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We hear it all the time: most people are sleep-deprived. You can tell you’re not getting enough sleep if you’re sleepy during the day and need to catch up on sleep on the weekends. The question, though, is how much sleep it would take for you to not feel sleep-deprived. Is there a magic number that fits everyone? In short, no. People are more complex than that, and we need different amounts of sleep at different times in our lives. Babies, for instance, can sleep up to 17 hours a day; school-aged kids need somewhere between 9 and 12. As we age, our needs fluctuate, so while you may have needed 8-10 hours when you were 18, you may only need about 7 by the time you’re 80. There are some good reasons you probably need more sleep than you’re getting. You might think your body and mind are at rest while you’re sleeping, but in fact, they’re hard at work. Your body cleans away waste and harmful plaques that build up in the brain, while your mind processes emotions and experiences you had during the day, storing them as memories. Sleeping helps regulate your emotions, and it gives your body the opportunity to regulate essential functions like your appetite control, immune system, metabolic function, and ability to maintain a healthy weight. Not getting enough sleep has harmful repercussions. Sleep-deprived people are less able to make good decisions, less creative, and more accident-prone. Lack of sleep can be detrimental to cognitive performance, make you feel more negative and less productive, and cause you to behave less ethically at work. It can also increase your risk of chronic conditions like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Poor sleep is even associated with a higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. So how can you tell how much sleep you need? For one week, go to bed 7.5 hours before your alarm is set to go off. If by the end of that week you’re not waking up five minutes before your alarm goes off, that’s not enough sleep for you. Move your bedtime back a half an hour for the next week, and see if that does the trick. Within a few weeks, you should have determined how much sleep you need. Unfortunately, if you’re a night owl or early bird, this experiment may not work for you. If you’re not getting enough sleep because you need a new mattress, you owe it to yourself to check out Mancini Sleep World. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, the Mancinis now have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same-day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini Sleep World, contact us through our website or call 925-456-6400, extension 111.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your sleep? If you’re like most people, it’s probably pretty tame, like saying something strange or sleepwalking. According to a new book by Dr. Guy Leschziner, a London-based sleep specialist and neurologist, though, some people do pretty bizarre things in their sleep. Dr. Leschziner speaks of people who ride motorcycles, cook, eat, or have sex while sleeping. These things happen because different parts of the brain aren’t always in the same stage of sleep at the same time. Some patients experienced a lifetime of choking at night, only to be diagnosed later with nocturnal epilepsy. There are even people who have cut their own throats while asleep. The condition that’s most puzzling to Leschziner, though, is Kleine-Levin syndrome. In this disorder, young adults experience days or weeks of deep sleepiness, confusion, and strange behavior for seemingly no reason, and then after a few years, the condition disappears. He notes that while some of these incidents and conditions may sound funny, they can be life-changing. They may result in major injury and in at least one case, something done in a person’s sleep led to a criminal conviction. How do you protect yourself from this kind of nocturnal activity? There’s a genetic component at play, but sleep disruption also factors in. Leschziner recommends staying away from medications if you’re experiencing insomnia. Instead, try to address the underlying issue, perhaps with cognitive behavioral therapy. He also frowns on the use of smartwatches and other devices to self-diagnose sleep disorders. Using these devices to track exercise and diet is productive because these areas can be improved. Because sleep is a passive process, though, focusing on your poor-quality sleep may provoke anxiety, which leads to worse sleep. Sleep is impacted by a variety of factors: biological, psychological, behavioral, and environmental. Physical and mental health, as well as how waking hours are spent, have an effect on sleep. It’s also important to have positive associations with your bed. Good sleepers tend to think of their beds as cozy, comfortable places to drift off to sleep and wake up refreshed, whereas insomniacs may dread going to bed to an extreme degree. Leschziner recommends reading before sleep, to reduce light exposure while keeping your mind a little bit active, to help you get into the right frame of mind to drift off. If you’re looking for a better relationship with your bed, you may need a better mattress from Mancini Sleep World. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, the Mancinis now have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same-day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini Sleep World, contact us through our website or call 925-456-6400, extension 111.
When you think about adjustable beds, you probably think of a hospital room or perhaps your grandparents’ house. In truth, though, adjustable beds are beneficial for adults of all ages. Adjustable beds use just about any kind of mattress, so you can sleep on whichever kind of mattress makes you most comfortable, in whichever position makes you most comfortable. Intrigued? Wait until you hear about the health benefits of adjustable beds.
- Adjustable beds can reduce back and joint pain. Because they allow you to customize your position, adjustable beds can help keep your spine aligned while reducing pressure on your lower back and hips. They can also be moved into ergonomic positions that help you get in and out of bed, which can help reduce pressure on joints and alleviate joint pain.
- People with apnea sleep better on adjustable beds. If you’ve got sleep apnea, you stop breathing for short periods of time while you’re sleeping. More than 25 million adults suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which can be due to muscular changes, physical obstructions, brain physiology, or improper closing of airways. People with apnea can feel exhausted upon waking and have an increased risk of heart disease, but sleeping in an elevated position helps reduce the occurrence of sleep apnea by preventing airway blockage.
- If you have trouble with swelling, an adjustable bed may be right for you. If you have trouble with swollen lower legs or feet from standing too much, or you have a health condition like varicose veins, raising your feet and legs can provide some relief. Adjustable beds make this easy, improving your circulation to not only reduce swelling but also help with heart issues.
- Your digestion is likely to improve when you sleep on an adjustable bed. When you’re lying down, it’s difficult for your body to digest food and easy for acid reflux to be a problem. Raising your head six inches, which is easy with an adjustable bed, can help the body’s digestive processes and is good for people with chronic acid reflux.
- Switching to an adjustable bed may improve your relationship. This may sound like a stretch, but hear us out. Because adjustable beds allow couples to manage the two sides of the bed separately, so that they can each get the sleep they need without disrupting the other.
When you’re shopping for a mattress, shouldn’t you also be looking for the best bedding? If it’s been a while since you shopped for bedding, you might not know where to start. How do you choose the right bedding for your room, and what fabric makes for the best sheets? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, with some helpful tips.
- Choosing a bed cover depends largely on your overall décor. For an old-fashioned look, a quilt might be perfect, especially if it’s a piece of art created by a loved one. Bedspreads, the lightweight covers that go all the way to the floor, are uncommon today but can look good in a retro room. Comforters are thick bed covers filled with down or down-substitute and are perfect for kids’ rooms or for shopping on a budget. Duvets are the most popular option, and they’re actually just comforters that fit into a cover, for easier washing.
- Sheets come in many different fabrics. Cotton percale is cool and crisp, while cotton sateen is shinier and smoother. Oxford sheets are a bit heavier, made from the same material as Oxford shirts, and Jersey is soft and stretchy like a t-shirt. Cotton-poly blends are easy to care for, and while flannel is cozy, it tends to pill.
- Thread count is important. Higher thread count means better sheets, but beware. Some manufacturers use 2-ply thread and claim double the thread count. Make sure you’re buying single ply for a true thread count.
- Fitted sheets or flat: the great debate. Until 1959, there was no discussion of fitted vs flat sheets, because flat was the only sheet. Tucked in around the mattress, they were layered with a top sheet between the sleeper and the bedcover. Once the public embraced fitted sheets, they became the standard, protecting the mattress and resting under the fitted sheet and comforter. Now many younger people are eschewing flat sheets, using just a fitted sheet and duvet with cover. Other people are using only flat sheets, in the old style, because they don’t like dealing with the fitted sheet’s elastic that often pops off of the mattress. Just to throw something else into the mix, some people use flat sheets on top of their fitted sheets, to protect them, with another flat sheet on top of the sleeper, to protect the duvet. It’s subjective, but we think it’s best not to have the duvet cover directly on your skin.
You sleep on it every night, but you might not give it much thought. Do you even remember when you purchased your mattress? Your mattress was may have been a big investment for you, but if you’ve noticed any of the following signs, you probably need to invest in a new one.
- It’s as old as the hills. Mattresses are not made to last forever, so if yours is over seven years old, it’s time to think about replacing it. Lifespans vary from mattress to mattress, however, so when you buy a new one, write down its “best by” date, so you’ll know when it’s supposed to be replaced.
- You sleep better on vacation. Of course, vacation is supposed to be relaxing, and it may be simpler to sleep when you’re taking it easy. If you’re falling asleep more quickly and waking up more refreshed when you’re in an unfamiliar bed than you do at home, though, it could mean your mattress has outlived its usefulness.
- Mornings are miserable. If you’re stiff and can’t seem to wake up, it probably means that your sleep is not high-quality, and your mattress needs replacing.
- Your body aches are getting worse. If you find that your neck and back are aching, especially in the morning, it may be a problem with your mattress. Before you start seeing the chiropractor regularly, consider a new mattress.
- Allergies are worse upon waking. Mattresses accumulate dust mites, but that’s not all. They’re also havens for mold, mildew, and other allergens. If you’re waking up with a stuffy nose or find that your allergies flare up when you’re trying to go to sleep, it’s a pretty safe bet that you need a new mattress.
- Something seems “off” about your mattress. Does your mattress make a lot of noise? Does it have a weird smell? Does it seem lumpy, saggy, or misshapen in some other way? Sometimes you can tell just by observing it that your mattress needs replacing.
- You can’t seem to get enough sleep. Are you waking up tired every morning? If you’re tired when you wake up and fatigued during your day, chances are good that you didn’t get high-quality sleep. Since sleep is the ultimate purpose of a mattress, if yours isn’t helping you get good sleep, it’s time to toss it in favor of a better one.
You’ve no doubt heard that it’s a bad idea to keep a television in your bedroom. Experts opine that it is disruptive to your sleep, your health, and your relationships, yet people still persist in keeping their bedroom TVs. How about you? Do you still have a television in your bedroom? If so, why? Are there as many reasons to TV as to not TV? Bedroom television advocates argue that it’s a great de-stressing tool. Binge-watching your favorite shows in bed takes your mind off the day’s worries, and some would argue that it’s easier to fall asleep in front of a screen. What’s more, when a television is conveniently available in your bedroom, it’s easy to catch up on the news as you’re getting ready for your day. Still, there are many compelling arguments for ditching the television set:
- Taking the TV out of the bedroom can improve your relationship. Having a television in your bedroom cuts down on your communication, but when you remove it, you open your relationship to important, intimate conversations. There’s also evidence that couples with a TV in the bedroom have sex only half as often as those who keep their bedrooms screen-free.
- Parents with screenless bedrooms set a better example for their kids. When children have televisions in their bedrooms, they are more likely to have sleep problems and less likely to do well in school. Having a television in the bedroom has also been linked with being overweight and having a higher risk of smoking.
- Your health is likely to improve when you get rid of the bedroom television. Taking the television out of your bedroom makes sleep your priority, and less screen time means fewer headaches and less eye strain. Your mental health will improve as well, as feelings of loneliness and depression decrease and healthier thoughts flourish.
- Losing one television can save money on your electric bill. Even when a television is powered off, it continues to use standby power, and that passive power from your household appliances can add up to five to ten percent of your energy costs.
- A bedroom without a television is a more restful bedroom. Rooms have purposes, and the bedroom’s purpose should be sleep. When there’s a television in the bedroom, it tends to rob people of sleep because they get distracted and sucked into watching shows. What’s more, watching television before bed disrupts sleep cycles and even the lights from the television have a negative impact on your circadian rhythm. Even when you’re not watching it, the blinking or glowing lights disturb your rest, sending harmful electromagnetic forces your way while you sleep. Taking the television out of your room is a great first step toward making your room a peaceful place to rest.
Before the arrival of a baby, most parents put a lot of thought into designing the perfect nursery. There’s plenty of time to think about it, carefully choosing a theme and dreaming of the day you’ll bring your little one home to a beautiful cozy room. Fast forward to the time when your toddler is climbing out of the crib, the soft baby décor seems out of place, and you suddenly want a room that’s sturdier than it is dreamy, and you may find yourself lacking time and ideas to make the necessary changes. Not to worry! We’ve got you covered, with suggestions for turning your nursery into a picture-perfect big kid room.
- If you haven’t yet outfitted the nursery for the new baby, stop and think about how brief infancy actually is. When you realize that your baby will be a preschooler in the blink of an eye, you’ll understand the wisdom of an age-neutral bedroom. Opt for bright colors or think about combining traditional baby colors with more mature colors, so that you can switch out décor items and take the room from baby to big kid with ease. Hanging shelves on which to place little décor items, rather than covering the walls with large pieces of art, will make it easier to redecorate later, as will using wall decals instead of wallpaper. It’s also smart to purchase furniture that can grow with your child. A bed that goes from crib to toddler bed to full-size bed is a smart investment, and a dresser with a changing pad is more flexible than a full-fledged changing table.
- Know when the time is right to make the shift. Unless you have an urgent need that compels you to evict your toddler from the crib, there’s really no reason to rush the process. Most kids make the move between the ages of eighteen months and three years of age, but the real indicators are your child’s readiness. If he or she is climbing over the rail, is potty-trained, or really wants to move to a big-kid bed, that means it’s time. When you ditch the crib, redecorating the room to accommodate a growing child will be the logical next step.
- Make the move to a big kid room as smooth as possible. Involve your child in choosing furniture and décor, making the transition something exciting and fun. Don’t switch your child’s room immediately before he or she starts a new school or welcomes a new sibling, but allow time for adjustment to each new phase.
- Look beyond style to create functionality. Consider storage that will grow with your child, like cubbies with wicker baskets and bookshelves in neutral tones. Provide space for your child to pursue his or her interests, allowing plenty of floor space for pretend play. Consider taking a Montessori approach to room décor, keeping it simple while allowing free access to interesting and educational things to explore. Arrange things in stations, so that children can easily move from activity to activity, using their senses and their imagination.
- Consider forgoing the toddler bed. It’s fun to move a toddler into one of those cute, tiny beds that are just the right size, but is it practical? Consider purchasing a twin or even full-sized bed with a good mattress, installing a guard rail to prevent the child from tumbling out in the night.
If you don’t feel well-rested in the morning, you require caffeine to jump-start you into the day, and you feel like you’re dragging by mid-afternoon, you may not be getting good sleep. If you’ve rid your room of electronics, set a reasonable bedtime, and are adhering to a healthy nighttime routine, you may be confused as to why you still feel so tired. Have you ever considered that your sleeping position may be to blame? According to experts, some positions are much better than others in delivering quality sleep.
- Sleeping on your back wins the sleep position contest, according to most experts. Back sleeping allows the head, neck, and spine to align and stay in a neutral position, which prevents extra pressure from being applied to your back. Especially in “starfish” position, with arms and legs extended, sleeping on your back prevents facial breakouts and wrinkles and reduces your risk of acid reflux. The drawback of sleeping on your back? It can worsen snoring and sleep apnea.
- Side sleeping comes in a close second. Most people sleep on their sides, and this is great because side sleeping allows your spine to rest in a neutral position. It also helps alleviate acid reflux and heartburn, which makes it easier for people with digestive issues to sleep. What’s more, there’s research to suggest that your brain can more easily clear waste that leads to neurological diseases when you’re sleeping on your side. If you’re sleeping on your side, you’ll get the best support by using an ergonomic pillow so your head doesn’t tilt down, a pillow under your waist so your stomach doesn’t curve down, and a pillow between your legs to ease the pressure on your hips. Cons of side sleeping? It can sometimes lead to shoulder pain, and because your face is squished into the pillow on one side, it can contribute to wrinkles.
- Sleeping on your stomach is the clear loser in this race. While stomach sleeping eases heartburn and sleep apnea, those are probably the only benefits. When you sleep on your stomach, you flatten the natural curve of the spine and strain your neck, which compromises your breathing and circulation. Sleeping on your stomach also puts pressure on your joints and muscles, leading to pain, numbness, and tingling.
For many people, the headboard is the focal point of the bedroom. Most of the time, the bed is at the center of the room’s décor, and all of the other pieces are chosen to complement it. Browsing a furniture website or strolling through a store, though, you might be amazed and overwhelmed at how many headboard options are available! How do you choose the one that will suit your sensibilities, fit with your home décor style, and serve you well for many years? We’ve got some tips that might help.
- Consider the lines. Horizontal lines give a sense of control and stability, while too many vertical lines can cause stress. That’s why traditionally, headboards were created with two vertical posts and an expanse of headboards between them. Keeping the headboard simple works for most people, and going with horizontal lines is harmonious because of the horizontal lines of the mattress. Ultimately, though, the design is subjective and should suit your tastes while complementing the other bedroom furniture.
- Decide on your material. Wooden headboards are very traditional, as are wrought iron. While wooden headboards tend to be simple, though, wrought iron uses decorative designs that combine straight and curved lines. Current trends include upholstered headboards, brass headboards, brick headboards, mirrored headboards, and headboards made of bamboo. There’s really no right or wrong when you’re looking at headboard materials, as long as you choose something that won’t clash with your room.
- Look for a headboard the right size for your room. You don’t want a headboard that’s too large or too small for the room, because it will end up looking out of place. The size of the headboard reflects your aesthetic sensibilities as well, because a larger headboard can make a bold statement, while a smaller headboard creates a minimalistic look. Another factor in headboard size is the height of the people who will be using the bed. If someone very tall will be sitting up in the bed, a short headboard will make this uncomfortable.
- Choose colors wisely. Your bedroom should be a peaceful, soothing place, so you’ll want to avoid any garish colors or dissonant hues. That being said, a color that is in dramatic contrast with your wall color can create an eye-catching effect. Just make sure to stick to a color palette that is primarily composed of natural tones and calming colors like blue and grey.
- Think about function as well as form. If storage is at a premium in your bedroom, for instance, you might consider a headboard that incorporates storage. Do you like to read in bed? A headboard with built-in lighting might be a good fit for you.
Do you ever have nightmares? If you do, you’re not alone. About 85 percent of adults report having nightmares at least once a year, with 8-29 percent reporting monthly nightmares and 2-6 percent having nightmares weekly. What causes these bad dreams to keep coming? And could your mattress be to blame? It seems there are several different factors that can cause you to have bad dreams. Your experiences are a part of it, and people who have gone through a traumatic experience are likely to have nightmares in the aftermath. Stress, anxiety, and depression can trigger nightmares, as can taking in frightening content, like a scary movie. Nightmares can even be caused by medication you’re taking, or food you eat too close to bedtime. So where does your mattress come into play? Not getting enough quality sleep can also contribute to having nightmares, and your mattress plays a big part in how much and how well you sleep. If you toss and turn at night, have to lie in a particular place on the mattress to fall asleep, or wake up feeling unrested or sore, your mattress may be to blame. If it makes noise when you move, or has lumps, springs, or sagging, those are clear signs that your mattress is on the way out. Consider this: Is it easier to fall asleep when you’re away from home or dozing on your couch than it is to fall asleep in your own bed? This may be a sign that you need a new mattress. The perfect mattress is subjective, and the only way to really determine the best one for you is to do a bit of shopping and try some different types of mattress and levels of firmness. Then, too, you’ll have to consider your budget and sleep position. Perhaps the most important thing to assess when you’re looking for the right mattress is the support it provides. A mattress should keep your spine in proper alignment, supporting your body in a neutral position without creating any pressure points. Finding a mattress with good support will go a long way in helping you get a good night’s sleep. Food for thought: if your mattress is over eight years old, you probably should be having nightmares about the mattress itself. Old mattresses are not just uncomfortable, they’re also unhygienic, containing bodily fluids like sweat, which can lead to the growth of mold. They also contain a buildup of dead skin cells that attracts dust mites. Have you ever seen a dust mite magnified? Now, that is the stuff of nightmares. When you’re ready to find the perfect mattress in Northern California, you owe it to yourself to check out Mancini Sleep World. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, the Mancinis now have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same-day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini Sleep World, contact us through our website or call 925-456-6400, extension 111.