How To Sleep More And Better Tonight

Sleeping is important. On average, we spend 1/3 of our lives doing it. And yet some of us do not get enough or suffer from it. Did you know that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60% of adults reported having sleep problems week in week out according to NFS?

What we have to realize is that sleeping enough is actually a choice. A habit that we should be practicing everyday. And to be able to have a good night’s sleep, we have to take into account the different factors outlined below that will determine the quality.

  1. Temperature
  2. When the body temperature goes down, we tend to feel sleepy. This may be the main reason for afternoon slumps as our body temperature drops less than 0.5°C/1°F. During the night, it continues to fall right to about 4.30am when it is the lowest. This is the reason why it is important to keep room temperature as comfortably low as possible.

    The best temperature for the human body is between 15°C-25°C or about 60°F-80°F. Air conditioning during summer helps to keep the body temperature low, resulting in better quality of sleep.

    During winter, wear socks to sleep as cold feet can be disruptive to sleep. The best way to determine your own comfort level is to put a thermostat in the room and try to find your preferred temperature level by cooling it with an air conditioner or a heater.

    Also, the very popular memory foam pillows and mattresses are exceptionally good in conforming to your body’s curves but the only drawback is that it retains heat. An alternate solution is latex but that of course has it’s own drawbacks. More of it in the furniture section below.

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🛌13 Types Of Pillows With Their Pros And Cons Explained

Where there is a bed, there is a pillow. In the world today, one will find many types of pillows that will fit your needs. Each has its pros and cons, as we will discover from the 13 types below.

  1. Body Pillow
  2. An oversize pillow designed to cradle and support the entire length of the body during sleep.

    Pros

    • Does not shift around the bed during sleep unlike regular pillows.
    • Can be used to lie against for extra back support or as a prop to sit against.
    • Keeps the body in place while providing support to the neck and front of the body as well as the back.
    • Very useful for pregnant women as it accommodates bodily changes that come with pregnancy.

    Cons

    • Washing body pillows too often deforms it.
    • Pillow cases of the exact size are hard to find.

  3. Memory Foam
  4. Memory foam is polyurethane with added chemicals, increasing its viscosity and density. It reacts to body heat and pressure, allowing it mold to your neck and head in seconds while also returning back to its original shape once heat and pressure is removed.

    Pros

    • Provides the most comfort and support, especially for people with neck, shoulder and back problems.

    Cons

    • Memory foam is combustible.
    • Infants may have trouble turning in memory foam pillows.
    • Emissions from memory from may cause respiratory irritation.
    • Traps body heat and may be uncomfortable in warmer climate.
    • Some memory foam gives off a distinct chemical odor, unpleasant to some.

  5. Contour Pillow
  6. A type of pillow shaped for back and especially side sleepers. The middle of the pillow curves down to provide proper support for the head. Materials like memory foam, buckwheat and water are used to make contour pillow, so they inherit the pros and cons of the respective material used.

    Pros

    • Really cradles your neck, providing solid support.
    • Helps you achieve and maintain proper posture when sleeping.
    • Alleviates snoring as the pillow shape supports the head and neck in such a way that breathing airways are kept open for smooth breathing during sleep.

    Cons

    • Not designed for stomach sleepers.

  7. Down Pillow
  8. For softness, nothing is better than down pillows. Filled with the delicate fluff from the bellies of waterfowl, they are especially popular with stomach sleepers, who tend to like their pillows cushiony.

    Pros

    • Washable.
    • Long lasting.
    • Lighter than feather.
    • Down pillow is able to breathe thus reducing perspiration during sleep.
    • Does not have the usual feather quill shaft like ordinary feathers pillows.

    Cons

    • Expensive.
    • Requires shaking and fluffing to maintain.

  9. Feather
  10. Feather pillows have been around for a long time. Much like down pillows, feather pillows are loved for their softness.

    Pros

    • Durable.
    • Light weight.
    • Really flexible.
    • Superior softness.

    Cons

    • Requires shaking and fluffing to maintain.
    • May have an odor from chemicals used to sanitize the feathers.
    • Feather quills can be uncomfortable when rotating during sleep.
    • Some people may be allergic to feather, although it’s most probably dust mites.
    • Support may not last as feather pillows tend to sink in further throughout the night.
    • Feather pillows might produce some noise when turning during sleep as the hard parts of the feather might brush against the pillow’s protective layer meant to prevent it from poking through.

  11. Buckwheat
  12. Buckwheat pillows are stuffed with hulls of buckwheat, the husks that protect the kernels. Buckwheat hulls are roasted to remove dust from the growing fields before being placed into the pillowslips.

    Pros

    • Cheap.
    • Natural.
    • Renewable.
    • Very long lasting.
    • Ideal for side sleepers.
    • Provide natural air circulation between individual hulls, resulting in ideal temperatures for peaceful sleeping.
    • Provides excellent support for the head, neck and back because the hulls contour to the weight and shape of the body during sleep.

    Cons

    • Heavier than ordinary pillows.
    • May contain allergens to which a very small percentage of people are allergic.
    • The noise the buckwheat hulls make when turning your head may take some time to get used to.
    • Once the buckwheat pillow is in shape, it does not return back to its original form like memory foam pillow does.

  13. Latex
  14. Latex pillows are made from latex rubber harvested from rubber trees grown on plantations in tropical countries. These pillows have some wonderful properties that make them ideal for people who suffer from allergies, neck and back pain, or both.

    Pros

    • Biodegradable.
    • Flame retardant.
    • Really long lasting.
    • Resists mold and mild dew.
    • 100% natural, organic material.
    • Insect resistant so it wards off bed bugs and dust mites.
    • It’s free of harmful chemicals and is non-toxic from cradle to grave, even if it’s burned.
    • Molds to your head and neck under your weight, providing a firm but cushioned sleeping surface.

    Cons

    • Costly.

  15. Polyester Pillow
  16. Polyester is sometimes referred to as the poor man’s cotton. It is made from all sorts of man-made fillings and is the most popular kind of pillow for various reasons.

    Pros

    • Cheap.
    • Washable.
    • Extremely tear resistant.

    Cons

    • Poor ventilation.
    • Poor neck support.
    • May be vulnerable to dust mite.
    • Gel filled pillows may emit odor.

  17. Water Pillow
  18. Water pillows are essentially pillows filled with water but not entirely. The top part is usually made out of polyester while the bottom part is cushioned by water.

    Pros

    • The temperature is cooler.
    • Doesn’t move easily because it is heavier than a regular pillow.
    • The water level is adjustable, allowing it to add or remove height and firmness.
    • The pillow will automatically contour to the head and neck without resulting in any pressure points.

    Cons

    • Not made for stomach sleepers.

  19. Microbead
  20. The product is filled with round polystyrene beads called “microbeads”, a small version of what is usually found in bean bags. The outer fabric of the pillow is usually made of soft and elastic materials.

    Pros

    • Good air flow.
    • Conforms to the shape of the head and neck.

    Cons

    • Durability.
    • Too firm for some.
    • Chemical odor may be unbearable to some.
    • A tear during washing may clog up your plumbing system.
    • Risk of inhaling microbeads in the event the pillow tears.

  21. Synthetic Fiber
  22. Synthetic Fibers are made from synthesized polymers or small molecules. The compounds that are used to make these fibers come from raw materials such as petrochemicals.

    Pros

    • Cheap.
    • Durable.
    • Resilient.
    • Waterproof.
    • Allergy free.
    • Easy to wash.
    • Flame resistant.

    Cons

    • Highly static.
    • Non absorbent.
    • Doesn’t contour well to the head and neck.

  23. Cotton
  24. Cotton pillows are 100% pure, natural and absorbent.

    Pros

    • Allergy free.
    • Firmer and flatter than down pillows.

    Cons

    • Flattens over time.
    • Feels hard once compressed.
    • Doesn’t contour well to the head and neck.
    • Retains moisture, hence encouraging dust mites and mold if not cleaned regularly.

  25. Wool
  26. Pure, natural, breathable.

    Pros

    • Allergy free.
    • Stays cool during summer and warm during winter.
    • Healthy airflow to prevent moisture from sleep perspiration.
    • Natural insulator as it keeps your body at a constant temperature.

    Cons

    • Flattens over time.
    • Feels hard once compressed.
    • Doesn’t contour to body curvature well.

As a conclusion, the best kind of pillow is the latex contour pillow. It encourages you to sleep on your sides, which is always the best out of the 3 common sleeping positions. The contour shape is good for your head, neck, upper back and because it is latex, it naturally repels bed bugs, dust mites, mold, mild dew and regulates your temperature throughout the night through the pillows holes. Find the correct firmness that suits you and you’re all set for waking up late every morning!

HYPNOTIST Talalay Natural Latex Pillow

It is perfect. The latex in this pillow is really soft. It feels much softer than 14 ILD. In fact, it’s like sleeping on a cloud. The size of the pillow and it’s contours will fit your neck beautifully. Moreover, the cover is super nice and easy to remove and wash.

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Fit Your Bedroom Space And Budget From These 12 Types Of Bed

A bed frame is the most essential supporting structure of a mattress, usually made out of wood, metal or leather. The purpose of a bed frame is to hold the mattress in place and keep the bed standing.

Below are the 8 kinds of mattress support that you will find in households all over the world today.

  1. Floor
  2. Two things to keep in mind, though. It’s colder right on the floor than it is a couple of feet higher up. And especially if it’s a foam mattress, it helps very much to have air space between the mattress and the floor. You are always producing a little moisture from your body and if the mattress sits right on a cold floor, there’s not enough ventilation to carry that moisture away from the mattress.

    The Japanese have been sleeping on the floor for a long time coming, but their futons are usually stored away for the day, giving air time for the floor facing side. Usually, a mat is layered between the futon and the floor to avoid direct contact.

    Maintaining and cleaning dust from the underside areas of the floor near the bed is inefficient if the mattress used is heavy and not stored away often.

  3. Divan / Box Spring Bed
  4. A sturdy wooden frame covered in cloth that contains springs. Usually the box spring is placed on top of a wooden or metal bed frame which sits on the floor and acts as a brace.

      Pros

    • Complete size range from Crib to Grand King.
    • Provides solid support due to their firm bases.
    • One of the cheapest bed type compared to others.
    • Most commonly available type of bed in furniture stores.
    • Usually comes with large drawers that provide extra storage space.
    • Cons

    • In terms of style, the divan bed is bare, squarish in shape and is hidden by the mattress on top.

  5. Platform Bed Frame
  6. A platform bed is a bed the base of which consists of a raised, level, usually rectangular horizontal solid frame, often with a section consisting of rows of flexible wooden slats, usually made of hardwood.

      Pros

    • Brilliant for your back as it relies on solid wooden panels for support.
    • Wooden platform beds are usually priced more or less the same as divan / box spring beds.
    • Mattress placed on platform beds lie with far more stability than a divan / box spring bed.
    • Cons

    • Very near to the ground, hence the inability to have storage space beneath.
    • Problematic for those who have trouble lowering themselves. (ie: bending knees)

  7. Sleigh Bed
  8. A sleigh bed is a style of bed with curved or scrolled foot and headboards, thus resembling a sled or sleigh. Today’s sleigh beds are made from a variety of materials including wood, iron, steel and aluminum, and often possess less exaggerated curves of the foot and headboards.

      Pros

    • Sleigh beds are absolutely beautiful, luxurious and fits well with antique, modern, country, vintage and French style bedrooms.
    • Cons

    • The footboard limits the comfort of tall people.
    • They are expensive be it shopping online, at a bargain store or in a big box department store.
    • Sleigh beds are naturally heavy as they are entirely made of high quality wood like oak, ash, cherry, pine, maple, etc.

  9. Trundle Bed
  10. A pair of beds where the one below is on rollers so that it may be rolled back into the bed for storage.

      Pros

    • With the mattress removed, you can use the space for general storage.
    • Saves space as it allows the extra separate bed to be available only when necessary.
    • Cons

    • Mattresses used for the lower bed are thinner and may not provide as much comfort.

  11. Bunk Beds
  12. A bunk bed is a type of bed in which one bed frame is stacked on top of another.

      Pros

    • A lot more space in the room.
    • The upper bunk is more private, feels more spacious and secure.
    • The bottom bunk has easier access to things right next to the bed.
    • The clip on reading light from either bunk will not be a problem to the one who sleeps.
    • Another mattress can be stored under the bottom bunk, making it a trundle bed as well.
    • Cons

    • Changing sheets is harder.
    • So is making up the bed in the morning.
    • Children are at risk to roll off the top if the safety rails are not high enough.
    • The top bunk does not have the kind of immediate easy access that the bottom bunk has.
    • The bottom bunk hears the creaks clearer when the person in the top bunk turn around during sleep.

  13. Loft Bed
  14. A loft bed is a bunk bed that has only the top bunk, creating an open space underneath that can be occupied by a chest, drawers, or even a work area.

      Pros

    • Better privacy when working at the desk.
    • More space in the room since the desk is under the bed.
    • Cons

    • Hard to resell.
    • As you age, you will grow out of it.
    • Risk slipping and falling when climbing ladder.
    • Climbing up and down the ladder might become tiresome after a while.
    • There is a tendency to accidentally bump your head if not careful enough.

  15. Adjustable Bed
  16. An adjustable bed is a bed which has a multi hinged lying surface which can be profiled to a number of different positions. Common adjustment includes inclining the upper body and raising the lower body independently of each other. They are used very often in hospitals and homecare.

      Pros

    • Raising the head provides relief from respiratory issues, acid reflux, and more.
    • Relieves pressure on the body when adjusting the head and foot to increase comfort.
    • Beds with massage motors improve circulation and relief a wide range of illness, aches and pains.
    • Cons

    • Very heavy.
    • Very expensive.
    • Mattress choice is limited.

  17. Storage Bed
  18. Types of bed that provide organized storage options built right into the frame of the bed.

      Pros

    • Space is used efficiently.
    • Neater than empty spaces found between conventional beds and the floor because objects do not slide around, dirt is less and so is clutter.
    • Cons

    • Cost higher than ordinary bed frames.
    • Storage beds are harder to move around, especially when moving locations.
    • Hardware like knobs, hinges and drawer rollers may eventually fall off or become lose.

  19. Water Bed
  20. Water beds are basically beds filled with water. They were thought to be invented thousands of years ago by Persians who used goat skins filled with water.

      Pros

    • Extremely durable.
    • The spine is totally relaxed on this bed.
    • Very comfortable as the water adjusts itself precisely to your body.
    • Impossible for dirt and dead skin particles to penetrate the water bed.
    • The water in bed can be heated up to provide comfort during cold winters.
    • Cons

    • If it ruptures, it can create quite a mess.
    • Waterbed made out of rubber may smell funny to some.
    • Sex isn’t that great because there is too much motion.
    • Getting used to warming the bed may incur hefty electricity charges.
    • Apartment floors and older landed houses may not have floor strong enough to handle the weight.

  21. Sofa Bed
  22. Sofa beds are have adjustable bed frames where you can convert it easily between being a sofa to sit on and a bed to sleep on.

      Pros

    • Highly functional furniture as it utilizes what little floor space you may have, especially if it’s an apartment.
    • Cons

    • They are heavy.
    • Mattresses are not as comfortable as regular ones.
    • Not entirely 180 degrees as the edge of the bed frame usually tip a bit.

  23. Cot Bed
  24. A type of bed made for very young children that has removable sides and end panel. It is designed to restrict the child to the bed area. As the child approaches 3 years old, the sides and end of the cot bed are removed, converting it into a junior bed usable up to about 5 years old.

      Pros

    • It saves 3 generations worth of furniture in terms of money.
    • It makes the transition to a full bed smoother for the child.
    • The ability to convert prolongs the useful life span of the bed.
    • Cons

    • Space is an issue as the cot bed may not fit into your bedroom.

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