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When to Replace Box Springs or Mattress Foundations

Friday, November 18th, 2011

A box spring provides support and acts as a shock absorber for a mattress; a wood platform is simply that, a fixed platform that does not give or flex. A mattress by itself has no support without a box spring or foundation. So how do you know when to replace and when to keep?

The life span of a box spring foundation is roughly 8-10 years. When getting a new mattress, people are often tempted to hang on to their old box springs. Box springs won’t show their wear the same way as mattresses do, but over time, the support materials do break down and wear out. Using a worn-out box spring set with a brand new mattress will cause your brand new mattress to “age” prematurely. Also, not replacing a box spring or foundation with a new mattress purchase may affect the warranty as it is difficult to predict the mattress’ performance with a worn box spring.

When choosing between box springs and simply a wooden foundation, you need to determine what you want from your mattress. For example, if you buy a memory foam mattress primarily for less bouncing or give, and prefer a very firm mattress, then a “box spring” set without the springs or a wooden foundation is the right choice for you. (Your box springs should actually give and spring back when you press down on them. “Faux” box springs are often sold in conjunction with memory foam mattresses but still called “box spring foundations” simply as a matter of habit. Make sure you buy what you think you are buying.)

What are the health benefits to replacing your box springs or foundation? A worn down box spring set won’t spring back as it is intended to do causing uneven support of your mattress. This “camouflaged” (because it’s on the underside) sagging can cause sore spots, tight muscles, back and neck pain—all of which can lead to a restless sleep which can in turn affect your concentration, mood and overall health. Save yourself the headache: replace your box springs or mattress foundation after the recommended life-span has expired and get a better night’s sleep.

Top 5 Reasons to Replace Your Old Stinky Mattress

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Too many people keep their old, stinky mattresses way too long. Some people don’t replace their mattress for decades. Mattresses should be replaced often. Not only does a mattress eventually wear down, but your body changes and needs new levels of comfort and support every so often. Here are the top 5 reasons to replace your old, stinky mattress today…

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5. Mattress are made to be replaced – Mattresses should be replaced at least every 8-10 years. If you are sleeping on an innerspring mattress, you should be replacing your mattress more often than that. Major mattress manufacturers, like Sealy, Simmons, Serta and others, do not want to sell a product that will last 20 years or more.

Mattress companies now are focused on quality, comfort and resiliency. Some top-quality memory foam and latex mattress can last longer than 8-10 years. However, these mattresses are brand new to the market. Unless you bought a brand-new, top-quality latex or memory foam mattress recently, you need to think about replacing your mattress soon.

4. Increased Memory and Efficiency – Getting enough sleep is crucial to good health. It can increase your alertness throughout the day, increase your memory, increase your problem solving capabilities, reduce the risk of accidents and increase your overall health. Having a good mattress is also necessary to get enough rest after a long and hard days work. If you need to increase your memory, efficiency and overall health, you need to replace your mattress.

3. Reduce Back Problems – There aren’t many things worse than being in back pain. Everybody knows I live in Arizona, so besides the normal visit to my Tempe Chiropractor, a good mattress can minimize or eliminate upper back pain, lower back pain or neck pain. Many people think that their mattress is doing an OK job. But, it isn’t very hard to find a mattress that keeps your back misaligned. Proper spinal alignment is necessary to prevent back pain and affects all of your daily activities. If you want to get rid of back pain or prevent it, you need to replace your mattress with one that keeps your spine aligned properly.

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2. New Foam Technology Leads to Better Sleep – Let’s face it…innerspring and coil mattresses are old-school. These mattresses do not provide hardly any benefits, if any. However, they are still being made and purchased because they are so cheap. New foam technology leads to better sleep and provides benefits that coil mattresses cannot provide. Foam mattresses distribute your weight evenly. This redistribution of weight reduces pressure points and prevents you from having to toss and turn all night. If you are tired of tossing and turning all night long, you need to replace your current mattress with a foam mattress.

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1. Dust Mite Feces Doubled Your Bed Weight – Most people don’t realize how dust mites affect your mattress. Dust mites aren’t the only problem…their feces create a huge problem as well. Did you know that your bed weighs double what it did 10 years ago because of dust mite feces? Dust mites feed off of your dead skin. Their feces seep into your mattress and can also cause severe breathing problems.

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How long are you going to wait to replace your mattress?

5 Tips For Back Pain Relief

Friday, January 30th, 2009

There are few things worse than living everyday in back pain. Billions of people around the world live in constant back pain. There are several things that you can do to help prevent and reduce back pain.

1. Get moving. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your back. Exercise actually keeps your spine healthy. It can be hard to be motivated to exercise. Think of your favorite activity that is exercise related. Find something that you enjoy to make sure that you actually do it. You’d be surprised how much a little exercise can help. All it takes is 30 minutes of exercise every day (or most days) of the week. Make sure that whatever form of exercise you choose, it gets you breathing heavier and faster. Don’t leave out the strength training to make sure your muscles are healthy and strong too. Walking, jogging, biking and swimming are excellent forms of exercise to choose from.

2. Lose weight. Lugging around all that extra weight makes for hard work for your back and spine. Over half of Americans are considered overweight. Obesity also affects the onset of diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease and back pain. True, the spine was designed to distribute your body’s weight. However, too much weight can strain the spine. If this weight isn’t taken off, your spine will begin to wear out.

3. See your doctor. When was the last time you went to the doctor? Checkups are important, especially regular checkups. You need to plan on having a checkup at least twice a year. If is definitely time to see your doctor if you are in back pain. Consult your doctor on which back
pain treatment options are available for you.

4. Good posture. Remember when your mom used to tell you to “Sit Up” and “Don’t slouch?” Good ‘ole Mom knew what she was talking about. Slouching and slumping (while you are sitting or standing) makes your muscles work harder. Having good posture is an important step in protecting your spine.

5. Rest Properly. It is so important that you sleep on the right mattress. Your mattress could be affecting your bad back more than anything else. Get a mattress that keeps your mattress properly aligned. Sleeping and resting in the right position (in your natural position) keeps your muscles relaxed and refreshed. Of course we recommend a memory foam mattress to help you eliminate your back pain!

Get rid of that back pain. Keep it from ever presenting itself. Follow these simple and easy steps to keep your back and spine free from pain.

Interesting Sleep Facts

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A good night’s sleep sets the stage for the optimal level of physical and mental performance. Those individuals who receive the proper amount and proper quality of sleep each night are better equipped with the necessary tools for social, professional and physical challenges.

Studies have shown that sleep is directly linked to having a positive attitude on a regular basis and good levels of self-confidence. One good night of sleep does contribute to having a good mental and physical outlook on life. However, one good night of sleep is not enough. It is crucial for one to get a good night’s sleep every single night. Individuals who consistently receive a good night’s sleep are more likely to be more productive that those individuals who receive a poor night’s sleep on a consistent basis.

Sleep problems are often caused by a number of different factors. These factors can include: stress, physical discomfort and environmental factors. A new mattress often fixes sleep problems for the average person. For those few people whose sleeping problems are not alleviated by a new mattress, seeing a medical professional is enough to do the trick.

Luckily, it doesn’t come to that for most people. Studies show that replacing an old mattress with a new one significantly reduces shoulder and/or back pain and experienced a better quality of sleep on a consistent basis. An old mattress is considered to be one that is over 5 years old.

Many consumes expect their mattress to outlive their washing machine, dryer or dishwasher. First of all, a mattress is not similar to these products in any way. Secondly, your mattress gets a lot more use than any of these appliances. Lastly, these appliances don’t directly affect your health the way a mattress does. A washing machine doesn’t make the difference between you feeling well-rested or not.

A mattress is the most important piece of furniture you will ever buy. In fact, your mattress is the most important aspect of your entire home. Sleeping on a good mattress will increase your health and your overall quality of life. Isn’t it about time you give your health the attention that it deserves? Check out all the latest mattresses including the latex mattress and memory foam mattress then make the necessary investment.

5 Reasons Your Mattress and Bedding May Be Keeping You Up at Night

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Your Mattress and Bedding May Be Keeping You Up at Night

Tossing and turning is one of the worst things in life. There isn’t anything worse than lying in bed all night desperately trying to fall asleep. Your mattress could be the culprit to your sleeping problems. Or, it could also be your bedding. You probably never imagined that did you?

Yes, your mattress and/or your bedding may be keeping you up at night. It is important to remember that you are not alone. Millions of people all around the world are just like you. The good news is that because so many people are suffering, just like you, there is bound to be a solution that will fit your individual needs.

Most people don’t really take a careful inventory of their room. They bought their mattress years and years ago because it was “a good deal.” Some people been sleeping on the same mattress for 20+ years. Here are some helpful tips to get you back on track.

1. How old is your mattress? The Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every 5 years. Chances are, you never have replaced your mattress or haven’t replaced it enough times.

2. How big is your mattress? Is your mattress large enough for your needs? Do you have the room you need to stretch out in your bed? Can you turn comfortably in your bed? If you share your bed with your spouse, you need to make sure that you both have enough room.

3. Does your mattress support you well enough? If you have been sleeping on the same mattresses for over 7 years, it is seriously time to reconsider. That mattress cannot be supporting you well enough. And, as you get older, your body has different needs and needs more support. Chuck the old mattress and get a new mattress that supports you.

4. How comfortable is your mattress? Did you know that you could actually sleep on a mattress that relieves pressure points instead of creating them? Yes, innerspring mattresses tend to create pressure points and leave you feeling achy the next day. Memory foam mattresses and latex mattresses relieve these pressure points and actually leave you feeling well rested. Imagine that.

5. How is your pillows and bedding? Is your bedding comfortable or itchy and scratchy? Is your pillow too firm or too soft? You might feel like Goldilocks for a little while, but it will be worth it. Carefully choose bedding that will help you relax instead of keeping you up at night.

Having the right sleeping environment is crucial for a good night’s sleep. Take a careful inventory of your mattress, your bedding and your pillow. If something isn’t right, fix it. You can finally get a good night’s sleep.

How to Eliminate Night Bed Bug Bites in Bed In 8 Steps

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

How to Eliminate Night Bed Bug Bites in Bed

Everyone has probably heard the saying, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” What some people don’t realize is that bed bugs are real. They are tiny, wingless bugs that like to hide in small cracks and crevices. They have flat bodies and are a reddish-brown color. Bed bugs are nocturnal and like to feast on human hosts while the hosts are sleeping. Good hygiene, clean bedding and mattress covers are great ways to prevent bed bugs. But, what are you supposed to do if you already have bed bugs?

1. Check around. Bed bugs like to hide in cracks and crevices that are close to where you sleep. The best places to check first are “tufts”, folds of mattresses and seams. Dark spots on your bedding or blood stains are also a good indication of a bed bug infestation.

2. See a specialist. It is important to seek the help of a specialist before going to any drastic measures. You probably want to see your doctor to confirm your bite marks. Bed bug bite marks usually appear in rows and can swell up to look like welt marks. You can also call in a bug specialist to see if they can locate the tiny creatures.

3. Sanitize. If you’ve identified that you do, in fact, have bed bugs, you need to sanitize everything. If you can afford it, throw your old mattress away and buy a completely new set. If money is tight, vacuum your mattress. Vacuuming your mattress can go a long way in helping to sanitize your mattress.

4. Don’t use an insecticide. Using an insecticide should never be used to get rid of bed bugs. Although it will kill the bed bugs, it will be harmful to you to sleep on the chemicals.

5. Wash it. Shampoo your mattress with a special mattress shampoo. Be sure to follow the manufacturers directions completely. Also, be sure to wash all clothing and bedding in extremely hot water. This will kill any remnants of bed bugs.

6. Vacuum it. Vacuum the mattress and your house thoroughly. Do it over and over and over again. You want to completely eliminate any signs or remnants of these bed bugs.

7. Exterminators. You can get rid of a small bed bug problem on your own. However, it is always best to call in the professionals. Professional exterminators can completely rid your entire home of bed bugs.

Bed bugs can infest your home in no time. The best thing to do if you think you have a bed bug infestation problem is to see a specialist and call in the professional exterminators. Don’t let bed bugs ruin your mattress or your home. Do what you can to remove the problem as soon as you can.

4 Ways To Reduce Bed Sores And Bed Ulcers

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Reduce Bed Sores And Bed Ulcers

Patients who are on bed rest tend to get bed sores and bed ulcers. What is a bed ulcer or a pressure ulcer? It is an area of skin that breaks down after you stay in one position for too long, without shifting your weight. The area is affected when there is constant pressure against the skin. This pressure reduces the blood supply to that area and the affected tissue dies. You can get ulcers if you use a wheelchair, if you are bedridden or even after short periods of time.

There are different stages of bed sores and ulcers. Stage 1 is when the area is reddened and is “non-blanch-able.” This means that the area does not turn white when you press on it. This is the first sign that a bed sore or bed ulcer is forming. When the skin starts to blister or forms an open sore, the area has moved to stage 2. During stage 2, the area of skin around the affected area may also be red and irritated. Stage 3 is when there is a breakdown of the skin. When this occurs, the skin looks like a crater. This is because there is damage to the tissue that is below the skin. The last stage is stage 4. Stage 4 is extremely serious. It occurs when the ulcer or sore has become so deep that there is muscle or bone damage. In some rare cases, it can also cause tendon damage or joint damage.

If you suspect that you are getting a bed sore or bed ulcer for any reason, it is important that you take necessary steps immediately.

1. Relieve the pressure. You can use pillows, special foam cushions or lambs wool to reduce the pressure that has build up in that area.

2. Treat. Treat your wound according to what stage it is in. Your doctor or nurse will provide you with specific treatments based on your individual case.

2. Avoid further trauma or friction. Use baby powder on the sheets to help reduce friction. You can also go to a medical supply store to see what products they offer. Often times, a memory foam mattress or mattress topper is an excellent way to minimize increased pressure, trauma or friction.

3. Improve nutrition. Make sure you are eating well and getting the nutrition you need. This is an important step in helping your wounds to heal quickly.

4. The right products. As mentioned before, memory foam mattresses are the best mattresses to use if you need to be in bed for an extended period of time. These mattresses distribute your weight evenly and reduce pressure points drastically. Memory foam mattresses are the ideal mattresses to use to reduce friction and are commonly used for bedridden patients or patients who have undergone surgery.

Bed sores and bed ulcers can make your health condition worse. These forms of trauma can get very serious in a short amount of time. Make sure you take the necessary steps to prevent and reduce bed sores and bed ulcers. Using a memory foam mattress is the best way to prevent such wounds.

6 Six Easy Ways to Help Sleep Problems

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Six Easy Ways to Help Sleep Problems

Millions of people around the world suffer from some sort of sleeping disorder. There are many different factors that can affect some one’s sleeping patterns. Many people don’t realize how important sleep really is. The amount of sleep you get and the quality of sleep you get directly affects how productive you are from day to day. Don’t succumb to sleeping problems anymore. Follow these six ways to help relieve your sleep problems.

1. Relax and Unwind. Many people try going to bed when either their mind or their body is completely wired. Obviously, this can’t work well or effectively. Find things that will help your mind relax before going to bed. Try not watching T.V. or using the computer. The bright lights will actually stimulate your brain instead of helping it unwind.

2. No more caffeine. Caffeine is used by so many people to stay awake during the day and into the night. College students use it to help cram for a big test. Employees use it all the time to help them stay awake at work. Did you know that eating an apple will provide you with more energy than several cups of coffee? If you can’t give up your caffeine cold turkey, at least stop using it right before bed. This will give your body the chance to actually get tired.

3. Routines. Parents often get their newborn babies into a solid routine. This helps babies know what to expect from day to day. It also has been proven to help them sleep better and longer. The same is true for adults. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it. Go to bed at about the same time every night. Don’t sleep in either.

4. Optimization. Make sure that your bedroom is ready to be slept in. Dark rooms have been proven to provide a better sleep environment than rooms that let light in. It may also help to have white noise in your room. White noise is simply a soothing sound that helps eliminate other sounds that can stimulate your brain. A soft nature CD or fan can help your body relax.

5. Don’t eat. Don’t eat right before bed. This can slow down your body’s ability to digest food. It also keeps your body active instead of resting. Try not to eat at least an hour or two before your “bedtime.”

6. Your bed. Obviously, your bed is important in providing good quality sleep. If beds weren’t important, do you think we would sleep on them? Make sure your bed is comfortable to. You want to make sure that you don’t dread getting into your bed. It should be comfortable and provide the support that you need.

Follow these easy ways to help eliminate your sleep problems. You don’t have to go through your days feeling sluggish and worthless anymore. You deserve to wake up feeling well rested and ready to tackle anything.

5 Tips On How To Buy A Great Bed For You And Your Back

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Tips on How to Buy a Great Bed For You and Your Back

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of your life. The average person spends at least one-third of their life in bed. That is a ton of time, don’t you think? Most people don’t consider sleep important or vital to their health. It is absolutely crucial that you sleep on a good mattress that will give you the comfort and support you need. You won’t use any other piece of furniture as much. Nor will any other piece of furniture have such a lasting and powerful effect on your overall health.

People who suffer from chronic back or neck pain often say that they are in more pain when they don’t get a good night’s rest. What do you think is the most important part of your back that needs to be protected the most? That’s right…the spine. Your spine needs rest after a long day of moving, twisting and supporting your body. If you sleep on a worn-out mattress, or a mattress that isn’t supporting your spine completely, you are eventually going to feel the effects. There are several things to keep in mind when you go shopping for a new mattress. Here are some tips on how to buy a great bed for you and your back.

1. Type. There are so many different types of mattresses on the market today. You can choose from memory foam, innerspring, air, water beds, and latex mattresses. Latex mattresses, and the custom latex mattress have the highest overall customer satisfaction rating. Memory foam and luxury air mattresses come in close second. If you have back problems, you probably want to stay away from innerspring mattresses. Other mattresses will give your more comfort and support. Choose a mattress that provides optimal comfort and support for you.

2. Foundation or Box Spring. Many people don’t realize how important their mattress foundation is. You can’t buy a cheap box spring and expect it to provide you with quality support. Your box spring foundation is what absorbs weight and stress. Make sure to buy the foundation that is made to go with your mattress. There is a reason they are sold together, as a set. Choosing the right foundation will also help lengthen the life of your mattress.

3. Firmness. A common mattress myth is that “Firmer is better.” This isn’t necessarily the case. An extremely firm mattress does not provide even support for your entire body. Often times, firm mattresses only support your body’s heaviest parts. However, the reverse is just as dangerous. A soft mattress often sags in all the wrong places and distorts the spine. Make sure you get a mattress that isn’t too firm or too soft. You need a mattress that is firm enough and soft enough to allow all of your muscles to rest completely.

4. Comfort. Who wants to sleep on a mattress that isn’t comfortable? It is always miserable to sleep on a mattress where you can’t get comfortable or relax. Choose a mattress that is comfortable to you and your partner and make sure you both have enough room. Being scrunched or cramped certainly isn’t comfortable.

5. Durability. You want this mattress to last, right? There is a reason that you are spending good money on this mattress. You take so much time examining different mattresses, testing them out and you expect it to last more than a few years. Make sure that the mattress you buy is from a reputable manufacturer and uses the highest quality products.

These are helpful ways that can help you find “just the right mattress.” Remember, everyone is different and needs different levels of comfort and support. Don’t let the salesperson tell you what you need. Find out for yourself. Choose the right type of mattress that provides the right level of firmness and comfort. Make sure to get a good foundation that will help support your body while you sleep and prolong the life of your mattress. Follow these tips and you can be sure to buy a great bed for you and your back.

How To Tell If You Have A Bed Bug Bite

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

I guess the better question would have to be – How Do I Know If I Have A Bed Bug Bite?

Everyone wants to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, I have never met someone who doesn’t want to sleep well and feel well rested when they wake up. Some people aren’t able to get a good night’s sleep because their bed is completely infested with bed bugs. That’s right. Bed bugs aren’t some myth or old folktale. Here is a look at a typical bed bug:

Bed bugs, or cimes lectularius, are tiny, wingless insects. These bugs are found all over the world. In fact, there really isn’t a place where bed bugs aren’t. Bed bugs are nocturnal parasites. These means they are active during the nighttime in finding a human host. Bed bugs usually sleep during the day and feast on human hosts at night. Mattresses are the perfect house for bed bugs because there is always a source of food for them there.

Are you ready to learn more about bed bugs? Bed bugs have highly developed mouths. They use these mouths to
pierce human flesh and suck blood from human hosts. Usually, the bite itself is painless. In fact, often times the human host doesn’t recognize that they have bed bug bites for quite some time.

So, how do you know if you’ve been bitten by bed bugs? What do their bite marks look like? If you find large wheels or red marks, you have bed bugs. The red marks may only last for a few days. Chances are too that these marks are made in orderly rows. Mosquito bites are random but bed bug bites are usually strategic. Like mosquito bites, bed bug bites can also itchy. If you think you might be victim to bed bugs, try and find the bugs yourself or see a specialist (bed bugs like to hide in tiny cracks and crevices).

So what can you do to prevent bed bugs? Use a mattress cover.

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Mattress covers are cheap and go a long way in preventing bed bugs, dust mites and other unwanted creatures. Mattress covers are usually hypoallergenic and prevent all forms of bed bugs. Usually, you can even wash your mattress covers. If you want to make sure that you aren’t sleeping with thousands of bed bugs, the best thing you can do is use a mattress cover. You can stay safe and your mattress will last a lot longer.

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