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Finding the right pillow can be as hard as finding the right mattress. So when you find the precise one it can be hard to let go even when all the warning signs start to show. The following three tests can determine if your pillow is still good or not:
If your pillow is lumpy – If it keeps lumps even after fluffing.
If it needs fluffing to provide any kind of support- You shouldn’t have to constantly fluff or rearrange to be comfortable.
If you fold it in half and squeeze all the air out and it doesn’t bounce right back
If your pillow cannot pass these three tests it is time to get a new one. Even with cases and protectors for your pillows it’s generally recommended that you replace them every three to five years. Even if they are still hygienic to sleep with the support in them can break down causing neck pain and other issues.
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Sleeping on Your Back
Sleeping on your back is easier on your neck, spine, and head than other sleeping positions. This is regarded as one of the best sleep options due to the natural alignment it gives your body. Lying with your arms at your sides is the best way to do this but the “starfish”, sleeping with your arms out, is also beneficial. The draw back to this sleep style is back sleepers tend to suffer from sleep apnea and snoring more than other positions. You also want to be sure your pillow isn’t too high because this can throw your neck out of alignment.
Sleeping on Your Side
This is the most common sleeping position. Sleeping on your side with both arms down is ideal since it still gives your spine its natural alignment. Keeping your arms out though can restrict blood flow and cause shoulder pain. Also which side you sleep on can have an effect as well. Right side sleeping can worsen heartburn where as left side sleeping can strain organs like the stomach, lungs, and liver.
Sleeping on Your Stomach
This is regarded as one of the worst positions to sleep in. It requires your neck to be turned to the side for most of the night as well as your spine not keeping the natural curve it needs. If you are a dedicated stomach sleeper you may want to ditch the pillow for your head and use a flat one for your stomach to lessen the impact of this position, which is synonymous with aches and pains.
Sleeping in the Fetal Position
This position may be comfortable while you sleep but it is notorious for neck and back pain. Keeping your knees up and your back curved causes undue stress that can hurt you in the long run. The fetal sleep position is also linked to restricted breathing.
No matter what your sleep position is a good mattress that is supportive is key as well as a pillow that is the right height and the correct firmness. When you are looking at either of these options consider how you sleep and if your choices will keep everything aligned at night.
Not only do they look pretty but some plants can clean the air and help you sleep. Please note before you add any indoor plant to your home to check if it is poisonous to children or animals.
Research suggests that jasmine has a positive effect on sleep as a whole. The smell has also been shown to reduce anxiety which can lead to a better night’s sleep. Its pink or white blossoms also add a nice splash of color.
Lavender also reduces stress as well as lowers blood pressure and slows heart rate. These are all good things when you want to get to sleep.
Aloe is most commonly used as a home remedy to sooth burns. Did you know it is also great at cleaning the air? While all plants emit oxygen according to NASA aloe also removes toxins from the air. And for those without a green thumb aloe is also very hearty and can survive less than ideal care.
The spider plant is also on NASA’s list of plants that clear toxins. While it may not be the prettiest plant it can absorb odors making a more pleasant sleep environment overall.
The peace lily also made NASA’s list of toxin fighting plants. This flower gives off enough moisture to boost a room’s humidity which can keep certain allergens at bay.
A little bit of greenery in your bedroom can make all the difference in getting a good night’s rest.
When it’s time to get a new mattress the choices can be dizzying. At the end of the day it all needs to be based on what feels right for you. Most mattresses fall into three categories:
Innerspring Mattresses are the most common. They are made from individually pocketed coils that support you as you sleep. They also range from firm to pillow top which means more options. Some customers find that the coils can create pressure points which can cause discomfort. Most manufactures use layer(s) of padding or foam to quell this issue.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses are made up of several layers of different densities of foam. Due to this process they contour to your body type relieving pressure points. They can also range from firm to soft and are more likely to be adjustable base friendly. Some consumers find these mattresses to be “too hot” since they do respond to body heat. Many manufactures now offer memory foam mattresses infused with cooling gels. This type of feature will be specified by the manufacturer and retailer.
As the name implies hybrid mattresses blend these two styles. They use the support of pocketed coils but they are underneath several layers of memory foam. The coils provide sturdy support while the memory foam contours to the body, because of this, hybrid mattresses can also create a hot sleeping environment. This is why hybrid mattresses also offer cooling gel infused options.
All of these mattress styles are popular and are available in a wide range of firmnesses, styles, and sizes. Innerspring and memory foam mattresses even have Bed in a Box options to suite a wider range of needs. It may take some time to find the right mattress but making sure something that you will ideally be on for six to eight hours a day is well worth the time.
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Here are some warning signs that you may need a new mattress:
Pain while you sleep or when you wake
If it is lumpy, sagging, or has other visible signs of wear and tear it is not supporting your body the way it should. This leads to pain and a lack of sleep.
You sneeze a lot in your bed
Since beds can attract and hold allergens if regular cleaning is no longer helping it may just be too saturated with them.
If you sleep better away from home
This is counter intuitive because travel and being in a strange bed is typically stressful. While it may be nice to get a good night’s sleep while you are away from home it should also make you question why that is.
If you are over 40
The human body changes countless times as we age. For those over 40 a firmer mattress is suggested.
If your bed is 7 years old
Not only do we age but so do our mattresses. If your bed has been faithfully supporting you for 7 years it may be hard to let go but it is time to start considering a new mattress. Even the highest quality and best cared for mattresses eventually lose support. So replacing every 7 years will help prevent the aforementioned problems from occurring.
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Since bedrooms tend to be small rooms with a lot of upholstered furniture they can become safe havens for allergens. Here are some tips on how to keep allergens at bay and how to maintain a healthy bedroom overall.
Destroy Dust Mites
Use protectors on pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Most protect against dust mites but check the packaging to verify. Washing your linens in warm or hot water once a week will also keep them at bay.
If your bedroom is carpeted vacuum it once a week. Be sure to wear a mask when emptying the bag so you don’t get attacked by all the allergens you just cleaned up.
Keep Windows Light
Keep window coverings to washable curtains and roller shades. While they will still gather dust they can be cleaned easier than their dry clean only counter parts. Be sure to regularly clean your windows as well to prevent mildew.
Keep Pets Out
While their cute little faces may be irresistible they create more dander and saliva which are potential allergens. Preferably have them sleep elsewhere but if that is not an option vacuum and clean more often to keep these factors down.
Declutter your Bedroom
Remember the more stuff you have the more stuff you have to clean. If piles of papers and knickknacks are making it harder to clean consider ditching them or moving them elsewhere in the house.
While sheets are necessary they are too thin to keep oils, sweat, drool, and dander (human or pet) off the mattress itself. Since mattress protectors are specifically designed to be more durable than sheets they keep all of these things off the mattress itself. Keeping fluids off the bed protects against stains which can void your warranty. This is especially nice when the mattress is for a child that may still have issues wetting the bed. Since they are removable most can be taken off and just thrown in the wash which is much simpler than trying to clean a mattress.
Certain varieties will also keep out bedbugs; the packaging will specify these types. If bedbugs are a concern you should cover your mattress, box spring, and pillows in protectors. This is in case they infest your pillows or box spring instead of just your mattress. All of these factors combined make for a cleaner sleeping environment. They also keep your mattress looking it’s best for much longer than just a sheet will.
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In the past year there has been a lot of talk about putting beds into relatively small boxes. This new idea is intended to make mattresses easier to ship and convenient to set up. But many are still asking the big question how do they do it?
To put it simply Bed in a Box is a traditional memory foam mattress that has been folded and compressed down into a smaller shape then vacuum sealed. Recently pocketed coil models have been added but the idea remains the same. Once the mattress is compressed it is packed into a box and sent out. The customer then opens up the box, cuts the plastic around their mattress off, and then it starts to inflate once it is laid out flat, voila instant bed.
Many customers enjoy how convenient the box is to haul around in smaller spaces like hallways or stair cases, especially ones with sharp turns that would be difficult with a traditional mattress delivery. Since it offers different thicknesses it is very close to a more traditionally styled mattress because at the end of the day they are traditional mattresses just delivered in a different way.
We sell several different varieties of Bed in a Box. Come see the difference for yourself here.
Cool it Down
Nothing is worse than waking up covered in sweat. Something as simple as a small fan running can cool you and your room down significantly. Studies show cooler rooms are much more conducive to sleep.
Try to keep your bedroom as focused on sleep as possible. The more papers, electronics, and clutter you have lying about the more chaotic and claustrophobic a room can feel. This will also lead to fewer distractions while you are trying to sleep.
Bedrooms, specifically small ones, can have poor air flow and feel stuffy. Opening a window will help get more air circulating and at certain times of the year cool your room better than a fan.
The mattress is the work horse in your bedroom. While it may not be the most glamorous piece of furniture it takes on the entire work load while you sleep. Make sure to clean it regularly and replace it if it is worn out. Remember you should ideally be spending six to eight hours a night on your mattress so keeping it in good condition will make all the difference.
As technology becomes an ever increasing presence in our lives many are ditching the traditional alarm clock in lieu of their ever present cell phone. Several studies have been conducted on the effects that technology has on sleep. These studies have shown several reasons to ditch the alarm app and go back to a more traditional way of waking up.
They Make it Harder to Get to Sleep
Since most people want to have their alarm clock close, it makes sense that their phone would go right next to their head. This means your phone is probably one of the last things you see before bed. The light your phone produces can seriously affect your sleep cycle especially if it is one of the last things you look at.
They Make it Harder to Stay Asleep
It’s understandable to want to have your phone produce some noise in case of a late night emergency. The issue is all the other ways your phone will beep and buzz from just your everyday applications. These noises and vibrations can wake you up more often during the night making sleep less restful overall.
They can Keep You up Longer
The issue is not only can phones wake you up they can keep you up for much longer than normal. How many times have you woken up in the middle of the night and grabbed your smart phone? With friends, family, and the rest of the world all a touch of a button away it’s easy for five minutes to turn into two hours. The obvious consequence of this is the loss of sleep you will incur.
When your phone is the first thing you grab in the morning to turn off the alarm it is far too easy to check on e-mails and social media. This takes precious time out of what is normally the most rushed point in people’s day. Your uncle Larry will understand you not wanting to respond to his post before you’ve had your coffee and brushed your teeth.