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Posted by kevvyg on Friday, February 07, 2014

We do it once a year. The time has once again arrived for the AchooAllergy White Sale! Until the end of February, take a full 15% off any bedding item on our site. From our exclusive line of American Made, Allergy Armor bedding products to brand names like Ogallala, Royal Pedic, Primaloft, Snoozer, and others, you can save big for the next three weeks.

If allergies have gotten you down this winter, take a look at any in our line of mattress, pillow and duvet covers. Each effectively blocks dust mites, pollen and other common household allergens that can hide in your bedding and keep you from getting a peaceful night's sleep.

If the cold weather is taking its toll, consider one of our many types of blankets. From USDA-certified organic cotton, or snuggly warm microfleece to Vellux and custom down comforters, we've got what you need to stay warm this winter.

Pillow worn, stained, or just lost their fluff? Try our exclusive Allergy Armor Ultra pillow. With the industry's smallest pore size, the Ultra dust mite and allergen barrier fabric is sewn right in! No need for a separate pillow cover. And if sheets are what you need, we've got you covered with GOTS certified organic cotton sheets, perfect for people with sensitive skin, eczema or multiple chemical sensitivities. And lastly, if you were looking to make a big purchase, like upgrading to a custom-crafted Royal Pedic mattress, now is the time to save big!

Regardless of what your bedding needs are, shop now and save 15% by using coupon code WHTSALE14 when checking out!

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by KevvyG on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
A recent article in Women's Health magazine online outlined some simple home products that can help control allergies by reducing allergens at home and work. Allergy Armor Ultra Bedding came in at the top of the list.

Allergy Armor Ultra is our exclusive line of allergy relief bedding. Specially constructed to block allergens, like the dust mites that inhabit everyone's mattress and pillows, the Ultra fabric encases and protects bedding while keeping the dust mite allergen out of the air you breathe. For many people, when allergy bedding is paired up with other environmental control measures (like dusting & vacuuming more frequently and Allery Armor Ultra Bedding is 100% Made in the USAwashing your bedding once a week in hot water) there's a noticeable difference in how you sleep and how you feel in the morning. Unlike cheap imports or products that others label "Made in America" simply because 51% of the materials and construction was done here in the States, all of our Allergy Armor Ultra bedding products are cut, sewn and packaged here at our facility in Atlanta, constructed from fabric made here in the U.S. and shipped to you when you order. Best of all, while you might save a few bucks buying a cheap import from a big box store, none of those covers are backed by a lifetime warranty.

The Allergy Armor Ultra Pillow Was Also Featured on The DoctorsIn addition to the mattress and pillow covers, we've expanded our Ultra line of allergy bedding. While some have tried to duplicate it, none have succeeded in matching the quality and convenience of our Allergy Armor Ultra Pillow. With the shell of the pillow constructed from the Ultra barrier fabric, there's no need for a separate pillow cover. It's built right in! Machine washable and available in five sizes, each of these pillows is backed by a two year warranty.

More recently, we've responded to a concern from our customers. The duvet (comforter) covers, though effective, don't stop the comforter from shifting around inside. At times, you end up with the comforter all balled up inside the cover. So following the example we set with our pillow, we now offer an allergy relief comforter. With a shell constructed from Allergy Armor Ultra fabric, this comforter features sewn-through box construction, reinforced seams, a 3D corded edge, and tie in loops in each corner. Warm, durable and allergen-free the Ultra Comforter is the perfect addition to any bedroom, and with the sewn-in loops, you can easily use your decorative duvet cover without any worry of the comforter shifting or balling.

All Ultra bedding is machine washable and machine dry, so cleaning is as easy as washing a load of clothes. Each piece features the smallest average pore size in the industry, 2.8 microns, and provides effective, consistent protection from dust mites, pollen, dander, and other allergens than collect in your bedding. From pillow covers and mattress covers to pillow and even comforters, Allergy Armor Ultra has a product to fit all of your bedding needs.

While I do appreciate the author taking the time to put together the article, just as a note for readers, the AirPod was discontinued by Blueair a few years ago. For an inexpensive desktop air purifier, I would consider the compact Alen T100 or the popular Roomaid HEPA air purifier.

To read the full article from Women's Health.

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Friday, January 18, 2013
Sleep is something we're all concerned with. Do we get enough? (Probably not) How can we sleep without waking up? And, why do we sleep but still feel tired? These are just some of the questions that we all tend to ask ourselves fairly regularly. Comfort while sleeping can help to answer these questions. If you lack support or have particular health issues, getting a good night's sleep is about as easy as finishing a Rubix Cube. Not only does the mattress you sleep on effect comfort but the way you position your body. So how do we sleep, and what can we do to get a better night's rest?

Most people sleep on their side with a much smaller percentages sleeping on their backs or stomachs. No matter what position we start the night in, most people change their sleeping positions an average of a dozen times each night, with some people, like myself, tossing and turning their way to a whopping 3 dozen position changes each night. Buying the right mattress that offers the right amount of support and comfort is a key first step.

Specific health issues can keep us awake at night, so sleeping in positions that best alleviate the symptoms related to them can help us get a more restful night's sleep. Some of the most common conditions that can effect sleep are back, neck, shoulder and knee pain as well as sleep apnea, and acid reflux.

For back pain, a neutral position on your back is the general rule of thumb. With shoulder pain, sleep on the opposite side and hug a pillow to support the hurting shoulder. You can also sleep on your back with a small pillow under the troubled shoulder for support. For neck pain, side or back sleeping is key, as is using a pillow to provide proper support for the hollow of your neck. Those suffering from sleep apnea should avoid sleeping on their back. Elevating the head, sleeping on the side or stomach can sometimes eliminate sleep apnea or snoring. With acid reflux, side sleeping or elevating the shoulders, head and neck can help.

Most of these solutions involve pillows of one type or another. If you're like me you sleep with a lot of pillows (the term is "pillow herding"). I use them under me, beside me, and between my legs, all to try to make for a more comfortable night's sleep. Finding the right bed and support system is important in getting a good night's rest, but so is using pillows to properly adjust for common health problems. No matter if you're a side, stomach or back sleeper, knowing what works best can leave you sleeping better and feeling better throughout the day.

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, November 21, 2011
The Doctors on CBSKeep an eye out for our exclusive Allergy Armor brand bedding to make an appearance on The Doctors, Wednesday, November 23rd. Their episode, Air: Are You Breathing Yourself Sick? will focus on a variety of common indoor air pollutants and how to effectively improve air quality by reducing allergens.

Posted by Craig on Thursday, February 15, 2007
TheRecord.com reports:

Most of us think of our beds as havens, cosy retreats into which we sink nightly as we try to keep up with - or catch up with - our need for sleep. But if that bed is home to the wrong kind of pillow, we may actually be sabotaging our own bids for restful slumber, waking with a stiff or aching neck or stuffy nose.

We often put substantial thought into selecting a colour scheme for our bedrooms, going all Martha Stewart as we match sheets, comforter covers and shams with the shade of the walls.

Few people put as much thought into the pillows they sleep on nightly. More often it's a checklist of a few simple questions: Is it (pick favourite) feather/foam? Is it firm/squishy enough? Is it in my price range? Sold.

But pillows aren't a one-size-fits-all item, say health professionals who deal with the repercussions of bad pillow purchases. They suggest we should put a little effort into selecting what supports our heads night after night.

"A lot of people come in and say they have neck pain because they slept funny," says Stephanie Gage, a registered massage therapist who practises in Toronto. "And a lot of times it is their pillow. Either people sleep with no pillow, too many pillows, old pillows."

Physiotherapist Shaun Lapenskie agrees.

"Personally I do treat a lot of chronic neck pain. And that's certainly an issue when we're talking about that, especially when people are having pain at night time," says Lapenskie, whose practice is in Barrie.

"If you're having headaches and neck pains and stiffness when you wake up, you might think about the pillow you're using and look and see if it fits you or not."

STOMACH SLEEPERS

If your preferred sleeping position is belly to the mattress, the pillows on your bed should probably be for show only. "It's a double no-no to sleep on your stomach with a pillow," says Gage, who confesses she's a stomach sleeper.

Sleeping on your stomach puts the neck in a strained position; it's really not advised.

"You've got a series of joints in your neck, and turning your head to one side or the other when you're sleeping, if you're on your stomach, is the equivalent of taking your index finger and bending it backwards for five hours," Lapenskie explains. "Of course it's going to be uncomfortable. It's not supposed to be in that position."

Now add a pillow to the picture.

"If you can think about lying on your stomach, if you've got a pillow there, that's going to take your head and not only rotate it, but bend it backwards as well. And you don't want that," Lapenskie says.

If you are a stomach sleeper and you can't do without a pillow, the thinner the better.

SIDE SLEEPERS

The aim here is to have your head in a straight line with your spine. Actually, that's the aim with all sleeping positions. It's just not achievable with stomach sleeping, which is why that position is frowned on. Because of the breadth of the shoulders, if you are on your side you need a pillow to keep your head from falling down into the mattress -- and out of alignment with the spine. (Picture what happens when you fall asleep on a plane and your unsupported head slumps to the side. Ouch.)

The real job of a pillow for a side sleeper is to fill in the indentation between the top of the shoulder and the ear and to support the head so it's in that straight line. It requires a pillow with some form, but it's got to be the right form. Down is luxurious and expensive, but it doesn't hold its shape through a night and Lapenskie says he doesn't recommend it. Nor is he a fan of cheaper pillows crammed with chunks of foam.

"So I would say look for a high quality synthetic fill."

There are specially formed pillows with contours designed to fill the curve of the neck; they are called cervical pillows. But the contour has to fit your head and neck or the extra cost will be for naught. Another option is a pillow that contains a water bladder either between or below some synthetic fill.

The beauty of these babies, says Lapenskie - who sleeps with one - is that you can adjust the firmness and height to your particular need by adding or draining out some of the water.

People with back problems - women especially - who are side sleepers might want to think about placing another pillow between their knees, Lapenskie said, to keep the upper leg from falling forward and down. That puts a painful twist on the spine that can be prevented by a well-placed pillow.

Full Body Pillows eliminate the need for two pillows and promote proper spinal alignment and healthier circulation.

BACK SLEEPERS

People who sleep on their backs need more of a pillow than stomach sleepers, but less of a pillow than side sleepers. The job here is to again cup the nape of the neck. And to keep the head aligned with the spine, a little bit of cushioning is needed. But avoid puffy pillows that lever the head at an angle to the spine.

ALLERGIC SLEEPERS

The content of your pillow is important if you have an allergy, but not perhaps for the reason you think. While some people believe they have allergies to feathers, the reality is that most diagnosed feather allergies are actually allergies to dust mites, says Dr. Milton Gold, an allergist at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

"There are people who have allergies to feathers, but they're very few," Gold says. "It's more the dust (mites)."

Dust mites are microscopic critters that feed on our sloughed off skin. Their feces can trigger allergic reactions. Foam used to be preferred over feathers for people with allergies. But studies show that synthetic pillows actually contain significantly more dust mites than feather pillows.

People with dust mite allergies should use special covers to encase their beds and pillows; their tight weave will cut down on the outward flow of dust mite feces. Gold also recommends replacing such pillows every two or three years.

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