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The Significance Of Dreams In Your Sleep

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Yes, “dreams can come true” as the song goes, those in your waking life when building castles in the air and also those in your sleep–which is the subject matter of another write-up altogether… But where do dreams in your sleep come from?

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When do Dreams Happen?

There are 2 stages of your sleep, NREM (Non Rapid Eye Movement) and REM (Rapid Eye Movement), which occur in that succession. REM sleep takes up just about 25% of your sleep as an adult, and a whooping 80% of your dreams actually take place in this stage (which is incident in the last third of your sleep). NREM sleep (which has 3 levels: N1, N2, N3) takes up a good 75% of the sleep in adults, but only about 20% of your dreams will occur in the NREM stage.

 

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Dream Recollection: How to Remember your Dreams

And the plot thickens… It has been shown that it is much easier and more likely for you to remember the dreams that occur in your REM sleep compared to the dreams that occur in your NREM sleep. Further, should you be woken up suddenly while you’re still in your REM sleep, you will also find it easier to recollect your dreams, even so, more than you would recall were you to make an effort to remember your dreams when waking up in the morning while leaving your bed.

 

Comparing REM dreams with NREM dreams

REM dreams:

Dreams in your REM sleep are notably usually rather lucid, intense, or vivid; delusory, unreal, or illogical; unusual, incongruous, bizarre.

NREM dreams:

Though you’re more likely to remember your REM sleep dreams compared to NREM sleep dreams, your dream recollection of NREM dreams upon suddenly waking up (while in NREM sleep) is bound to be more lifelike, vivid, graphic, realistic.

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Painting a Picture of your Dreams: Characteristics of Dreams

Do you dream in color, monochrome…what is the color scheme of your dreams? It should come as no surprise that most dreams typically occur in the natural colors, and are generally not monochrome or black and white; in fact, some dreams may be rather colorful and dazzling.

It goes further than just color, in that you do use all your 5 senses (vision, auditory, olfactory, palate and haptic) in your dreams. Just like some senses are used more often in real waking life (that is, visual and auditory more than tactile, smell then taste) so is the prevalence of usage in the dream life.

 

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Those Bad Dreams called Nightmares…

Nightmares occur in some people, more frequently than in others, and with more severity or intensity of the Dream Anxiety Attack as they are otherwise referred to as. Just as the name suggests, nightmares — their intensity and incidence — tends to be greatly influenced by real life events that provoke worry and anxiety.

 

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With regards to the correlation between age and nightmares, it is shown that nightmares are more common in children (highly prevalent at a young age) and typically set off from about 3 to 5 years of age when the child begins to experience bad dreams and even react fearfully in waking life through manifestations like fear of the dark, not wanting to sleep in their room alone, crying and screaming at night.

 

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Nonetheless, nightmares, their severity, intensity and frequency do tend to gradually decrease with increase in age so that they’re more common in children than in the elderly.

 

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Designing Your Bedroom For Vacation in Slumberland

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Your bedroom should feel like the consummate haven, an inviting restful place where you take shelter (or refuge) away from the bustling world outside; an escape where you can switch off completely and focus on nothing, a place to fully relax and catch some quality R&R…A fully loaded Leggett and Platt Prodigy 2.0 adjustable bed would be the ideal solution, but for many, even catching a siesta is a bonus if it happens! Beyond health reasons and environmental disturbance, the bedroom atmosphere could be robbing you of a good night’s sleep and curtailing your much needed vacation in Slumberland! Designing your bedroom to be suit your relaxation needs could be fun — or painstaking, but worth the effort, else your other option is to keep enduring sleeping in a sleep-free zone.

 

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Basics of Designing your Bedroom

Your bedroom decor should blend in a harmonic structure of shapes and colors that complement each other and compliment the bedroom space. The outcome of such meticulous decor is a positive influence that impacts your mood and imparts harmony in what you feel which will be nothing short of a sense of inner peace and calm…

It is obviously imperative to have your bedroom space being a reflection of the different aspects that significantly define your personality, your lifestyle, your likes – a picture of your character, depicting your tastes and exhibiting your passions. We don’t have to be artists to have an aesthetic eye or artistic value, and this too would be the icing on your bedroom cake.

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Key things to have in mind are the profound and inevitable need for not just utmost comfort, but for practical functionality as well. Just like you could be visionary or even philosophical about your bedroom design, so should you be keen on ensuring that your bedroom does indeed boost the quality of your life – aesthetically, restfully, comfortably, and otherwise.

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Everything in your bedroom space will dictate on how comfortable, harmonious, inviting, and sophisticated your sleeping haven will be…including: the furnishings, furniture accessories, lighting and lamps, fabrics and drapery, rugs and carpeting, among other objects. While some bedroom design aspects will be conspicuous and statement elements, others will still add value in subtle and moderated capacities; nothing should seem to be competing for the bedroom space. For instance, stylistic design features could be subtly and intricately merged with technology without clouding or crowding the bedroom atmosphere.

 

Planning and Budgeting for your Interior Bedroom Design

Melding your comfort, well-being and pleasure all rolled up into one package between the four walls of your bedroom could be a personal D-I-Y project, or the assignment of an interior designer. All this, depending on your bedroom design budget; the available time (whether you’ll be living there while the bedroom is being redesigned, or if you’ll have to temporarily move out of the bedroom for some renovation works.

 

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Hoarding and Bedroom Design

Designing your bedroom also goes further than just the aesthetic appeal and artistic effects…it also and often necessitates the need for some (if not a great deal of) de-cluttering which will involve: some replacements – say with modern furnishings or new beddings and drapery; and disposing off of items that no longer serve their purpose, or, are much worse, killing the zen in your bedroom space and therefore ruining your vacation in slumberland.

 

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Diagnosing Your Sleeping Position: How Do You Sleep?

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How many sleeping positions do you know, rather and more importantly, what’s your dominant sleep position? Not to venture into the wealth of literature you’ve read on the topic at hand, but scientifically speaking, there are only just 3 sleep positions: Sleeping on your stomach, sleeping on you back, or sleeping on your side. Then begs the next question: what good does your reflexive sleep position do you?

 

Benefits of the different sleep positions

1. Sleeping on your Side:

This touted to be extremely beneficial for anyone with sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep loss and sleep impairment. How so? Scientific research has shown that you’ll easily catch more rest while sleeping on your side; and in this position you’re much less likely to experience sleep disruption. Aside from the nocturnal ones with sleep disorders, other groups of people for whom sleeping on the side is highly recommended include people with:

  • Hip dislocation or hip pain
  • Weak joints and painful joints (inflamed joints)
  • Backache and sore shoulders
  • Expectant women

 

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It is appreciated that sleeping on your side alleviates the pressure and pain imposed on the body’s pressure points and aforementioned key common body complaints. Side-sleeping does not even necessitate the use of a pillow or to use your lower arm as a pillow: this is because your neck will be naturally supported while your lower shoulder is completely hunched (your neck tends to obey gravity by reflexively deviating to grounding).

 

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Sleeping on your side can be enacted in several variations of the position, but you’re sure to be most comfortable with your knees curled up towards your chest area while lying on your side. There may be a minor traction formed in the lower back area (about the cervical spine).

 

2. Sleeping on your Back:

Otherwise called the Supine sleeping position, lying on your back has been known to be counterproductive to sleep by inducing :

  • Phases of intermittent sleep apnea
  • Sleep deprivation due to sleep loss and sleep disruption – causing an overall lower quality of sleep due to the impact on the normal sleep-cycle
  • Agitation of the sleeper leading to restlessness – the supine sleeper may wake up feeling sore or tired especially in the shoulders and back area

Not to rule out sleeping on the back.. A recommended remedy to counter the potential risks of the supine position is by anchoring the knees so that they’re a little elevated; and this could be by placing a rolled towel or soft pillow right beneath the knees. This should naturally align the body, inclining the body’s spine to its natural curvature.

 

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3. Sleeping on your Stomach:

So far this may very well be the least favored of the aforementioned sleeping positions, lying on your stomach, also known as the Prone sleeping position. Sleeping prone is not recommended by medical professionals, more so sleep experts…They warn that sleeping on the stomach poses the following risks:
Prone sleepers experience constant tossing and turning in bed in a bid to settle in a comfortable sleeping position

  • Has been reported to promote restlessness
  • Sleeping on your tummy may lead to sore upper shoulders and neck pain
  • It leads to strain and tension in the lower back are
  • It causes discomfort and compression of your precious internal organ
  • Is generally strenuous on your neck and spine

Persons suffering from sleeping disorders are altogether advised against the Prone-position which only further complicates their sleeping disturbances.

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Nonetheless, the prone sleeper is advised to keep most complications at bay by simply doing without a pillow, or, if absolutely necessary, to get by with a very soft pillow. The cushioning of a pillow is deemed unnecessary in this sleeping position so as to avoid having the sleeper’s neck anchored in awkward uncomfortable angles relative to the spine. On our review of the best memory foam mattress brands, we recommend firm mattresses for stomach sleepers.

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Consensus on Most Favorable Sleeping Position

There is to no surprise, a faction of sleep scientists who insist that sleeping on the back (Supine-position) is actually the most recommended way to sleep. Perhaps this has a lot to do with how parents are advised to lay their infant babies in supine positioning, or why inpatients admitted in hospital wards are made to lie down this way by default on their hospital beds. Supporting supine as the healthiest sleeping position is a number of reasons advocating sleeping on your back:

  • The supine position posited to promote optimal blood flow to the brain and eliminates the risk of congestion
  • Facilitates for easier breathing eliminating the risk of suffocation or obstructed breathing obstruction

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The ultimate supine sleeping position is specified as lying on your back with your head inclined with an elevation of about 10 – 30% for optimal comfort and rest. Case in point, for instance, is lying in a hammock… Even in historical native tradition, the default lying position was inevitably lying on the back in supine position, with that elevation for the natural curvature of the spine — as opposed to lying down on flat level spaces.

 

Practical Approach to Supine Sleeping Position

It may take a while before you can literally train yourself into a sleeping position that is different from the sleeping posture you naturally and automatically take on when you fall asleep.

 

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To enact the proper and supposedly healthiest sleeping position, consider grabbing a couple of pillows, a mattress foam wedge, using block chips to raise the bed at the headboard side, or alternatively using an adjustable bed instead. Ideally, you should have both the head area and leg area elevated, as in an adjustable bed, but only to an optimal comfortable positioning. The wedge foam will go under the leg area to take care of the slight inclination of the legs. Your resultant sleeping position will be almost akin to resting on a reclining chair while leaning your back. It shouldn’t feel unnatural or strained but rather, relaxing, accommodating to the shoulders and back, aligning with the spine, and just right for perfect slumber.

 

 

Sleep Personalities: What Does Your Sleeping Position Say About You?

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You didn’t know what was ailing your aching back and sore joints until you read about the diagnostics of sleeping positions–more importantly, the diagnosis of your own typically default sleep posture. Now you’re just about to find out how your sleeping position speaks volumes about you, and that one only needs to watch you sleeping to figure out the kind of a person you really are during waking hours.

 

How many sleeping positions are there?

First things first, how about going through the sleeping positions and finding out how many ways you could “pose in slumber”…that is, how many different sleeping positions Classifications vary, and some consider alternative complexities like sleeping positions for couples, the physically challenged; or by sleeping space: sleeping positions in a train/vehicle, in a small space, on a hard surface, just to dart a few examples.

One classification, the one used here is based on a scientific study that assessed how test subjects slept and whether their sleeping positions had any indications to their personality traits.

Here 6 sleeping positions are analyzed accordingly with research study results:

 

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1. Fetus sleeping position

In the study, a great number of test subjects were found to sleep in the fetal position, precisely, 41% of the study group. The Fetal sleeping position typically entails sleeping in a curled up fashion just like a fetus in the pregnant mother’s womb.
Fetal sleepers are usually women among whom the prevalence is twice more probable and even favorable especially when they are pregnant (it is also the ideal sleeping position for expectant women).

 

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Variations to the Fetus sleeping position are:

1.1.   Full-Fetal sleeping position

Here the sleeper simply sleeps completely hunched up exactly like a curled up fetus in the womb.Fetal sleepers sleep on their sides, all curled up, knees very close to the chest, while the head is inclined forward.

Full-Fetal Personality Profile:

Full-fetal sleepers are said to be extremely emotional and sensitive beings, and therefore have intense, highly-charged relationships that are personal and one-to-one. Another interesting observation that was made is that women who are naturally inclined to sleeping in the full-fetal sleeping position have great potential to experience multiple orgasms during sexual intercourse.

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1.2.   Semi-Fetal sleeping position

The semi-fetal position may very well be the most prevalent sleeping position of all with the majority of people naturally falling asleep while in this position. Sleep experts also vouch for the semi-fetal sleeping position as the ideal and optimal positioning. It entails sleeping on your side while your knees are slightly hunched up towards the belly; and one arm may be stretched out above your head while the other arm comfortably rests above the other and cradling your head in a suitable angle.

Semi-Fetal Personality Profile:

Semi-fetal sleepers are seen to be very compromising and even have a conciliatory nature. They are peacable, pose no threats, and also seen to be non-shakers.

 

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Fetal Position General Personality Profile:

Fetal sleepers are touted to have a tough outer personality but are softies and very sensitive, even shy. They are however very personable and can easily warm up to others.

 

2.  Soldier sleeping position

The Soldier position entails lying on the back with one’s arms comfortably positioned beside the lying body. About 8% of the study subjects were found to sleep in this position. It is also noted that this position tends to present higher chances of snoring and this is because of the supine sleep position (lying on the back). While snoring may not necessarily cause sleep loss or sleep deprivation, it may lower the quality of sleep so that the Soldier sleeper is not well/fully rested when they wake up.

Soldier Position Personality Profile:

Soldier sleepers are considered to be less outwardly and are more internal characters, having a cool-calm-collected personality, without much fuss. Although a regular platform bed would work just fine, the Leggett and Prodigy 2.0, one of the best adjustable bed models of 2017, can be highly recommended for soldier personality sleepers.

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3.  Log sleeping position

Turns out sleeping like a log is not just a metaphorical expression… In fact Log sleepers accounted for 15% of the test subjects. It entails lying on the side while both your arms are also rested down as shown in the illustration.

Log Position Personality Profile:

Sleeping like a log implies that you are a sociable person that’s easy-going and one who trusts others with the tendency of gullibility.

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4.  Starfish sleeping position

The Starfish position is simply the Supine sleeping position (lying on the back) but with one’s arms “flinging up” just about the pillow or near the head. Some 5% of the test subjects were found to sleep in this way. Just like the Soldier sleeping position, the Starfish position also poses the risk of snoring while asleep due to the inclination when lying on your back. This further implies that the Starfish sleeper may not catch sufficient rest thus a good night’s sleep may become a constant desire due to restlessness.

Starfish Position Personality Profile:

Starfish sleepers are nice to talk to as they are good listeners. You shouldn’t have trouble starting a conversation with them or asking for assistance as they are also usually willing to help out.

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5.  Freefall sleeping position

To lie in freefall is simply an enactment of the Prone sleeping position, that is: Lying on the stomach, the head is turned over to either side, with one’s arms tucked underneath or snugly hugging a pillow. About 7% of the participants were found to sleep in freefall position.

Freefall Position Personality Profile:

Freefall sleepers have a extrovert personality, they are outgoing and can be brash. They also don’t take criticism too nicely and may be unnerved by it.

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6.   Yearner sleeping position

The Yearner sleeper lies on their side with their arms outstretched (as if beckoning with the arms or “yearning”). Study subjects who slept in this position were 13% of the test group.

 

Yearner Position Personality Profile:

Yearner sleepers have the tendency to be open-minded yet cynical. They can be obstinate and may harbor suspicions; they are rather rigid once a decision is made they cannot change their minds.

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The Science of Sleep – Know What Defines Your Sleep

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How can you tell if you’re sleeping enough? And are you suffering from Fatigue, or Sleepiness? And what is the difference, if any? Fatigue or extreme tiredness, exhaustion and weariness may be a secondary or direct consequence of sleep loss or sleep deprivation which is easily identified in constant sleepiness better known as Excessive Daytime Sleepiness.

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Measuring Sleep Patterns

Physiological analysis of your sleep using EEG Electro-encephalography, EOG Electro-oculography, and EMG Electro-myography further depict your sleep as having two key individual stages:

  1. the NREM stage (Non Rapid Eye Movement) and,
  2. the REM stage (Rapid Eye Movement).

These two sleep stages operate cyclically in alternating turns; they are independently controlled, and therefore function independently as well.

 

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Read our review of the Top 10 Best Adjustable Beds and see if that can help regularize your sleeping cycle.

In adult humans, their sleeping cycle exhibits 4 to 6 cycles, each of which averages anything from 110 to 90 minutes. NREM stage dominates about 75-80% of the total sleeping time and has 3 more sub-levels (N1, N2 and N3) , while the REM stage takes up about 20-25% of the total sleeping time and dominates the last third portion of the sleep (slow-wave sleep accounts for most of the first third of the sleeping time).

REM sleep in infant newborn babies takes up about 50% of the sleep. This however changes by the time they get to 6 years old when their REM sleep reduces to the normal average REM sleep of an adult which takes up about 25% of the sleep. It only takes about 3 months for a newborn baby to achieve the NREM/REM sleep cycling patterns of adult’s sleep.

Accordingly, the progression of sleep states goes from the wakeful state, to the onset of the sleeping state, which graduates to NREM sleep stage and finally the REM sleep stage.

 

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The EEG is most instrumental in understanding sleep disorders. EEG also helps in observing and analyzing the two main stages of sleep, NREM and REM, nonetheless, the EMG and EOG are equally important in sleep analysis. Some of the key observations made include:

 

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(For the REM – Rapid Eye Movement stage)

  • REM sleep consists of rapid rhythms, rapid EEG activity at low voltage
  • REM brainwaves are Theta waves,
  • REM waves have a saw-tooth plotting
  • REM bears rapid eye movements that are multi-directional
  • REM indicates diminished muscle activity within the chin area via an EMG
  • REM presents phased vacillation in the cardiac activity and blood pressure
  • REM features phased tongue motions
  • REM elicits irregular rates of respiration
  • REM sleep is absent of muscle tone contractions
  • REM sleep also highlights even lower responsiveness to external stimulation
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(For the NREM – None Rapid Eye Movement stage)

  • NREM is represented by progression into a state of diminished responsiveness to external or environmental stimuli;
  • NREM is characterized by slow movements of the eyes (unlike REM which has rapid eye movements)
  • NREM shows via EEG slow brainwave activity
  • NREM plotting shows waveforms with K complexes and spindles
  • NREM typically bears minimal muscle contractions and movements
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Your Sleep Requirements by Age

The amount of sleep required varies progressively with age, from the fetus, to the infant, early childhood to teenage years and finally adulthood and senior years. Sleep requirements also depend on the growth, development and maturation state of the CNS (Central Nervous System). Certain other factors are bound to affect the changes in sleep patterns and these include: environmental aspects, neurological factors, genetic background, and any other co-morbid medical disorders of the neurological system and other body systems.

 

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The bottom line remains: That one’s sleep patterns and sleeping requirements do change rather drastically from their infant years to the latter time in older age.

In newborn babies, the sleeping patterns are found to be polyphasic (meaning they need several sessions of sleeping time) whereby infants require at good 16 hours of sleeping time each day. However, this gradually decreases to about 11 hours of sleep per day as they grow older at around 3 to 5 years old. By the time they get to the pre-pubertal years of 9 to 10 years old, they only require about 10 hours of sleep per day.

Once they’ve grown into adulthood, the average requirement for adults in sleeping time is about 7 to 8 hours of sleep for a night’s sleep. Sleep in adults is monophasic meaning they only require one session of sleep (one phase, say overnight or daytime for night shift workers); this however later changes in the elderly whose sleep patterns are biphasic (which means two separate sleeping sessions, say the main sleeping time at night, plus an afternoon siesta), just like in infant babies and pre-schoolers who require biphasic sleeping sessions.

 

Circadian Rhythm of Sleep-Wake Patterns

The primary role of the Circadian Rhythm is to keep the physiological, behavioral and humoral body systems coordinated so as to modulate the sleep-wake patterns. Notably, there are two distinct and opposite components:

1. The homeostatic desire to sleep
2. The circadian rhythm of arousal

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To distinguish these two key components:
>> In the precedence homeostatic drive, the person experiences an increased need for sleep (a propensity or inclination to sleep) which is indicated by sleepiness; it comes after a prolonged period of being in the wakeful state.

>> In the precedence of the circadian rhythm, the person experiences alternations in the alertness of their physiological processes and this affects various aspects of their sleepiness or need for sleep (including the duration of sleep, timing of sleep, among other factors); these changes are experienced as they occur depending on the time of the day as they are cyclical alternations.

 

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When one wakes up in the morning after coming from deep sleep overnight, the body’s homeostatic desire for sleep is pretty much null; and the output of the SCN (Supra Chiasmatic Nuclei) is low. This may be seen by recording the firing rates of the intra-cerebral neurons.

 

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Gradually, with the progression of the day (during daytime), the homeostatic desire for sleep is seen to gain with time; and this is further counteracted by an increased output of the SCN. Towards the onset of the dusk as the day ends, the output of the SCN is however seen to diminish as the homeostatic desire which is at its peak leads to the onset of the sleeping state.

Early at dawn (during daybreak), the homeostatic desire for sleep is little to none, while the circadian rhythm is seen to take charge causing arousal that triggers one to wake up, and thus beckoning the onset of a wakeful state.

 

 

Sleep Disorders – Know What’s Killing Your Sleep

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You may have noticed that you’re more likely to feel sleepy at certain times of the day… Scientifically, there are two time periods when you’re very likely to feel sleepy and thus most vulnerable to falling asleep, and they are: the period from 2:00 AM to 6:00 AM; and the period from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. It is further noted that the earlier time capsule in the early morning hours (2:00 – 6:00 AM) bears a much stronger desire to sleep than the latter one in the afternoon.

 

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It therefore comes as no surprise that the greatest incidence of accidents due to sleepiness are found to occur at this very same time period in the early morning hours.

 

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READ: What’s the best memory foam mattress type to prevent sleep disorders?

Biological Factors Affecting Your Sleep

Aside from the homeostatic condition and circadian rhythm factors that contribute to sleep patterns in humans, certain other factors like proteins (called Cytokines, produced by Leukocytes) among other cells that act as mediators in the intra-cerebral cells also have a key role in the regulation of both sleep and immunity. Particularly, the Cytokines have a great impact on the pathogenesis and incidence of EDSExcessive Daytime Sleepiness which is associated with sleep deprivation and various sleep disorders.

 

Further, there are certain sleep enhancing substances otherwise known as sleep factors that promote sleep. After long periods of being in the wakeful state, or when the person is suffering from illness due to inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis, HIV) or infection (viral, bacterial), the concentration of these sleep factors increases markedly thus inducing sleep.

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What is the Function of Sleep?

The true function of sleep is seen to be one of the greatest mysteries in science. Nonetheless, there’s no doubting the essential necessity of sleep given that sleep deprivation has been shown to result in dire consequences in both the long-term and short-term. Sleep deprivation typically results from modern lifestyles as well as sleeping disorders such as Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, neurological, psychiatric and psychological (personality) disorders, and may also be a side-effect of medication.

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Short-term effects of sleep deprivation:

  • Low attention span
  • Diminished concentration
  • Lowered quality of life
  • Reduced productivity
  • Accidents and mishaps on the road, at home and other environs
  • Absenteeism from work or school

Long-term effects of sleep deprivation:

  • Obesity
  • Impaired memory
  • Depression
  • Cardiac disease (coronary artery disease, heart failure)
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes (especially Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus)
  • Increased mortality and morbidity (due to accidents and sleep-related chronic diseases)

 

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Undebatable is the fact that quality sleep is known to be conservative and restorative to one’s health, adaptive to one’s ideal physiological state, consolidating to one’s memory and cognitive functioning, thermoregulative in the body temperature. For instance, scientific studies have confirmed that adequate sleep before study and learning is vital to memory consolidation.

 

Prevalence of Sleep Complaints in the US population

In the final report from the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research, it was shown that over 40 million citizens of the US actually suffer from chronic sleep disorders that affect their sleep and wakeful states; the same is seen across the globe as prevalence of sleep complaints is very rampant especially with modern lifestyles and current demands. It was shown that about 35% of the US population has trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, or waking up early in the morning, or experience non-restorative sleep. For many of them (about 10%) the insomnia persists to affect their normal functioning during the day; while millions others (3-4%) suffer from Sleep Apnea. Every 1 in 5 adults is shown to complain of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS).

 

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( Sleep Deprivation – Image Courtesy www.bbc.com )

 

There were 4 main sleep-related complaints that people mostly seek medical attention for, namely:

  1. Insomnia
  2. EDS – Excessive Daytime Somnolence
  3. Inability to fall asleep
  4. Abnormal behavior and movement during sleep

 

Clinical Evaluation of your Sleeping Disorder

When you seek medical attention for your suspected sleeping disorder, several factors will be assessed even before lab tests can be carried out; you will first undergo an analysis of your medical history, as well as a physical examination of your body.

Your medical history evaluation will be as detailed as possible, assessing factors such as: your sleeping habits and patterns; medical history of any medication previously or currently being taken; any underlying neurological, psychological and psychiatric disorders; whether one is using any drugs and substances like alcohol; the family history – any genetic disorders (cardiovascular, endocrinological, respiratory, neurological) and general family background.

The medical assessment of your sleeping condition will not just focus on the symptoms presented in the tight time frame at the onset of sleep or the duration of your sleeping phase, but rather, an entire analysis of the 24 hours in your day will be under the microscope. Your sleeping pattern will be evaluated based on: time of sleep onset, frequency of sleep, type of symptoms presented and at what time.

 

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( Pediatric PSG Testing – Image Courtesy of en.wikipedia.org )

 

Some of the common symptoms typically assessed occur in the early evening (at night), or at various stages of sleep and they include:

  • RLS – Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Leg jerking during the night
  • RBD – REM Behavior Disorder
  • Abnormal NREM behavior and movements
  • Transition disorders of the Sleep-Wake cycle
  • Arousal disorders
  • Snoring
  • Repetitive awakening (sleep disruption)
  • Breathing disorders during one’s sleep (e.g. Breathing cessation while asleep)
  • Constant inevitable desire to fall asleep
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep walking
  • Lab Testing in Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

 

After the extensive evaluation of the patient’s medical history and their physical examination, laboratory testing follows suit. The ab testing should entail a build up of the primary sleeping condition that leads up to other secondary symptoms and conditions which are co-morbid to the sleep disorder.

There are 2 key lab tests in analyzing and testing a sleep disorder, and they are:

  • PSG – Polysomnography
  • MSLT – Multiple Sleep Latency Test

 

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( PSG Test Image Courtesy of – www.chicagosleepapneasnoring.com )

 

The PSG Test concurrently assesses several physiological aspects including: airflow in the nose, airflow in the mouth, repiratory (breathing) effort), saturation of oxygen, positioning of the body, snore analysis, EEG (Electro-Encephalography), EMG (Electro-Myography), EOG (Electro-Oculography), EKG (Electro-Cardiography).

 

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(MSLT Image Courtesy of – www.medscape.org )

 

Contrary to common assumptions, sleep analysis of sleep disorders is not only relevant and dynamic, but also complicated yet necessary — especially considering how important sufficient restful sleep is to your overall well-being.

 

 

Bedroom Design Tips for the Master Bedroom

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If your master bedroom does not feel like a honeymoon retreat, then you’re in the right place for some great bedroom design tips for couples’ bedroom.

 

Yin-Yang Balance: His and Hers Retreat

Strike a yin-yang balance through the dominant colors and hues, for his and hers, this including the wallpaper shades, eye-level dominant colors, and the overall color scheme. Though an ancient pre-historic Chinese medicinal concept, Yin-Yang energy balance is just as important today as it was back then.

 

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( Bedroom Designs – Image Courtesy of twevy.com )

 

Yin (female) energy balance in the room will be highlighted in the softer effeminate colors (favorite colors of hers), and in artistic bedroom accessories like embellished wallpaper; decorative embossed ceilings with sophisticated chandeliers; beautiful flower vases, lamp shades; fine drapery with thick matching rugs and carpeting; silky bedding sheets and velvety linen with enough throws and pillows neatly littered about the bedroom space…just to touch on a few of the master bedroom design tips that will channel the feminine energy.

Yang (male) energy balance in the master bedroom should easily channel through bold colors and masculine hues (or favorite colors of his); brilliant dazzling lights–assorted types strategically positioned about the bedroom space, and this includes lamps and portable spotlights; customized statement head-boards and foot-boards accompanied with macho chests and bedside tables, just to highlight a few bedroom tips for his

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Themed Master Bedroom Designs

Feel free to get all creative here in finding your desired master bedroom theme, there’s no limit to just how customized to a Tee or bizarrely unique your bedroom theme can be.

 

Default bedroom design themes you could kick off with include options of:

Modern vs. Rustic Bedroom themes

An apartment bedroom on a Condo overlooking busy New York City is more likely to feature a modern-themed decor, while a suburban villa home in Seattle is more likely to sell furnished with a Rustic-bedroom theme. Rustic would call for polished wood finishing and furnishing, carvings and sculptures, antique pieces like vintage wall clocks and ancient art, to name but a few touches.

 

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Cozy vs. Minimalist Bedroom themes

The Minimalist route is a pretty good way to strike the balance for a modern couple using just that: Simplicity through inviting minimalism. Fine lines without the frills, astute unique colors without the fanfare, functional furniture additions and elegantly blended interior decor…It’s not meant to be an obstruction, but instead, subjection to your modern lifestyle. None of the pieces in a truly modern minimalist bedroom space should be “in the way of anything”, rather, chic clever pieces should be obscurely available; creative Inlays, concealed wardrobes and tucked shelves will win the bedroom space… They key is in adding onto the entire bedroom ambiance without standing out too much yet without which, making all the difference.

 

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Should you settle for the Cozy-themed master bedroom, not only will you get away with plenty of D-I-Y, but further, the alternate to Minimalism generally applies: The more the merrier! Apparently, this also usurps the available bedroom space and could very easily become counterproductive for the Zen in your master bedroom.

 

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“Cooling” vs. “Warming” Bedroom themes

These two themes are mainly expressed in the color schemes and in the bedroom lighting used. However, the design concepts go beyond just the use of cooling colors like pale blues, purple violets and white; or warming colors like gold, red, yellow and orange.

 

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Futuristic vs. Oriental Bedroom themes

Be careful not to cross over to converting your master bedroom feel to “museum-like” in a bid to channel the Futuristic-themed bedroom design…it’s not too easy falling asleep in a jewelry store! Artistic, timeless accessories like canvas paintings from the East, exotic Persian rugs, traditional patterned wallpaper, giant Asiatic fans and vases are sure to bring out the Oriental-themed bedroom very nicely if any interior designer should say so! On the other hand, a tapestry from the 19th century and an Leggett & Platt Prodigy 2.0 adjustable bed are very unlikely to go together in the same bedroom. This is where you really need to make sure you either pick a modern, futuristic theme or a traditional, country theme. Mixing the two in one form or the other can spell disaster to your master bedroom.

 

 

Your Sleep and Sleeping Disorders

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Sleeping Disorders
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Sleep disorders may be more prevalent than how much is understood of them… With many people all over the world suffering in silence, unaware that they are actually victims of one or more of the various sleeping disorders as discussed here, it only becomes a concern when other health concerns arise to which more attention is given.

 

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( Sleep-Wake Disorders – Image Courtesy of www.nationalregister.org )

 

In classifying sleep disorders, there are 4 key sleeping complaints that commonly arise and these are:

  • Inability to Fall Asleep – Do you have trouble falling asleep when you need to sleep?
  • Insomnia – Are you sleep deprived and barely ever have a good night’s sleep?
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness – Do you feel drowsy and sleepy during the day even though you slept at night?
  • Sleep Behavior – Do you elicit sleep mannerisms like talking in your sleep, or sleep walking?

 

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( Image Courtesy of www.forbes.com )

What Sleep Means…

When you fall asleep, there are measurable physiological attributes and changes that do occur, and these are visible in the electrical signals and brainwave patterns acquired during your sleep state.

The sleeping state presents itself behaviorally and physiologically and is therefore analyzed accordingly…

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( Sleep in Animals – Image Courtesy of hayashi.wpi-iiis.tsukuba.ac.jp )

 

Behavioral characteristics of the Sleep State

  • Immobility – lack of movement or slight movement
  • Slowed eye movements
  • Diminished cognitive functioning
  • Characteristic sleep positions
  • Extended reaction time
  • Little to no response to environmental stimuli (external arousal)
  • Increased threshold of arousal
  • State of unconsciousness that is reversible

 

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Physiological characteristics of the Sleep State

Indicators of the physiological aspects of sleep are analyzed using:

  • EEG – Electro-encephalography
  • EOG – Electro-oculography
  • EMG – Electro-myography

 

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( Sleep Monitoring Tests – EEG – EOG – EMG – Image Courtesy of www.ima.org.il )

 

Diagnosing your sleep disorder

However easy it is to pass up a sleep disorder as an isolated sneeze in summer, the assessment and diagnosis of the sleeping disorder requires deeper and conclusive assessment of the root cause. It typically entails a thorough detailing of one’s family history with regards to health and medical welfare, psychological and psychiatric conditions, mental and neurological disorders, history of drug and substance abuse.

 

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   ( Short Sleep Impact on Daily Life Activities and Performance – Image Courtesy of www.cdc.gov )

The rule of thumb in diagnosing sleep disorders is:

  • First and foremost, to identify the root cause of the sleep impairment and identifying if it is a symptom of yet another underlying condition
  • Then, follow up with treatment for the co-morbid health conditions associated with the sleep disorder

There are also a number of medical lab tests used in the investigation of sleep disorders, including, polysomnography (studied overnight), actigraphy, sleep latency (assessed multiple times), and assessing the maintenance of wakeful states.

 

Common Sleeping Disorders of the Modern Era
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Where treatment the primary underlying medical condition does not prevail, treatment of the sleep disorder then takes precedence for the wellbeing of the patient. Usually, very little medical supervision and consultation will be necessary on the part of the sleep disturbed person once after the appropriate diagnosis has been made for their sleeping disorder. It is also highly recommended that you do see a Sleep Specialist if you suspect that you may be having a sleep condition that needs medical attention for a laser targeted approach to your sleep impairment.

Key pointers for medical practitioners in the assessment of sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy-Cataplexy Syndrome
  • Parasomnia (e.g. REM Behaviour Disorder, Partial Arousal Disorder, etc)
  • Sleep Disorders of the Circadian Rhythm (e.g. Work shift disorders, Jet lag, etc.)

 

 

10 Bedroom Design Tips For Bachelors

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Any bachelor worth his manliness will vouch for practicality and a minimalist lifestyle any day over a complicated impractical lifestyle, and this typically translates in many obvious ways from his living space décor and bedroom design. Simple does it could very well be the headlining tag for any bachelor and here are some great tips on bedroom designs for bachelors.

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1. Clean White Bed Sheets

You never go wrong with white bed sheets, it’s no wonder that’s the standard for any luxury mattress at 5 star hotels. There are enough reasons for dressing your bed with white bed sheets, and these include:

  • They have a sure litmus indication when they get dirty and need cleaning
  • Cleaning white bed sheets is made easier with white bleaching disinfectant which tackles stubborn stains leaving them bright white, clean and fresh
  • You also cannot mistake clean white sheets, and they are not only very welcoming to any bachelor but to his hosted guests as well – a bachelor with white bed sheets is a clean guy, hands down!

A good investment would be some cotton sheets with high thread count and fabric density which feels soft; such fabric stays airy due to its porous nature unlike certain synthetic fabrics.

 

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Read about the best adjustable bed models on http://bedroom.solutions/best-adjustable-beds/ and see if that could beautify your bedroom.

2. Drawer Chest

This doesn’t have to be an over-the-top drawer chest, but even a small yet tasty piece of furniture like a miniature drawer chest will make all the difference in a bachelor’s bedroom design. If you have a small bedroom space, one that takes up lateral height with ample storage space will not only be a bedroom design piece but practical furniture for your clothing and other bachelor stuff.
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3. Dining Table

No, this is not overboard dining furniture that will take up all your bedroom space, but an alternative table set aside where you can dine from, from the comfort of your neatly designed bedroom area.
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4. Bedroom Desk

You may or may not have your office desk in the home office, but a bedroom desk will be that neatly tucked furniture piece where you can comfortably study and work from without leaving the luxurious comfort of your bedroom. It can be picked out to express your individuality, tastes or as a signature piece which bolsters your energy levels whenever you sit at it.

 

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5. Book Shelf

Just within an arm’s stretch from your bedroom desk, would a book shelf complement your bedroom setup. Feel free to showcase your favourite books, picture frames, and lifetime collections or awards and trophies… The purpose of this shelf will be to exhibition and not some space where you can toss things to be sorted later. It could very well become the centerpiece of your bedroom design, and the more personality you give it the better you portray yourself.

 

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6. Mannish Lighting

There’s no separating a bachelor from his mannish lighting and the bedroom design offers a great opportunity for you to express your creative lighting streak. There are endless lighting options to choose from, including 3-way lighting switches, sconces, fancy dimmers, artistic lamps, modern dimmers, mannish chandeliers, and the list goes on and on… For the bedroom design, the key consideration should be that the light should not disrupt the sleep but facilitate for the mood setting and set the bedroom ambiance for different seasons and times. The use of lamps could come in handy at the bedroom desk and at the bedroom dining table separate from the main central lighting. You could also set up a pair of bedside lamps with easy access to the dimmer switch from the comfort of your bedside for control of the main light.
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7. Bedroom Sofa

Feel free to stray from the norm that is having a sectional seat in a bachelor pad by including a stylish, ultra modern sofa set that won’t feel too cosy but maintain your mannish style. This could be a convertible sofa seat that easily translates to a sleeping section without taking up too much extra space especially if your bedroom space is limited.
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8. Bedroom Wallpaper

A touch of wallpaper could make a world of difference with regards to aesthetic value, personality and creating sectional illusions for a limited bachelor pad sleeping area. There is no limitation as to how far you can utilize the wallpaper, be it a ceiling-to-floor setup, a mid-rift wallpaper, or a ceiling lining wallpaper, or even just a simple patchwork wallpaper job, say around the shelf or bedroom desk area…

 

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9. Plush Carpet

No, this is not a feminine concept, but will almost become a necessity especially in the cold winter season when the floor gets way too cold for comfort. You will be spoilt for choice from all the available carpet designs in the market, but a good start will be to invest in a tufted yarn carpet which is thick and plush and feels like sinking your feet into a low density memory foam mattress topper. It doesn’t have to run from wall to wall but could be a centerpiece around the bedroom dining table and around the bedroom desk area.
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10. Texturized Foot Rug

Failing to include a textured, warm foot rug right beside your bed at the foot area would be a great bedroom design faux pas, even for the most brutish bachelor. It not only makes total design sense, but will also make it easier for you to step out of bed before you can slip your warm feet into your bedroom sandals.

 

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Bedroom Flatscreen Television

For the sake of keeping it mannish, it goes without mentioning that a TV screen would not be an exclusion in a bachelor’s bedroom design. Key options being a wall mounted flat screen television which would ideally be ergonomically placed for viewing from all sitting and sleeping angles in the bedroom design space; or a bed inclined TV set that is remote controlled so as to recline and ascend accordingly within the bed space.

 

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It is not recommended to have too many electronics within the vicinity of the sleeping space, due to electromagnetic interference (plus it’s just not good for the bedroom Feng Shui)… However, where unavoidable, in the case of a television screen, you can get away with any positioning that is not too close to the bed and not too obstructive to your sleeping comfort.

 

 

Comfort Dreams Zero Gravity Adjustable 3-Piece Wedge System Review

Comfort Dreams Zero Gravity Wedge System

This is merely a adjustable wedge system and it would be incorrect to call it an adjustable bed. This does not come with an adjustable base like the ones seen on Leggett & Platt or Serta Motion adjustable beds. The 3 wedges can be helpful, but it can also be a pain to get them adjusted to the right ‘position’. Imagine having to get up, move the wedges backwards, to lay down again to find out that the position is still not correct and now to get up again and now to move them forwards a little, sit back again, check if you’ve got the adjustment right … you see where I’m going?

If you cannot spend the extra cash to buy a Leggett & Platt ShipShape adjustable bed, we urge you to at least go with the Primo adjustable bed. Read our Primo International Fleet Adjustable Bed Review for more information.

Features of the Comfort Dreams Zero Gravity Adjustable 3-Piece Wedge System

  • It has the following 3 pieces: Head support, Foot support, Wedge pillow
  • Materials: Made from memory foam – the durable fire-resistant high-density foam and micro-suede/cotton/poly
  • Naturally antimicrobial: The memory foam is resistant to dust mites. This will make your bed more comfortable and durable as time goes by with the help of its natural antimicrobial elements, present in the materials used.
  • 3-piece Adjustable Zero Gravity System: Acknowledging individual’s differences, this system features a curved back wedge that adjusts to any angle and a wedge support for your legs that is adjustable to fit any body size.
  • Removable covers for easy cleaning: As you might not want lying on your bed for months without cleaning it up, the removable covers will give you an ease of cleaning your own bed. Its covers can easily be removed and reattached, one thing that is a very important with furniture. One that doesn’t need some tools for you to dismantle and put back together.
  • Built in durability
  • Designed for NASA, it is a space age foam which can cradles your body, reducing pressure points that may cause tossing and turning.
  • Dimensions:
  • Wedge base: 18 inches wide x 24 inches long x 9 inches high
  • Back support: 28 inches wide x 24 inches long x 6 inches high
  • Leg support: 18 inches wide x 24 inches long x 6 inches high

See how this product helped one of those people who have used it already. This reviewer used it after having surgery for sinusitis and found it extremely helpful. However, he’s of the opinion that this is not suitable as a permanent piece of furniture, but rather for temporary use such as relief after surgery. He’s probably right, unless you plan on using it every night to sleep, it best stays on a spare bed which you can use for reading, relaxing when the need arises!

Reviews are definitely just a guide for people who wants some answers and perhaps a recommendation for their quest of some products over the web. Yet, people may have a second thought of the items that they might have read on internet sites and even magazine. But the fact that there are people who believe and has tested already how the product works, this is already something that tells us what the product can do and deliver to its user. On the other hand, Zero Gravity Adjustable 3-Piece Wedge System could have been more wonderful if it has a lounge with foot incline like the Contour Backmax Support System which will not allow one to slide down while conveniently reclining on it. This is one of the items that Comfort Dreams Company might need to improve to make this product absolutely awesome to use by everyone.

Things to remember when buying this product:

  • To make sure that the material will expand to its maximum level, remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt.
  • This product has been tightly packed when it goes out from the factory to keep its quality. After unwrapping allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape before using them.
  • An ideal airing or allowing the product to breathe after unwrapping removes the odor. As it is sealed in plastic packaging for days sometimes it traps manufacturing odors.
  • Variances in the dimensions might exist between finished products due to machine cutting manufacturing processes.

Again, if you can afford, we highly urge you to go with a Leggett & Platt ShipShape or S-Cape. Sure, they’re both more expensive than the Comfort Zone wedge system, however, if you think of it as a long term investment, you’re only spending about $1 per night for the next two years. Considering the enormous health benefits this investment can bring you, we highly recommend you opt for a Leggett & Platt instead of this wedge system.

 Here’s a video that shows the different positions of adjustments