IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY SO HERE’S 20 TIPS TO HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER…

It’s Sleep Sunday and I found this brilliant infographic on Pinterest which has 20 Simple Ways to get a Better Sleep. If only one helps then it was worth posting this.

IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT MELATONIN FOR SLEEP & YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM…

It’s Sleep Sunday so let’s talk this week about melatonin for sleep. You can see from the infographic below that it can help in many ways to help you sleep.

Pro Health also wrote on Melatonin for sleep and the immune system and explained that Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone that your brain produces as a response to darkness. After sunset, usually around 9 pm, the pineal gland is activated by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), a control center in the hypothalamus that regulates hormones and body temperature.

Melatonin levels stay elevated through the night for roughly 12 hours, until our bodies are exposed to light at the start of each day. Most people produce enough melatonin on their own to induce rest. However, modern activities like excess travel, stress, screen time, and night schedules disrupt this natural rhythm, leading to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Supplemental melatonin may be a solution.

People who can benefit from supplementing their melatonin are people with limited day time light exposure, people with increased light exposure at night, people doing shift work or people suffering from jet lag.

Pro Health also say “ Research suggests that melatonin is not only a good sleep remedy, it might also play an important role as an immune buffer. One study examines how melatonin may act as a stimulant for immunosuppressed conditions, helping the body better respond to external threats like viruses and parasites. On the other hand, the study finds melatonin can regulate overactive responses as well, such as that found in septic shock, acting as an anti-inflammatory. “

Melatonin supplements are available in a few different formats and available from Pro Health and other good pharmacies. Always remember to check with your GP before taking any supplements especially if you are taking other medications.

SLEEP SUNDAY LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP USING MASSAGE…

SLEEPLESSNESS/INSOMNIA

Massage with your thumbs the dips below and slightly in front of the inner ankle while using your index fingers to massage the same spot on the outer ankle bone for a minute or so, this should calm you down.

The Spirit Gate – 1 Feel for the small, hollow space in this area and apply gentle pressure in a circular or up-and-down movement.

2 Continue for two to three minutes.

3 Hold the left side of the point with gentle pressure for a few seconds, and then hold the right side.

4 Repeat on the same area of your other wrist.

Stimulating this pressure point is associated with quieting your mind, which can help you fall asleep.

Massage your neck – In the sitting position, using the fingers of both hands, massage the back of your neck along the line of your skull, starting from the middle out towards the back of your ears. Breath with every stroke and feel the tension released. Do this with purpose, focusing on each breath.

ANXIETY

With your thumb or right index and middle fingers, firmly press the outer side of each forearm at the place where your hand and wrist join, below your little finger. Press firmly on your left wrist and hold it for about one minute, then change hands and repeat. 

FATIGUE

Using your thumbs or index finger steadily press onto the outer sides of the calves about one finger width from the shin and about four finger widths below the knee. Press these points for a minute or so, beginning gently and gradually harder and repeat as needed.

 

IMPROVE MEMORY

Press your index and middle fingers to the points located on both temples and hold for a minute or so to facilitate recall. Activate on a daily basis to improve memory and increase mental clarity in general.

IMPROVE CONCENTRATION

Press your index finger to the point located in the indention between the upper lip and the base of the nose and hold for at least a minute.

SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND DUVETS…

It’s Sleep Sunday – Let’s Talk About Sleep and this week I am writing about Duvet’s.

Duvet’s, love them or hate them we all sleep with them now. I still use a sheet under my duvet but that’s just so it makes it easier for me to change the bed. It means I change my sheet every week but only change the duvet once a month as the sheet is against our skin. Being small ( in height 😀) it’s quite an effort for me to change a king size duvet and my back certainly doesn’t like it so that’s when I decided to use a sheet under the duvet.

I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE getting into a clean and fresh bed. But then I do love my bed. My bedroom is my sanctuary somewhere I love going to for my afternoon rest. When we moved down south this year I spent time planning how my room would look and feel and I could not be happier with the finished room.

Beth Urmston from Fibro Flare Support Group a registered charity sent me a link to an article in Country Life Magazine on How to Sleep Like A Lamb : The Benefit of a Pure Wool Duvet. They say that you can get a perfect night’s sleep with a pure wool duvet made of old fashioned sheep’s wool. ‘It creates the perfect climate for each person,’ explains Bridgett Kelly, interior textiles director of the Campaign for Wool. ‘a duvet containing synthetic fibres doesn’t adjust to the individual, but wool gives you improved quality of deep sleep, which leaves t‘he body rejuvenated.’ said Julie Harding from Country Life Magazine.

Wool in bedding isn’t a new concept, but the arrival of the Continental quilt in the 1970s meant that heavy, itchy, difficult-to-wash blankets were consigned to the airing cupboard. in 2009, Channel 4’s My Dream Farm, presented by Monty Don, showcased Dick and Pauline Beijen’s early attempts to add value to their sheep’s wool by using it as a duvet filling and this helped bring about the resurgence of wool as a bedding material.


Countrys Life writes that sales have grown by 800% in the past three years, making The Wool Room the market leader. The company’s researchers took 12 years to develop a wool filling that can be washed in a machine and it invited allergy UK to devise a test for allergens. ‘after six weeks, there were no dust mites, no bacteria and no fungus in our duvets,’ confirms Mr Tattersall, who promotes his products as suitable for asthma, eczema and allergic-rhinitis sufferers, although he cautions against buying inexpensive imports. ‘The cheaper wool duvets use synthetic liners, which will defeat the object, plus you don’t know where the wool comes from. The UK has the best wool in the world. We tend to buy from the eastern seaboard. Provenance is important to us.’

There choice of where to buy your wool duvet from is –

  • Southdown Duvets, Scotland Farm, Upland Lane, Hawkley, Hampshire (01730 827148; www.southdownduvets.com)
  • Devon Duvets, 9, Bluewater Estate, Bell Close, Plympton, Devon (01752 345399; www.devonduvets.com)
  • The Wool Room (01780 461217; www.thewoolroom.com)
  • Baavet Baavet Cyf, Unit 12, Tan y Castell, Harlech, Gwynedd (01766 780780; www.baavet.co.uk)
  • Personally, I have never slept under a wool duvet and would love to hear from any bloggers that have one and their verdict on if it gives you a better night’s sleep. It’s certainly not something I would have thought of buying as I would immediately think I would be too hot in one. It’s certainly something worth thinking about.