We all strive for a good nights sleep so here are some simple tips to help you on your way!
1. Stick to a schedule. Mum was right when she set a time we always had to go to sleep as kids. Sticking to a schedule allows your body to set its internal rhythm clock so you can get up at the time you want, consistently, every single day. Also, make sure you try to keep the same schedule on weekends too, otherwise the next morning you will wake later and feel overly tired.
2. Sleep only at night. Avoid daytime sleep if possible. Daytime naps steal hours from nighttime slumber. Limit daytime sleep to 20-minute, power naps when needed.
3. Exercise. It’s actually known to help you sleep better. Your body uses the sleep period to recover its muscles and joints that have been exercised. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.
4. Taking a hot shower or bath before bed helps bring on sleep because they can relax tense muscles. Try a lavender soap for the calming aroma.
5. Avoid eating just before bed. Give yourself at least 2 hours from when you eat to when you sleep. This allows for digestion to happen (or at least start) well before you go to sleep so your body can rest properly during the night, rather than churning away your food.
6. Avoid caffeine. It keeps you awake and that’s not what you want for a good nights sleep. If you need a warm drink try a soothing green tea or warm milk with honey.
7. Read a fiction book. It takes you to a whole new world if you really get into it. Then take some time to ponder over the book as you fall asleep. I find as I read more and more, regardless of the book, I get more tired at night and so find it easier to fall asleep.
8. Have the room slightly cooler. Your body temperature does not need a warm room and bed covers so turn off the heat and allow the night air to circulate in and out of the windows. If I get cold, I wear warmer clothes or use a heavier quilt in the colder months.
9. Sleep in silence. I find sleeping with no music or TV far more restful. I guess others are different, but sleep with no distractions is best for a clearer mind.
10. Avoid alcohol before bedtime. It’s a depressant; although it may make it easier to fall asleep, it causes you to wake up during the night. As alcohol is digested your body goes into withdrawal from the alcohol, causing nighttime awakenings and often nightmares for some people.
In the UK a “King sized” bed (which is commonly known as a “Queen sized bed” in America and Australia) measures 150cm wide x 200cm long, whilst a “Super King sized bed (which is known sometimes wrongly labelled as a “Queen sized bed in the UK) measures about 180xm wide and 200cm long (we label this a “King” sized bed)
Confused? Imagine you are moving from one country to another and you start to buy bed linen in terms you are familiar with and pick up a Queen size set of sheets in the UK only to find it doesn't fit your Australian Queen bed as the size is different. Frustrating!
New Zealand has the largest array of bed sizes to choose from with a total of 9 ranging from Single through to California King (which is a different size again to the California King you can purchase in America)
The most common sizes around the world still tend to be:
150cm x 200cm Australian Queen
180 x 200cm Australian King
Although they will be labelled differently in various countries.
The largest bed is a California King which in its native home measures approximately: 200 x 210cm.
Now let’s add our new popular additions of the “Topper” to our mattress and we now have a deep mattress which we need fitted deep pocket sheets to fit!
In the world of bed linen it is confusing to both the customer and the manufacturer when size is discussed and as you can see “Size” really does matter so lets hope we can all make shopping that little bit easier and in Australia add an extra 10 cm to our length of quilt covers to give that little bit more for tall people and bring us more in line with overseas linen groups!
That’s my two bobs worth anyway!
One of the new buzz terms for 2012/13 was the man cave and not just for men with lots of children wanting time out, but for single men or newly married men wanting a masculine room to share with mates while watching a sports event.
It becomes the private sanctuary that needs to be totally masculine and decorated as such. So who then does the decorating and where in the house does this room fit?
For many, it is a basement or garage or, if lucky, a well built shed away from the house.
Decorating is the key to making this room work and, ladies, it has to be their choice as it is not our room but theirs!
Earthy dark tones and sleek furniture, sporting team memorabilia and a few comfy chairs start the look and feel.
A billiard table or games area even an outdoor basketball hoop brings the room together.
A well placed bar with smart wooden features and display shelves will finish the look along with a wall mounted TV and you have the room your partner will be happy to retire to hopefully after the dishes are done!
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
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