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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.
If you are waking up with welt-like areas, especially if you have recently gotten a used bed or furniture, you may have bedbugs. Other signs of a bedbug infestation are blood stains on your sheets or pillow. An offensive, musty odor, this is from their scent glands. Or small parts of eggshells or shed skin in a particular area, this will most likely be found by where they are hiding.
If you suspect an infestation remove all of your bedding and check it carefully. Both their egg shells and shed skin are translucent. Bedbug excrement is black or rusty in color. In addition to your bedding check all areas around the bed like books, edges of carpet, electrical sockets, as well as closets because they can attach to clothing.
If you have an infestation take the following steps to exterminate them. Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothes in hot water and dry in a dryer on the highest setting. If an item like shoes or stuff animals cannot be washed put them in the drier on high for thirty minutes. Vacuum your mattress and the area around your bed frequently. Once you are finished vacuuming immediately place the vacuum bag in a trash bag and throw it away in an outside bin to prevent re-infestation. Repair cracks in plaster, peeling wall paper, and get rid of clutter around your bed, all of these things give bedbugs another place to hide.
Use bedbug proof mattress, boxspring, and pillow protectors. Any bedbugs inside cannot get out so they will eventually starve. They can live up to a year without feeding though so make sure the protectors stay on until they are all dead. If you decide to get a new mattress instead make sure your home is no longer infested or they will infest the new mattress. Either way bedbug proof mattress, boxspring, and pillow protectors are recommended.
Bedbugs are small insects that are normally brown in color but can be red after feeding. They live off the blood of humans and animals. Bedbugs do not fly but they can move quickly. Their flat bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card.
Bedbugs can travel from one hiding place to another via luggage, clothing, used beds and couches. Their favorite hiding places are in mattresses, boxsprings, bed frames, and headboards. They like these areas so they can sneak out at night and bite sleeping humans. Because of this many companies are now producing bedbug proof mattress, boxspring, and pillow protectors to keep them from infesting where you sleep. Initially their bites from feeding are not painful but they turn into itchy welts much like a flea bite.
While they do not create nests like other insects bedbugs like to live in groups. Their breeding habits allow them to infest a location quickly. They can reach full maturity in as little as a month and produce more than three generations per year. Their breeding habits are how they spread to other rooms and apartments so quickly.
When buying new sheets thread count is important but it should not be the only thing you consider. Thread count means the number of fibers woven together in a square inch. The threads are counted both lengthwise (warp) and widthwise (weft). So if the thread count is 400 it means that there are 200 fibers lengthwise and 200 fibers widthwise.
Over the years more and more consumers have started equating a higher thread count to mean superior quality. This idea is true to an extent but manufactures have started altering their production method to boost their numbers. Some will twist three or four thinner fibers together to weave them as one since; you can only fit so many fibers into one space.
Most agree that a 400 thread count is the highest a sheet should have to really make a difference. Linens with a higher count may have an inflated count or may be of inferior quality due to their method of production. Others may not wear as well or feel stiffer due to the increase in fibers.
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While a good mattress is important your sheets can also have a major impact on your sleep experience. Unlike a bed you can’t just lay on top of sheets in the store to give them a test drive. So here are some general terms used in bedding and what they mean:
This is the simplest one because it all has to do with the size of your bed. If you have a queen size bed you need queen size sheets, a twin needs twin size sheets, etc. If you want a smooth and snug fit try looking for sheets with elastic all the way around the edges.
All thread count means is the number of threads in one square inch of fabric. The general notion is the higher the thread count the softer and more durable the fabric is. But be careful too high of a thread count can mean a stiffer sheet that doesn’t wear evenly due to the amount of fibers.
This determines the overall feel of your sheets. The most common options are:
- Jersey - are soft, stretchy, and breathable but they can also be prone to slipping and sliding off your mattress.
- Percale – are also breathable and crisp with less sliding issues than Jersey weaves.
- Sateen – soft and smooth but are warmer than the aforementioned weaves.
- Satin – has a smooth and silky finish since they are thin with a high thread count.
- Flannel – is the warmest and thickest. This will feel fuzzy and is best for cold climates.
- Microfiber – has a tight weave made up of man-made fibers. This makes it ultra-soft and wrinkle resistant. In some cases they can even be water resistant and allergen proof due to the density of the weave.
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