Back to School Means Back to Bed

On August 24th, 2011 Sleepy’s hosted a blogger and press event at our showroom on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.  The event brought together notable parenting bloggers in the NYC area to get advice from the Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus.  The Sleep Doctor offered helpful tips to get children back to their school sleep schedule.

After a long summer of late nights and late starts, it is crucial to prepare your child for the dreaded early morning wake up for school.  It’s best to start this process ASAP for your child to be back to their school sleep schedule for the first day of school (it should be a gradual process).  Here are some great tips for you to try.

  • Light Therapy: Children have a hard time readjusting their sleep schedule because their circadian rhythm is off.  An easy way to reset their internal clock is with light therapy.  There are light therapy boxes you can purchase, but it’s a good idea to talk with your child’s pediatrician first to see which product would be best for your child.  For light therapy to work, all you need to do is have the light indirectly hit your child’s eyes.  Whether they’re watching TV or playing arts and crafts, you can set up a light therapy box next to them while they are doing their favorite activity.  TIP: You can use light therapy to eliminate the effects of jet lag and seasonal depression as well.
  • Aromatherapy: I’ve already told you how helpful taking a hot bath or shower before bed will make it easier for you body to relax in preparation for restful sleep.  Dr. Breus recommends adding relaxing scents to your hot bath/shower for maximum restful effects.  Lavender is the most common scent to induce relaxation.
  • Make Bed Time Earlier: This week, try and have your child go to bed 15 minutes earlier.  15 minutes is a small enough, yet effective, interval of time to start resetting your child’s sleep cycle.  For one whole week have your child’s bedtime 15 minutes earlier.  Then next week, have your child go to bed 15 additional minutes earlier; so that’s 30 minutes earlier than their summer bedtime.  It’s a noninvasive, gradual way to have your child in bed earlier and therefore rising earlier in the morning.

If your child is lacking sleep during the school year, it will affect their immune system.  Besides having a groggy child on your hands, they will also be more susceptible to sickness if they are sleep deprived.  If you try Dr. Breus’ sleep tips and your child is still resistant to wake up in the morning, their mattress should be evaluated (too old, not supportive enough) or they could possibly have a sleep disorder.  It is important to talk to their pediatrician if you think your child could have a sleeping disorder.

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett

Moving Back to School

We’re approaching the end of August and you know what that means… Move-in day is upon us!  Whether you’ve neatly organized your life into boxes already or you’ll just throw some clothes and school supplies in a bag the night before you leave, we all can agree that move-in day is one of the more exciting days of the school year.  For the freshmen it’s their first day of independence; for the rest of the students, it’s the first day to catch up with all their friends and roommates in person.

My move-in days were always a bit of an adventure because my dorm was in the heart of New York City.  I would be wheeling my cart of bedding essentials through a sea of dog walkers while dodging tourists in Union Square.  Once my mini-adventure ended, it was time to unpack and decorate my humble abode for the school year.

Space was limited in the car, so to make moving in easier on myself (and most importantly, my Mom) we decided to buy all my office and kitchen supplies from the Kmart that was a few blocks away.  All I really needed to unpack was my clothes and my bedding essentials.  I’m going to let you in on a little tip; no dorm mattress is comfortable on its own.  I bought a mattress topper from Sleepy’s and it was awesome.  Seriously, every time my friends would come over and they sat on my bed, they wouldn’t get up.  I loved my mattress topper because it made me feel like I was sleeping on my bed at home.  A mattress topper is a great purchase because it will give you more support and greater comfort than just the mattress in your dorm.  You’re going to want to have a comfortable place to sleep each night especially since studies prove that eight hours of quality sleep improves your memory (making it easier to remember how to conjugate your verbs in Latin).

Replace the sudoku puzzle for a Gaelic textbook; that's what I would look like the night before a test.

I treated myself to new pillows as well before I left for school.  I figured if I bought pillows for my dorm I wouldn’t have to bring them home whenever I would visit.  If you’re thinking about bringing your old pillow from home, you may want to reconsider.  This disturbing infographic about the germs growing in your old pillows will make you want a new one.  It’s always a good idea to get new pillows not only for proper support but also to keep you healthy.

This puppy has the right idea.

I used my comforter as the central color scheme for the rest of my half of the room.  I had a reversible light green and blue comforter so I made sure to buy green or blue office supplies for my desk to keep the theme going.  I even picked out green and blue towels as well.

There are so many emotions on move-in day.  You may be thrilled or nervous to be living on your own while your parents are either sad or ecstatic to have an empty house.  Through all the planning and all the emotions around the eventful day, don’t freak out if you forget something, especially when it comes to bedding.  Sleepy’s has nationwide delivery, so if you forgot sheets or a pillow or any bedding essentials, they can deliver it to your dorm.

Good luck with your move-in day!  Remember to bend your knees to lift heavy items and don’t forget to call your parents once in a while to check in with them as you enjoy the college experience.

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett