It’s that time of year again! Our twice-a-year furniture market extravaganza in fabulous Las Vegas. Let’s all go talk about sleep and not get any at all.
Want to make it a little easier this year? Here’s your plan for prepping your sleep for Vegas market.
Vegas Sleep Survival Guide
If you’re already short on sleep, my advice is simple: sleep more now.
Go to bed earlier.
You don’t want to pile sleep deprivation on sleep deprivation: one study showed those running on less than 6 hours of sleep showed the same levels of cognitive dysfunction as the group that didn’t sleep at all. (What’s even worse: the folks in the six-hour group didn’t rate their sleepiness as being all that bad). How about that. So to you folks: get some sleep before Vegas. Your brain will thank you.
If your body is well rested, check out my recommended schedule below.
Vegas is three time zones away.
Give yourself three days to adjust, pushing your bedtime and wake up an hour later each night.
For example: you’re flying in on Thursday, so you would start adjusting Monday night. Instead of going to bed from 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., you would try to go to bed at 11:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Each day, keep pushing your bedtime and wakeup times back by a half-hour to hour without sacrificing the duration of your sleep (getting ENOUGH sleep takes priority in this case to a later bedtime).
Central time zone
Vegas is two time zones away.
Give yourself two days to adjust, pushing your bedtime and wake up an hour later each night.
For example: you’re flying in on Thursday, so you would start adjusting Tuesday night. Instead of going to bed from 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., you would try to go to bed at 11:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
The next night, push your bedtime and wakeup times back another hour without sacrificing the duration of your sleep (getting ENOUGH sleep takes priority in this case to a later bedtime).
Vegas is one time zone away.
Lucky you! You only have to adjust one hour.
The night before you leave, try to go to bed and wake up an hour later than usual.
BE SURE TO PACK:
Ear plugs (Because...Fremont Street). The hotel typically provides ear plugs but if you want to bring your own feel free. Either way, just have them available.
Anything that is part of your home bedtime routine: reading a book, a magazine, essential oil, your usual pajamas or lack thereof. Whatever you can do to keep a consistent thread between home and travel will benefit your sleep.
You probably won’t be getting MORE sleep than usual in Vegas so it’s so important to protect the sleep you do get with a few tools for light-blocking and noise blocking.
Nerd out with me briefly here as we talk about dolphins. Yes, dolphins.
So dolphins have this cool ability to put half of their brain to sleep while the other half stays awake. This is thought to be so they can stay alert and ward off predators and not drown in the ocean, that sort of thing. It’s called unihemispheric sleep. There’s your six-point word for the day.
Anyway, humans can’t do this (giant bummer, I know). BUT. Brain scans have shown that we exhibit a sort of baby version of this unihemispheric sleep: in that there’s a little more activity and alertness in half of our brain when we’re sleeping in a new place. Tracking?
So when you sleep in the hotel on the first night, you’re kiiind of like a dolphin in that half your brain is sleeping a little lighter to watch out for a rogue zipliner who might come crashing through your window (which isn’t actually going to happen, but your ancestors had to go through a lot, OK?). So, to counteract all of these survivalist instincts of ours, an eye mask and ear plugs will help that lively half of your brain shut down a little more, and help you sleep better on the first night in Vegas.
ON THE FLIGHT
Permission to nap. A jacket with a hood, a neck pillow, or noise-cancelling headphones will all help in this endeavor.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
Start acting like you’re on Vegas time. Your sleep pregaming will pay off here.
Pay attention to your light. If it’s daytime, seek light. If it’s nighttime, seek darkness as much as possible. This will help your circadian rhythm do a hard restart.
Sweet Dreams and see you all in Vegas!
P.s. More sleep tips coming soon for coping with Vegas....
A little preview:
Q: What should I do if I was raging at 2 a.m. and the Starbucks line is too long in the Golden Nugget?
A: Fear not, you sleep-deprived soul. There’s a Starbucks a 7-minute walk away from the Golden Nugget (on S Casino Center Blvd). Mobile order that trash and get some sunshine and exercise in your day.
Q: It’s 3 p.m. on Monday and I AM SO TIRED.
A: Well, what do you know. That’s your circadian rhythm in action! There’s a natural lull in our energy around mid-afternoon. Throw in some late night parties and drinks and you have yourself some full-blown exhaustion. Skip the coffee and take a power nap instead. Might I suggest a fine Reverie mattress and base in our showroom for your testing purposes.
Q: I don’t remember too much from last night’s dinner. I met 14 people and forgot all of their names.
A: Yeah...that’ll happen. I’m guessing there was some alcohol sloshing around in your liver last night too. While drinking helps us fall asleep faster, it creates a kind of “fake” sleep, and you miss out on all the neat and tidy sorting of the day's factoids (like remembering names) during this drunky sleep cycle. Might I suggest:
Frantically searching through LinkedIn
Trying a firm handshake, arm slap, and “Heyyyy buddy” upon meeting again
Try a few and see what elicits the most positive response. I recommend starting with some popular picks such as Bob, Greg, or Sara.
Want more sleep tips or to talk 1:1 about YOUR sleep? Come visit me (Sleep Coach Rachel) at our Reverie showroom.
Las Vegas World Market
July 29 - Aug 2 | Showroom B-925
Sleep may be the most influential aspect of our health that is widely taken for granted. Many these days aren’t surprised to learn that a large number of the population makes due with six hours of sleep or less on average, but they are surprised to learn that six hours of sleep a night puts your health at serious risk.
This widespread indifference towards sleep is partly due, of course, to the fact that so many of us tend to look at sleep as a burden, something that keeps us from friends and family, from our entertainment, and from getting things done. But a much deeper reason is just that so many are unaware of the profound difference getting good sleep makes in our lives, even in our day-to-day experiences.
Sleep is the difference between a productive work day, and a day spent fixing an avoidable mistake. Sleep is the difference between being an understanding parent and coworker, and becoming frustrated and angry with others at the flip of a switch. Sleep is the difference between a long life with a strong heart, and living under the shadow of heart disease due to high stress. Sleep makes a difference.
If you’re here and reading this, then that means you’ve already given yourself a leg up on getting better sleep. Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back! You now have some idea of the importance of sleep, and you know you want to get the best sleep possible—this is a great place to start.
So, how can you start to make that change for the better? Well, by talking with the experts in sleep, of course.
Enter Reverie’s amazing Sleep CoachTM program.
We offer one-on-one sessions with certified sleep coaches to help you get a customized plan for better sleep going forward.
Wondering what makes a sleep coach, well, a “sleep coach”? We’ve worked with our Sleep Advisory Board—comprised of scientists and doctors from leading universities—to take the latest in sleep science research and translate it for your life. Our sleep coaches come from wellness backgrounds and have gone through intensive training to become experts on the latest in sleep science and how it applies to your life. They’re here to educate, motivate, encourage, and hold you accountable to your sleep goals.
Sound good? It is! When you schedule a one-on-one, it’s like meeting with a personal trainer who cares a lot about your sleep and wants to see you succeed.
Better sleep is possible, and it’s right here at your fingertips.
Interested in talking to a sleep coach? Schedule your free 10-minute introductory call today.
Settling for less-than-awesome sleep means settling for a less-than-awesome life. Don’t leave your sleep up to chance—take advantage of our Sleep Coach program and start sleeping like you mean it.
Here's what people are saying about Reverie out in the big wide world in 2018, with our most recent press coverage first. Click the link to read the story.
Distinguished neurobiologist Dr. Benjamin Smarr, a member of Reverie's Advisory Board, is extensively quoted in this article about waking up before your alarm clock.
Home Furnishing Business magazine
Our very own CMO Lisa Tan was named to their Forty Under 40 List of top furniture industry executives. Everybody here knows this honor is well-deserved.
A long feature article on Reverie Sleep Coach with our CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan.
Reverie CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan talks about consistency as a key to getting better sleep.
Reverie Advisory Board member Dr. Dawn Dore-Stites weighs in on how sleep is linked to migraines in this site dedicated to female empowerment, founded by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer and Sophi Rossi.
Reverie's new Sleep Coach™ program gets detailed coverage.
MSN does a short, fun news video explaining Reverie Sleep Coach.
Reverie's revolutionary new Sleep Coach™ program gets a glowing writeup by this tech-focused site.
Reverie's new Sleep Coach™ platform is deemed a hot trend in this article.
Our CMO Lisa Tan talks to Bustle.com about sleep disorders and how they can affect relationships.
Our CMO Lisa Tan is quoted in an informative article about power beds, aka adjustable bases.
Women's Choice Award®
Reverie wins the award in two categories. Again. The award is based on what women owners say about our beds. Details here.
Nice story on all the ways Reverie power beds are great for moms. Read it here.
Reverie Advisory Board member Dr. Dawn Dore-Stites, a pediatric sleep expert, is prominently featured by Romper, a popular site for moms.
Reverie Advisory Board member Benjamin Smarr, PhD, gives insight on coping with daylight savings time in an in-depth article here.
Our CEO, Martin Rawls-Meehan is interviewed about the sleep biz.
The Wall Street Journal
Our busy and fearless CMO Lisa Tan makes the WSJ (with a full accompanying illustration!) where they discuss her preferred method for de-stressing. Check it out here.
CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan discusses high tech sleep with this fitness-focused blog. Story here.
Reverie's Chief Marketing Office Lisa Tan talks New Years resolutions and weight loss. Story here.
We went to CES, the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show, for our first time ever. And we made quite an impression with our technology and our mind-control bed.
Innovation and Tech Today
Their assistant editor checks out our mind-control bed and interviews us on video at CES.
A top tech magazine gives us their CES Editor's Choice Award.
Innovation and Tech Today magazine gave us their Editor's Choice Award for 2018. Story here.
Check out our CES video.
They go to CES and feature our bed in this episode. Reverie coverage starts at 2:15 in the video.
Sleep tips with Tech Republic at CES.
Video sleep tips from our CEO, Martin Rawls-Meehan. See video.
Our smart bed with Tech Republic.
Our CEO discusses how reading your brain waves will lead to better sleep in the future. See video.
Our CMO, Lisa Tan, gives advice on best sleep positions, depending on what your situation is.
Pregnant? New parent or have small kids? Tired? Get tips and info on our special site for exhausted moms.
Ready to start sleeping better?
By Dr. Amelia Bailey, Ob/Gyn
As an Ob-Gyn in the third trimester of my second pregnancy, I am keenly aware of the many changes the female body undergoes while doing the very important work of growing a new life. Hormones surge, ligaments and skin stretch, and bones shift to accommodate your little one, who starts off as one cell and becomes trillions of cells by birth. Momentous, certainly. But it also sounds uncomfortable, right? It is. So what can we do to make sure these nine months are more joy than pain while nurturing our future astrophysicists? One of the most important steps is ensuring adequate nightly amounts of peaceful sleep in spite of our frequent bathroom visits.
Dr. Amelia Bailey, who is currently pregnant, came up with a DreamCell™ configuration for expectant mothers
On becoming a side sleeper
During your first trimester, you can sleep the same way you always have, even if you sleep on your stomach or back. Second trimester, though, we have to start making adjustments to improve comfort. I encourage side sleeping, a position that maximizes blood flow to the baby.
How Dr. Bailey rearranged her DreamCell™ springs
I bought my Reverie Dream Sleep System a couple years ago, and have had it for both pregnancies. It features a mattress that can be switched up to accommodate life changes.
This allowed me to develop my own personal DreamCell configuration that provides support for our beautifully enlarging bellies in a side-sleeping position (see image). Because the pink (softest) foam cells are in a line down the center, your body will more naturally stay on its side once you lie down in that position. You will notice that there are blue coils in the area where your tummy will rest to provide additional support there. To view a chart of the full configuration, click here.
Why a power adjustable bed can help
Because my Reverie bed has a power adjustable bed base, I can also adjust the head and foot heights to provide the support I need. The foot of my bed is completely flat, which keeps my back comfortable, while the head of my bed is almost 15 degrees (I go to the Anti-Snore position, then lower the head for 1-2 seconds). This just happens to be the arrangement that is most comfortable for me, but you should play around with the heights and find what works best for you. During your third trimester, you can use the same cell configuration and adjustment tricks but may need to reposition the head and foot heights to increase comfort levels. There are not a lot of studies that show a safe intensity of massage during pregnancy, so I play it safe and avoid use of the massage function on my bed until after baby is born.
Let’s talk pillows and linens
Many women feel warmer during pregnancy, so using bed sheets in natural, breathable fibers or sleeping with a fan may improve your sleep. I also use a large U-shaped body pillow that stretches to below my knees in front and back. This pillow provides support between my knees, under my tummy, and beneath my head while acting as a posterior barrier to prevent me from rolling onto my back. If you are a natural side sleeper, you may only need a one-sided pillow such as the Cool Down or Sweet Zone™ latex pillow under your head and the adjustable Sweet Slumber adjustable pillow between your knees. Look for pillows that meet your specific needs.
Rest, rest and more rest
Sleep is paramount during pregnancy to support maternal and fetal well-being and development. Getting comfortable may require trial and error as well as frequent changes while your body grows to house your little one, but it is worth the effort. A focus on resting while you are pregnant will pay great dividends during the upcoming nighttime feeding and snuggle sessions that you are about to have. Good luck; I will be in the same boat!
Pregnant? New parent or have small kids? Tired? Get tips and info on our special site for exhausted moms.
Ready to start sleeping better?
Dr. Amelia P. Bailey is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility (REI) specialist in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the mom of two young children and currently serves on Reverie’s Advisory Board.
Nestled near the bay in picturesque Petoskey, Michigan, is a little hotel with immaculate grounds, spotless rooms and an exceedingly unusual point of view.
In the world of moderately priced hotels where it competes, there’s a numbing sameness. Quilted coverlets in swirls of seafoam green and mauve. Plus faux oak. Lots of faux oak.
Not the case with the @ Michigan Inn and Lodge. And no, the “@” is not a typo. The rooms are modern and well-appointed. Not a smidge of oak in sight. And that’s just for starters.
To say the Inn’s owner is a renegade is a bit of an understatement. Dave Taylor revels in being different. “We’re doing things no other hotel is doing. I check things out on Google. Google doesn’t lie,” he says. Case in point: he has a hair salon on site, and every room booking comes with a free haircut. #YesReally
Petoskey is four hours north of Detroit. It’s a perfect getaway spot and most visitors must drive to get there. So Dave installed 72 carports in his parking lot.
And let’s talk about the food at the inn. Food all day long, all you can eat. From 6am to 10pm in the cafeteria. His website encourages customers to “Come hungry and with long hair.” #AgainReally
Whatever sounds like fun to Dave and his customers might like, that is what Dave does.
Upgrading the experience
It should come as no surprise that Dave thought comfortable beds would be nice for his customers. But nothing traditional would do; Dave went all out. He installed our Reverie Dream™ sleep systems throughout his hotel in late October 2016. Turns out he was right: his customers rave about them. “My customers have said every nice thing that could be said about those beds,” says Dave. Trip Advisor reviews of his hotel ever since the switch have included overwhelmingly positive and frequent mentions of the “amazing” beds. #Truth
What to do on your Petoskey getaway
Petoskey is on Lake Michigan in Little Traverse Bay, in an area noted for lakes, woods, outdoor activities and its overall laidback vibe. Hiking and kayaking are definitely in order. Or take the more chill route and stroll the beach looking for the area’s famous Petoskey stones. For shopping and strolling, check out the city’s historic Gaslight District.
The Gaslight District was frequented by Ernest Hemingway, the area’s most famous former resident. He spent his youthful summers at the family cottage in Petoskey, writing some of his earliest work there. This includes the acclaimed Nick Adams short story series. The Michigan Hemingway Society hosts an annual conference in Petoskey; this year it’s October 14-16. There are also Hemingway tours year-round. No bullfighting or giant marlins in Petoskey to write about, like in his later work. But there are some nice bars, including the City Park Grill, which was Papa Hemingway’s favorite and is still in business.
The northern Lower Peninsula has also grown into a major wine producing area. The vineyard of the Harbor Springs label, aka Pond Hill Farms, is a short drive from Petoskey. It gets great reviews on Trip Advisor, just like Dave’s hotel. You can tour the vineyard year-round, as well as the working farm. A café, winery and brewery are all on the premises, so there’s plenty to do, see and sample for the whole family.
If you go …
Follow the @ Michigan Inn and Lodge on Twitter. Anyone who does, gets a 20% discount, which also applies if you want a second haircut. Carports are first come, first served. Of course, enjoy those comfortable Reverie beds. Please tell Dave we said “hi!” and post a photo of your new haircut on our FB page or Instagram feed