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DreamCloud Mattress

I wanted to introduce you to a mattress that I have recently learned about, the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress.  One of the first things that stood out to me is that there is a risk free trial.  Of course who doesn’t love a risk free trial?  You don’t like it, you can return it.  Most risk free trials are maybe a month, or 90 days, but DreamCloud offers a 365 day risk free trial!  So that in itself tells me that this company really believes in it’s product.  Imagine trying something out for a year and being able to return it if it didn’t meet your satisfaction!!

One important aspect of sleep that I don’t always talk about is comfort.  If you are not comfortable, you will probably not be sleeping well.  And of course your mattress is a big source of comfort (or discomfort).  So if you are having trouble getting comfortable at night, and are waking up tired or stiff, you may need a new mattress.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, mattresses last around 8 years.  If you’ve had one longer than that, or notice signs of worn or sagging spots in the middle or at the edges, it may be time to look into getting a new mattress.

About the DreamCloud Mattress

DreamCloud is a luxury hybrid mattress combining the best latex, memory foams, tufting and coil technologies throughout 8 hand constructed layers, to provide the best sleep money can buy. DreamCloud uses cutting-edge technology and premium materials to create the best support for your spine.

One of DreamCloud’s secrets is a true double hand-tufted Cashmere Cover, since the combination of tufting and compression creates unparalleled support and uniformity to DreamCloud’s plush comfort and feel. Hand tufted mattresses have much less sagging, wear and tear, and provide longer lasting comfort. Tufted mattresses retain their shape better because the fillings are tightly compressed, which is especially important with a multi-layered hybrid.

If you buy a DreamCloud Mattress, you buy direct from the manufacturer so there is no middleman to raise the price.

What Customers Say

A TRULY RESTFUL EXPERIENCE

“I got the DreamCloud because I was waking up so tired in the morning and I wanted to change that. DreamCloud did exactly that, restoring my faith in mattresses by having a truly restful experience from start to finish. The base is strong and supportive, and the cover on top felt like a soft and snug friend that I never knew I needed. It was such a warm and inviting experience that I couldn’t believe how well made and hearty the DreamCloud was. If you’re looking for a restorative mattress experience that will leave you sighing in relief, this is the one for you. It definitely was the one for me.”

— Kimmie N

PLUSH AND LUXURIOUS

“DreamCloud has actually made me thirsty for sleep. I can’t wait to spend time on it at night. Maybe because it’s so plush and luxurious, but I honestly have never had a better sleep. I can’t believe how lucky I feel over getting one. I have started telling all my friends about it. It’s a cozy experience that you just have to feel for yourself to believe. I was also so psyched about their trial policy, but I have to say that I’m not worried at all. DreamCloud is a beautiful sleeping experience, thanks to the supple support of the cashmere cover. Thank you so much!”

— Cat R.

So check them out and let me know what you think!  Do you already have a DreamCloud Mattress?  I’d love to hear what your thoughts are as well.  And if you want more adult sleep tips, check out Adults Need Sleep Too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Helping A Child With A Medical Condition Sleep

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There are many things that affect our sleep. Children can especially find themselves victims to finding it hard to relax, or at least at the time you hope they will. This can be further exacerbated when a child is struggling with an injury or medical condition. For the new parent, there are a few methods you can take to settle them. This might not guarantee that they sleep as you hope, but your efforts will certainly not be in vain. For this reason, the new parent might consider the following methods of making bedtime a more relaxing experience for all.

Lavender

It might sound like a very shallow recommendation, but lavender has calming effects that can help a child sleep. This can also provide a nice scent in the room to help the bedroom feel like a more pleasant space to occupy. After a few nights of bad sleep it can be tempting for a child to feel like a room is nothing but oppressive and boring. To make the room feel like a nicer place to be, a place they want to be, then little helpers like this go a long way.

Positioning

It’s likely that your child suffering from a medical condition, be that mental or physical, would and could stay benefited from finding the most comfortable position for them to occupy. This can be helped through the use of certain pillows in certain supportive shapes, or to purchase a mattress that helps your child sit up a little at night. This might also dictate how you apply the layers of covers on top of them, or what clothing they wear at night. A child deserves to be comfortable at night, and so finding this sweet spot could take a little work, but it will always be worth the effort.

Medical Aid

Of course, applying medical aid at night might be an important consideration. We’d recommend ensuring you use the best products possible, as sleep is something your child simply cannot afford to do without. We’d recommend going to https://www.saveritemedical.com/ to find the best and most cost-effective fundamentals that might help your child. Also, look for differing methods of taking care of certain items. Is the best really the best place for a wound clean before sleeping, or does that only decrease the hygiene of the bed, and associate this grim duty with that area in the mind of your child? It might be keeping the bedroom for sleep and only sleep could be the most important decision you make thus far.

Fundamentals & Sensitivity

There are many fundamentals when it comes to the sleeping sensitivity of your child. Consider ventilation, the breathing ability of the child, how their temperature is and the noise in the room you hope to have them sleep in. Consider their age and the amount of protecting or proximity they might need you to gift them in order to feel comfortable. It might be that you need to sleep alongside them, or to afford them their own space.

You can find this through trial and error, but also by communicating with your child. Also, be sure to praise your child for any positive progress. They will always be happy to hear it.

With these simple tips, helping a child with a medical condition sleep might be a touch more successful.

Reasons Your Baby Won’t Sleep

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As a parent, you are going to experience a lot of struggles along the way. It is part of the process! One difficulty that a lot of parents have early on is getting their baby to go to sleep. If your baby is struggling to drift off, you need to understand why this is happening so that you can help your baby sleep better. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the common reasons why babies cannot sleep.

Your baby is too hot or cold – One reason why your baby may not be able to sleep is that he or she is either too hot or cold. Getting the temperature right for any baby can be difficult. You should check regularly to see whether your baby is sweating or shivering and if so, you have found the problem!

Your baby is in discomfort – Another reason why your baby may not be sleeping is that he or she is in medical or physical discomfort. For example, if your baby has acid reflux, they will be in pain and they will not be able to sleep. If your baby has suddenly stopped sleeping when they usually sleep well, this could be an ear infection or a sore throat. Sleep disruption could also be down to teething.

Your baby is awake too long before napping – A baby fighting sleep could be because they have been awake too long before their nap. If your baby is able to stay up for a long time, you may assume that he or she is not tired. Actually, whether your baby can stay up for long or not does not mean much. Babies under the age of four-months-old need to have a nap about one and a half hours after they wake. Once your baby reaches nine months, they still need to have a nap around every two hours of being awake.

Your baby does not have a good routine – There is no perfect routine for any baby. Routines differ from family-to-family. You do not have to do things a specific way, it is more about making sure there is consistency, stability, and regularity. Babies need to have a routine. If you make life more peaceful, they will be happier, they will eat better, and they will sleep better. Of course, getting into a routine takes time, but it will be worth it in the end.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the reasons why your baby may not be able to get to sleep or keeps waking up. Now that you know what the problem may be, it should be a lot easier to rectify so that your baby can get some sleep and you can too.

Top Tips For Sleeping On A Plane – Guest Post

Do you always dread the thought of flying abroad because you can just never get any rest on the plane? Even if it’s a short-haul flight, travelling can be very tiring (both mentally and physically) and it’s important to use the time on your flight to rest and hopefully get some sleep. From before stepping on the plane and choosing your seat when booking, to dressing comfortably, avoiding distractions and giving yourself enough time to wake up, there are plenty of ways to help you sleep on a plane – it just takes a little preparation and thought beforehand. In this guest post, Paul Swann at SleepPro outlines some of the best ways to help you try and get some shut eye on a flight.

Choose your seat wisely

Prepping for a comfortable and restful plane journey starts before even stepping onto the airplane! When it comes to booking your flights and choosing your seat reservation, you might want to save money at the time and opt for convenience rather than comfort however you may just regret that decision later on.

Your seat location could be one of the most important factors in how well or how poorly you sleep on a flight. A window seat can help to give you a nice flat surface on which to rest your head, and window seats can be particularly beneficial during night flights! Another factor to think about is which side of the bed you sleep on at home. For example, if you sleep on your right side of the bed at home, opt for the right side of the plane.

Dress comfortably

Whether you take to the skies regularly or you’re prepping for a flight and haven’t experienced the joy of cabin pressurization for a while now, learning to dress comfortably will hopefully aid in a more restful journey and help you to get some shut eye.

Whether it’s a short or long flight, most people will take the opportunity to try and get some rest for the travels ahead. Due to cabin pressurization, our bodies swell and it can become uncomfortable if you’re not used to it. Therefore, dressing in comfortable and loose-fitting clothing will be beneficial. I wouldn’t recommend freeing your feet completely (as that wouldn’t be very courteous for other passengers) however packing a pair of comfy socks will work wonders for your feet.

Avoid distractions

Listen to soothing music

Your normal music selection might do the job but to fully prepare for your flight, you should add some soothing music or a dedicated sleep playlist to your listening device. As well as creating a soothing and calm atmosphere, this can really help to tune out any distractions and aid in a peaceful sleep.

Stay away from the light

Just like you should avoid any digital devices or screens before bed at home, the same goes for your flight. The light from any digital screens can trigger your brain and inhibit your melatonin levels – a chemical that effectively tells you that it’s time to go to sleep. If you need to distract yourself by doing something, try reading a book or magazine, filling out some crossword puzzles, colouring book (you can get adult versions too), or playing a travel-sized game.

Eating and drinking the right things

From skipping caffeine both pre-flight and during-flight, to avoiding salty foods which can cause bloating, your drink and food choices can go a long way when trying to get some sleep. Try to avoid the temptation to have a cup of coffee or a soda, and try to stick to just water or juice to ensure you stay well hydrated.

If you’re used to having a soothing cup of tea in the evening at home, there’s nothing stopping you from doing the same on your flight. Opt for chamomile, honey, lavender and peppermint blends of tea for the best results.

Give yourself enough time to wake up

If you manage to actually get some sleep (which hopefully you will after reading this preparation guide), there can be nothing worse than waking up on a plane with those bright lights, bustling noise around you, and with the horrible beeping sound of the seatbelt sign. So do yourself a favour and give yourself enough time to wake up and feel alert in time for landing.

If you are one of the lucky ones and can rest easy on a plane, make sure you leave yourself enough time to wake up and avoid the shock. Try setting an alarm 1 hour before you’re due to land, as this should give you enough time to wake up, have some water and have a quick freshen up in the toilet.

Author Bio:

Paul Swann is MD at SleepPro. With over 35 years  experience of thermoplastics, Queens award winner for innovation, multi-patent holder,  and product design guru, Paul Swann is considered a leading industry expert in sports mouthguards design, Snoring and Apnoea treatment using MAD’s and has a passion for developing products that provide affordable solutions.

New Moms and Dads Don’t Sleep Enough: How to Fix it

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It’s no secret that parents of newborns don’t get enough sleep. Both moms and dads suffer from a lack of sleep with a new baby.

In a recent survey, only 5 percent of parents with babies under six months of age get at least eight hours of sleep at night.

Rather than a full night’s sleep, parents of newborns are likely to get a fragmented night of sleep that doesn’t add up to enough rest to face the day well rested. For 43 percent of new parents, sleep comes at an average of one to three hours of uninterrupted rest at a time. That’s not enough to get the deep, restorative sleep you need to feel rested.

The lack of sleep that parents of newborns experience can result in extreme daytime fatigue and a decline in cognitive and physical function. In fact, 30 percent of parents with newborns fall asleep at work.

What Makes Newborn Sleep Difficult

Newborns need care around the clock, including when you’re sleeping. There are many reasons why babies cry and need help at night when parents would otherwise be sleeping.

Parents need to tend to feedings, diaper changes, colic, and other needs for babies at night.

But even when babies aren’t actively asking for help, parents of newborns may be too anxious to sleep. The survey indicates parents with infants often lose sleep worrying about providing a good life for their children or taking care of housework.

How Newborn Parents Can Get More Sleep

Parents of newborns should understand that sleep will be difficult for the first few months. Many babies start sleeping through the night by six months, so sleep difficulties won’t last forever. In the meantime, you can take steps to support healthy sleep for all: mom, dad, and baby.

  • Accept offers of help. If friends and family offer to help when the baby comes home, let them. Typically, offers are genuine — and at this time, you need all of the help you can get. You’re not likely to get offers to stay up all night with the baby, but daytime help can make it easier for you to get the rest you need. Let someone babysit while you take a quick nap during the day, accept dinner, or let them take care of housework such as dishes, laundry, or vacuuming so you can rest later instead of worrying about chores.
  • Take shifts with your partner. Nighttime parenting doesn’t have to be an all hands on deck situation. One partner can take care of baby’s nighttime needs for a few hours; then the other can take over. Consider four-hour shifts, such as 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., and 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. Shifts can be helpful, allowing one partner to get four hours of uninterrupted sleep at a time instead of choppy sleep that’s less restorative. To make this work, breastfeeding moms should pump ahead for nighttime feedings, and the resting partner should consider sleeping in a separate bed where they won’t be disturbed by the baby or their partner getting up to tend to its needs.
  • Take one night on, one night off. Similar to shifts, switching one night on and one night off with your partner can help you both get restorative sleep — although not at the same time. With this arrangement, one partner tends to all of the baby’s needs for one night while the other sleeps. The next night, it’s the other partner’s turn. This option can make it possible to get a full night of sleep every other night instead of endless nights with fragmented sleep. As with taking shifts, breastfeeding mothers should pump for nighttime feedings on the nights when they’re not getting up with the baby, and the sleeping partner should sleep where they won’t be disturbed.
  • Teach your baby how to sleep. Although many babies will sleep through the night by six months of age, it is possible to help them develop healthy sleep habits from birth, which may encourage better sleep for everyone. Maintaining routines is the best way to support healthy baby sleep, including a consistent bedtime and naptime, as well as predictable patterns throughout the day. Keeping familiar routines can help signal to your baby that it’s bedtime or naptime, and time to start getting sleepy. It’s also important to help your baby distinguish nighttime from daytime with noise and light cues, allowing household noise and daylight in the day, but keeping baby’s bedroom quiet and dark at night.

 

Sara Westgreen is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com. She sleeps on a king size bed in Texas, where she defends her territory against cats all night. A mother of three, she enjoys beer, board games, and getting as much sleep as she can get her hands on.