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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Sleeping pills for sleep? It turns out sedated sleep leads to poor sleep

According to sleep scientist Patrick Fuller, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School, sleeping pills are not as helpful as you may think. Known as hypnotics or sedatives to the medical community, sleeping pills are used by many as a quick-fix guarantee for getting good sleep.

“I’m not a basher of hypnotics, because I think that they can play a particularly important role in people who do have true insomnia,” Fuller told Tech Insider. “But for the most part, I think many people taking hypnotic medications actually don’t need them and should work to get off of them… it’s just a cheap fix. And it’s not the right fix.”

If you do not have a diagnosed sleep disorder such as insomnia, then sleeping pills are a bad solution if you are looking for quality sleep for the following reasons:

• Sleeping pills cross the blood-brain barrier where they interfere and cause drowsiness, memory loss headache, double vision and forgetfulness
• Once they are beyond the brain they act erratically on every cell in the body causing muscle aches, stuffy or runny nose, diarrhoea, swollen glands, voice changes and even belching!
• Women should take far lower doses than men as it takes their bodies longer to process the drug’s active ingredient, zolpidem. This can cause fatal accidents if women drive while under its effects the morning after taking their sleeping pills.
• Sleeping pills are highly addictive- once you start taking them to help you sleep it is difficult to stop as any sleep issues will worsen when you stop taking the pills.

Fuller recommended waking up at the same time every day, avoiding caffeine six hours before bedtime, exercising regularly, avoiding alcohol at night, avoiding smartphone and e-reader screens in bed, and setting the sleeping mood.

Read more:

Simple tips for dealing with insomnia

‘Clean Sleeping’ tips for better sleep

Could it be that your old, uncomfortable mattress is robbing you of precious sleep? Before you start taking sleeping tablets, give your bedroom an audit. How old is your mattress? (mattresses should be replaced every 8 to 10 years.) Is it still comfortable? Do you have black-out curtains? Do you keep electronics (like TVs and mobile phones) out of the bedroom?

If it’s time to invest in a new bed, visit the Sealy website to see our range of mattresses.

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

 

The Sealy Cot Mattress – Giving your baby the best start

Every parent aims to give their baby the best they can and most nesting begins with just that… building your baby’s very own nest or nursery. Most moms-to-be feel terribly anxious until they are satisfied with where and how their baby is going to sleep. One of the biggest decisions that parents-to-be face is whether to co-sleep with their baby or put their baby in its own cot. The Sealy Cot Mattress is the answer for many moms.

Whatever you decide, there will be many times in that first month (and beyond!) where a cot will be a practical solution during self-care activities (bathing, dressing etc..), whilst minding other children or pets or if co-sleeping means you’re not getting much sleep at all.

The style of cot is dependent on your personal taste but a good quality mattress is a must. Sealy has two exciting products that will surely enhance your nest. The first is the Sealy Cot Mattress made of natural fibres that are waterproof, but breathable. The mattress fibres have a polyurethane layer that allows air to pass through but prevents liquids from following along. This ensures that the mattress retains its anti-bacterial properties despite the spills and thrills that come along with baby-rearing. At the same time your baby is ensured comfort and ventilation. Furthermore, Sealy’s individually wrapped pocket springs give postural support to your babies developing body. To clean simply wipe down the mattress with a damp cloth.

The second product is the Soft Touch Bamboo Cot Mattress Protector. Bamboo is a soft, natural fibre that absorbs six times more moisture than cotton. The mattress protector serves to make your mattress last longer but also to keep your baby as comfortable as possible.

A good night’s rest is one step closer with a safe sleeping environment that is clean, dry and warm. Visit the Sealy website to find out more about Sealy’s range of mattresses and accessories.

Read more about babies and sleep here:

Sleep thieves that may be waking your baby

Reader-approved sleep tips for Mombies

Sleep is the new status symbol for successful entrepreneurs

Marian Salzman, a trend spotter and chief executive of Havas PR North America, proclaimed in 2007 that ‘sleep is the new sex’. What she predicted was a cultural swing in boasting: the successful, the powerful, the high-flying entrepreneurs would tweet not of midnight conquests and VIP parties, but of great sleep… sleep that lasted 7-9 hours!

That prediction has been proved true and in 2017, she has taken it one step further declaring that ‘sleep is the new status symbol’. And like all status symbols, people will do anything to get it.

And so there has been a flood, a barage, of sleep tech products. From sleep belts that record everything, temperature-controlled mattresses that warm you up or cool you down, to vibrating pillows that disrupt your snoring- there is a gadget out there for all who seek sleep.

Penelope Green writes in an article for the New York Times  how a West Coast entrepreneur described sleep as a “human potential enhancer” – a skill to be cultivated and nourished. If sleep is a fountain of youth, offering longer life, more beauty and better decision-making, then you must be crazy not to want it?

And so the sleepless titans have fallen.

Presidents, CEOs and Fortune 500 company creators who are known and respected for their high-performance, low sleep lifestyle are no longer envied, but pitied. They are seen as sufferes of a genetic-mutation that robs them of the ability to enjoy a good night’s sleep… poor Martha Stewart and pity Donald Trump.

The enviable are those with a dream job who work hard during the day and sleep hard at night, folk like Tim Cook, CEO of Apple who boasts seven hours of sleep and TV host Ellen DeGeneres who scores eight hours of sleep per night.

Sleep-deprivation, caffeine-overload and smoking are no longer signs of a good life. Instead, they have been replaced with Instagram feeds full of sleep graphs that boast about a night full of uninterrupted, health-giving sleep, chamomile tea, meditation and naps taken at work.

Investing in sleep has never been so fashionable. At Sealy, we’ve been celebrating good sleep for 50 years.

Use our store locator to experience how a Sealy makes you feel. Buy a bed and you could win your share of R250 000!

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

50 things you need to know about sleep

To celebrate our 50th birthday we are giving you the gift of sleep! Here are 50 things you need to know about sleep:

1. Sleep helps maintain solid relationships – both at home and at work.
2. Nap for 10-30 minutes a day and you will improve your productivity in the afternoon.
3. Sleep 7.5-9 hours each night and you will have less cravings for high-carb/high-fat food.
4. An adult’s sleep cycle is 90 minutes- set your alarm clock to go off when you would be scheduled to come out of a sleep cycle and you will find it easier to wake up.
5. Sealy sprung foundations act like a shock absorber contributing to your comfort and support.
6. Are you an early bird? You can thank your genes if you are a morning person.
7. Getting enough slumber improves your reaction times and decreases your risk of causing a car accident.
8. The average base and mattress set lasts about 8 years.
9. Sleep helps us feel happier about ourselves and others.
10. Sealy mattresses use Cool Gel technology to help keep you cooler at night.
11. Electric blankets might keep you warm, but they shorten the life-span of your mattress. If you must use an electric blanket, keep it at a moderate heat.
12. Children and teens who get enough sleep perform better at school.
13. Don’t skimp when buying a new bed for your child – their growing bodies need support too.
14. Good sleep equals less sports injuries for athletes.
15. Drinking warm, sweet milk will make you feel sleepy.
16. Get good shut-eye and halve your chance of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
17. Switch off all screens one hour before bedtime and you will fall asleep faster. There’s an app that can help you with that: The Net Nanny app.
18. A sleep mask can help you sleep more deeply.
19. Partner tossing and turning? A Sealy posture pocket mattress may be what you need to get a good night’s sleep.
20. De-clutter your bedroom to fall asleep faster.
21. A mattress protector can give your mattress an additional five years of life. Click here to view Sealy’s range of mattress and pillow protectors.
22. Use a happy scent like lavender and vanilla in your bedroom to build a positive association with sleep.
23. Taller than average? Sealy is available in standard 188cm and extra length 200cm in select models, providing a longer sleeping surface for the taller individual.
24. Cuddling stimulates both happy hormones and sleep hormones – give some hugs and kisses to your loved ones each evening.
25. A larger mattress means you are less likely to disturb your partner. Click here for tips on selecting the right kind of mattress.
26. Sleep-deprived people consume an average of 385 kcal per day extra. This is the equivalent of four slices of bread.
27. Do you doze on your back? Put a pillow under your knees to take the pressure off your lower spine. Click here to find out if your sleep position is causing you pain.
28. A warm bath triggers sleepiness. Bath just before climbing into bed and you will fall asleep faster.
29. Sleep naked and you could live longer!
30. When lying on your back or side, your pillow should keep your head in line with your spine.
31. Sex before bed can help you sleep better.
32. Do you suffer from allergies? A mattress with Aloe Vera fabric is the answer. It ensures your mattress is hypo-allergenic and stays cool, fresh and dry.
33. Getting enough sleep improves fertility in men and women.
34. Paint your bedroom in a calm shade and you will feel calm too.
35. Night owls seem to be smarter and more creative than those who keep a more conventional bedtime.
36. 85% of South Africans do not get the sleep they need (7,5 hours or more) each night. Find out more about South African sleep habits: Sealy Sleep Census results 
37. Never buy a mattress without spending at least one minute lying in the position you sleep in to see if it offers the right amount of support. Click here for tips on how to buy the perfect mattress.
38. Writing down five things you are grateful for each night before you go to bed improves your general mood.
39. Create happier dreams by listening to uplifting music just before bedtime.
40. A mattress does not need to be ‘firm’ in order for it to be good for you. Sealy mattresses offer the correct support regardless of the firmness.
41. Earplugs are a great way to mask loud noises that would otherwise disrupt your sleep.
42. Eat foods rich in B-vitamins, like bananas and oats, to help your muscles relax and fall asleep.
43. Fresh, breathable bedding helps your body warm up or cool down as needed. Buy the best quality linen you can afford to get a better night’s sleep.
44. Bamboo fabric is an intelligent textile technology with moisture wicking properties. It helps keep your mattress dry and your body cool.
45. Side-sleeper? Put a pillow between your knees to alleviate back and hip pain.
46. A double mattress offers a surface area equal to the width of one cot mattress for each adult. Now that’s a tight squeeze!
47. Candlelight does not interfere with melatonin-release, like blue electrical lights do. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner or bath and fall asleep with ease.
48. You will spend one-third of your life on your mattress – buy the best mattress you can afford.
49. Invest in a good mattress and it will cost you just a few cents per night over its lifetime!
50. Buy your bed from a retailer with a great reputation for service and integrity. Click here to find your closest Sealy retailer.

We want to give you more than just great sleep advice for our birthday. Whilst it may be our 50th birthday, we here at Sealy want to celebrate you, our loyal customer! Get your share of R250 000 by buying a Sealy mattress before 30 September 2017. Enter online here on our Sealy 50th Birthday page.

Buy a Sealy before 30 September 2017 and you could win your share of R250,000!
Buy a Sealy before 30 September 2017 and you could win your share of R250,000!

Can better sleep mean better grades?

Poor sleep can negatively impact your child’s grades, emotions and overall behaviour. This means you might need to introduce an earlier bed time. Or let your child sleep in. Or invest in a new mattress.

While very little research has looked at the link between sleep and intelligence in children. It is clear that sleep deprivation eats our brains (yes, really!) and that sleep is an important contributor to developing long-term memory, but can better sleep mean better grades?

FACT 1: An intelligent child who is sleep-deprived will get poorer grades

It appears that we all inherit 40-50% of our intelligence. We could call this our baseline intelligence. Certain behaviours will help us maintain or develop this intelligence (like eating nutritious food and getting good sleep), whilst other behaviours will erode this intelligence (not eating well or not getting enough sleep).

If your child is not getting enough sleep, it would impact their visual visual intelligence and problem-solving abilities (think maths, science and design). For more read: The Sleep EEG as a marker of intellectual ability in school-age children.

FACT 2: A child with lower intelligence cannot sleep their way to higher intelligence

While sleep allows your brain an opportunity to heal and restore, it does not ‘create’ intelligence. However, having enough energy to fully embrace learning opportunities during the day will enhance your child’s ability to absorb these learnings and sleep will help cement this learning.

Whatever your child’s IQ may be, help them get the sleep that they need to perform well at school by using a bedtime routine.

Remember also that an uncomfortable bed will impact your child’s sleep just as much as it would yours – so think twice before giving your child your old mattress. Investing in a good bed for your child could mean a happier and calmer child. Visit the Sealy website to view our range of beds: www.sealy.co.za

Not sure if your child is getting enough sleep? Click here for a handy infographic from The Better Sleep Council:

How much sleep does my child need?

Article 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

How to overcome sleep inertia

Sleep inertia: Insane grogginess upon attempting to wake, often accompanied by the knowledge that the act of waking up would prove far worse than the being late for work.

If you struggle to wake up, you are not alone. Many not-morning-people find their mornings do not go to plan, every morning. Read more about it, and how you can handle it better, here: How I finally trained myself to wake up early.

You may consider yourself not-a-morning person if…
• You take longer to wake up than the rest of your household
• You can sleep through the sound of an alarm
• You have no memory of pressing the snooze button- despite evidence to suggest otherwise
• You have gone back to sleep in the morning after drinking coffee/making your bed/getting dressed/speaking on the phone find they possess the ability to stay asleep despite
• You suspect that time may in fact speed up whenever you go to sleep as you are sure you didn’t get enough sleep despite your clock saying you slept 8 hours.

Chances are the problem lies in:
1. The time you go to bed
Get to bed earlier by using the Net Nanny App that cuts you off all devices at a set time.

2. Your sleep quality 
You may need to get a medical exam to rule out snoring, sleep apnea, teeth grinding and allergies that may be robbing you of restorative REM sleep. Another important factor in sleep quality is, of course, your mattress. If your bed is not comfortable, if you’re tossing and turning all night, your mattress is robbing you of precious sleep. Visit the Sealy website to view our range of mattresses.

3. How much sleep you are getting
Too little sleep is not always to blame for sleep inertia. Sleeping too long can also ruin your chances of jumping out of bed and feeling well rested. Use an app that tracks your sleep cycles and wakes you up when you are in a light sleep phase to give yourself the best chance of feeling peppy.

Article written by Roxanne Atkinson

 

Sleep well in the same bed

Whilst some choose to sleep in separate bedrooms, others choose a less rigid solution to their sleep differences. Sleeping well in the same bed as your partner is no longer a pie-in-the-sky dream, it is a Sealy reality.

Option 1: Buy one mattress with posture pockets

Imagine a mattress that limits partner disturbance by using individually wrapped springs/pockets to absorb your partner’s tossing and turning. With the Sealy Crown Jewel Posture Pocket both partners get what they need to get a good night’s sleep.

The range consists of different pocket options to cater for heavier sleepers (nested pocket) and lighter sleepers (pocket-on-pocket). However, if you and your partner differ in weight by more than 20kg, then you will need to go with option 2.

Option 2: Buy one king-sized base and two single mattresses

A king-sized base with two single mattresses on top is a great way to avoid having to compromise on comfort. Each partner can choose their ideal mattress without the other partner losing out on the comfort or support that they need to sleep well.

If you need a mattress that allows you to sleep in a position other than ‘flat’ you may want to consider option 3.

Option 3: Buy two single adjustable bases and two single mattresses

The Sealy Adjustable Designer range offers the ultimate in power adjustable beds. Each single base offers endless adjustments so that you and your partner can each find a setting that suits your sleep needs, but still feel like you are sleeping in the same ‘king-sized bed’.

Each single bed base can be transformed to offer any position:
• lying flat
• head up
• feet up
• or any combination of these.

Other comfort adjustments such as zero-gravity or dual massage are also available. Lighting options such as flashlight or indirect lighting allow one partner to read in bed without disturbing the other one’s sleep. Talk about a considerate purchase!

Get to your nearest Sealy stockist to experience this sleep technology for yourself.