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Get The Best Sleep Ever With The Right Mattress In The Bedroom!

Get The Best Sleep Ever With The Right Mattress In The Bedroom!

You may have heard of memory foam mattresses and pillows, and how effective they are for fixing back, shoulder or neck pain. The secret lies within the way they work. Memory foam is a sub-category of foam that was initially designed by NASA about 40 years ago in order to provide greater protection in both car and airplane crashes. The substance used to produce memory foam is called viscoelastic and it absorbs impact really well while maintaining the necessary firmness for the support factor. Since its invention, many other products and devices have begun using it as well and this includes both mattresses and pillows. This site here compares some of the best memory foam mattresses available right now.

As a result, memory foam mattresses have the ability to mold to the contours of your body, thus allowing the user to have his or her weight properly distributed across the whole mattress. This also relieves the pressure that’s exerted on the skin and joints for better health. After a person gets off the mattress however, the foam will slowly return to its initial shape.

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Are there any drawbacks with regard to a memory foam mattress? Unfortunately, there is. Since memory foam is essentially a variant of foam, it inherits some of its lesser characteristics as well, which includes the fact that it retains heat really well. This is bad news for many people because a mattress that traps heat just doesn’t sell well at all. Modern variants of memory foam mattresses have been improved dramatically however, with the help of what’s known as gel-infused memory foam. These are also often referred to as gel mattresses in short.

A gel mattress is essentially a memory foam mattress that has gel beads added in to promote better airflow. A mattress with this feature will cool down a lot faster as well, which helps regulate the temperature of the body throughout your sleep. Consequently, thanks to its back pain relieving nature in addition to the fact that its ability to keep cool throughout the night, a memory foam mattress sells really well and is highly popular nowadays. In fact, it might be even more popular compared to spring mattresses, if not for the fact that the latter costs a lot less.

A gel-infused memory foam mattress is a great investment if you think about it. After all, you’ll be spending so much time on it and it’ll also promote better health over time with all the comfort as well as support that it’s able to provide to you. If you don’t yet know the importance of having a good night’s sleep every single night, you probably should find out about it. In essence, a quality sleep of say 6 hours every night will beat even 8 hours of interrupted sleep, which will be inevitable if your pillow or mattress is not ideal for you. Personally, I’d rather spend a little extra on a good bed than splurge on unnecessary accessories like shoes or watches. What about you?

3 Steps For Fresh Smelling Pillows Every Time

3 Steps For Fresh Smelling Pillows Every Time

Imagine this scenario, it’s a Saturday night, and you’re ready to head out with your crew to pain the town red. You’re dressed super fly, you smell great, and everything is, as they say nowadays “on point”. You reach your favorite bar or club, and the immediately you feel awesome as you can  feel that the vibe and energy is great, and even this early on you can see that the place is  filled with attractive members of the opposite sex. As you walk into the place, some of them even give you ‘the look’ and, full of confidence and swagger (or ‘swag’ as they say) you go up to talk to some of them, after a few glasses of delicious liquid courage of course.

Hours pass, and you and your maybe potential spouse have had interesting conversations, but more importantly, the chemistry has been simply electric. The venue closes, and without so much as a direct word, you both head back toward your place. Things get hot and heavy, you’re both on your bed, and then…… BOOM! As soon as her head comes within 6 inches of your pillow, you can see the expression of disgust involuntarily flash across her face. The moment is ruined, and so is your self-esteem.

A little dramatic? Perhaps so, but let’s face it, isn’t it just simply gross to have a dirty pillow. You may not notice it (it is your ‘smell’ after all), but believe me, other people certainly would. And smell aside, there is nothing visually appealing about yellow, sweat-stained pillow. So to help our readers everywhere who are suffering from this problem, we present to you 3 easy steps in washing your pillow for that clean and fresh smell and look, always.

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Step 1: Air That Pillow Out

As part of your daily routine, you should ‘fluff’ your pillows in order to get rid of dust and to maintain their shape. On a monthly basis, you air them outside for a few hours on a clothesline; ideal weather conditions would bright and breezy, with the temperature being warm or chilly. If for whatever reason that is not an option that is available to you, put them in your dryer on a no-heat cycle (IMPORTANT).

Step 2: Give It a Gentle Washing

An obviously essential step; pillows are full of dead skin cells, dust mites, and dust. You don’t need to overdo it; an occasional washing is enough as too frequent washing will cause them to lose their shape. We recommend you wash your pillows twice yearly, perhaps up to 3 or 4 times yearly if you are a really filthy person.

The type of washing you do is dependent on the type of pillow. If your pillow is synthetic, such as polyester or foam, they can probably be machine-washed however we advise you always check the instructions that come with the packaging. For example, specialty pillows such as side sleeper pillows may have specific washing instructions. For those who don’t yet know, side sleeper pillows are for people who well.. sleep on their sides, as opposed to say their backs or stomach. Yes, there also are specific pillows for people with those weird sleeping positions. Anyway, use the gentle cycle with lukewarm water and a good laundry detergent. Here’s a neat trick: if you have a large enough washer, wash two pillows at a time to balance the load and allow more effective circulation of water and detergent. We also recommend front loading machines as opposed to top loaders as the agitators can be too tough on pillows.

If your pillow is filled with down or feather, unfortunately you have no choice but to hand wash them. To do this, use a basin filled with warm water and detergent (equivalent to a small load for your washing machine). The pillow is to be completely submerged and kneaded gently like dough. After that, drain it and press down on the pillow to expel most of the water. Then roll it in a dry towel to get rid of even more water. Finally, place it in your washer (no detergent or water, spin only) on the slowest spin cycle.

Step 3: Dry It Completely

Complete drying is important to ensure no mildew develops, as that will cause your pillow to smell funky again. Don’t use the automatic settings on your dryer as the sensors will not be able to detect the internal moisture and will result with a still damp pillow. We suggest one hour on moderate heat; add a couple dry towels to speed it up as well as two new tennis balls. Yes, you did indeed read that correctly; the tennis balls prevent the filling from clumping up as they bounce around in the dryer. Of course, depending on your weather, you can also simply hang your pillows out to dry. Whichever method you choose, make sure you really check the inside of the pillow for any remaining moisture.

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We hope this article encourages you to wash that filthy pillow of yours. As for your pillow cover and pillow case? Wash them weekly together with your sheets.