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How Do You Sleep? Positions For Lasting Comfort

When it comes to good health and well-being, sleep is just as important as diet and exercise. Adequate sleep plays a vital role in protecting our physical health, mental health, and quality of life.

Research has shown sleep helps to improve learning, decision making, and our creative mindset, heal and repair our heart and blood vessels reducing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke, and maintain a healthy balance of hormones.

Start improving your health in the bedroom by getting a restful night of sleep. Depending on your sleep style and pain needs, here are a number of positions that will help you have lasting comfort.

Sleeping On Your Back

This is the healthiest position for most. It is also one of the best for those suffering from acid reflux, back pain or recovering from spine surgery. This position allows your spine, head, and neck to rest in a neutral posture. If you are experiencing lower back pain, an adjustable base or Bed Wedge System will help you maintain the natural curve of your lower back while providing support in bed when sleeping, reading or relaxing. Ensure proper alignment from head to toe with a medium support pillow that maintains the natural curvature of your head, neck, and upper spine. The TEMPUR-Neck pillow will provide proper support throughout the night.

Sleeping On Your Side

Ideal for those with sleep apnea or who suffer from habitual snoring, this position prevents the tissue and muscles in the throat from collapsing. Sleeping on your side also elongates your spine to help ease and prevent back pain. Add additional spinal support by placing a pillow, such as the ContourSleep Knee Spacer, between your knees. This ergonomic sleep position allows tense muscles to relax and circulation to improve through the night. A high pillow with firm support that cradles the head, neck, and shoulders will provide the most comfort and relief in this position. The ContourSide Pillow by Relax The Back was created specifically for side sleepers. For those who are pregnant, try the DreamWeaver Body Pillow to help improve blood flow while providing your entire body with ergonomic support.

Sleeping In Various Positions              

If you do not have one preferred sleep position, be sure to have a mattress and pillow that provides proper ergonomic support. The TEMPUR-Contour Side-to-Back Pillow provides a personalized sleep experience that is perfect for those who shift from sleeping on your side to your back throughout the night. If you are a hot sleeper, add cooling gel products such as Technogel Sleeping Pillows, the TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze, or the PureRelax Zoned Gel Topper by Relax The Back to your sleep environment. These products keep you cool and comfortable all night long.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with our trained specialists and try out our numerous sleep products. Through one-on-one support, our team will help you find the perfect pillow or mattress to ensure you are getting your best night’s sleep. Follow our 24-hour approach to comfort and wellness on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more tools to achieve ‘round the clock personalized comfort.

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Snoring Solutions: Position Yourself For Better Sleep

Snoring affects nearly 90 million American adults. Of those, 37 million suffer from habitual snoring. While occasionally snoring is not a serious risk and more of a bother to your bed partner, it can become a serious health concern if you are a habitual snorer. Quality sleep is greatly reduced for you and your partner and snoring may also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which can lead to higher blood pressure and a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

Snoring is a result of an obstruction of airflow as it moves through the mouth and nose. This can be caused by obstructed nasal airways due to allergies or sinus infections, a deviated septum, being overweight leading to bulky throat tissue, or poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue. Snoring also becomes more serious as people age.

Symptoms

  • Observed pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Awakening at night feeling confused

Sleep Positions for Snorers

There are certain sleep positions that can help reduce snoring. If you have any of the symptoms above or you have been told that your snoring is disrupting others sleep schedules, these product solutions can help you have a better night’s rest.

  • Adjustable bases allow you to tilt your upper torso upward, raising your head higher than your abdomen in neutral posture position. This helps to keep airways open and clear while you sleep.
  • Bed Wedges provide the same benefit of adjustable bases with more affordable options. Easily move wedge pieces for personalized comfort.
  • Pillows with adequate support are key and sleeping on your side is ideal for keeping airways open. Ergonomic pillows like the TEMPUR-Neck Pillow help prevent snoring by supporting your neck and shoulders while sleeping on your side.

Treatment for snoring varies from person to person, as always consult your doctor if symptoms continue or worsen.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to try our numerous sleep products firsthand. We know no two bodies are identical. Our trained specialists will fit you for a pillow and mattress that are perfect for your body type and preferred sleeping style.

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Better Sleep Month: Create An Optimal Bedroom Environment

Every year in May, the Better Sleep Council sponsors Better Sleep Month to bring awareness to the importance of quality sleep, how poor sleep affects us negatively, and ways we can create healthy sleeping patterns. Each year, nearly 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders with an additional 20 million experiencing occasional sleeping problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists sleep deprivation as a public health epidemic.

When it comes to getting adequate sleep, there are many factors that come into play. By creating an environment that promotes comfort and relaxation you set yourself up for getting the best night’s sleep you can; allowing yourself to be more alert, productive, and emotionally balanced all day long.

Maximize the comfort of your sleep environment with these 7 tips:

  • Keep your room cool. 65-72°F is the optimal temperature. If you are a warm sleeper, avoid heavy sleepwear. Look to add pillows and mattresses that use cooling gels and material to keep your body temperature down during the night. The Technogel Anatomic Pillow, PureRelax Zoned Gel Topper, and the TEMPUR-Pedic Breeze collection provide support and cooling relief all night long.
  • Turn off all tablets, phones, and computers 90 minutes to 1 hour before bed or use a “Night Shift” setting to dim the blue lights on the screen closer to bedtime. These blue lights on our screens suppress melatonin production making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Invest in a supportive mattress and a pillow that fits your body type and sleeping style.
  • Keep all work material out of the bedroom. Physical or psychologically stressful activities can cause the body to release the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with increasing alertness, making it difficult for you to fall asleep.
  • The more light you are able to keep out of the room the better. Use heavy curtains or shades to keep out the glare from street lights, try using a sleep mask to cover your eyes, or cover electronic displays.
  • Quietness is key. Block out unwanted noise with a white noise app or use a fan, which does double duty by keeping your room cool and providing a consistent, soft background noise.

Visit a Relax The Back location near you to speak with our trained sleep experts who can help you create the ultimate bedroom sanctuary. From fitting you for a perfect pillow, to showing you different mattress styles, to offering tips and information on ways you can sleep easier with less pain, our specialists are there to provide one-on-one support. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more sleep tips.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Spine

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

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

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.