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What is enuresis?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Enuresis (pronounced “en-yur-ee-sis”) is the medical term for bed-wetting during sleep. Believe it or not bed-wetting is pretty common. It is estimated that between 5 million to 7 million children wet the bed, and this pehenomenon is more likely to occur with boys.

According to enuresis can be caused from any of the following:

  • Genetic factors (it tends to run in families)
  • Difficulties waking up from sleep
  • Slower than normal development of the central nervous system–this reduces the child’s ability to stop the bladder from emptying at night
  • Hormonal factors (not enough antidiuretic hormone–this hormone reduces the amount of urine made by the kidneys)
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Abnormalities in the urethral valves in boys or in the ureter in girls or boys
  • Abnormalities in the spinal cord
  • Inability to hold urine for a long time because of small bladder

It can be difficult for parents to deal with children who suffer enuresis or bed-wetting. Aside from all of the physical cleaning up and mental frustration it can also be expensive due to extra loads of laundry, and eventually damage to the child’s mattress.

There are many avenues a parent can take to deal with enuresis. It is important to work towards bed wetting treatments. It is also important to engage in some plan for damage reduction, while the child is learning to control his or her bladder during sleep.

One product that is designed to prevent urine from soiling the mattress is a special mattress cover called the Protect-A-Bed. The Protect-A-Bed mattress cover is made from 100% Natural Cotton (extra soft and absorbent fiber). The amazing thing about the material is that it is breathable, yet its polyurethane film is waterproof and acts as a barrier to repel liquids like urine and sweat. Thus offering protection for your pillow and mattress from all types of liquid stains. Unlike most mattress covers it allows body vapor to breathe through the protector.

  • 100% Natural Cotton (extra soft and absorbent fiber).
  • Polyurethane film is waterproof and breathable and acts as a barrier.

  • Repels liquids like urine and sweat.
  • Allows body vapor to breathe through protector.

This product is ideal for keeping a mattress clean and hygienic and can be machine washed and tumble dryed.

Remember, it only takes one accident to spoil a good mattress or pillow. Protect A Bed is a must for every bed and especially for adults with young children who suffer from enuresis.

*The Protect-A-Bed carries a 10 year warranty against fabric and manufacturer defects.

Don’t have time to sleep?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Why do you think doctors recommend the average person spend one third (1/3) of his or her life in bed? The recommendation most likely stems from the over-whelming benefits of proper sleep, which include:

  • Immune System Repair
  • Weight-loss Ability
  • Increased Ability to Concentrate
  • Heightened Alertness
  • Increased memory capacity
  • Reduction in diabetes risk
  • Heart protection
  • Take years off your looks

Despite the overwhelming benefits of getting enough sleep many Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. Strangely, for most of them it (sleep deprivation) is self imposed says, Kathy Johnson, manager of the Regional Sleep Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center. These self imposed obstacles to sleep come in many forms, i.e. the bed you choose to sleep in, stress, pms, who you sleep with, pregnancy, etc.) One of the leading factors of sleep deprivation can be the quality and condition of your mattress. How do I know when to get a new mattress? Mattresses wear down on different timetables due to a variety of factors which include how often the mattress was used, how it was cared for (Did children use it as a trampoline? Has it been damaged or soiled during moves?) and of course the overall quality of the mattress itself. Even if the mattress is not worn out it is important to give thought to other considerations including its comfort level, your lifestyle and life changes (i.e. body changes, sleep partners, etc.) Our recommendation is to think about these factors and then ask yourself the following questions:

    Are you sleeping better or worse than you did a year ago? Are you waking up feeling stiff and sore? Does your mattress have visible signs of wear and tear? Would a new mattress improve your sleep?

If you answer “yes” to any one or more of these questions it is a good time to consider purchasing a new mattress.

Little Known Methods to Extend the Life of Your Mattress

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

With as much as you pay for a mattress these days you want to make it last as long as you possibly can, right? Of course you do. One tip for a new mattress owner, in order to help them prolong the life of their mattress is to get a mattress pad. Seems simple I know, but do you have a mattress pad on your mattress right now? Probably not.

For example, I have a four year old that has been potty trained for over a year now, but still needs to sleep in the training pants at night. Well, the training pants don’t always keep the pee in, and you are left with a nice little mess. We do not worry though because we have a mattress pad that protects the mattress. We simply just take it off, throw it in the washing machine and the mattress is untouched from pee and dry. If I did not have a mattress pad not only would I have to worry about the smell of pee and how clean I could actually get the mattress, but it tears away at the inside of the mattress decreasing its lifespan.

We offer a hypoallergenic mattress pad Protect-A-Bed cover that can help save the life of your new mattress. Click on the link for more details.

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