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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sleep Solutions for Pregnant Mothers

Getting the sleep you need during pregnancy can be difficult. Mother’s often note that physical discomfort, the difficulty of finding a comfortable sleeping position (especially for back sleeping mothers who can no longer sleep on their back), hormonal changes and anxiety are common causes for sleep problems during pregnancy. Moreover, sleep during the third trimester can be even more difficult as the little baby begins to toss-and-turn in the mother’s womb.

Research by the National Sleep Foundation discovered that 80% of pregnant mother’s noted trouble sleeping, while 26% of them said they experienced Restless Leg Symptoms (RLS), a sleep disorder that causes the legs to twitch and ache.

However, sleep solutions are available to help you sleep better during pregnancy so you can stay more energized and healthy for your own sake and the baby’s. Certain bedding, pillows and mattresses are available to help keep you more comfortable and happy.

Studies show pregnant mothers should evaluate their mattress choice and pillow choice to help achieve the proper amount of sleep each night. On average, an adult woman should try to get seven to nine hours of sleep. Pregnant mothers will often find they’ll want and need even more than seven to nine hours of sleep.

Carefully consider your mattress. Does it telegraph your partner’s motion during sleep? If so, consider choosing a new mattress so your partner’s tossing-and-turning does not affect you, allowing you to sleep more soundly and longer.

Furthermore, a body pillow, or side-sleeping pillow can greatly aid in sleep. A quality body pillow is ideal because it will promote left-hand side sleeping, which maximizes blood flow and nutrients to the baby while reducing the chance of low blood pressure, impaired breathing and indigestion.

Visit Connell’s Furniture & Mattress in Mt. Vernon & Newark and ask about our sleep solutions that will help promote better sleep for the health of you and your baby.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Health Benefits of Sleep

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Sleep … those peaceful lovely zzzzzzs! It’s bliss, until the fateful night you toss and turn, lay prone with eyes wide open trying not to disturb your partner.

Consider for a moment how you feel after a great night’s sleep . . . infinitely better! Your thoughts are more clear. Your emotions are less fragile.

Consider now the day after a night of tossing and turning. How was your mood and the ability to learn affected? It’s likely they were extremely diminished. Getting your brain to think properly and to retain information is often difficult with little sleep. Judgement is also extremely weakened.

Sleep impacts nearly every area of daily life. Most of us know that sleep is beneficial but few realize just how much sleep we need and why it is so important. Sleep, in fact, plays an important role in overall physical health, emotional well-being and longevity. And interestingly enough, your body manages and requires sleep in much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing.

The EXACT reasons for sleep have perplexed researchers for years, and they remain a mystery today. However, we do know that many of the body’s major organ and regulatory systems continue to work actively during sleep. The body produces more of certain hormones, and certain parts of the brain increase their activity dramatically.

Everybody needs varying amounts of sleep based on age and their own internal clocks. Some adults can get by with 6 hours per night, while others truly need 9 to function properly. Plus, getting just one hour less of the sleep your body needs can significantly affect you. Here are a few specific reasons you should get the sleep you need!

Sleep reduces stress and gives you more energy. A good night’s sleep can help lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones. The physical effects of stress deteriorate the body, destroy good cells and speed up the aging process. High blood pressure is known as the silent killer. Getting a good night’s sleep is one easy way to counteract these issues. On top of that, you’ll just feel better! Who doesn’t want that?

Sleep improves your memory. Energy and focus are two attributes of success, but did you ever consider memory in the equation? Facts, faces, dates, times and other information are hard to retrieve with little sleep. The brain uses sleep time to organize events and correlate memories. With adequate and quality sleep, your brain has the time it needs to process information, experiences and knowledge, which translates to retention in the end.

Sleep gives you a better quality of life. Did you know that sleep can actually equal happiness? Waking up feeling rested and rejuvenated can make you ready to go, ready to tackle all the things life throws at you. Each day you wake up feeling refreshed is just one more day of energy and vitality to do all the things you want to do in life. Yep, sleep equals happiness!

Are you ready for your next – or first – great night of sleep? Stop in to Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses today and talk to our sleep experts about these, and other benefits of great sleep, as well as finding the perfect mattress from Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Beautyrest and more to support you in the journey. Your heart, mind, body and soul will thank you – and so will a lot of other people who benefit from all you have to offer after a great night of sleep!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Choosing the Right Mattress

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Have you put enough time and research into choosing the proper mattress? You should! Nearly one-third of our lives is spent sleeping; we invest more time into sleep than any other activity. Because of this, it’s vital to choose the right mattress with the proper support, firmness and size so you can get the sleep you need to live a healthier and more productive life.

Mattress Support and Firmness

The right mattress shouldn’t be too hard or too soft. A soft mattress can potentially provide poor support, resulting in muscle stiffness, and back and neck pain. Look for valleys or bumps on your mattress as a tell-tale sign that’s it’s too soft – consider purchasing a new, more supportive mattress when you find these indicators.

Moreover, a mattress that is too hard can exert too much force on pressure points such as the back, neck, shoulders and hips, which can contort the spine and lead to further sleep disturbances. The perfect mattress should mold to your body while providing gentle support and firmness.

Size

When it comes to mattresses, bigger is better. Consider this, the average person moves around generally 30 times each night. Combine this movement with a partner and sleeping space can become cramped or uncomfortable. Therefore, you may want to consider purchasing a larger mattress so you and your partner can sleep comfortably. Plus, many mattresses are designed to reduce tossing and turning, such as the Tempur-Pedic® Tempur-Cloud Luxe, and to also deflect your partner’s movements so you get the sleep you deserve.

Visit Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Mt. Vernon and Newark for the area’s largest selection of comfortable mattresses in every size designed to provide the proper support and firmness so you can get the sleep you deserve. Our sleep specialists will take the time to help you choose the perfect mattress for your bedroom and budget that provides the comfort you need for a great night’s sleep.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Healthy Lifestyle Starts with A Great Night’s Sleep

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Extensive research shows a quality night’s sleep affects our physical health, emotional well-being and longevity. Conversely, a poor night’s sleep leads to irritability, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The importance of a good night’s sleep can’t be underestimated, and it’s fairly simple to achieve by following the advice below.

A great night’s sleep starts with two things:

  1. The proper amount of sleep
  2. A comfortable mattress with the proper support

The Proper Amount of Sleep

Individuals who get the correct amount of sleep each night tend to live longer, healthier and happier lives. Sleep repairs the body and produces protein molecules that are vital in fighting infection, pollutants and infectious bacteria. Plus it helps us maintain the proper weight, improves memory and lessens the chance of mood disorders. Although the proper amount varies from person to person, the sleep requirements by age are a good indicator of how much sleep you need each night.

  • Babies (Ages 0 – 2 months): 12 – 18 hours
  • Infants (Ages 3 – 12 months): 14 – 15 hours
  • Toddlers (Ages 1 – 3 years): 12 – 14 hours
  • Young Children (Ages 3 – 5 years): 11 – 13 hours
  • School-Aged Children (Ages 5 – 10 years): 10  – 11 hours
  • Teenagers (11 – 17 years): 8 – 9 hours
  • Adults: 7 – 9 hours

Choosing the Right Mattress

Since every person’s body is different, it’s important to take the time to find a mattress that is perfect for you. Visit Connell’s in Mt. Vernon and Newark and we’ll help you find the proper mattress for your back, bedroom and budget. Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses specializes in a variety of sleep solutions, including Simmons Beautyrest, Tempur-Pedic and the cool Serta iComfort mattress!

If you wake up with a sore back or have trouble getting to sleep, your mattress may be saggy. Although a firm mattress may be the solution, it may not be perfect for you. A plush mattress may also provide the support needed to to counter a saggy mattress. But it’s always necessary to test out a new mattress before you buy it.

Take the time to lay down on it and don’t rush into a decision. Try out several different types and compare the comfort levels. And be sure to wear comfortable clothes so you’re relaxed and can enjoy your experience choosing a comfortable mattress.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Amazing Comfort of a Plush Mattress

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After a long day of work, cooking dinner for your family and helping your kids with their homework, there’s nothing better than taking a load off and laying down in bed to relax. But nothing’s worse than resting on a mattress that’s harder than a box of rocks. Instead, you deserve a comfortable, soft plush mattress that will rejuvenate you to tackle life again the next day.  But what is a plush mattress and why does it provide such an unrivaled quality night’s sleep?

Plush mattresses offer a great night of sleep because they literally cradle you in comfort. The additional foam padding on a plush mattress literally conforms to your body. This eliminates an uncomfortable break-in period for the mattress while cradling your body in pure relaxation. Plush mattress technology also immediately responds to your movement while dissipating body heat to keep you at the ideal sleeping temperature. This unique engineering provides a pleasurable night of sleep that will leave you looking forward to sleeping on your mattress night after night.

Most current plush mattresses are made of synthetic fibers, or foam, designed to provide a soft and blissful sleeping experience. Plush mattresses, like Connell’s Beautyrest® World Class Alexandria Plush Mattress, offer an additional layer of extremely soft padding on the surface for the sleeper. Underneath this additional foam bedding, coils are in place to bring you the support you need so you don’t feel like you’re sleeping in quick sand. Plush mattresses are specifically engineered to provide an unprecedented amount of comfort without sacrificing any coil support.

Here is something to keep in mind: Although most plush mattresses are made from synthetic plush fibers, consider purchasing a mattress made with natural plush. Silk, cotton or velvet are higher qualities of plush and will provide an even softer and blissful night of sleep. Regardless of the material, plush mattresses have no downside and are an excellent choice for anyone considering a new mattress.

Visit either of Connell’s two convenient locations in Newark or Mt. Vernon and discover for yourself the the amazing relaxation only provided by a plush mattress.

Friday, September 11, 2009

What do a fireman and a motorcycle mechanic know about decorating your home?

My dad, Don, started selling used furniture in downtown Mount Vernon in 1957, he was a full-time fireman and part-time janitor just trying to make ends meet for his family.  Later my mom, Helen, brought her intuitive sense of interior decorating and flair for fashion to the company.  I started my career at Connell’s after graduating from college in 1976.

Then came the motorcycle mechanic…Curt…my son.  After going to a motorcycle mechanic’s school Curt decided to join us in the family business.  His mission was to bring our company into the 21st century.  Today we have state of the art technology that saves you time and money.  Heck, this web site was his “brain child.”  Now you can shop online or view 1000’s of pieces of furniture from your home at your convenience.

You gotta love savvy young “out-of-the-box” thinkers like Curt…I know I do.

Monday, August 2, 2010

“Honey, who’s that scary looking guy at the front door?”

Have you ever noticed that most delivery services hire big ugly guys that look like they just rolled out of bed to deliver the precious cargo that you just bought and saved for months?  Okay, maybe some of them  aren’t very big but, most of them are pretty scary looking, aren’t they?  Most stores look at delivery as a necessary evil not as a valuable service.  So, they hire guys that are willing to work for low wages without any incentives to make you happy.  Just get it in the door and move on to the next delivery.  And try not to step on the cat…please. Can you believe some stores charge as much as $100 for this kind of service?

We think our delivery service is one of the best values we offer.  That’s why we call our guys the DREAM TEAM. You get trained caring (yes, ladies…some guys do care) professionals that will treat you and your home with respect.  And we charge a whopping $39.95!  Oh yea, if you’re not completely satisfied with our DREAM TEAM delivery service…we’ll refund your money.  How’s that for value?

Monday, October 5, 2009

“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed…”

Remember when you used to be able to fall asleep on the floor at your friend’s slumber party?  Or when you used to stay out half the night and get up after two hours of sleep and go to work?  Well, if you’re like me, you’re older and wiser (I’m just older).  Life’s little aches and pains begin to take their toll and the only way to rejuvenate those tired old muscles is to get a good night’s sleep.  And it all starts with a good mattress.  Let’s face it, you spend one third of your life in bed and most people get up feeling like we just wrestled a bear (and I don’t mean your spouse).

Here are some tips that will help you when you buy your next mattress.

Budget

Spend half as much on a good bed as you would your wife’s engagement ring. Uh oh, some of you guys are getting a little nervous right now, let me explain.  Most young men ready to pop the question will spend about two month’s salary on the love of their life.  I recommend you spend around one month’s salary on a good bed.  You should expect at least ten years of usage when you buy a high quality mattress…wow, that’s over 29,000 hours you’re going to be sleeping on that bed!  One rule of thumb is (man, now I’m beginning to sound like my grandpa) the more you spend…the better you’ll feel each morning. That’s why people rave about the beds at most 5 star hotels…they don’t buy cheap mattresses!

Size

Buy the biggest bed your budget and your room will allow.  I’ve never talked to a customer yet that said “my bed is too big”.  Twin size (39″x74″) and full size (48″x74″) beds are great for singles while queen size (60″x80″) and king size (78″x80″) beds are highly recommended for two.  Most customers tell us they need more room to spread out and get comfortable.  Let’s face it, we all get a little “wider” the older we get.  We need our space.

Firmness

This truly is a matter of personal choice.  Some people like sleeping on beds that are hard as a rock while others like pillow soft beds.  Mattresses with multiple layers of foam, cotton, and heavy gauge coils deliver a lot of comfort for the buck.  But, consider a high quality memory foammattress.  These beds offer a unique combination of good comfort and great support.  We highly recommend Tempur-pedic brand.

Remember, buying a good mattress is like buying a good pair of shoes…at the end of a long day you never regret your decision.  Cheap shoes hurt your feet and cheap beds kill your back.  Poor sleep can lead to all kinds of long term health problems a well as just make you “grumpier”…ladies, you know what I’m talking about don’t you.  Sleep well.