Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to Prevent Picking Up Bed Bugs During Travel

Unfortunately, the United States has seen a huge influx of bed bugs in the past few years. Those who have been unlucky enough to experience them know just how itchy and invaded one can feel even after a single night of bites. And that's only the beginning of hardships that can come from brining home these unwanted house guests. Rather than having to get rid of bed bugs later on, however, it's best to avoid them in the first place.

When traveling, follow these easy tips to keep yourself and your belongings critter safe.

First, check the online registry. Head to for reports on hotels, apartment complexes, and more that have been hit with an infestation. Previous guests and tenants help report, so there's a good chance that if bed bugs have been present, it will be listed.

Next, know what to look for. When you first walk into a hotel room, take note of the smell. A musty scent is an indication of a large bed bug population. Then check the mattresses. Pull up sheets and look deep at mattress folds and into nooks and crannies. Keep an eye out for discoloration (yellow, brown, or red), as well as the bugs themselves, which will look similar to apple seeds in both size and color. 

Finally, keep your belongings in the car. You might love sleeping with a particular pillow or blanket, but the more items you take into a hotel room, the better chance you have at bringing bugs back home. Live without your favorite item for a single night, and you can be well on your way to keeping the bugs away, no matter where you prefer to travel. 

By following these steps combined, you can work to keep yourself and your home bite and bug free.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to Clean Your CPAP Mask – A Step-by-Step Guide

Last week we talked about the importance of keeping your CPAP mask clean, and how doing so can greatly help with your sleep apnea treatments. Today we discuss the best way to clean your mask. By following proper protocol, you can work toward a germ-free mask and effective treatments every time you head to bed.


Before you get started, ensure you have everything on hand for a proper mask cleaning. You'll need either CPAP mask wipes, or quick access to a sink, gentle liquid soap, a clean dry towel, and a washcloth or soft-bristled brush (optional). 

Getting Started

Each morning after waking up, take your mask apart. This should only take a few seconds; you can find instructions on the user guide, if needed. This includes pulling apart tubes, headgear, extra pads, and soft sleeves. Wipe down each of these sections thoroughly with careful attention to remove facial oils, and any other grime that has built up. Though sections might not feel or look dirty after a single night's use, daily cleaning is the best way to ensure you're breathing clean air as you sleep. This routine will also prevent a thick germ build up from taking root.

If you're using soap and water, turn on warm water (not hot) and start wiping down each piece with a gentle soap. You can use a cloth or a soft brush to reach nooks and crannies. (If you are using wipes, once a week you should rinse tubes with soap and water to clean these hard-to-reach places.)

Then it's time to go back and check your work – look for remaining dirt or soap that wasn't thoroughly rinsed. Dry with a clean towel and let parts sit flat so they can dry. Keep out of direct sunlight, and remember it will take longer for the insides of tubes to fully air out.

Cleaning your CPAP mask is a simple process, and it's one that will allow you to get better use out of your nightly treatments. Start cleaning your mask for a better way to gain sleep apnea relief. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Why You Should Keep Your CPAP Equipment Clean

If you wear a CPAP mask for your sleep apnea, chances are you've noticed your mask getting dirty. Whether you've had it for years and follow cleaning practices, or have only had your device a short time, you know that the tubes, and the mask itself, can attract gunk. But with so much air moving through and regular contact with skin, it's only a matter of time before these devices get bogged down with dirt. However, that unwelcome addition can also affect just how well your mask will work.

Grime can keep the mask from sealing properly to your face, which means air that leaks. Leaking, in turn, can affect how well you breathe, and it can cause discomfort by pushing air onto your skin. Dirty CPAP masks can also irritate or cause break outs, and it can cause the mask itself to break down from foreign matter. Additionally, when tubes aren't clear, less air can flow through and into your lungs.

However, by regularly cleaning your mask and tubes, you can keep your CPAP device running properly and effectively.

Cleaning Your CPAP Mask is Easy

With the help of cleaning wipes, you can easily keep your mask clean. These wipes are designed to clear out gunk quickly, and to remove any excess build up. Keep them by your bed for a simple wipe down every time you use your mask. Frequent cleanings will keep your device working as it should, and it will prevent bigger clean ups from becoming necessary. 

It's recommended to clean off CPAP masks after every use. Without wipes, warm water and gentle soap can also be used to achieve the same cleaning effect. 

Get more use out of your sleeping mask with regular cleanings – stay tuned for a step-by-step tutorial on keeping your CPAP mask clean. And click here to check out more info on CPAP cleaning wipes. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Contour Cloud Pillow: Now in Cool Cloud Edition

For years folks have been sleeping soundly with the Contour Pillow. With its ability to support and create spine and head comfort all night long – as though one was sleeping on a cloud – it's easy to see why this product has gained such clout. But now the pillow can be taken one step further; it offers cooling abilities. Hot sleepers can rest with ease without overheating through the night, while still resting on their favorite Contour Cloud surface. 

It's a pillow that combines some of our favorite things, while still creating plenty of padding along the way. And for anyone who gets a little too hot while they sleep, it can be the perfect bedding addition. Some folks choose to use the Cool Cloud pillow only during warmer months, while others sleep hot year round. 

How the Pillow Works

The Cloud Pillow consists of three layers that are specifically designed to hold their shape, and to keep the neck aligned whether you choose to sleep on your side, back, or stomach. All of which is consistent with the original Contour Cloud Pillow.

The Cool Cloud pillow also hosts a pointed ventilated system that breaths as you sleep. Each layer is made to pass air and reflect warmer temps so they aren't  absorbed into your sleeping surface. Additionally, the soft air mesh layer is composed of 99% air for maximum breathability. That smart science will help keep you cooled all night long. The pillow's memory foam core is also made of a ventilated material, preventing body heat from ever reaching the center of your pillow.

Learn more about the Contour Cool Cloud Pillow by heading to our product page. Order yours today for a proven way to remain cool, no matter how high summer temps might get. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fitness Trackers for Sleeping

Earlier this week we talked about fitness trackers as a whole – how they can help keep you fit, and informed about your daily exercise habits. However, that's not all there is to these devices. They can also monitor your sleep. They'll keep track of just how much you're getting, how deep you're able to sleep, and how often you're moving or stirring at night. Just by wearing the device. Then each morning, leaving you with a comprehensive rest report.

For those who sleep without issue, this might seem unnecessary; you know how well you slept as soon as you woke up. But it's not that easy for everyone. Generally, those who have sleeping disorders don't even know that they have them. They might know they're tired or that they have a hard time staying rested, but they won't know specifics. 

Armed with such information, it can be much easier to diagnose a sleeping disorder, and to find out why you are unable to stay rested in the first place. Keep track of your sleeping patterns to create an extensive overview. You can also send this info to your doctor or sleep specialist to arm them enough data for an accurate diagnosis.  

Should You Track Your Sleep?

If you suffer from a sleeping condition, or are worried about the amount of rest you get at night, sleep tracking can be great place to start. It will help you determine your daily patterns and what might be wrong in the first place. 

They're also easy and affordable ways to add to your health, to check if your sleeping treatments are working, and to follow up when they aren't. For those worried about overall sleep patterns and schedules sleep tracking can be a great way to go. 

Talk to your healthcare professional or check back in for more information. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Should You Use a Fitness Tracker?

In the past few years alone, fitness trackers have essentially taken over the getting-in-shape population. From those looking to step up their exercising routine, to those who just want to keep track of how many steps they take in a day, wearing tech that counts for you has completely revolutionized the way we exercise. Following everything from movement, to sleeping patterns, these devices can help you upgrade your entire life toward a better bill of health.

What are Fitness Trackers?

You've likely seen them, even if you didn't know what it was at the time. They come in the form of bracelets and small clip-on devices that register body movement – generally steps, stairs, and other more strenuous forms of exercise. Most are rubber so as to be more compatible with movement, though many versions offer more stylish upgrades, such as leather or metal interchangeable bands. 

These trackers log your health goals, and remind you to move throughout the day if you've been sitting for too long. Or they let you know once you've reached a daily goal and update you of progress. 

What are the Perks?

With a fitness tracker, it can be much easier to stay on task. You have an automatic reminder letting you know how often you've been moving throughout the day (or if you've sat for too long). It also logs steps or exercise that takes place even when you didn't set out to burn calories, which can leave you with more progress at the end of the day. (Vs. just logging while at the gym.) Wearing this type of tech can also be a great stance in overall health, helping you to make movement a part of your daily routine. 

If you're considering getting a wearable piece to track your fitness progress, remember how many health perks they can provide and start researching your favorite model today.  

Thursday, April 7, 2016

4 Reasons to Sleep With a Leg Pillow

Leg pillows are often the unsung heroes of the support world. Despite all they can do and how much comfort they have to provide, they still don't get the respect they deserve. Today we set aside that oversight and look toward leg pillows and what all they can provide.

Perks like:

1. Reducing Back Pain

This is perhaps the best leg pillow pro that there is. Because the pillow isn't used directly for the back, we tend to forget how it can still reduce back pain. However, by propping up the lower legs and removing weight, then readjusting how the body rests at night, aches can be greatly reduced for the following day … and every day this method is used.

2. Promoting Muscle Health

When muscles aren't stressed from aches and pains, you're able to better utilize them to the fullest of their capabilities. That means it's easier to work out (or even just to function throughout the day). Additionally, blood and oxygen flow can be increased, allowing for further health.

3. Convenience/Cost Effective

Adding a leg pillow is a simple way to step-up your sleeping space. If you're traveling and need a little more comfort, leg pillows are an easy way to go. If your back is sore, use of these models to help your cause without expensive treatments. And when used on an ongoing basis, you're likely to gain even more relief out of your comfort method. 

4. Pressure Relief

Though it's not pain directly, pressure is another area of stress within the back and other body muscles. A leg pillow can help reduce this excess stress, even if you aren't aware it's developed. 

To reduce stress, pain, and increase body health, a leg pillow is a great addition to your sleeping routine. Consider adding one today and browse at

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Shop for a Free Gift!

Whether you love shopping or could use a good excuse to stay away from the store, Contour Living has you covered with its latest promotion. Shop our best-selling products and you could be eligible to earn yourself a free gift! We're offering up incredible incentives, and saying thank you to our new and repeat shoppers with this ongoing offer. 

All you have to do is shop in order to save!

Ongoing Deals

Free Shipping – Spend $50 and your order is delivered straight to your door, with no extra fees. Better yet, no coupon code required. This great offer is ideal whether shopping for yourself or checking off items for those on your gift list.

CPAP Max Pillow – Gain access to better sleep when you use your CPAP machine with our crowd favorite, the CPAP Max Pillow. Order now to receive $5 off your custom pillowcase. 

Cool Leg Pillow – Purchase a Cool Leg Pillow for all-night back and leg support that won't make you sweat. Better yet, it now comes with a free mesh replacement cover for an even more breathable pillow surface.

Mattress Genie Bed Wedge – Sit up in bed with the press of a button for a comfortable way to lounge. The order now even comes with two free Dual-Comfort Temperature Control Pillow Cases so you and a partner can rest without overheating.

BackMax Body Wedge Set – With this product you're gaining access to full body relief (in several different positions), as well as a free Fleece-Covered Half Roll Pillow for even more support while on the go.

All these deals and more are waiting for you to take advantage at Click the link to check out specs, customer reviews, and more. Or chat with one our trained pros for quick access to all of your comfort-related products. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What Is Acid Reflux?

What is Acid reflux?
Acid reflux is a term that's often heard, but unless you're a lucky individual who has yet to experience it, you might not know exactly what it is. Or, perhaps you've been suffering from the sickness but didn't know what it was called. Acid reflux is a condition where digesting stomach contents (including acid) makes its way back up into the esophagus. This can take place to a varied level of degrees – from instances that are quite mild, to those that are frequent and extremely painful.
Essentially, the throat fails to hold stomach contents in place, or acid forces its way through barrier devices – either way the condition can be uncomfortable, even painful, and can greatly affect one's eating patterns. Acid reflux can also be worsened when eating certain types of foods, or after eating too close to bedtime, as lying down (or even reclining) reduces the help of gravity to keep food within the stomach. Consuming alcohol, rich, or spicy foods can also exasperate the condition. However, some are more prone to its effects due to genetics, which can also cause some of the most severe symptoms.

Acid Reflux and Sleep

In terms of conditions, acid reflux is often most felt at night. This simply stems from body position – lying down allows acid to rise. When food hasn't had enough time to fully digest, those symptoms can hurt even worse; when there's more food, there's more acid that helps break it down (and acid that's more active), which leaves a higher chance for it to leak upward.
Luckily, there are several simple solutions to helping combat acid reflux. Start by eating earlier so your food has more time to break down. Reducing heavy or spicy foods can also help to settle the stomach. Next, sleep on an incline. A wedge pillow can encourage acid to move downward, and increase comfort while you sleep.
Doctor's agree, raising your body 6-8 inches while sleeping can help reduce or eliminate symptoms of:
  • Acid Reflux 
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Hiatal Hernia

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Body-Healthy Foods That Can Reduce Inflammation

When working toward a healthy lifestyle, there's no arguing that it's a full-body approach. Almost everything you consume or do can have an affect on how you feel every single day. That includes a regular sleep cycle, staying hydrated, working out, and as well as a balanced diet. 

To help that process along, check out these foods that can actually reduce inflammation. Incorporate them into a meal and see how much of an effect they can contribute to your full-body approach. 

Bright and colorful veggies – Bell peppers, carrots, beets, and more are all great ways to add nutrition. Registered Dietician, Leslie Graves of Grace, Goals & Guts says this type of produce adds omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce joint pain, lower inflammation, and lessen the risk Alzheimer's and dementia.

Cinnamon – Not only is this stuff delicious, it's a healthy spice to incorporate into your daily routine. Cinnamon has been shown to be beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes, Graves says, and can help the body function better as a whole. 

Turmeric – This spice is undoubtedly growing in popularity in recent times. Health-conscious eaters are noticing its perks, like less inflammation, and incorporating turmeric into as many recipes as possible. 

Ginger – Much like turmeric, ginger is making a comeback in its quest to reduce body swelling. It's also pretty tasty, which only helps its cause. 

Finally, Graves says to maintain an active lifestyle for the biggest results in doing away with inflammation. 

"Activity is huge. Not only because it typically helps you lose weight, but it can also help the body burn sugar." And, the more muscle you build up, the more calories that will be burned, even when inactive, she says. 

Try incorporating these items into your diet for a delicious way to start feeling better. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

New Study Finds Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cancer Growth

More than 18 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea, a disease that works by interrupting the ability to rest soundly. It might even affect your partner's ability to rest due to loud snoring. However, according to some recent data, the side effects of sleep apnea could actually be more dangerous than interrupted sleep. Results are now linking sleep apnea to the growth of cancer. Specifically, through blood vessels and how quickly they are able to expand through tumors.

These same researchers explain that intermittent hypoxia (lack of oxygen flow) "is associated with worse mortality and aggressiveness in some types of cancer." 

This blood vessel link was found through the use of mice and kidney cancer. By exposing the mice to various levels of oxygen, they found that tumor-based blood vessels were more likely to form and expand, growing the tumor overall. Whereas, in those who received steady oxygen flow (and in higher levels), the same was not true of the affected blood vessels. 

However, facts are still in the works. While this correlation certainly seems disheartening in theory, there is plenty to be learned and addressed between sleep apnea and it's ongoing side effects. They also pointed out that more links need to be made – and a varied test model – before the data is applicable to humans. Including looking for exceptions in particular, the researchers said. 

Instead, the current facts that were obtained from mice can be used to find more information, as well as how to better study sleep apnea as a whole and how it might affect any type of body.

To learn more about sleep apnea and how it can affect your health outside of sleep, talk with your doctor. Then be sure to check back in for more sleep-related news.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What's "Better"? A Hard or Soft Mattress?

There's an age-old question among sleepers – whether to buy a hard mattress or a soft one. Either side hosts strong allegiances, and will claim that their version is better for the back, more comfortable, and a clear choice all should make. They also claim that their version is better for the muscles, as well as for posture in general. But which type of mattress is actually better? And what type of surface should you be sleeping on? 

The answer might actually be somewhere in-between. In a recent report of mattress softness ratios, where 1 is extremely firm and 10 is as soft as it gets, results showed the least amount of back pain came with mattresses measuring at 5.6.

Additional research shows that when a mattress is too firm, it puts unnecessary pressure on joints and bones, especially those that are more likely to sit unevenly, like the hips and shoulders (when sleeping on the side). Additionally, when sleeping on the back, a surface that's too firm won't let the body "settle" and properly displace weight. 

Meanwhile, a mattress that is too soft won't offer up support at all. It will let the rear and lower back sink, rather than holding them upright. Though these mattresses might feel comfortable at first, as a long-term solution they can actually cause more harm than good. This is also true of mattresses that are too worn, even if they are firm (or were initially). 

When mattress shopping, consider a version that's in-between normal soft and firm standards. This in-between version can provide plenty of ongoing support, while offering back posture right where it's needed. Additional pain prevention can be found with toppers or support pillows that are specially designed for body posture. 

Start browsing available options on today.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Recover From Your Tummy Tuck with the BackMax Plus

Surgery and its subsequent recovery is an invasive and painful process. Even when dealing with minor procedures, the body needs plenty of rest and relaxation time in order to get itself back to normal. Treatment causes physical stress, which then takes time and TLC to physically overcome. But thanks to the BackMax Plus, you can do so with a pillow that's specifically designed to help that process along. All with your choice of body healthy positions that are meant to reduce pressure and increase blood flow. Not only does this reduce pain, it's a step that can lower healing time while adding 24-hour comfort.

Why the BackMax Helps After Your Tummy Tuck

With eight different positions to choose from, the BackMax allows you to adjust and find a position that's the most comfortable for you. Everyone will experience a slightly varied healing process, and using the BackMax can ensure you're sitting or sleeping in a position that's the most comfortable for your needs.

The cushion also reduces tension and strains on your most sensitive areas. It pulls stress away from the stomach and relieves pressure from the lower back. Often times after a tummy tuck, patients try laying on their side or back, but can only hold these positions for a short period before back pain kicks in. But with the BackMax Plus, that back pain is eliminated. This allows you to stay in a position that's made for healing – from your tummy tuck, or any number of other different surgeries.

The Reviews are Incredible! 

Don't just take our word for it, see what these real-life patients have to say about their post-surgery experience. From post-labor injuries, to butt lifts, to back surgeries, tummy tucks, and more, they're singing the BackMax's praises. Head to's reviews to hear their experiences and more. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

5 Spring Cleaning Tips That Will Improve Daily Health

The weather is warming up, which means it's also time to take part in spring cleaning, the time of year where individuals spruce up and de-germ their home and offices. As well as taking other steps to get ready for upcoming nice weather. With longer days and motivation brought on by pleasant temps, this is an annual time to clean up and clear out. 

In order to make the most of your cleaning efforts this year, look toward additional fixes that not only improve your living space, but can help make your home healthier. 

1. Steam Cleaning

Did you know it's recommended to get your carpets cleaned once per year? And your mattress? An overwhelming majority of folks do not have their sleeping or walking surfaces cleaned, which can leave them full of germs and allergens. Have yours cleaned to remove these symptom triggers. Additionally, steam cleaning is the most effective way to sanitize without introducing chemicals. 

2. Air Purifier

When the weather is nice, it's a common practice to open the windows. However, doing so can let airborne germs into the home. Set up an air purifier in your bedroom (or whenever windows are open) to help eliminate these triggers. 

3. Air Ducts

Even though they pump air into every room of the home, air ducts are given surprisingly little attention. When left alone for only a few months, who knows what could be lurking in their depths … aside from dust. Have your ducts professionally cleaned for fresher air, or consider vacuuming them out yourself. 

4.  Freshly Laundered Everything

We rarely get around to cleaning the bedspread, or the pillows, but spring is a great time to start fresh. Wash what you can at home, or head to a local laundry mat that has bigger machines and more extreme settings. 

5. Keep it Clean

Generally, the entire reason we need spring cleaning is because we slacked all winter long. Who wants to tidy up when it's freezing out, after all? Once you've cleaned this spring, keep a short routine of picking up (laundry, vacuuming, etc.) to ensure your efforts last. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

CPAPMax Pillow in Sleep Review Magazine

See the CPAPMax Pillow talked about in Sleep Review Magazine - March 8, 2016

Traditional bed pillows tend to push against the CPAP apparatus, which can break the mask seal and cause leaks and facial discomfort. The CPAPMax Pillow offers superior mask accommodation with its patented design and array of features, according to manufacturer Contour Products. The “pressure-free” zones on either side of the pillow allow the user to position their mask over the side of the pillow, keeping their head completely supported. This feature minimizes air leaks, shifting, and keeps the mask from pressing into the user’s face.

The CPAPMax Pillow boasts numerous additional features....
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

5 Sleeping Disorders and Celebrates Who Have Them

It's true – celebrities are just like everyone else, you can even ask People Magazine. That's a mantra that's true even with sleeping disorders. Whether you suffer from one yourself or are looking toward keeping your nightly routine in check, take a look at these well-known sleep sufferers and how they help keep their conditions under control. 

Narcolepsy – Jimmy Kimmel

The comedian and late night talk show host has admitted to being extremely tired throughout the day, causing him to fall asleep often, especially in the afternoons. After being diagnosed and treating his narcolepsy with drugs, Kimmel has admitted his case is "fairly mild," and he actually benefits from its unique qualities, such as being able to fall asleep very quickly.  

Sleep Apnea, Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq's size is most often pointed as the cause of his sleep apnea, a fact he also agrees causes his loss of sleep. After being tired and with complaints of snoring from his girlfriend, he participated in a sleep study and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Shaq said he found relief with a nasal CPAP mask, after finding that other masks wouldn't fit his large figure.

Side note- Gene Simmons (Kiss bassist) was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea on his biopic "Family Jewels" TV series.  Here is a clip:

Snoring, Kevin Jonas

According to his wife, the Jonas brother snores far louder than the average person. Though the noise waves fluctuate, she admits to opting for the guest bedroom when his noises are unbearable. 

Sleepwalking, Jennifer Aniston

The actress says she has sleepwalked on a number of occasions, most often when under a large amount of stress or after not getting enough sleep. Tens of other famous folks attribute sleepwalking to their lack of routine. 

Insomnia, Madonna

The same goes for not being able to sleep. With stress and grueling schedules, Madonna, along with plenty other industry cohorts admit to difficulties falling asleep. Most agree that travel and inconsistent hours, along with schedules that are constantly changing, are some of the biggest offenders. 

Are you suffering from one of these sleeping orders? Consider lifestyle changes or talk with your doctor to find a personalized method to keep your sleeping habits under control.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

4 Ways to Regulate Your Sleep Through Daylight Savings

This Sunday, the U.S, Canada, and most of Western Europe will participate in the spring event of Daylight Savings Time. A day where, twice per year, we adjust our clocks in order to get the most efficient levels of daylight possible. Along with saving energy, the perks are plentiful – but that doesn't mean we like losing an hour of sleep once a year … even if we do get to gain it back later. 

In fact Arizona, parts of Canada, and countries in three other continents have since done away with the practice altogether, opting for standard time year-round. 

For the rest of the population who will be operating on a 23-hour-day this weekend, use these tips to avoid losing out on sleep. And to help keep your body regulated on your new, earlier-than-usual hour. 

1. Ease in With an Earlier Bedtime

We get it, it's hard to sleep when it's still. And it's even harder to get up when it's dark, but the clock will still tick, no matter how unhappy you are about it. If you're not a morning person, go to bed a little earlier at night until you're acclimated to the shift. Even 15 minutes can help.

2. Keep Your Morning Routine

Just a few weeks ago the sun was still sleeping in – so waking before sunrise should be an easy change. Just stick to your daily routine; do the same things at the same times and you'll have an easier adjustment.

3. Absorb Morning Light

Once the sun does come up, soak it in. Even when indoors, the presence of natural light helps to wake the body and can naturally perk up your senses.

4. Power Through

It's safe to say you'll be tired, especially for the first few days. However, sleeping in or skipping chores will only make it harder to adjust. Instead, fake being rested until your body has officially adjusted. 

Don't forget to set your clocks back this Sunday, March 13th – the jump will take place at 2 am local time and will move your respective time zone to DST until fall. 

Be sure to stay rested through the jump with these proven tips.  

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Customer Reviews: CPAP Max Pillow

CPAP Pillow by Contour Living - Makes CPAP Easier
If you suffer from sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine, a specialized pillow can greatly help your treatment. Every single night. From function, to comfort, to ease of travel, to sleep that doesn't wake you throughout the night, there are plenty of benefits to be had. But don't just take our word for it, check out what these actual CPAP Max users had to say about their experience, and how the CPAP  Pillow compliments their forced air treatments.

"I bought this two weeks ago, which was hard to give up my water pillow, but with the use of my Bilevel machine I needed to change. The pillow is very comfortable, less episodes of leaking mask and love the feature of holding the tubing in place. I highly recommend it and would buy again in a minute." TR Cain, January 2016 
"I sleep on my side and my hip and knee would hurt when I got up. I haven't had any pain or problem with either since I started using the pillow. It stays in place all night too." Glen, January 2016 
"My old standard pillows were causing interference with my CPAP mask. The CPAP Max pillow did the trick. It's firm, comfortable, cool and doesn't cause my mask to shift and start leaking. I've used both full-face mask and nasal pillow and the CPAP Max works perfectly. Even when I lay down for a quick afternoon nap, with no mask, I still use my new pillow." Joseph, July 2015 
"Since receiving my pillow I have had no neck or shoulder pain in the mornings. Some of the most restful sleep in a long time. Excellent product." James, July 2015 
"… All in all I'd say this is definitely worth a try for anyone using a CPAP machine, it really will give you room to work with. BTW, I use the full-face mask, so it's pretty much worst-case scenario and still does the trick. Worth the risk, I'm glad I took the chance." Pete, April, 2015

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

It's a Comfort Sale Event!

It's one of our favorites times of the year – site-wide savings are available on! Shop all of your favorite comfort items, or test out some new ones, now with additional savings. This is your time to save as much as possible, while still gaining access to all our best support and cushion products. Shop by sale, or take advantage of additional coupon codes for a final total that's lower than ever.

Some of our best savings includes:

  • 50% off our Velour Pillow Case – Soften up your favorite pillows with this plush addition. Fits all standard-sized pillows; stock up and cover them all!
  • Two free Dual Comfort Control Pillow Cases with purchase of a Mattress Genie – Stay cool when it's hot and stay warm when it's cold with these FREE pillowcases. 
  • Free Half Roll Pillow with purchase of a BackMax Body Wedge – This custom piece is great for travel and support on the go. Enjoy yours FREE when ordering your next BackMax system.
  • $5 off CPAP Max Pillow – Enjoy discounts on this crowd favorite. Just add the custom pillowcase to enjoy additional savings.
  • Free shipping – Good for all Flip Pillows, wedge cushions, and any order over $50. Spend more and save!
  • Free L Pillow Case – With the purchase of an L Pillow, gain a free case custom-made for additional cleanliness and comfort.
  • Free Mesh Leg Pillow cover – Keep your new Leg Pillow clean and breathable with your new mesh cover. Free for every Leg Pillow order.

Don't forget to add your coupon code for additional savings. Look at the bottom of your screen for savings and code info for a chance to save even more on your latest Contour purchase. Don't let these incredible discounts pass you by – start browsing at today. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

What Happens to Your Body When you Get a Massage?

They're about as relaxing as they get, and in general, most can't wait until their next massage appointment. They're that good. The room is quiet and warm, you get to lay on a padded surface, and a trained professional will rub out your kinks from head to toe – even asking how well you like the pressure throughout. Really, there's no argument that massages are pretty amazing.

But what exactly do they do to make you so sore the next day? And are there any times you shouldn't get a massage? 

In general, you should only book a massage if you're healthy. No colds and no hangovers. Women who are pregnant should wait until their second trimester before going in for a prenatal session. This is due to the amount of toxins that will be pushed throughout your body. During a massage, the muscles are soothed and eased, but that also causes toxins to be pressed out of muscles and released back into the bloodstream. It's what can make you so sore the day after a massage. (When sick or hungover, re-releasing those chemicals can make you feel far worse, or sick all over again.) 

It's also a good idea to drink plenty of water so your body can naturally flush out those same substances. The more water you're able to drink, and the better you can keep the body fluid, the less sore you will be. Best of all: you should feel extra good in a few days, once your muscles have recovered and you can take advantage of your new knot-free state. 

You might find yourself especially tired. Not just because of the relaxing session you just had, but because your body is working overtime at repairing, flushing, and getting itself back to normal. 

There are plenty of healthy benefits to booking a massage, consider signing up today for a relaxing way to remove bodily toxins. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Why You Should Stretch Before Bed

If you stretch in the morning before getting up, you know it can be a great way to let oxygen into the bloodstream. It perks muscles up, allows them to breathe, and is a quick way to jumpstart your entire body for the day. And those are only a handful of perks that come with muscles that are regularly stretched. It can also be beneficial to stretch at night – essentially "waking up" the muscles before bed. 

Why? Stretching also relaxes and soothes the muscles. It helps ease them into rest, and pulls out excess tightness or tension that was hiding deep within. Focusing on the back especially will also help your spine and bones settle, which can then reduce sleeping pains. As we rest, the body often falls into awkward positions, which then cause aches and pains. But by promoting better alignment early on, you can reduce these painful layouts before they take place. 

Do You Need a Routine?

Maybe. If you have a particular area that bothers you (any time of day), talk to a doctor or sleeping specialist about stretches that might help. Either by toning, or strengthening a specific area. Or, experiment on your own and see which movements provide the best relief. Tips and tutorials can also be found online, especially when using props like a foam roller or a stretching band. You might even find that you like additional stretches from a workout perspective, not just because they help you relax. 

Stretching, when paired with a healthy sleep routine, can work to greatly increase your body's efficiency levels. As well as your ability to res and ongoing comfort patterns. Consider starting your own stretching regimen for an easy, effective way to prep your body for deep and restful sleep.  

Thursday, February 18, 2016

How the Wind Can Have a Negative Affect on Your Health

Depending on where you live, you might be more prone to windy days … or very rarely experience them. Either way, it's likely that you're wondering what the big deal is – either it's windy or it's not, Mother Nature's way of clearing out leaves. 

But windy days can actually affect us much deeper. Like with what it blows in with it.

Every time it's windy there are thousands of germs, allergens, and other microbes that make their way through the air. Pollens, molds, and more (even unpleasant scents) also get carried through the wind. In some ways, this can be considered a positive, by allowing your immune system to gain exposure to (and ward off) various triggers. However, if you suffer from severe allergies, this can cause an ongoing slew of symptoms. Even worse when you spend time outdoors during the changing season. Meaning that each time it's windy, you can develop cold-like reactions, allow further substances into your home, and even lower your immune system's efficiency.

In order to avoid the negative side effects of windy days, there are a few steps you can take. First of all, make sure you have a clean yard. Sure, neighbors' leaves and yard clippings can blow onto your property, but the cleaner it is outside in general, the fewer items that will be out in circulation (and adding air allergens). If you have severe allergies, remember to have someone else clean up; raking and bagging leaves puts triggers directly into your breathing space. 

Next, be careful about opening windows. Especially when it's blustery, which can let even more airborne germs into your home. And finally, gear up for some spring cleaning. The actual jump date to spring might be a few weeks off, but in our book, any nice weather qualifies. The earlier you start cleaning, the earlier you can start benefitting from an organized, wind-free home.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How do CPAP Pillows Help CPAP Therapy?

CPAP Pillow from Contour - We make CPAP Easier
If you've been reading our blog, you've heard about CPAP therapy and you understand the perks. You've also heard about the add-on accessories, like cleaning wipes and the importance of keeping your mask clean. Overall, you understand how the treatment, as a whole, can help to treat sleep apnea. But have you heard about the pillows yet? Do you know what these things can do?

CPAP pillows are specialty designed to work with your treatment, not against it. With specific cutouts and a shape that cradles the mask, sleep apnea suffers don't have to worry that their equipment might get in the way of comfortable sleep. (Because let's face it, without comfort, it's pretty hard to actually sleep.) CPAP pillows also make space for breathing tubes, so you can eliminate as much stress from the process as possible. 

With CPAP pillows, you can use your sleep apnea treatment to the highest level of efficiency. Because your equipment is made to work with one another, there's no logistical issues, such as a mask not fitting or a tube that gets caught up in the fluff.

So how do CPAP pillows help CPAP therapy? By making each night as restful as possible, and by allowing the machine to do its work with a nighttime routine that doesn't obstruct. While still offering a supportive sleeping surface, CPAP pillows allow the machine to do its job. 

If you're suffering from sleep apnea, a CPAP pillow can greatly enhance your nightly treatments. Talk to your doctor about available models, or head to the Contour Living page in order to learn more, and what they can do to better enhance your treatments. 

Or, ask a representative via live chat to gain immediate answers to your pillow-related questions. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Regular Sleep Can Improve Your Mental Health

Everyone has woken up groggy, in fact, we've all done it a number of times. There's no denying that on these days, you feel less than prepared to take on the world. Rather than refreshed and energized after waking, you feel tired, cranky, and essentially like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Sometimes, this is just an unfortunate turn of events. For whatever reason, you weren't able to sleep soundly that night, and sometimes there's nothing that can be done. 

Other times, however, you set yourself up for failure. By going to bed too late (or waking up too early), not letting your mind calm down, or not sticking to a routine, you could actually be causing un-restful sleep through your habits. Because, without enough deep, productive sleep, your body just can't function like it should. Your brain isn't as quick, causing you to be slower with reactions, speech, and even body functions. In fact, reduced sleep, over time, can cause brain damage, memory loss, and have an effect on everyday mood. Just like we need sleep after a long day, the brain needs time to rest and recharge itself. 

Think of it like a battery. It's best to charge a phone, computer, etc. on a routine – once it's low, charge it completely. Failing to do so, or charging a little here and there can lower the battery's quality. Other times, a battery can be just fine – they, like the brain, are prone to different factors. 

However, by keeping a regular charge, or sleeping on a schedule, you can do your best to combat these negative side effects. Talk with your doctor or set a regular routine in order to give the brain, and the rest of the body, as much rest as possible.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What is the Best CPAP Pillow?

Reduce CPAP Mask Leaks and pressure with a CPAP Pillow
What is it that truly qualifies something as the "best"? Is it style? Function? Comfort? A combination of all of the above? Opinions on what contributes to best status will certainly vary from person to person. But in the case of the CPAP pillow – or even a slew of them – it can be argued that the best pillow is the one who sets out to do its specialized function. In this case: to help CPAP machine users get a better night's rest, and to not feel bogged down by their machine. 

Through years of CPAP machine usage, a number of sleeping problems, or rather discomforts, have come to light. Pillows that get in the way of the mask, even ones that push it back into one's face. Those that are too heavy, or don't allow for sufficient movement throughout the night (or if traveling). As well as pillows that can actually hinder the air tube, the very bones behind the CPAP machine itself. 

That's also why Contour Products worked so hard to create options that address all of the above, and more. 

Choose from our various CPAP pillows to find the best model for your comfort needs. However, each version comes with a few key features. They can cradle and support the head and neck, they have special cutouts to accommodate the CPAP mask and other equipment, like tubes, and they're made to sleep on either side. Who wants to worry about choosing their sleeping position when ordering a pillow? These CPAP accessories allow you to adjust and move as needed, without hindering your treatment. 

With a specialized pillow, those suffering from sleep apnea can get better use out of their CPAP therapy options. Head to Contour Living's CPAP pillow page to learn more, or start a chat with one of representatives for answers to your personalized questions. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

De-stress and Loosen Your Muscles

Whether you are aware of your stress level at any given time, it can greatly affect your personal health. Your mood, your comfort level, how well you're able to interact with others – it's all affected by the amount of stress (or lack thereof) you're dealing with. 

Why Stress Matters

When you aren't able to relax, when your mind is racing and constantly worried about something, your body follows suit. Your shoulders clench in, muscles become tense, you're tight and ready to twinge a body part any time you move too quickly. Being stressed comes with the inability to relax – that's part of the definition. When your mind isn't able to calm itself, neither is anything else; you will carry that tension for as long as you're worked up. 

However, relaxing is an important part of creating rest. Even if you're unable to sleep, you can do the body plenty of good by sitting and letting your muscles breathe. A small catnap or "resting your eyes" can provide similar results. It's a short amount of time where the body lays still, isn't exerting energy, and can catch up on its necessary functions. 

When this can't be done all on your own, it's a good idea to locate the source of your stress and do your best to eliminate it. Problem solve or move the most stressful of daily tasks off of your plate (as realistically as possible). Then look toward relaxation techniques like soothing scents, massage, exercise, or talk to a loved one about what has you so worked up all the time. Hopefully, by approaching your stress from various areas you can work to eliminate as much of it as possible. And, in the process, allow your body some much needed muscle relaxation and some hard-earned rest.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Can a Wedge Help Acid Reflux?

Using a bed wedge to reduce acid reflux
Acid reflux is painful. It's uncomfortable, it makes it difficult to sleep. And at its absolute worst, no matter what you eat or when you eat it, you can feel the repercussions. 

How you sleep, however, can work to combat these same side effects each and every night; one of the best ways – you guessed it – is by sleeping on a wedge. Whether it's a specialized pillow , or pillows that are propped up and made into their own makeshift wedge, sleeping on an incline allows you to use gravity in your favor. 

Acid reflux is caused by stomach contents (along with acid) that creeps back into the esophagus. This is most common when eating heavy or spicy foods, as they require more time and effort from the stomach to break down and digest. This slightly more vigorous process can mean acid that's felt higher into the chest and resulting in pain. 

One of the best natural methods of combatting the acid reflux process is with gravity. Giving acid a steeper slope to climb before it's felt up into the chest will help naturally keep it down in the stomach. 

A wedge also provides a comfortable sleeping surface so you can rest soundly while combatting the pains of acid reflux. (In contrast to home remedies that require uncomfortable positions or staying completely upright.) This can allow for ample amounts of sleep that are uninterrupted by pain, and all while receiving quality support. 

Can a wedge help with acid reflux? Absolutely, and with an incredibly easy fix. If you're a regular sufferer (or even an occasional sufferer), consider this simple and effective healing method. Talk to your doctor to learn more, or ask a Contour Living representative about your wedge pillow options today. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Should You Crack Your Own Neck?

Bone popping is a common habit. People will press in their knuckles, crane their back, and even pull on their own necks in order to feel that oh-so-satisfying cracking sound. Not to mention the feeling of relief that comes with it, releasing pent-up joint pressure, and providing immediate endorphins that are said to reduce pains and increase relaxation. It's also why so many are popping their own joints. 

But it is a practice that's safe?

Depends where you're popping. There's a reason physical therapists and chiropractors go to school for years – they learn about how the body is put together, how it works, and where bones should sit. Then with this training in tow, they set out to help others stay aligned. One of the most dangerous areas is the neck, where the spine is narrowed, and where a wrong move can seriously injure a patient, or send aches and pains down into their back. Possibly even worse.

Should we be attempting to do the same on our own? Probably not. It's one thing when joints give and pop when prompted only by your movements. But it's another to pull and press until a sound is heard. In fact, it's actually a dangerous way to strain muscles in a very sensitive area. 

Instead, it's best to stick with a professional and let them put your bones where they need to be. Steps like sleeping on an alignment pillow, regular stretching and strengthening exercises can help with neck health. And better yet, each of these can be done on your own. When paired, they can help eliminate the need to "crack" your neck all on their own. Or, visit your medical professional to keep everything in check, then ask their advice for making their handy work last. 

These simple steps, when combined, can help increase neck and spine health for the long-term, and eliminate pains.  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Can a Knee Pillow Help Back Pain?

Using Leg Pillows to reduce Back pain
For years folks have been talking about using knee pillows to help with all types of back issues. That, even though the support isn't directly located on the painful area (the lower back), a pillow can bring on all levels of relief. The reasoning behind this claim, however, is solid, no matter how unrelated the actual treatment might sound. Here's why:

When we experience lower back pain, it's often caused by a secondary issue – a part of the body that's acting up and putting strain elsewhere. Likely hips, knees, etc. that's moving pressure up into the back. Nerves can be touchy and send pain signals, or sciatic areas can be making up for other areas that are failing to do their intended job. But no matter the cause, lower backs are one of the most common areas to experience pain. It's a center hub for functions, and takes a brunt of our daily tasks, even when that means we're sleeping.

However, by providing better alignment and reducing those same pressure points, back pain can be eliminated all on its own. Like with a knee pillow that's designed to keep the spine steady, reduce gravity on the hips, and promote blood and oxygen circulation. The pillow can also keep pressure from setting in on the lower back, which can cause pain round-the-clock, not just while lying down. 

Whether or not your knees and their alignment are the culprit, using a knee pillow will allow you to obtain better spine health through virtually any sleeping position. In fact, regular back pain patients often feel immediate relief when sleeping with this type of pillow. 

To learn more about how a knee pillow can help eliminate back pains, or to start shopping today, 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Dangers of Too-Dry Air

In the summer, humidity is one of our biggest complaints. It's hot, it's sticky, it makes the temperature feel 10+ degrees warmer than it actually is. Then come winter, we have the absolute opposite problem: the air is dry as can be. It makes it colder, our skin flaky and unprotected, and when it's cold enough, it downright hurts to breathe. Of course, on either end there is an easy fix for the inside of your home. And in winter that means running a humidifier or boiling a pot of water on the stove – keep one simmering slowly all day long for maximum effects. (That is, when you're close enough to keep an eye out.)

But is adding humidity really necessary? What exactly are the dangers of a house that's too dry? And why do we need a humidifier – homemade or otherwise – anyway?

When Your Home is Too Dry:

There's an abundance of static electricity. This makes sweaters and long hair annoying, whether on a human or your fur-baby rolling on the carpet. However, it can also mean giving out shocks every time you touch a light switch or anything metal. Small ones won't do much harm, but the bigger the shock, the harsher it's felt. (And more dangerous they can become.) 

Other symptoms play their toll directly on the body, like dry and itchy skin, watery or burning eyes, sinuses and throats that are irritated or in pain, which in turn, can make you more susceptible to germs and colds. Flu viruses can also live longer in low humidity, increasing your chance at being exposed. Finally, the nose can feel congested simply from being too dry. All of these symptoms can make you achy and feeling sick all on their own, whether or not you're actually sick. 

To avoid some serious health side effects, consider running your humidifier all winter long, or whenever moisture levels are low. It's an easy, affordable, and natural way to help feel your best, even through the height of cold season. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Foam or Fiber Pillow? Which is Better?

Foam or fiber pillow - which is right
What type of pillow should you buy? Foam or fiber? Fiber or foam? It's the age-old question that seems to come up time and again. Or rather, it's one that comes up each time you browse or consider getting a new pillow. Some models are made from memory foams, others come from fiber blends. Each of which come with a different shape and feel, varied comfort levels, as well as specialties. But which offers which? And what's the difference between the pillows and their make-ups?

Foam Pillows

A foam pillow has the benefit of a rigid structure, once molded or cut, the pillow maintains it's shape and offers consistency each night. That shape can really help position your head, neck and shoulders properly.    Factors like the over all shape and height of the pillow become a dependable  support your body will appreciate.  Different types of foams are used to create soft or harder surfaces, light or full support, and different densities.  Different foams can be combined into layers to create special qualities.  Memory foam is very common and produces a softer, cushier foam which molds to your body.

Foam pillows are great for cervical and therapeutic pillows. They are also considered to be more supportive as they cradle the head, no matter how one moves throughout the night. Depending on the foam, certain compositions will ward off molds or other allergens too, an option that's ideal for those who are susceptible to triggers.

Some downsides of foam pillows -

  • Because of their structure, most cannot be bent or "squished" like a traditional fiber pillow
  • All foam will break down over time and slowly lose their support.   Most manufacturers recommend replacing a foam pillow each year to maintain maximum support.
  • Some foams may contain a chemical like smell that usually dissipates within a few hours of exposure to the air

Fiber Pillows

One of the biggest perks to fiber pillows is that of flexibility. They're found fairly inexpensively, and can be used to customize the perfect pillow; fiber pillows can also be mashed and folded so that they match user comfort levels. They're often a softer material, creating a more gentle sleeping space

However, fiber pillows also come with their share of cons. When purchasing a fiber pillow, ensure it's one of high quality so it won't wear down or host an array of allergens. Simply put, these types of pillows offer more head depth when sleeping, but without the proper materials, can become flat or lumpy even a few months into use.

When choosing the right pillow, look to all of the above and more for an informative decision. And check back in for even more stats on buying the right pillow! 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

How to Stay Active in Cold Weather … And Why You Should Do It

For those who didn't grow up in extreme weather conditions, the effects can hit you much harder as an adult, especially when dealing with cold. That's a stat that's been proven time and again with cross-country moves and re-locations. We also feel extreme weather deeper as we age – another stat that's been shown with snowbirds and entire generations who are getting away as often as possible. There are, of course, those who actually like the cold weather and who go out of their way for chilly runs. 

But for the rest of the population – whether you're not as young as you use to be or have never liked the chill – winter can be a rough season for staying healthy. It's harder to exercise when freezing wind and moisture are a factor, yet the need to exercise remains. In fact, staying active in winter actually helps in a number of ways, like boosting your mood, encouraging the metabolism, and offsetting heavier meals that we crave on the worst of days. 

Staying Active in All Seasons

One way to get moving while avoiding the cold is to join a gym, which will provide a comfortable environment for exercise. However, if you can stomach it, outdoor workouts offer fresh air, a perk that helps the immune system and expands the lungs, and rougher terrain, which can advance your workout.    

Another route is to dress for the occasion. Layers are ideal, but you should also look into the type of clothing you're wearing; dry-fit and wind-blocking materials will do you the most good. 

Or, mix and match by getting outside when it's (somewhat) nice, then plan longer workouts inside when it's just too unpleasant. But no matter how you plan your winter activities, try to stay active all season long. It's a method that will do wonders for your health – and on all levels – and make it much easier for you to transition back into spring with a healthier, more fit you. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Product: Kabooti Ice!

Great news for Kabooti lovers and the entire Contour Living community, we have a new product, the Kabooti Ice Therapeutic Seat Cushion! Still hosting all of our favorite Kabooti support options, customers can now receive cooling relief every time they sit down. Whether suffering from aches and pains or are recovering from surgery, this cool-pack option helps alleviate layers of discomfort. 

Best of all, it comes in the same product you've grown to know and love; the Kabooti Seat Cushion has long-since been a Contour best seller. With its supportive foam and coccyx cut out, it's the perfect combination to encourage posture while providing rear relief. The Kabooti is also great for long-term sitting whether at the office, in the car, or while seated at home. 

Its latest addition now brings an icepack directly to the coccyx cutout, reducing pressure and creating a blast of cold to some of your most sensitive pains. Perfect for those suffering from hemorrhoids, post-partum discomfort, testicular pain, perineal wounds, as well as post-surgery recovery. Or, if you have regular lower back or coccyx aches, Kabooti Ice can continue to reduce pressure, only now with added soothing abilities. 

Use the new Kabooti to stick to doctor-recommend icing schedules. Or, remove the cold pack and use your seat cushion as normal. With this versatile product, you're bound to find multiple pain relief efforts. And, because it comes with an ergonomic design and discreet look, only you know it's a specialty model! Use it whenever you need cooling comfort, or simply sit pretty (and supported) on your classic Kabooti for everyday support. 

To learn more about Kabooti Ice and how it can help your personal needs – from medical condition(s), to wanted comfort – check out our product page. Start shopping today and experience the Kabooti difference – now with ice! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year, New Pillowcase

Can you remember the last time you upgraded to a new pillowcase? If the answer is yes, was it within the last six months? And if the answer is no, it's definitely time for an upgrade. With the start of a new year brings on a perfect time to buy new – a date that will be easy to remember, and a great way to step into 2016. With a fresh and clean sleeping surface that allows you to recharge for your upcoming days. Better sleep will mean a perkier mood, more productive days, and a positive outlook on life. 

So why not upgrade your pillowcase today?

Best of all, they're on sale! For a limited time, you can purchase a new pillowcase for 50% off at Contour Living. Offer good for bed pillowcases, CPAP pillows, and flip pillow covers. Get one to test out the material, or upgrade your entire house's sleeping fleet for a fresh way to enter into the New Year. 

Everyone in your household can benefit from these material adjustments! 

Benefits of New Pillowcases

While they, like sheets, can be laundered regularly, pillowcases have a tendency to wear out. Washing machines and dryers will only further this process. Allergies can also cling to older materials, or have the likelihood to be present. The older your pillowcase, the more likely it is to fade or change shape, too. By starting with a fresh model, you can ensure your case is fitted properly. You can also experience smoother, softer textures to lie upon every night.

Are you ready to upgrade and save with your latest pillowcase? Shop Contour Living's website for access to all our favorite models. And to check out which versions will best fit your pillow. Use coupon code COVERME at checkout to experience the savings! 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Contour's Pillow vs. a Regular Pillow – What's the Difference?

Contour Pillow
Let's face it, there are a ton of pillows out there – those that come in all shapes and sizes. All levels of firm-ness, and virtually any type of customization one could want. If there's an idea for it, it's likely there's a corresponding pillow that's made that idea a reality. But what are the real differences in each of these pillows? 

First, let's look at composition. Like with any product, low-cost items will be made with lower-cost goods; pillows offer a similar scenario. The hard part comes in dealing with items of higher value. Rather than just looking at price, see what each pillow is made from, and how that material might add sleeping perks. Is it hypoallergenic? Those with severe side effects will benefit from pillows that don't breed triggers. Is the pillow made from foam that won't wear? Will it continue to support night after night? Does it offer a single type of foam? Or multiple layers? 

Contour Living pillows are made with durable memory foam, and many pillows come with layers that are made to cradle and support for the long haul. 

Next, consider shape. Most pillows offer a static rectangle setup that can be fluffed and molded at your convenience. And, so long as it's made of supportive fillings (check the above), this can be a spine/neck-healthy way to go. Other pillows come in a form that's best designed for alignment. Be sure to read about your model, no matter what shape it's in, before purchasing. 

Additional factors, such as warranties, product guarantees, as well as company policies, return shipping (if applicable), and customer service should also be taken into consideration when comparing pillows. Before you buy, you want to make sure you'll be taken care of, and won't be left high and dry once your product comes in. 

In fact, that's why so many customers shop Contour Living time and again, great service that is now mirrored with our 90-day Comfort Guarantee policy. Love it or return it on qualifying items, no questions asked.