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  • The Negative Health Consequences of Commuting by Car

    Posted on June 20, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    drivingIf you spend a long time driving to and from work, you know that a daily commute by car can be irritating and stressful. But the negative impacts of commuting by car go beyond minute-to-minute frustrations. Spending too much time in the car every day can actually lead to negative health outcomes.

    Here are some of the potential negative health consequences of commuting by car.

    1. Increased Sedentary Time

    Too much time spent sitting - more than six hours per day - can lead to higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Because of this, a sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a number of health problems, including cardiovascular issues, heart disease, diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes.

    If you spend an hour or more commuting in your car, you’re adding large periods of inactivity to your day and increasing your risk of developing these conditions.

    1. Rising Blood Pressure

    The stress of sitting in traffic can cause your blood pressure to temporarily spike, which is a normal reaction. But a stressful commute day in and day out can cause your blood pressure to rise for the long term. You could end up with chronic hypertension, a state of ongoing high blood pressure.

    1. Excess Weight or Obesity

    A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine links long automobile commutes to increased weight. This is probably due to a combination of factors: more time spent sitting, less time spent exercising, and stress eating. The study found that people who commute more than 15 miles had a higher likelihood of obesity.

    1. Bad Posture and Neck/Back Pain

    People tend to practice bad posture in cars; they hunch toward the steering wheel or lean back into their seat. Over time, the hours you spend in these positions can lead to long-term bad posture and chronic neck or back pain.

    1. Elevated Stress Levels

    When compared to other modes of transportation such as trains, walking, or bicycling, driving has been found to be more stressful. It makes sense, as you’re in a constant mode of alertness and dealing with frustrations such as traffic congestion. Over time, a stressful driving commute can contribute to greater levels of overall stress. Too much stress can lead to physical problems like high blood pressure and mental problems like depression.

    1. Exposure to Pollution

    The time spent in your car may expose you to harmful air pollution, such as emissions from other cars. A 2007 study of Los Angeles drivers found that as much as 45% of their exposure to air pollution occurred while they were in their vehicles.

    Fighting the Negative Health Outcomes of Commuting by Car

    Ideally, you could substitute your driving commute with a healthier mode of transportation, like bicycling or taking the subway. Alternatively, you could make a major life change and get a job closer to home or move closer to work.

    Obviously, these aren’t realistic options for everyone. If you must drive to work, you can find other ways to counteract the mental and physical tolls of your daily commute. That may include engaging your mind with podcasts or audiobooks, finding time to sneak exercise into your daily routine, practicing good posture in your car, and reducing your time spent sitting elsewhere.

    Sources:
    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/commuting-drives-weight-blood-pressure/story?id=16294712
    https://www.coreproducts.com/blog/2017/06/13/sedentary-office-jobs-are-impacting-our-health-in-a-big-way/
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120508103921.htm
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1369847815001370
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S135223100700859X


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  • Six Potential Benefits of a Daily Stretch Routine

    Posted on June 12, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    stretchIf you don’t stretch on a daily basis, it might be time to start. Sure, stretching can relieve tight muscles, but it also conveys several other physical and mental benefits. Whether you’re an athlete or a couch potato, stretching can help you lead a healthier life.

    Here are six benefits of a daily stretching routine.

    1. Better Flexibility and Range of Motion

    Stretching promotes flexibility and a full range of motion in your joints. The better range of motion you have, the easier your body can achieve motions attainable by a joint or series of joints. In simple terms, you will more easily be able to achieve daily tasks, like lifting heavy boxes, bending over, or climbing stairs.

    This holds true whether you’re a yoga master or you’re living with arthritis; either way, you can benefit from better flexibility and healthier joints. And while flexibility tends to lessen as you age, you can help maintain it with a daily stretching routine.

    1. Better Coordination

    Poor balance can lead to injury; you can slip and fall during everyday activities or during exercise. But many stretches emphasize balance as well as activity; any yoga class will likely involve some poses you need to hold for a while. The more coordinated you are, the less likely you are to suffer a fall.

    1. Improved Circulation

    Stretching can help blood flow and circulation, which in turn will carry oxygen and nutrients to your organs and muscles and help them function properly. As you stretch, a focus on steady breathing will help convey circulatory benefits.

    1. Better Posture

    Tight muscles can cause you to round your shoulders, slouch, and exhibit other forms of bad posture. Regular stretching can help prevent that muscle tightness; the looser you are, the more easily you can practice good posture. Stretching will help you stand and sit up straight!

    1. Better Athletic Form

    Science hasn’t demonstrated that stretching reduces the likelihood of athletic injuries. But better flexibility and range of motion can help you achieve athletic movements that otherwise might be beyond your reach. For example, full range of motion in your knees and hips can help you get into a deeper squat.

    1. Stress Relief

    Any yoga enthusiast can tell you that stretching is deeply relaxing. But you don’t need to spend hours stretching to reduce stress. A brief stretch routine each day can relax your muscles and your mind, and make the stress melt away. Make sure to concentrate on deep breathing as you stretch.

    Sources:
    http://www.acsm.org/public-information/articles/2016/10/07/improving-your-flexibility-and-balance
    https://www.livestrong.com/article/338122-does-stretching-increase-blood-circulation/
    https://www.prevention.com/health/a20454559/3-stretches-that-reduce-stress-naturally/
    http://web.mit.edu/tkd/stretch/stretching_3.html


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  • What Causes Leg Cramps (and What to Do About Them)

    Posted on June 7, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    crampLeg cramps, popularly referred to as “charley horses”, are painful cramps caused by muscle spasms in your legs. These involuntary contractions of your leg muscles frequently occur in the calf muscles, and often strike mid-exercise or while you’re lying in bed.

    While they usually only last a few minutes, they can be very painful. They’re also quite common, as up to 60% of adults report experiencing nocturnal leg cramps.

    Leg cramps have many potential causes, most of which aren’t linked to serious medical conditions. But while you can usually wait them out, there are a few ways to reduce the likelihood of getting them in the future.

    What Causes Leg Cramps?

    It’s hard to identify one specific cause of leg cramps, especially when they occur out of the blue. Most of the time, they don’t represent a serious medical issue. Some of the most commonly identified causes include:

    • Muscle Overuse: overusing your muscles can lead to muscle fatigue or spams. If you are exercising at a higher-than-normal intensity, or if you don’t stretch enough before or after exercise sessions, you may be putting yourself at risk for leg cramps.
    • Dehydration: dehydration, especially among athletes, can lead to painful leg cramps.
    • Medications: certain medications, including intravenous iron sucrose, naproxen, raloxifene, and intravenous iron sucrose have been linked to leg cramps.
    • Medical conditions: certain conditions, including nerve damage from cancer treatment, osteoarthritis, and cirrhosis have been linked to leg cramps.
    • Pregnancy: pregnant women often report leg cramps as a symptom of pregnancy.

    The older you get, the more susceptible you are to leg cramps.

    What to Do About Them

    While there is no cure for leg cramps, there are steps you can take to limit your risk of getting them. There are also ways to treat them as they occur.

    During a cramp, you can try stretching by putting your weight on the affected leg and bending your knee slightly. You can also massage the muscles, ice them, or take a bath with Epsom salts. At the very least, you’ll simply have to wait them out.

    If you frequently get leg cramps during common exercises like running or bicycling, you should try lowering the intensity of your exercise. This will help reduce the risk of muscle fatigue. Over time, you can build up to a higher intensity. You should also stretch before or after exercise and make sure to stay hydrated.

    If you persistently get leg cramps for no apparent reason, you should see your general practitioner. While you shouldn’t jump to any conclusions, leg cramps have been linked to certain medical conditions, and there’s no harm in getting checked out by your doctor.  

    Sources:
    https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/p350.html
    https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/muscle-spasms-cramps-charley-horse


    This post was posted in Education

  • Tips for Maintaining Your Vision and Eye Health

    Posted on May 30, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    eyesToo often, we take our eyes for granted. Even though vision is one of the most important senses, many people do very little to keep their eyes healthy and their vision sharp.

    Luckily, there are many ways to protect your eyes. Here are seven tips for maintaining your vision and eye health.

    1. Get an Eye Exam

    If you already wear contacts or glasses, you should go to the eye doctor annually to update your prescription and check for other eye conditions.

    But even if your vision is fine, you can benefit from regular eye exams. Eye doctors can diagnose conditions like glaucoma that have few obvious symptoms. And even if you believe your vision is fine, your eye doctor may recommend corrective lenses that could change your perspective.

    1. Eat a Nutritious Diet

    A healthy diet can protect your eyes and delay or prevent certain conditions, including macular degeneration (the leading cause of vision loss) and cataracts. Healthy diets full of greens, fruits, and lean sources of protein can help you protect your eyes. Avoid too much saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.

    1. Maintain a Healthy Weight

    If you are overweight or obese, you are at greater risk for diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and other conditions that can lead to vision loss. Losing weight may involve a greater lifestyle change, including a modified diet and regular exercise. If you have trouble maintaining a healthy weight, you should talk to your doctor about a weight loss plan.

    1. Wear Sunglasses

    The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are bad for your eyes. Too much exposure to UV rays can cause cataracts, vision loss, and astigmatism. Wear sunglasses whenever you go out on a sunny day - not only will you look cool, you’ll be protecting your eyes from UV damage. Choose sunglasses that block out 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation.

    1. Stop Smoking

    Smoking increases your risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and many other eye conditions. Quit smoking now to protect your eyes and improve your overall health.

    1. Reduce Your Screen Time

    Computer, phone, and tablet screens can all cause problems such as eye strain, blurry vision, and trouble focusing. While there’s no concrete evidence that too much screen time causes long-term damage, it can cause plenty of discomfort, so it can pay to reduce your screen time.

    Cutting screen time can be difficult when you have an office job, but you can adjust the brightness of your screen, get up to walk around the office, and avoid glare to give your eyes a break.

    1. Keep Your Eyes Moisturized

    Dry eyes is a common condition that occurs when you don’t have enough quality tears to lubricate your eyes. Tears are necessary to maintain the surface of your eyes and provide clear vision. Dry eyes can be temporarily caused by external factors such as allergies or screens, but they can also be chronic due to inadequate tear production. Your eye doctor can recommend the best treatment for your dry eyes, but eyedrops and the MicroBeads Dry Eye Compress Moist Heat Pack can help relieve discomfort.

    Sources:
    http://www.allaboutvision.com/over60/nutrition.htm
    https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/dry-eye
    https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/tobacco_control/smoking_can_lead_to_vision_loss_or_blindness.htm
    https://nei.nih.gov/hvm/healthy_eyes_glasses


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  • What You Need to Know About Sunscreen this Summer

    Posted on May 24, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    sunscreenSunscreen is crucial for protecting your skin, especially if you spend a lot of time outside in the summer months. That’s because the ultraviolet (UV) rays produced by the sun damage your skin’s cells, causing mutations that can lead to skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer cases are associated with exposure to UV radiation. And even if exposure to UV rays doesn’t lead to cancer, it can cause painful sunburns.

    Sunscreen is one of the best weapons in the fight against UV rays, but it isn’t foolproof. You need to know its limitations and the correct way to use it. Here’s what you need to know about sunscreen this summer.

    1. You Might Not Be Using Enough

    The amount of sunscreen you need to apply depends on how much skin you have exposed and your body type. But according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, most people only apply 25 – 50% of the appropriate amount. They recommend using at least one ounce, or approximately enough to fill a shot glass, of sunscreen to cover your body. Ideally, you should be applying sunscreen to every area of your skin that could be exposed to UV rays - not just your face, neck, and shoulders.

    1. You Might Be Putting it On Too Late

    If you’re applying sunscreen outside, you’re not getting the full benefit. It can take about 15 minutes for your skin to effectively absorb sunscreen and provide full protection. If you wait until you’re in the sun, your skin will be unprotected during that time and you could burn. Make sure to apply sunscreen before you go out.

    1. You Need SPF 30 at Minimum

    Dermatologists agree that everyone should use a sunscreen between SPF 30 and SPF 50. At SPF 30, nearly 97% of UVB rays are blocked, but anything over 50 is likely not that much more effective. They also recommend your sunscreen be broad spectrum, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and water-resistant.

    1. Spray Sunscreen Isn’t as Effective

    Spray sunscreens are easier to apply, but they might not give you adequate protection. You’re less likely to apply an even coating on all areas of your body with a spray bottle. Plus, spray sunscreens are flammable and the FDA recommends not spraying your face because of the risk of inhalation.

    1. Check the Expiration Date

    Did you know sunscreen can expire? Check the expiration date on the bottle, and throw out anything that is past its prime. If you buy sunscreen without an expiration date, you can write the date of purchase on the bottle and throw it away once three years have passed. If you use sunscreen liberally, most bottles shouldn’t make it past their expiration date.

    1. Yes, You Need to Reapply

    Many sunscreens claim to be water resistant, but that doesn’t mean they are waterproof. Any time you go swimming, you should reapply your sunscreen when you get out of the water. Even if you’re staying dry, you should reapply every two hours.

    1. They’re Not Just for The Beach and Pool

    Sunscreens may be heavily associated with beaches and pools, but those aren’t the only places you should be using them. Anytime you get prolonged exposure to the sun, you should be applying sunscreen. You could be gardening, playing sports, or just going for a walk. If the sun’s rays are hitting your exposed skin for more than a few minutes, sunscreen is a good idea.

    Sources:
    https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs
    https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/ucm239463.htm#types
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sunscreen-expire/faq-20057957
    https://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens-explained
    https://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb


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  • How to Get Exercise When You Have a New Baby

    Posted on May 14, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    babyCaring for a new baby is a full-time job, and other priorities can easily fall by the wayside. Whether you’re staying at home or taking care of your baby after a long day of work, it’s hard to find time to sleep, let alone maintain an exercise routine.

    But exercise is an important aspect of your overall health. It benefits your physical wellbeing and reduces your risk of developing conditions like diabetes or heart disease. It also provides enormous psychological benefits, and can help boost your energy at a time when you sorely need it.

    Here are eight ways to exercise when you have a new baby.

    1. Take Small Breaks

    Prior to parenthood, you may have taken an hour or more to hit the gym, go for a run, or hop on the stationary bike. But if finding a spare hour sounds impossible, you can look for opportunities to get small bursts of exercise. Over the course of the day, knocking out 10-15 minute workouts can help you stay fit. Finding those small chunks of time is key.

    1. Workout with Baby

    Exercising and caring for your baby don’t have to be separate activities. You can do simple movements at home, such as lunges or squats, using your baby as a weight, or incorporate baby into your yoga routine. Of course, long walks with a stroller can also get you a good dose of daily activity.

    1. Exercise Classes

    Exercise classes often cost money, so signing up ahead of time can help motivate you to get out of the house. If you like the idea of community workout classes, see what’s available in your area. There are many options, including yoga, Crossfit, Barre, and Zumba. There are even classes designed for new moms and classes that let you bring your baby along.

    1. Find a Meet-up Group

    Local parent meet-up groups can connect you with other parents who want to get active. At the very least, there may be some groups that go on walks at the local park. As a bonus, you could make some new friends and find your baby some playmates. You can find meet-up groups through local ads, online forums, or websites like Meetup.

    1. Build a Home Gym

    Can’t find time to hit the gym? Cancel your membership and bring the gym home. You can find exercise equipment ranging from simple to complex, for all kinds of fitness levels and budgets. Check out our blog for tips on building a home gym.

    1. Fitness Videos

    Fitness videos offer another opportunity to get an at-home workout. You can invest in popular paid programs like P90X or Beachbody, or simply use free workout videos online. There is plenty of streaming workout content available from Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and other online sources.

    1. Get a Babysitter

    Babysitters offer total freedom to enjoy a long workout. If you really need to get out of the house for some activity, hire a babysitter or recruit a friend or family member to watch your baby.

    1. Chores

    Some household chores are more exercise than you think. You can definitely break a sweat mowing the lawn or cleaning out the garage. If you’re a new mom, take care not to overexert yourself.

    In Closing

    Getting back into a regular exercise routine will probably be challenging, but with some adjustments you can make it work. Just be careful not to hop back into intense exercise too fast. New moms may need some extra time to recover from delivery. Get clearance from your doctor before you start exercising too vigorously.

    Sources:
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389


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  • Seven Ways to Quickly Reduce Stress After Work

    Posted on May 8, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    afterworkExcessive stress can be harmful to your physical and mental wellbeing. Physically, stress has been linked to short-term symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, and fatigue, and more serious health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. Mentally, stress can lead to anxiety, irritability or anger, and even depression.

    If you have a demanding job, your work-related stress can build up to monumental levels by the end of the day. But when you get home, you may not think you have the time or energy to practice stress reduction.

    Luckily, you don’t need an hour-long yoga class or a professional massage to reduce stress. Here are eight ways to quickly reduce stress after work.

    1. Take a Hot Shower

    If you don’t have the time to soak in a long, hot bath, you can get some of the same benefits by hopping in the shower for ten minutes. Hot showers can calm your body and mind, helping you let go of stressful thoughts. They also loosen joints, relax muscles, relieve neck and shoulder stiffness, and cleanse your skin.

    1. Ditch the Gadgets

    Constant access to phones, tablets, computers and televisions may actually be causing information overload and stressing us out. According to the American Psychological Association, four out of five adults report constantly checking their email, text messages, and social media. These same adults also reported higher levels of stress compared to those that spend less time on their gadgets.

    Take a break from gadgets and screens when you get home and give yourself some time to decompress.

    1. Go for a Walk 

    Physical activity has been shown to reduce stress, improve sleep, and fight depression. A regular exercise routine, then, is an important factor in the fight against stress. But if you don’t have time for a long workout, go for a brief walk instead. It might not feel strenuous, but you’re still getting the benefits of exercise and some time to unwind.

    1. Have a Healthy Snack or Beverage

    Do you tend to eat or drink to calm down when you’re overly stressed? This isn’t necessarily a habit you need to break, but you should try to stick to healthy snacks or beverages. A healthy snack or a cup of tea can help calm your nerves just as well as a slice of pizza or a beer.

    1. Get Some Alone Time

    It seems simple, but just spending a few quiet minutes by yourself can help reduce stress. If you’re constantly doing chores or tending to family, try to find a brief window for some alone time.

    1. Cancel Your Plans 

    Are you overextending yourself with a packed schedule? Try removing some obligations from your calendar. While you shouldn’t completely eliminate your social life and personal commitments, simplifying your schedule will help you carve out some evenings to relax and unwind. 

    1. Stretch

    You don’t have to commit an hour to yoga to reduce stress. A 15-20 minute daily stretch routine can help you relax, relieve tight muscles, reduce stress, and avoid future injuries.

    In Closing

    Stress reduction should be a long-term strategy, and shortcuts won’t get you all the way there. However, these activities will help you quickly unwind after a long day at work, and can be part of a larger stress reduction plan.

    Sources:
    https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/stress/physical-activity-reduces-st
    http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2017/technology-social-media.PDF
    https://www.livestrong.com/article/23419-hot-shower-benefits/
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987


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  • Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Bed Fresh

    Posted on May 2, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    bedSpring cleaning is an annual tradition to open your windows, clear out the clutter, and make your home sparkle with a deep clean. But don’t overlook your bed; even if it appears fine to the naked eye, it could be in desperate need of attention. That’s because, over time, beds collect dead skin cells, sweat, pet dander, and dust mites that feed on skin.

    If that grosses you out, here are six spring cleaning tips to keep your bed fresh and clean.

    1. Vacuum Your Mattress

    A good vacuuming session will help clear your mattress of all the detritus that has been collecting for months. You should use the upholstery attachment or hose on your vacuum cleaner to clean up your mattress, even if you don’t see anything. Pay special attention to seams and pockets where dirt, dust, and dead skin can collect.

    1. Flip Your Mattress

    Periodically flipping your mattress serves one very important purpose: it keeps your mattress from wearing out and sagging prematurely on one side. But it also helps keep your mattress clean by switching up the sides that you sleep on. At minimum, you should flip your mattress every six months. It will help you keep your mattress clean and extend its lifetime!

    1. Clean Your Bedding

    You should regularly launder all your bedding, including sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and anything else you sleep with. Bedding collects the same materials as your mattress and is prone to stains. Strip your mattress and wash your bedding at least a few times a month.

    1. Clean Your Pillow

    Pillows should be regularly washed, as your head and face come into direct contact with them for hours at a time. They build up the same materials as your mattress and sheets, and you probably want to minimize the amount of dust mites that live where you lay your head. You’ll want to wash your pillows regularly, fluff them daily, and replace them when they’re old and worn out. For more tips on keeping your pillows clean, check out our blog on that very subject.

    1. Get a Mattress Topper

    Mattress toppers are cushions that sit between your sheets and mattress, offering you additional support or comfort. But they also act as a protective layer for your mattress, guarding it from spills, stains, and common materials like dead skin cells. They’re usually easy to clean - many types of mattress toppers can be thrown in the wash with your other bedding. Just remember, a mattress topper doesn’t eliminate the need to periodically clean and flip your mattress.

    1. Set Yourself a Reminder

    Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clean your bed, but you should be doing this more than once a year. Some activities, like washing your sheets, should be performed several times a month. If you have trouble adhering to that schedule, set calendar reminders to keep you honest.


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  • How to Get a Good Night’s Rest in a Hotel

    Posted on April 12, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    hotelsleepQuality hotels make every effort to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. But even an attentive staff, full amenities, and a comfortable bed can’t guarantee you a good night’s sleep in a hotel. Because you’re sleeping in a new environment, away from your own bed, you might find it difficult to fall and stay asleep.

    There are a few things you can do to combat this “hotel effect.” Follow these tips to get a good night’s rest the next time you’re staying in a hotel.

    1. Request a Quiet Room

    If you already know you’re a light sleeper, you should request a room with a location that avoids disturbances. Requesting a room on the highest floor and furthest from the elevators will help you avoid the noise of guests and staff as you sleep.

    1. Get the Right Pillows

    It can be difficult to sleep on hotel pillows. Even luxury hotel rooms may have pillows that don’t offer the right level of support or aren’t made of your preferred material.

    You should test out your pillows when you arrive in your hotel room. If you don’t like the current pillows, call the front desk and see if they have other options. Alternatively, you can take a travel pillow along on your trip so you know you’re covered wherever you go.

    1. Block Out Noise

    Are the city’s ambient noises disturbing your sleep, or is the silence of the country keeping you up? Either way, environmental noises (or the lack thereof) can throw off your sleep. In this case, soft music or white noise from a fan or sound machine could help you get some shuteye. You may even prefer earplugs.

    If you haven’t packed supplies, the hotel might stock fans, sound machines, or earplugs for guests. If the noise is really disturbing - for example, nearby construction sounds - you may need to request a different room.

    1. Adjust the Temperature

    You should adjust the hotel room’s thermostat to a comfortable sleeping temperature as soon as you arrive. That way, you can verify that the air conditioning is working properly and ensure that there will be plenty of time for the temperature to adjust before you go to sleep.

    1. Block Out Light

    Many hotel rooms already have blackout curtains or dark blinds, but even a sliver of light can feel invasive when you’re in a new environment. You can get creative and seal out light by lining towels along the front door and using clothespins to pinch curtains or blinds together.

    Alternatively, you use a sleep mask to block out all light.

    1. Do Not Disturb

    The “Do Not Disturb” signs are put in your room for a reason. Make use of them! Hang the sign on your door at least an hour before bedtime, and don’t take it off until you’re fully awake in the morning.

    If you anticipate getting calls in your room, you may also want to tell the front desk you don’t wish to be disturbed until morning. 

    1. Follow Your Normal Routine

    If you follow a specific routine at home to relax before bed – such as reading a book or taking a bath – you should try to maintain that routine during your hotel stay. It can help you maintain your normal sleeping patterns.

    1. Eat Right and Exercise 

    Traveling doesn’t give you an excuse to skip healthy habits. Consistent exercise and a balanced diet promote healthy, restful sleep. Try to hit the hotel gym before work, or do some of your sightseeing on foot. And while you shouldn’t necessarily begrudge yourself some decadent room service, don’t overdo it.  Make sure to balance your meals.


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  • 6 Ways You Can Use Hot and Cold Therapy Packs for Relief

    Posted on April 4, 2018 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    hotcoldHot and cold therapy packs are versatile products that can be heated or cooled to provide quick relief for a variety of aches, pains, and injuries. In most cases, you simply apply the pack to the area that’s causing you discomfort. And while they may not have instant healing power, hot and cold packs can help you recover and manage pain.

    Here are six issues that you can relieve with hot and cold therapy packs.

    1. Joint and Knee Pain

    Recurring joint or knee pain and stiffness, such as that caused by arthritis, can be soothed using a heated pack. That’s because heat enhances circulation and delivers nutrients to your joints. This helps your joints lubricate, encourages the healing of tissue, decreases stiffness, and even distracts you from your pain.

    This kind of heat therapy is often recommended to warm up stiff joints before physical activity.

    1. Sprains and Overuse Injuries

    Cold therapy is better suited for acute or severe pain that causes inflammation or swelling, such as a sprain or overuse injury caused by accident or exercise. Applying cold packs to your injury restricts your blood vessels, slowing down circulation and reducing swelling. Cold temperatures also numb your nerve endings, which dulls pain.

    If you frequently work out, cold packs can relieve sore muscles that have been overworked.

    1. Everyday Muscle Soreness and Aches

    Heat therapy can provide welcome relief for everyday muscle soreness and common aches and pains. Heat therapy soothes and relaxes your muscles, reduces spasms, and can provide you a greater range of motion. If your pain isn’t injury-based but is an everyday soreness, heat therapy is the way to go.

    1. Migraines

    Although it may not work for everyone and the reasons why are poorly understood at best, cold packs can help provide relief from migraines. Anecdotally, many migraine sufferers have reported significant pain reduction when using cold therapy.

    1. Dry Eyes

    Heat therapy can even provide relief to dry and tired eyes caused by allergies, aging, or staring at screens. A moist heat pack can help reduce evaporative tear loss, keeping your eyes lubricated. You can heat up the MicroBeads Dry Eye Compress Moist Heat Pack and deliver relief to your dry, tired eyes.

    1. Stress and Tension

    The type of discomfort caused by stress - such as muscle tension in your neck and back - can build up over time and become quite uncomfortable. By invigorating blood flow, heat therapy can help reduce that tension and provide muscle relief.

    In Closing

    Core Products hot and cold packs can be cooled in the freezer or warmed in the microwave and applied directly to the affected body area. When choosing to heat or cool your packs, a good rule of thumb is to use cold therapy for recent injuries with swelling and heat therapy for chronic or everyday aches and pains. 

    Sources:
    https://www.arthritis-health.com/treatment/alternative-treatments/when-and-why-apply-heat-arthritic-joint
    https://www.excedrin.com/migraines/treatment/ice-pack-for-migraines/


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