Why We Yawn

Yawning seems like a natural occurrence that only takes place before bed and waking up. However, as we get older we start to pay attention to the contagious phenomenon, and notice that it is a little more complex than just a sleepy-time mechanism.

Work-it-out

Yawning is an involuntary action that causes the mouth to open wide and breathe in deeply, which actually puts more body parts to work than you may think. When you inhale, you are filling your lungs with air, your abdominal muscles then flex, and your diaphragm is pushed down.

While yawning is associated with drowsiness, your heart-rate actually rises as much as 30 percent during this “exercise” which can be considered a sign of heightened state-of-excitement. If you have ever paid attention during a workout, run or strenuous activity, you might have noticed that you begin to yawn occasionally. It could have been a side-effect of fatigue or the need for rest, but on the contrary, it could have also been a lack of oxygen.

A yawn to the body, is like a radiator to a vehicle. The body induces yawning to provide more oxygen to the brain, and to remove a buildup of carbon dioxide in the lungs by stretching the jaw and increasing blood flow in the neck, face and head. When air is breathed into the mouth, it removes hot blood from the brain and introduces cool air.

So ya caught a case of the yawns…

If you are in a conversation with an individual and he casually yawns, you probably start to wonder if he is bored with the conversation or… oh… here it comes….You yawn as well and fall victim to the contagious yawn, and pretty soon it is like a domino effect on every one that walks by or entertains your conversation.

Studies show that you don’t have to physically see someone yawn for you to yawn back. You can hear or even read about it, and chances are, you have probably yawned at least once since you have been reading this. The contagious yawn is said to be associated with the same part of the brain that deal with empathy, thus linking it to an individuals ability to understand and connect with others’ emotional state. Infectious yawning has been also been observed in chimpanzees and dogs. Speaking of dogs, don’t miss out on your chance to win a queen size mattress! Be sure to enter the Bed Hog Contest by submitting a snapshot of your pooch hogging your bed for a chance to win a free queen-size mattress from Mattresses For Less.

 

Sleep Essentials From A-Zzz (Part II)

Creating sleep habits and routines to help achieve a quality night’s sleep is vital to your well-being. With these simple tips and facts, you can be on your way to feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world!

K- Keep a bedtime routine; that way, your body can naturally adjust and create a stable internal routine.

L- Lighting can prevent the release of natural melatonin levels, which in turn can make it difficult to fall or stay asleep.

M- Melatonin is a hormone that is part of the human wake-sleep cycles. The body produces it in the Pineal Gland located in the brain. If sleep-depreviation sets in, melatonin can be purchased as a dietary supplement to increase levels to invite sleep.

N- Napping can improve productivity and recharge your brain. Just a few minutes of rest can significantly provide your body with the energy and brain-power so many of us turn to energy drinks for.

O- Over-sleeping can do more harm than good to the body. Studies have found that getting too much shut-eye can leave your body in a groggy state, and can have similar effects to not getting enough rest.

P- Pillows were designed to keep your spine straight and your head in an elevated, neutral position.

Q- Quality sleep can be achieved through changing behavioral habits and creating a healthier lifestyle through fitness and nutrition.

R- Replacing your mattress is crucial to your immune system. As years pass, your mattress doubles in weight from dead skin cells, dust mites and much more.

S- Sleep walking can pose great risks to you and others in your household, and can be linked to REM Sleep Behavior Disorder.

T- The temperature of your room can have a lot more to do with your quality of sleep than you think. During sleep, your brain sets a target-temperature, and if conditions fall too far below it can lead to restlessness.

U- Unforgiving nightmares are caused by an over-arrousal of the central nervous system. In adults, night terrors have been linked to increased stress levels.

V- Valerian is a natural, herbal sleep aide that has been used for centuries.

W- Wake up feeling rested and ready to face another productive day by making time for a quick AM workout. Your body will adjust to the early-morning routine and will naturally begin to prepare for activity before you even awake.

X- Cut out Xylitols and any other type of sugary, caffeinated substance before bed, as it stimulates and interrupts natural sleep patterns.

Y- Yawning stretches the jaw and increases blood flow in the neck, face and head. Cool air is breathed into the mouth and cools fluids, acting like a radiator, removing hot blood from the brain and introduces cool air.

Z- Zits and stubborn acne can take over your face due to lack of sleep. It causes your body to releases hormones that create proteins that cause inflammation of the skin. Sleep is the body’s repair time or lack-there-of.

So now that we have reached the end of our “A-Zzz”, hopefully these tips and facts have given you enough guidance to create better sleep habits, and you are able put your best foot forward daily.

 

Sleep Essentials From A-Zzz (Part 1)

These tips and facts can help you create better sleep habits to increase productivity, energy, and increase the quality of your daily routines. With a few adjustments here and there, you will be on your way to a wonderful nights slumber in no time!

 

A– Avoid caffeine and sugar before bed. They act as a stimulant and can prevent or disrupt sleep. Caffeine cannot replace sleep, but it can temporarily make you feel alert.

B– Ban yourself from anything that will stimulate your brain including computers, work, texting, email, and TV to avoid inviting sleep deprivation.

 
C– Curfew setting should be a priority to help you regulate a natural sleep cycle, and achieve quality sleep.

D– Sleep Deprivation is extremely harmful to your well-being and can take a toll on your immune system. It is important to maintain a routine sleep schedule to avoid this.

E– Energy throughout the day is vital when it comes to productivity. Creating healthy sleep habits that reassure a quality night’s sleep, will provide you with more than enough energy… you may be able to say goodbye to the coffee pot.

F– Falling asleep can be a task when life’s stresses and anxieties kick in. Create a soothing routine, take a bath, read a book, pray or meditate to help encourage rest.

G– Get the most out of your bedroom space by de-cluttering and organizing your slumber-space. Make sure your furniture is the appropriate size for your space. The last thing you want is a crowded cave.

H– Healthy living starts by keeping up with sleep. Sleep deprivation affects your immune system and overall well-being.

I- Invest in a comfortable mattress that will protect your well-being and contribute to a wonderful nights sleep.

J– Jeopardizing a good nights sleep can be detrimental to your health. Creating inconsistent sleeping patterns will adjust your internal clock, making sleep less inviting which will spiral into a whirlwind of negative effects on your body.

 

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Sleeping With a Full Moon

The lunar cycle has been related to a broad range of mysterious events, from increased crime to hospital admissions. Words such as “moonstruck” and “lunatic” have evolved from stories like the lycanthrope, the figure who turned into a werewolf at full Moon. Even outside such folktales, scientist have suspected that the Moon’s phases may affect sleep patterns more than we think.

The next time you can’t sleep, take a peek outside and see if there is a full moon casting beams. Research has showed that our internal biological clock, ticks away according to the moon’s cycle. Dr. Silvia Frey out of Switzerland conducted an experiment that showed melatonin levels, total sleep time and delta sleep time were at their lowest levels when the moon was full. It was also indicated that it took the longest time to fall asleep and reach REM sleep during a full moon.

Like every other species on Earth, humans have evolved with a particular set of astronomical cycles such as: day, night, full moon, daylight-savings time to which our circadian systems adapt. Because of this research, there are helpful strategies that have been developed for individuals who are prone to circadian sleep disorders.

Since it is said that the human body biologically struggles to fall and stay asleep when the moon is full, people can be more particular about their comfort during these times. Creating a relaxing ritual like reading, dressing your bed comfortably, or listening to soothing music can help. One of the best ways to fall asleep comfortably is having a clean, cozy and durable matress. At Mattresses For Less you can choose from a wide variety of trusted name-brand mattresses to contribute to the best nights sleep you’ve ever had. You may even be able to sleep through the wolves howling at the moon.

Wake Up Feeling Energized

When Coffee Becomes a Necessity

The pleasant morning ritual that most find too painful to part with has become a temporary chemical solution to treating drowsiness. That’s right, let’s talk about the black pot of goodness, and an alternative to keep that energy lasting throughout the day.

Generally speaking, a restless night’s sleep will have us running towards the coffee pot or shop, with the intention of waking up and staying alert. However, coffee only provides a short-term solution that can possibly lead to long-term side effects.

When consumed, coffee acts as a chemical stimulation that leaves your body struggling to adapt to the increased blood levels… which we sadly mistake for “energy”. The caffeine from your cup of joe sends a signal and adrenaline is released to provide you with the extra spark you had been feigning for. Your body then goes into fight or flight mode stirring up stress hormones and complete relaxation may become impossible. Building a tolerance to caffeine can become detrimental when the thing you were using to wake up disguises itself, and becomes the thing that is disrupting your sleep.

 

Put Down The Coffee and Pick Up a Dumbbell

How about changing that morning ritual to something that will not only increase productivity and energy levels, but will also increase your lifespan and quality of life? Making time for a quick workout, run, or activity is the best way to create a beneficial lifestyle. Fitness releases those feel-good hormones also known as endorphins, and also increases mental acitivity that lasts anywhere from four to ten hours afterwords.

By creating a morning workout schedule and sticking to it even on the groggiest of mornings will take a turn for the better. Just like anything in life, it takes time to adjust. Your body’s endocrine system and circadian rhythms will grow accustomed to your new routine and physiologically, some wonderful things will begin to happen: A few hours prior to awakening, your body will begin to prepare for waking and exercise. Your metabolism and all the hormones involved in activity will begin to elevate, which will contribute to you feeling alert and energized when you do wake up. It’s time you learn how to enjoy your cup of coffee and not depend on it. One thing you can rely on is your morning workout to get you out of bed and into a productive lifestyle.

 

 

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Getting the Most Out of Your Bedroom Space

Sometimes a small bedroom can feel more like a college dorm rather than a peaceful sanctuary. The size of your living quarters may leave you hesitant when it comes to decorating. You are either left with a crowded, overwhelming space or an uninviting, bare room. It’s time to shed some light on your dark little cave and get the most out of your bedroom space with these five simple tips:

De-clutter:

The more items you have in your bedroom the more cramped it will feel. Scan your room and pay attention to how much of the baseboard you see. If there are only small sections where it is visible, it is time to get some of that furniture out. Remove larger piece of furniture from dressers to entertainment centers. When you walk into the room, you want the feeling of space.

Think Wall Space For Floor Space:

Installing floating shelves is a great solution for small spaces. This will allow you to gain storage, maintain floor space and create a modern feel to the room. Stick to shelving that is no more that 12 inches deep, again being space-savey.

Create A Focal Point:

With a small bedroom, your bed will be the focal point. Finding the right bed to solve your space dilemma is simple. Choose a minimalist, clean design. Platform beds with a storage trundle will allow more space and will create the illusion of a taller ceiling, being that it is closer to the ground. Incorporate some feng shui to your room by arranging your bed so that it is facing the door, but not in direct line with it, to create a good flow throughout your room.

Space Appropriate Furniture:

One of the quickest ways to make your space feel small is to have furniture that is bulky or too large for the size of your room. Choose two mandatory pieces of furniture such as a dresser or an armoire. If the space you have been provided doesn’t allow enough room for a dresser, you can easily hang the majority of your clothes and place two small wicker baskets on a shelf in your closet for socks and underwear.

Accentuate and Decorate:

Use splashes of color to accentuate the positive features about your room; this will help dismiss the cramped nature of a small room. A small bedroom can be a battle, but decorating and de-cluttering is a fine weapon. You can make your living quarters a cozy and unique space with these five steps and some imagination!


Creating a soothing atmosphere to relax and unwind from a stressful day is necessary. Your bed is where you begin and end your day. You spend nearly a third of your life there, and it just so happens to be the most essential investment in your bedroom. At Mattresses For Less they have a large selection of name brand mattresses that promote superior sleep and relaxation. The better you sleep at night, the better your health is during the day.

Get Your Bed Winter-Ready

W-i-n-t-e-r, now say it with me. Winter. Yes, the season is upon us for bone-chilling days. Though the penetrating frost may not stick around the whole duration, Houstonians are familiar with the fickle weather that just can’t seem to make up it’s mind. When the radiating heat subsides and the nights get longer, that’s your cue to trade in your thin bedding for something a little more cozy and insulating.

The goal here is to not only provide you with a warm and restful bed, but to also, hopefully (fingers crossed) save some green when it comes to your energy bill. Anyone can turn up the heat, but it is time to think about making your room more comfortable by keeping the cold out and the heat in with these tips that can help you warm up your bedroom without breaking the bank:

First Layer:

The key to being “snug as a bug in a rug” is starting with a good mattress pad. Now, considering your geographical location, one night you might experience the bleak chill from good ol’ Mother Nature, and the next you may break out in a sweat and want to turn the fan on. With that being said, a wool mattress pad is a great way to go. Wool repels dust mites and other allergens, making it ideal for year-round snoozes. Wool also insulates to keep you warm on cold nights, and keeps out moisture to keep you nice and cool in the southern heat.

Change Your Linens:

When it comes to staying warm this season, don’t overlook the role your sheets play. We all know the comfort of falling asleep in our favorite fleece hoody. You can have that same satisfaction without the restrictions with a set of performance fleece sheets to bundle up in. Another luxurious alternative are super-soft Microplush sheets. They are inevitably comfortable and keep you nice and warm on the coolest of nights.

Layer Up:

As you sleep your body temperature drops, therefore you will need to be cool enough to fall asleep, yet comfortably warm enough that you are not interrupting your sleep-cycle by waking up and reaching for more blankets. Be sure to trade out your light, summer quilt for a wool, down, or synthetic filled comforter. You can even trade your cotton duvet cover for a flannel, or microplush one to warm up your sleeping quarters immediately. Don’t just add another blanket atop of your current one, it will just add weight and not warmth.

Finishing Touches:

Now that your bed is coming together and I’m sure it’s inviting you on in for a nap right about now, there’s one more thing that some don’t pay much mind to: Pillows. There’s nothing like being encompassed in a warm bed with a plethora of puffy pillows. Throw those puppies in the washing machine, and tumble dry them on low with tennis balls to fluff them right back up. Once you have your pillows dressed and organized on your bed, you can pick a cozy throw blanket to keep at the foot of the bed. This is a nice finishing touch and convenience for those lounging days or night when you don’t want to fully submerge yourself in the comfort of your bedding while watching tv or reading a book.

A good night’s rest is vital when it comes to your health and well-being. While winterizing your bedding, it is always a good idea to keep up with the age and condition of your mattress. Anyone who has been deprived of a good night’s sleep due to an old, warn out mattress will tell you, there is literally nothing like quality rest. At Mattresses For Less they have thousands of trusted name-brands to chose from, and shipping available, so you can make tonight’s sleep the best yet.

 

 

4 Tips For a Smooth Transition From Crib to Bed

You raise the railings on the crib high and make sure they are locked in place as you tuck your little one in for a nap. You tip-toe down the hall in hopes of getting a few chores done here and there. Mid-thought you stop dead in your tracks when you hear the rattle of the crib and a solid thump. Yes indeed, those would be tiny footsteps headed towards the door you just closed. Today was the day your child successfully mastered his barricade and now you are left to make a decision: Is it time to get this kiddo out of his crib and into a bed already?

Finding the right time to move your child out of the confined space of his crib and into a bed depends on a variety of factors, but if you do it right, everyone in your household will get a restful nights sleep. Here’s a few tips to reassure a smooth transition when making the switch:

Safety

It is crucial to keep your child’s safety number one as you make a decision to change beds. When your child is too big, or in this case too active to sleep in their crib anymore, it may be time to start thinking about making the transition from crib to “big-kid-bed”. Your child must be able to safely get into and out of their new bed on his or her own, so keeping their bunk as close to ground as possible is vital. Since your toddler is unacquainted with the freedom of movement that a larger bed offers, it is important to take safety precautions by putting up guardrails or pillows on the ground in case they fall out. Be sure to gate the doorway of your child’s room to prevent them from testing the limits of their new-found freedom, and avoid late-night wanderings.

Get Excited!

The upgrade can be intimidating and can leave your child feeling overwhelmed. To ease the transition, take your toddler with you while shopping or picking up their new bed. Point out people that your child knows who have recently made the switch. For example, “Look! Your cousin has a big kid bed, and now you do to! You’re almost as big as him now!” Let your child pick out their own bedding with their favorite characters on them, and encourage them to show his or her new bed to visitors.

Set Guidelines

Make a routine with the goal of getting your child to sleep. Their new bed should be for sleeping, not playing. Do not make bed or bedtime more entertaining than it should be. It takes a lot of behavioral control to stay within the guidelines and make sure your tot understands these rules. It is important that they know to remain in the bed unless they have to use the restroom. Be consistent and put your child to bed when they are tired. Last, be patient. It truly is a virtue.

 

Choosing the Right Mattress

Making the transition from a crib to a bed is a big decision for many reasons. One is apparent: that little baby you just built that crib for? Yeah, not so much a baby anymore, and that can be a hard pill to swallow. Second, buying a mattress isn’t exactly the easiest and cheapest process either. It is important to think logically and long term when making a decision on which type of bed to choose. Do you want to purchase a plastic children’s bed that calls for the same mattress in your child’s crib? Of course not.

As children mature, so do their bones. Your growing toddler is developing and it is important you protect their skeletal structure. Same as when purchasing a mattress for yourself, you want something supportive, comfortable, and durable. Investing in a mattress that your child can grow into for years to come is a necessary, and in the long-run, more affordable plunge. At Mattresses For Less you can choose from a tremendous selection of twin and full mattresses for your child. Make an easy switch and lighten the load of parenthood with Mattresses For Less!

5 Easy Tips to Get Work Done In Bed!

With the rise of mobile devices and Internet-based collaboration, it’s easier than ever to get your work done in places other than the office. And what better place to get work done from the comfort of your own bed?

Don’t scoff! From Winston Churchill to F. Scott Fitzgerald, even René Descartes, plenty of historical luminaries have accomplished some amazing things in the cozy confines of their own bedroom. The tricky part is figuring out how to stay productive in an environment that is better suited to the exact opposite. Here are just a few ways to get more work done without having to commute!

1. Eliminate Distractions – One of the downsides to being able to take work home with you is that everything else comes with it. We’ve all been there: you Google a name really quick, which leads you a YouTube video, which leads you to a Wikipedia page…next thing you know it’s 5 hours later! Forbid yourself from opening distracting sites and networks like Facebook or YouTube. A few digressions here or there can add up big time over the long run!

2. Keep It Light – It’s tempting to keep the room dark and maintain a relaxing environment. But even if you’re not doing any reading, it’s still important to have plenty of light in the room while you work. Even a little bit of strain can weaken your eyes and even cause painful headaches.

3. Mind the Time – Self-discipline is crucial to working outside an office. You delay getting started before your mind is clear, then you decide you would like a snack while you work, then you need to use the restroom, then it’s time for a break…it can all be quite counter-productive. Decide on a set time where only work is to be done, and set aside a specific time for breaks and meals. And don’t forget the most import part: stick to the schedule!

4. Gather Support – Working from bed is definitely comfortable, but this soft surface also needs to provide support. Otherwise, you may start to feel soreness in your muscles, stiffness in your joints, or even headaches from a strained neck. Get an ergonomic pillow or even an adjustable bed to keep you upright and on-task!

5. Star of the Show – Obviously, the one thing that could make your bedroom office exceptional is a great, comfortable bed. Just like a desk chair or the seat of your car, it needs to be comfortable and perfectly suited for your body.

Mattresses for Less has all the top brands and trusted names in bedding to get you perfectly set up for a bedside office. As Houston’s adjustable bed headquarters, there’s no reason to shop anywhere else! Visit one of their many convenient Houston-area locations and get on the road to a more comfortable, convenient workspace. Just be sure to clear it with your boss first!