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By http://sleepretailer.com/sleep-retailer-news/sleep-retailer-enews-september-14-2017/ | 09.20.2017

 "Insight into the Fast-Growing Industry of Mattress Sales"

While brick-and-mortar stores continue to face the pressure of the growing e-commerce market, it turns out that looming threat of a "retail apocalypse" may have been over-exaggerated. IHL Group, a global research and advisory firm for the retail industry, recently published a report that provided a much-needed new perspective on the so-called crisis. Though a wave of major chain store closures has caused plenty of concern in recent months, IHL Group’s research found that they were actually off-set by an increase in store openings. According to the report, there was a net increase of more than 4,000 retail store openings in 2017 - that means that for every one company closing a store, 2.7 companies were opening (read more)

Sleeping Well

By By Authors: Melinda Smith, M.A., Lawrence Robinson, and Robert Segal, M.A. | 08.08.2017

Tip 2: Control your exposure to light

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Your brain secretes more melatonin when it’s dark—making you sleepy—and less when it’s light—making you more alert. However, many aspects of modern life can alter your body’s production of melatonin and shift your circadian rhythm.

How to influence your exposure to light

During the day:

Expose yourself to bright sunlight in the morning. The closer to the time you get up, the better. Have your coffee outside, for example, or eat breakfast by a sunny window. The light on your face will help you wake up

Spend more time outside during daylight. Take your work breaks outside in sunlight, exercise outside, or walk your (read more)