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How To Spot A Moldy Mattress And What To Do If You Have One

Mold and mildew are never welcomed guests in your home, especially in your bedroom! Yet, the two can find your mattress to be a perfectly hospitable environment to grow and spread. Even if you rest your head on your organic buckwheat pillow, a moldy mattress that lies beneath could have short and long-term effects on your health.   In order to know if you have mold on or in your mattress, it is important to first differentiate between mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are often used interchangeably, but they are distinctly different.  Mildew is a type of mold which is a type of fungus. There are over 100,000 different types of mold, some being relatively harmless and benign and others toxic and...

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How to Achieve the Infamous “Cloud Bed”

The latest trend in bedding is the fluffy, cozy cloud bed. A big mattress, ultra-plush duvet, and extra pillows make it feel like you are sleeping on a comfy cloud, transforming your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.      The “cloud bed” now seen all over social media and interior design blogs is inspired by Restoration Hardware’s Cloud Slip Covered Platform Bed. The bed features a low, footless frame that is entirely upholstered and features goose feather cushions around the sides of the bed. The bed is often made up with a fluffy duvet tucked in and plump pillows, all in a monochrome shade of off-white.   Restoration Hardware is known for its beautiful furniture - as well as its...

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Fall Asleep Faster with These 7 Tips

If you fall asleep shortly after your head hits your buckwheat pillow, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. For many people, no matter how comfortable and supportive their pillow is, they spend twenty minutes or more tossing and turning until they finally fall asleep.   According to Dr. Michelle Drerup, it takes the average person five to twenty minutes to fall asleep. And although falling asleep quickly seems great, in some cases it may be an indication of sleep troubles. If you fall asleep in under 5 minutes after crawling into bed it can mean you are sleep deprived. Falling asleep too quickly can be an indication that you aren’t getting enough sleep and can barely keep your eyes open. If...

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Autism and The Struggle To Sleep

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), often referred to as simply “autism,” is a developmental and neurological disorder that affects how an individual behaves, learns, communicates, and interacts with others. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), those with autism  exhibit challenges when interacting with others, repetitive behaviors, restricted interests and/or symptoms that affect their daily life. Autism can affect any race or gender and may be diagnosed at any age. In 2021, the CDC reported that an estimated 1 in 44 children in the U.S are diagnosed with ASD, and an estimated 5,437,988 (2.25) adults have autism.   Autism is considered a spectrum disorder which means there is significant variation in presented symptoms and severity of symptoms....

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Is There Fiberglass In Your Mattress?

If you were sleeping on glass, you would expect to know, but the truth is, many people are, and they don’t even realize it! I’m not talking about shards of broken glass but fiberglass. This material, which is more commonly used for roofing or between walls, may be in your bedding and is not suitable for your health or sleep.      Fiberglass uses glass fibers to make reinforced plastic, often arranged into sheets or cloth. It is more recognized as bright pink fluff that is used in the construction of buildings. Fiberglass is extremely strong, durable, and flexible, making it a popular building material. There is plenty of uses for the material, and it is also found in swimming...

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Cataplexy: A Rare and Complex Sleep Disorder

There are over 80 different sleep disorders, each troubling in its own way. The average person could maybe name a handful of these sleep disorders, but there are some that are often misunderstood or not known by the general public. One of these little-known sleep disorders is called cataplexy. Even medical professionals and sleep experts can misunderstand the disorder, leading to misdiagnosis or frustration on behalf of the patient.   Cataplexy is associated with narcolepsy but with some key differences. Narcolepsy is more well-known as it is often portrayed on television or in movies with a person suddenly falling asleep or becoming incredibly drowsy without warning. With narcolepsy, a person can lose consciousness as they fall asleep; however, with cataplexy, a person...

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How To Find The Best Meditation Pillow | Cushion (Without Breaking The Bank)

Whether you're new to meditation or looking to shake up your routine, choosing a meditation pillow can be extremely helpful for your practice.  Just like you would make sure you had the proper tools before doing home improvement, you should make sure you have the appropriate tools for meditation. A comfortable cushion makes mental focus easier and helps keep meditation a habit. Much like meditation practices, there's no one best meditation cushion. You should buy a meditation cushion that first and foremost meets your physical needs in terms of height and shapes. But you should also buy one with a filling, color, and extras that meet your personal preferences. Why Buy A Meditation Pillow? While you can meditate in any...

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Travel Pillow Buyer's Guide: All You Need to Know About Travel Pillows

Ever planned a vacation down to the last detail, only to realize that you hadn't planned for spending several hours on an uncomfortable airplane seat with limited entertainment? One option is to sleep instead. Or… it would be, but you forgot to buy an airplane travel pillow. Perhaps you didn't forget this step. Perhaps you bought a travel neck pillow, but now that you're putting it to use, it's somehow making things worse rather than better (we bet we can guess which type you bought: read on to find out). What's the point of these things anyway? Finding a good travel-size pillow isn't easy, especially when shopping online. These things need road-testing in very specific circumstances, and it's hard to...

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The Differences Between Yoga and Meditation

While they both have similar goals, the two differ in terms of method and style. While yoga consists of physical exercises, meditation is a conscious mental state. Both have the same benefits for the mind and body. Meditation has many advantages over yoga, and is highly recommended for people looking to achieve a deep spiritual state. However, you should choose one over the other based on your own personal preferences. This article will compare the two.   Yoga is a form of physical exercise   There are many benefits of yoga, including increased immune system function and reduced stress. Both physical exercise and meditation help to build the body's immune system, and yoga is known to improve the functioning of...

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6 Popular types of Meditation for Beginners to Experts

The basic idea of meditation is to bring your attention back to your breath, and then repeat that action until the timer goes off. This works your attention muscle, and you will soon notice improvements in your concentration and attention span. If you are new to meditation, here's a quick guide to get started: Guided Meditation   If you are new to meditation, guided meditation is the perfect way to get started. These recordings offer step-by-step instructions to help you start. You can also purchase books or a video to practice meditation at home. Guided meditation is not as difficult as it seems; all you need is the right set of tools to get started. To get started, here are...

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The Benefits of Cervical Neck Roll Pillows

The pros and cons of Cervical Neck Roll Pillows will be explained in this article. The pros and cons are discussed in terms of support, comfort, and functionality. You should also know how to find a good price for a cervical neck roll pillow. It's best to buy a quality one with a warranty to make sure it's worth your money. Support There are several benefits of cervical neck roll pillows. They can relieve neck pain, especially if you sleep on your stomach. These pillows are designed to support the neck and lower back, which prevents your head from resting in the same position for long periods of time. These pillows are also great for side sleepers. Choosing the right...

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Energy Vortexes: The Perfect Place for Deeper Meditation and Energy Healing

As humans, we are attuned to and project energy. The term energy is often used to describe levels of alertness and a lack of fatigue, but it is also commonly used in a more spiritual sense. Spiritual energy is referenced in many ancient cultures and religions and can be described as inter- and intra- personal forces, flow, or essence.    You have observed and felt these energetic forces before. For example, when you visited a place and suddenly felt uneasy or anxious without an apparent reason. Or, when you visit a feel-good spot, your shoulders drop, your mind becomes quiet, and you begin to breathe more easily. This can happen anywhere. It could occur while visiting a particular space, a new country, or when...

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