Sleepys on The Dr. Steve Show

I had such a fun time working with “The Dr. Steve Show,” on a segment that was all about sleep!  I love getting together with people to talk about all things sleep, especially since it’s a topic that affects each and every one of us.  I brought my friend, Dr. Robert Oexman of the Sleep to Live Institute, along with me for the show.  I’m letting my sleep geek-ness show a little bit, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to two doctors discuss sleep topics and how to find the perfect mattress.  In case you missed the segment from “The Dr. Steve Show,” which airs nationally, here is the clip:

I’d like to thank my friends at “The Dr. Steve Show,” and WPIX who reached out to me and made this opportunity possible!

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett, Snooze Director

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The Most Sleep Deprived Occupations

A recent study conducted for Sleepy’s has found the top 10 most and least sleep-deprived jobs.  This study comes in light of Daylight Saving Time which is less than one month away (Sunday, March 11th)!  As we all prepare to lose an hour of sleep in March, check out the list of the already sleep-deprived occupations:

  1. Home Health Aides
  2. Lawyers
  3. Police Officers
  4. Physicians, Paramedics
  5. Economists
  6. Social Workers
  7. Computer Programmers
  8. Financial Analysts
  9. Plant Operators
  10. Secretaries

I can see why home health aides top the list of most sleep-deprived job because many aides are working for more than one family and frequently work night shifts.  These sleep-deprived occupations can also be related to most stressful and most dangerous jobs rankings, which is no surprise why they are also sleep-deprived.  On the opposite end of this study, the most well-rested occupations were also determined.  Here’s that list:

  1. Forest, Logging Workers
  2. Hairstylists
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Bartenders
  5. Construction Workers
  6. Athletes
  7. Landscapers
  8. Engineers
  9. Aircraft Pilots
  10. Teachers

The theme among some of the well-rested jobs is that many are jobs that require working outdoors.  Getting additional time in the sun not only boosts moods, but also helps keep the circadian rhythm in order.  No matter if you’re in the most sleep-deprived or well-rested occupations, sleep is important for not only health, but also job performance.  So on Sunday March 11th when we all lose an hour of sleep, keep these sleep tips in mind, to make sure you get your quality sleep.

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet & cool.
  • Make sure your mattress properly supports your body.
  • Avoid caffeine after 12pm.

For more great information about sleep and health visit Sleep.com.

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett

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

(540)548-2369

 

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:

WHERE:

Sleepy’s Corporate Headquarters

1000 South Oyster Bay Road

Hicksville, NY 11801

WHEN:

Wednesday January 4th, 2012

8:30AM – 6:30PM

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett

The New Sleepys Commercial Makes You Shed a Tear

There goes Sleepy’s tugging at my heart strings…  Have you seen our newest ad campaign featuring the classic Beatles’ song, “In My Life,” on TV or on YouTube yet?  It features all the different life stages from just getting married, to pregnancy and how kids grow up enjoying their mattresses.

By now we all know that we spend one-third of our lives in bed, this new ad campaign shows us just how much we enjoy our time spent on our beds.  The new commercials, which will begin airing on TV the week of December 26th, emphasize the importance of how our bedrooms really are our sanctuaries, where life’s little moments are fully enjoyed.

Sleepy’s conducted a survey just to see what people really thought of their beds and their bedrooms.  The survey results showed (of the 1000+ surveyed):

  • 60% used their bed as a spot for family gathering, having kids and pets snuggle up to bond.
  • 52% believed their bedroom was a “sleep sanctuary” and the ultimate spot in the house for comfort and security.
  • Almost 40% thought of their bed as a multi-functioning area that was used for reading, watching TV, surfing the internet and sleeping.

I think everyone can relate to this commercial at some point or another.  I remember jumping on my mom’s bed (although instead of The Beatles playing, it was The Allman Brothers).  This ad campaign focuses on just how much of our lives take place in bed, even when we’re not sleeping!  Whether snuggling with your kids during a thunderstorm or discussing your day with your spouse, Sleepy’s understands that your mattress is the focal point of your sleep sanctuary and we’ll be with you for all of life’s little moments.

Grab a tissue box and check out our latest ad campaign:

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett

Sleepy’s Jobs: Now Hiring Customer Care Reps

As the New Year approaches, have you considered starting a new career?  Sleepy’s is offering you the opportunity to do so!  We are looking to hire new talent to join our Customer Care Team for the New Year.

For the next two weeks (week of 12/26 & 01/02) you can apply in person at our corporate offices, Monday through Thursday from 9am until 5pm to be considered for the position.  Come in to check out what Sleepy’s is all about!

Sleepy’s, the Mattress Professionals, is a growing company that is looking to hire customer service representatives for our call center.  We are looking for eager individuals who are ready to contribute to the success of our company.  Our customer service representatives in the call center take about 50 calls each day.

That number may sound a bit overwhelming, but joining our Customer Care Team means you will undergo our paid training program that will extensively cover all the information you will need to succeed in this position.  You will learn hands-on in a classroom style because our corporate office has a state of the art training facility.  You will also team up with an active sales representative who will mentor you throughout your training.

Responsibilities of our customer service representatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Handling calls from customers with issues concerning exchange, warranty and delivery.
  • Resolve difficult situations, interpret customer concerns and be able to determine the best course of action that solves the customer’s issue while holding to the company/vendor policies
  • Provide excellent customer relations as a way to promote positive word-of-mouth advertising
  • Check in with customers to make sure that all problems have been properly completed and that the customer is satisfied
  • Additional responsibilities can be assigned from Management

Our recruitment team will be assessing you on the following requirements:

  • Minimum 1 year of experience in a customer related position
  • Must be an effective communicator with excellent phone skills
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
  • Strong computer skills preferred
  • Must be a self-starter who is dependable and driven to succeed
  • Must be flexible to work evenings, weekends and some holidays
  • Bi-lingual is a huge plus

Joining the Sleepy’s team gives you the opportunity to take advantage of our impressive benefits package which includes, but is not limited to: medical, dental, vision care, 401(k) plane and generous employee discounts.  If you’re ready to join a company that is continuously growing and gives you the opportunity to grow within it, then come visit the Sleepy’s corporate offices inHicksville,New York to speak with one of our recruiters in person!  See additional details below:

Corporate Office Address:

1000 South Oyster Bay Road

Hicksville, NY 11801

Dates:

12/27/11 – 12/29/11

01/02/12 – 01/05/12

Time: 9AM – 5PM 

Please remember to dress professionally, bring two copies of your resume and your shining personality!

If you are unable to meet with one of our recruiters in person, please submit your resume to recruit@mattress.com.

The Importance of Mattress Reviews

I’m at a stage in my life where I’m starting to prepare to purchase my first mattress on my own.  The past three mattresses I’ve slept on in my life have all been picked by my mother, none of which I got to test myself, and the one I’m sleeping on now is a hand-me-down from my mom!  All my mattresses have done their job, I’ve slept well and comfortably, so I’m feeling the pressure of having to pick out my own mattress.  If you’re in the market for a new mattress and feeling overwhelmed by not knowing where to start, try reading through customer reviews first.

Customer reviews can be the best, and easiest, way to navigate the sea of beds in the showrooms.  They may just look like white rectangles to you, but after reading through some customer reviews, you may understand that the proper mattress can change your quality of life.  Customer reviews are a great stepping stone to get the ball rolling on picking your new mattress, and with thousands of reviews online, they are pretty easy to find.

Mattress shopping is hard, but starting the process shouldn’t be.  You ask your friends and family about what GPS they have and if they like it or not, why not ask them about the mattress they sleep on?  Sleepys.com has plenty of reviews for your viewing.  Besides seeing customer reviews, you also have access to our “Staff Favorites.”  In this new section, you can read reviews of the mattress that selected employees who work in the Sleepy’s corporate offices are sleeping on.  You can read about why they love their mattress and you can just click the picture of the featured mattress to see more details about that exact mattress.  Linda DiMarco, who is the Online Art Director at Sleepy’s, came up with the idea for the “Staff Favorites” page saying that, “Since Sleepy’s has such a wide selection of mattresses and that we have many employees at the company, we all sleep on a different mattress and want to tell you what our sleep experience is like on our own mattress.”

What I like about the “Staff Favorites” section is that it gives you a chance to see the people who work behind the scenes in the corporate office, as well as read reviews of different mattresses to help you find your perfect mattress.  So if you’re looking for a starting point in your search for a new mattress, check out what our employees are sleeping on and then visit your local Sleepy’s showroom to test them out for yourself!

The top 10 mattresses with the highest reviews on Sleepys.com are the King Koil Comfort Solutions Thaila Plush Mattress, Laura Ashley Aurora Collection Euro Top Mattress, King Koil Comfort Solutions Kuray Euro Top Plush Mattress, The RhapsodyBed by Tempur-Pedic, Sleepy’s Direct Capital Mattress, Simmons Beautyrest Haworth Plush Mattress, Sealy Comfort Balance Ellington Plush Mattress, the AlluraBed by Tempur-Pedic, Serta Perfect Sleeper Rosa Vista Plush Mattress and Sealy Posturepedic Mohican Firm.

Here is what one Sleepy’s customer said in their review of the AlluraBed by Tempur-Pedic on Sleepys.com:

“My wife and I waited a long time to be able to purchase the ultimate sleep experience, and we love it! It was highly recommended by my sister and her husband, and we agree. It is by far the most unique sleeping experience. No aches and pains in the morning, no rolling into your partner, much quieter, and no sagging…just great support and comfort. I would recommend it to everyone!”

If you go through a few customer reviews, you might find several that you can relate to.  Use the above review as an example.  Perhaps on your current mattress you wake up achy more often than not, or perhaps you and your partner roll into each other in the middle of the night.  Wouldn’t that review make you want to test the AlluraBed to see if it could fix your current sleeping problem?

Besides having a brief written review of their mattress, customers also fill out an overall rating as well as a comfort, quality and value rating on a five-star scale.  The customer also adds how the mattress felt compared to their expectations (firmer or softer than expected).  The customer reviews on Sleepys.com also provide pros and cons (if any).

Reading customer reviews is a great way to start your mattress shopping experience.  But what really needs to happen is you should go to a showroom to test the mattresses yourself.  You’ll have expert advice from one of our Mattress Professionals and you’ll get to feel the comfort and support of each mattress so that you will know sleep system works best for you and which one does not.  Any fan of Tempur-Pedic mattresses will swear by it, but to you, you may not feel comfortable on the high density memory foam mattress.  You won’t know until you try it out yourself!

Sleepy’s employees who wish to write a review about their mattress from Sleepy’s can email the E-Commerce team.  If you are a Sleepy’s customer and would like to review your new mattress, visit the Ratings and Reviews section on Sleepys.com for easy to follow instructions and enter to win a $500 Visa gift card!

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett

Sleepys Now Hiring: Sales Professionals

One of the great things about working for Sleepys is that our company is always growing.  Another great reason to work for Sleepys is there are plenty of opportunities to rise within the company.  That is why I’m happy to tell you that Sleepy’s is currently looking to hire sales professionals!  We are hiring new sales force members who will undergo an intensive paid training program in which they will receive the education that is necessary to be considered a highly trained Mattress Professional.

Sleepys will be hosting three hiring events across Long Island this Thursday November 17th from 10AM until 8PM, that I encourage you to visit and apply to become a Sleepy’s Mattress Professional. I’ll list the addresses of the three showrooms that will be hosting the hiring events at the bottom of this post.  Here are some important details for you to know if you plan on coming to one of our hiring events: Continue reading

Sleep Tip Experiment 1: Exercise

Well you guys, I did what I never thought I would do… I finally joined a gym.  After years of being a lazy couch potato, I caved and finally convinced myself that it was time to start taking care of myself.  Being the Sleepy’s Snooze Director, I read a lot of information about sleep, especially about sleep tips.  Every article and every blog post I would search always emphasized the importance of exercise when it comes to good quality of sleep.  It was time for me to take on my own research and start to practice what I preach.

I joined my gym about three weeks ago now and I go at least three times a week.  I tried the whole wake-up-an-hour-early-to-get-the-workout-in-before-work thing but that only lasted for the first week.  But now that daylight savings time is over and it’s a little brighter than midnight at 6AM I’m definitely going to give it another try.  It wasn’t that bad waking up earlier to hit the gym.  The toughest part was just getting myself out of my bed, but once I did I was ready to go exercise.  I would do about 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of light weights and after I was done, I was feeling great and super ready to take on my day.

But it’s tough to wake up before the sun rises, trust me I know (I was an intern at a radio morning show and needed to get up at 3:30AM to be at work by 5AM).  So, I started caving to the comfort of my bed when my alarm would go off at 6AM for the gym and opted for an extra hour and a half of sleep.  But that didn’t stop me from going to the gym, I then started going at night after work, which was kind of nice.  I go with my boyfriend because we motivate each other to actually go to the gym.  He’s teaching me racquetball, which is a ton of fun and pretty exhausting.  And then I got him to go to yoga class every Wednesday night with me.  It’s always good to go to the gym with someone because you can work out together or at the very least just get each other to go and workout as opposed to watching TV all night.

Now, from my own experience, I can tell you that since I’ve starting exercising at the gym, I have been sleeping outrageously well!  I feel like I get into deeper sleep than I ever have before; it’s amazing.  Even just going three times a week, I feel so much better in the morning after my restful sleep.  I absolutely, 100% vouch for exercise benefitting quality sleep.  I always thought I slept fine, but now I can say that I feel like I sleep very well.  Before I started working out, I would sleep straight to my alarm clock and still be groggy, even after getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night.  Now I’m waking up a little bit before my alarm goes off and I’m not shuffling my feet to the shower. 

It’s always great to research sleep tips for suggestions, but you’ll never know how it will affect you until you try them.  For example, with me going to the gym now, when I go at night sometimes I finish my workout as late as an hour before I go to bed but I don’t feel like it prevents me from falling asleep.  I’ll keep you posted on my sleep tip experiments to let you know what works for me and what doesn’t.

Have you tried any sleep tips?  What worked for you?

Keep checking back to my blog for updated sleep information as well as Sleepys.com for great sleep information as well as great mattresses and bedding that will help you sleep better.  Be on the lookout for Sleepy’s upcoming Veteran’s Day Sale too!

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett

Sleepy’s Partners with MyRegistry.com

Have you ever heard of MyRegistry.com?  It’s this great website that you can sign-up for, for free and create a universal gift registry.  MyRegistry.com is very cool because you can literally put anything you desire on your simple-to-access registry list.  And when I say anything, I mean anything from anywhere, which is why I am so excited to announce that Sleepy’s the Mattress Professionals and MyRegistry.com have partnered up!

You’re about to embark on a lifelong journey with your new partner, what better way to celebrate that than with a new mattress that you both can call your very own as newlyweds.  The partnership between Sleepy’s and MyRegistry.com makes it very easy for you to add a new mattress, or new pillows, or new sheets, or any bedding essentials, to your gift registry.  With MyRegistry.com’s Cash Gift Fund, the program allows several people to make “donations” towards higher ticketed items, such as a new mattress, which I think is a fabulous idea.

As you and your soon-to-be-spouse start filling up your gift registry with MyRegistry.com, don’t forget to visit your local Sleepy’s showroom to test out mattresses together so that you’ll know which mattress you will want to put on your registry.  Once you have found the perfect mattress to share with your future spouse, head over to Sleepys.com and search for that exact mattress.  Once you find it, you will see a button that says “Add to MyRegistry,” which is under the “Add to Cart” and “Add to Wish List” buttons that will automatically add the mattress on to your gift registry.

You haven’t created a registry on MyRegistry.com yet, you say?  Not a problem, visiting Sleepys.com you’ll find all the links you need to follow to create, find or update a registry.  Simplicity is one of the many aspects of MyRegistry.com.  They have many different options for you to share your registry with family and friends.  You can use Facebook integration to share on your profile; you can also create E-cards, links and even printable cards to send out the information as well.

Now, I’ve never been married or engaged so I’m not sure what it’s like going to a store to put together a registry, but I’m not even going to consider that, now knowing that MyRegistry.com gives me access to create a registry with products from Sleepy’s and all other stores from the comfort of home (because we all know how much I dislike going out to shop).  I can imagine that preparing for a wedding can be a stressful time, so why not make one step easier and visit Sleepys.com to set up your gift registration all in one spot. 

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett