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Having a good night's sleep takes more than just a bedtime.

Month: October 2011

Sugar, Caffeine and Scary Movies; Oh My!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays; it’s up there with Thanksgiving and St. Patty’s Day (Turkey… Corned beef… If you haven’t noticed I love sleep and food).  I love planning what I’ll be dressing up as and I love getting free candy even more; I kind of have a sweet tooth.  23 years old and I still dress up for Halloween; I haven’t missed one yet!  The only difference now is that I don’t go trick-or-treating anymore; which probably is a good thing because my metabolism wouldn’t be able to process the insane amount of candy I would eat on Halloween night.

I loved trick-or-treating, but what I loved more was dumping my pillow case (yes I used a pillow case as my candy sack) filled with candy onto the floor to sort through the good candy and the bad candy.  I have never really liked gummy or sour candy; chocolate has always been and will always be my addiction, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to be exact.  When you’re a kid all you want to do is wolf down as much as you can before your Mom notices and cuts you off.  I hated that, I never knew why my Mom would stop me not even halfway through my chocolaty feast; that is until I became the Sleepy’s Snooze Director though…

It’s obvious that there is sugar in candy (hello, sugar rush!), but because I was such a chocolate fiend, I was getting small doses of caffeine on top of the sugar I consumed on Halloween night.  Although my memory is foggy on how well I slept on Halloween night, looking back, I can only imagine that even if I was unconscious the whole night, my sleep quality must’ve been pretty bad.  Between the late night over eating, and the fact that that over eating was of chocolate and other sweets, my body must’ve been up all night processing it. 

It’s a spooky time of year; people love watching scary movies and going to haunted houses, but I’m not a fan of any of that.  I’m a jumpy person, easily startled if you will, so I don’t even give scary movies a chance, I just automatically veto them.  I’d be up all night with nightmares if I watched a horror film.  Some people love that feeling though, of being startled or scared (I really don’t get those kinds of people).  I have nightmares on my own every once in a while, so I don’t need any inspiration from the latest Paranormal Activity.  Just be aware that even though you love these scary, spooky, creepy movies, nightmares can disturb your quality of sleep.  Waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because you were running from the Boogeyman may seem exhilarating to you, but you’ll be more tired in the morning because of it.

So this upcoming Halloween, I hope you win the “Best Costume” and rake in not only the most candy, but also the best candy!  Just make sure you don’t stay up too late watching scary movies and eating all of your candy in one sitting.  Portioning is key to enjoying your candied treasure, you’ll be thankful in the morning when you wake up rested, and you’ll have more candy for a longer time (win-win). 

Sleepy’s has holiday sales coming up, so make sure the visit your local Sleepy’s for all our mattress deals!


Contributor: Emily Barrett

Sleepy’s and AAA NY Want You To Get a Great Night’s Sleep

AAA members in New York can rest a bit easier now knowing that they can receive a discount at any of the Sleepy’s showrooms in New York.  Sleepy’s, the Mattress Professionals, and AAA have teamed up to bring its New York members an exclusive discount on their mattress purchase.  Sleepy’s has 250 showrooms located throughoutNew YorkState for AAA members to visit.

New York AAA members can cash in on a 20% discount off of their mattress purchases of $399 and up.  All members need to do is bring their AAA membership card and the printout coupon, which has a unique code on it, to redeem their special savings.  Sleepy’s will have AAA stickers on their doors to remind you that we honor your membership with a discount.  Not only will New York AAA members receive 20% off their mattress purchases, but they will also receive two free gifts!

This new partnership between AAA New York Club and Sleepy’s just goes to show how much these two companies truly value the importance of a great night’s sleep.  AAA New York members can sleep more soundly when they purchase their mattress from Sleepy’s with their membership discount.


Contributor: Emily Barrett

Sleepy’s Black Friday Sale

Is it me, or do the holidays seem to come earlier and earlier each year?  The internet is already buzzing about Black Friday deals, which means Thanksgiving is already done and Christmas is right around the corner.  With internet searches already on the rise for 2011 Black Friday deals, I’m here to let you know that Sleepy’s will be offering you the best deals this upcoming Black Friday.

I suggest visiting your local Sleepy’s showroom to test out mattresses so that you’ll be able to decide on a mattress by the time our amazing Black Friday deals roll out.  You won’t want to miss any of our great deals for Black Friday!  Make sure you keep checking Sleepys.com as well as right here on Sleepysblog.com so that you get to hear about our Black Friday events before anyone else.

The best part about taking advantage of the Sleepy’s Black Friday sale will be that you can enjoy a comfortable and supportive new mattress after an extra long day of sales shopping.  So when you start making your first pot of coffee at 3AM on November 25th, know that you can enjoy the best night’s sleep when your shopping adventure comes to a finish.

I’ve never gone out and taken advantage of Black Friday sales, I think it’s because I love sleep more than I love shopping.  I can barely stand going to the mall on a regular day, so I can’t even imagine what it would be like on Black Friday.  But, maybe after you get a new mattress from Sleepy’s, you’ll love sleep as much as I do and won’t want to get out of bed next Black Friday (I said maybe)! 

For all your bedding and mattress essentials, Sleepy’s will have you covered with the best Black Friday deals around.  If you take advantage of our Black Friday deals, you’ll be getting a great night’s sleep at an even better price!  After waking up at the crack of dawn this Black Friday, you’ll deserve a great night’s sleep in a brand new mattress.


Contributor: Emily Barrett

Sleepy’s Feature: Sleep Options

Sleepy’s is proud to announce that we are donating mattresses to a family in need as their home gets completely remodeled on this season of ABC’s hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  The Sleepy’s mattress donation comes courtesy from their exclusive mattress brand, Sleep Options.  The Johnson-Goslee family in Mardela Springs, Maryland was surprised September 28th with the generous and well-deserved home makeover.

The Johnson-Goslee Family

Last Christmas Eve, 16-year-old Wyzhir Johnson-Goslee got into a tragic accident while doing his best at completing much needed repairs to his family’s home with his grandfather.  That fateful Christmas Eve, Wyzhir’s jacket got caught in a fast moving machine saw and in an attempt to get his jacket out of the saw’s teeth, fell backwards causing the saw to fall on his hand and sever it.  Wyzhir went through numerous surgeries and therapies but unfortunately his hand could not rehabilitate and lost his left hand.

Living in an 80 year old home that has no “in-ground” foundation, the Johnson-Goslee’s home has been unevenly settling since it was built and has left their house in complete disrepair.  The walls are not leveled with each other and the ceilings are a whopping two feet shy of the standard height, only coming in at six feet high.  The Johnson-Goslee family deserves a home that is beautiful and functional and with the mattresses donated from Sleep Options, they will be sleeping great each and every night in their newly remodeled home.  Sleep Options will be donating four of their 8 inch memory foam mattresses to the Maryland family.

Sleep Options' 8 inch Memory Foam Mattress

Sleepy’s is the exclusive retailer of Sleep Options mattresses.  What makes Sleep Options stand out in a crowd of mattresses is all in their name, options.  When it comes to Sleep Options mattresses, you can pick whether you want either memory foam or natural latex mattresses.  Once you’ve decided on what your Sleep Options mattress is made of then you can pick the height of the mattress which can be 8”, 11” or even 13”

Both the memory foam mattress and the latex mattress are body contouring materials that relieve pressure points and diminish tossing and turning.  One of the only differences between the two mattresses is that the memory foam mattress is man made and the latex mattress originates from the natural sap of a rubber tree.  Both mattresses from Sleep Options are antimicrobial and resistant to mold, mildew and dust mites.  The Latex mattress is also hypoallergenic.  All Sleep Options mattresses come with a 10 year warranty and can fit on either a standard or low profile foundation.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs on ABC Sunday nights.  Check your local listing for times.  And don’t forget to stop by your local Sleepy’s showroom and visit Sleepys.com for our upcoming Election Day Sale!


Contributor: Emily Barrett

How to Deal with Jet Lag and Other Travel Sleep Tips

Columbus Day weekend not only brings us a great weekend to shop the sales, but it also gives us the opportunity to get one last quick vacation in before the holiday season consumes us (people are already hunting down this year’s Black Friday deals).  Whether you’re staying with friends or family, or perhaps you’re visiting a further location in a different time zone, no matter where you wind up this Columbus Day weekend, make sure sleep is still a top priority.  Whether you’re dealing with jet lag or an uncomfortable bed in a hotel (or both), here are some tips to get a great night’s sleep when your sleep options aren’t optimal.

Let’s start with what could be your first problem, jet lag.  Jet lag occurs when traveling to a different time zone which causes a disruption with your body’s internal clock.  For example, say you’re traveling from New Yorkto Spain.  If you leave New Yorkat 10:00AM and the flight takes six hours, you’ll be landing around 4:00PM New Yorktime, but it will be 10:00PM locally inSpain.  Your body will be experiencing the first pangs of dinner hunger when the rest ofSpain is getting ready for bed.  I have travelled to Europe a few times and each time I would take a really late flight out of New York, the closer to midnight the better, so that I would be tired enough to sleep on the flight.  Getting five to six hours of sleep on my flights toEurope made all the difference when arriving in the early morning at my European destinations.

Besides planning the time of your departing flights and sleeping as much as you can on the flight, I also recommend drinking plenty of water while on the flight, it will keep you hydrated and your legs moving as you take a few trips to the bathroom.  Setting your watch to your destination’s time before you take off is another recommendation, this way whenever you look at your watch throughout the flight, it will get you in the mindset of the time zone that you will be in.

With the basics of fighting jet lag, now it’s time to combat with less than optimal sleeping conditions.  Noise is a big sleep disrupter and if you’ve booked a hotel near the airport, there’s not much you can do about the noise level.  If your hotel is close to a highway or a late night hot spot, try and have your room switched to the other side of the hotel before you even check in.  If you can’t escape the noise, I suggest bringing a white noise machine with you so that you can drown out any sounds that are keeping you from restful sleep.

An eye mask might be a worthy travel investment because you can use it both on the plane and in the hotel room.  Light is one of the most common sleep disrupters, whether it’s street lights sneaking through the hotel curtains or the light on your alarm clock that is secretly keeping your body awake.  Having an eye mask will block out any light, making your sleep environment completely dark, which is compatible to a great night’s sleep.

When traveling, you know that the mattress you’ll be sleeping on won’t be as comfortable as your mattress at home and you probably won’t have your favorite pillow with you either.  So one of the first things you should do when you get to your hotel room is to test out the mattress.  Lay down on both sides of the mattress to see if one side is more comfortable than the other.  If you find you can’t get comfortable, then ask for a change in room, preferably one that has been renovated more recently (there’s a better chance that a newer mattress is there).

Whether you’re shopping the sales or traveling this Columbus Day Weekend, make sure to get quality sleep.  You’ll want to have full energy if you will be spending the day fighting off the crowds at the mall.  Getting a great night’s sleep while you’re on vacation will make it easier for you to relax and fully enjoy your time away from home. It doesn’t matter if you’re sleeping home or away, you should always get a great night’s sleep.

Will you be going away for the upcoming long weekend or will you be shopping the sales?


Contributor: Emily Barrett

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