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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Perfect Mattress for You!

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When it comes to buying a new mattress, there are many variables to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect mattress. In fact, since everyone’s body and sleep preferences are different, it’s safe to say there is no magic formula to determine which mattress is best for you. That’s why we encourage you to visit us at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Mt. Vernon and Newark, where our sleep specialists will listen to your unique needs and offer you several perfect mattress options to help you get a great night’s sleep. Come in and test out a comfortable mattress from Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Beautyrest or UltraComfort and we’ll help you get the sleep you deserve.

There are many individual preferences to consider when shopping for a new mattress. For instance, the sleep experts at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses will look at your body type and ask if you have any specific physical issues that may contribute to sleep problems. These factors will determine whether you should be sleeping on a firm mattress, plush mattress, pillow top mattress, memory foam mattress or even an adjustable bed. Plus, you need to consider if you prefer sleeping on your side or back and any sleep sensitivities or disturbances that may keep you awake at night. But ultimately, choosing the proper mattress comes down to comfort, and we’ll help you find the perfect mattress that will provide years of comfort and great sleep.

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 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.