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Do you find it hard to fall asleep? Once you’re finally asleep, do you find it hard to stay that way? In our world of distractions and to-do lists, it’s hard to quiet our minds enough to actually get some rest. Fortunately, even though apps often distract us from sleep, there are also apps designed to help you get a good night’s rest. Is your problem that your sleep isn’t very restful? Tracking your sleep cycle can help you uncover why you’re not getting enough rest, and there are some very good apps to help you do that. Sleep Cycle uses your microphone to track your sleep patterns, and then wakes you in the lightest phase of sleep. Apple’s Bedtime works much the same way but gives you more control over your wake-up time. It also tells you when it’s time to go to bed so that you can get enough sleep before it wakes you with a peaceful tone. Pillow does all this and more, even allowing you to time naps, and offering your information about your REM cycles, your heart rate, and how long it takes you to fall asleep. What if your problem isn’t so much sleeping peacefully as it is falling asleep in the first place? Try one of these useful apps to help you fall asleep:
- Pzizz: This beautiful looking app features soothing, cinematic music, with or without narration, to help you wind down and go to sleep. The music fades out after an hour or so to help you stay asleep.
- Headspace: Meditation: Depending on your goals, this app breaks up meditation into manageable segments. It sends notifications to remind you to meditate during the day and helps to calm your mind before you go to bed at night, with meditations that last only a few minutes.
- Calm: Similarly, this app helps soothe your mind before you go to bed. The meditations are longer, and the app features ambient sounds of nature, as well. The combination of nature sounds and music do a great job of quieting your mind and helping you to become peaceful.
- Podcasts: The app is less important than the content here, and there’s a wealth of content out there. We suggest something to make you laugh, or a story-telling based podcast like This American Life. Use the sleep timer, and your podcast won’t wake you once you’re asleep.
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.
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.
Sleep is the most basic component of good emotional and physical health. If you’re struggling to get a good night of rest no matter when you go to bed, then poor sleep hygiene could be to blame.
Watch this video to learn more about sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene refers to your behaviors surrounding your sleep cycle. Poor sleep hygiene, such as sleeping with the lights on or playing on your phone in bed, can interfere with your ability to get restorative rest.
If you’re struggling to get a healthy amount of sleep, your mattress could also be to blame. Mancini’s Sleepworld offers unbeatable deals on the best mattresses for every kind of sleeper. Learn more about the selection of mattresses in our 33 mattress stores in Northern California by calling (800) 647-5337.
Finding the right mattress is always a tricky proposition, but for people with allergies, it can be even more difficult. In addition to finding the right kind of support, you also have to consider the impact your mattress can have on your symptoms and find one that isn’t likely to exacerbate them. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, here are some of the things to keep in mind as you evaluate your options. Know the Causes of Mattress-Related Allergies Allergy triggers can be far-reaching, but when it comes to mattresses, there are a few common culprits. One is the chemical components in the mattress materials. By law, mattresses have to have some kind of fire retardant, and some of the chemicals used for this purpose can trigger allergy symptoms. Likewise, the materials used to make the mattress, including foam and latex, can cause some people to experience difficulties with allergies. Check the components of any mattress you are considering, and avoid those with known allergens. Other causes of mattress-related allergies come from an outside source that gets trapped in the mattress, such as pet dander, dust mites, mold, and mildew. Keeping pets out of the bed and cleaning your mattress regularly will reduce these issues. Talk to Your Doctor If you see an allergy specialist, there is a good chance that he or she has helped other patients deal with mattress issues. As such, he or she may be able to recommend brands and materials that have worked well for other patients and suggest things you should avoid. He or she can also offer personalized advice based on your needs. Don’t Ignore Comfort Finding a mattress that won’t exacerbate your allergies is important, but don’t ignore comfort just because you think a mattress is good for your allergies. An uncomfortable mattress will interfere with your sleep just like allergy symptoms will. Take the time to find a mattress that meets all of your needs, so you can sleep soundly. Whatever your mattress needs, Mancini’s Sleepworld has what you’re looking for. Our selection includes some of the top brands in the industry, including Serta and Sealy. Visit one of our 33 California locations or call (800) 647-5337 for more information.
Getting a good night’s sleep is important to your physical and mental health. Missing out on even a few hours of sleep can have significant implications for your ability to be attentive to tasks, including everything from making breakfast to completing your daily commute. Unfortunately, many people struggle to get enough sleep each night. Whether you’re in bed going over everything that you have to do the next day or trying to get comfortable on an old mattress, falling—and staying—asleep is not always as easy as it sounds. If you’re struggling to get the rest you need each night, these tips may help. Check Your Mattress An old, saggy mattress is a recipe for nighttime aches and pains. If you haven’t purchased a new mattress within the past eight years or so, it is definitely time for an upgrade. Even if your mattress is newer, your needs may have changed. For example, if you’ve developed chronic back pain due to an injury, you may benefit from switching to a firmer mattress to get more support. Investing in a quality mattress that lets you sleep pain-free is a good move for your comfort and your overall health. Stick to a Sleep Schedule If you’re always going to bed and getting up at different hours, your body won’t know when to be tired and when to be awake. Try to go to bed and get up around the same time each day, even on your days off. Doing so will get your body into a routine so that it knows when it’s time to fall asleep. Cut Out Bedtime Distractions When you climb into bed, do you reach for your phone and check your email? Do you flip on the TV and watch scary or action-packed shows? These habits will get your body and mind in active mode, so you’ll find it difficult to unwind and sleep. Put your phone down about an hour before bed, dim the lights, and find a routine that helps you relax, like having a cup of tea or meditating. This way, when you lie down for the night, you’ll find it easier to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep throughout the night. Mancini’s Sleepworld has a huge selection of mattresses to help you get the restful sleep you need. Find out more about the wide selection in our 33 mattress stores across California by calling (800) 647-5337.
Everyone knows that getting to bed at a decent time is important for good health. But did you know that there’s a fatal genetic mutation that causes the inability to sleep? Fortunately, fatal familial insomnia is extremely rare. However, it’s opened doors for scientific study, and research has proven that not sleeping will eventually cause death. Find out more about fatal familial insomnia and other surprising discoveries about sleep by watching this video clip. In the video, you’ll learn about the background behind some of the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries about sleep. Among these is the fact that sleep deprivation worsens pain sensitivity and makes it harder for the body to heal. Support your good health by getting a good night’s sleep on a new Sealy or Serta mattress from Mancini’s Sleepworld. You can call (800) 647-5337 to find out which of our 33 mattress stores in Northern California is located closest to you.
Different types of mattresses have different lifespans, but the average mattress will last about 10 years before it starts showing its age. Some people try to use their old mattresses for as long as possible before replacing them. The problem with using this tactic is that it can compromise your health. Consider whether your old mattress could be causing you to suffer from any of the health issues discussed below. Your mattress may trigger your allergies. The recommended amount of sleep is equivalent to about one-third of a person’s life. That’s a lot of time to spend on a mattress, and during those hours, your body is shedding dead skin cells and natural oils. These substances create an appealing environment for dust mites. Dust mites have been linked to everything from eczema to snoring. They are particularly harmful to people with asthma and allergies. Signs of dust mite allergies include:
- A runny nose.
- Itchy, red, or watery eyes.
- Postnasal drip.
- Persistent coughing.
- Facial pressure and pain.
- Itchy nose, throat, or roof of the mouth.
- Overweight and obesity.
- Heart disease.
The Beautyrest brand has long been synonymous with exceptional quality and comfort. If you’re currently sleeping on a Beautyrest mattress, then you already know the difference its technology can make for your quality of sleep. Now, the folks at Beautyrest have come up with another way to improve your sleep: The Beautyrest Sleeptracker. What It Is The Beautyrest Sleeptracker is similar to a fitness tracker, except that it tracks your sleep. There are a few other sleep monitors available on the market, but the Beautyrest Sleeptracker is the only sleep monitoring device that is powered by artificial intelligence, Alexa-enabled, and fully integrated into your smart home. Plus, it’s non-wearable, so there are no uncomfortable wires or bulky devices to share your bed with you. What It Does There are lots of benefits to using this sleep monitoring device, but arguably the best is its intuitive alarm clock. You’ll determine a window of time in which you’d like to wake up. The Beautyrest Sleeptracker will evaluate your sleep cycles. When you’re within that window of time, and within the lightest sleep cycle, the alarm will go off. Awakening within this light sleep cycle is ideal because you’ll wake up less groggy, more refreshed, and ready to take on the day! How It Works There are three main components: The central processing unit (CPU), movement sensors, and an app. You’ll plug in the CPU and place it near your bed. The movement sensors slide under your mattress and on top of the base or box spring. These are plugged into the CPU. You’ll also download the free app, which runs on Android and iOS. The benefit of having two movement sensors is that just one device can track the sleep of two different people. Each morning, the device uses your Wi-Fi to automatically upload your data into your account and generate personalized reports. Once your system is set up, it runs automatically—no need to worry about turning on the app each night before bed. Upgrade your sleep today by taking a trip to one of the 33 locations of Mancini’s Sleepworld in California. We carry premium beds at affordable prices, including Beautyrest mattresses and the Beautyrest Sleeptracker. Call a friendly representative at (800) 647-5337 if you have any questions.