Monthly Archives: March 2014

What’s New At Pillows.com – Diversifying & Expanding Our Inventory

Your home is your space, and your space should fit you. Everything in it says something about the person you are and want to be. A home should be comfortable to those living there because your home is fundamentally your sanctuary. We want everyone to be able to find something perfect for their home and so we’ve expanded to offer more than pillows and bedding. At Pillows.com, we have a host of new products that we’re very excited about!
The thing about most pillows is that they’re all pretty much pillow-shaped. Squares or rectangles, the image that comes to mind most frequently when discussing pillows is a cloth bag filled with fluff. Simple, yet effective—a classic design. Except now we’re offering a line of pillows that has taken that idea and burned the box it came in. Original Bones ® pillows by RestMate ® are uniquely shaped to provide head, neck, and lumbar support and their designs are anything but square.

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Pillows don’t have to be boring and body pillows are no exception. Our new collection of body pillows from Carpenter ® is soft, fluffy, and brightly colored. Each of these enthusiastic pillows is covered in a plush fabric that’s soft and huggable—think snuggling with a litter of kittens, sans meowing and with better support. Perfect for lounging in comfort, these brightly colored pillows are available in an assortment of bright colors: vivid blue, shocking pink, electric yellow, luminous green, and oh-my-orange. These are definitely pillows with personality!

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Having a single-purpose guest room can be convenient, but only when guests are visiting. For most of us, the space in our home is high value real estate and even a dedicated guest room ends up becoming a catch-all room for all of the extra things that don’t have a ready home elsewhere. Moreover, not having a space for a guest bed either means having no guests staying over, or inviting them over to crash on the couch. A folding bed frame, like those by Structures™ by Malouf’s ® HighRise line, means that you can have a guest over and be able to offer them an instant guest room, without sacrificing valuable space for a permanent bed. The best thing about these frames is that they fold up tiny for easy storage, but still have structure to support up to 2,500 pounds—more guest than will probably ever sleep there! Add a light mattress (a memory foam one works great!) and that’s still storable enough to stash in the closet. And if you’re stuck in a tiny studio or a one-bedroom with barely enough space for a single bed, their low-profile frames provide a sleek and modern option for a full-time bed. Even with its collapsible space-saving design, this bed still boasts a 13 inch clearance, which means that you don’t have to give up on under the bed storage to save space.

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Just because your dog sleeps on your bed and steals your pillow doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have a bed of his own. Here at Pillows.com, we’ve expanded to include bedding for our quadruped friends. The Lee Orthopedic Dog Beds by Carpenter ® will give your pet an enviable place to sleep. Each one has an orthopedic foam fill that evenly distributes your pet’s weight for superior comfort, covered with a delightfully soft plush top. The removable cover is super convenient for clean-up and the tan suede sides make this bed fancier than your bed. It even has a non-skid bottom, which is a great way to prevent sliding from your dog’s enthusiastic bound to his bed—yes, it’s that comfortable

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Water fountains don’t really fit in with pillows and bedding, but they certainly can add an element of relaxation to any room, an idea that we can definitely get behind. Because of this, we’re now offering a collection of water fountains by Bamboo Accents ®. This line features a set of fountain kits, allowing you the chance to customize your fountain to your personal style. Made from bamboo, these fountain kits are designed to fit on your bowl or container of choice, which is a great way to ensure that you have a completely unique piece. Also from Bamboo Accents, we have some neat shishi odoshi—rocking—fountains, which not only have a water-induced rocking motion (for more than just entertaining/tormenting house cats), but add a soft clacking sound to the trickling water. The meditative movement will step up the fanciness factor of your water feature or Zen garden.

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They do say that diversification is the best way to stay fresh, and we think that these products are another step in our goal to help you build the perfect rest space in your home.

Blog Author, Faydra, Product adding ninja

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The Ultimate Pillow Buying Guide For Stomach Sleepers

As a stomach sleep you risk a lot of negative drawbacks with potential neck and back pain. This is why it is essential to find the right pillow for stomach sleeping. Knowing the different type of stomach sleeper pillows can help reduce pain and aches in the morning and allow a comfortable sleep through the night so you wake up feeling rejuvenated.

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Stomach Sleeping Benefits

1. Can relieve pressure on your disc spaces

2. Keeps your upper airways open

3. Good for easing snoring

Pillow designs to look for:

1.Very thin/low loft

2.Very Soft

3. Easily moldable and shapeable

Pillow fills to look for

These are different fills to look for in a pillow that will benefit a stomach sleeper. I have also included great examples of stomach sleeper pillows.

Down & Feather

Feather and down options always have the softer pillows that can be easily manipulated to the shape you enjoy the most. Since feather and down spreads out more than your typical polyester fill pillow it is recommend for a stomach sleeper.

-You want to look for a pillow that has a larger percentage of down in it.

-Look for a pillow with low fill ounces. As a stomach sleeper you want to ensure a thin pillow.

Recommendations: Try a Down Lite ® White Goose Down pillow or Down ETC ® White Goose Down Pillow

Polyester (Down Alternative)

Polyester is made to mimic down for those who are allergic to down and feathers. It’s the second best option for stomach sleepers if you can find a thin and soft pillow.

-Look for low fill ounces on polyester pillows

-Keep an eye out for polyester fiber or gelled blown polyester. Polyester clusters add loft to a pillow and can lift your head too high.

Recommendations: Try the Phoenix Down Pleasant Pillow or the Restful Nights® Trillium Pillow

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Memory Foam & Latex Pillows

Memory foam is not recommended for stomach sleepers. Latex Foam pillows have a few options that come in low profile plush and can work for some stomach sleepers.

-Look for plush and low profile.

-Talalay Latex is natural and a better option when looking for a latex pillow.

Recommendations: Try the Malouf ® Low Loft Plush Memory Foam Pillow or Restful Nights ® Latex Pillow

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If you need more recommendations, please feel free to reach out to us! Our bedding experts are available M-F 10am-5pm ET at 1-800-720-6973

Blog author: Jesse, Bedding Expert Team Lead

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Sleep Awareness Week: The Importance and Benefits of Sleep

 

                A few years ago, if you had asked me about the importance of sleep I would have told you it was important to re-energize. But, that is just one of the few benefits of sleep. The science of sleep is a very young subject and every year I learn a little more about the importance of sleep and the benefits it has in one’s life.  Despite all the research done on sleep, it is still fascinating to know that there is not a whole lot of information that scientist understand about sleep. However, they have mentioned a few things they understand about the importance of sleep:

1.Sleep is more important than Food – when it comes to improving performance. Anders Ericsson’s famous study of violinists focuses on performers sleeping an average of 8 hours out of every 24 with naps in between. Those who slept more than the average American were the top violinists and performers.

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2.Sleep Improves memory and critical thinking – sleep loss means mind loss due to the fact that sleep loss cripples immediate memory, working memory, mood, logical reasoning ability, and general math knowledge. The term “sleep on it” comes into play when talking about this subject. If you sleep over a problem or dilemma you are more than likely to think more clearly and have better problem solving skills!

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3. Sleeping can put you in a good mood– Negative stimuli get processed by the amygdala; positive or neutral memories gets processed by the hippocampus. Sleep deprivation hits the hippocampus harder than the amygdala. These result in people experiencing a more negative attitude when they don’t get enough sleep.

4.Napping is good– When you start to feel tired in the afternoon that is just your brain relaying that it wants to nap. Napping( power napping)and sleeping make you a smarter person and help short term memory storage. This helps make room for new information to be stored and helps revitalize you. Power naps are extremely beneficial and should only last between 15-20 minutes around noon (anything later than 3pm can disrupt your sleep cycle).

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These are just a few of the important basic understandings of sleep. The basic understanding that all must take away is that sleep does impact the important part of your brains that help develop you into a healthier person mentally and physically. I am personally excited to see where the science of sleep will be in 10 or even 20 years.  I am sure that the growing science of sleep will lead us to embark on journeys of our own dreams, allow us to see what we can’t, and grow our minds even more!

blog author: Jesse, Bedding Expert

Resources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-schwartz/sleep_b_832353.html

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/the-secret-and-surprising-power-of-naps

http://www.businessinsider.com/mind-blowing-science-of-sleep-2013-11

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221_2,00.html)

http://www.apa.org/research/action/sleep-deprivation.aspx

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