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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!

This Thursday is Public Sleeping Day!

Sleeping Koala, via flickr

Sleeping Koala, via flickr

This Thursday, February 28th, is National Public Sleeping Day! Gothamist has a few suggestions on ways to celebrate the day, including napping on the subway, or getting shuteye at the movies. Or, you could snooze outside like this cuddly koala! We’d love to hear where you’d opt to sleep; share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Bathroom décor, then and now!

Groovy 1970s tub

Groovy 1970s tub

In 1973, when Cuddledown began, home design trends ranged from the mod with its “Space Age” materials and clean lines, to natural elements such as the ubiquitous woodsy paneling (found everywhere, including the shower!)

Colors were bright and cheerful, with some favorites including orange, yellow, avocado green or earthy tones in shades of copper or brown. To balance the brighter colors, white was used everywhere, from walls to furniture and accessories.

40 years later, design seems to be coming full circle, with bright colors making a comeback and natural materials such as bamboo being used in a wide range of home furnishings. Clean white and stainless streamlined, “space age” shapes are also popular again.

Bath accessories, Cuddledown ship free

Bath accessories from Cuddledown ship free

Although we don’t have wood paneled showers, or neon-colored toilet seats, or for that matter, Tom Jones in our tub, we have some great new bathroom accessories to bring your bathroom up-to-date. And best of all, they ship FREE!

Valentine’s Day tips – do’s and don’ts!

Valentines Day tips - do's and don'ts

Valentines Day tips - do's and don'ts

So tomorrow’s the big V-day. For those who are single, that doesn’t necessarily mean V for victory, or perhaps it does? At least there’s no pressure in trying to find the perfect Valentine’s Day present, or activity.

For couples, studies have been done indicating although the traditional gifts of flowers or chocolate are appreciated by some, as it turns out (as shared on MSN’s money.com), most women, and men, would rather receive something else. No big surprises here – men overwhelmingly want electronics. And women, just as overwhelmingly, would love some jewelry. Both indicate they’d love a date night out. In a way, as the article stated, giving your loved one candy, a stuffed animal or helium balloons, is something you might give a child!  Match.com actually included those traditional gifts, and also, jewelry in a ring-size box that’s not an engagement ring, in their top 10 worst Valentine’s Day gifts!

So whether you’re single, or a couple, one way around this dilemma is to go out, with friends or as a couple, and enjoy the evening! Here in Maine, we’re lucky to have many outrageously delectable places where we can dine, from clam shacks to nationally-acclaimed restaurants. Recently, Bon Appetit magazine posted a list of the top 20 most important restaurants in the U.S. One of Maine’s own, Primo, from Rockland (just up the coast), was included.

Of course another option, especially in colder climates where there are still feet of snow covering the ground, is to stay home, snuggle up with your sweetie in a cozy comforter, or silky smooth sateen sheets, like our customer favorites at Cuddledown!  And if you’re single, just pop in a great movie, (preferably something fun or action-oriented, none of that mushy stuff!)  and enjoy the evening.  It’ll be February 15th soon enough!

Five-minute fixes for your home

Cuddledown throw pillows

Cuddledown decorative throw pillows

Slowly but surely, the days are getting longer as we get closer to spring – which has us thinking about ways we can use those extra few minutes of sunlight. Even if you only have five minutes, there are lots of little things you can do to make your home just a bit cozier.

1. Light a candle. Create instant ambiance simply by lighting a candle. We’re particularly fond of these soothing scents by Caldrea (for other Caldrea products, visit cuddledown.com).

2. Add throw pillows. Placing a throw pillow or two onto your bed or sofa is an easy way to make your home cozier. If you’re feeling creative, why not repurpose an old sweater and make a pillowcase? You can also find a large selection of throw pillows on our website – and they’re on sale, too!

3. Put up pictures. Hang a few framed photos in your hallway to make your place seem a bit more homey. For easy tips on creating a mini-gallery in your home, check out the ideas on Pinterest!

4. Make a batch of cookies. Although this takes a little longer than five minutes, what could be better than the aroma of homemade baked goods? If you’re in the mood for something chocolatey, Real Simple has a fabulous collection of recipes.

5. Purchase a house plant. Not only do houseplants add a lush accent, they also purify the air, which is especially important during the winter months. Southern Living has great tips on selecting the houseplant that’s right for you.

Tell us, what’s your favorite way to make your home cozier? We’d love to hear in the comments section below!

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