7 Tips to Tackle Jet Lag

April 27, 2016

Frequent fliers and recreational vacationers alike have all experienced the unpleasant phenomenon of jet lag. Defined as extreme tiredness felt by a person after a long flight across several time zones, jet lag can have a profound impact on your sleep schedule, alertness and even your mood for days on end. Check out these tips on how to cure your jet lag so you can make the most of your time traveling.

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1.     Adjust to your new schedule before you take off

One of the most effective ways to cure jet lag is by adjusting your internal clock several days before you take off. If you are traveling to the east, make an effort to go to bed early for several days in a row. Do the opposite of this if your destination is in the west. Digestion cues your body on when it’s time to rest. Synchronizing your mealtimes and your sleep schedule according to destination ahead of time will significantly help curb the effects of jet lag.

2.  Adjust to your new schedule while in flight.

It’s just as important to adjust to your new schedule while in flight as it is before you take off. Make an effort to sleep on the plane if it’s nighttime in your destination, and vice versa if it’s during the day. To make the in-flight transition easier, try scheduling an overnight flight to maximize resting time. Traveling is extremely taxing, so the more time your body has to rest the better prepared you’ll be to take on the day upon arrival.

3.     Minimize in-flight sleep distractions

It’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep on an airplane. With distractions like loud children, bright reading lights and turbulence, being well rested upon arrival at your destination may feel nearly impossible. That’s why it’s important to bring sleep accessories like airline pillows, earplugs and sleep masks in your carry-on luggage. These accessories can greatly improve your ability to adjust to a new time zone during a long flight.

4.     Stay hydrated

Not having enough water can increase your jet lag symptoms. To be sure you’re fully hydrated, have around eight ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air, and continue to drink water once you’ve arrived at your destination.

Also, make an effort to avoid caffeine and alcohol while you are traveling. While caffeinated drinks like coffee can help you feel more awake, it makes getting a solid night’s sleep more difficult to accomplish later on. Alcohol can cause dehydration, which can worsen the effects of jet lag.

5.     Arrive at least a day early

One of the simplest ways to combat jet leg is to give your body time to adjust by arriving at your destination a day or two in advance. This tip is especially valuable if you’re flying on business and need to be energized for a day full of meetings and events.

 6.     Get outside upon arrival

Upon arrival, make an effort to get natural light exposure. Sunlight sends a signal to your brain to stay awake, helping adjust your body clock to coincide with your new surroundings. An easy way to make sure you get exposure to natural light is by going on a morning walk. Exercise combined with sun exposure is a great way to make sure you have energy for the day ahead after a long flight.

7. Set aside time to relax before bed

Relaxing before bedtime can help you feel sleepier—which is especially important when adjusting to a new time zone. Put down distractions that might keep you awake for too long like TVs, laptops and cellphone screens an hour before bedtime. Instead, use that hour to relax with some decaffeinated tea and a warm bath. The drop in your body temperature when you get out of the bath and step into a cool bedroom will make you feel sleepy.

For more tips on how to combat jet lag while traveling, check out the following sites:

National Sleep Foundation

Forbes

Independent.uk

BBC

Fodor’s Travel

 

8 Tips on How to Make This Daylight Savings Time Your Most Comfortable Transition Yet

March 11, 2016

Adjusting our clocks to “spring forward” an hour is a welcome change for many of us who’ve missed the sunshine after a dark and cold winter. What we’re less thrilled about however, is losing a precious hour of sleep during a busy time of year. Check out these tips on making this daylight savings time your most comfortable transition yet.

 

#1 Evaluate your mattress and pillows ahead of time

One of the most common (and fastest) solutions for getting a good night’s sleep is upgrading your mattress, especially if you’ve had your current mattress for seven years or longer. Serta offers a variety of new mattresses designed to help you get a more comfortable sleep, including the Perfect Sleeper which has been designed with input from the Nation Sleep Foundation to help solve these five common sleep problems:

 

  1. Tossing and turning
  2. Lack of support
  3. Sleeping too hot
  4. Partner disturbance
  5. Mattress roll-off or sagging

 

Every Perfect Sleeper mattress is designed with a unique set of features to directly address these common issues that may be preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. Learn more about how this mattress collection can help you sleep in comfort.

 

#2 Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary

Make your bedroom a haven for truly restful sleep. Keeping the bedroom dark, quiet and distraction-free will make your room more relaxing and is a simple sleep solution. Temperature is a huge component of sleeping comfortably—keeping the bedroom a cool 60-67 degrees is a key step in increasing your sleep comfort.

 

#3 Gradually transition into the change

Losing just an hour of sleep can throw off your schedule, even your mood, for days on end. Try to alleviate the harsh transition by making gradual adjustments in your sleep time in the days leading up to daylight savings time. Start your nighttime routine 15 minutes early, and try not to hit the snooze button in the morning. Making an effort to be well-rested is a sure way to make the daylight savings transition more comfortable.

 

#4 Take it easy over the weekend

Stimulating substances like alcohol and caffeine can disturb sleep patterns. It’s best to avoid beer, wine, liquor and coffee for at least four to six hours before bedtime.

 

Staying up too late and napping way too long will make the daylight savings time transition more difficult. Try to keep your sleep patterns as regular as possible over the weekend.

 

#5 Stay hydrated and eat well

Drinking plenty of liquids throughout the day is a healthy habit that can also help regulate your sleep. However, you’ll want to make sure not to drink too much liquid around bedtime so you don’t wake up in the night needing to use the bathroom.

 

It’s best to avoid large meals, especially spicy or fatty foods, right before bed. These eating habits can lead to restlessness. If you’re really hungry, stick to easy to digest foods like bread. Having a regulated diet is key to sleeping in comfort.

 

#6 Exercise

Daily exercise is an important part of our routines for a reason—not only does it help you stay physically fit, but it also helps regulate your sleep pattern. Even moderate exercise like walking for 30 minutes in the morning can help you get a good night’s sleep. Try to get exercise three days a week or more, ideally in the morning. For some people, exercising at night can leave them with too much energy to fall asleep.

 

#7 Put down the screens

Overstimulation can make it hard to fall asleep. The bright screens of televisions, laptops, tablet and phones can send a signal to your body that it’s daylight out, therefore you should be awake. Make an effort to put down the technology for at least an hour before bedtime to make sure your bedroom is a comfortable sleep environment.

 

#8 Relax before bed

Stress is one of the biggest threats to a solid night’s sleep. If anxiety is keeping you up at night, go to bed early and work in the morning instead of staying up through the night. Restful minds operate more quickly and efficiently than sleep deprived ones.

 

To tackle worry—make your nighttime routine as comforting and relaxing as possible. Try taking a warm bubble bath. Then curl up with a soothing chamomile tea and a good book an hour before bedtime. Daylight savings time is no match for a nighttime routine this comfortable.

 

For more information on how to get a good night’s sleep during daylight savings visit:

-       CBS News

-       ABC News

-       Spark People

-       Better Sleep

 

Strike a Pose Sweepstakes

February 24, 2016

The Counting Sheep’s cousin and Academy Award nominee, Shaun the Sheep Movie, is hitting the red carpet soon! Serta would like to invite you to strike your best red carpet pose with Shaun the Sheep and our Counting Sheep! Take a selfie and share for a chance to win a Movie Basket that includes one (1) copy of Shaun the Sheep Movie, one (1) Shaun the Sheep ear headband, one (1) copy of Shaun the Sheep Season 1 on DVD, and one (1) Serta Counting Sheep plush toy. Click HERE to enter.

SERTA STRIKE A POSE SWEEPSTAKES

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. 

 

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD DESCRIPTION:  Serta’s “Strike a Pose” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins on February 24, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (“CST”) and ends on March 6, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST (the “Sweepstakes Period”).  Sponsor’s computer is the official clock for this Sweepstakes.

SPONSOR: Serta, Inc., 2600 Forbs Avenue, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60192 (“Sponsor”). Lions Gate Films Inc. (“Lions Gate”)  is not responsible for the collection, submission or processing of entries, the administration of the Sweepstakes, the selection of winners or the fulfillment of prizes.  Entrants are providing information to Sponsor and not to Lions Gate.

 

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. Entry in the Sweepstakes does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes.

 

ELIGIBILITY: Legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, and the District of Columbia, who are the age of majority or older are eligible to enter, except (i) Officers, directors and employees of Sponsor, Lions Gate and their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies (all such individuals and entities referred to collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”), and each of their immediate family members and/or people living in the same household; or (ii) individuals who entered a promotion sponsored by Sponsor and received a promotion prize valued at $600 or more during the period of February 24, 2015 through February 23, 2016.  This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited.

 

HOW TO ENTER:  To enter, upload a selfie of your best virtual red carpet pose with the Serta Counting Sheep and the sheep from the Academy Award nominee Shaun the Sheep movie  to http://bit.ly/1PX5Ewl (the “Website”) and submit the image and complete the required entry form. (Serta Sheep and Shaun the Sheep characters will be superimposed on the photograph after submission.) Click “Submit Entry” to submit your entry for the Sweepstakes.  Upon completion and submission of the entry form, you will receive one (1) entry in the Sweepstakes.  You are encourage to share your submission on social networks, however sharing your submission will not entitle you to any additional entries.

 

ONLY ONE (1) ENTRY INTO THE SWEEPSTAKES PER PERSON PER DAY WILL BE ACCEPTED.   For purposes of this Sweepstakes, a “Day” commences at 12:00:00 a.m. CST and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. CST.

 

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.

 

Sponsor shall have the right to disqualify any Entries that Sponsor has determined, in its sole and exclusive opinion, fail to adhere to these Official Rules, expose Sponsor to any unacceptable degree of technical, legal, or financial risks or problems, uses text and/or other components in a manner objectionable to Sponsor or its affiliates, or is otherwise deemed inappropriate, all as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.  Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may accept a technically incorrect Entry.  Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.

 

Proof of entering information at the Website is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt by Sponsor of such entry.  Sponsor may engage third party application providers and other vendors to administer certain aspects of the Sweepstakes, including without limitation, the online collection of entry information.  Such third parties will provide your personally identifiable information to Sponsor, who except as set forth herein will use such information in accordance with its online privacy policy, located at www.serta.com/privacy-policy, and such third parties may also use your information for their own independent purposes in accordance with their own independent privacy practices. Sponsor is not responsible for the storage or any use of your entry information by such third parties.  The Sweepstakes Entities assume no responsibility or liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries.

 

By submitting an entry, you grant Sponsor a worldwide, royalty-free, sub-licensable, and transferable right and license to use, copy, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, publish, display, and broadcast the entry in connection with the Sweepstakes on the Website, Sponsor’s social media accounts, Sponsor’s Web sites, and Sponsor’s (and its successors’) business in any media formats (including television), and through any media channels. The foregoing license will be perpetual and non-exclusive. The right and license granted to Sponsor includes the right of Sponsor to (1) post the entry on Sponsor’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest accounts  and Sponsor’s web sites; (2) use the entry to promote Sponsor’s marketing campaigns or initiatives; (3) edit, modify, format, or adapt the entry for Sponsor’s purposes and use such revised version to the same extent as the original entry; and (4) use the entry for advertising and promotional uses.

 

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: Sponsor will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible entrants on or about March 6, 2016 to select one (6) Grand Prize Winners. The Grand Prize Provisional Winners will be notified by Sponsor using the email address provided in the entry form within three (3) days after the Grand Prize drawing and will asked to provide his her full name, shipping address, phone number and email address (the “Notification”).

If a Grand Prize Provisional Winner fails to respond to the Notification within two (2) days, the respective Grand Prize Provisional Winner will be disqualified and a substitute Grand Prize Provisional Winner will be selected from among the remaining eligible entrants using the process set forth above.  The first six (6) eligible Grand Prize Provisional Winners that the Sponsor successfully contacts and who claim the Grand Prize, and complete and return 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 Winners. Delivery of the prizes will be coordinated with each winner by the Sponsor.

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

 

PRIZES AND THE VALUE OF THE PRIZES.

A.        Six (6) Grand Prizes:  Each Grand Prize winner will receive one (1) copy of the Shaun the Sheep movie; one (1) Shaun the Sheep ear headband; one (1) copy of the Shaun the Sheep Season 1 on DVD; and one (1) Serta Counting Sheep Plush toy. Approximate Retail Value of each Grand Prize is $60.

ARV of all prizes is $360. Any difference between the stated ARV and the actual value, if any, will not be awarded.

Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any reason whatsoever. The prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. Winners are solely responsible for payment of all federal, state and local taxes on the prize value awarded and for all costs and expenses not specified herein, related to any merchandise prize, including but not limited to delivery, installation, service activation fees, and other expenses incurred by accepting the merchandise prize are the sole responsibility of the Winners.

Sponsor makes no warranties, and hereby disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any prize furnished in connection with the Sweepstakes.  WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, SUCH PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND SPONSOR HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

 

ODDS OF WINNING.  Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible entries received.

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  participant 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 online 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: 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 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 15, 2016, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Serta Inc., 2600 Forbs Avenue, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 Attn:  Serta Strike a Pose Sweepstakes Winners. VT residents may omit return postage.  Requests must be received no later than April 30, 2016.

 

Committing To Better Sleep in 2016

January 12, 2016

 

Most sleep experts recommend a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night. Even with this recommendation from the National Sleep Foundation, many individuals find themselves feeling sleep deprived, due to hectic schedules and stress. We sometimes forget the importance of sleep and how it greatly affects our body and mind. We are in the second week of January! Have you made a resolution yet? Are you realizing your original resolutions aren’t the most realistic? Well, we have a resolution for you and tips to keep it! In 2016, lets commit to better sleep. Here are some tips to get you started:

Committing to Better Sleep in 2016

-Set a sleep schedule.

Establish what time you want to wake up and determine how many hours your body needs for a restful sleep.

 -Establish a relaxing bedtime routine.
A warm shower, nightly stretches, or snuggling up with a hot cup of tea can help relax the body and mind.

-Make your bedroom a sanctuary.
Your bedroom is for relaxation. Keep the stresses of the day out by leaving work and electronics out the door. Without distractions, your body and mind can prepare for a restful night.

 -Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.
By creating the proper bedroom environment, sleep can be enhanced.

-Get out of bed if you are not sleepy and return when you are.
If you can’t fall asleep right away, step away and try doing something to relax your mind. Reading a book or listening to soothing music can help you relax until you are ready to slip into a restful sleep.

 -Exercise daily.
With this being a popular New Year resolution, it’s a win-win! The National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America Poll finds that exercise can improve your sleep quality. The intensity of the exercise is completely up to you. Sleep experts recommend exercising at least three hours before bed, since it can take your body at least 6 hours for your body to begin cooling down.

 -Keep naps to under an hour and before 3pm
Napping for too long or too late can make falling asleep at night difficult. If you find that you need a boost of energy, a catnap may be what you need. If you have established a good bedtime routine, you are more likely to get a proper night sleep regularly so you won’t need to nap as often.

 -Dim your lights towards the end of the night to signal that it is time for bed.
Low light will promote a relaxing atmosphere, setting the tone for bedtime.

Santa Paws Sweepstakes

December 14, 2015

Serta wants to give the gift of comfort to our beloved four-legged friends this holiday season, so we need to know who has been naughty or nice! From December 14, 2015 through December 23, 2015, embrace your pet’s “naughty” or “nice” behavior by sharing your favorite photo of your pet being “naughty” or “nice” on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to win a Serta Deluxe Couch Pet Bed!

Puppy and kitten get into holiday decorations

There are three ways to enter:

-To enter on Facebook: Fill out the entry form on Serta’s Facebook Page and submit a photo of your naughty or nice pet.
-To enter on Twitter: Follow @SertaMattresses and Tweet a photo of your naughty or nice pet with the hashtags #SantaPaws and #SertaSweepstakes. To be considered a qualified entry, your profile must to set to “public.”
-To enter on Instagram: Follow @SertaMattress and post a photo of your naughty or nice pet with the hashtags #SantaPaws and #SertaSweepstakes. To be considered a qualified entry, your profile must to set to “public.”

There is not a limit on how many times a participant can enter, but they must enter with a different photo each time and can only win once if chosen.

 

 

SERTA SANTA PAWS SWEEPSTAKES

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. 

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD:  The Serta Santa Paws Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 9:00 a.m. CDT on December 14, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT on December 23, 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 Facebook, Inc., Twitter, Inc or Instagram, LLC.  All inquiries, questions, comments, or complaints should be directed to Sponsor.

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 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 December 14, 2014 through December 30, 2015.

 

HOW TO ENTER:  There are two ways to enter the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period:

1.         Follow @SertaMattress on Instagram or @Sertamattresses on Twitter and post a photo showcasing how your pet has been “naughty” or “nice.”  Entries must include the hashtags #SantaPaws and #SertaSweepstakes.

2.         Complete the entry form on Serta’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sertamattress) and submit a photo that demonstrates how your pet has been “naughty or nice.”

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.  There is no limit to the number of entries per person, but each entry must feature a different photo. An individual can only win once, if chosen.

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.

Ten (10) First Prizes:  Each First Prize winner will receive one (1) Serta Deluxe Couch Pet Bed The approximate retail value (ARV) of the First Prize is $113.

ARV of all prizes is $1,130.  Any difference between the stated ARV and the actual value, if any, will not be awarded.

Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any reason whatsoever. The prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. Winners are solely responsible for payment of all federal, state/provincial and local taxes on the prize value awarded and for all costs and expenses not specified herein, related to any merchandise prize, including but not limited to delivery, installation, service activation fees, and other expenses incurred by accepting the merchandise prize are the sole responsibility of the Winners.

TIMING OF DRAWINGS AND NOTIFICATION TO WINNERS.  TIMING OF DRAWINGS AND NOTIFICATION TO WINNERS.  The drawings will be conducted by Sponsor or its designee, using randomization methods selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  Potential Daily Prize winners will be selected on December 15, 2015; December 16, 2015; December 17, 2015; December 18, 2015; December 19, 2015; December 20, 2015; December 21, 2015; December 22, 2015; December 23, 2015; December 24, 2015 from among all eligible Entries received as of 11:59:59 p.m. CDT on the date prior to the drawing.  Non-winning eligible Entries will be included in subsequent drawings (if any).  The potential prize winners will be notified by email or direct message on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential winner for any reason.  If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential prize winner does not respond within forty-eight (48) hours of the first notification attempt, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential prize winner, such potential prize winner will forfeit the applicable prize and an alternate prize winner may be selected.  If any potential prize winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines the applicable prize for any reason prior to award, such potential prize winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Sponsor may successively attempt to contact up to two (2) potential prize winners in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed prize winner after such attempts have been made, if any, the applicable prize may go unawarded.

A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER UNLESS AND UNTIL SPONSOR HAS COMPLETED ITS VERIFICATION OF PARTICIPANT’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  participant 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 online 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, 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, ENTRANTS RELEASE INSTAGRAM, LLC, FACEBOOK, INC., TWITTER, INC., SPONSOR, AND THEIR PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND AGENCIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY PRIZE WON AND PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES.

 

Void where prohibited.   Taxes on prizes are sole responsibility of Winners.  For Winners’ names, available after December 30, 2015, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Serta Inc., 2600 Forbs Avenue, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 Attn:  Serta Santa Paws Sweepstakes Winners. VT residents may omit return postage.  Requests must be received no later than December 30, 2015.

 

Hosting Holiday Guests

November 3, 2015

Tis the season when guests and visitors are plentiful! And whether they be overnight guests or party guests or drop-in visitors, there are many ways that you can make your guests feel welcome and add warmth to their visit.

 

Overnight Guests

 

Favorite Foods: Prepare your home for overnight guests by discovering any food they particularly enjoy and having it available. Ask (unless you already know), for example, what their favorite breakfast foods are or snack foods. While certainly you will be preparing meals for your guests, you probably won’t prepare three meals each day, so having foods in the house that you know your guests will enjoy will enable them to make themselves at home.

 

Decorative Labels: Consider labeling some of the most used cabinets and cupboards in your kitchen and hallways: flatware, cups, coffee, and the like in the kitchen and towels and linens in the halls. You can make festive, attractive labels that will add a touch of color and let your guests know where to look for commonly used items (and that you welcome them helping themselves).

 

Welcome your overnight guests with personal toiletry gift baskets

A Pampering Touch: Prepare a basket or tray with everyday toiletries for your guest to

use and keep. Depending on the length of their stay, travel sizes are usually appropriate. Get toothpaste, mouthwash, body wash and a sponge, perhaps a small box of tissues, some lotion—whatever you feel your guests might

use and enjoy having.

Place reading material in the guest room and family areas—books or magazines or a combination. Try to choose material your guests might enjoy but regardless, just the thoughtfulness of providing things to read will ingratiate you to your company.

 

Other Hosting Tips

 

Are you hosting a meal? While there are always foods that will require your attention when your guests are present, but try to choose recipes that do not keep you chained to your stove. Your guests came not only to eat but also to see you. Include make-ahead dishes on your menu, and try to prepare as much as possible for other dishes before your guests arrive.

 

Keep healthful snacks onhand for guests

Do you have favorite recipes for appetizers or desserts that you are serving? Print them up on attractive recipe cards to share with your guests as a memento of the evening—either unbidden or as a response to a compliment about a particular dish you serve.

 

It’s a great time of year to stock up on healthful snacks and little desserts to keep around—for those welcome but unexpected guests.

 

In case drop-in guests bring you a gift, have some unassigned gifts of your own onhand so you can reciprocate.

 

For more ideas, check out our Holiday Guests Pinterest Board.

Freshen Your Look for the Season: Add Fall Accents to Your Home Décor

October 6, 2015

 Fall is officially here.  Leaves are changing color, school is in full swing, football and soccer seasons are well underway, apples are abundant, and pumpkins and gourds are on full display at the market. You don’t need to redecorate to acknowledge and embrace the new season and its colors and festivities. Just add some fall accents and decorations to your home in honor of the season!

Fall accent pillows in brown and orange
-Seasonal colors:  Add accents to any room in your home in traditional fall colors: orange, cranberry, golden yellow, magenta, chocolate brown.  All evoke that autumn feeling, and there are enough choices that surely one or more will complement an existing color scheme.  Choose new decorative pillows for a couch or bed.  Consider a throw blanket in warm fall colors for the family room or a bedroom. Adding “pops” of fall colors can bring a new look to a room and dress it up for the new season.

-Fruits and vegetables of the season: Fall fruits and vegetables expand our menu choices, and they are great decorating choices for the season. Display apples and pomegranates in a bowl – at least until they are all eaten up! Place colorful gourds on end tables or shelves. If squash is on the menu, display it on the kitchen counter until it’s time to cook. And consider purchasing some new potholders or kitchen towels that feature the season’s veggies or fruits.

Mums and pumpkins-Flowers and leaves of the season:Fall brings mums, goldenrod, marigolds, and, of course, colorful leaves. Use some colorful leaves, real or artificial, around your table’s centerpiece.  Buy some potted mums for your porch or table. They come in a variety of lovely warm fall hues so it is relatively easy to find one that matches your color palette. Buy some goldenrod and greens to make a lovely bouquet for the office, family room, or bedroom.

-Scents of the season: Fall is a season of familiar aromas—apples, cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin spices, cranberry, brown sugar. Get some candles scented with fall smells for your home.  Or use room freshener or aroma oils to add autumn scents.  Also remember that you can add lovely aromas simply with water, a pot, your stove, and some spice or fruit.  Add some apple slices and cinnamon to a pot of water and simmer to add a wonderful aroma to your kitchen and home. Try brown sugar and a little vanilla. Then create your own favorite home scent!

-Holidays of season: Fall is also the time when many add decor to their home in honor of two spooky, fun fall holidays, Halloween and the Day of the Dead.  And then, a bit later in the season, Thanksgiving. Pumpkins, carved or au natural, are a given for Halloween, of course, and also are a Thanksgiving staple in the form of pies – and their accompanying delicious aroma!  Skulls, usually stylized for the Day of the Dead, can add a spooky seasonal accent for that holiday or Halloween, and spiders, spider webs, and ghosts, can, too. For fall harvest and Thanksgiving, cornucopias, ornamental corn, and scarecrow motifs can be used in displays.

Fall brings new color palettes, foods, scents, plants, and holidays to inspire decorating schemes.

Get Organized

September 9, 2015

Now that you’re getting into your fall routine, it’s a great time to take a fresh look at your bedroom. Did you neglect your room while you were hitting the beach? It’s easy to let your bedroom become a cluttered mess and that can negatively impact the quality of your sleep. Check out these seven tips on how to organize your bedroom and keep you on that path to high-quality sleep.

1. What do the experts recommend? There are so many resources to tap into online or in magazines – Pinterest, Houzz, Real Simple, Gurl.com, Good Housekeeping – too many to list here. Resources like these offer serious organization inspiration. Check out a few and get your creative juices flowing!
 
Cluttered bedroom2. Start with a simple clean. It’s hard to figure out where to start organizing your bedroom if you can’t even see the floor. Put away the laundry and clutter and really look at your room. Then you can get a feel for the problem areas.
 
3. How functional is your furniture? Take a look at your bedroom furniture to see how you could use it better for organization. Are there cords for your electronic devices on top of your nightstand? Notebook and pen for middle-of-the-night epiphanies? Put them all in the nightstand drawer when you are not using them, or find a cute box to contain everything.  With a critical look at your furniture you’re bound to find ways to make better use of the storage or organization potential it offers.
 
4. Organize small messes with new solutions or DIY updates. For instance, if your jewelry drawer is overflowing with necklaces, try putting some key hooks on the wall and drape the hooks with your necklaces. You declutter your dresser and get some eye candy to boot!
 
5. Find new places to stash seasonal items. If your bedroom is the storage repository for the house, you probably have things in there you don’t need to access too often. Use high shelves in your closet or under-bed storage for those items. Make sure to use clearly labeled boxes or bins so you can easily find things when the season calls for it – and so you don’t have to pull each of them down just to figure out what’s inside!  
 
6. Feel the purge. Use the need to get organized to rid yourself of unwanted items gathering dust in your bedroom. A good rule of thumb is to donate clothing and shoes that you haven’t worn for the past year.
 
7. Make your bed. Take the time every morning to make your bed – it’s a great finishing touch to your freshly organized room.

 

With a small amount of effort you can organize your bedroom and bring some sanity to your sleep sanctuary. Once things are organized, it won’t take too much effort to keep everything organized.

Serta Sweepstakes: Awkward Moments

September 2, 2015

Enter the Awkward Moments Sweepstakes!
Have you ever been so uncomfortable you just want to go hide? Well, so do 25 percent of Americans each week. Life is full of awkward moments, but the Serta iComfort Sleep System is so comfortable, you’ll be comfortable with anything.

Tweet and win!

According to a Serta infographic, 82% of survey respondents have congratulated someone for being pregnant when she wasn’t. Ouch! What’s your awkward moment? Celebrate it between September 3, 2015, and September 7, 2015, for a chance to win a Serta iComfort pillow! To enter, send a Tweet describing an awkward moment with the hashtags “#ThatsAwkward” and “#SertaSweepstakes.” One winner will be randomly selected to receive a Serta iComfort pillow each day!

Here are a few example entries:

“There was spinach stuck in my teeth all day! #ThatsAwkward #SertaSweepstakes”

“I forgot my girlfriend’s birthday! #ThatsAwkward #SertaSweepstakes”

“My dog really DID eat my homework! #ThatsAwkward #SertaSweepstakes”

One entry will be randomly selected to win each day of the Sweepstakes. To be considered a qualified entry, the participant’s profile must be set to “public.”

The sweepstakes will run from September 3, 2015, through September 7, 2015, exclusively on Serta’s Twitter page.

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. 

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD:  Serta’s Awkward Moments Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Saving Time (“CDT”) on September 3, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT on September 7, 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.  All inquiries, questions, comments, or complaints should be directed to Sponsor, not Twitter, Inc.

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.

 

HOW TO ENTER:  To enter the Sweepstakes, during the Sweepstakes Period (a) follow @Sertamattresses on Twitter and (b) share your “Awkward Moment” via Twitter with the hashtags #ThatsAwkward and #SertaSweepstakes (“Entry”). 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. Entrants may not resubmit a previously submitted Entry. Attempts by the same individual to submit multiple Entries by using multiple Twitter 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 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.        Five (5) First Prizes:  Sponsor will reward one (1) Winner each day during the Sweepstakes Period.  Each Winner will receive the winner’s choice of one (1) Serta iComfort pillow valued at $129 or less. The approximate retail value (ARV) of each First Prize is $129.   Actual ARV may vary based on pillow selected by Winner.  ARV of all prizes is $645.  Any difference between the stated ARV and the actual value, if any, will not be awarded.

Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any reason whatsoever. The prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. Winners are solely responsible for payment of all federal, state/provincial and local taxes on the prize value awarded and for all costs and expenses not specified herein, related to any merchandise prize, including but not limited to delivery, installation, service activation fees, and other expenses incurred by accepting the merchandise prize are the sole responsibility of the Winners.

TIMING OF DRAWINGS AND NOTIFICATION TO WINNERS.  TIMING OF DRAWINGS AND NOTIFICATION TO WINNERS.  First Prize winners 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 September 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. CDT – September 3, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CDT First Prize September 4, 2015
2 September 4, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. CDT – September 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CDT First Prize September 5, 2015
3 September 5, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. CDT – September 5, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CDT First Prize September 6, 2015
4 September 6, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. CDT – September 6, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CDT First Prize September 7, 2015
5 September 7, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. CDT – September 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CDT First Prize September 8, 2015

 Non-winning eligible Entries will not be included in subsequent Drawings (if any).  The First Prize provisional winners will be notified by Sponsor by direct message within three (3) days after the respective First Prize Drawing and will asked to provide his/her full name, shipping address, phone number, email address and choice of iComfort pillow. In order to receive a direct message from Sponsor, you must (a) be following @SertaMattresses on Twitter and (b) have your account settings set to “unprotected” and/or “public” during the Sweepstakes Period and for ten (10) days thereafter.

If a First Prize Provisional Winner fails to respond to Sponsor’s direct message within two (2) days of the message, the First Prize Provisional Winner will be disqualified and no alternate winner will be selected.  Delivery of the prizes will be coordinated with each winner by the Sponsor.

In the event a Canadian resident is a 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 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.
A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER UNLESS AND UNTIL SPONSOR HAS COMPLETED ITS VERIFICATION OF PARTICIPANT’S ELIGIBILITY AND COMPLIANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES.

ODDS OF WINNING.  Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible Entries received.

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  participant 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 online 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) your Entry constitutes permission and a license to use entrant’s submission in tweets, in advertising and on web sites including Sponsor’s website and third-party social media websites; and (ii) your 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., 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 September 10, 2015, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Serta Inc., 2600 Forbs Avenue, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 Attn:  Serta’s Awkward Moments Sweepstakes Winners. VT residents may omit return postage.  Requests must be received no later than October 15, 2015.

 

Zzzz for Teens

August 20, 2015

It’s that time of year again. Get ready, it’s happening…back to school!

Along with new books, pencils, and backpacks comes a new sleep routine for teenagers.

Long gone are their summer days of sleeping in and napping by the pool. A new school year can bring heightened stress and adjustments to a teen’s sleep schedule. Did you know teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night, yet many get far less?

Sleep is important for growing teens to help them pay attention in the classroom, maintain a regular mood, and stay healthy. With irregular sleep patterns like staying up late on the weekends and sleeping in, many teenagers are hurting their quality of sleep.

Here’s how teens can get the sleep they need:

Teenager sleeping

-Make it a priority. Making an effort to get to bed on time each night, even on the weekends, is crucial for teens to keep a consistent schedule. This can be challenging when teens want to spend time with friends, but 8 to 10 hours of sleep is important.

-Cut out screen time before bedtime. Reducing the time spent on

cellphones, tablets, or computers is becoming increasingly important for the health of teens. This can be a tricky habit to break for social teenagers, but screen time does not belong at bedtime. Not only does the light from tech devices make it more difficult to fall asleep, they can be a huge distraction from actually falling asleep.

-Get the homework done early! Avoiding late night study sessions that can cause stress helps teenagers have time to relax and calm down before bed. A relaxing bedtime routine makes it easier to fall and stay asleep.

-Keep a clean room. There’s a reason mom is always nagging about a clean room – it helps with the quality of sleep. A clean, quiet bedroom creates a soothing environment suitable for sleep.

-Avoid late night snacks.  Late night snacks, like caffeine or greasy foods, can make it more difficult to fall asleep and get a good night of sleep.

Get rested and ready for a great school year! For more tips on teens and sleep, visit the National Sleep Foundation.

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