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How To Get The Kids To Sleep This Christmas

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Christmas is very nearly upon us, along with all the joy and excitement the big day brings. But as every parent knows Christmas is also a time when children’s sleeping patterns can go a bit awry, leaving one tired and cranky child – the last thing you need over the turkey! Read more about how to get the kids to sleep this Christmas…

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Feeling Depressed? Then You Need A Good Night’s Sleep!

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Are you the sort of person who always sees the glass as half-empty? Do you worry about things going wrong, even though logically you know they can’t? Do you often find yourself snapping at your nearest and dearest and don’t know why? The answer could be as simple as getting a good night’s rest!

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5 Great Mattress Care Tips

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A well cared for mattress will provide you a great night’s sleep for a long time to come. We stock great quality mattresses, but with a little extra tender love and care they can last for even longer.

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3 Tips To Help You Get More Sleep

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In our last blog, we looked at the health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. We showed you that sleep can help you improve your memory, make you less stressed and help make you a better athlete. So, you know why it’s good for you – but how can you get more sleep?!

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The Health Benefits of Sleep

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Shakespeare described sleep as “chief nourisher in life’s feast”, and all these years later we think Will had it spot on! Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to keeping your body healthy. Here’s 5 ways in which a good night’s rest can help you to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle and reap the health benefits of sleep.

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Designing Your Bedroom For Maximum Slumber Points

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The bedroom is the most important part of the home. It’s the place where should be able to get away from all the stresses of modern life and just be able to relax. In this blog, we take a look at some of the ways you can ensure that your bedroom is a calming, relaxing area where you can get your beauty sleep!

De-Clutter

It’s the end of a long day and you’re ready to just drop into bed, close your eyes and float away to dreamland. But if you’ve got a messy or cluttered bedroom, then the chances are you’re going to be up all night. Having lots of clutter makes the room look small, messy and above all chaotic which won’t help your mood before bedtime. And the more furniture, clothes, magazines, books or ornaments you have dotted around, then the more dust gets trapped meaning you coughing and spluttering for hours and wake up more tired then when you went to bed.

Tidy away any mess you might have in your bedroom before heading to sleep. If you think you’ve got too much furniture then maybe it’s time for a downsize. Make your bedroom more efficient, and clear away some space to actually move around in and you’ll find going to bed a much more relaxing experience.

Calming Colours

Different colours affect our moods. It may sound corny, but having bright reds and oranges in the bedroom can make you feel restless and energetic. Try using more calming, pastel colours. Pale blues and greens and creamy, misty white can have a much more calming effect and will help you to relax.

Use More Soft Furnishings

As humans we often find that touching soft things make us feel more relaxed and happy – stroking a pet for instance. By using soft furnishings in your bedroom you can make the room much more comfortable, and somewhere that you do want to flop down into at the end of the day.

Soft furnishings are also great at soundproofing a room. They soak up the noise that gets created from other rooms in the house or noises from outside. And lets face it, there’s nothing getting then getting cuddled up into bed with a cosy pillow under your head!

Use Subdued Lighting

Bright lights bring to mind a hospital ward, which aren’t usually the first places you think of before a good night’s sleep! Try to soften any harsh lighting with lampshades and smaller, slightly dimmer lights. And if you enjoy reading in bed, then a good side table lamp is a must but try not to make it too glaring.

By following these tips, you can help to make your bedroom a cosy corner of the house that is your perfect chill out space!

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Selecting the Right Bedroom Lighting

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Bedrooms are spaces of comfort, tranquillity and sanctuaries where we can relax after a hectic day. Because of this, you need to make sure that the bedroom lighting you choose to illuminate your bedroom creates an atmosphere of relaxation, meaning you get a good night’s sleep.

Interior décor and lighting of bedrooms vary a lot depending on taste and individual needs; however, some items, such as beds, nightstands, and nightstand lamps are common.

When decorating, think carefully because décor should evoke a feeling of calmness and tranquillity.

Beds are an element that creates an atmosphere of warmth and peace; incorporate nightstands – not necessarily matching – of about the same height as the mattress to both provides space for useful accessories and anchor the bed.

Although lighting solutions are endless, it’s important to carefully consider your lighting as it sets up the ambiance. How about applying a multi-layered approach and introduce nightstand lamps? They come in a range of options for shapes, sizes, colours, materials, and finishes to choose from and match the décor.

Table lamps flanking the bed are a smart solution that provides adequate task lighting and complements general illumination; furthermore, they enhance the décor and embellish the space, adding style, elegance, and balance.

Be careful when installing the lamps, remember they should be tall enough to cast light over the shoulder for reading. Note that the amount of emitted light depends on the shade colour, the lighter the shade, the brighter the glow; in addition, a narrow shade brim casts direct light, while a wider brim illuminates a larger area.

Applying dimmers is a smart concept because dimmers are the easiest way to control brightness.

As for the style, the decision depends on the personal taste; however, choose lamps that complement the décor; furthermore, lamp sets provide an opportunity to use matching lighting fixtures and create a harmonious look. Another option is to pick eye-grabbing lamps that become focal points of the space.

Generally, try with bedside tables and lamps in pairs for a clean, balanced look; be creative and add co-ordinating accessories for a touch of charm and luxury to create a stylish, inviting bedroom.

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Over a third of us “work from our beds”

A study, taken by Infosecurity Europe, found that over a third of people admit to staying up late doing work in their beds.

The study, undertaken by Infosecurity Europe, queried over 1000 business men and women about their working habits.

In an astonishing result, 35 per cent claimed to ‘work from our beds’, carrying out office chores from the comfort of a bed while 5 per cent even claimed they averaged two hours of working in bed a day.

The increase in accessibility to wireless internet connections through the likes of laptops, tablets and mobile devices is thought to be one of the catalysts for the surprising numbers – not to mention the advantage of staying snuggled-up in bed!

However, Claire Sellick, and event director for Infosecurity Europe, claimed that workers are “going too far” by working in bed.

“On the darker side, this survey reveals the scale of the problem for IT security departments who have to secure sensitive communications or transactions, wherever they are being made,” she said.

“Of people who work from a mobile device, more than 1 in 4 admitted they don’t use strong security so they are leaving themselves vulnerable to security breaches.”

One of those surveyed, Tim Howard, said: “I check and send emails before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning.”

Although, he added: “I try not to spend too much time on it.”

Of those who admitted to working in bed, 73 per cent were male.

Working from bed is great for getting a head start on projects, but it’s not such a good idea for a healthy night’s sleep. Studies have shown that activity on mobile phones and laptop screens makes our brains work harder, meaning that when we eventually turn off and try to get some shut eye, our brains are still working trying to process the information they’ve just taken in. Consequently, you lie awake going over and over the same thing and wake up more tired then when you went to sleep. Still think you’re getting a head start in the office?

 

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Does the NHS need to have double beds on wards?

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Having a baby is a joyous, awe-inspiring, stressful and frightening experience, so it’s understandable that many women want their partners to be with them every step of the way. That’s why the NHS is proposing to install double beds into pregnancy wards so that partners can remain together before, during and after labour.

NHS Hospitals are contemplating installing double beds into their pregnancy units so that fathers can remain close to their spouses.

The initiative is designed to make prospective fathers more involved with the child birth process and is part of the government’s £25m scheme to improve the state of the maternity sector in NHS Hospitals.

While the birth of newborn is intended to be a momentous event for a couple, it can also prove to be a stressful and anxious period – something which the inclusion of double beds in hospitals could help to diminish.

The health minister, Dr Dan Poulter, explained the government’s proposal. “The period after a baby is born is clearly a very joyous time but it is also a very stressful time – relationships are most likely to break up in the year after a baby.”

He added: “Hospitals need to respond to what women want, and what their families want.

“It might be a bigger birthing pool so that the mum and dad can both get in more easily – or it might be a question of providing double beds, so couples can be together when a premature baby has to stay in hospital.”

The introduction of double beds to hospitals will also help to prevent the affect of post-natal depression on new Mums with a recent study claiming that around one in three women claimed to have had suicidal thoughts after giving birth.

What do you think? Is it a good plan? Should is be tried out across other wards? Let us know by commenting below!

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