Gel can be described as a semi-solid. It has properties of both solids and liquids. According to Wikipedia, “A gel is a solid jelly-like material that can have properties ranging from soft and weak to hard and tough.” A more technical description is a liquid with a cross-linked network. It is sort of like a saturated sponge with microscopic cells.
After all the talk of the need of sleep and urging us to get enough sleep, some of us may be tempted to say, “Well, you can’t get too much sleep.” So it is only fair to ask, “Can we sleep too much?” Apparently, the answer is, “Yes.”
The questions of How much sleep is enough? and When is it too much sleep? are addressed by several persons and organizations in books and articles and online. Frankly, there is not total agreement on the answers, though there is some general agreement with differences on particulars.
With regulatory requirements, and with increased public awareness and concern for product safety and healthfulness, sustainability of resources, social responsibility, and the environment, more attention is being paid to certifications in these areas and others. There are several governmental and non-profit agencies as well as industry and market associations providing certification for many products, including bedding and mattresses.
Digestive disorders are a real threat to health. Not only do they damage the colon and the small intestine, and are a contributing factor in colon cancer, they are also a further threat to health by disturbing sleep. Medical research is discovering more about the role of probiotic micro-organisms, not only in digestion, but as part of the immune system. As such, they have the potential of improving sleep.
A pain in the neck is a rather common term in our language, used for persons, things or situations that cause or exacerbate problems. It does have roots in reality. Stressful situations cause tension. In response, our muscles tense up, including neck muscles. And neck tension is a cause of both neck aches and headaches. I
Most of us, if not all, have experienced back pain of some level at some time. For a large percentage of us this has been several times. Many persons suffer back pain frequently or constantly, ranging from light to very painful to severe.
2016 marks a quarter century since memory foam mattresses were introduced into the bedding market. It did not take long for this new innovation to change the mattress industry. Now specialty sleep mattresses (those without metal coils) command a large share of the market, and most of these are memory foam mattresses or have memory foam among their materials.
The current trend in the bedding industry is the manufacturing and delivery of boxable beds sold online. Also called bed-in-a-box and mattress-in-a-box, the mattresses are compressed, vacuum wrapped, rolled and put into a box for doorstep shipping. These are then sold online. What role does memory foam play in the current trend of boxable beds sold online and shipped by common commercial delivery services such as UPS and FedEx?
Most of us would like to have a good night’s sleep night after night. However, there are many of us who do not sleep well. Sometimes the cause is noise or light. Perhaps we are too warm. Or pressure points and an achy back keep us tossing and turning. About a third of us wake up to catch another breath because of sleep apnea and hypopnea.