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.

Tips for Making a Comfortable Bed

There’s nothing like the feeling of getting into a comfortable bed.

If you’ve just taken the BED MOT or if your bed has seen better days, it may be time to think about investing in a new one.

If you want to improve the comfort of your current bed, here are a few tips for doing just that.

Start with a deep filled mattress enhancer – brilliant for a comfortable night’s sleep. Try to use a natural, breathable one to prevent overheating.

Next put on the mattress protector in 100% cotton. This fits over the topper and should be changed regularly.

Then put on a good quality bottom sheet – if you’re using a fitted sheet, make sure it’s extra deep so it doesn’t ping off in the night. If you use a flat sheet, ensure that it’s tucked in properly so it doesn’t become wrinkled as you are sleeping.

As you spend between a quarter and a third of your life sleeping, it is important that you are as comfortable as possible.   Invest in a natural duvet to ensure it is breathable to prevent you overheating. There are many types including silk, goose down, alpaca and wool. Pick the correct Tog rating to suit you and the heat in your home.

Pillows need to be comfortable and breathable – pick a pillow that suits the way you sleep.

Cover your duvet and pillows with good quality, breathable natural duvet cover and pillowcases.

Have a light throw or blanket in a luxurious lambswool angora or cashmere to add an extra layer.

It’s National Bed Month

March is National Bed Month and Lisa Artis from the Sleep Council is urging everyone to take the Bed MOT

Is Your Bed Up To Scratch This Bed Month?

By Lisa Artis, the Sleep Council

Did you know that it’s National Bed Month from March 1st?

And no, that doesn’t mean you can stay in bed for a month! But it does mean that it’s a great time to think about the little love in your life – because let’s face it, who doesn’t love their bed?

So this Bed Month, I am urging you to take to our BED MOT and find out if your bed is up to scratch. If it’s not, now’s the perfect opportunity to buy that new bed!

You may not realise but an uncomfortable, unsupportive bed makes a huge difference to how well you sleep.  Our own research a few years back found that when replacing an uncomfortable bed, a new bed was associated with an increase of 42 minutes sleep – who wouldn’t want that?

Go on, take the TEST – you may be surprised!

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.

 

So Why Do You Think You Feel So Shattered?

By Lisa Artis, The Sleep Council

Are you constantly on the go? Never sitting down to rest? Feeling like your brain is bursting at the seams?

Well now there’s a new term to describe this feeling and it’s fast becoming a modern day health problem: Adrenal fatigue or to put it even more simply, adrenalin overload.  And according to experts more and more of us are suffering from it and it’s damaging our health.  It’s even been accepted as a real ailment by the World Health Organisation.

Dealing with a heavy workload, financial concerns, running around toddlers or teens can make you feel constantly under threat, triggering your ‘fight or flight’ stress reaction.  However this stress response is now switched on for far longer than it should be which is ultimately leaving us stressed and exhausted.

When we’re overly stressed we find it harder to sleep.  And then when we’re sleep deprived it increases the odds that we’ll get ‘anticipatory anxiety’ – that sense of dread you feel before a big test, presentation etc. That’s because the loss of deep sleep fires up your amygdala and insular cortex – the regions of your brain responsible for emotional processing as well as your flight or fight response.

We’re all expected to be able to juggle lots of balls in the air these days but if we don’t make the time to relax and indulge in some ‘me’ time then those balls will come tumbling down.

Here’s our top tips for relaxing:

– Make sure your bedroom is a place of peace and tranquility – a perfect escape from the toils and troubles of everyday life. Keep it cool, quiet and dark.

– Devote half an hour to an hour every day to do something you find enjoyable – whether it’s reading, having a bath, listening to some music or even going for a walk.

– Take small time-outs to consciously slow down and re-balance.

– Regular exercise helps you to cope with stress. If you’re exhausted don’t over-do it, try a yoga class instead.

– Put down those gadgets before bed. Leave mobile phones and tablets downstairs out of reach and try to refrain from using them a couple of hours before bedtime.

 

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