Fall Asleep Fast

Fall Asleep Fast

                Falling asleep quickly is almost everyone’s wish.  How about a full night of restful and comfortable sleep with no tossing or turning.  How many of you are constantly fluffing that pillow or feel restless when you lay down?  Unfortunately this blog will not answer the age old question of how to fall sleep quickly but we can offer some great advice.23

The first and most basic step is acquiring a comfortable mattress.  There are numerous types of mattresses so it is best to do your research and find the one that fits your preferences.  The days of choosing between a hard or soft mattress are gone.  The home bedroom market is full of different products and materials.  This is why it’s important to do your research as well as view our website.  Why do we say that?  Mattresses For Less just doesn’t pick any mattress to sell.  We do our own research into the product making sure the product works as advertised and that its cost is proportionate with its consumer value.  Here are a few mattresses that have great prices and reviews:

Once you find a comfortable mattress be strict about going to bed on time.  For example, get into bed Monday through Friday at 10:30 pm and envision your falling asleep at 10:45 every night.  Eventually your body will get use to this routine and automatically tell itself that it’s time to sleep.  One other small tip is moving your mobile phone away from the nightstand.  You will be surprised how many people feel flustered that they can’t fall asleep and feel like they need to make use of this time.  They will grab their phone and check their email and social media.  It’s best to leave it until the morning.sert

Restful sleep is within your grasp.  It just takes some new tools and patience.  We can ensure you that once you feel a full night’s sleep you will be glad you spent your time, energy, and money to achieve it.

Mattresses, Mattresses Everywhere: Memory Foam

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A good mattress lasts 9 to 10 years, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, you should consider replacing yours every 5 to 7 years if you don’t sleep well. When it’s time to change your mattress, it’s important to keep in mind the many different mattress options there are. In our previous article we discussed the pros and cons of an innerspring mattress and today we’re going to detail memory foam mattresses.

Memory Foam Mattresses

First designed in the mid-1960s for NASA airplane seats, memory foam is made from a substance called viscoelastic. It is both highly energy absorbent and soft and molds to the body, evenly distributing body weight and returns to its original shape once pressure is removed.

If you prefer an extra-firm base for your mattress, memory foam has very little spring and provides support to your head, shoulders, hips, knees and feet while keeping your spine in proper alignment. Resting in a comfortable position all night helps promote a good night’s sleep and ensures that you wake up feeling rested without aches and pain.

Pros

  • Polyurethane foam found in memory foam mattresses is naturally resistant to allergies and dust mites.
  • Memory foam mattresses do not have to be flipped. They do not contain the innersprings that end up sagging after many years of use.
  • Mattress does not creak and whine every time you or your partner adjusts positions throughout the night.

Cons

  • The main complaint is the mattress has a tendency to retain heat. This results in the bed getting hot, especially in warmer weather. However over the years, manufacturers have taken steps to produce foam that is much cooler to sleep on with an open cell structure and channels that allow air to circulate more freely.
  • A number of people found their memory foam mattress to be more firm than expected upon first use, thought he foam softened and became more comfortable as it absorbed body heat.
  • When new, memory foam can produce an odd chemical smell. To minimize this problem, it is recommended to air out the mattress for at least 24 hours before putting sheets on.

It’s important to keep all of this information in mind when picking out a new mattress. Having the right mattress is important not just for maintaining a good night’s rest, but for your overall health as well.

Mattress Types

Mattresses are designed to provide the support and comfort you need to relax and rest. If you’ve had your mattress for a while, it may be time to buy a new one. Research shows that people sleep better and suffer less back pain when sleeping on a newer bed. Matching your specific comfort needs is important when choosing the right mattress because mattresses are made with a variety of materials and technologies that meet a broad array of people’s needs, tastes and budgets.

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According to consumer reports, mattresses should be evaluated every seven to ten years for quality and support. There are many options to choose from if you haven’t shopped for a new mattress recently:

– Innerspring Mattress – Uses a steel coil system. The greater number of coils, the more points of support and greater distribution, and the bed can better contour and support the sleeper.

– Foam Mattress – Uses one or more types of foam for support. The foam used in these mattresses can be manufactured in a variety of shapes and densities.

– Hybrid Mattress – Combines steel coil support and one or more types of foam.

– Pillow Top Mattress – Provides an additional upholstery layer sewn into the top of the mattress. This layer can be made from a variety of fiber and foam materials.

– Gel Mattress – Uses a type of foam that contains gel in the product’s support system, upholstery layers, or both.

– Memory Foam Mattress – Uses high density polyurethane foam as the support system, in the upholstery layer, or both.

Often times people tend to repurchase the same type of mattress they had before out of fear of making a costly mistake or because they are unsure of their options. Researching products takes time, something many of us have little of to spare, but it is important to consider all your options so you are better equipped to cut through the hype and choose a bed that meets your needs.

Mattress Types 101: Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses have been growing in popularity since their introduction in the 1990s, and for good reason. Created by NASA in 1966, memory foam has been used for everything from space shuttle seats to helmet padding for the National Football League. Universally praised for its “open-cell” structure, it provides unprecedented support and comfort than traditional foam padding.

As mattresses have evolved, it seems a natural step in technological evolution that our sleeping surfaces would incorporate this marvel of modern engineering. As with all mattress types, there is variety with the memory foam mattress with each version bringing varying levels of comfort and features.

The mattress experts at Mattresses For Less understand the need for consumers to do their homework on all of the sleeping surfaces available to them. With this in mind, they proudly offer the following information to better aid their customers in their search for the perfect mattress:

 

Traditional Memory Foam Mattresses

The most popular version of the memory foam mattress, traditional memory foam is what most consumers think of when shopping for this type of mattress. More dense than typical sleeping surfaces (like innerspring mattresses), memory foam is renowned for its ability to keep its shape (or “remember”) once used. This allows for a reduction of pressure points on the sleeper as the foam conforms to the body. This actually aids in circulation allowing for a better night’s sleep.

Another inherent trait with traditional memory foam is the reduction of allergens inherent in other sleeping surfaces. Memory foam inherently repels dust mites and microbial contaminants that are the primary cause of most allergy sufferer’s symptoms. This fact alone makes memory foam an extremely popular sleeping surface choice.

Motion transfer reduction is another benefit of traditional memory foam mattresses. No matter how restless you or your partner may be in the night, traditional memory foam limits how much movement is transferred to the other side of the bed.

Finally, traditional foam mattresses are tough. Warranties on traditional foam mattresses tend to last longer as the mattresses themselves have a longer life expectancy than non-memory foam sleeping surfaces. What this means to you is a noticeable increase in the life of your investment.

AirCool Memory Foam

Like the traditional memory foam, this type of surface also reduces pressure points as it conforms to the body as well as repels dust mites and other allergens. However, one of the common complaints against traditional memory foam mattresses is the temperature of the surface. Memory foam tends to store body heat making the surface temperature of the mattress uncomfortable, if not unbearable, for most consumers. The difference in this foam comes in the form of the open celled structure that allows for improved airflow and considerably less heat retention. A secondary benefit of this type of foam is the speed in which the surface responds to the shape of the body. While traditional memory foam mattresses can have a “quicksand” feel to it as it slowly conforms to the sleeper’s body, AirCool memory foam reduces that sinking feeling with its increased response speed. With the reduction in surface heat and faster conforming response time, many feel this type of memory foam is a substantial upgrade from traditional memory foam mattresses.

Gel Memory Foam

As with the previous types of memory foam surfaces, this version also reduces motion transfer, pressure points, and allergens. The biggest difference in gel memory foam from all others is found in the gel itself. Using the same substance found in many shoe inserts and sports equipment, this type of memory foam offers even more support and comfort than traditional memory foam. Surface temperature is reduced as well as it does not utilize the same heat retaining materials found in traditional memory foam. While all memory foam mattresses have a well-earned reputation for form retention and comfort, many consumers have found the gel memory foam to have the highest quality in terms of quality, comfort, and warranty (some as high as 25 years).

No matter what type of memory foam mattress you choose, the benefits of this particular sleeping surface are obvious. More comfort, more support, longer warranties, and less allergens are just a few of the benefits from a memory foam mattress. Without a doubt, these mattresses are among the best money can buy and certainly worthy of the investment not just in a new sleeping surface but ultimate in the health and well being that can only come from a good night’s sleep.

The Purpose of Pillows

There are some components of a well-made bed that are associated with decor, and others that are associate with a good night’s sleep. There are obvious ones like sheets and comforters that provide warmth and a sense of security and protection. Other accoutrements such as bed-skirts or dust ruffles have a more practical purpose; namely to deflect dust particles that often gather in the space underneath the bed.

Do pillows have a real purpose in the overall sleep equation, or are they just another decorative touch? Do you even need a pillow to experience rest-full sleep? The answer may surprise you.

Pillows were designed to keep your head elevated and your neck in a neutral position. Together, you can sleep much more soundly. They have a considerable effect on the quality of sleep you get, and directly affect how rested and alert you feel in the morning.

Without a pillow, depending on how you sleep, you may wake up with head, neck, or back aches as well as temporary numbness to certain extremities. Pillows are designed to keep your spine straight while you sleep so without them there can be some serious discomfort and sleep problems.

Depending on what position you typically fall asleep in, you might need a particular type of pillow. For those of you who like to sleep on your back, you will probably prefer a pillow that is a bit thinner than normal since your neck doesn’t need much elevation to keep your back straight. For the side sleepers out there, you will probably need a thicker, firmer pillow since there is plenty of room needed to keep your head in the proper position. If you are someone who sleeps on their stomach, you probably need a very thin pillow or no pillow at all. The position we tend to doze off in is important to consider when shopping for the right pillow since it may be the difference between a normal nights sleep and a great nights sleep.

There are a wide variety of pillow types, the difference between them being the material with which they are stuffed. For back-sleepers the best choices are memory foam, kapok (from the soft fibers of the ceiba tree), or polyester fiberfill due to their softness and lack of resistance. There are many options for those who prefer to sleep on their side such as natural latex, organic wool, buckwheat as well as memory foam and polyester fiberfill since all of which are thick or supportive enough to keep your head properly elevated. Down feather or organic cotton pillows are best suited for stomach sleepers since they are very maleable and soft.

It is a good idea to wash you pillow case often and replace your pillow at least once every two years. Pillows will begin to gather all kinds of nasty things like mildew, dust mites, and mold which can lead to allergic reactions and discomfort if they go unwashed and do not get replaced. If you are sleeping on an old pillow, or even just a pillow that isn’t right for your sleeping style, you may be suffering from minor exhaustion.

Next time you are shopping for a pillow, think twice before just pulling one at random off of the shelf. Consider how you prefer to sleep and make an informed decision so you can optimize the quality of sleep you are getting nightly. Besides a comfortable mattress, a pillow that meets your particular needs can be the best tool to be as rested as you can be.

The Many Uses of Memory Foam

Whenever it is mentioned that memory foam was designed by NASA, the image that seems to come to mind is an astronaut sleeping comfortably on a memory foam mattress while orbiting earth in a space station. But, upon some quick research, one will realize that the astronauts never slept on memory foam in space, but instead it was used in the cushions of their seats to absorb the impact of the extreme gravity during takeoff and landing. The creators of memory foam merely realized the potential for the springy foam material and included NASA in their marketing efforts in order to appear high-tech and futuristic. Knowing this, one can’t help but wonder what else we don’t know about this springy substance. What other uses are there for this innovative material?

Medical Uses

When patients in hospitals are forced to be immobile in bed for extended periods of time, regular hospital beds would often cause complications. The rigidness of an average mattress, when laid upon for a lengthy frame of time, would cause bedsores and even gangrene in patients. The introduction of memory foam mattresses into hospitals significantly reduced these symptoms in bedridden patients. Memory foam is also utilized in wheelchair cushions, stabilizers for broken or fractured bones, and, due to its heat retention properties, therapy for patients with neck or back injuries. Memory foam can be molded into any shape so its uses in the medical field are vast.

Active Uses 

Once the price of memory foam dropped enough for it to be widely commercially distributed, more and more activities have been finding uses for the substance. For instance, if you are a professional race car driver who is sitting in a driver’s seat for hours on end, you’re going to want to sit on a shock absorbant substance to reduce debilitating back pain. Memory foam can be used in an array of sports, both traditional and extreme, as a high-tech padding for safety equipment. Football helmets have begun to use composite pads that utilize memory foam technology to remain rigid enough to keep tight to the body but still absorb a great deal of shock. The use of memory foam in helmets can also be extended to bicycle and skateboard helmets since the same need is met. For marathon bicyclists, a memory foam seat will keep them much more comfortable and therefore willing to go farther distances. The military also utilizes memory foam padding for heavy vests and backpacks to cause less strain on the troops carrying them.

Traditional Uses

Although memory foam is such a versatile substance, the arena in which it is used most affectively is still in the bedroom. Since the temper material retains heat, it is a perfect therapy for erasing the basic aches and pains that arise from strenuous day-to-day life. It assists with proper alignment of your spine resulting in ideal conditions for a perfect nights sleep. The use of memory foam pillows can actually aide sleep apnea by elevating the head to the correct position. If there was ever a time to switch from a regular mattress to a memory foam, the sooner the better. Do your body a favor and invest in one of these mattresses, especially if you are a victim of any chronic pains. A great place to start shopping is MattressesforLess.net since they have  a huge selection of memory foam mattresses all at great prices. Your mattress is the piece of furniture you spend the most time on, wouldn’t it make sense for it to be as comfortable as possible?

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

What is it?
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that gives you the urge to move your legs. This urge comes from uncomfortable sensations that many have described as tingling, creeping, crawling and tightening. These sensations can range anywhere from irritating to extremely painful. RLS is commonly under diagnosed or misdiagnosed, most likely due to the fact that there is no real RLS “test”. Physicians must rely on a patients history and symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms tend to happen the most at the end of the day aka when you want to go to sleep, however, that is not the ONLY time they can happen.  Don’t go undiagnosed because your symptoms don’t occur at night. Symptoms can appear at any time during prolonged sitting or laying down. This means if you get these sensations while sitting in a desk at work, school, in the car or airplane, you are most likely experience RLS. Restless Leg Syndrome comes in all shapes and sizes, some describe it as a slightly irritating sensation while others describe it as intense and painful. The fact is, it’s real and causes sleep deprivation and stress.
Who is affected?
Restless Leg Syndrome can affect anyone at any age, it does not discriminate. However, there are a few statistics that might help you get a better idea of how many people are affected.
  • 5-10% of the entire population suffers from RLS
  • Women are twice as likely as men to develop RLS
  • As many as 25% of pregnant women develop RLS during pregnancy. Symptoms usually disappear within a few months after pregnancy.
What kind of treatment is there?
Physicians will prescribe certain medications that have been known to decrease symptoms but unfortunately no one medication has been proven to cure RLS in all individuals.  Some lifestyle changes have also been shown to decrease symptoms, which include:
  • Decreased consumption of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
  • Iron, folate and magnesium supplementation
  • Exercise
Losing sleep because your partner won’t stop fidgeting? Restless Leg Syndrome not only effects the person suffering from the disorder, but it also affects their partners.  In order to ensure that you both avoid sleep deprivation, sleep on a memory foam mattress! This will allow your partner to fidget and move around without disrupting your sleep. Another benefit of a memory foam mattress is that it conforms to your body and allows the muscles to relax in their most natural position.  This has been shown to decrease symptoms. If you want to help reduce your partners symptoms massaging their legs is highly recommended. This helps take the mind of the uncomfortable sensations and relax the muscles, allowing you to get a good nights rest!