*Good sleep isn’t always easy to achieve. Tight schedules, never-ending to-do lists, and stress and anxiety all make proper rest more of a luxury than a necessity. Sleep, however, is crucial for performing well in all aspects of life, from work to relationships, and that can’t be emphasized enough.
It starts with prioritizing sleep. Scale back on obligations. Make room for downtime. Change nightly eating and drinking habits — and invest in a sleep-friendly environment. Your bedroom should serve as your sanctuary designed to support restfulness and relaxation, starting with a quality mattress and bed. Among the many factors to consider, you’ll need to determine the right size, especially if you share the bed with a partner, pet or kiddo. The guide below can help ensure you invest in the right-size mattress, so you can slumber like a pro.
Solo Sleepers & Cuddling Couples
A full-size bed provides just enough space for an adult (who’s particularly under 5 feet 5 inches) to sleep comfortably and couples who like to spend the night intertwined. Parents are also choosing a full bed over the traditional twin bed for younger children. The extra room is more accommodating for parents and children to read together or snuggle during tuck-in time. Need more leg room? The Full XL measures 54 by 80 inches, which offers 6 inches of additional space for those who are taller or tend to scoot down while sleeping.
Bonus for couples: Research shows that cuddling fosters a deeper, long-lasting connection and tighter bond, relieving stress with comfort. Creating that safe space together while sleeping, wrapped up in one another, helps strengthen and flourish the relationship.
Optional Personal Space
The queen — the most common size of bed — measures 6 inches wider and 5 inches longer than its full-size counterpart with 60 inches of horizontal sleeping space total. This option is ideal if you and your partner like to cozy up together, separate into personal spaces or still connect in some way like touching toes while maintaining a little distance. Each person can reposition without disturbing the other.
Bonus for singles: Solo sleepers who are sprawlers can benefit from a standard queen size and have the freedom to really find that sweet spot.
For couples who like to sleep with a pet, but don’t want to upgrade to a king, an olympic queen is a great compromise. An olympic queen size lengthens the bed with an additional 6 inches. Taller individuals will find this size most comfortable, as well as couples with pets that like to snuggle at the foot of the bed.
Bonus for pets with privileges: If your pup likes to spoon right in the middle, you’ll find more comfort with a California queen that opens in width, not length, with an extra 4 inches. This may just offer enough room for a party of three, depending on your size of dog.
The standard king-sized bed is a luxury. It demands sufficient space in the bedroom, makes an aesthetic statement and provides 76 inches from side to side. (This is the equivalent to about two twin beds pushed together.) A king size is most beneficial for not only couples who prefer personal sleeping domains, but individuals who are pregnant, need additional room for pain relief aids or enjoy the bed for activities other than sleeping in any position.
Bonus for families: Sleepers in a California king gain 4 inches in length (while losing 4 inches in width), but the extension is perfect for families who like to all pile in together and find their nook with room to move.
Finding the best mattress for you may take some trial and error. Shopping online is an easy way to compare your options, various features and different price points. Many companies offer a generous return policy, so you can test out some ZZZs to see if it’s a great fit before making the commitment.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!
Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All Fears, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.
Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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