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Back Pain? Try Yoga

Is it your mattress?

When you start waking up with back, neck, or shoulder pain, that’s a good time to ask, is it your mattress? Don’t listen to the mattress industry’s advice that you MUST change your mattress every 8 years, though that’s a general rule of thumb to consider. A high quality mattress may lose some of its support after 8 years of use. (Some lessor quality mattresses may lose support in one year!) If you’re still sleeping soundly and waking up feeling well-rested – no aches or pains – there is no reason to replace your mattress after 8 years or even 10 years, for that matter. On the other hand, if you develop an achy back or shoulders and wake up feeling unwell, your mattress may be to blame.

How to be sure it’s your mattress

If you start waking up with an achy back, neck, or shoulders, it could be your mattress, but how can you be sure? If your mattress is 8 years or older, it may have lost some of its support. If your mattress is still in good shape, it may be something you’re doing or not doing that’s causing your pain. I have a very comfortable, new mattress – it’s not too firm and it’s not too soft – it’s just right. Yet, in December, my lower back started hurting for no reason. I hadn’t exercised too hard or overdone it working in the yard. I though that the problem was I had been too sedentary during the holidays. I’d gone for walks and even jogged a bit, but I hadn’t really moved or stretched my whole body.

I was a little too unpracticed to go to a yoga studio so I looked for yoga videos on YouTube. I discovered Yoga With Adriene. Adriene has so many great yoga videos, and she’s really funny, too. The video that helped the most is Deep Stretch, shown below. I don’t have 45 minutes to do this video every day, but she does a sequence from 3:40 to 19:50 that I do every day (a little over 16 minutes) that has really helped my lower back. (The very best stretch is from 14:40 – 19:50). She has several month-long series of videos around 25 minutes long to get you started if you’re a beginner. Adriene makes it fun and easy to start your yoga journey.

Before shopping for a new mattress, make sure you’re moving your body to the best of your ability. Stretching your lower back, neck, and shoulders and working your core are all very important to back health, as well as your physical health in general. If you do a few weeks of yoga consistently, your mattress is over 8 years old or just not comfortable to you anymore, and you’re still waking up feeling achy and unwell, then it’s time for a new mattress.

Practicing Hygge Danish Lifestyle

I first heard the term hygge on On Point with Tom Ashbrook on NPR. Pronounced HOO-gah, it’s a Danish lifestyle popularized here in America and around the world in recent months. The word hygge is translated to cozy in English, and practicing hygge Danish lifestyle offers a cozy, comfortable path to happiness. In the cold, dark months of winter, create a home with the elements of hygge to bolster your mood. Take the advice of Meik Wiking, who literally wrote the book on hygge living, The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, to create the perfect hygge-licious bedroom!

1. Hygge is all about atmosphere.

The most important feature of a cozy Danish home is flickering light: candlelight and firelight feature prominently. Turn off the overhead lights. Overhead lights are especially bad for setting the mood for sleep. Definitely turn them off in the evenings to prepare for restfulness. The Danish often have many candles lit at once. If you don’t have a fireplace, opt for a video featuring a flickering fire. The crackling noises often add a nice touch as well!

2. Practicing hygge Danish lifestyle by turning off cell phones

The Danish use their cozy homes for entertaining cherished guests and visiting. Rarely do they sit and stare at their cell phones while in the company of friends and family. Turn cell phones and tablet screens off to focus on the here and now. Because cell phones and tablets disrupt sleep, turn them off in the bedroom.

practicing hygge danish lifestyle mattress topper

3. Add hygge comfort with cozy blankets, toppers, pillows

Because practicing Danish hygge lifestyle is all about comfort, shift into lounge wear, a favorite sweatshirt, knit socks, whatever makes you feel comfortable. Fit your bedroom with all things cozy: a soft mattress topper, luxurious cotton sheets, fluffy pillows, warm blankets. Because self care and care of your loved ones is all part of making life hyggelig (hygge-like), consider adding some of these principles to your life!

Sleep hyggelig, my friends.

Three Ways to Create a Better Nightly Ritual

better nightly ritualDoes your bedtime ritual consist only of getting into bed, shutting your eyes, and doing your best to drift into the land of sleep? To get a good night’s sleep, you need to start “going to bed” before you even get in your pajamas. You need a better nightly ritual.

Begin the Process Early, and Go in Stages.

Online bedding shops know a thing or two about getting a great night’s sleep. Turn the lights down a few hours ahead of time. This cues the body to begin shutting down for the night, and will help make you feel sleepy. Avoid using the computer or your mobile devices, too, as this will be counter-intuitive. Instead, online bedding shops recommend eating something light, going to the bathroom, having a soak or shower, and doing some light stretching. Reading before bed is a good idea, too, as this will help tire the brain out.

Consider Sleep Aids.

Speaking of online bedding shops, you should consider purchasing some sleep accessories to help hasten your journey into sleep. For less than you’d think, you can get great bedding accessories online, like a sleep machine. These devices generate calming sounds, like rain, or white noise. These sounds can create a more peaceful and calming environment once you’re snug in bed. Online bedding shops also have allergy bedding products, that can help mitigate the problems allergies cause. Allergies often impact the quality of a person’s sleep. If you’re willing to invest in your sleep and consequentially your health, head to an online bedding shop to see what they have to offer.

Take Better Care of Your Mattress.

Most people know that the average adult requires between eight to eight and a half hours of sleep per night. What most people don’t realize, though, is that if you sleep eight hours a night, you’ll rack up nearly 3,000 hours on your mattress in just one year. Mattresses only have lifespans of between eight to 10 years, but if they’re not cared for, then those 3,000 hours are going to be harder and harder on it. For this reason, online bedding shops recommend that you rotate your mattress every other week, and flip it on occasion to ensure that it doesn’t get worn out too quickly. Though this is not a nightly ritual, it’s still a habit you should get into.

If you have trouble getting to sleep, online bedding shops recommend creating a better nightly ritual. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

Four Great Products Could Help You Get Some Sleep

Sleep just doesn’t come quite as easy for some people. About 60 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation or sleep disorders, which add about $15.9 billion to national health care costs. In fact, sleep is increasingly being recognized as a vital part of public health, as sleep insufficiency has been linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors.

Luckily, the weary aren’t helpless. There are tons of different sleep accessories that can help them get some sleep, many of which they didn’t even know could help, or even existed! Here are just some of them.

The Other Side of the Pillow.

When some people wake up and have trouble getting back to sleep, they like to flip their pillow over and crash on the cooler side. Though to some it might seem like a weird thing to do, an American study actually showed that a drop in temperature causes the brain to release chemicals that help the person get to sleep.

Low Profile Bed Frames.

Low profile bed frames are similar to standard bed frames, but much lower down. With all the thick, thick bedding there is today, it can feel like you need a stool to get in your own bed. Normal bed frames rise about seven to eight inches off the floor, but low profile bed frames are only four or five inches off, allowing you to get into bed much easier. These low profile bed frames are built to lower the bed while fully supporting the mattress and box spring. If you find yourself struggling to get into bed, definitely consider looking into low profile bed frames.

Box Springs Help You Get Some Sleep.

Believe it or not, your box spring is pretty important. One might even say it’s as important as a good mattress. You see, box springs act like shock absorbers. They take a lot of the wear and tear that comes from your sleeping on the mattress, while also supporting you and making you more comfortable. If your box spring is noisy, this can wreck a good night. Get some sleep by replacing an old worn our box spring or foundation.

Cookies and Milk.

Last but far from least, cookies and milk are a great bedtime snack. Milk’s tryptophan will help you feel sleepy, and the carbs in the cookies will get it where it needs to go in the brain. If you’re not a big fan of cookies, you can choose another carb. Just make sure it’s low in fat.

Cool pillows, low profile bed frames, box springs, and snacks are all great products you can use to get some sleep. While you might already have many of these, you can get additional bedding accessories online. If you have any questions about any of these products, like low profile bed frames, feel free to ask in the comments.

Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Mattress

mattress_imageEvery night, you flop over onto your bed, ready to get whatever amount of sleep you can. Maybe on the weekends you worry that you need to wash and change your sheets, but other than that, you pay your bed no mind.

Unfortunately, you’re making a big mistake. If you like your mattress, and want to get as many years as possible out of it, you need to take care of it. After all, a quality mattress can last as long as 10 years, but that’s only if it’s looked after.

Here are a few tips you can use to extend the lifespan of your mattress.

Rotate Your Mattress

The first and most obvious thing you can do to prolong the lifespan of your mattress, say online bedding shops, is to rotate it. Most people usually sleep in the same spot, in the same position, every night, which can lead to uneven wear and tear on the coils. Online bedding shops say that after a number of years, one side will be worn out while the other is like new, which decreases the support both sides can provide. So, online bedding shops advise you rotate your mattress every two months, and flip it on occasion.

Make Sure You Have a Good Box Spring

Sleep accessories can be as important as a mattress, the box spring and its frame in particular. Box springs act like shock absorbers, and take a lot of the nightly wear and tear, while box springs add further support. You can get pretty good deals on these bedding accessories online.

Clean the Mattress!

Your sheets aren’t the only things you need to wash! Online bedding shops advise that you also clean whatever stains there may be with a mild detergent or soap. Soak a clean cloth in cold water, get it soapy, and have at it. Online bedding shops also advise against using volatile chemical removers, since they could actually damage the mattress.

Who would have thought that rotating your mattress could help extend its lifespan? Or that your bed frame supports the mattress and eases wear and tear? Or even that you had to clean the mattress, too? With these helpful tips from online bedding shops, you can make your mattress last much longer!

If you have any questions about caring for your mattress, feel free to ask in the comments.

Three of the Most Common Problems That Affect Sleep

Unfortunately, about 40% of Americans don’t get the necessary 8.5 hours of sleep, which can result in such problems as faulty memories, lack of attention, and even increased risk of contracting certain diseases. Sleep problems have become so problematic that they now cost the nation about $15.9 billion in health care.

While some of these people can’t get enough sleep because of certain habits and schedules, many people aren’t getting the necessary amounts of sleep because of certain physical ailments.

Luckily, there are several sleep accessories that can help. Here are a few of the most common, physical problems, and the things that can help people overcome them.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is one of the more serious sleep disorders, and causes people to stop breathing when they sleep. Common symptoms of sleep apnea are a loud snore, and daytime tiredness. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor about which sleep accessories may work best for you. Some people might not need to be too concerned just yet, but others may have to start using certain wearable sleep accessories like a mask.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a common, gastroesophageal ailment that causes a person’s stomach acid to flow back into their esophagus. Naturally, this backwash is quite painful and bothersome, and can often interrupt a person’s sleep. Luckily, there are a couple sleep accessories that can help. An acid reflux wedge is a wedge shaped pillow that can prop a person up when they sleep, so that gravity can help keep a person’s stomach acid in their stomach. Deluxe bed risers also use the same principle. They’re put underneath standard bed frame feet, which then put the whole bed on an incline.

Restless Leg Syndrome

People who have restless leg syndrome feel an unpleasant sensation in their legs when they go to lie down, which prompts them to move their legs around to make them feel better. This movement then makes it difficult for a person to fall asleep. Thankfully, there are several ways to deal with restless leg syndrome. Afflicted sleepers can try exercise, medications, vitamins, or even sleep accessories like a warm compress.

If you’re not getting enough sleep, you may want to talk to your doctor to figure out what problem you may be having. Only then can you figure out which sleep accessories will be able to help you at night.

If you have any questions about sleep accessories, feel free to ask in the comments.

Three Reasons You Should Consider Using Bed Risers

Americans love their sleep, but too few are getting enough of it. Even though adults are required to get between eight and eight and a half hours of sleep every night, the average person in the U.S. only gets 6.8 hours of sleep.

The reason so few people get enough sleep is because so few people in the U.S. have good sleep hygiene, which is the practice of good sleep habits. Most people know that they need to do something about their poor sleep habits, but refuse to make a change. Consequentially, these sleep problems cause health issues, like anxiety and faulty memory, and economic issues as well. In fact, sleep problems add about $15.9 billion to national health care costs.

What’s most baffling about this entire situation is that it can be incredibly easy to solve sleep problems. Many times, a person just needs to get new bed frame feet, which lift a bed up, or a wedge pillow, which allow a person to sleep in a more comfortable position instead of laying flat on their back.

Though it might not seem like these deluxe bed risers do all that much, these sleep accessories actually provide several advantages. Here are just a couple of the many wedge pillow and bed riser benefits.

Fight Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a condition where a person’s acidic gastric juices are regurgitated, which causes heartburn and pain. It can also disrupt a person’s sleep, and decrease the quality of sleep a person gets. Sleep accessories such as a wedge pillow allow a person to sleep sitting up a bit, and use gravity to help keep these acidic fluids where they belong — in the person’s stomach — thereby allowing them to sleep better.

Make it Easier to Get Into Bed

The lower the bed, the harder it may be for some people to get in. By raising the bed up a bit, these sleep accessories can make it easier for some people to get into bed, allowing them to get to a good night’s sleep sooner.

Helps Make Room For Storage

These sleep accessories also have a use beyond helping a person sleep better. If a person’s bed is lifted up, there’s more room underneath it to store things. Many people actually use these sleep accessories exclusively for this purpose, if you can believe it.

Who would have thought that such simple sleep accessories could provide so many benefits? Anyone would be wise to head to an online bedding shop and getting these vital sleep accessories.

Three Ways to Beat Allergies and Sleep Better

allergiesIf you have allergies, then chances are you’re well aware that pollen, dust, and mold will keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. In one study reported by WebMD, only 17% of people with allergies would rate the quality of their sleep as optimal. About half of respondents said that their allergies make it hard for them to fall asleep.

As an adult, it is best to get about eight hours of sleep a night. If your allergies are making your sleep hygiene poor, chances are you’re getting far less than that. This in turn can cause a myriad of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

It’s time to take back your 40 winks from your allergies. Here are a few tips to beat allergies and sleep better!

Wash out your nasal passages with saline spray

When allergens get in your nose, they tend to get stuck there, and then cause inflammation. Fortunately, you can use a saline solution in a squirt bottle to wash your nasal passages out before bed, thus allowing you to go to sleep with no allergies.

Find bedding accessories online that can help, like allergy proof mattress covers

Online, you can find tons of anti-allergy bedding products and sleep accessories that can help you overcome your allergies and get a better night’s sleep — allergy proof mattress covers and encasements are the best. Today’s high quality mattress encasements are fully lined with soft plastic. They come with a zipper to effectively lock any dust mites and other allergens in, keeping them from coming and going. In one study of allergy proof mattress covers, children with asthma were able to cut their medicine in half when they started using them on their beds.

Stop using over the counter decongestants

Most over-the-counter decongestants cause insomnia, believe it or not. To get a better night sleep, find allergy medicines that induce drowsiness instead.

For those with allergies, consider using saline nasal sprays, getting allergy proof mattress covers, and ditching over the counter decongestants so that you can reclaim your 40 winks.

If you have any questions about solutions or products such as allergy proof mattress covers, feel free to ask in the comments.

Sleeping At Night

Sleeping at Night

Box Spring frames are designed to accommodate both a mattress and a box spring. The average life span of a quality mattress is eight to ten years. If you sleep eight hours a night, in one year you’ll rack up 3000 hours on your mattress. Sleep problems add an estimated $15.9 billion to national health care costs. The promotion of good sleep habits and regular sleep is known as sleep hygiene.

This infographic has been brought to you by The Sleep Shop. Whether you’re looking for a taller bed frame or a lower bed frame, or if you’re looking for additional center supports for your bed, The Sleep Shop has just what you need.


Three Sleep Accessories To Consider Purchasing

Did you know that the average adult should get between eight and eight and a half hours of sleep every night? Yet, a 2013 Gallup poll found that 65% of U.S. adults are get seven hours of sleep or less.

Now this sleep deficiency is recognized as a serious public health concern. Lack of sleep is linked to car crashes, work errors, and even industrial disasters. American’s sleep problems are so bad that they’ve added about $15.9 billion to national health care costs.

If you’re not getting a proper amount of sleep, don’t worry.  Here are a few sleep accessories available today that can help you get more restful sleep:

Wedge Pillows

sleep accessories

Wedge pillows go underneath a person’s back to help them sleep on an incline. When in an inclined position, as opposed to flat on the back or stomach, gravity can help open up airways or relieve some symptoms of heart burn. If you’re propping yourself up with an extra pillow to get more comfortable, consider using one of these sleep affordable accessories.

Hypoallergenic Sleep Accessories

According to the Sleep Foundation, allergic rhinitis happens when a person breathes in allergens, like dust, pollen, or molds, which cause nasal congestion, watery eyes, or sneezing. These naturally hamper a person’s quality of sleep. Luckily, there are hypoallergenic bedding accessories online that can help a person sleep without getting bothered. We recommend mattress encasements that keep allergens out of your mattress.

Sleep Sound Machines

Though many people underestimate the usefulness of noise-generating sleep accessories, nighttime sound machines are very helpful. First of all, they create soothing noises to help “wind down for the day”, putting a person into a more relaxed state. Finally, these sleep accessories can block out distracting noises, like the bark of a neighbor’s dog.

If you have trouble sleeping, consider some of these sleep accessories to help. Acid reflux wedges, allergy bedding products, and sleep sound machines allow you to get a better night’s sleep.