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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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Napping is something many either do not have the time for or simply don’t view as a priority. Napping does offer several benefits for adults including: relaxation, reduced fatigue, increased alertness, better memory, improved reaction time, improved performance, and an overall better mood. But for adults it isn’t quite as simple as just laying down.
To make your naps effective try to keep them between ten and thirty minutes. Be smart about when you nap, depending on your schedule you want your nap to be when you normally experience post lunch sleepiness. For most people that is between two and three pm. If conditions allow you also want your nap space to be quiet, cool, and dark.
Most importantly you should give yourself time to fully wake back up and feel refreshed. The drawback to napping is it can cause issues sleeping at night. This happens most often in those that already have insomnia, take too long of a nap, or nap too late in the day.
Mattresses and pillows are a huge investment. While protectors do help the longevity of a mattress most are not super comfortable to sleep on. Giving an extra layer with a sheet will not only feel better against your skin it gives an extra easily washable line of defense against dirt on your mattress.
When it comes to cleaning we suggest looking at your tags and seeing what the manufacture recommends. If your tag is unreadable or missing we suggest contacting the manufacture. If for some reason this cannot be done here are some general rules on how to clean linens.
Sheets and pillow cases should be washed weekly. This is to get rid of the accumulation or dirt, oils, sweat, dead skin, and other things that the body sheds while you sleep. Before cleaning turn pillow cases inside out. Wash in warm water and tumble dry on low in the dryer. Many suggest taking your linens out of the dryer while they are still warm and putting them directly on the bed. This will have a similar effect to ironing. If your sheets are starting to fray or have holes in them they are no longer functional and should be replaced.
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The main function of a pillow is to keep your head and neck in alignment while you sleep. This reduces pain and creates a more comfortable sleep experience. The right pillow relies heavily on your preferred sleep position.
Back sleepers – Memory foam is a good option because it conforms to your head. This gives you the firmness you need to keep everything in line but has enough give so your neck isn’t being forced up at an uncomfortable angle.
Side sleepers – A medium to firm pillow is best. Your pillow needs to support the space created between your neck and shoulder while sleeping. So keep this in mind when you arrange your pillow at night.
Stomach sleepers- For your head a very thin and flat pillow is recommended or even none at all. You may need a pillow for under your stomach because this position is notorious for causing lower back pain.
Pillows should be replaced every few years since their support breaks down over time. A new and supportive pillow can help make sleeping on your perfect mattress even more pleasant.
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With countless different mattress options it can be hard to decide what is going to work best for you. The wrong mattress can cause discomfort, pain, and rob you of sleep. The right mattress should conform to and support your body but how do you find that? Our exclusive bedMATCH system takes the guesswork out of mattress shopping.
BedMATCH is a patented diagnostic system that will give you several different mattress options that will all provide you the support that you need. Before using bedMATCH you will be asked to answer a few questions about yourself and your sleep habits. You will then lay down on the system for a few minutes. Using 18 statistical measurements and over 1,000 scientific calculations to find where you need support the most bedMATCH will suggest several beds at various prices.
Since it narrows the options down you only need to lie on a few beds instead of every choice in the store. This creates a much less confusing and pleasant shopping experience. By combining the scientifically grounded recommendations, your own personal preference, and our trained staff you are sure to find your perfect mattress.