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If you are like most people, you probably spend more time in your bedroom than you do in any other room in your home. There are several simple but important steps you can take to limit and reduce your exposure to common problem areas that can occur in any bedroom. If you suffer from nighttime induced asthma, airborne allergies or have other respiratory issues, these preventative measures can make a significant difference.

Healthy Sleep Diagram

Healthy Sleep Diagram

  1. Encase every mattress, pillow, duvet, and box spring in your home with CleanRest® products featuring MicronOne® fabric technology. Block allergens from migrating from your bedding to you. Encasing your bedding is the number one step that many doctors recommend.
  2. Wash your sheets and bed linens at least once a week in warm water.
  3. Remove carpets, drapes and curtains from your bedroom and replace them with hardwood floors and wooden or plastic blinds.
  4. Use a dehumidifier and keep it set to less than 50% relative humidity.
  5. Vacuum your bedroom floors and furniture once a week. Consider wearing a protective dust mask while you vacuum.
  6. Freeze children’s plush toys in your freezer for 12 hours then wash them in hot water once a week to kill and remove dust mites and other allergens.
  7. If your bedroom contains a fireplace, do not use it.
  8. Keep your bedroom windows closed during peak allergy season.
  9. While we all love our family pets, we strongly suggest that you do not allow them into your bedroom. This will help reduce transmission of pet dander and other allergens.


Set your Tivo, DVR and alarm clocks, I will be appearing live on QVC Sunday April 5th at 5PM!  Visit QVC’s web site to see their schedule online.  If you have been planning on purchasing a CleanRest product for your home or loved one, this is the perfect opportunity as there will be some terrific offers never before available.  Make sure to tune and and take advantage of this great opportunity, and if you are already CleanRest® user feel free to call into the show (800-345-1515) and share your clean sleep experience live.

See you on TV

Sleep well,


QVC behind the scenes picture

It’s a complicated question for many companies to answer, and in the ever changing global economy a company can find itself drifting away for its core values.  For me and the company and brand I founded CleanRest® our mission has never been clearer.  Clean Healthy sleep, allowing you to maximize every day by caring for you and your loved ones while you rest.  I never thought that inventing an allergy barrier fabric and transforming it into a simple mattress cover and pillow cover would profoundly affect so many people.  Just a few days ago I received a call from the mother of a young allergy sufferer who explained to me that for the first time in over a year, her child slep through the entire night without waking up to use his rescue medication.  As a result, the mother and the rest of her family got their first full night of sleep, they all feel better and that keeps our innovation engines motivated! 

As a company we feel that everyone deserves the dignity of a clean nights rest and we have worked hard to make our products available for free by donating our mattress and pillow allergy covers to a variety of local charities, like the Providence Rhode Island Ronald McDonald House as well as the Crossroads Shelter here in Providence.  Regardless of a person’s income, all should be offered the opportunity to experience a clean comfortable sleep, by making this a priority of your own family as well as your community everyone’s lives will become more productive and satisfying.  To that end I wanted to provide my readers with an offer to save 25% off on any purchase of CleanRest® products featuring MicronOne® technology, simply entering “garysblog” at check out.  Use this opportunity to invest in the health and wellness of your family and yourself.

I remember reading this for the first time when I was 15 years old in my high school English class, at the time I begrudgingly worked on interpreting the works of T.S Eliot, Ezra Pound and the like, carefully dissecting words and sentences storing them away in my subconscious.


“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity”


Feeling anxious about my child’s wellbeing allowed me to take matters into my own hands, to pause and to reassess my purpose and as a result to refocus my efforts towards improving not only his sleep, but as a result the sleep of thousands. 

 "what changed my anxiety to creativity"

Do you feel anxious about the quality of your sleep, or the condition of a loved one?


Let’s break it down to a few simple thoughts to help all of us gain clarity and turn our anxiety into creativity. 


  • First if you are experiencing allergy symptoms go see an allergist and ask that your doctor determine what it is you are allergic to.


  • Dust mite waste is the leading allergic trigger world wide, and no matter how clean your home is, dust mites and their waste can be found in your bed, mattress and carpets.


  • Work with your allergist to design an avoidance program to keep yourself away from the allergic triggers that are making you or your loved one sick.


  • Get smart and proactive about your bed room, encase your pillows, mattress and box spring to start, and then begin to examine the remaining areas of your sleeping environment.  Can carpets be removed? Have pets been allowed to enter your bed room? Is your sleeping environment properly maintained, cleaned and kept clutter free? 


Your anxious energy refocused on a creative solution will allow you to wake up rested and provide you and your loved ones the opportunity to reach their maximum potential, leading to an improved quality of life.

When JetBlue first approached us to develop a healthy alternative to their current offering of reusable in flight pillows and blankets I was excited by the idea of giving their passengers the opportunity to make a healthier choice.  Using our MicronOne® fabric, we quickly set out to design a pillow that would provide not only comfort, but lasting quality and cleanliness. During the design phase of the project I often brought home different iterations of The World’s Cleanest Travel Pillow and would allow my kids to play with them, sleep with them and cuddle with them.  They were an immediate hit, and my oldest child decided to name his Charlie, which he now refers to as his Charlie Pillow.  Each of my children use their pillow at different times in different ways about our home, and my wife and I enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that where ever they take their Charlie pillow their lungs and respiratory system will be protected from the micro-toxins that naturally build up over time in our home.


The World’s Cleanest Travel Pillow Commercial on all JetBlue Flights



Children and Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation


Sleep is a vital need, essential to a child’s health and growth. Sleep promotes alertness, memory and performance. Children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems and moodiness. That is why it is important for parents to start early and help their children develop good sleep habits.

How much sleep should my child get?

Each child is different and has different sleep needs. This chart presents recommended hours of sleep that includes naps for children up to five years of age.


Children Need and Thrive on Routine

The #1 tip for good sleeping habits in children is to follow a nightly routine. A bedtime ritual makes it easier for your child to relax, fall asleep and sleep through the night.


Typical Bedtime Routine

1. Have a light snack

2. Take a bath.

3. Put on pajamas.

4. Brush teeth.

5. Read a story.

6. Make sure the room is quiet and at a comfortable temperature.

7. Put your child to bed.

8. Say goodnight and leave.


Helpful Tips

Make bedtime the same time every night.

Make bedtime a positive and relaxing experience without TV or videos. According to one recent study, TV viewing prior to bed can lead to difficulty falling and staying asleep. Save your child’s favorite relaxing, non-stimulating activities until last and have them occur in the child’s bedroom.

Keep the bedtime environment (e.g. light, temperature) the same all night long.


Encourage Children to Fall Asleep on Their Own

Have your child form positive associations with sleeping. A child should not need a parent to help him/her fall asleep. One recent study demonstrated that having your child sleep in your bed puts them at risk for suffocation or strangulation. The child who falls asleep on his or her own will be better able to return to sleep during normal nighttime awakenings and sleep throughout the night.


Discourage Nighttime Awakenings

When you go to your child’s room every time he or she wakes during the night, you are strengthening the connection between you and sleep for your child. Even babies who are held and cuddled when they wake in the middle of the night soon learn to expect this and do not learn to go back to sleep on their own. Except during conditions when the child is sick, has been injured or clearly requires your assistance, it is important to give your child a consistent message that they are expected to fall asleep on their own.


Some Common Facts and Myths about Children and Sleep

Myth #1: Put children asleep on their stomachs.

Babies should be put to sleep on their backs. According to the “Back to Sleep” program, this lowers the risk of dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that parents should avoid placing young children to sleep on a water bed, sofa, pillow, soft mattress or other soft surfaces.

Myth #2: Parents should wait until a child is fully asleep before putting a child to bed.

Children should be put to bed when they are drowsy, but awake.

Myth #3: Children will sleep longer at night if they do not take a nap.

For young children, nap and nighttime sleep are both necessary and independent of each other. Children who nap well are usually less cranky and sleep better at night. Although children differ, after six months of age, naps of 1/2 to two hours duration are expected and are generally discontinued between ages 2-5 years. Daytime sleepiness or the need for a nap after this age should be investigated further.


Sleep: Strange Bedfellows
Peculiar and unknown facts about shut-eye. Did you know sleep affects your memory, heart health, teeth, and more.

From: PsychologyToday.com
By: Stephanie Guzowski
What really happens when your head hits the pillow? Sure, sleep fulfills some very basic needs—like maintaining your physical and mental health, not to mention preparing you for those crucial daytime hours. But a lot more happens after the lights go out. Did you know that sleep affects your memory, your heart, and even the health of your teeth? Here, we unveil some of sleep’s strangest facts.

Flexing Memory

From a special vacation to a holiday gathering, long-term memories are predominantly formed during sleep when the brain replays recent experiences. But how do you remember what happens when? According to researchers at the University of Lubeck in Germany, shut-eye not only strengthens a memory’s content but also the sequence in which they are experienced. Students were presented sets of words in a particular order. One group of these students was allowed to sleep and another was not. Those who were allowed to sleep could more often recall the order of words than those who were not allowed to sleep.

Sleep to a Better Beat

A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy ticker. Lack of sleep can lead to hypertension, a condition in which blood pressure is chronically elevated. Of course, with it comes a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. Even normal, healthy people, who are persistently deprived of proper sleep, suffer increased risk of hypertension, say researchers at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Ongoing sleep deprivation can set up chemical and hormonal changes in the body, including the release of stress hormones like adrenaline.

Snooze and Smile

Tossing and turning can affect your smile. A Journal of Periodontology study shows that the amount of sleep you get can significantly affect your teeth. While smoking negatively impacted oral health the most, hours of sleep closely followed. The study tracked 219 Japanese factory workers from 1999 through 2003. Participants who slept seven to eight hours a night had less periodontal disease than those who slept six hours or less a night. Researchers speculate that sleep shortage impairs the body’s immune system, something that can lead to bad teeth.

Weighing in on Kids’ Sleep

Want to keep Johnny slim and trim? Sleep will help. Researchers at Northwestern University found that children who get more sleep tend to have lower body mass index and are less likely to become overweight than kids who sleep less. Sleeping an additional hour a night reduced a child’s chance of being overweight by about 30 to 35 percent. The link between sleep and childhood obesity is still up for grabs, but researchers have noted that tired children may very well be less active. Also lack of sleep could disrupt hormones that influence metabolism and hunger.

Sleep to Your Own Rhythm

If you find yourself awake and energetic late at night, you may have a genetic mutation. The altered gene may explain why some people prefer late nights. This gene affects the body’s circadian cycle-the clock that keeps our metabolism, digestion, and sleep patterns in sync. Researchers discovered abnormally long circadian rhythms in some mice-lasting about 27 hours instead of the normal cycle of 24 hours. These mice had the mutated gene. Also, night owls who compensate by staying in bed longer still experience more insomnia than the rest of us. Also, night owls report feeling less in control of their sleep, which may also fuel insomnia.

Sex While Asleep

Not all is quiet after lights-out. Sleep disorders plague many. There are those who walk, those who talk, or those who eat in their sleep. Now a study in the journal Sleep even documents those who have sex while asleep. In fact, many abnormal sexual behaviors emerge during sleep including sexual vocalizations, intercourse with or without orgasm, and masturbation. Eighty percent of sleep-sex cases involve men, with only males engaging in sleep-sexual intercourse. Women, meanwhile, were more likely to engage in sexual vocalizations. And both genders reported instances of sleep masturbation.

Getting by with Less

Some people can survive on very little sleep, while others require many hours to function normally. If you still perform relatively well when sleep deprived, the reason could be your genes. In one study from the University of Surrey, some people struggled to stay awake after two days of no sleep while others had no problem whatsoever. The researchers looked into this further and gave the participants the opportunity to sleep normally; they found that some participants spend more time in slow-wave sleep, the deepest form of shut-eye. And for them carrying a sleep debt makes it that much harder to stay alert and function.

According to a national survey that was presented at annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), kids who suffer from nasal allergy symptoms also suffer in the classroom. Here are some startling numbers pulled from the study, which compared the responses of parents with children who have allergies to the responses of parents of children with no allergy symptoms.   
  • 21% of parents said allergies limit their children’s activities; only 11% of parents whose child did not suffer from allergies said health restricts their activities.
  • 41% of parents said that allergies interfere “a lot or some” with their child’s sleep; 8% of parents of children without allergies said health affected sleep
  • 61% of parents said their kids missed school in the past year because of allergies; 26% said the condition interferes with “doing well in school.”
  • 39% of parents of children without allergies said their kids missed classes because of health issues in the past 12 months, and 9% said health issues prevented them from doing well in their classes.
  • 32% of parents said allergies limit their kids’ participation in sports; 10% of parents of kids without allergies said health restricts their children’s participation.
  • Three-fourths of parents of children with allergies said their kids suffer stuffed-up noses that are “extremely to moderately bothersome.” Other common — and bothersome symptoms — include sneezing fits, runny nose, watery eyes, and postnasal drip.
  • About half of parents of kids with allergies had moderately or extremely bothersome facial pain and ear pain.
  • Almost half of parents said their children use prescription medicine to treat their allergies.



According to researchers, preventing the common cold can be as easy as getting more ZZZ. “The longer you sleep, the better off you are, the less susceptible you are to colds,” said lead author Sheldon Cohen, who studies the effects of stress on health at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. Individuals who receive eight-hours of sleep or more are much less likely to get sick this winter. 

CleanRest’s® sole mission is to help you get a better night’s sleep.  And not just better, but healthier.  Fluff up your World’s Cleanest Pillow™ from CleanRest® and pull up your allergy free covers to receive the healthiest sleep possible.