In today’s technology-savvy world, it’s normal to fall asleep with the television on while your phone charges next to you. But did you know that electronic devices are a leading cause of poor sleep habits among parents and children?
The National Sleep Foundation 2014 Sleep in America ® Poll discovered that sleep quality diminished if electronics are left on overnight. People are more susceptible to having trouble falling asleep due to the bright light and are more likely to wake up in the middle of the night.
According to the poll, of the 48% of parents who report they sometimes leave one or more “active” electronic devices – tablet or smartphone, laptop or desktop computer, and/or video game – on after falling asleep, 57% say their child does the same.
To get the best rest possible, Serta challenges you to take the Give It a Rest Pledge!
Pledge to give your electronics a rest before bed and improve your sleep habits.
I pledge to turn off my television or computer at least two hours before going to sleep.
I will silence my phone while sleeping and remove it from my quiet space.
I will encourage others to take the Give It a Rest Pledge and improve their sleep habits.
I will set an example for my children to put down the electronics before bed.
No matter how many obstacles I face, I will continue to work diligently on my journey to improve my sleep habits.
The sweepstakes will run from March 7, 2014, through March 21, 2014, exclusively on Serta’s Facebook page, where additional details and Official Rules can be found.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Serta Give It a Rest Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Serta, Inc., 2600 Forbs Ave., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192. The Sweepstakes begins at 10 a.m. CST on 3/7/14, and ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT on 3/21/14. The Sweepstakes is open only to persons who, at the time of entry, are 18 years or older and legal residents of the 50 United States, DC, and Canada (excluding Quebec). Odds of being selected for a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries. Limit one entry per person. Approximate Retail Value of all prizes is $2,898. For Official Rules visit http://bit.ly/Nx4yvL.
We are celebrating Sleep Awareness Week with the National Sleep Foundation all week long! We’ll be sharing sleep tips and facts to keep you feeling well-rested and ready for a great night of sleep.
With Daylight Saving Time just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing your body for the change that will be taking place. Your mind will know there’s a time change, but it will take your body a bit of adjusting.
Start to prepare your body over the weekend by gradually making modifications. Start to head to bed 15 minutes early a few days before the change. This method will prevent a shock to your body when it loses an hour of sleep.
Be prepared for the feelings after the time change takes place. It may be difficult for your body to adjust to the longer daylight, so balance the light and dark by opening your shades in the morning and dimming your lights when it gets dark. This will help your body know that it’s time to get ready for sleep.
Know that Monday is going to be tough. While the actual time change occurs on Sunday at 2 a.m., Monday morning is when most people feel the effects. As if Mondays weren’t tough enough already! Be prepared by going to sleep on time on Sunday, and take a short walk on Monday around midday.
Use these tips as you prepare for Daylight Saving Time. Follow us on Facebook for more sleep tips and facts this week.
Love is in the air and Serta is ready to celebrate! Did you know psychologists have shown it takes between 90 seconds and 4 minutes to decide if you like someone? To celebrate the special people in your life, take some time, between 90 seconds and 4 minutes, and make a plan to incorporate these ideas into your Valentine’s Day celebrations.
- For your special someone…Breakfast in bed – Surprise your loved one with a special Valentine’s Day breakfast. Embrace the reds and pinks of the season and serve strawberries, raspberries, or pomegranate seeds. Heart-shaped pancakes or waffles help spread the theme or use food coloring to dye them red or pink! Don’t forget to include fresh flowers and a chocolate treat for later in the day.
- For your kids…Heart curtain – Surprise your children with a heart curtain dangling outside their bedroom door. Write sweet messages or reasons you love them on paper hearts and hang outside their bedroom door. They’ll wake up to a loving surprise.
- For your friends…Party with friends – Embrace your single status and throw a party with friends! Snack on sweet heart-themed treats, make Valentine’s Day crafts, and toast to love and friendship with champagne.
- For yourself…Treat yourself – What’s the one thing you’ve been lusting after? Enjoy a trip to a spa, a new pair of shoes, or a delicious meal at your favorite restaurant. Celebrate you and pamper yourself this Valentine’s Day!
Whether you are celebrating your friends, your family, or yourself, show someone you care this Valentine’s Day and end the day by saying “Goodnight Sweetheart.” For more ideas on celebrating Valentine’s Day visit our Pinterest board.
We’re spreading the love with our Sweetest Sleep Giveaway. From February 4, 2014 through February 14, 2014, we’re giving away a Serta iComfort® 2–in–1 Scrunch Pillow™ made with hundreds of Cool Action™ gel memory foam cushions every day!
Each day you have the chance to win a Serta iComfort 2-in-1 Scrunch Pillow and be entered to win our Sleep Accessory Comfort Package grand prize containing gifts perfect for spending Valentine’s Day in comfort. On February 17, the grand prize will be given to one sweet winner. The Sleep Accessory Comfort Package will contain a queen size iComfort 2-in-1 Scrunch Pillow, a Sleep to Go™ Luxury Fleece Blanket, a gourmet chocolate basket, and a $50 gift card.
Embrace the season of love by entering today!
To enter, participants must visit the Serta Facebook page and fill out the entry form. One winner will be chosen every day!
The sweepstakes will run from February 4, 2014 through February 14, 2014, exclusively on Serta’s Facebook page, where additional details and Official Rules will be found.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Serta’s Sweetest Sleep Giveaway Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Serta Inc., 2600 Forbs Avenue, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192. Sweepstakes is not sponsored by Facebook, Inc. Sweepstakes begins at 10:00 a.m. CST on February 4, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on February 14, 2014. Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are the age of majority or older are eligible to enter. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Total approximate retail value of all prizes is $1,098. For the Official Rules visit http://bit.ly/1imPsU1.
It’s almost one month into 2014, how are you doing with your New Year’s Resolution? The year started with hopeful outlooks, determined missions, and promises to eat better, stop smoking, or get more sleep. What’s your status update?
If you’ve fallen off the wagon (or haven’t started yet), it’s not too late! Here are three tips to keep your motivation up and your New Year’s Resolutions going all year.
1. Set a schedule
Getting into a routine sounds easier than it is. Make a point to set a specific time each day to work on your resolution. By making your resolution part of your daily routine, or omitting what you want to stop from your daily routine, it becomes part of your day. When you skip a day, it will feel out of place. Another part of your schedule is thinking in the long-term. Create small goals on the way to meeting your bigger goal to feel accomplishments throughout the year.
It’s a few weeks into the New Year and by now, you may be feeling discouraged about your resolution. Maybe you haven’t started your resolution yet or maybe you’re realizing how challenging it will be. Regardless, don’t let it get you down. Start by analyzing your resolution and making realistic adjustments if needed. Setbacks are going to happen, but remember that they are part of the process.
3. Get additional help
Life is better with a buddy. Pick a friend, co-worker, family member or join a support group to amp up your resolutions. For example, if your resolution is to get more sleep, encourage your partner to go to sleep with you at the same time. Getting on schedule together will help you meet your goal.
Remember to stick with it and soon you’ll be meeting your goals. What advice do you have to continue with a New Year’s Resolution?
Children’s bedrooms are more than just where they sleep. It is also where their creativity expands to fight dragons, draw and color, play dress-up, and have sweet dreams. Their bedrooms become a special space where they learn responsibility and have control over their environment, two important steps in their development.
Here are a few bedroom design ideas to bring your children’s imagination to life and make them feel special:
- A chalkboard wall gives children the benefit of a large drawing space to inspire creativity. If you want a smaller chalkboard, consider half a wall or a door. Simply paint chalkboard paint as you would regular paint. This inspiring décor provides an opportunity for solo play and quiet time or a place to leave sweet messages. A bonus is the easy clean-up and maintenance.
- If your children share a room, use a similar color palette but divide a portion of the room using a curtain or furniture so each child has their own individual special space. Allow each child to choose their own bedding within the color scheme to showcase their personality.
- Hang their artwork using frames, wires, or corkboard. Displaying their paintings, drawings, and crafts makes children proud of the work they have done.
- Create a cozy corner filled with book shelves, lots of pillows, and blankets to encourage reading and quiet time. They will love to cuddle up in their special nook.
- Make the space their own by incorporating their interests and hobbies. Get their input on color schemes and decorations. Asking children what they would like to see in their room gives them pride for their space and the motivation to keep it tidy and in good condition.
For more inspiration for your children’s bedrooms, visit our Pinterest board.
Holiday Survival Guide (Part 4): Five Surprising Facts You Should Know About Sleep for Your Better Sleep Resolution
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the most common reason people feel excessively tired is self-imposed sleep deprivation. To help you live healthier in 2014, we’ve compiled five surprising facts you should know about sleep for your Better Sleep Resolution:
1. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you are more likely to have a bigger appetite. Leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone and when it decreases from a lack of sleep, your appetite increases. If your resolution is to lose weight, getting enough sleep plays a key role.
2. Snoring disrupts approximately 90 million American adults. Snoring may seem harmless, but it could be a symptom of sleep apnea, a life threatening sleep disorder. If you wake frequently throughout the night gasping for breath and snore loudly with pauses in the snoring, consult a physician.
3. Sleep patterns may change as we age, but the amount of sleep needed does not. Most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
4. If you wake in the middle of the night and after 20 minutes still cannot fall back to sleep, it is best to get out of bed, go to another room, and read or listen to music. Avoid looking at the clock and when you are sleepy, return to bed.
5. Regular exercise will help you to fall asleep easier and sleep better. However, exercising right before bed or exercising irregularly will make falling asleep more challenging.
How will you get better sleep in 2014? Start by determining if your mattress and pillows are comfortable and supportive. Make sleep a priority and stick to your sleep schedule even on the weekends. Remember to put away electronics and turn off the television at least an hour before bed.
What’s your 2014 Better Sleep Resolution?
By Tésa Nicolanti of www.2Wired2Tired.com
Travel and the holidays go hand in hand. Many of us will be maneuvering our way through crowded airports, traffic jams, flight delays, and unexpected weather to celebrate with family and friends. All of this can be exhausting and that’s why it’s important to get a good night’s sleep so you can enjoy the festivities once you arrive at your destination. Here are a few tips for making the most out of your holiday travel sleep arrangements.
Bunking With Relatives
Will you be staying with relatives over the holidays? Worried that Grandpa’s snoring is going to keep you awake night after night? Make sure you pack earplugs or noise cancelling headphones. If you are a night owl while everyone else is an early bird or if you are simply dealing with jet lag, this can help keep the din of busy house to a low level allowing you can catch a few more z’s before your feet hit the floor for the day. They also can block out the snoring of any roommates or Grandpa down the hall helping you to get the rest you need so you have the energy to bake cookies, wrap gifts, go sledding, and enjoy every moment.
Hitting The Sack At A Hotel
When you know you’ll be staying in a hotel be sure to do a little research and pack a few things to ensure a good night’s sleep. Did you know that Serta is the number one mattress supplier to the hotel industry in the United States? If your hotel has a Serta mattress you are sure to be in good hands. When packing bring a sound machine or find a good white noise app on your phone. Listening to hotel room doors bang shut, ice machine racket, elevators roaring up and down, or the clamor of street traffic will surely keep you up all night. Block out all the commotion with the sleep machine or app. It’s an easy and simple way to drift off to sleep while traveling.
Will you be hosting guests this holiday season? Make their stay memorable by offering amenities that will have them sleeping as soundly as if they were in their own beds at home. Put a TV in the guest room so they have a place to unwind at the end of long and festive day. Provide reading materials, magazines and books, so they can enjoy them as they lounge in bed just a little while longer or prior to nodding off. Pamper them with Serta Memory Foam Pillows and Luxury Fleece Blankets to chase away the winter chill. Provide a small basket of snacks and drinks so they can enjoy them in their room when hunger hits.
These tips will make holiday travel a little easier and more pleasant this year. A good night’s sleep is important and will help you enjoy the festivities to their fullest.
By Melissa Mitchell of SippyCupMom.com
The holidays are here and if you’re like me, this month is full of activities both with your family and at school. We have so much going on from traditions like Breakfast with Santa and driving around looking at Christmas lights to classroom parties and visiting friends and family that don’t live nearby. With such an exciting time of year, it’s easy for kids routines to get messed up – which means their sleep is getting interrupted too!
Everyone knows that lack of sleep for a little one equals a cranky little one and possibly cranky parents too! To keep the holiday season jolly and bright, here are some tips on keeping a good sleep routine for your child this month.
1. Be firm with a set bedtime
There have already been a few special occasions in the past few weeks where my three kids were kept up way past their bedtime since we were having so much fun or celebrating a special event. Your child may beg to stay up late again once you’re back home but make sure to stay firm with a consistent bedtime or as close to their regular bedtime as possible. You may have to start their “wind-down” time a little earlier so they get used to getting settled into bed. Once this busy time of year is over with, you’ll be thankful!
2. Quiet Time and Naps
I have a 5 year old who gave up naps years ago. But with all of the busyness of the season, he is usually exhausted after school and on the weekends. I usually enforce “Quiet Time” in his room where he can lay on his bed and look through his books. I usually let him listen to Christmas music and he usually ends up falling asleep anyway during this time!
With my 9 month old twins, I’m very strict on making sure they have nap time or quiet time in their cribs, especially if I know we will be out later that evening or in new surroundings.
3. Traveling During the Holidays
If you’re out of town visiting family, try to keep the same bedtime routine as if you were at home. If you have to keep the same bedtime for the sanity of everyone, do it! Make sure to bring familiar PJs, a pillow and a stuffed animal so your child feels comfortable during bedtime.
4. Focus on your Child at Bedtime
Days can be long and most parents are exhausted after a busy day during the holidays but when it comes time for your child’s bedtime, make sure to completely focus on them! Especially if you are out of town, they can suffer from being overstimulated. Take time to tuck them into bed, talk about their day and what they enjoyed most, read a holiday book or just talk about what they are excited about this holiday season. Once they have your complete focus, they should be nodding off and dreaming of sugarplums in no time!
What are some of your tips for keeping your child on a sleep schedule during the holidays?
By Jennifer Scheumann of TinyOranges.com
‘Tis the season to be…stressed. There, I said it.
I am a really positive person by nature but every year during the holiday season at some point I find myself thinking how sad it is that what is supposed to be the happiest season can easily become the most stressful time of year.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little planning and perspective, you can find more peace this year with these tips on how to avoid holiday stress.
1. Implement a Method to the Shopping Madness
A lot of the holiday stress for me comes from last minute running around. If you plan ahead you can save time and streamline your errands.
First, make a list of all the people you will buy gifts for this season along with gift ideas. You can also do a budget if that helps you feel less stressed as well.
Once you have your list of gifts, write down where you will get them, and make a list of your retail shopping locations, gifts to buy at those stores, and online shopping.
Take your retail stores and make a shopping plan where you can either take a chunk of time and do a lot of it in one day, or break it up into stops where you can plan out when you will hit those stores.
For your online orders, schedule a block of time so you can do the majority of it at once.
2. Shop Early. Like Now.
Once you are done with your list, there is no time like the present (no pun intended), so get out there and get as much shopping done early as possible. Having your shopping done will, in itself, make you feel more at peace.
3. Evaluate Your Social Calendar
A lot of stress for the month of December comes from the “fun” events, right?! The additional social events can really throw off your groove.
Just like your shopping, write down all the social obligations you will have for the month by date.
Taking it a step further, write down any shopping or preparation needed for that event.
For example, do you need a new pair of heels for your husband’s Christmas party? Need to buy a gift for your child’s holiday classroom party?
Add those errands to the retail stops or online orders in your shopping plan so you can get it all done in one swoop!
3. RSVP “No” If Needed (It’s OK!)
The holidays can sometimes be too much. Give yourself permission to politely decline a social invitation if you feel like you are getting over scheduled. You don’t have to go to everything. Say it again with me, “you don’t have to go to everything.”
4. Give Yourself Permission to Take Shortcuts
Nobody cares if you buy a dozen sugar cookies from your local bakery for your cookie exchange. Put it in your own dish with a pretty bow and call it a day. Nobody has to know. I won’t tell.
5. Schedule in Time to Take Care of Yourself
In the month of December, it is easy to forget to take care of ourselves. In your week, schedule one hour (or more!) of an activity that relaxes you. Maybe it’s a pedicure, reading a book, taking a bath, going for a walk with a girlfriend, etc. Taking time to recharge your battery will help ease the stress and keep you more in balance.
6. That’s a Wrap
In the week(s) prior to Christmas (NOT the night before) schedule a block of time to be in your house ALONE to get all your wrapping done. If that means arranging for your husband or the grandparents to take the kids for the day, do it! Even better, maybe there is a high school student in your neighborhood that would want to wrap your gifts for a small fee? Consider outsourcing if needed.
Just don’t leave your wrapping until the wee hours of the night. You need your sleep.
7. Silent Night
Speaking of sleep, the number one thing you can do to avoid holiday stress and find peace is to make sure you are getting a solid night’s sleep, every night. No more online shopping or gift wrapping late into the night! Plan ahead so you can make sure that your sleep is not sacrificed. Lack of sleep and over-caffienation can make anyone feel stressed.
I hope some of these tips have been helpful. Now go out and dazzle this holiday season!