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Improve Your Habits, Improve Your Health

Better health is on everyone’s mind. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to get on the right track. We often set expectations too high and if we do not accomplish our goals we feel defeated. Setting smaller, realistic goals to improve our health will help us achieve the bigger picture in the long run.

Consider your daily habits. Are there any you feel you could improve upon that could lead to better health and wellness? Acknowledging these habits and taking small steps to work on them will allow you to establish a new, healthy pattern. From the minute you wake up, your actions have an effect on your energy, your mood, and your health. Whether it’s drinking enough water throughout the day or maintaining proper posture, we have created a list of habits you can form to improve our overall health and wellness.

While they may seem small individually, these habits have a big overall effect that will continue to improve your health down the road.  And remember, a general rule is that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. Consistency and patience is key to long-term health.

  • Massage and stretching: Ease muscle tension, improve circulation, flexibility, and overall relief by incorporating massage and stretching into your routine. In as little as 10-15 minutes a day, you can reap the many benefits of these practices.
  • Tech screens: It is no secret that today’s society is constantly attached to screens; TVs, tablets and smartphones are at every touchpoint. By using ergonomically designed mounts, such as a Monitor Arm or by simply bringing our phones to eye-level, eye strain, muscle fatigue, and the risk of pinched nerves or back pain is minimized.
  • Maintain posture: Proper posture can prevent neck and back pain, headaches, and muscle fatigue. This How-To Guide for Perfect Posture will help you sit or stand properly no matter where you are.
  • Hydrate: Carry a 16 to 20 oz bottle of water with you wherever you go. It is easier to remember to drink water if you always have some nearby. If you have trouble getting enough water, use timers on your phone or the internet to get through at least half of your body weight in ounces of water a day.
  • Exercise, daily: 30 minutes a day is all it takes to be on your way to better health. Sign up for a favorite workout class, walk 15 minutes away from your house in the morning and then back, set scheduled workout times in your calendar, or find a friend who can be your accountability partner. Workouts do not have to be intense to be effective if you’re starting to get back into a routine. You can work up to longer, more concentrated exercises.
  • Sleep more: Aim to get at least 7 hours of shut-eye each night. Come see our sleep experts if you are having difficulty sleeping. We can provide sleep solutions to keep you comfortable and supported throughout the night.

6 Tips For Choosing The Right Mattress For You

A better night’s rest is a common desire among adults. Whether you’re stressed about work, dealing with unwanted noises and light at night, or not having the proper temperature set in your bedroom, there are numerous factors that can contribute to a good night’s sleep. The foundation of quality sleep however, begins with your mattress.

Think back to the last time you replaced your mattress. Has it been more than 8 years? If so, it is time to update your sleep setting. Over time, materials in your mattress begin to degrade making it more uncomfortable to sleep on. If you’re waking up with aches and pains, your mattress could be the culprit. It’s important to have the right mattress to fulfill your needs, to sleep better, and to optimize your overall wellness.

If it’s time for you to get a new mattress, use this guide to help find the right one for you.

  • Determine your needs: Are you a hot sleeper that is always looking for the coolest side of the pillow? Does back pain or neck pain keep you up at night? The type of mattress you get is based on your specific needs and preferences.
  • Establish your budget: Once you have set a budget, speak with a sales consultant to see which mattresses fit into your budget and your sleeping style.
  • Utilize our sleep experts: No two bodies or preferences are the same. Our trained specialists can help find a mattress that supports your spine and your body where you need it most. By testing out mattresses in the store, you’ll be able to determine the size and firmness that is perfect for you.
  • Personalized comfort and support: Mattresses come in a variety of sizes and firmness levels. One that is too firm will push on main pressure points causing your body to be out of proper alignment. A mattress that is too soft will not properly support your body or those pressure points. It comes down to personal preference when selecting a firmer or softer mattress. The key to a restful night’s sleep is finding the mattress that supports your body while allowing your spine, head, and neck to rest in neutral posture. Consider an adjustable base for an even more personalized sleep system.
  • Mattress for two: It’s also important to keep in mind the size of your mattress when shopping for two. For couples who like close quarters, a queen sized mattress is recommended. For those who prefer maximum personal space, opt for a king.
  • Give it time: It takes your body time to adjust to sleeping on a new surface. There is a natural adjustment period. Give it a few nights if you are not feeling the same level of comfort you initially felt in the store. Rest easy knowing Relax The Back supports you with a 90 Night Sleep Guarantee.

Finding the right mattress for your sleep style and body type is essential, not only for pain relief, but also for your overall health and well-being. Even if you are not currently experiencing pain, replacing your mattress every 8 years will help you continue to have countless nights of restful sleep.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to feel the difference of a well-selected mattress. Our trained sleep experts can work with you to find a mattress that will put you on the right track to living better and sleeping easier.

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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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.

Starting May 15th through June 11th, save up to $600 on Tempur-Pedic Mattress Sets, up to $400 on mattresses and $200 on adjustable bases.

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.

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.

Get Back To Healthcare Basics In The New Year

Get Back To Healthcare Basics In The New Year

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

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

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

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

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.

The Perfect Pillow For Different Sleep Positions

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

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

Sleeping on your back

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

Sleeping on your side

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

Sleeping in various positions

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

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

4 Benefits of an Adjustable Base

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

You’re One Visit Away from Quality Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Positioning Pillows to Help You Sleep Easy

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

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

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

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

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

Sleep Awareness Week: #7Days4BetterSleep

 

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

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

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

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

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

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High Tech Sleep Products: The ReST Bed

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

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

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

Beyond Wearables

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

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

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

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

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

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

Create The Ultimate Sleep Oasis

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

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

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

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

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

Sleep Oasis

 

Infographic by Noelle Campbell for The Huffington Post

Sleep Easy: 5 Reasons Why Bed Wedges Are Beneficial

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

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

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

How we can help

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

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

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

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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