Thursday, April 16, 2015

What Hiding in Your Air?

There’s plenty of information circling about air purifiers and how they should be used. And while plenty opt to invest in these devices – whether from allergies, family health, or an additional concern – that doesn’t mean the average person knows what they’re purifying the air from. What exactly is in our breathing space that we’re trying so hard to get rid of?

For the most part, it depends on one’s location. Different areas of the country will have different molds, fungus, plant debris, and more. There can also be dust, leftovers from construction, or anything else that might have been released into the air. It’s important to know what’s in your area, as well as what your family might be most susceptible to. This can be done by talking to local experts, checking the weather (including air quality and pollen and/or mold counts, etc.), as well as checking new for upcoming construction nearby. 

Germs are another culprit to be on the lookout for. If one member of the family is sick, or even if they come in contact with someone who is, those germs can be passed through the air. However, generally these germs are transferred direct before they can be caught by any air purification devices. 

The Perks on an Air Purifier

In contrast, using a purifier can help eliminate allergens, irritants, and more. It can help you breathe clearer and deeper, while getting rid of nighttime symptoms. Or, at the very least, reducing side effects. Over time, this can work to improve your health. 

Changing the filter regularly can also allow you to see exactly what’s been cleaned from the air. And it might surprise you. However, those who can see the actual evidence are more likely to stick to their air purifiers and understand the benefits they can provide.

Start sleeping better and breathing easy with the addition of an air purifier today. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sit in Style with the Kabooti

For those who sit all day, you know just how terrible it can be. Hours upon end on the rear, likely perched upon a surface that’s lacking in the way of support. Or even if it’s not, over time, your chair will begin to sink and sag with your own weight. It’s just a necessary evil from working behind a desk. 

Thankfully, however, there’s something you can do about it. With the help of a specialized cushion, such as the Kabooti, you can help reduce pains that are associated with long-term sitting. As well as increasing comfort in the process. 

How it Works

Because the Kabooti Cushion has a coccyx cutout, it allows the tailbone to essentially “sink” and settle in its own weightlessness. While reducing pressure, but still offering plenty of support with the surrounding areas of the rear. That way the meatiest parts are held into place, which keeps the back aligned and in better posture. 

When associated with long-term sitting, this means better back and muscle health, better back alignment, and reduced pain from continued weight and how it previously settled into the chair. It can also help you sit up straight on your own, making you more alert to continue the workday. Not to mention stronger abdominal muscles and body memory to sit correctly without even thinking about it.

The Logistics

  • Three sections in one: a donut ring, coccyx cushion, seat wedge
  • Unique lobes improve seating balance and comfort
  • Provides comfort for hemorrhoids, surgeries, or other rear pain
  • One continual foam piece to increase function and longevity
  • Tapered front end to reduce pressure points and better fit under tables or desks

And because the Kabooti is made of specialized foam, it won’t wear or break down. It was made to support for hours on end, and has the material integrity to do so. Best of all – it’s incredibly comfortable! 

Head to our product page to learn more or start shopping today.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Are you Suffering From “Text Neck”?

Whether or not you’ve heard this new-fangled term, it’s likely you know exactly what “text neck” is referring to. The uncomfortable, bent, and ready for anything our phones may send us position that we always seem to find ourselves in. Where the head is hunched over, our shoulders hiked up, and the back bent and in no sort of routine. And after a while, it starts to hurt. We might not even know it at the time, but this continued position will create incredible amounts of stress within the shoulders and neck.

So why do we keep doing it? Chances are, you don’t even know you’re texting this way. The habit just creeps up on you, until it simply feels natural to communicate in such a position. 

You Likely Have Text Neck if: 
  • You have tight or painful shoulders
  • Cricks in the neck
  • Your neck or shoulders “pop” regularly
  • You regularly sit in a hunched position
  • You fail to sit up straight
  • You send multiple texts per day

The good news, however, is that you can train your body to stop texting this way. Just like you trained it to start hunching (even if you didn’t know it). By remembering to stay aware of how you’re sitting or standing, you can reverse the unhealthy behavior. You should also be aware of how your shoulders are sitting, the position of your neck, and how close the phone is to your face. And if you really need it that close to your face, move the phone instead. It’s that easy.

Over time, this behavior will become muscle memory, and the body will eliminate its next neck behavior without even thinking about it. Start incorporating these small changes today for an easy, yet effective way, to eliminate texting-based side effects once and for all. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

5 Surprising Moves to Reduce Back Tension

A stiff back is a condition that can affect anyone. At any time. Whether or not they regularly suffer from pains or muscle twinges. A “wrong” sleeping position, excess exercise, or even a rogue spasm can cause the body to act up unexpectedly. When these pains take place, however, it’s important to know how to naturally reduce their effects. While medicines certainly take care of pain, they fail to work on the issue at hand.

The next time your back acts up, consider one of these surprisingly easy moves to help reduce tension in a natural and effective manner. 

5. Leg Swings

Stand up straight and swing one leg at a time to work and loosen the lower back muscles. This can be done back and forth or side-to-side. Hold onto a chair or counter for additional support. Swing each leg approximately 8-10 times, then switch as many times as desired to ensure equal muscle movement throughout the lower back.

This is an exercise that will become easier over time, especially as your muscles develop and you become more flexible. 

4. Tuck and Stretch

For this move, lay on the ground and tuck your legs into your chest as closely as possible. (This too will become easier as you get more flexible.) Here you can experiment with what feels best. Roll side to side, or up and down to increase blood flow in the upper and middle back. 

This is also a good way to essentially give yourself a massage, reducing tension in strained nerves. Hold until you feel your back begin to relax and distress (generally about 45 seconds).

3. Child’s Pose

So this one might not be so surprising, but child’s pose is a great way to remove weight from the back. Lean and hold as necessary, especially when cooling down or if the back needs a break in the middle of a workout session.

2. Hula Hooping

You don’t even need the hoop! By twisting the hips in this familiar motion, you can work the hip flexors as well as the lower back. (Bonus: it’s a great workout for the abs.)

Whether or not you choose to invest in the actual equipment, remember this move for some easy back relief. 

1. Toe Touches

Seriously. Bending at the waist and reaching for your toes can bring incredible relief to the back. All of it. This is one more move that will allow you to get more flexible as you go. Allow yourself to hang for maximum relief, then push further to the ground to obtain a deep stretch. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

What Sleepers Have to Say About the Mattress Genie

Sleeping in comfort has always been the way to go. But just because you’re heading to bed doesn’t mean you’re ready to sleep. Sometimes you schedule a little reading or TV watching. Or are ready to check out that latest magazine before catching some Zs. With the help of the Mattress Genie Motorized Bed Wedge, however, those activities are no longer an issue. 

Sit up straight and read until your heart’s content. Without losing any comfort in the process. This mattress accessory is also great for sleeping with a cold, helping to reduce acid reflux symptoms and more. But don’t just take our word for it. See what real-life users have to say about the product. 

The Genie exceeded our expectations. It works great with our 14-inch mattress on our queen size bed. My wife recently had heart surgery and needs to change bed positions often to be comfortable. The Genie works great.” March 2015

“This is a great product to raise the head of the bed.” February 2015

“I slept in a recliner for two years because I have sleep apnea and was afraid to sleep in my bed. I have now slept in my bed using the genie and have had three solid nights of sleep, waking up at a decent hour with my cats tucked around me. I couldn't be happier. I have a product that has saved me thousands of dollars over an adjustable bed and taken away my fear of having a sleep apnea attack. After all, if a Genie can lift a garage door, why can't it lift a mattress!” December 2014

“Because of knee and back problems, I've had to sleep in a recliner for years. Now I'm back in bed because of the Mattress Genie! Works great! Thank you so much!” November 2014

Se were on the verge of getting a hospital bed when we discovered Mattress Genie. We have been using Mattress Genie for 6 years and wouldn't trade it for anything. Mattress Genie gives us total control and comfort and the Contour Living Products staff provide excellent customer service. Who could ask for more!” July 2014

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

5 Things you Didn’t Know About Stretching

Stretching is often seen as a basic human need. Before exercise it helps loosen up the body, while after allows muscles to tighten and ease back into a resting state. But did you know there’s more too it than just prep and cool down work? Stretching can actually create better muscle health. And when done correctly, and on a regular basis, it’s a routine that can create flexibility and comfort, even after a serious workout. 

5. “Static” Stretching Helps Make You Flexible

However, it should be done after a workout, not before. Static stretching means poses that you hold vs. easing or moving back and forth. It’s also a great way to ensure muscles won’t be sore the next day. Remember to use this method at the end of your workout to obtain the best results.

4. Traction Decreases Joint Pressure

Rather than stretching with your own body parts (limbs or range of motion), using a prop will get you a deeper reaction. It’ll also reduce pressure on the joints. This can be done with a stretching band, leaning up against a machine or even a wall. It’s a simple way to create a more thorough stretch with equipment that’s already in your vicinity. 

3. Stretching Will Improve Posture

Do you generally slouch and slump? Whether sitting or standing, stretching helps strengthen your core. Which will then allow you to have better posture without even thinking about it. Abdominal workouts can also create killer abs that will sit upright on their own accord.

2. You Can Control What Part of the Muscle You Stretch

Seriously. Like, to a minuscule degree. This is a great way to further your exercise routine … without actually working out harder. Talk to a trainer or muscle pro about areas you should be targeting in order to get the best results. 

1. You Should Stretch Sore Muscles … And the Ones Surrounding Them

We’ve been stretching where it hurts for years, but have you been stretching where it almost hurts? It’s a simple fix to help heal faster, and strengthen for each of your next workouts. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Did you Know? High Pollen Levels Affect Air Quality

Chances are, so far this spring, you’ve experienced some allergy symptoms. This time of year, runny noses are prevalent. As are watery eyes and scratchy throats. It’s just part of spring. However, this year in particular, the levels of pollen have been so high, that even those who don’t generally suffer from allergies have been noticing symptoms. This is due to especially high levels, which started earlier than normal. 

Combined, those two factors have been the focal point of some serious suffering. As well as higher sales numbers in relief, such as tissues and anti-histamines. 

This year has proved to be especially brutal, specifically due to high pollen levels making their way into the air. 

What Causes Allergies?

Obviously, a large part of allergies, and how you’re affected by said allergens, comes from genetics. Those with parents who suffered are more likely to develop those same reactions. However, continued exposure can also make a difference. As well as location, weather changes, and more. Specifically, what types of plants are growing in the area, and whether or not you have a strong reaction to those species. One can also develop more severe allergies as they age. 

Warmer temperatures will also trigger allergens to burst forth into the air. Late freezes can help kill them from our breathing air, or at the very least, keep them at bay until the next thaw. A welcome change for those who began suffering early this year.

How to Prevent Allergies

Your doctor is a go-to source on allergy prevention. Natural healthcare professionals will also provide helpful insight, such as how to prevent symptoms without taking medicine. Another tactic is to go to the source itself. By keeping track of local pollen levels, you can be sure and know what to look out for any given day. Google local resources, or check out national websites that are specifically made to monitor counts. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Learn How to Get Better Rest with Sleep Innovations

As partners in the good-night’s-sleep community, we’re out to educate the public on anything and everything associated with rest. In fact, it excites us. That includes products that will help them become more comfortable, to healthier resting habits, and more. One our latest projects combines all of the above. 

With Sleep Innovations, a unique combination of articles – and the help of Media Planet – readers can gain the information they need to get better rest. And because Media Planet focuses on advocacy and research in natural healthcare advances, readers can rest assured they’re gaining access to innovative and cutting-edge materials. 

There’s even a section with Arianna Huffington, who discusses the importance of rest, as well as the moment she realized just how precious good sleep can be. By hearing from experts and understanding general opinion, in one easy-to-read place, those of all backgrounds and situations can gain a better scope of public opinion. For instance, what’s normal when you’re trying to rest, and what might be cause for alarm. As well as what steps to take in order to improve one’s sleeping patterns. Maybe even all of the above. 

Products, educational programs, and more are also shared within the publication. The website even tackles additional health issues, such as bone strength, lymphoma, what causes kids to snore (and why it might be unhealthy), and more. With this well-rounded approach, readers can gain access to health conditions that encompass their sleeping habits (and what might affect them), as well as those that are beyond those nighttime resting patterns.

An all-over approach to getting educated about the human body and all of its intricate parts. 

To learn more about what Sleep Innovations has to offer, or to start reading your way to better health today, head to

Thursday, March 19, 2015

User Opinions are In! Check Out the Double Back Cushion

What’s better than a great product? How about a great product that provides two separate uses?! A single purchase that comes with twice the function and problem solving abilities, but with a single, affordable price tag. And all from a company with a proven track record. 

The best of both worlds come together with Contour’s Double Back Leg and Lumbar Support pillow, a single cushion with two functions. Use it as a plush and supportive leg pillow to align the legs in any setting. Or, use the wrap-around section to create lumbar support. Users can pull the pair apart, or keep them together for a comfortable way to approach leg or lumbar pain. 

But don’t take our word for it (or the fact that it comes with Contour Living’s 90-day return guarantee). See what others have to say about the product.

“This product really helps you keep your spine in alignment for correct posture and better sleep. I would have given it 5 stars if the covers were removable for washing.” February 2015

“This is just what I needed! I love it and it really helps my lumbar, but first of all it comes in handy, because you can take it with you on your trips :-)” January 2015

“Best sleep I have had in years. Get right out of bed without having to roll out.” January 2015

“I ordered this for my husband because he tends to crush softer leg pillows. This one is perfect!” February 2014

To test out the Double Back Leg and Lumbar Support pillow for yourself or to order for a loved one – or to learn more about what it has to offer, head to Contour Living’s product page. Act now while it’s on sale and save! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sleeping Positions to Improve Digestion: When it’s Not Good to “Go Green”

This St. Patrick’s Day, we’re celebrating the day with as much green as possible. From outfits, to dishes, to parades, and anything else that incorporates the leprechaun’s favorite holiday. It’s safe to say it’s a day that’s greener than any other. 
But when it comes to bodily functions, greener isn’t always better. In fact, it’s far worse. No one wants to be green in the face, that is nauseous, any time of day. Especially when they’re trying to sleep. 

In order to get past whatever digestion ailment that has you on edge, look to these simple and comfortable sleeping positions. Each of which helps the body naturally improve digestion, and keeps you from going green in the face. No matter what they day may bring. 

The Right Side

When your stomach is feeling uneasy, one of the best ways to sleep is on your right side. Because of the way the intestines sit, this allows food and accompanying acids to settle and rest, rather than causing even further feelings of unease. Consider rolling over to your right the next time your stomach is upset.

On an Incline

Eat right before bed? Whether you’re experiencing acid reflux, indigestion, or know you need a little more time before you can sleep comfortably, consider an incline. This allows the body to naturally settle its contents with the help of gravity. Opt for a wedge-shaped pillow, or stack a few to gain similar results. You can even lounge in the chair until you feel properly digested. 

The Left Side

Unlike an upset stomach, the left side seems to be the way to go when preventing heartburn. (Whether it’s already struck, or you’re looking to nix its symptoms before they arrive.) These findings were proven by a number of sleep studies, all of which featured regular heartburn suffers who made the switch to left-side sleeping. 


While sleeping with your face into the pillow might not sound like the most comfy position, it might be the best for helping with digestion. Try this tactic after a heavy meal, or when eating right before bed. It’s a great way to give the intestines a helping hand, while eliminating discomfort or stomach twists and turns throughout the night. 

To better eliminate painful sleeping patterns, especially those associated with digestion, opt for these simple solutions. They’re a proven and comfortable way to gain better sleep.