Dream Theory

Several schools of thought exist that hypothesise the world of dreaming and what purpose it serves us as mindful beings. Whilst there are no scientifically proven, concise and definite answers for the curiosity of why we dream, the fact that we do dream may very well be the result of one of the reasons discussed, or perhaps even a combination of all of them.

Psychoanalytic Theory of Dreams

Sigmund Freud was fascinated by the subliminal realms of human desires, thoughts and motivations. He speculated that many of these concepts manifested themselves in dreams through the repressed subconscious. As stipulated in his book, The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud believed that dreams were “…disguised fulfillments of repressed wishes.” In other words, one reason we dream could be to express our deepest desires in an alternate reality through the subconscious mind.

Cleansing Clutter

One school of thought suggests that dreams are a way for our brains to process and get rid of what is not needed for future functions. It is a concept comparable to cleaning files off of a computer for better performance all-round. This theory speculates that the human brain self-cleanses on a nightly basis so that it can be fresh for the next day.

Dreaming as a Form of Psychotherapy

The dreaming state provides us with the opportunity to explore our actions, reactions and emotions in an alternate environment that is free from the repercussions of real-life consequences. One model on dream theory suggests that dreams allow us to form an inter-connected web between our thoughts and emotions, all in the safety of a parallel universe

Keep Dreaming

Whatever the real reasons for dreaming, getting sufficient and comfortable sleep is crucial in order to enter the REM phase of sleep which is necessary to enter dream states. Secure your spot in the front row of dream land by getting a mattress and quality bed that provide you with all the necessary support during sleep. To keep dreaming in style, contact Sealy Posturepedic or visit their website for more information.

Tossing and Turning Got You Sleep Yearning?

Tossing and turning during sleep is a necessary component of sleep and the regulation of blood flow. However, if it is causing disruptions in your sleeping routine or happening too frequently to be normal, then it may be time to consider the effectiveness of your mattress for alleviating pressure and evenly distributing your body weight.

Tossing and Turning

Tossing and turning in your sleep is the result of the need to shift the weight from one side of your body to another. The reason that this is necessary is because weight placed on a specific point reduces blood flow through the pressure placed on your capillaries and blood vessels. The reduced blood flow means that less oxygen and nutrients reach your body as they should be.

Sleep Disruptions

Whilst rolling over alleviates the pressure and allows for the return of blood to the specific area, moving constantly can disrupt sleep and make it difficult for some to fall back asleep if they are prone to waking up during movement in sleep. An interrupted night’s sleep can have dire consequences on its own, but consecutive nights of interrupted sleep are a real problem.

What is The Solution?

Michael Decker has his PhD and is an associate professor at Georgia State University and spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; he says, “a mattress can impact a person’s sleep,”. Further studies have concluded that reducing pressure points during sleep can greatly improve the condition and consistency of sleep.

Which Mattress Will Reduce Pressure Points?

This is different for everyone and depends on a variety of health requirements that are specific to the individual. Fortunately, the solutions are plentiful as well; coil and spring, memory foam, gel, posturepedic beds and mattresses as well as hybrid mattresses are all feasible options. Find your perfect solution by contacting Sealy Posturepedic or visiting their website.

Let’s Get Lucid

Imagine being able to enter the realm of the dreaming state, all the while maintaining a conscious awareness of yourself, your surroundings and your actions. It would be like entering a fantasy world –  and with the power to make decisions, you could control just about everything whilst having none of the sensory experiences that an alternate reality could offer you blunted. A world like this exists through lucid dreaming.

Starting with Science

It was Keith Hearne, a parapsychologist, who first captured the scientific evidence of the lucid dreaming state. He used a Grass Polygraph to record the predetermined conscious eye movements of a subject that agreed to be studied under lucid dreaming states. Before then, Tibetan monks had been harnessing the power of controlled dreaming for thousands of years through a practice known as dream yoga.

Waking up Your Brain

Lucid dreaming takes place when the conscious brain is alert during dreaming states (including the visualisations that go with that). Several methods can be used to induce lucid dreaming and to help awaken your conscious mind; meditation for training your mind to ‘perform on demand’, dream journaling or keeping records of the dreams you have had so that reality and the dream world are connected, as well as mnemonic learning techniques with lucid dreaming being the focal point.

The Benefits  

Scientist believe that anyone can learn to lucid dream and have also hypothesised that everyone will have a lucid dream at least once in their lifetime (even if it is spontaneous). There are no physical dangers associated with lucid dreaming and many have spoken of its benefits, which include; a healthy escapism, improving problem solving skills, developing self-awareness and exploring the subconscious mind for a range pf psychological benefits.

Get Comfy!

If you’d like to give lucid dreaming a go, then in conjunction with the aforementioned techniques, a comfortable mattress that provides proper support and allows for uninterrupted sleep is essential. Contact Sealy Posturepedic, or visit their website for more information on how to optimize comfort. Sweet (lucid) dreams…

The Biological Functions of a Yawn

Yawning. How many times today have you done it? In fact, at the very mention of the word there is a strong chance you started doing it as a result. This remarkably contagious action is most commonly associated with being tired, but if that were strictly the case, why do we feel the need to do it when we see others with their mouths agape? The answer has a little more to do with just a good night’s sleep in a quality bed. There are, in fact, a number of reasons why we do it.

Getting Enough Air to the Body

One of the main reasons why we yawn, especially when it is involuntary, is because our bodies crave more of our most important resource; air. Regular breathing doesn’t always get us the correct supply of oxygen, especially when air quality is low or when, due to fatigue, breathing becomes more difficult.

The Canary in the Coal-Mine

Have you ever wondered why we are compelled to yawn when we see someone else do it? The answer, I warn you, involves a little psychology.

Just like miners once used canaries as a way of testing how safe the air is, we use the yawns of others to do the same.

When we see someone else doing it, our subconscious assumes that the person is struggling to get enough oxygen. We then generally proceed to test the air ourselves by copying the yawn.

Yawning as Body Language

Just like we open up our bodies when we are confident, slouch when we are sad or tend to fidget with our fingers when we are anxious, we have, often involuntary, ways of communicating extreme boredom. You guessed it, yawning.

Maintaining Body Temperature

This one was only quite recently discovered, which is no surprise we are still learning about the human body each and every day. Yawning, it turns out, is an incredibly effective way of regulating blood and body temperatures by facilitating more airflow in our lungs. The next time you are struggling through a hot day, try forcing yourself to yawn to bring down the heat.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Of course, yawning is primarily a side-effect of feeling run-down or being tired, which is why it tends to happen more in the early mornings and late evenings. Excessive yawning could point to various health problems as well, bud before you go off Googling all of the possibilities, know that it is likely caused by drowsiness from a bad night’s sleep as opposed to an impending heart-attack or liver failure.

Contact Sealy for Details

Let’s stifle those yawns for you by ensuring that you get a great night’s sleep, night after night, with the help of a top quality bed from Sealy. Contact us today to find out more about our extensive range of Posturepedic mattresses, or visit our website for details.

Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Insomnia affects every one of us at some point in our lives. Sleepless nights can be some of the most stressful situations out there and what’s worse, they endanger your physical and mental health. As one of our most important bodily functions, getting between 6 and 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night is vital for your wellbeing; though even with a quality bed at your disposal, that isn’t always easy to do.

So if you have been struggling with tossing, turning and staring at the bedroom ceiling, these tips on how to get a better night’s sleep may help.

Expend Energy During The Day

Take some time to exercise each day (whatever that means to you). There is no need to hit the gym for an hour or take a 10km hike, as long as you are burning some energy during the day to tire yourself out by the time bedtime arrives. Take a walk, do a circuit or even some yoga. Just don’t do it within a few hours of going to bed.

Avoid Caffeine in the Evenings

Caffeine is a stimulant, a strong one at that, which is why it goes hand-in-hand with productivity, creativity and all of those other tiring activities.

It also remains in your system for many hours after consumption, so if you drink it in the evenings, you are lessening your chances of  getting a full night’s sleep.

You might get away with a hot cup of coffee if your tolerance and consistency allows for it, but if you are struggling to sleep but love your evening coffee, you should at the very least consider switching to decaf.

Controlling Your Environment

Silence, a comfortable temperature, enough fresh air and darkness are all important parts of a good night’s sleep. If too much light gets in, invest in some blinds. Use a fan or an AC to cool the room if need be and turn off any devices that may produce sound during the night.

Meditate Daily

Sleepless nights and excessive stress are often part of the same problem, one of which tends to contribute to the other in a vicious and exhausting cycle. Learn to clear your thoughts by practicing meditation each day. The time you take when doing this is up to you, but periods of between 5 and 20 minutes are ideal. If you want tips on how to meditate, the internet is full of excellent advice.

Invest in a Great Mattress from Sealy

If you are sleeping on an old, ragged mattress, or one that doesn’t provide you with optimal support, then none of the above tips will help  very much. The quality of your mattress has a lot to do with the quality of sleep you get, so make sure to buy one that is of an excellent quality.

If you would like to know more about sourcing a top-quality bed from Sealy, be sure to get into contact with one of our representatives for details.

Is Your Mattress Giving You the Support You Need?

It’s not often that our mattress is at the forefront of our minds as we go about our daily lives. Yet, so much of our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing rests (literally) on having a decent mattress, that it may be time to give a little more consideration to the thing that supports us while we acquire our much needed sleep.

What Is a Mattress Actually Supposed to Do?

A mattress is a system composed of a foundation, springs, coils and a ‘comfort layer’. The comfort layer is composed of padding, memory foam (usually) and upholstery. The primary purpose of this entire system is to ensure optimum support for your body as it relaxes during sleep. Nobody can fall asleep unless they are comfortable – the second and more luxurious function of a mattress.

Is It Time for a New Mattress?

Waking up with muscle aches and back pain instead of a sense of rejuvenation is a sign that your mattress does not support your posture as it should, or has aged to the point where the components in it can no longer do their job. Sneezing, itching, asthma and chest tightness are signs that a dust mite infestation has become out of control – ew, definitely time for a new mattress! Discomfort is also an indicator that a new mattress or investigation into quality beds is in order.

Losing sleep is linked to a weakened immune system which means a greater chance of contracting flu viruses and common colds and a bad mattress certainly does not need to be a contributing factor to this.

What Should I be Looking for in a Mattress?

Posture support and alignment of the spine is of utmost importance and as such, finding a mattress which supports your weight, whilst also affording you some mobility is a must – think of state of the art coils and spring systems designed with this in mind. Since dust mites can overpopulate and create a variety of health issues, finding a mattress with material that allows the mattress itself to ‘breathe’ will go a long way to help you breathe issue-free too!

What Keeps You Awake at Night?

If stress is the answer, looking into meditation practices and lifestyle changes may be beneficial. If the answer is discomfort, allergies or back ache, then contact Sealy to discuss solutions that only Posturepedic Beds & Mattresses could offer you, or visit their website and be sure to check out the Sealy Posturepedic range.

When is it time to move your child into a big bed of their own?

Moving a сhіld from a соt tо a bіg bеd іѕ a bіg ѕtер in thеіr lіfе. It’s a mаjоr mіlеѕtоnе, and the timing of this move can sometimes be tricky.

Yоu ѕhоuld dо іt before уоur сhіld first fаllѕ оut of the соt, but unfortunately thе fіrѕt tіmе уоu find out your child can climb out of the cot is when they’ve already fallen! Keep an eye out for when your сhіld іѕ ѕtаndіng uр in the соt wаіtіng fоr you tо аrrіvе and check if they’re making аttеmрtѕ tо climb out.

Once уоur child dесіdеѕ gеttіng оut оf thе cot on thеіr own іn thе mоrnіng is a major gоаl, it’s seriously time to gеt them іntо a рrореr bеd. Yоu саn make the trаnѕіtіоn саrеfullу using bеd guаrdѕ or rаіlѕ.

These саn hеlр the сhіld stay in bеd whеn аѕlеер but gіvе thе сhіld a рlасе to climb dоwn frоm thе bed оn their оwn. If you don’t hаvе a bеd rаіl, thеn уоu can uѕе pillows оr еvеn tuck them іn with a ѕhееt аѕ thіѕ саn help them ѕtау іn bеd when thеу’rе аѕlеер. If уоu think a сhіld wіll wriggle thеіr way оn to the flооr, thеn уоu соuld рlасе сuѕhіоnѕ оn thе flооr аrоund the bеd. Most children аdарt quісklу tо a proper bed.

There аrе ѕеvеrаl tуреѕ оf bеd guаrd. Thе ѕіmрlеѕt tuсkѕ undеr thе mattress and has a ѕіdе ѕесtіоn. Look fоr full оnеѕ ѕо thе child will not bumр thеmѕеlvеѕ оn іt.

If уоur сhіld dоеѕn’t lіkе thе big bеd, thеn уоu саn try putting thеm bасk іn thе соt wіth the ѕіdе оff. Sоmе соtѕ allow you to do thіѕ аnd іt саn hеlр your сhіld gеt uѕеd to thе freedom оf bеіng able tо get in аnd оut оf bed оn their оwn.

Some реорlе lіkе tо move to a smaller bed first, instead of a regular single-sized bed. There аrе child bеdѕ аvаіlаblе that аrе shaped and thеmеd tо mаkе thеm very арреаlіng tо ѕmаll сhіldrеn. Whо wоuldn’t want a rасіng car bеd, or a рrіnсеѕѕ ѕtуlе оnе? A smaller bеd wіll also usually bе сlоѕеr tо the grоund and mау even hаvе a lір оn іt designed tо ѕtор children rolling out оf bеd. Whichever decision уоu make you ѕhоuld know thаt children adapt quісklу tо thеіr new bеd аnd іf thеу dоn’t, thеn ѕоmе еxtrа bеdtіmе trеаtѕ lіkе аn еxtrа-lоng ѕtоrу can hеlр them gеt used to іt mоrе quісklу.

Remember that a child’s growing body needs a good mattress – not a hand-me down. Have a look at Sealy’s range of single mattresses, to give your child the best possible sleep: Explore Sealy mattresses.

Tips and advice for moving your child to a big bed

Assess fоr rеаdіnеѕѕ

It’ѕ tempting to mоvе a tоddlеr to a big bеd thе minute they turn twо, but mаnу toddlers are not ready until closer tо 3 ½. Tоddlеrѕ can bесоmе very аttасhеd tо thеіr crib and thе associations wіth it (bеіng a bаbу and security). Idеаllу, thе best tіmе tо mаkе the trаnѕіtіоn іѕ whеn уоur сhіld аѕkѕ for it.

Try nоt tо ruѕh thе trаnѕіtіоn bаѕеd оn іnрut from оthеrѕ or external рrеѕѕurе. Tоddlеrѕ do knоw when thеу are ready tо move on. If уоu hаvе a toddler whо ѕlеерѕ wеll in his crib wіthоut muсh соmрlаіnt, don’t make a сhаngе. Try tо аvоіd еxсеѕѕіvе “bіg boy” or “bіg gіrl” tаlk whеn dіѕсuѕѕіng thе tоріс, аѕ this tеndѕ to аdd pressure tо thе ѕіtuаtіоn. Mеntіоn іt, point out beds аnd bеddіng, аnd wait fоr your сhіld tо ѕhоw signs оf rеаdіnеѕѕ.

Plасеmеnt

Cоnѕіѕtеnсу іѕ always еѕѕеntіаl when іntrоduсіng bіg trаnѕіtіоnѕ. Trу tо рlасе thе nеw bеd іn the same рlасе (оr аѕ close tо it аѕ possible) аѕ thе сrіb. Moving еvеrуthіng аrоund саn саuѕе stress fоr some toddlers. Trу to kеер thе room as ѕіmіlаr as possible. **Nоtе: Sоmе tоddlеrѕ like to wаtсh thе сrіb lеаvе thе rооm, but most bесоmе uрѕеt when watching the сrіb lеаvе.

Comfort іtеmѕ

Yes, уоur сhіld рісkеd оut a nісе nеw bеd and fаbulоuѕ nеw bеddіng…but it’s possible thаt hе wіll ѕtіll want hіѕ оld соmfоrt іtеmѕ. Cоvеtеd toddler blаnkеtѕ, loveys, a fаvоrіtе stuffed animal, аnd other соmfоrt іtеmѕ ѕhоuld аll mаkе thе trаnѕіtіоn. The mоѕt іmроrtаnt fасtоr іѕ thаt уоur сhіld fееlѕ ѕаfе and ѕесurе in hіѕ nеw bеd.

Rоutіnе

Thеrе’ѕ nothing lіkе a nеw mіlеѕtоnе tо throw a tоddlеr оff bаlаnсе. Mаkе sure that уоu hаvе a wеll-hоnеd bedtime routine long bеfоrе you mаkе thе сrіb to bed trаnѕіtіоn. Keep thе routine the ѕаmе, rіght dоwn tо thе numbеr of stories rеаd tо the соntіnuоuѕ music оr whіtе noise mасhіnе. Thе оnlу сhаngе should bе thе асtuаl bеd. Mаіntаіnіng consistency еnѕurеѕ safety аnd соmfоrt for your child. Try nоt tо trаvеl untіl уоur child has trulу аdjuѕtеd tо thе nеw bed.

Bооkѕ

Bооkѕ аrе аlwауѕ a gооd idea whеn рrераrіng a сhіld fоr a bіg transition. “Bіg Enоugh fоr a Bеd” (Sеѕаmе Street) bу Aррlе Jоrdаn аnd “Your Bіg Bed” bу Rita Bergstein аrе grеаt books fоr tоddlеrѕ preparing tо mаkе the transition.

Other ideas include getting creative with nеw bеd раrtіеѕ аnd ѕсrарbооkѕ оf thе сrіb days…only you can truly knоw what wіll wоrk fоr уоur сhіld. Lеѕѕ fаnfаrе оftеn wоrkѕ the bеѕt.

Cleaning a Spill on a Mattress

It was a long week filled with deadlines, sales reports and one meeting after the other. It all seemed like it would never end and all of a sudden… it’s Saturday.
Soft rays of sunshine gently peeking through the slightly opened drapes. You decide to stay in bed with a nice steaming hot mug of your favourite brew. You reach over to the end of the bed to grab your favourite book and right at that moment your little munchkin jumps on the bed to give you a hug.
Next thing you know there’s coffee everywhere, from your brand new silk pyjamas right down to the mattress. What do you do?
Your first instinct would be to clean it, obviously, right? But this is a mattress. It’s not like you can throw it into the washing machine together with the rest of your stuff.
As mattress stains usually void the warranty and you obviously don’t want the stain to seep deeper into the mattress. You will need to move fast and of course, take the correct measurements. If you act fast stain removal on the mattress should be fairly simple.
You should never drench your mattress with water or any other liquid cleaning product as mattresses are not meant to get wet, they don’t dry quickly, they were not designed in that manner, especially memory foam mattresses. If a mattress does get soaked and stays wet for a period of time it and may develop mould and start to smell.
There are three suggested cleaning treatments for basic stain removal.
Blot don’t Rub
Blot the stain by pressing down on the stain with a dry cloth or paper towels to absorb the access liquid. Keep blotting until you’re unable to get any more liquid from the strain.
Soap up
In a spray bottle add ¾ cup of warm water, ¼ cup vinegar as well as one tablespoon of dish washing liquid. Spray this mixture lightly onto the mattress, directly on the stain and dab with a cloth. For stubborn stains such as blood, the mixture should be left on for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Air is Cool
Putting the stained mattress outside is best, however, if this is not possible, try is get as much air as possible to circulate within the room by opening up windows or switching on the air conditioner. The mattress may take several hours to dry completely depending on the size of the stain.
Before cleaning your mattress always check the manufacturers’ cautions and recommendations. To protect you mattress get yourself and your family mattress protectors from Sealy Posturepedic and preserve your mattress.

The Side Effects of Oversleeping

When it comes to your sleep, can you really have too much of a something good? There is no doubt that a quality night’s sleep is important for your health. However, oversleeping has been connected to a number of medical issues, including heart disease, diabetes and an increased risk of a fatality.
Researchers are wary to note, but two other factors that are also strongly associated with oversleeping are depression and a low socioeconomic status. These factors could be the reason for the negative health effects.
How much sleep is too much?
The amount of sleep will depend over the course of your life. It depends on your activity levels and your age as well as your lifestyle habits and health. For example, when you are feeling stressed or sick, you might feel an increased need for sleep. Whilst sleep requirements vary over time from person to person, experts recommend that adults should be sleeping between seven and nine hours each night.

Now we know that oversleeping can be damaging. Let’s look at a few negative effects of sleeping too much.
•Headaches – Oversleeping can trigger migraines and headaches. In addition, napping too much during the day makes it hard to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest – which has also been linked to morning headaches.
•Early aging – Long-term oversleeping causes your brain to age faster. Specially in adults, spending a lot of time sleeping has shown to age your brain by as much as two years. This leads to memory loss, poor concentration and might increase the possibility of developing a mental disorder.
•Reduced fertility – The release of hormones is heavily effected by a sleep-wake schedule. Women that oversleep the same time as undergoing a vitro fertilization treatment are less likely to be able to conceive than those who sleep a decent amount.
•Diabetes and heart disease – Research has shown that sleeping for around 10 hours per night will increase the possibility for developing heart disease. In addition, too much sleep will increase your blood sugar.
If you find that you are oversleeping due to an uncomfortable night’s rest, consider buying a new mattress. Visit Sealy Posturepedic and find a store near you today!

Make getting greater sleep your new year’s resolution

Are you sick of making the same new year’s resolutions? Spending less, work out more, eat healthier, save for a vacation, etc. We have all been there!
However, if you are thinking for a new year’s resolution idea, what about receiving better sleep?
Sleep is extremely important in order to maintain your mental and psychical health, but less of us are actually getting the right amount of sleep. The beginning of a new year is a great time to assess the quality of your sleep as well as change old habits that affect your rest. Let’s look at a few ideas to assist you in a better quality sleep:
•Notice what you eat – Spicy and rich foods take longer to digest which may result in making it harder to fall asleep. Small changes such as this can have a massive impact on your sleep quality.
•Keep to a regular sleeping schedule – It may not be easy if you have various working shifts or children to look after, but try to keep your schedule constant. You will be surprised at how your body will love sticking to a pattern.
•Reduce coffee and alcohol consumption – Alcohol might make you feel sleepy and help you fall asleep, however it stops you from getting a deep, quality sleep that your body requires. This also upsets your sleeping pattern and leaves you dehydrated.
•Experiment modern ways to feel relaxed – For example, run a warm bath with candles, read a book or adopt the power of yoga exercises.
•Exercise more – It is not exaggerated when people say that exercise does help you sleep. Try to save strenuous workouts for the morning and participate in a calmer activity such as yoga in the evening.
•Think about what you’re sleeping on – If you are still sleeping on the same mattress from more than 15 years ago, then maybe it is time to buy a new one. What you sleep on impacts the quality of your sleep.
If you are looking for a new mattress, visit Sealy Posturepedic and view our wide range online. Find a store near you today!