At this point and time, I think that most of us know that we, as a society, are surviving on less sleep than we were even just a few years back. The proliferation of electronic devices, 24/7 email, everything coming at us on “smart” phones, and even 24/7 television has affected how much sleep we are getting.
At this point and time, I think that most of us know that we, as a society, are surviving on less sleep than we were even just a few years back. The proliferation of electronic devices, 24/7 email, everything coming at us on “smart” phones, and even 24/7 television has affected how much sleep we are getting. If you are “of a certain age,” you remember when most TV stations were completely off by a certain time of night. The static that showed up once a TV station was off the air became famously scary in the 1982 movie, Poltergeist. What is scary now is how little sleep many people are getting and how it is negatively affecting us.
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Tired of tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable at night? Tired of sleeping in a giant lump or crater in the middle of your old innerspring bed? (Been there!) Think there’s got to be a way to wake up without a back ache every morning? There is! That’s why more and more people are choosing a memory foam mattress for better sleep and great mornings.
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Just when I was enjoying the convenience of easily checked out or purchased books on my iPad for my bedtime reading routine, a study out from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that has another type of light going off in my head — a light bulb, that is! Yes, a light bulb has now gone off in my head… the kind of light bulb that makes one say, “Ahhh! Now I get it!”
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A few years back, writer, Cathy Alter, spent the night in a mattress store and shared her night in a Washingtonian article entitled Finding the Perfect Mattress. During her night at the mattress store, Ms. Alter spent up to 90 minutes on each mattress. This is a fun concept for an article, and better than the quick in-store trial in a well broken-in bed that most people get, but sleeping in a store in a strip mall isn’t going to cut it either.
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Have you been thinking about buying a memory foam mattress? Maybe you’d like to try one but you’re not sure whether or not you’ll like it. Is there one hard and fast way to know if a memory foam mattress will work for you? Fortunately, there is.
I came across an article entitled Best Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide which is one person’s attempt at guiding memory foam mattress purchasers into making the right memory foam decision. The writer means well, but there is one rule she missed — the in-home trial for an extended period. This author says you should test a memory foam mattress for at least 30 days in your own home. I insist that the in-home trial should be at least 180 days.
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According to a recent study cited by PainMed.org, a significant number of people are experiencing pain that is great enough to interfere with business and society. Leading causes of this pain include headaches, back pain, and neck pain. About four in 10 Americans say pain interferes with their mood, activities, sleep, ability to do work or enjoyment of life. Two-thirds report interference with any one of these.
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A memory foam mattress topper may be just what you need to make your current mattress more comfortable without spending a lot of money. Can it fix a mattress that is past its useful life that should be thrown away? No, don’t count on it for that. In the article Memory Foam Mattress Toppers Explained, the author states that a memory foam mattress topper will give you “essentially, a new mattress.” It’s actually not quite that simple.
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Most people know that sleep deficit is bad for their health and dangerous on the road, but did you know it is bad for business and bad for any type of physical or cognitive performance? Dr. Charles A. Czeisler, Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, is an expert on sleep and how it affects us.
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Memory Foam Mattress Glossary
Terms You Should Know Before You Shop for a Memory Foam Mattress
Cover – The cover or ticking is the outside of the mattress. In the case of a memory foam mattress, it is a cover rather than a sewn ticking.
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I often read comparisons of memory foam mattress and natural latex mattresses. Everyone wants to know which is better – memory foam mattresses or latex mattresses? That’s like asking, “Which is better, chocolate ice cream or strawberry ice cream?” Both are great and the choice can’t be made by anyone but you. The best mattress for you depends on your personal preference and your own needs.
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