Bedtime Routines to Help Your Child Get Back to School

Bedtime Routines to Help Your Child Get Back to School

With children playing outside on warm evenings, and enjoying a few late mornings, bedtime routines fall away during the summer. So when school is about to start again, it can be difficult to suddenly return to early mornings. Therefore, it’s important to help your child get back into a bedtime routine. Lack of sleep not only leads to children misbehaving at school, but it also stops children from focusing, so they’ll struggle more when it comes to learning. To make returning to school easier, follow these three steps so that your child gets all the sleep they need.

1. Gradually Adjust Your Child’s Bedtime

It’s a good idea to begin this about two weeks before school starts. You can start by bringing your child’s bedtime forward by five to fifteen minutes and wake them up – or set an alarm – the same number of minutes earlier the following morning. Continue doing this every day until your child is going to sleep at the same time they should be when school starts. Remember, children aged six to thirteen typically need between nine and eleven hours of sleep every night, so adjust bedtime routines around this. You can also make the bedroom a relaxing space, with ideas on how to do this in our Top Tips article. 

2. Keep Screens Away

Putting an end to any screen time, such as watching TV, using the computer or mobile phone, and playing video games, helps improve the quality of your child’s sleep. The artificial blue light that’s emitted from these screens can restrain the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep. Thus, alertness is increased and it’s harder to fall into a deeper sleep. By keeping these away from your child at least an hour before you want them to go to sleep, their quality of sleep is much better, and they’ll wake up feeling ready for the day ahead. Find out more about this in our article, Technology’s Impact on Sleep.

3. Establish a Relaxing Bedtime Routine

There are many ways you can help your child unwind and get ready for sleep. About an hour before your child should go to sleep is a good time to start, and you can fill this time with relaxing activities, such as taking a bath, reading bedtime stories or making up stories, drawing, or colouring. By repeating this routine every night in the weeks leading up to the start of school, your child will associate these things with bedtime and will be ready to switch off when the lights go off.

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There is so much going on now in the modern world it’s hard to catch your breath. You eat right, exercise and watch your waistline but do you look after your sleep? In this article we cover the best sleep apps out there at the moment.

Apps that monitor rest

These apps can break down your daily night’s rest into several sleep cycles. They can help you track your sleep cycles to make sure you’re getting the best sleep you can, and wak up every morning refreshed.

1. Sleep Cycle

Image: iMore

Sleep Cycle tracks your sleep patterns using your microphone. It wakes you in the lightest phase of sleep so you’re not groggy. You set a window during which to be woken (for example, between 7 and 7:30 a.m.) and it figures the best time to raise you from your slumber. It even lets you tap your phone twice to snooze.

2. Sleep Time

Sleep Time is available on both Android and iOS. It tracks your sleep quality without requiring an Apple Watch or Fitbit.

All you need to do to record your sleep with Sleep Time is place your smartphone on your bed’s mattress while you sleep. The app will use your device’s sensors to monitor your movement during sleep. It presents the data in an easy to read chart which can be used to compare your sleep quality over weekly, monthly, or even yearly periods.

Sleep Time also comes with an alarm clock feature to wake you up when you’re in a light sleep cycle.

3. Pillow

Image: Pillow

Pillow is a sleep tracking app but it is only compatible with Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad. Users can link the apps up to their Apple Watch or another wearable, to keep track of their heart rate during sleep.

The app monitors your movements and sounds while you sleep, and uses the information to keep a detailed history of how well you’ve slept, and when is the best time to wake you.

It will give you a full overview of how you’ve slept, along with mood tracking, sleep notes, audio recordings and heart rate analysis.

Apps for relaxation

Mindfulness and meditation have been proven to help people who struggle with insomnia. The apps below focus on meditation through various techniques like music, nature sounds, and voice commands. All are aimed to help you reach the state of relaxation you need to go to bed.

1. Pzizz

Image: Pzizz

Pzizz is available on both iOS and Android. This sleep app places an emphasis on getting to sleep quickly and easily. The app uses a combination of sound effects, music, and spoken word to help lull you to sleep. Users can specify if they’re ready for a long sleep session or a quick power nap. So you can catnap guilt free!

2. Headspace: Meditation

Image: Brian De Los Santos/Mashable

The Headspace: Meditation app helps you to learn meditation based on your individual goals. It’ll send you push notifications reminding you to meditate throughout the day. Each session only takes a few minutes so it can be fitted around a busy schedule.

3. White Noise

The White Noise app allows you to relax to a variety of noise. Not only does this app have white noise, but it also has pink noise, brown noise (low-frequency sound masking) and many more soothing sounds.

Plus, it gives you great flexibility to create your own soundscape, mixing up to five sounds at once. Among the 40 sounds are a vacuum cleaner, a rainstorm, an air condition, a babbling brook and many more.

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Everything You Need To Know About Sleep Tracking

Sleep tracking comes in many shapes and forms but how do you track your sleep? From DIY wearables and smartphone apps to the old fashioned way of paper and pen. Below we’ll discuss all these methods and the importance of tracking your sleep.

Why should you track your sleep?

Sleep is an important factor for your health. It keeps your immune system balanced, regulates your moods and helps your body to rest and repair. Getting your forty winks is just as important as eating well, exercising and making healthy lifestyle choices. So it’s important to keep an eye on how you are sleeping and now with modern technology this is open to everyone.

Tracking your sleep helps you ensure you’re getting enough sleep. If you think you have a sleep disorder though, like sleep apnea, insomnia, or something else, sleep tracking is critical to receiving a proper diagnosis.

Paying attention to your sleep is the first step to getting better sleep. 

Sleep tracking wearable devices

Sleep tracking wearable devices often take the form of a small, clippable device you attach to your clothing, or a separate wristband or smartwatch. These devices track other important health facts in addition to sleep, such as your daily step total and heart rate. They provide a more holistic view of your overall health and wellness.

Fitbit

Image: Fitbit

Not only for keeping an eye on your physical fitness, the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR wristbands include automatic sleep tracking.

Automatic sleep tracking will record your sleep and then review your sleep duration in the Fitbit app. You will receive handy sleep insights and can also view the stages of sleep you are reaching each night.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch does not provide sleep tracking on its own, but many sleep tracking apps integrate with it, such as Pillow and Sleep Tracker.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch has a built in sleep tracker that logs your sleep. You can activate the option to record REM sleep in its settings. After a recent update in October 2018 this is set to default. To save on battery life it is no longer required to set it to monitor your heart rate to track your sleep.

Sleep Tracking Apps

Image: Pillow

Sleep tracking apps are available on your smartphone or tablet. Their convenience makes them incredibly popular as does their price and ease of use. These apps use your phone’s accelerometr to monitor your breathing and body movements while you sleep. Many also claim to be able to determine what stage of sleep you are in, so they can time your alarm to go off when you are most likely to be in a light stage of sleep (making you less drowsy).

However, sleep tracking apps rely solely on your phone’s accelerometer, and since you make similar movements during deep and light sleep, there’s no way the phone can tell what stage of sleep you’re in. Also, it’s important to note that if you share the bed with a partner or pet, their movements can interfere with your data1.

However, these devices are a useful first step in determining whether you need to see a doctor about a potential sleep problem. Apps such as Pillow, Sleep Cycle and Sleep Time. Find out more about sleep tracking apps in our article here.

The old fashioned way

If you prefer to keep things tech-free you can try a sleep diary.

For each day, note the following:

  • When you went to bed
  • When you woke up
  • Total time spent asleep
  • Any naps
  • Other information, such as exercise, diet, energy level, feelings of fatigue, or naps taken

There are many ways to monitor and track your sleep, however if you think you may have an issue with sleep get in touch with your doctor who can best advise the right route for you.

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Tips for getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve

There’s no doubt about it, Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting times of the year for your little ones, but just how can you get your child to sleep on Christmas Eve?

There’s a little part in all of us that get excited on Christmas Eve but it’s important to remember that Santa Claus only visits children who are fast asleep. Getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve is important as you don’t want to be exhausted on Christmas Day. But how do you overcome the anticipation and settle your children into a blissful sleep on the most exciting evening of the year?

Get active

It may be tempting to curl up in front of the TV but going outside and getting active will help tire your kids out in time for bed. A simple bike ride, a trip to the playground or even just a walk in the park will all help to expel their energy and excitement.

Stick to the routine

As tempting as it may be to let them stay up a little later sticking to the normal bedtime routine will help. Following the normal schedule will ensure they know when bedtime is coming and will keep any arguments at bay.

Track Santa Claus

Technology is a wonderful thing and these days your children don’t have to look out at the night sky and wonder where St. Nick is, they can now track him. There a few tracking sites available, Google map offers one here. It also allows you to see the Santa village in the month of December. The North American Aerospace Defence Command also has it’s own Santa tracking page which launches December 1st here.

You can use these websites to help track Santa Claus with your children and as an incentive for bedtime, because of course, Santa can’t visit until you are fast asleep!

Read them a bedtime story

Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘The Night Before Christmas’ makes for perfect bedtime reading. Inspire their imagination with this festive tale. This could also become a Christmas Eve bedtime tradition. When your children know their bedtime routine they are less likely to try and push the boundaries.

This is the perfect story to help your children fall asleep on Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Clean Sleeping

The Ultimate Guide to Clean Sleeping

What is Clean Sleeping?

We all know it’s important to look after our health.

We know to eat right, exercise regularly and look after our skin, but how much effort do we put into our sleep?

Clean Sleeping is brought to us by Goop creator Gwyneth Paltrow in her latest book, Clean Beauty. It focuses on treating sleep with the same care and attention that we do our diet or skin, making it a priority above all else.

Some of Goop’s practises and claims have been known to raise eyebrows in the past. However, the concept of clean sleeping focuses mainly on achieving a good sleep routine, cutting out caffeine and allowing yourself to switch off.

With the added health and beauty benefits, what have we got to lose from giving it a go?

Top Tips for Clean Sleep

 

  • Get at least eight hours of sleep a night (ideally nine or 10)

    The lifestyle I lead is based not just on clean eating, but also on clean sleeping: at least seven or eight hours of good, quality sleep — and ideally even ten.1 Gwyneth explained in her article with the Daily Mail. Nine to ten is unrealistic for many of us, aiming towards eight hours of sleep per night would be a start.

 

  • Steer clear of stimulants after 2pm

    Reduce your intake of stimulants throughout the day, especially caffeine and refined sugars. It’s tempting to reach for a cup of coffee during your 3pm slump but don’t use caffeine as a substitute for food.

 

  • Keep the same sleep routine

    Get your body into a good sleep routine and go to bed at the same time every night. Gwyneth recommends at 10pm, but this may seem a little early for you. Focus on finding a time that suits you and stick to it2. You’ll be able to fall asleep easier and your circadian rhythm (your body clock) will also be on the same page.

 

  • Say no to your smart phone 90 minutes before you get into bed

    Poetically put as an ‘Electrical sundown,’ banning your screens from the bedroom can aid a more restful sleep. Your screens emit a blue light that increases stimulation and delays your circadian rhythm3. Power down at least 90 minutes before bed. Ensure your bedroom is tech free and create a sanctuary free from emails, social media notifications and the daily stresses of modern life. Learn more about how to regulate your circadian rhythm here.

 

  • Ban snacks at bedtime and keep a 12-hour fasting window in your day

    Say goodbye to midnight feasts. Goop Detox expert Dr Alejandro Junger recommends keeping a regular 12 hour fasting window between dinner and breakfast. He states that your body doesn’t slip into detox mode until about eight hours after your last meal and that it needs about four more hours of undisturbed sleep to detox properly4.

 

  • Meditate, meditate, meditate!

    In her article, Paltrow recommends ‘Yoga Nidra’ or psychic sleeping. This is a form of meditation that simulates the qualities of sleep while the body is still awake. This meditation focuses on each body part separately, in a circular motion. For example, focusing on your fingers, palm, wrist, forearm etc. all the way around the head, other arm and legs. It is supposed to put your brain into a state of near-sleep. Once mastered, this can be extremely relaxing, but you will need to practise to feel the full effects.

 

  • Relax with a trigger point massage

    This is all about relaxing and preparing yourself for sleep and Paltrow believes trigger point massages are key. Although it may not be attainable to keep this up every night you can always try it on a weekly basis or for when you are stressed. Simply give yourself a gentle head massage, targeting the pressure points on the back of your head. These are located approx. five fingers from the back of your ear at the base of your skull. You will feel a deep and a tender point at the right spot5. Massage this area in a circular motion for maximum release. Alternatively, you could give yourself a relaxing foot massage.

 

  • Copper

    Paltrow recommends investing in a copper pillowcase to combat wrinkles but there are other less costly alternatives. Silver Ions boast the same benefits and are also hypoallergenic and eczema friendly. At SlumberSlumber we have a silver ion infused memory foam pillow. It is anti-bacterial offering you a much fresher and healthier night’s sleep. We also have a variety of natural materials that can aid your sleep and take care of your skin. From silk, organic cotton to bamboo, discover our range of materials here.

We at SlumberSlumber welcome anything that helps give you a more restful sleep. Clean sleeping’s strict rules might not be for everyone but taking away some handy tips can really make a difference. Creating a peaceful sleeping environment, allowing yourself to shut off and steering clear of caffeine can all help us get as much as we can out of our forty winks.

 

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An Introduction Into Circadian Rhythm

An Introduction Into Circadian Rhythm

Have you ever noticed that you tend to feel energised and drowsy around the same times every day?

This is caused by your Circadian Rhythm, but just what is it?

What is a Circadian Rhythm?

Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain. It cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It’s also known as your sleep/wake cycle.

For many, the biggest dip in energy happens in the middle of the night. Somewhere between 2:00am and 4:00am, when you’re usually fast asleep. And just after lunchtime (around 1:00pm to 3:00pm, when you tend to crave an afternoon siesta). Those times can be different if you’re naturally a night owl or a morning person. You also won’t feel the dips and rises of your circadian rhythm as strongly if you’re all caught up on sleep. It’s when you’re sleep-deprived that you’ll notice bigger swings of sleepiness and alertness 1.

What affects my Circadian Rhythm?

A part of your brain called the hypothalamus controls your circadian rhythm. But other factors like lightness and darkness can also impact it.

When it’s dark at night, your eyes send a signal to the hypothalamus that it’s time to feel tired. Your brain, in turn, sends a signal to your body to release melatonin, which makes your body tired. That’s why your circadian rhythm coincides with the cycle of day and night and why it’s so hard for night shift workers to sleep during the day and stay awake at night.

What could help keep my Circadian Rhythm regular?

Your circadian rhythm works best when you have regular sleep habits. When things get in the way, like jet lag, daylight savings time, or a get together that keeps you up into the wee hours of the morning, you can disrupt your circadian rhythm. This is why you can feel out of sorts and can make it harder to pay attention.

If you find it particularly difficult to rise in the morning there are helpful products such as the Lumie Bodyclock that simulate a sunrise to gently wake you from your sleep.

Maybe you are having trouble getting to sleep or want to keep an eye on your nightly sleep pattern, the Beurer SleepExpert Sleep Sensor monitors your sleeping habits  which allows you to identify sleep patterns & take informed measures to tackle them.

Your circadian rhythm will likely change as you get older. And you may not have the same sleep/wake cycle as your partner, child or parents. But the more you pay attention to your body and notice feelings of alertness and drowsiness, and the more time you spend developing good sleeping habits, the better your sleep will be and the more rested you’ll feel.

Bedtime Routines to Help Your Child Get Back to School

With children playing outside on warm evenings, and enjoying a few late mornings, bedtime routines fall away during the summer. So when school is about to start again, it can be difficult to suddenly return to early mornings. Therefore, it’s important to help your...

The Best Sleep Apps To Help You Drift Off

There is so much going on now in the modern world it's hard to catch your breath. You eat right, exercise and watch your waistline but do you look after your sleep? In this article we cover the best sleep apps out there at the moment. Apps that monitor rest These apps...

Everything You Need To Know About Sleep Tracking

Sleep tracking comes in many shapes and forms but how do you track your sleep? From DIY wearables and smartphone apps to the old fashioned way of paper and pen. Below we’ll discuss all these methods and the importance of tracking your sleep....

Tips for getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve

There's no doubt about it, Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting times of the year for your little ones, but just how can you get your child to sleep on Christmas Eve? There's a little part in all of us that get excited on Christmas Eve but...

The Ultimate Guide to Clean Sleeping

We at SlumberSlumber welcome anything that helps give you a more restful sleep. Clean sleeping’s strict rules might not be for everyone, but taking away some handy tips can really make a difference. Creating a peaceful sleeping environment, allowing yourself to shut off and steering clear of caffeine can all help you get your forty winks.

An Introduction Into Circadian Rhythm

Have you ever noticed that you tend to feel energised and drowsy around the same times every day? This is caused by your Circadian Rhythm, but just what is it? What is a Circadian Rhythm? Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in...

Our Most Common Dreams & What They Mean

What are our most common dreams & what do they mean?Every night each person on earth dreams for 90 minutes to two hours or more each night. Dreams are stories and images our mind creates while we sleep. They can be vivid and not always tell a simple story, leaving...

Technology’s Impact on your Sleep

Technology's impact on your sleep can have detrimental effects on your health. Technology is everywhere, it has taken over every aspect of our daily lives and now it’s set its sights on our bedroom. Instead of curling up in bed with a book many people now opt for...

An Introduction to SAD & Sleep

We often find it a little easier to rise and shine in the summer months. While many people experience some form of the ‘winter blues,’ others suffer from a more serious condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). What is SAD? SAD is a form of winter...

Personal Cooling Guide

 If you're too hot at night or even find your room is too hot to sleep, it can mean a long, restless night of tossing and turning. We have a guide to help you keep cool in bed and sleep better. Before going to bed make your bedroom cool and comfortable... Your bedroom...