Death to Dust Mites

June 6, 2013 by  

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and allergy induced asthma and approximately 55 million Americans text positive for one or more allergies. Common allergens include peanuts, eggs, and molds to name a few. However, the most common allergy is to dust mites, which look a lot like spiders under a microscope. If you itch at night you could be allergic to dust mites and this could be robbing you of getting better sleep.

According to the Mayo Clinic the average bed is home to 100,000 to 10 million dust mites. Invisible to the naked eye, disgusting dust mites camp out in our beds living off our dead skin particles (their favorite food) and camp out in our beds going completely undetected.

If you can do only one thing to prevent ongoing suffering from dust mites and get a better nights sleep, cover your bedding, especially your mattress, pillows and box springs with dust mite, allergy-proof, zippered mattress toppers, mattress covers, mattress pads and pillow protectors and covers.

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Sleeping Cool

June 4, 2013 by  

A common problem for people seeking better sleep is maintaining the right sleep temperature. This can be difficult, as a lot of sleepers struggle with staying cool or keeping warm, their internal body temperatures keeping them from getting the rest they need. Memory foam, a common material used in today’s mattresses and bedding, can also be the cause of sleeping too hot. Its density can prevent it from circulating the proper amount of air, and this can cause it to heat up. But fortunately, there are now simple and affordable ways to solve this all-to common issue.

With new technologies and products from several companies like Chili Technologies, Blu Sleep, and more, the problem of sleeping too hot or too cold is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Something unique to cooling mattresses, pads, and pillows is that they can function in one of two ways: with passive cooling, or active cooling. Passive cooling is associated with sleep products that utilize ultra-breathable foams, such as memory foam, latex, or Cool Blu Foam, a proprietary product from Blu Sleep.

Cool Blu Foam is “according to laboratory testing, two times more breathable than Latex…and thirty times more breathable than traditional memory foam.”

These foams are often combined with cooling fabrics, the end result being a pleasantly cool mattress or pillow and a better night’s sleep.

Active cooling differs from passive in that the amount of cooling (or heating) is controlled by the sleeper. Take for example the Chili Pad, one of the main products offered by Chili Technologies. While passive cooling sleep products rely on breathable foams and fabrics, the Chili Pad harnesses the power of heated or cooled water circulation. This means that the pad and the level of heating or cooling can be controlled by a remote, and the exact desired sleeping temperature can be selected.

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Your Toxic Pillow

June 4, 2013 by  

Your bedroom is the place to go to sleep, which means you spend nearly 1/3 of your life in between the sheets with your head on a pillow trying to get better sleep. But, there are several different ways that your pillow might slowly be poisoning you. You could be breathing in chemical fumes from your pillow or being exposed to synthetic dyes or other toxins. The most common chemicals in your pillow are flame retardants:

The most significant sources of human exposure to one type of flame retardant chemicals – polybrominated dipheylethers (PBDEs). The PBDE content was substantially higher in pillows made of polyurethane foam (3,646 parts per million) compared with those made of polyester fibers (107 parts per million) or feathers (6 parts per million)

Dust mites, bed bugs, and other air borne allergens also account for pillows also often harbor dust mites, and many people are allergic to their leavings, so finding hypo-allergenic options can also be beneficial to your health.

Natural Latex

I Love Better Sleep - Latex Pillow100% latex pillows are an ideal bedding solution for a natural, healthy sleep. It’s elastic, soft, and anti-allergy properties allow to respond more effectively to varying sleep patterns and needs. These pillows are comfortable, healthy, durable, and anti-mite and mold.

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