22 December 2009

Insomnia and Bedding

Are you one of those people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Many new technologies are being introduced to try and reduce or eliminate this problem. Recently, there was a trade show in Las Vegas that introduced some of the advances.

A homeopathic mattress with essential oils like lavender, chamomile, rose and calendula (long popular in Europe) was shown at the trade show. These are natural relaxing scents and some have anti-bacterial properties. When you lie down on the mattress, some of the micro capsules break down releasing the fragrance.

Organic bedding can help people with allergies. Eco-friendly wool, cotton, solid wood and natural rubber latex are also available.Some beds are available with iPod docking stations.

Sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation include:

*Use a supple, comforting mattress rather than one that's too firm.
*Don't sleep with animals. Let them have a bed nearby.
*Our biological clocks are influenced by light. Keep the bedroom dark.
*Sleep on the "cool" side rather than the "warm" side (body temperatures drop at night so a cool room is better.)
*Get rid of annoying noises . Using "white noise" is not a problem.

source:Associated Press