Sleep

Better Sleep Month

Published On: May 9, 2018

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

 Better in Bed Survey Results

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Pillow

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.

 

1. Pzizz

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Calm

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Podcasts

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 Serta Blue 300 King Custom II Adjustable SetCenters, 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.

How To Shop For Mattresses

Published On: February 15, 2017

Do you need help understanding all the crazy terms surrounding mattress shopping these days? At Crowley Furniture you have a friend in the Mattress business. We’ve redesigned the Mattress section of our website to better assist you in your pre-shopping Mattress experience. Why do we say “pre-shopping”? Because the ONLY way to be sure you’re going to get your best night’s sleep is to visit one of our Perfect Sleep Centers in any of our three stores and lie on them for yourself. Our Sales Associates have been trained by Greg Crowley himself, who has been selling mattresses for over 50 years, as well as representatives from each of our manufacturers. They care about the quality of your sleep knowing that it impacts the quality of your life.

THE FIRST STEP

When visiting our website Mattresses page you’ll have many choices to view when selecting a Mattress. This is your first step. It is our goal to help you better understand some of the terms and options available in the Mattress industry today so you can make a better, more educated decision. Choose any of our filters in any order:

  • FILTER BY BRAND  At Crowley Furniture we carry the top rated Mattresses from trusted leading bedding manufacturers. Get to know them a little better through their roots:

o   Sealy: A look back on the history of Sealy details a reputation built on over 130 years how to shop for mattresses Sealy Mattressesof experience, iconic branding and innovative technology. In 1881 Daniel Haynes, cotton gin owner, invented a Mattress stuffed with cotton in Sealy, TX. And Sealy was born. In 1950 the first Posturepedic Mattress was introduced with “additional back support”. In 2012 a new line of gel memory foam Mattresses was introduced called the Optimum series. In 2013 Sealy introduced its first Hybrid Mattresses consisting of half memory foam/half innersprings. Now Sealy truly had something for everyone.

o   Tempur-Pedic: Based on a product developed in the 1960’s by NASA, Tempur Innovation began when scientists invented Tempur Material and reinvented the Mattress. Tempur Material reacts continuously to your body’s specific shape, weight and temperature delivering the cushioning you want and the support you need to fully relax. Tempur scientists continue to innovate to reach their goal of a bed for every body.

o   Serta: Serta has been a pioneer in comfort since they introduced their very first how to shop for mattresses sleep-sheep-5Perfect Sleeper Mattress to the world in 1931. Since then, they’ve brought many “firsts” to the industry, including their breakthrough iComfort Sleep System featuring the latest in gel memory foam technology. In 2000 the beloved Serta Counting Sheep were introduced as brand icons. In 2012 Serta achieved the ranking of #1 Mattress manufacturer in the United States.

o   Stearns & Foster: More than 165 years ago George Stearns and Seth Foster dreamed of something bigger and better. Since 1846 Stearns & Foster has been hand-crafting Mattresses with the very best materials available. But how to shop for mattresses stearnsfoster_craftsmengroupmaterial quality is only half the story. Stearns & Foster puts just as much emphasis on crafting quality. And crafting quality takes time. Twice the time, in fact. Each Stearns & Foster Mattress is meticulously crafted taking twice as long to construct. Experience the Stearns & Foster difference and discover their Legacy of Innovation.

o   Justice: Founded in 1957 in Lebanon, Missouri by Bill and Lois Wampler, Justice Furniture and Bedding proudly serves quality products throughout the Midwest. Still housed in the same location as the original manufacturing plant, the company is run today by Bill and Lois’ son Dan and their granddaughter Angie. Justice focuses on natural latex, also called Talalay latex, Mattresses and no one does it better than them.

  • FILTER BY TYPE  We’re often asked “What’s the best Mattress?” The answer to that is simple: The best Mattress is the one that’s right for you. It’s not always the most expensive or the most technologically advanced but the one that fits you jushow to shop for mattresses Tempur-Flex-Line-exportt right. Here’s what’s going on under those Mattress covers that makes each Mattress unique:

o   Innerspring: A traditional Mattress made of individually pocketed coil springs encased
in layers of foam padding for maximum support, minimum motion transfer and the ability to conform to your body shape.

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o   Memory Foam: A Mattress made of layers of specialty foam that conforms to your body temperature, shape and size and eliminates pressure-points.

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o  Tempur- Pedic: Both a brand and a type, Tempur-Pedic is the ultimate foam Mattress made of a uniquely premiere specialty foam material that responds to your body temperature, shape and size.

o   Natural Latex: A Mattress made of latexhow to shop for mattresses natural-latex-cut-away-2
foam that supports your body shape and size and eliminates pressure points while remaining quickly responsive to your movements.

  • FILTER BY COMFORT  This topic is difficult to categorize since comfort is a very relative matter. No two person’s comfort level is the same. How an individual determines if a Mattress is soft or firm depends on many factors and personal preferences. What one person may find super firm another may find not firm enough. With that understanding, we’ve grouped our Mattresses into four levels of firmness that are meant to be a guideline rather than a rule.

    o   Firm: Provides inner core support with a compressed padded top for added firmness.

    o   Medium-Firm: Provides inner core support with a slightly padded top for a moderately soft feel.

    o   Plush: Provides inner core support with multiple padded top layers for cushiony comfort.

    o   Ultra-Plush: Provides inner core support with multiple padded top layers, often a pillow-top, for super softness.

  • FILTER BY SIZE  Our website features a Mattress size chart that shows the differences between standard Mattresses. Here’s a breakdown of how Mattress sizing works:

o   Twin: A Twin size bed is 39” wide and 75” long. It is perfect for a kid or teen room, a senior downsizing to a smaller space or anyone living in cozy quarters.

o   Twin XL: A Twin XL (short for Extra Long) is 39” wide and 80” long. This size mattress is common for college students living in dorms or campus apartments. The extra length requires sheets specifically made for Twin XL beds.

o   Full: A Full size bed is 54” wide and 75” long. This size is also referred to as a double bed. It is often used as a next-step bed in kid and teen rooms. Antique beds often require this size along with smaller rooms accommodating two sleepers. Actual sleep surface for each individual is the same amount as in a baby crib so, if space allows, most adults prefer to go up in size.

o   Queen: A Queen size bed is 60” wide and 80” long. This is the most common size bed sold today. Being 6” wider and 5” longer than a Full size, it is comfortable for two adults without overtaking a mid-size room.

o   King: A King size bed is 78” wide and 80” long, the same length as a Queen. The King size bed is increasing in popularity but requires a larger sized room to allow space to move around beside it and at the foot as well as space needed for dressers, nightstands and other bedroom furnishings.

o   California King: A California King size bed is 72” wide and 85” long. While not a commonly purchased size, it is popular with folks that are taller as it is the longest mattress available.

  • FILTER BY PRICE  Budget is always a consideration when making any purchase and our Sales Associates factor this in when helping you select your Mattress. Think carefully about your bedding budget, we often compromise in this area for a number of reasons such as the belief that all Mattresses are the same, no one ever sees it and we’d rather put more money into other home furnishings. While a Mattress purchase doesn’t offer an opportunity to select fun fabrics or improve the look of your home it genuinely affects your quality of life. Without truly restful sleep you can’t be the best you when you’re awake. Isn’t that worth a bigger budget? To help you with your budget considerations, we’ve categorized our Mattresses into the following groups:

o   $500 or less

o   $500 to $1000

o   $1000 to $2000

o   $2000 to $3000

o   $3000 to $4000

o   $4000 or more

SELECT A FOUNDATION

Selecting the actual Mattress is the first step of your Mattress buying experience. The second is to determine which type of foundation best suits you and your lifestyle. There are two main options for a foundation but each has several variables to consider. Watch this video of Greg Crowley as he explains Mattress foundations: 

As Greg described there are many types of foundations available to you, each has it’s features and benefits:

  • Box Springs: A basic wood frame with cross supports that gives a Mattress a solid base for strength and stability.

o   Traditional: This 9” height Box Springs is the most frequently used as a Mattress foundation, it is also the lowest priced of all foundations.

o   Lo-Profile: This 5” height Box Springs is available for those who want their bed to sit lower off the floor. It is offered at the same price as a Traditional Box Springs.

  • Adjustable Bases: Becoming increasingly more popular, these bases are used by all ages. Losing the stigma of a “hohow to shop for mattresses ico_lifestyle_4spital bed”, Adjustable Bases have now become known as “Lifestyle Bases” providing higher levels of customized comfort for all you need to do from bed such as watching TV, reading, reducing snoring, working on a laptop or tablet, reducing acid reflux and more. Just about any Mattress can accommodate an Adjustable Base and with a variety of features, any budget can afford an Adjustable Base.

o   Head-Up only: A remote control, usually wired, raises your head into a more comfortable position.

o   Head and Feet Up: A remote control raises your head and feet independently for a more natural rest position.

o   Massaging: A remote control raises your head and feet and also offers zoned massaging at various intensities.

o   Electronics Compatible: In addition to raising your head and feet and massage capabilities, control your Adjustable Base from your mobile device and plug in or charge electronics from ports directly on the Adjustable Base.

COMPLETE YOUR MATTRESS PURCHASE

Bedding Accessories such as Pillows and Mattress Protectors can also play a big role in your Who is BedGear - Sleep Fuels Everything. - BGsleep experience. Our pillows from BedGear, the folks who believe Sleep Fuels Everything, are scientifically crafted to accommodate every type of sleeper. Their Pillows are customized by sleeping style such as back, stomach or side sleepers as well as by body type. Our Sales Associates can help fit you for your perfect Pillow. Click here to see how Laura Crowley finds her perfect Pillow.

Mattress Protectors are also key, not to improve comfort but to protect your investment from stains or spills that may affect your warranty. Their liquid-resistant properties will keep your Mattress clean while not interfering with its responsiveness. And what could be more simple than removing the Mattress Protector, tossing it in the washer and dryer and replacing it on your bed? Easy breezy.

IS YOUR NEW MATTRESS SET COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR BEDROOM FURNITURE?

Cambridge - Queen/King Panel Storage Bed - ICB-412,402,403When our Delivery Team arrives at your door with your new Mattress Set, we want to be sure there are no unwanted surprises. Your Sales Associate will ask you about the bed that you will be using with the Mattress Set you’re considering. Does it have a Headboard? Does it have a Footboard? Is it a Storage Bed? These questions are vital to be sure all of the components of your bed and Mattress Set will work together.

MATTRESS SHOPPING TIPS FROM GREG

To make your Mattress shopping experience the best it can be, consider these tips from Greg Crowley:

  • Wear comfortable clothing – It is impossible to successfully shop for Mattresses without lying down. All of our beds have foot covers so you can comfortably put your feet up on the bed without worry. You will also need to be able to turn and roll over while testing the Mattresses.
  • Allow Ample Time – With all of the options for Mattresses these days you should not rush through your research process. Plan to try out many different styles of Mattresses spending several minutes on each one to truly get the feel for how it contours and conforms to your body. You will also want to be sure to test each of the Mattresses from different positions: lying on your back, side and stomach, spending extra time in your favorite sleep position.
  • Ask Questions – Technology is changing rapidly in the world of Mattresses. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your Sales Associate, that’s what they’re here for.
  • Come Prepared – Be sure to know the size of your bed (measure if you are unsure) and what you will be placing the Mattress on. Your Sales Associate will need this information to correctly advise you through the process.

AND WHAT ABOUT…???

Are there still some things that you find a bit unclear? Here are the answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Mattress Questions:

  • Do I need a Mattress Pad or Protector? You absolutely need a Mattress Protector but be leery of a mattress pad. A mattress pad implies just that, the covering is made of padding and you want to stay away from extra layers between you and the Mattress technology that is conforming to your specific body temperature and weight.
  • Can I buy a Mattress only? All of our Mattresses can be purchased separately from a box springs or other foundation to be used with beds that require a Mattress only such as a storage or platform bed.
  • Can I use my existing box springs? We always recommend purchasing a Mattress and box springs or foundation as a set. The foundation plays a very important role in supporting your Mattress and those that sleep on it. Even though a box springs may not show wear and tear it actually is weakening on the inside and after time will not be able to successfully support the weight we put on top of it.
  • Do you haul away old Mattress Sets? Yes. When your new Mattress is delivered our drivers will be happy to haul away your old Mattress and box springs.
  • Is there a fee to haul away old Mattress Sets? There is a small fee that we charge for this service which covers our cost to dispose of the items.
  • Will your Delivery Team set-up my new Mattress? Absolutely. Our Delivery Team will bring your new Mattress Set into your bedroom and put it in place. If you’ve purchased an Adjustable Foundation they will plug it in and be sure all functions are working properly.
  • What do I need to do to prepare for my Mattress delivery? We ask that you clear the walk to your door of snow and ice as well as the path to the bedroom of any obstacles. Remove all covers, sheets and pillows from the existing Mattress so our Delivery Team can put your new Mattress Set in place.
  • What if I don’t like my Mattress after it’s delivered? Some Mattresses are non-returnable which is why we work so hard to be sure you select the best Mattress for your needs. There are, however, Mattresses that come with a 90-Day Comfort Guarantee. Click here to learn more about it.
  •  What does “Dual King” mean? Most King  beds consist of one mattress and two Twin XL how to shop for mattresses tempur-flex_supremefoundations that make up the king box springs or base. A dual king is actually two separate Twin XL mattress each on its own Twin XL Adjustable Foundation. This creates a standard King size bed but will allow each individual to separately control their Adjustable Foundation settings.
  • Should I flip my mattress? Mattresses are not made to be flipped anymore however they should be rotated approximately every six months.

All of our Crowley Furniture stores in the Kansas City area have a wide variety ohow to shop for mattresses happy-sleepersf Mattresses for you to test. Why wait to have your best sleep ever, visit us today. In Liberty, Lee’s Summit and Overland Park, we make Sweet Dreams our business.

 

How to Get the Best Sleep

Published On: January 18, 2016

The science of sleep is complex, but experts now know that there are certain actions you can take that will help you get the sleep you need. The right environment along with a few simple tips will help you log more sleep hours and feeling refreshed the next day.

Set the Scene for Sleep

A warm bed with a cozy and heavy comforter is always appealing, but it may not help your sleep.   Lighter layers and setting your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit prepares an optimal setting for sleep. This ensures you won’t wake from getting too hot. Make sure no furry friends are in your bed. Pets open the door to sleep disturbances.

Get Out of Bed to Go Back to Sleep

No matter what actions you take to get a restful sleep, you may still wake up in the middle of the night.   If this does happen, don’t just lie in bed staring at the clock. This might make you more anxious. Instead, get out of bed and do something calming until you start to feel tired, then go back to bed.

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