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How Couples Can Sleep Better Together

If sleeping with your significant other is a struggle, you’re not alone. 85% of American adults report they have problems sleeping at night with 40% of those adults saying it is due to their spouse or partner tossing and turning. There are numerous studies that suggest sleeping together has a positive impact on one’s health, and more and more adults are sleeping separately in order to get a better night’s sleep. Tossing and turning, snoring, temperature control, and distractions can have negative effects on your sleep quality and health and are common reasons adults are sleeping apart.

 

Follow these 7 tips to help the two of you sleep better together:

  1. Get fitted for a pillow. Find a pillow that fits your specific sleeping style and body type and be sure to replace it every two to three years. Over time, pillows can collect bacteria, mold, and dust mites to become unhealthy to sleep on as well as change shape.
  2. Invest in the best mattress. Along with your pillow, your mattress is key to helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. Our trained sleep experts can work with you to show you numerous mattress options based on preferences of both you and your partner. A memory foam mattress is a great option for couples as it diminishes the effects of tossing and turning throughout the night.
  3. Minimize disruptions. Cover electronic screens, use a sleep mask or purchase heavy shades or curtains to help keep distracting lights away. If possible, keep the kids and pets out of the bed and be sure to turn phones off or on silent.
  4. Stagger bedtimes. If your partner is keeping you up with their snoring or tossing and turning, going to bed at different times can be a resolution. Try going to sleep first, then have them join once you’ve fallen into a deep sleep.
  5. Control the temperature. Many couples have different preferences when it comes to sleep temperature. Have an extra set of blankets just for you if you tend to be a cold sleeper. If you’re a hot sleeper, invest in gel sleeping products that will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night.
  6. Silence is golden. Consider earplugs or earmuffs to quiet outside noises or your partner snoring. A vibrating alarm clock is another option if you wake up at different times.
  7. Unwinding after a long day can sometimes be difficult. At the end of the day, this is your time to reconnect with your partner, relax, and be present in the moment.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to try our sleep products out first hand. We can help you determine the best products for your sleeping situation so you and your partner can be on your way to a better night’s sleep.

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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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Everyone Deserves 24 Hours Of Comfort And Wellness

From the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep, our decisions throughout the day affect our overall comfort and wellness. At Relax The Back, we understand the importance of living a fulfilling life of relaxation, wellness, and comfort. For more than 30 years, our mission has been to make life more comfortable and our passion is helping you experience comfort and relief so you can get back to living your best life.

Over the next 6 weeks, we will provide our community with solutions and tools to achieve ‘round the clock personalized comfort. From a weekly personalized relief giveaway, to a look into the different options of comfort for every aspect of life, from work to sleep to travel, to showing ways to be proactive in our healthcare routine, we aim to equip you with the knowledge to improve your overall wellness so you can live the life you’ve always wanted.

We’ve created this helpful infographic to demonstrate our 24-hour approach to comfort and wellness. The health benefits of utilizing these products and solutions will provide you with the comfort that we believe should be in every aspect of your day. Whether it’s using our Technogel® Pillows to improve circulation while you sleep or relieving back pressure at home in our Zero Gravity chairs, you deserve ‘round the clock relief. Make sure to stop by a Relax The Back location to discuss your specific needs with our in-store professionals, so we can find a personalized approach that works for you.

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Fibromyalgia & Sleep: Solutions For A Better Night’s Rest

Each year on May 12th, the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association supports National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day to raise awareness and funds to help those living with chronic pain from fibromyalgia. 2%-10% of the American population suffers from this chronic condition that causes abdominal pain, fatigue, chronic headaches, joint and muscle pain and stiffness, and insomnia.

Sleep Problems

Sleep problems and fibromyalgia can be a vicious cycle. A majority of those suffering from fibromyalgia symptoms have issues with sleep. Whether it is lack of sleep, non-restorative sleep, restless leg syndrome, or difficulty staying asleep due to pain, not getting enough sleep intensifies pain symptoms.

Research has shown sleep and pain are linked. When we do not get adequate sleep, our pain tolerance can decrease making existing pain feel much worse. One study followed a group of healthy middle-aged women who were purposefully deprived of the deepest stage of sleep for three days. These women showed increased levels of fatigue and discomfort and a decrease in pain tolerance. This suggests sleep deprivation plays a key role in the development in fibromyalgia symptoms.

Solutions For Better Sleep

Improving sleep quality can have a lasting impact on fibromyalgia pain. Creating and maintaining good sleep hygiene can help you manage your symptoms. Try the solutions below for a better night’s rest. As always, consult your physician regarding any pain and sleep disturbances you may be experiencing.

  • Make sleep a priority. Too often do we put sleep on the back burner when other parts of life become hectic. It is even more important for those with fibromyalgia to maintain a consistent sleep schedule and to be sure they get enough sleep each night.
  • Think cool, dark, and quiet in the bedroom. Heat can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep and chronic pain has also been known to increase in the presence sound.
  • Maintain a regular exercise routine. Low-impact exercise activities such as yoga, swimming, or walking have been shown to help reduce pain symptoms.
  • Get fitted for a pillow. By using a pillow that fits your body type and sleep style, your head and spine will be properly aligned for maximum comfort and pressure relief.
  • Invest in a quality mattress. Your mattress is the foundation on which quality sleep is built. Tempur-Pedic mattresses adapt to the shape of your body, relieving pressure points and preventing you from tossing and turning throughout the night.
  • Gentle massage or other relaxation techniques can help loosen stiff muscles while easing your mind of stress or worries that may keep you awake. Find full body relief and relaxation with our massage chairs or use our handheld massagers for targeting relief where you need it most.

Visit a local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained associate who can help you find product solutions to reduce pain and provide relief wherever you are. From your home, to your office, to your daily commute, there are solutions to your pain needs. Try numerous products and begin feeling a difference before you even leave the store. Relief is a visit away.

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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.

4 Tips For Sleeping With Neck Pain

Is neck pain keeping you up at night? While there are some factors, such as arthritis and aging that are out of your control, there are a few ways to prevent neck pain so you can be on your way to a better night’s sleep.

Find your perfect pillow

A supportive pillow is essential for a good night’s sleep, free from pain. If your pillow is too low, or too high, it can cause your neck to become bent abnormally causing neck and shoulder muscles to strain. When a pillow fits our body type, our head, neck, and shoulders are aligned to relieve pressure points throughout the night.

Follow these guidelines based on your sleeping style when choosing your pillow:

  • Sleeping on your back: Look for 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.
  • Sleeping on your side: Choose 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.
  • Sleeping on your stomach: This position is not recommended as it can cause strain on the back and neck muscles.

Put your phone away

Many of us are guilty of checking our phones before we go to sleep. This not only inhibits sleep due to the blue light our phones emit, blocking our body’s release of melatonin, it also leads to neck and shoulder strain caused by the position of our heads while looking down at our phones. Try putting your phone, and all other electronics, away 90 minutes – 1 hour before you go to bed. Alternatively, if this is unrealistic for you, download an app for your phone or computer, or use already installed settings, to turn your devices on “Night Shift” an hour before bed. This adjusts the color temperature on the screen to cut down on the blue light exposure.

Sleep hygiene

It can be a vicious cycle. Neck pain makes it difficult for you to sleep; lack of sleep can cause pain to worsen. Take a look at your current sleep habits. Be sure that you are going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends. Avoid caffeine and alcohol a few hours before you go to bed and exercise on a regular basis. These, paired with a supportive pillow and mattress, can all help improve your overall quality of sleep.

Neck stretches before bed

Loosen tight muscles with simple neck stretches. Strengthening your neck with certain exercises can also help prevent pain making it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Visit your local Relax The Back location to be fitted for your perfect pillow. We have an assortment of products that can assist you, including Dr. Riter’s REAL-EaSE Neck Support, which is the most advanced neck support available. REAL-EaSE cradles your neck along the base of the skull for maximum pain relief and allows neck and shoulder muscles to rest in a fully relaxed position. We understand everyone has a different body type and sleep style. Through one-on-one support, we will help you find a pillow that fits all of your comfort needs. Stop by to test out the different styles, shapes, and brands.

If switching your pillow and sleep position, performing stretches, or improving your sleep hygiene do not provide relief, consider speaking with a physical therapist or your doctor. There may be an underlying chronic condition that should be treated.

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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

Sleep Away Your Cold And Flu

Sleep Away Your Cold and Flu

Cold and flu season continues to affect many across the United States. Along with drinking enough fluids and maintaining a healthy diet, another natural (and vital) cold remedy may be overlooked by some: sleep. Studies have shown that people are more likely to come down with the common cold and flu virus when they are not getting adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation can potentially weaken the immune system’s ability to function at an optimal level to fight off cold and flu symptoms.

Proteins called cytokines are released during our sleep cycles. If we have an infection, inflammation, or are under stress, these proteins increase to fight off illness or stress. However, if we are not getting adequate sleep, cytokine levels decrease causing our immune systems to weaken. In order to help fight off cold and flu viruses, we must get the proper amount of sleep to stay healthy.

In additional to adequate sleep, try treating cold symptoms with these natural remedies:

  • Hydrate: Drinking plenty of fluids is even more important when you are feeling under the weather. Dehydration can lead to new or worsening symptoms and actually make you feel much worse. By staying hydrated, you’ll be able to keep fevers down, control or prevent nausea, and help clear your chest and head clear of congestion.
  • Drink hot beverages: Hot water with lemon and honey or hot tea help you stay hydrated while also soothing sore throats and nasal congestion. Sipping on warm herbal teas can also promote calmness and relaxation before bed to help you sleep easier.
  • Take a hot shower: The hot steam from a shower can help to moisturize nasal passages and help you feel more relaxed.
  • Humidifier: Influenza spreads more easily in dry environments. Similar to the benefits of steam from in a hot shower, using a misting humidifier to increase humidity in your home can help reduce nasal inflammation and help you breathe easier.
  • Sleep with your upper body elevated: Adding an extra pillow or using a bed wedge system opens up nasal passages by promoting sinus drainage down the back of your throat. This will help you sleep and rest more comfortably throughout the night.

If you are having trouble sleeping comfortably, visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained sleep experts. They will work with you to find product solutions that will help you rest comfortably and pain-free throughout the night. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more sleep tips and information.

How To Prevent Acid Reflux And Rest Comfortably

How To Prevent Acid Reflux And Rest Comfortably

Acid reflux affects over 350 Million people around the world. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid or bile flows up to the esophagus and irritates the lining of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Symptoms such as chest pain, heartburn, bloating, and nausea can cause discomfort and pain throughout the day and well into the night, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Common causes of acid reflux

  • Eating a large meal then lying on your back
  • Consuming certain foods or beverages
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy

Lying down with acid reflux

Gravity plays an important role in acid reflux. Whether you’re lying down to read a book, watch TV, or fall asleep, the acid in your stomach is more likely to enter your esophagus in these positions, causing heartburn. Regurgitation, the sour or bitter taste, often causes people to wake up or remain awake. Chocking or coughing can also occur when lying down if acid reaches the back of the throat.

Rest easy with neutral posture

Fortunately, there are ways to relax and sleep comfortably when dealing with acid reflux. Tilting the upper torso upward while having your head raised higher than your abdomen in a neutral posture position will help prevent or reduce acid or food in the stomach from traveling back up to the esophagus. Neutral posture refers to a stress-free position in which our bodies naturally curve to reduce pressure on our spine.

In addition to regularly exercising and avoiding foods and drinks that trigger symptoms, there are a number of product solutions to help you reduce and prevent acid reflux.

How we can help

If you suffer from acid reflux, our trained specialists can show you a number of products to help you find relief. When you visit a Relax The Back store, we’ll work with you to determine when symptoms arise throughout the day and night and provide you with product solutions that you can try out first-hand in our stores. Feel instant relief from back pain in our Perfect Chairs or learn how a bed wedge system can be customized to your comfort level.

Sleeping With Back Pain

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When you suffer from back pain, restful sleep can feel more like an aspiration than a reality. Pain can either keep you from falling asleep or it can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. Regardless of the time of night, there are a few methods you can follow to help you get a peaceful, full night’s rest.

Sleep Position

Your preferred sleep position may be causing you more pain than you realize. Find the position that makes you feel most comfortable, taking into consideration these simple modifications to relieve pressure on your spine.

  • Back sleepers: Use a pillow under your knees or try a Bed Wedge System to help maintain the natural curve of your lower back. A small, rolled up towel placed under the small of your back will also provide additional support. Sleeping on your back is considered the healthiest option for most.
  • Side Sleepers: Place a pillow between your knees, such as the ContourSleep Knee Spacer, to add additional spinal support. Bring your knees up slightly towards your chest to help elongate the spine.
  • Stomach Sleepers: If you must choose this position, reduce strain on your back by placing a pillow under your lower abdomen and pelvis. This position makes it difficult to keep your spine in a neutral posture, which can lead to pain throughout the night.

Maintain A Schedule

Create a sleep routine that works for your schedule and stick with it every day – even on the weekends! By following a nightly routine, your body is able to follow a natural sleep-wake cycle. This makes it easier for you to fall asleep. Pick a bedtime that allows for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and make sure you finish any strenuous exercise at least 2 hours before bed. Caffeine and exercise can make you feel too energized to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

Sleep Better with These Products

In addition to the ContourSleep Knee Spacer and the Bed Wedge System, Relax The Back offers numerous sleep products to help you have your best night’s sleep.

  • Adjustable Bases and Foundations: Reduce pressure on your spine, improve circulation, and relieve muscle tension with a personalized sleep system. Find ergonomic comfort and support where you need it most.
  • Snoozer Body Pillow: Deep, relaxing, ergonomic support no matter the sleep position. Perfect for those who suffer from chronic pain, are pregnant, or have injuries.
  • PureRelax Mattress Topper: Made with eco-friendly materials, this topper decreases body-to-bed motion transfer while relieving muscle and back pain. This mattress topper reduces allergens and does not produce any carbon emissions during its creation.
  • Tempur-Pedic Mattress: TEMPUR material adjusts to your body weight and temperature, reducing pressure on your back, shoulders, and hips to improve sleep quality. From soft-as-a-cloud, to ultra-firm, to cooling material for those who sleep hot, there is a mattress that fits your sleep needs.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to test out these products and speak with our trained specialists. They will help determine the best product solutions to help relieve pain and provide quality comfort for a better night’s sleep.

Fight Insomnia: Tips To Get Back To Sleep

 

Whether it is a difficult day ahead of you that is keeping you up, running through a checklist of tasks you need to finish, or you are wide awake at 2 a.m. for no apparent reason, sleeplessness is an issue we can all relate to on some level.

This sleeplessness is a type of insomnia. There can be underlying health problems that can cause insomnia such as sleep apnea, acid reflex, or chronic pain. Short-term sleeplessness, often caused by a big social change like moving or changing jobs of instance, is considered acute insomnia. If you experience symptoms that last longer than a month, you may have chronic insomnia and should see a sleep professional.

If health problems are not the cause of your insomnia, here are a few tips from Cleveland Clinic to help you get back to sleep.

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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.

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.
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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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The Most Common Sleep Positions

Do you wake up with back pain? Toss and turn throughout the night? Your preferred sleep position may be the culprit. Sleep experts suggest sleeping on your side to decrease the chance of interrupted sleep and to rest more comfortably. This sleep position aides in maintaining a neutral posture while taking pressure off of the spine. The same benefits can be achieved with an adjustable base or bed wedge. However, if you prefer other positions there are ways to ensure a restful sleep. Depending on your sleep position, knee spacers can also alleviate back pain by supporting the natural curve of your spine. This helpful infographic presents some more insight into the different sleep positions.

Visit us online at www.relaxtheback.com or stop by your local Relax The Back location to see our full collection of sleep products and speak with one of our trained specialists to help you sleep easier at night.

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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.

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.

 

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