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Tips From the Experts: Better Sleep Council

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The Better Sleep Council is a non-profit organization, devoted to educating the public on the importance of sleep. Established in 1979, they believe in the positive impact sleep has on one’s quality of life. Their goal is to ‘wake up’ the world to the value of a quality mattress and the vital role better sleep plays in having a happy, healthy lifestyle.

They share how one can improve their sleep environment with this tip:

For more sleep and mattress advice, be sure to visit BetterSleep.Org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Spine

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If 2012 was marred by back and neck pain, add these 5 resolutions to your list. Remember, your spine connects many nerves, muscles and ligaments throughout the body, making spinal health key to your overall health.

1. Resolve to cherish sleep
While sleeping, your spine finally has an opportunity to relax and repair itself. Try sleeping in a neutral position on your back or on the side to avoid forcing any extra curves into your back. Make sure you have a supportive pillow and mattress to properly and comfortably sleep in a neutral position. This way, your body can take full advantage of restorative sleep and more easily be able to relax.

2. Resolve to stretch
Tight muscles can cause imbalances in bodily structure, increasing the risk of injury and causing pain. In particular, tight muscles around the spine cause spinal stress instead of providing adequate spinal support. Also, tight hamstrings can pull the pelvis out of its normal alignment with the spine, causing back and joint pain. Consider stretching your spine via inversion therapy – effective and only takes a couple minutes.

3. Resolve to be active
Different types of exercise protect the spine in different ways. For example, abdominal exercises strengthen the core area, which support and protect the spine. Cardio helps shed extra weight that drags down on ligaments, muscles, and tendons of the lower back. Exercise helps the healing process, so for those sidelined by injury, make it a priority to stay active within your physical means.

4. Resolve to create a spine-healthy work environment
For full-time office workers, lower back pain may be a result of poor workplace ergonomics. From sitting on a chair with good back support to avoiding prolonged sitting, all systems, levels, and angles must work together for an ergonomic workstation. For more information, check out our infographic on how to design your workspace for maximum movement, flexibility, comfort, and productivity.

5. Resolve to stay hydrated
We all know water is vital, but don’t underestimate its importance to the spine. Our spinal discs can shrink over time if they don’t get enough water, resulting in less “padding” and increased likelihood of spinal ruptures or bulges. Resolve to choose water as your accompanying beverage of choice at meals, and sip liberally throughout the day.

Benefits of Adjustable Beds

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Adjustable beds allow you to personalize your own sleep system, providing that perfect position to ensure a comfortable relaxing sleep experience. Adjustable bases provide two basic types of benefits: lifestyle advantages and medical benefits.

Lifestyle Benefits

  • Massage: Enjoy a relaxing massage to ease tension and anxiety as most adjustable beds provide massage options.
  • Zero Gravity Position: Positions your body in the least resistance from gravity
  • Reduce or Eliminate Snoring: Sleeping with your head raised slightly will decrease or eliminate snoring. It will also help with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Heart Health: Raising your legs while asleep allows your heart to work less difficultly
  • Watching TV, Reading: With the ease of raising your head, adjustable beds make it very easy to watch television or read in your bed

Medical Benefits

  • Back Pain Relief: The adjustable positions allow to redistribute pressure across different parts of the body which can help reduce back pain
  • Increased Blood Flow Circulation: The adjustable positions and massage feature promotes increased blood flow
  • Getting out of Bed: Raising the head makes it easier to getting out of bed, compared to laying on a flat mattress
  • Swelling: Raising your legs above your heart can help with swelling 

Adjustable beds put you in control, allowing for virtually unlimited number of ergonomic positions and rejuvenating massage.  Here are two options of adjustable beds from Relax The Back:

TEMPUR Advanced Ergo System™

Combine a Tempur-Pedic mattress with our exclusive TEMPUR Advanced Ergo System for the ultimate sleep experience. The wireless remote lets you control movement from the comfort of your bed, as it electronically adjusts to your every whim. Create a place of true renewal whether you’re sleeping or relaxing in bed.

ContourSleep Zero Gravity Adjustable Base

The ContourSleep Adjustable Base is the only adjustable base that features a true zero gravity position. The touch of a single pre-set button on the wireless remote control lets you gently recline to the zero gravity position. At zero gravity, you can reduce the pressure off your spine. Another touch of a button brings you back to the flat position, or you can choose any recline angle in between and enjoy a massage at any 3 speeds with 10, 20 or 30 minute timers.

 

 

Review: Tempur-Pedic RhapsodyBed

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We recently bought a Tempur-Pedic mattress for our master bedroom. We replaced our traditional, coil mattress, which we had for 10 years. Before purchasing one, we tried Tempur-Pedic’s entire line at our local Relax The Back. We went up and down the row of mattresses, comparing each one’s characteristics. At the end of day, we chose The RhapsodyBed by Tempur-Pedic, known as one of the firmer mattresses by the Swedish company.After a month, we can say that it was an excellent decision.

The difference between sleeping on a traditional coil mattress and sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic mattress is dramatic. The Tempu-Pedic RhapsodyBed cradles every contour of my frame. Instead of tossing and turning to get comfortable, the bed conforms to me. My lumbar, shoulders, and back are fully supported, but without the pressure points. After a while you wonder how you slept on anything else.

The most surprising thing we’ve noticed is that we wake up in the same position we went to sleep. Because of the Rhapsody’s contouring qualities, there’s a lot less fumbling around, trying to find a comfortable position.

The Rhapsody, like all Tempur-Pedic mattresses, is temperature sensitive, so you reach full comfort after it’s absorbed some of your body heat.  It takes a little getting used to. When you’ve slept on a traditional coil mattress your entire life, making the switch to a high-quality, ergonomically friendly mattress can be a little jarring. But in a good way, like switching from bologna to filet mignon. When we lie down on the Rhapsody, we can feel the difference, as the mattress conforms to our bodies.

To complete the experience, we also purchased a pair of Tempur-Pedic’s ClassicPillows. As someone who usually needs 2-3 pillows to get comfortable, it was a bit of adjustment sleeping on it. Over the last few weeks however, I have gradually stopped using the other pillows. It comes as a surprise to me, but the ClassicPillow provides so much support for my neck and head that I no longer feel it is necessary to sleep on more than one pillow.

Taken together, these features create a sleep experience that leaves us fully refreshed, reassuring us every morning that we made the right purchase.