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Ideal Home Sleep Environment

The keys to an ideal sleep environment
Create your most sleep-friendly bedroom ever

It’s tough to overstate the importance of your bedroom environment to the quality of your sleep. Ideally, you want your bedroom to be a sanctuary for sound, restful, restorative sleep. All too often bedrooms are cluttered, noisy, and bright—environments that actually fight against good sleep.

Sleep is a sensory experience. To create an ideal sleep environment, you need to pay attention to all five of the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.

Light is the single most important environmental factor affecting your ability to sleep. Through your sense of sight, the brain takes in information about the light in your environment. That information helps to regulate your body’s sleep-wake cycle and influences the release of hormones, including the “sleep hormone” melatonin. When your environment is bright, melatonin levels stay low, and you stay more wakeful and alert instead of sleepy.

A dark bedroom is best for sleep. Darkness triggers the brain to slow down and stimulates the production of melatonin, what I call the key that starts the engine for sleep. In today’s world, there can be many challenges to keeping a bedroom dark, from TV screens to outside streetlamps to way-too-bright room lighting. Here’s how to bring your bedroom the darkness it needs for sleep.

Use peaceful colors. Bedroom walls are best painted with flat finish paint. Keep your color scheme simple and use colors that feel tranquil to you. Keep in mind that bright colors can be stimulating and may affect your sleep and your dreams even if you’re not consciously aware of their effect.

Low light bedrooms. Use dimmer switches on the lighting in your bedrooms, especially for overhead track or recess lighting. Wherever possible in the bedroom, use low-wattage, non-halogen, natural-light, 45-watt bulbs. Whatever combination of lighting sources you use, an hour before bedtime, dim the lights to less than 200 watts—that’s a total from all light sources. I personally use special bulbs that filter out the light that can disrupt melatonin production.

Install nightlights. When you need to get up in the middle of the night, avoid turning on any room lights. No matter the time on the clock, your brain will think daytime has arrived. Instead, set up nightlights in the hallways and bathrooms. Consider motion-sensor nightlights that will remain unlit unless you’re actually up and about, as well as nightlights that filter out the most disruptive types of light wavelengths.

Block outside light. Don’t forget about light coming in through your bedroom windows. Use a sleep mask to block unwanted light coming from outside. Sleep masks are also helpful if you have a partner who likes to stay up reading in bed after you’re ready for sleep. Consider installing blackout curtains, which can block up to 90-100 percent of outside light from filtering into your bedroom. Make sure the curtains cover the entire window, and use clips to hold the panels together in the center. Even a small sliver of light shining through can interfere with your sleep.

Limit screen light. Televisions and other digital screens can bring a lot of unwanted light to the bedroom. Light from digital screens contains high concentrations of blue-wavelength light. Scientists have pinpointed blue light as especially detrimental to sleep. Blue light is particularly effective at suppressing the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps make you sleepy. I use special blue-light blocking glasses that I find highly effective.

Ideally, you’d have no screens at all in the bedroom. If you’re really attached to falling asleep with the TV on, set a timer so the television turns off around the time you typically fall asleep. Charge your phone and tablets in another room, away from your bedside table. If you read with a digital device before bed, use blue-light-blocking filters to limit your exposure in the evening.

Did you know that your brain processes sounds even while you’re asleep? That’s why parents wake so quickly when their baby cries, or your partner’s snoring sometimes leaves you tossing and turning. Our relationship to nighttime sounds can be complicated. Some sounds are disruptive, while others can be comforting and sleep-inducing. The quieter your bedroom is, the more sensitive your hearing will become. Sometimes a too-quiet bedroom can pose problems for sleep, just as a noisy one can.

The key is to focus on eliminating, reducing, and blocking the noises in your bedroom that are disruptive to your sleep.

Use earplugs. There are different types of earplugs, including foam, silicone, and flanged. It’s important to wear earplugs that are comfortable, so try different types until you find the best fit for you. Choose earplugs with a noise reduction rating of 32 decibels. This will block roughly one-third of the environmental noise, but allow you to hear important sounds such as a baby crying or a smoke alarm ringing.

Try a sound machine. Sound machines help many people fall asleep more quickly and sleep through noises that might otherwise awaken them. Often, people find these sounds relating and soothing. There are several options available, including white noise, natural sounds such as waterfalls, thunder, or rustling leaves, and meditative music or chanting.

Pick the right alarm. Most people need some prompting to wake in the morning. If you rely on an alarm, consider moving beyond the blaring beep of an old-school alarm clock. There are innumerable options for alarm sounds, so find one that suits you. You can also opt to be awakened with light cues or vibrations. Look for the alarm that delivers to you the most effective, least jarring wake-up. Don’t forget to include your partner in the selection.

Is there any better feeling at the end of a long day than sliding into a clean and cozy bed that’s outfitted with your favorite sheets? Touch plays a substantial role in our sleep experience. When selecting bedding, it’s worth it to invest in the highest-quality products you can afford, and to choose materials that fit your local climate. They will feel good on your skin, and they will also help you regulate temperature and humidity in your bedroom. Maintaining a moderate-to-cool, comfortable temperature is critical to a restful night’s sleep. For the most tactile comfort in your bedroom, consider these factors:

Materials. Use natural, breathable fibers such as wool, down, cotton, linen, and silk. Avoid synthetics such as polyester, which don’t breathe well and tend to trap heat and moisture.

Care. You want to be able to wash your bedding regularly, not only the sheets but also your comforter, quilt, or duvet.

Size and fit. Make sure sheets, pillowcases and other bedding fit properly.

Feel. The feel of your bedding is important. You’ll spend as much time or more with these materials against your skin as your clothing. Higher thread count sheets will be softer and will last longer. Select fabrics that feel good to you, and will allow you to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night.

Think smell doesn’t have an impact on your sleep? Think again. Smell is one of our most potent senses, tied directly to the brain’s limbic system, which governs many powerful impulses and drives, including emotions, memory, sexual response, and hunger. Scents can stimulate alertness. They also can calm, soothe, and relax. Introducing the right scents can enhance a sleep friendly environment. What’s more, protecting the air-quality of your home and bedroom can reduce irritants that pose obstacles to sleep.

Open the windows. This is the simplest way to introduce fresh air and clear out pollutants and irritants that have collected inside your home. If possible, open the windows at least once a week to freshen the air. If open-airing isn’t possible, consider using an air filter or air purifier instead.

Use an air filter. Clean air removes irritants and pollutants such as dust, pet dander, and smoke and gas from heat sources. Clean, filtered air allows you to breathe more easily, both awake and asleep. Better air quality also cuts down on the risks of allergy flare-ups and respiratory illness, both of which can interfere with sleep.

Regulate humidity. The level of moisture in the air also affects breathing and your ability to sleep. If your bedroom is too dry, consider running a humidifier. Or use a de-humidifier if your sleep environment is heavy with moisture in the air.

Try aromatherapy. Exposure to soothing, relaxing scents can help you unwind and prepare for sleep. Some scents are especially conducive to sleep. Scientific research has demonstrated that lavender has powerful relaxation properties and reduce morning sleepiness. Chamomile is another scent that is relaxing and can be sleep-promoting. Minty scents tend to stimulate alertness, and aren’t suited for a sleep-promoting bedroom environment. Aromatherapy comes in a range of forms, including massage and bath oils, pillow and linen sprays, sachets, and diffusers.

The timing, quantity, and types of foods you eat can have a significant impact on how you sleep. This relationship between diet and sleep is a subject for a whole other post! But here’s the skinny. Eating the right foods (think high fiber, high protein whole foods) can help you fall asleep more easily and sleep better throughout the night. Eating the wrong foods (think processed, high fat and high sugar foods) can interfere with a good night’s sleep. So can eating too much at one sitting, and eating too late in the evening.

It is also important not to go to bed hungry. If you’re hungry at bedtime, you will have a harder time falling asleep, thanks to the stimulating effects of the hormone cortisol that your body will release. You’re better off having a small snack. Shoot for a snack that is no more than 200 calories, consumed sometime within 90 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Combine a small amount of protein (peanut butter, cheese, or soy products are good choices) with a complex carbohydrate (such as whole grain bread, fruit, or oatmeal).

If you pay attention to all of your senses, you can craft a sleep environment that is relaxing, inviting, and best of all, sleep friendly.

Sweet Dreams,

Michael J. Breus, PhD
The Sleep Doctor™

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The Truth About Mattress Pricing

Have you ever seen or heard that a traditional mattress store was running a sale? The better question is, have you ever seen or heard that a mattress store was not running a sale?

If you’ve ever turned on your TV or radio, or driven down the road and seen a billboard, or even set foot in a traditional store, they’re always offering a limited time sale. That mattress that normal sells for $1,999 is on sale for only $999. That sounds like a great deal, doesn’t it? You need a mattress, and, let’s be honest, you really don’t want to spend upwards of a month’s take home pay. So you decide that you better act now!

That’s exactly what they want you to think. Let me let you in on a little secret… It’s VERY unlikely that anybody has ever spent two grand on that mattress. It’s called creating urgency. And it works! But is that really the best way to make a decision on the mattress you’re going to sleep on for the better part of the next decade? I honestly don’t think so.

When I started GAC Furniture in 2010, I was already well aware of the games played by most traditional mattress retailers, and I was committed to offering a better solution to mattress shopping. I started the business operating out of a low-cost storage unit, meeting with customers myself on an appointment basis so I didn’t have to add the cost of a commissioned salesperson to the cost of the mattresses, and being the owner, I am way more concerned with your happiness (and hopefully a 5 star review) than making a few extra bucks – it’s that long term focus as opposed to the immediate gratification.

Over the years, I have grown in some ways and not in others… intentionally. We now have a small showroom in a business park in Tustin here in Orange County, with our warehouse on site, so that in most cases, you can take your mattress with you or have it delivered the same day, or in a few days at the most, since we get two trucks per week. My girlfriend and I run the shop together, but we have been able to absorb those costs in the volume of business we now do instead of adding to the markup of our products. And we are still as committed as ever to offering the best service possible along with the best prices possible. In fact, by finding the right manufacturers, I have actually been able to beat my own prices from a couple of years ago.

So about prices, is there really a difference? Absolutely! That mattress that “retails” for $1,999, and is available on sale for $999 – we sell it for around $500. No made up sales, no pressure, no fake urgency. Just the best prices possible every day. In fact, we have queen sets that start t $149. Our most expensive queen set is $1,199, and it’s pretty amazing (all sizes are available on all mattresses), and we have quite a few in between, so we’re sure to have something that you like. This is why over 90% of people that visit our shop end up making a purchase from us. And they’re really happy about it, just take a look at our reviews on Yelp!

Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that all of our mattresses come with the full manufacturer’s warranty, just like at those big stores. Plus, I only work with manufacturers that honor their warranties without forcing you to jump through all of the hoops, designed to make the process such a pain that they know you’ll give up and just buy another mattress. We don’t have very many warranty issues (less than 1%), but when they come in, they get taken care of in a timely manner, so you can go back to sleeping comfortably right away.

So if you’re thinking it’s time for a new mattress, come check us out. Whether you go shopping around first and come see us or want to stop by GAC Furniture in Tustin first and compare other stores after, you will see what it means to be a valued customer. No pressure, no games. Just the best mattresses available for whatever your budget and needs are. We do still work on an appointment basis, so give us a call or schedule your appointment right here on our website. Better sleep is closer than you think!

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How to pick the perfect mattress

A secret to great sleep? The right bed

Why your mattress matters
Make no mistake: sleep is a performance activity. Like any other results-driven endeavor, sleep requires the right equipment to deliver the best results. Think of it this way. You could run a 10K road race in flip flops, but you’re not likely to post your best time—and you’re probably going to be pretty uncomfortable. The same is true for sleep. You can sleep on a bad mattress, but you’re probably not going to sleep very well. If you have the right equipment you will sleep better.

Balancing comfort and support
When selecting a mattress, it’s important to consider two main factors: comfort and support. These are NOT the same thing. The goal is to provide your body with sufficient support to bring the spine into alignment and allow your muscles to relax during sleep. The trick is to find the right degree of support without sacrificing comfort. Distinguishing between comfort and support can be confusing, so let’s look at each more closely.

Comfort is a feeling, and a subjective measurement. Every individual experiences comfort on a mattress differently. For some people, a firmer bed will feel just right, while others will experience greater comfort with a softer mattress. You are the only judge of what is comfortable to you. With age, your comfort preferences may change. As people grow older, they often need a softer feeling bed, particularly to help address pain issues. It has to do with their skin. As we age our skin gets thinner (less fat) which means less cushion.

Support, on the other hand, is an objective measurement. Your mattress provides a surface that pushes on the body, which allows the spine to relax. Not every individual needs the same level of support to allow the spine and body to relax—and at different points throughout life, each of us may need a different degree of support from our mattress.
Throughout all stages of your life, you want a mattress that:
• supports your body without sinking at the hips
• allows relief and comfort at pressure points, including the knees, hips, shoulders and head
• lets your muscles relax throughout the body, especially at your back

A sure sign you’re not getting the right amount of support from your mattress? Even after a night of sleep that feels comfortable, you experience stiffness or pain.

Keep this in mind: firmness does not equal support. You don’t need to select the most firm mattress to get the most support. From soft to super-firm, support comes from a well-constructed mattress made with high-quality materials. It’s okay if you can’t afford a high-end mattress, just be aware that your lower-cost mattress likely won’t deliver sufficient support for as long as a more expensive one, and you’ll need to replace it sooner, but you can still get your needs met.

How your bed gets made
Here’s the truth about mattresses: they aren’t built for people. They’re built for prices. The price point of a mattress will determine its quality, plain and simple. Broadly speaking, here’s how the pricing of mattresses breaks down.

Take a mattress that sells for $1,000 retail. Now cut that figure in half. The retailer has likely purchased the mattress for $500, and marked it up by 50 percent to sell to you.

From that $500, take another 10 percent off for the manufacturer’s wholesale mark up. That leaves $450 that’s actually gone into constructing your bed, and roughly half of that goes to labor costs. That $1,000 bed you’re giving the side eye because of its price tag is made up of only about $250 in actual materials.

I shake my head when I hear someone wants to spend $800 on a mattress and then use it for 10 years. A good, high-quality mattress will typically retail for $1,500-3,000. Before you say no way, remember this: There is no other piece of furniture you will spend more time on than your bed. It is a worthwhile investment to spend as much on a mattress as your budget will allow. My grandfather (who passed away at 103 and 10 months) used to always say “spend money on eye glasses, shoes, and your bed, its worth it!” Grandpa jack was a smart man.

Educate yourself

Do your research. Before you hit the store in search of a new mattress, it is important to identify what sort of sleep surface is most likely to meet your needs. There are four main types of mattresses to choose from:

• Spring. These are the traditional mattresses many of us are familiar with, which use innerspring coils to provide support. This type of mattress provides less contouring to the body. Spring mattresses allow for easy movement during sleep.
• Memory foam. Foam mattresses mold to the shape of your body, and also help reduce the effect of motion for bed partners. Memory foam can restrict movement during sleep, and also tends to generate more heat than a spring mattress.
• Air. These mattresses can be adjusted to customize support, firmness, and comfort. Air mattresses contour to the body.
• Water. Waterbeds provide a lot of contour to the body, and offer the ability to control temperature. They require maintenance beyond other mattress types.

Size matters, too. Two adults need more room than a full mattress offers in order to sleep comfortably and well throughout the night—and that’s before you add kids and pets clamoring in.

Read reviews. I recommend checking out reviews online to get a sense of users’ experiences with the mattress options you’re considering. Sleep Like the Dead is one of my favorite sites for mattress and other sleep-equipment reviews. This site aggregates reviews from across the web, so you can glean a lot of feedback about products in one place.

Taking into account your individual preferences, your health and lifestyle, and your budget, identify at least three different mattresses that fit your needs.

Your mattress shopping guide
You’ve done your homework. Now it’s time to test some mattresses in person. Here is a step-by-step guide to finding the perfect mattress for you.
• Plan on spending at least an hour at the store.
• Test out mattresses near the end of the day, when you’re tired—that’s when your body will be in a state that most closely resembles your actual bedtime.
• Dress in loose fitting clothes. Don’t forget to wear comfortable socks.
• Bring your own pillow. Your goal is to re-create as much of your actual sleep experience as is possible. If you wear an eye mask or earplugs for sleep, bring those as well.
• Don’t forget your partner. Sleeping partners should test and decide on mattresses together.

When you arrive at the store, ask a salesperson to show you to the mattresses you’re interested in testing. Next—and this is critical—politely ask the salesperson to leave you alone. You can’t properly evaluate potential mattresses with even the most patient and helpful salesperson hovering over you.

Take off your shoes and lie down in your starting sleep position. Close your eyes and relax in this position for 7-10 minutes. Why so long? When you move from a standing to a recumbent position, your body needs some time to recalibrate and your heart rate to slow down as you relax toward a state similar to when you actually go to sleep. Set a timer on your phone so you can relax and get a sense of the bed.

When the alarm pings, switch to your next most common sleep position. (Have your partner do the same.) Spend another 7-8 minutes with your eyes closed, for a total of 15 minutes total for each bed. Repeat this process with each mattress you’re considering.

As soon as you’ve finished a testing session, rate your experience of the mattress on a scale from 1-10, before moving on to the next bed. If you’re testing beds with a partner, you both should rate each mattress—but don’t share your ratings with one another until after you’ve tested all your candidates.

Troubleshooting tips
• A weight difference of 75 or more pounds between bed partners likely means you each need different degrees of support. For these couples, self-adjustable beds can provide individualized support that traditional mattresses typically can’t. Air beds work well with this group because you can actually change the support level. You can also look for “zoned” beds which give differing levels of support in different places.
• People with allergies and chemical sensitivities need to pay special attention to materials and construction of their beds. Don’t just rely on a “natural” label. Find a seller that deals extensively in chemical-free bedding. Ask specific questions about how mattresses are made and the sourcing of materials. Make sure chem-free, “organic” beds are certified as such.
• Don’t be distracted by marketing buzzwords, such as the “cooling” power of memory foam gel (hint: there is nothing cooling about memory foam), or the super-sized number of coils in a spring mattress. To be a savvy consumer, do your homework and seek out a reputable, knowledgeable seller who is interested in talking to you about your sleep habits and preferences, not the latest catchphrases.

The right time to replace
Many people sleep on their mattresses for decades, eventually resting every night on a worn-out piece of sleep equipment that no longer meets their needs in terms of comfort and support. Over time, our bodies change in ways that affect what we need from our mattresses. Gaining and losing weight, shifting levels of fitness, pregnancy, and conditions such as back pain or neck pain are all factors that can mean your old mattress no longer works effectively for you.

The lifespan of a mattress is typically 7-8 years, at most. But that doesn’t mean you should automatically wait that long to replace your mattress. When gauging the right time to invest in a new mattress, there’s no important measurement than how you feel during and after your nightly sleep. Your body will tell you when it’s time for your old mattress to go. If you’re experiencing pain and stiffness regularly—3-4 times a week on a routine basis—it’s time to start looking for a new mattress, even if you haven’t hit that 7-8 year mark.

A great mattress is literally the foundation on which great sleep is built. With some up-front effort and a willingness to invest, you can help ensure many restful nights.

Sweet Dreams,

Michael J. Breus, PhD
The Sleep Doctor™

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