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First Friday 40% off sale – Cuddledown Seersucker Sleepwear!

40% off Cuddledown Seersucker PJsIt’s that time again! The first Friday of the month where we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary with our “First Friday 40″ special sale!

You love our seersucker bedding for its lovely look and soft, lightweight feel. Now you can enjoy our Seersucker fabric in sleepwear – plus it’s now 40% off – but only for 40 hours!

Take advantage of the sale, and get the Mom in your life some sweet PJs or a cute nightgown or robe!

 

 

April showers bring May flowers …

May flowers

But what do May flowers bring?

It’s May 1, and here in Maine, we’re thrilled to see all the trees and flowers bloom and green grass return! May is also a great month for celebrating – the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day (not to mention my birthday)! :)

Speaking of Mother’s Day – we’ve created a great Mother’s Day gift guide with some terrific ideas for gifts we know she’ll love!

Last night I didn’t get to sleep at all – are separate bedrooms the answer?

How to sleep better - with a partner or alone?

How to sleep better - with a partner or alone?

To sleep together or alone?  Back in the day, our grandparents and generations prior, found nothing odd about sleeping in the same room in separate beds, or in completely separate bedrooms. Today, more and more couples are finding that sleeping together can be the cause of a poor night’s sleep and even lead to marital problems. Regardless of the potential disadvantages, many still wish to snuggle up for the night, and studies have found that most couples like to sleep back to back!

Snuggling with your hunny bunny aside, a hot topic of discussion today is whether sleeping alone might be a better idea for a solid night’s sleep. Last Night I Couldn’t Get to Sleep at All… no… noooooooooo!”  is how the popular 196os song by the 5th Dimension goes. Many of us suffer from a restless night’s sleep, and often the cause is a beloved spouse.  From snoring, to leg twitching, to cover stealing, to varying temperature preferences, sleeping with a partner can be a recipe for a wakeful night and a grumpy morning.

For beds, size matters!

For beds, size matters!

There are many remedies out there for snoring and you can find some great solutions for the cover stealers (separate twin comforters, for one thing), and for the heat miser/cold miser wars, a temperature regulating or dual warmth comforter can be a huge help.

However the most basic way to sleep better with a partner is to find the right size bed! Our “How to Sleep Better” infographic illustrates the advantages of a bigger bed for the most sleep comfort.  When it comes to beds, size apparently does matter!

Whether you choose to sleep together, or alone, finding the right bed, bedding and room environment can vastly improve your chances for a solid, restful night of ZZZZZZZZZs!

 

 

Earth Day 1973 – 2013

Scenic Maine, courtesy of the Harraseeket Inn

Scenic Maine, courtesy of the Harraseeket Inn

Hard to believe it’s been 43 years since the very first Earth Day!  Since today is “Flashback Friday” as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, and Monday is Earth Day, we thought we’d take a look back to Earth Day 1973.

Back in the late 1960s people became more aware of industrial pollution causing great harm to not only our environment, but to our health. People drove huge, heavy V-8 engine cars that guzzled leaded gas, factories belched black smoke into the air unmitigated, and rivers ran with toxic sludge. Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was published in 1962, alerting even more people to the growing problem. In response to this increasing concern, and after seeing the disastrous 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired to create a national celebration around the budding environmental movement.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, with 20 million people across the United States participating, to educate people about cleaning up our planet and protecting our precious natural resources. The concern engendered from the event helped result in the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the Endangered Species Act, and the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”

Forty plus years after the first Earth Day, as a society we continue to work through the issues surrounding the environment. We continue to work towards developing clean energy resources, and promote clean and healthy products, all for the betterment of our environment and for the health of us all and for future generations.

Here are some great links to sites for information about Earth Day, the environment and practical ways to “go green!”

www.epa.gov/earthday

www.practicallygreen.com

thesunriseguide.com

www.earthday.org

And stay tuned for Monday as we’re doing something special for Earth Day!

 

Soldier, fetus, starfish? Better sleep positions?

Why to sleep on your side

Why to sleep on your side, by Cuddledown

Hmmmm …  odd as they may sound, soldier, fetus and starfish are actually popular sleep positions!  In an article by the Better Sleep Council, they state that some 41% of people prefer the “Fetus” position where they are curled up on their sides with their hands tucked under their chins or their pillows.

According to sleep experts, sleeping on your side (whether the “fetus” or any other side position) is the best position to sleep, as it helps alleviate insomnia and sleep deprivation. And side sleeping is especially recommended for those people who have back or hip pain, or for pregnant women.

Why to sleep on your back, by Cuddledown

Why to sleep on your back, by Cuddledown

If you’re like many of us, you may flip from side to side, or roll onto your back. If you sleep on your back consistently, the experts say it may exacerbate lower back pain, snoring or sleep apnea. Even if none of the above apply, you can sleep more comfortably on your back if you place a soft pillow or rolled up towel under your knees. An added bonus to sleeping on your back is it can minimize facial wrinkles!

And if you like to fling yourself facedown on your bed, the sleep experts say sleeping on your stomach can cause lower back strain and neck pain, and at the least, cause more tossing and turning throughout the night. If you’re going to sleep on your stomach, they recommend using a soft pillow so your neck is at a comfortable angle.

For more great information on sleep positions and more, check out our new “infographic” on how to sleep better!

 

 

Congratulations to the 2013 Boston Marathon Winners!

Boston Marathon - elite women, via Kinchan1 on flickr

Boston Marathon - elite women, via Kinchan1 on flickr

It’s a beautiful day for a marathon! We’re so inspired by all of the athletes who raced today in Boston; what a fantastic accomplishment.

Top finishers:

  • Women’s: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, 2:26:25
  • Men’s: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia, 2:10:22
  • Women’s Wheelchair Race: Tatyana McFadden of the USA, 1:45:25
  • Men’s Wheelchair Race: Hiroyuki Yamamoto of Japan, 1:25:32

Maine’s own Joan Benoit Samuelson also raced in this year’s marathon, commemorating the 30th anniversary of her world-record win in 1983. Way to go, Joan!

For more on today’s race, check out Boston Marathon 2013 Results at Boston.com.

Updated: Our hearts and thoughts are with those affected by the tragic events at today’s race.

Pillow fight aftermath, and last chance to save on new pillows!

Cuddledown Pillow Fight team - 2013

Cuddledown Pillow Fight team - 2013

As part of International Pillow Fight Day, this past Saturday, our Cuddledown team of fighting “Pillow Ninjas” and peaceful “Pillow Protesters” (employees, families and friends) joined a crowd of several hundred people of all ages for Portland, Maine’s first-ever pillow fight!

Portland Pillow FIght 2013

Portland Pillow Fight 2013

We were featured in the media by several local newspapers and our major CBS affiliate on their nightly news program. You can enjoy some clips from the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News here.

Whether you joined millions across the world in the epic International Pillow Fight or not, you may have pillows that need replacing! Save 30% off pillows until midnight tonight!

We’ve all recuperated, and are eagerly planning next year’s battle!

 

Pillow Ninjas are back, and featured in the Portland Press Herald!

Cuddledown Pillow Ninjas 2013

Cuddledown Pillow Ninjas 2013, courtesy of the Portland Press Herald

Flashback Friday  – just two years ago, our intrepid web team came up with a great promotional idea around International Pillow Fight Day…  the debut of the Pillow Ninjas!

Now, two years later, Cuddledown’s Pillow Ninja team has grown, and will be a part of tomorrow’s big pillow fight in Portland, Maine – they’re so popular, they’re even getting press coverage!

For those who would say it’s juvenile seeing grown people act like children, we say, what a great way to let off steam, and what better way to fight fluffy than with a super soft Cuddledown pillow!  Check back tomorrow, or view our Facebook page and you just might be encouraged to go out and get a Cuddledown pillow of your own!

First Friday 40% off sale – Organic Cotton Percale Bedding

Since it’s the First Friday of the month, our organic percale sheets are 40% off for 40 hours, don’t miss your chance to save! The deal will expire at midnight on Saturday, April 6th. Click here! (Discount will be applied once added to cart)

We’re also happy to share a rave review from one of our customers in Washington DC on our 300 Thread Count Organic Cotton Percale Bedding.

Organic Cotton 300 Thread Count Percale Sheets

Organic Cotton 300 Thread Count Percale Sheets

These are very high quality sheets. I’ve ordered organic sheets from almost every place I could and these are my favorite. These have that crispy percale feel I love. As I’ve spent some time researching organic cotton products, I’ve learned that it’s not only using organic cotton that is important for you and the environment, but also the finishing of the product.

These sheets are also Oeko-Tex® certified – which is actually a big deal. That means they were also finished in a manner that keeps a whole list of harmful chemicals off the sheets and out of the environment. If you are buying organic sheets that are not certified with Oek-Tex or GOTS, then you should switch. Organic cotton sheets can still have harmful chemicals and bleach could still be used in the finishing. Companies can take the organic cotton and do whatever they want with it, but say they used organic cotton, make sense? This is why you can sometimes find really inexpensive organic sheets. Products must be certified, like these from Cuddledown, to ensure they don’t have for example, formaldehyde, in them.

Anyway, although these are a little pricier than some, worth it and thanks to Cuddledown for carrying them!

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Washington DC

The best alarm clock apps – tested by Cuddledown!

Sunrise through the clouds by Betchaboy, on flickr

Sunrise through the clouds by Betchaboy, on flickr

As much as we’d love to wake up naturally every day (preferably to the sight of this gorgeous sunrise!), we rely pretty heavily on our alarm clocks during the week. So, we were excited to find out about about a few new alarm clock apps for iPhones and Android devices that make waking up a little easier – and maybe even more enjoyable!

This past weekend, I tested out the Rise App. Not only is it beautifully designed, it couldn’t be easier to use. With a flick of your finger, you can set the time you want to wake up and select your alarm of choice. If you choose to try Rise, make sure that you don’t have your phone set to Do Not Disturb – or the alarm won’t disturb you (aka, wake you up in the morning)! Although Rise is a straightforward alarm clock and doesn’t analyze your sleep patterns, it’s both aesthetically pleasing and simple to use. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an elegant alternative to your basic alarm clock app!

Next, I’ll be trying out the Sleep Time app. This app goes beyond the basic alarm clock, monitoring your sleep patterns and waking you up at the optimal time.

Have you tried out a new sleep app? We’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section below!

Tasty treats for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patty's Cupcake by Frosted with Emotion, on flickr

St. Patty's Cupcake by Frosted with Emotion, on flickr

We’re excited to celebrate St. Patty’s Day tomorrow, and were thrilled to find these delicious recipes on greatist.com! Not only are these recipes festive, they’re healthy, too (the perfect antidote to all that green beer).

Tell us, how will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We’d love to hear in the comments section below – and may the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZs – how to get them in 3 easy steps

Kitty catching Zzzzzzzzs on our Faux Fur Throw

Kitty catching Zzzzzzzzs on our Faux Fur Throw

Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep after the clock changed?  We thought we’d share some pointers from Good Housekeeping magazine!

Among their many great tips (who knew cherry juice would be a good sleep aid)? were the following.

1) Not to state the obvious, but stress can cause people sleepless nights. According to Good Housekeeping, researchers have proven that raising your skin temperature may enable you to fall asleep faster and then shift you into deeper sleep. You could take a warm bath, or, you could also get a programmable, heated mattress pad that clicks off automatically – so you can slip into a toasty, snuggly bed, but not wake up sweating later!

2) Choose the right sheets. GH’s experts have tested many, many sheets, and they recommend that you choose your sheets based on the finish. They say it’s more important than thread count for sleep comfort. There’s a finish for every taste – you may like warm, cozy flannel or jersey, or silky smooth sateen, or crisp cool percale, and if you’re unsure, check out our sheet guide!

3) Lovely lavender doesn’t just smell nice. GH says that in numerous experiments, subjects have reported sounder sleep when exposed to the scent. You can use lavender-scented oil or spray to lightly sprinkle on your bedding, or enjoy a lavender-infused, heatable wrap to ease those tired muscles.

To read more ideas on how to catch those ZZZZZZs, check out Good Housekeeping’s article, and stay tuned to our blog!

 

 

Love a bargain? Save up to 70% off at Cuddledown’s Outlet Store!

Cuddledown Outlet Store Clearance SaleFrom today through Monday, March 11, you can save up to 70% off select items, and 20% off all regularly priced items at our Cuddledown Outlet Store in Freeport, Maine!

Looking for a cozy down or synthetic comforter? Or perhaps some super soft blankets or sheets in 100% cotton flannel, percale or sateen?

There are a plethora of pillows to choose from, not to mention soft, absorbent towels in bamboo or cotton.

And we’re not just all about bedding and linens – we carry a wide selection of sleepwear and apparel! From pajamas, nightgowns, robes, bed jackets and slippers to comfy yet chic loungewear, apparel and footwear too, by brands such as Lilla P., Ramblers Way, Ugg and more!

In addition to the items you can find at cuddledown.com or in our catalog, our buyers for the Cuddledown Outlet Store seek out unique gift and home decor items, some of them locally sourced, that you won’t find anywhere else!

So drive on over to Freeport – our store’s located on Route 1, just off exit 20 on I-295. Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Phone # is 207–865–1713.

Spring forward sleep tips!

Spring Flowers by El Frito, on flickr

Spring Flowers by El Frito, on flickr

As we get ready to set our clocks forward on Sunday (a sure sign that spring is near!), we’re thinking about how to get enough sleep despite the time change. Even though we’ll be losing an hour, there are lots of simple things you can do to stay well-rested next week and beyond.

1. Make small adjustments. WebMD recommends going to bed just 15 minutes earlier for several days leading up to the time change. Getting plenty of sleep this week will make the transition easier.

2. Keep exercising during the week. Moderate exercise can help you sleep longer and feel more awake during the day. A half-hour walk three times per week is a great place to start!

3. Get sunlight in the morning. As described by Dr. Alfred Lewy, the Director of Oregon Health and Science University’s Sleep and Mood Disorders Laboratory, sunlight is needed to regulate and reset the body’s circadian rhythm. So, to get your body clock on the right track for daylight saving time, Dr. Lewy recommends absorbing direct, early morning sun on Saturday and Sunday. However, this means getting up at dawn and going outside to soak it in. So, if you’ve been wanting to go for an early morning walk or hike, this is the perfect weekend to do so!

4. Limit afternoon caffeine. In preparation for slightly earlier bedtimes leading up to daylight saving time, Dr. Michael Breus recommends not drinking caffeinated beverages after 1pm. In addition, he suggests eating meals up to an hour earlier a few days before the time change to give your body time to adjust.

5. Try a “sleep gadget.” Sleep tech gadgets are all the rage, and USA Today has rounded up a few of their favorites. In the coming weeks, we’ll be testing a sleep gadget, too – stay tuned!

Tell us, how do you adjust to daylight saving time? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

First Friday 40% off sale on our Temperature Regulating Comforter!

March 40x40 sale_Temperature Regulating Comforter

March 40x40 sale_Temperature Regulating Comforter

Since it’s the first Friday of the month, once again we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary with our “First Friday 40″ special sale!

For March, we’re offering our customer favorite Temperature Regulating Comforter in fluffy 700 Fill Power Down, now at 40% off!

This discounted price is good for 40 hours only, so act fast to get our uniquely-designed, comforter – known to have saved several marriages from the eternal battle of the bedcovers!  :)

On a more serious note, in celebrating 40 years ago, in March of 1973,  the last American soldier left Vietnam. Bringing the troops home to their families safely is always a reason to celebrate!

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