Do you remember being sent to your room as a child for time out, and being happy or sad?
I was always happy as it meant I could go and read and maybe the jobs would be done by my other siblings before I was allowed out!
However mum caught on to this pretty quickly so at times I would be sent to my brother’s room which had nothing in it I liked in it.
Times have now changed and we have so many cool gadgets for kids in this Tech savvy world that I wonder how they feel if sent to their room for time out or to go to sleep at night? Is it a haven or a hazard?
Do you allow your child to read before bed or play with the ipad? Do they watch movies or play games whilst in bed and is this a soothing down time before sleep?
We are, as adults probably just as guilty of phones by the bed, TV’s in the bedroom and ipads at the ready when we go to sleep or wake up but does it really help us wind down?
We didn’t allow our children to have a TV in the bedroom when they were growing up as we thought they would become anti social and forget how to sit as a family and laugh at shows together.
My favourite way to go to sleep is still reading a good book, tucked under the covers with the soft glow of a bedside light and so do my daughters!
I would like to think we can all have some quiet areas for both our children and ourselves that we can retreat to at the end of a day, to just relax and unwind as it really doesn’t matter how young or old you are we all need some warm nurturing homely rooms to enjoy!
We work hard, play hard, think a lot, laugh a lot, live life and look for new opportunities…daily. Are you exhausted already? I am!
So at night when my head hits the pillow I want that deep warm slumber that I had as a child that makes me feel refreshed in the morning and helps me to bounce out of bed, but somehow, some days it seems to allude me.
My brain wont turn off, I wake at 3am thinking about the job deadline for the next day, the cat wants to go out at 4am and I cant go back to sleep so by 6am I am now bleary eyed. Where is that peaceful 8 hrs slumber and how do I get it back?
Everyone has points they like to offer but here are a few I have tried and found work for me…..most nights!
A 20 minute siesta mid afternoon between 1 and 4pm if available will boost your energy levels and allow you to function better and sleep more soundly later that night.
Think about what you eat and drink during the day and don’t have your evening meal too close to bed time. Cut down on the alcohol, sugar and carbs when possible. Make sure you see sunlight for around 20 minutes a day to boost your Vitamin D levels.
Have a “to do” list and de-clutter your mind before bed rather than toss and turn on the events you can’t change at 1am!
Choosing the right pillow as mentioned before is crucial to a good nights sleep
Go to bed when you are tired and try to keep to a routine. If you don’t fall asleep get up for half an hour then try again. Don’t keep tossing and turning. Remember we did it for our children and it worked then!
Sometimes adding more calcium and magnesium to your diet or taking supplements will help calm the mind and muscles.
My husband loves his shower before bed and I like to read. We both find when this doesn’t occur our sleep is not as good…..Do we favour routine for a great nights sleep umm I think we do!
We all think the same thing some days….We look at an object and we see it as it is but others days its like clouds…We all see something different in the shape!
Here is a quick and easy way to say How A Coshee Set will work on your bed in your home. It is simply a quilt cover with a clip on top sheet. No more mucking around taking the quilt out of the cover washing it, drying it and struggling to get it back in, with a Coshee set you simply put the quilt in the cover (Use the corner ties to secure your quilt in the cover) clip on the white sheet and there you go!
When it comes time to wash the sheet (Not the quilt cover as it has been protected by the sheet) unclip, wash, dry and clip back on. Perfect for kids and adults alike!
Your bed will always look neat, stylish and well made as the sheet folds over the top for the fold back look. Each day bed making is a five second job as you just lift, fluff, and settle. Done! Throw on the pillows (All the ones that make it look chic and men dislike) and you have a perfect bed.
There have been no tangled sheets at night, no “doona” hogging as you should always buy a quilt cover set one size larger than your bed so that you have lots of cover to toss and turn with, and you have all been snug and warm under natural bamboo or cotton fibres that warm you in winter and cool you in summer.
Now….How do you use a Coshee® again?
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.
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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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