Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Staying Fit After Age 50 - New Advice and Tips from Contour Living

New article from our own Lauren Stone - Staying Fit After 50.    See the full article via the link, or check out the excerpt below.

Is this realistic? Of course it is! With a combination of a few life adjustments, maintaining a healthy body, regulated metabolism, vitality and energy is certainly attainable.  Your body still requires a balance of a healthy diet and sufficient exercise, not only to prevent weight gain but to maintain flexibility and ward off unwanted ailments further down the road. 

Some tips for the older than 50 crowd center around aerobics, muscle strengthening, stretching & flexibility and balance.   It's important to note that balance includes mental balance - exercise your brain along with your body.  Word games like crosswords, Sudoku and similar can help keep you sharp

Friday, February 17, 2012

Leg Pillow Helps During Pregnancy

See another customer testimonial on how the Contour Leg Pillow helps positioning during pregnancy, and with Fibromyalgia issues.  We've long known that the leg pillow helps millions find a comfortable sleeping position, but certain conditions and circumstance surrounding pregnancy.   See the testimonial here:

Learn more about the leg pillow here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sleep Apnea is a Problem for Long-Haul Truckers

Sleep Apnea is starting to receive quite a bit of press and attention from the media and other sources, as a concern with truckers.   Studies show that sleep apnea can be responsible for as many as 20% of accidents, primarily due to the side affects of the disease:  fatigue and drowsiness.    Learn more in this brief but informative article titled:  Truckers and Sleep Apnea.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tips for Enhancing that Wonderful Thing Called Sleep

A warm glass of milk before bed is always a calming means to close the end of a busy day. The soothing, warm beverage helps to ease the mind and body for rest. Even if not a milk fan, the notion of something warm before bedtime is certainly worth the effort in order to promote optimal rest. According to the national Sleep Foundation, as much as 64 percent of American adults experience sleep difficulties. That warm glass is sounding more and more appealing.
Judith Fertig, contributing author for Natural Awakenings Magazine mentions a concept called “sleep hygiene” in her article, Sleep Aides versus Sleep Sappers. The room temperature, amount of light in the bedroom, fluffiness of the mattress or bed pillow to what dinner consisted of all factor into the quality or lack of quality rest we will receive that night. 
Neuropathic physician with Seattle’s Bastyr University, Jamie Corroon suggests staying away from spicy foods, nightcaps (alcoholic beverages) and caffeine. 
“Caffeine’s stimulant effect peaks in about one hour and then declines as the liver breaks it down. So, if you go to bed by 11 p.m., you’ll have to stop your caffeine intake by 2 or 3 p.m. to avoid insomnia,” advises registered dietician, Joy Bauer.
What are recommended by physicians and neuropaths are nuts and juices, an assemblance of herbs, in tea form or supplement form, a complex carbohydrate of 200 calories or less as a bedtime snack  and of course a warm glass of milk. 
Janet Stone, a Registered Nurse working with patients receiving colonoscopy/endoscopy care agrees that a warm, milky beverage is certainly a great sleep aide for the patients she cares for. “We always ensure our patients are calm and relaxed prior to any scheduled procedure. The warm liquid resonates with sleep as most patients drank milk as infants before bed, so that fond memory is reintroduced.”

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