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Sleep Well: 5 Tips For Buying New Pillows

A pillow is more than just a place to rest your head. It is vital to your best night’s sleep. Using a pillow that fully supports your head, neck, and shoulders allows you to rest comfortably throughout the night.

When did you replace your pillows last? The National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing your pillows every two years. Though, the best way to know if it is time to replace your pillows is to evaluate your sleep quality and comfort levels when you wake up. If you are feeling stiff and your body is no longer being supported or you are unable to stay in a neutral position, your sleep setting needs an upgrade.

If it is time for you to replace your pillows, use this as a guide to help you find the right one for you.

  • Consider your preferred sleep position: It’s important to maintain our neck’s natural curve. Different pillows provide different support based on your sleeping style. Back sleepers should look for a medium support pillow such as the TEMPUR-Neck Pillow. If you prefer to sleep on your side, a pillow that is high with firm support will help you maintain proper spinal alignment throughout the night. Try our ContourSide Pillow by Relax The Back.
  • Determine a budget: Once you have established a budget you are comfortable with, speak with our sales associates to see the selection of pillows we offer that fit into your budget and match your sleeping style.
  • Utilize our sleep experts: We understand no two bodies are the same. Our trained associates can help you find a pillow that supports your head, neck, and spine for lasting comfort. Determine the best size and firmness that is perfect for you by testing out pillows in one of our stores.
  • Personalized support and comfort: Pillows are not one size fits all. From preferred sleep positions, to the type of mattress you sleep on, to your body type, there are many factors that determine the best pillow for your specific needs. The key to a better night’s sleep is finding a pillow that correctly aligns the head and spine for maximum comfort and pressure relief.
  • Test it out and give it time: When you visit one of our stores, you have the ability to try numerous pillows. Lay on a pillow for at least 10 minutes and gauge your comfort levels. Does your neck feel supported? Do you feel your neck bending forward or to one side? It is important to get fitted for a pillow that allows your head, neck, and shoulders to be aligned. Once you are home, it may take a few days to adjust to sleeping on a new surface. Give your body time.

Finding the perfect pillow for your body type and sleep type is essential for your overall health and well-being. It’s amazing what a quality pillow and better night’s rest can do for your mind and body. Wake up feeling revitalized, refreshed, and ready to start your day.

Visit your local Relax The Back location to find your perfect fit today.

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.

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.

Sleep Away Your Cold

SleepWhile the cold and flu season continues to affect those across the United States, some may be overlooking one vital cold remedy: sleep.  Studies have suggested that those who are not getting enough sleep have a more difficult time warding off the common cold and flu virus. Researchers believe sleep deprivation possibly weakens the immune systems ability to function at an optimal level.

When we do not get enough sleep, levels of proteins called cytokines can decrease. These proteins are released during our sleep cycles and must increase when we have an inflammation, infection, or are under stress. Therefore, in order to help fight off viruses we must get the proper amount of sleep.

Along with plenty of sleep, try treating colds with these natural remedies:

  • Take a hot shower: Steam from a hot shower can help moisturize your nasal passages as well as help you feel more relaxed.
  • Drink hot tea or lemon water: Hot liquids help with dehydration, sore throats, and nasal congestion. Warm herbal teas can also help promote relaxations and calmness before bed.
  • Add an extra pillow: An extra pillow or bed wedge promotes sinus drainage down the back of the throat. This will open up nasal passages a little to help with breathing while you sleep.
  • Gargle salt water: A mixture of warm water and salt will help relieve a sore throat.
  • Hydrate: Drinking plenty of fluids is more important than ever when you’re feeling sick. Dehydration can make you feel worse and lead to new or worsening symptoms. Staying hydrated can keep fevers down, prevent and control nausea, and help keep your head and chest clear from thickening secretions.

 

 

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

Resolutions For a Pain-Free Year

new years resolution When you look back on 2014, was part or most of the year spent dealing with aches and pains? Other than the common cold, back pain sends more people to the doctor than any other condition. Living with less pain can be an attainable goal. Add these resolutions for a pain-free year to your list and vow to have a healthier year while managing your pain.

  • Make sleep a priority: Over time, lack of sleep can lead to serious health risks. Invest in a supportive pillow and mattress to help your body take full advantage of restorative sleep. Create a sleep environment that promotes comfort and relaxation to ensure the best night of sleep possible. Adequate, quality sleep helps improve mood and personal performance, cardiovascular health, and recovery time from injuries, to name a few positive effects.
  • Be active: There are numerous exercises that can protect the spine in different ways. Maintaining a regular workout routine can help prevent future injuries while also helping you feel more productive and energized throughout the day. Focusing on exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles will support and protect your spine. Cardio exercises will aid in losing weight that can drag down muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the lower back. Follow these tips to stay active throughout the day.
  • Create a spine-healthy, ergonomic workspace: 33% of work-related injuries are caused by poor work station setup. Sitting for long periods of time takes a toll on our bodies. Back, neck, and shoulder pain can be avoided with a proper ergonomic workspace. Resolve to end these aches and pains by creating a space that allows for maximum flexibility, comfort, movement, and productivity.
  • Stay hydrated: Water is vital when it comes to the spine. Over time, our spinal discs can shrink if they do not get enough water. This results in an increased likelihood of ruptures or bulges due to less “padding”. Staying hydrated will also help with concentration, digestion, and injury prevention.Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. For example, if you weigh 130 lbs. aim to drink at least 65 oz. per day.
  • Stress less: From anxiety, depression, physical pain, and chest pain, stress can present itself in many different ways. These tips to relax and de-stress can help reduce the negative effects stress has on the body and mind and improve your overall quality of life.

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.

Quality Sleep Starts With Your Sleep Environment

 

Sleep tipsHectic, busy lives often cause sleep to be put on the back burner. Over time this can lead to serious health risks. In fact, chronic sleep loss can lead to problems ranging from depression to high blood pressure to weight gain. Getting the best night’s rest you can starts with creating an environment that promotes comfort and relaxation.

Maximize the comfort of your sleep environment with these tips:

  • If your partner snores or has disruptive sleep patterns, discuss an arrangement that allows you both to get the sleep you need. Consider using a pillow that helps prevent snoring such as the TEMPUR-Side Pillow.
  • Keep your room cool: 65-72°F is optimal room temperature. If you tend to get too warm at night avoid wearing heavy sleepwear. Pillows and mattresses that use cooling gels and material, such as the Technogel pillows, the TEMPUR-Breeze pillow and the TEMPUR-Breeze mattress, can help keep your body temperature down during warm nights.
  • Invest in a supportive, comfortable mattress. A good mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep.
  • Turn off electronics 45-60 minutes before bedtime. The lights of tablets, phones, and computer screens suppress melatonin production, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Darkness is best: try using a sleep mask to cover your eyes, use heavy curtains or shades to keep out morning light, or cover electronic displays.
  • Keep all work material out of your bedroom. Stressful activities, whether physical or psychological, can cause the body to excrete the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with increasing alertness.
  • Quiet is key: try using a “white noise” app to block out unwanted noise. You can also use a fan, which does double duty to keep your room cool and provides consistent, soft, background noise.

 

Visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained specialist regarding your specific sleep needs and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get information and tips on sleep, office, and overall wellness, straight to your inbox! To sign up, visit www.relaxtheback.com and enter your email address at the bottom of the page.