Category Archives: Sound sleep tips

Feng Shui your Bedroom for Better Sleep

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary and, with the help of feng shui, you can help to create an environment that feels tranquil and nurturing, promoting deep, restful, restorative sleep. All living things rest at some point during the course of each 24 hour cycle – sleeping should be as natural as breathing yet nowadays insomnia has reached epidemic proportions with, for example, one large UK study showing that about three-quarters of patients reported sleep disturbance symptoms lasting a year […]

Women! Sleep is a necessity, prioritise it!

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Did you know sleep deprivation affects women differently to men? Lack of sleep is not a badge to be worn with pride, it’s something to be very worried about, particularly for women and a solution is at hand. For many women nowadays sleep often takes a back seat and is at the end of the list of priorities; this isn’t a good way to be – we need to start thinking differently about sleep and its importance in maintaining health […]

SWITCH OFF if you want to be able to switch off!

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Speaking with the lady who helps me organise my social media, the lovely Natalie of Bo Tree Marketing, about the pros and cons of accessing emails while on holiday, it struck me that the whole point of my approach to healthy living and creating Wellness Homes (now a recognised term in the USA), is the importance of giving ourselves time to truly switch off. This is vitally important, not only at night, when we wish to sleep, but also for […]

Every 10 years of shift work reduces cognitive ability by 6.5 years

Shift work has an ageing effect on the brain Long-term shift work has an ageing effect on the brain that leads to an impaired ability to think and remember, according to a new study carried out on 3,000 workers who have done shift work for more than 10 years. Dr Philip Tucker, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Swansea University, who was part of the team that conducted the study, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that test […]

Sleep Deprived? You May Be Too Hot or Too Cold

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Do you actively ensure that your bedroom is a particular temperature or do you not give it a second thought? I was really interested to read an article in The Daily Mail reporting results of a survey carried out by the hotel chain, Travelodge.  They reported that “Almost 90% of the participants had trouble sleeping due to the temperature of their bedroom”. Do you experience issues sleeping due to your bedroom temperature? Do you sleep with your window open or […]

Light from Electronic Gadgets Interferes with Your Sleep

Sleep and Technology Don’t Mix: Why You Need to Set an Electronic Curfew By Dr. Mercola About 95 percent of Americans use an electronic device within one hour of going to sleep, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll. Furthermore, nearly all adults (89 percent) and the majority of children (75 percent) have at least one electronic device, such as a television, tablet, or smartphone, in their bedrooms. This has a major implication on the quality of your sleep, in […]

Exposure to TVs and Computers Disrupts Children’s sleep

A poll conducted for Time4Sleep, an online bed retailer, has revealed that 38 per cent of parents regularly cave in to pressure to allow young children to stay up, watching TV or playing video games after 9 pm, rather than making them go to bed. The study has also discovered that electronic equipment, such as TVs and computers, give off “blue light” which causes disrupted sleep. Blue light regulates our secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Put simply, when we are […]

Could your Bedroom be Making You Fat?

Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research, while studying over 100,000 British women, have discovered a link between obesity and the amount of light in their bedrooms at night. They found that the more that the women were able to see across their bedrooms at night, the larger their waistlines. Light in the bedroom at night disrupts our 24-hour body clock (known as our circadian rhythm), decreasing the production of melatonin, which regulates sleep patterns and increasing the production of the stress hormone cortisol, […]

How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

Many successful people, such as Winston Churchill, have famously taken naps during the day (now known as ‘power naps’) to help sustain their alertness and concentration. A Wall Street Journal article has now detailed recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when. Lifehacker, of the Huffington Post says “The sleep experts in the article say a 10-to-20-minute power nap gives you the best “bang for your buck,” but depending on what you want the nap to do for you, […]

Supportive Interior Design for Sounder Sleep

Supportive Interior Design for Sounder Sleep “Amanda really supported me in creating the atmosphere I wanted; she suggested colour schemes which worked really well which I would never have thought of. I became aware that my home is a reflection of what is going on inside me, so when my house was cleared, I felt cleared emotionally, too.” Tina Bolyos, Design Consultant Making a space into your sanctuary Is there a room you’d like to turn into a work space, or […]