The best Mothers Day Present is Sleep!

The best Mothers Day Present is Sleep!

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Mothers Day is just days away, and always the biggest conundrum is what to give her on this special day. Well probably one of the best things she would love is sleep! Mums work harder than anyone could imagine, whatever their age. And if she has young children the the day is packed with running around looking after them, and it can be hard physical work, with either staying at home with them when they are young or taking them to school.

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Housework, shopping and cleaning all take their toll physically on her, and at the end of the day all you want to do is sleep! So if  she  like most new mums, a good night’s sleep seems as far away as the moon and stars in her weary mind. Sleep seems a million miles away when the kids are up all night, and so are mums and dads are also indeed up all night, and it’s just no fun any more. But a good night’s rest doesn’t have to be an illusion. a good nights sleep will have a huge effect on the quality of her life. So on Mothers Day, besides your thoughtful card and gorgeous big bouquet of flowers, present her with a cool morning off, just let her sleep late or take a sweet nap while you take the kids out to the park.

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But, one thing is for certain, she will sleep much better if she has a decent bed and bedlinen. It will make such a difference to her all round wellbeing, with a good nights sleep in a beautiful bed think how happy she will be! Bedlinen might seem like an expensive Mother’s Day present, it certainly is something that she should be treated to at some point.

How Well Do You Sleep?

How well do you sleep?

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How much time do you think that we spend in bed, sleeping? It is actually a whopping 1/3rd of our life. So how much does it matter to what we sleep in and under the sheets. The mattress or the bedlinen, and taking into account the bedroom itself. Your bedlinen is a most important part of giving you that great nights sleep, and dependant on what type of bedlinen, whether cotton, linen, silk, or flannel, it is important that you choose wisely.

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Firstly Make sure that you choose the right TOG quilt, its just as important that you get the season’s right as well, too heavy and summer will be a nightmare, too thin in winter and you will be as cold as an iceberg for the season and your personal body temperature. You’ll want bedding which is breathable and regulates your body heat systematically, making it less likely that you’ll get woken up from being either too cold, or over hot. When it comes to bed linen, spending a little extra on high quality that comes highly recommended.

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Exclusively made for The Fine Cotton Company, our stylish and luxurious collections of duvet covers with coordinating plain dye sheets and pillowcases are carefully produced from pure organic and natural cotton. The eco friendly cotton we use is organic and is fully combed to give a smoother, softer feel.

fitted sheets and flat sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Fitted and Flat Sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Not only do high quality sheets keep you comfortable at night because they have a high thread count and are made with breathable materials, they also last long because of the superior quality material used. This is why, when it comes to bed linen, spending a little extra on high quality comes highly recommended.

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.

 

Create a Cosy Bedroom This Winter

There’s nothing like feeling tucked up in the warm when it’s cold and wet outside and a few luxurious touches can quickly turn your bedroom into a warm, cosy sanctuary.

Now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in it’s the perfect time to give your bedroom a winter makeover.

Cosy seasonal interiors bring to mind images of roaring log fires and while not all of us are lucky enough to have a working fireplace in our bedrooms, there are other ways to achieve a similar effect.

Try placing candles around the room on all the surfaces, at different heights, and watch as the lights flicker and the room glows. Our porcelain tealight holders have wintry and festive cut-out shapes to send light around your room, or try the tangled ceramic holders with heart, star and butterfly shapes for year-round use.

A set of fresh white organic cotton sheets can make your bed look more inviting than ever – you’ll just have to try to resist until bedtime. A snug new snow goose luxury down 13.5 tog duvet combined with a luxury mattress enhancer will make sure your bed is warm and cosy, no matter how far the temperature plunges.

Once the bed linen is in place, add a touch of luxury with a throw or a blanket – and nothing is softer than our lambswool angora blankets, which come in a range of colours. Go for winter white if you want to continue the crisp, clean effect from the bedding, or pick a soft shade such as mink or pale latte to add a touch of colour with a high class finish.

For those extra cold nights – or just because it’s a little treat – why not get a fabulously soft lamb’s wool hot water bottle? Our range of colours includes dove grey and biscuit, which will coordinate perfectly with your lambswool angora blanket. Tuck the hot water bottle under your duvet a short while before you get into bed to warm the cotton through, or place it under your pyjamas or nightdress so you’re warm as soon as you get into bed.

No matter what the size or design of your bedroom, a few simple touches like these can help you to make it a real haven from the elements so you always have somewhere to rest and relax, ready to face whatever the winter throws at you.

New – Roma Hotel Quality Bed Linen

Roma 300 Thread Count Hotel Bedding

Roma 300 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Hotel Bed Linen

Roma, one of our best selling bedding collections for hotels,  is now available from our website, www.thefinecottoncompany.com

The choice of many of the World’s leading hotels, the Roma bedding collection is made from a luxurious 300 threadcount cotton sateen.

The Roma bed linen design is now available in duvet covers and oxford pillowcases.

The duvet covers have a classic one line satin stitch detail, with a tuck in flap at the hem.

The oxford pillowcases also have the classic one line satin stitch detail.

 

Roma bed linen is made in Europe exclusively for The Fine Cotton Company.

Ten Tips for The Perfect Night’s Sleep

Ten Tips For the Perfect Sleep

Routine – a regular routine educates your body to sleep far better.  Try going to bed, sleeping and getting up at about the same time, every day – even weekends!

Exercise can make a bigger improvement to sleep than any other natural treatment – studies have shown that people who exercise regularly sleep better.

Relax your mind and body before going to bed – maybe have a warm (not too hot) bath, listen to some quiet music or a relaxation tape or do some yoga.  Studies show that combining pure essential oils with a calming routine works best for deep sleep.

Remove anything from your bedroom than can prevent or disrupt sleep.  Your brain needs to relax so don’t have mobile phones, computers or TV’s in your bedroom

Cut down on stimulants such as caffeine and try a milky drink or night time herbal tea instead.

Create a restful sleeping environment by keeping your bedroom for relaxation and sleep. Keep it at a comfortable temperature and it helps for the bedroom to be as quiet and dark as possible

Clear the clutter from your bedroom

Have a comfortable bed – if your bed is too small, too soft or hard, or the mattress is lumpy it may difficult to get deep, restful sleep. It could be worth investing in a new bed or a new mattress topper to add layers of comfort to your bed.

Choose your bedding carefully to ensure the right temperature – make sure you have the correct tog duvet for the time of year and organic cotton sheets. If you are too warm in bed it can lead to a disrupted night’s sleep.

While you sleep your body works hard to regulate your temperature so by using cool, breathable organic cotton bed linen which is effective in absorbing moisture and perspiration, it becomes much easier.

Change your bed linen regularly (at least once a week) – Any excess dust can irritate the airways which may disrupt sleep.

Spritz your pillow with lavender mist made from pure essential oils, close your eyes and drift off to sleep.

Sweet Dreams!

7 Reasons why Luxury Bed Linen from The Fine Cotton Company may help you sleep

  1. Naturally cool, breathable cotton bed linen from The Fine Cotton Company helps with temperature regulation. As you spend between a quarter and a third of your life sleeping, it is important that you remain as cool and comfortable as possible. Being too warm can lead to a disrupted nights sleep.
  2. Silk filled duvets and mattress toppers from The Fine Cotton Company are naturally hypoallergenic and they really do help to regulate your body temperature.
  3. The feel of luxurious fresh cotton bed linen is a wonderful experience –  there’s nothing like climbing into crisp, clean sheets in fabulously smooth pure cotton at the end of a long, tiring day
  4. Fitted sheets from The Fine Cotton Company are extra deep so they don’t ping off during the night! There’s nothing worse than being woken up to find the bottom sheet of your bed all bunched up beneath you. Our fitted sheets are carefully constructed with extra deep sides and perfectly tensioned elastic to ensure they fit your mattress. If you do have an unusual size or shape bed, contact us for bespoke options.
  5. Our bed linens are easy to change. Excessive dust can irritate the airways which may disrupt sleep.  If you have a valance on your bed, they may harbour dust and are generally changed infrequently – who does like lifting the mattress off to remove the valance?  The  exclusive ‘Tuck-Top’ Valance means you can change your  valance in seconds with this back-friendly valance!
  6. Bed Linen from our Timeless Classics Collections, such as Lille White, Vermont, Vienna and Seville will always be available. We want our customers to be able to add to or replace their current bed linen collection.
  7. Sleeping in soft, cool organic bed linen also allows you to lose any fears that you may have that harmful chemicals from your bedding are weakening your immune system, aggravating your allergies and that you are inhaling chemical irritants all night.

So just imagine what a wonderful night’s sleep that you will enjoy after you have slid between your luxurious soft natural cotton sheets.

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