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Don’t Lose Sleep Over Holiday Gift Buying

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Is holiday gift buying causing you stress? Searching for a gift that is practical, yet personal? You are not alone in the struggle to find the “perfect gift.”

 The National Retail Federation estimates that holiday sales will reach $586 billion this season, with the average consumer spending around $550 on gifts. The NRF also reports that eight out of 10 Americans will purchase gift cards as gifts this holiday season, and that gift cards remain the most requested holiday gift item – statistics that clearly reflect America’s desire to give gifts that recipients will actually utilize.

But what if you are looking to be more creative and personal this holiday season? Before you run out and purchase an ironic T-shirt or a novelty beer can party hat, consider this: If the average person spends one third (approximately eight hours daily) of his life asleep, this only leaves 16 hours each day for activities outside of sleeping. Those 16 hours are shared between tasks such as work, eating, cleaning, traveling, family and leisure – to name a few. Following this logic, sleeping by far surpasses every other activity in people’s lives.

So why not give a gift that enhances the activity we spend the most time enjoying? And what can be more cozy and intimate than something you sleep with every night? 

Between 50 and 70 million adults in the United States have chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies have linked sleep deprivation to sickness, disease, mental health issues, reduced attention span, poor job performance and weight gain. This makes a good night’s sleep truly invaluable.

You can help your friends and family rest easy by giving sleep-friendly gifts this holiday season. 

Noises at levels as low as 40 decibels or as high as 70 decibels can keep us awake, the National Sleep Foundation reports. Help loved ones block out unwanted sounds with a gift of noise cancelling earbuds, filtered earplugs or a white noise machine. Most sleep experts agree that the ideal temperature for sleep is around 60 to 68 F. Temperatures in this range help facilitate a decrease in core body temperature that in turn induces sleepiness. Temperature regulating sheets or pajamas, which wick excessive heat or moisture away from the body accordingly, make great gifts and help facilitate temperature control.

Pillows and mattresses that don’t provide the proper support for your back or neck can hinder you from getting the sleep you need and leave you feeling sore and sleep-deprived the next day, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While choosing the right pillow can be a personalized task, giving loved ones a pillow that is adjustable satisfies all types of sleepers. Waterbase pillows, for example, can be filled according to the user’s preference, therefore always providing the “perfect fit” and ideal neck support.

Think sleep products make odd gifts? Maurice Bard, founder and CEO of Mediflow Inc., disagrees. “Poor sleep quality affects all aspects of your life. If you could give someone something that could potentially improve their quality of life, wouldn’t that be the best gift your money could buy,” asks Bard.

This holiday season, as you run down your shopping lists, consider the benefits of giving sleep-friendly gifts that will be used every single night by those you love. Your loved ones will quickly discover that a good night’s sleep is truly a gift that keeps giving.

 

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Don’t Lose Sleep Over Holiday Gift Buying

Posted by Carmen Ng on

Is holiday gift buying causing you stress? Searching for a gift that is practical, yet personal? You are not alone in the struggle to find the “perfect gift.”

 The National Retail Federation estimates that holiday sales will reach $586 billion this season, with the average consumer spending around $550 on gifts. The NRF also reports that eight out of 10 Americans will purchase gift cards as gifts this holiday season, and that gift cards remain the most requested holiday gift item – statistics that clearly reflect America’s desire to give gifts that recipients will actually utilize.

But what if you are looking to be more creative and personal this holiday season? Before you run out and purchase an ironic T-shirt or a novelty beer can party hat, consider this: If the average person spends one third (approximately eight hours daily) of his life asleep, this only leaves 16 hours each day for activities outside of sleeping. Those 16 hours are shared between tasks such as work, eating, cleaning, traveling, family and leisure – to name a few. Following this logic, sleeping by far surpasses every other activity in people’s lives.

So why not give a gift that enhances the activity we spend the most time enjoying? And what can be more cozy and intimate than something you sleep with every night? 

Between 50 and 70 million adults in the United States have chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies have linked sleep deprivation to sickness, disease, mental health issues, reduced attention span, poor job performance and weight gain. This makes a good night’s sleep truly invaluable.

You can help your friends and family rest easy by giving sleep-friendly gifts this holiday season. 

Noises at levels as low as 40 decibels or as high as 70 decibels can keep us awake, the National Sleep Foundation reports. Help loved ones block out unwanted sounds with a gift of noise cancelling earbuds, filtered earplugs or a white noise machine. Most sleep experts agree that the ideal temperature for sleep is around 60 to 68 F. Temperatures in this range help facilitate a decrease in core body temperature that in turn induces sleepiness. Temperature regulating sheets or pajamas, which wick excessive heat or moisture away from the body accordingly, make great gifts and help facilitate temperature control.

Pillows and mattresses that don’t provide the proper support for your back or neck can hinder you from getting the sleep you need and leave you feeling sore and sleep-deprived the next day, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While choosing the right pillow can be a personalized task, giving loved ones a pillow that is adjustable satisfies all types of sleepers. Waterbase pillows, for example, can be filled according to the user’s preference, therefore always providing the “perfect fit” and ideal neck support.

Think sleep products make odd gifts? Maurice Bard, founder and CEO of Mediflow Inc., disagrees. “Poor sleep quality affects all aspects of your life. If you could give someone something that could potentially improve their quality of life, wouldn’t that be the best gift your money could buy,” asks Bard.

This holiday season, as you run down your shopping lists, consider the benefits of giving sleep-friendly gifts that will be used every single night by those you love. Your loved ones will quickly discover that a good night’s sleep is truly a gift that keeps giving.

 

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Beauty Sleep Benefits: How Sleep Affects Beauty, Health, & Skin copy

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Beauty sleep benefits: Mediflow discusses the health benefits of adequate sleep time on beauty, health, and skin. Learn more about the specific benefits here!

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Beauty sleep benefits: Mediflow discusses the health benefits of adequate sleep time on beauty, health, and skin. Learn more about the specific benefits here!

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6 Tips To Improve Your Sleep Quality if You Aren’t Sleeping Well

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Mediflow discusses 6 important sleeping tips to keep in mind if you currently aren't sleeping well. Learn more about how to improve your quality of sleep here!

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Mediflow discusses 6 important sleeping tips to keep in mind if you currently aren't sleeping well. Learn more about how to improve your quality of sleep here!

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Getting Enough Sleep: 7 Ways How Sleep Affects Your Health

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Getting enough sleep every night is instrumental in boosting your sense of wellness, vitality & overall health. Mediflow shares 7 ways sleep affects health!

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Getting Enough Sleep: 7 Ways How Sleep Affects Your Health

Posted by Carmen Ng on

Getting enough sleep every night is instrumental in boosting your sense of wellness, vitality & overall health. Mediflow shares 7 ways sleep affects health!

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How to Improve your Sleep Quality

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Making simple but important changes to your daytime and bedtime habits can benefit your quality of sleep

There is a reason why we spend about a third of our lives asleep - sleep is an important function that restores and repairs our minds and bodies each night. Sleep is one of the three pillars of good health, the others being Nutrition and Exercise. Sleep is undoubtedly the most important of the three pillars because if you get too little sleep and you’ll immediately feel groggy, out of balance, stressed, confused by simple situations or even ill after just one tough night. Comparatively, you could easily eat badly or skip a workout and in the short term not notice the negative impact that has on your body. With sleep being such a crucial component to overall health and wellness, it’s a wonder we don’t spend more time focusing on this restorative activity. In short, good health is nearly impossible without good quality of sleep - so let’s take a look at some of the simple steps you can take to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Woman enjoying a good night's sleep | Mediflow

 

Watch What You Eat

Foods that are sugary, overly refined, or extremely “heavy” can make it hard to fall asleep. Spicy or acidic foods can cause reflux if eaten too soon before bed, and overly rich or fatty foods can impede the body’s natural ability to rest. Finally, when you eat is important, too. Some people can eat right before bed and fall asleep just fine, while others suffer from indigestion when partaking in a late meal or pre-bed snack. Analyze your perfect dinner time for better sleep.

 

Limit Smoking and Drinking

Smoking is never a wise choice, but smoking before bed has been directly linked to sleep issues. And while partaking in a small drink before bed may seem like it has a calming effect, the opposite is physiologically true. Alcohol has been shown to negatively affect normal sleep cycles once the person is actually asleep. So, while alcohol may help you get to sleep faster after you’ve gotten to sleep the alcohol will degrade your quality of sleep by interfering with all-important deep restorative sleep!

 

Relax Before Bed

The time to overstimulate with television, portable electronics, social media status updates and other distractions is NOT right before your head hits the pillow. In fact, try to find a relaxing thing to do an hour or two before bed that does not involve electronics. Use the hours from 9-10:30 pm, say, for doing the dishes, folding laundry, reading a good book, or even cleaning up the house. Keep the stressful or overly complicated tasks for another time.

 

Learn to Decompress

Decompressing is a nightly ritual that can be used to calm your mind, minimize intrusive thoughts, and get your body tuned and prepared for a great night of sleep. Deep breathing techniques are a terrific way to slow down and minimize outside interference, as is progressive muscle relaxation. In this activity, you’ll tense up various muscle groups (start with your toes and work your way up to your head) and then relax them. This exercise calms the body and the concentration required forces the mind to focus on just one thing at a time.

 

Swap Out Your Pillow

You’ll spend a good share of your life with your head on a pillow, so ditch the big-box store pillow and invest a little more in a quality pillow. There are numerous options available on the market today, but experts agree that you simply cannot beat a top-quality water pillow. These pillows offer responsive support through an adjustable waterbase. They also come in a variety of pillow fill options to meet your sleeping preferences, including down, gel memory foam, and fiberfill. With water pillows, you control the level of support to create a customized experience. The good news? These pillows are often available for less than you’d expect to pay for many other pillows which may not work nearly as well.


Create the Right Sleep Environment

Ever tried to sleep during the day when you’re not really that tired? Part of the problem is likely the time of day, but the other factor is the brightness of the room. Try to create a bit of a cave-like ambiance in your bedroom - think blackout drapes, closeable blinds, and minimal noise intrusion. If you insist on keeping a TV in your bedroom, don’t watch anything during the hour or so leading up to bedtime. Your room should be cool, comfortable, and dark.

Getting enough sleep is a big deal, and focusing on these basic steps can improve your quality of sleep and ensure the best sense of health and wellness for you and your family members. For more information about top-quality water pillows and how a new pillow can support you on your mission for an enhanced sleep, contact Mediflow today!

Read more

How to Improve your Sleep Quality

Posted by Carmen Ng on

Making simple but important changes to your daytime and bedtime habits can benefit your quality of sleep

There is a reason why we spend about a third of our lives asleep - sleep is an important function that restores and repairs our minds and bodies each night. Sleep is one of the three pillars of good health, the others being Nutrition and Exercise. Sleep is undoubtedly the most important of the three pillars because if you get too little sleep and you’ll immediately feel groggy, out of balance, stressed, confused by simple situations or even ill after just one tough night. Comparatively, you could easily eat badly or skip a workout and in the short term not notice the negative impact that has on your body. With sleep being such a crucial component to overall health and wellness, it’s a wonder we don’t spend more time focusing on this restorative activity. In short, good health is nearly impossible without good quality of sleep - so let’s take a look at some of the simple steps you can take to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Woman enjoying a good night's sleep | Mediflow

 

Watch What You Eat

Foods that are sugary, overly refined, or extremely “heavy” can make it hard to fall asleep. Spicy or acidic foods can cause reflux if eaten too soon before bed, and overly rich or fatty foods can impede the body’s natural ability to rest. Finally, when you eat is important, too. Some people can eat right before bed and fall asleep just fine, while others suffer from indigestion when partaking in a late meal or pre-bed snack. Analyze your perfect dinner time for better sleep.

 

Limit Smoking and Drinking

Smoking is never a wise choice, but smoking before bed has been directly linked to sleep issues. And while partaking in a small drink before bed may seem like it has a calming effect, the opposite is physiologically true. Alcohol has been shown to negatively affect normal sleep cycles once the person is actually asleep. So, while alcohol may help you get to sleep faster after you’ve gotten to sleep the alcohol will degrade your quality of sleep by interfering with all-important deep restorative sleep!

 

Relax Before Bed

The time to overstimulate with television, portable electronics, social media status updates and other distractions is NOT right before your head hits the pillow. In fact, try to find a relaxing thing to do an hour or two before bed that does not involve electronics. Use the hours from 9-10:30 pm, say, for doing the dishes, folding laundry, reading a good book, or even cleaning up the house. Keep the stressful or overly complicated tasks for another time.

 

Learn to Decompress

Decompressing is a nightly ritual that can be used to calm your mind, minimize intrusive thoughts, and get your body tuned and prepared for a great night of sleep. Deep breathing techniques are a terrific way to slow down and minimize outside interference, as is progressive muscle relaxation. In this activity, you’ll tense up various muscle groups (start with your toes and work your way up to your head) and then relax them. This exercise calms the body and the concentration required forces the mind to focus on just one thing at a time.

 

Swap Out Your Pillow

You’ll spend a good share of your life with your head on a pillow, so ditch the big-box store pillow and invest a little more in a quality pillow. There are numerous options available on the market today, but experts agree that you simply cannot beat a top-quality water pillow. These pillows offer responsive support through an adjustable waterbase. They also come in a variety of pillow fill options to meet your sleeping preferences, including down, gel memory foam, and fiberfill. With water pillows, you control the level of support to create a customized experience. The good news? These pillows are often available for less than you’d expect to pay for many other pillows which may not work nearly as well.


Create the Right Sleep Environment

Ever tried to sleep during the day when you’re not really that tired? Part of the problem is likely the time of day, but the other factor is the brightness of the room. Try to create a bit of a cave-like ambiance in your bedroom - think blackout drapes, closeable blinds, and minimal noise intrusion. If you insist on keeping a TV in your bedroom, don’t watch anything during the hour or so leading up to bedtime. Your room should be cool, comfortable, and dark.

Getting enough sleep is a big deal, and focusing on these basic steps can improve your quality of sleep and ensure the best sense of health and wellness for you and your family members. For more information about top-quality water pillows and how a new pillow can support you on your mission for an enhanced sleep, contact Mediflow today!

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