Happy National Bed Month!

It is said that the key to all life’s happiness and successes is a good night’s sleep. For some a good night’s sleep is akin to the Holy Grail, and almost as elusive!

It is said that the key to all life’s happiness and successes is a good night’s sleep. For some a good night’s sleep is akin to the Holy Grail,and almost as elusive!Sleep is something which we can’t do without; good sleep promotes healing and energy; essential for our physical and mental health. When we are asleep our bodies – and minds – can recover from the stresses of the day and help us to prepare for whatever the next day brings. During sleep our brains can recharge while our muscles can repair themselves. The trouble is that many people are unable to get the good sleep they need and in some cases this could be down to their bed, particularly the mattress.

The right mattress plays a big part in ensuring you can get a proper night’s sleep and when your mattress is old and worn, it loses its shape and no longer offers the support your body needs to be comfortable. This is one of the reasons why you often wake up not energised and refreshed but tired and aching. If you wake up feeling like this then it is time to consider replacing your mattress with aTempur Mattress.

Some Effects of Lack of Sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep this can have a significant impact on your day-to-day functionality. You may feel groggy and continually under the weather, but these are not the only problems you’ll face if your sleep problems aren’t resolved. The long term effects could include things like:

  •  Lack of concentration
  •  Mood swings and irritability
  •  Lack of enthusiasm and under performance at work
  •  Memory lapses and accidents
  •  Physical illness

Of course there are various factors which can affect how well you sleep. A busy lifestyle can leave you stressed and the ever increasing reliance on technology and gadgets can leave you unable to ‘switch off’ at the end of the day. Pressure at work, noisy towns and cities, juggling the work-life balance, these are all things which conspire against you in your need for a relaxing and beneficial sleep. For some people health issues can prevent you from getting a decent night’s sleep whether short term or chronic health problems. But whatever is stopping you from achieving the perfect sleep, we at Booths Furniture believe it shouldn’t be your mattress and that a Tempur Mattress could be the ideal solution for you.

Benefits of Good Sleep

We’ve all heard stories of people who can get by on 3 or 4 hours sleep a night but for most the optimum amount of sleep needed is no less than seven hours. The right amount of good sleep is essential to keep us healthy and energised and here are some examples of how it helps us:

  •  Good for heart health. Studies show that lack of sleep can have an adverse effect on blood pressure and cholesterol levels so the right amount of sleep can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  •  Good sleep reduces stress.
  •  Good sleep helps you to feel more alert and ready for the day ahead.
  •  Good sleep helps the digestive processes and allows the body to repair itself.

Why Choose a Tempur Mattress?

Simply put, good quality sleep is important for our health and well-being. We spend so much time asleep that it is worth investing in the best mattress you can buy. A Tempur Mattress is unique in its construction and comfort factor and has been proven time and time again to provide a superior relaxing night’s rest, and given the benefits of getting quality sleep, it’s certainly a consideration well worth taking.

* This is a collaborative post

Toddler Life – How to get a good night’s sleep in winter

Winter, at least on this part of the globe, means low temperatures, which leads to the heating blasting most of the time in our houses, which invariably dries out the air in the room. Dry, stuffy rooms aren’t sleep friendly, especially for fussy kids, who struggle with bed time anyways. But, there is a solution – a humidifier, a device which will keep the atmosphere in a room moist and thus in turn sleep friendly.

Toddler Life – How to get a good night’s sleep in winterWe were sent a SweetDreams cool mist humidifier with projector by Vicks so we can test and see if it will makes a difference.

Well, it did!

Leo’s room isn’t the biggest in the world and there is a radiator close to his cot. Despite turning the heating down during the evenings and night hours, the room still gets hot and stuffy. A humidifier really helps to clear the air and make it breathable again, providing a much better sleeping environment.

But this isn’t all.

The humidifier comes with a projector, which projects 3 different themes of three slides each. It might not sounds like a lot but trust me for a toddler this is plenty… he simply gets fixated on the pictures and just dozes off to sleep. And to make things even better each theme has its own bedtime story 🙂

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So, how to get a good night’s sleep in winter?

  1. Stick to a bedtime routine.
  2. Air the room well before bedtime but do not make it too cold.
  3. Turn the heating down or at least turn the radiator in the room down a bit.
  4. Turn on the humidifier and let it work its magic.
  5. If you have a wonderful projector like us, turn it on.
  6. Read a bedtime story and watch your toddler falling to sleep blissfully.
  7. Enjoy your evening 😉

Any tips to add?

Do you find that winter times are harder when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep?

Why Is Good Sleep So Important?

*by Caroline Bramley

Sleep plays a crucial role in physical and mental well-being throughout life and making sure you are getting enough quality sleep is vital to your health.

Lack of sleep can have instant damage such as accidents but it can also do harm over time by increasing the risk of developing chronic problems like heart disease, hypertension or diabetes. It can also impair your decision making abilities which can impact all areas of your life.

Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity. For example, one study of teenagers showed that with each hour of sleep lost, the odds of becoming obese went up. Sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity in other age groups as well.

Negative effects of not getting enough sleep also includes increased risk of obesity, potentially lowered fertility and could lead to ‘microsleep’ where your brain goes into airplane mode for a anything from a fraction of a second up to 30 seconds.

Sleep plays a crucial role in physical and mental well-being throughout life and making sure you are getting enough quality sleep is vital to your health. Lack of sleep can have instant damage such as accidents but it can also do harm over time by increasing the risk of developing chronic problems like heart disease, hypertension or diabetes. It can also impair your decision making abilities which can impact all areas of your life.The positive effects of getting enough good quality sleep includes improved memory, a better functioning metabolism, increased immunity against foreign bodies, lowering the likelihood of inflammation, greater stamina, lowers stress and could extend your life in general.

So how can you get a good night’s sleep? First thing is to get into a routine; this is hard if you work on shifts but if not, going to bed at the same time every night helps set your internal clock and improves your quality of sleep. You may find after a while you’ll start waking up before your alarm clock but if you don’t you may want to start going to bed just a little earlier as optimum sleeping patterns means you’ll wake naturally.

Your body has a preference for what position you sleep in and the type of support it wants, even if you’re not entirely aware of it. Everything from firmness of your mattress to the size to the position of your bed can affect your sleep so work out what mattress size you’ll need here for optimum sleep. You should have enough room to comfortably turn and stretch. If you regularly wake up with a sore back or an aching neck, you may need to invest in a new mattress and Bedstar have a great range of mattresses and pillows.

A comfortable and supportive bed isn’t the end of your quest for a good night’s sleep so once you have that down you’ll need to focus on the rest of your bedroom environment and ultimately on your own habits.

Noise, light and temperature play a big part in getting off to sleep and staying that way until you wake naturally. If you live in the city, near a main road or flight path, or just have particularly obstreperous neighbours think about getting a sound machine or downloading an app like Rain Rain to drown out distracting noises – even static from your clock-radio will work. These are particularly helpful if you have a baby or young child who is having difficulty going down.

Keep your room cool but not cold as an overly warm bedroom will make your skin prickle and keep you awake. Try to go to sleep in a completely dark bedroom, any sort of light will jar your senses awake so avoid turning lights on where possible if you need to visit the bathroom in the night or stick to dimmed lights.

The true path to good sleep lies in your willingness to adopt new habits or revert to old ones. We live in a connected age and it’s easy to sit up late into the night watching TV or playing on our phones and we convince ourselves we are winding down our minds but these activities are stimulating rather than relaxing your brain. Avoid screens for an hour before bed by listening to some music or simply reading a book.

Regular exercise will help you sleep better as will shunning large evening meals or by just eating earlier. Although a high-fibre snack before bed can help with your night-time snooze. Caffeine can also disrupt sleep up to 12 hours after ingestion so switch to decaff after lunch.

Finally, say goodbye to weekend lie-ins. They seem great but they’re actually throwing your sleep pattern out of the window. Just an extra hour in bed at the weekend can undo your week’s work. Get up at the same time (you still get your extra hour when the clocks go back) and have a nap in the day time if you’ve had a late night. You’ll still be racking up your required hours but won’t be disrupting your circadian rhythm.

When it comes to sleep it’s all about quality, make sure you give your mind and body the quality it deserves.

Review: BearHug My First Ready Bed from Worlds Apart

BearHug My First Ready Bed from Worlds ApartFor the last few months we have had the pleasure of test-driving a ready bed from the BearHug collection. This beautiful looking and ready in just a few short minutes’ bed, has proven to be extremely handy. It has served us well during sleepovers and short weekend visits both at home (for guests) and when we are all away.

BearHug My First Ready Bed from Worlds Apart.The BearHug ready bed is suitable from 18 months old up to 3 years, despite Leo being just below the recommended age, he did spend a few nights in it and I would have to say he had a pretty good night’s sleep 🙂

The first thing you may notice about the BearHug ready bed is its size when it is still all tucked up in the bag. It’s small, so easy to hide away when not in use and is only a small addition to the mountain of stuff you inevitably have to take with you when going away somewhere.

BearHug My First ReadyBed from Worlds ApartSecondly this funky looking back pack becomes a bed in just a couple of minutes. By using an easy to use pump you transform a bag into a comfy, soft bed, ready for a good night sleep.

BearHug My First Ready BedThen you notice its look. The bed looks extremely child friendly; it is soft and very inviting. The colours aren’t too bright nor are they too dull; they are simply perfect. The details on the bed are well finished and as a whole it is very well made.

So why should you get a ready bed?

Well, they are quick to put together and ready in just a few short minutes. Simply unroll and pump it up with the included pump and job jobbed. There is no high drop to worry about and no real option for the occupant to even roll out from the bed. In addition the protective headboard is providing an added assurance that the bed is keeping the kids safe and snug. There is a handy side pocket for storing a favourite toy or a bottle. It also has a removable cover which can be washed as needed, so we can simply let kids be kids.

As for any negative sides… we didn’t really find any. My only annoyance (albeit a selfish one) was that they are far too small… not small for a toddler but way too small for me… I would much more prefer an adult sized funky looking ready bed than that boring, plain grey coloured pump-up mattress I have to “dig out” from the loft from time to time. Personally I think they would be a roaring success, after all who ever thought that the onsies would have become as popular as they have done.

BearHug My First Ready Bed in useBearHug My First ReadyBed in useReview BearHug My First Ready Bed from Worlds ApartIn conclusion I am a happy bunny and have no objection whatsoever in recommending the BearHug Ready Bed to others. If you have a toddler at home you might want to consider a ready bed, it really makes things so much easier at times.

BearHug Ready Bed can be purchase from Tesco, and it costs just £40… which is a great value for money, wouldn’t you agree?

Do you own a ready bed?

If yes, do you like it?

If no, would you consider getting one?

*I was provided one BearHug ReadyBed free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Infographic: The importance of a good night’s sleep

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”
― Ernest Hemingway

I like this quote.

I love sleep too and the same as Ernest Hemingway, sometimes I feel that everything is falling apart once I am up. But this isn’t really true is it?

Sleep gives us strength, it gives is the ability to battle through the day so we can actually “make it”. Sleep is an essential part of our daily circle and without it we simply cannot function properly.

So the simple solution to making our life better is getting more sleep, more good quality sleep. Apparently most adult humans need eight hours of sleep a night to be fully rested and functional. That’s a lot of hours spent sleeping… but as it is needed we should really make the most of it.

Oldrids & Downtown commissioned this great infographic to show the importance of a good night’s sleep. It illustrates the basic rules for a good night sleep, stages of sleep, effects of sleep deprivation and my favourite part: relaxation techniques for a better sleep.

rp_the-importance-of-a-good-nights-sleep.jpgDo you sleep peacefully through the night?

I personally struggle with sleep. I have problems falling to sleep, most likely because I can’t switch off. I can lie there for hours thinking about mundane stuff which will have to be done the next day or about any problems I have at the time, trying to find a solution to fix it. I wish my sleep was deeper so that every little squeak in the house wouldn’t wake me up. I wish my sleep was longer… once I finally get to sleep I have troubles with waking up… probably even more than with going to sleep. Waking up for me is the worst part of the day; most days I just want to pull the quilt over my head, hide in my cocoon and go back to sleep but I can’t…

So any tips on how to improve my sleep or the quality of it are very welcome.

Please share with me if you know something that could help me sleep better.

* This infographic has been designed on behalf of Oldrids & Downtown.