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We spend a third of our lives sleeping. The process is supposed to help rejuvenate us, so we have that “I can take on the world!” attitude when you wake up in the mornings.
For many of those who wake up every morning with back pain, it’s less about taking on the world and more about taking something to help with the pain.
There are several issues that come into play when you wake up with back pain. Here are some ideas and tips to help you get back to taking on the world.
- 1. Your sleeping position could be killing your back – For the purposes of ideal sleep, your spine should be aligned. Depending on how you sleep – on your back, side, or stomach – your spine might not be getting the alignment you need. If this is what’s causing the pain, there’s a simple fix – sleep with another pillow. You won’t be sleeping with it under your head, though. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you’re a side sleeper, it’s best to draw your knees slightly toward your chest and put a pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your back, place the pillow under your knees. And if you sleep on your stomach, which can be hard on your back, place the pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen.
- 2. Start using that gym membership – While working out does help you sleep better, working on strengthening your core can help with back pain at night. Make sure you work on your abs and your back during your workout. Over time, the stronger muscles should keep the back pain away. Of course, don’t be surprised if you’re sore for the first week or so while you’re working out. If you’re not used to it, that’s normal.
- 3. Have you thought about the mattress? – It should seem obvious, right? You sleep on it every night, you have back pain when you wake up, put two and two together and there’s the problem. It might, but it also might not. Our bodies change as we get older and, because of that, we need different types of support from our mattresses. A super soft mattress that feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud might have been great in your 20s or 30s, but in your 40s or 50s, that super soft mattress is probably doing a number on your back due to lack of support. If your back is hurting after doing the pillow technique and/or hitting the gym, it might be time to buy a new mattress that will give you a better, firmer support. It might not be the happy little cloud you’re used to sleeping on, but your back will thank you for it … mainly by not hurting.
- 4. You’ve tried it all, but you’re still hurting – There’s a chance that you can try all of these things and none of it will help. If that’s the case, you should see your doctor to make sure there’s no damage to your back. Chronic back pain could be linked to serious medical issues, so if it doesn’t lessen over time, be sure to make that appointment. Don’t put it off.
Columbus Day has come and gone and you picked up a nice, new mattress during one of our sales. The last thing you’re probably thinking about right now is taking care of it, but it’s one of the most important things you can do from the time you buy a mattress until the time you get rid of it.
Here are a few tips for maximizing the life of your mattress.
Wrap it up: It’s important to make sure your mattress is protected – not just from spills, but from pet dander, dust mites, or worse. That’s why it makes sense to purchase a good mattress protector. The protector covers your new mattress completely and protects again dust mites and mold, two things that could cause serious health problems. The Dri-Tec Wicking Waterproof Mattress Protector by BedGear does a great job of protecting your mattress, as does the Vert-Tex 6.0 Cooling Mattress Protector from BedGear. All of our covers provide excellent protection.
Rotate it, but be careful: For a new mattress, it’s recommended to rotate it end to end every two weeks for the first four months, then once every three months afterwards. Don’t forget about your box spring, which should be rotated every six months. Rotating the mattress regularly helps the bed wear more evenly, so you don’t have as many lumps and craters. Be careful though. Most new mattresses have handles on the side to help rotate it, but they weren’t designed for you to use to move the mattress.
Getting rid of the smells: If you didn’t pick up a mattress protector, there’s a chance that, over time, your mattress will start to smell funny, and not in a “ha ha” way. The best thing to do for this is to sprinkle baking soda over your mattress. After 20 minutes, use the nozzle feature on your vacuum and suck up the baking soda. That should help get rid of any funk in the air.
Keep it clean: Again, if you didn’t purchase a mattress protector, you’ll have to make sure you do a good job of keeping the mattress clean and dry. Moisture in a mattress, over time, is a breeding ground for mold, which can cause serious health problems, especially if you have asthma. Try to keep the mattress dry and, if it looks dusty, go ahead and vacuum the mattress with the nozzle extension.
Know when to throw in the towel: A mattress should give you good support for at least eight to 10 years. However, if it smells, there are coils poking out, you wake up with back pains, or if you’re just not sleeping well enough anymore, it might be time to go ahead and check into getting a new mattress. Remember, it’s something you’re going to have for the better part of a decade, so be sure to get the one that’s just right for you.
You’re up … again. You can’t sleep because your neck is hurting and you can’t get comfortable. I just bought a new mattress, you’re thinking, so that can’t be it.
Did you know choosing the right pillow for you is just as important as picking out the right mattress?
Most people spend a lot of time picking out just the right mattress, but never take the time to do research on pillows. Most just pick up a cheap two-pack at a local retail store.
Here are five things you need to know about pillows:
1. Know when to buy a new pillow – Some people might actually have their pillows for the entire time they own a mattress, if not longer. Over time, your pillow absorbs a lot of sweat and other bodily fluids. It also will pick up dust mites and pet dander. A good rule of thumb for checking to see if you need to replace your pillow is to fold it in half. If it springs back to its original shape, it’s still good. If not, it’s time for a replacement. By the same token, if memory foam pillows become crumbly and out of shape, it’s good to replace those as well.
2. Think about how you sleep – The way you sleep plays an important role in selecting your next pillow. Do you sleep on your back? Your stomach? How often do you wake up on your side? Did you know there are pillows specifically made for each way you sleep, such as BedGear’s Balance 2.0 Performance Pillow, which is ideal for back sleepers? TEMPUR-Pedic’s Tempur-Contour Side to Side Pillow allows those who sleep on their sides to do so on either side. Again, it’s important to look for a pillow that suits your way of sleeping.
3. It’s what’s on the inside that counts – OK, you’ve figured out you need a new pillow and you now know about position-specific pillows, but have you thought about what’s inside it? We’ve come a long way from using feathers to stuff pillows. Nowadays, pillows are filled with everything from foam to gel – sometimes both. There are pillows, such as the Sealy Memory Foam and Hydraluxe Gel Pillow, that are actually cool to the touch and relieve heat buildup, so either side of the pillow will always be cool. Always check to see what’s inside the pillow if you are allergic to certain materials.
4. You might need a different type of pillow over time – When we get older, or if our body weight changes, sometimes the aches and pains will come back. Our bodies change, and so must our pillows if we want a good night’s sleep. If you’ve used a certain type of pillow for a while – such as a side sleeper or a memory foam – your body might be ready for a different type.
5. Be sure to clean your pillows – Unfortunately, putting pillow sheets in the wash just isn’t enough. You should clean your pillows at least once every six months, if not sooner. Be sure to read the tag on your pillow, or look it up online, to see how to best care for your pillow. You can also look into covering it with a pillow protector that would protect against dust mites, bed bugs, and any of the other nasty stuff your pillow collects over time.
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.