Sleep Better this Summer and Enter to Win a Saatva Luxury Mattress

This summer our Saatva team is launching a mattress giveaway! Last November we had an UP Band Giveaway and it was a huge success! We now want to offer up one of our Saatva Luxury Mattresses!

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Can’t think of any reasons you might be in need of a new mattress? A good quality mattress can improve your health in the following ways:

  • Improve memory
  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce inflammations
  • Spur creativity
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Reduce stress levels

If you want to start sleeping better and improve your health, enter to win one our Saatva mattresses! Here are the requirements:

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Our Mattress Giveaway Contest will run from July 7, 2014 until August 31, 2014. Make sure to enter before it’s over and you could be the lucky winner of this beautiful mattress!

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Decorating Tips for Kids’ Bedrooms

Often times, parents don’t put much effort into decorating their kids’ bedrooms because their taste changes throughout their childhood. When is the last time you bought new items for your child’s bedroom or considered redecorating it?

kidsbedroomWhat stops most parents from decorating kids’ bedrooms? Chances are it’s because it’s a daunting task to create the perfect bedroom they will enjoy throughout their childhood and into teenage years. But creating a magical place for them to retreat and grow can be a delightful, effortless task!

Here are a few tips we recommend to keep in mind if you’re considering decorating your kid’s bedroom:

  1. Pick the Perfect Colors: The color choice is going to depend on your child’s age and their own personal preference. When deciding the best color, help your child in the decision process(within reason) so that way you know they will enjoy it. A great idea is to choose a few different colors that compliment each other and designate different pieces of furniture accentuating the different colors. Another good option is to use the color yellow since it comes in many different hues and can make the room look softer or bolder depending on your child’s preference.
  2. showcasekidsartShowcase their Art: Instead of just putting pictures they painted on a bulletin board, hang them from their ceiling or put them in a nice picture frame. Find more creative ways to showcase your kid’s art here.
  3. Use Old Furniture: If you know you are going to be using furniture that your child will soon grow out of, get older furniture. Include your child in the design process – adding polka dots, their hand prints, and/or their very own signature!
  4. Create a Reading Area: If you regularly read to your child, make a nice little area where you both can sit comfortably and read together. All you need is a good bookcase, some quality lighting and some comfy seating.
  5.  Decorate at their Eye Level: Make sure they can easily reach their toys, clothes, benches and other items easily. By keeping items within their reach, they will have an easier time organizing their stuff and keeping it off the ground. Also, they will be able to use them more!
  6. Install a Storage Closet: This is something that they would use well into their teenage years! Put a magnetic board on it to inspire them to be creative with wordplay or showcasing their art. Also, you could include a mirror on it!
  7. Use Cubbies: Organize their school work and/or crafts better by investing in a few cubbies. This will help to declutter their room and it’s something they could use as they progress through their school years to better help them stack on track.
  8. Use a Bookcase for Storage: Store both books and some of their toys on their book shelves! Use clear containers so your kid can easily see what they are picking or use a label maker to clearly mark what goes where.
  9. kidscoathangerThink Outside the Box: Do you have old bins that are taking up space in your garage? Use them to store some of your child’s toys! Have a spare shoe holder laying around? Hang it on their closet door and use it to hold their hair ties, socks, toys, headphones, etc.
  10. Stick to a Theme: Organize your thoughts and stick to one clear theme when it comes to decorating kids’ bedrooms. Sticking to a theme makes it easier to pick out items that will go well with each other and helps to make the bedroom look less cluttered. Feel free to change the theme as your child gets older and changes their style preferences.

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10 Cool Beds to Try Out

Although the bed is the essential foundation of your bedroom, many people actually skimp out on selecting the great focus piece. Even though guests may not see your master bedroom as much as your other rooms, you should take time and visualize how different beds would look like in your room. After all, you spend at least 1/3 of your life sleeping in bed so it’s important that you love it!

There are several different variations of beds but the 5 most popular beds include:

  1. Platform Beds – Mattress rests directly on the platform and eliminates the need for a box spring.
  2. Canopy Beds – Designed with four tall posts to hang cloth and other materials from.
  3. Four Poster Beds – Similar in design to canopy beds but don’t have connecting crossbeams.
  4. Panel Beds – Feature side rails, tall headboard and lower footboard.
  5. Sleigh Beds – Feature tall, large scrolled head and footboards.

If you are considering changing the look of your bedroom, here are 10 cool beds you should try out:

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Find more cool beds over on our Pinterest! Comment and let us know which of these beds was your favorite!

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How Much Sleep Should Your Child Be Getting?

Most parents question the amount of sleep their child needs in order for them to have the right energy and be the best they can be. So how many hours  should your child be logging in? Parents tend to overestimate how much sleep their children need, however, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, a child will have spend 40 percent of his or her childhood asleep. Sleep is more essential during childhood than any other stage in a human’s life. Sleep directly impacts the mental and physical development of children.

Amount of Sleep your Child Needs

  • Newborns: 15-18 hours
  • Infants(3-11 months): 9-11 hours and nap twice a day for about 30 minutes.
  • Toddlers(1-3 years): 12-14 hours and one short nap throughout the day.
  • Preschoolers(3-6 years): 10-12 hours
  • School-aged children(6-12 years): 10-11 hours
  • Teenagers: 8-9 hours

A staggering 90 percent of teenagers report not getting the necessary hours of sleep. Start promoting a good sleeping schedule for school-aged children to ensure that they continue to have those good sleeping habits as teenagers and into adulthood. Making sure your children have good sleeping habits now can help them avoid sleep deprivation in the future!

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Fourth of July Inspired Décor Ideas

Impress your guests this Independence day with 4th of July-inspired décor. Bring out the patriotic in you by using red, white and blue themes around your home.

Try adding any decor to your living room or bedroom that adds to a red, white, and blue recurring color theme. Anything from colored pillows to chairs, frames, lamps, or blankets can add an American touch while simultaneously adding a pop of color to your home.

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If you don’t like the use of too much color to your rooms, try sticking to either red or blue and add to the American flag theme by using stripes and or stars. Rugs, blankets or pillows with this theme will add to the patriotic theme without too much use of color.

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Another great idea that can also be quite inexpensive is framing an American flag and adding it to your living room, or even dining room. If your living room or dining room happens to have a fireplace try hanging the framed American flag over the chimney for an all-American room.

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If you can’t find a frame that fits the specific size of your American flag, another option is to simply hang the flag on the wall of your kids’ bedrooms, or game room as is, for a much simple, but still patriotic look.

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Remember that just like any other holiday, the 4th of July will leave as soon as it gets here. Don’t overwhelm yourself finding the right décor for that specific day. The simplest touches around your home can make the biggest differences without being too overwhelming.

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How to Create the Perfect Environment for a Good Night’s Sleep

Studies have found that even mild reductions in sleep can lead to unhealthy changes in insulin production, body weight and other metabolic functions in the body. The dangers of a poor night’s sleep aren’t just physiological, either—driving while sleepy accounts for up to 30 percent of all automobile accidents, according to DrowsyDriving.org. Getting the proper sleep could improve your health and safety. We have some tips to calm the senses and create the best environment for a good night’s sleep.

A Zen Space

Throughout the course of a night, we go through four stages of sleep, WebMD reports. The first stage is the relaxed time, when we feel like we are drifting off. This is the time when random thoughts can really destroy the night. Money worries, the next day’s schedule and reliving conversations that could have gone differently can all extinguish any hope of sleep. This is where Zen meditation techniques can help. Zen meditation suggests focusing 100 percent of your concentration on one topic, thus controlling your thought flow. Every night as you lay in bed, try to think about absolutely nothing. Create a void in your mind. At the start, you will only be able to do this for a second or two until a thought pops up, but eventually you will create a mental state that enables sleep. Visit ZenHabits.net for more tips on quieting your mind.

Keep Your Cool

During the second stage, muscles relax and body temperature decreases. The optimal body temperature for sleep is lower than the temperature when awake, according to ScienceDirect. This is where a ceiling fan and silk sheets come in handy. The best sleep requires that heat is moved away from the body. The circulation of a fan helps transfer heat by convection. The tight weave of silk sheets removes heat via conduction. Cotton or flannel sheets hold heat in. Keeping your body temperature low will help you move from stage-two to stage-three sleep. Visit a major retailer like Bed, Bath & Beyond to price silk sheets.

Give Yourself Flowers

During stage three sleep, our brainwaves change and we enter delta wave sleep. This is where our restful sleep begins. This is also when dreaming begins. Outside influences can intrude onto our dream state. Practitioners of aromatherapy recommend scents like lavender and rose to create a good nighttime environment. A vase of fragrant flowers on the nightstand can make for a wonderful night’s rest. Visit FTD to order flowers for yourself.

Make It a Quiet Time

We naturally cycle between stage three and stage four, but this last stage of sleep is when our bodies do most of their healing from the damages of the day. It generally takes a strong outside stimuli to wake us from this stage of sleep. Some physiological disorders like sleep apnea will cause us to fall out of stage four sleep. These conditions should be addressed by your doctor. The most common thing to wake us is sound. Use a white noise device to help mask outside sounds, so that you can stay in reparative sleep longer. Visit Brookstone to check out their sound machines.

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Common Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Did you know that the number of people in the United Sates suffering from sleep deprivation is approximately 40 million? According to Sleepfoundation.org, everyone’s bodies are different and thus we all require different hours of sleep. However, the average American should get an approximate of 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

When we don’t get the necessary sleep that our body needs we face side effects that affect our daily lives. According to webmd.com, sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems. Some estimates also suggest that 90% of people dealing with a sleep order such as insomnia also have another health condition. Deprivation of sleep can also lead to depression, weight gain, lack of focus, among many more side effects.

If you suffer from sleep deprivation, there are many helpful steps that you can take to combat the lack of sleep. Helpguide.org lists some tips on how to sleep better every night. Tips such as keeping a regular sleeping schedule, and eating right are listed on the infographic below.

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Perhaps the most important tip is making sure that the bed you are sleeping on is exceptionally comfortable. Shouldn’t it make sense that the place we spend a third of our day in is a soothing and comfortable place?

Investing in the right quality bed can help you catch those zzz’s your old mattress has been depriving you of. Thus it is incredibly important that you make an informed decision on the right comfort level when selecting a mattress. You can’t make a right decision without making an informed decision. Learn the comfort level that is right for you and regain those zzz’s you’ve been missing.

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How Music Can Impact Your Sleep

Each night more people turn to music as a means to help them sleep peacefully throughout the night. In an earlier blog post, we revealed the top 10 things keeping you awake at night. One of the main things robbing people of sleep in the world is stress. While millions have turned to sleeping pills as an aid to help them sleep better, others have tried a different approach: listening to music before or while they are sleeping

The Link Between Sounds and Sleep

While music can actually be counted as a barrier for some trying to enter dreamland, it can serve a different purpose for others. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sounds affect people depending on factors such as the stage of sleep they are in, the time of night, and how a specific person views sounds.Even though your asleep,  your brain is still extremely active and can still process sounds to a certain degree. Whether or not you wake up due to hearing a fire alarm or your alarm clock depends on your interpretation of the sound.

Besides music, some people prefer to create their own white noise through the usage of fans, air purifiers or anything else that consistently makes the same soothing sounds over again. While some people can sleep throughout the night with the television on, the majority of people can’t because the noise isn’t constant and the volume and tones change.

howmusichelpsyousleepMusic is a great gateway to sleep because it “distracts your mind and induces a physical state of calmness.” According to a study, soft music around bedtime could possibly improve and enhance older adults’s quality of sleep. Music isn’t just confined to helping elders who are combating insomnia though. As a whole, music works on two levels in terms of sleep: both your conscious and subconscious mind.

Conscious Level: At this level, sounds are actually considered a source of distraction and keep you from falling asleep.

Sounds that interfere with sleep:

  • Car Alarms
  • Ambulance Sirens
  • TV
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Snoring Partner
  • Trains

Subconscious Level: At this level, sounds begin to create brain waves helping you to enter the sleep phase.

Sounds that help you fall asleep:

  • Soothing music
  • White noise
  • Environmental noises
  • Nature sounds

Best Sounds for a Better Night’s Sleep

The type of music that helps people fall asleep varies from person to person. While some people prefer to have lyrics in their songs, other would rather listen to soothing classical or instrumental music. Some music to tryout for better sleep tonight include piano, slow jazz, classical, and/or electronic music with or without lyrics. It’s best to experiment and figure out what type of music helps you drift off to sleep. The key is to find music that is slow, peaceful and can help relax rather than keep you up.

Music to Help You Sleep Better

Whether or not this Spotify Playlist helps you sleep or not really depends on your preference and interpretation of the sounds. Check out some of them and let us know in the comments which songs are your favorite…or add songs that you currently like to snooze to!

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How to Get the Best Sleep this Summer

Although summer season is known for vacations, pool parties, and outdoor barbeques, it’s not really known for bringing the best sleep. Instead, many people’s sleep schedules suffer due to the array of sleep problems the heat brings.

getthebestsleepthissummerAs outlined in an article posted on the Huffington Post, here are the top five factors that affect your sleep during the summer:

  1. Temperature – Although it’s nice to be able to go outside and do outdoor activities, the heat can really drain you out by the end of the day.
  2. Sunlight - Depending on which direction your bedroom is facing, you could be completely surrounded by sunlight…which can really disrupt your wake/sleep time.
  3. Noise – Since the weather is more suited for being outdoors you might hear festivities going on late into the night.
  4. Vacations – Taking off a week or two from work is nice but going out of the state or country can really mess your sleep schedule.
  5. Allergies – During summer, there’s actually a higher pollen level than in other seasons.

Tips to Get the Best Sleep this Summer

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  • To avoid headaches and body aches, drink a glass of water 30 minutes before going to sleep.
  • Replace satin sheets with cotton ones to sleep cooler through the night.
  • If sunlight pours in through your windows, consider getting good quality blackout curtains.
  • If you can’t stand exercising in the heat, try working out in the mornings when it’s cooler.
  • When you go on vacation, try readjusting your sleep schedule back to normal before you head home.
  • Keep your bedroom cool, quiet and dark for the best sleep.
  • You don’t have to have your bedroom feeling like an icebox but it’s best to keep the thermostat in the lower 70′s for better sleep.
  • To block out unwanted noise, get a pair of quality earplugs or a good white noise machine.
  • If you suffer from allergies, take a shower before going to bed to wash off any pollen that might have gotten on you during the day.

For more tips on how to get the best sleep this summer, check out this helpful article by the National Sleep Foundation.

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Sleep Facts: How Many Do You Know? [Infographic]

Countless studies have proved that sleep plays a “critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions”. Despite this fact, only about 1/3 of Americans are getting enough rest each night. In an earlier blog post, we explored the most common types of sleeping disorders and their impact on one’s overall health.

Common Sleeping Disorders

Common Sleeping Disorders

Signs you might be sleep-deprived include:

  • You feel irritable or sleepy during the day.
  • You have difficulty falling asleep when sitting still.
  • You fall asleep or feel extremely tired when driving.
  • People often tell you that you look tired.
  • You feel the urge to nap everyday.
  • You must have caffeinated beverages to get through the day.  

Consequences of Not Getting Enough Sleep

Consequences of Not Getting Enough Sleep Other side effects include:

  • Slow reaction time equal to driving drunk. 
  • Sleep-deprived men and women have lower libidos and a lower sex drive. 
  • Chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes.
  • Lack of enough rest is related to an increase in hunger and appetite, and possibly to obesity. 
  • Perform more poorly on tests of memory and attention.

 

How Much Sleep Should I Get?

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When is the last time you actually got the recommended amount of rest? Although this chart is a good guideline to follow, be sure to figure out how many hours work best for you. If you run great on 6 hours or on 9 hours, then stick with that time frame every day! It’s important to figure out your particular schedule and to adhere to it.

 

Sleep Tips for a Better Tomorrow

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Other Tips to Follow(via National Sleep Foundation):

  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual(such as reading a book, taking a shower, doing yoga, etc.)
  • Avoiding napping late in the afternoon.
  • Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes and heavy meals right before bedtime.
  • Avoid using electronics right before bedtime since the light can interfere with your overall sleep.
  • If you keep tossing and turning, get up and do something else.

To view the entire infographic, head over to visual.ly.

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