Mattress Covers

Mattress Covers-

Mattress Covers are also known as mattress pads, mattress protectors, or under pads are an important part of your bedding system.  They come in a wide variety of types, qualities and prices.  You can find one to fit your needs online, or at almost any bedding or department store.

Mattress Covers offer a number of benefits:

  • Protection from Dust Mites
  • Protection from Bed Bugs
  • Cut down on exposure to Allergens
  • Protect the mattress from liquids such as drool, urine, and other spills (coffee, soda, etc.)
  • Mattress covers are easier to clean than a mattress
Mattress Covers help protect the mattress

Mattress Covers help protect the mattress as well as the sleeper

Types of Mattress Covers include:

  • Basic Quilted- Cotton quilted design that has a light layer of polyester fill.  The cover has elastic edges and fits over your mattress.  Very Common.
  • Mattress Protector- Zippered design that covers/surrounds the whole mattress- protection is main goal.
  • Memory Foam- Memory Foam mattress covers represent the high end.  They are a synthetic material that changes its shape to fit your body.  Provides additional comfort as well as protection.
  • Down- another way to add comfort to a mattress, they help soften the feel of a firm mattress.

Mattress Covers function:

  • Protect the Mattress- a waterproof mattress cove will repel liquids like urine from bedwetting (babies and young children), as users get older you get spills from coffee and soda.  The protective aspect will prolong the life of your mattress.
  • Necessary for those who suffer from allergies to dust- mattress covers can seal in the dust mites to help prevent allergic reactions and other breathing problems caused by allergens.
  • Increased comfort of the bed- most mattress covers are available in natural cotton and offer additional padding for those who look for it.  Lightweight and comfortable, some are also manufactured to help control sleep temperature and comfort.  An added layer of cushioning can add a feeling of luxury and comfort.

In general, mattress covers are cost effective way to prolong the life of your mattress, keep it clean, protect the user from dust mites and allergens, and increase comfort for the user.

You can find mattress covers that run from a lower end of $20 or so, to a higher top end of close to or over $300.  Whatever you are looking for is out there.  Just note what you are seeking and begin your search.

Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure

Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure

Recent research has brought to light a link between using a CPAP machine for treating obstructive sleep apnea and its cutting down high blood pressure, a serious risk associated with the condition.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstruction of the upper airway and characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep.  This can result in low oxygen levels in the blood and is a common cause of snoring and daytime drowsiness and fatigue.  Estimates go as high as 17 percent of US adults that suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure:

Research in Spain looked at the number of new cases of high blood pressure in two groups with sleep apnea who used the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy for four (1 group) or eleven (the second group) years.  CPAP uses a mask to help push air into the lungs while you sleep and is the most common form of sleep apnea treatment.  The CPAP machine has generally worked better as a treatment for sleep apnea than such alternatives as surgery or mouth devices.

The impact of CPAP Therapy:

Both studies found that people who used the CPAP therapy for at least four hours a night had lower rates of developing high blood pressure compared to those who did not use a CPAP machine for therapy, or who used it less frequently.  Using the machine for at least four hours a night is considered the minimum amount of time to receive its benefits.

Research found that the patients with sleep apnea who used the CPAP machines were 29 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure during the study than those who did not use the machine (the control group).

Additional aspects of the study found additional evidence to support the idea that the CPAP machine use for the sleep apnea sufferers contributed to lower levels of high blood pressure, though it is pointed out that some of the analysis could be open to bias and that while there appears to be an association between the CPAP use and high blood pressure, it did not prove a cause and effect relationship.

CPAP therapy for Sleep Apnea

Is there a link between CPAP Therapy for Sleep Apnea and a lower incidence of High Blood Pressure?

While the CPAP machine has been the most effective treatment, the downside of the CPAP machine therapy is that the machines mask is bulky and some users find it difficult to sleep, while another effect is that the machine makes noise while in use and can keep the users partner awake.

Other health issues from Sleep Apnea:

The reduction in high blood pressure risk can also help reduce the risk of such other diseases as stroke, cardiovascular events, and heart failure- another disease whose risk increases in those suffering from sleep apnea.

For more information on Sleep Apnea, check out the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website.

Tempur-Weightless Collection

Tempur-Weightless Collection

Tempur-pedic recently unveiled the new Tempur-weightless collection of mattresses designed for extra responsiveness to allow for easier movement in and out of bed.  The Tempur-weightless collection is modeled after the very successful ‘Sensation Collection’ available in Europe.

The Tempur-weightless uses a revolutionary new support material to improve the old-fashioned spring mattress experience by creating a spring-like experience without the pressure points and body impression problems.

Tempur-weightless features-

The new mattress collection features the revolutionary new Tempur-Float support layer, a resilient material, which is combined with the Tempur-ES comfort layer to produce a feel that unmatched in comfort and responsiveness.

The Tempur-ES comfort layer provides the famous Tempur-pedic adaptive support, while the Tempur-Float support layer contours to your body in a unique and extra responsive manner for better alignment and reduced pressure points.

 Tempur-Weightless models-

Tempur-Weightless Select: Medium firm sleep experience with the extra light Tempur-Feel to conform to your body.

Tempur-Weightless Supreme: Medium light sleep experience featuring the extra light Tempur-Feel to conform to your body.

Like all Tempur-Pedic mattresses the new Tempur-Weightless models are resistant to dust mites and allergens.  They can also be combined with Tempur-Ergo and Microsuede foundations to create your optimal sleep system.

tempur-weightless feels like you are floating

Fell like you are floating on a Tempur-Weightless mattress

Tempur-pedic has been a leading manufacturer of memory foam mattresses and sleep products.  Tempur-pedic is focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced sleep surfaces that improve the quality of life for people around the world.