% of Americans are losing sleep at least one night per week
  • 16% of Americans experience stress-induced insomnia
  • 42% of Americans report getting poor quality of sleep when stressed

How Stress Affects Your Sleep

  • Tossing, turning and worrying prevents you from logging in enough hours of sleep.
  • Those who suffer from ongoing stress are more likely to develop insomnia.
  • When you’re stressed, your brain remains hyperactive. This prevents you from falling asleep.

Check out our infographic below for tips on how to sleep better when you are stressed:

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For more tips on getting better sleep when stressed, check out our Best Stretches for Better Sleep infographic!

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Positive Corporate Culture: A Link Between Productivity and Happiness

Today’s corporate culture success stories reveal that thriving companies demonstrate a link between employee productivity and happiness at work. The Social Science Research Network indicates a high level of employee satisfaction translates into increased levels of productivity.

Additional studies from the University of Warwick shows that employee happiness results in a 12 percent increase in productivity. Low morale, plummeting productivity and general discontent among employees are themes that most companies strive to eliminate from their office environment.

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A high level of employee satisfaction translates into increased levels of productivity.

What are the indicators of employee happiness at work? Employees are likely more productive when they are physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally well. Corporations that take an active role in addressing these needs are often the most successful.

Address Physical Wellness

Healthy individuals tend to feel better about themselves because they recognized the importance of exercise and well-being. Business Insider ranked Nike as the 16th most enjoyable place for a great work environment. Nike promotes physical activity at its workplace with its outdoor track, gyms and exercise classes that are located on their expansive campus. There is also an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a simulation spin studio class that employees can enjoy before, during or after work. Details lists Nike as one of the healthiest companies to work for because not only does advertise sport wellness, but also includes it as part of its corporate culture.

Sleep health is also an important part of both work performance and general well-being. Companies like Zappos and Ben and Jerry’s have nap rooms and couches for employees to power nap throughout the day. Sleeping at work may seem controversial but it proves to be effective for productivity.

Emphasize Spirituality

Employees need downtime and corporate hours don’t necessarily yield time to relax. Companies like Intuit allows flexible hours for employees rather than a mandate of traditional work hours. Employees are discouraged from coming to work prior to 9:00 a.m. or staying after 5:30 p.m. This culture allows individuals to use the extra time to tend to their own spiritual needs, whether it means taking a meditation class in the morning or attending a Bible study on Wednesday evenings. USA Today reports that companies that are cognizant of the spiritual growth of their employees tend to increase productivity because it allows for people to engage in activities that they enjoy the most.

Focus on Mental Wellness

Google’s stock, since its inception in 2004, increased by 674 percent. The company attributed the success to its focus on company wellness. Business Insider ranks Google as the third most enjoyable place to work. Benefits at Google include: comprehensive health plan, travel reimbursement and legal aid. Even when an employee dies, Google will pay 50 percent of the deceased salary to the surviving spouse for 10 years. These perks offer not only peace of mind, but also a chance for employees to realize that their company cares for them even after hours, should an emergency arise.

Address Emotional Needs

The New York Times reported that employees who take a break every 90 minutes report a higher level of focus (by 30 percent!) than those who take no breaks or just one during the day. Companies like Citrix allows employees to work remotely and govern how, when and where the work gets done. These unconventional work environments support increased focus. In addition, jobs at Lifelock include close proximity to main highways for easy access for employees to go home after work, wellness rewards and four-week paid vacation during the first year of work. This allows the employee to maintain a home and work balance, an attribute that is integral for productivity.

The work-life balance is not a myth, but one that allows employees to feed their individual passions and create happier, productive employees who will want to stay with the company for an extended period of time. A positive corporate culture comes from happy employees.

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Saatva Makes Forbes’ Top 100 Most Promising Companies List

Saatva recently made Forbes’ list of America’s most promising companies for 2015. Out of the 100 companies listed by Forbes, Saatva was ranked number 68.

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Saatva luxury mattress named one of America’s Most promising companies for 2015.

Besides revenue, Forbes also ranked the 100 companies based off of:

  • Growth rates
  • Growth in employee numbers
  • How long companies have been doing what it is they do
  • Operating margins
  • Capital raised
  • Product ideas
  • Management

All of the companies listed are private and generating under 300 million annually. Some of the top companies listed include Instacart, Suja Juice, AdBoom Group, Precision Frac, and Carvana.

As of January 2015, Saatva’s revenue is 27 million. From 2013-2014, they had a revenue growth of 275%. They currently have 67 employees and are one of the highest rated e-commerce companies in the nation.

Other Saatva Company Facts and Figures:

  • Founders: Ron Rudzin and Ricky Joshi
  • Founded: 2010
  • Headquarters: Westport, Connecticut
  • Revenue Change(2011-2014): 64.86%
  • Number of fulfillment centers: 32
  • Number of distribution centers: 12

Saatva expects to continue their exceptional growth into 2015 and are on track for another record sales month in January, 2015.

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Naps Key to Learning for Babies, Study Shows

You already know naps are good for your child’s overall health but a new sleep study also proves that there’s a link between naps and learning.

In a study conducted by a team at the University of Sheffield, 216 babies(aged 6 months and 12 months) were taught 3 new tasks and tested the next day to see if they remembered any of them.

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Dr. Jane Herbert performing the study

They found that if the babies took a lengthy nap soon after being taught the tasks they were able to perform at least one and a half of the tasks.

The babies that didn’t take a nap soon after learning weren’t able to recall any of the tasks the next day.

The team concluded that “infants rely on on frequent naps for the formation of long-term memories.”

Napping is a key component for babies to retain what they’ve learned and parents should make sure their infants are getting enough naps throughout the day.  

Napping Guidelines for Kids

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Make sure your child gets enough naps throughout the day!

Additional studies have proven that naps are extremely beneficial for kid’s overall health and well being. Some benefits of napping include better mood, better attention span, more consistent sleep schedule at night, and healthy growth of brain and body.

It’s also important to recognize when your kid needs a nap before they are flat out exhausted.

Signs Your Kid Needs a Nap

Here are some simple signs you should look out as a guide to know when you should put your baby to sleep:

  • rubbing their eyes
  • looking “glazed”
  • yawning
  • laying down
  • starting to fuss
  • asking for a pacifier
  • losing interest in toys
  • quieting down

Before you put your little one to sleep, make sure to avoid these 9 napping no-nos so your child gets the best nap.

Have any other napping tips to share? Comment and let us know!

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How to Properly Clean Your Mattress

Just like any other product you often use in your home, your mattress needs to be properly cleaned.

Overtime, your mattress gets covered in dirt, oils, dust mites, dead skin cells, and sometimes even pollen.

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Despite the amount of bacteria that could be multiplying on your bed every night, the average person does not clean their mattress.

Properly cleaning your mattress not only saves you from bacteria, it can also improve the lifespan of your mattress.


Best Methods for Cleaning Your Mattress

  1. Vacuum: If you’re like most people, you’ve eaten in bed or skipped a shower once or twice before laying on your mattress. Overtime, your mattress can accumulate dirt, crumbs and other bacteria. The only real way to get rid of this bacteria is to vacuum it with your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment.
  2. Deodorize: We all sweat and overtime our mattress absorbs it. You may not even notice that your mattress has a distinct odor because it’s your own scent. The best way to get rid of any smell from a mattress is to deodorize it. Grab some baking soda and sprinkle it on top of your mattress and then rub it in with a stiff-bristled brush. Let the baking soda set for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Vacuum again: After letting the baking soda set for 5-10 minutes, vacuum your mattress again. This will take care of any dampness left over from the baking soda.
  4. Flip it: Not all mattresses require flipping so make sure to check what your mattress manufacturer recommends for top performance and longevity. If your mattress is two-sided, you should flip it side-to-side and top-to-bottom weekly for the first three months.
  5. Repeat: After flipping your mattress, just repeat the same cleaning process from before.
  6. Protect it with a Cover: If you aren’t already protecting your mattress with a cover, now is a good time to purchase one. Mattress covers help to keep bacteria at bay and make the mattress cleaning process easier. If you’re prone to making messes, opt for a waterproof cover.

For more in-depth mattress cleaning tips(ie removing stains), check out these mattress cleaning tips.

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Beauty Sleep Hacked: Tips to Wake Up Looking Younger

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Sleep Your Way to Beauty

Beauty sleep is defined as sleep that is “considered to be sufficient to keep one looking young and beautiful.” According to a sleep study, not logging in enough hours of sleep can cause your skin to age faster.

In addition to affecting your appearance, sleep deprivation can also lead to depression, weight gain, and lack of focus. If that doesn’t make you want to log more hours of sleep, then read on to find out more about the scary effects of sleep deprivation!

Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Beauty

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How lack of sleep affects your mind, health, AND appearance
  • Swollen, red eyes
  • Darker circles under eyes
  • Paler skin
  • Increased wrinkles and fine lines
  • Droopy mouth corners

Tips for Wake Up Looking Your Best

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Best Bedtime Routine to Wake Up Looking Younger

If you’re tired of rolling out of your bed looking like a worse version of yourself, follow these beauty sleep hacks(as advised by HealthPerch and GoodHouseKeeping):

  1. Sleep on your back: This is the best position for reducing the likelihood of getting wrinkles while sleeping. Sleeping on your side increases pressure on your skin which increases the risk of wrinkles later on.
  2. Clean your pillowcases: Aim to change your pillowcases twice a week so you’re laying your head on bacteria for eight hours each night.
  3. Moisturize your heels: Your skin repairs itself at night so take advantage and apply some lotion to your feet. Lock in the moisture and prevent it from getting on the sheets by putting some socks on.
  4. Wear your hair up: Keep your hair out of your face when you go to sleep so that your natural oils don’t cause breakouts on your face. A high, loose ponytail is ideal.
  5. Wash your face: Don’t go to sleep with your makeup on! Going to sleep with makeup on causes your pores to clog, which can lead to breakouts in the morning.
  6. Skip the booze around bedtime: After drinking a lot of alcohol, you become dehydrated. As a result, your body collects fluid from around the eyes and other areas of the body.

Do you have any other beauty tips you follow as part of your bedtime routine? Comment and share them with us!

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Saatva Ranked Highest Rated Mattress Company & Top 3 in Bedroom on Trustpilot

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Shopping for a mattress online? Check product reviews on Trustpilot.

Weary of buying a product online without trying it first? Trustpilot(a review site) is committed to providing real, unbiased reviews for consumers to help them make an informed buying decision. Saatva has been reviewed on Trustpilot for a year and in 2015 their luxury mattresses have been ranked 3 out of 24 in the bedroom category.

Currently, Saatva has 32 reviews on Trustpilot with a 9.3 ranking out of 10. They have also received 5 out of 5 stars in 2015.

Latest Saatva Review on Trustpilot

More Than Buying a Mattress” via Abbe Schumann

“So, for the last 6 months or so, I had been doing some serious looking for a new mattress for my platform bed. Having had numerous medical issues, including back, neck, knee, ankle problems along with sleep apnea, I figured when the springs started popping out of the side of my 14 year old Simmons Beautyrest, it was time…

Eventually, I came across the website of Saatva Mattress. I found it to be attractive, informative, looked environmentally friendly, and sounded quite interesting…

..despite my struggles, I had a most wonderful and restful sleep. I have to say that my back and many aches and pains seem to be residing quite a bit, in fact I have literally cut my pain meds in half, after a couple of weeks!

…it’s been a little over a month now, since I received my Saatva, and I intentionally waited a bit to see how it felt after sleeping on it more than a day or two. I can tell you this: As Paul McCartney would say (my favorite), “I’ve got to admit, it’s getting better, a little better all the time!””

Saatva mattresses are also reviewed on independent review websites such as:

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, check out how Saatva mattresses compare against Tempurpedic and Sleep Number.

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