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Crowley Furniture & Mattress
Crowley Furniture is now Crowley Furniture & Mattress.
The family-owned furniture store you’ve known and loved for over sixty years continues to offer the exceptional shopping experience you expect and deserve, with just a little extra added to our name.
#NewNotNew New Name, Same Great Business
Crowley Furniture & Mattress remains a hometown store with three convenient locations in the Kansas City area, accessible Sales Consultants who care about customer satisfaction, value-focused selections featuring current trends and timeless classics and exceptional service from beginning to end. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly Sectional, a Bedroom Set for your personal sanctuary or the Mattress that will give you that perfect night’s sleep, you can shop with confidence knowing our priority is your style, lifestyle and budget.
Why THE Change?
We want everyone to know we are as dedicated to helping our customers improve the quality of their lives through quality sleep, as we are committed to providing exceptional furniture for the rest of the home. That’s why we’ve created a Perfect Sleep Center in each of our stores. Our Perfect Sleep Centers, along with our trained Mattress Specialists, combine a comfortable environment and the latest industry knowledge to help you make the perfect Mattress choice and take the stress and anxiety out of Mattress shopping.
For over 60 years the Crowley family has been selling Mattresses to the Kansas City community. Mattress technology has changed significantly since 1954 and we’ve grown and changed along with it. We’ve also learned a lot about shopping for Mattresses and know this process can be intimidating. With so much scientific input, along with a wide assortment of bells and whistles, determining the Mattress that will give you your best night’s sleep can become an overwhelming experience. That’s why, to make your shopping process smooth and pleasant, Greg Crowley hand-selects the top Mattresses from the leading manufacturers in the bedding industry. When you visit our Perfect Sleep Centers, you’ll be welcomed by an expert Mattress Specialist and a manageable selection of Mattress options in all sizes, types, technologies and budgets.
Welcome To The Perfect Sleep Center
At Crowley Furniture & Mattress, we know that every person is different, we also know there is a Mattress for every person based on those differences. The key is finding that perfect match and that’s what makes us different than all other furniture and mattress stores. Your perfect Mattress match takes into consideration your size, shape, sleeping style and budget. It is these specific criteria that guide Greg’s choices when he personally selects the Mattress brands and types you’ll find in our stores.
Having worked with Mattresses since he was a teen, Greg has an unrivalled, insider understanding of Mattress manufacturers. He aligns himself with those brands that share the same business practices and principles as him and his family. These “customer-first” partnerships guarantee the best service from start to finish of your buying process. Our Perfect Sleep Centers carry top-selling Mattresses from Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Stearns & Foster, Sealy, Justice and Southerland, all manufacturers who also feature the highest level of research and development teams proving a deep-seated loyalty to ground-breaking technology.
Mattress materials have a big impact on the comfort and performance of a Mattress and Greg has selected the best of a wide range of Innerspring, Memory Foam, Hybrid and Natural Latex options. His carefully chosen collections and our Mattress Specialist’s thorough understanding of each type will prove to be a valuable asset to your shopping experience and final decision, and ultimately, your quality of sleep.
- Comfort Level
Comfort levels range from Firm to Medium to Soft to Ultra Soft and every individual has a unique response to each level. We offer a variety of comfort levels so, once we determine your sleeping style, we’re sure to have something that fits you just right.
While Comfort is King, Budget is Key. We understand everyone works with a budget and would never try to introduce you to a bed that was not within your financial comfort zone. While Mattress costs vary greatly, Greg has chosen our selections with price range as a priority. You will find Mattresses in our Perfect Sleep Centers at every price point. Plus, our helpful Financing options can assist with turning your investment into manageable monthly payments.
With Crowley Furniture & Mattress Perfect Sleep Centers you’ll love the helpful head start in the search for your best night’s sleep.
Making The Most Of Your Mattress
Once you’ve discovered your perfect Mattress match, it’s important to ensure that it’s properly supported with a quality base. Many of today’s Mattresses are quite heavy and when combined with the weight of those sleeping on top, base support becomes a key consideration. Here too, you have options, and our Mattress Specialists will guide you through this discussion.
- The Standard Base: Formerly known as Box Springs, the Standard Base provides support throughout the Mattress so that it performs at its best for many years to come. With a 9” height, this base consists of a sturdy wood frame.
- The Low Pro Base: This base is almost identical to the Standard Base except it is only 5” in height. Some bed styles and people with limited mobility often benefit from an overall lower bed height.
- The Adjustable Base: Also known as a Power Base or a Lifestyle Base, the Adjustable Base is making a statement in the Bedroom. Operated with a remote control, Adjustable Bases provide many health and relaxation benefits. With the ability to raise the head and feet independently, you’ll discover an unlimited number of comfort positions. Adjustable Bases can be paired with most Mattresses and most Beds.
- Platform or Storage Beds: If your Bed is either a Platform Bed or a Storage Bed, you most likely will not require a separate base. The Mattress will sit directly on either a wood platform or wood slats. Since the platform or slats play the role of Mattress support, you’ll want to be sure these items are sturdy enough to do the job well. Talk to your Mattress Specialist about your Bed components, if there is a concern, they can suggest alternatives such as our heavy-duty metal Support Systems.
Tips For A Successful Mattress Shopping Experience
A quality, pleasant Mattress shopping experience actually begins at home. With a little pre-shopping prep work, you are ensured to have the most ideal Mattress outing possible. Here are some Mattress Shopping Tips from Greg:
- Wear comfortable clothing You can’t find the right Mattress if you don’t lie down, wear something comfortable so you can easily twist and turn to test all sleeping positions
- Allow Ample Time You will need to experience several different beds to determine which is best for you, spending time on each one will assist you in making the best choice
- Ask Questions We care about helping you choose your perfect Mattress, we want to hear all your questions and concerns so we can talk through them together
- Come Prepared Know your space and furniture requirements so you can discuss with your Mattress Specialist to be sure your new Mattress will accommodate not only your sleeping needs but also your room and bedroom furnishing
For more details on Greg’s Mattress Shopping Tips click here.
Don’t forget the Fluff
As with any ensemble, be sure to properly accessorize to maximum results. Pillows can make a significant impact on your quality of sleep and that’s why we chose Bedgear as our Pillow manufacturing partner. Bedgear knows there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for deep sleep and their bedding accessories work hard for you through the development of the most advanced technologies that create bedding accessories that adapt to you. They don’t just wrap fabric around cotton balls and call it a pillow, their Performance Pillows align your spine and keep your body temperature ideal on the Pillow that’s fit for you.
In addition to Pillows, our Mattress Protectors from Bedgear are important to the life and performance of your chosen Mattress. These revolutionary protectors sleep cool, dry and clean throughout the night. Unlike old-school Mattress Pads that are thick and cumbersome, these thin protectors won’t interfere with the interaction between you and your Mattress. Since many Mattresses react to your body weight and temperature it’s important that you have minimal material between you and the Mattress. Additionally, an easily laundered Mattress Protector will live up to its name and protect your Mattress from soiling and staining which can void it’s warranty.
Rest Assured with our 90-Day Perfect Sleep Guarantee
Now that you know how dedicated we are to helping you find the perfect Mattress, we want you to truly rest assured with our 90-Day Perfect Sleep Guarantee. Available on select Mattresses, our promise to you is that if, within 90 days, you are not satisfied with the comfort of your Mattress, we invite you to reselect. Click here for eligibility requirements and exclusions with our Perfect Sleep Guarantee.
Your Soul Mattress-Mate
No matter what your sleeping style, comfort level or budget parameters may be, your perfect Mattress match is out there. Visit our Perfect Sleep Center closest to you and let us help you find it.
“At Crowley Furniture we don’t want to just sell you a bed, we want to give you a great night’s sleep.”
9 Common Bedtime Habits That Could Be Ruining Your Whole Day
If you often feel rushed, tired and anxious, you probably look forward to relaxing in bed at the end of a long day. What you might not realize is that your habits at bedtime could be the reason your day was so disappointing in the first place. Here’s how your nighttime routine could be sabotaging other areas of your life.
1. Resolving conflicts with your partner
It’s more productive to hash out disagreements in the morning. The old adage “never go to bed angry” might not be so wise after all. Staying up to hash out an argument could not only cut into your sleep time but also leave you feeling too worked up to doze off.
A better alternative: “Agreeing to disagree for the time being,” said Sara Stanizai, a licensed therapist and owner of Prospect Therapy in Long Beach, California. “I guarantee you won’t solve anything if you’re exhausted and activated by anger, stress and hurt feelings.”
Rather, focus on calming yourself and getting rest; you’ll have a much more productive conversation in the morning.
2. Failing to follow a proper skin care routine ― or just using face wipes
Wash your face every night to avoid breakouts. There are few fates worse than waking up to a major breakout, especially the morning before a big meeting or date night. Yet more than half of Americans risk that outcome every day by going to bed without washing their faces.
Even if you don’t wear makeup, you still need to cleanse your skin of the sweat, oils and pollution that builds up throughout the day. “If you’re too tired or depressed to wash your face, something is up,” Stanizai said. “It might be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep, or your mood is out of sync.”
Fortunately, a proper skincare routine is just as good for your mental health as it is for your complexion. Set aside 10 minutes in the evening to take care of your face. Just be sure to toss your face wipes ― they actually make your skin worse.
3. Working out
Exercising earlier in the day can help you fall asleep sooner.
Some of us can’t even be paid to work out. So if you’re one of the admirable few who exercises on a regular basis, you certainly shouldn’t quit. Just know that if you exercise too late in the evening, you might not get as much sleep as you need.
“Exercising is a healthy habit, but the timing of exercise is very important; exercising too late in the day can disrupt your sleep,” said Leslie Fischer, founder of Sustainable Slumber, a website dedicated to helping eco-minded people get a good night’s sleep. The reason, she says, is that it disrupts your circadian rhythm.
“If you exercise too late in the day, this is a tacit signal to our bodies that it is time to be awake and active. This can make it difficult to fall asleep at night,” Fischer said.
So if you can, schedule workouts for the afternoon instead. Even better, try working out in the morning for an added boost to your mood and productivity.
4. Lighting up
Nicotine before bed can keep you up.
We don’t have to tell you how bad smoking is for your health; that’s your own personal choice. But if you’re going to do it, try to avoid lighting up close to bedtime.
Nicotine is a stimulant, Stanizai noted. Smoking before bed could make it difficult to fall asleep, which means you’ll feel groggy and irritable the next day if you don’t allow enough time before you hit the hay. “Give yourself at least two hours if you can,” she said.
5. Relying on a glass of wine to wind down
Alcohol has a negative effect on the quality of your sleep.
The same goes for your nightcap. “Alcohol may help you feel drowsy, but it actually negatively affects how you sleep,” said Dr. Dawn Dore-Stites, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Sleep Disorder Center at the University of Michigan.
Specifically, she said, alcohol affects how you cycle through sleep, causing you to wake up more often and experience less deep sleep. So instead of relying on alcohol, consider drinking herbal tea or warm milk to relax.
6. Checking out what’s trending and tweeting
Viewing social media causes your body to release stress hormones.
A final scroll through your social media feed before bed might seem harmless, but catching up on those posts could make it tougher to get a restful night’s sleep.
“Research has shown that people experience hormonal changes in the brain when they look at social media,” said Beatrice Tauber Prior, a clinical psychologist and the founder of Harborside Wellbeing in Cornelius, North Carolina. “The brain signals the adrenal gland to secrete cortisol and adrenaline.”
Triggering the release of these “stress hormones” will boost your energy levels ― the last thing you want when going to bed. “In the long run, elevations of these hormones impair cognition and can increase depression and anxiety,” Prior said. You’re better off saving that status update for the morning.
7. Using your phone in bed, period
Your bed should be for rest and &%! only.
The blue light produced from screens such as your smartphone has been proven to keep you awake and contribute to the development of serious diseases such as obesity and breast cancer.
Plus, according to Gray, you give your co-workers the green light to keep emailing you at 11:30 p.m. “If you’re super busy, you could set an ‘out of office’ message at night, letting people know when they can expect to hear from you the next day. They’ll still feel taken care of while you take the space you need to rest and have fun,” Gray said.
8. Eating late-night snacks
You can’t fall asleep if your body is busy digesting.
Late-night snackers might want to put down the Doritos. Regularly munching on something salty or sweet before bed means those calories are more likely to be stored as fat, rather than burned for energy. That’s a fast track to weight gain, which can cause bigger issues such as diabetes and other chronic diseases down the road.
But even in the short term, eating too close to bedtime can disrupt your sleep. “When the body is working on digesting food, it’s not able to rest properly. This can lead to a night of poor-quality sleep plus digestive cycles that are thrown off the next day,” Gray said.
Instead, try to give yourself a few hours between eating and bedtime. And if you find that you’re ravenous after dinner, try adding more protein and healthy fats to your meal.
9. Neglecting your hair
Tying up your hair leads to breakage.
If you’re a nighttime bather, taking the time to dry your hair after a shower might seem like a giant pain. But flopping into bed with wet hair only makes your morning routine tougher.
“Rubbing wet hair against a pillow while you toss and turn at night causes issues like breakage. It also means you’re likely to wake up with a wild, frizzy mess,” said Brandie Flores, a licensed stylist and senior district leader for Supercuts in the San Antonio, Texas, area.
And while that messy bun might have given you the perfect bedhead look for daytime, be sure to take it down before actually getting into bed. “Leaving that hair tie in causes a lot of tension on your hair overnight. That results in breakage and usually a kink in your hair the next day,” Flores said.
If you don’t want to leave your hair down, Flores recommends braiding it instead, which can give your hair a nice wave and cut down on styling time the next day.
Lastly, there’s no substitute for the right Mattress and Foundation. Visit any of our Perfect Sleep Centers located within each of our stores in Liberty, Lee’s Summit and Overland Park and our Mattress Specialists will help match you to the perfect Mattress and Foundation combo that will help you get a great night’s sleep.
5 Reasons You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
At Crowley Furniture we are dedicated to helping the communities we serve get a better night’s sleep. That’s why we have a Perfect Sleep Center located in each of our stores in Liberty, Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. Our Sales Associates undergo extensive training so that they are the very best Mattress Specialists to assist you in finding the perfect Mattress and Foundation combination for your body type, sleep style and relaxation needs.
Serta, our manufacturing partner of the iComfort Hybrid and Memory Foam Series’, is also committed to better understanding quality sleep patterns and triggers. They’ve shared this article on potential causes of sleep disruption because the more you know the better you’ll sleep and better sleep often means a better life.
There are a lot of things that can disrupt your sleep, but these are some of the most common mistakes you may be making, and how to fix them.
By Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Getting a good night’s sleep can change everything: your mental function goes up, your negativity goes down, and your productivity skyrockets. All this is yours for the low price of free. But taking advantage of this special sleep offer can feel surprisingly difficult. As a time management coach, I’ve seen that getting to bed on time and falling asleep are an art and a science. These are five of the top reasons that people don’t get enough sleep, and what you can do about it.
Problem: You Don’t Know When To Go To Bed
Solution: Set A Bedtime Goal
Many people haven’t stopped to think about when they need to go to bed to get enough hours of sleep. If you fall into that camp, simply count back from the time when you want to get up to figure out your ideal bedtime. For most adults, the average hours of sleep they need is in the six- to eight-hour zone. If you’re not sure how many you need, you can try out different lengths of time until you settle on what makes you feel well-rested. If you have young children who will likely wake up in the middle of the night, you’ll want to tack on an extra hour or two to give yourself a margin.
Problem: You Try To Go T Bed As Soon As You Get Home Solution: Give Yourself Time To Decompress
Most of us need some time between when we come home and when we go to bed. Individuals vary of course, but in my observation, most people need at least an hour between coming home from a social event and falling asleep, or at least two hours between arriving home from work and falling asleep. The time spent at home is for eating dinner, getting the house in order, connecting with people, and decompressing. Getting home earlier has a high probability of making it easier for you to get to bed earlier.
Problem: Stealing Time From Sleep To Decompress
Solution: Set Aside 30-60 Minutes of Unstructured Time
Because many individuals don’t acknowledge the importance of decompression time, they end up “stealing” it from sleep time instead of factoring it into their evening routines. This can lead to behaviors like staying up later than you want to watch Netflix. We all need time for our brains to unwind. Instead of denying that need, own up to it and factor it into your evening. If possible, set aside 30-60 minutes of intentional decompression time to watch TV, read, journal, exercise, mess around on your phone, or do whatever else that makes you happy. Wanting unstructured time is valid. You’ll increase your overall productivity by giving yourself permission to have downtime during normal waking hours instead of paying for it when you “sneak it in” late.
Problem: Doing Things Before Bed That Make You Too Hyped Up
Solution: Shut Down Those Things At Least One Hour Before Bed
Planning an intentional chill time earlier in the evening serves two purposes: It gets you to bed earlier and reduces stimulation late in the evening so that you can fall asleep faster once you do get to bed. Pay attention to what causes you to become more alert, and then consciously reduce those activities as you get closer to the time when you want to count sheep. Here are a few common culprits that you’ll do best disengaging with at least 60 minutes before you want to call it a night:
- Highly engaging TV programs and movies
- Loud, upbeat music
- Bright lights
- Screens in general, including computer, TV, and phone
- Phone conversations
- Eating or drinking
You may be thinking, Everything you just told me not to do is what I typically do in the hour before bed. That may be exactly why you’re reading this article about getting to bed on time and falling to sleep quickly. You need help. The good news is there are alternatives that can assist you in getting to bed on time and sleeping better:
- Start getting ready for bed early. This gives you ample time to follow all of your dentist’s instructions. As a bonus, if you get tired before bedtime, you can immediately roll into bed and get some extra quality time with your pillow.
- Take a warm bath or shower to calm down and reduce the time you need to get ready in the morning.
- Spend time journaling, meditating, or praying to calm your mind, release negative emotions, and stop spinning thoughts.
- Do gentle stretching to release tension in your body.
- Read a book—as long as it’s one you can put down.
- Talk to your spouse about the day—nothing intense like discussing your budget, but simply catching up or talking about something funny that happened.
Despite popular belief, you don’t need to settle for a life of sleep deprivation. By following these guidelines, you can improve your sleep and live a happier, healthier, and more productive life.
To get started on your new journey to better sleep, browse our website then visit one of our Perfect Sleep Centers located inside each of our stores.
Better Sleep Month
MAY IS MATTRESS MONTH and BETTER SLEEP MONTH!
Our partners at Serta are as dedicated as we are to quality sleep. We understand how a poor night’s sleep negatively affects your day and, ultimately, your life. In our ever-changing world much is being done to improve sleep at every level. Mattress manufacturers such as Serta place a priority on research and development of the latest materials and methods that will create the best sleeping experience possible for all body shapes, types and sleeping styles. Outside organizations such as the Better Sleep Council use their resources to increase understanding and awareness of the impact of inadequate and poor quality sleep and how we might conquer these issues. Here at Crowley Furniture, we stay up-to-date on the latest results and modern improvements from all of these companies and organizations so that we can offer you, our customer, the very best, customized sleep possible.
The latest news out of the Better Sleep Council has just been released and its findings are interestingly genderized:
Better in Bed Survey Results
Better Sleep Council Research Finds Men Earn Bragging Rights When it comes to Bedtime Performance, Women Fall Short
ALEXANDRIA, VA – May 1, 2018 – Today the Better Sleep Council (BSC), the consumer education arm of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), released its findings from a new survey on America’s bedtime performance as it relates to sleep regimen, finding that men outperformed their female counterparts, but both have room to improve.
Participants were asked about their bedtime habits and received a ranking based on best practices when it comes to sleep behaviors, such as turning off electronics before bed, keeping a regular bedtime, etc. On average, Americans* earned a grade of a “C-” (70%) but looking at the sexes side-by-side, men nudged out women for bed rest with an average score of 72%. However, when drilling into specific habits that contribute to a good night’s sleep, men stood out in the bedroom. Results also took into consideration participants’ overall satisfaction with the quantity and quality of their sleep, such as feeling well-rested, pleased with the amount of sleep they get, etc.
“Over the past few years, the Better Sleep Council has noticed that people aren’t bragging about how little sleep they’re getting, they’re bragging about how much sleep they are getting. In fact, getting enough quality sleep is becoming a status symbol among Americans,” said Mary Helen Rogers, vice president of marketing and communications for ISPA. “Through our survey, we wanted to learn for ourselves – ‘how good is America in bed?’ Results from the survey found that Americans aren’t walking the talk.”
Differing Bedtime Habits between the Sexes
Women are particularly deficient when it comes to getting enough sleep: Despite 84% of women believing sleep is important to their overall health and wellness, their bedtime habits and lifestyles have created barriers to get the desired amount of sleep. The two areas where women particularly fell short were ability to fall asleep and ability to rise in the morning. The survey revealed that 34 million women experience trouble sleeping and/or staying asleep almost all the time (21%), and nearly 20 million hit the snooze button numerous times every day (12%).
Loved ones also kept women up at night. Survey results found that more than 24 million women were likely to let kids and pets in the bed (15%), compared to 4 million men (3%).
According to the study, men were more likely to engage in positive sleep habits: 55 million men reported sleeping alone (35%), 22 million follow a strict bedtime – even on the weekends (14%), 35 million do not have caffeinated beverages past noon (22%), and more than 55 million keep their stress level to a minimum (35%).
Other Sleep Indicators
Additional key sleep performance takeaways from the survey include:
· 77 million Americans (24%) claim they have no electronics in their bedroom, not even a television.
· How this impacts sleep: The blue light emitted by the screens on cell phones, computers, tablets and televisions restrains the production of melatonin, keeping you from getting the quality sleep you need.
· 174 million Americans (54%) rarely/never drink alcohol before bed.
· How this impacts sleep: For the 46% of Americans who reported drinking alcohol, it’s best to drink it in the early evening. Generally, it takes 1 hour to metabolize one ounce of alcohol, which can wreak havoc on sleep quality.
· 193 million Americans (60%) have a mattress that’s less than 7 years old.
· How this impacts sleep: Experts advise you to evaluate your mattress after 7 years for wear and tear. An older mattress may no longer provide the comfort and support that is key for quality sleep.
Quality Sleep Is “In”
Although the survey shows that there are areas where everyone can improve, the shift in the way Americans are talking about their own sleep habits is encouraging. Gone are the days of touting the lack of sleep Americans are getting – consumers want others to know just how good they are in bed, as it relates to sleep.
Capitalizing on this trend, the BSC has launched the Better in Bed campaign during Better Sleep Month to support this positive movement of consumers striving not just for more sleep each night, but for quality, restorative sleep as well.
“Better Sleep Month is the perfect time to engage consumers with entertaining and useful tips to up their game between the sheets,” said Rogers. “Throughout the month of May, the BSC will be providing sleep solutions, so everyone can brag about how good they are in bed and, most importantly, for everyone to sleep just a little more soundly.”
7 mind-soothing apps that will help you sleep better
Sleeping is a lot harder than it used to be.
There’s a lot going on in the world right now, enough that sleeping can feel pretty much impossible sometimes. Luckily, the technology that surrounds and distracts us also gives us plentiful tools to help ease ourselves into the land of z’s.
Here are a few apps that will hopefully help you finally get a good night’s sleep.
Apps that will give you a more wholesome rest
Your daily night’s rest is broken up into several sleep cycles. Research shows that repeatedly missing sleep or keeping an inconsistent sleep schedule can mess with your rest overall. These next few apps help you track your sleep cycles to make sure you’re getting the best sleep you can, and waking up every morning refreshed.
1. Sleep Cycle
Sleep Cycle tracks your sleep and wakes you up when you’re least groggy. Sleep Cycle is a nice twist on the standard alarm clock. Using your microphone, it tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you in the lightest phase of sleep so you’re not groggy. You set a window during which to be woken (for example, between 7 and 7:30 a.m.), and it figures the best time to pull you out of your slumber. It even lets you tap your phone twice to snooze.
2. Apple Bedtime
Apple’s Bedtime feature is a simple twist on the standard alarm clock. It will lull you out of sleep with a peaceful tone. If you want more control over your wake-up time, Apple’s Bedtime, available as part of your Clock app, works similarly to Sleep Cycle, but lets you set an exact time for rising. You can select which days of the week you want your alarm to go off (weekdays only, weekends only, etc.). Choose how many hours you want to sleep, and the app will tell you when to head to bed to wake up on time. It will also give you a push notification before your bedtime.
Pillow works like Apple’s Bedtime, but also lets you set an array of timed naps. Pillow is the perfect app for those who want to know everything they can about the way they’re sleeping. Like Bedtime and Sleep Cycle, it tracks your sleep and wakes you in a light stage of rest. But you can also use its features to time different kind of mid-day rests: power naps (15 minutes), recovery naps (45 minutes), and full cycle naps (120 minutes). It’ll give you information about your heart rate, your REM cycles, and how long it took you to get to sleep.
Apps to lull you into sleep
Mindfulness and meditation has been proven to help people who struggle with insomnia. The apps below focus on meditation through various techniques, like music, nature sounds, and voice commands. All are aimed to help you hit the state of relaxation you need to go to bed.
Pzizz will lull you to sleep with some really soothing music that fades out over time. First: This app looks incredible; its appearance alone is calming! As for the music, think of an incredibly soothing, movie-style soundtrack that you set to fade out after an hour or so to help wind you down before you go to bed. It also offers narration in both male and female voices, but if you find that creepy (which you will), you can shut it off. It also lets you use its music in bursts as a “focus” setting.
2. Headspace: Meditation
Headspace makes meditating easy by breaking it up into small, helpful sessions. The Headspace: Meditation app sets you up with different sessions depending on your goals. It’ll send you push notifications reminding you to meditate throughout the day. Each session only takes a few minutes. If you’re the kind of person whose mind races before you hit the sack, this app is for you.
Calm lets you enjoy a wide range of meditation tutorials, mixing in the sounds of nature to add ambiance. Like Headspace: Meditation, Calm will soothe your mind right before bed. The sessions are longer, and you can set up programs over time to ease you into zen. The app offers ambient sounds of nature and turns your phone into a giant portrait of a scenic landscape.
If all else fails, podcasts are always an option. Err on the side of comedy to end the day with a few laughs before sleeping or something storytelling-based. Remember to use the sleep timer at the bottom of the app to make sure a long podcast doesn’t wake you once you fall asleep.
The Key To Sleep
One of the keys to a restful night ‘s sleep is the right Mattress. Our Perfect Sleep Centers, located within each of our stores in Liberty, Lee’s Summit and Overland Park, are staffed with Specialists who have been trained to help you find your Mattress match based on your size, sleeping style and other individual needs. Let us share everything we know about finding the perfect Mattress, don’t wait to get a great night’s sleep!
Click to learn more about 2018 Mattress Month at Crowley Furniture.
To learn more about Better Sleep Month, visit bettersleep.org.
*Based on the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau population estimate of 323,127,513 Americans.
About the BSC
The Better Sleep Council is the consumer-education arm of the International Sleep Products Association, the trade association for the mattress industry. With decades invested in improving sleep quality, the BSC educates consumers on the link between sleep and health, and the role of the sleep environment, primarily through www.bettersleep.org, partner support and consumer outreach.
Furniture Safety: Choosing and Anchoring Your TV Stands
February Football & Furniture Safety
February is a month characterized by heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, giant teddy bears, conversation candy and expressions of undying love. And what do we love with our whole hearts? FOOTBALL! February is also time to watch the big game. Whether you tuned in to catch the play-by-play, the ads, or the half-time show, you probably were watching on the biggest screen in your home.
While your own personal jumbotron may be all you need on game day, there are, however, 364 other days of the year to consider. With this in mind, it’s important to take into account the space around the TV and how you and your family use this area. If you plan to incorporate a piece of furniture that your TV will sit on there are several factors to think about. The size of your TV is, of course, key. You want to be sure the TV Stand can not only handle the width of the TV but can safely support its weight as well. Visually, you also want to be sure the TV Stand is proportionate to the TV. The larger your TV the beefier you’ll want your TV Stand to be. The BF, or “Beefiness Factor”, can be amped up not only by actual size but also color (darker colors tend to be more visually weighty) and features (chunky hardware and heavy detailing also add visual weight).
Another aspect to determining the right TV Stand for your home is the style of the room. While the TV Stand doesn’t need to be from the same collection or come from the same type of wood or even have the same finish, it should coordinate with your existing furnishings, color scheme and decorating style. “Blending” pieces within a space is key to keeping your room cohesive. “Matching” pieces is not important and, in fact, your room will be much more interesting if you mix it up! Click here to see Crowley Furniture’s diverse TV Stand collections.
While a TV Stand will help to make your TV area more engaging, it isn’t just a pretty face. TV Stands play an important function within a room. They also have the role of organizer, clutter concealer, cord hider, and technology keeper. Ask yourself what features would best match your use of this space. Do you want open shelves for books? Hidden storage for DVD’s and remotes? Glass doors for display? A few minutes of planning before you shop will help you get the piece that best suits you and your family.
Options are vast and varied when it comes to furniture that can accompany your TV. From a simple Console Table to a multi-purpose Media Stand to the big Daddy of them all, an entire Wall Unit, one thing remains constant: YOU MUST ANCHOR IT! To learn what this means, watch this important message about furniture safety from Greg Crowley and Brett Horn.
When bringing new wood furniture into your home, most will come with hardware provided by the manufacturer that allows you to anchor that piece to a wall. Look for these either stapled to the back or, if applicable, inside a drawer. If you have older furniture, complimentary Furniture Strap Kits are available at all three Crowley Furniture stores located in Liberty, Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. They are easy to install and only take a few moments of your time. Please take these few moments, they may prevent an accident or injury.
It may be cold and dreary outside but there are still plenty of reasons to love the second month of the year. We hope your TV is surrounded by the people and things you love all month long.
Decorate with Dog Safety in Mind
The holiday season is finally here! Besides all the presents, parties, and fun times with the family, it’s time to decorate your house. No matter which holiday you and your family celebrate, you’re sure to have festive decor you’ve been waiting to pull out of the closet. However, consider dog safety before unleashing potentially hazardous items in your home.
Some holiday decorations aren’t the safest for dogs. Not only will some be easily destroyed, but others could be highly toxic for your pup. Thankfully, we’ve got some great suggestions to help you decorate safely while keeping your pooch in mind.
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Be careful with these decorations
Traditions dominate the holidays. Whether they can be traced back for centuries or just something your family has always done, these traditions can prove risky for your dog.
The Daily Treat explains that lights can be a big problem for dogs. If your pet likes to chew on things, the cord for a set of colorful lights can offer quite the invitation. That’s clearly a danger, plus a frayed electrical cord could easily start a fire. Other traditional decorations to watch for are tinsel and ornaments hanging low enough for a dog to reach. If accidentally swallowed, these can lead to intestinal blockages and a trip to the ER.
If you enjoy lighting candles as part of your holiday decorations, be mindful of your four-legged friend. Keep anything with a flame up out of reach or on stable furniture or shelves that can’t be toppled. Alternatively, consider flameless candles to help achieve the holiday ambience you’re looking for without the safety hassles.
What about a tree?
For families who include a tree among their holiday decorations, it’s important to be mindful of your canine companion. As Hartz explains, fallen pine needles are easily eaten by dogs but can’t be digested. This can cause your pet to vomit or even need surgery to clear an obstructed intestine. In addition, the water in the tree stand can even poison your dog.
Artificial trees can also be hazards. If small parts break off, these can be chewed and swallowed, also creating intestinal issues. If you want a tree for the holidays, be watchful of your dog, especially if she’s extra curious.
Remember too that some plants like mistletoe and poinsettias are toxic to animals, so make sure they are placed in the middle of a table or on a high shelf for optimal dog safety.
Protect Your Dog This Holiday
For you and your pup, the holidays should be a time of fun and relaxation. Make sure you have both this season when it comes time to decorate. Be careful about wires and candles, put delicate items up high and consider keeping your pet away from the holiday tree. Follow these dog safety tips to have a worry-free holiday!
Written by Guest Blogger Aimee Lyons
Top 10 Reasons to Shop at Crowley Furniture on Black Friday
Crowley Furniture is dedicated to giving you the best deals in a stress-free environment. Black Friday is fast approaching. Have you planned your store strategy? Loaded addresses into your Map App? Done recon on the best parking lot and spot? Packed your water and protein snacks? Broken in your fastest running shoes? Set out your hard hat and safety goggles?
So maybe shopping on Black Friday isn’t as bad as that and safety gear isn’t required but, if the frazzled crowd/pushy- shovey/in-it-to-win-it-at-all-costs shopping scene isn’t your thing then Crowley Furniture is the perfect place for you to be on Black Friday!
There are so many reasons that Crowley Furniture is the place to shop for furniture, not just on Black Friday but every day: knowledgeable Sales Associates, exceptional furniture and mattress selections, great prices, convenient local stores, just to name a few. But particularly on Black Friday, we really stand out from the crazy crowds.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Shop at Crowley Furniture on Black Friday:
10. While you browse through the store, sip and enjoy the Egg Nog Latte you purchased on the way over, risk-free!; your beverage treat won’t get knocked out of your hand and spilled down your tie in a mad rush of shoppers
9. The only reason to wear your comfy yoga pants is that you overindulged the day before; not because you’ll need to do pre-shopping warm-up stretching and a sprint to your items of interest
8. Sleep in and wake up naturally; versus having your alarm go off before you’ve even gone to bed
7. Enjoy the melodious sounds of peaceful, pleasant music; not the maniacal thuds of stomping feet and raised, irritated voices
6. Sleep in the warmth of your comfy home and cozy bed; not in a sleeping bag on the street wishing on a star there’s not more than 999 people in line ahead of you
5. Maintain your optimism that the human race is ultimately good and kind
4. Shop local and support a small business that will keep your money within the community, not send it halfway around the globe
3. No worries about making an impulse purchase-you’ll have time to think and you’ll be able to hear yourself think so you’ll get exactly what you want; there will be no pressure to “grab ‘n go”
2. Friendly, smiling Sales Associates will assist you with your questions and purchases, shopping will be fun!; you won’t be forced to deal with angry, bitter checkers glaring at you for making them get up at an inhumane hour so they can be there to scan your frazzled, hurried purchase that you’re probably only buying because you don’t want to feel you went through all this for nothing
1. A multitude of convenient parking spots within sight of the store and its front doors, walk in at your preferred leisurely pace, even sit in the car until your favorite song finishes, you’ll still get what you came to buy; you won’t be forced into a shuttleless overflow lot with a hike so far you’ll have painful blisters before your day even begins
And if all those reasons aren’t enough to convince you to visit Crowley Furniture on Black Friday, how about the BIGGEST DEAL OF THE YEAR: Our TAX AMOUNT DISCOUNT event is on, that means BIG SAVINGS for you.
See you then. Namaste.
A Conversation Sofa: What’s the point?
Have you ever had a conversation about a Conversation Sofa? While one-sided, let’s have it now and break down the details of a unique and often over-looked piece of furniture.
What Is It?
A Conversation Sofa is a stationary Sofa where the arm end seating sections slightly curve or angle inward, forming sort of the letter “C”. This mild curve adds an interesting twist to a room and, as the name says, makes it easier for those seated on the Conversation Sofa to connect through conversation since they are slightly facing each other. To compare, it’s easier to have a conversation at a round table than it is at a rectangular table. Don’t you think?
When shopping for a Conversation Sofa, or any new piece of furniture, you’ll want to consider the size, shape and style of your room. A Conversation Sofa will take up more space in a room than a straight Sofa would from the same collection. You’ll want to be sure you have ample space in your room to fit the Conversation Sofa, not only from a size perspective but also from a visual perspective. The uniqueness of a Conversation Sofa is perfect for a room with an open layout where you can appreciate its curves from several angles. If your room is designed so that your Sofa is floating in the room (rather than being placed against a wall) this also is a great setting to put a Conversation Sofa, again allowing you to admire it from multiple viewpoints.
The styling of a Conversation Sofa lends itself to a room that is used primarily for in-person socializing, versus a room designated for comfy TV viewing. Formal Living Rooms, Home Offices and Breakfast Rooms are ideal locations to show off the personality of a Conversation Sofa. While many Conversation Sofas tend to skew towards Traditional décor, they could also look amazing in a fun or even funky modern space. Can you picture it?
Measure Twice, Buy Once
Measuring for a Conversation Sofa can be a bit tricky since there is a special language associated with the piece. When a Width dimension is given for a Conversation Sofa it will almost always be “Overall Width” and is measured straight across the sofa from the outermost tip on one side to the outermost tip on the other side. This measurement does not follow the curved or angled outline of the Conversation Sofa but rather the amount of wall and floor space it will take up (side to side). Similarly, the Depth dimension is “Overall Depth” and is measured as though cutting the Conversation Sofa straight in half through its center, starting from the back of the center cushion out to the outermost tip of the arms. This will determine how much floor space the Conversation Sofa will require (front to back). It does not refer to the actual seating depth of each seat, each seat cushion will be a standard depth (for that frame).
Because of its curves, a Conversation Sofa may be more difficult to move into your home than a regular Sofa. Doorways often need to be a minimum of 36” wide and hallway turns are sometimes not navigable. Careful planning and measuring is key when considering a Conversation Sofa. You’ll love it a whole lot more inside your home than sitting in your driveway so be 100% sure it will fit. When determining the fit, don’t forget to consider the scale of the room, does it “fit” with the actual proportions of, not only the room, but also the other furnishings that will share the room. Do you think about scale when purchasing home furnishings?
Help Has Arrived
Since it’s so important to carefully measure the space where you plan to place the Conversation Sofa, as well as the route leading to that space within your home, let our Interior Designers help you be sure this style is right for your style, your family and your space. After an in-home visit they’ll create a space plan of your room and show the placement of the pieces you are considering. Not only will they share their expertise with you on room layout, they’ll also help you make inspired decisions on fabrics and other design details. What do you think of that?! To schedule an appointment call 816-781-8002 or email through our website.