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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
Foam mattress: It is not all that simple. If you are having problems you can take a small same of it (maybe with the help of the manufacturer0 to an allergist for a patch test with controls. Sometimes it is not the foam matress but fungicides or other chemicals or even dust mites. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
UNCLEAR: Prior to your spending lots of money on a new mattress, suggest you seek out an experienced osteopathic physician and get an examination, as numerous problems could be causing back pain. So, before acting precipitously, do yourself a favor, and get a precise plan into place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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