Best Pillows for Camping and Backpacking

I’ve been using all these pillows quite a bit over the last little while some of them, for six months or a year other other ones, and I’ve put them through a lot of testing both in the field and just using around my house.

I definitely consider comfort to be the number one party and first thing that I look at. Followed by weight and cost as secondary characteristics that I’m looking at for each of these pillows, and they do fall into two different categories, there’s a good category and then some are just terrible, and I consider bad pillows that you probably just shouldn’t even purchase or look at it all.

9 Best Pillow for Camping

We’ll start by looking at the bad pillows. I have two pillows that I consider to be bad. Both of these are quite terrible for their own reasons but most of it just comes down to comfort.

Klymit X and Exped Air Lite

The Klymit X

Just has weird baffling system, I know some people who actually really like this pillow but I’ve tried using this pillow a bunch, and I just could not get comfortable on it. Every time I laid on there’s some weird lump or some weird dip in the pillow that I just couldn’t get comfortable on. So the Klymit X just not a great pillow and I wouldn’t recommend it.

The Exped Air Lite

Looks good on paper, and when I first picked it up I was actually pretty excited about it I thought it’d be a very comfortable pillow. But the way the baffling works there’s it’s quite lumpy right at the front where your neck would go, and then once you lay on it, middle part actually balloons up quite a bit and puts a lot of pressure on your ear and it just feels really uncomfortable and weird. The fact, that I couldn’t get comfortable on this pillow puts in the bad category and we’re not you look at that pillow in much detail

That means that there’s seven pillows that I consider to be pretty good pillows and if you picked up any of these you’d probably very comfortable to have great night’s sleep. But we’re gonna find out which one is the best out of the bunch.

Klymit Luxe (200g / 7oz)


This was probably my least favorite out of the pillows that I consider to be good pillows. It is a hybrid pillow, it has a foam topper and then an air bladder that you inflate, foam topper does add some comfort, but not nearly as much as a lot of the other pillows that also have foam toppers.

What I found uncomfortable about this pillow, and a little bit weird was that the material and the bladder that’s underneath the topper. Just feels a little bit crinkly and moves around in weird ways as you’re laying on it. The crankiness does go away a little bit but it’s still there even after quite a bit of use.

Overall it is a fairly comfortable pillow and if you can pick it up on a really good sale then you might as well grab it. But just with that little bit of crinkly mist to it and the fact that it’s actually a super heavy pillow, this means that it wasn’t my favorite out of the good pillows that are out there.

Sea to Summit UL Deluxe (160g / 5.6oz)

This is a massive pillow, this thing’s almost as big as the pillow that I use at home on a regular basis. It has some great features, this baffling system is the same kind of baffling system that is found on Sea to Summit Sleeping Pads. It’s great for providing stability to the pillow you can be laying anywhere on this massive pillow and it’s really comfortable.

What I found was I wasn’t using the entire pillow real estate just be sleeping on one corner, and the other 3/4 of the pillow weren’t getting used. What I’d like to see Sea Summit try is add u-shaped bottom to it to not your shoulder into as well as make it about half the size, and I think they’d have a real winner on their hands. Other than this one I haven’t really liked all the other Sea to Summit pillows, because they don’t have good battling stability whereas this pillow has the stability and is great for that.

Nemo Fillo Elite (80g / 2.8oz)


It has a little bit less foam on the top it does have a really thin layer of foam, but the other Fillo that we’re gonna look at a bit has a really thick foam layer. Even though it doesn’t have as much foam on top it has a really really soft pillowcase, that makes the pillow really comfortable.

What I didn’t like about this pillow was that it felt a little small, and I think part of that is just not having that curved bottom to it, for your shoulders slide into you as well as when I laid on in my head felt a little bit perched.

I’m not sure why because when I look at it just like the baffling system should cradle your head quite nicely, but as soon as I laid down on it my head just felt perched above and like it I might roll off either side. But all in all it was still quite a comfortable pillow, just not quite there with some of the features that.

Exped REM (128g / 4.5oz)


It’s another hybrid pillow it has a inflatable air bladder as well as foam on top, the foam for this one is made out of pieces of recycled foam from the self inflating sleeping mats Nemo makes. It is really comfortable, I really like that technology used in pillows, it results in a pillow that’s comfortable and also fairly light.

It has a really nice soft cover on it which is great, and another great feature is this two-way valve that’s on the back, you can undo that and unless you pull on little tab it’s knocking deflate and that makes inflation and deflation a breeze.

Something you can just see on the sides, are two little tabs that you could attach cord to in order to make a sleeping pad attachment. That’s something I haven’t talked about yet because there’s only one pillow out of all these that has built in sleeping pad attachments. B it’s a feature that I think is amazing.

With the REM, I’ve put a piece of shot cord through each side and then wrap it around my sleeping pad and it creates a really nice sleeping pad attachment system. What that does is prevents it your pillow from sliding away from you. I bet most of you have had that problem, if you don’t stuff your pillow inside your sleeping bag while you’re sleeping, then all of a sudden your pillow is way off in the other corner of your tent and that’s terrible.

The one thing that I didn’t like about this pillow and it was the reason why I didn’t come it first place as my favorite pillow. Is that the baffling is not super supportive unless you have this thing fully inflated, which I don’t find super comfortable it makes it a little bit too high for the way I sleep. I really don’t like balloon eNOS in a pillow and think it’s just a poor design of baffling system, and the exped is better than a lot of poorly baffled pillows out there, but it’s still not perfect and I’d like to see some improvement on that.

If you like fully inflating your pillows and don’t mind a taller stack height then the exped REM is probably the pillow for you. It just has that really nice soft comfortable foam topping as well, as a good valve and these two loops for making a homemade sleeping pad attachment system. So definitely consider this if that’s up your selection.

Trekology 2.0 (102g / 3.6oz)


I looked at the Trekology 1.0 this is the upgraded version that has a few features, that just make it a little bit better than the other one the other one was great but this one just takes it to the next level.

I do love this pillow it has great features. First of all, it has this nice curved bottom that you can fit your shoulder into, it also has great baffling its supportive throughout the entire pillow. You always feel like your heads nicely cradled no matter where you’re sleeping.

My favorite feature and that’s the sleeping pad attachment, it’s removable which you lose a little bit of weight if you do that. I think it’s really worth it to have a sleeping pad attachment so you can just wrap this around your sleeping pad, and then not have your pillow fly away from you in the middle of the night. It also has a two weight valve which is great really makes inflation and deflation nice you just press the button and then it starts deflating, a great feature to have on a pillow and something that I really like.

What it’s missing is it doesn’t have a foam topper which would make it quite a bit more comfortable. The material that they do use on the 2.0 version versus the version 1.0 is a little bit stretchy err and softer which add some comfort, but just isn’t quite as good as having a foam top to it, for around 100 grams though and under $20 the Trekology 2.0 is a great pillow. And I highly recommend it.

Thermarest Air Head and Nemo Fillo

We’ve got down to the two heavyweights, and not just because they’re heavy pillows because they are these are not ultralight pillows. But they’re the kings of comfort and most that is because they both have a really nice foam topper.

Thermarest Air Head (165g / 5.8oz)


It has a few amazing features. First up it has this curved bottom to it which I really like, it also has really good baffling you can be laying anywhere on this pillow and it’s gonna be really comfortable and supportive, it also is really comfortable regardless of how much you inflate it. You could have it fully inflated or fully deflated and it’s gonna be a comfortable pillow still and the bath legs still gonna be supportive. I like to keep it at about 50% inflated I find that the nice sweet spot, when it’s fully inflated it just gets a little bit high for me and a little bit firm so 50% is great for me.

If you get this pillow and you find that it’s a little bit uncomfortable try just really deflating it quite a bit, and I bet you find that sweet spot.

The one thing I really don’t like about this pillow is the classic Thermarest twist valve. I don’t know why these things are still kicking around everyone else has moved on to 2-way valves for the most part pillow inflated the way you want.

Nemo Fillo (250g / 8.8oz)

Nemo Fillo

This was by far the most recommended and talked about pillow. I know it’s really popular one just around the world and with backpackers and campers in general.

That’s because of the really comfortable thick foam top that has on it, Nemo killed it with the material that they chose for the foam topper. It’s the perfect amount of plushness and firm and it’s probably about thick. It’s really comfortable foam and nothing else really compares to it. Thermarest has a nice foam top as well but it’s just not quite as plush and comfortable as on the NEMO Fillo.

The field also has pretty good baffling it’s really supportive from side-to-side, it’s not quite as good as the Trekology or Thermarest Air Head but is definitely adequate. It’s really comfortable to lay on. It has a pillow case like it’s brother there and you can remove the pillowcase and wash it and that’s a really nice feature.

It’s definitely a really comfortable pillow but also keep in mind that this is by far the heaviest pillow of the bunch, and that’s one of the trade-offs for getting that comfort.


So which pillow do I think is the best let’s bring up the Trekology 2.0, Thermarest Air Head, Nemo Fillo Elite. I think it’s between these three pillows as far as which one is the best and they’re all great in their own way.

I’m just gonna give it three different awards for all three pillows:

Most comfortable: Nemo Fillo if comforts your party you don’t really care about cost or weight then the Nemo filo is probably by far the number one choice that you should consider.

Most features: Trekology 2.0 is definitely a winner this thing has a ton of features is really comfortable really supportive, if you just want a nice built in sleeping pad attachment system it’s amazingly priced.

Best all around: Thermarest Air Head. This thing just is all-around great pillow and right now it’s on sale at Thermarest website. The features Thermarest is is still one of the best pillows out there even a year later. It’s doesn’t mean the air head is the perfect pillow there’s six things that I think you could build the perfect pillow with, and all three of these really have them in some way or another.

First up, is the curved bottom you put that in Thermarest and you’re going to be starting off on great footing.

Next up has a have a foam topper the Nemo Fillo foam topper is great. If you can get that a little bit later that would be great to have it on a pillow having it under 150 grams. It would be the weight that I would target, that makes it manageable for bringing on ultralight trips, but gives you enough room to make it really comfortable.

I’d also really like to have great to 8-valve systems like we have on Sea to Summit pillows as well as the Trekology, it has a sleeping pad attachment system that’s removable like you can do with. The Trekology would be a really nice feature to have on a pillow.

If someone can do all that as well as make it have support a baffling like on Thermarest Air Head, Trekology and to a degree on the NEMO Fillo then they would have the best pillow on the market. And I would be standing on rooftops and mountains screaming the price of that pillow.

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7 Best Pillows for Combination Sleepers in 2020

I’m going to show you my top 7 favorite pillows for combo sleepers. If you’re someone who sleeps in every position throughout the course of the night, this review is for you. Before we get started, keep in mind that I have tested and reviewed dozens of sheets, pillows, sleep trackers, and tons of other accessories, from some of the biggest names in the industry.

7 Best Pillows for Combination Sleepers

1. Saatva Dreams

First, I want to say is that I am a combo sleeper so the very first pillow on my list is the Saatva Dreams pillow. I picked it because it really does perform perfectly in every single sleeping position.


It’s covered in 100 percent cotton, has a really soft and silky feel and then it’s got this unique dual-layer design. Where in an outer pillow it’s filled with a really fluffy down alternative. Then tucked away inside that fluffy outer pillow is 100 percent shredded American Talalay latex.

Essentially, the outer pillow and the inner pillow combine to strike a really cozy balance between plush and supportive. The Talalay latex serving as a bouncy support system. The outer fluffy down alternative really lets you fold and shape the pillow according to your liking. The reason I think this works so well for combo sleeping is that you can fluff it up to be a high enough loft for side sleeping. It’s compressible and soft enough to be low lofted for stomach sleeping. When you’re sleeping on your back, the material just comfortably cradles your head and neck.

So if you are someone who runs the gamut of every sleeping position throughout the course of the night, I heartily recommend this one. Depending on the size you choose, price ranges from about $145 to $165.
It does come with free shipping and a 45-days return policy.

2. Purple Harmony


I picked it particularly for combo sleepers who are looking to alleviate neck pain. Starting with the cover fabric, it’s made from really light and breathable Spandex mesh material.

Directly beneath the cover fabric is the brand’s proprietary Hyper-Elastic-Polymer, if you’ve ever tested a Purple mattress or the original Purple pillow, you already know it’s super bouncy, super durable and really helps the pillow to maintain its shape. In the core of the pillow is one piece of ventilated Talalay latex that also has a light buoyant support, that really cradles your head and neck, and holds your spine in neutral alignment. So again if you are combo sleeper who’s really prioritizing alleviating neck pain, this might be the way to go. Something else about this pillow is it does come in two different lofts, one is 6.5 inches high, and the other 7.5 inches.

If you’re someone who’s a little bit more petite with more narrow shoulders, I’d go with the lower loft. Conversely, if you’re a taller sleeper or have broader shoulders, maybe go with the higher lofted pillow. Either way, it’s going to be about 160 bucks, and you get a nice long trial period of 100 nights.

3. Casper Foam Pillow


I picked it specifically for sleepers who dabble inside sleeping but mainly stick to back sleeping. It’s got a really soft and stretchy cover fabric made from polyester and spandex. The real magic is happening inside the pillow.

Basically, it features a three layer design. It’s all foam, but it combines high density and low density foam for a balanced feel. The middle layer, you’ve got the high density firmer foam, which is really serving as the pillow support system. The low density foam that makes up the outer layers of the pillow are much more plush and soft and just comfortably cradle your head and neck, which in my experience is best for back sleeping.

Depending on the size pillow that you choose, price ranges from about $89 to $119. You also get a 100 night trial period to test it out.

4. Tempur Cloud Pillow

Tempur Cloud Pillow

I picked it for sleepers who dabble in back sleeping, but mainly stick to stomach sleeping.

The cover fabric is super soft and again, a little bit stretchy. It’s made from 100 percent polyester knit. It’s made from 100 percent polyester knit. It’s filled with one piece of the brand’s proprietary Tempur material which is going to particularly appeal to memory foam fans. Because it offers a really deep sink into the pillow, a really moldable quality that tightly conforms to pressure. But because it’s got an extra soft firmness rating it can compress to a low enough loft, which makes it compatible with stomach sleeping.

Remember stomach sleepers do need a softer low lofted pillow in order to maintain good sleeping posture. This pillow comes in one size only. It’s about 79 bucks, but it’s also backed by a 5 year warranty.

5. Brooklinen Natural Down Pillow


I picked for specifically for combo sleepers looking for a real down pillow. It’s filled with 100 percent Canadian White duck down and features a nice, high fill power of 600, which means it’s going to be super fluffy.

Keep in mind that real down is also really soft, fluffable, shapeable, and can mold and compress according to your liking. The fact that you can shape and fold and press it makes it very versatile, which is ideal for combo sleepers. Something else I like about the down is that it’s treated with anti-bacterial additives which makes it extra resistant to mold and mildew and also hypoallergenic. Depending on the size pillow that you choose, price ranges from about $99 to $119, but one of my favorite things about Brooklinen is that it offers a very generous return policy of a full year.

It’s also backed by a lifetime warranty, which means Brooklinen will cover all material defects throughout the entire course of time that you own this pillow.

6. Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Pillow

Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Pillow

This pillow for combosleepers who run hot. From the cover fabric to the internal fill, every part of this pillow is meant to draw heat away from your sleeping head.

The face-change cover material, first of all, makes the pillow feel like it’s been refrigerated. It’s super icy cool against your skin, and then it’s filled with one piece of ventilated memory foam that’s also infused with graphite and copper, both of which serve to draw heat away from your head.

Something that makes this pillow great for combo sleeping is that it comes in two different loft options. You got the four-inch loft option, which in my experience is going to be best for back and side sleepers. Then you’ve got the three-inch loft option, which is going to be better for back and stomach sleepers.

You’ve got a little room to experiment there depending on what your go-to sleeping positions are. Depending on the size pillow you choose, price ranges from about $130 to $150 and you also get a 30-days return policy.

7. Avocado Green Pillow


I picked it specifically for sleepers looking to go green.

Every part of this pillow is made from sustainably harvested organic materials. The cover fabric is 100 percent organic cotton, and because it’s certified organic cotton, you know that no synthetic pesticides or genetically modified cotton seeds were used to make it.

On the inside, there’s an even mix of Kapok, which is a natural tree fiber, and has a really fluffy and plush feel, and also natural Dunlop latex shreds, which offers a really bouncy and buoyant support. Together, these materials combine a really nice balance, a medium level of firmness, but what makes this pillow great for combo sleeping is that you can adjust the fill. Essentially, unzip the cover fabric, reach in, and manipulate the fill until you reach the loft and firmness that meets your go-to sleeping position or positions perfectly.

Depending on the size you choose, price ranges from about $79 to $99 and you get a nice 100-nights trial period.


Q: What is the best pillow for someone who sleeps on their side and stomach?

A: Which is a good question because that can be a little bit tricky because side sleepers need a firmer pillow with a lofty profile. Stomach sleepers need the exact opposite.

For this, I recommend two things. First of all, aim for a pillow that’s got a fluffable and foldable feel as it really allows you to press and shape it into the loft that’s going to work best for each sleeping position. With the Saatva Dreams Pillow, for example, that is my personal pillow when I’m on my stomach. It’s soft enough that I can compress it into a low loft, but it’s also fluffable and buoyant enough to use when I’m sleeping on my side. The other thing I’ll suggest, like we just saw with the Avocado Pillow is an adjustable fill because this really allows you to customize the loft and firmness to what’s going to meet your unique sleep needs best.


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Best Mattress Topper For Side Sleepers Reviews – 2020 Top Picks & Recommendations

If you sleep on your side often, chances are that you have awakened in the morning with back pain, side pain or neck stiffness. The reasons for this are simple—you don’t have the best mattress topper for side sleepers.

Side sleeping requires some support. After all, you need to keep your spine in proper alignment, while keeping your neck straight.

Failing to do this can result in a variety of health problems. Some of the most commonly reported of these include back pain, hip pain, stiffness in the neck or spine and numbness in the limbs.

If these conditions are not treated, they can become chronic. Of course, this is not something you want.

However, finding proper bed pads or mattress toppers can significantly improve your health as they properly support your body. Furthermore, having a mattress topper can ensure you have a better night’s sleep.

Imagine waking up from a night of dreamless, refreshing sleep to find that you are not stiff and your back doesn’t hurt. Isn’t that something worth dreaming about?

Now you don’t have to dream. By the time you finish reading this article, you will know what mattress toppers are, the health and comfort benefits of having one and how to pick one for yourself.

At that point, if you’re still confused, just keep reading. We will end the article with reviews of the best mattress pads on the market for 2020.

What are Bed Toppers?

bed toppers

Just as it sounds, a bed pad is a pad that you put on top of your mattress. They serve several functions.

Firstly, a good mattress topper can keep you comfortable at night. They can provide support or cushioning. Mattress toppers are also great for your back.They will cradle and support your spine, hips, and other painful pressure points.

Finally, a mattress pad that contains wool or other moisture-wicking fabrics is great for hot weather. The moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating materials carry away your body heat as well as any moisture and keep you cool all night, so that you wake up refreshed.

Mattress Protectors vs Mattress Toppers

Before we dive into the interesting world of bed pads, it is important to discuss the difference between mattress protectors and mattress toppers.

Mattress protectors are thin, quilted sheets. These are usually made of cotton, and they don’t generally provide much in the way of comfort.

These protectors, as their name implies, are mainly for protecting your mattress from wear, as well as spills, allergens and dust mites.

Mattress toppers, on the other hand, tend to be thicker. They also tend to have comfort features added, such as moisture wicking fabric, heat transferring gel or memory foam to ease your aches and pains.

It is recommended that you get both a mattress topper and a pad. Put the topper on the mattress.

Put the mattress protector on top, and finish it all off with your favorite sheets. The mattress pad will not only protect your new topper, saving your investment, but it will also hold everything in place.

Who Needs a Mattress Topper?

Needs a Mattress Topper


Everyone can benefit from the use of a high-quality bed topper. However, there are some groups in particular that will appreciate this inexpensive luxury.

Hip Pain

If you have hip pain, you know how hard it can be to get comfortable at night. You spend the entire time you should be sleeping tossing and turning, and you wake up in the morning feeling like you’ve been run over by a train.A memory foam mattress topper could eliminate this problem. These toppers contour to the shape of your body, cradling you and ensuring proper hip placement and relief of pressure points.

You will no longer have to fuss with extra pillows just to get your legs into position.

Overweight People

A topper can also benefit full-figured people. These individuals can have a lot of trouble sleeping, because the springs in a mattress can create uncomfortable pressure points on their back or sides.

A mattress pad placed between you and the mattress can cushion these pressure points. This can make them a must-have for heavy person.

For Bed Sores

Some people cannot get out of bed or change positions due to medical conditions or recent surgeries. These people can find themselves developing bed sores.

Bed sores are also known as pressure ulcers. They occur when there is constant pressure on one part of the body, generally a bony part such as the tail bone, heels or ankles.

A gel or foam mattress pad can alleviate the pressure, stopping these ulcers from developing and provide relief for bed sores that are already there.

For Elderly People

As you get older, you may notice your skin thinning. You also may begin to lose weight.

This can make your bed an absolute torture chamber. The springs that once seemed like they were nicely buried begin to poke you in uncomfortable places, and you spend the whole night awake and tossing.

You wake up in the morning completely stiff. If you have arthritis, it only gets worse.

A mattress pad could greatly improve this situation. Memory foam mattress pads will not only support your body in the proper alignment for optimum health but they can also ensure that you do not wake up stiff and sore. Feather toppers, on the other hand, allow you to have the luxurious softness of sleeping on a cloud.

For Herniated Discs

Mattress toppers are good for herniated disc sufferers. The proper topper can alleviate the lower back pain.

After back surgery, you will be required to sleep on your stomach or side. Bed toppers provide support for both these sleeping positions.

Aging Mattress

Is your mattress past its prime? If so, it’s time for a mattress topper.

No, the topper won’t return your mattress to its glory days. It will, however, make your mattress more comfortable.

This can allow you to get an extra year or two out of your aging mattress before you have to get a new one.

Buying Guide

So, you have decided you definitely need a mattress topper for your bed. As with any product you want to buy, it is important to ask yourself some questions before you commit to a purchase. After all, it would be tragic to spend money on mattress protection that isn’t right for your needs.

Why Do You Need a Mattress Topper?

Before you go out shopping, you must ask yourself why you need a topper at all. There are several types of toppers out there, and each performs a different function.

For example, if you simply want to add cushioning to a mattress that is too firm, you will want a thick, soft mattress cover.

However, if your goal is to ease pain, you will do better with high-density latex or memory foam as these tend to add extra joint support.

These toppers are also good for back pain.

If you have a sleeping partner who has a different firmness preference than you, and you have a king bed, you could buy two extra long twin toppers, which will give you each the firmness you like. However, if your bed is a queen or a full but still want custom firmness, you’ll have to buy two toppers and cut them in half.This works best on foam toppers. Never cut feather or polyester blend toppers.

What’s the Best Type of Mattress Topper?

Mattress toppers are made of a variety of materials. Each offers a different sleeping experience.


Latex is the first material that mattress toppers can be made from. It is a great topper for neck and back pain suffers, but it is not for everyone.

Here is a list of pros and cons so you can decide if this rubber derivative is right for you.


  •  Latex is antimicrobial and nonallergenic. (Unless you have a latex allergy.)
  • Latex is usually firmer than memory foam, and bouncier as well. This makes it excellent for people with joint pain.
  • Though there are both natural and synthetic latex on the market, natural latex is more durable.
  • It doesn’t transmit motion. No longer will your partner wake you up at night with their tossing and turning.


  • Natural latex is expensive.
  • When you buy a latex mattress topper, you may have to contend with a rubbery smell, at least for a while.
  • If you are someone who gets hot during the night, latex may not be right for you. You might find yourself waking up covered in sweat.
  • For some people, latex is much too firm.
  • Some people may also have a problem with the bouncy feel of latex.
  • If you have latex allergies, obviously this is not the right topper for you.

Memory Foam

The next material used in mattress toppers is memory foam. This tends to be a bit less firm and bouncy than latex.

This makes it an excellent mattress topper for those with upper back pain. However, there are other pros and cons.


  • Memory foam is soft and comfortable.
  • It reduces pressure on your aching, arthritic joints.
  • Memory foam adds considerable comfort to aging mattresses.
  • Like latex, it also reduces motion from a restless partner.


  • Like latex, memory foam can be hot.
  • Memory foam is not easy to turn over on. Prepare to have to fight to roll over.
  • It is expensive.
  • It gives off an unpleasant odor when it’s new.

Polyester Blends

Do you like the feel of feathers? Do you not want a feather topper for one reason or another?

Polyester blend toppers are a great substitute for people who want the feel of feathers without the noise and other problems.


  • These toppers are some of the least expensive.
  • There is no foul odor to contend with.
  • They provide a bit of softness.


  • Sadly, a polyester blend topper doesn’t provide too much support or cushioning.
  • Like latex and memory foam, they can be hot.
  • They can lump up over time, as the polyester fibers settle to one end.
  • Polyester blend toppers tend to compress with use, meaning that they get harder over time.

Feather Toppers

Feather toppers, also called feather beds, are the fourth type of topper. They are luxuriously soft, but they don’t provide much support.

Make sure you’re not allergic to feathers before buying one of these toppers.


  • They’re luxuriously soft.
  • Feather toppers are less expensive than memory foam or latex.
  • These toppers do not tend to retain heat.
  • They don’t hinder turning over.


  • Feather shafts sometimes poke you as they worm their way out of the fabric.
  • Feathers are the noisiest type of topper since you get both the fuzzy part of the feather as well as the shaft.
  • Feathers compress over time, meaning you’ll have to take your topper off the bed and shake it.


Wool is the final topper material, and it has some advantages the other materials do not.


  • Wool mattress toppers are soft and comfortable.
  • Because they are made from an animal’s actual coat, they are apt to be warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • Wool will not keep you from rolling over in bed.
  • These toppers tend to be really durable.
  • For most people, wool is antimicrobial and hypoallergenic.


  • Wool can be quite hard to find.
  • Much like memory foam and latex, wool can be quite expensive.
  • when a wool topper is new, it can give off a mild odor of sheep.

A Bit More About Firmness

Now that you know a bit more about the types of topper choices out there, let’s talk about firmness. Feathers, polyester blends and wool are all relatively soft. If your mattress is already firm, these may be good choices.

If you plan on getting a latex topper, either natural or synthetic, the firmness is likely to be spelled out for you. However, with memory foam, that is not the case. The density of the foam will dictate the firmness of the topper while the thickness dictates how supportive it will be.

The average thickness of toppers is around two inches. However, you can find thicker ones.

You also need to keep an eye on foam density if possible. Three pound foam is soft.

Four pound is medium, and five is firm.

Therefore, if you are a large person, you likely will need a mattress topper that is at least four inches thick and four or five pounds.

What Are Your Allergies?

Before buying a mattress topper, consider your allergies. If you are allergic to dust, avoid feathers and their derivatives, as they can harbor dust mites.

Wool toppers are some of the best ones for allergy sufferers, though contact with wool can cause skin irritation.


A small note for those of you who get overheated at night. If you are going with a memory foam topper, find one that has a cotton blend cover, or can give you one for an additional fee.

The cotton cover will improve air flow as it is more breathable. The breathability is what keeps you cool.

There are also memory foam mattresses which incorporate a cooling gel technology.

What is your budget?

Mattress toppers come in a variety of price points. That’s right. Cheap mattress protection can be bought for under $50.

However, if you want something truly comfortable, or if you have a mattress that is larger than a twin, you’ll need to spend a bit more.

Don’t let that scare you. You do not have to drop $300 on a great mattress topper.

You simply need to keep your budget in mind when choosing your bed pad.

Best Mattress Topper for Side Sleepers Reviews

Now you know how to buy a mattress topper. However, there are so many different types of fabrics and materials that you might be confused.

For that reason, we included reviews for the top seven mattress toppers on the market today.

You can learn more about Best pillow for side sleepers at Sleep Areas


Dream Foam Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper

This two-inch-thick topper will help restore your aging mattress. It is made of soft visco-elastic memory foam.

These toppers are made in the US, with certified Certi-PUR-us foam. What does that mean for you as a consumer?

Certi-PUR-US foam is made without ozone depleters and other harsh chemicals. This foam is also flame-retardant.

As a bonus, for those of you who sleep on sofa beds, this mattress topper is easily folded into the sofa. No longer will you have to sleep on a sofa bed without a mattress protector.

This topper sleeps amazingly, and you simply can’t beat the price. If you are on a budget and want a mattress topper for under $100, this one is the best of the best.

This is also the best mattress topper for joint pain, as it cradles and supports your body with the lightest, airiest, most responsive foam ever.



Lucid Gel Mattress Topper

If you like the feel of memory foam, but need a cooling mattress topper, the Lucid Gel mattress topper cannot be surpassed. This bed pad features a special memory foam formula and is also infused with a gel layer to help with temperature control.

The Lucid topper also aligns the spine and cradles your body for the ultimate sleeping experience and eliminates pressure points. This is truly the best mattress pad for joint pain or for upper back pain.

The memory foam in this mattress is light, airy and responds to your movements. No longer will you have to fight just to turn over in bed.

Also, this topper does not have any bad odors. You can throw it onto your bed right away.

Best Price Memory Foam Topper

This topper is great if you need to decrease the firmness of a mattress. It is medium soft, and very supportive.

This is the best mattress topper for back pain. Even if you are overweight, you won’t sink through.

The Best Price Mattress topper features memory foam at a density of 3 pounds on top and high-density memory foam at a density of 2 pounds on the bottom. This makes it heavy enough to not slide around on most beds.

As a bonus, this topper costs under $200. Prepare to have a good night’s sleep, without breaking the bank.

ViscoSoft Memory Foam Topper

This topper is made of denser, firmer memory foam. This would make it an excellent topper for air bed users who can find themselves sinking into their beds.

The foam used in this topper is Certi-PUR. This mattress pad will not harm the environment, and you can feel good about using it.

If you tend to overheat, this topper is breathable. This increased air flow and the plush gel included will allow you to experience a more comfortable, less clammy night’s sleep.

Unlike most of the toppers we have discussed here, this one includes a slip-resistant cover. The cover is made from bamboo rayon and polyester which also keeps you cool.

Furthermore, the bottom is slip-resistant and features elastic straps to secure it to your mattress. You won’t have to worry about this cooling mattress topper sliding off the bed.

CR Gel-infused Mattress Topper

This mattress topper from CR is unique in that it features Air cell technology. This is a fancy way of saying that the memory foam in this pad is ventilated and gel-infused.

The vents capture heat. The gel ensures a cool night’s sleep.

Furthermore, this mattress eliminates pressure points which makes it the best mattress topper for stomach sleepers.

There is also no motion transfer. Your partner, if you have one, will sleep just as well as you do.

The topper covers are entirely washable. They are also stain and spill-resistant.This means that you simply have to wipe them down instead of having to wash them every time you spill something.

If you are on a budget, this topper will serve you well, for a very long time.

Visco-Elastic Memory Foam Topper

If you are someone who needs a firmer topper, this one may be the best option. It is made of 3-inch thick memory foam at a 4-pound density.

This topper makes any mattress more supportive by fitting over the sagging spots. It is also a cheaper solution than buying a new mattress.

The memory foam on this topper will gently cradle you. Prepare to feel as if you are sleeping on a cloud.

Because you are not tossing and turning, you will sleep better as well. Though this topper does not have any gel inside, it feels as if it does.

Interestingly, when this topper is cool, it is firmer. As it heats up, it softens. This means that it will mold to your body in just a matter of minutes, making it truly the best mattress pad for side sleepers.

Sleepjoy Visco2 Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper

If you are looking for a versatile, memory foam mattress topper, check out this one from Sleepjoy. This topper comes in not only a variety of sizes to fit any bed but a variety of densities as well.

Simply pick the density that fits your body type and sleeping position.

If you are concerned about the environment, you will love this ventilated topper. Instead of chemicals, this bed pad is made from plant-based ingredients.

With this mattress protector, there are no harsh chemicals released into the environment. Furthermore, there will be no nasty odor to contend with and all you will smell is the scent of green tea.

Do not wash this topper. If you spill something on it, simply spot clean the surface, and you’re done.


Mattress toppers are a bit of luxury that you can have if living on a budget. They are also great for joint pain, neck and back pain, arthritis, and many other complaints.

There are many types of materials used when making toppers. Each one has its pros and cons.

Mattress toppers will support all types of sleepers. Prepare to have the best night’s sleep ever.

Now you have all the information that you need in order to buy a mattress topper. You can go to your local bed and bath store and find the best mattress topper for side sleepers, and not spend a fortune doing it.

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All You Need to Know About Using a Waterproof Mattress Protector for Baby

There are a number of good reasons why you would need to have the best mattress topper over your mattress. Though, a mattress protector is different from a mattress pad. While the pad provides extra padding as the name implies, a mattress protector is usually waterproof and thin.

A waterproof mattress protector offers protection for the mattress against spills and helps prolong the lifespan of the mattress. And having a waterproof mattress protector is an essential bedding accessory where you have babies with you. Below are the important benefits of a waterproof mattress protector, its usage options and how you can maintain a mattress protector for long time use.

Benefits of Using a Waterproof Mattress Protector

Benefits of using a waterproof mattress protector
Benefits of using a waterproof mattress protector

It Preserves the Lifespan of the Mattress

You can keep your mattress as new as ever when you have a mattress protector. Apart from spills, your mattress can suffer from the usual wear because of constant contact with heat and exposure to the weather. But with a mattress protector, the mattress will be as new as ever.

Perspiration can really wear down on the mattress, no matter how strong the product is. Prolonged exposure will surely have its toll on the mattress. You can keep the mattress relatively new by protecting it from all these vices. And the best shield is surely a mattress protector.

It Keeps Mattress Clean

This is obviously one of the main reasons why someone will have a mattress protector over their mattress. You cannot be very careful enough not to spill coffee or other forms of liquid on the mattress. To help you protect the mattress from the impacts of these spills, a mattress protector will be needed. Since it is waterproof, it shields the mattress from accidental spills that may be very difficult to wash off. And the mattress protector is very easy to wash.

Most of them come with waterproof casings, which is easy to wipe stains off. They can be hand washed or machine washed. Washing them is very easy. Whenever there is a spill, you can easily pull them off, wash, and dry them. But cleaning your mattress from spills will not be as easy as washing off the spills from the protector. That’s why every mattress needs a protector.

Control of Dust Mites

Control of dust mites
Control of dust mites

Dust mites feed on feed on dead skin cells. Surely, there will be a lot for them on your mattress on a daily basis. We shed millions of these skin cells daily. The effect of the activities of dust mites leads to shortness of breath, wheezing, and sneezing. This can be curtailed when you have a protector over the mattress.

Remember that the mattress is porous and it can be more difficult to get rid of these tiny creatures. But with a waterproof mattress protector, you can significantly reduce their activities. It is easy to remove the protector and dry under the sun or wash if you want.

It Keeps Your Warranty Intact

If your mattress comes with a warranty, certain conditions are usually attached to the warranty. You are going to void the warranty if there are certain levels of stains on the mattress. That alone is a very reason to get a mattress protector.

If your mattress is defective, the company is likely not going to accept it with heavy stains. That means there will be no replacement or service for you. So, you can protect your investment by covering your mattress with a protector. It will prevent stains and keep your mattress as new as ever. This will still keep your warranty valid.

Easy Maintenance

A mattress is an investment you need to maintain, just like other property in your home. If you don’t maintain your mattress, you are more likely going to spend money to get a new one soon. But a quality mattress can last for several years for you if you maintain it properly. When it comes to maintenance, nothing does it better than a mattress protector.

It’s cheaper to replace the mattress protector than having to replace your mattress every now and then. It’s also easier. You can remove the protector at any time and wash. But washing your mattress of cleaning stains from them is not that easy.

There is no doubt that having a waterproof mattress protector will do a lot of good for you. It will keep your mattress always clean and help you deal with dust mite allergies. Moreover, it is easier to wash a mattress protector than having to do so with a mattress. After all, it’s your investment, so you should be doing anything to make it last long for you.

Importance of Having a Comfortable Waterproof Mattress for Your Baby

Importance of having a comfortable waterproof mattress for your baby
Importance of having a comfortable waterproof mattress for your baby

Babies require the best comfort they can ever get because it impacts heavily on their

health and growth. If the mattress is not very comfortable, you too will bear the burden.They will keep waking up more often in the middle of the night. Surely, that’s not what you want.

That is why it’s important to select the best waterproof mattress or make use of a waterproof mattress topper for them. Fortunately, there are very good models you can rely on to provide that extreme level of comfort for your little one.However, you need to make the right choice. The following guide will help you decide correctly the ideal waterproof mattress topper for your baby.


The material is very important because some mattress materials can be quite harmful. Some foam materials give off vapors that may contain dangerous chemicals. They may increase the risk of allergies, asthma, as well as SIDS. And foam materials are the major culprits to these health risks. You can find different kinds of materials that provide a perfect mattress for stomach sleepers and for the side sleepers as well.

Water resistant mattresses usually have double or triple nylon reinforced tickling.With this cover, the mattress is more likely to resist tears. Ventilation is very important for your baby. The best waterproof mattress for babies should have small holes to allow for air circulation both within and around the mattress.

Select a mattress with a lot of vent holes to allow for this benefit. In case if you need to transform the existing mattress you can make use of the best mattress topper with a waterproof covering to offer similar benefits.

When choosing a mattress for your baby, do not settle for foam materials. Instead, select waterproof mattresses made from organic fabric. These have natural fillings in them that don’t have any side effect on babies.

Do not make use of plastic sheets on your mattress. These may lead to breathing difficulty during sleep. Avoid stuff like bumper pads, stuffed toys, comforters, quilts, pillows, and sheepskins around your child’s face. The right type of mattress will provide the right level of comfort you want for your baby.

Breathability and Anti-Microbial Cover

The mattress should have a good air flow within and around. Also, some waterproof mattresses come with features that help reduce diaper accidents, spit-ups, and germs. The cover or layers should be properly sealed and smooth. In case there is a known case of allergy in the family, it will be important to select one that is carefully sealed to keep allergies and dust at bay.

Level of Comfort and Thickness

Kids's mattress shouldn’t be too thick
Kids’s mattress shouldn’t be too thick

Unlike adults, kids do not need too much bedding. Their mattress shouldn’t be too thick. Although it should have some level of thickness to provide comfort, you shouldn’t go overboard with thickness. Instead, settle for a soft and contouring waterproof mattress. Apart from the durability of the mattress, the comfort of your baby should concern you as well.

Level of Firmness

The firmness of most mattresses is regulated. So, you are likely going to see similarities in firmness for most top quality mattresses. Again, mattresses with a lot of coils tend to last longer than those with fewer coils. It takes a lot of time for the coils to break down.

To know the level of a mattresses’ firmness, press your palm down the mattress. If it comes back almost immediately, then you are looking at a firm mattress. But if it conforms to your palm before rising gently, the mattress may be too soft for your baby.

Yes, a soft mattress may be more comfortable for older people, but this is not the case for babies.  It shouldn’t be too firm or too soft. That’s the ideal kind of mattress for babies.

You may not necessarily see an indication of the level of density on most mattresses.

But the weight of the mattress can tell you a lot about its density. The firmness level of the mattress can be linked to the number of coils it has. As a rule, select mattress with at least 130 coils within.

The comfort of your baby should be one of your most important concerns. They spend a major part of their early years while sleeping, so you need to provide the right type of waterproof mattress.

The ideal mattress should be breathable, firm, and comfortable. When you take the above guide into consideration, you will be able to make the right decision when choosing a waterproof mattress for your little one.

Further, when you have a waterproof mattress protector for babies you may need to keep it clean enough and the following tips may help you wash the mattress topper safely and thoroughly.

How to Wash Waterproof Protection Mattress?

Waterproof protection mattresses are important for shielding the mattress against dust mites, depreciation, and spills on the bed. They are necessary to cover that keeps your mattress clean at all times.However, they too can get dirty. For keeping the best mattress topper clean and hygienically perfect, it needs to be cleaned regularly at frequent intervals.

Many of them are designed with vinyl material, which makes them safe to wash by hand or in the machine. But what is the right way to wash a waterproof protection mattress? The following are steps you can take to wash it properly.

Materials You Will Need

  • Bleach-free laundry
  • detergent
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine

Steps Wash Waterproof Protection Mattress

Remove the Material

Take off the protector by unzipping it (if you are using a zipped styled one) or drawing out the sheet from the corners.

Turn on the washing machine and wash the waterproof protection mattress

If the surface of the mattress protector is designed with polyester or bamboo rayon, use the delicate cycle on the washing machine to wash. However, use the normal circle if it’s made from a tougher material like terry cloth or wool.   Make sure you make use of a mild and non-bleach detergent. This will make sure the top material or plastic membrane does not get damaged.

Time to Tumble Dry

Tumble dry the waterproof mattress protector using a low heat setting and take it out from the dryer when the cycle completes. You should take it out immediately to avoid wrinkling the protector. Once you are through, remove the waterproof protection mattress and allow it to dry naturally before placing back on the mattress.

Other Washing Tips

Here are some other things you need to know when washing your waterproof protection mattress:

How Do You Set the Washing Temperature?

If you are considering using a washing machine on the mattress protector, it’s necessary to keep the right temperature. A typical mattress protector has a combination of plastic and fabric material that is easy to clean in a dryer combo or standard washer. But the plastic is prone to breaking apart or deformation when you make use of bleach or harsh detergent.

It could also be a problem when the machine temperature is too high.  So, you need to maintain a moderate temperature when washing a waterproof mattress protector in the machine.

Since there are different materials used in making waterproof protection mattress, the temperature setting will vary. One rule is always to maintain the temperature at a lukewarm level. Do not be tempted to consider washing the protector using high-temperature settings.

This is usually the case for most people who want to remove absorbed fluids or wipe off a bad smell. It is strongly advised not to increase the temperature. It will only reduce the waterproofing capacity, thereby opening up for any liquid to pass through to the mattress.

How to Wash for the First Time

It’s always a good idea to wash the mattress protector first before even making use of it. It’s also recommended by most manufacturers. This is to help remove any manufacturing chemical that is still hanging in the protector. Apart from removing the chemical, it also makes the fabric become softer, which will improve your comfort.

Is It Okay to Dry Clean?

Dry-cleaning your mattress protector is absolutely not necessary. Do not iron or dry-clean the fabric because you are going to damage its waterproof membrane.

How Often Do You Wash the Waterproof Protection Mattress?

You should wash the mattress protector as often as it gets stained
You should wash the mattress protector as often as it gets stained

You should wash the mattress protector as often as it gets stained. But general washing should be done at least once in 10 days. This timeframe may not be the best for everyone. Everything actually depends on how you make use of the protector. With time, you should be able to determine which washing timeframe is convenient for you.


Using a waterproof mattress or a waterproof mattress protector for babies is surely inevitable, and you can benefit from lots of helpful features these bedding essentials have to offer for the health and safety of your babies.

Choosing the best waterproof mattress protector and of course, a comfortable mattress is necessary. In addition to that washing and other maintenance, aspects must not be ignored when you are using such bedding accessories to get the desired results.

Waterproof protection mattress is a great way to prevent spills and dust mite allergies. They are

made from different materials that offer waterproof cover against liquid stains. They help to prolong the lifespan of the mattress. The good news is,washing this material is pretty straightforward and easy. It can be washed in the washing machine with milt temperature settings.

However, it should be noted that most of the materials are an enemy to bleach or harsh detergent. Again, you should not dry-clean the cover or iron it. It will definitely affect its waterproof strength. Overall, occasionally washing the waterproof protection mattress will help you maintain proper hygiene and prolong the lifespan of your mattress.

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Importance of Sleep

Sleep is a natural phenomenon that not only rests our body but also helps it regulate its energy levels. Lack of good, comfortable sleep will not only make us irritable, cranky irritable, and negligent but if prolonged over a period of time it can affect our general health and quality of life.

Different types of Sleep:

Sleep can be classified into 2 different categories

  • The  Non-rapid eye movement
  • Rapid eye movement .

The non rapid eye moment sleep( NREM) is a sleep stage which includes four stages, ranging from light to deep sleep. We cycle through these four stages of sleep approximately every 90 minutes. Then we go into REM sleep, the most active stage of sleep when dreaming often occurs. During REM sleep, the eyes move back and forth beneath the eyelids and muscles become immobile.

How is Sleep Regulated?

Researchers believe that two body systems, the sleep-wake process and our circadian biologic clock, regulate our sleep. They program our bodies to feel sleepy at night and awake during the day.
The sleep-wake process works by balancing the amount of sleep a person needs based on the time spent awake. Our circadian biologic clock is a 24-hour body rhythm affected by sunlight. It regulates hormones such as melatonin, which is secreted during the night and promotes sleep, and other processes like body temperature. Sleeping at a time that is in sync with this rhythm is important for healthy sleep.

Hours of Sleep Needed

Sleep needs change over a person’s lifetime. Children and adolescents need more sleep than adults. Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults — seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

Read more: Best Mattress Topper For Side Sleepers Reviews

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Tips on How to Sleep on your Back

Sleep on your Back

The position you sleep in during the night can have a major effect on the quality of your sleep and health. Sleeping on your back is considered to be the best, that is why you need to learn how to sleep on your back.


There are so many benefits that come from sleeping on your back as compared to all other sleeping positions. It is sad to note that most people do not actually sleep on their back. If you don’t sleep on your back, you should train yourself to do it.

The following are great tips for sleeping on your back:

  • Use positioning pillows

Having extra pillows in your bed while sleeping can really help you to stay in the specific position you want. You can place pillows under each arm as well as under your knee so as to ensure proper alignment of your back. You can visit Sleep Areas to learn more about pillows for back sleeper.


  • Study how you currently sleep

If you do not sleep on your back then you probably sleep on your side or on your stomach. The reason as to why you find yourself sleeping in the position you currently sleep in is because it feels comfortable to you. Identify the comforts that you get from your current sleeping position.


  • Apply these comforts

Once you identify what attracts you to sleep on your side or stomach, try and apply these comforts to sleeping on your back. If you are able to get the same comfort when sleeping on your back as you do sleeping on either your side or stomach, then you will probably stay in that sleeping position all night.


This step will require you to get a little creative as recreating the exact feeling you get when sleeping in your most comfortable position can be a bit challenging. This step will take quite a bit of patience and persistence from your end.


  • Be persistent

You cannot change your sleeping position overnight; it will take time and a lot of discipline. If you try sleeping on your back when you get to bed and then you find yourself on your side or stomach during the night, you should get back on your back.


This may happen a few times during the night as you are retraining your body to associate a different sleeping position with comfort. This can take you a couple of days to achieve so you have to practice a bit of patience.


  • Eliminating lower back pains

Most people avoid sleeping on their back because it causes some pressure on their lower backs which can even result in some pain. You should stretch your hip flexors before getting into bed to help with this problem.


You can also try placing a pillow below your knees which will help keep you in place and also alleviate the pressure on your lower back and hips.


  • Spread your legs a bit

This will help in reducing the pressure on your lower back and hips. The more comfortable you are the more likely you will be to sleep on your back throughout the night.


  • Get a firm mattress

If your mattress is a bit worn out and has formed to the shape of your body, it may be a bit uncomfortable to sleep while on your back. You need to get a firm mattress that will offer adequate support for your back.


  • Get support for your neck

When your neck is properly supported it will reduce pressure on your spine. A firm pillow will prevent your neck from rolling back unnaturally or hyperextending. It will also ensure that your spine remains straight.


  • Don’t eat a heavy meal before going to bed

When you eat a really heavy meal before bed it can get really uncomfortable especially when trying to sleep on your back. You should ensure that you eat a fairly light meal at least two hours before getting into bed. Avoid eating a lot of fatty acids before bed as they can be very heavy on your digestive system.

Benefits of sleeping on your back


Benefits of sleeping

Most people don’t know that sleeping on your back is actually very beneficial. It has more health and beauty benefits when compared to all the other sleeping positions combined.


The following are just some of the benefits that you will get from adopting this new sleeping position:

  • Reduces formation of sleep-related wrinkles. This is because there is no extended and repeated pressure applied on your face from your pillow.
  • Sleeping on your back goes helps in draining fluid from your eyelids thus your eyes appear less puffy in the morning.
  • This sleeping position reduces your face’s contact with bacteria that can be found on a dirty pillowcase. This will keep your skin healthy and prevent any skin related problems.
  • Sleeping on your back will help to keep your spine, neck, and back in proper alignment. This will prevent some of those aches and pains that you get when you wake up in the morning.
  • This sleeping position helps to extend the life of your mattress as the weight of your body is evenly distributed across the entire mattress.

I know that at the start of this discussion most of you thought that getting yourself to start sleeping on your back was going to be an impossible task. You should always remember that sleeping positions are habits and habits can always be broken. All you need to do this is having the drive and being consistent.


The tips on how to sleep on your back that are listed above are easy to follow and don’t require any professional know how. If you never knew that the sleeping position you have been sleeping with all your life has more disadvantages than benefits.


Let us all start sleeping on our backs so we can reap the numerous benefits that it has to offer each one of us.

Thank you for taking your precious time to read this.

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Top 10 Sleep Tips

Sleep Tips

It is 9 pm, perfect time to go to sleep for you so you can wake up bright and early, well rested and ready to face the day; you get into the bed, close your eyes and wait for sleep to take you away. Hours later, at 3 am, you are still wide awake, trying to count sheep or willing yourself to sleep.

Many people have this sleeping problem. Quality, consistent sleep is evasive for quite a number of people. Try as you may, you simply cannot just get enough sleep, or sleep at a designated time. In fact, if sleeping was a talent, most people would be pretty bad at it. So how exactly do you get past this? We have compiled a list of the top ten sleep tips just for you.

1. Bedtime rituals

What do you do right before you sleep? Do you tend to sit in your bed with your laptop trying to finish up some work before you go to sleep? Or scroll through Instagram or another social media sites liking and sharing content. Your bedtime ritual may be the reason for your lack of sleep.

For good sleeping habits, try to have healthier activities done before bedtime. When it is an hour or so to your sleep time, you should think of having a routine, activities that you undertake each day. The aim of the bedtime rituals is to get you in a relaxed mood so you can get sleep quicker and easier. Some of these include:

  • Taking a nice, warm bath: A nice bubble bath is also a good idea here. This allows your body temperature to rise then fall and it encourages you to fall asleep easily.
  • Read a book. Just get comfortable somewhere nice in the house or even in your bed and get a book to read.
  • Simple exercises: You can also try to do relaxation exercises to bring you to a better frame of mind, ridding your mind of stressful thoughts in preparation for sleep.

This time right before you sleep is very crucial for a good night’s sleep. Avoid any kind of activity that will mess up your sleep. Activities to avoid include:

  • Using backlit screens such as of smartphones and laptops. These stimulate the brain and may trick it into thinking it is still not the time to sleep yet.
  • Work. It may be tempting to do some work you brought home from the office right before you sleep. Yet working your brain makes it alert and it will be that much harder for you to get sleep afterwards.
  • Emotional talks. You have all day to talk about this. When it is almost time to sleep, avoid such emotional discussions that will stress your mind and have you thinking about different things deep into the night.
  • Any other kind of mentally and physically strenuous activities are to be avoided for better sleeping habits.

2. Sleep Schedule

Have a sleep schedule for every day of the week. Ensure you sleep at this same time every day, including during the weekends. This will train your body to fall asleep at the set time without much struggle.

Sleeping at different times every day will confuse your body, and you may find yourself unable to fall asleep or wake up on time when you really need to.

3. The place of sleep

The area in which you sleep should be conducive to sleep. When you get to your bedroom, your body will detect that it is time to sleep. The room should be preferably free from light. Invest in heavy, dark-colour curtains that do not allow any light in. Noise from outside should also be minimal. You may have soft music playing in the background according to your preference.

In case of a snoring partner or other loud noises, you can get yourself earplugs to drown out the noise, and an eye mask to block any other light, to tell your body it is time for bed. A cool room temperature is advised as it is harder to sleep when it is hot.

If you have a pet that often disrupts your sleep, consider keeping it outside the bedroom at night. This applies for any other disruptive object like television and computers. The

bedroom should be only for sleep and sex, to teach your mind to associate the room with rest.

4. The Bed

Your mattress and pillow also play an important role in your sleeping habits. Comfortability is the key here, so ensure you have a good, supportive mattress. The pillow should keep your neck in a position similar to when you are upright.

Read more: Importance of Sleep

5. Foods and Drinks to avoid

After a hard day’s work, you may be tempted to pass by a bar for a drink or two. Or maybe you are that person who just needs to have a cup of coffee. This may be the last thing you want to hear, but having caffeinated drinks, alcoholic drinks and heavy meals right before you sleep is associated with lack of or inadequate sleep.

Avoid drinks with caffeine, smoking tobacco and heavy meals when it is just hours to your bedtime. The last thing you want is to stimulate your mind when you should be sleeping and have it up and working instead of rested.

“But I’m hungry” you may say. We are not advocating for starvation. If you really need something to eat, get a light snack an hour before your bedtime. We care about your stomach. As for the alcohol, you can have a drink or two, just refrain from over drinking.

6. Exercise during daytime

Exercise is good for you. Who doesn’t want that toned, trim body, to be fit and have a couple of abs? Females love a toned body on a male. Firm thighs are also something most people want. Having regular exercise in the morning or during the day is not only good for that perfect body, but it is also good for your sleeping habits.

Exercise whether vigorous or a bit more toned down is good for you, and it enables you to have deeper sleep. Work out at any time other than when you are about to sleep. It should not disrupt your sleeping pattern.

7. Power naps

Who else loves those power naps during the day? That 5 to 20-minute nap is heavenly when you are having a long, stressful day. But what if we told you that these power naps may be ruining your sleeping habits?

If you are going to take a power nap, make sure it is not in the evening, preferably before 5 pm. Also, ensure it is a short one so it doesn’t affect your night schedule.

8. Sleep when you feel Sleepy

Staying in bed for more than 20 minutes without finding sleep is quite pointless. The longer you stay in bed without sleep, the more time is wasted.

Sometimes if you can’t sleep, the best thing to do would be to get out of the bedroom or the bed and find something else to do while you wait for sleep to come to you.

9. Technology

We are in the age of technology, with apps for almost everything. Why not take advantage of this and use some of these apps in your quest for getting great sleeping habits.

There are apps to track your sleeping habits and you can use them to tweak your sleeping times and rituals as seen fit. Other exciting apps include those that make sounds you relate to sleep such as the sound of rain beating on roofs and other soothing sounds.

10. Get professional help

When all else fails, you may need to take the next step of visiting a professional. Sometimes the reason for your lack of sleep may be a mental disorder such as anxiety or another. This will be diagnosed by your doctor and appropriate measures taken.

Going over your sleeping habits with a professional may help you get the way forward. You may be given prescribed pills, or psychological help to enable you to get a good night’s sleep.

Consider keeping records of your sleeping habits in a diary, a physical one or in an app. You may be able to see a pattern in your sleep and find the habits that enable you to have better sleep.

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Follow through

Finally, the next step for good sleep is following through. Be consistent as you try the different methods. The results may not be instant, so give them time and find which method works best for you. Sleeping habits may work differently for different people. Age, activities undertaken during the day and other factors determine how well you sleep. Generally, have a healthy lifestyle including nutritious foods eaten at the right moments, exercise regularly and maintain sleeping times.

With the aforementioned top 10 sleep tips, you can rest easy and start to plan for a good nights’ sleep from today. Get more insights from the National Sleep Foundation to help you enjoy better sleep.

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What are the Various Causes of Insomnia?

Insomnia is a condition which can be caused by many factors.The first two stages i.e. the Transients and Intermittent Insomnia occurs in people who experience great deal of stress, quick change in surroundings, uneven sleep or those who are in an environment prone to extreme noise.
The more serious type of Insomnia the Chronic insomnia is a more complex Type and can be a result of various factors like acute physical or mental disorders. Depression is a very common cause of Chronic Insomnia

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Treatment of Insomnia

Insomnia can be treated; these are various types of medications available that can take care of your sleep disorder. Conversely it is not advisable to take medication for intermittent insomnia as this can last only a few days at a time.
But as it is always said that prevention is better than cure, if you’ve been experiencing problems sleeping you can start with making minor changes to your lifestyle and sleep patterns.

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Top 5 Reasons Why not To Buy a Waterbed Mattress!

A Mattress salesman would often coax you to buy a waterbed mattresses ( He gets a hefty commission on this !). Use your neurons and evaluate whether you need a waterbed mattress.

  • Reason 1: Depends on electricity Needless to say, if you electricity provider is not very reliable, and electricity can be absent for more than about 5 hours, then your waterbed temperature may drop.
  • Reason 2: If you have a double mattress, and your partner turns around or gets into or out of bed, then you will feel waves of water. The intensity of these waves depends on the pressure change: the higher her or his weigth, the intenser the waves.
  • Reason 3: Tuning takes time After installation, you need to tune the water level and temperature setting, and remove any air from the mattress. You’ll need to do this by trial-and-error
  • Reason 4: Heavy Once filled with water, it is not possible to move the bed, not even a milimeter.
  • Reason 5: If the above 4 reasons have not convinced you , reason five will…..! Check out what may happen on buying a waterbed at a store.

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How To Sleep Better

A lot of people have trouble sleeping, not that they are insomniacs. You will be surprised to know that such cases are not rare. The truth is that almost every person has trouble in sleeping every once in a while.
Given below are a few tips which will help you sleeping better and most importantly faster..

1. Watching television or working in front of the computer is one of the main reasons for loss of sleep. The intensity of light from TV or a computer monitor is similar to the sunlight and this sometimes fools your brain into thinking that its daylight and not the time to sleep.

2. Drinking milk before sleeping will help you in getting good sleep. Milk has an amino acid t called Tryptophan, Tryptophan is basically an amino acid and essential in human nutrition. It is one of the 20 amino acids in the genetic code. Its been proved that this slows the brain activity thus inducing sleep

3. Always remember to go to bed when you are tired. Just because your wife goes to bed at 9PM doesn’t mean you need to do the same If you are not tired enough, you might as well do some low key work like maybe reading a book.

4. Meditation can greatly improve your sleep. Take deep and long breaths. And relax every muscle. A relaxed mind will go to sleep in no time

5. Exercising is another important thing during the day. Exercising during the day tires your muscles out and makes up for a solid nights sleep.

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