How to spring clean your bedroom: a five-step checklist

Spring has officially sprung and for many of us that means spring cleaning time. But, if there’s one room in your home that you should pay particular attention to, it’s your bedroom. How to spring clean your bedroom: a five-step checklist

For a fresh and healthy sleep, here’s a five-step checklist for spring cleaning your bedroom.

  1. Flooring. If you have hardwood floors, it’s a good idea to give them a quick vacuum or sweep before mopping. If you have carpeting in your bedroom, consider getting it steam cleaned.
  2. Bedding. Wash all of your bedding, including sheets, pillow shams, bed skirts, mattress pads and comforters. It’s recommended to wash your sheets at a temperature of at least 130 F (54 C) – so that it’ll kill any dust mites and other allergens that may be harboring in your sheets, which can also trigger allergy symptoms. And don’t forget about your washing your pillows; they can carry dust, mold and bacteria.
  3. Draperies and Curtains. Take down any draperies and curtains to have them washed or dry cleaned.
  4. Hard Surfaces. Use a microfiber cloth to dust any hard surfaces in your bedroom, including ceiling corners, vents, fans, shelves, dressers and lamps. It’s also a good idea to wipe down baseboards and windowsills.
  5. Mattresses. Flip your mattress horizontally and vertically to keep the wear even. If your mattress is more than seven years old, it may be time to invest in a new one.

And if that’s not enough, you can always tackle the closet next.

2015 spring allergies: what allergy sufferers can expect

Allergy season is quickly approaching and this year is expected to be “the worst” for spring allergies. Why will this allergy season be the worst? According to weather.com, there are a couple of reasons.

  • Rising temperatures. According to research by allergist Leonard Bielory, pollen counts will average 21,735 grains of pollen per cubic meter in the year 2040. To put this in perspective, the average pollen count in 2000 was just 8,455 (yikes!). Hotter summers can also result in a more intense pollen season the following spring.Spring allergies: what allergy sufferers can expect
  • Heavy precipitation. Low temperatures and heavy precipitation in the fall or winter may cause more grass pollens to flower early and more heavily in the spring. In other words, increased allergy symptoms.
  • The “priming effect.” The priming effect is when temperatures rise briefly and then dip again, which causes pollen levels to rise, then fall, then rise again. This constant re-exposure causes allergy sufferers to become “even more hyper-sensitive or hyperactive to the new pollen.”

Regardless of the fact that this may or may not be the worst allergy season, there are some things that you can do to help combat spring allergies, including:

  • Keeping the windows closed
  • Taking a shower and washing your hair
  • Taking medicines before symptoms start
  • Rinsing out your nasal passage

In addition to the above, preventing allergens from entering your home, especially where you sleep, is critical. Mattress encasements and pillow protectors, like the AllerZip® Smooth Mattress Encasement and AllerZip® Smooth Pillow Protector, are designed specifically for allergy sufferers to provide a protective barrier against dust mites, bacteria and other allergens.

Why can’t I sleep? Five common sleep problems solved.

Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night or have trouble falling or staying asleep? Whether it’s insomnia, a full bladder or an anxious mind, here are five common reasons why you can’t sleep and how to solve them.Why can’t I sleep? Five common sleep problems solved.

  1. Your room is too light. According to the National Sleep Foundation, bright light directly inhibits the release of melatonin – the hormone that our body produces to prepare us for sleep. Exposure to light during the night tricks our brains into thinking it’s time to wake up and reduces the production of melatonin.
  2. You’re a worrywart. We’ve all woken up suddenly in the middle of the night worrying about tomorrow’s big presentation or if we remembered to close the garage. If you do wake up because of anxious thoughts, try not to let yourself continue to worry. If you do, you’ll only be awake longer. Some experts suggest writing down a physical list of your worries prior to going to sleep.
  3. Your partner snores. People who sleep next to a snorer are reported to have higher levels of fatigue and sleepiness and may even be at higher risk for hearing loss. Try having your partner sleep on his or her side as one solution to minimizing snoring.
  4. You have allergens. If you find yourself constantly waking up in the middle of the night with allergy symptoms and it’s not allergy season, you may be sharing your bed with other allergens, like dust mites. In fact, the average bed is home to anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites, which can trigger allergy symptoms. Washing your sheets once a week in hot water can help. Mattress encasements and pillow protectors, like the AllerZip® Smooth Mattress Encasement and AllerZip® Smooth Pillow Protector, can help. They’re designed specifically for allergy sufferers to provide a protective barrier against dust mites, bacteria and other allergens.
  5. You sleep in on the weekends. A little extra sleep on the weekends can’t be bad, right? Wrong. Studies show that sleeping in a few extra hours on weekends actually disrupts the body’s internal clock so much that it makes you even more tired on Monday morning.

Still can’t sleep at night? Consider starting a sleep diary to help you learn about your sleep patterns and issues that may be caused by your sleeping habits.

10 Valentine’s Day ideas for your husband (and three you’ll enjoy, too!)

For those who need a little help planning, we’ve compiled a list of unique gift ideas to give to the man in your life this Valentine’s Day. Here’s a list of 10 Valentine’s Day ideas for your husband, and a few that you’ll enjoy too. 10 Valentine's Day ideas for your husband (and three you’ll enjoy, too!)

  1. Make a coupon book. Make this Valentine’s Day last all year by making him a coupon book for things like a back massage, movie night or dinner for two.
  2. Chocolate-covered bacon. Instead of making chocolate-covered strawberries, try making him chocolate-covered bacon! It’s a tasty and easy-to-make treat that you both will enjoy.
  3. Surprise him with a weekend getaway. Sweep your husband off his feet by whisking him away on a surprise getaway.
  4. Create a keepsake for him. Take a step back and reflect on your favorite memories together. Fill a notebook or scrapbook with your favorite photos, memories and all the reasons you love and appreciate him.
  5. Have an indoor picnic. For those on a tight budget, plan a romantic and cozy evening with an indoor picnic.
  6. Get him tickets to a game. For the sports fanatic, consider getting him tickets to his favorite sporting event. Websites like StubHub and SeatGeek are great resources to find tickets for any event.
  7. Give him a few extra hours of sleep. Who wouldn’t want a few extra hours of sleep each night? Show him you love him by letting him get some extra shuteye. Have a hubby who’s a restless sleeper? The Luxury Adjustable Pillow System can help ensure a comfortable night’s rest, whether he sleeps on his side, stomach or back.
  8. Send him love notes. Tell him how much you love him by mailing him a love note to his work. Not only will this surprise him, but will definitely bring a smile to his face.
  9. Make him dinner. If your husband is the chef in the relationship, treat him to a romantic Valentine’s dinner prepared with love by you. Check out some of these simple recipes for ideas.
  10. Appreciate him. If nothing at all, be appreciative of him and all the things he does to make you happy, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

Here’s to a happy Valentine’s Day for both you and your husband!

Unveiling the new REM-Fit line

Are you an active athlete, avid runner, sports enthusiast or busy mom? If so, then you probably know all too well that you can train and eat well all day long, but if you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t reach your fitness goals. Quality sleep provides energy, prevents injury and helps you stay motivated to live a healthy life

No one understands this better than we do. And to help active bodies sleep well, stay motivated and reach fitness goals, Protect-A-Bed is unveiling a new line of active lifestyle bedding and accessories as part of their REM-Fit brand.

REM-Fit, which stands for REST, ENERGIZE and MOTIVATE, is a collection of bedding and fitness tools designed for the healthy lifestyle. It helps active individuals recover from exercise to reach fitness goals and improve overall wellbeing.

The new REM-Fit line will offer an expanded line of REST and ENERGIZE Collections. Both collections feature mattress and pillow protectors, and pillows with innovative technologies that regulate body temperature during sleep and protect against allergens and dust mites to offer a clean, healthy sleep.

In addition to bedding and pillows, REM-Fit’s latest innovation – the REM-Fit Active Sleep and Activity tracker – will help keep you motivated to exercise, sleep and reach health goals.

The Active, which is part of the MOTIVATE collection, lets you monitor your movement, fitness and sleep throughout the day. Through the accompanying mobile app, it connects you with others using the Active. It tracks:

  • ActivePoints,
  • SleepPoints,
  • Daily steps,
  • Distance walked,
  • Calories burned, and
  • Social Networks

To provide an overall fitness and wellness measure, the device gives you “ActivePoints” and “Sleep Points” throughout the day and sums your points together to give you an overall “REM 360 Life Score.”

To join in the REM-Fit fun, visit www.REM-Fit.com or like the line on Facebook and follow the Twitter account for healthy living tips.