Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Need a New Year’s Resolution? Get Comfy!

The New Year is just a few days away, which means it’s time to start nailing down your resolution. Not only in terms of what goal (or goals for the ambitious) you’re looking to acquire for the following 12 months, but looking toward a plan of action so it can actually be achieved. Aside from the norms, such as working out more often, eating healthy meals, or being nicer to others, there’s plenty to reach toward for 2015. Such as personalized life decisions, or sleeping better at night. After all, being more comfortable while resting will allow you to sleep more soundly. A goal that makes your days more energetic and productive. 

Just by switching out your old pillow, better supporting your back, or creating an entirely foam-covered sleeping area, you can work to sleep better each and every night. Best of all, there are a number of products to choose from, so you’re sure to get a personalized experience no matter which path you take. Go for a better sitting surface at work. Upgrade your mattress pad. Get a sleeping wedge for reduced acid reflux. Support your legs while resting and eliminate back pain. Whatever your comfort goals, Contour has you covered.

The resolution of comfort is also a budget-friendly way to reach your yearly goal. Whether you order a single product or jump in with multiples at a time, Contour’s product line offers plenty to be gained. And without breaking your wallet in the process. You can even test them out without obligation! 

This New Year’s, don’t fret about finding a resolution, get comfy instead! It’s one of the best yearly goals you can make … and keep making on a daily basis. Head to Contour Living to get started before the New Year! 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Get Better Sleep By De-Stressing Your Life

Did you know that stress level has an incredible effect on our sleeping habits? Even in the smallest amounts, it can work to keep us awake at night or lessen the amounts of rest we’re able to achieve. Even when we’re at our most tired. Not sleeping, however, then leads to even more stress, only perpetuating the process. 

But de-stressing is a process in and of itself, and almost never as easy as it sounds. 
Once they achieve it, folks can get more and deeper sleep while saving their waking hours for clearly planned out tasks. Not worrying about what and when something is slated to take place (whether or not that ever happens), or whatever other type of stress weighs heavily on one’s mind. With such incredible perks, however, folks aren’t likely to give up on de-stressing so easily. 

They look to tactics such as exercise, massages, eating healthier (or eating a comfort food), scented candles, and more. De-stressing might just be as easy as finishing off your to-do list for the day. Some have been shown to work in various degrees –sometimes in tandem with one another, and sometimes, not at all. 

The tricky part is that no two people deal with stress the same way. Meaning they aren’t able to eliminate it the same way, either. Over time, you’ll learn better as to how to remove stress from your life. And how to keep it from not letting you sleep. Only by truly relaxing – not only the body, but the mind, will you be able to better handle the day’s tasks without letting them spill into your nighttime routine. 

To work on improving your rest levels, especially when the body is most stressed, work on a tactic that lets your mind relax. It’s a proven way to drift into deeper and more restful bouts of sleep. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tips for Sleeping Away This Holiday Season

With all the traveling and visiting that’s to be done this time of year, many of us find ourselves sleeping away from home. Whether that’s in a guest bed, on the couch, on an air mattress, or worst of all – on the floor. Maybe even a combination, depending on how much hopping around is to be done and how many houses visited. 

No matter where you rest your head this holiday season, however, there are a few simple and proven steps that can help you get a better night’s rest. Even if you are sleeping on the hard ground or on a too-worn mattress. 

To eliminate back pain, bring along an add-on item such as a leg pillow or wedge to create a better-aligned surface. Many come in portable sizes, and range in all types of specialties, depending on what type of issue ails you most. For instance, a Contour Leg Pillow to better set the spine while laying on one’s side. Or a Wedge Cushion to reduce acid reflux when only a flat pillow is within reach. 

Traveling in Better Health

There are also plenty of sitting travel options to make life easier (and less painful). Opt for a rear or back cushion that can be placed on top of your seat – whether in a car, bus, or plane. Or pack along a backrest that will keep you sitting comfy and alert through the entire traveling process. 

Best of all, each of these products can be found in foldable, or travel sizes. So as to not take up much space while still offering real-time results.

And, of course, if you’re hosting this holiday season, it doesn’t hurt to have plenty of comfort items for your guests. Mattress pads, pillows, and more can all make for a more enjoyable stay and better sleep to be had by all. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Staying Awake Through Daylight Savings Time

For many Americans, it can be hard to stay awake this time of year. With daylight sinking early on and colder weather keeping us indoors, folks simply don’t stay up as late as they do during the summer. Oftentimes there are even fewer activities from which you can stay busy, even furthering the need for an early bedtime. 

But is that such a bad thing? Everyone loves an extra hour of sleep here and there, why not strive to get to sleep earlier each and every night? It might not sound like a good plan in theory, but adjusting the body too often can actually mess up your sleep cycle(s). As well as training the body to become tired as soon as the sun sets. Which isn’t exactly pleasant when it sets at 5, nor in the summer months when it’s not dark until nearly 10 p.m.

In either scenario, it’s a good idea to “train” your body for bed. That way you’re in control of your own sleep schedule. And eventually, when you become tired. Though we’re all likely to have a day or too when our bodies just can’t feel awake, for the most part, setting one’s own sleep/wake routine will help you feel more alert. Even throughout Daylight Savings Time, when it’s darker than we want, earlier than we want. 

To set your sleep schedule, find a certain time at which you’d like to fall asleep each night. As well as a time you want to wake up. Then stick to it. The more you practice, the better your body will be at following orders. Next, avoid naps or “letting” yourself act sleepy throughout the day. These habits will only work to reverse your hard sleep-trained work. 

Following through, however, can help create a set routine. One that offers you more rest, and less hassle when falling asleep. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How Often Should You Replace Your Pillow?

When stopping to consider how much time you spend sleeping each night, the lifespan of your pillow might surprise you. Or just really gross you out. A pillow that’s only a few years old has been exposed too all types of germs and sleeping surfaces – especially for those who travel with their own items in tow. (Even couches or lounge chairs can expose your pillow to new substances.) It’s a process that, if repeated for too many years, can expose your sleeping (and deep breathing) self to outside germs and other airborne substances.  

Pillows that are “too old” can also break down, not offering enough support for the neck, back, and head. (Even those who prefer a short or flat pillow still need support.) Simply from age and use, their inner sections of foam or cotton (or whatever pillow filling you prefer) can lose its integrity. Without its shape, however, the head loses its ability to support, which can create headaches, or a number of other bone and muscle issues. 

So … how often should you change your pillow? Depends on the make and model. Pillows that are made of higher quality foams are made to hold up for years on end. While bargain options will need to be replaced every year, if not sooner. Pillows can also be kept clean with specialty liners, lengthening their lifespan even further.

Those with these higher quality pillows are less likely to replace them. (At least as often.) Though a good rule of thumb lies with purchase date – if you can’t remember the last time you bought a pillow, it’s likely time for a new one. You can also check comfort levels – if your pillow isn’t as comfortable as you’d like, replace it. They’re affordable, and offer hours of support and comfortable sleep. 

A small price to pay for a consistent night’s rest. 

To learn more about specialty pillows – especially those that come with years of cushioned support – head to Contour Living’s pillow page today. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sudden Pains and What Their Warning Signs Might Mean

Obviously it’s a concern when the body suddenly starts showing signs of pain. In any capacity. The more severe the pain, the more concerned you should be, and so on. They become even more evident with recurring bouts, or when aches get sharper or last for longer periods of time.

When these take place, however, what do you do? Take medication(s) to make them go away? Ignore them? Or do you look to the root of the cause in order to see why they’re taking place to begin with? By looking at the cause, rather than the symptom, you might be made aware of an even deeper issue. Such as a hurt muscle or injury that’s finally making its way to the surface. 

The Underlying Cause of Pains

The pain might be nothing – warning of an upcoming weather change. Maybe a communication that the day’s nutrition count hasn’t been met. Or it might be your body letting you know a muscle had just been worked harder than normal. 

It also might mean you’re sick – whether slightly or seriously. It might mean the body is telling you something is wrong, a muscle has been tweaked to the point of injury, or any number of outside injuries. 

Considering the implications that could be taking place, it’s best to check with an expert instead.

One being your doctor, who will have a working knowledge of the muscle system and each of its triggers. Another, though, is you. No one knows your body better than you. Which means, when it “acts up,” you know what’s new and what’s a daily norm. Allowing you to better explain pain to your doctor as it’s happening, or even before it happens, once you’re aware of pre-ache signs. 

Check back for more muscle-pain articles, as well as tips on what your next steps should be. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Save Your Back With a Proper Shovel

Winter weather can bring us all types of conditions. Freezing temps and bitter winds that cut through even the thickest of clothing options. It can also bring on inches of snow and ice that work to make everyday life difficult. Especially when you’re in charge of clearing it out of your driveway. A task that can cause the back to cringe just thinking about the ample shoveling ahead. 

However, with the help of a proper shovel – which is to say one that’s made for gripping and better weight placement – homeowners can work to eliminate shoveling-induced pains. These types of shovels should be readily available at your local hardware or outdoor supply store. Though attachments can sometimes be found at pharmacies or the doctor’s office.

When setting out to find the perfect shovel, talk to a salesman (or your doctor beforehand) and which styles offer what types of support. You can even give them a test run right there in the store. There won’t be snow, of course, but you’ll have a better idea as to how the shovel feels in use. Foot stance, grip, type of boots (or inserts for the arch) and more can also work to even out weight displacement

Other Back-Saving Shoveling Tips

When shoveling snow – especially the wet kind – it’s a good idea to take smaller scoops. Though this might take longer overall, it will work your arm and back muscles to a lesser degree. 

Then, once you’re done shoveling, be sure to stretch out the back. Especially if these are muscles you rarely use. Even a few minutes will help reduce ongoing pains that are inevitable for the infrequent shovel-er. Drinking plenty of water and a protein-rich meal can also eliminate soreness. 

Be sure to pick up a back-friendly shovel before the next snow hits your area.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

What Causes Muscle Spasms?

The sudden onset of a sore muscle is no welcome event. It almost always comes as a surprise (those who have dealt with a recurring injury or regularly have spasms are more likely to recognize the initial symptoms), and comes with pain and reduced amount of functions. Especially when performing a necessary task, or the aches last a significant amount of time. 

But what causes these issues? By better understanding what steps cause these muscle spasms, we can work to completely avoid them in the first place.

Muscle spasms can be triggered by a number of different factors. Not drinking enough water or eating enough protein (or another type of substance) might be to blame – forcing the body to warn you of its increasing needs. Other causes might be lifting too much weight or overworking a certain part of the body. Injuries might flare up with minimal events; moving just slightly “wrong” might evoke pains with only the tiniest adjustment. Other triggers still include calcium deficiencies, poor circulation, working out in the heat (and then not allotting enough time to cool down or rest), or failing to properly stretch before or after a workout. 

Any one or more of these might be to blame for your muscle spasms – whether they take place few and far between, or act as an almost weekly occurrence. In order to avoid these painful surprise altogether, look to simple at-home cures, such as stretching or drinking more water. Each offers an effective, cost-friendly cure. You can also talk to your doctor to find a specific cause to your spasms, as well as what methods (even natural ones) will best help you nix them once and for all. 

With only a little research and at-home remedies, you can be on your way to a successful, pain-free spasm treatment. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Shopping Sales!

Great news everyone! Contour Living is hosting a massive Cyber Monday sale. Help us celebrate one of the biggest online shopping holidays of the year and gain some great savings in the process. The sale is not only great for stocking up on gifts (or yourself), but being able to take advantage of the best sales of the season.

What’s on our Extended Shopping Sale List

Every order over $50 comes with free shipping. (Or, if your order falls under the limit, we’ll get it to your door for only $4.99.) 

Free gifts come with select products – get a free Mesh Leg Cover when you buy any leg pillow. That means you can pick the right pillow to meet you and your comfort needs, and keep it protected and clean with the addition of your Mesh Cover! 

Shoppers who spend more than $100 will also get a free Grey Lumbuddy Back Cushion, a great addition for any back pain regimen. Or, for anyone who needs a little extra support when sitting. Whether at a desk or in a car. 

And of course, everything comes with the Comfort Guarantee, that means 90-day extended returns (even on products we can’t reshelf!), a 1-year warranty, and 100% product refunds. We’re so confident you’ll love your Contour products we want to provide as much incentive as possible!

The Shopping Season

Contour Living will also host additional sales throughout the holiday season. Be sure to check back in to see what items are being offered at a discount, and how you can get the best deal possible on all your favorite comfort items. Whatever your support shopping needs, we’ve got you covered, and at a great deal. 

But don’t miss out on today’s prices! The lowest sales of the year won’t last long. Head to ContourLiving.com and get started. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Improve Shopping With These Back-Friendly Tips

It’s that time of year again, when shopping – on all levels and scales – becomes almost a necessity. We spend the season browsing, DIYing, and purchasing for all our loved ones, hoping to find the perfect gift for everyone on our list. 

When heading to a store, however, that can call for heavy bags and browsing in tight quarters. And plenty of crowds to make the task more difficult – a less than enjoyable experience all around. For those who love the atmosphere of holiday shopping, it’s a small price to pay, but for those who experience regular pains or would rather do their browsing in peace, however, it’s a practice that’s better left untouched.

Depending on your shopping preferences, there are a number of remedies that can be followed. One of the most obvious choices is online shopping, where products can be browsed and bought all from the comfort of one’s home. But when items need to be tested in person, or you just prefer the overall allure of the mall at Christmastime, online shopping just doesn’t fit the bill. To avoid back pains without avoiding the store, consider back-friendly methods instead. Such as a shopping cart or basket (also a great place for your coat and purse, even if neither is “that” heavy). Park close to take packages to the car, or ask store workers if you can stash away heavier buys to pick up at the end of your trip. 

It’s also a good idea to wear quality shoes, which can leave the back more supported from the ground up. While proper posture can work to reduce back or neck aches, even when browsing store racks for hours on end. 

To gain the most out of your shopping efforts without developing a literal pain in the neck, look to these helpful body-friendly tips throughout the holiday season. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Medical Side Effects from Too Much Thanksgiving

If you eat too many beets, you’ll turn purple. Carrots can improve your eyesight. Bread crusts can make your hair curly. We’ve all heard these food myths and plenty more – old wives tales have a tendency to stick around, and parents are willing to say almost anything to get their kids to clean their plates. But which food-based rumors are actually true? Do any of these “tales” have any truth behind them?

Perhaps not. Though vegetables with pigment have been shown to tint the color of one’s skin, improved eyesight and curled hair have seen little scientific facts as to how they can be changed. (That is, without the help of a doctor or salon.) Other side effects, however, have been seen in full force, especially after big meals such as holiday dinners. Including the biggest holiday dinner of them all, Thanksgiving. 

When eating too much, indigestion and other digestive pains are more likely to take place. Especially with heavy foods, such as mashed potatoes, yams, stuffing, and breads. Consuming these same heavy meals late in the day has also been shown to increase existing conditions, such as acid reflux and sleep apnea. However, those who aren’t regular sufferers are also more susceptible when over eating, or eating foods close to bedtime. 

Also on the list of meal-induced conditions: cramps, headaches, stomachaches, irregular bowel movements, and difficulty sleeping. Or, afternoon fatigue, especially for the turkey lovers. Far less glamorous than the side effects our parents used to get us to eat. 

To avoid these possibly painful side effects, consider curbing your Thanksgiving appetite. It’s any easy, effective way to avoid all of the above, including whichever aliment affects you the worst. 

You can even check out this blog for tips on how to do so!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Don’t Over Eat This Thanksgiving! Here’s How

The Thanksgiving holiday has long-since been a food lover’s favorite. After all, it’s an entire day dedicated to consuming some of our best dishes, including those that only come around a few times per year. But just because it’s an annual event doesn’t mean the day should be spent gorging or overeating. In fact, not doing so can allow for leftovers and plenty of foods for the following days. 

For the long-time stuffers, those who love to make themselves miserable, consider holding off instead. It’s a new tradition that can leave you comfortable, happy, and in better stomach health for the remainder of the day. Not to mention more alert come evening time, and less likely to suffer from bouts of indigestion or acid reflux. Both of which can be increased with heavy meals. 

Take it easy this Thanksgiving by:

Serving Smaller Portions

Put less food on your plate to better pace your meal. There’s always a chance to get seconds. But starting slow can give you time to taste and enjoy each serving without feeling an obligation to get full so quickly.

Eating Slower

By giving your food more time to digest, you’re more likely to become fuller with fewer amounts of food. 

Drinking More Water

This too helps portions settle. Remember to consume plenty of fluids with each serving of your Thanksgiving meal.

Waiting for Dessert

Ok, this might sound like the least enjoyable of them all, but letting a meal digest (or start to) can better prepare it for dessert. Not only by making more room, but by giving the stomach enough time to process this heavy job. 

Finally, with this lighter meal, you’ll be able to eat dinner (or breakfast) without feeling guilty. By naturally pacing the body, it’ll be more than ready for its next round of tasty Thanksgiving favorites. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sleep Better with Neck Alignment

There are few things worse than waking up with a crick in one’s neck. It’s painful, ongoing, and make it difficult to make it through the rest of the day. At least without turning one’s entire body each time you need to rotate your head. And while these pains might not be an everyday occurrence, when they do take place, they are less than comfortable to deal with.

Sleeping with a more supportive pillow, however, can work to reduce those cricks each and every night. Because neck-based pillows are designed specifically to cradle the spine and upper portions of the back, bones are better kept in place and held there throughout various sleeping positions. Meanwhile, muscles are kept from pinching or becoming displaced as you move. (Generally, neck pains happen when we’re sleeping, because we’re too relaxed to feel excess pressure put on muscles. Neck muscles also create more pain due to an increase in sensitivity levels.) 

When opting for versions with memory foam, you can even create a more comfortable pillow simply by using it. Each night you sleep, the pillow will better form to your body and create a custom fit. While additional add-ons, such as cooling foam, head cutouts, and more, offer a more personalized sleeping experience for each user. Sleepers are also proven to get deeper, longer periods of sleep with these type of bed products. Because they allow you to become (and stay) more comfortable, REM cycles will take place without interruption. (You can even learn more about individual cycles by talking with your doctor or a sleep expert.)

To learn more about supporting your neck while you sleep, head to Contour Living and check out our various options. Have a question or comment? Live chat with a specialist and find the best fit for you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Proper Typing Positions: Are You Using Them?

A majority of office workers spend much of their day at a desk. Where they type, mouse click, and navigate their way through various computer functions. Or simply sit and give their arms a break. But after hours of this repetitive behavior, which is done on a continual basis, aches and pains can begin to take place. Especially when proper typing positions – such as ergonomics – aren’t taken into account. 

To remedy common keyboard ailments, regular typers should enlist the help of proven angles, such as arms and knees that are 90 degrees. Pads for one’s wrists (both at the keyboard and mouse) can also help reduce weight and tension on the muscles. Rear support also helps lift up the body and keep one sitting up straight, another ergonomics-friendly trait. And finally, elbows should not be able to “rest” – whether on one’s chair or desk. Because this act places pressure and weight on one’s pressure points and muscles, it reduces circulation to the arms and hands. Not only can this make one’s extremities colder, but it can increase pain while decreasing health. 

Considering a few small desk adjustments can help make life easier, it’s a wonder why every office worker doesn’t employ an ergonomic space. Where typing can be done in a position that better helps promote arm, hand, and vein health every time they sit down to work. 

To learn more about desk and keyboard positions, talk to your work manager. Some companies keep an ergonomic expert on hand, or even hire a specialist to come in and offer company-wide suggestions. You can also consider simple changes that can work to better improve your typing routine. It’s an affordable and effective way to increase back health while offering better blood and oxygen flow throughout the entire body. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

How Much Sitting is Too Much?

For those who work behind a desk, sitting is an inevitable part of the day. It accounts for the majority of your time, and is how you’re able to work and make a living. All while sitting. Though it’s great to take a walking break throughout the day or to do the occasional project while standing, there’s still a large portion of your day that calls for a rear in the seat and hands at the keyboard. 

But how much sitting is too much? According to research, adults who sit more than half of their waking hours can be at risk for serious health risks. In contrast, those who stand or are on the move more than half of their day are proven to have better overall health. Including metal health factors, such as perceptions toward daily situations and overall mood. 

For those who are stuck at a desk, however, doctors say a great way to avoid “too much” sitting is by keeping track of desk hours. Or incorporating standing tactics as much as possible. Like standing while eating, taking walking coffee breaks, or even propping up one’s computer to a standing position. Even attributing a small portion of the working day to standing can offer positive results, such as better moods, more energy, and better overall health. 

You should also talk to your boss about standing options and what tactics they’re able to offer. Some companies will foot the bill for standing desks, or provide longer days with more breaks so that employees can get in as much movement time as possible. There might even be productivity incentives for workers who opt for a day with more standing hours. 

Whatever your preferences for standing vs. sitting, remember that being on the move can work to improve your health. Talk to your boss to start raising health perks today. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Learn More About the MiniMax with this Informative Video

Ready to learn more about our latest product? Find out everything you wanted to know about the MiniMax Multi-Position Wedge and more by watching our latest YouTube addition. (Shown below.) The video even shows some of the best ways to use this innovative cushion to find some much-needed relief. Because the pillow offers five positions in a single product, you’re sure to find the support you need – even for multiple areas of the body – all in one single Contour Living product. 

Not only can you adjust with the pillow’s unique zip and hinge features, you can mix and match to create the best possible fit. For instance, placing your head in the contoured section to receive maximum neck and upper spine support. Or placing the MiniMax directly on a couch (or on the bed) to create an extra layer of bodily support.

The video also shows the different positions that the cushion can be folded into. Adjust and conform, depending on which section of the body needs extra TLC – long-term or from a day-by-day basis. Fold to hold up the legs, adjust to give the neck an extra support boost, or unzip sections to better hold up the head or feet. Whatever your comfort needs, the MiniMax can be conformed to help sort them out!

Best of all, this video shares some of the best ways to help get you there. And as quickly as possible Customize the MiniMax based off your experience with the BackMax Plus, or start from scratch and start fresh with this innovative product. 

Learn more by watching our customized (and customer-inspired) video here:

Ready to benefit from your very own MiniMax Multi-Position Wedge? Head to our product page and put one (or more!) on your shopping wish list today. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eat Earlier to Avoid Acid Reflux

The effects of acid reflux can be caused by any number of issues. Drinking alcohol can trigger its wrath, sleeping on a pillow that is too flat can increase its levels of pain, while genetics also play a serious role as to how severe one’s acid reflux pains can become.

But perhaps nothing triggers acid reflux as severely as to what and when we eat. Spicy foods, especially when consumed at a late hour, can cause you to toss and turn all night. Even by someone who doesn’t normally suffer from the disease. Why? As foods are digesting, gravity helps hold all our stomach functions in place. When laying down, however, those same foods (and stomach acid) is allowed to creep back up into the esophagus. This is not only uncomfortable, but painful. 

For some, these effects are even worsened by “flaps” that don’t properly hold one’s digesting food in place. Increasing the already ongoing symptoms.

A proven cure, however, comes from eating an earlier meal. By allowing the body time to digest, stomach acid can’t make its way back up through the esophagus. Choosing milder foods can also lessen the effects, but even milder meals eaten later at night can trigger acid reflux pains. To eliminate side effects altogether, plan dinner time an hour or two earlier each night. Or, if your schedule doesn’t allow, follow up with a glass of milk or a bowl of yogurt to help acidic foods settle. Sleeping on an incline, especially with the help of a specialized pillow, can also create an added level of comfort. (By increasing the angle at which acid must rise, the chances that it makes its way out of the stomach are even further reduced.)

To learn more about acid reflux or how a pillow can help, head to Contour Living today. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What’s the Ideal Sleeping Temperature?

It’s no secret that we can gain better sleep in cold weather. With the chill, we cuddle up into the covers, and keep ourselves warm rather than trying to cool off while sleeping. And it makes for a much better sleeping routine. The body is also able to drift deeper into rest with the cooler temperature. 

Because the brain actually runs at a lowered temperature during sleep, a room that’s too hot can keep you from drifting off into REM cycles. Or, even if you are able to sleep, levels that are too hot or even too cold, can cause you to wake every few hours. But what temperature is “right”? What is the best temperature at which one can sleep? Those who are naturally warm-blooded might want it fairly chilly, while those who are cold will need more blankets to sleep at the same temperature.

Research, however, shows it’s somewhere in between – ideally, air should range between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Much colder and the body will have to try too hard to keep warm, while a warmer room can prevent you from cooling off throughout the night. Obviously this is easier to achieve in the spring and fall months, while reaching these same levels can create a hefty energy bills in the summer or winter. Thankfully, a heavy blanket or fan can help even out the excess ranges. 

To achieve the best night’s sleep possible – as predicted by science – keep your room at a chilly, but not too chilly temp. Not only can it help leave you more rested throughout the day, it can help you drift gently into rest each night. 

To learn more about how room temperature(s) can affect your routine, check out this comprehensive article from Web MD

Friday, October 24, 2014

Is Candy Affecting your Sleep?

With Halloween around the corner, those of all ages will soon be consuming large amounts of candy. Whether they earned it from trick-or-treating, or from the grocery store’s sale aisle – the population is about to get a whole lot sweeter. And while we know that eating too much sugar generally isn’t good for our health, that doesn’t stop us from doing it from time to time, especially on the best candy-based holidays. Especially when looking forward to seasonal favorites. 

However, weight gain and blood sugar aren’t the only things at risk when taking in too many sweetened items. Those who consume more than their fair share of candies can also lose sleep. When sugar overtakes our daily diet, it can actually lessen the quality of sleep you’re able to achieve while digesting it. Especially if running low on water or other healthy substances, such as specific nutrients. 

How Much is Too Much Sugar?

Depending on your weight and size, only a few pieces could put you over the edge. This intake level can also be changed with the time of day desserts have been ingested. For instance, eating refined sugars before bed can stress your organs (especially those that deal with digesting), and affect your body’s ability to produce hormones. Each of these symptoms can cause you to wake throughout the night, simply from interrupting the body’s normal sleeping schedule. 

To avoid such negative effects associated with sweet tooth overload, take it easy on the candy. Or, if you’re a dessert lover, consider eating smaller portions, earlier in the day, so they can’t affect your nighttime bodily functions. 

Over time, planning for better digestion can lead to deeper, more relaxed forms of sleep while eliminating any sugar-based side effects. Start adjusting your diet today to gain better sleeping results.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Praise for The Contour Leg Pillow

The Contour Leg Pillow can do wonders, a fact we’ve been spreading for years. But don’t just take it from us. Hear from this real-life leg pillow user, Donnie, and how its unique shape and sturdy design was able to revolutionize the way she sleeps. Having used it for more than a year, she said it has not only helped cure her Restless Leg Syndrome, but allowed for comfortable nights of sleep since day one. According to Donnie, the Contour Leg Pillow was able to remove pressure within her legs that caused strains and pains. Additionally, the pillow was able to remove pressure on her lower back. All around, it added up for a win-win situation, she said.   

But what is it that makes this pillow so special? By shaping directly to the legs and/or knees, users are able to gain some much needed support by keeping their spine (and hips and lower back) in place. Even through various sleeping positions caused by tossing and turning throughout the night. The added cushion can also provide comfort while allowing the legs to receive proper circulation. 

Luckily, Donnie isn’t the only one with access to the crowd-favorite Contour Leg Pillow (or the only one gaining better sleep because of it). Order yours to receive the same types of pain relief and sleep comfort each and every day. Whether you too suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome, or are just looking for a better, easier way to rest comfortably each night. 

You can even receive a discount when buying two or more Contour Leg Pillows. A great excuse to buy them for the whole family – pass them out as birthday gifts or keep extras on hand for your next vacation.  

Ready to start shopping? Have a question or comment about our best-selling leg pillow? Head to our product page today and get started. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Improve Mattress Quality on a Budget

We know it’s important to sleep on a quality mattress. Failing to do so can cause all types of back issues, especially pains. However, when sleeping on a quality mattress, one that cradles and supports, we can work to improve muscle and bone alignment. Just from sleeping. 

But what creates a “quality” mattress? Sure, you could go out and purchase a new one, but beds are expense and difficult to get into place. In fact, unless yours is more than 10 years old, you can stick with your current model. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be improved. Rather than purchasing an entire new mattress, consider a pad or foam topper. These models not only create an added layer of comfort, they can increase the lifespan of your bed. Or, if you’re ready for a softer or firmer feel, change out your bed accessories for an instant way to adjust the mattress’s surface. 

Other add-ons come in the form of specialty pillows, whether for the head and neck, legs, or back. Many wedge options (such as those offered by Contour Living) even come with versatile needs so users can move or rearrange as needed. A simple way to reduce pains without requiring multiple or expensive pillows. 

Finally, once you’ve explored all your pillow and cushion options, it’s time to consider additional esthetics. Such as sheets. Sleeping on quality materials can add an even more relaxing feel to the comfiest of beds. They’ll fit your bed better, holding mattress accessories properly in place, while adding a silky, warm, cozy, or whatever type of feel you prefer. In contrast, cheaply made sheets can make you itch throughout the night. 

Nighttime rest can be greatly affected by a few factors. Look to pillows, sheets, and more when improving your sleep quality in an effective, yet budget-friendly manner. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Costumes to Incorporate your CPAP Mask

In just a few short weeks, Halloween parties will be thrown all across the country. Kids will trick-or-treat, and those of all ages, even the adults, will dress up in their favorite costumes. And whether you like to go all out or keep it simple (so simply you just add ears to your daily attire), there are plenty of costume ideas to explore. 

One way to save on accessories, while still creating a unique costume, is by incorporating a CPAP mask. The very same pieces of medical equipment that are used to help cure sleep apnea. Especially if you’re looking for a costume that’s more elaborate; these masks add an entire new layer of intricacy, but without hiking up the price. 

To incorporate your CPAP mask, consider dressing up as one of the following. 

A Bedtime-Ready Adult

Sure this might not be the most creative idea there ever was, but it just might be the most comfy. Just put on some PJs, add the mask, preferably with an air tank on wheels, and head to your favorite party destination. 

Surgery Patient 

The mask will let you look like you’re seconds from going under at all times. Just make sure your robe is pinned in the back.

Darth Vader

The proven CPAP-mask favorite.

Scooby Do, or Another Cartoon Dog

Certain CPAP masks look oddly snout-like. Paint your face before putting on the mask, or simply dress in Scooby fur to achieve this costume concept. 

Other animal ideas, such as an elephant, ant eater, and more can also be easily recreated with the help of a CPAP mask. 

Bane (From The Dark Night Rises)

Branch out into the villainous side by turning your mask into one that releases pain-killing gasses. (At least in your imagination.) Bonus: there’s no need for a wig! 

For even more CPAP costume ideas, check out this list.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Eliminate Allergies with Contour’s De-Mite Laundry Additive

Sleep with ease thanks to Contour Living’s latest product addition. A product that gets rid of some of your worse allergy triggers through everyday chores. The De-Mite Laundry Additive, an add-in laundry substance, can be used on any load of clothes (or bedding, etc.), to help eliminate some of your worst allergens. Just add it to your regular laundry day routine for peace of mind and bedding that’s sure to provide some much needed breathing relief. 

It even comes with a special introductory price! Add it to your favorite pillow for free shipping, or stock up for spring!

What is De-Mite?

It’s an at-home laundry additive that kills most airborne allergies, such as dust mites. With just a half-tablespoon of detergent (mixed with your favorite traditional detergent, of course), users can eliminate mites and more from an entire laundry load. It even works in all temperatures, so there’s no need to worry about ruining delicate bedding or pieces of clothing. De-Mite is non-toxic and does not contain dyes or fragrances, which is perfect for those with sensitive skin. And because it’s concentrated, only a small amount is needed, allowing the entire bottle to last multiple loads. 

De-Mite is perfect for long-time allergy suffers, and eliminates the smallest of triggers that can embed directly within our sheets and blankets. Namely the dust mite, which is responsible for the largest number of spring and fall allergies, including asthma attacks had by non-allergy sufferers. Other symptoms kept at bay include: sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, a running nose, scratchy throat, and more. 

To start making the most out of your laundry loads, look to De-Mite to reduce allergy symptoms each time you wash your bedding. Not only is it effective, it’s and easy, affordable way to reduce allergy symptoms. 

Click to start shopping today. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

5 Habits That Will Increase Acid Reflux Symptoms

Acid reflux is an issue that affects thousands of Americans. Whether conditional or an ongoing medical concern, patients are dealing with this uncomfortable scenario most nights of the week. However, there are also certain behaviors that work to increase (or decrease) acid reflux’s symptoms. To make the most out of your acid reflux treatment, remember to avoid the following.

5. Alcohol Before Bed

Drinking too much before bed, or too close before bedtime, can greatly increase the effects of acid reflux. Because alcohol relaxes our muscles, drinking can create a scenario where one’s throat is far more susceptible to acid or other stomach side effects. Instead, try and curb your drinking habits, or consider drinking earlier in the night to avoid this painful outcome.

4. Spicy Foods

The spicier the meal, the greater risk one has at gaining acid reflux. Even when eating less or earlier in the evening. To avoid stomach and chest pain altogether, consider an antacid or opting for a milder meal. 

3. Flat Pillows

Because acid reflux essentially takes place with a lack of incline, sleeping on flat pillows can greatly increase its abilities. Sleep on a wedge or with additional pillows to keep acid at bay, or rather, where it belongs, deep within the stomach.

2. Overeating

Feeling full is generally uncomfortable. But when eating far too much (and too close to bedtime), that “too-full” feeling becomes even worse. Allow your food to settle \for better digestion and fewer nighttime pains. 

1. Ignoring the Signs

Generally, long-time acid reflux patients know when a severe bout of pain is about to arise. When these early warning signs take place, take medicine, drink a glass of milk, or just lay off the booze. Ignoring these signs will only work for a more painful bout of acid reflux later on. While, instead, precautionary measures can help reduce the condition for the long haul. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Are you at Risk for Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs have become an ever-growing threat across the U.S. And nothing sounds less pleasant than an infestation of bugs that bite and crawl through our resting places each night. Not only does it make it impossible to sleep, there is an entire round of critters that must be dealt with. Making all the more important to ensure that you haven’t been exposed – or won’t be exposed – to these living nuisances. 

If you’ve stayed in a hotel or traveled within recent weeks, it’s a good idea to check your bed for signs of bugs. You’ll also gain bites or rashes once coming in contact with these pesky creatures. After checking for bites, look in your sheets, and in nooks and crannies on the mattress, including seams, bed skirts, box springs, etc. Though small, each bed bug is about the size and color of an apple seed, meaning they can easily be tracked down if you know what to look for. If no signs are found, you’re likely safe! When locating bug feces, exoskeletons, or bugs themselves, however, will call for an at-home treatment or the help of an exterminator. 

How to Avoid Bed Bugs

In the future, be sure to check for signs of infestations when traveling. Check mattress corners when checking in, while strong musty scents can also be a warning sign. Finally, keep your luggage off the bed and floor. Instead, opt for a hard surface (such as provided dressers), or suitcase stands. These surfaces will be harder for bugs to climb, and ensure an extra level of protection, no matter how long your stay.

When traveling, there’s always an added fear of bringing critters home, especially with growing numbers of bed bugs taking over our vacation plans. But by being aware of what to look for, and taking precautionary measures, you can greatly reduce the chances of bed bugs taking hold. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Try the MiniMax Multi-Position Wedge

Great news! There’s now a mini version of your favorite wedge pillow. Meet the MiniMax, a small but mighty way to stay comfortable and supported throughout the night. It’s compact size makes it perfect for traveling or storing, though many prefer to keep this cozy model ready for use at all times. It’s versatility makes it perfect for lounging, watching TV, reading, playing video games, or all of the above.

Each model comes with two separate pieces that can be combined and rearranged to create a number of positions. Its wedge creates the perfect leaning surface while reading, while folding and readjusting can help support the torso or legs. You can even use a single cushion to add rear support wherever you may be sitting. Overall, the MiniMax can adjust into five different positions. It’s the perfect pillow for addressing all your comfort and joint pain needs all in one, portable package. 

The MiniMax is great for

  • Elevating legs, especially when the back or legs are sore and tired
  • Elevating knees – each MiniMax offers a 30-degree incline, the doctor recommended height
  • Cushioning the rear – whether sitting on a hard or sagging surface, the MiniMax offers its much-needed support
  • Supporting the back when sitting or lounging. Opt for its wedged position to lean when reading, watching TV, or playing video games.
  • Reducing acid reflux. Relax on the steeper incline to reduce acid reflux symptoms, or sleep on its gradual rise to keep pains away on a long-term basis.

When shopping for a new pillow, or nighttime support system, there are several types of options. However, the MiniMax combines five different treatment pillows into one, affordable wedge. And it’s comfortable!

Start shopping for access to ongoing joint support and paid reduction. Order today to earn free shipping – available for a limited time! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Natural Ways to Stay Pain Free This Fall

Now that the first day of fall has officially taken place, it’s time to think about everything fall. Cooler temps are already upon us, and the changing weather can mean any number of upcoming changes. Whether that be recipes, clothing, or how you deal with pain management – dropping temps and an increase in moisture can lead to some serious joint pain. 

By taking preventative measures and being aware of this upcoming pain, patients can greatly reduce the effects brought on by changing weather. Tactics such as supportive pillows and eating healthier can help the body to eliminate its own pain-inducing symptoms. Patients can also keep an eye on the weather so they’ll have a better idea as to when the most significant changes might take place. And when barometric drops are predicted, stretching or exercises can help reduce tension by strengthening muscles. 

Natural substances, such as teas or herbal remedies can also soothe joints by offering anti-inflammatory capabilities. (And let’s face it, sometimes they just make us feel better on cold and rainy days.) Certain diet changes can also work to strengthen joints and muscles, while plenty of water can increase circulation and blood flow, which is a proven method to reduce aches and pains. As for days when the body is aching as a whole, it might just be time for a hot bath, which is also a good way to heat up on cold nights. (You can also talk to your doctor to explore available medical options.)

Changing weather is an inevitability, especially in regions that receive all four seasons. However, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer during the transition from hot to cold and dry to wet. 

Test out these natural tactics to keep your body feeling its best through even the most severe of weather changes. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sciatica Sufferers: Have you Fell to These Common Myths?

Those with sciatica know just how much the condition affects everyday life. From sitting and standing, to lying down, to just walking from place to place, your lower back can flare up at any minute. Which is why folks look to every possible solution to heal it sooner rather than later. But did you know there are several common myths surrounding the condition? New patients often look online to find advice, while long-term sciatica victims might find old wives tales – anything new fangled that might help ease their pain.

No matter your situation, however, avoid these common myths. And, to get the facts straight, talk to your doctor about sciatica and how you can best treat your back pain any time of day.

The myths:

Sciatica is Only Caused by Certain Conditions

While this can be true, it’s not the only cause of the sickness. There can be any number of muscle, spinal, even organ-based conditions that can lead to sciatica. Unfortunately, this is why it’s so hard to treat. As a secondary side effect, first treating the original cause is the only way to stay pain free on a long-term basis. 

Leg Pain without Back Pain Can’t be Sciatica

Depending on how the nerve is affected, sciatica can manifest in the legs rather than the back (or the rear). Though this is rare, it still takes place in various sciatica patients. However, it’s important to have your leg pain examined by a doctor as sciatica can be mistaken for a leg injury and vice versa. 

Sciatica Patients Should Rest

While it might be the first thought that comes to mind, especially on a day when pain is worse than others, this generally isn’t the case. Stretching and moving can work to reduce pain over time, even if just by strengthening or loosening one’s muscles. 

Surgery is the Only Treatment Option

Wrong. There are multiple ways to address sciatica rather than going under the knife. Physical therapy, lifestyle changes, exercise regimens, and more can all work to reduce sciatica symptoms.

To better understand your sciatica, talk with your doctor today. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Best Lawn Chairs for Back Health

With stores looking to reduce their hot weather merchandise, it might just be the perfect time to stock up on summer gear. Especially larger items such as patio pieces, or benches – ones that can be enjoyed throughout the fall months as well. However, when looking into purchasing this type of equipment, a few areas must be considered, such as comfort, ability to support, and more. After all, when buying outdoor furniture, you want it to last for the long haul, and cheaping out with items that won’t support – whether you or itself – is sure to send you back to the store next year.

When choosing chairs that will best support the back, look at surface, weight distribution, and more. Cloth versions are more likely to sag in the middle, but come with easier travel. However, versions that are made to stay put can better support through firm cushions or weaved fabrics. And while benches might make a nice decorative statement for the yard, those that come with a sturdy back can better offer long-term comfort. Especially when not placed in front of a garage or wall. Metal chairs are also yard staples, but can become cold quickly as the temperature drops. And thought this might not directly affect one’s back health, it can also cause them to tense up and tighten their muscles.

To get the best sitting experiences out of your yard events – including those that don’t leave you in pain the following day – consider stocking up on the right types of chairs. Ones that offer plenty of rear and back support, while also come with cushion and temperature control or insulation. Not only will these versions last longer for outdoor entertainment, they’re also an easy way to increase muscle and overall back health.

Consider an upgrade today to take advantage of these yard-based benefits. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Multitask your Pillow with the Butterfly Leg Pillow

Spines have been supported and made pain free with Contour products for years. One of our favorites (and best sellers), the Contour Leg Pillow, has been providing leg and back comfort since its debut. Now, however, its cousin has a chance at offering the same levels of relief to all ages of users. Not only does it come with the same shape that cradles and lifts the legs into place, the Butterfly Leg Pillow is far more versatile. Sleep with it between your legs, then split the pillow open to host feet or calves after waking up. Plus, it comes with a massage feature so it can gently soothe muscles back to health.

Named for its ability to “butterfly” into an array of shapes with a unique hinge design (but without uncomfortable hardware), this pillow is perfect for sore or achy muscles. Whether just offering them support, or a soothing massage that coaxes blood flow back into sore areas. Use it at night, pack it along for your next vacation, or keep it on hand for whenever your back pain starts to flare up. 

The pillow also comes with:
          • Easy massage function that turns on and off with the flip of a switch
          • Thigh cradling abilities (great for pregnant ladies who are carrying extra, yet uneven weight).
          • Proper lower body alignment features.
          • The ease of providing relief and added blood flow to tired feet or legs.

The Butterfly Leg Pillow offers users three functions in a single device, cutting down the need for multiple (and expensive) pillows and extra storage. It’s even on sale, coming with free shipping when shoppers buy two or more. 

To get started with your very own pillow-based comfort today, head to Contour Living’s product page and start shopping!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Football Traditions That Can Leave you Down in the Back

Fall means football, one of America’s favorite pastimes. And with it comes a heavy dose of tradition. Aside from the actual games themselves, people will travel from miles around to barbeque, tailgate, play backyard games, and more. All in support of this beloved sport. However, just because said pastimes are enjoyed, doesn’t mean they don’t (or can’t) leave you hurting in their wake.

To stay healthy and fit all through football season, remember these side effects that can occur from all the tailgating fun.

Actually Playing Football

Most of the time it’s left to the players, but throwing around a football before the game can cause serious injury. Whether in the back, shoulders, or outside muscles, playing too rough of a game is sure to leave you hurting well past the fourth quarter.

Heavy Tailgate Gear

Tailgating can often mean some serious equipment hauling. Rather than lifting items that are too bulky for travel, consider easier methods instead. Such as coolers with wheels, or lightweight tents that can be held in place by ropes or pins. These simple gestures can do wonders for the body and leave you pain free the following day. 

Sitting in Bench Seats for the Entire Game

We’ve all sat in the cheap seats. Where no back supports are given and we’re left to our own devices to sit up straight. And while sometimes they’re a necessity, they can also leave your rear screaming for some cushion. Next time you’re left with a bench seat, remember to bring a retractable back or pillow to help ease some the sitting pain. 

Unhealthy Foods

Chowing down on dips might be tasty at the time, but they can also do a number on your digestive system. Remember to take these snacks in stride, or to pack along some healthier alternatives for a stomach that isn’t rumbling during the big game.

To make the most out of your football team’s season, follow these simple health-friendly tips. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

4 Ways you Should Never Sleep

Doctors and sleep experts alike are constantly giving out tips for better sleep. They let others known which positions increase circulation, as well as how to promote comfort … just by the position you lay in each night. And while there are an infinite ways to improve sleep quality by what you are doing, there are also plenty of ways to achieve the same results by what you don’t do. From positions to the time that you roll into bed each night, avoid these four common practices to gain better rest. 


Heading to bed at a different time each night – and waking up at a different time –can throw your natural clock for a loop. Even when schedules change, consider keeping a regular sleep pattern to help naturally train the body when it’s time to sleep, and when it’s time to start the day. Weekends might be somewhat of an exception, but daily changes can often create the most damage. Even if you don’t notice it at the time. 

With Unsupportive Sleep Accessories

If your bed or pillow has seen too many years of use, they may not be supporting your alignment like they should. Though unnoticeable while sleeping, this lack of structural integrity can lead to aches and pains, or even a muscle related injury down the road. Instead, consider replacing these items or gaining the help of a mattress pad or pillow wedge. 

On Your Stomach

At least not exclusively. Stomach sleepers have a larger tendency to let the spine “sink” into the bed, which causes additional pain. Instead, talk to your doctor about which sleeping positions will be best for your body. 

On Outside Furniture

While it may be nice to snooze on the couch every now and then, doing it to often can cause some serious medical side effects. Same goes for the recliner. Or, if you must nap while watching the evening news, look to a back or neck prop that won’t leave you hurting the next day.

To learn more about these supportive products, head to Contour Living

Friday, September 5, 2014

Proven Results From the Folding Bed Wedge

Looking for an excuse to get more comfortable each night? How about a mattress add-on that’s proven to offer real-time results? And one you can save money on in the process? Not only is the Folding Bed Wedge on sale, order two or more (one for you and one for your significant other, guest room, or whoever’s on your Christmas list) and shipping is free!

The Folding Bed Wedge has been helping Contour Living customers sleep since it hit the market. Need a little more convincing as to just how comfortable this product actually is? See what current and past users have had to say:

The Bed Product Reviews

I am really enjoying my 12" pillow wedge. It helps me in more than one way: I've had back surgery and [an] acid reflux problem. Thanks so much.” August 2014
“This was the second wedge pillow I tried. The first brand was too soft and made my neck sore. This 7-inch one was firm and comfortable. It definitely relieved my acid reflex during sleep. Just give yourself a few days to adjust to it. It works well for side sleeping too.” July 2014
“Helped with sleep after surgery also helps with sleep apnea.” June 2014
This product is awesome! I just got it last Wednesday and since then I have not coughed, nor had back and leg aches upon wakening in the morning. This says a lot since I am a cancer victim and have many aches and pains. I ordered the long one, 10" deep ... excellent product! Highly recommend it to everyone, ill or not!” May 2014
“Works for me!” April 2014
“Purchased 10-inch wedge. Only using for about a week but sleeping much better! Not waking up coughing from acid reflux and really helping with neck and back problems. Used to wake up with stiff neck and headache … not this week! :).” March 2014
“This product came very quickly and is exactly as described. I am very happy to receive it and use it. Thank you Contour Living for an excellent product.” February 2014

Head to Contour Living’s Folding Bed Wedge page to start shopping today! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Why Healthy Muscles Matter

Despite everything they do for us in a given day, it can be easy to overlook the body’s muscles. Unlike limbs or lungs that provide a very visible function, the muscles contribute to every single movement we make. Even the small ones … or ones that don’t require moving at all, such as sitting or standing. In fact, we have more than 600 muscles in the body, all of which help contribute to gestures, breathing, blood flow, and more. Yet they’re still overlooked. With their incredible responsibilities, however, we need to ensure each muscle is up to top working abilities. 

Without proper health, the body can suffer in function efficiency, strength, and more. Generally without us even knowing what’s taking place beneath the surface. 

When an injury does occur, it’s not only harder to use a specific body part, it creates a weakened space around the torn or pulled area. This can not only lower muscle strength, but decrease other body parts’ abilities in the process. 

What Healthy Muscles Can Do

Aside from the obvious, such as allowing us to play sports, and perform even the smallest of movements, muscles have a number of additional uses. They help keep joints strong and working properly, they keep the heart pumping and moving blood throughout the body. Additionally, muscles help hold bones and organs in place, while allowing them perform their duties as needed. Toned muscles will also allow you more strength not only physically, but when burning fat and digesting foods. Overall, it’s a team effort contributing toward the goal of total body health.

For all they do for us, be sure to take proper care of your muscles on any given day. This includes a proper diet, exercise, sleep, as well as hydration. It’s one of the healthiest ways to care from your body from the inside out. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tips for Sleeping in Hotel Beds

Does your back hurt after sleeping in a new bed? What about your neck or legs? When sleeping in a new place, most often a hotel, it can be common to wake up stiff and in pain. Because it’s a new surface, and not one your body is accustomed to, the body can have a hard time getting comfortable. Then once it does, will often be jarred out of its normal position, creating awkward placements for the muscles and spine. And because we sleep in these out-of-the-ordinary poses (for hours on end), it causes pain and stiff joints throughout the rest of the day. 

So how do we avoid these uncomfortable scenarios? After all, it’s hard enough to get proper rest while traveling, let alone when it causes us to hurt during our waking hours. With the help of proper pillows or any added accessories, however, those pains can be greatly reduced. If not eliminated altogether. 

How to Eliminate Back Pains While Traveling

The next time you travel, remember to take a supportive pillow. Use one for your neck, legs, or hips – whatever tends to hurt the most while on vacation. These pillows will help keep your body properly aligned, while adding some much needed comfort in the process. You can also talk with the hotel and inquire about extra pillows or any mattress toppers that might make your stay more pleasant. 

Another way to reduce pains can be achieved by the way you sleep. If it’s your lower back that usually hurts, it may be best to sleep on your side. And so on. Talk to your doctor about various sleeping positions, specifically those that will work best for your specific body type. A quick Google search can also provide some insight on nightly routines and how to take advantage of your next hotel stay.

Get started on these simple tips while planning your your next trip. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Product! The Inflatable BackMax Body Wedge

Love the BackMax but need something more convenient for travel or storage? You’re in luck! Our new version of the product allows you to inflate and deflate at your convenience, creating a cushion that’s as flexible as your schedule. Air it up with the provided pump to recover after a surgery, or pack it along for your next trip. It’ll ensure comfortable resting no matter the sleeping situation. With this inflatable product, you’re able to get the pain relief you deserve in a user-friendly, mobile package, and without losing any of the comfort or support that comes with a traditional BackMax Plus. 

The BackMax Plus works by offering users three specifically designed wedges – that can be used separately or together – to form the perfect position. By combining or removing pieces, patients can best support body parts that need it, while choosing to bypass the ones that don’t. Or, use all three pieces at once to create the ultimate zero gravity position. It’s one that also promotes oxygen flow and circulation, to even further speed along the healing process. 

The BackMax Body Wedge Can Also:

  • Be adjusted to different levels of firmness – use less air for a softer feel, or fill it up for extra firmness. 
  • Be purchased in three different sizes, so you’re sure to find the right fit.
  • Customize to your body’s individual shape and size.
  • Reduce stress, pain, and strain throughout the body.
  • Create full body support … or be adjusted to host just one portion at a time.

Whether you’re using it to recover from an injury, or are just looking to add some comfort into your daily routine, the BackMax Plus offers an entire combination of ways to relax. And with its new inflatable counterpart, you never have to go without your favorite back product again. 

Head to Contour’s product page to start shopping! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Even More Scents that Will Help Reduce Stress

Earlier this week, we discussed ways to reduce stress (and subsequent muscle pains) through the help of scent. Just by sniffing different natural substances, the body can easily and effectively relax. Without the need for medicine or even mental cooperation. In fact, keeping one of these items on hand is likely the most effective way to stay calm, no matter what may come your way.

Today we explore part two of these natural calming agents. While apples, lavender, and more have proven themselves effective, there are even more ways to smell your way to a calmer state of mind. 

Plants and Fruits That Can Promote Mental Healing

  • Peppermint plants – A crowd favorite, peppermint is a pleasant way to smell your cares away. Keep a plant at home, at the office, or both. Springs can even be dried and stored away in a small container for a more mobile way to transport peppermint aromas. 

  • Chocolate – It’s no surprise that chocolate brings on some serious comfort. But it may not just be about the taste. Darker blends are also proven to offer their magical powers of feeling good through the scent of cocoa. Though be careful not to “smell” too much chocolate as extra pounds are sure to cause anyone stress. 

  • Carbs – Our bodies crave carbs – it’s just a fact. But it might not just be for the taste; studies show that consuming carbs promotes the production of serotonin, or the “feel good” chemical that’s released in the brain. Smelling breads and grains might do the body good, but in this case, it’s better to actually eat your natural cure.
No matter your personal preference, there are plenty of scents that offer body-healing powers. Rather than enduring ongoing stress, consider these nose-happy alternatives instead. Best of all, they’re proven to work!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Calming Scents That Will Help you Relax

Are you a naturally stressed out person? Do you take everyday events personally, and then let them affect your day negatively? Do your shoulders and muscles tense up in the process? Unfortunately, this is a personality trait that many endure on a daily basis. Whether they’re high strung or are constantly looking for a way to fix everything, they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. A task that can become literally painful over time, even just from tensing the muscles too often. It’s a practice most don’t realize they’re doing when under stress.

However, by working toward relaxing practices – such as scents that naturally calm the body – you can easily release tension. Even subconsciously, which can work to eliminate the most amount of stress.

The next time you need to relax, look to these scents to help naturally boost the process. 

Scents that Can Reduce Stress

  • Teas – Consuming tea has long been thought of as a way to relax the body, but have we ever stopped to wonder why? Flavors such as chamomile and mint have calming powers, though it’s also shown that mild doses of caffeine can jumpstart the brain into a more alert state. 
  • Lavender – This herb (as well as some of its cousins) can trigger the body’s anxiety relief. Smell fresh sprigs to relax, or opt for scented candles or oils instead. Just be sure to avoid perfumes that are too sugary sweet. 
  • Apples – Believe it or not, smelling a green apple has been shown to reduce the body’s stressors. It can also work to reduce headaches, just through its built-in scent. 
  • Coconut – Fresh coconuts may be hard to come by (depending on your location), but hunting one down might be well worth the effort. Scientists say cutting into the fruit can lower blood pressure and reduce the body’s natural “fight or flight” instincts. 

Use these scents to naturally relax on a daily basis. And stay tuned for even more smells that will lower your body’s stress levels. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Customers on the Contour Cloud Pillow

As one of our longest best sellers, it’s hard to beat the Contour Cloud Pillow. Specifically designed to cradle the neck and support the head, this pillow has helped get a good night’s rest for years. On a continual basis, it’s helped those with neck pain, those who just couldn’t get comfortable, and those who were looking for a reliable way to keep their spine aligned throughout the night. 

In fact, it helped them out so much that they took the opportunity to share their thoughts with us. Check out what some of our repeat and first-time customers had to say about this proven product. 

“I broke my c-1 my junior year of college and have struggled with pain for years. A little over a year ago I finally came across this product and decided to give it a try because nothing else was helping me deal with the pain. This pillow is amazing. I am back to order a new one because mine is starting to wear out (1 yr and 3 mo. Later). Totally affordable too! This pillow is a life saver.” – Kristin, August, 2014

I've used the Cloud Pillow for over ten years and it's exceptional. If you've got a neck problem then it's a must for you to have so don't delay in ordering one now.”  – Patrick, July, 2014

“Feel totally aligned for support, keeps me from snoring. Great comfort for either back and side sleeping. Now will order one for my husband to keep him from snoring.” – May, 2014

“We've been using these pillows for almost 20 years now, swapping out for new ones about every 4-5 years. After only a few nights, I would have fought anyone, tooth and dagger, who tried to take my pillow away!! My husband was almost a Guinness Book of Records snorer, and I'd had spinal surgery in the neck area. These pillows almost stopped his snoring problem (thank you, Lord!), and kept me from getting up each morning with a feeling of ‘crick neck’ for the first couple of hours. They are just the best, and I am so thankful to God for having discovered them.” – Josie, February, 2014

“Have bought this particular pillow for years. Originally, bought it because of shoulder and neck problems. From day one ... no more pain. Now I use it because it provides support and comfort. Love it!!” – Mary, January, 2014

To read more feedback or to start shopping today, head to the Cloud Pillow product page