Sure sign of spring by blmiers2, on flickr
We’re looking forward to the unofficial start of spring this weekend as we set our clocks forward and jump into daylight saving time. However, even this small transition can throw our circadian rhythm out of sync, leading to increased fatigue and grogginess. Luckily, there are several simple ways to get back on track and wake up well-rested Monday morning.
1. Soak up sunlight at the right time Since our circadian rhythm is affected by the balance of light and darkness, you can help to reset yours by heading outside at dawn this Saturday and Sunday. If that’s not feasible, limiting your time outside at sunset can also help with the transition.
2. Exercise Spending time exercising outdoors on Sunday is a great way to ease into the time change, as you’ll most likely feel tired and ready for bed earlier. Although it’s frequently debated, sleep experts recommend exercising in the morning for better sleep, as vigorous exercise before bedtime can keep you up later.
3. Eat dinner a little earlier To fully prepare for your earlier bedtime, you might want to eat dinner a bit earlier Sunday night (particularly important if you are typically a night owl)! You also might consider having a meal that promotes sleep, while avoiding caffeine intake late in the day.
How do you deal with the transition to daylight saving time? We’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below!
If you haven’t yet experienced the lightweight, lofty warmth of a Cuddledown comforter, or the comfort of our supportive mattress pads, now’s the perfect time to do so. Our annual comforter and mattress pad sale ends on Monday, March 3rd – don’t miss your chance to save!
Cuddledown's comforter sale ends Monday!
Jeremy Abbot and teammates at the Sochi Olympics team figure skating medal ceremony
For Olympians like Jeremy Abbot, going for the gold starts with getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, Abbot even brought his own queen-size mattress to Sochi so that he could avoid tossing and turning on the twin-size beds at the Olympic village! Reflecting on his experience at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Abbot told NBCOlympics.com, “I toss and turn a lot. For the two and a half weeks I was in Vancouver I didn’t sleep one full night because I was always afraid that I was going to roll off the bed.”
Talking about his portable queen-size mattress, Abbot commented that “[The mattress] is really high; it’s a legitimate bed. Getting it here was a pain; it weighs 25 pounds. I literally packed a suitcase just for the bed, but it’s definitely worth it.”
Sleep experts agree that as little as one extra hour of sleep per night can improve athletic performance. In an interview on the Huffington Post, sleep specialists Haley A. Davis and James B. Maas, Ph.D explained how athletes can reap the maximum benefits from sleep. By sleeping at least 7 hours and delaying early morning exercise until later in the day (if possible), athletes can improve their muscle memory, leading to better performance.
We hope all of the Olympians have been able to get some much-needed sleep in Sochi – and a big congrats to Jeremy Abbot and his teammates (above) for their bronze medal in the figure skating team competition!
Even though winter is still in full-swing here in Maine, we’re getting ready for spring with our big winter clearance sale! Save up to 80% on bedding, sleepwear, comforters and more – click on the image below to start shopping. Quantities are limited, so don’t miss your chance to scoop up some of the best deals of the season!
Cuddledown's Winter Clearance Event
We’ve been enjoying some lovely, spring-like weather here in Maine lately, but we know we haven’t seen the last of winter! We’re still getting plenty of use out of our cozy comforters and warm pajamas – and you can, too. Our winter white sale ends next Wednesday; don’t miss your chance to save on bedding, blankets, sleepwear and more. Click on the graphic below to shop our sale!
Save during Cuddledown's Winter White Sale!
Tokyo Bay Barbarella Watch - on sale at cuddledown.com!
Still picking out gifts for a few people on your list? No worries! There’s still time to get it to them in time for Christmas. To help take out some of the guesswork, we’ve added a handy holiday shipping map to our site, showing the cutoff dates for standard shipping. Want send a comforter to Washington state and have it arrive by the 25th? Never fear – you can expedite it until December 20th (the cutoff date for overnight delivery is 1:00 PM EST, December 20th). Happy shopping!
Don’t miss your chance to save – our Black Friday sitewide sale ends tonight. Click the image below to access the promotion!
Last day to save 25% sitewide at cuddledown.com!
Want to take a break from the mall & do a little online shopping instead? At cuddledown.com, our Black Friday sale is still going on – save 25% sitewide! If you need a little help finding just the right gift, our Holiday Gift Guide is full of wonderful ideas to make your gift giving easier.
Our Black Friday sale continues at cuddledown.com
Psst … have you checked out our clearance section lately? Our annual clearance event is going on now, with savings up to 80% off! To find out more about upcoming promotions, sign up for our email list! And, to shop the clearance event, click on the image below. Happy shopping!
Cuddledown's year-end clearance event!
Today, we’re honoring all those who have served our country, past or present. We sincerely thank you for your time and dedication.
Veterans Day by brianjmatis, on flickr
On a different note, today is also the final day of our president’s birthday celebration – which means that it’s the final day of free shipping at cuddledown.com! Click through the link to start shopping: Free Shipping
Don’t tell our boss! While he’s out celebrating his birthday, we’re offering you free shipping sitewide! Click through this link to activate the promotion: Free Shipping
Hurry, free shipping ends Monday, November 11th. Now’s the perfect time to start picking out comfy holiday gifts for your friends and family (and yourself)!
Free shipping this weekend, November 8-11!
It’s that time of year again! We’re starting to think about making our homes a little cozier for the holidays, and what better place to start than with the guest bedroom. If you’re a little strapped for time (who isn’t?) but want to perk up a tired guest bed, why not add …
Cuddledown Extra Thick Waterproof Comfort Pad
A mattress pad! Although they aren’t the most glamorous element of a top-notch bed, mattress pads are essential in transforming a comfy bed into one that you’ll never want to leave. Not sure which mattress pad to choose? A couple of our favorites are the Ultimate Comfort Mattress Pad (with an average of 4.8/5 stars in 69 reviews) and the Plush Wool Fleece Pad that’s both cushiony and moisture wicking. For more help picking the perfect mattress pad, our article on How to Choose the Perfect Mattress Pad and mattress pad video are handy resources.
We’ll have more tips for getting your guest bedroom in tip-top shape soon – stay tuned!
We’re celebrating Columbus Day with a sale! Today only, save 20% sitewide at cuddledown.com! If you’re starting to think about stocking up on warmer sheets and cozy sleepwear for cooler weather, now’s the perfect time to find just what you’re looking for. But don’t wait – the sale ends tonight at midnight!
Columbus Day sitewide sale at cuddledown.com!
If you’re in Maine this weekend, we’d love to see you at our retail store! For directions and additional information, simply click on the image.
Columbus Day sale at our Freeport store!
Dempsey Challenge 2012 participants
There is still time to sign up for the Dempsey Challenge, taking place during Columbus Day weekend! Celebrating its fifth year anniversary, the Dempsey Challenge is a run/walk/cycle fundraiser for the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine.
Founder Patrick Dempsey (of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame) created the Cancer Center for Hope & Healing after his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The center provides counseling, integrative medicine, and support for patients, as well as resources for families and loved ones. This event is their major fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Dempsey Center.
Cuddledown employees have participated in the Challenge since it began, and this event is one that we hold close to our heart. If you’d like to support the wonderful work of the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, please visit their website for more information or to make a donation. And, for anyone participating in the Challenge next weekend, good luck!!