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The Perfect Pillow For Different Sleep Positions

pillowA supportive pillow is key to a good night’s sleep. Pillows are not one size fits all. Certain pillows offer more support and comfort depending on your preferred sleep position. If you are not using the correct pillow, your neck can become bent abnormally forward or to the side causing muscles to strain. Using the proper pillow based on your sleep position allows you to rest comfortably while supporting the natural alignment of your head, neck, and spine. Proper pillows help alleviate or prevent back, neck, or shoulder pain by relieving pressure points and providing the support our spine needs.

In order to sleep more soundly and comfortably, it’s important to be fitted for a pillow that fits your size and compliments your sleep position.

Sleeping on your back

This position is one of the best for those dealing with back pain or recovering from spine surgery as it allows the back to rest comfortably. Look for a medium support pillow, like the TEMPUR-Neck pillow, that maintains the natural curve of your cervical spine. Your pillow should adequately support your head, neck, and shoulders.

Sleeping on your side

A high pillow with firm support that cradles the head, neck, and shoulders will provide the most comfort in this sleep position. Created specifically for side sleepers, our ContourSide Pillow by Relax The Back cradles the shoulder to provide correct support for proper spinal alignment with the combined benefit of memory foam contouring.

Sleeping in various positions

If you don’t have one preferred sleep position and tend to overheat while you sleep, look for a pillow that has both low areas for back sleeping and higher areas for side sleeping with cooling gel layer. The Technogel Sleeping Anatomic Gel Pillow’s ergonomic curved shape provides even support as you move side to back, and to side again. The gel layer disperses heat offering a cool refreshing feel for a perfect night’s sleep.

Enjoy 20% off ALL pillows when you visit your local Relax The Back location now through July 10! Our trained specialists can help you find your perfect pillow. Try our numerous sleep products so, you can sleep easy and comfortable. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more sleep tips and information.

4 Benefits of an Adjustable Base

AdjustableBaseBetter Sleep Month kicks off this May. Supported by the Better Sleep Council (BSC), Better Sleep Month aims to bring awareness to the importance of quality sleep while encouraging people to establish healthy sleep patterns. Sleep is just as important to our physical, mental, and emotional health as diet and exercise. Getting your best night’s rest starts with creating a sleep environment that promotes comfort and relaxation.

Keeping technology and work materials out of the bedroom, exercising early in the day or evening, and making sleep a priority are a few ways to work towards healthier sleeping habits.

Key to a good night’s rest is being in a sleep position that promotes comfort and circulation. Having the ability to move into the proper sleep position can help reduce the physical stresses on your body so you can relax and wake up feeling refreshed. An adjustable base allows you to adjust your position with simple controls.

If you’re looking to improve your sleep quality, consider these four benefits of an adjustable base:

Find neutral posture position: When our body is properly aligned our bones, rather than our muscles, support our weight. The neutral posture position is a measurable set of angles of 128 degrees between the torso and thigh and 133 degrees between the hamstring and calf. This position allows the spine to be in its most relieved, relaxed and stable alignment. This in turn improves circulation, reduces pressure on the spine, relieves tension and alleviates low back pain.

Personalized comfort: An adjustable base provides a personalized sleep system and the perfect position based on your preferences to ensure a comfortable, relaxing sleep experience.

Rejuvenating massage: Ease tension, increase circulation, reduce stress, and improve sleep with a relaxing vibration massage.

Reduce acid reflect and heartburn: Sleeping with your head elevated helps reduce acid reflux and heartburn by retaining stomach acids and keeping them from traveling up to the esophagus.

 

You’re One Visit Away from Quality Sleep

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Did you know 71% of Americans are not getting enough sleep? There are a number of different factors that can contribute to sleep loss; hectic job, stressful evenings at home, busy schedules, etc. When life is demanding a lot of your time, sleep is often the first thing to be put on the back burner even though it is no secret that sleep is essential to a healthy mind, body, and pain-free lifestyle.

Fortunately, our trained experts are here to help. When you visit a Relax The Back location, our consultants work with you to create the ideal sleep environment to help you get the restorative sleep you need. Think cool, dark, and quiet.

Franchisee owner, April Vance, of our Nashville, TN location, shared a memorable experience with a recent customer. An attorney was referred to Relax The Back by a friend of his and stopped by while she was working. He had not slept well in 3 weeks. He was gruff and short tempered. She spent an hour with him as he relaxed and tried pillows and various wedges. He made his purchase of a pillow and long bed wedge. A week later, on a follow up, he was very happy and reported he had slept all night, very restfully, since leaving our store. And he apologized for being gruff.

This displays our core values as a company. Whether you are in need of a wedge system or specialty pillow, or it’s time to replace your mattress, we work with you to determine a solution to help your individual needs. You will have the opportunity to try sleep products first-hand, lay on mattresses to test their comfort level, and feel the difference of a pillow and mattress that provide proper support of your body and spine.

Here are some of our franchisee owner’s favorite products to help you have a quality night’s rest:

  • Wedge Systems: These reduce pressure on the spine to relieve muscle tension and increase circulation.
  • Memory Foam Pillows: Temperature neutral, these pillows provide pressure point relief, improved breathing, and a comfortable cradle for your head and neck.
  • Gel Pillows: A thin layer of cooling gel disperses heat and provides consistent ergonomic support.
  • Specialty Pillows: Pillows, such as the Snoozer Body Pillow, assist with specific positioning needs to maintain spinal alignment.
  • Side sleeping wedges: Enhance respiratory function, prevent the onset of acid reflex, and more.
  • Pressure-Relieving Mattresses: With material that adjusts to body weight and temperature, these mattresses reduce pressure on hips and shoulders, reduce tossing and turning, and improve sleep quality.
  • Adjustable Bases: Have the ability to find the proper sleep position to help reduce the physical stresses on your body so you can truly relax and wake up feeling refreshed.

If you are having difficulty sleeping, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained consultant who can help you try our numerous sleep products to create the ultimate sleep environment in your home. With the proper support, you’ll be on your way to a better night’s rest.

Positioning Pillows to Help You Sleep Easy

sleepThose who suffer from sleep apnea, acid reflux, or who experience leg or back pain while sleeping, can benefit from using bed wedges and support pillows. Positioning pillows are moderately firm pillows that are tapered in a way to allow you to easily add extra support where you need it most. From lumbar pads, to knee spacers, to multi-piece systems, a wedge or pillow can be used on any standard mattress to ensure you’re getting a quality night’s sleep.

These positioning pillows will help you find ultimate comfort, pain relief, and quality sleep.

  • Bed Wedges: Those who suffer from sleep apnea, acid reflux, or who experience leg or back pain while sleeping, can benefit from using bed wedges. Wedges provide customized comfort and help alleviate pressure on your spine, improve circulation, and reduce low back pain and muscle tension.
  • Bed wedge systems: If you’re looking for a more affordable option with the benefits of an adjustable bed system, try an adjustable bed wedge system. Wedge systems to allow you to sit upright or lie back in a neutral posture position. Multi-piece systems, like the PureFit Adjustable Wedge System, work to gently support your back and neck while your legs rest in a knees-bent position.
  • Knee Spacers: Reduce stiffness and relieve hip pain, leg pain, and joint pain throughout the night with the help of an ergonomic knee spacer, such as the ContourSleep Knee Spacer.
  • Full Body Comfort: Body pillows helps those with injuries, a chronic condition, or women who are pregnant, find deep, relaxing support and spinal alignment no matter the position.

Stop by your local Relax The Back location to try out the many different shapes, styles, and brands of positioning pillows for your preferred sleep position. Our sleep experts will work with you to find a pillow that fits your body type, sleep style, and preference. Through one-on-one support, we will determine the best fit based on any pain or discomfort you experience throughout the day.

Visit us today and be on your way to a better night’s sleep.

Sleep Awareness Week: #7Days4BetterSleep

 

Each year, the National Sleep Foundation host’s Sleep Awareness week to raise awareness of the many health benefits of sleep, as well as its importance to productivity and safety.

Make 2016 the year you make time for the sleep your mind and body needs. Find out how much sleep you really need and work towards prioritizing sleep and adjusting your routines before Daylight Savings Time. Adjusting your sleep habits leading up to March 13th, when we will lose an hour of sleep, can help you make beneficial changes and improve your quality of sleep and overall health.

David Cloud, National Sleep Foundation CEO, believes “National Sleep Foundation’s #7Days4BetterSleep will help the public prepare for the unavoidable change to their schedule with seven daily tips to improve sleep. Everyone should take our Sleep Awareness Week pledge to prioritize sleep in their daily lives.”

Starting Sunday, March 6th challenge yourself to incorporate these daily sleep habits into your routine and spring forward towards better sleep!

Unsure if your sleep products are improving your sleep or making matters worse? Head to your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained specialist who can show you our wide selection of sleep products and solutions to help you wake up well rested, pain-free, and ready to take on the day. They will work with you one-on-one to find a mattress, pillow, or sleep accessory based on your needs.

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High Tech Sleep Products: The ReST Bed

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The importance of sleep is no secret. Chronic sleep loss affects our physical, emotional, and mental health ranging from decreased alertness, to increased stress levels, to heart failure or stroke. Making sleep a priority can help reduce these issues.

“Taking control of your sleep by being motivated, setting a routine bedtime and creating a supportive sleep environment are relevant even for those with pain,” said David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “Sleep is a key marker of health, and good sleep habits are critical for improving the quality of life of those living with chronic or acute pain.”

Sleep products are beginning to evolve to provide high tech solutions for today’s tech-savvy society –making quality sleep an attainable goal. According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation and the Consumer Electronics Association, 22% of the adult participants reported using some form of sleep technology. From wearable devices to the numerous apps on tablets and smartphones, people are tracking their sleep data and looking for ways to improve their sleep quality and overall health.

Beyond Wearables

Enter the world’s first smart bed. The ReST Bed™ is the first, and only, bed that responds to your body’s movements in real-time. Equipped with the ReSTdash app™, the ReST Bed™ collects data while you sleep, giving you the benefits of wearable technology without having to remember to turn on devices, change your sleep position, or alter your normal routine.

Performance: When you move throughout the night the support your body needs changes based on your position. Sleep better and perform better with the 5 independently variable zones that automatically correspond to your body. The ReSTdash app provides you with the information you need to improve your sleep quality and perform your best while awake.

Technology: With 2,000+ body data points, 5 comfort zones, and patented pressure-sensing fabric, the ReST Bed™ tracks sleep data and allows for automatic response and integration into connected home technologies.

Luxury: Whatever your sleep position, the ReST Bed™ provides the perfect amount of support for every part of your body. The surface of the ReST Bed™ reads your pressure points throughout the night, then softly and quality adjusts to deliver a customized sleep experience.

While having a quality mattress is the foundation of a good night’s rest, there are other factors that contribute to quality sleep. Invest in quality pillows and create a sleep environment that promotes comfort and relaxation.

From the world’s first smart bed to the perfect pillow, our trained specialists can help you find create a relaxing sleep environment to fit your specific needs. Visit participating Relax The Back location to feel the difference of the ReST Bed™ and be on your way to a better night’s rest.

Create The Ultimate Sleep Oasis

Do you remember the last time you slept through the night – a night free from aches and pain? If you are constantly waking up throughout the night, it may be time for a new mattress.

There are many factors that go into creating the ultimate sleep oasis. A quality mattress is one of the key elements. Overtime, materials in your mattress begin to break down making the mattress unsupportive and uncomfortable to sleep on. Your mattress should fully support your spine and pressure points to help relieve pain and discomfort.

Keeping your room at the perfect temperature (65-72°F), turning off electronics before bed to allow yourself to unwind, sleeping with the perfect pillow for your body type, and using dark shades or a sleep mask to keep out morning light or electronic displays are a few other ways to help you maximize the comfort of your sleep environment.

When it comes to sleep products, no two bodies or preferences are the same. The sleep experts at your local Relax The Back store can help find the right mattress and foundation and, fit you for the perfect pillow to support your spina and neck in perfect posture. Our sleep experts will answer any questions and assist you in setting up a sleep environment that can help you get your best night’s rest. For a limited time, save $300 on TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze mattress sets before the prices goes up 3/1/16!

Take a look at the infographic below if you’re thinking of creating your own relaxing sleep oasis.

Sleep Oasis

 

Infographic by Noelle Campbell for The Huffington Post

Choosing A Pillow Based On Your Sleeping Style

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A supportive pillow and mattress are the foundation of a good night’s rest. Is your pillow still providing the proper neck and spinal support you need? If you’re waking up in the morning or throughout the night with neck pain, it may be time for a new pillow. Experts recommend replacing pillows every 12 to 18 months with two years being the maximum time you sleep with the same pillow.

Pillows that are poor quality or not fit properly to your body type can worsen neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and wheezing. Not to mention the dust mites, mold, fungus, and skin cells that accumulate on older pillows.

Your sleeping style, your perfect pillow

When we sleep it is important to maintain the neck’s natural curve. If we are not using a supportive pillow, our neck can become bent abnormally forward, or to the side. These positions can cause our neck and shoulder muscles to strain. When a pillow fits our body type, our head, neck, and shoulders are aligned to relieve pain and pressure points throughout the night.

Here are a few points on pillows that work best based on your sleeping style:

  • When sleeping on your back: A medium support pillow that maintains the natural curvature of your head, neck, and upper spine, such as the TEMPUR-Neck Pillow, throughout the night.
  • When sleeping on your side: A pillow that is high with firm support to cradle the neck, head, and shoulders. The CountourSide Pillow by Relax The Back uses a memory foam contour and shoulder cradle to provide correct support for proper spinal alignment.
  • When sleeping on your stomach: While this position isn’t recommended as it can cause strain on the back and neck muscles.

Get fitted for your next pillow

From preferred sleep positions, to your body type, to the type of mattress you sleep on, there are many factors that determine which pillow is best suited for your specific needs. Pillows are not one size fits all. When you visit your local Relax The Back location, our trained specialists can help find the right pillow for you. Stop by to test out different styles, shapes, and brands.

Through one-on-one support, we will determine a pillow that fits your sleeping style and comfort needs while addressing any pain or discomforts you may be experiencing throughout the day.

Visit us today and be on your way to a better night’s sleep.

 

 

 

Sleep Easy: 5 Reasons Why Bed Wedges Are Beneficial

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Many adults with acid reflux, sleep apnea, or those who experience leg or back pain when sleeping, can benefit from using bed wedges and support pillows. Bed wedges are moderately firm pillows that are tapered in a way to allow you to easily add extra support where you need it most. From knee spacers, to lumbar pads, to multi-piece systems, a pillow or wedge can be used on a standard mattress to enhance your sleeping experience and ensure you are getting a quality night’s rest.

Here are a few reasons using a bed wedge system can help you sleep easy:

  • Ease pain, promote comfort: Bed wedges and pillows can help reduce low back pain and muscle tension, alleviate pressure on your spine, and improve circulation. Position pillows or wedge systems to allow you to sit comfortably upright or lie back in a zero gravity position. Multi-piece systems, such as the PureFit Adjustable Wedge System, work together to gently support your neck and back while your legs rest in a beneficial knees-bent position.
  • Sleep away your cold: When a cold strikes, congestions can make it difficult to sleep. Bed wedgespromote sinus drainage down the back of the throat. This will open up nasal passages to help with breathing while you sleep.
  • Customizable comfort: Wedge pillows and bed wedges provide customizable comfort and relaxation. Our selection of pillows and supports offer ergonomic support and all of the benefits of an adjustable bed.
  • Manage sleep apnea: When lying down to sleep lungs or upper airways may collapse leading to an interruption in breathing. Positioning your body with your head and chest raised can help keep airways and lungs open allowing you to have uninterrupted sleep.
  • Acid Reflux keeping you up at night? 60 million Americans experience acid reflux symptoms at least once a month. Studies have shown that having your head raised higher than your abdomen, at a 45-dregree angle, during sleep can help reduce acid reflux and heartburn symptoms.

How we can help

Our mission at Relax The Back is to provide product solutions to our community. We aim to help those who come into our store to find solutions to their daily pain and discomfort. Through one-on-one in-store support, our trained specialists will work with you to determine the best product for maximum relief and comfort. Whether you’re having leg pain while trying to sleep or heartburn is keeping you up at night, we can help you create a unique system based on your specific pain and comfort needs.

Visit your local Relax The Back location to find relief today.

How Much Sleep Do We Really Need: Revisited

While many of us know the importance of a good night’s sleep, far too few of us actually make it a priority. Sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being and the amount of sleep one needs varies from person to person.

The National Sleep Foundation put together a list of questions to help assess how you feel after different amounts of sleep:

  • Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep? Or does it take you nine hours of quality ZZZs to get you into high gear?
  • Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease?
  • Are you experiencing sleep problems?
  • Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
  • Do you feel sleepy when driving?

It’s important to determine the amount of sleep that works for your individual needs.

Sleep Recommendations

The NSF worked with eighteen leading scientists and researchers to put together the best recommendations and guidance for sleep duration and health. Since sharing their most recent findings with you last year, they have updated their recommendations to provide variability in appropriate sleep durations.

Take a look at the infographic below to see your recommended sleep time. Are you getting the proper amount of sleep?

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can help you be on your way to a better night’s sleep.
How Much Sleep Do We Really Need

Top Products to Help You Sleep

Sleep BetterAt Relax The Back, we understand the importance of restorative sleep. Quality sleep is the most significant contribution to your overall health and well-being. While there are multiple factors that lead to a great night’s sleep, the foundation begins with your sleep products.

Get back to sleeping better with our list of top products to help you sleep:

  • SleepMask by Tempur-Pedic: Eliminate any light that can disturb your sleep with pressure-relieving TEMPUR material. This cozy mask is perfect for home or long travel trips.
  • Bed Wedges: Reduce pressure on your spine, improve circulation, and relieve muscle tension by easily adding extra support where you need it most. Find the comfort and support of an adjustable bed with a Bed Wedge system.
  • ContourSleep Knee Spacer: Say goodbye to morning stiffness with this hourglass-shaped knee spacer. Made of pressure sensitive memory foam, it supports your spine in a natural, ergonomic position. Relieve hip pain, leg pain, and joint pain, while you get a better night’s sleep.
  • TEMPUR-Side Pillow: Whether you sleep on your side or your back, this pillow provides proper neck alignment for superior comfort and therapeutic support. Relax neck and shoulder muscles completely with plush and pressure-relieving comfort material.
  • Technogel Pillows: For those who love the cool side of the pillow, this pillow offers a layer of cool gel to help relieve pain-inducing pressure with no loss of support and alignment. You’ll feel a cool refreshing sensation against your skin as the Technogel layer disperses your body heat.
  • Snoozer Body Pillow: Perfect for those who are pregnant, have injuries, or chronic pain, the Snoozer body pillow provides ergonomic support and comfort from your neck, to your lower back, down to your feet. You’ll find deep, relaxing support no matter the sleep position.
  • ChiliPad Mattress Control System: Control your ideal sleep temperature with the touch of a button. A cooling and heating temperature control system regulates the surface temperature of your mattress so you can sleep comfortably throughout the night.
  • Tempur-Pedic Mattress: Find the personalized comfort and support that your body needs with a Tempur-Pedic mattress. By contouring to your body, these mattresses reduce the number of pressure points on your body, leaving tossing and turning a thing of the past. From soft-as-a-cloud, to ultra firm, to cooling material for those who sleep hot, you can find a mattress perfect for your needs.

Be sure to visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can help you find the right products for your specific sleep needs. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more sleep tips and solutions.

Nutrition & Sleep: Tips For a Good Night’s Rest

Sleep BetterAs a society, we are sleeping less. So, it should come as no surprise that lack of sleep is a common complaint among adults. While your sleep environment is a key component to a good night’s rest, how and what you eat also plays a big role in your quality and quantity of sleep.

Follow these tips to find out how you can eat to sleep better and be on a path to a more restful slumber:

  • Don’t skip, then splurge. Skipping meals changes your hormone levels and can throw off your body’s normal sleep pattern. Eating large, late dinners to make up for skipped meals only makes matters worse. Big meals increase blood flow to your digestive tract and stimulate your system instead of calming your body. Do your best to stick to your normal eating routine to avoid restless nights.
  • Strike the proper balance. Follow a well-rounded diet with foods high in calcium and B vitamins. These vitamins, along with magnesium, help to promote better sleep. Dairy and leafy greens are a great source of calcium, which help our bodies produce the “sleep hormone” melatonin. Vitamin B6 helps our body produce the “calming hormone” known as serotonin. This vitamin can be found in chickpeas, sunflower seeds, and wheat bread, to name a few.
  • Say no to after-dinner espressos. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours, thus keeping you tossing and turning all night. Opt for decaf the next time someone offers you a cup of coffee after dinner.
  • Don’t be a party victim. Know what foods cause you indigestion and avoid them close to bedtime. Stay away from fatty and spicy foods as they can lead to acid reflux and indigestion. Also, keep alcoholic drinks to a minimum. Too much alcohol will disrupt your body’s natural rhythms and may keep you up all night.
  • Go herbal. Have a soothing cup of tea, such as chamomile, passionflower, or verbena, before bed. These teas act as a mild sedative, which help to calm and relax your body.

Tips From the Experts: Better Sleep Council

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.