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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.
Do you nap? Some of the most productive thinkers in history have made napping a habit, from Thomas Edison to Winston Churchill to Salvador Dali. Additionally, in some cultures napping is considered not just a tradition, but a right. If you don’t nap, why not? The benefits of a nap might surprise you. Napping increases your alertness, proving more effective than exercise or caffeine in boosting energy and focus. It improves your working memory because, during sleep, recent memories are solidified into long-term memories. When you nap, it increases your productivity and prevents burnout, while heightening your senses, promoting creativity, and improving your mood. Perhaps most importantly, though, taking a nap can improve your health. A Greek study showed that people who took 30-minute naps at least three times a week were 37 percent less likely to die from a heart-related condition. When those people were working men, their risk of death dropped a whopping 64 percent. Getting enough sleep boosts your immune system, improves your sexual function, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps with muscle repair and weight loss. Are you sold on the idea? Let’s get your bedroom ready to be the perfect haven for those naps you can squeeze in at home.
- Get the light right. A calm, dark environment is best for sleeping, so if you know you’re going to be doing some napping, blackout curtains might be a good investment.
- Shut out the noise. A quiet room is best for napping. If you can’t shut the noise out, consider earplugs.
- Adjust the temperature. Experts say that sleeping with the temperature slightly lowered can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees, but of course, this varies between people.
- Put down the electronics. Don’t even let them into your bedroom. The blue light emitted from cell phones, televisions, and computer screens can make it hard to fall asleep, and hard to get good sleep once you’re asleep.
- Choose the right mattress. A mattress that’s comfortable, providing the right support to hold your body in a neutral position without creating pressure points, will improve the quality of your sleep.
There are a lot of different things to consider when you’re shopping for a mattress. Once you’ve determined your budget and the size of mattress you need, you have to think about things like support, firmness, and type of mattress. It can all get a little bit confusing, especially when some of the terminology is so similar. One perfect example of this confusion is what happens when people have to consider whether they want memory foam or memory gel foam in their mattress. Do you know the difference? Are they essentially the same thing? Well, yes and no. Traditional memory foam and gel memory foam have many of the same characteristics and offer many of the same benefits. They both reduce motion transfer, which means that when your partner shifts around at night, the movement won’t be as likely to disrupt your sleep. Additionally, both types of memory foam have the ability to conform to your body, helping to reduce pressure points. They also start with the same material: viscoelastic. This material, developed by NASA in the 1970s, was created to improve seat cushions and crash protection on the space shuttle. Sturdy yet comfortable, it eventually made its way into mattresses. Memory foam is made of viscoelastic, and so is gel memory foam, but gel memory foam’s viscoelastic has been infused with gel. This gel is typically spread throughout the mattress, but sometimes it’s just in a single layer. Gel memory foam was introduced to consumers in 2011. So if memory foam already reduced motion transfer and conformed to sleeping bodies, why did mattress companies decide to innovate and come up with gel memory foam? Gel memory foam came into existence to solve two problems of memory foam: hot sleeping, and a feeling of being stuck. Like a gel ice pack keeps food cool, gel memory foam mattresses keep bodies cool. It’s important to note that the mattresses that are gel-infused, rather than having a layer of gel, often have better cooling properties. So, is gel memory foam better than its predecessor? Opinions vary. Some people say that the cooling properties that keep you at a comfortable temperature and additional layers that help keep you from sinking in too far make gel memory foam a better product. On the other hand, there are those who prefer traditional memory foam, claiming that it’s more comfortable and durable than gel memory foam. It’s hard to actually gauge the durability of gel-infused memory foam because it’s only been on the market for less than ten years, but if you choose a good quality, high-density memory foam mattress, with or without gel, you can be reasonably confident that your mattress is built to last. No matter what type of mattress you prefer, if you’re looking for 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.
You’ve probably heard that your bedroom should be a haven, free of screens and distractions, designed to be a place of rest. For some people, though, the bedroom serves more than one purpose. Maybe you live in a house with limited space, or with so many people that your personal space is limited. What do you do in that circumstance? Must you really have a bedroom that’s a dedicated sleeping space if you’re going to get a good night’s sleep? Maybe not. It’s important to make your bed a sanctuary, a place where the only activities are sleep and sex. Experts agree that there are several different things you should never do in bed, including looking at any screen, whether it’s a phone, a tablet, or a television. It’s not good to keep looking at the clock, to think too much about your day, to argue with your partner, or eat in bed. Listening to music to help you relax may seem like a good idea, but research shows that music spikes your dopamine and takes you further away from the state you need to enter to fall asleep. All that being said, you don’t have to make your whole bedroom a sleep retreat. Instead, you can create zones within the room, dedicated to different pursuits. For instance, if you need to fit an office into your bedroom, this can easily be done with a desk that faces away from the bed, preferably offering a view through a window, with a supportive and comfortable chair. By facing away from the bed when you work, you’ll be providing some psychological separation between work and sleep, but it’s also smart to create as much physical separation as can be managed in your space. Dealing with too small of a space to create much separation? If you have an available closet, you can get creative and put your office in it. This may not seem like the optimal solution, but it works when your space is tight. You can also put your desk behind a curtain or a folding screen, to create the illusion of distance. A reading nook is a great idea in any bedroom, with a comfortable chair and a light to illuminate your reading. A small bookshelf can serve both as storage for books and as an end table on which to place a drink or your reading glasses. Television viewing, however, is best left in other rooms of the house. If you must have a TV in your bedroom, consider putting it into an entertainment center with doors that close and hide it when it’s not in use. Close those doors before bed, so you won’t be tempted to allow the television to interrupt your sleep. Do you need a place to eat in your bedroom? A place to apply makeup and do your hair? A small table in one corner of the room can easily be pulled out for an en suite meal, and hanging a mirror over it makes it work as a vanity. Look for creative ways to put your furniture to use, carefully considering the different ways you’ll want to use your bedroom. If you’re looking for furniture to create the perfect bedroom 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.
Your headboard can be the centerpiece of your bedroom, or it can be a nondescript piece of furniture that blends into its surroundings. It can be ornate or austere, fanciful or minimalist, antique or modern. In fact, there are so many different types of headboards available, you’re certain to find one that suits your style and fits your aesthetic. How do you decide which one works for you? We have some guidelines to consider.
- Think about the size and configuration of your room. Obviously, you’ll have to choose a bed that fits into your room comfortably, but there’s more to it than that. Some people choose a headboard that’s one size larger than their bed, while others do creative things like placing two upholstered headboards into a corner so that they border two sides of a corner bed. There are no hard and fast rules about how to use a headboard, but if you have low ceilings, you’ll want to choose a smaller headboard that doesn’t dwarf the room. High ceilings in a spacious room give you more leeway to play around with design.
- Consider the overall décor of the bedroom. You might plan out your whole room first and leave the headboard decision to the end, or you might fall in love with a headboard and make it the focal point of your room. Either option is valid, as long as you shoot for pieces that harmonize. There’s no rule that says your bedroom set has to match, so feel free to mix it up, sticking to pieces that fit the general style of the room. If your room is feminine, for instance, choose a headboard with curved lines. Wooden headboards work well in a farmhouse-style bedroom, while metal headboards give a room a chic, urban look. For rooms with a modern look, choose strong lines that work well with the minimalist aesthetic. Not sure which direction you want your décor to take? You can get plenty of inspiration by browsing headboards online.
- How will you use your headboard? Do you spend time hanging out in bed watching television, reading, or even working? You might look for a headboard that provides back support and features plush padding. If you’re tall, a taller headboard may be a better idea when you’re sitting up in bed. If you need extra storage in your room, look for a headboard that provides that, with shelves and even drawers to maximize your space.
- Which texture fits your style? Today’s headboards come in such a broad range of materials that it can be daunting to choose the one that’s right for you. From metal to wood to fabric to leather, you can choose the texture that works best with your décor. Consider this: contrast is often more eye-catching than similarity. If your bedroom is decorated in hard surfaces, an upholstered headboard can add a touch of softness that makes your room interesting.
You’ve no doubt heard things about sleep deprivation because the statistics are fairly alarming. It’s estimated that 35 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep that they should each night, and since 1985, the number of adults who get less than six hours of sleep has increased by about 31 percent. Are you among the many who aren’t getting the right amount of sleep? Here are some signs that you may be sleep-deprived.
- The foremost indicator of sleep deprivation is excessive sleepiness during the day. If you tend to fall asleep when you are forced to sit still, maybe in a meeting or class, you’re probably sleep-deprived. This can be a safety hazard because drowsy driving can cause traffic accidents.
- Sleep deprivation affects your mood. When you’re sleep-deprived, you may feel irritable, anxious, or even depressed. You may also find that you lack motivation.
- Your performance can suffer because of sleep deprivation. You find it hard to concentrate or pay attention, or you may be less vigilant about things you need to do. Your reaction times will probably be slower, you’ll feel fatigued and restless, with a lack of energy. People who are sleep deprived tend to make poor decisions or have increased errors in their work and can be forgetful, with less coordination than they’d normally have.
Are you getting enough sleep? Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you may find yourself facing insomnia, awake in the middle of the night and groggy in the morning. What can you do to get a better night’s sleep? You may be sabotaging yourself with these seven bad sleep habits.
- Keeping an irregular schedule can disrupt your sleep. Children are not the only ones who need regular bedtimes. Adults can benefit from going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning, even on weekends and vacation days. Even if you’re tempted to squeeze in more rest on your days off to help you “catch up”, it’s a bad idea, because it will throw off your circadian rhythm.
- If your coffee habit has no curfew, you’re doing your sleep a disservice. It takes about six hours for half of the caffeine in your body to disappear, and you become less efficient at processing caffeine as you age. Avoiding caffeine after about 4:00 p.m. will help you get higher quality sleep.
- Electronics in the bedroom can prevent you from getting high-quality rest. You might think that watching a television show, playing a game on your phone, or reading a book on your tablet can help you fall asleep, but it’s not the case. In fact, the bright light from your screens can prevent your body from producing melatonin, a chemical that helps you fell asleep and stay asleep.
- A nightcap can get in the way of a good night’s sleep. Alcoholic beverages can make you feel drowsy, but they ultimately disrupt your rest. When you drink alcohol before bed, you’re setting yourself up for sleep patterns that do not afford you deep, restorative sleep.
- If your midnight snack is too heavy, your sleep won’t be. It’s fine to have a light snack before heading to bed, but if you eat a meal too close to bedtime, your sleep can be disturbed in many different ways. It’s hard to sleep with a full stomach, and getting up to use the restroom is not restful. What’s more, lying down after a heavy meal can lead to heartburn, which is likely to keep you awake.
- If you don’t sleep when you’re busy, you may not be able to sleep later. When you’ve got too much to do, it may seem wasteful to spend eight hours of your day in bed. However, getting too little sleep can make you less efficient during your waking hours, and disrupting your sleep routine can take a toll on the quality of your sleep.
- Failing to wind down can lead to a failure to sleep. Do you try to keep moving until you hop into bed? You may be cheating yourself of a good night’s sleep. It’s nonsensical to go straight from activity to rest, so establish some quiet sleep rituals that will help you get ready to sleep. You might try reading, listening to quiet music, or taking a bath, but whatever works for you, do it for the last 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed. It’s also smart to avoid exercising too close to bedtime, as this will rev up your body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, making it hard to relax.