Sweet Dreams, Parents

January 26, 2015

The crying, the wailing, the fussing…when your baby doesn’t sleep, neither do you. Countless books, websites, and friends offer advice and tactics to get your little one to sleep through the night. While so much is focused on helping the child sleep, what about helping the parents? Keep reading for tips to help sleepless parents find relaxation and make the most of their sleep.

Sleep tips for new parents

Nap when they nap - You’re getting the same amount of sleep and still waking up the same amount of times as your little one. You both need sleep! During the first few weeks, don’t forget to take a nap as your little one naps. While the dishes still need to get done and laundry is a must, taking a short nap gives you the boost to get those household tasks completed. Remember to set an alarm so you get your rest but also have time for yourself.

 

Take turns – You can’t do it all alone. It’s OK to ask for help with watching your little one. Late nights and early mornings with little sleep in-between will make for one cranky parent. Talk to your partner about roles and responsibilities and remember you’re in this together. Rotate nights, or ask a family member or friend to watch the baby while you both take a quick nap. People are more than willing to help sleep deprived parents get some shut eye to feel like themselves again; you just have to ask.

 

Go to bed when the kids do – This is a tough one because many parents feel there is much to do while their kids are sleeping. While it may be unrealistic to hit the hay around the same time as your child, you’re waking up as much as them, and as early, so remember to get just about the same amount of sleep.

 

Make your bedroom environment suitable for sleep – Remember, this was your room before the diapers, wipes, toys, and trash took over. Keep your space clean and suitable for sleep to make sure that when you can get sleep, you do. Take ten minutes to tidy up before going to sleep, and you’ll be surprised how the quality of your sleep improves.

 

While each child and parent is different, it’s important to develop a plan for those first few sleepless nights as new parents. Most importantly, remember that you’re not alone and many parents experience the same struggles.

Countdown to Kickoff with Serta

January 25, 2015

Serta is counting down to the biggest night in sports by giving you the chance to show your team spirit and win big!


It’s seven days until the big game and Serta has seven days of prizes to give away! From January 26 through February 1, 2015, celebrate The Big Game with Serta by entering the Countdown to Kickoff Sweepstakes. We’re counting down by giving away a limited edition Serta Counting Sheep plush toy to one randomly selected winner every day. The winning team won’t be the only ones celebrating because during the game on February 1, one grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a Serta mattress of their choice!


To enter, participants are required to submit a photo on Twitter or Instagram showing how they are the biggest fan of their favorite football team. Examples might include:


• A pet decked out in your team’s colors
• Your collection of team jerseys


The photo must include #SertaCountdownToKickoff and #SertaSweeps in the caption. To be considered a qualified entry, the participant’s profile must be set to “public.” One winner will be chosen every day for seven days, with the grand prize winner announced on February 1, 2015 during Halftime during The Big Game.


Whether your favorite team is playing or not, you can still win big!

 

 

OFFICIAL RULES FOR COMPLETE PRIZE DETAILS.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. 

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD:  The Serta Countdown to Kickoff Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01 a.m. Central Standard Time (“CST”) on January 26, 2015, and ends at 5:30 p.m. CST on February 1, 2015 (“Sweepstakes Period”).

SPONSOR: Serta, Inc., 2600 Forbs Avenue, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60192 (“Sponsor”). The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter, Inc. or Instagram, LLC.  All inquiries, questions, comments or complaints should be directed to Sponsor, not Twitter, Inc., or Instagram, LLC.

AGREEMENT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES:  By participating in the Sweepstakes, all entrants fully and unconditionally agree to and accept these Official Rules and the Sponsor’s decisions which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes.  Winning the prizes (described below) is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

ELIGIBILITY.  Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding residents of Quebec), who are the age of majority or older are eligible to enter, except (i) employees of Sponsor, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries and members of their immediate families or persons residing at the same address; or (ii) individuals who entered a promotion sponsored by Sponsor and received a promotion prize valued at $600 or more during the period of January 26, 2014 through January 25, 2015.

 

HOW TO ENTER:  To enter the Sweepstakes, during the Sweepstakes Period tweet or post a photo on Instagram showing why you are the biggest fan of your favorite professional football team.  You must include the hashtags #SertaCountdownToKickoff and #SertaSweeps (“Entry”). By successfully transmitting the Entry, entrant will receive one (1) entry in the Sweepstakes. All Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, mutilated, late or misdirected Entries.

Limit one Entry per person per day. Entries by the same person in excess of the limits stated herein will be disqualified. Attempts by the same individual to submit multiple Entries by using multiple Twitter or Instagram accounts may result in disqualification, at Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the Twitter or Instagram account submitted at the time of the Entry.

Entries (i) must be the original and sole creation of the submitting entrant, and all right, title and interest including but not limited to the copyright in any Entry, must be owned solely by the submitting entrant;  (ii) may not have been submitted in any other competition; (iii) may not have been published; (iv) may not infringe upon any third party’s rights, including but not limited to, copyright, patent or trademark or rights of privacy or publicity, or contain material that is or may be considered defamatory, slanderous or libelous, or portray or depict any person, product or entity in a false light; (v) may not violate any law, rule or regulation; (vi) may not contain any virus, bugs or other deleterious material; and (vii) may not contain inappropriate content, for example but not limited to, profanity, defamatory statements, words or symbols widely considered offensive to individuals of any certain race, ethnicity, religious, sexual orientation or socioeconomic groups, threats to any person, place, business or group.  Each entrant warrants and represents that his/her Entry complies with all of those conditions. Any non-complying Entry will subject the entrant to disqualification in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

PRIZES AND THE VALUE OF THE PRIZES.

A.        Six (6) Daily Prizes:  Each Daily Prize winner will receive one (1) Serta Counting Sheep Plushie.  The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Daily Prize is $5.

B.        One (1) Grand Prize:  Grand Prize winner will receive one (1) Serta mattress set of the winner’s choice up to a value of $4,950 or less. The Grand Prize also includes delivery to the Grand Prize winner’s residence. The Grand Prize may be awarded through a gift card/gift certificate or voucher to a retailer near Grand Prize winner’s residence.  ARV of Grand Prize is $4,950.  ARV may vary based on model and base mattress selected by the winner.

ARV of all prizes is $4,980.  Any difference between the stated ARV and the actual value, if any, will not be awarded.

TIMING OF DRAWINGS AND NOTIFICATION TO WINNERS.  Daily winners and the Grand Prize winner will be selected from all eligible Entries received during the respective Entry period in random seven (7) drawings (each a “Drawing”) to be held on the dates below (each a “Drawing Date”).

Drawing Number

Entry Period for

Eligible Entries

Prize Awarded

Approximate Drawing

Date

1 January 26, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. CST – January 26,2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST Daily Prize January 27, 2015
2 January 26, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. CST – January 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST Daily Prize January 28, 2015
3 January 26, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. CST – January 28, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST Daily Prize January 29, 2015
4 January 26, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. CST – January 29, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST Daily Prize January 30, 2015
5 January 26, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. CST – January 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST Daily Prize January 31, 2015
6 January 26, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. CST – January 31, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. CST Daily Prize February 1, 2015
7 January 26, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. CST – February 1, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. CST Grand Prize February 1, 2015

Limit one (1) Entry per day, per person, regardless of Entry method. Non-winning eligible Entries will be included in subsequent Drawings (if any).  Sponsor will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible Entries (including Daily Prize winner’s Entries) on February 1, 2015 to select one (1) Grand Prize winner. The Daily Prize and Grand Prize provisional winners will be notified by Sponsor by direct message within three (3) days after the Daily Prize and Grand Prize drawings, respectively, and will asked to provide his/her full name, shipping address, phone number and email address. In order to receive a direct message from Sponsor, you must (a) be following @SertaMattress on Twitter or SertaMattress on Instagram and (b) have your account settings set to “unprotected” and/or “public.”

If a Daily Prize provisional winner fails to respond to Sponsor’s direct message within two (2) days of the message, the Daily Prize provisional winner will be disqualified and no alternate winner will be selected.  If the Grand Prize provisional winner fails to respond to Sponsor’s direct message within two (2) days of the message, the Grand Prize provisional winner will be disqualified and a substitute Grand Prize provisional winner will be selected from among the remaining entrants using the process set forth above.  The first eligible Grand Prize provisional winner that the Sponsor successfully contacts and who claims the Grand Prize, and completes and returns an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity and Liability Release (“Affidavit”) within the time period specified on the Affidavit in accordance with these Official Rules will be declared the Grand Prize winner. Delivery of the prizes will be coordinated with each winner by the Sponsor.

In addition to the above, in the event a Canadian resident is a Daily Prize or Grand Prize provisional winner, he/she must first correctly answer, unaided and without mechanical or electronic assistance a time-limited testing question administered by email or telephone.  Failure of a Canadian potential winner to correctly answer the skill-testing question in the time allotted will result in a disqualification.  In the event a Grand Prize provisional winner is disqualified, he/she shall forfeit his/her prize and another entrant will be randomly selected until such time as contact is made with a selected entrant or there are no more eligible Entries, whichever comes first. In the event a Daily Prize provisional winner is disqualified no alternate winner will be selected.

AN ENTRANT IS NOT A WINNER OF THE GRAND PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL SPONSOR HAS COMPLETED ITS VERIFICATION OF ENTRANT’S ELIGIBILITY AND COMPLIANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES.

ODDS OF WINNING.  Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible Entries received from all Entry methods.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION.  Except where prohibited, by participating in the Sweepstakes entrants agree that:  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant(s) and Sponsor and its agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction.  Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes, or awarding of the prizes, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the State of Illinois and entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees that:  (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or awarding of the prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim  punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or  otherwise increased. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.

 

OTHER.  Sponsor assumes no responsibility for Entries it is unable to process due to network, hardware or other technical failures, or any other reason, or incomplete, damaged, misdirected, illegible, stolen or lost Entries.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the Entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise, in violation of the rules.  CAUTION:  Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such individual to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any non-conforming Entries.  Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this promotion if not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention or force majeure.  In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from among all eligible Entries received prior to date of cancellation.  The use of automated entry systems or any other conduct that impedes the integrity of the Sweepstakes is prohibited.  In the event of a dispute regarding an Entry, Entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of an established e-mail account associated with the Entry.  “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet Access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

 

GENERAL. Except where prohibited by law: (i) Entry constitutes permission and a license to use entrant’s submission in tweets, posts on Instagram, in advertising and on web sites including Sponsor’s website and third-party social media websites; and (ii) Entry constitutes permission to use each winner’s name, hometown, voice, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Sweepstakes for editorial, public relations, promotional and advertising purposes on behalf of Sponsor without compensation.  By participating and winning a prize, winners release Twitter, Inc., Instagram, LLC, Sponsor and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability with respect to the prize won and participation in the Sweepstakes, subject to all federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations.  Void where prohibited.   Taxes on prizes are sole responsibility of winners.  For winners’ names, available after March 1, 2015, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Serta Inc., 2600 Forbs Avenue, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 Attn:  Serta Countdown to Kickoff Sweepstakes Winners. VT residents may omit return postage.  Requests must be received no later than April 30, 2015.

Rest Your Head

January 13, 2015

Side, stomach, back, or a combination – do you know your sleep position? The right pillow is just as important to your quality of sleep as choosing the right mattress. Before selecting the right pillow to rest your head on, you must know and understand your sleep position. Here are some things to consider when selecting the pillow for a great night of sleep.

Woman Sleeping on Pillow

Whether you’re a side sleeper, stomach sleeper, or back sleeper, each position has found that a certain level of firmness helps create a more comfortable night of sleep. While solutions for each sleep position may vary, firmer pillows are typically good for back sleepers, while softer pillows are preferable for side sleepers. During the night, you might change positions often. If you are a multi-position sleeper, look for a pillow designed for various sleep positions.

 

Do you find yourself stacking pillows to elevate your head and neck? You may need a thicker pillow! Some people don’t consider the thickness level of pillows and the role it can play in their sleep. If you love to sleep as close to the mattress as possible, a flatter pillow may be best suited for your sleep habits. The thickness and firmness of your pillow play an important role in the comfort of your sleep. Looking at the firmness level of pillows can help determine the best fit for your sleep position. For example, a pillow that isn’t firm enough for your sleep position may cause neck aches in the morning from a lack of support.

 

Other than your mattress, you sleep on your pillow each and every night. So, you should invest in a quality pillow that will provide comfort and support over time. An uncomfortable pillow can affect the quality of your sleep by causing you to toss and turn and re-fluff pillows and result in a neck or back ache in the morning.

 

A good night’s sleep doesn’t end with a new mattress. Choosing the right pillow plays an important part in the overall quality of your sleep. Serta has a variety of pillows available with a helpful guide to sleep positions and firmness levels so you can choose the pillow perfect for you, no matter how you sleep.

Keep Your 2015 Resolution

December 30, 2014

5-4-3-2-1…Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone, did you keep your 2014 resolution? If you didn’t, you have another chance to make good on your promise in 2015! If you’re ready to make a real change this year, here are five tips to consider before deciding on your resolution.

Making Resolutions

1.     Make it something you really want

Don’t make your resolution something that you “should” want or what people tell you. Think about what you want to change or improve in 2015. When you really want something, you’ll be more encouraged to make it a reality and stick to your resolution.

 

2.     Start small and reasonable

One of the main reasons resolutions fail is because they are unrealistic goals. It’s great to aim big, but choosing a resolution that is attainable will help you actually stay motivated and achieve your goals. This doesn’t mean you should choose goals you can achieve in one week, but think of a goal that is reasonable to your lifestyle.

 

3.     Set small goals

Setting small goals throughout the year can help keep you on track to reach a larger goal. If your 2015 resolution is to save money, determine how much you want to save by the end of the year and then break that down into small goals. Calculate how much you’ll need to save each week or month to reach your yearly goal. As you see your progress add up, literally, you’ll be motivated to keep it going.

 

4.     Get a Buddy

Having someone along for the ride can make you feel encouraged even when you want to give up. Ask a friend or family member to act as your accountability partner. Encouragement and motivation from others goes a long way when working toward a goal!

 

5.     Give it time

Behaviors change over time. This is an important lesson as progress may appear slow in the beginning. Give yourself time to make improvements. You are changing your lifestyle, habits, and behaviors. These things can’t change overnight!

 

Follow these tips to establish your resolution and you’ll be ready to achieve goals in 2015!

Give the Gift of Sleep This Holiday Season

December 9, 2014

Giving a Gift

 

You’ve made your gift list and you’re checking it twice. You’re giving your brother tickets to his favorite basketball team and your aunt a cashmere sweater. But what about those hard-to-buy-for loved ones? Are you stuck on gift ideas?  This holiday season, give them a gift they’ll truly appreciate – the gift of sleep! Take joy in the gift of giving with ideas inspired by a night of great sleep.

For those who need a little extra comfort and support

A pillow will impact your quality of sleep each and every night. Give your hard-to-buy-for loved ones comfort and support with a quality pillow.  To give the perfect pillow, consider your recipient’s sleep position. Firmer pillows are good for back sleepers while softer pillows are better for those who sleep on their side.  Also consider thicknesses preferences. Does your gift recipient stack pillows? Check out Serta’s pillow options to find the perfect pillow for a great night of sleep.

For those looking for coziness  

Your gift recipient has comfort underneath from their mattress, but what about comfort on top? A soft, breathable, cozy blanket can help create a pleasant sleep environment by providing comfort. For the person in your life who loves to cozy up, a soft and luxurious blanket could be the key to their great night of sleep. For a blanket made from soft and breathable premium fleece, consider the Sleep to Go® by Serta Luxury Fleece Blanket available in Full/Queen and King sizes.

For those who want a smooth night of sleep  

There’s nothing worse than worn out sheets that don’t stay in place. Consider a new set of sheets as a gift to transform any bed into an oasis. Clean and crisp, they’ll be sure to help your gift recipient drift off to sleep in comfort and get a great night of sleep. Look for sheets deep enough to fit mattress heights to provide the proper fit. Serta provides two great options – Mocha Solid and White Dots –perfect for any bedroom décor!

For your furry friends who need their own space

Give your four-legged friends the gift of sleep with a new pet bed! Provide your pet with pressure-relieving comfort and proper support, which is important to keep their joints healthy while promoting better sleep. For a selection of pet beds from top poly fill to memory foam, click here.

 

If you’re stuck on a gift idea this holiday season, give the gift of Zzzz’s!

Get Comfortable for National Sleep Comfort Month

November 14, 2014

A bowl of hot soup, your favorite fuzzy slippers, or a big hug, there’s nothing better than what comforts you. November is National Sleep Comfort Month, which means it’s the perfect time to rethink your sleep habits and get comfortable for a great night of sleep!

Woman comfortable in bed

Invest in Sleep Items

One of the major causes of poor sleep is your sleep products. To celebrate National Sleep Comfort Month, it may be time to ditch your old sheets, blankets, or mattress. New, fresh sleep items can revitalize your sleep behaviors and create a plush environment that’s nothing but comfortable. To find the new mattress perfect for you, click here.

 

Get Comfortable PJs

It may seem like a no-brainer but wearing clothes to sleep that are comfortable can lead to a pleasant night of rest. Avoid pants that are too tight or a shirt that rides up. Otherwise you’ll be busy fixing them instead of enjoying sleeping in them! Loose, soft fabrics keep you cool and comfortable as you snooze off.

 

Fluff Your Bed

As you start to drift into sleep, your body temperature will change. Keep an extra blanket nearby if you get chilly at night or turn on a fan if you get hot. If you love being surrounded by fluffy pillows, make sure you have enough before shutting off the light. Knowing your sleep position before purchasing a pillow can give your body the right support. Prepare for any potential disturbances—have extra pillows and a glass of water within reach and an extra blanket for temperature changes—before falling asleep so you won’t experience disturbances in the middle of the night.

 

Create a Sleep Journal

Each person has specific triggers that cause them to have an uncomfortable night of sleep. Keep track of what you do a few hours before bed each night this month. Then track how you feel in the morning and throughout the day. This will show you the triggers that lead to your uncomfortable night of sleep.

 

How will you get comfortable this month and celebrate National Sleep Comfort Month?

Avoid the Winter Blues

November 3, 2014

The dreary weather, cold temperatures, and lack to sunlight during winter months can affect one’s mood and mental health. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression associated with changes in seasons, particularly in the autumn and winter months. While there is no way to prevent the development of seasonal affective disorder, you can help manage your mood this winter to prevent it from getting worse.

Typically, seasonal affective disorder begins in the late fall or early winter and ends as the weather becomes warmer in spring. Symptoms may include feeling irritable, having low energy, oversleeping or problems with sleep, and feeling sluggish. While seasonal affective disorder can affect your daily life, it can also affect your sleep behavior.

Seasonal affective disorder does not have a specific cause. However, reduced sunlight in winter may interrupt your circadian rhythm causing you to feel sluggish or tired. Your body’s internal clock regulates circadian rhythms by exposure to sunshine. As the days get shorter, circadian rhythms may get out of sync, causing feelings of the “winter blues.” Changing seasons can also affect your melatonin levels, which are a key part of your sleep behavior. These changes can hinder your ability to fall asleep. The darker hours and lack of sunlight may cause you to want to sleep more, disrupting your sleep pattern.

So how can you help avoid seasonal affective disorder? Exposing yourself to sunlight as much as possible can help keep your circadian rhythm on track. Open the blinds, walk outside, or sit closer to windows to absorb sunlight throughout the day. Take a brief walk midday to help give your body the sunlight it lacks during winter months, or keep your surroundings sunny and bright with open curtains.

If you have low energy or feel stressed this winter, exercise can help relieve those sluggish feelings. Getting enough sleep and eating healthy food can give your body and mind a refreshed perspective this winter. Whether it’s walking your dog, playing in the snow, cooking your favorite meal, or spending time with your loved ones, be sure to keep doing what you love this winter.

It’s normal to feel down some days. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms for an extended period of time, see your doctor.

 

Soothe Yourself to Sleep

August 14, 2014

Did you know your bedroom décor can have a serious impact on your sleep health? A soothing space is important for your mind and body to relax, resulting in a night of peaceful sleep. Here are five ways you can create a soothing space for your body, mind, and soul.

Soothing bedroom space Colors

Color sets the base for your bedroom décor. Almost any tone of blue creates a calming effect. Other colors that encourage relaxation in the bedroom include grays, blue-tinted purples, and neutral earth-tone colors such as coffee brown. Most importantly, choose a color that you love. Your bedroom is a representation of you and finding joy in your room will make you feel more at peace.

Lighting

Using soft lighting and dim lights allows your body to prepare for sleep. While getting ready for bed, use bedside lamps or sconces instead of overhead lighting. During the day, open the shades to let in natural light instead of harsh overhead lights. When going to sleep, use darkening shades and curtains to keep the room dark as you sleep.

Scents

A clean, fresh scent is vital to the atmosphere of a room. Lavender is a great calming agent. Use fresh sprigs in a closet or mix essential oils with water in a spray bottle and spritz into the air and on linens. On a beautiful day, open the windows to freshen the air in the room.

Bedding

How often do you crawl into bed chilly but wake up in the middle of the night toasty? Layering bedding allows you to adjust blankets easily during the night. It also creates a plush environment that makes you feel enveloped in comfort.

Personal Items

Don’t forget personal items to really make a bedroom soothing.  Incorporate the things you love to make the space feel welcoming and personalized every time you enter. Pictures, a vase of flowers, or a painting of your favorite place can allow your mind drift off to relaxation.

As your own personal sanctuary, your bedroom is a place where you should relax and unwind. Try incorporating these soothing techniques to create an inviting environment.

There’s a Monster Under My Bed!

August 5, 2014

There’s a monster under my bed! The boogie man is in my closet! A nightmare for a child is a dramatic and frightening episode which can mean a bad night of sleep for both children and parents. While nightmares are a normal part of a child’s development, it’s important to understand how to help a child cope with this experience. As a child’s imagination develops and they begin to realize things can hurt them, nightmares become a part of life, often occurring out of the blue.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, nightmares are dreams with vivid and disturbing content. These dreams are enough to wake a person from a deep sleep feeling panicked, often resulting in the inability to fall back asleep.  Nightmares are most common in children during REM sleep, and afterwards, a child can remember the dream. A sleep terror is an extreme nightmare that happens during non-REM sleep where the child screams and takes several minutes to fall back asleep. Sleep terrors are most common early in the night, and the child will awake will little memory of the dream.  What can you do if your child is too scared to fall back to sleep? 1.	The first step is to listen to the child. Listening, understanding, and providing reassurance that they are safe is the first step in helping a child calm down after a bad dream. Teach coping skills by encouraging them to “be brave” and think positive thoughts.  To help the child understand they’re not alone, read a story about a child who is scared but overcomes their fear.  2.	Include a security object, such as a special stuffed animal.  This object helps a child feel secure and relaxed while falling asleep. Many children find comfort from a pet sleeping in their room. Even a small pet, such as a fish, can provide company for a frightened child.  3.	Relaxation methods are a helpful for a child to learn, particularly if a nightmare occurs while they are away from home. They can use these techniques as they mature and learn to cope with fear by themselves. Have the child imagine a relaxing scene or a different ending to the nightmare.  Experiencing nightmares and learning how to cope with them are an important part of a child’s development. With ample reassurance, they will learn there is nothing to fear and find they are big and brave! For more ideas on helping a child after experiencing a nightmare, visit the National Sleep Foundation. There’s a monster under my bed! The boogie man is in my closet! A nightmare for a child is a dramatic and frightening episode which can mean a bad night of sleep for both children and parents. While nightmares are a normal part of a child’s development, it’s important to understand how to help a child cope with this experience. As a child’s imagination develops and they begin to realize things can hurt them, nightmares become a part of life, often occurring out of the blue.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, nightmares are dreams with vivid and disturbing content. These dreams are enough to wake a person from a deep sleep feeling panicked, often resulting in the inability to fall back asleep.

Nightmares are most common in children during REM sleep, and afterwards, a child can remember the dream. A sleep terror is an extreme nightmare that happens during non-REM sleep where the child screams and takes several minutes to fall back asleep. Sleep terrors are most common early in the night, and the child will awake will little memory of the dream.

What can you do if your child is too scared to fall back to sleep?

  1. The first step is to listen to the child. Listening, understanding, and providing reassurance that they are safe is the first step in helping a child calm down after a bad dream. Teach coping skills by encouraging them to “be brave” and think positive thoughts.  To help the child understand they’re not alone, read a story about a child who is scared but overcomes their fear.
  2. Include a security object, such as a special stuffed animal.  This object helps a child feel secure and relaxed while falling asleep. Many children find comfort from a pet sleeping in their room. Even a small pet, such as a fish, can provide company for a frightened child.
  3. Relaxation methods are a helpful for a child to learn, particularly if a nightmare occurs while they are away from home. They can use these techniques as they mature and learn to cope with fear by themselves. Have the child imagine a relaxing scene or a different ending to the nightmare.

Experiencing nightmares and learning how to cope with them are an important part of a child’s development. With ample reassurance, they will learn there is nothing to fear and find they are big and brave! For more ideas on helping a child after experiencing a nightmare, visit the National Sleep Foundation.

 

What Makes Your Dad Unique?

June 6, 2014

Always Comfortable With Dad Sweepstakes

Funny songs, silly outfits, shocking dance moves, recipes gone bad… We’ve seen it all from the men in our lives!  This Father’s Day, Serta wants to know something unique about your dad, uncle, grandfather, stepdad, brother, or friend – and that you’re “Comfortable With That.”

 

Tell us about something the man who guides you in life does by filling out the entry form on our Facebook page and completing this sentence: “He always __________, but I’m #ComfortableWithThat.”  For example, a qualifying entry would be “He always sings Bon Jovi when he grills, but I’m #ComfortableWithThat.” Starting on Sunday, June 8, and continuing through June 14, 2014, enter for a chance to win big for your special guy!

 

One winner will be randomly selected every day to win a Serta Counting Sheep plush toy! On Father’s Day, one grand prize winner will be randomly chosen to receive a Serta Dad’s Summer BBQ Pack that includes a BBQ Gift Basket, a premium Steak Grilling Package, and two iComfort® Scrunch Pillows™ to help dad relax after an afternoon of BBQ’ing.

 

The sweepstakes will run from 8:00 am CT June 8, 2014, through 11:59 pm CT June 14, 2014. To enter starting Sunday, visit Serta’s Facebook page, where additional details and Official Rules will be published.