Who doesn’t LOVE sleep?!
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I sure do. It’s the one thing I can’t get enough of as a busy mommy blogger and freebie hunter.
When I was a kid, my grandma saved money wherever possible. She lived through the Great Depression and was known to reuse everything. I can remember her saving potato chip bags to use for future food storage. Seriously. I remember thinking that was crazy at the time. And now I have a drawer where my reusable Ziploc bags go… because I see no reason to toss a perfectly good baggy that can be reused. Who’s crazy now? 😉
It was also my grandma who taught me the importance of having a great mattress. She knew that sleeping uncomfortably just wasn’t worth all the negative health effects it caused. After all, you can’t pay a doctor with chickens anymore!
Grandma had all kinds of wonderful home remedies to cure what ails ya. But to her, the best way to stay healthy is directly related to the sleep you got the night before. Sleep well and get your body much-needed rest, and you just might live to the ripe old age of 94 – like my grandma did. And, she was always in very good health.
So, what can you do to be healthier? Get a good night’s sleep. A good night sleep isn’t a miracle, nor is it too good to be true. It’s good old fashioned common sense. That’s why I trust it! Sleep may actually have significant long-term health benefits too. According to the University of Maryland, several factors can affect your ability to get a good night sleep. Women are more prone than men to have insomnia. And, excessive computer work may prevent you from getting your ZZZs. So, basically, freebie hunters are doomed.
The following factors may increase an individual’s risk for insomnia:
- Age — the elderly are more prone to insomnia
- Gender — women are more likely to have insomnia than men
- Stressful or traumatic event
- Night shift or changing work schedule
- Travel across time zones
- Substance abuse
- Asthma — bronchodilators occasionally cause insomnia
- Excessive computer work
- Sedentary lifestyle
Grandma was a smart woman who was way ahead of her time. She taught me that being frugal meant more than saving pennies. She had a saying, “penny wise… dollar foolish.” Sometimes people work so hard to save a little, they opt for poor quality that will not last, and isn’t worth what they paid – even though it was less. It’s a good lesson for us all. Getting a great deal on a quality item is better than spending less.
Speaking of quality sleep, Serta has joined forces with the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) to encourage you to fall in love with sleep again.
As part of the partnership, Serta has redesigned its flagship mattress, the Perfect Sleeper®, with input from the NSF to help consumers improve the quality of their sleep by addressing today’s common sleep problems. Each new Perfect Sleeper mattress comes with a complimentary educational brochure from the NSF with information to help consumers get the most benefit from their mattress and reinforce sleep as a key element to a healthy lifestyle.
Serta has championed better sleep for consumers for 80 years through continuous product innovation and consumer communications. Today, through their partnership with the NSF, Serta continues to champion this cause and asks consumers to join in changing the way we think not only about sleep, but also the role a mattress plays in the quality of sleep.
The I Heart Sleep Contest. Your Chance to Win!
First 25 Each Week Get a Serta Sheep Plushie!
The “i heart sleep” Serta Perfect Sleeper contest kicks off today! Click link above and “Like” Serta on Facebook. Then, click the “I heart sleep” contest tab and, in 200 words or less, tell them why you “heart” sleep for a chance to win a new Perfect Sleeper mattress – the Official Mattress of the NSF.
Be sure to tell them Gimmie sent you! 🙂
The contest will run in 4 rounds. The first round is open from today – 4/24. They will select one winner from Round 1. Then, Round 2 opens on 4/26 and so on. The first 25 people to enter each Round will win a Serta Counting Sheep plushie! Please read the Official Rules for more details.
This post was written in honor of Serta’s I heart sleep campaign. I’m wearing the I heart sleep badge because I really do value sleep and believe in this cause, but I’m also sporting this blog badge for a chance to be selected to receive a new Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress and host a mattress giveaway for one of my fans.
1. University of Maryland Study on Insomnia http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/insomnia-000096.htm
2. National Sleep Foundation http://www.sleepfoundation.org/