It’s National Nap Day!

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Want to boost your productivity? Put your head down and take a nap. It sounds counterintuitive, but napping is the best cure for the post-lunch dip, sharpening your attention and boosting your creativity better than that vending machine candy bar or double shot latte.

Here are some details on napping from the National Sleep Foundation:

The best time to nap is early afternoon, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; napping later can be troublesome, impacting the quality of your nighttime sleep.

The length of your nap is key to getting its benefits. A brief 20-minute nap will sharpen your attention and motor skills, while a 60- to 90-minute nap will help you with problem solving and creativity.

The ideal spot for sleep is one that dark, quiet, cool and comfortable. Close the blinds to keep out the afternoon sun, and try to minimize noise. Using a sound machine or fan can help eliminate distracting sounds.

Get the best nap possible by setting up the right environment.

Mattress: If you’re able to nap at home in bed, having the right mattress is key. And the truth is, you can’t choose the right mattress by simply lying on it in a store. Take our exclusive 5-minute test and find your perfect sleep. Your personalized recommendation is based on more than 20 years of research by the Sleep to Live Institute, the industry’s leader in sleep science and innovation. The patented technology uses statistical measurements such as height range, weight distribution, age and pain criteria to determine the mattresses that offer the best postural support for you.

Pillow: A pillow has the important job of supporting your head and neck while you sleep. In fact, it accounts for 30% of the comfort and support of your sleep, and one-size-fits-all does not apply. People are different shapes and sizes, and we sleep in different positions. The best pillow for you will hold your head in neutral alignment based on your sleep style. By providing the right support for your neck and spine, the right pillow will alleviate neck and back pain, and promote good circulation and breathing.

Sleep Essentials: Protect your health and your mattress by choosing the right bedding essentials. Mattress protectorssheets, blankets, and duvets work together to create the perfect microclimate for sleep. The best bedding is made of breathable fabrics to wick moisture that can cause you to overheat or be chilled. And a waterproof mattress protector protects you from harmful bacteria.

You’re all set to snooze. Did you participate in National Nap Day?

Is Your Bedroom Keeping You Up at Night?

Home design should never be boring, however, there’s one room in your home that should put you to sleep – literally. Your bedroom should be a serene space that promotes relaxation and helps you unwind from your day. If your bedroom isn’t 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. It’s one of the easiest and most basic ways to look after your overall quality of life, but often it’s the detail that gets overlooked. Make sure you’re getting the rest you need by asking yourself these five questions:

1. 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.

2. 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. .

3. Is my bedroom too hot or too cold? ?The ideal temperature for sleeping is 65 to 67 degrees, so it can help to turn down 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. During the summer, bamboo sheets will wick moisture, and help cool you down.

4. 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.

5. 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.