Posted by Andie on April 25, 2012
Do you ever feel like the sailors in this picture on the job? Have a hard time staying awake throughout the day? Fall asleep within five minutes of your head hitting the pillow at night? Feel exhausted?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, chances are you're one of the 40 million Americans suffering from sleep deprivation and fatigue.
According to medicinenet.com, there are 14 common causes of fatigue:
1. Not enough sleep
2. Sleep Apnea
3. Not enough fuel (are you eating enough of the good stuff?)
4. Anemia (leading cause of fatigue in women)
6. Thyroid problems
7. Too much caffeine
8. Hidden UTI
11. Heart disease
12. Shift Work Sleep Disorder
13. Food Allergies
14. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia
Do you have any of these symptoms? Check out this slideshow to find out what you can do to help reverse your fatigue!
In addition to these causes of fatigue, one of the biggest in my opinion is sleeping on a bad mattress. Look, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that approximately 1/3 of your TOTAL LIFE is spent sleeping. Doesn't that fact alone warrant the need for a good mattress? Hello people! Skimping when it comes to a mattress is just not smart!
This week is Sleep Week at RC Willey. We've dedicated a whole week to help you sleep better! Take this Sleep Quiz from Everyday Health to find out how well you're really sleeping, and if your sleep could use some improvement, head on over to your local RC Willey and start testing out new mattresses. With incredible savings this week on mattress brands including Simmons, Spring Air, Serta, Tempur-Pedic, and Aierloom, there's definitely something for every person and every budget.
In the mean time, you can start implementing these 9 ways to get a better night's sleep!
Posted by Andie on September 23, 2011
Sometimes brand name and generic products are so similar in quality, that it's a no-brainer to buy the cheaper stuff. When it comes to aluminum foil, garbage bags, dish soap, and basic food supplies, I'm always happy to throw the generic version into my cart to save a quick buck! However, if we're talking about toilet paper, tooth paste (basically all personal hygiene items), plastic wrap, or bread.....well, I'm just not willing to compromise!
Everyone has their own unique preferences, which results in very different shopping habits. Some of you might have no problem with cheap toilet paper, and if you don't, good for you! Your grocery bill is probably cheaper than mine.
Here's the thing though.
When it comes to buying a mattress, I don't care who you are or where you came from, NOBODY should settle for a cheap version. Doing so (and I'm sure plenty of you reading this are currently sleeping on a terrible mattress) is simply unthinkable. Why, you ask? Do you realize that approximately 1/3 of your ENTIRE LIFE will be spent sleeping? How about the fact that your productivity as a human being is about 7.3 million times more effective after a good night's sleep?
The fact is, a wonderful mattress NEEDS to be your top priority. For the sake of your health, happiness, and prosperity! And don't even think about convincing yourself that you don't deserve it.
The good news is that RC Willey wants to help a few of you. We're having a Serta Mattress Makeover Contest! The grand prize winner will get $5,000, and two first prize winners will get $2,000 to put towards mattresses for their homes! Enter the contest now, and come start testing out new mattresses!
P.S. Here are 9 Ways to help you get a better night's sleep!
Posted by Andie on January 14, 2011
Six months ago my neck was killing me. I was waking up every morning with an intense shooting pain, and I was frustrated because I couldn't determine what the problem was. I'm only 25 for crying out loud! Neck pain already? This went on for months, and nothing relieved the pain. I finally chalked it up to stress, and figured I was just going to have to live with it. Until the night I had a major breakthrough.....
I couldn't sleep because my neck was bothering me, and in utter frustration I chucked my pillow across the room. I woke up the next morning without a pillow, and without the normal back pain I was accustomed to. This got me thinking. Could my pillow really be the problem? You see, I was emotionally attached to my pillow. Heck, I'd used it since middle school at least! It suddenly became very clear to me that ten or so years had really taken a toll on the thing. Once it had been perfect and plump, but now it was just a sorry little flat pathetic wad of lumpiness. And so, after much contemplation (remember, I was freakishly attached) and persuasion from my husband, I said sayonara and took it out to the dumpster.
Instead of buying a random new pillow at a department store and hoping it would work out, I decided to do a little research to learn what kind of pillows are best for side sleepers like me. I discovered that RC Willey carries a great selection of pillows, ranging from $4- $400. How is that I work here and didn't know that!? Anyway, I went down to an RC Willey showroom, found a mattress that was similar to mine in firmness, and began testing pillows.
After trying out about a dozen pillows, I ended up buying a Tempur-pedic neck pillow, and a Health Care air pillow. Please hear me out when I say that THEY HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE!! I'm healthier, happier, and I can sleep through the night now! And best of all, my neck pain is completely gone. I've become such an advocate of finding the right pillow for your body, because it makes all the difference!
Looking back, I wish I wouldn't have wasted so many years of my life sleeping on a crappy pillow. And I don't want you to either! So, I'm going to give two of you readers a pair of wonderful new pillows! For a chance to win, all you have to do is become a blog follower if you aren't already, and leave a comment by Thursday Jan. 20th at midnight telling me why it's time for you to trash your pillows! Two random winners will be announced Friday, Jan 21st!
Since everyone is different and the pillows I love might just make you miserable, the winners will get to go to their nearest RC Willey for a free consultation and get "pillow fitted" for two new Health Care Air, or Latex International pillows (both brands carry different styles for stomach, side and back sleepers!) In the meantime, go into RC Willey and test out our fine selection of quality pillows! You won't regret it!
Posted by Andie on May 27, 2010
I guess you could say I'm a little high maintenance when it comes to sleeping. I've always enjoyed a pitch black room with my feather pillows and down comforter, but my obsession with sleep has gotten a lot worse lately. I blame it on my new mattress.
Six months ago my husband and I were days away from getting married, and busy shopping for the household essentials. Buying a mattress was at the top of our 'must have' list. To aid us in our search, I went to my friend Brett, the mattress buyer here at RC Willey. Lucky for us, he just so happened to have a whole slew of high end sample mattresses that different vendors had sent him, all of which were available at a fraction of the retail price. We tested about 15 incredible mattresses. The one that stood out to us, which we ended up buying, was a Natura.
Okay seriously, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. You might think I'm being dramatic when I say that it's changed our lives for the better, but it's the truth. Our Natura mattress is constructed from natural eco-friendly products, making it comfortable in every sense of the word. I love the fact that not only is it comfortable to lay on, but wool inside of the mattress works to regulate my body temperature and wicks away moisture while I sleep. That's my kind of mattress. Even my husband, who has had horrible sleeping problems since he was a kid, is finally sleeping through the night without waking up every hour. It's nothing short of a miracle. Thank You, Natura.
Unfortunately, RC Willey doesn't normally sell Natura Mattresses. Ever since we got ours, I've been trying to convince Brett to start carrying them in our stores so that customers could benefit from a Natura mattress as much as my husband and I have! Good News! My wish was temporarily granted. For one week only, during our Memorial Day Special, RC Willey is selling Natura Mattresses, at a MAJOR discounted price!! It's pretty unbelievable...
A Queen Natura Mattress retails at $1,999. This week only, you can get a $1,000 discount and take it home for only $999!!
A King Natura Mattress retails at $2,799. This week only, buy it for $1,799.
Seriously people. If there is anything you SHOULD be high maintenance about, it's the quality of your mattress. You owe it to yourself, or your spouse. Go in to any RC Willey store this weekend to check these out. Happy Shopping!
Posted by Andie on February 15, 2010
CONFESSION: I have never once watched American Idol.
I know, I know, I'm basically Un-American.
Even though I might be "out of touch", I know that plenty of you out there have a date every Tuesday and Wednesday night with the television.
Whether you've been on the American Idol band wagon since Season 1, or you've just recently hopped on board, this promotion is for you.
The American Idol Lover.
RC Willey and Serta Mattresses are giving you the chance of a lifetime!
Four lucky contestants will win a trip for two to Los Angeles to go to the American Idol Finale this May!
All you need to do is go to the nearest RC Willey and take a "Serta Test Rest" in the bedding gallery. After you've tried out a mattress you'll be given a contest entry form, which you can complete online. How ridiculously easy is that folks?
Posted by Andie on January 10, 2010
Do you ever get frustrated with the fact that you aren't sleeping as well as you'd like to? I don't have a magic pill for you, but I do have some simple suggestions that just might help you improve the overall quality of your sleep......
1. Don't stress and look at the alarm clock!
If you are like me, you are constantly looking at the clock. Each night as I climb into bed, I am silently calculating how many hours of sleep I am going to get, and if I don't fall asleep right away I start stressing myself out about the fact that I'm going to get less than I had anticipated. The trick is to RELAX and IGNORE that stupid alarm clock. It's probably hurting more than it's helping.
2. Go to bed only when you are tired
How often do you waste hours lying in bed trying to fall asleep, when you really aren't even that tired? Don't you get frustrated when you think of all of the things that you could be doing? Next time you don't fall asleep after 15-20 minutes of trying, get up and read a book. Clean your kitchen. Write a letter. Watch a movie. Do something useful until your mind and body decide it's time to hit the sack.
3. Don't eat (2-3 hours) or drink large amounts before going to bed.
I stopped eating foods after 8pm a while ago, and not only did I start sleeping better, but I also started losing weight! My body just FELT better. My problem is that I love to drink water. If I don't remember to stop drinking a few hours before I go to bed, I'm constantly making trips to the bathroom throughout the night. So annoying.
4. Develop a relaxing bedtime routine.
Help your mind and body adjust from wakefulness to sleepiness, by easing into it. You might try taking a warm shower, reading a book in dim light, or listening to soft, relaxing music. Take time to meditate- think about what happened during your day and determine how you can make tomorrow better.
5. Make your Bedroom suitable for sleep.
It might sound weird, but I always sleep so much better when my clothes are picked up off of the floor, and my room is clean. Keep it dark, and cool. Make sure that you have good curtains or blinds to block the light from your windows, and use an electric blanket or fan to establish your ideal sleep temperatures.
6. Try to limit Afternoon Naps to 30 Minutes or Less.
I've never been much of a nap person, because it's hard for me to fall asleep in the day. If by chance I DO fall asleep, a 20 minute cat nap turns into a 5 hour sleep session and then I'm groggy for the rest of the day. If you ARE a nap person, try to keep them short and you'll most likely sleep better at night.
7. Exercise Regularly!
Having a pattern of regular exercise will not only contribute to better health, but also better sleep. Don't worry- you don't have to be a marathon runner, or belong to a gym....just getting outside to take a walk will help!
8. Establish a Regular Sleep Routine
Try to go to bed at night and wake up in the morning at the same time every day. It will help your body's biological clock adapt. This can be hard with scheduling, but if you can, GO FOR IT!
9. Make Sure you've got a bomb.com Mattress and Pillow
About 1/3 of your life will be spent sleeping. Doesn't it stand to reason that you should be resting on something comfortable? In my opinion, one of the biggest contributors to poor sleep is a bad mattress. If you had a horrible mattress in college, then you know exactly what I'm saying here. Life is too short to be sleeping on a crappy mattress. You should be replacing yours at least every ten years. My husband and I just bought a new mattress from RC Willey (you guessed it) and we LOVE it.