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What is Sleep Hygiene

Ciao! Welcome to our snooze o‘clock section, besides the mattress world, there is also a whole world of sleep! Our first topic to touch on is sleep hygiene.

You might be wondering, “what is sleep hygiene? and I am here to answer this for you.

Sleep hygiene is the practices and habits you obtain in order to get a good night’s sleep, these habits can also prevent certain sleep issues and discomfort as well.

Okay so now you are probably wondering if you have good or bad sleep hygiene! Listed below are signs that you need to improve on your sleeping habits:

  • Having background noises while sleeping
  • You tend to nap throughout the day
  • You do not have a consistent bedtime or sleeping schedule
  • You tend to drink a cup of coffee before bedtime
  • You have a lot of build of anxiety that troubles you to fall asleep

If any of these sounds like a familiar habit to you, not to worry! I will now the good practices you can take part of to ensure you a restful satisfying sleep:

  • Avoid daytime naps
  • Establish a nighttime routine
  • Make sure to sleep in an environment that is clean, healthy, and makes you feel comfortable
  • Perform stress relieving activities before bedtime such as; yoga, meditation, and journaling
  • Avoid eating heavy large meals and drinking coffee prior to your sleep time
  • Try to stay away from your phone, laptop, or any electronic devices before bed
  • Make sure to have a consistent sleep schedule
  • Associate you bed mainly for sleeping, try to avoid doing work or eating on it

That was a handful of good habits! There are many more tips and suggestions to improve your sleep hygiene, however, I will go more into depth on the ones previously listed.

Bene let’s begin!

Avoid Frequent Day Time Naps

Ah, the bittersweet daytime naps. It is a tempting feeling to just “rest your eyes” for a “few minutes” but what we all get tricked on is those short little resting minutes end up turning into a full three-hour nap! Oh mio dio, now the whole night you are up and the next day you will want to rest your eyes again because of the lack of sleep you got. See the endless nap trap pattern?

Napping can help you feel less tired during the day, but it will affect the amount of sleep you get during the night. A great alternative to napping is going on a walk instead! Even though it might sound like too much work, it is refreshing and can wake you up.

The key to feeling less tired is keeping your body moving, exercising and meditating are healthy ways to take care of your body and stay clear of the tempting yet dangerous daytime naps.

Establish a nighttime routine and keep your sleep schedule consistent:

It is important to also have a steady daily nighttime routine, just as you might have for during the day.

Usually, nighttime routines can include calming activities that are able to relax your body and prevent any stress and anxiety that could interrupt your sleep. Some of these activities include but are not limited to; journaling, meditating, reading, listening to soothing music, or even taking a hot bath!

We are accustomed to habits and routines, so make sure to allow your body to have consistency when it comes to the thing we need and love the most: SLEEP.

Avoid eating heavy meals or drinking coffee prior to bedtime:

That late-night pizza craving or that hot cup of coffee does sound molto delizioso, but it is not so great when it comes to maintaining a healthy sleeping hygiene.

Heavy meals before bedtime can lead to an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach! You could possibly get indigestion, acid reflex, a heavy feeling in your stomach, and pain.

However, you can still have a light snack such as some fruit, nuts, and occasionally some homemade popcorn won’t hurt!  

Caffeine and Alcohol are stimulants, this means they will surely keep you restless at night if taken close to your bedtime. Now I am all for a tall glass of wine, but you have to make sure you are intaking these beverages at a reasonable time that won’t affect your precious sleep.

Try to stay away from your phone or any electronic devices before bed:

Yes, I do mean say goodbye to before bedtime Instagram scrolling! But only for a good reason of course.

The bright lights from the electronic devices can actually trick your brain into thinking it is daytime! So when you are staring at the screens right before bed, it will be difficult to get your body back into the resting mood.

Try to associate your bed with sleeping only:

Our beds are usually the most comforting place to be in the whole house, however, it is important to make sure you are not always plopping yourself on the bed for things such as work, or even eating!

When you associate too many other habits with the bed, your body and mind will be less likely to immediately want to sleep. Your bedroom and bed should be a calming sanctuary where you can take a step away from the busy life and take a breather! If you are working on your bed, you have now correlated rest and relation to stress and deadlines.

Keeping your bed clean and a place for a good night’s sleep can help boost your sleep hygiene tremendously! Maybe even purchasing a comfy new mattress can do the trick as well 😊

That’s a wrap!

Bene! You are all educated on the ins and outs of good sleep hygiene, and you might have realized there are some things to work on, for your sleep routine! Here at Gino getting the most comfortable and restful sleep is important to us, and I hope this helped and inspired you to keep your hygiene in check! If there are any questions, feel free to ask Mr.GiNO.

As always

Buona notte e sogni d’oro from yours truly

GiNO.

Is a Mattress-in-a-Box Right for You?

There’s a little bit of magic in every box…could your perfect mattress possibly come in one?

Ciao! If you are wondering if a mattress-in-a-box is right for you, well as always, you came to the right place, mio amico.

The first thing you should ask yourself is, do you go to stores in person often when searching for mattresses? During times like this when COVID-19 is still present, many shoppers have moved to completely online shopping, but that is not a bad thing. In fact, online shopping can bring you unlimited options and varieties of the items you are in search of. This goes for the mattress-in-a-box market as well. Because it is online, manufacturers can be able to provide you with a variety of choices and different features that could potentially suit your exact preferences.

You must be thinking: what are the benefits of shopping for your mattress online!

Well, shopping online for your mattress-in-a-box can allow you to see more options and varieties compared to what is shown and available in stores. This is a great plus if you are living in a small city because you might find it difficult to find exactly what you are looking for when there are fewer options to choose from. Many manufacturers who sell a mattress-in-a-box pay great attention to detail and the needs and wants of their consumers when producing a mattress. For example, here at GiNO, our foams are expanded using water-based technology which creates an open-cell structure that makes it more breathable and cooler! As for firmness, the mattress-in-a-box usually falls in the medium firmness range, which allows for greater flexibility and appeals to the greatest number of consumers.

However, these are not the only features! At GiNO, we focus on spine support, breathability, weight, and pressure for good posture, cleaning benefits, and mattress protection.

There are a few common misconceptions about a mattress-in-a-box which include issues with the temperature, off-gassing, and roll packing. Many think that the memory foam tends to be hot, however, with GiNO, sleeping hotter will not be a problem for you. As mentioned before our cooling feature will assure you the right temperature balance your body needs to have a restful sleep.

Off-gassing occurs when the memory foam has a chemical or petroleum smell. Odor!! No thank you, am I right? That is why GiNO focuses on making their mattresses safe and clean without VOCs and using only certified materials without toxic chemical off-gassing. 

As for roll packing, many think it causes permanent damage to the mattress. However, mattresses in a box are designed to be highly resilient. Once the plastic wrapping is removed, the layers will expand until the bed reaches its fully intended shape. The foams, coils, and other components should fully recover in one to two days without any sort of damage.

Along with the features, believe it or not, you are actually saving more compared to if you purchased a traditional model! In fact, a lot of companies offer discounts and deals continuously throughout the year. That’s right…this magical mattress-in-a-box can help you save from what you could have been spending at the furniture store.

Fun fact: compressing the mattress into a small box actually helps reduce shipping costs and the manufacturer passes these savings on to you!

Here at GiNO, you have the ability to possibly try our mattresses out in person and still receive it in a box! We have 20 locations across the United States. This is a great way to see if the mattress would be your perfect match before making your final decision. However, if you are unable to reach our locations, not to worry! We have a live chat on our website, so you can ask and confirm any questions you might have, we also provide detailed descriptions with everything from the materials, features, to the firmness. Along with our helpful and efficient website, we also have an active social media appearance, we put up reviews and demonstrations of the unboxing on our Instagram. As for returns, we have some good news for you! If you return your mattress within our 100-day sleep trial, you can return your mattress at no cost.  

Bene! I hope this blog gave you enough clarity on what a mattress-in-a-box is, and how it can be a great potential choice for you. A good start is to read reviews and information that focuses on the cost, delivery, and returns before purchasing. Here at GiNO, we are always ready to answer any questions you might have that will help you get the most magical and comfortable experience with your mattress purchase.

As always Buona notte e sogni d’oro from yours truly 😴

GiNO.

8 Red Flags that you should break up with your current mattress

Ciao! This blog is an evaluation of how your current mattress is doing, and if it is time to replace it with a new one. It is important to regularly check on your mattress, but sometimes it is easy to forget this. Not to worry because I will be listing the major signs that are red flags in the world of mattresses and by the end of this you will know if it’s time to move on!

Red flag #1: Your mattress has deep indentations and lumps instead of being firm and flat. The reason this is a sign to replace your mattress is that the lumps will affect how much comfort and support you will be provided with. The uneven parts of the mattress due to the indentations will cause discomfort and could affect the amount of rest you truly allow your body to get. 

Red flag #2: Your mattress is sagging. If your mattress does not look even and you can see it sagging even if it is just in some places, it is time to replace it! If you continue to use the mattress, it could prevent your body from getting the support it needs. You could even feel yourself sinking into the mattress and this can affect your sleep, which can leave you feeling exhausted in the morning and can have your body aching. In addition, when the mattress is sagging, you may experience some back pain and your spine will not be aligned… we clearly would not want that!

Red flag 3: Your allergies begin to act up. Mattresses that are kept long over time can start to develop allergens such as dust mites, mold, and mildew. These allergens can start to affect you and it can start up your allergies which can start from the moment you lay in bed to the moment you wake up. So, if you catch yourself specifically sniffling every time you are in bed, it may be that it is time to move on and replace your mattress. 

However, memory foam is a great asset to the next mattress you look for because memory foam can prevent and resist the build-ups of these certain allergens mentioned above. Here at GiNO, we provide memory foam to assure you have the most powerful mattress as your next. 

Red flag #4: The obvious bed bugs. Stay away from a mattress that shows any signs of these creepy crawlers. One tip to protect yourself from this red flag and even stains and odors is to invest in a mattress protector ASAP! 

Here at GINO, we provide our customers with mattress protectors that include long-lasting waterproof and breathable protection, that is suitable for any mattress, and perfect for all seasons.

Red flag #5: There is someone else now. If you recently have been sharing a mattress with someone else, and it is not just you anymore, if there is not much room for the two of you then it might be time to consider replacing your mattress with a bigger size. Having the new mattress include motion separation would be a plus for sharing a bed. With the motion separation, you can easily move around on your side of the mattress, and it would not affect the other side where your partner would be sleeping. You want to make sure you and your partner have a restful and pleasurable sleep each night, so in this case, start by replacing your old mattress! 

Red flag #6: You start to feel pain or aches. Getting your sleep should be a stress reliever and a chance for your body to rest so that you can have enough energy for the next day. If you have been waking up feeling aches around your body, it might mean that your mattress does not provide enough support which then can create painful pressure points. It is not normal to constantly wake up with unexpected back pains so make sure to immediately replace it if you have been experiencing this. Say Arrivederci to pains! 

Red flag #7: Age matters if we are talking mattresses! Even though it is easy to get attached to your mattress, unfortunately, they should not be lasting forever. Most mattresses should be replaced every 7-10 years. To read more about how often you should replace your mattress, click on the link below for a separate more in-depth blog on this topic! 

Red flag #8: It is not you, it’s me. Maybe none of these red flags is something you need to worry about. However, if you still feel like there is something making you consider changing mattresses anyway, then it might just be you, not the mattress! But do not worry, that is totally normal because not every mattress will be suitable for you for a long time, and you might just need something a little different now. If you need that little push to let go, well I am here to let you know that it is okay! To make sure your next pick is the best, check out our shopping guide blog where I help you pick out the perfect mattress match, and continue to read the upcoming blogs on all things mattresses. 

Bene, if any of these red flags stand out to you, make sure to give your mattress and a check, and say “Grazie, il prossimo” (Thank you, next) because bigger and better things are coming your way and by that, I mean, a new mattress that will allow you to have the calm restful sleep you desire. Stay tuned for more blogs, but for now, buona notte e sogni d’oro as always from yours truly GiNO. 

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