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.

Six winter allergy symptoms that can be fixed with cleaning

When thinking about allergies, most of us think of springtime and the allergy-induced sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose caused from being outdoors. So come wintertime, allergies should be a non-issue, right? Wrong.Six winter allergy symptoms that can be fixed with cleaning

According to WebMD, many of those springtime allergens, like pet dander, mildew, mold and dust, are present 365 days a year. And during the winter, most people are spending more time inside with the windows closed and the heater cranked, which increases exposure to these allergens. And that means more:

  • Coughing.
  • Itchy eyes and nose.
  • Runny nose.
  • Sneezing.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Dark circles under the eyes.

So how can you help alleviate these winter allergy symptoms? Cleaning.

Here are some cleaning tips that you can use to help minimize winter allergy symptoms caused by dust, mold, mildew and pet dander in your home.

  • Reduce humidity. Keeping humidity levels low decreases dust mite and mold growth. Using a dehumidifier in damp areas can help lower the humidity in your home.
  • Wash your sheets. Wash your sheets and pillowcases weekly in hot water – at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit – to kill any dust mites that may be present.
  • Cover your mattress and pillows. Using special allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers can help alleviate symptoms while you sleep. 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.
  • Vacuum Regularly. Vacuuming regularly with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can help diminish allergens in the home. HEPA vacuum cleaners filter out 99.7% of small particles, leaving you with fewer allergens than a traditional vacuum cleaner.
  • Bathe your pets. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends giving your pet weekly baths to reduce the presence of airborne allergens in your home.

For more tips on how to minimize sneezes and sniffles, check out these tips on how to combat seasonal allergies for healthy sleep.

Seven signs you need a new mattress

Does your back constantly hurt when you wake up in the morning? Do you still feel tired even after a full night’s rest? It may be your mattress that’s causing you those sleepless nights. Here are seven ways to tell if it’s time for a new mattress. Seven signs you need a new mattress

  1. Listen to your body. First and foremost, listen to your body. If you’re regularly waking up feeling stiff or sore, or have new pains in your back, it may be a sign that your current mattress isn’t properly supporting you at night. Sleeping on a bad bed can affect both your health and quality of life.
  2. Signs of wear and tear. The same goes for your mattress as it does with your pillow, if it’s lumpy and sagging in the middle, then it’s probably time to say goodbye. Don’t forget about stains, exposed coils and tearing at the seams.
  3. You sleep better away from your bed. Do you sleep better on a hotel bed, a couch, or even on the floor? If so, then it’s time to look into a new mattress.
  4. Size matters. If you and your partner, animals or children can’t comfortably sleep on your current mattress together, then you’re probably not sleeping very well at night and might need a larger size.
  5. It’s creaky. When you roll or change positions in your bed, does it creak or sway? This could be a sign that the wood in your box spring is losing its support.
  6. It’s more than seven years old. We get it. Mattresses are expensive nowadays, but if you’re using a hand-me-down from your parents or worse, your grandparents, you might want to look into getting a new mattress. The Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress if it’s seven years or older.
  7. Will a new mattress help you sleep better? If you answered yes, then it’s time to replace what you’re sleeping on.

When you do decide to toss your old mattress and invest in a new one, you’ll be off to sleep in no time. But with the costs of mattresses stretching from $300 to $30,000, you’ll want to make sure your investment lasts. Protect-A-Bed’s Mattress Protectors can help extend the life of your mattress by protecting it from allergens, dust mites, liquids and stains that can be detrimental to both your health and the life of your mattress.