Best pillow for your sleeping position

A pillow has a simple purpose: keeping your neck and head aligned while you are sleeping. If you are shopping for a pillow, you know there are a lot of options. It just adds to the confusion that many terms that are used to describe pillows will change from brand to brand. The price isn’t always the best indicator of the performance.

Finding the best pillow should begin by finding your main sleeping position. Are you a side, stomach, back or combination sleeper? That is the position that you will go to and will be your favorite.

Side sleeper

This is a common sleeping position. An extra firm or firm pillow will be best to maintain the right alignment. Using a traditional latex or memory foam pillow will be able to support the head at the right angle and it doesn’t flatten over time when you compare it to a down or polyester pillow.  Look for a pillow that is feels right for you.

Back sleeper

If you are a back sleeper look for a pillow that will cradle or support your neck and head without losing your natural curve. Begin with a medium firm, medium height pillow filled with memory foam, latex foam, or down alternative. Because sleeping on the back can cause snoring due to the tongue blocking the airway, propping yourself up using a wedge pillow with other pillows can help.

Stomach Sleeper

If you are the type to roll over on your stomach to sleep, then your face is quite close to the mattress. Using a soft or thin and scrunchable pillow that is filled with thin foam, polyester, down alternative, or feathers or down can keep the necks natural curve. Don’t use a firm or high height pillow as it can cause neck pain.

Combination sleeper

If you are a combination sleeper, and constantly changing positions, then you may need a softer or firmer selections. One that is low in the center for back sleeping and high on the sides for side sleeping. The best type of pillow for this is pillows made from multiple materials or buckwheat hulls.

 

 

5 Different Types of Pillows

When shopping for a pillow, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the various types of pillows, and each one has pros and cons. This may help you choose the right pillow for you.

Body pillows – This extra-long pillow can be used to help sifting in your sleep, added back support, and good for pregnant women. However, washing it often can cause it to be deformed and it’s hard to find pillow cases.

Memory Foam – Created with polyurethane and other chemicals, this type of pillow is good for support and comfort of neck, shoulder and back. However, it is combustible, it can trigger respiratory irritations, and traps body heat.

Contour Pillow –The design of this pillow focuses on side and back sleepers, it supports the neck and assists in proper posture. However, not a good choice for stomach sleepers.

Down Pillow – Filled with the soft fluffy part of a feather, down pillows are a popular choice. They offer a washable product that lasts a long time, and they are lighter than the feather pillows. However, they tend to be expensive and need to be fluffed often to maintain shape.

Feather Pillows – Filled with the whole feather, these pillows are durable and flexible. However, the feathers can poke out and stick you in the face while you sleep, require fluffing, has an odor. The list of cons is quite long.

 

5 Different Types of Mattresses

When you start looking for a new bed, if it has been a while you may find there are many more types of mattresses out there than you remember. Below are the five more popular mattress types to help you better understand what you’re looking at.

Innerspring Mattress

These may be more common to older generations, where the mattress uses steel coils for the support of your body. The overall design of springs can vary, but the basic concept is the same, you get the firmness or softness based on coil shape and count.

Memory Foam

These type of mattress are created using a high density type of polyurethane foam. It is available in various firmness’s, and provides a great support system to give you a great nights rest. It easily contours to your body’s shape.

Air Bed

These beds are more common for camping, and come in your common sizes from Twin to King. It is basically how it sounds, you air the mattress up. The amount of air you put in will be the firmness, more hair is firmer and less air is softer. Air is held in chambers.

Pillow Top

This type of mattress has an extra layer of upholstery that is sewn in the top. This layer is filled with a variety of materials depending on the maker. But, it provides added comfort.

Waterbed

These type of beds have been around for decades and you sleep on water held in a chamber. There are two types, a hard-side has a wooden frame that holds the chamber. The soft-side has a water chamber positioned in rigid foam within a zipper casing.

 

More about why I love the Loom and Leaf Mattress

 You may have read my review of the Loom and Leaf mattress.  This article is the follow up.

Loom & Leaf mattresses are made with organic, environmentally friendly materials all around. They do not promote allergies or any other material related health problems either. The best of all is that they are made completely in the United States, by American workers using materials produced in the United States.  If you are looking for the best most comfortable sleep you have ever had, Loom & Leaf mattress is right for you. Whether you have back problems or hip problems or you are a light sleeper, they are made to give you the best resting experience in the world.

How many layers does it have?

The Loom & Leaf mattress is made with four levels of foam and covering, each with the only purpose of providing you with comfort and support while you sleep or rest. These levels of foam are all made with natural, plant based foam which contains no allergenic or material which will flare up your allergies or any other medical condition you might have. The bottom layer is made of natural foam which designed to hold comfortably more than three hundred pound of weight. This is just structural, and designed to hold and support the upper layers which are in contact with your body and give you the comfort you need.

The next layer is the dual breathable support level; this is where the body heat is absorbed from the top layers and sent to the bottom one so your body will remain cool all night through. With the Loom & Leaf mattress you can get forget about sweating and turning all around during the night, this layer will take care of maintaining the temperature nice and cool all through the night. The next layer is the one which takes the shape of your body providing it with support all around so that you wake up refreshed, energized and happy. It is stable and does not produce gases like artificial foam does because of its instability and because it is made of different pieces put together. The mattresses are made from completely cured, stable pieces of foam that guarantee a great night sleep.

How it helps you keep cool

On top of this it has a layer of patented cooling, spinal gel which keeps you cool all night and molds itself to your pine and contour providing the best support any part of your body may need. The last layer is one hundred percent natural cotton covering which allows the rest of the mattress to breathe and your body to rest comfortably and safely on its flame retardant surface.

The verdict

There is nothing better in the market today and they are ready to let you try it for seventy-five days with a no-questions asked guarantee. That’s right, one hundred percent money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with our mattress after seventy five days. They will deliver it and install it when you buy it and all you have to do is give them a call and they will pick it up any time during the next seventy-five days without asking any questions. Try them; they are the best solution available for your sleepless nights.

Loom and Leaf competitors

The biggest competitor to Loom and Leaf is Tuft and Needle.  Their mattress is a bit cheaper so many choose to go for it.  To read an in depth review check out this link.

 

 

 

 

Loom and Leaf mattress review – the Best First Step to Recovery

Last year my husband fell off a horse during our summer vacations at a friend’s farm. He hurt his back badly and we had to call an ambulance to take him to the hospital where he was operated and put into traction for three months. When it was time to take him home I was worried because he had to stay in bed for a while longer and our bed and mattress were old and had already lost resistance and firmness. The doctor said that my husband needed a comfortable mattress but it also had to be firm and if possible we had to get two smaller beds into our bedroom so I would not bother him when I moved at night.

How I found Loom and Leaf

I have slept besides my husband for twenty years and sleeping in separate beds in the same room was strange and weird to me so I decided to go out mattress hunting. I visited several shops but did not like what I saw, some were either, too soft and saggy and the others were too hard and I was afraid he could get hurt. I did not want to sleep on top of that rock either. So I continued my search until I found a store that sold Loom and Leaf mattresses. They had different sizes but they were all the same. No model this or model that, one mattress only but in different sizes. That intrigued me because usually the make you sit on different ones so you can test their softness.

Loom and Leaf Mattress materials

The salesman said that they were all the same because Loom and Leaf had experimented a long time until they had finally made the perfect mattress for anyone and this was it. He explained that they were made completely out of foam, no springs no nothing just foam and that there were three levels of foam which made the difference between their mattresses and any others. The bottom layer was to support the top two, the middle one was the memory foam which kept your shape and most comfortable position until the next time you went to bed. The top layer was designed to keep you cool and comfortable but it also allowed one person to move around without waking the other because of the special type of foam it was made off.

The Price of the mattress

The mattress can be purchased from www.loomandleaf.com.  Before you purchase it though, you should try to use a Loom and Leaf Coupon code.  Try a google search for the latest Loom and Leaf coupon.

That definitely closed the deal and I went ahead and bought it. Hey delivered the mattress the next morning, free of charge and told me that it had a one hundred day guarantee and I could return it at any time between now and then and I would get my money back, no questions asked. That day I brought my husband home from the hospital and put him in bed. He said the bed was firm and yet very comfortable and he liked very much the soft cushiony quality it had. When I went to bed I was a little worried that my moving around would hurt or wake him, there was no need for worries, he slept like a baby and so did I, right beside him.  You should try to find a great pillow to go with it, try – http://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2013/07/17/how-to-choose-the-perfect-bed-pillow.

The follow up to the above article is here.

 

Coupon codes savings for 2016

Most of us can be fairly loose with our money at time and at other times we can be a tight fisted.  If you’re really lucky you have lots of excess money to call upon.  For the rest of us we have to save cash wherever we can.  This year I’ve saved a fortune using coupon codes from everything from keeping my hair beautiful with Hairfinity to keeping my body clean with Bath and body works.

 

Coupon savings this year

Coupon link Savings ($)
Kohls 54
Bath and body works 108
Hairfinity coupon 32
JCPenney coupons 26

 

That’s over $200 of savings which I put towards our next holiday!  That’s right, through saving money with coupon codes we will get another day of holidaying, pretty much for free.  That magic word, free!

If you find any other great coupon codes let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

The Timbuk2 Command is an awesome backpack

When it comes to having a really good messenger bag, many will turn to the Timbuk2. The reason why is that it has a lot of features and works well for on or off a bike. The only issue with it is that it has limited protection for your laptop. But, you can fix this with a cheap laptop cover. It is one of the things that I did and I love this bag. It is waterproof, stylish, and works well when you are riding a bike. I use a bike to commute to class daily and this bag is a god send. It is really versatile.

The Review

It comes with a bike light attachment, hidden flap buckles and even reflective material as well as a padded shoulder strap. I love the shoulder strap because it is so comfortable. Believe me, I pack a lot into my bag and that includes my laptop. And it is more comfortable than the bag that I used before, which didn’t have a lot of padding at all.  The North Face is another really popular bag manufacturer.

Comfort and ease

The one thing that I had to overcome with the Timbuk2 is the fact that there is no padding against the back of the bag. This could make it a bit uncomfortable if you are constantly on your bike like I am. I just added a small piece of foam to the inside of the bag and now it works perfectly. It has an adjustable shoulder strap, which sometimes I like to have options on how high or low I carry my bag.

When it comes to storage, the Timbuk2 is going to be lacking. There aren’t any sleeves or external pockets. Everything is going to be under the flap except the small hidden pocket that you can get to when your flap is latched and on your back. You can store your keys, cellphone, sunglasses and even headphones here. This is pretty accessible when are on the go. Right next to this pocket is going to be a zipped pocket that has a key lanyard. It is large enough to hold your wallet, or keys. Behind this zipped pocket is an open pocket that is just as large. All the storage is distributed evenly to make the bag well balanced.

Versatility

Then you have your main compartment which has writing utensil sleeves and there are also vertical pockets that are big enough to hold your new Android S7 Edge. There are also water bottle sleeves on each side. Then your flap strap is going to wrap under the bag to clip, which is where I tend to store my jacket. It also helps it to be compressed to a super small size.

This messenger bag is super durable and is made from heavy duty fabrics. I have been using this bag for what seems like forever and I use it on a daily basis to carry everything I need to class with me and so far I haven’t had any wear to it.

The strap system is easy to adjust and you can do so quickly, even when you are wearing it. This makes it easy to slip the bag off, if you have say 3 textbooks, a laptop, several writing pads, and who knows what else in there.

Summary

Let’s just break it down. This bag can do it all and it is my favorite messenger bag. It works for when I am headed to class and walking around campus to when I am just heading to the super market for a few items. It is not only stylish but completely versatile that will keep your items dry. I would not have this bag any other way, except for maybe a few more pockets.  You can buy it here.  For another opinion try this timbuk2 command backpack review.

 

 

 

Recommended Estrogen Blockers

Having a hormone imbalance can cause a man a lot of issues especially in men who are in their late 30s and 40s. Whenever testosterone decreases too much or too quickly it could cause hypoganadism. This causes the body to stop producing important hormones which can cause the loss of libido, decreased sperm production, fatigue and even erectile dysfunction.

What are estrogen Blockers

Basically, there are chemical compounds which control the levels of estrogen in the body.  You will find estrogen in men, even though people see it as a women’s hormone which ensures that the male body is functioning properly. There are three types of estrogen: estradiol, estriol, and estrone.

Estradiol is the main type of estrogen that is active in the male body. It helps to keep your joints and brain healthy but it also helps to develop your sperm properly.

Having a hormone imbalance such as an increase in estrogen and a severe decrease in testosterone can cause a real problem. Having too much estrogen in the male body which can cause issues like: cardiovascular issues, gynecomastia (male breasts), weight gain, prostate problems, and increased risks of strokes.  Check out this article for more information

Natural estrogen blockers

There are natural estrogen blockers that have been proven to block estrogen.

Chrysin is a flavonoid that is found in honey, passion flower, and bee propolis. It has been argued that it blocks estrogen and then increases testosterone.

Wild nettle root also called nettle leaves or nettle root which is used in prostate medications. It has compounds that will act as an estrogen blockers. Taking nettle root supplements can hlp to regulate the production of testosterone.

Grape seed extract is an aromatase inhibitor or estrogen blocker for those who are post-menopausal with a risk of breast cancer. Men will experience similar benefits when they take it as a supplement to help block estrogen production.

Maca happens to be a plant that comes from Peru. Many state that is has a lot of benefits which include enhancing fertility and blocking estrogen production. Although it does contain a lot of nutrients and vitamins, it still hasn’t been proven that it regulates hormones.

There are plenty of ways that you can restore the balance in estrogen levels. If you excess estrogen is caused by low testosterone, you could benefit from taking an estrogen blocker to help increase the production of testosterone.

You can also help to decrease your estrogen levels by avoiding environmental estrogens like parabens, losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, and eating vegetables like broccoli.

It is quite impossible to avoid all environmental estrogens but you can avoid meat products from animals that have been raised with synthetic hormones is the best place to start. Watch out for food wraps or containers that can leak estrogen into food. Toiletries and shampoos that have parabens will also have estrogens. So try to avoid these products when you can.

Dropping weight can really help this as well. Eating healthy, working out, and keeping active can boost your testosterone production and really kick your man hormones into overdrive. These are the best natural estrogen blockers out there.