4 Ways to Take Care of Your New Sealy Mattress

4 Ways to Take Care of Your New Sealy Mattress

If you want a mattress that’ll last a long time, you’re going to need to take care of it properly. While most mattresses should last about 10 years, we want you to get the most out of your Sealy Mattress so that it could last even longer. Read through these helpful tips that will keep your bed in good shape and continue to lengthen the longevity of its life.

1. Mattress Protector

Get yourself a mattress protector and your Sealy mattress will have much better luck surviving the test of time than without one. The common myth about mattress protectors is that they feel like sandpaper – making sleep very uncomfortable.

Mattress protectors are fortunately not rough and just feel like thick sheets. They protect the mattress from bed bugs, dust mites, spills, sweat, and allergens while still continuing to be breathable on your skin. And just like normal bed sheets, your mattress protector needs to be washed. It absorbs a lot and should be thrown in the washer monthly.

Learn more about mattress protector types and the necessity to use them.

2. Support

A bed with a bad support system starts sagging over time and a saggy bed is detrimental to the body. You’ll need a foundation to keep it sturdy and prevent the sagging process from occurring. You could use something as simple as a box spring or something more advanced like a Sealy adjustable bed base to do the job. The choice is yours.

3. Rotate

Beds these days usually need a rotation instead of a flip because most are not double-sided anymore. If you spin your mattress a couple times a year, the bed will wear evenly. Depending on the bed, this may not be required. Speak with a sales associate at your local Sealy Mattress store to see if you should do that for the bed you’re interested in.

Learn more about mattress flipping.

4. Don’t Sit on the Edge

Every morning when putting on your shoes, do you sit on the edge of your bed to do it? While this seems harmless, unfortunately, your bed can start to lose structure in the parts you sit in most often. Save your bed the problems and find a chair to use every morning.

Buying a Sealy mattress is a big investment! Keep yours in pristine shape so it sticks around awhile.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Sleeping Tips for a Stomach Snoozer

Sleeping Tips for a Stomach Snoozer

Sleep can either be serenity or stress. If you fall asleep easily, sleep is a wonderful journey through stars and clouds and floating sheep and peaceful skies.

But, if you struggle getting to sleep, it can be the opposite. And for those of us who sleep on our stomachs, trying to sleep in other positions can put even more pressure on the whole falling to sleep situation. Especially with continually hearing from people how bad it is for your body.

That’s not what we’re here for. We get that stomach sleeping can be unhealthy, but we want to help you get to sleep how you want to get to sleep. That’s why I put together these tips for stomach sleepers: not to try to get you to fall asleep in another position, but to help you fall asleep on your stomach in the best way possible. Now, let’s get dreaming together.

Lose the Pillow

Sleeping on your stomach can cause neck issues, especially if you have a super thick pillow. To help your neck as much as possible, try to use a thin pillow. Even better yet, try sleeping with no pillow at all! This may seem counterintuitive to everything you were taught at sleep school, but that’s actually the best thing you can do for your neck if you tend to faceplant into your mattress.

Remembering to Stretch

Do you make sure to do your daily exercises? No? Well, if you are going to commit to sleeping on your stomach, you should repay your body by doing it some favours.

I know it can be a hassle to add anything else to your already packed morning routine, but you should also throw in some morning stretching — it will help realign your body after a night of stomach sleeping.

Benefits of stretching in bed

Maximizing Your Mattress

There’s another key factor in the “you+sleep = happiness” equation, and that, of course, is your mattress. Because you are a stomach sleeper, you may need a more supportive and firm mattress. If you feel like you aren’t getting what you need from your mattress, then it might be time to look into getting a new one. We’re always glad to help you find one that will perfectly fit your sleeping needs – so stop by and try out our wide selection of Beautyrest mattresses!

Pelvis Positioning

OK, sure, I just told you to get rid of your pillow. But I didn’t mean that you should throw it out! There’s actually something you can use it for that can help: Instead of using it to rest your head, you should sleep with it under your pelvis. This will help your back and spine, and you kind of need both of those in the long haul.

If you’ve tried all these tips and still are having problems, perhaps it isn’t how you sleep that’s the problem. Instead, the problem could lie with your mattress. Give us a call today: We are always here to help you find a Beautyrest mattress that will safely set you adrift on the shores of sleep!

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Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Get Cozy (and Lazy) on a Beautyrest Mattress

Get Cozy (and Lazy) on a Beautyrest Mattress

If you need the perfect excuse to kick back, take a load off, and snooze, having a great mattress—like one of our incredible options from Beautyrest—is certainly one. So, if you’ve been working hard and really need a lazy day, we’ve got you covered. From our great mattress options in-store, to these tips on how to stay cozy all day, let us help you get the most out of your lazy day!

Stay in Bed

Staying in bed all day shouldn’t be reserved for getting sick! Sometimes we just need to rest and recharge, and nothing helps reset the body and mind quite like staying horizontal. All. Day. Long. So don’t take off those pyjamas—turn around and crawl right back into bed, quick!

Of course, to really enjoy a day in bed without hurting your back, you’ll need a great, supportive mattress. To maximize your lazy day, make sure you’re sleeping on a mattress from Beautyrest. Beautyrest has been a leader in mattress technology for over a century, and with customizable firmness and precision support for sore muscles, they’re still the name of the game when it comes to bedtime comfort.

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Pile on the Pillows

Or thick blankets. Or both! Set aside ideas like “making the bed” and “lying down the right way”. Those have no place here on your lazy day! Transform your bed into an absolute nest of comfort and disappear into the touchable softness of thick, woven blankets and cushy pillows. That way you can lie any direction you want and still be comfortable.

Don’t forget to throw on a few new pillows to match your mattress! Pillows are the ultimate in relaxation, and some models even have ventilated memory foam, for both cooling action and unbeatable squish.

Grab a Warm Drink

Drinking a hot drink in bed to relax

It might not be fall quite yet, but you can still get the feeling of those cozy autumn afternoons with a warm drink and a pile of pillows all around you. Grab your favourite mug and indulge in a generous serving of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or heck, even mulled wine if you’re feeling ambitious. Which you shouldn’t be—this is your day off, remember? Brew up a big pot of whatever you’re making so you can go for refills anytime!

Stock Up on Snacks

You’ll need to eat at some point, but you don’t want to ruin your lazy day with a night of sticky, messy cooking! Instead, stock your room full of snacks and munch throughout the day. Peanut butter and bananas are a tasty and satisfying snack that will hold you over easily until dinner time. Speaking of which, this is also a great day for a meal that’s the epitome of laziness—ramen. Delicious and simple, packaged ramen is the perfect meal for your lazy day. You can make it right from bed too, with the help of an electric kettle and a big bowl!

Start a Binge Session

Get into a new TV show! Like, really into it. Netflix has some incredible, bingeable shows you can waste a whole day (or even a whole weekend) powering through. For sci-fi thrills and all the 80s aesthetics you could dream of, binge the three seasons of “Stranger Things.” Or you could follow the downward spiral of everyone’s favourite drug lord, Walter White, with a rewatch of “Breaking Bad.”

If laughs are more your thing, you can’t go wrong with the hilarious Netflix original “Nailed It!”, where amateur bakers fail miserably at recreating incredible desserts. No matter what you choose, a good binge-watch is always a surefire way to zone out and pack in some serious laziness.

So, stock up, settle down, and get ready to recharge this lazy day! With your cushy Beautyrest mattress at the ready and your TV all warmed up, you’re in for a day full of total coziness and complete relaxation. Put away work worries and daily to-dos and just enjoy your day—you deserve it!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Do Relaxation Day Right with a Sealy Mattress

Do Relaxation Day Right with a Sealy Mattress

With how busy we all are, it seems almost impossible to have a day of total relaxation. But remember, you are worth it! Luckily, Sealy makes a day (or at least just a couple of hours) of pure relaxation completely possible. Celebrate yourself by chilling out on your Sealy mattress, reading a book, or anything else that doesn’t require a ton of movement. Recuperate your mind and body by kicking up your legs and enjoying a stress-free day with a few calming activities. These are some of our favourites:

1. Watch a Movie

If you’re a busy bee, chances are you don’t have a ton of time for TV and movies. Get caught up on some flicks you’ve been missing out on with a little movie marathon day. If you have a television in your room, don’t even bother getting dressed! Stay your coziest self with a pair of comfy pyjamas and jump into your Sealy mattress when you’re ready for the film spree to begin.

As for the movie choice, we suggest finding an epic series you’ve been needing to watch such as “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” or “Pirates of the Caribbean” to name just a few. Those will take a while to finish, making your movie-filled day both relaxing and stimulating.

2. Make It a Spa Day

Nothing says relaxation more than a spa day. No need to rush off to an actual spa, where you have to pay money. You can have one right in your home for free! Start yourself a hot bath and keep the bathroom door closed to ensure all the steam stays inside the room. Grab some candles, bath salts, a face mask, and a good book, and you have the makings of a perfect spa day.

After soaking in the tub for a while, jump into your Sealy bed for a post-bath nap. Your body and mind will feel ultra-relaxed and probably be ready to snooze for a bit. Don’t fight it on your day of relaxation.

Relaxing by taking a drive in the country

3. Take a Drive for Nature Therapy

It’s easy to get caught up in life, but take a step back from that mess, and just take time for yourself. One way you can do that is by taking a drive in the country, rolling down your windows, and breathing in the fresh air. It may sound uneventful, but this is a great opportunity to just enjoy nature and not be in a hurry to go anywhere in particular. No need to rush off! Look around and explore the scenery.

Studies have found that being around nature can lower stress levels and heart rate, so whenever you’re feeling burdened with the pressures of life, take a hike or even just a walk around the block. You’ll feel mentally and physically better.

4. Be Serious About Relaxing

We want you to be able to fully unwind – so be sure to ignore those work emails and put your mind in the Zen zone. After a long day of treating yourself right, snuggle under the blankets of your Sealy mattress to finish your night off right – with a deep and restful sleep.

If you couldn’t tell, Sealy mattresses and relaxation go together like peanut butter and jelly. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a little time to unwind – come check out our store and talk to a sales associate to get tips on which mattress is right for you for this special day!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Tips on What to Do When Your Allergies Start Acting Up in Bed

Tips on What to Do When Your Allergies Start Acting Up in Bed

Many people suffer year-round from watery eyes, sinus pressure, and nasal congestion. Maybe you are new to the allergy-suffering world. Maybe you are looking for the best medicine for allergies and have yet to find relief. Whatever the reason, here are some tips to help you limit your exposure to the top offenders while trying to get a good night’s rest on your Sealy mattress.

  1. To prevent dust mites, cover the floor with washable throw rugs instead of carpets, which, like blankets, down comforters, and curtains, are favourite mite habitats. Wash rugs, bed linens, and curtains in hot water to kill mites. Dust often with a damp cloth.
  2. If you’re allergic to dog and cat dander be sure to vacuum couches or chairs, they’ve used and try to keep them off your Sealy mattress. Or if you’re not a pet owner, but have friends with pets, still vacuum. Your friends’ clothes may carry their furry friends’ dander, which can be deposited in your home and aggravate symptoms.
  3. Indoor mould develops in moist areas. Get a dehumidifier to dry out your basement, and use exhaust fans in other areas prone to dampness and mould, such as the kitchen and bathroom. Wash bath mats often, and keep houseplants to a minimum.
  4. Consider the fabrics on the clothes you purchase. Switch out synthetic materials for natural ones like cotton — your nose and eyes will thank you. When synthetic fabrics rub against one another, they create an electrical charge that attracts pollen, which is also electrically charged. Natural fibres such as cotton also breathe better, so they stay drier and are less hospitable to moisture-loving mould. The same goes for your mattress cover, bed sheets and blankets. A clean Sealy mattress is a happy Sealy.
  5. Don’t forget to shower often to keep allergy invasions at bay. While you’re outside, pollen and mould spores can parachute onto your hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, and skin. To give them the boot and minimize your exposure wash your hands, rinse your eyes, and shower before bed, or right away if you’ve done yard work. The same goes for your pet: Even if you’re not allergic to your pup, he can become an allergy magnet after running around outdoors. Brush off his fur before you give him free rein of the house again.
  6. OTC medications like antihistamines and decongestants can significantly relieve symptoms, but if your nose is still running, it may be time for an upgrade. Ask your doctor about a steroid nasal spray, which relieves these symptoms better than an antihistamine.
  7. If pollen, ragweed, or dust mites are your main problem, think about getting allergy shots (immunotherapy). Injections of very small, safe amounts what you’re allergic to will help your immune system become resistant to the allergens, so your body doesn’t launch a full-out attack every time you inhale a pollen particle.
  8. Lastly, before bed, enjoy a cup of green tea. Japanese researchers found that EGCG, the abundant antioxidant compound in green tea, may help stop your body from mounting an immune response to a wide range of allergens, including pollen, pet dander, and dust. Steeping two or three cups a day of green tea helps bolster the body’s defences.

Thinking about changing up your mattress to help the fight against allergies? Stop by our store to see (and try out) our wide selection of products! You’ll be saying bless you … to Sealy mattresses.

Shop our Sealy mattresses right now!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

5 Reasons You Should Make Your Bed Every Morning

5 Reasons You Should Make Your Bed Every Morning

Wake up, sleepy head. The sun’s about to come up, you’ve snoozed your alarm four times already, and someone needs to make the kids’ breakfasts and lunches before they grab the bus and run off to school. That’s a lot to do in the morning, but don’t forget another important task: Be sure to make the bed.

Yes, it’s a pain. Yes, it’s something that none of us want to deal with, especially first thing in the morning when everyone is running around and there are other things that tend to take precedence.

But there are a lot of reasons why making your bed should make its way to the top of your morning routine to-do list, even if you are crunched for time. So, here are some good things that will come your way if you make some time to make your bed every morning.

Produce Productivity

If we told you that you could inject a powerful potion of productivity right into your veins every morning, wouldn’t you do it? There would probably be a line down the block of people waiting to sign right up and try a magical elixir of productivity.

Well, there’s no secret or magic here. According to Charles Duhigg in “The Power of Habit,” making your bed is correlated with better productivity.

So, put down those Monster Energy drinks and that third cup of morning espresso and try making your bed instead.

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Less Active Allergies

Allergies can be a pain, and nobody wants their bed to become a hot spot of allergy aggravation.

But, if you make your bed and securely cover up your sheets (and mattress), allergens won’t be able to enter the neatly made fortress of sheets, blankets, and pillows. Your bed will be piled up like Fort Knox, with all the annoying allergies stuck outside, unable to cross the moat or drawbridge and make it into your royal sleep kingdom.

Oh well. Nobody has sympathy for allergens, anyways. Good riddance.

It Might Actually Improve Your Sleep

According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, people who made their beds also said that they got better sleep. And honestly, how long does making your bed take, 30 seconds? It’s worth those 30 seconds for some better sleep, isn’t it? Of course it is.

You Won’t Have to Do It Later

Get it out of the way. Rip that bandage off. Nobody wants to make their bed when they come home from a long day of work, especially if they are only a few more hours away from jumping in it and messing it up again.

Instead, make your bed early in the morning and immediately cross it off your mental to-do list. You won’t have to worry about it later, and you’ll come home to a bed that’s already nice and neat.

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You’ll Feel Better About Yourself

Isn’t a messy bed a sad bed? We certainly think so, and there’s just something unfinished and lonely looking about a bed with sheets all askew and not made. But, if you take those few moments to make your bed, you’ll feel a sense of pride – and accomplishment – that you actually made your bed in the morning. It starts your day off, literally, on the right side of the bed.

As for waiting to make it until your partner wakes up, or just wrapping them inside a bed burrito while they are still asleep, that part is entirely up to you. There’s no science on either side of that issue.

Thinking about changing up your mattress to match the unbeatable comfort of a freshly made bed? Stop by our store to see (and try out) our wide selection of Beautyrest mattresses!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

12 Mattress Terms You Need to Know When Buying a Beautyrest

12 Mattress Terms You Need to Know When Buying a Beautyrest

Mattresses are our business, not yours. As your local Beautyrest mattress experts, we make it our business to stay up-to-date with mattress trends and terminology – which means you don’t have to. You don’t expect us to stay current on rocket science or lawn care or whatever else it is that you do – that’s for you to know. But mattress — that’s our language.

We’ve come to realize that the language of the mattress is not one that all of our customers know. To help pass on our treasure trove of mattress-related knowledge, we thought it would be helpful to put it all together in one spot, right here! Get ready to go to school, mattress style.

1. Box Spring:

A supportive foundation that goes under your mattress. Some mattresses need them, while some don’t, but a box spring is generally useful in helping mattresses retain their shape. Can also come in a split box spring option, as well.

2. Memory Foam:

A type of mattress made from memory foam. Memory foam mattresses – unlike traditional spring mattresses – are known for their ability to adapt to a person’s body shape.

3. Bed:

Really? Do we need to define this one? Anything you sleep on. Ta-da!

4. Adjustable Bed/Foundation:

This one is pretty self-explanatory: An adjustable bed is any bed that lets you adjust the way and the angle that the bed lies at – giving you and your partner options in how you rest and relax.

Adjustable Bed Foundation

5. Murphy Bed:

You don’t run into these that often anymore, but these beds are the ones that can be folded up and hidden inside a wall. But hey, at least you know now if it ever comes up on “Jeopardy!”

6. Queen:

A possible mattress size – 60” x 80”.

7. King:

A larger mattress size than queen – 76” x 80”.

8. California King:

Not the same size as a regular King mattress. A California King is longer – 72” x 84”, to be exact.

Mattress in upholstered bed

9. Euro Top:

A type of mattress. A bit different than regular pillow tops, Euro Tops have an additional layer of padding that blends in with the look of the rest of the mattress.

10. Innerspring:

Just like Tigger, most mattresses can thank springs for their bounce. There are a lot of different types of spring systems, which is why it’s always better to come in and try out one of our awesome mattresses in person before making a final buying decision!

11. Hybrid:

No, this isn’t a type of mattress that runs on electricity and gas. Instead, a hybrid mattress combines foam technology with innerspring tech.

12. Duvet:

You know those nice, fancy covers that people have that can be removed and have a warm and fluffy inside? That’s generally referred to as a duvet. You’re welcome.

Now that you know the basic words used in the mattress world, our mattress experts are here to help you find the best – and most comfortable – Beautyrest mattress for your needs. Give us a call or stop in for a visit today and you’ll see the difference that comes from shopping with your local mattress experts!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Why Waking up Is Hard and How to Fix That with the Help of a Sealy Bed

Why Waking up Is Hard and How to Fix That with the Help of a Sealy Bed

Waking up is hard to do. No matter how many times that alarm goes off, sometimes it just seems impossible to roll out of bed in the morning.

Many of us are so used to the idea of miserable mornings that we assume there’s no other way. While it turns out there are some pretty good scientific reasons for our early morning sleepies, there are also lots of ways to tackle the problem and help you wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. An amazing mattress is a good place to start, but if you’re serious about learning how to rise and shine with a smile on your face, these tips and tricks should help you out.

Why Waking Up Is So Hard

It all comes down to sleep cycles. Every night, we experience cycles of sleep, during which we move through deeper and deeper sleep stages of rest until we reach REM (or Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. It’s during those periods of REM sleep that we dream and get our best rest.

Most people go through about four to six of these cycles every night, and each cycle typically lasts about 90 minutes. But when we wake up in the middle of one of these cycles or get less than four cycles worth of sleep, that’s when the trouble arises. Waking up in the middle of our deepest sleep phases or getting fewer than four full sleep cycles can leave you feeling groggy all day, and can certainly make waking up difficult.

suffering from insomnia

Everyone’s nightly rhythms are different though, and if you’re consistently tired even after seven and a half hours of deep sleep, it could be that your sleep cycles vary from these typical standards. For example, if your sleep cycles are a bit longer than 90 minutes or your body prefers six or seven cycles per night, following conventional sleep cycle wisdom will leave you groggy and tired every time.

So, part of the reason you feel like a zombie on weekday mornings might just be the way you’re built, but luckily there are things you can do to take back your sleep schedule. Outside stimuli like light, exercise, stress, food, and simple force of habit can all affect your internal clock. With a few adjustments to your daily routine and sleeping space, even the groggiest mornings risers can get a fresh start on their sleep.

How to Wake Up More Easily

Don’t get us wrong, it will be a challenge, but with some dedication and a few adjustments to your routine, you can improve your morning mood and increase your productivity. Of course, the first step to improving your sleep habits is going to be getting a mattress you can trust, and if you’re having trouble sleeping, Sealy is the first place you should turn.

Sealy mattresses are the ultimate in comfort and support, so you can sleep soundly and wake up feeling rested every time. Sealy also offers mattresses with its unique Posturepedic technology, so you can always find options that support your body, improve your sleep, and keep you comfortable.

1) Get a Bed with Bounce

Sometimes it’s the simplest solutions that do the trick! When your mattress feels more like a headlock than a gentle hug, it’s probably time for a new one. Super soft mattresses with a lot of give might seem extra cozy, but they can be difficult to get out of in the morning, and mattresses that are TOO soft can even misalign your back.

Instead of fighting the urge to sink back into your bed’s embrace, try a Sealy mattress with Posturepedic innerspring. It has support where you need it, plus plenty of bounce. That way, you can get out of bed easily, and start your day with a spring in your step!

2) Keep Consistent

When it comes to improving your sleep habits, routine is everything. Things like going to bed at the same time every night, getting up at the same time every morning, and implementing calming habits around bedtime can make it much easier to wake up. That means no more sleeping in on the weekends! If you set your alarm for the same time every single day, getting up on Monday morning will be way easier, and eventually you’ll lose the temptation to hit that snooze button.

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3) Sleep More Deeply

Easier said than done of course, but getting a better quality of rest each night will eventually lead to you feeling well-rested on smaller quantities of sleep. Sleeping more deeply can mean anything from blocking out the windows so you aren’t disturbed by early morning light, or putting your phone across the room, or wearing ear plugs. Sound and light can cause tiny interruptions in your sleep that you might not remember, but you’ll definitely feel the next morning.

Your mattress could also be the cause of a crummy night of sleep. If your mattress isn’t giving you the support you need, you’re going to be waking up with aches, pains, and dead arms every night. Of course you’re gonna feel miserable in the mornings! If an uncomfortable bed is the problem, a Sealy mattress combining memory and gel foams can make all the difference by minimizing pressure on the neck, shoulder, and hips, giving you a deeper, uninterrupted sleep.

4) Stay Motivated

Give yourself a reason to keep at it! Maybe you want to run around the block or hit the gym before work. Or maybe you’d like to start journaling or drawing or practising an instrument before the kids wake up. The mornings are a great time to focus on yourself and your hobbies without any distractions! So, figure out how you’d like to make the most of that extra time and stick to your commitment. Having a reason to push through that morning grog can be a great motivator!

If you’re looking for a new lease on your mornings, these tips will help you wake up energized and stay alert throughout the day. With a mattress from Sealy, you’ll have the energy you need to be more productive and stop sleeping through your alarms. For answers to all your sleep questions and more information on what a Sealy mattress can do for you, come on down to our store. Our associates will be happy to give you all the support you need!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

The Best Teas for a Better Night’s Sleep on Your Concept Zzz

The Best Teas for a Better Night’s Sleep on Your Concept Zzz

There’s nothing like a hot mug of tea to help you get settled in for the night! Not only is a hot drink a soothing way to wind down after a long day, there are some teas that are especially effective at soothing nerves and promoting a good night of rest. If you’re trying to sleep more soundly in your Concept Zzz, get the lowdown on the right types of tea to sip before you snooze!

Decaf and Caffeine-Free: Know the Difference

First things first, know what to look for on the label of your tea. Everyone knows it’s important to avoid caffeine before bed, but caffeine can tend to sneak its way into your cup without you noticing. Despite how the names sound, decaf and caffeine-free teas are not the same, and if you don’t know the difference, you might be ingesting more caffeine than you mean to in your evening brew.

Caffeine-free means tea that naturally contains no caffeine. “Decaffeinated” tea, on the other hand, is tea that once had caffeine, but which had most of it chemically removed. The key word here is “most”: decaffeinated teas almost always contain trace amounts of caffeine, and that can be enough to keep you awake if you’re sensitive to it. While it certainly isn’t on par with an espresso in terms of caffeine content, it’s a good idea to try to avoid decaf in the evening and stick to caffeine-free teas, like the ones below!

The Best Teas for Sleep

1. Chamomile Tea

One of the most popular herbal teas, chamomile is a longtime favourite for soothing nerves and promoting a restful night of sleep. It’s known to relax the muscles and even help treat anxiety – so no matter how stressful your day, chamomile tea can help you wind down for a calm night in bed.

2. Valerian Root Tea

If chamomile doesn’t quite pack the snooze-inducing power you need, but you don’t want to venture into the territory of sleep medications, valerian root tea is a great option. It’s an all-natural sedative that battles insomnia nearly as powerfully as a medication, without the side effects. Alone, the tea has a distinctive smell that’s not everyone’s cup of tea (if you’ll pardon the pun), so you may want to find a tea blend that combines valerian with one or more of these other varieties.

3. Lavender Tea

Lavender is a common ingredient in soaps, bath salts, and aromatherapy sprays due to its relaxation-inducing qualities, and it has the same effects when used in tea. In addition to smelling great, lavender has the uncanny ability to melt away stress and help prime you for relaxation. And not only will lavender tea get you to sleep faster, some studies have even found that lavender can help you sleep more deeply once you get there!

The Best Teas for Sleep

4. Mint Tea

The beauty of mint teas is that they’re perfect for any time of day! Like a hot shower, they can perk you up in the morning or relax you in the evening – whatever you need, a cup of mint tea is there for you. Peppermint is an especially good choice before bed, because it contains compounds that relax your muscles and help ease digestion, keeping you sleeping soundly through the night.

5. Catnip Tea

You read that right: catnip isn’t just for cats! In addition to making your feline friends go absolutely bananas, catnip makes a super relaxing bedtime tea for humans. This herb is usually mixed with other flavors when made into tea, like mint or chamomile, so the tea label might not prominently advertise that it contains catnip. If your sleepytime tea needs a little extra kick though, just check the ingredient list of your favorite flavor and make sure that catnip is listed.

6. Passionflower Tea

Despite the name, this tea tastes more earthy than floral or fruity, but it’s a lovely tea that works wonders on an over-stressed mind. Especially when combined with valerian in tea blends, it becomes a powerful insomnia treatment that’s sure to get you drifting off to dreamland faster than ever.

Even better, you can make all these teas cold as well, to help keep the temperature down on warm nights! Check out these tips on how to cold brew your favourite sleepytime flavors for a drink that’s as refreshing as it is relaxing.

Tea can be a powerful tool to help induce a good night’s sleep, but it’s just one of many. Without the right mattress, for example, no amount of tea will give you the kind of deep, restorative sleep you need! So if you’re struggling with insomnia on a regular basis and tea just doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. Give us a call or stop by our store to learn how the right Concept Zzz mattress can help you get the restful sleep you’ve dreamed of!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

For other tips on what you should eat and drink before bed, read these:

How to Remove Blood and Other Stains From Your Sealy Mattress

How to Remove Blood Stains on a mattress

Accidents happen. There’s just no way around it. And just because your mattress has a sheet over it, doesn’t mean it’s an exception. A sheet won’t prevent a spill to seep through and soak your Sealy mattress. A sheet doesn’t have super powers that deflect an accidental pee incident from staining the mattress. The only real way to prevent these sorts of messes from occurring is by investing in a mattress protector. If you don’t feel like doing that and an accident does happen, then here are a few things you can do to prevent that stain from living on your mattress forever.

1) Removing Blood

The most important part about removing any stain is doing so right away – especially when it comes to blood. If you get to it quick enough, all it takes is some cold water to remove the little annoyance. We tend to think hot water will clean everything, but blood responds better to cooler water. When blood touches cold water, it dissolves! Dabbing it with paper towels and cold water should completely remove it.

2) Removing Urine

As your kids go from diapers to big kid undies, there tend to be a lot of mess-ups along the way. Luckily, all it takes is two ingredients to remove the unwanted liquid from your mattress bed! First, remove as much of the liquid as you can by blotting the urine spot with paper towels. Then simply combine 1 bottle of diluted white vinegar and some baking soda in a spray bottle and spray the whole area. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before blotting more of the liquid out with a paper towel. Then cover the whole thing with more baking soda and let it sit for approximately 8 hours. Grab your vacuum and clean up afterwards and you’ll be happy to see no urine stain and no odour taking over your bed!

How to Remove Blood and Other Stains From Your Sealy Mattress

3) Removing Wine

Sure – maybe you like to have wine in bed. Why not? If it spills, though, you’ll be stuck with a tough stain to remove. With the help of a wash cloth drenched in sparkling water, you’ll be able to get it out. Make sure to keep some on you in case you’re a wine drinker in bed.

4) Removing Vomit

It’s gross, but it happens. Sometimes you’re too sick to make it to the toilet which can leave you in an unpleasant situation. Get rid of the mess by pouring half white vinegar and half water in a spray bottle to attack the stain. Blot it as much as you can and then let it sit for about an hour. Come back to it and vacuum it up. No smell and no stain – it’s like it never even happened.

Sealy mattresses can take a lot of beating. But does that mean they should? You want your mattress to be clean and fresh; you sleep on it every night for crying out loud! Protect your Sealy Mattress with a mattress protector to get the most out of your bed. If you are looking for a new mattress drop in to our store to find a Sealy Mattress made to handle your messes.

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Angela, Your Sleep Expert