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New Apps for Better Sleep

Can  Smartphones actually help us sleep better?

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If you sleep next to your smartphone at night, don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey from Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility Report, a staggering 71% percent of Americans bring their phones to bed. And while that number may be shocking, it’s not entirely surprising.

As smartphones continue to become a more ubiquitous part of our culture, our devices tend to stay glued to our side at all times – even when we sleep. But can smartphones actually help us sleep instead of keeping us awake at night? Turns out that might be true.

While light from electronic devices has been shown to interrupt sleep, many app developers are now trying to create programs that actually help us sleep, not hinder it. From alarm clocks, to podcasts, we’ll check out the latest in sleep tech and let you know what works and what kept us up at night.

Using Apps to Your Advantage

sleephoneClock App

For those of us with iPhone’s, the latest update included a special “bedtime” function within the existing clock app that allows you to add a separate alarm just for sleep.

To access the app, you simply go to the clock, and select the “bedtime” tab to set a specific time, sound and frequency. Pretty neat!

SleepCycle

If you’re curious about the quality of your sleep, you may want an app that can help you keep track of the exact number of hours you spend slumbering. That’s where Sleepcycle comes in.

This nifty app uses the iPhone accelerometer (tracks acceleration and provides data for a variety of functions) to record your sleep patterns and report back with a detailed log on your sleep habits.

Over time the app will use the data to provide a custom alarm clock to wake you based on your individual sleeping habits!

Similar apps for Android phones exists as well, Sleep As Android, and SleepBot.

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Are you struggling to fall asleep at night? Before you rush out to the store and buy an expensive noise canceling machine, or similar sound generator, check for an app!

If you enjoy listening to the sounds of the ocean, an exotic rain forest, or any other soothing sounds, check out the “Sleep” app, which lets you customize your favorite soothing tones and fall asleep in no time.

Interested in more of a blanket white noise sound? Noisli, available for iPhone and Android, may be more your speed. The app allows you to create custom mixes of different white noises and save them for use anytime, anywhere.

A new app called Pzizz is even more innovative! Pzizz uses a unique combination of music, words, sound effects and binaural beats to create a one-of-a-kind soundscape that you personalize to lull yourself to sleep.

awokenGet Lucid!

Have you ever heard of lucid dreaming? It’s the phenomenon that you can wake up within your dreams and actually take control of the environment around you.

Awoken helps train your brain to lucid dream by sending audio cues to you while you are sleeping to let you know that you aware of the fact you are dreaming.

There’s also a handy journal you can use to take notes and boost your memory of dreams. Far out!

You’re Getting Sleepy…

Have you ever considered using hypnosis to get better sleep? Relax and Sleep Well Hypnosis does just that. Using guided meditation, the app teaches users meditation and self-hypnosis as a means to soothe yourself to sleep.

deepsleepDigipill is another guided meditation app in which users can select the type of meditation they want (pill) and fall asleep, including everything from stopping smoking, to easing stress and preventing insomnia.

For even more guided sleep, check out Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson! Used to treat anxiety and stress, this app is based off the best-selling authors CD’s and guides users through step-by-step meditation in order to ease the mind and fall to sleep.

Talk, Talk, Talk

If you prefer the sound of someone talking you to sleep, you should check out podcasts.

Podcasts are essentially mini radio programs covering any subject imaginable that you can download to your smartphone and listen to at your leisure.

One of the most popular sleep-related podcasts, Sleep With Me Podcast, is hosted by a former librarian, Drew Ackerman, who deliberately speaks in a monotone voice while discussing various topics in order to lull you to sleep.

The objective of the podcast is for Ackerman to be as dull as possible, and the unique approach has helped many fall asleep.

For those who are fans of Game of Thrones, the host has an equally soporific podcast, entitled Game of Drones, in which he provides recaps of previous episodes, all with a signature lull.

If you’re into meditation, check out the Daily Meditation Podcast, for short instructive meditations on a variety of topics.

If you’re struggling to fall asleep, forget counting sheep and get creative.

Have you ever used an app to help you sleep? Share your experience in the comments!

Living the Hygge-Life

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Here at Cuddledown, we’re connoisseurs of all things cozy. So when we heard about a new trend called Hygge – a trend that celebrates our favorite feeling – we had to check it out ourselves.

Originating in Denmark, “hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga) is a general philosophy, or way of life, described as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”

While that might seem long-winded, some have referred to hygge as “coziness of the soul”, or simply interpreted the quaint expression as “coziness”.

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Whatever your definition, hygge-living essentially encourages people to slow down and savor the moment, taking the time to enjoy the finer things in life that fill us with a sense of warmth and gratitude.

Snuggling up with a cozy blanket and a good book? That’s hygge. Relaxing by the fireplace with a glass of hot-cocoa? Hygge. Enjoying a home-cooked meal with friends. Hygge. Creating a cozy candlelit atmosphere as you tuck into your warm comforter and flannel sheets. Definitely hygge.

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For many in Denmark, hygge living is a point of pride that embodies a national spirit.

At its core, hygge invites people to focus on the things that really matter in life, such as friends and family, and making sure that you take the time to treat yourself and cultivate an inner sense of peace and well-being.

Luckily, you don’t need a crackling fireplace to experience the full benefits of hygge (although it wouldn’t hurt), you just need a cozy little nook that you can call your own for a brief moment in time. And maybe a relaxing beverage.

Not sure where to start? Don’t fret, just get comfy! How are you incorporating Hygge into your home and lifestyle? Let us know in the comments!

Learn about the Cuddledown VIP Club

Have you heard about the Cuddledown VIP Club? Since launching our VIP Club, we’ve had much customer interest, and many great questions on what it’s all about.

In this post, we’ll discuss all of the benefits of the Cuddledown VIP Club and share tips on how you can get the most from your VIP Membership.

What is the Cuddledown VIP Club?

The Cuddledown VIP Club is a program that was created to provide you with exclusive savings, to maximize your positive shopping experience with Cuddledown and additional retailers.

It’s a program that offers great savings, through rebates on shipping and shopping, as well as discounted gift cards.

What are the benefits of joining Cuddledown VIP?

Our VIP Members enjoy many cash saving perks, including:

  • 10% Cash Back with Cuddledown and 14 Premier Retailers
  • 5% Cash Back with over 1,000 Marketplace Retailers
  • Free Shipping & Return Shipping Rebates

Plus, Cuddledown VIP members automatically receive a 10% discount on gift cards to popular merchants, restaurants, gas stations, and more.

How does the VIP Club Work?

Shipping Rebates

VIP Members can claim up to $500 in shipping rebates per year at over 1,000 Marketplace Retailers. As an active member of Cuddledown VIP, you will be reimbursed shipping fees charged on purchases you make at Cuddledown and our Premium Retailers.

You can submit your rebate claims online or through the mail within 90 days of your purchase date.

Claims processing takes 1-3 weeks once supporting documentation is received, and then you will be mailed a check in the amount of your rebates.

Members are also eligible for a shipping rebate if you ever need to return an item to us, or to any of our participating Premier and Marketplace retailers. You’re covered for up to $10 in return shipping charges for each purchase. Again, you can submit your rebate claim online or by mail.

Cash Back Rebates

Our VIP Members are also eligible to receive a 10% cash rebate with Cuddledown and our Premium Retailers, and a 5% cash back rebate with over 1,000 Marketplace Retailers.

Like our shipping rebates, simply submit your claims online or by mail.

Gift card discounts happen automatically – 10% off gift cards.

Tips to Maximize your Membership

Save your Receipts!

You’ll need them in order to submit your shipping and cash back claims.

Valid forms of proof-of-purchase include a copy of a sales receipt from an in-store purchase, a screen print of an order confirmation page or order confirmation email from an online purchase, or a packing slip from a mail order purchase.

Act within 90 Days

Claims must be submitted within 90 days of your purchase. Try to submit your claims right away, or set aside one day per week to submit your materials.

Access Cuddledown VIP Online

Many of our program details and tools can be conveniently accessed through our website. Whether it’s submitting a claim, discovering retailers in our Marketplace, or even shopping – our VIP Member website is an excellent resource!

How Do I Join?

It’s easy to join the Cuddledown VIP Club.

You can join after you checkout with us online, or you can call us at 1-800-323-6793 and sign up with one of our Customer Service Representatives. Membership is $14.95 per month, and will continue on a month-to-month basis unless you decide to cancel.

We’re sure you’ll love being part of the Cuddledown VIP Club, however, if you aren’t satisfied for any reason, we’ve made it easy to cancel your membership as well.

To cancel by phone, you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 888-616-3808.

If you would prefer to cancel online, simply log in to your account at CuddledownVIP.com and click on the Customer Service link in the upper right side of your screen. Then click the Cancel My Membership link, and follow the instructions provided.

You can also email your cancellation request at customerservice@CuddledownVIP.com or submit it via “Contact” form.

We hope you find this overview of our Cuddledown VIP Club and membership benefits helpful!

Product Review Spotlight – Temperature Regulating Comforter

It’s officially summertime! Although the weather is great for outdoor activities, sleeping in the summer months can get uncomfortably hot. Avoid night sweats and get uninterrupted sleep with our top-rated Temperature Regulating Comforters. Special panels transport excess heat and humidity away from you while you sleep, even with a duvet cover. Plus, all of our synthetic and down Temperature Regulating Comforters are on sale right now! Our customer from Memphis, Tennessee says it’s “perfect.” See her review below.

Temperature Regulating Comforter

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.

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!

Four fun ways to style your bed by the seashore!

Bed at low tide_Cuddledown catalog '86-87

Bed at low tide_ '86-87

Over the past 40 years, we’ve seen a wide variety of bedding designs, and our photographers have shot probably thousands of beds at this point. So on this Flashback Friday, we thought we’d take a look at some of the more interesting Cuddledown catalog images of our bedding, starting with this one.

Doesn’t everyone want to place their bed in the seaweed at low tide – I’m sure there’s some soothing aromatherapy there?

 

 

Fishing tackle on bed_Cuddledown catalog '91

Fishing tackle on bed_'91

Of course, as long as we’re on the nautical theme, your favorite fisherman no doubt would think a comfy bed is the perfect place to store his fishing tackle – I mean, who wouldn’t?

 

 

Or if you’re out picking up seashells by the seashore, why not bring them to bed for a cozy night’s sleep – your honey will love the feel of a spiky shell under his pillow!

Seashells in bed_Cuddledown catalog '93

Seashells in bed_'93

 

 

 

 

And finally, for a truly romantic gesture, why not pick some cattails from the swamp and place them on your sweetheart’s bed – you’ll be sure to enjoy a good night’s snuggle!

Cattails on bed _ '93-94

Cattails on bed _ '93-94

Bedding designs – then and now!

Cuddledown Calico shams 1994

Cuddledown Calico shams 1994

For this week’s Flashback Friday, we thought we’d revisit some of our Cuddledown bedding from the past.

In the 1980s and early ’90s, the “Laura Ashley” look was huge – sweet florals and delicate calicos, so soft and feminine. Here at Cuddledown, we certainly had our share of calico bedding, embellished with ruffles too! As always, our sheets were fine quality, but customers didn’t demand quite the same emphasis on thread count and softness as they do today.

Mimosa sateen bedding by Cuddledown

Mimosa sateen bedding by Cuddledown

Today, our sheets come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. Our customers still love florals, and elegant paisleys, and we continuously source up-to-date iterations of those classics.

Airmail Sateen bedding by Cuddledown

Airmail sateen bedding by Cuddledown

We also have a huge array of solid colors, textural bedding, and unique novelty prints such as our Airmail bedding.

Whatever the design, our sheets are all made from the highest quality cotton and thread count. Our best-selling, 400 thread count sateen bedding is our customers’ favorite item by far!  And right now, it’s on sale!

400 Thread Count Scroll Jacquard sateen bedding by Cuddledown

400 Thread Count Scroll Jacquard sateen bedding by Cuddledown

Who knows what the future will bring – maybe we won’t need sheets, or a bed for that matter? Perhaps we’ll all just hover mid-air in a temperature regulated air cloud?  What do you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts about where you see bedding design going in the next 20-30 years! Feel free to add your comments to this post.

Celebrate spring with Maine Maple Sunday!

Maine Maple Sunday - sap buckets

Maine Maple Sunday - sap buckets,
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Those of us in New England are not too thrilled with the Groundhog at this point – we’re thinking spring may never come with yet another foot of snow on the ground…  However, things are looking up, as spring began today at 7:02 a.m. EST with the vernal equinox. From Latin, the word equinox means “equal night” with days and nights being approximately equal everywhere. Spring brings increased daylight, warmer temperatures, and plants begin to bloom once again. Well, at least that’s what’s supposed to happen…??

Maine Maple Sunday - boiling kettles

Maine Maple Sunday - boiling kettles, courtesy of the Portland Press Herald

In the meantime, we’re looking forward to a springtime activity for which New England is known worldwide – maple sugaring! Our friends at Downeast Magazine sent a reporter out last year on Maine Maple Sunday to sample as many maple sugar shacks’ offerings as she could, so we’re sharing their article here for a fun read. And if you’re in and around Maine, you can discover Maine Maple Sunday for yourself on March 24th!

Maine Maple Sunday - pancakes

Maine Maple Sunday - pancakes,
courtesy of Maine Today Media

Maine Maple Sunday is an annual event where maple syrup producers throughout Maine allow visitors to sample their offerings (often free!) and enjoy discovering how the golden goodness is created. The syrup is created essentially by boiling the sap of the maple trees, and it can vary from being dark and rich to pale gold and delicate, depending on the soil, terrain and weather, making it similar to wine in that respect. In addition to the samples, visitors can also enjoy extras such as wagon rides and more! You can find out where to go by viewing this map of the various maple producers who are participating.

Monet bedding – customer fave for 20+ years!

Monet bedding 1991

Monet bedding 1991

Today’s Flashback Friday proves the old French saying “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” (the more things change, the more they remain the same).  There’s a reason companies bring classic designs back, and that reason is the customer!

Our all-time customer favorite bedding design, has to be our exclusive Monet print. This Impressionist-inspired bedding has returned in various hues of green or blue over the past 20+ years, thanks to our customers insisting upon it!

Since this Sunday is St. Paddy’s Day, we thought we’d share images of our lovely, dark green Monet, both past and present.

Monet bedding 2013

Monet bedding 2013

Also, if you have any Monet sheets, duvet covers, shams or decorative pillows in your possession, we’d love to see them! Post your images on our blog Gallery here and/or Facebook page.  Please feel free to share with or without your full name.

And have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday!

 

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!

 

 

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