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Month: January 2012

Sleepys Hiring Event In Virginia

Sleepy’s is constantly growing and frequently hosting hiring events to find great talent to join our team.  Sleepy’s recruiters will be at our Fredericksburg, Virginia (full address below) this Thursday January 26th from 10AM until 8PM.  Our recruiters are looking for experienced salespeople to join the lucrative and rewarding career path as a Mattress Professional.

We are looking to fill both part-time and full-time positions.  While having experience in sales is preferred, it is not required because all newly hired Mattress Professionals have to complete an intensive four week, paid training course that will provide the knowledge and experience to make you a successful Mattress Professional.  Besides the excellent benefits package Sleepy’s has to offer, you’ll also have the satisfaction of changing someone’s life.  Mattress Professionals are not only selling just a mattress, they’re selling a great night’s sleep which also leads to good health!

More and more studies have been coming out on the benefits of sleep.  Both physical and mental health can be improved with quality sleep.  Without the proper rest each night, our quality of life decreases to the point where we become susceptible to life threatening illnesses such as heart disease.  As more research comes out, it verifies the importance of sleep and that is exactly what we provide to our customers!

If you or someone you know is looking for a new career, then come apply in-person at our Sleepy’s showroom in Fredericksburg, Virginia this Thursday (1/26).  Bring a copy of your resume and dress professionally, as you will be meeting with one of our recruiters.  If you want to change people’s lives, join a continually growing company and start a rewarding career, then Sleepy’s wants you!  We’re also hiring Mattress Professionals across the Northeast as well as in our warehouses and corporate office.  To view all available jobs at Sleepy’s visit Sleepys.jobs.

The full details of theVirginia hiring event are below:

Sleepy’s Open House Hiring Event

Thursday January 26th, 2012

10AM – 8PM

5629 Plank Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22407



Contributor: Emily Barrett

How to Decrease Stress for Better Sleep

A blaring alarm clock is the first thing that sets the snowball effect of a stressful day in full motion.  Struggling to get out of bed, hitting the snooze button too many times and you’re too late to eat breakfast before work.  After sitting in traffic during your commute you get to work and find three urgent messages from your boss, there’s no hope for the day to slow down.  By the time you get home, after sitting in traffic yet again, it’s time to make dinner, tidy the house and rest your head on your pillow while all the stressful thoughts of what you didn’t accomplish today invade your brain preventing you from falling asleep.  Stress is stress.  We all have it and we all cope with it in different ways.  But there are ways to help calm yourself when your stress levels start to peak.  Being able to eliminate stress in little ways will help you rest easy at night and get better sleep.  Here are a few tips for calming down.

The first step to calming down is to figure out what exactly is causing it.  You may be sleeping eight hours each night, but do you wake up still feeling tired?  It will be worth your while to schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss you sleep quality and see if there’s an underlying sleep disorder that is preventing your from getting deep sleep.  When we don’t get enough sleep, stresses become more difficult to deal with because we don’t have the full mental capacity or energy to solve the issue.

I think we can all agree that stress makes us lose focus and become unproductive.  Taking a step back and trying a deep breathing exercise can help calm your nerves and refocus your energy.  In my weekly yoga class we work on our breathing, so I can vouch for the effectiveness of breathing exercises.  Inhaling and exhaling for equal counts of four, in through the nose and out through the mouth, can help reduce your stress.  It’s really important to focus on yourself when stress seems to be taking over.  Giving yourself a little more me-time, even if it’s just a minute of deep breathing, will help you cope with stress.

Don’t let the stress of a busy day keep you from hitting the gym.  If you think you don’t have time to go to the gym in your busy day then think again.  You don’t even have to break a sweat; just take a walk around the office when stress starts piling up.  Getting your heart rate up will reduce hormones that counteract stress.  I think that Elle Woods, the fabulous main character of Legally Blonde, said the best quote about stress and exercising:

“Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.  Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”

If something is stressing you out, then take a minute and just walk away from it, seriously.  If it’s at work, get up from your desk and step outside, a little sunshine can’t hurt and can improve your mood.  If it’s a fight with your significant other, walk into the other room to cool off.  Any kind of movement will help with stress, whether it’s a light walk or a session at the gym lifting weights.  Getting active to deal with stress will not only have you feeling great, you’ll also look great too!

After dealing with a day of stress, don’t you just want to grab a pint of ice cream or a bacon cheeseburger to pat yourself on the back?  DON’T!  Well, please, reward yourself, YOU DESERVE IT, but don’t run to the nearest junk food item.  You can celebrate with better snacks that are still delicious.  I’m a big fan of chocolate covered anything, so I suggest if you’re looking for a sugary “Job Well Done” then reach for some chocolate covered strawberries.  I’m also addicted to peanut butter so instead of grabbing a bag of chips, I go for a handful of baby carrots and dip them into peanut butter (I hear celery is delicious with peanut butter as well).  Also, another benefit of carrots and celery you may ask?  They’re super crunchy so you can chomp out some of your built up stress (carefully though, no need to chip a tooth!).

The most important tip (at least to me) is to not bring your stressful thoughts into bed.  Having a racing mind will keep you from falling asleep and achieving restorative deep sleep.  My mom always told me to grab a pen and paper and write down whatever thoughts were keeping me up at night and it actually works (thanks mom!).  Give it a try!  Next time you let stressful thoughts flood your brain, write them down so that they’re out of your head, especially if it’s a to-do list.  How often are the thoughts that keep you up at night about what you didn’t get to finish that day and what you’ll have to do tomorrow?  Write them down so that you won’t forget about them in the morning and you’ll be able to sleep much easier knowing that you have all your thoughts in one place (thank me later).

There will always be stress, but now you have different techniques to try when times get tough.  There’s no foolproof way when it comes to coping with stress; it’s just like sleep tips, everyone reacts differently to them.  All that matters is that you try something so that you can find the best method for coping with your own stress.  Improving your ways of coping with stress will make it easier to sleep at night and we all know how sleep directly affects both your mood and health. 


Contributor: Emily Barrett

Should Schools Start Later?

The internet is buzzing with the latest sleep debate.  Should schools start later as a means to combat teens’ sleep deprivation?  More research has been coming out that suggests that biologically, teenagers’ circadian rhythms are set to produce melatonin much later in the night, between 11pm and 12am, so they are unable to fall asleep in time to get enough hours of sleep before school the next day.  So if you’re thinking your teen is staying up late just to Facebook with friends and text all night, you may want to think again.  Both sides of this argument have plausible defenses, but at the end of the day, what should we go with?  Let’s bring both sides of the argument into the hypothetical boxing ring.

In this corner of the ring we have the long reigning champ known as logistics.  The way we have school times set up now is so that the youngest kids are picked up last so that they aren’t waiting for the bus in the darkest mornings of winter which is a safety issue.  Elementary students get picked up last and middle and high school students get picked up first.  School times that are currently in place exist because of parents’ work schedules as well as the students’ after-school activities.  If school starts later then the students get out later and then their sports and clubs get pushed back and so does getting homework getting done and so on and so forth, into a giant snowball of reasons why not to start school after 8am.

On the opposite side of this argument we have the rookie, the supporter of later school starting times.  Any teenager will automatically back this argument, even without further details.  But there are scientific facts that back up this rookie argument that could KO the reigning champ.  Teenagers’ don’t produce melatonin until later in the night compared to adults and children, which is why they stay up later.  So when they wake up early in the morning to get ready for school, there is still melatonin in their body which makes it very difficult to wake up.  The teenagers are basically zombies during the first few periods as their bodies slowly wake up.  If the school day started a little bit later than the students would be getting more sleep each night which may result in better attendance, higher grades and less of a chance of depression. 

I’m not even sure if I know where I stand on this issue.  I remember my zombie mornings getting ready for school and barely remembering my first four classes of the day when I was in high school, but I did survive it, with decent grades.  Then again, if my peers were given more time to sleep, they would’ve probably been equally successful with their grades and actually attend the first few periods of the day.  But then would we have to shift the average work day so that working parents are able to get their kids to and from school safely?  Where do you stand on this delayed school debate?  Do you think school start times should remain the same as they are or should they start later?  How do you think your high school experience would have been different if it started later in the morning?


Contributor: Emily Barrett

Career Opportunities at Sleepys

I stumbled upon an article on MSN about nine different careers that have the most potential in 2012 and one of the careers was becoming a customer service representative.  Did you know that Sleepy’s is actively hiring new candidates to join our team of customer service representatives in our corporate headquarters?  A career as a customer service representative at Sleepy’s is a great opportunity because not only can you grow in the field, but our company is growing every day and it’s very exciting to be a part of a company that is expanding quickly.

If you’re ready to switch to a new career, then come interview in-person at the Sleepy’s Corporate Headquarters in Hicksville, New York on Wednesday January 4th, 2012.  Bring a copy of your resume and dress professionally as you will be meeting with the recruiters.  Sleepy’s customer service representatives are offered paid training, a great benefits package and of course, the potential to grow within the company and earn a substantial income.

We’re looking for individuals who have excellent communications skills and fluency in another language is a huge plus (not required).  Basic computer skills and the availability to work some holidays are preferred.  The extensive training program we offer will teach you all the skills you will need to know and how to handle delicate situations with ease.

Visit the Sleepy’s Career Page to learn about other job opportunities that are available and if you can’t make the hiring event than email your resume to SDewitt@mattress.com.  More details about the in-house hiring event are below:


Sleepy’s Corporate Headquarters

1000 South Oyster Bay Road

Hicksville, NY 11801


Wednesday January 4th, 2012

8:30AM – 6:30PM


Contributor: Emily Barrett

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