Holiday Gifts to Fuel That Wanderlust

A pop-up book and a smartphone prop. A pretty little poncho and a sturdy, stylish tripod. A comfy new pillow and a little lamb that lulls you to sleep. These are some of the finds that just might wind up on your wish list — or your shopping list for the traveler in your life. Here are ideas curated by staff writers An Amlotte, Chris Erskine, Catharine Hamm, Anne Harnagel and Christopher Reynolds. Happy shopping.


Know when to fold 'em

I lust after luggage the way many women lust after handbags. Can you really have too many suitcases? You can, especially if storage space is an issue, as it is for me. That's what I love about this Biaggi Contempo four-wheeler: You can collapse it so it fits under a bed. Useful for a cruise, useful for a cramped home, this 20-incher has another great aspect. It weighs only 7 pounds, thanks to its nylon exterior and aluminum frame. So far, I've taken it only on a weekend trip; if you're a Scrooge-like packer, you can probably pack it for a much longer stay. Or you could buy a larger size; you can find foldables up to 30 inches and several sizes in between. Comes in several colors too.


About $150,

— C.H.

Packing it in

More and more, our work travels with us. We're not saying that's a good thing; it's just a thing. And here's a nifty way to take along all the things that let you get the job done. Genius Pack's High Altitude Flight Bag is a contemporary take on an old-fashioned briefcase. It wraps around the upright tray table in front of you so that your papers, magazines and electronics are within reach during your flight. For cyclists, it wraps around the bike's center bar, out of the way for commuting but still safe. It also hooks nicely on your carry-on luggage. In sky blue, coral red, plum and mint. Just think of it as a stylish pocket protector.



— C.E.

Wild weekender

It's time to ditch that frumpy old black backpack in favor of this colorful Allende weekender bag by Stela 9. Handmade in Guatemala, it features a finely embroidered exterior and rolled handles, with an optional pebbled leather shoulder strap. There's a convenient zip pocket in back, and the zip top opens wide to a lined interior roomy enough to store all the essentials for your getaway.



— A.H.


You're getting sleeeeepy

It was love at first sight for me and Cirrus, SleepPhones' super-cute aid for people who have trouble sleeping when they're away from home. Although the plush sheep is a storage accessory for the company's comfy headphones, the soothing power of a soft, cuddly toy is not to be underestimated, even for grown-ups. The SleepPhones headband is home to two felt-covered speakers that deliver a warm sound for their size. Bluetooth pairing is a breeze, and the headphones are a dream to sleep with. The volume can be turned up high enough for air travel, but don't expect it to drown out that pesky chatterbox in the row behind you or silence snoring roomies. Be sure to order the correct size for the most comfortable fit.



— A.A.

3-2-1, chill!

If you're the type of traveler who's always being reminded to chill, HeartMath's iOS Sensor is for you. It clips to your earlobe and feeds information about your pulse to the accompanying Inner Balance app, which in turn guides you through a training session that is designed to improve well-being and clarity of thought. Although we can't vouch for the science behind the technology, we did find that the app was effective at keeping our scatterbrained self focused on relaxation for a few minutes. The sensor has a 30-pin connector, so if your device uses a lightning connector, you'll need an adapter.

Info: $99,

— A.A.

Getting an earful

Ready to tune into "Song for a Winter's Night"? British speaker manufacturer KEF enters the headphone market with the M500 over-the-ear headphones, so warm and comfortable you could use them for earmuffs. Even better, the soundscape ranges from deep and warm to high and clear. The handsome headphones offer sweat-resistant and breathable memory foam ear pads that rotate easily to adapt to different-sized heads. They fold up into a stylish carrying case, ideal for travel. High fidelity, low fuss. Works with most computers, smartphones and other mobile devices.

Info: $299,

— C.E.

Sound idea

You have a fine set of earbuds or headphones that you love, but now you need a mike (for Skype or other VOIP uses or gaming). The MoovMic by Headset Buddy can step into the breach. This lightweight boom mike can attach to a spot on your buds or phones using a small adhesive-backed plate. Then plug the mike part into the appropriate receptacle on your PC and Skype away. The sound on my test call was crisp and clear, superior to the sound on my smartphone earbuds.



— C.H.

Steady there

One key to great travel photos and videos — often underappreciated by amateurs — is a steady lens. Menotti tripods can give you that, with portability and a dash of style. Most of its products come in eight colors (handy for spotting your sticks when it's time to move on). The Day Trip tripod ($119 and up) is the most compact — just 9.4 inches long when collapsed. The top-of-the-line Globe Trotter can support up to 26.4 pounds, converts into a monopode and can be ordered in aluminum ($209) or lighter, pricier carbon fiber. The company also make $59 monopodes.

Info: $59-$369,

— C.R.

Props for you

It's small, it's smartly designed and it makes life easier. What's not to love about an item like that, which is what Keyprop is. It's a smartphone stand shaped like a key that you attach to your key ring. Why do you need a stand? If you're watching a movie on an airplane tray tabletop or you're shooting a selfie or you're doing video Skype. One prong of the Keyprop fits in the earphone jack, which means it works in non-iPhone products. Another prong fits into the lightning connector on an iPhone5 and above, which means it can work two ways on the Apple of your eye. It will not work if your phone's case is big and bulky. On an Otterbox-encased phone, it worked only with the earphone plug. Your world won't end if you don't have a Keyprop, but it may revolve a little more smoothly if you do.

Info: About $13,

— C.H.

Neat, neat, neat

Want to be the most popular kid in the class (or attendee at the conference)? Carry a power strip — one whose size is manageable as it is in the Pack and Plug, from GUS (Great Useful Stuff). When outlets are limited, you'll have star power. That's just one of the functions of the Pack and Plug, a roll-up home for that power strip and the other assorted lightning connectors and mini- or micro-chargers as well as a mesh pocket for that thumb drive, batteries and other assorted gear. It also keeps those various connectors neat and tidy; you plug them into the power strip and the power strip into your hotel outlet. No more snarls. Its blue protective case makes it easy to find in the recesses of your bag. Its sibling, the Cotton Cord Roll, does the same thing, minus the power strip. But this organizer, which is coated cotton, is lighter (no power strip) and has labels for the tablet, phone and computer cords. My bag no longer looks like Charlotte's web, which takes some of the bite out of travel.

Info: Pack and Plug and Cotton Cord Roll, $19.99 each,

— C.H.

Zap those identity thieves

Ward off the unseen enemy with these protective passport sleeves, one of the most-interesting — and telling — stocking-stuffers of the season. These lightweight radio frequency-blocking sleeves purport to keep your information safe from cyber pickpockets. The simple cover, known as an RFID-blocking sleeve, looks just like another paper envelope, yet it's water-resistant and tough to tear. And something special for those with a James Bond complex.

Info: $5, credit card; $6, passport;

— C.E.

Travel clothing, accessories and comfort

Fanny pack, redux

To call Trabeca's sash a fanny pack is a bit of a cheap shot. It's a more fashionable alternative to the accessory that has room for everything but your dignity. With three styles to choose from, the sash is ideal for those who don't like to carry a purse. A zippered pocket at the small of the back holds a smartphone, and a front pocket with a Velcro closure has room for cash, cards or a key. Travelers no longer have to fumble with money belts that tuck under clothes; this sash keeps everything close at hand yet hidden from prying eyes.

Info: $46-$68,

— A.A.

Slim slippers

If you need to make every centimeter of suitcase space count, consider the One Piece Camp Slipper Shoe, which lies flat in your luggage and weighs about 3 ounces. This slipper is what you want if you're staying in a dive hotel with a grimy shower floor or anywhere you don't want your tootsies to touch the ground (or anywhere where the owner of said ground doesn't want your feet scuffing up their lovely parquet, for example). To slip them on, you stick your foot through and flip them over. You don't have to worry about width if your dogs are wider than usual; there's enough neoprene to keep them covered. If you need arch support, these slippers aren't for you; if that's not an issue, these may be minimalist nirvana. In black, green, blue and red.

Info: $11.95,

— C.H.

As right as rain

This cheery polka-dot poncho by Reisenthel could brighten even the rainiest day in London. Made of tough, lightweight polyester, it has a drawstring hood and a zipper at the neckline, making it easy to pull on and off. Snap closures on the sleeves keep out the wet weather. And when the sun does shine, the poncho folds into its own pouch. Also in black-and-white houndstooth.

Info: $25,

— A.H.

Chill chaser

Is it a wrap? Or is it a blanket? Either way, it means you have one less item to pack. The multipurpose Wrapper Blanket by Chilly Jilly can be worn as a sarong-like beach coverup or as a wrap in a drafty opera house. Impromptu picnic? It's a ground cover too. But I like it best as a blanket to ward off the arctic chill of a long-distance plane trip. The brushed microfiber and spandex fabric is warm, lightweight and washable. In brown, slate and navy.

Info: $40,

— A.H.

Snuggle in

Even the sturdiest road warrior could use some TLC — totally luxurious cashmere. This travel set from Ralph Lauren features a warm cashmere blanket and eye mask in a coordinating zippered bag that doubles as a pillow. Wrapping yourself in the blanket, which measures 32 by 55 inches, is like snuggling in your fave cable-knit sweater. In navy, gray, camel, black, red, Champagne and cream.

Info: $395,

— A.H.

You snooze, you cruise

You know those travel pillows that fit you like a collar? They're a pain in my neck. I fall asleep, my chin sags and the next thing I know, I've tipped forward and drooled on myself or tipped to the side and drooled on my seatmate. Not a pretty picture. The J-Pillow stops that from happening. It can be used several ways, but I used it like a mini-collar around my neck and the abbreviated elephant trunk cradling my chin. On a recent flight, it kept me from bonking my head on the plane window; when I switched to the right side, it kept me from becoming too familiar with my neighbor. It weighs in at about half a pound, but it squashes down to a packable size. Worth the weight for no crick in the neck.

Info: $30.95 with free shipping,

— C.H.

Help's at hand

There's no excuse for a droopy hemline or spinach in your teeth with this teeny-tiny (3-by-2-by-2-inch) tool bag. The Transportation Security Administration-compliant Minimergency Survival Kit is packed with 17 items — double-sided tape, dental floss, stain remover, mending kit and more — to help you cope with fashion, beauty or personal predicaments while away from home. The zip-touch pouch comes in glittery pewter or fuchsia, making it easy to find in your carry-on or tote bag.

Info: $15,

— A.H.

Man up

Men can keep their travel odds and ends organized with a lightweight pouch, detailed with playful graphics such as Man Things. The 8-inch-long pouch, from Flight 001, can handle most of your travel-related vitals — passports, cell chargers, keys, breath mints. In fact, they would make perfect cigar pouches for your next Vegas trip. Durable canvas topped by a heavy-duty zipper for travelers who are looking for a simple pouch that just gets the job done.

Info: $18,

— C.E.

Get the message?

Sometimes, the best thing you can do for a friend is to push them toward the paradise they might not otherwise explore. Use the power of suggestion to get them on the road with this luggage tag from Jonathan Adler. Also sold as a passport cover, the Take a Trip message gets the point across in a hurry. Both items are made of leather, with bold and colorful graphics. While you're at it, maybe you can get them to take a friend along as well?

Info: $38 each,

— C.E.

Good to gift

Art of the matter

Maybe you don't have that killer photo that shows the glories of San Francisco or the beauties of San Diego, but you can have a representation of these and other destinations beautifully framed. And they may evoke more oohs and aahs than your photos. offers prints that evoke the heyday of the picture postcard and can be framed to your liking. If you're more literal-minded, check out's Associated Press collection, which can also be framed. For the traveler in your life — and maybe that's you — these are fitting reminders of the roads you've traveled and the memories you've brought home.

Info: From $7.99,

— C.H.

Honk, honk

New York fans will appreciate this handmade 100% wool needlepoint pillow, velvet backed with a hidden zipper. Emblazoned with one of the city's ubiquitous taxicabs, this colorful pillow will elicit a smile from even the toughest cabby — just don't forget to tip.

Info: $98,

— A.H.

Take a pass

Here's a cool tool for the beaten path. If you know somebody headed to New York or another major U.S. city, a Citypass booklet can save substantial money on major tourist attractions. With New York, for example, $106 buys adult admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Guggenheim and several other major attractions, which otherwise would cost you $185 (and you'd spend more time standing in line). The booklets are typically good for nine days from your first use. Also covered by Citypass: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto.

Info: Price varies by city,

— C.R.


Pop goes the park

Nothing better than feeling like a kid again, especially during the holidays. The 3-D "America's National Parks — A Pop-Up Book" evokes that feeling when you turn a page and up pops the Grand Canyon in all in its blazing-red-hued glory. Five other parks (yes, Yosemite is one of them) are given the pop-up treatment, and a dozen other parks are highlighted as well. The National Parks Conservation Assn. receives $8 from the sale of each book. From the signed, numbered, limited deluxe edition, $80 goes to the organization.

Info: $34.95, $105 for the deluxe edition;

— C.H.

Not for women only

"Earth's crammed with heaven," poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote in "Aurora Leigh," her poem/novel published in 1856. Those who have been to Yosemite know that's true; those who pick up "Yosemite Meditations for Women" can see it in the photographs that illustrate the quotes (of which Browning's is one) and vice versa. This small book with photos by Michael Frye and edited by Claudia Welsh is short and sweet. My only quibble: It's suitable for men too. Don't believe it? Look for the Mae West quote. Yes, Mae West in the same book as Mother Teresa and Edna St. Vincent Millay. If that doesn't make a smile pass your lips, you need Scrooge therapy.

Info: $9.95,

— C.H.

Time, stamped

For some, stamp collecting is about as exciting as watching paint dry, so you might be tempted to skip "A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps," by Chris West. Don't do it. West uses stamps as a way to explain societal and economic (and, of course, postal) changes in the United Kingdom. It's an unusual portal that, for instance, explains why the stamp commemorating King Edward VII, issued two days before his death in 1910, was so somber (coincidence because, as he notes, the king was anything but). The author uses the Diana commemorative stamp, issued in 1998, to say that the stiff-upper-lipped British let down their guard when she died, noting that the outpouring of love and grief represented "the tears of people who had spent their lives being told to bury their emotions and were now suddenly allowed to let them out. It was a substantial shift in national sensibility." A million times more interesting than watching robin's egg blue adhere to the walls.

Info: $28,

— C.H.

Boston, beloved

This collection of essays is as Boston as a bowl of clam chowder. In fact, one of the essays deals with just that — the communal experience of making the beloved soup. But whether you're a true chowderhead, a Red Sox lover or just a fan of fine writing, you'll love "Our Boston," a celebration of the city by dozens of writers assembled in the wake of this year's marathon attacks. Eighty percent of the essays are original, but the book also includes classic Boston odes such as John Updike's "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," on Ted Williams' last game at Fenway, as fine a piece of baseball writing as you'll find. Also featured: Mike Barnicle, Susan Orlean, Pico Iyer.

Info: $16,

— C.E.

L.A. as it never was

Here's a strange and wonderful city you're never going to see in person, so you might as well buy this new coffee table book. "Never Built Los Angeles," by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, is an exploration of about 100 grand L.A. ideas that never got built. Some of these phantoms you may vaguely know, such as Walt Disney's rejected plan for a theme park in Burbank (before he moved the idea to Anaheim); or the Olmsted brothers' failed 1930 proposal for a series of parks along the L.A. River (before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entombed it in concrete). But mostly, these assiduously illustrated schemes and dreams will be revelations to you — sometimes cruel news, sometimes welcome relief.

Info: $55,

— C.R.

Eye on Ireland

"Ireland is a prism between the sun and the Irish Sea." With these telling words, photographer Jay Ben Adlersberg begins a book full of stunning images and lyric salutes to the Emerald Isle. Think you've already seen every kind of Irish steeple and saloon? Perhaps. But Adlersberg's eye for texture and detail brings familiar subjects alive in new ways. "Ireland: In Word and Image" is as wide and long as a dinner tray, making the 160 photos even more stunning. Passages by wordsmiths such as Thackeray and Yeats also grace the pages.

Info: $60,

— C.E.

Fresh and breezy

If "Four Seasons of Travel" doesn't give you wanderlust, see a doctor immediately; you're probably half dead. National Geographic's look at destinations worldwide is a symphony in four parts: winter, spring, summer and fall. Christmas in London is fairly obvious. But how about a sleigh ride across Russia's icy Lake Baikal or the northern lights over Norway? Even the most experienced travelers will find fresh travel ideas in this vivid exploration of the best destinations on the planet.

Info: $40,

— C.E.

Hitting the high notes

Opera lovers and world travelers will want to treat themselves to the just published "The Most Beautiful Opera Houses of the World," with 200 color photographs by Guillaume de Laubier, text by Antoine Pecqueur and foreword by James Levine, musical director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This armchair tour of more than 30 of the world's most distinguished opera houses is filled with discussions of their history and architectural, design and acoustical features. Hundreds of photographs showcase the facades and often opulent auditoriums of these landmarks and take the reader behind the scenes for a look at dressing rooms, rehearsal halls and workshops.

Info: $60,

— A.H.


"Art & Place: Site Specific Art of the Americas" celebrates art created for a specific space, whether it be an urban environment, a far-flung island or a distant mountain peak. The handsome volume, edited by Amanda Renshaw, is illustrated with 800 color photos arranged geographically from Canada to Argentina, a road trip of sorts through 15 countries and some 60 cities to visit more than 500 artworks. Artists range from members of ancient civilizations such as the Anasazi and Inca to modern artists such as Claes Oldenburg and Anish Kapoor. "Art & Place" also includes a section on works no longer with us — either lost, destroyed or ephemeral.

Info: $79.95,

— A.H.

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AirPods Pro retain all the magic of the non-Pro line, but they bring the additional freedom granted by noise cancellation and transparency mode. There's one thing I do not particularly like about them, though: the default silicone tips. Unlike others (e.g. my girlfriend), I can use in-ear silicone tips without getting a headache after 20 minutes. It's not my favorite method of listening to music, however, because I know that memory foam tips are a better fit for my ears since they can better adapt to the shape of my ear canal and, as a result, provide better isolation and a more bass-y response. Over the years, I've developed an appreciation for Comply's popular foam tips (right now, I am testing their Audio Pro and Comfort tips with my IER-Z1R) and was hoping they would release AirPods Pro-compatible tip replacements made of memory foam. 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As I shared on Twitter a few days ago, I've modded the AirPods Pro's silicone tips with an extra memory foam layer, which helps the tips fit better in my ears, resulting in a warmer sound and overall more comfortable feel. The best part: I did not have to cut the memory foam layer myself - I simply took the foam layer from a pair of Symbio W eartips and fitted it inside the AirPods Pro's tips. The final result looks like this: Allow me to offer some context around how I discovered this method and how you can perform this mod yourself with relative ease. I was looking around for discussions related to AirPods Pro and memory foam tips a few weeks back, and I came across this discussion thread on the MacRumors forums where a few users reached the following consensus: until third-party manufacturers come up with a compatible clip that attaches to AirPods Pro and lets you use alternative tips, for now the best DIY mod involves taking a memory foam insert and sliding Apple's silicone tips inside it so that the foam layer ends up sitting between the central plastic "stem" of the tip and its outer layer. This is what I mean: Based on the aforementioned MacRumors thread, I purchased a set of Symbio W eartips from Amazon Japan (Symbio also has an official website with worldwide shipping, but I have not tried it myself). Symbio's in-ear tips are well suited for this kind of mod for a couple reasons. First, they are hybrid tips that feature a silicone membrane with an inner memory foam layer; if you pull out the silicone part, you can access the memory foam "ring" contained inside it and remove it so you can use it elsewhere. And second, the Symbio W's foam layer is thin and short enough that it can fit in the gap between the plastic stem and silicone layer in Apple's tips, while matching their height in all three sizes as well (just like AirPods Pro, the Symbio W eartips come in small, medium, and large sizes). This means that, unlike other mods, applying the Symbio W's foam parts to AirPods Pro's silicone tips will let the AirPods Pro case close just fine. Now, if you want to replicate this setup yourself, here's how you can do it in less than a minute for each AirPod. Grab one of the Symbio eartips (if you are using the medium tips for your AirPods Pro, use the medium Symbio tip too) and pull out the silicone exterior so that the memory foam portion is clearly visible: Next, gently remove the memory foam ring from the eartip: Grab the tip of your AirPods Pro and pull out the soft silicone part - again, do not apply too much pressure because you do not want to break it - so that it looks like this: Slide the plastic base of the AirPods' tip into the foam ring, then carefully adjust it so that it does not cover the vents (which help relieve pressure in your inner ear), as pictured below: Lastly, pull down the outer silicone layer of the AirPods' tip so it covers the newly inserted foam part, adjust the foam again so it does not cover the vents, and voila: Now, obviously this is a DIY modification and it's by no means an absolutely perfect match for Apple's design - but it's a close approximation that has helped me enjoy some of the benefits of memory foam tips despite the fact that I still have to use Apple's official tips. I've been rocking this setup for the past week, and not only do I find my AirPods Pro more comfortable to wear for prolonged listening sessions because the tips fit better in my ears and do not wobble as much as before, but sound isolation is also better (as confirmed by Apple's fit test in Settings). Thanks to the extra foam layer, the modded tips "fill" my ears, creating a better seal and ensuring the AirPods stay in place. As a result of the superior fit, I've also noticed a slightly warmer sound with a bit more bass than before, which I believe is a pleasant addition. Best of all, my right AirPod always stays in place now (which was not the case before the mod) and the additional foam layer has not been an issue for the case, which still closes perfectly. I recognize that after spending $249 on AirPods Pro, I should not have to invest roughly $18 (plus shipping) on a mod that only sort-of lets me use foam tips with them. Apple should provide users with more choice in terms of the materials used in the default tips: ideally, for $249 the company should offer a selection of silicone and memory foam tips in the box. But I also like my AirPods Pro a lot, and I use them for several hours every day, and I wanted to make them fit my ears better today. I am pretty happy with this temporary mod; until a better solution comes along, Symbio's W eartips have proven to be good companions to Apple's silicone tips, and I recommend them.
Find Back Pain Relief with the Right Mattress
Back aches and pains cannot be relieved by just a trip to the massaging parlor or taking pain relievers. No siree. Getting rid of this excruciating pain is much more possible if you choose the right mattress.If you have absolutely no idea about mattress technologies and mattress brands, this is the best time to educate yourself on what technology is specifically used to relieve back aches.Memory Foam Mattress This mattress type has one primary goal-that is to get rid of pressure points, stiff muscles, and back aches. Numerous mattress companies have already followed the trend for memory foam mattresses as a response to the demand of many consumers.What memory foam does is it pushes against your body. It conforms to the temperature of your body and supports every part. Even when you switch sleep position, a memory foam mattress immediately follows your body's contours.To maximize the potential of memory foam mattress, choose one with a good density. Sleep experts say those that are already suffering from back aches and those with angled figures (with bones sticking out) need more support, therefore 5 pounds of mattress density is advised. If you are more on the rounder side, a little less than 5 pounds is sufficient.Latex Mattress Latex mattresses are your next bet when it comes to a firm support. It is less firm but it is just right to conform well to your body angles. The open cell structure inside the mattress absorbs most of your weight and pushes back to prevent sore muscles.Using latex mattress has more advantages than just a mattress that can get rid of pressure points. It is also beneficial to your health. Since it is made from natural rubber tree sap, it is resistant to mold, mildew, bacteria and other mattress horrors.Hybrid Mattress Some people just could not get used to the firm support of memory foam. You can start by getting a hybrid mattress or those mattresses that use two technologies. Just make sure that the dominating technology is either latex or memory foam so the support to your whole body is still ensured. You can also choose the combination of latex and memory foam if the features of each mattress appeal to you.These types of mattresses work well in getting rid of back pains. Start looking for your own mattress now and start having restful sleep and wake up every morning without the usual bodily pains.
6 Unique Tips for Guaranteed Sweet Dreams
On your third cup of coffee and it's not even noon There are far too many of us worrying ourselves awake about getting a good night's rest, and the truth is it's affecting our physical and mental well-being. If you're tired of tossing and turning every night, the good news is there are more than a few ways to guarantee sweeter dreams. Whether that means finding the perfect mattress or designing a zen-er zone, here are a few simple tips for getting a happier sleep, in partnership with IKEA.A bedroom shouldn't just be the place you rest your head, it should be a sanctuary. If you're looking for some calm-inducing (and aesthetically pleasing) tricks to secure your zees, try implementing elements of feng shui design into your layout. For instance, avoid sleeping beneath a window, which is believed to be bad for your personal energy. A bed that's approachable from both sides, with nightstands on each, is also considered to be helpful. Stick to a warm neutral decor palette and make sure you have multiple light-level options to put your room on the good-vibes track.From laptops to kitchen appliances to regular ol' alarm clocks, time is literally staring us down every minute of the day. And if you're stuck with a nasty bout of insomnia, there's nothing more stressful than seeing the hours tick by. You can fix this by putting time out of sight, out of mind. Keep your phone outside of the bedroom, for instance, and you're less likely to keep yourself awake by checking the clock...or frantically refreshing your social feeds.If you're not getting a good sleep, there's a chance your mattress is the problem. Old and lumpy Not soft enough There are potentially dozens of reasons for your discomfort. Invest in a good rest by putting some (horizontal) time into picking out a new one. Head into the store and actually test out the wide array of body-contouring memory foam options, pressure-relieving latex mattresses, or airy spring and coil mattresses. You'll never know which is best if you don't give them all a lay-down dry run.From sleep disorders to general anxiety, many people have turned to weighted blankets and deep pressure therapy for rest and relaxation. Using the same principles as swaddling a baby, lying beneath a custom-weighted blanket—which should roughly be 10 per cent of your weight—has proven to be incredibly calming, often increasing production of serotonin and melatonin. The right pillow situation is equally key. Whether you're a side-sleeper, back-sleeper, or all-over-the-bed sleeper, don't worry, there's a pillow for that!Believe it or not, there's an entire YouTube community ready to lull you to sleep—on purpose! ASMR (which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is most easily defined as the pleasurable, tingly feeling you experience after hearing certain audio triggers, like gentle whispering, the strike of a match, or the rustle of leaves. If you're having trouble sleeping, cue up a playlist of ASMRtists, plug in your headphones, sit back, and soak in a world of soothing soundscapes.If you're feeling extra stressed in the evening, take a deep breath: Certain scents can help you unwind. Aromatherapy has long been used to trigger sleep, with essential oils of lemon, sage and jasmine, among others, believed to be especially calming. Lavender may be the most praised of the bunch, with studies suggesting the floral scent is especially effective with curing insomnia, and has the ability to affect our neuro-receptors, the same as anti-anxiety medication.Why not make every night a dreamy night (quite literally) with custom linens, lighting and bedroom decor from IKEA. Bountiful zees await!
Find the Best Mattresses and Pillows for Side Sleepers Today
During my process of selection, I noticed the vast amount of time it took to research which mattresses provide the most comfort and support to side sleepers like myself. With literally several hundred different types of mattresses to pick from, I was overwhelmed. I ended up doing extensive research on the best mattresses for side sleepers by noting down the features, pros and cons of each product. Only then, I was able to finally narrow down my choices and purchase the right mattress for myself. I have learnt a lot during this process and I've decided to create this website to share with you what I knowledge I have gained. I do not work in the mattress or pillow industry, nor do I get paid by any of the manufacturers to promote their products. I am just like you, a side sleeper thriving to continuously improve the quality of sleep I get every night. I want to provide my fellow side sleepers with honest, objective and informative reviews on the best mattresses and pillows out there for a side sleeper. My Top Picks for the Best Mattresses in 2016 The following are the top 3 mattresses based on the extensive research that I've been collecting for this website for the past several months. More specifically, I've been keeping track of which mattresses people are most interested in, the mattresses that are viewed the most times, have been purchased a good number of times as well as the mattresses which have the best reviews based on my findings. From all my research, I've found that the best mattresses for side sleepers are... This Turf & Needle (T&N) foam mattress is one of the best-selling mattresses for a good reason. Its proprietary T&N adaptive foam layer provides the mattress with a unique characteristic, in that it has a more responsive surface when compared to most memory foam mattresses. The mattress also incorporates cooling gel and graphite to provide better airflow and reduce heat buildup between you and the mattress. You can not go wrong with the T&N mattress if you are a side sleeper as this is a mattress that provides maximum comfort and support. >>Click here to buy the T&N 10-inch Mattress >Click here to buy the DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams Mattress >Click here to buy the Brentwood Home 13-Inch Gel HD Memory Foam Mattress 1. how can i go to sleep faster ?Having trouble getting to sleep? Try these tips to help you go to sleep faster. Difficulty: Easy Instructions Things You will Need cozy bed and pillows Memory foam mattress or topper complete darkness silence 1 Lay down and clear your mind. Do not think about your tasks or problems of the day or the issues that you may face tomorrow. 2 Focus on your breathing. Inhale for 3 seconds (count one-one thousand...) Exhale for 3 seconds. Continue this with your eyes closed and mind clear. 3 Start releasing the stress in your body. Begin with your head. Tighten your face muscles, squint your eyes, hold for a second and then release. Next tighten the muscles in your neck. Hold and release. Work your way down to your shoulders. Tighten and release. Continue this process down your body all the way to your toes. Continue to focus on your breathing pattern while tightening and releasing your muscles. 4 Continue this pattern of breathing and stress release until you find your body fall into a complete state of relaxation. You will then be asleep. Tips & Warnings If you try this and still have problems falling asleep, then you probably are not clearing your mind. If you are having trouble clearing your mind, think of a tranquil scene. Sometimes I imagine I am laying on a sailboat or small yacht with a warm breeze and smooth waves rocking me back and forth. Repeat the above tips nightly and your body will soon recognize when it's sleep time and automatically put you to sleep. Update If you are feeling discomfort from your bed; springs, hardness etc. maybe you should purchase a new mattress or a memory foam topper. I highly recommend the memory foam topper because it's inexpensive and feels great to lay on. Also feel free to upgrade your pillows when they become flat and un-cozy.2. How can I stop my memory foam mattress from slipping off the foundation?Get a large sheet of rubberized mats they sell for putting under area rugs to keep them from slipping. Sold anywhere area rugs are sold. Lift the mattress off the box spring, lay the anti slip mat down and put the mattress back. No more slipping3. What is the best way you can prevent back pain without spending a lot of money?I suffered from horrible back pain until I did the following:1.) Yoga at least once a week 2.) Standing desk 3.) Memory foam mattress
Buy a Memory Foam Topper Or a New Mattres.. Big Dip in Current Mattress?
Toppers are not for use with sagging mattresses. They are to make a firm bed softer1. Buy a memory foam topper or a new mattres.. big dip in current mattress?Based on your description "hammock" it sounds like the dip is too deep to fix with a topper. The foam toppers are made to conform to the shape of the supporting base; so you would have a hammock styled topper if you tried that. You obviously want to save money so my suggestion is to look into the Component Bed so that in the future you can just buy parts which is what you are trying to do now anyways.2. Are Tempur-Pedic mattresses worth the investment?When Tempur-pedic first came out there were no other memory foam options and for several years after that the other options that were available were not very good. This allowed them to build a reputation as THE memory foam company. This is no longer the case today. There are many many foam manufacturers who are now making memory foam that IMO is at least as good quality and in some cases better than TP at much lower prices. Many of these are also more breathable than TP and do not sleep as hot. Each of them has their own similar but unique feel. There is also unfortunately some very poor quality memory foam being imported from Asia and other places that will not last very long and does not have nearly the same properties as better quality memory foam. There is an organization that tests memory foam both for offgassing and durability in the US called "Certi-Pur" and its European counterpart called Europur and it is a good idea to both know the source of the memory foam in any mattress you are considering and to make sure the source is a member of one of these (there are others as well). Beware of anyone telling you that memory foam is in any way "green" ... even if some of the polyols (an ingredient used in manufacture) have been replaced with soy or other so called "natural" polyols. They are still 80% petrochemical in nature and memory foam itself is in no way green or natural. This is all a marketing gimmick based on half truths. A good US "brand" of memory foam IMO is either Sensus or Aerus made by a company called Foamex however there are also several other high quality memory foams manufactured in the US and Europe. The best quality memory foams are 5 lbs / cu ft or more and I would certainly avoid any memory foam with a density less than 4.0 lbs / cu ft in a lower price mattress and higher if your budget warrants it. Tempurpedic is a good quality memory foam and is a "known quantity" which makes them safer than buying unknown foam. Unfortunately they also take advantage of their position and the lack of consumer information and knowledge about memory foam in general to charge prices that I believe can no longer be justified in today's much more competitive market. More information here ...3. How can I clean cat pee out of a memory foam mattress?Go to the pet store and purchase "Natures Miracle" It comes in a red and white bottle. When you apply it, put it on heavy! Cat urine is extremely concentrated (desert animals you know they do not drink much water) and needs to be flushed out. The Natures Miracle has enzymes in it that dissolve the urine compounds that cause the odor.4. Families coated in tiny glass fibers after removing cover on memory foam mattressesMichelle Cantrell, of Austin, Texas, unzipped the cover on her daughter's 7-year-old memory foam mattress to wash it and noticed a tear in the cover. She did not think anything of it until several days later when she started itching after putting on a shirt that had been washed with the cover. She turned the shirt inside out and shined a light on the fabric, "just to see if I could see anything," she told Texoma's Homepage. "You could see all the shards of fiberglass just sticking up like knives." She realized it came from the mattress pad. The Cantrells bought their mattress from Canada-based DHP Furniture through Amazon. "In order for us to meet U.S. federal mattress flammability standards, many memory foam mattresses are constructed with a fire retardant knit fabric barrier that includes glass fiber threads," a company spokesperson said. The fibers are concealed under the quilting of the mattress cover on memory foam mattresses and serve as a fire barrier. The Cantrells hired a decontamination team to clean up the prickly fibers that had settled throughout their house. After six visits, the family still spots a fiber sparkling in the light, causing them to itch or cough. Cantrell also had to throw out all the pillows and blankets and nearly half of her clothes because she just could not get the fibers out of the fabric. What Cantrell cannot understand is why there was no warning label on the mattress. Oddly, Cantrell is not the only person who has been pricked by glass fibers after removing the covering of a memory foam mattress. Brittney Rodriguez of San Antonio said she followed the care instructions on her 7-year-old mattress, which said, "To Clean Mattress Outer Cover: Machine wash cold in mild detergent. Gentle spin cycle. Dry on gentle air cycle. DO NOT BLEACH, DO NOT DRY CLEAN." But after following the instructions, glass fibers suddenly coated her entire apartment. "This stuff gets up your nose, your eyes, and everywhere and it's hard," said Brittney's mother, Maria Astolfo. She called for an estimate to clean up the near-invisible mess and was told it would cost more than $4,000. Like Cantrell, many of Astolfo and Rodriguez's possessions were unsalvageable. "I am frustrated at this point, I am exhausted," Rodriguez told KUTV. Astolfo purchased her daughter's mattress from Walmart and got the name of the mattress manufacturer. The company agreed to refund the full $309 purchase price and are awaiting a separate estimate for cleaning the family's apartment. According to Texoma's, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is not aware of any health risks associated with fiberglass in memory foam mattresses or mattress covers. But Amazon reviews show that the problem is not an isolated incident. Beasley Allen is not currently accepting claims related to this consumer product.
How Nasa Inspired Paul George's New Nikes
Since 1958, NASA has been responsible for some of the greatest scientific feats in modern history - the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that landed the first people on the moon in and the STS-95 mission that sent 77-year-old John Glenn back into space come to mind. NASA's major contributions to humankind are without question, but it's also important to remember the little things.NASA recently teamed up with Nike to create the PG 3 X NASA. The shoe was inspired by NBA All-Star Paul George's love for NASA. The material and colors on the shoe are some of the very same featured on space suits. The kicks retailed for $120 before selling out almost instantly.The PG 3 isn't NASA's first foray into footwear. While the famed 1969 Apollo 11 mission served as an inspiration for an entire generation to dream of reaching the stars, one person had dreams of filling sneakers with air. That man was former NASA engineerFrank Rudy. After Apollo 11, the agency used a process called "blow rubber molding" to create hollow shoe soles that could be filled with shock absorbing material. This technology was originally used to produce safer flight helmets, but Rudy knew it could be used to help runners. In 1971 Rudy contacted Nike and pitched them the idea of putting shock absorbing air cells in the soles of its running shoes - and the Nike Air was born.Here's a look at other ways NASA tech and engineers have helped humankind take some giant everyday steps. And no, despite popular opinion NASA had no hand in creating Tang or Teflon.Memory foamIf you enter the sandman's sweet nightly embrace on a memory foam mattress, you have NASA to thank. That's right, the same folks that put the first human on the moon also puts millions to sleep every night. The material was first created to help keep test pilotswell cushionedduring flights, but soon went on to cushion everything from theater seats, football helmets and of course beds.Precision GPS navigationGlobal positioning system was implemented in the late 1970s after decades of work by scientists such asRoger L. EastonandDr. Gladys West. The technology that was initially designed for military pursuits would later be used by motorists across the world. Uncorrected GPS can be off by as much as15 meters. During the 1990s NASA, introduced Precision GPS, which is accurate within 5 centimeters.LASIKYears ago, wearing glasses seemed to be the resigned fate of everyone of a certain age. Now LASIK surgery uses laser pulses to reshape a patient's cornea. Involuntary eye movements are known as saccadic movements. For a LASIK procedure to be successful, those saccadic movements, which can occur over 100 times per second, must be tracked. In the 1980s, NASA helped develop a military tracking system calledLADAR. Later that same technology was turned into a LADARVision which is a USDA approved system used during LASIK eye surgery to help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.DustbusterThat's right, NASA had a hand creating dust's mortal enemy - the Dustbuster. Black & Decker (SWK) refined a portable, self-contained drill developed by NASA and refined it until the cordless mini vacuum known as the Dustbuster came to be in 1979.Invisible Bracesif you have a sharp smile because of invisible braces, you have NASA to thank. In the mid-1980s dental companies were searching for a material that was strong yet transparent material as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Years earlier NASA research led to the creation of atransparent ceramic material that was stronger than steel and smooth to the touch. This technology would later be used to create invisible braces.Enhanced camera techEver taken a picture with a GoPro, DSLR or cell phone? If the answer is yes, then you have been the beneficiary of NASA technology. NASA invented theCMOSactive pixel sensor which resides in most digital camera-enabled devices. The same tech is also used at your local dentist office to take X-rays of your pearly invisible-braces-straightened whites.Reggie Wade is a writer for Yahoo Finance.
Memory Foam Pillows Good for the Back .........?
I have found them great help. JC Penneys has a great cheap one1. Guide for choosing the best carpet cleaning company | Moussy Home NetworkWhen choosing a carpet cleaning company, here are three items to keep in mind to help you find the best carpet cleaning company for your needs. What cleaning method does the company use? Most companies utilize a hot water extraction method while others use shampoo or dry foam. To be sure you are using the best method for your type of carpeting, speak to a company representative or your carpet manufacturer for recommendations. It is also good to research the type of cleaning agents the company uses. If you have small children or pets, you might need a special type of cleaning solution that offers an extra level of safety. You might also want to ask about what other services are included with the carpet cleaning. For example, does the company offer spot treatment for old or difficult stains? Will company representatives move your furniture and replace it for you? Will your carpet be treated with a stain guard product after it is cleaned? Find out if a company representative will come to asses your carpet before cleaning to ensure the right cleaning method is used for your particular needs. How does the company select its employees? Is the carpet cleaning company concerned about the quality of its workforce? Are employees licensed, bonded and insured? Make a mental note about how you are treated when calling the company. Is the person assisting you professional, courteous and helpful? Ask for references to find out about timeliness, work quality and if the company's services are recommended. Visit the company's website to see what information it offers about the company's employees and what promises/guarantees they are expected to honor. Specifically, know what is included in each price quote you are given. Does the company charge per room or is a flat rate price given for all carpet to be cleaned? Will you be charged more if your carpet is more difficult to clean, or if you no longer have a warranty? Be wary of a price that sounds too good - the company may be new and inexperienced, or it may not offer the cleaning services you need. Check the company's website to see if you can get an online quote. This will allow you to compare prices before you sign on the dotted line. To get the most from your home carpet cleaning company, try Chem-Dry of Franklin, ask questions, and do your homework too. The more you know about what cleaning method is best for your carpet and what price you are willing to pay, the better off you will be. Ideally, the company will exceed your expectations and will leave you with clean, beautiful carpet.2. What is one helmet that would be adequate (not perfect, of course) for skating, biking, rock climbing, and skydiving?To answer your question, I need to first warn you that no single helmet fits all your activity. I tried to get one to save money before then I learned that the activities mentioned have different impact characteristics. I am here informing you of the risk. It might be cheaper to get two kinds of helmet for its intended purposes. Is it safe to use bike or skateboard helmet while climbing?Generally foam helmets break on impact so as to disperse the energy, preventing it from jarring your noggin. Cycling helmets are usually made of hard foam. Some higher tiered climbing helmets are foam constructed as well and these are lighter than their polycarbonate cousins. Hard helmets with sponge/harness inside works a different mechanic. Sports or water sports helmets tend to be these types including climbing where you might face repeated bashing or missile drops.With the above said, here's what I can recommend. Vapor Helmet - Black Diamond Climbing GearWall Rider | MammutBoth of the above are rated for single use climbing. Meaning that if a 5lb rock falls on it or if you bashed your head on the wall, it is as good as compromised. Many bicycle helmets are similarly constructed this way. There's also this link here: Multi-Sport HelmetsI can't find the Petzl model on the web. You might be able to get it on Amazon if they still have stock. The helmets in the page are certified for a range of activities you might be interested in. However, if you'd want to save a little more cash, I'd recommend the Protec Classic like the other answer. Although it gets hot in there during summer cycles, it lasts through repeated knocks.Right below is another kind made by Protec purely for a US DOD contract. Known as bump helmets. Don't skip this without giving it consideration. It is rated like a hard hat that is a lot more comfortable. It has a semi-hard polymer shell that flexes upon impact, and a close-cell sponge that encapsulates your skull to give it a two tier shock absorption protection. Protec Helmets:What is one helmet that would be adequate (not perfect, of course) for skating, biking, rock climbing, and skydiving?3. Memory Foam For A Hard College Bed...?HELL YA!!!!! For 20 dollars im going tomorrow!!! I love memory foam beds , I just brought a king size one from overstock ( 14") it rocks!!! you will get hooked on memory foam!
7 Top Picks - Best Cooling Mattress Toppers (Pads) UK | [UPDATED 2021 ]
If you are like many of the population and suffer from extremely hot sweaty nights under the covers, then this guide is for you. We know that a memory foam mattress is great for both comfort and support, but they are renowned for retaining heat...which, if you suffer from night sweats, much harder to get a good night's sleep. The goal of this article is to find the best cooling mattress topper for your needs and budget. The Panda topper is our best overall mattress topper for most people thanks to its suitability for most mattress types. It's corner straps mean it fits nice and snug to your existing mattress and the anti-slip layer prevents it from sliding around as your turn-over at night. Made up of "3rd generation memory foam", which was introduced to the market in 2006 and is essentially a gel memory foam, which is made up of gel particles and visco foam - a combination that is designed to reduce trapped body heat and allow body heat to escape. There is also a removable bamboo cover, making it easy to keep your topper clean and fresh and last for many years to come. With 8 sizes to choose from, you can find the exact fit you need, from single to super-king and all sizes in between. All Panda toppers, regardless of size, are 5cm thick (2 inches), and when your topper arrives it will be rolled into a nice neat and eco-friendly box with minimal packaging to throw away as most can be recycled. All in all, we highly recommend the Panda gel topper if you suffer from sleepless nights due to being too warm. The Dreamzie Orthopaedic topper is designed for all types of sleeper and has a focus on comfort no matter your preferred sleep position be it front, back or side. With 5cm of memory foam, it is built to relieve pressure points whilst you sleep, reducing those aches and pains many of us feel first thing in the morning. Thousands of people have tried this topper and it's reviews and ratings show just how good this product actually is, even if you've not heard of the brand before when it comes to cooling mattress toppers, Dreamzie know what they are doing. With a machine washable cover and all UK/EU sizes available, it is a great choice for those that run a little warm at night and would like a topper that increases the comfort of their existing mattress and provide some cooling properties. They do recommend allowing the topper ti 'air' for 24-hours after opening from its vacuum-packed box in order to allow it to get back to its pre-packaged state and any odors to dissipate. RECCI decided to take a different route with this product when compared to most cooling mattress pads on the market, in that they decided NOT to use gel, aloe or any other infused materials. They've kept this topper 100% memory foam, so if you have an existing foam mattress and love it, then this would pare nicely. They stand out feature of this topper is it's ability to form to your bodys contours and releve any stress placed on your joints as a result and since the do not use any gel infusion, they have a special weave that encourages airflow across and around the body, allowing for a cooler sleep. If you are looking for something a little different from the others and want a 100% memory foam topper, that uses a hypoallergenic bamboo cover then the RECCI could be for you. Especially if you suffer from any type of upper or lower back pain, as this product has been proven to reduce soreness and is also certified by the ISPA (International Sleep Products Association). The Millard memory foam topper is infused with PCM cooling gel, which provides a more consistent cool night's sleep thanks to the improved airflow around the body. This product uses high-density memory foam and is very durable, so it should last a long time. If you suffer from Asthma or have any other allergies, then the anti-microbial properties of the materials used in the Millard mattress pad will certainly help with those snuffles, itchy eyes and scratchy through many of us suffer from. This topper has proven to keep you cool on those warm nights and prevent night sweats that can give us a terrible broken night's sleep. the Millars's price point is also very attractive and it is the second cheapest cooling topper in our list, so if budget is the most important to you then give this a try. You make think of down as an insulative material and that it has no place in a cooling mattress topper, and I did too until I researched more about this product and the materials used. First of all, Rayon is made from bamboo, which is in most if not all toppers that help to reduce body heat, then there's the down-alternative, which is primarily used to provide the comfort layer that you lie on, providing a cloud-like padded feel. This is what you would call a pillow top mattress pad, where the top layer is like what you would find on a down duvet, for example, small squares of 'puffed-up' sections to provide support for your hips, legs, shoulders, and back. Having sold over 1-million mattress pads, it's easy to see that this is a product worth looking into. The Silentnight Airmax Mattress Topper is the budget option on our top 7 cooler toppers list, which may surprise you considering it's arguably the most recognised brand featured here today. If you've got a budget of less than 50, then the Airmax could be the best option for you. This product is slightly thinner than the others at 3cm thick, however, it does boast a cooling pillow top that allows air to flow freely and the Airmesh sidewalls allow the product to breathe, meaning no trapped hot air and a cooler nights sleep for you. Designed for mattress depths of up to 30cm, this topper has 4 corner straps which allow for each fixing to your existing mattress and also prevent the pad from sliding around. If you have allergies, the hypoallergenic materials used will certainly help to alleviate any symptoms you suffer from at night. Last but by no means least is this gel memory foam mattress topper from Inofia, which offers the thickest topper on this least at 3 inches (7.5cm). The 2cm of gel beaded infused memory foam provides ample cooling properties for any style of sleeper, combined with the 5.5cm of "Biogrey Reliefom" which is designed to relieve pressure on the body and is actually infused with charcoal, which helps to release negative ions to help with the bodies circulation, reduce fatigue and relieve stress. We really like how thick and sturdy this product feels and for the price is a real steal when compared to other products on the market that are higher-priced and offer far less than you get with the Inofia topper. In summary, a great option for those looking for a mix of quality, comfort and a reasonable price. What Are The Benefits of Mattress Toppers? If you are unsure of why you need a mattress topper or if you even need one at all, let me run through some of the key benefits they bring when it comes to getting a better nights sleep and I will let you decide if it's enough to make you try one. Of course, top of this list must be the fact that they help to keep your body cool whilst you sleep. This is not to be confused with 'cold', but 'cool' is the aim as you sleep much better in a cooler state, rather than being too hot, sweating and overheating, which causes you to wake up and kick the covers off whilst tossing and turning. Of course, you should look for those toppers that offer cooling features, such as the 7 products listed above. If you suffer from any kind of joint pain in bed then toppers have been known to really take the edge of and even remove the pain altogether. The pillow-top style of these pads provides more support, comfort and cushioning that you mattress perhaps does not , allowing your joints to take a break for being under stress all day/night. If you have asthma or any other allergies related to dust and fumes/odours etc, then a topper can be a cheaper alternative to getting a new mattress. The materials used are key here, so be on the lookout for anything that states 'Hypoallergenic' and 'Anti-microbial'. In bed, you give off moisture, sweat and perhaps smells that can ruin a mattress since so few of them have removable covers that can be washed. Toppers, on the other hand, are much smaller and easier to clean with most providing a remember (often made of Bamboo) zipped cover that can be washed at 30 or 40 degrees depending on the materials used. In addition, many of the toppers come with dust-mite resistant material, which again, is great for allergy sufferers and just general cleanliness and hygiene. They also keep your mattress super clean which will lengthen the life span, which is a bonus since mattresses are much more expensive to replace than a mattress pad/topper. Will a cooling mattress topper make me feel cold at night? In short, no. The cooling properties come from the materials used, which help to draw excess heat and moisture away from the body and improve airflow around you. They do not make you feel cold, however, most offer a 30-day trial at a minimum so if it's not for you you should be able to return it. If your product comes with a cover, then yes you can typically was the 'cover only' at 30 or 40 degrees. You cannot wash the actual topper itself in a machine, however, a sponge clean ann a quick-dry would work for stains. This refers to the top sleeping surface of the mattress pad and is the filled portion, which is often separated into diamonds or squares to kee the material in place. The materials used are usually down or a down-alternative, or some other man-made hybrid material that provides added comfort. How thick should my topper be? Generally, you will find most toppers come in 3cm, 5cm and 7-8cm thickness and how thick your topper is, is really down to personal preference. For example, if you have an older, thinner or cheaper mattress, then a thicker mattress pad would be the way to go to increase the comfort of your existing sleep setup. However, if you already have a thick mattress, then a 3cm would do just fine. If you are unsure then most will come in at 5cm which is a nice happy-medium and suitable for most. We've covered the 7 best cooling toppers and what to look for when choosing the one that fits your needs. If you are still on the fence, I encourage you to try the one you feel ticks the most boxes for you and take advantage of the money-back guarantee and sleep-trials available. With so many products on the market when it comes to improving sleep quality, companies are taking note that buying these products online can be difficult and you may not always be 100% happy with your choice. So buy it - try it is my motto and rest comfortably in the knowledge that you can always try a different product if needed.1. Homosexuals, please vote in this poll:?I am a bisexual woman...but I've been known to bite my fair share (and your fair share, and his fair share) of pillows. Synthetic is best. Down gets stuck in your teeth, and memory foam is too easy to bite through.2. How do i fix my sagging memory foam mattress?Yeah that will help temporarily
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