Monday, July 17, 2017

6 Bedroom Design Tips for Superior Sleep

Getting enough sleep is an essential component of being healthy. With the right design choices, any bedroom can become an oasis of restfulness and tranquility. Try these tips to prep the bedroom for sleep.

1. Take Stock of Temperature 
6 pillows kept on a mattress

Experts say the ideal sleep temperature is between 65 and 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Installing a ceiling fan and sleeping with the window open helps keep the bedroom cool enough for optimal rest. As a bonus, the whir of a ceiling fan creates white noise that can lull anyone into a deep sleep.

2. Welcome the Dark

Adorning windows with blinds and light-blocking curtains prevents the morning light from interrupting sleep too early. LED motion lights are an excellent solution for those who often get up in the night to use the bathroom, as keeping a light on can interfere with the process of falling asleep.

3. Choose Calming Colors

It's no secret that colors have a profound effect on emotions. In the bedroom, color should be used to create a calm and comfortable vibe. Achieve the look with warm earth tones like rich terra cotta and soft, cool colors in natural shades of blue, violet, and green. Avoid colors that stimulate the senses, like pinks, reds, and oranges.

4. Clear Clutter

It's hard for the mind to calm down enough to sleep deeply when it's surrounded by stimulating objects. The room should be free of anything that isn't used for sleep and intimacy, including televisions, computers, family photos, and gaming systems. Avoid storing items under the bed or under mattresses, as feng shui practitioners note that this clutter can block the flow of energy within the room.

5. Consider Ideal Furniture Positioning

Another tip from feng shui concerns positioning of the bed, which should be as far from the door as possible while keeping the entrance in view. Placing the bed in the diagonal corner opposite the door promotes a feeling of safety while maintaining optimal energy flow. Experts also recommend against desks and mirrors, which can hinder restful energy.

6. Appeal to the Senses

Choose fabrics that create a cozy environment for the best sleep, such as soft, plush bedding and cushioned area rugs. Older mattresses should be replaced, especially when sleep is impacted. Most mattresses last about eight years, so anything older will negatively affect sleep. If a newer mattress is uncomfortable, a mattress topper can help. While it's important not to overstimulate the senses, soft scents like lavender promote relaxation.

With these six tips, the bedroom becomes a sanctuary where occupants can rejuvenate and recharge for the day ahead.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

What to Know When Sharing a Bed With a Pet

Snuggling with furry family members can have surprising benefits for everyone. Feel free to dismiss the naysayers who tell horror stories about stained mattresses and focus on the positives of spending extended time with animals.

They Provide Stress Relief 
Image of a dog snuggling on a bed mattress

Having a warm and furry presence in the bed at night can give pet owners a strong sense of calmness and relaxation; just look at therapy dogs as proof. In addition, those suffering from insomnia may feel more at peace with a dog or cat in the bed, hopefully leading to a better night's sleep.

Your Personal Home Security System

Constantly worrying about burglars or intruders can be unsettling. Having a protective dog asleep at the foot of the bed can be comforting for many owners, especially those with children. Dogs have much better hearing than humans, and they're cheaper than most home alarm systems!

Added Warmth on a Cold Night

A curled up pet on the mattress can give off a lot of body heat. While this may not be ideal in the summer, there's nothing better than cuddling with a cozy pet on a cold winter night.

They Can Help Fight Depression and Anxiety

Feeling sad and lonely can be hard to bear. However, having a loving pet in the bed can be helpful for those dealing with depression or anxiety. Since dogs are known for their unconditional love, having this furry friend nearby can provide some needed comfort during hard times.

It's Great for the Pets, Too!

As good as this sleeping arrangement is for humans, it has possibly stronger benefits for pets. Dogs usually have a strong devotion and connection to their masters. We often forget that they receive comfort from us just as we do with them. So, allowing them to sleep on the same mattress works only to strengthen that cherished bond.

With an attentive and adoring pet around that wants nothing more than to spend time with its owner, sharing a bed can be a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Perfect Pillow for Any Sleeping Position

Most people have a preferred position in which they like to sleep. Whether sleeping on the side, stomach, or back, there's a pillow that's perfect for everyone. When trying a pillow be aware of how it is supporting the neck. The position you want to copy will be the same position you have when standing up and looking forward. You do not want a tilt in the neck area.

Back Sleepers

A thinner pillow is best for anyone who sleeps on his or her back. This keeps the head from being tilted forward, which can obstruct airflow and cause neck discomfort. Some people find they get the support they need from a tapered pillow and a quality mattress.

Side Sleepers

Someone who sleeps on his or her side should choose a firm pillow that will support both the ear and the neck. This will prevent the neck from experiencing excess strain. The pillow should fit between the shoulder, neck, and ear with no gaps. Try to find a solid foam core pillow as these have more support.

Stomach Sleepers

A person who sleeps on his or her stomach may not need a pillow at all. However, a flat pillow may provide some comfort without obstructing the airway. A pillow under the stomach or hips may help alleviate lower back pain.
With these tips, anyone should be able to find the perfect pillow, no matter how they sleep.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Four Reasons to Unplug Before Bedtime

According to the CDC, approximately 50-70 million Americans struggle with sleep or wakefulness disorders. Sleepless nights can be caused by numerous factors, such as anxiety, caffeine consumption, poor diet, and age. However, the use of mobile devices before bed can also contribute to sleeplessness.

The Backlit Blues

Backlit screens on certain smartphones and tablets emit blue-light wavelengths that can decrease the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps people fall asleep. For those that like to read before bed, books or magazines are a more sleep-friendly option.

Fear of Missing Out

With the rise of the 24-hour news cycle and social media, many people have trouble putting devices away because they fear missing out on the latest news, want to respond to incoming emails, or are joining in on a group chat. However, these activities engage the brain and keep it active, rather than letting it prepare for sleep. Powering down removes the temptation to stay connected.

Nighttime Notifications

Push notifications activate the device’s screen and ping, chirp, or otherwise alert the owner of incoming emails, texts, and social media posts. Both the light from the screen and the sounds can disrupt slumber. Placing all devices in airplane mode before bed will prevent push notifications from interrupting sleep cycles.

Wireless Waves

While the science is not conclusive, some experts suggest that the radiation emitted from the cellular signals of mobile devices may cause adverse health effects. Since the long-term effects of cell use are unknown, limiting exposure by powering down at night is a smart idea.

Chronic insomnia can impede work performance and mood during the day. However, avoiding mobile technology before bed can increase the chance of a good night’s sleep.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

How Often Should Mattresses Be Rotated?

People don't often think about bed maintenance, but it can make a big difference. Easy preventive measures can prolong usage while improving sleep.

Extend the Life of a Mattress

Spring mattresses contain hundreds of steel coils inside. Their purpose is to create a firm but springy sleeping surface while maintaining the product's shape. When a person sleeps in the same position night after night, some of the springs are compressed more than others. Over time, this can result in an uneven surface and uncomfortable sleep.

Rotating and flipping a mattress can extend its life. Periodically, spin it end to end. Alternate this with flipping it upside down from time to time. This way, the same areas aren't constantly compressed. Flipping and rotating gives the coils and other materials a chance to bounce back.

How Often?

Experts agree that it's beneficial to move mattresses at regular intervals. But exactly how often should they be rotated and flipped?

The answer depends on the product. A good rule, though, is to move a mattress every three to four months. For example, spin it end to end today. In three months, flip it upside down. In six months, spin it end to end. In nine months, flip it again.

The good news is that moving a mattress even as infrequently as twice a year can have beneficial results.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sleep Tight: Top Two Sleeping Positions For the Spine

Maintaining good spine health goes beyond diet and exercise—it also includes sleep. Two recommended sleeping positions should be taken advantage of for optimal spinal alignment.

1. On The Back

Sleeping on the back is the most ideal position. Working in conjunction with a quality mattress, this position naturally aligns the spine, neck, and shoulders. This position also alleviates pressure on the back and minimizes acid reflux.

2. On The Side

Side sleeping is considered the second best sleeping position for the spine. Sleeping on the side stretches the spine and opens up the oropharynx—which will reduce snoring, especially for those who suffer from sleep apnea. Also, sleeping on the left side is a great position for pregnant women because it increases blood flow to the baby and reduces acid reflux.

Things to Remember Before Bedtime

Unlike the above positions, sleeping on the stomach is detrimental. It forces the spine out of its natural shape, thereby causing overreaching and an often painful morning.

Mattresses can also get uneven and uncomfortable over time, which can cause back pain. It is recommended that mattresses are replaced every eight years, which will contribute to keeping the spine in excellent health.

Following these sleeping tips can ensure a good night's rest and a healthy back for years to come!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Perfect Fit: Choosing the Ideal Mattress

With more options than ever, buyers can select the best mattress to fit their sleeping style, body type, and lifestyle.

Mattresses come in four standard types: innerspring, foam, latex, and air-filled. Those who prefer a traditional bed should shop for an innerspring. These range in number from 12, which provides firm support ideal for heavier individuals, to 18 for those who prefer a bouncier feel. This type of mattress is good for stomach sleepers.

Memory foam mattresses are extra firm and adapt to the pressure of the sleeper's body. They range in thickness from two to six inches and tend to be an excellent choice for side sleepers.

Latex mattresses are a pricey option, but they're the most durable and are just slightly less firm than memory foam. Also, latex has antimicrobial properties, so it's a smart choice for those with allergies.

Air-filled mattresses have a core that allows the firmness to be controlled with a remote. This feature is ideal for couples who can't agree on the type of bed they prefer.

Regardless of what a mattress buyer selects, choosing the correct mattress can make all the difference in a good night's rest.