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Is anyone using any sleep tech (cooling pad, sheets, etc)
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Is anyone using any sleep tech (cooling pad, sheets, etc)
I am considering buying a cooling pad for my mattress. Is anyone using any sleep tech outside of their CPAP to help get deeper sleep?

I would love to hear everyone's experiences with sleep tech or other sleep aids that have worked or did not work.
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RE: Is anyone using any sleep tech (cooling pad, sheets, etc)
I use a sleep mask, silicone ear plugs, a heating pad under my mattress and an IQAir Cleanroom H13. Also my bedroom door is soundproof with those panels you see in recording studios.

I also have a special bed that I made to sleep efficiently on my stomach, but that's cause I got a spine problem.
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RE: Is anyone using any sleep tech (cooling pad, sheets, etc)
Yes, we have been a product called a ChilliPad (or now ChilliCub) for several years. It is a great product. It circulates water through the pad and the water temperature can be set anywhere between the fifties to over 100 degrees. 

One of the things critical to good sleep is having a cool to a cold bedroom (about 65 degrees or less). This temperature is easy to maintain in winter but difficult (and expensive) to achieve in the summer in most locations in the US. What many do not understand is that the room temperature is not the real goal, but the temperature that the body is exposed to is the goal. Therefore, we keep our pad set to about 60-65 degrees year around. That may sound cold, but it is not and the body quickly adapts to it and really helps with sleep. It is best to start warm (the reason that warm baths before bed are recommended), then cool down during the sleep hours, and then warm back up in the morning. There are products that have this capability and we tried one, but after serval nights of testing, we switched back to the ChilliPad.

Other items that help us are; a good sleep mask (one with deep eyecups, do not get one without them! Manta is an excellent product.), a white noise machine (based on current studies "pink" noise would be better, but it is more difficult to find). Also, a very dark room (if you can see your hand in front of your face there is too much light, therefore, the sleep mask is needed for most folks). No blue lights or ("daylight" light colored lights), but deep red or orange is OK (think campfire colors).

Make sure that the bed is comfortable for you and your partner. This is really important if you have chronic pain problems. If this applies, you may want to consider the newest bedframes on the market called "Zero-G". As we have discovered, this type of frame (developed by NASA for the Space Shuttle) is excellent at reducing pressure points and reducing back pain.
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