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Bed bugs do.: Here are some tell tale signs that your hotel room could be infested w bedbugs. First you may notice blood smears on bedding. Blood smears usually turn black over time. Second you may see amber colored “shells” which occurs when the bed bug sheds it's exoskeleton. A third sign of infestation is bug feces on sheets (brown- black dots). The fourth sign can occur with a heavy infestation – an odor. ...Read more
Try then out: The best mattress is the most comfortable mattress. Generally, one that doesn't sag is better for your back. I think a soft covering is nice. Most stores will let you lie down and try it. Don't be shy! ...Read more
Back pain: A firm sleeping surface is beter for the back. ...Read more
Good question: The answer should be easy but differs from person to person. You might need to try several products to find what works for you. Some people sleep on the side with a small pillow between their legs. Others buy a long pillow to place along their back. Others try different types of pillows. Buying a bed is a big expense but might be needed if other approaches do not work. ...Read more
Medically will it be alright to use an electric mattress in moderate night temp say +4°c and above?
Controversy: Typically you will not want to raise your body temperature throughout the night with mattress warmer. Can cause changes to sleep and hormonal balance. If you can see if you can set a timer to stop heating after about 30 minutes which is about the time that many people start going into a deeper sleep. ...Read more
I already have back problems from tumbling but my old mattress isn't helping the matter either. What can I do if we can't afford a new mattress?
Exercise: One of the most effective solutions for anyone with back pain/problems is to strengthen the muscles of the torso with exercises that target flexibility and strength building in the muscles of the abdomen, upper back, and lower back. Just be sure to have your doctor make sure there are not any more serious issues before you begin a new exercise regimen. ...Read more
U can rest WELL..: Each person has different need for sleep comfort. Some can sleep anywhere/everywhere, while others can't get comfortable on certain surfaces. When u are young, any safe place is a good place to sleep. As u get older, things change--we get stiffer, arthritis kicks in, muscles are weaker, skin not so tough--then u need comfortable surface--where u can rest/sleep w/o aches/pain is good. Good luck. ...Read more
Suffocation: Soft bedding can definitely increase babies risk for accidental suffocation. This could be wrongly classified as SIDS. A firm crib matress with a standard sheet is low risk. Those cribs you see at pottery barn with all the really soft fluffy items, including expensive plush crib bumpers are dangerous. A thin bumper is ok, a plush one is not! ...Read more
Support: A good mattress needs to be able to provide support for your spine, yet still be comfortable. A worn mattress looses its ability to support the spine and will often lead to back pain. A temporary measure for a worn mattress is to place plywood between your mattress and the box spring. This may firm up the mattress and temporarily provide you with more support. Flipping the mattress may also help. ...Read more
Personal: Mattress choice is best left up to a personal decision. Most of my low back pain patients prefer firm support, but it is not the choice of all the patients. The best advice is to go to a mattress store and pick what suits you best. The most expensive and/or the most features may not necessarily be the best for a given person. ...Read more
Few things: Many recommend rotating and turning over the mattress regularly. This way, the position of your body is on different parts of the mattress and spreads out the areas of weight over more of the mattress. Also, you can get a piece of plywood (3/8 - 1/2 inch thick, at least) and place it under the mattress for greater support. Less costly than a new mattress. Good luck. ...Read more
Varies: Despite popular commercials, the selection of a comfortable mattress is somewhat arbitrary. It is one of the few products consumer reports won't rate cause there is not much objectivity to it. Usually a matress should be form enough to provide support, but also soft enough to match you contour and allow your spine to be in a neutral position. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Mattress: I recommend going to your local mattress store and trying out what is the best mattress for your comfort. There are many different materials used for mattresses, including foam (even with different levels of firmness). There are no "recommended" mattresses for back pain, but most of my patients prefer more of a firm support. ...Read more
A couple of options:
i've seen two options work best for patients. First, there are the sleep number beds. These beds allow you to customize the firmness to your liking. On average, i'd say the firm mattresses usually are more effective for scoliosis patients. The second option are the tempurpedic mattresses. These tend to have excellent overall back support, but do tend to be firm.
I hope this info helps! ...Read more
Encase: If you suffer from dust mite allergy, you can get a dust mite proof cover for your mattress and pillows. A hepa ait filter for the bedroom also helps. Consult an allergist for different options on getting rid of your allergies. ...Read more
It help because: You adjusted the position to the most comftable one. ...Read more
Perhaps: Orthopedic mattresses are supposed to be firmer and provide more support than regular mattresses, but there is no credentialing authority or organization that weighs in on whether this is true or not. ...Read more