Tag: lifestyle

Nudes or prudes?

Nudes or prudes?

Do people actually wear pajamas?

In a survey by the National Sleep Foundation , one third of UK said they sleep nude.

Another survey down under found only 18% of Aussies choose to sleep naked.

Experts say sleeping naked is better for your health. Here’s why:

  1. PJ’s are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria

Your private parts will thank you! Underwear and PJs keep heat and moisture locked in- which means those bacteria are having a party.

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2. Keep your cool

Studies show that cooler temperatures of about 18 (°C) are better for a restful night. Your body temperature rises and falls with your sleep cycle. If the air in your room is too hot,  it may interfere with your body’s natural dip and keep you tossing and turning at night.

We challenge you to try it out this week! Let us know in the comments below what worked!

Keep on snoozing!

Rebecca

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5 Ways to make your room sleep worthy

5 Ways to make your room sleep worthy

Does your bedroom look anything like this?

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Research shows that your sleep environment contributes to the quality of rest. Your bedroom should be your sleep sanctuary. Use your five senses to create the best sleep environment:

  1. Colour me pretty 

Choose wall colours that elicit warmth and calm. Studies show that certain colours and hues affect our mood. Green is the most restful colour for the eye while red triggers excitement. Yellow captures joy and happiness whereas blue is known to bring down blood pressure, slow respiration and heart rate. Pick blankets, paintings and wall colours that are soothing to you.

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2. Scent away

Did you know? Lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure – not bad for someone who wants to get a restful night’s sleep. Having lavender scented candles, oils or sachets in your bedroom can make it easier for you to drift off. Stay away from harsh smelling laundry detergents to clean your bedsheets and replace these with scent-free products.

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3. White noise

Create a soothing backdrop as you sleep. Having some ambient noise throughout the night can help you sleep through disturbances. White noise works by reducing the difference between background noise and a ‘peak’ sound such as a door slamming. It can be created by anything from a fan or air conditioner to an air purifier.

4.Touched by an angel

If your bedsheets are as rough as sandpaper, you’re probably not sleeping too well. Check your pillow case and mattress for lumps and sags. Evaluate their comfort and keep them clean to avoid dust mites. Try this trick using baking soda to dust off your mattress. It will draw out moisture and you can vacuum it the next day.

5. Eat light, sleep tight.

Research shows that certain foods can promote better sleep. Check out my post on healthy bedtime snacks here.

Comment below and let me know which tips YOU used!

Snooze well!

Rebecca

Will YOU choose to snooze?

Will YOU choose to snooze?

Are you getting enough shut-eye? Take our new poll to find out!

The Sleep Stealers

What’s been stealing your precious sleep?

I hate to break it to you, but some foods make bad bedtime snacks.

Think back to the those times you indulged in a “snack attack”- did you eat any of these foods?

  • potato chips
  • spicy instant noodles
  • coffee
  • pizza

Caffeine, spicy and heavy, high-fat foods are among the worst offenders.

A recent study shows that caffeine taken 6 hours before bedtime can have significant disruptive effects on sleep.

Moral of the story: refrain from coffee and energy drinks at least 6 hours before lights out. Avoid these drink as they act as stimulants, causing sleep fragmentation.

Can’t live without coffee?

Research shows that diets high in nutrients like hexadecanoic acid (found in butter, red meat and cheese) may also affect rest.

Next time you’re craving a late night snack, try these options instead:

  • whole grain crackers with turkey
  • a banana
  • a boiled egg and toast
  • dried fruits, seed and nuts

Happy Snoozing!

Rebecca