Reverie In The News 2018
  1. Reverie In The News 2018


    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.

    JANUARY 2018

    Reverie CEO in Active Times

    Martin Rawls-Meehan discusses high tech sleep with this fitness-focused blog.

    Story here.

    Our CMO discusses sleep with Credit.com

    Reverie's Chief Marketing Office Lisa Tan talks New Years resolutions and weight loss.

    Story here.

    CES 2018

    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. 


    Sleep tips with Tech Republic at CES.

    Video sleep tips from our CEO, Martin Rawls-Meehan.

    See video.

    Our CEO talks about our smart bed with Tech Republic.

    Learn how reading your brain waves will lead to better sleep in the future.

    See video.

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  2. The Split King Guide to a Better Relationship
  3. The Split King Guide to a Better Relationship


    He said, she said. Venus, Mars. The battle of the sexes isn’t limited to waking hours. When you don’t get your way in terms of sleep, it usually means less sleep. Which leads to to more crankiness. And then all bets are off, grrr.

    How do both of you happily coexist in the same bed? If you sleep differently, the answer could be a split king adjustable bed. A Split King has two twin-size mattresses that can be raised and lowered separately on top of one king-size adjustable base.

    Here’s our handy guide to some of the top bedtime relationship issues a Split King could help resolve.

    He snores, she doesn’t.

    44% of all men are habitual snorers. Thankfully, Split King adjustable power bases have one of the greatest features ever developed for womankind:  the Anti-Snore position. Raise the head of his side of the bed, and usually that locomotive roar will subside. Settle flat on the other side of bed and, ahhhh. Can you say #bliss? 

    She needs to check emails, he wants lights out.

    Even though we strongly advise against it, we know many of you work in bed, arrgh. If you must, at least allow the saner partner some peace. You can dash off some late-night emails with a fully raised head and support under your knees to hold that laptop or tablet. Meanwhile, your partner can adjust to whatever sleep position works best, perhaps lying flat on his side. He can avoid all that bad blue-screen light and enjoy all that sleep you should be getting, hint, hint. 

    He sleeps one way, she sleeps another.

    Side and back sleepers often enjoy a little elevation. Stomach sleepers, not so much – flat is best. In an adjustable bed, to each his or her own. No need to compromise. There are also different positions that help alleviate pain and allergies. If you have a sore back, you can sleep in Zero Gravity position, while he fights his allergies with a raised head. Or if you’re pregnant, you can sleep flat on your side, while he nurses that ankle sprain with elevated feet. 

    She sleeps like a nomad; he sleeps like a rock.

    If one of you moves a lot while sleeping, it doesn’t have to disturb the other’s sleep. The small divide in the Split King keeps your partner from rocking your world in ways that you do not appreciate. It’s like hanging a Do Not Disturb sign on your side of the bed.

    The infinite number of positions achievable in a split adjustable king can also help to alleviate many medical conditions like restless legs and keep both partners sleeping comfortably. 

    He gets up early, she sleeps in late.

    Many power foundations have programmable massage features or raise-to-wake alarms. If the adjustable base is well-designed, you can enjoy either feature (or both) without the vibrations or moving parts disturbing your partner. Some also have nightlights under the bed, allowing you to hit the bathroom or even make a late-night fridge run without disturbing your partner. How considerate! 

    She’s cold, he’s a furnace.

    Or vice versa. For many couples, it’s not a matter of fighting for the blankets, it’s fighting off the blankets as well. With a Split King, one of you can pile on extra twin blankets on your side of the bed, the other can forgo blankets altogether and sleep with a lightweight organic cotton sheet.

    One caveat: if you’re a maximal cuddler, a Split King has a very small gap between the two mattresses which some people find less comfortable. If that’s the case, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons, i.e., cuddling versus crankiness. The gender gap can be further accommodated with a mattress that can be customized in firmness on both sides for each of you.

    All in all, a Split King has some big advantages that can promote harmony, increase the amount of restful sleep you both get and work well for most couples. We wish you luck bridging the divide and sleeping happily ever after. For our obsessive explanation of what a Split King base is, click here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  4. The Pleasure of REM: Sleep Tracking
  5. The Pleasure of REM: Sleep Tracking


    Both as a neurobiologist and human, I love REM sleep.

    REM sleep is a special stage of sleep. When we are asleep, our bodies and brains cycle through different kinds of sleep every couple hours. At the beginning, the cycles contain more deep sleep and slow wave sleep, both of which help reset the body and mind. Healing happens best in deep sleep, and both get the brain to calm down, clear itself, and make room for new memories and experiences the next day. These stages can be very refreshing, especially after a hard day’s work, but they’re not what I’d call fun.

    In REM, the many different brain bits rehearse whatever they thought was the most salient part of the day, and nothing says all the bits have to agree. For example, when I enter REM, one part might focus on a moment I stumbled, another part might go over an experiment I need to plan, and yet another could be thinking about the tasty lunch place I found. I won’t be aware of what each region is doing, but the part of my brain that stitches together all my senses during my waking hours is still trying to make a coherent reality. And the awareness that arises from that mishmash has given rise to religions and prophecies, and less grandly for myself, nightly entertainment. This is the non-reality in dreams; mine are vivid.

    The dreams of a neurobiologist. Much like anybody else's.

    I know, as a sleep scientist, that everybody experiences sleep differently. I do not know how universal my experience is, but I share it here in the hopes that it might inspire those who are not yet REM enthusiasts. I experience all of my senses, and get a robust emotional ride. I have experienced terror and exuberance and even fallen in love in my dreams. When I was little, I used to have nightmares of being chased, and would wake up afraid to go back to sleep. It took me into my teen years to wake up one night, angry at being chased more than scared. I remember thinking “this is my dream. I get to win.” I went back to sleep, beat up the monster chasing me, and have felt more aware of my dreams since. I wonder how that works, and how common that is.

    That is why I track my sleep. I’m my own guinea pig for many projects, only because getting good sleep data is too expensive and too invasive at present for me to do it at a large scale. My colleagues and I use a mixture of sensors, hormone assessments, and careful logging to build models of sleep that allow us – more and more with each experiment – to predict biological changes from sleep stages gathered by wearable devices.

    The current state of sleep tracking.

    Right now, most sleep trackers seem a little gimmicky, and that’s because they are. But it’s not their fault. The spring bloom of sleep trackers and wearable devices we are currently seeing is our society realizing that sleep is an important part of health, and trying to find a way to start learning about what sleep actually looks like. Since no one knows what the right approach for getting those data will be, there are a lot of experiments going on. Some are done by publicly-funded scientists like me. Some are done by companies hoping their device will be the one. And some are done by citizen scientists. But all of us together are feeling our way into sleep, and each experiment brings the subsequent ones closer to being really helpful. Sleep is in part a response of the body and brain to what is happening to it in waking life, so eventually we might be able to learn all kinds of sleep patterns with predictive medical applications.

    I have used multiple sleep tracking devices over the years for my research, including more than one model of EEG – a mesh of electrodes recording electrical brain activity from my scalp. I have learned that my REM decreases in the days before I get sick, and that when I’m healthy I get about 40% of my night in REM, as compared to 10-20% for most people. Maybe that gives me room for a lot of big dreams.

    I think that one day, sleep will be a vital part of how we track our health and take care of our loved ones as they grow and then age. In the meantime, learning about sleep gets me out of bed each day, and getting REM is enough fun to bring me back each night. I encourage you to try and share some of my sleep joy. Track your sleep or journal your dreams. Or share your sleep experiences with friends and learn about theirs. We all spend a lot of time sleeping. We ought to make use of it, and to enjoy it!

     

    Dr Benjamin Smarr

    Dr. Benjamin Smarr studies the temporal structures that biological systems make as they move through time. An NIH research fellow at UC Berkeley, his work focuses on understanding how physiological dynamics like sleep, circadian rhythms, and ovulatory cycles are shaped by the brain, and how disturbances to those cycles gives rise to disease. Dr. Smarr is also an advocate for scientific outreach, and routinely gives public lectures and visits K-12 classrooms to help promote the idea that by understanding the biology that guides us, we can live more empowered lives.

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  6. Why Skimping on Sleep is a Major Career Mistake
  7. Why Skimping on Sleep is a Major Career Mistake


    There are a number of questions that an interviewer typically asks a potential candidate for a position.

    • “What relevant experience do you have?”
    • “Do you work better collaboratively or on your own?”
    • “What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?"

    An increasing amount of data indicates that it would behoove hiring managers to add another question to their standard list: how well do you sleep?

    At first glance, it may not seem as relevant as a question about their skill set or a gap in their resume. But when it comes to the quality of work that employers can expect day in and day out, sleep quality matters. A lot.

    We’ve already written about how high-quality sleep can fuel your career success. So if the potential work benefits of great shut-eye didn’t inspire you to step up your sleep game, we’re here now to discuss the inverse. Because the negative effects of sleep deprivation on your work life should make bedtime the most important agenda item of your day.

    A Recipe for Disaster

    On the extreme end of things, the consequences of sleep deprivation can be seen in the nuclear disasters at both Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Sleep deprivation also contributed to the Exxon Valdez oil tanker accident, as well as the explosion of the Challenger. A 2004 report also showed that sleep deprivation plays a significant role in medical errors. However, lives need not be at stake for poor sleep to wreak serious havoc on your work life.

    You Make Poor Decisions

    When you’re sleep-deprived, your prefrontal cortex doesn’t work well, which impairs a whole host of complex functions. Chief among them is the ability to make decisions. According to one study, sleep deprivation “impairs decision-making involving the unexpected, innovation, revising plans, competing distraction, and effective communication.” Yikes. That means it’s harder to make decisions in general, and nearly impossible to make quick decisions when things don’t go exactly as planned (which, let’s be real, they rarely do).

    There are no jobs that don’t require decision-making, whether it’s about who to delegate responsibility to, which marketing strategy to choose, or what product features to add. In fact, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that our work lives are just a series of decisions large and small. Which means that if you’re not well rested, it will affect every minute of your workday.

    You Can’t Focus

    Part of the impaired ability to make decisions likely has to do with the fact that it’s a lot harder to focus when you’re sleep-deprived (after all, how can you make a choice when you can’t concentrate long enough to consider the options?). This lack of focus also means that it takes a heck of a lot longer to complete tasks, destroying your workday productivity. So working longer and sleeping less is a bad strategy for productivity.

    You’re Bad with Numbers

    After a poor night’s rest, don’t expect to be a stellar—or even decent—number cruncher. In one study, subjects who had gone 35 hours without sleep performed significantly worse than their well-rested counterparts on arithmetic problems and had much less brain activity in the prefrontal cortex. And this one doesn’t just apply to mathematicians! Quantitative thinking plays a role in most jobs, whether it’s reviewing financial numbers, analyzing marketing statistics, handling payroll and expense reports or managing inventory. 

    You Can’t Read People

    The prefrontal cortex is also responsible for moderating social behavior. When this part of your brain isn’t firing on all cylinders, you’re less able to make jokes or appreciate humor. You also have a harder time reading other’s emotions: which quickly becomes a problem in any work environment requiring any sort of collaboration or human interaction.

    You’re Grouchier

    Sleep deprivation makes you markedly worse at conflict resolution. In fact, you’re more likely to exacerbate the situation, as those who are sleep-deprived are more inclined to bicker and express negativity.

    This also means that you’ll probably have a bad attitude overall – which certainly isn’t going to help you climb the ladder. Rather than tackling new projects with energy and enthusiasm, when you haven’t slept well, you’re far more likely to see a task as a burden and grumble your way through.

    You Take More Sick Days

    One of the physical side effects of sleep deprivation is that it does a number on your immune system. This, of course, means that you’re more susceptible to catching a cold or worse, keeping you out of the office. And while we all get sick from time to time, racking up sick days is certainly not the way to career success.

    The workday equivalent of Catch 22

    What’s most ironic about all of this is that work, more often than not, is one of the main contributors to sleep deprivation. Whether it’s late nights, early mornings, or workplace stress making you toss and turn, your office life can follow you to your bed. In fact, a study by the National Sleep Foundation suggested that a lack of workday productivity caused by sleep deprivation led people to continue to do work at home at night. This led to further sleep deprivation, thus creating a vicious cycle.

    It can be a tricky dynamic to navigate, but what’s important to remember is that, no matter how much pressure you feel to stay up and get to inbox zero, you’ll be a much more valuable employee the next day—and much more pleasant coworker—if you click shut down and get some shut-eye.

    The new path to success?

    Work hard, play hard. It’s part of the American lexicon and embedded in our collective conscience. But if you want to get ahead, it’s becoming increasingly clear that you should also sleep hard. We suggest you start tonight.

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  8. Winter is Coming. How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time?
  9. Winter is Coming. How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time?


    I walk to work each day, and these days two things stick out to me. First, the leaves are changing color, which is beautiful. Second, it’s a little darker every morning during my walk. I love the fall, but I can’t help but be reminded that winter is impending. I love winter less. It’s dark more, it’s colder, and even after my super-focused, class-free academic summer research, I find the waning light reminding me of all the things I thought I’d do this year but didn’t. Downer feelings just seem to molder without the sun to dry them up. I take some solace knowing this emotional muddling is a pretty shared experience. That I can identify it as a pattern means I also know the feelings will pass and another year will come, and it means I don’t have to take all such thoughts too seriously.

    Our culture doesn’t have seasons.

    These changes are so predictable that our bodies actually expect them, and try to do some prep work. We might take more pleasure from fatty foods, and those of us with facial hair may find it suddenly easier to grow a Decembeard than it was to make a Maystache. We’ll also start sleeping more, and in general, later. All this makes some sense. Our bodies are helping us hunker down to get through the dark and cold. And when I grew up in the flatlands of central Illinois, that dark-coldness was very real. The funny thing is that I’m now sciencing it up in northern California, where seasons are far less dramatic, but I still feel these seasonal changes. And that points to an important issue – our culture doesn’t have seasons (maybe summer break aside). We work the same hours, we’re expected to keep up the same vigor for productivity and personal day-to-days. And so there’s a conflict between what we feel and what we’re expected to feel.

    This conflict of artificial, socially-dictated time and Nature’s time is kind of like the difference between our circadian rhythms and our modern light environment. Just like with seasons, our bodies evolved to anticipate the day-night cycle, and so our bodies get very confused when the light we see doesn’t match the timing of sunrise and sunset. The sudden perceived difference between internal and external time, like we experience in jetlag, shift work, or even waking up to alarm clocks instead of letting our sleep cycles end themselves, feels crummy. It does damage too, as your body lurches internally trying to realign itself to the new perceived day. Happily, evidence is mounting that this damage heals when time stabilizes. Unhappily, we have a lot of artificial timing signals in the modern environment – think of school schedules, street lights, and smart phones in bed – and chronic disruptions to our sense of time like that can add up to increased disease risk, and even lasting behavioral changes when these are experienced early in life. So we need to have a global discussion about how we deal with time as part of our health and wellbeing, and we’re starting to do that.

    Daylight savings time is a cultural artifact of trying to make social time fit the outside world better.

    When I tell people I’m a circadian biologist, a satisfying number of people now have some idea what I’m talking about. And in one way, seasonal change is often brought into the conversation by way of day light savings time. Daylight savings time is a cultural artifact of trying to make social time fit the outside world better, but it is also an imposed jetlag on most of the population, meaning most of us feel crummy losing an hour, and actually are less able to function for a while, as evidenced by the spike in traffic accidents the next day. Human biology does have circannual rhythms – yearly cycles that change with the seasons – but we don’t know a lot about them, and so building social artifacts to deal with them well is a challenge.

    Some people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which peaks as winter is waning, around February. I’ve certainly had a taste of that, though thankfully nothing too severe. Some people experience insomnia with the changing days. Some people just want to sleep all the time. Bright lights in the morning – dawn simulators – can help, and are often recommended as antidepressants for SAD. But I have to wonder whether some of the difficulties we have with winter come from fighting the change instead of accepting it. Just like light at the wrong time of day confuses our brains and disrupts our bodies, it seems possible that light at the wrong time of year might have a similar effect. If that was so, then it would be reasonable that some people would be more sensitive than others, which might account for why some people are more affected than others. This is just a hypothesis, and not one that is easy to test, since I don’t have the money to pay large numbers of people to live without electric lights for years, and then measure if more or less of them get depressed, while somehow controlling for the depressing effects of not knowing what happened in Game of Thrones for so long.

    Winter comes no matter what, it seems.

    Winter comes no matter what, it seems. And anyway, living without technology is not a solution I expect the world to embrace. But I’m curious: did my growing up in a place with severe seasons predispose me to expect big changes every year. Was the lack of that change why living in San Diego was hard for me? How do we begin to know such things – build biological time into personalized medical advice? For both daily rhythms and seasonal rhythms, what I’ve tried to do is appreciate that time matters in our lives. Day to day, and season to season. I think the next step is to understand how those rhythms work in people, and try to discover not just the commonalities of biological timekeeping, but the personal differences that might let us know if, for example, someone from Illinois would be happier where the winter is harsher, because it matches the expectations their body set through early life experience. Or conversely, maybe we’d all be happier if there was enough light to make everywhere seem like summer all the time (we know the answer to that one is “no”, by the way).

    To that end, here are a few tips to help you prep for daylight savings time.

    • Start going to bed earlier.
      Getting an extra hour in the fall doesn’t seem to hurt much, but losing one in the spring is hard. In either case, it’s not a bad idea to make smaller adjustments to your schedule in the days ahead of the change so your body has a smooth transition to the new time.
    • Listen to your body.
      If you feel like winter is really bringing you down, take time to do something good for yourself, and consider getting and using full spectrum bulbs to help you wake up each day.
    • Remember that winter comes to us all.
      If you feel snowed under, you’re not at all alone. It’s natural, and it happens more for some than others. Try to sleep and eat regularly, and if you’re feeling really SAD, there’s plenty of professionals (if not friends) able to help get you through to the spring.

    If you get the chance, make a snow man or woman for me. It’s fun. Living in California, I miss the snow from when I grew up. Thanks in advance.

     

    Dr Benjamin Smarr

    Dr. Benjamin Smarr studies the temporal structures that biological systems make as they move through time. An NIH research fellow at UC Berkeley, his work focuses on understanding how physiological dynamics like sleep, circadian rhythms, and ovulatory cycles are shaped by the brain, and how disturbances to those cycles gives rise to disease. Dr. Smarr is also an advocate for scientific outreach, and routinely gives public lectures and visits K-12 classrooms to help promote the idea that by understanding the biology that guides us, we can live more empowered lives.

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  10. The Complete Adjustable Bed Buying Guide
  11. The Complete Adjustable Bed Buying Guide


    In recent years, sales of adjustable power bed bases have grown exponentially. Yet, when it’s time for a sleep upgrade, many people still think only about mattresses. They remain unaware of the big difference in sleep quality that a power bed can provide, mistakenly equating them with hospital beds. With all the technology now infused into adjustable beds, nothing could be further from the truth.

    An adjustable power base gives you the ability to control and tweak the position you sleep in, which can lead to longer and more restful sleep. It can also reduce snoring and alleviate pain. And then there’s the lifestyle perks. Like finally being able to read in bed comfortably with support under your knees.  Or drifting off to a massage every night. Or programming the head of the bed to rise automatically in the morning to help you wake up. And more.

    All in all, an adjustable foundation is a big value-add in a big busy world. But with so many bed frames on the market, how do you go about choosing? It depends on your needs of course. But here are seven important things to consider.

    Adjustable Bed Parts

    #1  How good is the engineering?

    Perhaps no other piece of furniture is as complex as an adjustable foundation in that it moves. How many pieces of furniture do more than swivel or go up and down? In the case of higher end bases, they move in so many different ways. You’re ponying up a decent sum here, so take your time to check it out. Lay in the bed and try every single function on the adjustable bed remote control. Does the bed move quickly on command? Are the motions jerky or smooth? Be sure to evaluate with your ears as well. A good base will operate quietly as a result of the high quality adjustable bed motors. Ask your salesperson a ton of questions and do some homework online. Does the company building your base have a sizable product line and at least a million bases behind them? The importance of great engineering can’t be overemphasized.

    Bed Engineering

    #2  How much science went into the design?

    So let’s assume the base has acceptable engineering. The next thing to ask is, how did they develop the positions and features? For example, lumbar support is worthless unless it’s specifically developed to align with the spine. Is the massage feature something that just shakes the bed, or is it a sophisticated, travelling motion, developed using the principles of physics? Is the Anti-Snore position exactly the optimal angle for most people? Did doctors or scientists give input into developing the bed? Inspect the edges, seams and all other aspects of the bed for nice finishes, solid materials, smooth joints and overall sturdiness. And while you’re at it, think about your personal design aesthetic. A lot of bases out there look like bulky fabric-clad pontoon boats rather than sleek pieces of machinery. Function is important, but style matters, too.

    Zero Gravity Bed Position

    #3  What features does it offer?

    An entry-level base will usually allow you to operate the head and foot of the base. Make sure the operation is smooth and that those sleeping positions feel comfortable to you. Just because there are strings on your wallet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a well-made product. More sophisticated adjustable power bases have additional desirable features like variable massage levels, enhanced neck support and life-changing presets like Anti-Snore and Zero Gravity, which simulates weightlessness. Premium power bases let you control the bed through your smartphone and program multiple settings to run at specific times. You may even find some under-bed nightlights.

    #4  Split adjustable bed base or not?

    The reality of any bed is that usually two people are sleeping in it. When that’s the case, a split adjustable bed is something to consider, because it allows both people to adjust the bed independently. Make sure the manufacturer provides two bed remotes for that purpose, and that each of you can adjust the other side of the bed with your remote, not just your own side. This can come in handy for any couple dealing with snoring or sleep apnea. If you decide to go with a split adjustable base, your mattress becomes a part of the equation. You can order a Split King mattress, which allows independent movement on both sides and is essentially two separate twin mattresses with their own separate domains. If you like to sleep while cuddling, make sure any partially split mattress moves well with the base in the foot region. Split bases are sometimes offered in Split Queen size, but most manufacturers only offer them in Split King.

    #5  Do you want it to fit within an existing bed frame?

    Already have a bed frame you love? The better adjustable bed bases have been specifically designed to fit within many standard types of bed frames. They have dimensions and certain compact crossbars to make that happen. They also come with different leg heights or adjustable bed risers that you can swap out to put your mattress at the right height. Ask the manufacturer for measurement specs to see if your bed will work. A serious maker of adjustable bases will have such bed size specs available for you.

    Adjustable Bed Remote Control

    #6  Remotes and apps add to the experience

    A good adjustable base comes with a remote that’s simple to use. If it’s back lit, that’s a plus. Ditto if it’s wireless. Some manufacturers also realize that you can never have too many charging stations and have gone to the trouble of creating a quality remote cradle that also charges your smartphone. If you’re into more sophisticated operations, ask your salesperson for a demo of the company’s smartphone app. A high-end app will let you easily program multiple positions and massage settings with timings.

    Mattress Warranty Registration

    #7  Who made your bed? Warranties, service and reputation.

    Many companies have gotten into the reclining bed market in recent years, looking to make a quick buck without knowing much about power beds. Avoid them. A power adjustable foundation is a complex piece of equipment. Like a car, it has moving parts, electronics and a motor. So be sure you’re dealing with a company that’s built a lot of electric beds and has a reputation for standing behind them. Also, a great bed warranty is the sign of a great power base. Check out some of the leading bed sellers, and you’ll find they’re pretty oblique about the warranties on their bases. That is because most of them farm out their power bases. Some even require you to ship the base back for service. A good company will clearly call out its policy:  how long labor is covered, how long parts are covered and how long the motor is covered. Some companies guarantee the motor for as long as 20 years.

    And do yourself a favor before you buy … call the customer service department and see who answers the phone. Does the company care enough to handle customer service in-house? Or have they outsourced that, too? A good quality base will have few or no problems, but if you have questions about operation or installation, a well-trained customer service team is highly desirable.

    The world of sleep is no longer flat.

    A power adjustable base helps you to settle into your own perfect sleeping position, which often involves a raised head or a little support under your knees. With stress in abundance and time for sleep in low supply, a power base gives you a whole new toolbox of sleep options. Choose wisely and start enjoying them pronto.

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  12. Is a Massage Bed Base Worth It?
  13. Is a Massage Bed Base Worth It?


    Quick, what are the most relaxing things you can think of? Chances are, your list includes both lying in bed and getting a massage. But what if you could combine those two things? The level of relaxation just went totally off the charts. No, we’re not talking about a live-in masseuse (though that would be kind of great). We’re talking about one of the great wonders of the modern age: the massaging bed base.

    When you think about it, massage and sleep go together like peanut butter and jelly. There’s no question that quality sleep is essential to health and wellness. There’s also no question that being stressed out before sleep can decrease quality of sleep, or make it difficult to fall asleep at all.  And what does massage do? It chills you out and makes those stresses melt away. You know that eyes-half-closed, blissfully drowsy, completely relaxed feeling you get when you’re getting a professional massage? That’s not a fluke—that’s the massage taking effect by bringing you to a state of physical relaxation that spills over into your mental state.

    And it’s not just anecdotal. Research indicates that massage can improve sleep for healthy people of all ages as well as those suffering from insomnia, back pain, migraines, and cancer, among other conditions.

    Relieving stress before bedtime

    Massage improves sleep in many ways, but one of the major benefits of pre-sleep massage is that it relaxes muscles that have become stressed during the day (just like your mind). Many of us unconsciously clench various muscles, usually the back and shoulders, as a manifestation of tension that accumulates throughout the day. Being in such a tense and rigid state can cause pain and make it difficult to relax enough to fall asleep; alleviating this tension through massage allows sleep to occur more easily.

    Unfortunately, the stresses of life that cause both physical and mental tension are there every day, and most of us don’t have the time or resources to splurge on a professional massage with the same frequency. Plus, heading to a spa for a massage requires climbing into the car and driving home afterward, potentially in a cramped car or dealing with stressful traffic, meaning that by the time you arrive in your bed, you’ve lost any modicum of relaxation you had when you left your massage.

    Massaging bed bases. Luxurious, yet practical, too.

    As sleep technology continues to advance, adjustable beds with a massage feature have become increasingly common. Early massage features were a bit rudimentary, providing only a gentle vibration that didn’t do much for knots and tense muscles, but newer technologies have drastically improved this feature.

    So what should you look for if you’re in the market for a massaging base? The first thing to be aware of—which may seem counter intuitive—is that a more intense massage does not mean a higher quality massage. In fact, it may indicate the opposite. The intense pressure you feel in some massage beds is actually the result of simply cranking up the speed and output of the motor. This causes the bed to vibrate indiscriminately, creating a less-than-ideal massage experience—and a lot of noise.

    What distinguishes a better massage bed?

    More advanced massage technologies use the concept of resonant frequency to provide targeted movement on the surface of the mattress. In these adjustable massage bed bases, the natural sound frequency of the mattress itself is manipulated, causing it to vibrate at various intensities. The result is a natural, soothing, and very quiet movement. All Reverie adjustable bed foundations with the massage feature use this technology.

    Another thing to keep in mind is ease of use. If you’re fiddling with switches and cords every time you want a massage, it won’t be very relaxing, so it’s important to find a massage feature that is easy and seamless to use. In the case of Reverie’s massaging bed bases, we’ve facilitated this with an easy-to-use back lit remote and also a smartphone app that can be used to control your bed. You can switch between 10 different intensity levels and choose head-only, foot-only, or full-body. It also allows for individual control of each side of the bed, so partners can customize their own preference.

    Adjustable Bed Mobile App

    Smartphone technology comes to massage.

    Our new Nightstand app for iPhone 6 ups the game even further, with some clever and useful new features. Besides controlling the basic intensity, speed, and location of your massage, the app also allows you to save certain Comfort Settings (specific bed positions and massage settings), so you can return to them with one click. Additionally, you can program Routines. Routines are essentially multiple Comfort Settings programmed into one setting, and you can have them start at a specific time if you want.  For example, you could program the bed to start your favorite massage automatically at 11 PM and continue for 20 minutes, then move to Zero Gravity position and a low-intensity massage for another 10 minutes, then end the massage and move into Anti-Snore position as you drift deeper into a serene slumber for the night. All without having to lift a finger.

    And when it comes to the next morning, you can program your bed to wake you up with a massage at a certain time. A massage alarm—is there a better way to start the day than that?

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  14. Pregnancy Sleeping Positions: A Pregnant Doctor Hacks our Bed
  15. Pregnancy Sleeping Positions: A Pregnant Doctor Hacks our Bed


    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.

    Amelia Standing Next to Bed

    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.

    amelia bed configuration

    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!

    Dr Amelia Bailey

    Dr. Amelia P. Bailey is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility (REI) specialist in Memphis, Tennessee. She currently serves on Reverie’s Advisory Board.

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  16. Top 10 Gadgets for Your Bedroom
  17. Top 10 Gadgets for Your Bedroom


    Technology and sleep have a complicated relationship. The Industrial Revolution brought about massive disruptions to our natural sleep patterns, and much of the technology that’s so integral to our daily existence continues to make it difficult to fall asleep at night—not to mention the havoc it wreaks on the sleep of teens, who need shut-eye more than anyone else.

    And yet technology has also given rise to great improvements in sleep. Apps give us greater insight into our nightly sleeping patterns, advances in bed and linen technology allows for a completely optimized sleep experience, and a seemingly endless array of new gadgets has popped up to fulfill our every sleep need.

    So what’s the verdict? Is technology good for sleep, or bad? The answer is yes. While staring at your iPhone in bed until you’re ready to turn in is still not a smart idea, some technology was created with the specific science of sleep in mind, and can seriously up your sleep game.

    In fact, there’s so much incredible sleep technology out there that it can be difficult to figure out which products are right for you! That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite bedroom gadgets to help you sleep better each night, and wake up feeling amazing each morning.

    1. Sense

    This futuristic-looking sleep tracker measures and monitors your sleep behavior, while also keeping close tabs on bedroom conditions—things like light, noise, temperature, humidity, particulates in the air, etc. Even cooler: if you use the alarm feature, it will sense when you’re in the lightest part of your sleep cycle and wake you up then.

    2. iQ Alarm Clock

    For those of us who aren’t morning people, getting out of bed when the alarm goes off can be quite challenging—even if we’re at the lightest stage of our sleep cycle, it’s all too tempting to just hit snooze and slide back into slumber. That’s what makes the iQ alarm clock so brilliant: the only way to get it to stop going off is to answer certain questions that require a modicum of lucidity to solve. This gets your brain activated first thing in the morning, helping to sharpen your problem-solving skills and making it that much less likely that you’ll slip back to sleep.

    3. USB heated slippers

    On an icy winter morning, there are a lot of reasons to want to stay in bed—not the least of which is dreading the sensation of the cold floor on your feet. That’s when these USB-heated slippers come to the rescue. These ultra-cozy slippers have USB-powered heating units that distribute warmth throughout the slippers to keep your toes nice and toasty.

    4. Elation Bluetooth Surround Sound Speakers

    Having high-quality music in your bedroom can enhance every experience—relaxing at the end of a long day, gearing up for the day in the morning, getting dressed for a big event. However, having bulky speaker systems and wires hooked up in the space you sleep doesn’t create a relaxing, sleep-friendly environment. That’s why these premium Bluetooth speakers are so brilliant: they clip to you bed’s foundation, letting you fill your room with sound while retaining the peaceful aesthetic of your bedroom.

    5. Cubesensors

    These cordless, stylish cubes look almost like modern art pieces, but they’re actually extremely functional. Each cube monitors temperature, humidity, air quality, noise, light, and pressure in the room and sends this information to the cloud so that you can access it anywhere. They also send you alerts when conditions in your bedroom are suboptimal, and even let you know when it’s time to dim the lights in the evening!

    6. FlipFlic

    Now seeking funding on Kickstarter, this cool solar-powered gadget clips to your (vertical or horizontal) venetian blinds and adjusts how much light is let in based on weather, room temperature, and light conditions. Not only is this an easy, hands-off way to keep your bedroom conditions perfect, it can also save you a lot on your energy bill!

    7. Osmos Smart Humidifier

    This isn’t your mom’s humidifier. The Osmos automatically shuts off when optimal humidity level is reached, and sends you a notification when it needs refilling or the filters need to be replaced. You can also control it from your mobile device, making it easier than ever to combat dry air in your bedroom.

    8. Under-the-bed nightlight

    An included feature in our 9T adjustable foundation, the under-the-bed nightlight solves the whole groping-around-for-a-light-switch-in-the-dark problem, helping you make it safely across the room if the need for a midnight bathroom trip should arise.

    9. Legato Avea Mood Light

    Whether it’s for a lazy morning or an intimate evening, you can create the perfect mood with this innovative and striking mood lighting. You can control the light mood from your smartphone, smartwatch, or tablet, and totally transform your room with just a few taps!

    10. Nest Thermostat

    The Nest has been around for a while, but it’s such a brilliant, simple, and useful device that it merits a place on this list. With auto-scheduled temperatures, a Wi-Fi-enabled remote control, and serious energy-saving benefits, the Nest is a no-brainer for creating your perfect sleep sanctuary.

    Plug in, log on, power up…and then, drift off.

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