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It takes two to Valentine

Valentine harts

Valentines day is fast coming up and it takes two to make the perfect day. When you bought your mattress, she said the soft one was the best, you said the firm one was the best and so you settled on a medium soft mattress. Ever since then, she wakes with a numb arm and your back is so bad you have a job to get out of bed. This has caused a little stress in the bedroom department and in your life in general, she says “this is just not working for me”.

Couple in bed

With Valentines Day coming up, you think this has to end and it’s time to get some romance back in your lives.

 

 

 

 

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Research is what’s needed here. We need a mattress that gives us both a good nights sleep, a mattress to relieve her pressure points plus the best mattress for a bad back, one that has a good warranty, we need a King size mattress but getting it into our bedroom is not going to be easy, she found our foam mattress too warm so a mattress that breaths and it has to be good for our sex life.

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What is an Air Mattress?

What is an Air Mattress?

 

So if I say would you sleep on an Air Mattress, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

                                                             

 

And I’m sure you wouldn’t dream of spending every night on one of these with your partner. To be honest me neither.

But my wife and I have been sleeping on an Air Mattress for the last 18 months. My wife has benefited from the relief it has given to her osteoarthritis in her hip, my back has never been better, we don’t suffer from roll together and the mattress is always at the right temperature due to its breathable top surface.

What sort of mattress is this? Innerspring, pocket spring or foam?

                                                          

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Massage away those aches

In an earlier blog we talked about “Hip to have” and how an adjustable mattress has eased the pain of a damaged hip and now is aiding recovery after the operation. Just to go one step further and speed up recovery we have installed between the adjustable Air chamber and the foam layer a Night Magic therapy massage kit. This has helped increase blood flow and speed up the bodies repair process. The massage kit is also good at relieving the day’s aches and pains as well as helping to de-stress. This all adds up to much better nights sleep.

 

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Christmas doesn’t have to be a pain.

Last week before Christmas and here we are rushing about trying to get all those jobs done at work before the shut down, get the last minute presents and then we’ll need to get the house clean ready for the family coming. Wrapping presents in front of the fire sounds like a good idea but not good for the posture. Stress, muscle fatigue and back pain will be something we have to be careful not to fall foul of. Talking of fowl, there’s that giant bird to get in and out of the oven on the day. Will you be playing with the kids or grand children on the floor? After all that you’ll want to flop in the arm chair, not the best position for your back muscles.

 

Here are a few tips to make sure Christmas isn’t a pain.

 

1)      Rather than carrying heavy bags of bottles,Turkeyand veg, do the Christmas shop online and they will deliver direct to your kitchen. This will save standing in line to pay as well. If you must go and shop, keep the load even and split the weight on each side to stop your back from twisting. Remember to bend your knees when picking up your bags.

2)      Wrap the presents on a table, you either stand or sit up in a good posture. Varying between sitting and standing would be even better. Wrapping gifts on the floor will put a huge strain on your back.

3)      Prepping the veg at the sink which sometimes is a little low, this can cause your back to round, adding strain to you back, neck and shoulders. Can you work at a work surface that’s a little higher? Don’t get stuck in one position for too long, vary the jobs.

4)      The big Bird, ovens with fold down doors mean you are reaching in to lift. So if the door will take the weight slide the try out and then lift, if not maybe a well heat protected stool can be used to slide out onto.
Weight of Bird+stuffing+potatoes+try=Heavy.

5)      After Dinner there’s the washing up.  Again at the sink remember your posture and try to get the family involved. Maybe a bribe like, no presents until the cleaning up is all done.
If you have a dishwasher then loading and unloading is important, especially those heavy pans and dishes. Check the video on dishwasher stacking.
Loading and unloading the dishwasher.

                     Presents, games and TV.

6)      Sitting for a long time in a poor position, puts strain on the discs, which can lead to lower back pain. If you’ve had a drink or three, avoid back pain by shifting position regularly as alcohol is a muscle relaxant you will find yourself setting. Even better why not go for a family walk to work off some of that excess?
Board games try and play at a table rather than on the floor. Don’t forget your posture.
If you are a console games player or Wii, then take turns and get a rest from the controls to get a break from the repetitive thumb, hand and arm movements.

So above all have a fun time and don’t let Christmas be a pain.

Hip to have!

One of our customers has just had a Hip Op. She went 18 months sleeping on a Pearl Essence with much reduced pain. Before the Pearl Essence she would be at the chiropractor every month for therapy or acupuncture to relieve the pain. But having the Pearl Essence meant being able to adjust the mattress as and when needed to relieve pain.

While in Hospital having the Hip Op, she had an adjustable bed which was great but the mattress was a memory foam one and far too firm. So this just goes to show it’s not just the bed that has to adjust in fact the mattress is the prime thing. She tells me that a few pillows in the right place on an adjustable mattress are far more important than an adjustable bed with the wrong mattress.

 

Now back home in her own bed she has found she can adjust the mattress Up to a much firmer setting than before and is getting full nights sleep. She said it was the best investment they have ever made and no other mattress would have done what she has done. She has had the mattress medium down to soft and now medium to firm and all the time her husband has had the same setting. Dual adjustable is the only way to go as you never know what is around the corner.

 

So it’s Hip to have a dual adjustable mattress.

An Adjustable mattress is more practical …..

Adjustable mattresses have been around in the USA for close on 40 years and there’s been plenty of research and development over that time. Pearl Mattress have made them available to Europe. Now is a good time to think about looking at an adjustable mattress. With everyone living that much longer and much busier lifestyles. Why suffer for longer? The back strains and aches of a busy life can be repaired by getting a good nights sleep, it’s amazing how your body can recover if only you give it a chance.

A larger bed is always better as you’re not so likely to disturb each other in the night plus you then get an option to have individual chambers and personalise your sleep surface. Over the 5-10 year life of a mattress our bodies change, like the mattress we suffer wear and tear. This will mean there’s a good chance that buying the same mattress as last time may not be suitable for you and your partner today. With an adjustable lasting 20 years plus you will have no problem because you adjust to suit each sleeper separately.

There’s a mattress for all, with and without foam, with and without pillow top sleep surface. But the best mattress is our new Pearl Mattress Air-Cell – Revolutionary Eco-Friendly Air System.

As we started this article with “An adjustable is more practical,,,,,,,,,, This came from an article written in Mattresszine.comin 2011.

http://mattresszine.com/mattress-news/mattress-tips/features-of-a-good-mattress/

 

Sleep like the dead!

There is only one company doing a proper Air Mattress in Europe there’s no one to ask just how good they are except myself and the few who have been brave enough to buy.

Now Sleep like the dead have done an independent report to show what the best mattress is for bad backs that include a report for Air Mattresses.
Not only do they support you better than other types of mattress, there is less cross movement so you don’t disturb your partner when you move or get in and out of bed. They come in a box to make installing and moving them much easier. They don’t need turning. They are component mattresses so you only need to change a faulty part if anything should fail. If you spill a cup of coffee on the cover you can remove the cover and clean it or worse case change it.

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Mattress Types & Pain Relief / Prevention
The graph below shows the pain-relieving ability of the different mattress types based on owner experience data. The types that are better at reducing pain (including back, hip and shoulder pain) are more supportive, less likely to sag and more likely to have good conformability. Keep in mind that the chart represents what is often but not always the case; a particular brand, model or individual mattress may go against these findings.

Pain and Mattress Types

 

 

 

 

 

 

Airbeds
Airbeds tend to be effective in preventing or reducing pain, especially back pain. Sagging and loss of support is usually less of a problem with airbeds compared to most other bed types. The air chambers inside the airbed can provide good conformability as well as allow for adjustable firmness to suit personal preference.

Support

Good-Excellent

Conformability

Good

Firmness

Adjustable

 

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Spinal Health and Spine Disorders

When you take into account that the human body has an amazing ability to repair it’s self, it is unbelievable that so many people around the world are suffering so much pain.

 

Current estimates of people affected worldwide (Lancet 15 December 2012)

Back pain 632.045 million

Neck pain 332.049 million

OA knee 250.785 million

Other musculoskeletal conditions 560.978 million

 

For the human body to repair it’s self of the above ailments we need to align our bodies or we will end up all out of shape. It’s a little like when we break a bone, we have to reset the bone with the aid of a plaster cast to align the bone. So the only way to repair our backs and necks is to align them on a mattress giving the correct support where it is needed. As no two bodies are the same male or female we all need our own unique mattress. To have a custom made mattress would be beyond the reach of most of us. Now there is a mattress available to each and everyone at an affordable price and this mattress can be shared with a partner who will most differently be another unique body shape.

This mattress is the only mattress where you and your partner are in control. You adjust the mattress to suit our needs from night to night or if each night you need the same sleep surface just hit the memory button and go to the same firmness as last night. There are other mattresses out there and very well known ones that will give you and your partner a different sleep surface just because you are of a different weight and temperature. But you are not in total control, the temperature outside the bed will make a big difference to the sleep surface and if you need to move in the night you’ll find it difficult getting out of the hole your body has made in the mattress.

As I said above, with a broken bone we need a splint or plaster cast to reset a bone straight. A mattress can do the same if adjusted correctly. I speak from personal experience here. I once damaged my back muscles and ended up with a concave back (as apposed to arched) and spent my first night on a memory foam mattress. This according to all the adds should have been the perfect solution but was far from it. I couldn’t get the support I needed in my middle back as the mattress wouldn’t give enough to allow my shoulders and hips to sink in. Instead my back was being forced to straighten, resulting in great pain. The next night I was on an adjustable mattress and was able to soften the mattress enough to take the shape of my back giving even support. This took away all the pain allowing a good nights sleep and allowing my body to self repair. Two nights and I was back to normal.

So with an adjustable mattress a very high percentage of 632,045,000 people worldwide could enjoy their bodies self repairing at night.

 

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Statistics above are from. http://www.worldspineday.org/resources/spinal-health-and-spine-disorders/

 

The long and short of owning an adjustable mattress

Having a bad back a friend from the States recommended an adjustable air mattress.

So then I went in search on the Net. I found plenty available in the States but only one company in Europe.  Pearl Mattress Ltd.

We talked about the different models and went for the top of the range Super King Size Pearl Essence as we hope it’s the last mattress we will need. Pearl told us with care we will get 20-30 years and this will take my wife and I into our late 70’s early 80’s.

Being 6’.2” and my wife 5’.2”, me being twice her weight we could never agree on the firmness of a mattress when shopping. If we stayed in a Hotel with a firm mattress I’d love it and she’d hate it and if soft she’d love it and I’d hate it. So dual adjustable sleep was the answer to our dreams.

We were told 4-6 weeks delivery and it arrived in 4 weeks in 2 boxes. I opted to build it myself. I carried one box upstairs then the 2nd I rolled upstairs as it was a little heavier. After watching the assembly video I had it set up in 30 mins.

Because my wife is a side sleeper we were told she should try a softer setting and me a back sleeper a firmer setting. Within a week we were both getting the best ever nights sleep. No more rolling together, no more waking with a bad back and my wife’s Hip so much better she doesn’t have to visit the Chiropractor every month.

We have a large garden, so weekends are busy bent over doing whatever the season demands and now we can adjust the mattress to suit how our back feels. I know a memory foam will do the same to a degree but my wife gets the hot flushes at night and when we have slept a memory foam in a Hotel it was too hot for her.

I once strained a muscle in my back at a friend’s house and that night tried to sleep there on a memory foam mattress. I couldn’t get comfortable. The next night I was back in my bed, let the air pressure down from my normal setting until my middle back was supported, the next night let the pressure down a little less from my normal setting and the 3rd night I was back to my normal setting.

 

Best mattress we’ve ever bought and we’ve had a few.

Carried a Super King Mattress upstairs by my self, we can adjust each side when we need to, 20 years warranty and bought it on the Net with no worries of it being too soft or too firm.

 

From S&J very happy customers.

Would you buy a mattress online?

If you are someone who is worried about buying online and an important item like a mattress should according to all the advise given by the forums you read, be bought after a good 20 minutes of trying it in the shop.
But then you read that you should give a mattress 4-6 weeks to get the feel of it, don’t give up after a couple of bad nights as your body will take time to adjust to the new mattress after your old worn out one. So is 20 minutes in a shop a true measure, I think not.
We are advised always go for the biggest mattress your bedroom can take as we don’t want to be disturbed by our partner rolling into us or lashing out in their sleep. So if you have room for a super King size, think about how you will get it into the bedroom. Will it fit up the stairs, around the corner and through the door without folding it in half? Plus a super king size is a very heavy mattress and will need a couple of very strong guys to move it. While on the subject of heavy, if it needs turning will you get a couple of strong guys in every time?

So why not look at this option that covers all the above.
Digital adjustable mattress, your side your choice. It will never be too firm or too soft.
A super king size mattress comes in two boxes. So no problem getting in to the bedroom and it’s not heavy.
Because it’s adjustable and does not have springs to wear and set in position, no need to turn the mattress.
On top of all that, the mattress comes with a 20 year warranty.

Now the hard part, the budget. First take into account the 20 year warranty so spread the cost over 20 years not 10 years or 5 years for the cheaper mattresses. Second there is your choice of finish. Plain top, Pillow top, Box top, super soft luxury top or organic natural cover.

For a safe online mattress purchase. Orthopedic and Luxury Mattresses