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    Mmmm, Saturday

    Last updated 3 years ago

    It's Saturday...relax.

    What lives inside your pillow?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Matt Lauer discusses what lives inside of your pillow with Dr Phillip Tierno, on the Today show.

    Beware Bed Bug Stowaways! How to keep bed bugs from ruining your mattress.

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Unfortunately bed bugs are becoming a more common problem. When sleeping away from home take the time to pull the bedding back in your hotel room and inspect your mattress.  Look for black specs on the tufting and on edges of the mattress. If any signs of bed bugs are present alert hotel management immediately for another room.

    Bed bugs are difficult to eliminate once they have begun an infestation. Bed bugs aren’t deterred by regular bug poisons and can really get down into your mattress if you bring them home from somewhere.

    Use a mattress protector that can be thrown in the washing machine that is proven to keep bed bugs and dust mites out. If you bring bed bugs back from your travels the protector can keep them out of your mattress. 

    A small amount of prevention can preserve the integrity of you mattress for years to come.

    Blue Light Special!

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you have trouble getting restful sleep at night, changing your bed side reading light might be a bright idea.

     

    Recent research suggests that an increase in the blue wavelengths of light at night can cause a decrease in melatonin levels, the hormones that influence sleep rhythms. 

    Harvard researchers and their colleagues conducted an experiment that compared the effects of 6.5 hours of exposure to blue light with that of green light. The blue light suppressed melatonin for about twice as long as the green light and shifted circadian rhythms by twice as much.

    In-short the study found all light night can negatively influence melatonin production but bulbs with a blue color temperature are especially damaging to sleep.

    Light bulb manufacturers offer higher energy efficiency light bulbs that typically produce white light more on the blue side of the spectrum but finding a warmer color is pretty simple when you know what to look for. Try to find light bulbs with a lower K (Kelvin) rating. Bulbs with a lower Kelvin rating will have a warmer more reddish tone which may be more appropriate for a bed side table lamp or night light.

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/2012/May/blue-light-has-a-dark-side/

    What's inside your mattress?

    Last updated 3 years ago

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