Blue Gel

Gel in Memory Foam – How effective is it?

What Is Gel? 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. The term gel was coined by Thomas Graham, a Scottish chemist in the 1800s. He took the first three letters of gelatine to name substances with similar properties. Just think of Jell-O (or any other flavored gelatin ...
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Yawning

A Time to Sleep – Part 2

How much sleep is too much? Part 1 of A Time to Sleep addressed the question, “How much sleep is enough?” 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.” Just type that question or a similar one into a search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo Search), and you will find several pages that not only say, “Yes,” but tell you how ...
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Alarm Clock

A Time to Sleep – Part 1

How much sleep is enough? A Time to Sleep and a Time to Wake The third chapter of the ancient Book of Ecclesiastes begins with, “There is a time for everything.” It follows by listing fourteen pairs of contrasts, beginning with “a time to be born and a time to die,” and ending with “a time for war and a time for peace.” This passage was popularized in the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by Pete Seeger. This list of contrasts in everyday life is not exhaustive, but they are representative of the whole of life in this world. There are ...
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Certified Check Mark

Certifications for Mattress Ingredients

                Issues of Concern 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. This was already an issue in 2012, when BedTimes Magazine noted, "Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about what goes into the products they buy ..." Several certifications were explained in the article, "Mattress Certifications, Standards, Seals, Tags and Labels." ...
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Digestive Disorders and Sleep Disturbance

The mattress is not always to blame for “That Gut Feeling” Can probiotics be part of the solution? Abstract 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. Getting Needed Sleep It is well known that a good night’s sleep ...
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Pain in the Neck

A Real Pain We hear it from time-to-time: - “John is a pain in the neck.” - “Fixing that car is a real pain in the neck.” - “Just thinking about what I’ll face today gives me a pain in the neck.”  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. It doesn’t ...
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