Sleep is vital to our health and well-being, affecting how we feel, and how productive we are.
If you are not getting the 7-9 hours of quality sleep a day that most adults need, you may be among other things, lacking in energy, getting frustrated easily, feeling sleepy during the day and having trouble concentrating.
Just remember that what works for one person may not work for another and it is not always possible to stick to a set routine. By adopting these habits however your sleep should improve. With the right amount of quality sleep you will feel better and be more productive. If you are not finding anything that works you should consult your GP.
Winter has arrived and it is getting colder. If that is not bad enough, winter also means it’s the cold and flu season.
And for those suffering there’s no shortage of available health information, opinions, and debate about to the spreading of germs, over-the-counter-medicines, vaccines, grandma’s “tried-and-true” cold remedy, and the effectiveness of chicken soup.
What many people don’t talk about, however, is the key to restful sleep and its connection to fighting illness. This is not a subject to gloss over, and here’s why:
Many medical professionals believe sleep helps your immune system produce illness-fighting antibodies.
As outlined in this article published by ABC News, sleep is “…going to help the immune system combat the flu.” In addition, the article says a study of college students showed that “…those who slept eight hours a night on average produced twice as many antibodies against the flu shot as individuals who got only four hours of sleep on average.”
In this article published by Inside Science, a recent study showed a special protein is developed during sleep that researchers believe speeds up recovery. The article adds that “Prior research has shown that sleep keeps the immune system healthy and is vital to the body’s ability to battle all kinds of infections.”
Despite mounting evidence pointing to the value of sleep and the role it plays in helping the immune system, many of us don’t often put enough thought into it.
For your best defense against illness, and your quickest path to recovery, restful sleep therefore needs to be at the top your priorities.
Following are our top tips to ensure the time you spend in bed is time spent getting better:
A mattress is much more than a big cushion that you sleep on. Especially thanks to a host of new technological advancements, today’s mattresses offer a surprising number of ways to keep you comfortable and pain-free at night. Here are some highlights:
A supportive mattress is only half of the battle. To fully achieve proper support and correct alignment of your head and neck, you also need a quality pillow.
Without a quality pillow, your spine may be aligned but your neck won’t be. This can make you susceptible to neck pain, which will rob you of sleep.
For the correct support and alignment from head to toe, think of your mattress and pillow as a “system,” and choose a pillow that works with your mattress to offer the right amount of support plus the correct shape for your head and body type and the way you sleep.
CHECK OUT our Perfect Pillows®. Suiting all sleeping styles – stomach, side or back and all comfort levels – soft, medium or firm they are height customisable. They also include our Miracle Layer™ ensuring a healthier night’s sleep with protection for allergens.
Maintaining the correct indoor temperature and humidity is vital for comfortable sleep, regardless how you feel. Typically, you should keep your indoor humidity between 30% and 50%, with the ideal ambient temperature for falling asleep in the high teens – between 15°C and 20°C.
We’ve all experienced the discomfort of breaking into a sweat when we were sick. Thankfully, this is typically good news since it may be the start of your fever subsiding and you getting back to normal. To maintain as much comfort as possible, you can choose sheets that have moisture wicking properties. We recommend Tencel® sheeting.
You also don’t want your perspiration seeping through to the mattress or pillows causing yellowing.
You can ensure this does not occur by using Protect-A-Bed® mattress and pillow protectors with their Miracle Layer® which although breathable for a comfortable night’s sleep ensures perspiration, skin flakes and other spills don’t penetrate your mattress and pillows
With all the coughing and sneezing you endure when you’re sick, the last thing you need is a bunch of allergens adding insult to injury.
Your bed, if left unprotected, can expose you to a wide range of allergens including dust mites (which is one of the most common causes of asthma and allergies), mould and bacteria.
What lives in an unprotected mattress.
Also acting as an allergen barrier the Protect-A-Bed® Miracle Layer® will protect you and your family from any dust mite, mould and bacteria present in your mattress or pillows whilst also preventing any flu germs infecting your mattress or pillows.
The best news here is that practically all of these improvements can enhance sleep quality when you aren’t sick, helping to prevent illness in the first place.
We’re confident these tips will help improve the quality of your sleep this winter…giving you a leg up on cold and flu season!
Article adapted from a Blog by Protect-A-Bed® USA
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September is Dementia Awareness Month, an annual event held in September and organised by Alzheimer’s Australia with support from the Australian Government.
Although most Australian's know very little about dementia, which causes a progressive decline in ones cognitive ability including memory, physical functioning, social skills and rationality, it affects 413,000 people of varying ages as well as their families, friends and carers.
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s cognitive ability. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning.
Some statistics, as stated in Alzheimer's Australia's Dementia Awareness Month Media and Communications Toolkit.
If you, a family member or someone you are caring for has dementia, remember you are not alone.
Alzheimer’s Australia is there to help with information, support and advice and can be contact on 1800 100 500. www.fightdementia.org.au
For those providing care to those with dementia, managing continence can be complicated. There are practical difficulties as the person with dementia may have problems holding on, finding the toilet, or even being aware they need to pass urine or empty their bowels.
A helpful fact sheet from Alzheimer’s Australia can be found here
The Continence Foundation also has a number of resources that aim to help family members and carers manage bladder and bowel control problems of people affected by dementia.
National Continence Helpline (1800 33 00 66) or www.continence.org.au
Our range of waterproof, soft and comfortable mattress protectors ensure that for someone with continence they can sleep easier knowing their bed is protected. If accidents occur regularly we also recommend layering two on the bed or using a bed pad or linen protector in conjunction with the mattress protector. If an accident occurs the mattress protector or linen protector on top can easily be removed and one can get back to sleep quickly and with little fuss.
Our sister company, Buddies® is also a valuable resource for people living with continence as well as family, friends, and professional carers.
Assisting with independence, providing support, comfort and most importantly, peace of mind Buddies® offer a range of Australian Made re-usable continence underwear, clothing protectors, chair and bed pads.
With Buddies® and Protect-A-Bed's Registered Nurse® , you can also rest assured our information and advice on continence care comes from a qualified source.
To talk to our nurse or find out more about our range of products contact us today on 1300 857 123 or go to buddies-australia.com.au
Spring has sprung, and although it's time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather, it's also allergy season and time to spring clean!
Did you know that approximately 30% of people are allergic to the common household dust mite which is present throughout our homes and within bedding. By regularly spring cleaning your bedroom you can alleviate exposure to this common cause of allergies and asthma ensuring a healthier night's sleep for you and your familyGet Prepared
Sit back, relax and enjoy the warmer days but remember if your allergies are triggered by pollen stay indoors on dry windy days and especially after storms as these are peak periods for airborne allergens.
And for further tips and advice on how to manage allergies this spring a great resource is the National Asthma Council of Australia's Sensitive Choice Program.
www.sensitivechoice.com #sensitivechoice #protectabedau
Reduce itchiness at night and sleepless nights by using fabrics recognised as sensitive skin tried and tested
One such fabric you may wish to consider is TENCEL®.
TENCEL® made from wood fibres has a smooth, non irritating surface. Hypoallergenic it is softer than silk, cooler than linen, and more absorbent than cotton. Thermoregulating wicking moisture away from the skin helping you keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
|If you or a family member suffer from sensitive skin look you should use a Protect-A-Bed® TENCEL® mattress or pillow protector. Endorsed by the Eczema Association they are sensitive skin tried and tested.|
Just like a fitted sheet, the smooth surface of the Protect-A-Bed® TENCEL® mattress protector can be slept on directly with no need for an additional sheet.
They also have the added benefit of a breathable waterproof Miracle Layer® which you won’t notice it as it is soft and quiet (not like the crinkly noisy waterproofing many of us remember as children).
Protecting your mattress from spills and stains and you and your from dust mite, mould and bacteria allergens in the mattress. Approved by the National Asthma council’s Sensitive Choice Program and recognised as been SIDS & Kids friendly.
Bed bugs love to hitchhike on luggage and are an increasing problem in Australia.
Although found in carpets, the cracks in wooden floors and walls and the seams of furniture they are most common in mattresses.
Small in size, they are attracted to warmth, and are most active at night biting areas of exposed skin while one sleeps. Their bite causing an allergic reaction which is displayed on the skin as itchy red welts usually not felt until some minutes or hours after the bite.
Whether for use in the home or whilst travelling we therefore recommend using the Protect-A-Bed® Allerzip® Fully Encased Mattress Protector. Providing complete and permanent Fit n’ Forget™ protection the patented BugLock® system, combines a dust-proof flap, three-sided zipper, and a tamper proof Secure Seal™ ensuring it’s bed bug entry, escape and bite proof.
It also provides protection against dust mites, mould, bacteria and other allergens.
Layer the Protect-A-Bed® Allerzip® Fully Encased Mattress Protector under a fitted-sheet style protector, which can be easily removed for regular washing with other linens.
When booking accommodation don’t forget to ask if they have bed bug protection. A simple question could save some nasty bites!
Buying a new mattress can be time consuming, costly and stressful, and we know you want to make sure that you protect your investment from ugly stains.
Stains that many of us think are a normal part of bedding but don’t have to be.
Caused by the nasties we don’t like to think about. Our perspiration (the average person losing an average litre of water a night), shredded skin flakes (yuck) and everyday spills and stains that seep into our bedding. Food for dust mites that also contribute to the growth of mould and bacteria.
That is why at selected mattress retailers, if you purchase a Protect-A-Bed® mattress protector at the same time as your new mattress we will replace it if our product fails and your new mattress stains. Conditions Apply
Ensuring a clean mattress and a healthy sleep environment for you and your family. Protected from the allergens that can cause Asthma and allergies.
All Protect-A-Bed® ® Mattress and Pillow Protectors Miracle Layer™ is breathable, silent and waterproof. Soft and comfortable. Red Nose (SIDS & Kids) Friendly and approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program. Proudly Australian made and owned.