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Month: June 2011

Meet the Snooze Director

I’m Emily Barrett, your Sleepy’s Snooze Director and I will be your number one resource when it comes to buying a new mattress and getting a great night’s sleep.  I am thrilled to be working at Sleepy’s with the Mattress Professionals to teach me the ins and outs of finding you the perfect mattress.  This is an exciting journey I am embarking on, and I have to thank Newsday, Channel 7 WABC News and Channel 10/55 News for covering my story of becoming the first-ever Sleepy’s Snooze Director.

Mattress shopping can be very confusing, there is a lot of information out there and I’m here to make sense of it all so that you find a mattress that fits you perfectly.  Also, through my future blogs and videos, you will learn the best proven tips on how to finally get a solid night’s sleep.  So make sure to check this blog frequently for updates because I can’t wait to help you get the best mattress and the best night’s sleep.


Calling All Snooze Directors!!!!

In the history of all job titles/positions across the world, we are looking for the very first Snooze Director.

You must have at least 18 years of sleep experience
You must know how to sleep
You must test mattresses in Sleepy’s stores
Assist with Sleepy’s social media (blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc)
Research sleep trends and blog about your experience
**You must be creative and enthusiastic about sleep

The position for Snooze Director has been filled.

Spin it! Flip it! Rotate it! Make it a Game?

We’re talking about flipping/rotating your mattress. The handles on the sides of your bed are not there to just look pretty… they do have a purpose. At least once every 3 months, you should rotate your mattress with a spin, and if you don’t have a fluffy pillow-top then you should flip it top to bottom once every 3 months as well.

To rotate: (for reference: towards the headboard will be referred to as point A, and the footboard will be referred to as point B)

Stand at the foot of your bed– start at point B and pull your mattress away from the headboard – turn it one quarter to the right (your mattress and frame should look like a plus sign) – walk over to the right side and assist point B to the headboard. Point A should now be at your footboard, and your mattress should complete a 180 degree turn.

To flip: (for reference: the top part of your bed will be referred to as side #1 and the underneath part of your bed will be referred to as side #2, the left-side #3 and the right-side #4)

Start at the right side of your bed and use the handles to pull the bed towards you, half-way out. Push the bed towards the ceiling, #4 should be closest to the ceiling and #3 should be the only part of your mattress that is touching any part of the frame. Walk over to the left side of your frame and reach up to pull #4 towards you. Side #1 should now be underneath and #2 should now be your surface area for sleep. This is best done with two people but can still easily and safely be done with just one.


**Flipping and rotating regular will increase the longevity of your mattress.


Contributor: Cassandra Broadway



Recycling Your Mattress

We’re recycling everything these days – bottles, cans, phones, computers, even clothes. But mattresses? In most cases, old mattresses are left out for trash and end up in already-overflowing landfills (which is not green).

Here are some frequent questions on recycling an old mattress:
1. Do people really do that?
2. Reduce and reuse are usually not far behind the word recycle, but reducing… that doesn’t seem to work with mattresses and reusing? Ew, no thank you.
3. What’s there to recycle?

Let’s start with 1. Yes, a lot of people recycle their mattress. It’s just not as common as glass bottles or batteries because we only buy a new mattress every 10+ years, and most people are more focused on the new mattress coming in… than the old one going out.

2. Mattresses are necessary to good health, as they provide us with the support and comfort of a great night’s rest, so reducing the amount of mattresses we buy or replace is out of the question for now. But reusing, yes, and in so many ways. If you are replacing your mattress because a bigger, better one is coming to town, bring the old one to a local charity, nursing home or donate it to a center. Many local mattress companies will offer to pick-up the old one when they are delivering your new one, but call to make sure.

3. Mattresses are designed to last, but a well-oiled recycling factory can reuse 90% of the mattress; the cotton and cloth can be turned into clothes, the springs can either be reused or melted down, the foam gets recycled and the wood gets turned into chips. Mattresses however contain some materials and chemicals that are not quite eco friendly: formaldehyde, polyurethane, petroleum based materials, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), and so on so attempting to break it down isn’t the smartest idea.

When considering recycling your mattress, you should contact your city or town first; they also might offer to pick it up and deliver it to your donation center.

For more information, check out these informative websites:

Contributor: Cassandra Broadway

How to Shop for a Mattress

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Why We Make our Beds, and HOW!

Before we get into “how to” make your bed, let’s discuss “why” we do it in the first place. A lot of men will agree that they just don’t understand why it’s necessary to have a made bed during the day when no one is home, only to undo it at the end of every night. But making your bed starts the day off right, especially if you wake up on the ‘wrong’ side.

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project says, “Making your bed is a step that’s quick and easy, yet makes a big difference. Everything looks neater. It’s easier to find your shoes. Your bedroom is a more peaceful environment. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm.” Another reason to make your bed is that it promotes better sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). When you sleep better, you perform better. A made bed also helps in feeling productive and accomplished even before a cup of coffee; making your bed is a good habit to have.

Good day or not, there is safety in knowing that you will be coming home to a neatly made bed. There is just something about a made bed; no matter how much laundry has piled up or how many unfolded clothes are scattered across your floor, a made bed brings peace no matter what time you walk into your bedroom.

Enough about why, here are a few easy tips on how to make your bed:

  • Start with a fitted sheet; it provides a quick but solid foundation (if you have a bed skirt, make sure you start with that first).
  • Lay a flat sheet across the bed and use your forearms and palms to smooth over any wrinkles.
  • Tuck the bottom part of the sheet at the foot of the bed underneath the mattress. Depending on your preference, you can either tuck the sides (for less movement) or leave them hanging (for more fluid movement).
  • Shake out your blanket over the bed and let it land in a quiet heap. Like your flat sheet, smooth it out until it’s perfectly positioned.
  • Fluff your pillows and place them at the head of the bed. Add accessories – decorative pillows, neck-rolls and a neatly folded throw at the foot of your bed.
  • Change your sheets once a week and if you have time, iron them (it makes a world of a difference). Wash your comforter or bedspread every few weeks, and don’t forget to swap out your decorative pillows each season.


Contributor: Greg Longmuir

It’s the Middle of the Night… and I’m Awake AGAIN!

Many things can wake us up in the middle of the night: noise, thirst, bad dreams or the bathroom shuffle, but there is something more extreme called MOTN (middle-of-the-night insomnia). MOTN is when we wake up in the middle of the night or too early in the morning and have a really hard time falling back to sleep. Also referred to as nocturnal awakenings, MOTN is a category of insomnia, different from initial sleep-onset insomnia (difficulty falling asleep at the beginning of sleep) which is the insomnia a lot of us are also familiar with.

To prevent middle of the night or early wake-ups, adhere to the following sleep tips: eliminate activities that contribute to disturbing your sleep, such as an inconsistent sleep routine, late night eating, computer (or other electronic) usage or excessive exercise too close to bedtime.

Creating a calm and peaceful sleep environment is vital to a good night’s rest. If you have a pet that wakes you up in the night, try keeping them out; if you think you’re hurting their feelings, you’re not – it hurts you more than it hurts them (literally).

If your partner snores or moves around a lot, try using ear plugs or a sleep mask.

There’s no denying that we all live busy lives, no matter how old or young we are; sometimes we feel inundated with to-do lists, task lists or post-it reminders. If you have an overactive mind, the first natural sleep technique is to lie down and notice if any area of your body has tension. Typical areas include your eyes, jaw, stomach and back. Instead of thinking about the billion and one things you have to do or want to do, focus on the area of tension. Focus on relaxing the tense area by picturing your breath entering that part of your body (yes, this is a form of meditation). When the area relaxes, notice the next area of tension, and repeat. Continue doing this until you fall asleep.

Try thinking about pleasant or harmless things such as ponies, trees, the color your favorite place or the smell of your favorite meal.

A qi gong exercise requires you to focus on the top of your head; relax the area and one inch below that spot. One inch at a time, continue to relax downwards from your head to toes. You will be long asleep before you get to your midsection.

Another natural method for helping you to fall back asleep is by reading interesting nonfiction books which you’ve been meaning to read (one more thing to cross of the to-do), but keep it somewhat boring like tax preparation. After a few pages, your mind will start to drift and you will fall asleep.

Breathing is another natural method for helping with insomnia and early waking. Deep breathing can help to re-center your energy, drawing excess energy away from your overactive mind.

Contributor: Cassandra Broadway

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