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Cyber Sleep: The Era of Smart Beds

We can expect the technology of biometrics to measure more of our body status remotely. At the same time, we may expect cybermechanics (computerized control of devices) to take advantage of these measurements. This will be applied to our bedrooms, adjusting temperature, lighting, sounds, and our beds with the goal of improving our sleep. The question is, “Do Smart Beds Really Help Us Sleep Better?”

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Specialty Sleep Association

Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) There’s more to mattresses than springs. The Association for Manufacturers, Retailers & Suppliers of Specialty Sleep Products. Background of the Specialty Sleep Association “Specialty sleep products” are mattresses without...

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Latex-Like Foams

A discussion of what is or isn’t latex emerged in response to the use of the term “engineered latex” in mattress descriptions. The concern was that customers would mistake it for real latex.

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Inflatable Beds for Guests

From the Tent to the House   The original air mattresses (also called “air pads’ or “sleeping pads”) had two basic uses. The first was as mattresses for camping. The second was as toppers for hospital beds to relieve or prevent pressure sores. It didn’t take long for...

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On the Air with Airbeds

In 1981, Comfortaire introduced the first adjustable airbed designed for use in home bedrooms. irbeds are here to stay for the foreseeable future. With the application of smart bed technology and the use of foam comfort layers, they will hold their own.

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Side Sleeping – Part 3

Is Side Sleeping the Best Position? This is Part 3. Click here for Part 1 or Part 2.   Beds for Side Sleepers. Each sleeping position has its own benefits and disadvantages. For side sleepers and the others, the bed and pillows can mitigate the disadvantages for a...

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Side Sleeping – Part 2

Is Side Sleeping the Best Position? This is part 2 of Side Sleeping. Click here for Part 1 or Part 3 Medical Research Results. Many health and wellness writers have now been promoting side sleeping as more healthful than other positions. The obvious reason is...

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Side Sleeping – Part 1

Is Side Sleeping the Best Position? This is Part 1. Click here for Part 2 or Part 3 A Variety of Sleeping Positions “How do you sleep?” seems like a simple question at first – that is until you ask “What does ‘how’ mean?” It can mean: • “How well do you sleep?” • “How...

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Tencel® Lyocell

  The Third Generation Cellulosic Fiber   First Generation The first, best known, and most common cellulosic fiber is rayon viscose. Both natural and artificial, cellulosic fibers are manufactured fibers produced from a natural substance – cellulose. Cellulosic fiber...

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Shredded vs. 1-Piece Memory Foam

Shredded vs. 1-Piece Memory Foam   Information on the following chart was extracted from a comparison of types of pillows on Sleep Like The Dead, an independent review and evaluation site for mattresses and pillows. Shredded memory foam is rated higher in most...

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