Could light-emitting glasses help you reach peak performance?

The latest in sleep technology weighs only 75 grams and is fully transportable and rechargable. The Re-Timer glasses emit a blue-green light that is reported to fight fatigue.

The glasses were designed in Australia and have been introduced to the world by Sports Scientist, Dr Craig Duncan . The aim of the light therapy technology is to suppress the production of sleep-inducing melatonin — the hormone that gets us ready for sleep.

The benefits of the glasses sound rather fantastic-

  1. they allow you to control the time that you feel tired
  2. they assist you to fall asleep faster and promote peak performace when you wake up
  3. they allow you to align your body rhythm to whatever time zone you may find yourself working or playing in.

Indeed, they sound just like the a magic sleep wand! Do you feel tempted to give them a try?

Nokia Sleep could change how you feel about sleep

Nokia Sleep is a Wi-Fi enabled pad that fits under your mattress. It has multiple sensors to detect and record your:

  • sleep cycles
  • sleep duration
  • sleep interruptions
  • sleep phases (including light, REM and non-REM sleep) and
  • snoring

Each morning it provides you with an individualized Sleep Score to indicate the quantity and quality of your sleep. It also goes on to provide advice as to how you could improve your score.

Whilst there are many sleep trackers available on the market that do just this, what makes the Nokia Sleep truly remarkable is its ability to integrate with all internet-connected things in your home to provide the optimal sleep or waking environment. This is known as ‘If this then that’ (IFTTT) technology as it can automatically control your lights, thermostats and more after receiving information from the sensor pad under your mattress.

For example:

  1. Should the Nokia Sleep detect that you are too hot then the Smart Home control feature will automatically adjust your home thermostat to make you more comfortable and prevent your sleep being disrupted.
  2. If you jump into bed to read, your lights will automatically dim.
  3. Should you want to rise by a particular time, then your lights and even your Smart TV could be turned on to assist you to wake up.

The Nokia Sleep is set to hit stores such as Amazon in late January 2018. The Nokia Sleep will sell for around $100 or approximately R1230.

If you want to be one of the first South Africans to get your hands on this technology then you can sign up here for notifications.

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to improve your sleeping environment. There is a wide range of Sealy mattresses and products available that are designed in order to help you get a great night’s sleep.

No-flip mattresses make life so much easier!

Did you know that most modern mattresses don’t have to be flipped? Sealy No-Turn mattresses are here to make life just that little bit easier.

Also know as ‘one-sided mattresses’, no-flip mattresses are built from the ground up and offer phenomenal support, customisation and comfort. Instead of having a supportive core surrounded by comfort materials on both sides, no-flip mattresses start with a supportive layer on the bottom and have comfort layers stacked on top.

Sealy No-Turn mattresses have twice as many comfort layers when compared to traditional coil-spring mattresses.

This allows for many remarkable benefits:

1. More potential to create a more comfortable mattress.
2. Twice as many comfort materials means that the single sleeping surface should theoretically last twice as long.
3. Reduced motion transfer for those who share a bed with an active sleeper. Just because they move, doesn’t mean your whole bed needs to.
4. Less effort required to prevent uniform wear and tear – rotating definitely requires less manpower than flipping does. Plus, most Sealy mattresses come with convenient side handles designed for easy handling.

This is just one reason why you need to replace your decade-old bed. Design and manufacturing of mattresses has changed dramatically. Technology has improved, new materials have been developed and comfort choices have been expanded to give you a greater selection.

Is it time to shop for a new mattress? Visit our website to view the Sealy range and get to a reputable retailer to try one out.

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Three podcasts that will help you fall asleep faster

Counting sheep can get a little laborious. Here are the 3 most popular podcast options that help you fall asleep fast:

1. Podcasts that are powerful sleep meditations 

If winding down is your problem, then meditation may be your best sleep medicine. From calm and melodic mantras to slow and rhythmic breathing, Sip and Om offers a daily podcast to keep it fresh. However, you may want to use the same meditation each night to train your brain to fall asleep faster.

2. Podcasts that bore you to sleep

I am not convinced that the author/narrator of these stories actually set out to create sleep-inducing podcasts, but his creations definitely will put you to sleep. This narrator has an awfully monotone voice and a seriously distracted thought process. Some long descriptions will help you lose the will to stay alive… I mean awake.

3. Podcasts that are actual bedtime stories

Various acclaimed authors tell interesting tales that will keep you glued to your mattress. If you struggle to fight the urge to get out of bed then these entertaining tales may be what you need to help you lie down long enough to actually fall asleep.

Make sure you give yourself the best chance of a good night’s sleep by starting your night out on a good mattress. Could it be that your old, uncomfortable mattress is robbing you of precious sleep? Mattresses should be replaced every 8 to 10 years. If it’s time to invest in a new bed, visit the Sealy website to see our range of mattresses.

Related stories:
Bedtime mantras for better sleep
Sayings to get you to sleep faster

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

50 years of Sealy sleep: Some things change, some stay the same

Our Sealy story begins in 1881, in Sealy, Texas, when Daniel Haynes, a cotton gin builder, made cotton-filled mattresses for a few of his friends. Fifteen years later, Haynes sold his patents to a Texas company that retained the Sealy handle. Soon after, ad exec Earl Edwards penned the slogan “Sleeping on a Sealy is like sleeping on a cloud.” And with that, Sealy mattresses became a US phenomenon.
In 1967, the first Sealy Posturepedic mattress was produced at a factory in South Africa and the Sealy Posturepedic was first aired on television. It wasn’t long before our people loved the ingenuity of the Sealy Posturepedic mattress too and Sealy became the number one mattress choice.

In celebration of our 50th Birthday, we take a look back and discover how things have changed and how things have stayed the same.

What’s changed since 1967?

Over the last 50 years, there has been extensive interest in sleep. Sleep research, sleep medicine and sleep technology have unlocked many sleep mysteries and aided in the development of even better materials and mattresses.

Look at this ad from around 1989… R459 for a bed! The good old days!

Join us on our journey of sleep.
Join us on our journey of sleep.

On our birthday, it is with great joy that we recall some of our greatest milestones:

• Creating the Sealy Posturepedic – the first mattress of its kind that provided not just comfort but also postural support.
• Registering patents for a variety of groundbreaking technologies – including PostureTech Coil with Sense & Respond Arm; Pressure Relief Inlays and healthy fabrics, designed to relieve pressure points.
• Reinventing the innerspring coil to give tailored support and pressure relief.
• Introducing the use of latex and Gel memory foam into our mattresses to improve sleep quality.
• Producing Sealy mattresses at multiple facilities in Johannesburg, Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal.
• Being the first mattress company to offer a range of comforts – Firm, Medium, Plush and Extra Length.
• Creating an Orthopedic Advisory Board in the USA – a group of the finest doctors, clinicians and orthopedic surgeons who play a critical role in the design process.
• Creating the Pressure Mapping Lab Center of Excellence in the USA, a first-of-its-kind facility where all Sealy Posturepedic mattresses are scientifically tested to ensure that they provide maximum comfort by eliminating the uncomfortable pressure points that cause tossing and turning.
• Launching Do-Not-Turn mattresses to the consumer, a one-sided mattress.
• Commissioning the first large-scale consumer research study in the South African bedding industry.

In 2017, after all these new developments, has anything at Sealy South Africa stayed the same?

At Sealy, we still have a very simple mission: to help the world sleep better

• We continue to produce high-quality mattresses at affordable prices- even our budget-priced mattresses have quality features and materials to ensure durability.
• All our products are manufactured to the ISO.9001/2 quality system, ensuring every mattress leaves our facility quality controlled.
• Did you know that the Sealy Posturepedic is still the only mattress brand in the industry that has pressure-relieving standards for every mattress produced?
• Our family of mattress brands can be found in homes like yours, hotels and luxury resorts worldwide, and even the White House, making Sealy the no.1 consumer choice in South Africa.
• Sealy is also a leading supplier to the hospitality industry in South Africa and can be found in some of the finest establishments.
• We are proud that our consumers are loyal and have made Sealy and its brands the most popular in the world.
• Through its design, manufacturing and leadership, Sealy will always have an undying dedication to helping the world sleep better.

And so at 50-years young, we at Sealy South Africa are poised to continue in this legacy for many years to come.

Stand a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes of R50,000 cash, enter into the Sealy 50th Birthday Bash before end September 2017! Click here for more information.

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

 

Net Nanny App helps families switch off and go to bed

Getting enough sleep and spending quality time together are two of the key ingredients for a happy family life. Screen time can rob us of both.

We have become reliant on using technology at home to complete homework, check budgets, pay bills, fulfill work obligations and even socialise. Many people battle addictions linked to screen time – social media anxiety, gaming, gambling and pornography – that left unchecked can destroy marriages and families.

It’s no wonder then that The Net Nanny App has won endless Tech Awards for its effectiveness in helping individuals and families manage screen time effectively. The Net Nanny app suggests that you draw up a screen time agreement first and then use its features to help you all stick to this agreement. The Net Nanny app can help parents to:

• Create a screen-time schedule for each family member for each day of the week
• Limit access to time-wasting websites during ‘productive times’ such as when homework or paid work should be happening
• Block out dedicated off-screen time for the whole family to enjoy time offline together such as during dinnertime
• Receive notifications if your child or spouse attempts to view blocked sites or searches for mature content
• Keep track of each family members’ total time online each day or week
• Create a consistent bedtime by cutting off all online access at a certain time each evening

If you already own the ultimate Sealy bed and mattress, but find that screen time is stealing your sleep and robbing you of time with loved ones, then perhaps the Net Nanny App is the next best sleep investment you can buy for you and your loved ones.

Article Written by Roxanne Atkinson

Is social media giving you anxiety? Here’s how to take control

At best social media is a powerful tool that promotes connection. At worst, it can be damaging and self-destructive. It can cause anxiety – and we know anxiety is one of the biggest barriers to sleep.

Why are so many choosing a ‘social media detox’ and how do you know if you too are addicted?

Amanda Lambros, Clinical Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University said recently in an article in the Huffington Post:
“Social media can become extremely addictive in our lives, and also can be damaging depending on how you use it. It’s one of those things that has the power to benefit you, or have really negative effects, depending on how it’s used.”

Here are the most common symptoms related to social media anxiety:
• You fear checking your social media sites
• You feel worried if you don’t get a chance to check your social media feeds
• Your palms become sweaty when you go on social media sites
• Your gut feels tingly in anticipation after posting on social media
• You have a good day if you get many likes and a bad day if you get few likes or comments
• You find it difficult to finish tasks without checking social media feeds
• You find yourself making negative self-comparisons that harm your self-esteem and satisfaction.

Answered yes to most of those? Here are some solutions:

1. Limit the time you spend on social media.
This is easier said than done, but here are some helpful ideas:

• Remove social media apps from your phone so that you have to intentionally log onto a computer to check feeds.
• Use a nanny app so that you are cut-off at a specified time.
• Have a ‘smart phone bed’ in your home where all family members put their phones for the night. This prevents phones landing up at the dinner table or in bedrooms.

2. Limit what you see on social media
• Stop following feeds that have disturbing content.
• Un-friend people who don’t bring joy to your social media life. If this feels too confrontational then you can choose that their posts do not show up in your feed.
If you would like to find out more about how social media impacts your mental health here is a great article: Social media can cause loneliness and anxiety in young people

We have rounded up a few articles on the Sealy blog, with tips on how to feel less anxious and so get better sleep:

Gadgets that help you calm down

Why less is more

Do you have an anxiety problem?

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

Sleep Data is powerful – but only when it’s in the right hands

While it might be fun to pore over the data from your wearable or sleep app, scientists are skeptical about the real impact of sleep data.

Over the years, we have featured some pretty cool sleep tech that delivered some even cooler figures:

We reviewed alarm clocks (such as the Kello Smart Alarm Clock); sleep apps that promise to transform your smart phone to a sleep lab (like the SleepCycle Power nap App) and smart watches (such as the Fitbit watch that gave you a sleep graph each morning).

And sleep tech has shown no sign of slowing down. Fast forward to 2017 and we have already seen the launch of sleep belts that record everything, temperature controlled mattresses that warm you up or cool you down and vibrating pillows that disrupt your snoring.

The question on the scientists’ lips… “What does all this data equate to?”

Scientists have two concerns:
1. This data is not always ‘that’ accurate – Like when your sleep graph says you only slept for 1hr45min!
2. The data can be really tricky to interpret – Like is 24% REM sleep a good or bad thing?

Unless you are a studied sleep expert, sleep data may be meaningless and in turn useless to improving your sleep.

And so the next big thing in tech will be about just that – putting your personal data in the right hands. Perhaps an app will compare your biomedical data to someone the same gender, age and weight? Or perhaps those diagnosed with sleep disorders will have their data emailed straight to their doctor if it is clear that their sleep condition is not well controlled.

But sleep tech is not only about the latest app or wearable – sleep tech is also applied to mattress technology. Sealy has developed the most innovative and technologically advanced materials to improve the quality of sleep on our mattresses.  Smart fibres ensure your mattress is hypoallergenic and stays cool, fresh and dry. Zoning provides better support for different parts of your body.

If you bought a bed 10 years ago, you will be pleasantly surprised at the impact of all this research and development. Go on, visit the Sealy website to take a look at our range, and take a visit to your local bedshop and actually lie down on a Sealy. You will love it, we assure you!

Article written by Roxanne Atkinson

Sleep is Netflix’s biggest competitor

Whilst most South Africans would probably describe Netflix’s biggest competitor as DSTV’s ShowMax, Netflix Chief Executive, Reed Hastings, has declared that their addictive programming leaves them competing against sleep rather than any other entertainment alternative.

Hastings sees the eight hours per day that that their viewers should be dedicating to sleep as their greatest competitor.

“You know think about it, when you watch a show from Netflix and you get addicted to it, you stay up late at night. We’re competing with sleep, not with any other network,” he said in an interview with The Guardian.

Most of us lack the discipline required to wait a whole day or week (gasp!) before watching the next episode. Tucking into a series is a great way to escape from life’s difficulties, it but may mean that you have less time and energy left over to make your own dreams come true in the daylight hours that follow.

If you do plan on spending more time watching TV than sleeping, you might as well do it in the most comfortable bed possible: The Sealy Posturematic Adjustable bed. Whether you want to lie down flat, head up, feet up, TV watching, zero-gravity or dual massage, the adjustments are almost endless.

This adjustable bed takes sleep to a new level!
This adjustable bed takes sleep to a new level!

For series-lovers the good news is that Netflix anticipates the release of even more addictive series in the coming months. For those who love their sleep, where will your loyalty fall? With rest or entertainment?

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

Fitbit helps you sleep your way to better health

Fitbit knows that staying healthy is not only about exercise and diet – it’s about good quality sleep, too. At Sealy, we’ve always loved the Fitbit’s sleep-tracking technology, but things just got even better. Whilst the Fitbit One  required you to remove the sensor from the wrist band and wear it in a soft Velcro arm band at night, the Fitbit wrist watches require absolutely nothing special to track your sleep.

Simply wear your watch at night and the sleep-tracking will happen automatically.

What does this do for your sleep?
• Know how much and what kind of sleep you are getting each night
• Track patterns between your daytime activity level and sleep quality
• Use the Fitbit sleep graphs to see how your bedtime impacts your sleep
• Use the Fitbit alarm to wake up each morning in your lightest sleep phase

The Fitbit wristwatches are water-proof, lightweight, comfortable and carry a four to five day battery life.  They track the wearer’s activity through reading heart rate and movement via sensors under the watch face. The Fitbit wrist watch range includes the Fitbit Force, Fitbit Surge and Fitbit Blaze.

More info:
An in-depth review of Fitbit Blaze
An in-depth review of the Fitbit Surge