5 Tips on Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Psychologists at the University of Warwick recently published a study which determined that “improving your sleep makes you feel as good as a lottery winner”. The quality of sleep, the study reported, is much more important than the quantity of sleep with regards to improved health and overall wellbeing.

Specifically, Dr Nicole Tang of the university’s Department of Psychology found that “improving your sleep quality leads to levels of mental and physical health comparable to those of somebody who’s won a jackpot of around £200,000”.

5 Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep

While not everyone may be lucky enough to win a jackpot playing the US Powerball lottery, all of us are capable of improving the quality of our sleeping patterns.

Here are five tips which will help you get a good night’s sleep.

Maintain a regular sleep schedule. If you maintain a good circadian rhythm, your body will know instinctively when to go to sleep and when to get up in the morning. You should avoid long naps and save sleeping for night time and stick to a regular sleep schedule as much as possible, even on weekends. Your body’s internal clock will help you sleep when you need to sleep and stay awake the rest of the day.

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Bedding Tips: To Be Fall Ready & Sleep Better

We are now leaving the Summer behind us and heading into Autumn. With the evenings beginning to cool it’s time to think about changing the bedding for having a better nights sleep. I love this time of year. With fall beginning, leaves falling from the trees, colder nights. It’s time to dig out the Autumn and Winter duvet and prepare the bedroom.

I have put some tips together to help you get Fall ready:

Cosy Bedding

I absolutely adore warm snuggly duvet with gorgeous duvet covers. You can get some really lovely duvet covers which can compliment your Autumn bedroom. A relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom can make for better sleep.

Here are some of my favourite Autumn/Winter duvet cover designs.

This stunning stag design gives your bedroom that toasty log cabin feel.

Stag Duvet Cover Design - Autumn Bedding

The Innsbruck Grey Duvet gives you the Winter and Christmassy feeling.

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You can also add bedspreads and throws to your bed for extra warmth. I love rustic colours and country patterns for this time of year for the bedroom. It really freshens up the whole room, yet keeping it warm and cosy.

Adding a patterned duvet with geometric shapes adds another dimension to the theme of your bedroom.

Curtains

Why not invest in some lovely new curtains for your Autumn bedroom to update the look. I think pretty designed curtains make a room that extra special.

These latte coloured curtains are the perfect shade of colour for Autumn. Curtains are great for keeping out the cooler air for this time of year, leaving you to have a better nights sleep.

latte-curtains

If you are planning on updating your bedroom for the fall season, why not also take a look at the children’s bedrooms.

Kids need to have the perfect sleep-inducing environment. A room that is quiet, dark and cool can help to promote better sleeping habits.

To achieve this environment, thick and heavy curtains or blackout curtains are key. There are a fantastic range of children’s curtains for Autumn on Yorkshire Linen.

I have to say that my favourite are the moonlight navy blackout curtains. Perfect for that dreamy kids bedroom, yet blocking out the light.

 

moonlight blackout curtains

Accessories

There are some wonderful accessories out there that you can find for the bedroom. Lovely pictures, cushions and a thick warm cosy rug are great additions to your Autumn bedroom to add colour and style.

 

autumn-bedroom-mood-board

Are you ready for Autumn yet? Do you plan to give your bedroom or your children’s an Autumn makeover?

I would love to hear your ideas.

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Fussy Baby – Word of the Week

The word that sums up my week is Fussy. I have one little fussy 14 week old baby on my hands this week. Bless her she doesn’t cry just fusses. Her bottom lip comes out and it’s so cute. 
Word of the Week - Fussy

She has begun her teething journey. We have been going through numerous bibs a day covered in drool. She chews like crazy on her hands and Sophie the Teething Giraffe. She is just little miss fussy pants this week. We have been having lots of cuddles so I haven’t been able to get a lot done at all this week. 


Sophie the Teething Giraffe

Also this week has been a complete turnaround for baby girls sleep pattern. We have been having 6-7 hours sleep for a few weeks. It’s been glorious for me! But now fussy baby girl has been waking at least 3x a night. Like I said before she doesn’t cry, just makes her fussy noises. I pick her up and give her a little dream feed and off she goes back to sleep again. It’s very tiring and draining. 
A few weeks back I heard about an app called The Wonder Weeks and it tells you when your baby is going through her mental development and growth leaps. Baby girl is in one of her leaps now so that explains her fussiness. She is in leap 4 at the moment where the little red baby head is shown in the picture below, and lasts for another 23 days!. This leap is known as the World of Events

The Wonder Weeks App

After this leap she will be able to perceive smooth transitions with her senses. Like grasping with her hands. This is completely correct as she picked my glasses off my face yesterday and threw them on the floor! She has also started to react to her name and is always looking to see where her dad or I am. These are all new developments.
So there you have the one word that sums up my week – Fussy.

I hope you have all had a better week than me! 

Have a great weekend.



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