Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Beds and Mattresses for Sound Sleeping

How many beds have you slept on in your life so far? The number isn’t as important as the quality of sleep that you had on each one. Can you truly say that you have one of the best beds? Circumstances change throughout your life and if you chose a bed strictly for its price you may not have had the best bed. If you are looking to purchase a new bed it is time for you to do some research before buying. In doing so you will find the type of bed that you need and with bed sales a price you can afford.

Let’s look at the Innerspring mattress first as most people find them comfortable and affordable. They are the most popular because of the various styles and sizes that are available. Some things to consider when looking at innerspring mattresses are that they need to be replaced about every eight to ten years. They don’t hold body heat and they can disturb a light sleeper with the motion of another person turning over. The pillow-top on mattresses have been shown to wear out before the actual mattress, so although they are quite popular it is something to think about. Innerspring mattresses will come in a variety of firmnesses. Some even have one side of larger mattresses with a soft and a firm side. When you are testing a mattress lie down on it in various positions for at least ten minutes to see how it really feels.

Memory Foam mattresses are made differently from Innersprings. A Memory Foam can have from one to six inches of foam that is then glued onto a very thick polyurethane base. There are several price ranges for this type of mattress, but they generally cost more than an Innerspring. Most people who own a Memory Foam bed are happy with them, however, a small percent report that they are too hard, too hot and difficult to move on.

Latex Foam is popular in the UK because it has many of the same qualities of the memory foam, but with a nice difference. Latex has a bit more spring to it so it won’t retain body heat like memory foam. This makes it much more comfortable when the weather is hot. It has more durability than the innerspring mattress and will repel dust mites. Natural latex is also better for the planet as it is biodegradable. If you have an allergy to latex this mattress most likely won’t work for you, however. Make sure that you have a bed frame that has slats so that no mould grows on the underside.

Our last comparison is the Air Mattress. A cushion of air supports the sleeper and can be tailored to the degree of firmness for each person. It is a chilling experience in the colder months as the bed doesn’t hold any heat. This type of bed gets mostly positive reviews, but some did find it lumpy with a trench between air chambers.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Home Exercise Equipment

Exercise is one of the most effective ways of reducing stress and improving sleep patterns. Vigorous activity releases endorphines in the brain that bring a feeling of happiness and relaxation. A combination of resistance training and cardio exercise will improve your health, make you feel and look better, boost your energy level, and promotes relaxation.

Unfortunately many people find exercise inaccessible. Gym memberships can be costly, and it can be difficult to find the time to get out and exercise regularly. Bad weather can make outdoor activity uncomfortable and committing to a sport team or exercise class can be very time consuming and restrictive.

In today's busy society many people are finding that exercising at home is the most convenient and effective way of getting in shape. Setting up a home gym may be less expensive than you think. There is a wide range of home exercise equipment available for both cardio and resistance training exercise.

Some examples of cardio exercise equipment includes elliptical machines and rowing machines. For resistance training you could try weight benches or cable crossovers.

The benefits of exercise are undeniable, and with home gym equipment prices dropping the convenience of a home workout is becoming a very popular exercise option. Do some research - speak with your doctor, a fitness instructor, and try out different machines to find something you like before you make a purchase.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Calm your mind

Manasanthi is peace of mind. Manas means mind and santhi means peace or tranquility. Just as the name suggest this form of Ayurvedic therapy is aimed at pacifying mind.

Mind, body and soul are equally important to Ayurveda. Manasanthi (also can be spelt manassanthi, manasanti, manashanti or 50 other variations) is a comprehensive mind-body-soul treatment.

Manasathy is a combination of Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy. The stress is on holistic approach towards better health for body as well as mind. There will be oil massage, sirovasti, dhara etc in the therapy. Rejuvenation massage, steam bath etc are other facets of this therapy.

Fully body massage on a daily basis, with sesame oil (or coconut oil) 30 minutes before bathing has several physical advantages as well as psychological advantages.

This is effective stress management therapy. A person practicing this regularly will have the benefits of better emotional control and relaxed mind.

People with excessive mental turbulences are also given vegetarian, calming food. Spicy, hot tasting and salty food items are not helpful in relaxation, while sweet tasting food items are helpful. Easy to digest food items, mostly in liquid or semi solid form ensures faster digestion, which is helpful in managing mental worries too.

Prompting the persons to read religious texts is also an effective way of pacifying human minds. Listening to soothing music with slow beats also pacifies mind.

Another important thing is to keep company of pleasant people, visit religious places and locations with a little sunshine, clean water and greenery.

Mind is the sum total of the personal life, personality and everything a person experiences in his or her life. To care for the mind, you need special attention.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Relaxing Music Added To Site


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I haven't written for awhile. You may have noticed there have been some additions to the site. Recently I've added two new nature tracks to the mp3 download section, the first is Evening Bonfire which has a bonfire and crickets in the background. The other is summer creek which has the sounds of a creek and birds singing.


I've also mixed all of the music tracks with these nature sounds, basically doubling the number of tracks on the site. I hope you enjoy these new additions.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dealing With Stress


Sorry for the long absences, as I said the holiday season can be hectic and mine was crazed! When things get busy, or stressful, it’s so easy to get caught up in the frenzy and forget to take time out for yourself. That’s kind of what I have been doing and once I was on that free fall my sleep and therefore my productivity suffered.

For the past six weeks I have been the best example of what not to do when life gets difficult. I can’t stress enough how important routine is to my quality of life and how necessary it is to allow “personal down time” a frequent and regular place in that routine. I know that insomnia will probably be a challenge for me throughout my life, but still I need times like these to remind me why I allow myself “me time” and how “me time” improves the quality and efficiency of everything I must do throughout the day.

What constitutes “me time”? Well, the little breaks for a mental and physical check in are probably the most important for maintaining calm and relaxation, but when things get busy and stressful those check ins are usually the first thing to go. I think the trick is to try not to let life get too busy, too stressful. I wrote about my morning routine in my last blog (it’s been a while so you might need to review it). In order to maintain a state of relaxation or calm, your day must begin relaxed and calm. My morning routine is all “me time” and I’ve created an environment where all my senses or both soothed and stimulated. I sit in my most comfortable chair in front of a cozy heat register, I take time to sip and smell that first cup of coffee I so very much enjoy, and I listen to the sounds of nature and soft soothing music. All the other things I do to promote physical relaxation would be of little or perhaps no benefit without that 10 to 15 minute period set aside for me and me alone. That was what I lost track of over the past few weeks so my sleep and productivity diminished.

Take some time this week and consider your ideal morning scenario. What sights, sounds, smells, tastes calm, relax and stimulate you? Where in your home does your body feel most comfortable and relaxed?
Sleep Soundly

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Holiday Stress 2

Hi guys,

More about how I deal with Holiday stress.

The most important tool for a calm, relaxed Christmas Season is retaining my routine. Each morning I get up at a set time, put on the coffee, turn on my computer and play nature sounds I discovered through Sound Sleeping. I do some easy body stretching, locate where tension might have built up over night, address these areas of tension through a series of contraction / relaxation. To most effectively relax tension in a muscle or muscle group one should breath in slowly while contracting said muscle, hold in contraction for a slow count to ten still inhaling, and then let the muscle suddenly relax with a nice energetic exhalation of breath. I eat breakfast, have a cup of coffee, write about three lighthearted pages in my journal, go for a 20 min. to 1 hr. walk through my local park or river bank trail, put on some relaxing music, shower, “prettify”, and leave for work. By the way, I’m an early riser.

Mornings are of major importance to me. If I can begin my day in a laid back and routine way, I am way more likely to achieve relaxation and calm throughout my day. Stress and tension breed further stress and tension so avoidance is the best remedy. It was a few years ago at around Christmas I started to regiment my mornings. I couldn’t believe how much it benefited my entire day and night. I then began to implement the regiment into my daily routine throughout the year. Last year, when I discovered Sound Sleeping, I found yet another tool to aid in creating a calm and relaxing environment to complement my routine. In the morning I listen to peaceful environmental sounds, and in the evening I play around with the Drum Sleep Aid, I can often loose myself in this “play” for an hour or more. The interesting reality is that it provides enjoyment without heightened stimulation. I find excess stimulation during the evening hours greatly reduces my chances of falling asleep later on. I then choose my mp3 selection for the next morning. I listen to a few each night to make my selection. This procedure again aids in my evening relaxation routine.

I suggested a couple of weeks ago, that you listen through some of the selections and play with the Drum Aid. If you have done so, why not try incorporating them into your daily routine. I would really appreciate some feedback on how these tools work, or have been working for you. Let’s make this a dialogue instead of a blog.

I wish you, if not a stress free week, at least a stress reduced week.

Sleep well
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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Holiday Stress

Hi Folks,

Hope you’ve had a restful week, ya right! Here comes Xmas.

I don’t know about you, but for me, the Christmas holiday season is the most stressful time of the year. And the season seems to become longer and longer as the years role by. I’m a musician and music enthusiast. Concerts abound, Christmas parties become more and more frequent, and unfortunately, these social commitments come at my busiest time of year professionally. I’m constantly bombarded with choices and decisions, and each seems to come with a sense of guilt because I always feel I’m choosing him over her, these guys over those guys. So for the few weeks I’m going to travel off my former path and discuss how I deal with Holiday Stress.

I haven’t found any profound answers to the “choice” dilemma, that’s just the nature of the season. What I find I do have control over is my response to having to make these choices and the environment in which these choices are made. Personally, I need to stick to my routines even more strictly. Routine provides both my body and my mind with a structure from which to achieve relaxation and calm. If I keep my “cool” at work and due regular check-ins, it is much easier to deal with the choices I must make for my weekends and evenings. I’ve learned to list and prioritize my choices, balancing family, friends, and concerts. One the choice is made I write it in my day timer in ink. This is a visual reminder that once the decision is made, it should not be second-guessed. Key to the success of this strategy is to complete the task in one fell swoop. I choose an early evening, create as relaxed stress free environment as possible, Make my list, “check it twice”, delete the “naughty”, highlight the “nice”, and make my decisions. If new social opportunities come up I check with my day planner. If I’m free, I choose whether I want to attend or take the evening off. If the evening has been previously book I simply say, “I’m sorry, but I already have plans”. I sometimes miss a great event, but I retain my sanity.

I wish you a Merry Christmas Season and will check in again next week

Sound Sleeping,
Karen
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