Part 3 – Sight

by Admin 17, April 2014
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When you think of sleep and the sense of sight, I’m sure you think of darkness.  When trying to sleep, lights are typically turned off and eyes are closed, so what can you possibly do (besides closing your eyes) to increase sleep quality when it comes to sight?

We are glad you asked!

Let’s start with basic cleanliness.  Results from a survey commissioned by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) suggest that people sleep much better when their bedrooms are comfortable and clean.  A well-organized clean bedroom can make all the difference in how you generally feel prior to sleep. 

Electronics & Artificial Lighting

Sunlight and artificial light work to activate the brain’s natural reaction to wake up.  Light suppresses melatonin production and keeps your mind working as if it was not preparing for sleep. 

Optimal sleep conditions revolve around complete darkness and minimal to zero electronic disturbances.  When creating the optimal sleep room, begin to take an inventory of products that harm sleep quality.  You will notice that electronics typically encircle your bed and some may even sleep with you (i.e. cell phone, and tablets).

Televisions are a huge distraction and they do not make your bedroom conducive to sleep.   Many surveys suggest that many Americans might be losing valuable shut-eye because they spend the hour before bedtime in front of the electronic glow of a television, cell phone, tablet or computer.  We recommend removing televisions from a bedroom entirely to prevent watching television in bed.  If you want to watch television, go to the living room.  When you want to sleep go to the BEDroom.  Separating the two rooms will help your internal consciousness of identifying your bedroom with sleep and your living room with entertainment.

When relaxing in bed prior to sleep it is recommended to use a nightstand light with a low wattage light bulb.  This reduces the amount of light in the room to one light source.  This light source is preferred for reading as opposed to backlit devices (i.e. tablets and smartphones).  An eReader on the other hand that does not operate off of a backlit lighting source (i.e. Amazon Paper White Tablet) is a good alternative to a book and nightstand light.   

Have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night?  DO NOT turn on the lights.  Use a flashlight to go to the bathroom - keep the light to a minimum so it will be easier to go back to sleep.

Natural Lighting

Sunlight as opposed to artificial light regulates our sleep cycle and is why we sleep at night and are up during the day.  If you are having trouble regulating your sleep cycle, it is recommended to wake up and go by a window or go outside to let natural sunlight naturally wake you.  It is also recommended to regulate your sleep patterns by going to sleep and waking up 

The Brand New Mediflow Elite Pillow

by Admin 18, November 2013
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Now introducing the newest addition to the Mediflow family of products; The Mediflow Elite Pillow, our finest quality!

The Mediflow Elite Pillow contains the timeless water base technology that has made Mediflow famous.  The water base pillow product category has been pioneered by Mediflow and the company continually innovates and develops the Mediflow Pillow to provide its customers with a product that ensures a great night’s sleep.  The most recent addition to the product line is our highest quality and can now be exclusively purchased at FrontGate and select Bed, Bath and Beyonds.  The following features have been added to the Mediflow Pillow to make the New Mediflow Elite Pillow:

Ø  Hand Sewn Woven Rope Cord Edge

Ø  30 Day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee/3 Year Warranty against any manufacturing defects

Ø  300 Thread Count/100% Sateen Cover

Ø  INVISTA’s Newest PURESTUFF Polyester Fiber which is loftier and will stay lofty longer

In 1994, Mediflow produced the original water base pillow and actively gained recognition in retail markets such as Amazon, where the Mediflow Pillow is the number 1 selling pillow, with over 4 million sold and over 1,000 reviews averaging 4 out of 5 stars.  Besides gaining notoriety in the retail markets, The Mediflow Pillow has been praised by healthcare professionals after the release of a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine clinical study that ranked The Mediflow Pillow best in all categories tested, including quality of sleep and reduction in neck pain. The Mediflow Elite Pillow is now being sold at a select number of Bed, Bath and Beyonds in the United States. 

Mediflow believes in the importance of sleep and it's impact on one's overall health.   The added benefits for achieving a quality night's rest range from energy, confidence, less stress and increase in physical appearance.  In a world where you are constantly on the go, we believe when you do lay your head onto your pillow, it should be a pillow that has been trusted by over 4 million people and approved by prestigious health institutions such as Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Give us a try and we promise not to disappoint.  We are so confident in our pillow that we offer a 30 day money back guarantee and a 3 year warranty against any manufacturing defects.  The holiday season is here, so give a loved one, “the gift of a good night’s sleep.”  We promise it will be the gift that keeps on giving!

 

The Mediflow Elite Pillow is exlcusively sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond and BedBathandBeyond.com

Find a Bed, Bath & Beyond location near you by clicking the link below. 

https://www.facebook.com/Mediflow/app_120943004606148

Ever Wonder How Your 5 Senses Impact Your Sleep?

by Admin 17, July 2013
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Part II - Smell & Touch

In part 2 of this mini-series, we will be looking at the sense of smell and touch.  Each of these two senses can be stimulated to promote sleep.  Knowing how to set your sleep environment up for sleep success is largely based off its smell and how comfortable you are in bed.  We will be diving deeper into which scents are scientifically proven to promote sleep and what bedding products are the best to get a great night’s sleep.

Starting with scent, let’s talk about the holy grail of scents -- lavender.   According to a Wall Street Journal article, Lavender’s aroma has been shown in human studies "to slow down heart rate, slow blood pressure and put you in a parasympathetic state, which is a relaxed state," says University of Miami School of Medicine scientist Tiffany Field, who has studied the effects of lavender on relaxation and sleep.  So instead of counting sheep, try using lavender to place your mind at ease and relax your body.  If lavender isn’t quite the scent for you, try some of these other scents that have been proven to relax the mind and body according to naturalhealthontheweb.com: chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood, mandarin, jasmine, vanilla, rose, lilac and ylang-ylang.  All these scents can be purchased as a candle, incent or oils, but incents and candles should never be burned during sleep because of the danger of a fire.  So instead, try some scented oils or other aromatherapy products that can be placed in the corners of your bed or room for maximum aroma exposure. 

Purchasing candles and oils is a relatively inexpensive investment to promoting quality sleep. Bedding on the other hand is a bit more expensive but worth the expenditure as it will be used 1/3 of every day. 

Being physically, mentally and emotionally relaxed before sleep is the main ingredient in getting a good night’s rest.  Even having fresh clean sheets can impact the quality of sleep.  According to Dr. Michael J. Breus a sleep expert, found that  78 percent reported more excited about going to bed when they have clean sheets, 71 percent reported sleeping better on clean sheets, 29 percent reported going to bed earlier when they have clean sheets on the bed.  Fresh sheets are an easy way to give yourself a clean start to getting a good night’s rest, room temperature is also a quick fix to promote sleep.  It really depends on the temperature you enjoy but I have always found that a room that is a little cooler allows me to use my comfortable blanket to keep myself warm. 

Your mattress, pillow, sheets and comforters are all important to how you sleep.  Each of these products needs to fit a comfort level that encourages you to go to sleep.  Mattresses, pillows, sheets and comforters range from cheap to extremely expensive; the most expensive products are not necessarily the best products nor are they the best product for you.  The leading cause for poor sleep is a bad mattress.  One third of your life you spend sleeping, so why not splurge on a mattress and/or pillow that will ultimately help you enjoy that 1/3 of your life.  Each individual is different and the sleep council has a great way of breaking down each mattress and its benefits and downfalls, check it out here: http://bettersleep.org/mattresses-and-more/mattress-types. This site is a great starting point when purchasing a new mattress.

When it comes to pillows, I believe the decision is obvious; The Mediflow Pillow is the only clinically proven pillow to improve quality of sleep and decrease overall neck & back pain.  It has a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon and was reviewed by over 900 people.  Over 4 million Mediflow Pillows have been sold and is the top selling pillow on Amazon.  We do not believe the pillow should be approached as a one size fits all type product.  Which is one of the many reasons why the Mediflow Pillow works for all.  It is 100% customizable.  Depending on the firmness you desire, simply add or subtract water from the water bladder to achieve the best possible firmness and support. 

The right combination of bedding and scents can be the key to your sleep success.  If you are having trouble sleeping, clean your sheets, place scented lavender oils around the room and make sure your mattress suits your comfort preference.  Sweet dreams and tune in next time for a blog written on how hearing different sounds or music may positively or negatively impact your quality of sleep.

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