10 Things You Need to Know About How To Choose the Right Pillow

A high quality mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep, but an equally important step is in knowing how to choose the right pillow. A pillow has the important job of supporting your head and neck, providing proper alignment for your spine during sleep. In fact, 30% of the comfort of your sleep rests in your pillow.

So how do you pick the right one? Here are 10 things you need to know about pillows so you can make the best choice:

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Get Support

Your pillow needs to support head and neck so they remain level with your upper back and spine. The goal is to have you lying in bed with the same posture you use when you stand. If you find it more comfortable to put your arm under your pillow when you sleep, your pillow probably isn’t providing enough support.

Be Firm

Fluffy pillows seem like a great choice, but the weight of your head can displace the stuffing material, leaving little support. Choose firmer foam or materials that press back and support the head.

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Side Sleeper

If you sleep on your side, you need a firm, full pillow that fills the space between your ear and shoulder. Look for one that will maintain its shape to eliminate neck pain.

Stomach Sleeper

If you’re a stomach sleeper choose a thin, almost flat pillow. Experts say you might not even need a pillow for your head, but you can tuck one beneath your stomach to avoid lower back pain. Sleeping on your stomach causes strain on your lower back and has the potential for causing neck pain.

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Back Sleeper

If you sleep on your back, you need a thin pillow. Look for one with extra loft in the bottom third to provide cradling for your neck. You can also place a soft pillow under your knees to help maintain the natural curve of your spine.

Pillows Should Work With Your Mattress

Your pillow also needs to work in tandem with your mattress. If you have a plusher bed, choose a lower profile pillow. Firm beds should be paired with higher profile pillows.

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Chill Out

If you wake up during the night because you’re too hot, know that the pillow you choose can affect the temperature of your bed. Poly-filled pillows are known for heating during sleep. Choose a ventilated pillow that’s designed to move hot air out at night or a gel pillow that provides the perfect sleep temperature.

Pillows Need to Be Regularly Replaced

How old is your pillow? If you don’t know, it’s probably time to replace it. The editors of Prevention magazine suggest that you change your pillow once a year. If you use a protective pillow cover, they say you can double its life.

Know the Material

Your pillow material can prolong its life. The experts at Art Van PureSleep give these general guidelines: fiber- or poly-filled pillows are usually good for 6 to 18 months depending on quality. Wool or goose down pillows will last for two to three years. And latex or memory foam pillows are good for up to 5 years, depending on quality. Always use a pillow protector to maintain and prolong the life of your pillow investment.

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Get a Pillow Protector

Finally, a pillow protector is a smart investment. Your pillow can become filled with fungi, dead skin, dust mites and drool – all of which can aggravate allergies, asthma, sinusitis and respiratory disease. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says that exposure to these allergens is a significant risk factor for the development of asthma and hay fever.

How To Keep Your Bedroom Cool This Summer

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Slipping into crisp, cool sheets is a great way to end your day, especially when the weather is warm. When your bed and bedroom are too warm, however, sleep can be difficult and restless. You run the risk of waking up when you’re too hot. That’s why it’s important to keep your bedroom cool this summer to help get a good night’s sleep.

Here are five tips for creating a great sleep environment:

Control Your Temperature

The ideal temperature for sleeping is 65 to 67 degrees. If you’ve got an air conditioner, you can set your thermostat to the perfect spot. If not, take steps to prevent excessive heat from building up in your bedroom. During the day, shut blinds or use draperies to keep out sunlight, which can heat up your room. If the temperature cools down at night, open your windows when possible. You can also use a portable fan or ceiling fan to circulate or draw in cool air.

Bathe Before Bed

Taking a shower or baths before bed can cool you down. Be careful that the shower doesn’t make your room humid, though. A soothing bath can also create a sense of calm. Using lavender scented soaps or essential oils helps relax you.

Choose The Right Sheets

The average person sweats about a pint of perspiration throughout the night. Choose sheets made of natural fabrics that will wick away perspiration and keep you cool. Look for cotton, bamboo or cotton blend, and be sure to use a top sheet between your body and your blanket or comforter.

Select the Right Pillow

Today’s sleep technology includes pillows made from temperature and pressure sensitive memory foam. The Broyhill Clima-Comfort pillow has two sides to choose from, including a cooler surface made for restful sleep that has a GelLux polymer gel sleep surface.

Change Your Mattress Pad

In addition to your pillow, select a mattress pad that is designed to keep your mattress cooler. The Ver-tex has a contoured channel construction that delivers instant heat deflection with a cool touch feel and waterproof invisible barrier back. It works in harmony with your sheets to keep you cool and dry.

Pay attention to your environment and keep your bedroom cool, and you’ll set the stage for the sweetest midsummer night’s dream.

How to Design A Bedroom For Better Sleep

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The importance of sleep is well researched. It touches every aspect of your life, from your physical health to your mental wellbeing to your success and overall happiness. Creating the right atmosphere is key for better sleep. Your bedroom is the most important room in the house, and making sure it’s properly designed will enhance the quality of your life.

 

To get better sleep, consider taking these seven steps:

1. Reclaim its true purpose

TV viewing. Catching up on work. Studying. Exercising. If your bedroom is a major multi-tasking space, it’s having a negative impact on your quality of sleep. Your bedroom should serve a single purpose: R&R. That means you need to remove the television, desk and treadmill.

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2. Get rid of clutter

Clutter overloads your senses and causes you to be stressed out and anxious. Clutter also makes it harder to clean your environment, creating a germ haven that aggravates allergies and asthma. All of this will have a negative impact on your quality of sleep. For better sleep, get rid of anything that doesn’t belong, or store items away in your closet or in under-bed storage.

3. Pay attention to light

The presence of light can alter your natural sleep patterns. Dim the lights one hour before bedtime. If daylight or streetlights shine in your bedroom window when you need to be sleeping, invest in blackout drapes that effectively block the light. This is especially important if you work a non-traditional shift. Remove electronics from your bedroom, which emit blue light that can interrupt sleep. And if you have a digital clock, turn it away from your bed so the light won’t shine in your face while you sleep.

4. Make sure you have the right mattress

Your mattress should be replaced every five to ten years, and sleeping on an old one causes unnecessary back pain and improper support, which will interrupt your sleep. The right mattress provides proper alignment to help eliminate morning aches and pains; provides pressure relief to foster deeper, healthier sleep; and creates a neutral position for your body so you wake up refreshed and ready for the day.

Choosing the right mattress is a science as well as an art. In just five minutes, the PureSleep system performs over 1,000 calculations to identify the perfect mattress for your body type, body density and preferred sleep position. Using this information, PureSleep Specialists will help you select the mattress that is right for your body and your budget.

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5. Use the right pillow

If your pillow is older than a year, it needs to be replaced. Hair and body oils soak into its fabric and stuffing, making it a breeding ground for bacteria. While a pillow may seem like a small part of your sleep system, it actually plays a big role in giving you the best sleep possible. The right pillow provides 30% of your sleep benefits by maintaining correct spinal alignment, relieving pressure on your back and spine and promoting good circulation.

PureSleep Specialists will determine the perfect pillow for you by matching it to your body type and mattress. If you’ve never been fitted for a pillow, you’ll be amazed at the results; you’ll toss and turn less, and experience a deeper, more restorative sleep.

6. Choose calming colors

Color psychologists say the paint you choose can impact your emotions. You want to create a restful mood with your bedroom design and that can mean choosing soothing shades. Blue is known to be very calming. Or consider mellow, neutral hues inspired by nature. But be sure to avoid bright colors that can be energizing or busy patterns in wall paint or wallpaper, bed linens and floor coverings.

7. Adjust the thermostat

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature at night with 60 to 67 degrees being optimal, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Also, swap out linens for the right season. In winter, select heavier bedding and swap that out for a light coverlet during the summer.

Mother’s Day: Breakfast In Bed With An Adjustable Base Bed

Breakfast in bed becomes extra sweet when Mom reclines on an adjustable base bed. Sometimes called a power base bed, not only is it is a great investment in your health and lifestyle; adjusting the bed helps reduce hypertension, snoring and lower back pain. It improves circulation and lessens acid reflux symptoms. You can also comfortably watch TV, read, and work on your laptop or tablet.

When you purchase an adjustable base, there are a few things you should know:

Adjustable Bases Work With Most Mattresses

Take the test and find the mattress that’s right for you; virtually every mattress Art Van Furniture carries at its PureSleep locations is power-based compatible. Or use a power base with the mattress you have at home. From foam to inner spring to hybrid, a power base will enhance your comfort by allowing you to sleep in a position that provides the greatest amount of support. Power base beds can raise the bed up to 70 degrees at the head and 40 degrees at the foot.

 

Adjustable Bases Offer Several Features

In addition to a controller that allows you to adjust your mattress to the right position, power base beds offer features such as massage waves, anti-snore preset, mobile apps, and zero gravity settings. And the great thing about power base beds is that when it’s flat, you can’t tell the difference between it and a regular foundation.

Adjustable Base Beds Are Affordable For Any Budget

The base model starts at $499 go up depending on the options you choose. Plus, most power base beds have a 20-year warranty, which means it will last through two mattresses.

Adjustable base beds are growing in popularity for many reasons. Come to a PureSleep location to test one out, and to find out why.

It’s National Nap Day!

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Want to boost your productivity? Put your head down and take a nap. It sounds counterintuitive, but napping is the best cure for the post-lunch dip, sharpening your attention and boosting your creativity better than that vending machine candy bar or double shot latte.

Here are some details on napping from the National Sleep Foundation:

The best time to nap is early afternoon, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; napping later can be troublesome, impacting the quality of your nighttime sleep.

The length of your nap is key to getting its benefits. A brief 20-minute nap will sharpen your attention and motor skills, while a 60- to 90-minute nap will help you with problem solving and creativity.

The ideal spot for sleep is one that dark, quiet, cool and comfortable. Close the blinds to keep out the afternoon sun, and try to minimize noise. Using a sound machine or fan can help eliminate distracting sounds.

Get the best nap possible by setting up the right environment.

Mattress: If you’re able to nap at home in bed, having the right mattress is key. And the truth is, you can’t choose the right mattress by simply lying on it in a store. Take our exclusive 5-minute test and find your perfect sleep. Your personalized recommendation is based on more than 20 years of research by the Sleep to Live Institute, the industry’s leader in sleep science and innovation. The patented technology uses statistical measurements such as height range, weight distribution, age and pain criteria to determine the mattresses that offer the best postural support for you.

Pillow: A pillow has the important job of supporting your head and neck while you sleep. In fact, it accounts for 30% of the comfort and support of your sleep, and one-size-fits-all does not apply. People are different shapes and sizes, and we sleep in different positions. The best pillow for you will hold your head in neutral alignment based on your sleep style. By providing the right support for your neck and spine, the right pillow will alleviate neck and back pain, and promote good circulation and breathing.

Sleep Essentials: Protect your health and your mattress by choosing the right bedding essentials. Mattress protectorssheets, blankets, and duvets work together to create the perfect microclimate for sleep. The best bedding is made of breathable fabrics to wick moisture that can cause you to overheat or be chilled. And a waterproof mattress protector protects you from harmful bacteria.

You’re all set to snooze. Did you participate in National Nap Day?