Posted on: April 12th, 2013 by Stag
Oh ya, oh ya! Spring is here! I got my new Spring kitchen mats with the flowers.Â Speaking of flowers, with flowers beginning to bloom and things coming back to life a smidge, comes the (for me) inevitable allergies. So armed with my navel sprays, cough drops and a horse-sized amount of antihistamines; I prepare for my days. Â Allergies are a cruel mistress, you see as George Carlin once said â€œâ€¦almost being sick is worse the actually being sick.â€ Â Allergies have all the tell-tale characteristics of your average flu; cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, headaches and confusion and just general malaise. Yet for all thatâ€¦youâ€™re not â€œreallyâ€ sick. It is some limbo between staying home and cuddling up to your body pillow as you watch season after season of your favorite mindless trash tv shows, and being at work and being productive.
Thanks, to the almighty Zeus for acetaminophen, Pseudo epinephrine, and menthol for giving me the strength and wind in my lungs to survive yet another Spring. Â If not for that, I would definitely be posted up in a corner somewhere, nested in my body pillow and wearing a sinus mask and eye mask; yes both at the same time! Â I become somewhat of a pre-Madonna when I donâ€™t feel well, as do most people I know. So when comfortable things are close or readily available I double up!
I certainly plan on bunkering down once I wipe my feet on my door mats and arrive home tonight. Sinking into the couch,Â and drown my sorrows in antihistamines till that sweet, sweet relief of sleep washes me over once more and I drift â€“ nay, plummet into that land of nod.
Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Kelly Green
I like to sleep, and usually I can sleep anywhere, literally anywhere, no dialogue or protestations about it from anyone who knows me. There are studies that say we spend over a third of our lives in bed.Â I say they are vastly underestimating that number. Between power naps on the weekend, reading in bed and hitting the snooze button for the third time, I would say itâ€™s closer to half. Especially when you factor in the amount of time we spent asleep as kids and the amount of time asleep increasing when we get older.Â Not to mention the time we spend covering our heads with pillows as we struggle to keep them from exploding the morning after a particular adventurous Friday night when we’re lucky not to end up on our front door mats.
SO, sleep is goooood. And since we are going to spend so much time riding the bed sled, should we not then enhance the experience in as many ways as possible? I say YES! Here are a few of my favorite things.
1] Therapeutic Positioning Body Pillow – or as I like to call it, my snuggly. The extra-long cylindrical shape conforms naturally to my body and allows me to sleep like a baby, a whiny, loud, snoring baby. The pillow is made from pure cotton which I love and stuffed with premium poly-fiber, white goose feather, and natural kapok that molds to support your body.
2] Reading Bed Pillow – I read in bed. . . a lot. I tried several different normal pillow combinations and finally decided that I needed a dedicated pillow just for reading. And here it is. It has two distinct levels of support built INTO the pillow. I use it strictly for reading then grab my sleeping pillows but if you want, you can use it for both just by turning it around.
And finally. . .
3] Sinus Mask â€“ When sundown to sunup just isnâ€™t enough. In the winter, darkness last just the right amount but in the spring, summer and fall, the sun sneaks into my room and stabs my eyes with its terrible â€œWAKE UPâ€ call. This mask serves two purposes, it can be used to block that rude awakening AND it can be heated or frozen to provide sinus pressure relief.
Iâ€™m sure there are other items out there to enhance the time we spend in bed but these three are my favorites.