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Archive for February, 2009

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 I first began the research phase of the MicronOne® project I was lucky to personally have the opportunity to visit with some true heroes of today’s medical field.  Dr. Robert Klein of Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI truly supported my desire to understand the fundamentals of allergen avoidance and helped me better understand what exactly the know micro-toxins that occur naturally in our home looked and behaved like. At first I was under the impression that my son was allergic to Dust Mites, the fact is that Dust Mites themselves are not the allergic trigger, it’s actually the enzyme that they use to digest their food that is the root cause of the allergic response.  The fecal pellet of the dust mite is just the right size and shape to easily become airborne and quickly lodge itself in the soft moist tissue that lines our respiratory system.  From there it is easily transferred into the body’s blood stream and at that point does the allergy symptom cycle begin to trigger.  I owe an additional great deal of gratitude to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, having met with both of these wonderful physicians on numerous occasions I learned so very much about the relationship between toxin avoidance and the body’s ability to remain healthy, as well as the critical relationship between sleep and health and well being.  In fact I should tell you on a personal note that both of these men live what the preach, I can recall sitting with Dr. Oz in his office at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and he asked if it was ok if he ate at his desk while we talked about CleanRest® and my vision for MicronOne®, it was at that time that I saw he eat his ever famous recommended brown rice, beans with walnuts sprinkled on top.  The fact remains that the development of MicronOne® technology was born from my own personal desire to provide my family with the protection they needed but was truly unavailable, a pore structure so small that no other product available could meet our level of protection, while remaining comfortable and breathable.  However, without the help of medical leaders, like Drs. Klein, Roizen and Oz, I would have been hard pressed to truly understand exactly how to define both the words “Protection” and “Success”.

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.