Bedroom Colours: How Do You Sleep?

Room colour does influence your mood and set the tone for your living environment. Therefore it’s important to choose a bedroom décor that will help you relax and induce sleep.

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Creativity

Orange expands your thinking. It reduces self-consciousness and allows you to express yourself with confidence. Use it in your home when you want to feel younger. It is the colour of laughter and celebration.

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Order

Deep blue encourages efficiency. It will purify your thinking, so you can cut through the clutter and discover what is most important in your life. It helps you integrate the big picture with the little picture. Wear dark blue when you need to make a decision.

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Calm

Blue gives a sense of peace. It dissolves tension and promotes tranquillity. Light blue especially brings ease into the home and harmony into relationships. Wearing or surrounding yourself with it helps calm aggressive tendencies and eliminates discord. Those with bedrooms this colour tend to get the best rest – nearly eight hours a night – and wake feeling happy and positive.

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Energy

Bright red will fortify you. It is a stimulant. It promotes courage and fearlessness. Use this color when you want to increase self-confidence. But too much red can make you feel overly excited or agitated. A little goes a long way.

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Concentration

Yellow increases your focus. It is known for enhancing intelligence and mental agility. It can help stimulate conversation and clarify thoughts. People sleeping in rooms decorated in calm colours, such as yellow, blue or green, received the best night’s sleep.

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Health

Green is also the colour of healing. It represents nourishment and helps steady the body, balancing your equilibrium and encouraging stability. Use it to rejuvenate yourself, to promote physical and emotional well-being. Green and yellow are also winners, with those choosing these colours clocking up roughly seven hours and 40 minutes of sleep.

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Sensuality

Deep red inspires passion. It helps awaken the libido. Use it to move you through inhibitions and emotional blocks that prevent you from expressing yourself. It will remind you to live life fully and to love your body. Try a deep red…ottoman, lampshade, accent chair.

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Rest

Aqua inspires trust. This is the colour to use when you need to relax. Wear or surround yourself with it if you have difficulty sleeping, dreaming, or meditating.

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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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But going to bed also has the factor that sleeping in a good bed with great bedlinen makes it all the more inviting! Also washing your bedlinen regularly is as important too. If your bed is uncomfortable uninviting them the chances are it’s a put off and not a very good nights sleep! Get your beautiful bedlinen and a GOOD nights sleep with The Fine Cotton Company!

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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.

Feeling the Heat? Cool Cotton Bed Linen for a Cool Night’s Sleep

Cool Organic Cotton Bedding

Cool Organic Cotton Bedding

Are you feeling too hot and uncomfortable in bed at the moment?

It may be time to switch to cool, breathable cotton for a comfortable nights sleep!

Now the summer is here, it could time to introduce into your bedroom beautiful, soft organic cotton bed linen, lightweight silk duvets and silk pillows to keep as cool as possible during the hot nights.

Firstly ensure you have a lightweight duvet on your bed. Summer weights start at 3.0 Tog and 4.5 Tog are also nice and light. The pure silk range of duvets, pillows and mattress enhancers can help maintain your comfort on hot, sweaty nights, as they are naturally breathable and heat conducting.

Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and they really do help to regulate your body temperature, keeping you cooler on those hot nights.

Some people prefer just to sleep with a top sheet instead of duvet and have a light weight blanket if it gets a little chilly. If you are choosing sheets, the cooler option is for cotton especially organically grown cotton.

Organic cotton bed linens are very effective in absorbing moisture and perspiration and can help you have a healthy and comfortable night’s sleep. This high level of absorption helps to eliminate the excess sweating that some people can experience when sleeping in non-organic cotton or synthetic bed linens.

Synthetic fabrics like polyester do not breathe well and do not aid heat regulation during sleep.  are Some conditions such as fungal infections, like athletes’ foot may be aggravated by sweating and organic cotton bed linen may reduce incidences.

Organic cotton bed linen is breathable and pure, soft and gentle on the skin and is grown without nasty chemicals or pesticides. So when you buy organic cotton bedding you know it is of the highest quality and ensures the safest and most comfortable sleeping environment.

To maximise the benefits of sleeping in organic bed linen it is important to change and wash your linens frequently at a high temperature in a gentle, organic cleanser to help ensure that you keep your bedroom clean and fragrant and also free of irritants.

Being too warm in bed is one reason for a poor night’s sleep. While you sleep your body works hard to regulate your temperature so by using cool, breathable organic cotton it becomes much easier.

A Guide to Making Your Bedroom a Cosy Sanctuary for the Winter

With winter fast approaching, how do you create a cosy sanctuary in your bedroom?

If you want to get the optimum night’s sleep from sleeping in a slightly cooler room, you will need to work just that bit harder to keep yor body at the optimum temperature in bed during those cold winter’s nights.   This is where The Fine Cotton Company’s superb range of luxury, organic and natural bedding and bed linen can really help you.

It’s all about layering – start from the bottom with your bed and layer it up for your optimum luxury, organic sleeping experience.

Start with a really good mattress enhancer.   A good mattress enhancer will give you many benefits, such as added support, greater comfort as you sleep, and will help to keep you cosy and warm.   It will also help to protect your mattress, thus lengthening its life significantly. The Fine Cotton Company has an excellent range of mattress enhancers or toppers – revel in the opulence of a Silk Filled Mattress Topper .   Silk keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer and these amazing silk mattress enhancers will give a soft, luxurious feel to your mattress.   They also create a healthier sleeping experience for you as they are naturally hypoallergenic, making them ideal for allergy sufferers, and also help to regulate your body temperature.   Or you could opt for the simplicity of the ‘Luxury Cotton Mattress Protector’ and sink into the soft comfort of its 100% natural cotton warmth.

The next layer that you need to look at is the sheet that goes over the mattress enhancer.   The best sheet to get is deep fitted sheet in the correct size for your bed.   This ensures that the sheet won’t ping off during the night, interrupting your precious sleep.   To enhance your warmth and cosiness, choose flannelette as the material for your fitted sheet.   The Fine Cotton Company’s ‘Stowe’ range offers fitted sheets in soft 100% organic cotton that has been lightly brushed to give a very warm and comfortable finish.   Guaranteed to keep you toasty on a cold winter’s night!

Maybe the most important layer is the next one, which is the duvet.   Choosing the correct duvet is all important when it comes to keeping you warm during the colder months. The weight, softness and warmth of a duvet will depend on its tog rating and filling, and the higher your tog rating the warmer you will be! The Fine Cotton Company only stocks natural duvets as they are very durable and naturally breathable, and natural filled duvets also have very efficient thermal properties.   In the winter, depending on how warm your home is,  you will probably need to have a duvet that is between 12.0 – 13.5 tog to keep you snug. Choose a Pure Silk Duvet from The Fine Cotton Company for light and luxurious snuggling throughout the winter months, or invest in the ultimate luxury of a Snowgoose Down Duvet , where you can luxuriate in the softest 100% Snowgoose down originating from the Northern Territories of Canada.   They are exceptionally light and super warm, and have a lavish 50% silk and 50% cotton 440 threadcount cover. All the duvets in the Fine Cotton Company’s range have matching pillows , so snuggle your head down into one of these amazingly supportive and cosy silk or goose down pillows.

To add to your warmth and cosiness, put a cosy, brushed cotton ‘ Stowe’ duvet cover onto your duvet. If you still feel that you will not be warm and toasty enough, The Fine Cotton Company has a wonderful collection of throws to choose from.   Make your selection from the soft, pure organic fleece of the Hampton throw, or really indulge yourself and savour the supremely soft luxury of the fringed pure cashmere ‘Henley’ throw

So now that you have set up your bedroom to ensure a wonderful night’s sleep on a cold, winter night, and successfully layered your bed with the help of The Fine Cotton Company, all that you need to do is snuggle down under your duvet with that steaming mug of hot chocolate that we promised you earlier.

Wishing you many wonderful, long, cosy nights of sleep throughout the winter from everyone at The Fine Cotton Company

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