How to Choose the Right Queen Mattress

For quite some time now, consumers continue to select a queen mattress for its value and optimal size. When one values space in their bedroom, a queen mattress proves to be an ideal solution over a king mattress size or full mattress size.

While most consumers may not have a large bedroom, it is vital to determine what is a worthy trade-off for your mattress concerning space. Check this comparison guide between queen and full mattress. If a queen mattress seems like it may be too big, it is still recommended to spring for the larger size because a full size mattress can definitely get pretty small.

So, in the case of bed and mattresses, size definitely does matter. This is why a queen mattress has become quite a popular choice. If you are experiencing sleepless nights due to the bed cramping is suggested you switch to a queen mattress.

Regardless of how comfortable your mattress is, if you do not have enough space to spread your limbs while sleeping, you will face bed cramping. However, while the size of a mattress is important, there are so many options for types and manufacturers of queen mattress products, it can definitely be quite overwhelming.

 Queen Mattress Types

The size of a queen mattress varies from country to country. For example, a standard queen size mattress is about 60 by 80 inches in US; on the other hand in Europe, the standard size is a bit wider as well as shorter which around 63 by 78 inches is.

Of course this is not the fixed size for queen size mattresses, since you have always option to buy a custom made mattress as per requirement of yours. Based on the material, there are various types of queen mattress but the common types are; latex and memory foam, air mattress and innerspring.

Whether your bed is box spring type, slat and platform type or loft type, every type of queen mattresses are available for each type of bed. A queen mattress may be a bit expensive than mattress for conventional double beds. So, one must consider cost but there are plenty of options available.

However, the price of these mattresses are lower than king size mattress since the size is smaller as well. Besides a regular queen mattress, luxurious more expensive queen size mattresses with pillow tops, memory foam zones and extra tall profiles for more comfortable night’s sleep are also available.

Always remember, if you do not have habits such as the tendency of toss and turn during sleep or sprawl out over a large surface and already have sound sleep in your regular double mattress, a queen mattress is not necessary for you.

Besides there are also people who experience weird feeling and discomfort in case of sleeping in a larger mattress such as queen or king size mattress. So, try to understand your requirement first before looking for buying a queen mattress.

 Tips for Buying a Queen Mattress

The prime difficulty of choosing the right mattress is to identify the optimum firmness factor or softness factor. Most of the people think that softer mattress means more comfort in sleeping but they are entirely wrong. Very soft mattress may cause you severe bed cramping.

Higher the firmness factor of your mattress is more support you will get for your body while sleeping. However, that does not mean a rock hard mattress is the ideal mattress for sleeping, since mattress that unable to distributes pressure evenly across your body will not capable of providing good support.

For this reason, very hard mattresses that do not bent with the shape of your body will also cause bed cramping. The ideal factor of firmness or softness is not constant rather it depends on the position of sleeping.

There are three basic positions of sleeping; on your back, on your side and on your stomach. Among them sleeping on your back is the healthiest way of sleeping because your body gets maximum support in this position.

Since the supporting surface is smallest for people who sleep on their sides they should be more careful while deciding the firmness of the mattress of the mattress.

Mattresses which are featured to fill in the gaps in the contours of the back are best choice for back sleepers, just keep in mind that the mattress does not feel like a wooden board and the softness is enough for comfortable but not more than that.

As I have said earlier, side sleepers are putting the most weight on smaller areas of the body and have higher risk of back pain, there mattresses should be a bit softer than back sleeper’s and if you are too confused to decide the right factor for firmness, you can always choose air mattress since you can change the firmness by reducing or increasing air pressure.

Therefore, when one is shopping for a queen mattress, it is important to research and consider all relevant factors such as cost, firmness and quality of construction.

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Interior Design Tips for Bedrooms

When you are thinking about bedrooms there are many different interior design tips for you to use. Take a look at the following and see how you can use these tips in your own bedroom.

Colour of you Drapes – Choose Fabrics to match your bed covers

One of the first things that you may want to think about is to use the same color, design and fabric of the covers on the bed with the drapes on the wall.

This will automatically give you a designed look for your room. Along with this tip would be to choose colors and fabrics first, then choose everything else after that.

Another one of the interior design tips for bedrooms would be to use warm, pastel or neutral colors in the bedroom. Bright colors are not conducive to sleep. Here is another tip for you to think about and that is the flooring in the bedroom. Use warm materials like carpet for your flooring.

Tile is cold and not pleasant to step onto when you get out of bed in the morning. If you want a darker room, then use a darker wall color and have the curtain a shade or two lighter for best results.

Bedroom Furniture – Bed and Furniture in Harmony

This choice of colors should be applied to the choice of your bedroom furniture as well. If you planned on purchasing new furniture and moved out your old unwanted furnishings, you want to make sure the space you are working with is clear of tiny knick-knacks and tiny messes.

If you already have a storage unit near you like storage units Fort Lauderdale, you can place some unused belongings around the house to clear up some space. 

Lighting – Setting the mood right

For lighting issues, a great idea from interior design tips would be to use up lights, lampshades and pin lights for mood lighting.

This, along with a center light will be perfect for your lighting needs.

Fan vs Air Conditioning – Fresh moving air for a good night’s sleep

Remember to also invest in good linen or cotton sheets along with a good pillow and mattress. This will also help your sleep as well.

If you want fresh air, then put a fan either on the wall farthest from the window or in the ceiling for a good air flow and less energy cost. This is true especially if you use an air conditioning unit.

Mirrors – The Illusion of Space

Mirrors make a room look larger and can be all you need to give you the illusion of space. Also when it comes to wall décor, one of the most popular interior design tips is to go through your child’s artwork, magazines or art books and have a picture framed.

This saves on the cost of decorating the walls with pictures and gives you a unique picture to boot. You may also want to consider having extra storage space inside your bedroom to defeat the clutter. Keeping your room clutter free and neat is important. Your bedroom is a very private space.

The Bedroom – Oasis from Reality

All of these interior design tips will work with any bedroom. The bedroom should be comfortable and be an oasis from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. No matter which ones that you choose to use, you will be making your bedroom the ideal place for rest and relaxation.

After all, you spend 1/3 of your life here. It should be comfortable and be reflective of your style and personal taste.

A comfortable bedroom makes for a comfortable person. So using these tips in the bedroom can create a comfortable and safe place for you to rest and rejuvenate from the world at large.

 

How to disable the timer on the computers in an Internet Cafe

Hello again fellow Jamaicans. Hate it when you are at a Cybercafe and you’re unable to get more time because the time ran out?

Here’s a handy way to extend that time using a simple procedure:

  1. Create a new text document.
  2. Write CMD and save it as bat, which is a batch file
  3. Find the batch (.bat) file and run it. If you’ve done it correctly, you’ll see that CMD (Command Prompt) will open.
  4. Write in the CMD: cd\windows to change the directory to WINDOWS
  5. Type regedit and regedit editor should open
  6. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER>AppEvents>Software>Classes>Microsoft>Windows>Current Version>Internet Settings>Policies>System
  7. Right click on the right pane where it says Disable Task manager
  8. Scroll down to modify, then change the value of it to 0.
  9. Open the Task manager by pressing the keys “CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
  10. Find the entry for the Internet Cafe’s timer. It is usually named after the Cyber Cafe timer on your computer
  11. Right click on it and End Task.

An alternative method works as follows as show in the video below.

If you have access to the search bar, use the following steps:

  1. Run gpedit.msc
  2. Go to Administrative Options>System and then Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options
  3. Select Remove Task Manager
  4. Select Disable in the popup menu
  5. Right click on the Bottom toolbar
  6. Select Task Manager from the popup menu
  7. Find the entry for the Internet Cafe’s timer. It is usually named after the Cyber Cafe timer on your computer
  8. Right click and select End Task

That’s it. Two different ways to skin the same cat!

Once you disable the Cyber Cafe timer program, you can use the computer for as long as you like. Sharing is caring so share this with your friends!!!

How Jamaicans can stay awake all night while studying for Exams

Hello fellow Jamaican High School and college students! Cramming for that final exam!? After a long day of classes it’s hard to stay awake studying.

If you’re struggling to stay awake, fighting to keep your eyes open or dozing off while reading, it’s going to be difficult to remember anything that you’ve studied.

For this reason, I’ve complied these very several simple Physical and Chemical Techniques that I currently use to stay awake. They’re tried and tested and guaranteed to work.

Physical Techniques for staying stay awake all night

Here are a few of my favourite physical techniques for staying awake at nights! But first watch this video on how to stay awake and some of the side effects of sleep deprivation!

Get Up and Move

I often listen to fast paced up tempo music usually found in workout videos during study breaks. Getting up and moving was the perfect way to keep myself awake and alert and can involve:

  1. Walk around the room
  2. Jump up and down
  3. Stretching

This get the blood flowing and prevents you from dozing off.

Study with Others

To stay awake while studying, find a study partner or study group. The company will make sure that you’re awake and focused. Best to have some markers, a whiteboard and a cleaning rag to use while solving problems, keeping you active and moving.

They can also keep on the right track by preventing you from studying off topic, going on social media as well as provide intellectual and emotional support with whom you can study and verify answers.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

Before you settle in to study, get your study area ready but not too comfortable. Melatonin, the hormone that makes humans sleepy, is brought on by darkness, so turn on your brightest lights.

Try to work in a room with fluorescent lighting, if possible. Also keep the temperature slightly cooler than normal. Even better, get rid of your chair and study stand up.

Chew Gum

Chewing gum can keep you awake and alert, as it keeps your mouth active, making it hard for you to go to sleep. Keep a few packs of your favorite gum flavors with your books and notes and rotate the flavours; the more sour the better. You have to consciously remove it from your mouth to even sleep, a cue that will remind you to stay awake.

Rotate Study Topics

When you start to feel yourself fading, try to rotate what you study. Move to the next topic that you need to cover to prevent mental exhaustion.

Take Power Naps

A power nap only lasts 20 to 30 minutes, but it can make all the difference. Take a quick nap between classes to help you get through your study session later. This will help you survive crashing should you pull an all-nighter and not get the required 8 hours of sleep.

Chemical Techniques for staying stay awake all night

Ok, now here are a few of my favourite chemical techniques for staying awake at nights! If you’re worried about sleep deprivation and the lack of focus after an all-nighter, this video will guide you on how best to power through the day.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating fattening foods will make you feel slow and sluggish. You need to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

Choose foods high in nutrients like salads, soups, potatoes, and lean proteins or take vitamin supplements, such as Neuro Focus (Doctor’s Health Labs, Inc, 2018), which is a combination of natural herbs that will boost your memory.

For sugar boosts, stick to foods like apples and oranges with natural sugars; avoid artificial sugars (Deer, 2016, August 8) as they’re more likely to make you fall asleep.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration makes you sleepy. Keep a water bottle with you (Deer, 2018, January 27), and start drinking whenever you start to feel tired to combat sleepiness.

Drink Caffeinated Beverages but avoid alcohol

Drinking caffeinated beverages is another way to stay awake. However, refrain from drinking alcohol while studying. Note that caffeine is dangerous if you consume more than 100mg per day. Try Dark Chocolate instead (Deer, 2014, July 19), as it’s warm and it’ll boost your ocytoxin levels, keeping you awake and focused.

These study methods have worked for me so I share them with my many fans and followers. Sharing is caring so share them with other people who may need to pull an all-nighter for that Big Exam!!!

References

  1. Deer, L. (2014, July 19). How Chocolate and Cocoa are healthier alternatives as No Caffeine High from Dark Chocolate. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/07/fda-to-regulate-caffeine-after-ohio.html
  2. Deer, L. (2016, August 8). How to Spot Hidden Sugar and How to Avoid Eating Too Much. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/hidden-sugar/
  3. Deer, L. (2018, January 27). How Jamaicans can stay Hydrated with Water in the Summer. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2018/01/27/jamaicans-hydrated-water-summer/
  4. Doctor’s Health Labs, Inc. (2018). Neuro Focus – #1 Physician Formulated Natural Brain Function Booster To Support Memory, Focus & Clarity- Nootropic with Super Gingko Biloba, St. Johns Wort & Bacopa- 100% Money Back Guarantee. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XG1BSXM

How Jamaicans can stay Hydrated with Water in the Summer

The human body is 50% to 70% water, which is needed for the body to function properly.  Water is used by the body for respiration, the diffusion of nutrients to the cells in the body and the removal of waste by the kidneys.

It also keeps the skin hydrated and the brain functioning properly. Muscle tissue is comprised of 75% water which is lost through regular work and exercise.

To sum it up, you can go 40 day without food but you’d only last 7 without water. As such, you should be trying to develop a habit of regular water consumption. So with the summer months on the horizon, how do you stay hydrated?

How to know when you are thirsty – 8 ounces a day should be your goal

The first thing you need to do is constantly drink water; never wait until you feel thirsty or parched, when your throat is dry and your lips start cracking.

This is because the feeling of thirst is in the mind; as soon as the water touches your tongue that feeling will go away, but you may need more water.

Also be careful not to mistake thirst for hunger. Too often people get too thirsty and mistake it for hunger, resulting in overeating. Also do not drink while eating, as this disrupts the digestive process and affect the effectiveness of the salivary amylase breaking down food.

Practice drinking eight to ten eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Travelling with a water decanter and sip on the liquid throughout the day to achieve that goal. Drink more water if you are before, during and after an exercise session, to keep well hydrated.

So what are the best sources of water?

Sources of water – Flavour it naturally

Aside from your water decanter, you can also get water from other sources e.g. organic water from fruits and vegetables, and, of course, other liquids.

Coconut water is a great source as it keeps you hydrated but provide essential nutrients. If you hate the taste of plain old water, add lime and other fruits to water to enhance the flavour. So how can you tell that you are getting enough water?

Urine colour and weight – Water in the diet changes you

You can check the colour of your urine; take note of how often you are urinating and its colour. Urine colour should be just a light shade of yellow.

If it’s bright yellow, you need more water in your system. Cut down on the fluids if your urine looks colourless as well as hidden sugars (Deer, 2016, August 8) in your diet.

Weighing yourself daily can help check hydration as your weight should not fluctuate too much.

Sports Drinks and Hydration – Replacing lost salts in the morning and during exercise

Choose rehydrated sports drink with low sugar content, especially if you are older (Deer, 2016, December 12); Five grams per eight-ounce is the recommendation.

Always aim to awake hydrated by keeping a glass of water near your bedside for the times you may wake in the middle of the night feeling thirsty. This may also keep you awake, time which you can use to get work done.

Overall the benefits of frequent hydration translate to a better lifestyle in terms of regulating your sugar intake and handling of weight.

References

  1. Deer, L. (2016, August 8). How to Spot Hidden Sugar and How to Avoid Eating Too Much. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/hidden-sugar/
  2. Deer, L. (2016, December 12). Foods Jamaicans must avoid eating as you get older. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/foods-jamaicans-must-avoid-eating-as-you-get-older/