Monthly Archives: July 2013

Back to College- Pacific Pillows is here to help!

Going off to college for the first time is one of the most exciting events in your life. You’re on your own and ready to expand your mind, take on the world, and experience life in a whole new way. Part of this process involves moving out for the first time. Whether you’re staying in a dorm room or renting an apartment near campus, it’s important to make your new digs as comfortable as possible. This is where you’ll be spending the majority of your time so having the right bedding is essential.  After all, you’ll need something cozy to retreat to after the all-nighter you pulled…uh..studying…right..studying.

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Anyway… back to the point at hand, it’s important to make your room your sanctuary and with school right around the corner, there are tons of hot sales for the student on a budget. Whether it’s sheets that you need, a comforter to replace the expensive one your mom won’t let you take with you, or a topper to breathe new life into an old mattress, Pacific Pillows has got it all. With a wide assortment of colors and styles, you’re sure to find something perfect for your new pad. Take a look at the amazing deals going right now and don’t miss the opportunity to sleep comfortably and in style.

Check out our Back to College selection now! Save 30% when you use code: COLLEGE30 at checkout!

Blog Author, Monique, Web content manager

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How to improve your posture

Poor posture can affect your physical and emotional well-being.  The chronic pain and tension can cause poor circulation which has an effect on emotions. Improving your posture can be done in a variety of ways such as back strengthening exercises, posture aids, and physical therapy. You can also improve posture in your sleep. Adding certain bedding and being or even small changes in the way you sleep can have a great effect on your posture. Below are a few steps that can help improve posture while sleeping and that can have an overall effect on physical and emotional pain:

  • Choose a firm mattress support.  This doesn’t mean a firm feel, it means a mattress that will offer the support your body needs while maintaining a comfortable balance. It is important to take your time in finding the right type of mattress. Point out your pains whether lower or higher back pains and then speak with a mattress professional. They can recommend a mattress that helps.
  • Begin improving your posture during the day. Stand against a wall several times a day. Your shoulder blades should touch the wall and the back of your head should touch while ensuring your chin is parallel to the ground. Practice this several times a day to get the proper feeling of good posture and the help strengthen your back.
  • Walk around for a few minutes before going to bed. Most of us spend time sitting and it is likely your pelvis is tucked forward which is a reason for poor posture. Walking around can help loosen your muscles and allow for a more relaxed sleep.
  • Try not to sleep on your stomach. Sleeping on your stomach elevates your neck and back higher than your spine which can lead to chronic pain. It may be difficult to switch positions but it is a must if you want to improve posture and decrease stress on the spine.
  • Choose a side sleeping posture. This is recommended as the best posture followed by sleeping on your back. While sleeping on your side, try to adjust your body as if you are doing the wall test. Ensure you have a pillow that will keep your head and neck aligned with your spine. Adding a pillow between your knees will support the top hip, keeping it aligned with the bottom hip. Body pillows make great pillows for this.
  • Choose a back sleeping posture. If sleeping on your side is not comfortable enough, try sleeping on your back. Place a pillow or 2 beneath your knees, so that your back flattens slightly into the mattress.
  • Move around when you wake up. Walk around, swing your shoulders in their sockets, and do a very light stretch. This can ease pain and stiffness, improving posture during the day.

Remember that bedding plays an important role in sleeping positions. Finding the right type of bedding for your sleep positions can help keep spines and necks aligned and can decrease stress that causes poor posture. We pride ourselves on being the best bedding experts for your sleep needs. Give us a call and we can help you with your sleeping problems. Sleep well live well.

Blog author: Jesse, channel manager

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Easy Fixes for Snoring

Are you tired of waking yourself up all night from snoring? Or driving your partner crazy and keeping them up all night? It’s time to take a hold of your life and get it under control.  Don’t let snoring takeover, it can affect how well you sleep and can also affect your relationship with your partner.  Here are some simple easy fixes for snoring.

CHANGE YOUR SLEEP POSITION:

Changing your sleep position can help; if you sleep on your back try sleeping on your side. You can use a body pillow to help support your entire body and will also help prevent you from rolling onto your back.  Lying on your back causes the base of your tongue to relax and block the airway which can cause the vibrating sound.

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NASAL PASSAGES:

Clearing out your nasal passages before going to sleep will help your ability to breath.  You can try using the Nasal Strips; you can buy them at your local store.  Put one of those on at night before you go to bed and they pull your nasal passages open to help the air flow through your nose, this will help reduce snoring. A Netti Pot can also help out, as well as a hot shower right before bed.

PILLOWS:

If you have had your pillows for a while I would suggest investing in a new one, over time pillows collect dust mites that cause allergens which can play a factor in snoring.  One thing that will help your pillow lasting longer is a pillow protector. You can take them off and wash them; they also prevent dust mites and allergens from getting into the pillow. Also a pillow that props your head up a little more than usual can also help stop snoring, just be careful not to get one that sits your head up to high it can cause neck pains. We would recommend a pillow that is overstuffed, such as the Phoenix Down Overstuffed Pillow.

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QUIT SMOKING:

Smoking can cause you to snore; the smoke causes the airways to be blocked by irritating the membranes in the nose and throat.

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STAY HYDRATED:

Being dehydrated can also affect your snoring by making your soft pallet in your throat sticky which makes it harder to breathe.

These are just some easy pointers to help reduce your snoring; there are tons of ways and things to try.  Don’t let snoring take over your good night’s sleep, it’s time to take control.

Blog Author, Ali, Customer Service Rep

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