Daylight Saving Time: The Perfect Chance to Create Great Sleeping Habits

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday November 4. Since we fall back, we get an extra hour of sleep. This is a prime chance to catch up on rest, and rethink your bedroom design and routine to ensure that you’re getting enough sleep. Your bedroom should be a serene space that promotes relaxation, helping you to unwind from your day. If it’s not doing its job it could be affecting your health and wellbeing.

Sleep affects all aspects of our lives. Studies show that when we sleep better, we’re healthier, we have more energy, we’re happier, we can focus longer and we look better. In fact, health experts call sleep the third pillar of health, in addition to eating well and getting exercise. For fully restorative sleep, you must set the stage with a proper bedroom environment.

Make sure you’re getting the rest you need by asking yourself these five questions:

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Is my bedroom quiet?

Distracting sounds such as noisy furnaces, barking dogs, neighborhood traffic and roommates or family members can disturb your sleep. Your bedroom should be kept as quiet as possible. If you can’t get rid of the sound, try masking it by using a fan, humidifier or a white noise machine that will create a soothing noise, such as rain or a babbling brook.

Do my window treatments let in too much light?

Too much light in the bedroom can contribute to sleeplessness. Use dark fabric or black-out curtains to block light from windows.

Is my bedroom too hot or too cold? 

The ideal temperature for sleeping is 65 to 67 degrees, so it can help to adjust the thermostat before you go to bed. Since your body temperature drops when you go to sleep, be sure to have sufficient blankets to keep warm during the night, especially since Daylight Saving Time occurs near the beginning of winter.

Is my mattress more than eight years old?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, mattresses should be replaced every 5 to 8 years to ensure proper support and comfort. Older mattresses start to break down and can cause you to wake during the night due to pain caused by improper alignment. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine said that sleeping on a new mattress can significantly reduce stiffness and back pain. If you need to replace your mattress, our PureSleep experts will fit you for the right one, helping you get a great night’s sleep.

Is my pillow more than a year old?

If you’re not sure how old your pillow is, it’s probably ready to be replaced. You can also take this quick test: Fold your pillow in half, squeeze and release it. If it doesn’t spring back into form, it’s time to get a new one. The editors of Prevention magazine suggest that you change your pillow once a year. If you use a protective pillow cover, you can double its life.

Make sure to make the most of Daylight Saving Time by rethinking your sleep. You’ll set yourself up to enjoy the rest of your year, and that’s a gift you give yourself.

Sleep Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Your Bed?

How much do you know about your bed and sleep environment? You might be surprised at a few facts. Take this better sleep quiz to see if you’re “sleep smart.”

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1. How often should you replace your mattress?
    • a.) Every three years
    • b.) Every five to seven years
    • c.) Every 10 years
    • d.) Every time you get a new bedroom set

Answer: Replace your mattress every five to ten years. Sleeping on older mattresses causes unnecessary back pain.

2. True or false: Your mattress can double its weight without a proper protector.

Answer: True! Dirt, oil, skin cells and dust mites get trapped inside, weighing it down as well as causing allergic reactions.

3. True or false: Sleep is more crucial to survival than food.

Answer: True! A human can survive two months without food, but only 11 days without sleep.

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4. How often should you replace your pillow?
  • a.) Every 12 months
  • b.) Every three years
  • c.) Every five to 10 years
  • d.) The age of the pillow isn’t important

Answer: Replace your pillow every 12 months? Hair and body oils soak into a pillow’s fabric and stuffing, making it a breeding ground for bacteria.

 

5. How long should it take you to fall asleep?
  • a.) As soon as your head hits the pillow
  • b.) 10 to 15 minutes
  • c.) 30 minutes
  • d.) 45 minutes

Answer: If it takes you less than five minutes to fall asleep, you’re probably sleep-deprived. Ideally, falling asleep should take 10-15 minutes.

How did you do on this better sleep quiz? Let us know in the comments below. And if you need to update any of the items in your room, head over to Art Van PureSleep for the latest technology and sleep solutions.

An Adjustable Bed Helps Everyone Sleep at Night

If you think adjustable beds are for only hospitals, think again. Chris Schollenberger, director of PureSleep at Art Van Furniture, says power base beds, also known as adjustable beds, offer lifestyle benefits. And they’re more versatile than you think.

“With a power base bed, you sleep better, live better and feel better,” says Chris. “And the health benefits are amazing.”

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Power base beds can raise the bed up to 70 degrees at the head and 40 degrees at the foot. We sat down with Chris to learn about their great features, and here’s what he had to say:

What are some of the health benefits?

Adjustable beds help alleviate a lot of common health issues. Those who suffer from acid reflux can adjust the bed just 10 degrees to let gravity keep acid down at night. People with asthma or airway issues can adjust the head of the bed five to 10 degrees to help aid with breathing. If you or someone you love snores, power base beds can help. Some beds have an anti-snore button that will automatically adjust the bed to the best angle for breathing.

Those with chronic back pain can elevate the head and foot of the bed. Or if you have circulation issues, adjust the bed to keep your feet up. Some of the beds even have a massage feature, which promotes good circulation.

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What about lifestyle benefits?

If you like to read, elevate your bed upright to 70% and enjoy a book in your quiet bedroom. You can also watch TV in bed sitting up. And if you bring work home, get away from the hustle and bustle of your home, and sit in your bed with your laptop.

Are adjustable beds expensive?

No. They’re very affordable. In fact; the prices are dropping as power bases become more popular and mainstream. The base model starts at $429, and virtually every mattress Art Van Furniture carries at its PureSleep locations is power-based compatible.

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Will my bedroom look like a sick ward?

No. In past, these beds used to look like hospital beds. Now they look like furniture. Most bases include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities built in. Some models include a nightlight under the bed, which makes it easy to get up at night. And you can plug in and charge your phone from your bed.

The great thing about power base beds is that it’s there when you need it. When it’s flat, you can’t tell the difference between the power base bed and a regular foundation. But it’s convenient to have the option to use it whenever you want.

10 Things You Need to Know About How To Choose the Right Pillow

A high quality mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep, but an equally important step is in knowing how to choose the right pillow. A pillow has the important job of supporting your head and neck, providing proper alignment for your spine during sleep. In fact, 30% of the comfort of your sleep rests in your pillow.

So how do you pick the right one? Here are 10 things you need to know about pillows so you can make the best choice:

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Get Support

Your pillow needs to support head and neck so they remain level with your upper back and spine. The goal is to have you lying in bed with the same posture you use when you stand. If you find it more comfortable to put your arm under your pillow when you sleep, your pillow probably isn’t providing enough support.

Be Firm

Fluffy pillows seem like a great choice, but the weight of your head can displace the stuffing material, leaving little support. Choose firmer foam or materials that press back and support the head.

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Side Sleeper

If you sleep on your side, you need a firm, full pillow that fills the space between your ear and shoulder. Look for one that will maintain its shape to eliminate neck pain.

Stomach Sleeper

If you’re a stomach sleeper choose a thin, almost flat pillow. Experts say you might not even need a pillow for your head, but you can tuck one beneath your stomach to avoid lower back pain. Sleeping on your stomach causes strain on your lower back and has the potential for causing neck pain.

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Back Sleeper

If you sleep on your back, you need a thin pillow. Look for one with extra loft in the bottom third to provide cradling for your neck. You can also place a soft pillow under your knees to help maintain the natural curve of your spine.

Pillows Should Work With Your Mattress

Your pillow also needs to work in tandem with your mattress. If you have a plusher bed, choose a lower profile pillow. Firm beds should be paired with higher profile pillows.

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Chill Out

If you wake up during the night because you’re too hot, know that the pillow you choose can affect the temperature of your bed. Poly-filled pillows are known for heating during sleep. Choose a ventilated pillow that’s designed to move hot air out at night or a gel pillow that provides the perfect sleep temperature.

Pillows Need to Be Regularly Replaced

How old is your pillow? If you don’t know, it’s probably time to replace it. The editors of Prevention magazine suggest that you change your pillow once a year. If you use a protective pillow cover, they say you can double its life.

Know the Material

Your pillow material can prolong its life. The experts at Art Van PureSleep give these general guidelines: fiber- or poly-filled pillows are usually good for 6 to 18 months depending on quality. Wool or goose down pillows will last for two to three years. And latex or memory foam pillows are good for up to 5 years, depending on quality. Always use a pillow protector to maintain and prolong the life of your pillow investment.

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Get a Pillow Protector

Finally, a pillow protector is a smart investment. Your pillow can become filled with fungi, dead skin, dust mites and drool – all of which can aggravate allergies, asthma, sinusitis and respiratory disease. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says that exposure to these allergens is a significant risk factor for the development of asthma and hay fever.

How to Design A Bedroom For Better Sleep

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The importance of sleep is well researched. It touches every aspect of your life, from your physical health to your mental wellbeing to your success and overall happiness. Creating the right atmosphere is key for better sleep. Your bedroom is the most important room in the house, and making sure it’s properly designed will enhance the quality of your life.

 

To get better sleep, consider taking these seven steps:

1. Reclaim its true purpose

TV viewing. Catching up on work. Studying. Exercising. If your bedroom is a major multi-tasking space, it’s having a negative impact on your quality of sleep. Your bedroom should serve a single purpose: R&R. That means you need to remove the television, desk and treadmill.

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2. Get rid of clutter

Clutter overloads your senses and causes you to be stressed out and anxious. Clutter also makes it harder to clean your environment, creating a germ haven that aggravates allergies and asthma. All of this will have a negative impact on your quality of sleep. For better sleep, get rid of anything that doesn’t belong, or store items away in your closet or in under-bed storage.

3. Pay attention to light

The presence of light can alter your natural sleep patterns. Dim the lights one hour before bedtime. If daylight or streetlights shine in your bedroom window when you need to be sleeping, invest in blackout drapes that effectively block the light. This is especially important if you work a non-traditional shift. Remove electronics from your bedroom, which emit blue light that can interrupt sleep. And if you have a digital clock, turn it away from your bed so the light won’t shine in your face while you sleep.

4. Make sure you have the right mattress

Your mattress should be replaced every five to ten years, and sleeping on an old one causes unnecessary back pain and improper support, which will interrupt your sleep. The right mattress provides proper alignment to help eliminate morning aches and pains; provides pressure relief to foster deeper, healthier sleep; and creates a neutral position for your body so you wake up refreshed and ready for the day.

Choosing the right mattress is a science as well as an art. In just five minutes, the PureSleep system performs over 1,000 calculations to identify the perfect mattress for your body type, body density and preferred sleep position. Using this information, PureSleep Specialists will help you select the mattress that is right for your body and your budget.

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5. Use the right pillow

If your pillow is older than a year, it needs to be replaced. Hair and body oils soak into its fabric and stuffing, making it a breeding ground for bacteria. While a pillow may seem like a small part of your sleep system, it actually plays a big role in giving you the best sleep possible. The right pillow provides 30% of your sleep benefits by maintaining correct spinal alignment, relieving pressure on your back and spine and promoting good circulation.

PureSleep Specialists will determine the perfect pillow for you by matching it to your body type and mattress. If you’ve never been fitted for a pillow, you’ll be amazed at the results; you’ll toss and turn less, and experience a deeper, more restorative sleep.

6. Choose calming colors

Color psychologists say the paint you choose can impact your emotions. You want to create a restful mood with your bedroom design and that can mean choosing soothing shades. Blue is known to be very calming. Or consider mellow, neutral hues inspired by nature. But be sure to avoid bright colors that can be energizing or busy patterns in wall paint or wallpaper, bed linens and floor coverings.

7. Adjust the thermostat

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature at night with 60 to 67 degrees being optimal, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Also, swap out linens for the right season. In winter, select heavier bedding and swap that out for a light coverlet during the summer.