Thursday, March 27, 2014

Weird Stuff

I recently ran across an article on something called Oil Pulling.  It intrigued me, because it said it could do miracles across the board, including sleep.  Normally I am a skeptic, and this is no exception.  I like to be shown that something works, but I also am willing to try things that I deem could not be harmful.

So I am experimenting.  The article I read suggested to use coconut oil or sesame seed oil.  Since I am not fond of coconut, I am using the sesame oil.  They recommended it be cold pressed.  On further research, I have found that either sesame or coconut is touted by different people.  Often because of economics, like the site that sells coconut oil!

One of the benefits is supposed to be better, deeper sleep.  I'm not sure how that happens, but I am experimenting with this to see if it indeed helps.  The problem is I already sleep pretty good, with all the research I have done, I have the basics in hand.

This is day 5.  It took some getting used to, the recommended time I have seen most is 20 minutes.  I bore easily, so this may be the biggest hurdle.  Since starting, I have noticed my breath seems fresher.  My allergies, considering it is spring, seem to be lessened, but I have not noticed any difference in my sleep.

Being a skeptic, I see crazy claims all the time.  I will continue the experiment for at least this bottle of oil, and if anything sleep related happens, I will share.  In the meantime, if any one out there has used it and noticed any changes in sleep, in particular, I would be interested in hearing from you.

If Oil Pulling does all it is supposed to do, expect to be reading this blog for another 50 to 70 years!  It has, like I mentioned helped in some things, but it seems mostly in the mouth at this time.  The primary reason I waned to try it is that I have some gingivitis, and if I can fix that, I would be happy.  That seems a little better, but I'm sure its too early to know for sure.  Connect with us here, or leave a comment with this blog with your experience with Oil Pulling.

Oil Pulling may help sleep, but great sleep is a great goal.  As always, we are in it for you to...

Sleep Well!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Closet Full of Pillows?

One of the advantages, if it is, to being in the bedding business, is that you hear what people want.  When we posted a blog on how to buy a pillow, it was one of our most read blogs.  It is then that you want to reprise that blog, perhaps going into deeper analysis of what we feel is the problem of buying a pillow today.

The biggest problem, we see, is that in so many cases, we can't 'test' the pillow.  Especially in the mass merchants like department stores and big box bedding stores.  And the pillow must 'fit' the individual.  As with other articles of clothing, a poor fit is not comfortable.  And also as with clothing, pillows do eventually wear out.  The wear out process is slow, and at some point, we determine that the pillow just isn't feeling right.  That's not unusual, since everything made by man is going to wear out.

The pillow is used to support the neck, not so much the head.  That's why so many people scrunch their pillows.  Scrunching is easier on more traditional materials like down, or alternative down.  It is almost impossible to scrunch a memory foam pillow, as an example.

Then there is quality, in our store, we found a pillow that at face value looked to be a good pillow.   It was contoured to support the neck, it wasn't too heavy, which is a problem with many memory foam pillows, and it was reasonable in price, under $30.  The problem turned out that the quality just wasn't there.  And it was too short for most people, especially men.

We constantly look for the perfect pillow.  You probably have seen the commercials and infomercials for the next great pillow.  You may also have a closet full of pillows that you have tried, and either didn't like, or have liked, but they are worn out.  Mostly because with traditional materials, it no longer fluffs. 

The thing is, most natural materials like down, can last a very long time, if cared for properly.   It is important that they have quality ingredients, like good down and high tread count covers.  We need to also make sure the pillow is washable, because over time oils and other things can mat the material down, washing will take those substances out of the pillow. We don't want to wash the pillow too much though, as that will contribute to wear.  That is why pillow protectors are so important.  They will offer a washable layer that will absorb many of the oils and sweats that we put into our pillows, without having to wash the pillow as frequently.  Yet the protector can be removed and washed regularly, and replaced if it starts to wear, at a lower price than a good quality pillow.

Having seen this, our company has come up with a solution to the closet full of pillows.  We introduced our Generation Pillow with a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the fluffiness of the pillow.  If it ever fails to fluff, with normal care, we will replace it for a small shipping and handling charge.  You can see this pillow on our web site, or buy it on eBay at a discount.  Mention you heard it here, and we will double orders coming from our web site, and a free pillow protector. Along with the pillow will be a detailed care guide.  We are confident that following this guide will keep your pillow fluffy for the rest of your life, if it doesn't, we will replace it.