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Does Eating Before Bed Cause Nightmares?

Monsters under the bed & food in your stomach
I’ve had this theory for years. When I have a really bad dream, if I think back to the night before, I almost always ate something right before going to sleep. I’m convinced there’s a correlation between nightmares and late-night snacks. Seeing as I’m not a scientist myself, I sought out to do some research to discover if that bag of Doritos really is to blame for the monsters under my bed or if I’ve created my own version of an old wive’s tale.

RestonicWhat are nightmares?
Before we delve into whether or not a meal before bed causes bad dreams, let’s talk a little about nightmares themselves.

Nightmares are dreams that occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that results in feelings of strong terror, fear, distress or extreme anxiety. This phenomenon tends to occur in the latter part of the night and oftentimes awakens the sleeper, who is likely to recall the content of the dream.

Nightmares are:
- More common in females than in men
- May be a normal reaction to stress
- Very common before the age 10
- Prevelent in adulthood too and, if so, are more likely to be caused by trauma or anxiety

Nightmares are considered normal, unless they occur frequently and impair social, occupational and other functional areas of your life. If this is the case, they may be referred to as Nightmare Disorder or “repeated nightmares.”

Does eating before bed cause nightmares?
There are a few studies that support my beliefs and show evidence that eating before bed may lead to nightmares.

We already know that eating before bed is a bad idea. That extra food means that your body is going to boost its metabolism and temperature which leads to more brain activity during REM sleep. More brain activity during REM sleep means more dreams, but does it mean more nightmares too?

Recently, a study by the University of Montreal, discovered a correlation between food, eating before bed and nightmares. In their study, they found that 9.5% of the study’s participants reported a link between late eating and nightmares.

Another study published in the Journal of The Mind and Body, found that ice cream and candy bars can trigger increased brain waves. This caused 7 of their 10 participants to experience nightmares. The study also revealed just going to bed on a full stomach, whatever you ate, can cause nightmare-inducing brain waves.

So what can you do about your nightmares?
Unfortunately nightmares happen to everyone at times. Thankfully they aren’t common for adults, but according to the research I found, there are some simple things you can do to prevent the likelihood of having a bad dream.

Don’t eat before bed — I love when I can say that when I’m right about something. One simple way to avoid having a bad dream is to avoid eating a large or heavy meal before you go to bed. Give yourself a few hours between eating and sleep so your body can digest the food without affecting your sleep.

If you need to eat before bed, nibble on something light like fresh popcorn. Not only will you consume less calories, you’ll also consume less sugar, fat and spicy food — all of which can contribute to brain activity that leads to nightmares.

Sleep on your right side — Prevention Magazine shared a 2004 study written in Sleep and Hypnosis which found people who sleep on their left sides had “significantly more nightmares than those who slept on their right side.” The obvious takeaway: try rolling over onto your right side while you sleep and reduce your chances of a bad dream.

Practice lucid dreaming — Charlie Morley, a lucid dream teacher, believes nightmares are an essential part of our being. Charlie uses lucid dreaming techniques to battle the demons in his unconscious mind and release himself from their grip. You can read more about lucid dreaming and watch Charlie’s Ted Talk on another post I’ve written for Restonic.

I hope the advice and research I’ve found means that you’re less likely to be chased by the Boogeyman in slumberland tonight.

Do you remember the last bad dream that you had? Did you eat before you fell asleep, or do you think it was because of stress in your life? Share your weirdest nightmares in the comments below and what you do to try and prevent them.

 

Is it Time for a New Mattress?

Pile of MattressesWarning! 6 signs you need a new mattress! 

For about 10 years you’ve been coming home and ending a long day with one of your favorite things. You’ve cuddled, snuggled and maybe even ate breakfast between the 25,000 hours during this ongoing relationship. Between the long and sometimes short nights, you knew the day would come, when it must end. But the trouble with endings is deciding when the time is right. When there’s a rip in your jeans – time for a new pair. Car doesn’t start – time for a new one. Phone screen shattered – time for an upgrade. When is it time for a new mattress? How can you tell when your beloved mattress is no longer beloved? The pros say to replace after 10 years of use but what are the signals? Sherlock Spallone is at it again with 6 warning signs it’s time for a new mattress.

1. Tired and sore?
Do you often wake up tired after an average sleep? Or is your body sore and stiff like a board most mornings? These symptoms signal your mattress is no longer providing the support your body needs to fully relax and rest through the night. When your mattress stops providing the needed support, you’ll toss and turn more often, leading to unsweet dreams.

2. It’s crying to be replaced
Lay down…and listen. Can you hear that? Your bed creaking and moaning with every movement might be a cry for help. Check your mattress and foundation – if they’re screaming, they might be stopping you from entering a deep sleep and waking up refreshed.

3. It holds on even when you’re gone
Next time you get out of bed, take a look to see if there is a lasting impression on the mattress. Lasting impressions are the result of deep sagging, meaning the support you need is no longer there.

4. Not missing your comfy bed
Sleeping away from home can be tough, especially with unfamiliar sounds and blankets. There’s nothing like your own comforter and mattress. If you don’t ‘miss your bed’ or love your bed – and feel refreshed from a different bed, it may be time to purchase a replacement.

5. Don’t remember when you purchased a mattress
If your mattress is hitting the 10 year mark, it’s time to start shopping for a new one. Technology advances have changed the foams and support used in today’s mattresses. Also, your body has changed within that time. If you’ve gained or lost weight, started having health issues or have a new spouse, time for a new beautiful mattress.

6. Partner not sleeping
If you’re sleeping fine but your partner is tossing and turning all night – new occurrence – there’s a good chance your mattress isn’t providing the adequate support to your partner. Plus, an uncomfortable partner can disrupt your nightly routine too. And make for grumpy mornings.

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Ready to go mattress shopping and start sleeping better? If you’re ready for a new mattress, we’d love to help you find the right one for you. Visit our Find a Retailer page and we’ll locate a store close by where you can lie on our mattresses and talk to a trained sales

 

Smoothie Recipes with Sleep-Enhancing Ingredients

Get a restful night’s sleep with these healthy smoothie recipes

Did you sleep well last night? If not, look at what you ate in the hours leading up to bedtime and you might find your sleep thief. Science has finally caught up with what Mom used to say, “Eat, right and you’ll sleep right.”  First the bad news – more than 50 million Americans skimp on their sleep needs. And when they sacrifice sleep, they’re also jeopardizing their immune system, their waistline, youthful good looks and the chance to live a long, healthy life. Next, the good news – a few simple tweaks to your diet may help to increase your odds of a successful slumber. Not to mention a healthier you with a chance to live longer.  If you struggle with a good night’s sleep and are considering sleeping pills, try tweaking your diet first. "In my practice, sleep medication is a bridge to treating the underlying cause of the sleep issue," says Dr. La Puma M.D. and cofounder of ChefMD. "Try everything else before you consider medication and when you've exhausted your options, talk to a doctor."

Think of your food as medicine

Researching foods that help and hinder sleep is a fairly new phenomena – but emerging news is reassuring. We really do sleep how we eat and the foods we eat before bedtime can either be a sleep promotor or sleep stealer.  Some foods are known sleep disruptors. Wine, steak and spicy anything are just a few foods that will NOT help you sleep better. Some foods promote better sleep though. Bananas contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan, which encourages relaxation. Other foods just make for a mess in your bed – Fondue is a Fondon’t in our books.  But because science is just starting to recognize food as a sleep regulator, it’s not always crystal clear which side of the food/sleep equation you’re on. Coffee, for example, might be good for your overall health and improved brain functions – but after a certain time of day, it becomes a sleep saboteur. Read more about the coffee/sleep connection.  When we think of a smoothie, we might immediately see it as a breakfast choice – what a healthy way to start the day. But tweaking your smoothie recipe – adding kale, bananas or yogurt – transforms the almighty breakfast smoothie into a sweet dreams smoothie.  Ready for your recipe for better sleep and a healthier you? Keep reading for 3 smoothie recipes!

 

Sweet Dreams Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 fresh medium banana
  • 1/2 cup pitted cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon honey
Add-ins 
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
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Place the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until your desired consistency is reached. Recipe via HealthySmoothieHQ.com.
 

 

Sleepy Seeds Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1⁄4 cup blueberries
  • 1⁄4 cup raspberries
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
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Place ingredients into a blender, fill to the max water line, and blend until a smooth consistency is achieved. Recipe via MakeDrinks.org.

 

Healthy Sleep Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • Handful of kale
  • 1 kiwi fruit avocado
  • 400ml milk
  • 1tbsp honey
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Place ingredients into a blender, fill to the max water line, and blend until a smooth consistency is achieved. Recipe via MensFitness.com.


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This blog does not provide medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on Restonic.com. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.



7 Signs of Sleep Deprivation

Playing fast and loose with sleep makes us feel (and sometimes act) like grumpy toddlers. But because sleep deprivation is the norm, we continue to stay up too late, answer emails from bed and ignore the fact that our off switch is ours to manage. While we wildly careen through our lives, ramping up our mornings with caffeine, winding down the evenings with alcohol, we ignore signs that our lack of sleep is killing us.

Think I'm exaggerating? If you were born before 1970, you might remember a time before people wore seatbelts. And baby and child car seats were unheard of too – kids jumped around backseats without restraint. Getting people to make the connection between surviving an accident and seatbelts was the same as getting people to understand the risk of sleep deprivation to long-term health. People who'd never been in an accident didn't understand the dangers – the risk was easy to ignore because it wasn't immediate. Sleep deprivation is the same. Incredibly dangerous but the side effects are often too far in the future. If you think sleep is a waste of time, here's a sneak peek at your future self...

7 things your future will (NOT) thank you for...

Lack of sleep makes you dumb

During sleep, our brains sort and store memories from the day, making room for new experiences heading our way tomorrow. Think of sleep as the clean-up crew for the pathways in the brain. When we don't get the sleep we need our brains start to look like Walmart toy aisles after Black Friday. Forgetting where you put your glasses today is nothing compared to what your future brain will forget.

And sad...

Sleep and depression have an unholy alliance. People who are depressed often suffer from insomnia and vice versa. According to the National Sleep Foundation, "Insomnia is very common among depressed patients. Evidence suggests that people with insomnia have a ten-fold risk of developing depression compared with those who sleep well."

And ugly...

In 2010, the British Medical Journal released a study that showed how our looks change when we're sleep deprived – and how others see that in our faces. "Our findings show that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested," wrote researchers. "This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep-related facial cues."

Better buy some expando pants

During sleep, our bodies produce hormones that keep appetites in check. When we don't get the sleep we need, we crave salty, sweet foods – remember those all-nighters in college? If you sleep less than six hours a night, you're more likely to become obese than someone who sleeps more than 7 hours a night. Imagine yourself 20 or 30 or 40 pounds heavier – reason enough to go to bed early tonight?

Say goodbye to your sex drive

Both men and women report the death of their libidos after long-term sleep loss. Dr. La Puma says, "Testosterone, in men and women, helps build strength, muscle mass and bone density, as well as revving up your sex drive. During the day testosterone levels naturally drop and they're replenished at night while we sleep."

For guys, the story gets worse. The heavier you are, the more estrogen you produce. Talk about an emasculating cycle.

Say hello to high blood pressure, heart disease, a heart attack

There's no easy way to say this so we'll just throw it out there. Denying our bodies the sleep we need is literally breaking our hearts. According to some estimates, 90% of people who suffer with insomnia, also have one of these health conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Make sure your will is up to date

Now that you know sleep deprivation can drive up medical bills as you age, it's time for the really bad news. It can also kill you. When we're tired, we lose the ability to make smart decisions, which leads to traffic accidents and workplace mishaps – both of which can be fatal.

Instead of an 8-hour sentence in a void of nothingness, maybe it's time to start looking at sleep as the magic bullet to a longer, heart-healthier life. Hands up if you're going to take sleep – and your lack of it – more seriously. Starting tonight.

We know a new mattress can't solve all your sleep challenges but if your mattress has seen better days, we'd love to help you find a new one. We've been making mattresses for more than 75 years and we know a thing or two about getting a good night's sleep.

 

17 Ultimate Sleep Hacks

Simple tips to get you through a sleep-deprived day

When it comes to sleep, we're own worst enemy. There's always something that ranks higher on the scale than sleep. But the truth is, our choices are killing us. From long term health to daily bodily functions to simple happiness, how much sleep we get (or don't get) every night affects us innumerable ways. We can't cut corners on sleep and not have it affect us.

When your mom told you to "sleep on it," or to "get your beauty sleep," she wasn't kidding. A lot of what we know about the basics of sleep is common sense – but is it possible to hack a good night's sleep? To fool your body into feeling better when the night before was less than stellar?

If you're struggling through your day, sleep-deprived and grumpy, try these sleep hacks to navigate your way through your day. And then plan to get to bed early tonight!

TomatosMorning Energizers

  • Start with a cool shower – Cool water is like booster cables are to your stalled car. Make sure the cool (not cold) water hits you from your head to your toes to really wake you up.
  • Add mint to your morning – Mint is a refresher so add it into your body wash, shampoo and toothpaste for a whole body wake-up.
  • Add moisturizer liberally – Sleep deprivation dehydrates but moisturizer can fake a little glow in your cheeks. It's not called beauty sleep for nothing.
  • Subtract puffiness – Dunk a couple of metal spoons in very cold water (or freeze them) and place under your eyes. Massage gently to reduce puffiness. Cold cucumber, used tea bags or a bag of frozen peas will work too.
  • Sip your coffee, don't chug it – Studies show that just 2 oz. of coffee per hour is enough to keep your system juiced up. Just remember, no coffee after 2 pm or you'll be in for another sleepless night.
  • Nosh on protein – When you're tired, your body craves sugary, salty snacks but don't do it. Start your day with a protein-rich breakfast. Keep cravings at bay with a healthy balance of carbs, fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

Noon Refreshers

  • Dial down the thermostat – Being too warm can make you feel sluggish and tired but cooler air will wake you up.
  • Soak up the sun – Sit near a bright window or take a stroll outside at lunch. Even if it's cloudy outside, natural light wakes up the brain in ways indoor lighting can't come close to.
  • Move your body quickly – Running up a flight of stairs or doing a dozen jumping jacks will jump-start (pardon the pun) your system, reducing bloating and puffiness.
  • Drink lots of water – Whether you drank alcohol the night before or not, sleep deprivation causes dehydration.
  • Sip, sip, sip all day long – add ice to your drink to help increase alertness.
  • Wash your hands with cool water – Cool water on your wrists cools your pulse points, which will leave you feeling refreshed. While you're at it, splash cool water on your face and massage your temples.
  • Grab a coffee and a quick nap – Drink a cup of coffee, close your eyes and nap for 20 minutes. When you wake up, the coffee will be hitting your bloodstream, giving you a boost that will last for hours.

SleepingEvening get-ready-for-sleep tips

  • Just say no – Take a pass on coffee, caffeinated tea and chocolate tonight. If you're going to drink alcohol, do it with a meal at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Prepare your sleep spa – Your bedroom should be an oasis of tranquility and relaxation. Our sleep spa tips can help ready your sleep environment.
  • Power down electronics – Start turning off all your screen devices and spend the last hour before bed quietly chatting or reading a good book - a real book with pages. The backlight from electronics and TV wake up rather than relax.
  • Set your alarm for sleep – A bedtime alarm will remind you when it's time to call it a day and catch up on your lost sleep from last night.
  • Grab a snack before bedtime – Snacks like peaches and Greek yogurt or parmesan cheese toast have just the right amount of carbohydrates and protein to soothe your senses before bed.

Some nights will be smoother than others and the occasional night of insomnia is normal. Struggling night after night to sleep is not healthy – nor is it normal. If you're concerned your occasional insomnia is becoming a habit, find a sleep doctor near you – today.

Drinking, Driving and Sleep

BedEver driven while tired? Thought a cup of coffee would perk you up? Did you know that 90% of police officers have (at least once) pulled over a driver who appeared to be drunk only to find a sleepy driver – not an intoxicated one – behind the wheel? An exhausted driver may not even realize s/he has fallen asleep. Micro-sleeps can last 4-5 seconds, which doesn’t seem like a long time – but it’s long enough to cross the centerline and crash. You might think you can power through your need to sleep but statistics say otherwise. Read more on the Restonic SleepBlog.

Our Take Over the World Plans?

In the United States, Restonic enthusiasts stretch out each night from Anchorage to Atlanta, New York to Naples, not to mention all of our locations around the world. But we have even bigger plans – and we’ve switched from using elephants to social media to share our story. This week, our Restonic families on both Twitter and Facebook reached 10,000 each.

Why the big love for Restonic? It might be our approach to mattress-making – an intricate blending of art and science. Here’s the art: every Restonic mattress is made by hand, just like we did back in 1938 when we began life as the Triple Cushion Factory. The science? From individually pocketed coils to NASA-developed, temperature-regulating fabrics, we use science to help us build better beds.

The Great American Sleep Recession!

Years ago, we bragged about surviving on a few hours of sleep. Just like super models can survive on a breath mint for days. Yeah, right. Thanks to sleep ambassadors like Dr. Oz and Arianna Huffington, we’ve evolved. We’re smarter now and we take our sleep seriously.

Not so fast, cowboy. According to a recent article in CNN, we’re still playing fast and loose with our sleep habits.

At Restonic, we understand life’s balancing act isn’t easy and getting quality sleep can be challenging. If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, it’s time to get serious. Click on over to our SleepBlog and load up on everything you need to start sleeping better. Tonight.

Are we Facebook or Twitter friends yet? Our social media updates are handcrafted with love, just like our mattresses. Follow us on social media and we’ll keep your newsfeed from being a total snoozefest.

We have a confession to make ... ... We love you!

Which is why, dear Restonic Dream Team, we've filled our SleepBlog with a smorgasbord of lovable Valentine's articles that'll tickle the hearts and help deliver more nights filled with great sleep. Our blog and social media updates are handcrafted with love, just like our mattresses.

Game TimeGame Time & Your Sleep - Will You Score the Winning Goal? 1/30/15

The Super Bowl is a fun time to get together with friends and family and game day just wouldn't be the same without a table full of cheesy, meaty, hearty eats. We can’t wait! What we’re not looking forward to is struggling to get a good night’s sleep after that winning touchdown goal is scored. After all, Super Bowl food isn’t exactly sleep-friendly food. Add in the alcoholic drinks and you’ve got a recipe for a tired Monday morning.

Time to change the rules of engagement so when your favorite team faces off on the gridiron, you’ll be noshing on touchdown-worthy eats that might actually help you sleep later.

Click on over to the Restonic Super Bowl Menu and start planning your grocery list – and a great night’s sleep!

Restonic 2015 Marketing Programs - it's going to be a busy year!

Big congrats to Jeff Garfield, owner of Bedrooms & More in Seattle. He won the grand prize – $3,000 – at our Retailer Appreciation Breakfast in Las Vegas this past week. Congrats also go to Murphy LaSalle from Mattress Innovations ($2,000) and T. W. Peterson from Discount Mattress Store ($1,000) who won second and third prizes.

If new and innovative ways to reach your consumers is high on your priority list for 2015, we’re here to help with a smorgasbord of tools launched at Las Vegas Market. Here’s a taste of what we can offer you:

Digital Publishing Program – Launched in 2013, the SleepBlog is the genesis for the Restonic Digital Publishing Program, accessible on Brand Central. If you’re interested in using this program, talk to Julia Rosien about access to the Restonic Image service as well – 1,000’s of lifestyle images free to you for a full year.

Brand Central – Our full suite of marketing materials (print, video, digital and POP) is available to you electronically, any time of day or night. Need an image for an advertising campaign? Need to access a press release? With your own personal login, you have access to all Restonic brand assets.

RetaiLive – Designed to be used on the retail sales floor, this interactive tool allows customers to instantly dive deeper into mattresses that interest them. Use it as a sales tool or invite customers to download it for reading at a later time. Please talk to your sales rep for more information.

Handmade mattresses – Made with high quality materials and specifications that deliver a price point approach for value-minded consumers. ComfortCare Limited, an exclusive line of luxury mattresses, was launched in Las Vegas this past week.

We'd love to help you help your customers get a better night's sleep. Shoot us an email at sweetdreams@restonic.com or simply reply to this newsletter and let’s talk!


Another Year of Great Sleep is Just Beginning!Happy 2015

As we reflect on all the amazing people who have touched our lives in 2014, we want to thank YOU! You are an important part the Restonic family and we hope your 2015 is filled with love, happiness and lots of healthy, rejuvenating sleep. We’re so grateful to be a part of your life. Cheers to a wonderful New Year of dreaming bigger!

Joy it up with Restonic!

Someone strings popcorn on the freshly cut tree while mom pulls fresh baked gingerbread from the oven. The carols are playing, the mulled cider is steeping and everyone’s oozing happy holiday cheer.

Trouble is, the Norman Rockwell image glosses over the quirky family rituals and odd relatives that send nerves-a-twitching before stringing that popcorn ...

The holidays are busy and filled with more to do than most of us can manage. But remember, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, not the “Stressed-out-how-am-I-going-survive-another-holiday” season. If you’re barely surviving, we’ve got a smorgasbord of thoughtful posts on our SleepBlog to help you go from surviving to thriving.

Christmas GiftAll we want for Christmas is a good night's sleep!

According to a recent survey, sleep is the gift of choice this holiday season. More than 35% of Americans plan to give their loved ones gifts that promote a better night’s sleep. What’s more, sleep is so top of mind that more than a third of those surveyed said they would give up a year of social media, sex and/or chocolate in return for a lifetime of better sleep. Interesting to note that men led the charge with all they’d give up in the name of sleep....

Want to share the joy of better sleep with your customers? The Restonic Retail Toolbox – BrandCentral – houses all our logos, pre-designed ads (a full year in advance) and even a smorgasbord of videos, graphics and social media content, including blog posts, images and newsy content. We’d love to help you help your customers get a better night’s sleep.

Which Trade Publications do you read? Restonic minds want to know!

At Restonic, we’re committed to creating fans, not just customers. We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to serve your needs and exceed expectations. As Thanksgiving draws closer, so does the start of 2015 – and new opportunities to serve you better.

To ensure we’re doing everything we can to help you, we’d like to know how our advertising efforts help you. Does our digital publishing program rock your world? Maybe it’s the articles we produce for Sleep Savvy. Maybe you’d like to see us do something completely new!

Please take our survey and let us know how we did in 2014 – so we can plan even stronger 2015! Take our short survey now!

Calling all Authorized Restonic Retailers ~ Restonic's Digital Publishing Program

Over the last year, we’ve invested time and energy into building our SleepBlog, as well as our social media channels. If you’re an authorized Restonic Retailer, we’d like to hand all that content over to you to use on your own channels.

The newly created *Restonic Digital Publishing Program* will give you access to our blog posts and social media updates. As well, we’ve secured an image service so you can add engaging visuals to your updates. Restonic will pay for your first year’s subscription to this service, which gives you unlimited access to thousands of lifestyle images.

When you log into BrandCentral, (on our website) click on the Media Room. From there, you’ll see a link to the Restonic Digital Publishing Program. You can download the whole file, which includes a mini tutorial.

If you’d like to learn more about the program and how you can maximize benefits, let’s set up a time to chat. My name is Julia Rosien and I’m delighted to serve as your guide through this program and help your retail dreams come true.

Buzzed KidsGuzzling energy drinks to help you stay awake?

 Tired of fighting the afternoon energy slump? You know, that time when every task takes twice as long and patience is twice as strained? Guzzling an energy drink to get you through to quitting time might feel like the perfect fix – but is it? And are your kids copying the energy drink trend too?

We think a good night’s sleep is the safest and most effective energy boost. A work week is 40 hours (60 if you're an over-achiever), which leaves 128 hours for sleep, chores and everything else. Sleep is the fuel that allows you to stay focused and on task – and to feel motivated to make healthy food and exercise choices throughout the day. Cheating yourself out of healthy sleep is like venturing out on a road trip without gassing up first. Silly, right?

Get smart. And get to bed early tonight. Your life will thank you!

 Your Bed, Your Family

The kitchen may be the heartbeat of a happy, healthy home but our bedrooms are its soul. Our bed is (or should be) the most comfortable place in our homes and the envoy of lots of good things, including sound sleep. It’s the place where we greet our days and where we wave farewell to them. It’s where we cuddle and canoodle with our lovers, our children and our pets.

While many of us use our beds as tantalizing cocoons of serenity, they can also serve as an ad hoc home office, family gathering place and even a bench to sort socks. We recently reached out to our Facebook friends to find out how they use their beds. Turns out, beds are for a whole lot more than sleeping.

For those about to sleep, we salute you!

Struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Sleep experts predict sleep deprivation may be the next public health epidemic. It’s linked to car crashes (more than 10,000 per year), industrial disasters (Exxon Valdez & Stanton Island Ferry) and a staggering amount of preventable workplace accidents. What’s more, chronic sleep-skippers are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity, as well as from cancer, early death and reduced quality of life and productivity. Yikes!

The answer to the sleep epidemic is simple – get more sleep. We make mattresses but we know a getting a good night’s sleep is a life choice, not just a really great mattress (though that helps!). If you want to live longer, stay healthier and be happier, a good night’s sleep is your best defense. If you haven’t visited our Sleep Blog lately, we’ve got a smorgasbord of sleep information and resources ready to help.

 

 

 

Back To School, Back To Sleep

Alarm ClockSeptember’s almost here and with it cooler weather, Sunday football games and, of course, a return the routine of school. Trouble is, many kids begin their school days sleep deprived and incapable of long-term learning – and on a path to adult obesity. At Restonic, we believe sleep is one of the three pillars of health (along with diet and exercise) and that healthy sleep is a right, not a privilege.

If you haven’t visited our Sleep Blog lately, we’ve got a smorgasbord of sleep information to help your family sleep better tonight so tomorrow’s a healthier day. We believe getting a good night’s sleep is more than just tucking into bed early.

Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime!  Sweet dreams, friends.

 

The Art of Writing a Helpful Mattress Review

We’ve been making mattresses for more than 75 years and we believe that a good night’s sleep is a right, not a privilege. All our mattresses are made by hand with materials designed to support your dreams of a whole bunch of better tomorrows. But what’s the cost of a good night’s sleep? If you spent $2,000 on a new mattress (for example) and slept comfortably on that mattress for 7 years, the cost of healthy sleep would be $1.27 per night – less than the cost of a Starbucks coffee in the morning…

If you’re sleeping on a Restonic mattress, please consider writing a review on GoodBed.com. Feel free to steal these tips to help: mattress review advice.

The amount of sleep required by the average person is 5 minutes more! Sweet dreams friends!

How do you manage your college-aged kids & sleep deprivation?

Got kids heading to college in September? Moving into a college dorm can feel a lot like taking up residence in the city that never sleeps. According to a study released by Texas A&M University, only 7% of students sleep long enough to wake up feeling refreshed. What’s more, 25% of students surveyed admitted dropping a course or receiving a lower grade due to sleep difficulties. Yikes…

We know better mornings (and higher grades) begin with a healthy night’s sleep. Since you can’t be there to enforce a curfew, let us help ensure the sleep they do get is healthy and nourishing. Supporting (parent's) dream's is what we do!

What the Heck's a Hybrid Mattress?

ApplesA new species of rave-worthy mattresses is emerging and it's transforming how we sleep. Enter the hybrid mattress – an innovative solution that answers the call to an age old problem – how to get a better night's sleep. No longer must we choose between coil (inner spring), latex, memory foam or even gel – we can have it all in one sweet sleep system.

But if you’re not sleeping on a hybrid mattress, can you hack a good night’s sleep? Can you fool your body into feeling better when the night before was less than stellar? If you're struggling through your day, sleep-deprived and grumpy, feel free to steal our 17 sleep hacks to navigate your way through your day. And then plan to get to bed early tonight!

What do Women Really Want?

Restonic is pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded the Women’s Choice Award for the 4th consecutive year. We were even featured in USA Today this week! Restonic was the first mattress brand awarded this accolade and since we’ve been making mattresses for a long time (more than 75 years), it’s nice to know we’re doing a few things right.

We’ve been busy adding new features to Restonic.com to make finding healthy sleep information – and maybe a new mattress – even easier. Check out our links below and then let us know how we can help you!

Father and ChildCan Better Sleep Help You Live Longer?

When it comes to how long you're going to live, there's a lot of truth in the saying that genetics is a loaded gun – but your environment is the trigger. You may carry genes for a multitude of diseases, but whether you get them or not is larger dependent on how you live your life. What if you could avoid disease and live a happier, fuller life just by getting the sleep you need?

At Restonic, we’ve been supporting our customers’ dreams for almost a century – dreams of better mornings, better afternoons and better nights too. If you need sleep advice from expert sources, doctors and bloggers, our SleepBlog can help. And if you’re in the market for a new mattress, we know a thing or two about that too.

Visit Restonic today and let us support your dreams!

 

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