Tips & Tools for Sleeping Well – Part IV
I’m always searching for reliable tips and tools for sleeping well and here are my recent finds. Try using a foam core pillow, which provides neck and head support and proper alignment, but is enclosed in a pillow with the type of comfort most of us are used to. I’m going to start looking for one of these because the formed foam pillows are really uncomfortable for my neck. Previously I’ve mentioned drinking Valerian tea, but Dr. Oz recommended combining one bag of Valerian tea with one bag of passionflower tea for an even better effect.
Many people can have acid reflux issues that disturb their sleep without them evening realizing they have the issue. People may not recognize it on their own because in silent reflux the person doesn’t physically feel anything, but the body is still disturbed enough to pull you out of deep sleep. A safe and easy way to see if you may have silent reflux is to take an antacid tablet 30 minutes before you go to sleep, every night for one week. If you have silent reflux the antacid should take care of the problem and you should notice an improvement.
Last year I told you about the temperature regulating Outlast mattress pad and blanket that The Helpful Hubby got me from Costco. Dr. Oz recently recommended the mattress pad, which uses NASA technology, on his show. After using it for multiple seasons I’m ready to share my opinion of them. The blanket has a decent amount of weight to it, so even though it is thin, I feel like I have a comforter on. During hot weather it does keep the bed feeling a little cooler, but in the middle of the night I still get warm, on our memory foam mattress. In colder weather the bed feels really cold when you first get into it, but it does keep me comfier through the night. One trick I started using was throwing my heating pad in the bed for the 10 minutes it takes me to get ready for bed. By the time I get in bed I have a little warm spot. We like the set up enough that we’re considering getting the sheets too.
Have you tried any of these tips or tools?