While winter can be a wonderful time of year, many people dread the arrival of this season because it’s the prime time for getting the flu.1 In fact, millions of cases of the flu are reported in the United States each year. 2 But that’s not all. The winter weather can drastically affect your health due to colder temperatures, drier air, and other contributing factors.1
Here are three ways the winter season can affect your health and what you can do to prevent and treat these conditions. Specifically, we’re recommending Malouf products that can encourage a healthier and more comfortable winter season for you and your loved ones.
Spending time indoors is a common culprit for the common cold. The reason being, you’re constantly around other people and being exposed to their germs as a result. This is why you should take certain preventive measures during the winter. For example, when you practice basic hygiene habits and get sufficient rest every night, you’re setting yourself up for a healthier winter season.3 But if you do end up with the sniffles, there are remedies you can try at home—one of them being essential oils. 4
There are over 20 essentials oils that can help relieve the symptoms of the common cold, and lavender and peppermint are both on that list. Lavender oil is known for its calming scent and can ease the symptoms of a common cold, such as congestion and coughing. Likewise, peppermint oil has a refreshing aroma that can help soothe congestion, reduce body aches, and alleviate other related symptoms.4
What You Can Try: Zoned ActiveDough™ Scented Pillow
Malouf understands the health benefits of essential oils. That’s why our Zoned ActiveDough™ Pillows come in three beautiful, natural scents: lavender, peppermint, and chamomile. With its relaxing aroma, our top-selling lavender pillow promotes a soothing sleep environment that uplifts the body and mind, and our peppermint pillow has a clean, refreshing scent that encourages clear breathing and a calm sleep environment. In addition, both pillows are designed with our quick-response ActiveDough™ foam that conforms to the contours of your head and shoulders—achieving the perfect balance of comfort and support. Combining these features, our lavender and peppermint pillows allow you to experience the health benefits of essential oils, while creating a serene sleep environment.
Lower Back Pain
Approximately 69 percent of Americans experience lower back pain every day. Out of those people, many of them have reported intensifying symptoms during colder months. Besides lower temperatures, the winter season can initiate vigorous physical activity, whether you’re outside shoveling snow or enjoying the beautiful outdoors. But if you’re not careful, that stress can increase your back pain and even cause a serious injury. Being proactive is the best way to prevent an injury that could significantly impact your health and quality of life.5
What You Can Try: Structures™ Adjustable Bed Base
With the help of an adjustable base, common health complaints can be significantly improved. More specifically, adjustable bases provide customizable back support while aligning your spine. This relieves nerve and joint pressure in your back, neck, and head. Malouf offers an extensive lineup of adjustable bases from the basic N150 to the deluxe S750 to help ease your back pain.
The N150 is a great option for anyone wanting to experience the health benefits of an adjustable base without making a major investment. With the head and foot incline, you can find the perfect position to fall asleep and stay asleep, or sit up in bed to eat or read that book you’ve been meaning to start.
The pinnacle of relaxation and luxury, the S750 is all about customization and has everything you need for a good night’s rest. Popular features on this adjustable base include lumbar support to ease the pressure on your back; head tilt to keep your head propped up at the ideal angle, and Reach Assist™ to maintain easy 24/7 access to your nightstand.
By sleeping elevated, you can achieve that perfect level of comfort you’ve been looking for. See our complete lineup of adjustable bed bases at maloufsleep.com/products/structures-frames.
Allergies and Asthma
Because you spend a lot of time indoors during the colder months, you are typically more susceptible to certain allergens and irritants that can trigger an allergy or asthma attack. Dust mites, indoor mold, and animal dander are among the most common type of indoor allergens. And when exposed to these allergens, your body can react severely with one or more of the following symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, and trouble breathing. To reduce the likelihood of an allergy or asthma attack, be aware or your environment and recognize what surroundings could trigger or worsen your symptoms. It’s also important to maintain a clean environment at home—not just during the winter but year-round. Doing this will help reduce the presence of these allergens in your home, promoting a healthier and more comfortable living environment.6
What You Can Try: Zoned Dough® Bamboo Charcoal Pillow
Our Zoned Dough® Bamboo Charcoal Pillow is an excellent choice for people with allergies and asthma. Infused with activated bamboo charcoal, this hypoallergenic pillow eliminates odors, absorbs excess moisture, and regulates your body temperature. Plus, our Zoned Dough® memory foam and Zoned Technology™ create the ideal combination of comfort, support, and airflow.
For optimal comfort and relief, we recommend pairing the bamboo charcoal pillow with one of our premium adjustable bed bases. Sleeping flat on your back can create oxygen restriction. But sleeping at an incline may open airways and help relieve asthma symptoms. It’s also a great option for stuffy noses and allergies.
Other Malouf Products You Can Try This Winter
While not a treatment for pre-existing medical conditions, these products can alleviate some of the symptoms you’re experiencing so you can get the rest you need to live a happy and healthier life. You can purchase these products and so much more today at maloufsleep.com.
1. How Winter Can Affect Your Health
2. CDC Flu Infographic
3. When Is Common Cold Season?
4. 20 of the Best Essential Oils for Colds and Relieving the Flu
5. How to Manage and Avoid Back Pain this Winter
6. Treatment for Winter Asthma and Allergies