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Sleepy’s Teams Up with Covenant House to Sleep Out

Sleepy’s really is “making the world a better place to sleep”.

Executives sleep outside so homeless youth don't have to.

On the night of Thursday November 21, David Acker, Sleepy’s CEO & President, and Adam Blank, Sleepy’s COO, participated in the annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out.  The executives put themselves in the shoes of homeless youth and slept on the streets of NYC.  With little more than the clothes on their back, a sleeping bag, and a piece of cardboard to lie on, they camped out overnight in solidarity as 300 youth slept safely inside the walls of the Covenant House.

The candlelight vigil in Times Square was inspiring. Everyone standing together with one common goal: save homeless youth.

 

After an inspiring candlelight vigil in Times Square, all of the executives marched back to Covenant House to sit down with some of the youth whose lives have been impacted by the help of Covenant House.  Hearing their stories and listening to their experiences was inspiring and overwhelming. These young adults have experienced more in their short lives than any child should ever have to bear.

Sleepy’s executives were two of the over 180 executives that called the streets of New York City home for the night. Thanks to the generous donations of friends, family, and colleagues, the Sleepy’s team was able to raise enough money to equip 10 children with the education they need to seek their first job.

Sleepy's executives trying to stay warm & get some shut eye.

After reflecting on the night’s events, David Acker commented on his Sleep Out experience:

“An inspiring experience to meet and understand what these young adults have and have not experienced in their lives.  So many have experienced abuse and lack proper parental guidance and support, while not living with the feeling of the possibility for a well-rounded life. Teenagers and young adults, homeless and sleeping on the streets for extended periods of time.  You know that’s not right.  I’m so thankful to be able to help. Adam and I are proud to represent our company at this event as we look forward to continuing efforts to contribute to Covenant House.”

Sleepy’s is proud to have two leaders who want to make the world a better place to sleep, for everyone.  To learn more about the Covenant House, or to find out how you can help, visit www.covenanthouse.org.

 

Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy

The Pitfalls of Sharing Your Sleep Space

Making the transition from sleeping alone to sleeping next to someone can be a difficult change to make.  Adjusting to someone else’s bedtime routines, sleeping position and nighttime habits can cause serious tension within a relationship.  In fact, over 30% of couples now say they sleep in separate beds or in completely separate rooms.  Let’s avoid a sleep separation and talk about some of the pitfalls couples face when sharing a sleeping space and ways to resolve these issues.

You’re peacefully sleeping the night away when suddenly your partner wakes you up with a swift, yet unintentional, elbow to the face.  Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you.  Adjusting to sharing a bed can take time, and in the middle of the night it’s easy to forget that you can no longer occupy the entire bed.  If you, or your partner, have a tendency to flail their limbs while they sleep, then a bigger bed is definitely better.  For two people, at least a Queen-size bed is recommended for a comfortable night’s sleep, but if you have some extra space in the bedroom a King-size bed would be best.  If a King isn’t an option, use a body pillow as a barrier between you and your partner to avoid black eyes and bruised ribs.

If your partner’s constant tossing and turning makes you feel like you’re sleeping in a Bouncy Castle, it may be time to replace your mattress.  A mattress made with memory foam, latex, or individually wrapped coils will minimize the amount movement you feel from your partner’s side of the bed.  So, toss the old mattress before you toss your partner out of bed.

Do you wake up in the middle of the night on the brink of hypothermia?  If your partner is a blanket hog there’s a simple solution that will keep you both toasty all night long.  All you have to do is change your sheets!  If you sleep on a King-size mattress you can use a normal King size fitted sheet, but here’s the trick… instead of using one King-size flat sheet, use two Twin XL flat sheets and two Twin XL blankets.  This gives you each your own individual sheet and blanket, so you can control the temperature of your side of the bed without worrying about a blanket bandit.  You can cleverly disguise this with a King size comforter and keep your sheet secret to yourself.

While getting a new mattress and changing your sheets might be easy fixes, your partners annoying sleep habits may be harder to break.  According to a survey conducted by Sleepy’s, the biggest pet peeve among couples is their partner’s snoring.  While snoring can be a sign of a more serious issue, like sleep apnea, there are a few tricks you can use to help reduce your snoring.  First, try changing your sleeping position.  Back sleepers are more prone to snoring because this position restricts their airways.  Try sleeping on your side or your stomach instead.  Using the correct pillow can also help dissipate your unfavorable habit.  The right pillow will correct your sleeping posture, aligning your neck and spine and opening up your airways.  So, quit keeping your partner up all night and change your pillow.

So, why do we put up with it all?  It could be because sleeping next to someone makes us feel better.  Studies have shown that there are physical and mental health benefits that directly correlate to sharing a bed with the one you love.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “shared sleep in healthy relationships may lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.  Sharing a bed may also reduce cytokines, involved in inflammation, and boost oxytocin, the so-called love hormone that is known to ease anxiety and is produced in the same part of the brain responsible for the sleep-wake cycle”.  And although sharing your bed with a blanket hog or a snorer may be difficult at first, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

For more information follow me on Twitter and Instagram @SnoozeDirector, like Sleepy’s on Facebook, and be sure to check back here for more sleep tips, tricks, and Snooze News.

 

Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy

Beating Those 3pm Blues

Every day around 3pm my desk is unoccupied.  You can usually find me in the café buying a large coffee or at the vending machine getting a bottle of soda.  Yes, I admit it.  I am a victim of the 3 o’clock slump.  Whether my day is hectic or uneventful, I can’t help but feel a lull in my energy in the middle of the afternoon.

Why does that happen?  According to the National Sleep Foundation, our circadian rhythm varies throughout the day causing us to naturally feel tired at certain times.  “Adults’ strongest sleep drive generally occurs between 2:00-4:00 am and in the afternoon between 1:00-3:00 pm”.  We’ve talked about how the hours you work can affect your sleep patterns, but there are other factors in your workday that can be encouraging that sleepy afternoon feeling too.

If you spend the majority of your day looking at a computer screen (guilty!) it could be contributing to your need for that 3pm latte.  Researchers at King’s College London University conducted a study to see how frequently viewing a computer screen at work affected participants IQ scores.  The results were alarming.  Over a course of 80 trials, they found that those who spent the day constantly checking their messages during work had an IQ drop of 10 points throughout the day, that’s equivalent to missing an entire night of sleep!  In an age where we feel the need to constantly check our email, Facebook, and Twitter for updates, it’s not hard to figure out why there’s a line at the coffee shop in the middle of the day.

How long do you take for your lunch break?  If you’re laughing at me because you can’t remember the last time you actually took a lunch break, then it’s time to start.  Career and workplace expert, Michael Kerr, told Forbes magazine how beneficial it is to take a break in order to combat afternoon exhaustion.  He says, “It’s critical to make the most of lunch and remind yourself taking a proper break you will accomplish more in the long run, and that productivity and creativity will increase, while your levels of stress and fatigue will diminish”.  And this doesn’t mean eating quickly at your desk while you check emails.  As I mentioned above, it’s important to give our minds a break from our screens.  Get up from your desk, find a spot free of screens and distractions, and take time to relax while you eat before diving back into your work.

So how can we cure these 3pm blues?  I say take a hike.  Leave your iPhone at your desk, turn off your computer screen, and go for a 10 minute walk.  The time away from your screens will help to rejuvenate your tired mind and promote the blood circulation in your body, causing an increase in energy levels.

Just make sure your walk doesn’t lead you to the café.  This tip might be a hard adjustment (especially for me), but it’s time to put down the coffee.  Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 8 hours, which means having a cup mid-afternoon can make it harder to fall asleep at night.  Instead, try a snack that’s high in protein, like nuts or low-fat yogurt.  The protein will provide you with sustained energy, giving you that little boost you’re looking for without affecting your sleep.  Get more suggestions for energy boosting afternoon snacks from The Huffington Post.

Marcum Workplace Challenge  – Last night, Sleepy’s sponsored the 8th Annual Marcum Workplace Challenge, where over 8,000 participants came together to raise money for three great charities – The Long Island Children’s MuseumLong Island Cares -The Harry Chapin Food Bank, and the Children’s Medical Fund of New York.  Sleepy’s had over 100 participants running and walking the 3.5 mile course.  It was a great night for everyone and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Some members of the Sleepy's team who ran and walked the Marcum Workplace Challenge to raise money for 3 great charities.

For more information follow me on Twitter and Instagram @SnoozeDirector, like Sleepy’s on Facebook, and be sure to check back here for more sleep tips, tricks, and Snooze News.

 

 

Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy

Which Came First, the Job or the Sleep Deprivation?

Despite the countless studies and research stating how important sleep is for our overall health and well-being, a good night’s sleep is still not a priority for Americans.  In a world where an 8-hour work day is short and 6-hours of sleep are a lot, it’s no wonder that Americans are sleep deprived.  Shift workers have their own sleep obstacles to overcome, but what about those of us that work a 9-5 shift?  Could the amount of sleep you get be directly affecting your job?

Sleep deprivation causes a myriad of symptoms including an inability to concentrate, morning headaches and memory loss… all of which can negatively affect your job performance.  In a poll from the National Sleep Foundation, 29% of people admitted to falling asleep at work or being overly tired at work, while another 12% said that they have gotten to work late because of a lack of sleep.  Even if you’re not nodding off at your desk, getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night could dramatically affect how well you perform at work.  Getting the proper amount of sleep positively influences your mood, keeps your mind focused and helps to create more positive social interactions, which will all result in a more productive day at the office.

Do you bring your work troubles home with you?  If you have trouble falling asleep at night, stress could be the culprit.  Are you trying to sleep but ideas for next week’s presentation keep running through your head?  Jot them all down.  Nancy Rothstein, The Sleep Ambassador, suggests you “empty your head when you go to bed.  Don’t bring your work worries to sleep with you”.  Keep a pen and a pad of paper on your nightstand to write down any late night ideas or stresses.  Writing down your worries will free your mind to focus about other, more soothing thoughts before bed.

Sleepless in Chicago: A recent study conducted by Sleepy’s revealed the top ten Chicagoans most in need of a good night’s sleep.  Topping the list as the “Sleepiest Chicagoan” is Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who’s high-pressure, high-profile job may attribute to his loss of sleep.  Sleepy’s recently opened 10 stores in the Chicago area, “marking the brand’s first foray outside of the East Coast”.  You can see the full list of sleepy Chicagoans and more information about Sleepy’s expansion here.

Where in the world is Sleepy’s Snooze Director? 

Today, I visited Sleepy’s Syosset showroom where I met Mattress Professional Fred Hall.  Fred was extremely outgoing and very kind.  He told me all about Sleepy’s One Day Sale, going on now!  Today only save up to 75% and every Sealy’s Beautyrest is on sale!  Visit a showroom near you or shop sleepys.com for these great savings!

 

For more information follow me on Twitter and Instagram @SnoozeDirector, like Sleepy’s on Facebook, and be sure to check back here for more sleep tips, tricks, and snooze news.

 

 

Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy

Hot Deals on Cool Beds!

Where in the world is Sleepy’s Snooze Director?  It’s almost 100 degrees outside, and inside our showrooms the deals are just as hot!  Today, I visited Sleepy’s New Hyde Park Showroom, where I met Mattress Professional Mike Luyster.  Mike was very patient and extremely knowledgeable, and he showed me some of the great mattresses we have on sale right now.  If you shop now, you’ll get our Hot Deals on Cool Beds special savings!  Save up to 65% on select beds in store and online at sleepys.com!  Whether you’re in need of a Plush, Pillow Top, Foam, or Firm mattress, be sure to stop by a showroom near you for some really hot deals on our coolest mattresses!

For more information follow me on Twitter and Instagram @SnoozeDirector, like Sleepy’s on Facebook, and be sure to check back here for more sleep tips, tricks, and snooze news.

 

Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy

Pillow Talk

You’ve decided it’s time to replace your old, worn out, pancake-thin pillows.  That’s great!  But where do you begin?  This is where I come in – I’m going to tell you everything you need to know to help you find your perfect pillow.

Have you ever heard the saying, “there’s a lid for every pot?”  Well, now there’s a pillow for every sleeping position.  The most important factor to consider when picking out a pillow is ensuring that your neck and spine stay in their natural alignment while you sleep.  This means that each sleeping position requires a different type of pillow.

If you’re a side sleeper, then you’re not alone.  57% of people fall asleep on their side according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.  While on your side, the fetal position tends to be the most comfortable because it allows your spine to curve naturally.  You’ll need a pillow that supports your neck and spine, while also distributing the weight of your head evenly, like the Bedgear pillow specifically designed for side sleepers.  For extra comfort, Dr. John Schubbe suggests using a rolled-up towel or smaller pillow under your waist to raise it slightly, making your spine into a straight line.

For back sleepers, extra support under your shoulders is necessary to alleviate pressure on your back and neck.  Using the right pillow is especially important in this position because it can help reduce snoring.  Pillows shaped like a wedge, such as the No-Snore Deluxe Pillow, are ideal for back sleepers because they align your neck and spine, opening up your airways and dissipating any snoring.  Dr. Schubbe also suggests placing a small pillow under your knees for added comfort.  Lifting your knees will mimic the natural C-curve of the spine, similar to the side sleeping fetal position.

Stomach-sleepers tend to have the most difficulty finding a pillow that’s right for them.  You need a pillow that’s thinner so it won’t arch or turn your neck.  The Bedgear pillow designed for stomach sleepers is ideal because it conforms to your facial features and helps to prevent airway constriction, all while still supporting your neck.  For extra relief from back pressure Dr. Schubbe says, “place another relatively flat pillow under the stomach to help the spine keep its natural alignment”.

So how many pillows should you use?  The number of pillows you sleep on depends entirely on your own personal preference.  Personally, I like two pillows under my head, while my fiancé is comfortable sleeping with only one.  No matter what your number is, just make sure that your neck and spine stay in line and adjust the thickness of your pillows accordingly.

When choosing your new pillow, remember that comfort is the key.  Make sure that you’ll love your pillow for at least a year or two (that’s about how long a pillow will last before you’ll need to replace it).  For a more in-depth explanation of how to determine when it’s time to replace your pillow, check back here for my first Snooze News video, coming soon! 

For more information follow me on Twitter and Instagram @SnoozeDirector, like Sleepy’s on Facebook, and be sure to check back here for more sleep tips, tricks, and Snooze News.

 

Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy

How to Beat the Heat and Get Some Sleep

We’re well into the month of July, and here in New York that means we’re also well into a heat wave.  With no sign of the weather cooling off any time soon, it’s time to be proactive and figure out how to get some sleep, despite the heat.

Keep your home cool.  As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the optimal temperature to fall asleep in is between 54 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.  During the day, try to prevent some of the outdoor heat from getting inside.  Keep your blinds and curtains closed to block the sunlight from pouring in your windows, which will keep your home cooler.  At night, set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature, turn on the AC, or use a fan to make sure your room is at the perfect temperature for a great night’s sleep.

Use your pillow as a cooling device.  At a barbeque over the weekend, my friend told me a trick he used to beat the heat, “put your pillow in a plastic bag and then put it in the freezer”.  As I listened in disbelief, I had to check it out for myself, and lo and behold when I opened the freezer door there it was… his pillow.  I thought to myself, “there has to be an easier way”, and there is!

Putting your pillow in the freezer? There's an easier way to stay cool!

There are now pillows and products that can give you the chill you’ve been searching for, without the hassle.  The Gellyroll Hot and Cold Pillow has a unique hot or cold gel pack, that you can either microwave or freeze depending on your desired pillow temperature.  This pillow also has heat sink technology that dissipates your body heat to reduce perspiration, which is great for these hot summer nights!  If you love your current pillow but wish there was a quick and easy way to cool it down, you’re in luck!  The Pillow Pad attaches to your pillow and absorbs your body heat as you fall asleep.  There’s no need to freeze or plug anything in, the Pillow Pad stays cool on its own with a layer of revolutionary ChillGel.  So get your pillow out of the freezer and try one of these instead!

Put away the flannel.  You’re bedding can have a direct effect on how you sleep.  For the hot summer months switch your bedding to something lightweight that won’t trap the heat, like cotton.  Cotton is soft and breathable, so it keeps your bed cooler and helps to prevent sweating.

Stay hydrated!  Go to bed with a cool glass of water on your bedside table.  The dry, hot summer air can cause you to wake up with a dry, scratchy throat.  Having a glass of water nearby to drink when you wake up can help to alleviate some of the discomfort.

 

This morning I visited Sleepy’s Levittown showroom where I met store manager Ted Goldspiel.  He gave me a tour of the showroom and reminded me that Sleepy’s Fourth of July Holiday Sale has been extended and is going on now!  If you’re in the market for a mattress, be sure to visit a showroom near you or go to sleepys.com.

I’ll be visiting a new showroom every week, so keep checking the Sleepy’s blog for pictures and information.  You never know when I may visit a showroom near you!

For more information follow me on Twitter and Instagram @SnoozeDirector, like Sleepy’s on Facebook, and be sure to check back here for more sleep tips, tricks, and snooze news.

Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy