Five signs you need a new pillow

For most of us, a good night’s rest starts with the pillow that’s under our heads, which is why it’s so important to recognize when it’s time to invest in a new one. Yes, that favorite pillow of yours that you’ve been using for the last decade definitely needs to be replaced (we know it’s hard).Five signs you need a new pillow

So how do you know if it’s time for a switch? Here are five signs that you need a new pillow.

  1. It smells funny. Throw away pillows at the first hint of bad smells. This may be a sign that mold and mildew are present and definitely needs to be tossed.
  2. It’s a pain in the neck. How do you feel? If you wake up with aches and pains in your neck, it may be time to invest in a new pillow that better supports your sleep style. The Luxury Adjustable Pillow System, can be adjusted to firmness and height preferences, and will ensure a comfortable night’s rest, whether you sleep on your side, stomach or back.
  3. It has lumps. When you lay your pillow flat, is it lumpy or does it have bumps in it? If you answered, yes, then it’s time for a new pillow.
  4. It folds in half…and stays folded. Whether your pillow is filled with natural or synthetic down or memory foam, it should always, or at least slowly, regain its shape after being folded in half. If it doesn’t, then it may be time for a new pillow.
  5. It’s past its prime. We know it’s rude to ask, but how old is your pillow? Pillows should be replaced every two years because a lot of dust, bacteria, oil and dust mites, can build up over time, creating an unhealthy sleep environment. Using pillow protectors, like the AllerZip Smooth Pillow Protector, can protect your pillows from bacteria, mold and mites to extend longevity.

If your current pillow falls into any of the above categories, then it’s time to replace it and get a new pillow that gives you the support you need and provides you with a healthy sleep zone.

Snoring solutions to save your sanity

Snoring affects almost 90 million American adults and 37 million adults on a regular basis. Snoring doesn’t just affect the snorer, but also the snorer’s partner. In fact, 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. Snoring solutions to save your sanity

Bottom line: sleeping with someone who snores is annoying, makes you lose sleep (i.e., become grouchy) and is borderline unhealthy. So how does one sleep with a snorer? We’ve compiled a few snoring solutions to help you sleep and save your sanity.

  • Muffle the noise. Invest in a pair of earplugs to muffle the noise. Earplugs have proven to be a simple and effective snoring solution for those who sleep with a snorer. If earplugs aren’t a feasible option or you’re just not a fan, try to find a source of white noise, like a fan or a white noise app, to help drown out the snoring.
  • Roll them. Snoring is usually the most frequent when sleeping on the back. So if you wake up to your partner snoring and they’re sleeping on their back – try rolling them on their side.
  • Change your pillows. Allergens or dust mites on your pillow may contribute to your partner’s snoring. Consider washing or replacing your pillows, which should be swapped out every two years. The AllerZip Smooth Pillow Protector can also help as it’s designed for allergy sufferers to provide a protective barrier against dust mites, bacteria and other allergens.
  • Sleep separately. And if all else fails and the snoring continues to bother you, consider sleeping separately a few nights out of the week so that you’re getting enough rest too.

Interested in more snoring solutions to save your sanity? Share these seven tips to stop snoring with your loved one.

Seven sleep quotes to induce a good rest

Seven sleep quotes to induce a good restNot only does sleep make you feel better, but sufficient sleep is essential for physical and mental health. Sleep can sharpen your mind, protect your heart, help you have a healthy weight and may even lead to longer life.

So what can you do? It’s simple! Make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of sleep each night so that you’re not preventing yourself from gaining the health benefits. And just so you don’t forget, here are seven sleep quotes to induce a good rest.

  1. “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” – Thomas Dekker
  2. “Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama
  3. “Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.” – William Blake
  4. “The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” – E. Joseph Cossman
  5. “A good laugh and long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” – Irish Proverb
  6. “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  7. “To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep.” – Joan Klempner

Need more than just sleep quotes to induce a good rest? Try starting a sleep diary for stress-free sleep. The Luxury Adjustable Pillow System can also help as it will ensure a comfortable rest, whether you sleep on your side, stomach or back.

Start a sleep diary for stress-free rest

Start a sleep diary for stress-free restDo you consistently have trouble falling or staying asleep at night? It may be from too much caffeine, stress or even an undiagnosed sleep disorder. No matter the cause, keeping a sleep diary can help you learn about your sleep patterns and issues that may be caused by your sleeping habits.

Starting a sleep diary is easy. All you need to do is make sure you keep a detailed recording of daytime and sleeping habits, including the following:

  • The time you went to bed.
  • The time you woke up.
  • How long and well you slept.
  • How many times you woke up during the night.
  • How much caffeine or alcohol you consumed and when.
  • Any activities that you did before going to bed.

You can also record your sleep habits using the National Sleep Foundation’s printable sleep diary. However you choose to start your sleep diary, you’re one step closer to having a stress-free rest.

Need extra help getting a better night’s rest? Try these five tips to improve sleep and the Luxury Adjustable Pillow System, which will ensure a comfortable night’s rest, whether you sleep on your side, stomach or back.

Slumber party packing list for your child’s upcoming sleepovers

 Slumber party packing list for your child’s upcoming sleepoversWhether it’s your child’s very first sleepover or not, preparing for a slumber party can often be a stressful time for both parent and child. While you can’t control the night’s events or whether or not they’ll go to bed on time, you can make sure your child has everything he or she needs for the next 15 or so hours.

Here’s a slumber party packing list for your child’s upcoming sleepovers that will keep them from forgetting the essentials and help you limit worry.

  • Sleeping bag or blankets. A comfortable sleeping bag is a must as your child will most likely be sleeping on the floor. If you don’t have a sleeping bag, cozy blankets from home work just as well.
  • Pillow. There may be a shortage of pillows at the host house, so make sure to pack their favorite pillow from home. Bringing a pillow from home may also help your child sleep more comfortably in a place they’re unaccustomed to. The Premium Pillow Protector is ideal for overnight stays as it’s transportable and easily slips over their pillow providing a soft and pleasant night’s rest.
  • Comfy Pajamas. You’d be surprised how often these are forgotten, so make sure your child’s favorite fun pair of pajamas are packed and ready to go.
  • Change of clothes. Clothes for your child to wear the next morning, including a clean shirt, pants, socks and underwear, are also important necessities.
  • Toiletry bag. Toiletries, including toothpaste and toothbrush, are another essential on your child’s slumber party packing list.
  • Stuffed animal or blankie. A stuffed animal, blankie or other personal object from home can help comfort your child and ease the feeling of being away from home if they tend to get a little homesick.
  • Phone number. In case of any trouble, make sure you leave your phone number with the host parent so they know how to get a hold of you if something is needed.
  • Sleepover bag or tote. Now make sure you pack up all of the items on your child’s slumber party packing list in a small to medium sized sleepover bag or tote to keep everything organized and in place.

Still not sure what your child needs to bring? When it doubt, give the host parents a call and ask what is needed.

Need more ideas on how to feel more relaxed when you’re away from home? Check out these packing tips for rest and relaxation.