You’ve probably heard plenty about how often to replace your mattress or how often to change your sheets. But have you given much thought to how often you should change your pillow? We know how important a comfortable pillow can be for a good night’s sleep, so if you’ve found one that works for you, you’re probably not in a rush to change it. Well that might change.
If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t given much thought to how often you should change out your pillow, and the answer is bound to shock you: every 6 months! That’s right, according to Robert Oexman, DC, director of the Sleep to Live Institute and at the very least within two years according to WebMD. How does yours measure up?
We’ve talked about the importance of maintaining a clean mattress before, but often times people forget about the sanitary conditions of the item just below their head. While you may not be able to see it, there is a massive amount of dirt, oil, dead skin and in some cases bugs, including mites and spiders. While this image may not be a pleasant one, it’s certainly an important one to consider, especially for those people with allergies that might have a reaction to dust and insects.
Now that you’re thoroughly grossed out, let’s talk about replacing those pillows. Let’s strike a balance between the Sleep to Live Institute and WebMD and recommend you replace your pillow every year. Make sure you find a pillow that is best suited to your sleep position, firmly and gently supporting your head and neck, and allows for proper alignment of your spine. We also recommend getting a pillow protector to help extend the life of your pillow as well as prevent stains and the accumulation of allergens, dust mites and bed bugs. In some cases you can also occasionally place your pillow in the dryer on low for 20 to 30 minutes to help clear clutter, but be sure to read the manufacturers specifications to make sure you don’t damage the pillow.
So, when was the last time you replaced your pillow?
Summer always seems to breeze by so quickly, and before we know, it’s time to gear up for another year of school. While you and your kids might be thinking about back-to-school clothes, shopping for supplies and a new classroom, chances are you’re probably not thinking much about the change in sleep patterns that is about to occur.
Get Your Kids Back On Track For Sleep Before School Starts
The combination of long summer days, no homework and fewer early rises, have likely left your kids going to bed later than usual and sleeping in as well. While some may have stuck to a strict sleep schedule, chances are the return to school is going to take some adjustment. And considering how important a good night’s sleep can be, especially for a young mind and body, getting your kids back on track for sleep sooner than later, will save both of you in many ways once school begins. Continue reading
The power nap. The afternoon siesta. The mid-day shut-eye. Whatever it’s called, the daily nap is a popular method to restore energy, shake off the cobwebs and generally feel better. Some athletes, politicians (President Ronald Reagan was a famous napper) and other luminaries have enjoyed naps everywhere and anywhere throughout history.
What happens when you take a daily nap? As it turns out, plenty of positive stuff:
· Heart-friendly benefits. Daily naps have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. So grab those mid-day zzzzz’s…your heart will thank you! Continue reading
What are the benefits of a Firm Mattress?
Remember the waterbed craze of the 70s and 80s? Sit ‘n Sleep does. It’s hard to believe that many people actually preferred to be sloshing around on a rocking, roiling wave of water for a third of their lives.
But the tide has turned back in favor of a good old-fashioned firm mattress. Not too old-fashioned, mind you. We’re not talking about the sacks of barley the Romans used to sleep on.
These days, firm mattresses are (firmly) entrenched as one of America’s favorite sleeping surface. Chiropractors, doctors and other medical professionals tout their effectiveness in a host of ways. Let’s look at a few of those benefits. Continue reading
Are Silk Pillow Cases Really Better for You?
Some people swear by silk pillow cases. By skipping the cotton, nylon and other “rough” fabrics, those folks who use silk list a bevy of benefits, not the least of which involves more healthy skin and a restful night’s sleep.
99% of humanity has slept on something other than silk pillow cases. So who’s right? The masses, or the miniscule portion that’ve traveled the Silk Road to sleep? The results are mixed, but silk pillow cases do show some interesting results. Sit ‘n Sleep has done some research, and here are some arguments from the pro-silk side: Continue reading