Excellent Hotels around the World that Provide Perfect Sleep

Couple at Hotel

Why do you think people go to hotels during their vacation on when they’ve arrived from a really long flight abroad? Is it because of the status, convenience, or amenities? Truth be told, visitors go to hotels because of the awesome sleep experience they get. And yes, that mostly due to the serene atmosphere and comfy hotel mattress.

But, interestingly enough, other factors play a part in a hotel’s provision of excellent sleep for its customers. Today, we’ll examine those as we list down the world’s best hotels that provide excellent sleep.

Bryant Park Hotel

Bryant Park Hotel, New York

As part of their unique customer service and offerings, Bryant Hotel offers a sleep mask at the mini bar and complimentary earplugs. Plus, they have a sound machine next to the bed that plays nature/ocean sounds to lull you to sleep.

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

The crown jewel in the Marriot line of hotels is best known for its very own unique, custom-made mattresses called the Sealy PosturePedic bed sets featured in their rooms. It is said that once you lie on this bed, you won’t ever want to part from its calming embrace.

70 Park Avenue

70 Park Avenue, New York

Another native New York hotel makes this list. Their one-of-a kind sleep-inducing service involves melatonin-filled chocolates, a hormone secreted by the body’s pineal gland that regulates sleeping and waking patterns. Basically, you’ll be eating yourself to sleep at 70 Park Avenue.

Hilton Hotel

Hilton Hotels

Suite Dreams Mattress and Box Spring – that’s all you need to know when you’re headed to a Hilton Hotel anywhere in the world for some much needed R&R. Like the mattress collection of URATEX, the specially made bed of the Hiltons is built with the utmost support, so much so that the ends of the bed do not break down, improves blood circulation, and cancels out the tossing and turning one experiences on other regular beds.

Added to its functions are the high-class appeal of a patented quilt design and a luxurious mattress. The Hilton Hotel’s bed package is the pinnacle of hotel comfort and style.

Hotel Gabriel

Hotel Gabriel, Paris

This hotel located in the City Of Lights offers an automated sleep companion that provides sleep, nap, and wake up programs through the use of mood music and lighting.

The next time you need to a place to sleep outside your home, just remember the names of these luxurious hotels. You’ll surely sleep soundly through Christmas when you’re holed up in these accommodations.

Do you know other hotels around the world that give excellent sleep to their distinguished guests, such as yourself? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Different Hospital Bed Frames and How they Help Patients

Hospital Bed Frame

You may think that hospital beds are pretty cut and dry, that there’s just one kind of bed frame and polyurethane foam mattress that’s standardized for every patient. Not true. In reality, there are many different kinds of mattresses specifically catered to the needs of patients. The same applies to their corresponding bed frames. Today, we’ll look at the different kinds of hospital bed frames and how they help patients.

The Gatch Bed

This type of hospital bed is one of the most common frames to be found in hospitals. They are preferred because of their simplicity. Gatch beds have three cranks located near the foot of the bed. These cranks adjust the position of the frame and help the patient achieve a particular posture. The first crank raises the whole bed, the second raises/lowers only the head, while the last one raises/lowers only the foot of the bed.

Fixed Height Bed

From the name itself, these bed frames have a set stature. Only the head and foot portion of the bed frame is adjustable. These are best for patients who really don’t mind if the bed’s height is too high or low. If they only need a bed that props them up (to read or watch TV) or raises their legs so they can relax their spine, the “fixed height” bed is the best option for them.

Electric Bed

Electric Bed       

Modern hospitals employ the use of electric bed frames for the maximum comfort of the patients. One of the useful features of the electric bed is that the option of raising or lowering the mattress can be manually controlled by the patient through a console found on the side rails. This eliminates the need of a nurse to adjust the bed. The patient him/herself can find the height and position that is most convenient for them.

Stretcher

When someone is being rushed to or is in the Emergency Room, more often than not, they are placed on a bed called the stretcher. The sole purpose of this bed is mobility. Thanks to its folding legs, a patient can easily be transferred from the house, to the ambulance, to the ER, to a hospital room, what have you.

Low Bed

Low beds are specifically designed to prevent accidents to patients who are prone from falling from their beds. They are set 8 inches to 2 feet from the ground. Like fixed height beds, low beds have options to raise and lower the head and foot portion.

Legacy Turning Bed

Legacy Turning Bed

The Legacy Turning bed is the ultimate in severe trauma treatment. Soft padded boards for the head, arms, and legs can be added to provide support for patients with spinal injuries. Using electric controls, the bed can be situated into a number of angles that provide the optimal support for hospital patients.

Which bed frame would you prefer to use if you were in a hospital? Let us know in the comments section below.

9 Items you Need when Packing for a Move

Moving

Moving out is always a tiring, yet exciting challenge. Your family gets to move into a new home, hopefully one that is adequate enough to accommodate everyone.

But before you even get to enjoy the new house, there’s the fact that you have to pack your stuff and move each and every one of them to the new location. You may not know where to start, but don’t worry. Today we’ll list some traditional and modern items you need when packing for a move.

Boxes

You cannot pack all your stuff without this four-sided item. This is the most basic packing equipment you need. Small, medium, or large, boxes are there for you to neatly and methodically store all your items in for the time being.

Notebook & Ballpen

You need these two to catalogue all your individual things before you even put them in the boxes. This is so you know which item went where when you finally unpack them from your boxes in your new house.

Markers

Before you even pack the things inside, it’s best for you to label the boxes so it’s easy for you to determine what group of items the box contains. One could be labeled “Kitchenware”, another “Jake’s Stuff”, and another “Garage Items”. You get the point.

Couple Packing

Polyurethane Foam

With all the furniture and equipment you’re hauling, the trip to your new home will definitely be a bumpy one. You’ll need fillers to secure them inside and prevent any form of breakage. Some opt for bubble wrap, but we encourage you to use polyurethane foam instead, as it able to conform to the shape of any object and keep it firmly secure from most hazards.

Duck Tape

You need duck tape to secure the opening of the box so the items inside do not suddenly jump out when you’re passing through those inevitable bumps.

Gloves

Wear gloves so you lessen the need to wash your hands every now and then while packing. Also, you’ll be able to protect your hands from getting all the dirt from the furniture you go through.

Goggles

When packing, it is also important to protect your eyes from any debris or dust that could just pop out of nowhere and irritate your eyes. You can do this by wearing protective gear such as goggles.

Garbage Bags

Keep these black bags in handy for when you need to discard things you no longer need when packing. Granted, you can’t really bring everything to your new house.

Car

Of course, once you pack your stuff, you’ll need a mode of transportation to move them from one place to another. That’s where car comes in handy. You can also opt for moving services to help you out. They provide a truck large enough to lug most of your stuff. If it isn’t enough, it would be best to rent a van or if you have your own, use it as well to carry the remaining stuff.

Are there other items you think you need when packing for a move? Let us know in the comments section below.

Essential Hospital Bed Accessories that Every Medical Facility should Have

Modern Hospital Bed

Of course, every hospital should have a premium hospital mattress to accommodate their patients. But not every one in the facility for treatment will be laying flat for the duration of their stay on a general bed. These beddings need to cater to patients’ specific needs, which is why we’ll be looking at essential hospital bed accessories that every medical facility should have:

Bed rails

To ensure overall patient protection, bed rails must be properly installed. This equipment folds upward, sealing the open area and keeping the patient in the bed. Depending on the spacing in between bars, bed rails can also prevent patients from being trapped in them.

Trapeze bars

What these do is provide added ease and comfort to patients to adjust their position on the bed, prop themselves in to a sitting position, and help them get out of bed without assistance from others.

Patient Lift

Patient lift

In extreme cases where an immobilized patient needs to be moved to another location, a lift will effectively solve this challenge, requiring only one people to move the patient instead of four.

Overbed table

If a patient needs a surface to write, work, or eat, an overbed table is the perfect accessory. Once unneeded, it can be wheeled away from the hospital bed or wheeled back.

Oxygen tank

While this is not necessarily connected to or part of a hospital bed, keeping an oxygen tank close by guarantees the revival of a patient in the event that he/she loses consciousness while laying on the bed.

Patient on IV

IV pole

Whether removable or permanent, having IV poles near the edges of the bed makes it easier for everyone when an IV connection is required for the patient. Medical staff can just hang it there without any worries.

A call cord

In order for medical staff to immediately attend to a patient’s needs, install a call cord. This also gives patients the peace of mind they need at the touch of a button.

Bed extender

Bed extenders provide additional space patients need if they’re looking for more leg or wiggle room.

Control panel

Designated for electric hospital beds only, this device aids in-bed patients by fixing the positioning of the mattress for better support, among others.

Do you know any other medical accessories that are important for a medical facility to have? Share them in the comments section below.

How to Cope with being Bedridden

Bedridden Patient

If you or a relative is currently confined to a hospital bed, our hearts go out to you. We know the agony of being bedridden; not being able to go out and do the things you enjoy. At times, it can get very depressing to be immobile, dependent, and alone. When that happens, negative thoughts can creep in. Life doesn’t seem worthwhile anymore. At this point, you become your own worst enemy.

Yes, being bedridden sucks, but there are ways you can still enjoy some of your favorite activities, like bringing them indoors to you, for example. These will require a bit of work from your family and friends, but these alternatives will definitely help you cope with being bedridden.

A wheelchair will do

If walking is a chore to you, as the doctor insists on bed rest, the use of a wheelchair will more than compensate. You will be able to move around without stressing your body too much, since you’ll either be moving yourself or have someone (like a nurse, friend, or family member) pushing you around.

The use of a wheelchair gives you a bit of liberty to get to places you want to go to like the mall, church, restaurants, or other places you may end up being in. In order to provide a bit of visual and mental therapy, opt to be brought to parks, beaches, gardens, or anywhere both tranquil and scenic.

Hospital Visit

Surround yourself with people you love

If your time with loved ones is limited because of your current condition, then ask them to visit you! Plot at least two days of the week where family and friends can visit you to hang out and catch up. Not only will this lead to a better relationship with your friends and family, but it will also boost your optimism towards your condition.

Partake of media

Being bedridden gives you the most opportune time to consume all kinds of media that interest you: TV shows, movies, video games, music, books, etc. Since you’ll be in bed most of the time, ask for a TV unit, gaming console, an iPod + speakers, or your favorite books. They’ll definitely help you pass the time and make your stay in bed more enjoyable. Just be sure you put a time limit so you can go out on your wheelchair and have your beddings changed. Avoid getting bedsores as much as possible.

We hope that these tips make your time being bedridden a lot more meaningful and productive. Do you have any other tips on how one can cope with being bedridden? Do you agree with the tips you’ve read here? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

 

The Most Unique Cinematic Experiences around the World

You might be thinking that the overall movie-going experience is conformed to a standard routine: patrons walk into a theater, buy tickets, purchase food and drinks, and then walk into the screening area to appreciate a movie for two hours, unless of course you’re watching a film by Peter Jackson.

But this isn’t true! Since different countries have very different cultures, the way they partake of cinema is also very unique to their society. Here are some of the most unique cinematic experiences around the world.

Reykjavik International Film Festival

Reykjavik, Iceland

The world-renowned Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) celebrates the art of cinema by providing two special viewing sessions for patrons. The first is their festival classic Swim-In Cinema, where moviegoers watch a film in an indoor pool.

Last year, they also debuted a new category called Cave Cinema, a special film screening in a cave near Reykjavik. The trip to the cave is relatively long: three and a half hours to be exact, which includes a bus ride from the capital and a 10-15 minute walk to the cave. Drinks and light snacks are provided to the passengers.

London & Yorkshire, England

‘Country House Cinema’, an initiative from PEEL Heritage, further boosts the cinematic experience for discerning Englishmen/women by creating a very exclusive weekend event both food and cinema lovers can enjoy. Four films will be specially selected for the weekend viewing, coupled with a delightful gastronomic menu to be prepared by a Michelin-star or celebrity chef.

Rounding up the experience is the presence of an industry specialist to encourage discussion about the films being shown.

Mumbai, India

For locals and tourists alike, a Bollywood tour in Mumbai is an exciting way to be introduced to the culture of India. They get to visit the sets, studios, sound, and dubbing rooms, and also get to watch live shoots! This is a whole day event, so one has to be prepared and well-rested for this experience.

Newport Cinema

Manila, Philippines

Strewn across the capital of the Philippines are specialty cinemas from the SM chain of malls called The Director’s Club. Surrounded by acoustic foam for maximized audio experience, these cinemas offer privacy, convenience, and quality service.

Though expensive, the cinemas can be rented out to a particular group for a movie screening. With the fee comes the special use of La-Z-Boy chairs instead of regular movie seats for superior comfort accompanied by free iced tea and popcorn.

Even more luxurious are the Newport Ultra Cinemas. Along with roomy rows that allow relaxed stretching is a butler service that can be availed with a push of a button on your chair. Additionally, movie screening run on a 24-hour cycle on weekends. It doesn’t get any better than this.

5 Countries with the Best Health Care System

Health Care

Anyone who’s ever suffered a major illness can attest to how bothersome this life event is. There’s the transfer to the hospital, the endless tests conducted by medical staff and, of course, the most troublesome of all: the medical bills. If you’ve been confined to any of the world’s most luxurious hospitals, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Without health insurance, medical card, or benefits to cover at least from a portion or all of the costs, you could be buried deep in financial trouble. If you’re considering to relocate to a foreign land anytime in the future, considering that country’s health care is a wise thing to do. Here are the five countries with best health care systems that’ll surely make you breathe a sigh of relief whilst resting on your hospital bed.

Mexico

Who can imagine that south of the American border lies one of the best and affordable health care systems? Yes, health care in Mexico is only a quarter to half of what you would normally pay for in the U.S. So a $300 bill from Mexico would cost around $1500 in the States!

The beauty of it is you get the same – or even better – quality service for a fraction of the cost. This is for public insurance however. Private insurance costs a bit more, but the advantages outweigh the disadvantages by a large margin overall.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s government wisely invested in their health care system, which is why the country’s is the fourth on our list. Health care in Costa Rica is considered the best in Latin America. Plus, the investments pay off: hospital buildings, staff training, and equipment are regularly upgraded.

Malaysia

Malaysia boasts the world’s best and cheapest health care in the world. Even with the low prices, the care is at par with – or sometimes even much better than – most European countries. There are a number of insurance companies for locals and expats to choose from. And despite the variety of institutions around, prices still remain very affordable for prospects.

Uruguay

A variety of consumer-friendly medical insurance options are what places Uruguay second in our list of countries with the best health care system. There’s private health care, public health care (for those who cannot afford the former), and a hospital plan called a “mutualista”. Did we mention they’re inexpensive compared to most Western countries?

France

The world’s city of love is also the city of health. France tops our list of countries with the best health care system. Their public and private health care system is funded directly from their Social Security System, which pays for doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and even prescription medication! Looks like they really love your health in France!

Which of these countries’ health care systems would you choose for you and your family? Which are your favorites and not-so-favorites? Do you have any other ideas you’d like to share? Feel free to share your opinions in our comments section below.

The Philippines’ Most Luxurious Beach Destinations

Boracay

With the summer season already here, most people are already planning their beach getaways with friends and/or family. Sure, there are the rural beaches with a homey, natural flair about them, but for a change, why not take a trip to some of the Philippine’s most luxurious beach destinations? Here are some of them listed in today’s article:

Misibis Bay Resort (Albay)

Aside from breath-taking ocean views and pristinely white beaches, Misibis Bay Resort in Albay also has a jungle forest and volcano in its 5-hectare wide region. This region is a twofer, providing both the lavishness of its resort or great adventure exploits in its surroundings.

Buri Spa & Resort (Oriental Mindoro)

Since its humble beginnings in 2001, Buri Spa & Resort has become a must-see destination. While surrounded by the serenity of the sea and beauty of its lodgings, this resort is also well known for its world-class spa treatments.

Aman Resort

Aman Resort (Amanpulo)

For honeymooners who want to go somewhere clandestine with first-class accommodations, then Aman Resort is the place for you. While expensive, the location is worth the price tag: white sandy beaches, a tropical environment, and lush scenery all around.

Guests can enjoy the board and lodging areas that are modeled after bahay kubos. Imagine waking up to a majestic sunrise whilst comfortably lying on your hotel mattress. Priceless. Aman Resort provides that kind of experience for their guests.

Apulit Island Resort (El Nido, Palawan)

The highlight of this beach resort is its 50 cottages (built above the water with support beams) that give absolutely amazing views of the vibrant, blue Palawan seascape.

Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa (Panglao, Bohol)

For privacy and pampering purposes, go to Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa. Some of its renowned amenities include 15 private villas, a world-class spa, personal whirlpools, and infinity pool. If you choose to dine by the beachside, you have the added service of a butler. Fancy!

Shangri-La Resort Boracay

Shangri-La’s Boracy Beach & Resort (Boracay)

The epitome of world-class service, Clients enjoy international-style comfort and amenities inside this exclusive getaway. Aside from a fine selection of restaurants and amenities, this resort also boasts the inclusion of a full-range spa village.

Boracay Grand Vista Resort & Spa (Boracay)

If you want to know how grand this resort is, it’s got a 5-star rating. Impressive, no? It has a swimming pool for every 41 rooms in the hotel. One even has its very own man-made waterfall. Amazing.

Do any of these places ring a bell to you? Would you bring your friends/family here? Do you have any other resorts in mind that are as luxurious as the ones we mentioned? Feel free to share them in our comments section below.

Uses of Polyurethane Foam in Everyday Life

Did you know that you’re surrounded by polyurethane foam every day? You are! Polyurethane foam is a low-density polymeric product that can be applied in a number of ways. It can also be cut according to the contour of items that require padding or packaging. Today, we’ll look at the use of polyurethane foam in everyday life from your home and beyond.

Family on Couch

As you wake up from sleep you lift your head from the tempur-pedic pillow and get off your posturepedic bed. You go to the bathroom to freshen up, using a sponge to clean yourself. You then stand in front of a mirror to fix your appearance, ignoring the chair since you don’t need it.

You go downstairs and dart straight for the living room couch, opening the remote to watch TV. You enjoy your favorite show as your food is served to you. Suddenly, your breakfast is interrupted by the ring of the doorbell. It’s the delivery man with the package you ordered a few weeks ago on eBay: a recording microphone!

You pay, and then take it inside. You open the box and take the microphone out from the packaging foam to survey it. But you look at the time and instantly realize that you’re nearly late for work! You set the item down, grab your gear and car keys, hop in the car’s driver seat, and set off for work.

Today’s work is mostly accomplished in your cubicle, seated on your computer chair. It’s uneventful, and you can’t wait to hit the gym for your first mixed martial arts session to de-stress.

Once work’s done, you head straight to the gym. After changing into your workout gear, your instructor hands you a padded head protector, a pair of boxing gloves, a chest protector, and shin guards. You learn the basics, avoiding injury because of the protective gear you have. At the end of your session, you immediately leave for home.

You hit your room, take a shower, and then hit the hay for a good night’s sleep.

Family on Bed

As you’ve observed from the story above, the highlighted objects are just some of the examples of devices that utilize PU foam as padding or fillers. One of the most common uses for this kind of foam is in furniture and beddings, providing sturdiness and comfort to those using it. Chairs and seats at home, in the office, and even in you vehicle are filled with PU foam.

It is also used for packaging, as it excellently offers protection for items transported via plane, ship, or automobile. PU foam is also used in sporting goods such as protective gear and landing mats to cushion blows and protect you from physical harm.

Another way PU foam is used is for acoustic management, as the material cancels out mid-level noise (slap echo) and improves overall sound quality.

Do you know of any other uses for PU foam around you? Have you encountered other pieces of furniture or devices that have this kind of material as padding? Feel free to share this in the comments section below.