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Sleepin’ and the Savin’ o’ the Green at Cuddledown!

Ireland rolling green hillsOn St. Patrick’s Day every schoolkid in America knows it’s time to wear green or get pinched!  There are many such traditions around this day celebrating all things Irish, most of which don’t have anything to do with Ireland, or the real St. Patrick, but are still fun to celebrate.

The color green is, in fact, a powerful symbol. In ancient Ireland, the shamrock or “seamrog,” (pronounced “seamroy” in Gaelic), symbolized the rebirth of spring. During the 1800s, it was a symbol of rebellion against the British and to wear it on a military uniform was a crime punishable by death. Thus the “the wearing of the green” became a powerful point of national pride. And of course, the color is Ireland itself, with its rolling hills of verdant green!

Cuddledown Liuan Sateen Bedding

Liuan Sateen

Green is a soothing, serene color for the bedroom, and at Cuddledown, our buyers have found bedding, sleepwear and home décor to satisfy those who love the color of the Irish! And you can save the green on our smooth sateen!  Of course, if green isn’t your thing – we also have all the colors of the rainbow – just no pot of gold!

Sláinte mhaith (“good health”) and enjoy the holiday, whether you’re wearing green or not!

“Rush More” to Save — Why President’s Day Includes Sales?!

Mount Rushmore Ever wonder what’s with all the sales on President’s Day?  Or why it’s even called “President’s Day?” Thanks to the History Channel, we’ve learned more about the holiday and how it came to be, and have shared the highlights here!

In 1885 the government created an official, nation-wide holiday to recognize our first president, George Washington, and it was held on his actual birthday, February 22.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon issued an executive order, passing an act known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, that moved the dates of certain holidays to create more three-day weekends for workers. Thus the holiday formerly known as Washington’s Birthday was changed to the third Monday in February, and at the same time, the name was changed to President’s Day, to honor both Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as the date fell between their birthdays.

With the new three-day weekend, retailers took advantage and began to promote sales during the post-Christmas down time. Over the years, the retail opportunity has taken off and many businesses hold such sales during the holiday. Cuddledown too, is taking the opportunity to share some discounts with our customers!

Cuddledown Comforter and Mattress Pad SaleDuring this month, our once-a-year comforter and mattress pad sale is going on – with big savings on many Cuddledown items made right here in the USA! And during the holiday weekend itself, our Freeport Outlet Store here in Maine, is having a President’s Weekend sale with 25% off all regularly priced merchandise and deep discounts on select items, such as 50% off comforters, up to 70% off duvet covers and even pillow shams for $3-5!

So although it may seem like an odd way to honor our country’s leaders, you can do your Presidential part and go get something comfy – on sale!

 

Pretty in Pink – Cuddledown Review of the Week!

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Oversized Synthetic Blanket by "Ms. Pink"

We love our Cuddledown fans! And apparently “Ms. Pink” from Hyannis, MA, loves our soft, quilted Oversized Synthetic Blanket, saying in her five-star review on our website:

“I absolutely love this blanket! Generously sized, launders beautifully, gorgeous soft pink. If bedding could be called soothing this is it. I just received the sheets in same color and am equally impressed!”

Gee, thanks Ms. Pink!!  :)

She also shared with us a photo of her lovely bedroom utilizing our blanket (which, by the way, comes in a variety of colors, if pink isn’t your thing!).

If you’d like to share your images and/or thoughts about our products, you can review them on each individual product’s page on our website.  You can also post photos here to our blog, or on our Facebook page!

 

 

 

 

Golden Globes inspires fashion use for comforters!

Jennifer Lawrence Golden Globes "comforter" dress

Jennifer Lawrence Golden Globes "comforter" dress

For anyone watching the 2014 Golden Globe awards show, actress Jennifer Lawrence’s dress caused quite a stir!  Not because it was inappropriate or singularly unattractive, but because for some reason, her dress just took off in the webosphere becoming an internet meme, with people emulating it on a cat, on a man, on a Barbie doll, using a napkin, a sail and then this image utilizing a product we’re very familiar with!

Tweeter @LanaDelRny posted this comfy version of JLaw’s Christian Dior gown. We felt that it hit the right note of comfort and fashion, and who knows, perhaps it could be a new product line for Cuddledown?

Cuddledown Wishes You a Comfy New Year!

Cuddledown's Winter White SaleWe could say our New Year’s resolution is to get outdoors and go jogging, but then again, it’s 8 degrees outside!? Or we could actually uncover the exercise bike that’s being used for a clothes hanger… but then where would we hang our clothes??  So perhaps a more realistic and comfy resolution is to crawl back under the covers in our cozy beds and catch some more ZZZZZs!

Our New Year’s wish for everyone is happiness and good health – and of course that means getting a good night’s sleep!  Right now, you can refresh and renew your bedroom with cozy, new bedding – now on sale! So relax, enjoy the day, and if you’re ready to start the New Year with some new bedding – you can shop from the comfort of your couch in our Winter White Sale!

When the Snow Miser appears – it’s time to get cozy!

Here in Maine, today we all woke up to ungodly cold temperatures – all in the negative range (from -5 or so in Yarmouth where our offices are, to -18 inland!)  So, needless to say, avoiding the chill is going to be a challenge! However, here at Cuddledown, we know everything there is to know about staying warm and cozy!

From our lofty, insulating down comforters (up to an amazing 1000 fill power!) to luxuriously snuggly faux fur throws, to warm and comfy UGG® slippers, boots, gloves and earmuffs, to soft cotton flannel PJs and bedding – we’ve got your back when it comes to keeping warm! And we are even offering some of our toasty, snuggly goodness on sale now!

Snow MiserAnd PS: when you’ve got warm and cozy Cuddledown in your life, this guy can’t win!!

It’s Flannel PJ Friday! PLUS they’re 40% off for 40 hours!

Cuddledown's 40% off for 40 hours sale-Flannel SleepwearAs this is the last first Friday of our 40th Anniversary (confused yet?), here at Cuddledown we’re celebrating with a great sale on our comfy flannel sleepwear collection! You’ll save 40% off for 40 hours! At this time of year, who doesn’t want to snuggle up in soft, comfy PJs or a nightgown? This perfectly cozy collection of sleepwear makes for a great gift, for your loved ones or for you!

Our collection includes a nice mix of traditional, classic button down, 100% cotton flannel pajama sets, nightshirts or nightgowns, as well as more trendy knit cotton tops matched with comfy flannel pants (for wearing as lounge pants too). And you’ll be all set for the holidays, with fun winter hats, cheerful snowflakes, or soothing pine tree designs!

So don’t miss out on this last chance to save 40% off – the clock’s ticking!

Who came up with that name “Cyber Monday”? Robots?

Robots - Rosie, R2D2, C3PO, Wall-EWhenever I hear that term “Cyber Monday” I picture a bunch of robots out doing my shopping for me – and wouldn’t that be awesome?! Online shopping comes in a close second in my book though – sure beats standing in line with hundreds of tired, annoyed shoppers!

According to Dictionary.com, the term “Cyber Monday” was first used as part of a marketing strategy in 2005 to refer to the Monday following Black Friday, and featured online shopping deals.

Dictionary.com defines the prefix “cyber” as referencing “computer,” “computer network,” or “virtual reality.” From the Greek root word “kybernetes,” meaning “steersman,” it is used in compound words like “cyberart,” “cyberspace,”and “cybernetics.” While use of the prefix boomed with the widespread use of the Internet in the 1990s, its English origin dates back to 1948, when U.S. mathematician Norbert Wiener came up with “cybernetics,” the study of human control functions and of mechanical and electronic systems designed to replace them. Weiner applied statistical mechanics to engineering, paving the way for computer programming. In cybernetics, human knowledge creates and guides electronic systems, metaphorically steering them.

Cyber Monday at Cuddledown, save 25% off and free shipping!This Cyber Monday, you’ll be steered towards some great deals and here at Cuddledown we have our share – everything online is 25% off, plus you’ll get free shipping! So don’t wait, do some cybershopping and save – time and money!  And tell them Rosie the Robot sent you!

 

Happy Thanksgiving – enjoy the day and save 25% off!

First ThanksgivingMost retailers would agree that Black Friday has become one of, if not the most, important sales periods of the entire year – in fact many businesses depend on it. However, what started as sales on the day following Thanksgiving, has now expanded into taking over Thanksgiving Day as well. Only a few states here in New England – where the Puritans first celebrated (thus beginning a holiday tradition) – still have “blue laws” which prevent most stores from opening on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving sale 25% off At Cuddledown, we began as a small family-owned business, and believe our employees and our customers should be able to enjoy the day at home with family and friends. However, we also want to provide great deals for our customers, so we’ve started our Black Friday sale early online only! Save 25% off everything online, and never leave your couch!

 

How Cuddledown celebrates Thanksgiving – by giving a comforter away!

Cuddledown Ruby Anniversary giveawayIn honor of our 40th anniversary (also known as the “Ruby Anniversary”) we thought we’d celebrate by giving away one of our luxurious comforters! Our Ruby Jacquard Scroll comforter is as cozy as it is gorgeous (and the color is perfect for the holidays)!  It’s simple – all you have to do to enter the contest is sign up for Cuddledown’s emails. And with Black Friday deals coming up – you’ll be among the first to know, so it’s a win either way !

Since it’s our 40th anniversary, we’ve been researching the 70s, and found that in 1976, in the year of our country’s bicentennial, President Gerald Ford and Congress designated the week of Thanksgiving “National Family Week.” In an article posted at the Retro Housewife, the author outlines the history of Thanksgiving, including the following:

Thanksgiving and family are two words that have become inseparably linked ever since this – rich tradition began with the pilgrims 355 years ago in December 1621. ”Thanksgiving is the oldest and most truly American of our national holidays,” contended Ralph Linton,” renowned American anthropologist. “It has changed less in its intention and in the manner of its celebration than any other of our holidays, national or international. The founders of America had never heard of most of the things we now do at Christmas or Easter, but Thanksgiving is still very much what the Pilgrims made it – A giving of thanks for divine bounty coupled with a practical demonstration of that bounty.”

“Thanksgiving, even more than Christmas, is the holiday which brings scattered kindred together,” he continued, “Old family jokes and stones are shared and for a little while all hands bask in a sense of belonging to an intimate, affectionate group. They may go back to their separate homes later, but for a while they have been part of something larger than themselves.”

Following in this tradition, at Cuddledown, we’re closed on Thanksgiving (unlike many of the big box stores), so our employees (and customers) can spend the day relaxing and celebrating with their familes and friends. We’ll be enjoying the holiday with our loved ones, and wish you the same!

How to Sleep Better in 10 Easy Steps (part 2)

Insomnia - how to sleep better in 10 easy stepsAs promised, here’s Part Two of our guest blogger Peter Litchfield’s post on employing natural methods for better sleep! Having been through chronic insomnia himself, Peter spent several years researching the topic and has developed a program, Six Steps to Sleep, recently touted by the National Sleep Foundation, to help people achieve better sleep.

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How To Sleep Better In 10 Easy Steps – (part two)

The Power of Routine

When it comes to sleep the body responds best to routine, which is why sleep quality deteriorates when we try to compensate for lost sleep by sleeping in late and taking naps during the day. The sleep-wake cycle is thrown out of sync and the body doesn’t know when it is supposed to be asleep. It becomes tired at odd hours and doesn’t shutdown when you require it to at bedtime. This situation can quickly spiral and trigger a bout of insomnia, which must then be treated using good sleep hygiene methods.

If you are prone to periods of poor sleep, or struggle to sleep well in general, you should go to bed at roughly the same time each night and wake at the same time each morning. Regardless of how long it takes you to fall asleep or how much sleep you get during the night, get up at the same time the next day, even on weekends. Your body will soon be longing for your head to hit the pillow at the end of the day, and will naturally begin wanting to sleep 6-8 hours before your usual waking time.

That said, getting a healthy sleep isn’t just about the routine of sleep, it’s also about routine preparation and relaxation. Give yourself ample time to wind down in the evening and put the day to bed before putting yourself to bed. Set strict rules for the cultivation of mental spaciousness in the evening.

Here is a list of 10 things you can do to create a mindset conducive to getting a good night’s sleep:

1. Stop working on your computer at least 3 hours before attempting to sleep.

2. Stop eating at least 3 hours before bed, and avoid any stimulants such as caffeine or high-sugar content foods in the evening.

3. Stop playing on digital devices such as a phone or tablet at least 2 hours before going to bed.

4. Do not engage in long telephone conversations, debates or arguments close to bedtime. Keep your stress levels as low as possible.

5. Heard the phrase “tidy life, tidy mind”? Well, making sure your bedroom is free of clutter will help your mind de-clutter too. The bedroom should be spacious and relaxing, a place where your mind can be free of distraction.

6. Make sure you change the air in your bedroom once a day so that your respiratory system can function smoothly while you sleep. Excessive dust and odors will cause you to sneeze, snore and prevent smooth breathing.

7. Don’t conduct any other activity in your bedroom other than sleep and sex. The bedroom should be a sanctuary for sleep, not a place for work or play.

8. Bring your day to a close by spending the last hour before bedtime doing something quiet that requires very little brainpower. You might choose to stretch, meditate or tidy up a little to put the day to bed.

9. Try light reading for 10 minutes if your mind is still overactive when you get into bed, but make sure you use a low wattage bedside lamp and turn the light away from you so that you aren’t overly stimulated by the brightness.

10. Don’t obsess over lost sleep. One common trait in all serial bad sleepers is the compulsive analyzing of lost sleep and their sleep habits. Getting a good night’s sleep is as much psychological as it is physical, which means worrying about not sleeping enough is only going to make the problem worse. We all have a bad night now and again, and the best way to ensure an odd night doesn’t become a habit is to forget about it and move on. Get on with your day as you would if you had slept like a baby. Continue your routine and focus on being positive, healthy and happy.

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Peter Litchfield_Sleep Hygiene ExpertPeter Litchfield is the author of “Six Steps to Sleep,” the popular, natural program that cures insomnia and improves overall sleep health.

How to Sleep Better in 10 Easy Steps (part 1)

Six Steps to SleepWe’re pleased to introduce our newest guest blogger, Peter Litchfield, author of “Six Steps to Sleep.” A good, sound night’s sleep is something that doctors all recommend, and unfortunately many of us struggle to achieve. Through many years of discovery and research, Peter learned how to sleep better and cure his own insomnia once and for all. Along with his book, he created a program, also titled “Six Steps to Sleep” which employs natural methods to better sleep, and which he’s shared with more than 100,000 people. His program was recently recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.
He’s generously shared his knowledge here with a guest post featuring not just six, but 10 recommended steps for a good night’s sleep – which will appear in Part Two of this post!

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How To Sleep Better In 10 Easy Steps (Part One)

Getting a good night’s sleep should be an easy, natural process; the day ends, you go to bed, sleep for 7 or 8 hours and wake feeling refreshed and raring to go. But for the large majority, the reality is quite different.

We’re sleeping 20% less than we did 100 years ago, and it’s costing us our health. In fact, the problem is so bad that 10 million Americans use prescription sleep aids, and more than 30% of the population suffers from insomnia. Lack of sleep has been linked to all sorts of health problems, including weight gain, weakened immunity, depreciating cardiovascular health and increased risk of depression, not to mention the risk of accidents – the National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) estimates fatigue is involved in one in six fatal road accidents.

Compounding our inability to get a proper night’s sleep is the allure of the 24-hour world, which is fuelled by the internet that enables non-stop communication, game playing and retail therapy. Add to the mix an increasing amount of stress and anxiety due to working too many hours and worrying about how to make ends meet and you’ve got the perfect recipe for insomnia.

Understanding the Human Sleep-Wake Cycle

In my experience, 90% of insomnia cases are self-inflicted, and I include my previous 15-year struggle in that figure, too. This might sound harsh to some, but the reality is that there are very few people who have insomnia because of a related health issue. Yes it’s true that many people who suffer depression and anxiety experience insomnia, but it’s also true that lack of sleep contributes greatly to these conditions, too.

In one major study of 10,000 adults, people with insomnia were five times more likely to develop depression. Lack of sleep can be an even greater risk factor for anxiety. In the same study, people with insomnia were 20 times more likely to develop panic disorder – a type of anxiety disorder. (Source: Resource from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School)

We all have the ability to improve the health of our sleep-wake cycle by making positive lifestyle and environment adjustments, and doing so has a hugely positive effect on the way we feel, think and function. Once we educate ourselves on the process of sleep and the things that can interfere with the sleep-wake cycle, it is very easy to improve sleep quality.

For example, simply understanding that the sleep-wake cycle has been designed to work in tandem with the light and darkness of day offers insight as to how humans are supposed to sleep; it’s no coincidence that melatonin levels rise as darkness falls and remain elevated through the night. It’s also worth considering that our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn’t have streetlights, bedside lamps, televisions and such. They slept within a few hours of sun down and rose with the sunlight, enduring little mental stimulation through the evening. This is the natural human cycle, and shifting your sleep pattern in alignment with that cycle will improve sleep quality and overall health.

As wonderful as artificial light is, we abuse its capability at the expense of our sleep. Staring at your computer, phone or tablet screen into the early hours of the morning is likely to affect the quality of your sleep. This is because the brain responds to stimulation, thus the modern term ‘LCD insomnia’.

The fact is that humans have not adapted to the 24-hour lifestyle of excessive evening stimulation, nighttime food binging, all-night partying and surviving the day propped up by stimulants to combat lack of sleep. And so the most positive thing you can do to improve your sleep health is reduce exposure to brain-stimulating activities in the evening and develop a sleep-friendly routine.

(Stay tuned for Part Two – featuring the 10 tips for better sleep!)

 

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Peter Litchfield_Sleep Hygiene ExpertPeter Litchfield is the author of “Six Steps to Sleep,” the popular, natural program that cures insomnia and improves overall sleep health.

Fall back (and don’t look at the sun)!

Eclipse viewing at Cuddledown

Eclipse viewing at Cuddledown

During the wee hours of Sunday, November 3, 2013, daylight savings time ends, gaining us an hour of sleep, at least in our minds. Harvard Medical School discusses why you really don’t gain that hour, and tips on how to adjust your sleep schedule.

In addition, there’s also a rare “hybrid” partial solar eclipse that can be viewed beginning at 5:19 a.m. EST (maximum viewing time is 6:13 a.m. with 61% coverage).

Normally you couldn’t get me out of my cozy, Cuddledown-enhanced bed on a Sunday at that early hour unless there was a fire or some other crisis… however, with the added hour of sleep… perhaps?

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Partial Solar Eclipse, Austin, TX, 2012 - credit: mrlaugh’s photostream

The “hybrid” solar eclipse will be visible from the East Coast here, to Europe, all the way to parts of Africa and the Middle East, according to EarthSky.com. The eclipse will begin over North America at sunrise and will move east through sunset on Sunday evening.

Unlike a total eclipse, or an annular eclipse (where the moon covers all but a bright ring around the circumference of the sun), this eclipse is a hybrid. It starts as an annular eclipse before the Moon’s orbit gets close enough to Earth to become a total eclipse. Of course here on the East Coast, we’ll just see a partial eclipse. Of the nearly 12,000 solar eclipses that have occurred since 1999 BC, fewer than five percent are hybrid eclipses, according to a report from Universe Today.

So don’t forget to turn your clock back when you go to bed (by 2:00 a.m. on Sunday). And if you are an early bird, or would love to see the rarely-occurring eclipse, either stay up, or get up early and enjoy (with safe viewing glasses of course – whatever you do, do NOT look directly at the eclipse!)

Pillows 40% off, for just 40 hours!!

Cuddledown pillows 40% off for 40 hoursIn need of a terrific sleep pillow?  Our Cuddledown comfy pillow features lofty, synthetic fill and a 100% cotton shell!  And, best of all, for the next 40 hours, you can get this pillow for 40% off!

You can choose from a soft pillow, perfect for stomach sleepers; a medium fill pillow – ideal for people who sleep on their backs or sides; or even an overfilled pillow, which supports the neck, perfect for side sleepers. Our synthetic fill is hypoallergenic and irritant free — it’s the next best thing to down itself and this pillow’s shell is soft, yet durable 100% cotton cambric fabric, and like all our shells, is Oeko-Tex certified to be free from harmful chemicals!  Plus our pillows are made right here in our Maine factory by our team of skilled bedding experts!

Don’t miss out on the chance to save big on a pillow that will provide you with true sleep comfort – but this deal is only good for 40 hours!

 

 

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