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Does your back hurt when you try to sleep? Especially if you spend hours at a desk all day, your spine can become compressed and make it difficult to rest. At the same time, the best thing you can do for an aching back is to get some sleep. Fortunately, your bed is the perfect place to stretch your spine, if you follow a few simple tips. First, it’s important to understand why your back is aching. When you sit for hours at a time, your muscles stop supporting the back as well as they should, leading to poor posture and back pain. By choosing the right sleep position, you can stretch out these muscles and decompress your spine, so that you’ll feel better upon waking. Your mattress is an important part of the equation. A firm mattress offers your back more support, while a softer mattress may allow too much curve in the spine. When the spine curves too much, this can create imbalances and discomfort in your body. To test the theory that a firmer mattress will help before you actually make the investment, try slipping a piece of plywood under your current mattress to make it firmer. What’s the best position to combat back pain? It may surprise you to learn that it’s sleeping on your back. Lying face up with a small pillow under your knees to keep them slightly bent will help get your spine into the right position to stretch out. If you prefer sleeping on your side, bend your knees and put a pillow between your legs, as well as a good pillow under your head. This will put your spine in the right alignment. Sleeping on the stomach is a bad idea because it’s the position that compresses your back the most. Once you’ve got the right mattress and you’ve settled into the perfect position, the only thing left to do is sleep! Sleep is the single most important thing you can do to help your muscles recover, so make sure you allow yourself plenty of time for rest. A good night’s sleep in the proper position will work wonders when it comes to stretching out your spine. For the right mattress to rest your aching back, check out Mancini Sleep World. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, the Mancinis now have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same-day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini Sleep World, contact us through our website or call 925-456-6400, extension 111.
When you’re choosing a mattress for yourself, it’s not very hard to decide. Sure, you have to weigh comfort against cost, and you may need to spend some time shopping around, but ultimately, you choose the mattress that you find most comfortable. When you’re shopping for your guest room, though, it can get a little tricky. Here are some things to consider when you’re trying to pick the best mattress for your guest room.
- First, think about the size of your space. Don’t rush out and by a king-sized bed for a room that can’t contain it. Your guest room should have room for other furniture too, like a dresser, bedside tables, and a chair, so plan your mattress size accordingly. Try to at least make room for a double bed, so that two people can share your guest room.
- Consider comfort. While guests are unlikely to be using the room for long stretches, you don’t want them to awake with aching backs. The trick to this is that people have different preferences, with some people preferring a lot of support, and others wanting to sink into a cloud of comfort. Your best bet is probably a medium-firm mattress, with a soft topper that can be removed for a firmer feel.
- Who will be your frequent flyers? You can’t know everything about who will be using your guest room throughout the years, but you probably have a good idea of who will be there most frequently. Consider those guests and their preferences when you’re choosing the mattress. It’s not just about the firmness of the mattress, either. For example, some mattress materials, like foam, tend to get somewhat hot. If that’s going to make your primary guests uncomfortable, go with a different option.
- How much money is in the guest room budget? You probably do not want to spend a lot of money on a mattress that’s only going to be used some of the time. Fortunately, there are many different brands and styles of mattresses, and many affordable options that will still be a good investment for your guest room. Shop around, and you’ll be sure to find one that fits your needs and your budget.
Do you find it hard to fall asleep? Once you’re finally asleep, do you find it hard to stay that way? In our world of distractions and to-do lists, it’s hard to quiet our minds enough to actually get some rest. Fortunately, even though apps often distract us from sleep, there are also apps designed to help you get a good night’s rest. Is your problem that your sleep isn’t very restful? Tracking your sleep cycle can help you uncover why you’re not getting enough rest, and there are some very good apps to help you do that. Sleep Cycle uses your microphone to track your sleep patterns, and then wakes you in the lightest phase of sleep. Apple’s Bedtime works much the same way but gives you more control over your wake-up time. It also tells you when it’s time to go to bed so that you can get enough sleep before it wakes you with a peaceful tone. Pillow does all this and more, even allowing you to time naps, and offering your information about your REM cycles, your heart rate, and how long it takes you to fall asleep. What if your problem isn’t so much sleeping peacefully as it is falling asleep in the first place? Try one of these useful apps to help you fall asleep:
- Pzizz: This beautiful looking app features soothing, cinematic music, with or without narration, to help you wind down and go to sleep. The music fades out after an hour or so to help you stay asleep.
- Headspace: Meditation: Depending on your goals, this app breaks up meditation into manageable segments. It sends notifications to remind you to meditate during the day and helps to calm your mind before you go to bed at night, with meditations that last only a few minutes.
- Calm: Similarly, this app helps soothe your mind before you go to bed. The meditations are longer, and the app features ambient sounds of nature, as well. The combination of nature sounds and music do a great job of quieting your mind and helping you to become peaceful.
- Podcasts: The app is less important than the content here, and there’s a wealth of content out there. We suggest something to make you laugh, or a story-telling based podcast like This American Life. Use the sleep timer, and your podcast won’t wake you once you’re asleep.
How much do you know about feng shui? A Chinese practice with elements that date back over 6000 years, feng shui has to do with arranging your environment in a way that brings balance, harmony, and good fortune. Because it’s meant to be a calming, peaceful, relaxing space, there are few spaces in your home that need feng shui more than your bedroom. Here, we offer some expert tips for bringing some feng shui philosophy into your sleeping quarters.
- First, get rid of the clutter. Declutter the bedroom, including under the bed, so that you’ll have a fresh foundation on which to arrange your room. You might also consider burning sage, palo santo, or cedar, or even just diffusing orange oil, to help detoxify the air in your room.
- Place your bed with care. Make sure you have a solid headboard, and then be careful about where you put the bed. Don’t put it under a window. Place the headboard against a solid wall, and make sure it’s not a wall with a toilet on the other side. Don’t position the bed under any low hanging fixtures or low beams. The bed should be in a commanding position, where you can see the door without being directly in line with it.
- Balance your room with two bedside tables. There should be space on either side of the bed, and while the bedside tables don’t have to match, but they should complement each other. This balance of furniture is said to help bring balance and harmony to your relationship.
- Stick to calming colors. Avoid stark white in favor of earthy, neutral colors, or soft pinks and peaches. Keep accent walls and wallpapers to a minimum, and keep them in gentle colors with limited patterns.
- Choose your art carefully. Family photos are best placed in other rooms of the house, and the art in your bedroom should be meaningful to you. Don’t place heavy artwork over your bed and choose pieces for your bedroom that are peaceful and harmonious.
- Be selective about what you allow into the bedroom. Keep electronics to a minimum, for instance, and take out anything else that’s distracting you from sleeping, even if those things are books. Try to use bedding and cleaning products that are as close to natural as possible, to keep toxins out of your sleeping space.
Every Christmas, children dream of toys and treats, and magical reindeer that fly Santa through the sky. Parents have slightly different dreams: they dream of kids who go to bed early and don’t awake Christmas morning at the crack of dawn. Sleeping late on Christmas may be an impossible dream, but getting them to go to sleep may not be if you follow some simple tips.
- Establish an active tradition on Christmas Eve. Throw a big party, take your kids ice skating, or go on a family walk to look at Christmas lights. Getting them good and tired during the day and early evening is a great way to make them want to go to bed at night.
- Lay off the sugar and caffeine. Ok, so this may be easier said than done in the holiday season, where goodies are abundant everywhere and hot chocolate is the beverage du jour. Still, all that sugar and caffeine can keep kids up late. While you’re creating traditions, why not make warm milk and a healthy snack part of the Christmas Eve bedtime routine. Reading “The Night Before Christmas” while your little ones munch on apple slices and cheese is a great way to get them cozy and ready for bed.
- Stick as close to the normal schedule as possible. It’s tempting to let kids stay up late on Christmas Eve, but disrupting bedtime can lead to kids being overtired and that can keep them awake even later. Whatever you normally do, try to do it on Christmas Eve, so that kids are bathed and in their Christmas jammies at a reasonable hour. If you think you’ll have trouble getting them to wind down,
- If you decide to do something special, make sure it’s conducive to winding down before bedtime. Reading stories in front of a fire? Yes. Watching a movie with scary scenes, like A Christmas Carol? No. You don’t want to get the kids’ adrenaline flowing just when you want them to calm down.
- Don’t be afraid to pull out a classic parent line. “Santa can’t come until you’re asleep” is a perfectly reasonable thing to say, even if it’s a bit clichéd.
When it comes to pillows, opinions vary widely. Some people like to pile their beds high with throw pillows and pillow shams and sleep with two or three pillows under their necks. On the other hand, some people believe you’re better off sleeping with no pillow at all. Who is correct, according to the experts?
- No pillow is no good. Ok, so that may be overstating the case, and ultimately, whether or not you sleep with a pillow is personal preference. However, most experts agree that a pillow helps keep the spine in proper alignment while you sleep, for most sleep positions. The only exception to the rule is stomach sleeping: stomach sleepers are better off with a very thin pillow or no pillow at all.
- The ideal number of pillows is one. The right pillow is not too high, nor too low, and keep your head and spine in alignment. Side sleepers need a thick pillow to keep the neck and spine aligned, by fitting in from the neck to the end of the shoulder. Back sleepers need a thinner pillow, just to keep the neck aligned with the spine. Pillows too high for a stomach sleeper will force the neck up and back, making sleeping uncomfortable. A thin pillow or no pillow are the suggested options for stomach sleepers, to help them keep their spines straight. Another option is a pillow with a divot, like the face rest on a massage table.
- If you need a high loft pillow, don’t stack flat pillows. You may think that two or three flat pillows are the same as one thick pillow, but they don’t function the same way. Stacked pillows can slide around during the night, and that can throw off the spine’s alignment.
- You might want additional pillows, but not under your head. Side sleepers might be more comfortable with a pillow between their knees, to keep the pelvis straight during sleep. Alternately, they can put a body pillow between the legs and wrap their arms around it. A thin pillow beneath the knees can relieve a back sleeper’s lower back pain, while people with chronic back pain might benefit from thin pillows under their ribs and knees. A pregnant woman should sleep on her side, with a supportive body pillow to keep her there, and additional pillows behind the back, beneath the knees, and below the stomach for extra support.
We hear it all the time: most people are sleep-deprived. You can tell you’re not getting enough sleep if you’re sleepy during the day and need to catch up on sleep on the weekends. The question, though, is how much sleep it would take for you to not feel sleep-deprived. Is there a magic number that fits everyone? In short, no. People are more complex than that, and we need different amounts of sleep at different times in our lives. Babies, for instance, can sleep up to 17 hours a day; school-aged kids need somewhere between 9 and 12. As we age, our needs fluctuate, so while you may have needed 8-10 hours when you were 18, you may only need about 7 by the time you’re 80. There are some good reasons you probably need more sleep than you’re getting. You might think your body and mind are at rest while you’re sleeping, but in fact, they’re hard at work. Your body cleans away waste and harmful plaques that build up in the brain, while your mind processes emotions and experiences you had during the day, storing them as memories. Sleeping helps regulate your emotions, and it gives your body the opportunity to regulate essential functions like your appetite control, immune system, metabolic function, and ability to maintain a healthy weight. Not getting enough sleep has harmful repercussions. Sleep-deprived people are less able to make good decisions, less creative, and more accident-prone. Lack of sleep can be detrimental to cognitive performance, make you feel more negative and less productive, and cause you to behave less ethically at work. It can also increase your risk of chronic conditions like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Poor sleep is even associated with a higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. So how can you tell how much sleep you need? For one week, go to bed 7.5 hours before your alarm is set to go off. If by the end of that week you’re not waking up five minutes before your alarm goes off, that’s not enough sleep for you. Move your bedtime back a half an hour for the next week, and see if that does the trick. Within a few weeks, you should have determined how much sleep you need. Unfortunately, if you’re a night owl or early bird, this experiment may not work for you. If you’re not getting enough sleep because you need a new mattress, you owe it to yourself to check out Mancini Sleep World. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, the Mancinis now have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same-day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini Sleep World, contact us through our website or call 925-456-6400, extension 111.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your sleep? If you’re like most people, it’s probably pretty tame, like saying something strange or sleepwalking. According to a new book by Dr. Guy Leschziner, a London-based sleep specialist and neurologist, though, some people do pretty bizarre things in their sleep. Dr. Leschziner speaks of people who ride motorcycles, cook, eat, or have sex while sleeping. These things happen because different parts of the brain aren’t always in the same stage of sleep at the same time. Some patients experienced a lifetime of choking at night, only to be diagnosed later with nocturnal epilepsy. There are even people who have cut their own throats while asleep. The condition that’s most puzzling to Leschziner, though, is Kleine-Levin syndrome. In this disorder, young adults experience days or weeks of deep sleepiness, confusion, and strange behavior for seemingly no reason, and then after a few years, the condition disappears. He notes that while some of these incidents and conditions may sound funny, they can be life-changing. They may result in major injury and in at least one case, something done in a person’s sleep led to a criminal conviction. How do you protect yourself from this kind of nocturnal activity? There’s a genetic component at play, but sleep disruption also factors in. Leschziner recommends staying away from medications if you’re experiencing insomnia. Instead, try to address the underlying issue, perhaps with cognitive behavioral therapy. He also frowns on the use of smartwatches and other devices to self-diagnose sleep disorders. Using these devices to track exercise and diet is productive because these areas can be improved. Because sleep is a passive process, though, focusing on your poor-quality sleep may provoke anxiety, which leads to worse sleep. Sleep is impacted by a variety of factors: biological, psychological, behavioral, and environmental. Physical and mental health, as well as how waking hours are spent, have an effect on sleep. It’s also important to have positive associations with your bed. Good sleepers tend to think of their beds as cozy, comfortable places to drift off to sleep and wake up refreshed, whereas insomniacs may dread going to bed to an extreme degree. Leschziner recommends reading before sleep, to reduce light exposure while keeping your mind a little bit active, to help you get into the right frame of mind to drift off. If you’re looking for a better relationship with your bed, you may need a better mattress from Mancini Sleep World. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, the Mancinis now have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same-day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini Sleep World, contact us through our website or call 925-456-6400, extension 111.
When you think about adjustable beds, you probably think of a hospital room or perhaps your grandparents’ house. In truth, though, adjustable beds are beneficial for adults of all ages. Adjustable beds use just about any kind of mattress, so you can sleep on whichever kind of mattress makes you most comfortable, in whichever position makes you most comfortable. Intrigued? Wait until you hear about the health benefits of adjustable beds.
- Adjustable beds can reduce back and joint pain. Because they allow you to customize your position, adjustable beds can help keep your spine aligned while reducing pressure on your lower back and hips. They can also be moved into ergonomic positions that help you get in and out of bed, which can help reduce pressure on joints and alleviate joint pain.
- People with apnea sleep better on adjustable beds. If you’ve got sleep apnea, you stop breathing for short periods of time while you’re sleeping. More than 25 million adults suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which can be due to muscular changes, physical obstructions, brain physiology, or improper closing of airways. People with apnea can feel exhausted upon waking and have an increased risk of heart disease, but sleeping in an elevated position helps reduce the occurrence of sleep apnea by preventing airway blockage.
- If you have trouble with swelling, an adjustable bed may be right for you. If you have trouble with swollen lower legs or feet from standing too much, or you have a health condition like varicose veins, raising your feet and legs can provide some relief. Adjustable beds make this easy, improving your circulation to not only reduce swelling but also help with heart issues.
- Your digestion is likely to improve when you sleep on an adjustable bed. When you’re lying down, it’s difficult for your body to digest food and easy for acid reflux to be a problem. Raising your head six inches, which is easy with an adjustable bed, can help the body’s digestive processes and is good for people with chronic acid reflux.
- Switching to an adjustable bed may improve your relationship. This may sound like a stretch, but hear us out. Because adjustable beds allow couples to manage the two sides of the bed separately, so that they can each get the sleep they need without disrupting the other.
When you’re shopping for a mattress, shouldn’t you also be looking for the best bedding? If it’s been a while since you shopped for bedding, you might not know where to start. How do you choose the right bedding for your room, and what fabric makes for the best sheets? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, with some helpful tips.
- Choosing a bed cover depends largely on your overall décor. For an old-fashioned look, a quilt might be perfect, especially if it’s a piece of art created by a loved one. Bedspreads, the lightweight covers that go all the way to the floor, are uncommon today but can look good in a retro room. Comforters are thick bed covers filled with down or down-substitute and are perfect for kids’ rooms or for shopping on a budget. Duvets are the most popular option, and they’re actually just comforters that fit into a cover, for easier washing.
- Sheets come in many different fabrics. Cotton percale is cool and crisp, while cotton sateen is shinier and smoother. Oxford sheets are a bit heavier, made from the same material as Oxford shirts, and Jersey is soft and stretchy like a t-shirt. Cotton-poly blends are easy to care for, and while flannel is cozy, it tends to pill.
- Thread count is important. Higher thread count means better sheets, but beware. Some manufacturers use 2-ply thread and claim double the thread count. Make sure you’re buying single ply for a true thread count.
- Fitted sheets or flat: the great debate. Until 1959, there was no discussion of fitted vs flat sheets, because flat was the only sheet. Tucked in around the mattress, they were layered with a top sheet between the sleeper and the bedcover. Once the public embraced fitted sheets, they became the standard, protecting the mattress and resting under the fitted sheet and comforter. Now many younger people are eschewing flat sheets, using just a fitted sheet and duvet with cover. Other people are using only flat sheets, in the old style, because they don’t like dealing with the fitted sheet’s elastic that often pops off of the mattress. Just to throw something else into the mix, some people use flat sheets on top of their fitted sheets, to protect them, with another flat sheet on top of the sleeper, to protect the duvet. It’s subjective, but we think it’s best not to have the duvet cover directly on your skin.