Tips on How to Make Yourself Fall Asleep

March 12, 2008

Tips on How to Make Yourself Fall Asleep

 

Do you ever find yourself lying wide awake at night only to start getting nervous and upset that you won’t be getting ANY sleep at night? Many people go through this and in all actuality; many people are bringing it onto themselves. Of course no one aims to deprive themselves of sleep but, in all actuality, it is the individual who is keeping themselves awake due to anxieties. In this article I will give you some tips to help get to sleep faster and how to help yourself to stop thinking about those things that cause you to stay awake at night.

First, TELL yourself to stop every time a thought that affects your sleep negatively crosses your mind, you will be surprised how powerful YOUR own commands to yourself will be. When you start to realize the power you own words have you will become more reassured that it will work and become more relaxed. However, it is important to avoid anxiety.

How about those times when you REALLY need to be asleep and are wide awake? Much of this is caused by that classic case of performance anxiety. How about considering reverse psychology in order to relax your body. For example, if you aren’t falling asleep, tell yourself to STAY awake. Naturally your body wants sleep and it will eventually succumb to the slumber. It’s all about relaxing.

If you have lots of anxiety in regards to the aforementioned issues, try breathing techniques such as taking very deep breaths and slowly releasing. Try this technique over and over and you will feel the relaxation proper breathing provides. Keep breathing in deeply and slowly releasing, feeling the release of anxiety as you exhale slowly.

Why not try counting sheep? Counting forward and backwards actually does help many people all asleep. Even picture those numbers appearing in your mind in front of you. This is not thought that causes a person to stay awake like those of your BOSS and deadlines, which cause anxiety. These are simple and will help put your mind to “rest” (in all actuality our minds are busiest at night).

Try to picture yourself in a relaxing setting while painting the picture in your mind. The trick is to focus looking forward until you fall asleep while avoiding “real-life” thoughts that will just get you going. Try to relax and float in your thoughts…soon to be dreams. Floating sensations help the muscles relax and when your muscles are relaxed, you are relaxed. Mental and physical relaxation will take over and when that happens, who can resist falling asleep? So avoid any form of anxiety-provoking thoughts and just LET yourself drift away to a good night’s sleep.

S. Michael Windsor is currently publisher and a writer for The Memory Foam Network. The MFN Online Memory Foam Product Guide is a premier memory foam information platform that provides individuals with a quality in-depth look at memory foam and the associated products, services and information available today. Visit us today at http://www.MemoryFoamNetwork.com and subscribe to our Free Member services.

The New Fibromyalgia Drug : Lyrica

March 11, 2008

The New Fibromyalgia Drug : Lyrica

 

A new fibromyalgia drug called Lyrica has recently become the first FDA approved fibromyalgia medication and treatment. The new fibromyalgia (FM) medication also referred to as pregabalin is currently only available for people over the age of 18. However, currently research is being conducted on similar forms of the medication for those individuals under the age of 18.

Lyrica is thought to affect the nerve cells inside the fibromyalgia sufferer’s brain which oftentimes is what causes the amplified feelings of pain. This new fibromyalgia medication shows evidence of becoming the top drug for decreasing the effects of fibromyalgia as the only other alternatives would be pain relievers, sleep inducers, muscle relaxants, and more.

The new fibromyalgia drug has also shown amazing results in clinical tests in which the individuals who were tested experienced very effective results and successfully decreased their symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as pain relief and movability, substantially. If a person suffers from fibromyalgia, they know how huge this really is as in many cases, not even pain relievers can really do a whole lot in reducing the pain involved with FM. There were some side effects that seemed to occur in some of the individuals during the testing and those side effects included some dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, swelling, rashes, feeling off-balance to reportedly unusual feelings of happiness and having a hard time concentrating.

The other concerns involved with the new fibromyalgia medication also involve mixing the Lyrica drug with other types of medications. It is important that an individual speak with their doctor in order to discuss their possible issues involving the use of the FM drug.

There seems to be a lot of hope for new forms of treatment for fibromyalgia patients and more research is being done presently in order to find out more about the new treatments for fibromyalgia and more.

S. Michael Windsor is currently publisher and a writer for The Memory Foam Network. The MFN Online Memory Foam Product Guide is a premier memory foam information platform that provides individuals with a quality in-depth look at memory foam and the associated products, services and information available today. Visit us today at http://www.MemoryFoamNetwork.com and subscribe to our Free Member services.

Tips for Back Pain Relief

March 10, 2008

Tips for Back Pain Relief

Did you know that back pain is one of the most common neurological disorders in the US? In fact, the only neurological disorder more common than back pain back pain according to the NIH (http://www.nih.gov) is a headache. That really says a lot when considering that many people don’t really know what to do about relieving themselves of back pain other than taking some pain relievers and hoping that it goes away. There are many things a person can do in order to reduce and/or help eliminate pain caused by back pain caused by such things as muscle tissue damage, osteoporosis, and more. Our goal in this article is to help bring some of those treatments and therapies to your attention in order to help relieve back pain now and even help to prevent back pain or its worsened effects in the future.

Some of our recommended therapies include:

Try massage therapy

Learning to breathe more properly while focusing on mind-body connections. (Alexander Technique)

Practice yoga

Hydrotherapy

Acupuncture

Bowen therapy

Capsaicin cream

Stress relief music and relaxation cds

Prolotherapy

Vitamins and minerals:

Vitamin D

Magnesium

Willow Bark

Vitamin B12

All of these recommendations have shown evidence of providing pain relief in many individuals and it would be a wonderful idea to look into each of these in order to see which one or more of these would suit your personal needs the best. It is also important to stress the fact that in addition to daily routines such as the aforementioned, regular usage of a memory foam mattress will also help provide relief from back pain due to its contouring and cradling effects in the visco-elastic material inside the mattress. As we mention at the MFN website, memory foam mattresses provide back pain relief through the temperature sensitive memory foam material. This material is what allows for proper spinal alignment as well as proper blood flow through the body as you sleep. This type of arrangement with a new memory foam mattress and pillow has helped many people since it first came onto the market in 1991 and has received quite an extraordinary response.

S. Michael Windsor is currently publisher and a writer for The Memory Foam Network. The MFN Online Memory Foam Product Guide is a premier memory foam information platform that provides individuals with a quality in-depth look at memory foam and the associated products, services and information available today. Visit us today at http://www.MemoryFoamNetwork.com and subscribe to our FREE Member services.

Custom Memory Foam Products on the Market Today for Pets, Heavier Individuals and More

February 22, 2008

Custom Memory Foam Products on the Market Today for Pets, Heavier Individuals and More

 

Since the very first memory foam mattress produced by Tempurpedic hit the markets in the early 1990’s, memory foam products have rapidly evolved in order to fit nearly any person’s individual need…including your pets!

First, the memory foam material has different variations of firmness, tensility, density and so on. These options provide individuals with chronic pain or even issues with body weight to have a comfortable nights sleep while keeping their spine more aligned and less pain throughout their body. Now as for the pet beds, we are currently seeing a trend in which many households not only want a memory foam mattress for their family, but also their dog or cat. In addition to ‘pet-pedic’ products’ growing popularity, new innovations are always in the works. How would you like to sit in a memory foam seat in your vehicle? Now that’s what I call comfortable! Currently, manufacturers are developing plans to implement memory foam in car seats in order to improve their customers’ experiences with the brands. This actually brings us back to the early days of memory foam where the technology was developed by NASA in order to help relieve the astronauts of the massive g-force pressure during lift off. Would this same idea allow us to experience a much more comfortable road trip or long drive? Actually visco elastic foam improves circulation by relieving pressure points on the body through the temperature sensitive memory foam material. So theoretically, it may just improve our vacation experiences. Now, the only thing to be concerned with is getting a little TOO comfortable.

Another issue regarding visco foam mattresses with weight issues for the individual using the mattress. Manufacturers have indeed taken this into account and in order to provide a high quality and beneficial sleep experience, they have developed memory foam mattresses with much higher densities and firmness so that the material does provide the benefits manufacturers and their warranties ensure.

As for the pets, many more studies will need to be completed by dog whisperers from all over the world in order for manufacturers to fully develop their innovative pet products as demands have been surpassing many manufacturers’ expectations! Ok so the dog whisperer thing wasn’t true; however, manufacturers are researching what more they can do for your beloved family pet.

All in all, we are on the right track in regards to our sleep systems currently available on the market today. Will memory foam raise Starbucks stock price due to more coffee on the highways throughout the world? Who knows? But one thing is for sure, the benefits of this material are endless and I look forward to all of its many uses in the coming future.

S. Michael Windsor is currently publisher and a writer for The Memory Foam Network. The MFN Online Memory Foam Product Guide is a premier memory foam information platform that provides individuals with a quality in-depth look at memory foam and the associated products, services and information available today. Visit us today at http://www.MemoryFoamNetwork.com and subscribe to our FREE services.

The Health Benefits of Memory Foam Mattresses

February 14, 2008
The Health Benefits of Memory Foam Mattresses

What are the health benefits to sleeping on memory foam? Memory foam can help individuals by providing benefits such as pressure point relief and helping individuals suffering from sleep apnea. The secret of memory foam lies within its capability to conform to the person’s body using NASA technology released to the public only in the last decade.
First, the major component of memory foam is its ability to conform to the sleeper’s body. This is caused by the temperature sensitive material the mattress is made of which adjusts to your body in reference to body heat and weight. The memory foam material actually softens as it warms up creating a wonderful sleeping position. This sleeping position allows a person to achieve a better night’s sleep without as much pain or soreness as those areas tend to get more fevered than others, plus the memory foam material will displace the pressure through the rest of the person’s body. The sleep position this contouring also provides is an ideal position to assist with proper spinal alignment when lying down. When your back is properly aligned when sleeping, the results are less soreness and assisted prevention of any possible future back soreness.
Another great quality of memory foam is not just with the mattress itself but with memory foam pillows. Memory foam pillows have been associated with helping individuals with sleep apnea issues from the proper elevation that memory foam pillows can help provide in order to allow proper breathing when sleeping. If you or another individual currently use a device such as a CPAP device to allow proper airflow during a night’s sleep, many individuals using the device have said that memory foam pillows are a great addition as you can cut a ‘cove’ into the pillow in order to allow a place for the mask and tube to fall to the floor.
Memory foam can help provide much needed allergy relief. This is because memory foam is not made of organic fibers, but a polyurethane foam. This provides a terrible environment for dust mites to live in as there is no food for them to live on inside a memory foam mattress. Dust mites not only feed off of organic fibers such as cotton, but they also feed off of dead skin as well, which can be easily remedied through washing the sheets. But, when they are living inside of your mattress, there is a much more limited solution available as opposed to simply washing bed sheets.
Considering all things mentioned in this articles it is obvious that memory foam is the way to go in regards to your own sleep system. There are, however, many more benefits to memory foam such as those for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic pain from the temperature sensitive material and those can be discovered in more detail at our website. But, all in all, memory foam mattresses and sleep systems can provide you, the sleeper, with an all around better night’s sleep for many years to come.

S. Michael Windsor is currently publisher and a writer for The Memory Foam Network. The MFN Online Memory Foam Product Guide is a premier memory foam information platform that provides individuals with a quality in-depth look at memory foam and the associated products, services and information available today. Visit us today at http://www.MemoryFoamNetwork.com and subscribe to our free services.

Finding the Right Type of Memory Foam Mattress For You

February 14, 2008

Finding the Right Type of Memory Foam Mattress For You

Considering buying a memory foam mattress, but new to the memory foam product world? Don’t worry, in this article we will go through the more important things to consider when considering which memory foam mattress is right for you. When considering all of the options, it can be rather staggering from all the different choices. “How do they make so many different types of memory foam mattresses?” you may ask. Just like regular innerspring mattresses, memory foam mattresses do vary in firmness as well as other factors as well.
First thing a person would want to consider when looking for a good memory foam mattress is density. The reason for this is because many memory foam mattress consumers have had a few issues after purchasing memory foam mattresses of densities below 4 lbs. Four pound density memory four mattresses are our recommendation in order to avoid any avoidable sagging in the mattress. However, one exception would be memory foam toppers which can be placed on top of a regular mattress to give it a ‘feel’ of a real memory foam mattress, but these are not as thick as regular mattresses and could potentially wear out sooner than a regular mattress. more and more higher density memory foam mattresses are becoming available nowadays.
Second thing to look for would be a good ILD rating. The ILD rating on a memory foam mattress is the rating of the actual firmness of the mattress determined through a series of tests of the visco elastic material used in the manufacturing of the memory foam mattress. If you would like to compare ILD ratings to that of a Tempurpedic mattress, then an ILD rating of around 13 to 15 should be about right. Firmness is a very big issue for many individuals who experience back pain, fibromyalgia as well as other chronic pain related conditions and diseases. So make sure you get the right memory foam mattress with the firmness and density that best fits your needs. Also, be sure to take advantage of any free trial offers that many memory foam mattress manufacturers now offer!
The next things to consider after density and firmness would be resilience and tensility, if you would really like to go into detail. There are indeed more tests that are done on the memory foam materials in mattresses around the world including stretching the material as far as it can go. This test is the tensility test and this really does not apply to normal household usage of memory foam as the pressure of the body on top of it is about as far as the stretching will go in regards to the memory foam mattress.
When considering resilience, you may want to consider whether or not you would like a highly resilient, or HR, memory foam mattress which is more like an innerspring mattress as the whole benefit of memory foam is the fact that it is made of temperature sensitive material which conforms to the contours of your body. This ‘cradling’ relieves pressure in more injured and/or fevered areas of the body. The benefits of memory foam mattresses are enormous when considering how memory foam affects the body by relieving pressure points while providing spinal alignment, a better night’s sleep and more. So make sure you select your new memory foam mattress carefully as high quality memory foam mattresses can last for many years to come.

S. Michael Windsor is currently publisher and a writer for The Memory Foam Network. The MFN Online Memory Foam Product Guide is a premier memory foam information platform that provides individuals with a quality in-depth look at memory foam and the associated products, services and information available today. Visit us today at http://www.MemoryFoamNetwork.com and subscribe to our services free of charge.

What Does a Memory Foam Mattress Consist Of?

February 14, 2008
What Does a Memory Foam Mattress Consist Of?
After first trying a memory foam mattress, many people tend to think it is quite an amazing and rather unusual experience just before that second minute which makes them fall in love with the new style of mattress. This leads many folks to wonder, what in the world is in the mattress which is causing this to happen? The process is rather simple, yet, on the other hand, very complex.
First thing’s first, though. In order to gain a proper memory foam experience for the first time, they should choose a high quality memory foam mattress, such as a Tempurpedic. This way the first time will be the comparison to all of the other brands out there as many manufacturers choose to use lower quality materials in order to provide individuals with better buying options, which can end up with the person having to buy yet another new memory foam mattress.
Now that being said, there are many different styles of memory foam mattresses designed for all different types of individuals with all types of different needs in mind. There are different levels of firmness of the visco foam for these reasons. Since memory foam is not only heavenly to sleep on, it also provides pressure point relief to help ease individuals’ pain due to the temperature sensitive nature of the memory foam material. This material contains thousands and thousands of tiny memory foam cells which readjust in response to the pressure and temperature they come into contact with. Beneath this layer of memory foam material, in many cases, is a support layer or a core. This support layer oftentimes provides the support people need in order for the memory foam to provide the pressure point relief and firmness overall.
When looking for a memory foam mattress, such as a Tempurpedic, you will find that there are many different styles of mattresses with different types of layering available. Some are simple and very basic 2-layer designs (memory foam and core) and many are multi-layered. This is simply because, again, of the different needs of all types of individuals. Many desire later upon layer of memory foam to achieve their desired level of firmness, making a much larger mattress. However, many just want the basic set up of a couple of layers. At The Memory Foam Network website we provide examples of many different styles as well as detailed descriptions which are also available for your reference.
One thing to remember when considering what a memory foam mattress consists of is to focus on the high quality memory foam mattresses versus the cheaper versions. You will be happy you did once you have the brand new high quality memory foam mattress five years later, after the free trial, with a very generous and, not to mention honest, high-quality warranty protecting your investment in a better night’s sleep for years to come.

S. Michael Windsor is currently publisher and a writer for The Memory Foam Network. The MFN Online Memory Foam Product Guide is a premier memory foam information platform that provides individuals with a quality in-depth look at memory foam and the associated products, services and information available today. Visit us today at http://www.MemoryFoamNetwork.com and subscribe to our free services.

Why High Quality Memory Foam Really Matters

February 14, 2008
Why High Quality Memory Foam Really Matters
Since the beginning of the memory foam mattress boom started by Tempurpedic, many manufacturers of memory foam mattresses and products emerged all across the globe as we display at The Memory Foam Network website. However, in regards to memory foam, all brands are not created equal. Some charge just about the same price for much lower quality materials, as well as some that simply choose to charge less for cheaply made mattresses. What makes these memory foam mattresses so cheap? We will help explain that in this article.
First, for companies to compete with high quality memory foam manufacturers, they would obviously have to charge some sort of a discount price in order to sway the potential memory foam mattress owner into veering away from Tempurpedic or other higher quality brands. Tempurpedic not only uses high quality materials, but they also use them in abundance. The prices are a b it higher, but in the memory foam world, you get what you pay for…literally. This is because memory foam products are not inexpensive for companies to make. Some of the chemicals companies will use could even be rather harmful to one’s health if not looking closely. Such chemicals as formaldehyde go into cheaper mattresses in many cases.
Tempurpedic’s materials and process of producing their memory foam has always been highly secretive. As they have most likely already assumed, many companies trying to duplicate what Tempurpedic has been producing would emerge in order to compete and take business away form the one company who made it all possible.
Many of the ‘discount’ memory foam mattress manufacturers will keep their costs low by simply purchasing the pre-manufactured materials from overseas and simply assemble the memory foam mattress in their own country in order to sell the mattress at a much cheaper price while being able to stamp a “Made in the U.S.A.” or similar label on their product. The problem with buying materials from overseas is that many countries in which the materials are produced do not have the safety regulations that many countries do have. This way they are able to produce products for much cheaper prices.
In many cases, people have already gotten ill from the chemicals or allergies related to the materials producing the cheap memory foam. In addition, the cheaper memory foam in many cases will not hold up nearly as long as a high quality memory foam mattress will. The result is a memory foam mattress that sags in the middle or where the person sleeps and no recourse or warranty. It have been reported that many discount memory foam mattress companies that DO offer warranties do not honor them the way they should. In fact, in some manufacturers’ small print it even states that a minimum amount of ‘dip’ has to occur in order for them to honor the warranty. If there is one thing to remember, it would be to look closely at the quality of the mattress and look into the warranty on the mattress or product.

S. Michael Windsor is currently publisher and a writer for The Memory Foam Network. The MFN Online Memory Foam Product Guide is a premier memory foam information platform that provides individuals with a quality in-depth look at memory foam and the associated products, services and information available today. Visit us today at http://www.MemoryFoamNetwork.com and subscribe to our free services.