The Bedding Snob

Cultivating relaxation need not leave you starving for style …

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Behind-the-scenes: cuteness overload

It was an exciting day here at Cuddledown because we got to play with eight-week old bernedoodle puppies during our pet bed photo shoot! On top of lounging on comfy pet beds, they got tons of snuggles and treats. What could be better? Look out for photos of these adorable munchkins showing off their modeling skills in our upcoming catalogs. If you’re not already subscribed, you can request a free catalog here!

Stress relief in minutes

Green Tea by Martin Phox via Flickr

Excessive stress can cause many health issues, such as depression, weight problems and autoimmune diseases. With that in mind, it’s important to take proactive steps to reduce its toll. On days when there isn’t time for a yoga session or long, mind-clearing walk, try one of the following quick and simple methods. You can experience stress relief in a matter of minutes.

  1. Meditation is a great way to relieve stress and regain focus. Contrary to what many people believe, meditation doesn’t require sitting cross-legged on a floor in a silent room for hours. Simply close your eyes and focus on deep, even-paced breathing for five minutes while sitting in an upright position.
  2. Lavender has been known to reduce muscle pain, headaches and stress. The next time you need some calming relief, try using lavender scented lotion or lighting a candle infused with the relaxing scent. We also recommend trying our lavender scented luxury spa pillow for additional comfort.
  3. Green tea is not only high in antioxidants, it also reduces stress and increases focus. Brewing a cup is both quick and easy.
  4. Exercise aids in stress relief by releasing mood improving endorphins. When time is an issue, try short, Tabata type workouts. Research has shown that exercising for as little as ten minutes a day has positive effects on overall health.
  5. Massages are effective at reducing both stress and tension. Getting a good massage doesn’t require making a lengthy appointment at a spa. Chair massages, which range from 10-30 minutes, are often offered in shopping centers, airports and other convenient locations.

If you have any additional tips for stress relief, please share your ideas in the comment section below!

Cuddledown Product Review Spotlight – Moselle Cotton/Wool Blanket

With nights getting cooler as we transition into fall weather, it’s a great time to think about adding an extra layer to your summertime bedding. Our customer from Shingle Springs, California loves the Moselle Cotton/Wool Blanket and “would buy it over any other.”

Now’s also a great time to get the Moselle Cotton/Wool Blanket because it’s currently 30 percent off! Please feel free to share your images and/or thoughts about our products. You can review them on each individual product’s page on our website, post photos here on our blog, or on our Facebook page.

Shake up your routine! Tips for a healthy, happy retirement

Officially Retired Tiara Crown by Steven Repolo via Flickr

If you’re retired and find that you don’t always know what to do with your extra time, then keep on reading!

  1. Join a club- there are clubs for almost every hobby out there, whether it’s sports, arts and crafts, reading or playing card games. If you’re not sure what to join, start by making a list of the activities you enjoy the most or have always wanted to try but never had time to pursue.
  2. Be a foodie- who doesn’t like eating food? Designate a day of the week or month when you try a new restaurant or dish. Researching and planning the trip can be a fun and exciting experience for yourself or for you and your spouse. It’s also a great reason to go somewhere you’ve never been and meet new people.
  3. Find a part-time job or volunteer work- this may sound like the exact opposite of why you retired, but having a low-stress, part-time job is a great way to meet new people and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with it. Try choosing a job or volunteer position related to your hobbies and interests to make it even more fun.
  4. Go exploring- if traveling to a different country or state isn’t an option, then check out places in your own community or neighboring towns that you’ve never been to before. You can visit museums, parks, concerts, community events, libraries or scenic walking trails. If you live in Maine, visit our Maine places page for the inside scoop on hidden gems around the state. Or, if there aren’t many community events offered in your area and you enjoy event planning, volunteer to organize some!
  5. Spend quality time with your family- now that you have more control over your time, make sure to spend some of it with your loved ones. Plan visits with your children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Most retirees love post-work life, so reaching out to your retired friends for advice on what to do is another great idea. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you spend your retirement years happy, healthy and active! 

Grand parents on the North Pier by Snapshooter46 via Flickr

Labor Day weekend sale at our Freeport store!

Labor Day Sale - Freeport store

Save at our Freeport store this weekend! Click the image for store hours and directions

Save on your favorite Cuddledown products this weekend during our Labor Day Sale! If you’re in or around Maine, stop by our Freeport outlet store and save 20% on all regularly priced merchandise. You’ll find great deals on bedding, sleepwear, towels, and more, as well as items not found in our catalog or online!

Our annual pillow sale is also still going on at our Freeport outlet store, online and in our catalog. We hope you enjoy these great deals and have a nice long weekend!

Apps and devices made to help you sleep- good or bad?

Photo: "Sleeptime" by Kengo via Flickr

Have you ever monitored the light, sounds and movements that occur while you sleep? It sounds like something you’d see in a lab with scientists conducting research, but with today’s technology, we can now do all of that at home with easily obtainable apps and other devices. These range from apps you can download for free to masks that sell for a few hundred dollars.

Although these technologies aim to help you get a better night’s sleep, can some of them actually cause more harm than good? The newly developed sleep tracker from Sense, for example, monitors light, sounds and movement while you sleep and then provides a sleep score while also charting previous ones. Focusing on these grade-like scores, however, might just add another item to your list of things to stress about. Other devices go as far as monitoring your muscle tension, eye movements and brain activity. The NeuroOn does this while encouraging a 20 minute nap every four hours instead of the 7-8 hours that most sleep experts recommend.

Outside of supervised labs conducting research, do we really need all of these sleep devices? Recently, a smartphone caught fire when it slipped under the sleeper’s pillow and overheated. Since sleep apps require placing the smartphone near your pillow, it’s something to keep in mind. Getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be stressful or dangerous!

We would love you hear your thoughts about sleep apps and devices. Let us know by leaving a comment below!

 

Cuddledown Product Review Spotlight- 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down

Our lovely customer from Des Moines, Iowa uses our 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down products to create a cloud-like haven in her home. All of our down products also happen to be made right here in the USA! Here’s what she had to say about our 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow and 700 Fill Power Sateen Down Comforter:

 

If you’d like to get the popular 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow, now’s a great time to do so because our Annual Pillow Sale is going on!

Please feel free to share your images and/or thoughts about our products. You can review them on each individual product’s page on our website, post photos here on our blog, or on our Facebook page.

Back-to-school: Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleeping by Timothy Krause via Flickr

If your child is heading back to school in a couple weeks, then it’s important to understand the significance of getting a good night’s sleep and transition into more consistent bed time habits now that summer is sadly almost over. This is because studies have shown that sleep is not only critical for memory- leading to better grades- but that it has a big impact on one’s overall health. A good night’s sleep can help with grades, sports performance and alertness, which is crucial if they are driving to school or have to walk across busy streets. Going over the following tips with your child will help lead to a better night’s sleep.

1. Sunlight is a natural alarm clock, so if your child doesn’t need to get up at sunrise, try using blackout curtains or shades to keep the rays out. An extra tip for waking up less abruptly than a traditional alarm clock is to use a wake up light that gradually increases its brightness, simulating sunrise.

2. Although a nice long nap after a tiring school day sounds relaxing, it will disturb the body’s natural sleep cycle and make it harder to fall asleep later on. A short 15 minute nap will give a boost of energy without keeping your child awake at night.

3. Lastly, going to sleep at the same time every day helps set the circadian rhythm. With that in mind, it’s important to have a consistent bed time. Winding down about 30 minutes before bed also helps relax the mind and prepare it for sleep. Avoid high energy activities or using electronics that stimulate the mind.

On average, school-age children between the ages of five and twelve need about ten hours of sleep, while teenagers need nine. The infographic below shows just how important sleep is!

Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post

Cuddledown’s Annual Pillow Sale Starts Today!

If you’ve been thinking of replacing your pillow, there’s no better time to do so! During our annual pillow sale, save on all plush, comfy Cuddledown pillows, with styles to suit every sleeper (check out our Pillow Picker!). Plus, the more you buy, the more you save, so it’s a great time to stock up on holiday gifts. Click on the image below to find your perfect pillow!

~Happy shopping~

Back-to-School: Dorm Room Essentials

Warren | Moore Colleges: Double Room by Vanderbilt University via Flickr

This summer is flying by and many college students will be heading off to campus in just a few weeks. If your child happens to be in that group, then you’ve probably been hearing about all kinds of decorating ideas. As much fun as decorating a new space can be, it’s important to remember that comfort should also be a top priority. These 3 easy tips will be helpful in creating a much more comfortable living space, even if that space happens to be the size of a large closet.

1. The first thing to tackle is that questionable dorm mattress, which often comes with mysterious stains and odors. A featherbed will help to make it more comfortable and a quality mattress protector will help separate your child from all of the allergens, bed bugs and dust mites that could be lurking. Our Student Bed Protection Kit is a great option, as it includes protectors for the mattress and pillows. Plus, it has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

2. In addition to bed protection, soft sheets are also essential for sleeping comfortably. Finding high-quality sheets in twin XL, however, can be a struggle. Our 350 thread count twin XL sheets won’t fall apart after years of use, and come in a variety of colors to match any room. They’re also easy to clean, which your child will definitely appreciate!

3. Since space is limited and dorm room chairs can be uncomfortable, reading and studying away from the desk often happens. When studying in bed, reading pillows are great for helping your child sit comfortably. And when studying or hanging out in the student lounge or common area, cozy slippers are definitely necessary. UGG® slippers are warm, comfy and also trendy!

Check out our previous posts for even more tips on creating a cozy dorm space and for decorating ideas.

and so it begins by Stevie Rae via Flickr

Napping at work- forward thinking or faux pas?

Nap pod at Google HQ by Joe Loong via Flickr

Falling asleep at work has traditionally been a big no-no. Many employers think of it as a sign of laziness or an unproductive use of time. Research, however, shows that a short power nap can actually increase productivity by 34% and alertness by 100%. This leads to a much more efficient worker who is less likely to have accidents or make mistakes.

With such an increase in efficiency, some companies have started encouraging post-lunch naps. Just a few of those forward-thinking companies include Nike, Google and Ben & Jerry’s. Google has even installed napping pods and has designated certain areas as quiet space.

If you find yourself getting hit by the afternoon slump, but your office isn’t equipped with high-tech napping pods, try bringing a small pillow and travel blanket to work. You just may find that a quick 15 minute power nap will allow you to get much more work done than if you had decided to slog through the afternoon. For additional napping help, check out our previous blog post for more tips.

Let us know in the comment section below what your thoughts about napping at work are and if you happen to do it!

5 Tips to Sleep Cool this Summer

Hot summer weather is great for planning beach trips and BBQs, but it can be a nightmare to sleep in. If air conditioning isn’t an option, then try these five tips to beat the summer heat and get a good night’s sleep.

1. Increase air circulation- Fans make you feel cooler by increasing the rate sweat evaporates from the skin and also by redistributing the air. To maximize the fan’s effectiveness, try placing the fan in front of a window if it’s cooler outside. If it’s hotter outside, then place a bucket of ice between the fan and your bed.

2. Change your sheets- It’s time to ditch the flannel sheets for something more lightweight. Look for natural fibers since they’ll help wick away moisture and are much more breathable than synthetics. Linen and percale are great choices.

3. Take a cold shower- Before hopping into bed, take a cold shower to temporarily cool off, which will help you fall asleep faster. It will also make you more comfortable in bed by removing the sweat and stickiness built up during the day. For additional cooling relief, try using a peppermint infused shower gel.

4. Keep the sun out- Sunlight shining through the window will increase the temperature of your home. Closing the blinds during the day will maintain a cooler temperature that will carry into the night.

5. Freeze your bedding- Place your pillowcases, or all of your sheets, into a reclosable bag and then leave them in the freezer until you’re ready for bed. You can also try using items specifically made to be put in the freezer, like this soothing neck pillow. This simple trick takes sleeping on the cool side of the pillow to a whole other level.

Sweet dreams!

Sleepy Time via Alexandra Guerson on Flickr

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