Why buy Organic Bedlinen

Why buy Organic Bedlinen

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There are many reasons to buy organic bedlinen, but most obviously it is because quite simply, by choosing to buy the softest, purest organic cotton you have made a great choice with many positive benefits. Most organic bedding is made from organic cotton, which is grown from non-genetically modified plants without the aid of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Organic Cotton bedlinen doesn’t cost the earth, organic cotton products such as bedding are becoming increasingly popular for those striving for an eco-friendly home, but organic bedding collection is priced so that people can afford the luxury of beautiful bedlinen which positively benefits everyone.

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Regular non-organic bedding may contain residual chemicals from the production process. This can irritate people with sensitive skin or allergies. The effects of these chemicals may include headaches, dizziness, difficulties with memory and difficulties with sleeping. Organic cotton bedding has none of these side effects and will ensure that you get a good night’s sleep without any irritation to your skin. Organic bedding can offer not only a peaceful night’s sleep, but peace of mind.

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Get Your Beauty Sleep

Get Your Beauty Sleep

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They say that an hour before midnight is worth three afterwards. That’s the age-old adage. But does it have any substance? Some people swear that sleep is the most powerful rejuvenating treatment of them all. And  apparently Penelope Cruz, Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zelwegger swear it keeps them beautiful. Beauty sleep is real, it’s free, and when you skimp on sleep, it shows on your face.

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Tired skin sags, bags, and loses its luster. From 8pm to 11pm is the time for hydration and stimulation, while 11pm to 3am is the time for nutrition and regeneration, and 3am to 5am is the time for resting. While you sleep, your skin renews itself and new skin cells grow and replace older cells, repairing and restoring and rebalancing. It’s also a time when all sorts of hormonal and metabolic changes happen in and the body, including your skin, so it’s time to remember that a lack of sleep can disrupt those processes.

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Seven or eight hours of sleep is ideal for most of us. More than that can mean we wake up looking puffy and feeling sluggish. Of course, very few adults are in bed at 8pm and, as the hormone that triggers sleep – melatonin – peaks at around 11pm, this is the time we should naturally get tired.

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Not enough oxygen in your bedroom affects blood flow to the skin, causing puffiness. Make sure the room is not too warm – switch off the heating, and open a window. And also having a comfortable bed and good bedlinen always helps.

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How much Sleep Do You Need?

How much Sleep Do You Need?

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Oh don’t we need our sleep! Why we need it, why it can be hard to get, and how that affects everything from our daily routine to our income.. So, how much sleep is ideal? Studies show that people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, live the longest. And people who sleep 8 hr. or more, or less than 6.5 hr., they don’t live quite as long.  The amount of sleep you need depends on various factors — especially your age.

Consider these general guidelines for different age groups:

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Pregnancy. Changes in a woman’s body during early pregnancy can increase the need for sleep.

Aging. Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults. As you get older, however, your sleeping patterns might change. Older adults tend to sleep more lightly and for shorter time spans than do younger adults.

Previous sleep deprivation. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

Sleep quality. If your sleep is frequently interrupted or cut short, you’re not getting quality sleep. The quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity.

Contrary to what is often thought, sleep is actually an active, organised process. How and when we sleep is governed by a number of factors. These include factors under our control, such as whether or not we are sleep deprived, and factors beyond our control.

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Why Do We Need Sleep?

This week is Sleep Awareness Week, so why is sleep so important?

Most of us will spend a third of our lives sleeping and our bodies put this time to excellent use.

While we are asleep our bodies undergo certain important processes – from repair and renewal to energy restoration.

Some people can function perfectly well with five to six hours sleep, while others need at least eight hours sleep every night.

This is because some people have a better ability to enter into a deep sleep – the stage of sleep needed to recharge the brain so we can function effectively during the day.

Over time, those nights of missed sleep (whether they’re caused by a sleep disorder or simply not scheduling enough time for the necessary ZZZs) can build into a sleep deficit. People with a sleep deficit are unable to concentrate, study, and work effectively. They can also experience emotional problems, like depression.

What Happens During Sleep?

You don’t notice it, of course, but while you’re asleep, your brain is still active. As people sleep, their brains pass through five stages of sleep. Together, stages 1, 2, 3, 4, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep make up a sleep cycle. One complete sleep cycle lasts about 90 to 100 minutes. So during an average night’s sleep, a person will experience about four or five cycles of sleep.

Stages 1 and 2 are periods of light sleep from which a person can easily be awakened. During these stages, eye movements slow down and eventually stop, heart and breathing rates slow down, and body temperature decreases. Stages 3 and 4 are deep sleep stages. It’s more difficult to awaken someone during these stages, and when awakened, a person will often feel groggy and disoriented for a few minutes. Stages 3 and 4 are the most refreshing of the sleep stages — it is this type of sleep that we crave when we are very tired.

The final stage of the sleep cycle is known as REM sleep because of the rapid eye movements that occur during this stage. During REM sleep, other physical changes take place — breathing becomes rapid, the heart beats faster, and the limb muscles don’t move. This is the stage of sleep when a person has the most vivid dreams.

What your body does while you are asleep

The skin: Skin renewal and skin repair activity happens at its greatest at around 1am when we are in deepest sleep. This is when cell division – responsible for regenerating our skin, blood and brain cells – rises by up to 300 per cent.

Cell division is stimulated by the growth hormone which is produced at its maximum at this time of the morning.

If you want your beauty sleep, it is important to sleep at night. Day-time sleeping does not compare to night-time sleeping because the body’s clock is programmed with other tasks such as brain function and energy, rather than skin repair.

The immune system: Sleep is important for our immune system – the part of the body that is responsible for fighting infection.

Some scientists believe that during sleep we secrete higher levels of cortisol – the hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that protects the immune system – than during the day.

Hormones: At around 2am in the morning, cortisol – one of many hormones released into the bloodstream – is secreted at a higher level during the night. Cortisol is released during times of stress, but its main job is to activate sugars that are stored in the body, making energy available in the body. Because of this, if we experience a healthy deep sleep, we will feel rested and revitalised ready for the day ahead.

During the night the pituitary gland – the control centre of the brain that is responsible for releasing hormones – secretes its highest levels of sex hormones.

Among others these include testosterone – the hormone that produces sperm in the testes, oestrogen – the hormone secreted by the ovary, and prolactin – essential for milk production in nursing mothers.

Because of this, doctors claim if we suffer from sleep problems the levels of sex hormones secreted may diminish, which can lower our sex drive and affect our fertility.

The brain: There are 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain which control our bodies.

Until recently, scientists believed that they did not work while we slept. It is now known that when we dream, the brain is working to the same level as it does during waking hours.

During deep sleep the nerve cells in the brain charge up billions of tiny electrical circuits needed for our brain’s concentration and memory skills. If we suffer from fragmented sleep, where we don’t enter a deep sleep stage, or sleep deprivation – this can lead to memory loss.

We can see why sleep is so vitally important so ensure you get the best nights sleep possible with a comfortable bed and fresh, clean, breathable bed linen.

 

Can Holistic Therapies Help You Overcome Insomnia?

Do you suffer from insomnia?  If so you are not alone, because it is estimated that as many as one in three Britons will have problems sleeping at some point in their lives. Have you tried every method you can think of to get a good night’s sleep?  Maybe you have even started taking sleep pills and would like to come off them and go back to being able to sleep more naturally?  Well, if you have had no success in beating your insomnia then maybe it is time to do something different and try some holistic therapy?

So how could a holistic therapist help you where traditional medicine cannot?  One of the big differences is that holistic, or complementary, therapists treat the whole body instead of just the symptoms you are currently suffering from. Everybody is different.  We are all unique individuals, so the reasons why you are not sleeping properly are likely to be totally different to why another person suffers from insomnia.  When you have your first holistic therapy session the therapist will probably take a detailed case history; looking at when your sleep problems began, what your current sleep pattern is, the state of your overall physical and emotional health and your lifestyle before starting any treatments, giving you advice or exercises to do.  It maybe that you only need to make a few small changes to your lifestyle in order to enjoy that deep, refreshing night’s sleep that you so crave.

But there are so many different complementary therapies out there, how can I possibly choose which would be the best one for me?  Take some time to do some research.  The internet is a great resource for information on complementary therapies and you will soon be able to put together a great list of practitioners in your area.  Referrals and recommendations are also a great way to go.  If you have a friend or family member who has also suffered from insomnia and is raving about the results they got from a course of treatment they had with a particular holistic therapist, then why not check them out?

It is also good to go with what you are drawn to.  So do you feel that you would prefer to have a more body based treatment such as aromatherapy massage or reflexology or would you be more comfortable with therapy that works on the mental and emotional level such as hypnotherapy, NLP or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)?  Or even invest in several different holistic therapies to achieve the best possible results?

 

Seven Steps to Sleep – be a good time manager

Too much to do?  Papers… papers everywhere? Disorganised? A cluttered mind? No wonder you find it hard to sleep. Follow these steps:

Leave a tidy desk and a tidy place before retiring to bed. Knowing you have to get up to chaos will play on your mind. It is said that turmoil on your desk produces turmoil in your mind, hardly conducive to sleep.

Make a plan for tomorrow at the end of each day. A mental record is not enough. Write down all the tasks you can realistically do tomorrow & put them in priority order. Place your list where you can see it when you get up. You won’t want to waste time searching for it!

Do the most important tasks first. Don’t opt for the easiest or shortest tasks first just to reduce the list. Do what matters & you’ll get a sense of achievement at the end of each day.

Build patterns into your working day.  First check your to-do-list & your mails/texts. Next do the most important task on your list, then the second & so on. Have regular breaks, morning, lunch & afternoon – real breaks for a walk, a drink, a chat. Finally write tomorrow’s to-do-list and tidy your desk.

Build patterns into your week. Apply your daily pattern across the week, adding in other regular events. How about regular meeting on a Wednesday morning, report writing on Thursday mornings for example? Don’t forget times for family, to see friends, see a film or catch up on reading. Patterns give you control of your time & are a great counter to stressful situations. You know where you are and when – and so do others.

Be assertive: protect your time. Say ‘no’ to unwelcome intrusions on your time. “I’m not able to meet tomorrow, but Friday afternoon is fine”. Having patterns will make this easier.

Set boundaries on meetings, conversations & phone calls: “I have ten minutes now” or “the meeting starts at 10 am and finishes at 11 am”.

Use a year planner. Buy a planner with the months shown horizontally. Use different colour sticky dots for your events, meetings, holidays and your goals. Don’t forget to give yourself an occasional Me-Day spread across the year. This visual planner will show you at a second’s glance what is happening this week, this month & this year.

Lucy Seifert Life Coach London

Lucy Seifert is a Life & Executive Coach & Author and a specialist in assertiveness, time & stress management, communication, public speaking & confident self-presentation.

Can Aromatherapy help you Sleep?

One of these holistic therapies that may help you to not only stay asleep longer, but also to fall asleep faster is aromatherapy.

So what is aromatherapy?  Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses aromatic essential oils to improve your physical health, uplift your mood and release stress.  These essential oils are extracts taken from different parts of plants, flowers, trees and herbs and they each have different therapeutic properties.  Aromatic oils and herbs have been used by healers since antiquity, long before the development of modern medicine. There are now lots of different essential oils that have been discovered and extracted over the centuries, each of them with their own rich fragrance and healing properties. You can choose to use just one essential oil or create your own personal blend of different oils to help ease a specific ailment or condition.

The reasons why you cannot sleep are different for everybody, but some of the more common causes are stress, anxiety, an inability to stop worrying at bedtime, not getting enough exercise and taking too many stimulants such as coffee, alcohol and cigarettes.  Aromatherapy and using essential oils cannot cure insomnia or its root causes, but it can help to relieve stress and induce relaxation which does lead to falling asleep more rapidly and enjoying a longer, better quality sleep when you do drop off.  Essential oils work either by being absorbed by the skin or being inhaled into the lungs where the oil molecules can be absorbed into the bloodstream. These very tiny amounts oil that are absorbed by the body are then thought to beneficially interact with your body chemistry to help improve your physical symptoms, relax you and give your immune system a boost.

You can successfully use essential oils at home, but if you really want to beat your insomnia it would be a good investment of your time and money to book an appointment with a qualified aromatherapist.  Ask around to see if any of your friends or family can recommend a therapist that they have used or check on the internet to find a local practitioner.  By seeing a qualified aromatherapist you will know that the essential oil or blend of oils that they are using and have recommended for you are the best to help improve your own particular poor sleeping pattern. Holistic therapists look at the whole person, so they will discover any underlying conditions or reasons for your insomnia when they do their case study and create a set of treatments geared specifically to help you.

If you do want to try using essential oils at home, there are some ‘dos and don’ts’ to consider. Some essential oils are toxic, so should never be used by anyone who is not a fully trained professional.  Also, although essential oils can be taken internally as a medicine, this must never be done except under the supervision of a qualified aromatherapist.  It is also important that you do not use undiluted aromatherapy oils on your skin, as they can be very strong and cause irritation.  They should be blended with carrier oil before you massage them onto your skin and always do a patch test if you are planning on using an essential oil that you have never used before.  You must exercise extreme caution if you are planning to use aromatherapy oils on children, as they have very delicate skin.  Get some expert advice before you do so and only use the mildest oils and make sure that they are very well diluted.

To banish your insomnia and get a good night’s rest, there are various ways in which you can use these aromatic oils.

1)      Aromatherapy massage –  massage on its own is very relaxing, but when an expert blend of relaxing, sedative essential oils is incorporated into a massage it can really help you to chill out and get a good night’s sleep.  You can book an appointment with a qualified aromatherapy massage practitioner or, if you want to try it at home, you can put together your own chosen blends of oils and enlist the help of your partner or a friend.  You can also massage parts of your body with aromatic oil yourself on a daily basis, especially after bathing and just before you plan to go to sleep.

2)      Aromatic cotton wool balls – put a few drops of your favourite soothing essential oil onto a cotton wool ball and then place it close to your bed or under your pillow.  This way you will be gaining the benefit of inhaling the relaxing fragrance all night as you sleep.  In the winter months, you can also place one of these cotton wool balls on or near a radiator to amplify the wonderful scent.

3)      Create a bed linen spray – this is similar to the cotton wool ball, but instead you lightly spray your bed linen with your favourite blend of relaxing aromatherapy oils. To make this you will need a clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting that has not been used before for hair or cleaning products. Put 3 oz of distilled water into the bottle, add 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oils and lightly spritz your pillows, sheets and duvet cover.  Again you will be enjoying the relaxing fragrance all night long and much more likely to have a deep, restful sleep.

4)      Adding relaxing essential oil to your bath or shower – if you have trouble dropping off to sleep, then you might find it very helpful to take a long, warm bath or shower about half an hour before bedtime.  You can add a few drops of your chosen oils straight into the warm water to create an aromatic, soothing fragrance or you can add a blend in carrier oil.  Just be careful if you use a carrier oil blend that you do not slip, as it will make the surface of your bath or shower tray slick.

5)      Aromatherapy Oil Burner – if you want to relax and unwind in the evening, set up an aromatherapy burner so that you can enjoy the fragrance and receive the benefits of your favourite blend of oils. There are many different types of burners that you can choose from, but the simplest just require a tea light to be lit under a bowl containing some water that you then put a few drops of aromatherapy oil into.  As the water and oil mixture heats up, wafts of relaxing scent infuse the room.  As you are using an open flame and the liquid itself can get hot, ensure that you place the burner on a flat, sturdy surface and well out of the way of children or pets.  Also, never go to sleep with the aromatherapy burner still lit in your bedroom as this is a fire hazard.

There are many different essential oils to choose from if you want to relax more and alleviate the stresses and strains of your day, so here is an overview of some of the more popular ones:

1)      Lavender – lavender oil is perhaps the best known and most popular of the aromatherapy oils. Lavender oil has a wonderful fragrance which is very calming and relaxing.  It is also a natural antiseptic and can be used to clean up cuts and grazes.  It can also be used when you have a cold or flu and it helps prevent scarring of the skin.  Well-diluted it is one of the oils that can be used on children when they get cuts and bruises and it can also be used to soothe fractious babies and toddlers.

2)      Roman Chamomile – this oil is regarded as a natural sedative, so is a great one to use in your relaxing bath at bedtime. It helps you unwind when you are feeling stressed, tired and irritable.  Roman chamomile can help if you suffer from PMS as it is very calming. It also has anti-inflammatory properties so it can be used to combat the pain of arthritis and help alleviate sprains and muscle aches.

3)      Clary Sage – clary sage can help to boost your mood, making you feel more cheerful and optimistic.  It also acts as a great relaxant, helping you to release stress and tension. It can also be used to alleviate period pains and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes which, as they can disrupt your sleep, can also help you sleep better.

4)      Bergamot – bergamot can be used if you cannot sleep because you are feeling depressed, tense or anxious.  It also has antiseptic properties, so bergamot can be used to help alleviate the pain of cystitis and soothe skin complaints such as eczema and acne.

5)      Melissa – melissa oil is calming, relaxing and has a natural sedative effect.  It is a very good essential oil to use if you suffer from panic attacks as it can help to slow the heartbeat down and calm your breathing. It can also help you to overcome depression and stress.

6)      Neroli – neroli is extracted from orange blossom and has a very calming, sweet fragrance. It is a great help if you are suffering from insomnia as it has a very powerful sedative effect and is very relaxing.  Indeed it is so relaxing that it not a good idea to use neroli if you are intending to drive or perform any complex task.

As you can see, aromatherapy can really help you to relax and help you sleep.  If it is a natural way to beat your insomnia that you are looking for either book an appointment with a qualified aromatherapist or mix your own blends at home.  As you relax and enjoy the soothing, soporific fragrances of these wonderful essential oils, you will soon discover that you are finding it a lot easier to drop off to sleep and slumber peacefully throughout the night.

 

Disclaimer:  Please be aware that any information given in this article should in no way be used to replace advice given to you by your medical practitioner.  Anybody suffering from a medical condition or is at all concerned should always consult their doctor or a fully qualified aromatherapist before starting to use essential oils. Also a patch test should also be undertaken before you use any aromatherapy oil for the first time and essential oils are never to be taken internally.

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