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It's officially summer. Time for vacation travel. Whether you are travelling by plane or car, travel can take its toll on your sleep habits. Here are a few tips to help give your body the sleep it needs during your vacation.
During long drives and flights you may be tempted to drink less to cut down on bathroom breaks. It's best to resist that temptation. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of travel fatigue. Be sure to drink plenty of water before boarding your plane, and do not pass up the opportunity to snag more water once on board. If you are driving, try taking along a cooler with bottled water to keep fully hydrated on your trip.
Get a Bit of Exercise
Long flights and drives force you to sit for extended periods of time. Take a moment at least every hour to stretch your legs and arms. Get up and move around to keep your blood flowing during your flight. If you are driving, make a pit stop to stretch and breath. Once you reach your destination, work in a quick walk or stretching exercise before bed — you will sleep better and have more energy the next day.
Adjust Your Environment
Sleeping in a different environment like hotels can disrupt your sleep. Plan ahead to make your "away from home" sleep environment as comfortable as possible. If your hotel has black out curtains, be sure to use them; especially if you are travelling to a different time zone. Also try bringing along your favorite pillow. A familiar item will help acclimate your body to your new environment.
If you are an allergy sufferer, you are well aware how the stuffiness that comes with allergies can keep you awake at night. Here are a few tips to keep allergy symptoms to a minimum at night so you can get a good night's sleep.
Banish the Bugs
Creepy crawlies like dust mites leave droppings that can cause allergic reactions in some. Be sure to protect your sleeping area from these pests by using mattress and pillow protectors, preventing them from taking up residence in your bed.
Lower the Humidity
Try using a dehumidifier in your bedroom. Zapping some of the moisture from the air will discourage mold and dust mites from making a home in your sleeping area.
Keep it Clean
Be sure to launder your sheets and pillow cases regularly. Especially in the summer months when additional sweat, pollen from outdoors and other allergens may accumulate in your bedding.
Sleeping in a too warm environment can prevent you from having a restful and restorative night's sleep. Here are a few tips to help beat back the heat while you sleep:
Drink Water Before Bed
Summer heat and humidity causes excessive sweating, which may lead to dehydration. Dehydration can lessen the healing properties of sleep on your muscles and organs. A cool glass of water about 30 minutes before bed can help keep you hydrated so you wake up refreshed.
Use the AC
For those with allergies, air conditioning in the bedroom can help you get a good night's sleep by not only keeping the room temperature cool, but by also keeping pollen and other summer allergens outside and away from your sleeping environment.
Hit the Shower
Before bed, take a cool shower. This will help lower your body temperature and also rinse outdoor allergens like pollen from your hair before bedtime.
Blackout Curtains Are King
Think about investing in a pair of blackout curtains for your bedroom. Summer days are longer, often providing sunlight into evening hours when some need to get to bed. Blackout curtains and shades block out the sunlight and keep the cool air in, helping you to create a better sleep environment.
Outfit Your Bed in Cool
There are several products on the market that can help keep your sleeping environment a cool temperature. Cooling sheets, pillows and mattress protectors with Outlast cooling technology automatically adjusts to your body temperature, and is an excellent way to top off the ultimate summer cool sleep experience.
In the late 18th century the first cast iron bed and cotton mattress are introduced. The benefit of this combination is it was the first to prevent bugs getting inside. Before insects and other assorted vermin were common place in every bed. In 1865 the first coil spring was patented. While it has evolved the coils spring is still being used to this day.
In the 1930s innerspring mattress and upholstered foundation became the most popular mattress set in the U.S. and Canada. In the 1940s futons hit the market in North America. The 1950s marked the first appearance of foam rubber mattresses and pillows.
By the 1960s we had the modern version of the waterbed and adjustable beds. In 1966 NASA created memory foam. In the 1980s airbeds were introduced into the market. 1991 was the year that memory foam mattresses were introduced to the public.
The mattress industry will continue to look at and research how to provide the right support for different people. As well as how to make sure the mattress is as comfortable as possible. With that in mind it’s hard not to get excited about what we will see develop in mattresses in the coming years.
Ever wonder how the mattress you sleep on was developed? The evolution of the bed is a long and interesting one. It begins almost 10,000 years ago when people in the Neolithic period began to fashion makeshift and primitive beds for themselves.
In 3400 BCE Egyptian pharaohs began to raise their “mattresses” off of the ground. While commoners slept in palm bows stacked in the corner of their homes. It isn’t until the Roman Empire that we start to see something closer to what we use today. Luxury mattresses were stuffed with reeds, hay, wool, or feathers. While we’ve obviously done away with reeds and hay, wool and feathers can still be seen in the mattresses we buy today.
The Romans also discovered lying in a pool of warm water was a great way to become drowsy. They would often do this before being moved to their mattress to help them get to sleep. This idea became the waterbed.
In the Renaissance we see more of an emphasis on what your skin would touch. Mattresses were stuffed with pea shucks, straw, or feathers but now they were being covered in velvets and silks.
Join us next week as we look at 18th century through modern day mattresses.
A new study suggests that bedbugs are growing thicker “skin” to resist common pesticides. This may be the reason their population has grown so rapidly worldwide. "If we understand the biological mechanisms bedbugs use to beat insecticides, we may be able to spot a chink in their armor that we can exploit with new strategies," study author David Lilly, says in a university news release.
Bedbugs and other insects are covered by an exoskeleton called a cuticle. The bedbugs that had thicker cuticles, were more likely to survive when exposed to the insecticides. These new findings may lead to the development of a more effective pesticide to fight them.
In the mean time the best line of defense is using mattress, boxspring, and pillow protectors. Protectors paired with minimizing clutter near your bed and frequently cleaning will help prevent possible infestations. Protectors and minimizing clutter will rob bedbugs of a place to hide. Frequent cleaning will help get rid of any that may already be there.
Exercise – A vigorous or even light workout during your day will help you fall asleep much faster. But be cautious if you workout too close to going to bed it can make getting to sleep even harder.
Avoid heavy meals – Try to avoid large meals within two or three hours of your normal bed time. Large meals can cause pain and indigestion which make it much harder to sleep. Do a relaxing activity – Make it a routine each night before going to bed. This will help you get to sleep easier and will help signal to your body that you will be going to bed soon.
Avoid naps – If you have trouble getting to sleep you may be napping incorrectly and throwing off your body’s natural sleep cycle.
Keep a sleep schedule – With life being as hectic as it is it may be hard to stick to a schedule especially on weekends when you are probably playing catch up. This helps regulate your body’s clock meaning you will wake up feeling more rested. Think about how much more you can get done in a day when you’re not feeling tired.
Take a look at your bedroom – Where you sleep should be as cool, quiet, and dark as possible. Also make sure your mattress and pillows are still supportive and comfortable. Your body needs the most support at night and if what you are sleeping on is no longer effective it can cause discomfort and pain which can make it even harder to sleep.
Go to another room – If you cannot get to sleep go into another room and do a relaxing activity until you feel tired. Your bedroom should be as associated with sleep as possible by staying awake, tossing and turning you may make matters worse.
Lavender is one of the most widely used aromatherapy scents due to its relaxing qualities. In the past restless sleepers were given pillows filled with flowers to help them sleep. A number of studies have reported that they weren’t too far off. While you don’t need a pillow full of it some lavender in your bedroom may help improve the overall quality of your sleep.
Several studies have shown that it reduced anxiety and helped people relax which is exactly what you want before drifting off to sleep. There are a number of different ways to add this scent to your sleeping environment. Many commercially available scent diffusers come in a lavender aroma for just this reason. Washing your sheets and pillow cases in a lavender scented detergent is another way to achieve this effect. If you shower before bed washing with a lavender soap will achieve the same effect.
And last but not least putting a lavender plant in your room will provide not only the scent but add a splash of color as well. It is easy to see why lavender is so popular from its pleasant scent to its health benefits. Lavender should be an easy addition into anyone’s bed time routine and its benefits are astounding.
Bedbugs are a pest that loves to hide in bedding and mattresses but could the color of your sheets really attract them?
Researchers recently conducted and experiment where they put several tents made out of different colored material on a petri dish. Then they placed a bedbug in the center to see which one they favored. They tested bed bugs of different ages, sexes and feeding statuses to check for differences in color preference, some were even pregnant to see if that changed anything. Researchers also frequently changed the location of the tents to ensure the choices had nothing to do with distance.
Across all demographics there was a strong preference for red and black. The reason for this may be that bed bugs are red in color and may mistake red sheets for part of their brood. The black may be just because it is dark and bedbugs feed and become active at night. The bedbugs universally disliked white, yellow, and green which are colors that can mimic brightly lit areas.
Now before you throw out all your red and black sheets these researchers have argued that bedbugs are often already settled in their hiding place when you turn your bedroom lights on. When they are in the dark these color preferences don’t matter nearly as much. Many feel this study will help create better bedbug traps to contain existing infestations instead of quelling new ones. It still seems the best line of defense against bedbugs is protectors on your pillows, mattress, and boxspring and just keeping the area around you bed clean and free of clutter and cracks.
The term beauty sleep is thrown around a lot but is there any truth to it? Here are six benefits of getting at least seven hours of quality sleep.
Less wrinkles – Your skin makes collagen while you sleep which prevents your skin from sagging. Sleeping less than seven hours a night can lead to twice as many wrinkles and your skin can become drier exaggerating existing wrinkles.
Your complexion will glow – Going without sleep causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin around your face. This can cause your complexion to become duller and make you “look tired”.
Say bye bye to puffy eyes – Anyone who has skimped on their rest knows that a lack of sleep shows in your eyes first since they become dark and puffy. Getting enough rest and drinking plenty of water are quick ways to ditch that discolored skin.
Healthier hair – Your hair follicles get a lot of their nutrition from the blood flow that happens while you rest. Lack of sleep also leads to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol which can cause hair loss.
Creams and moisturizers work better - When applied during the day your body is much busier fighting off the sun and free radicals. Letting your skin have time to focus on these products absorbing will make creams and moistures much more effective.
An overall happier appearance – Lack of sleep can cause the corners of your mouth to droop making you look sad or upset.
Sleeping seven to nine hours a night will help you be happier and healthier inside and out. Letting your body rest and recover from the day is the foundation of any healthy lifestyle.