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Fact: Americans Need More Sleep

Nearly 60% of adults are not getting adequate sleep. There are serious dangers and risks of sleep deprivation. Chronic sleep loss affects your health, safety, and productivity. It can lead to health risks such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure. There is also a risk of weight gain. Sleeping just 6 hours a night could result in 14 lbs of additional weight a year.

Daily stresses of life, medical conditions, and busy work or social calendars are a few factors that contribute to loss of sleep. This year, learn more about the dangers and make sleep a priority.

Read more sleep facts and ways to combat sleep loss in the helpful infographic below.

If you’re having trouble sleeping or waking up in pain, your mattress and pillow may need an upgrade. Visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with our trained specialists. Through one-on-one support, our in-store professionals will work closely with you to discover the root of your pain and offer a custom fit solution, so you don’t have to settle for just any product.

Lay on mattresses to test their comfort level or try different pillows that work best with your sleep style. We will fit you with the proper pillow that correctly aligns the head and spine for maximum comfort and pressure relief. Your mattress should also support your body and allow your spine, head, and neck to rest in a neutral position. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Let us recommend the perfect mattress for you!

Our wide selection of high-quality products and team of experts will provide you with sleep solutions so you can feel comfortable and stress-free whenever you rest. We’ll inform, educate and provide you with multiple options to try in-store, so stop by a location today!

Fact: Americans Need More Sleep

Get Back To Healthcare Basics In The New Year

Get Back To Healthcare Basics In The New Year

From the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we go to sleep, the decisions we make have a lasting impact on our comfort, health, and wellbeing. This year, aim to get back to the basics of caring for your back, spine, and overall health.

See how the 4 S’s, Stretch, Strengthen, Stabilize, and Sleep, can help you improve your health:

  • Stretch and Strengthen: Start your morning with a stretching routine to help get the blood flowing early. Add in simple exercises to begin building strength. This sets the tone for the rest of your day.
    • Get a full body stretch, increase circulation, and relax away stiffness and pain with an Inversion table. You can also perform ab exercises on an Inversion table.
    • Using a foam roller is an effective, inexpensive, and easy way to stretch while adding the health benefits of a massage.
  • Stabilize: Invest in back cushions and seating supports to ensure your back and spine are properly supported throughout the day.
  • Sleep: Quality sleep products play an important part in keeping you pain-free so you can have a restful night’s rest. Invest in products that offer back and spinal support all night.
    • An adjustable base allows you to find neutral posture and spinal support while you relax or sleep.
    • A properly fitted pillow should fit your body type and sleep style for lasting support and comfort.
    • Add extra support where you need it most and reduce pressure on the spine with a Bed Wedge System.

Visit your local Relax The Back location to try out our products first-hand and feel the difference of quality support and comfort. We can help you find product solutions for your specific needs. Let’s make 2017 your healthiest year yet!

5 Ways Massage Therapy Can Improve Your Health

1200x627_BlogPostWhat makes massage therapy beneficial to everyday life and overall health? While the reasons for getting a massage can vary from medical purposes, to relaxation, to a special indulgence while on vacation, incorporating regular massages into your health regimen has a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.

As EveryBody Deserves a Massage week kicks off on July 10th, we wanted to take a deeper look into the benefits of massage therapy.

These are just a few of the many ways massage therapy can improve your overall health and quality of life:

  1. Reduce stress and anxiety: Lowering stress levels can have a positive impact on your health and wellness. Through massage therapy, stress hormones are reduced, blood pressure is lowered, and levels of serotonin and dopamine, which help reduce depression, are increased.
  2. Pain management: By relaxing tense muscles, massage chairs and massage productss can alleviate back, neck, and all around muscle pain. Massage therapy can also be just as or more effective than medication and acupuncture treatments.
  3. Better sleep: Getting enough sleep is crucial to your health. Massage therapy helps to reduce pain and stress hormones while improving your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  4. Relieve headaches: Did you know 45 million Americans suffer from chronic migraines and headaches? Not only can massage therapy help ease the pressure and pain of headaches but regular massages can also reduce the frequency and chance of getting a headache.
  5. Increase range of motion and flexibility: Massage therapy works on connective tissues, muscles, ligaments, and joints. This improves blood flow and keeps joints more fluid to improve flexibility while reducing the risk of injury.

Here are our favorite types of massage products:

  • Massage Chairs: Get all of the benefits of a full body massage in the comfort of your own home.
  • Handheld Massagers: You’ll always have relaxation at your fingertips with our portable and travel size massage products.
  • Massage Cushions: Perfect for an on-the-go massage, at the office, or in your home.
  • Foot Massagers: Give tired feet a treat after a long day of work.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to test out any of the products mentioned above. Our trained specialists will show you how to get the most out of our products so you can enjoy life, pain-free.

Stay tuned for an exciting massage chair giveaway coming up! We will be announcing more details next week.

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

ReST Bed

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.

 

 

 

Gift Guide: Our Favorite Sleep and Relaxation Products

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Quality sleep and relaxation is on everyone’s wish list! Hectic schedules at the home to pressures at the office can cause sleep and relaxation to be put on the back burner. Stress and sleep loss can lead to mental, physical, and emotional health issues. Help your loved ones improve their overall health, relax more, and create healthier sleeping habits with products that will continue to give all season long.

Here are our favorite products for those in need of relaxation and a good night’s rest:

  • Snoozer Body Pillow: This J-shape pillow helps provide proper spinal alignment and improves circulation. A great gift for loved ones who are pregnant, suffer from a chronic condition or have an injury that requires deep, relaxing support no matter the position.
  • PureFit Wedge System: Give the gift of customizable comfort and relaxation. This four-piece wedge system provides ergonomic support and all of the benefits of an adjustable bed. Loved ones will find an optimal rest position and an amazing relaxation experience.
  • TEMPUR-Topper Supreme: The perfect alternative to a Tempur-Pedic mattress! Loved ones can use this for camping, overnight guests, or to improve the comfort of their current mattress.
  • Technogel Sleeping Anatomic Gel Pillow: Cooling comfort for loved ones who love the cool side of the pillow.  Those who suffer neck, back or shoulder pain will find ergonomic relief with the Anatomic gel pillow!
  • Tempur-Flex Elite Mattress: Support that moves with you? Now that’s a gift! For you, or a loved one, who experiences back pain, this medium soft mattress, with a new dynamically responsive feel, is especially comfortable and supportive in the places you need it most.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific needs. Also be sure to visit us online (www.relaxtheback.com) and on Facebook and Twitter.

Is Back Pain Keeping You Up at Night?

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When you have throbbing back pain, sleep may seem like an impossible feat. Aches and discomfort not only prevent you from falling asleep but they also make it difficult to stay asleep. If you are one to lose sleep due to pain, you are not alone. Two out of three people with chronic pain have trouble sleeping, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

While there is no universal sleep position to alleviate pain, there are a number of positions that can help you rest easy. A general rule to follow is to listen to what your body is telling you. Try out different positions until you find one that relieves the most pain.

Sleep Positions To Relieve Back Pain

  • Side Sleepers: Sleeping on your side allows your spine to elongate, which helps prevent back and neck pain. Placing a pillow between your knees, such as the ContourSleep Knee Spacer, will add additional spinal support. When your spine is in a natural, ergonomic position, tense muscles begin to relax, hip, leg, and joint pain is decreased, and circulation is improved throughout the night.
  • On Your Back: While this may not be the most popular sleep position, only 8% of people sleep on their backs, it is the healthiest option for most. Sleeping on your back allows your spine, head, and neck to rest in a neutral posture. If you are experiencing lower back pain, try a Bed Wedge System or an adjustable base. These will help maintain the natural curve of your lower back and provide great support while in bed, reading, or just relaxing. A small, rolled up towel placed under the small of your back will provide additional support.
  • On Your Stomach: This position can lead to pain throughout the night, as it is difficult to keep your spine in a neutral position. If you must sleep on your stomach, you can reduce strain on your back by placing a pillow under your lower abdomen and pelvis. As with any sleep position, be sure to choose a pillow that reduces strain on your back and neck.

A key element of a good night’s rest is a sleep environment that promotes comfort and relaxation. Be sure to visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists. They can help you find the perfect pillow and mattress for your specific needs.

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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.