14 Bizarre Facts About Sleep

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According to The National Sleep Research Project, these bizarre facts are actually true!

1. Some studies suggest women need up to an hour’s extra sleep a night compared to men, and not getting it may be one reason women are much more likely to get depression than men.

2. After five nights of partial sleep deprivation, three drinks will have the same effect on your body as six would when you’ve slept enough.

3. The “natural alarm clock” which enables some people to wake up more or less when they want to is caused by a burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin. Researchers say this reflects an unconscious anticipation of the stress of waking up.

4. Exposure to noise at night can suppress immune function even if the sleeper doesn’t wake. Noise during the first and last couple of hours of sleep has the greatest disruptive effect on the sleep cycle. Here’s a link to our ear plugs with a free eye mask!

5. British Ministry of Defence researchers have been able to reset soldiers’ body clocks so they can go without sleep for up to 36 hrs. Tiny optical fibres embedded in special spectacles project a ring of bright white light (with a spectrum identical to a sunrise) around the edge of soldiers’ retinas, fooling them into thinking they have just woken up. The system was first used on US pilots during the bombing of Kosovo.

6. Some scientists believe we dream to fix experiences in long-term memory, that is, we dream about things worth remembering. Others reckon we dream about things worth forgetting – to eliminate memories that would otherwise clog up our brains.

7. Certain types of eye movements during REM sleep correspond to movements in dreams, suggesting at least part of the dreaming process is similar to watching a film.

8. REM dreams are characterised by bizarre plots, but non-REM dreams are repetitive and thought-like, with little imagery - an obsessive suspicion that you left your mobile somewhere, for instance.

9. A new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year. OMG!

10. Both whales and dolphins literally fall half-asleep. Their brain hemispheres take turns so they can continue surfacing to breathe.

11. 12% of people have black and white dreams. Before colour television, however, the number was 75%.

12. Scientists have determined that counting sheep is ineffective for putting oneself to sleep. It’s found to be too boring, and, in fact, imagining a calming landscape generally works much better.

13. When you die you will have slept about 1/3 of your life, which for the average person is approximately 25 years. Blimey!

14. That moment right before you fall asleep when all of a sudden you jolt wide awake has a name – it’s called a myoclonic jerk. So that moment that always makes us look crazy is actually a thing.

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New Baby? Here’s a Checklist to Get You Started!

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So you’re pregnant! Here’s 6 tips to get you on your way!

1. Maternity wear - There are millions of stores! Check out the Mothercare collection here. It’s better to get some new clothes as soon as you can; it’ll save you the stress of later on panicking if you don’t fit into your regular clothes later on, especially if you’re a busy person! Try and stick to clothes you wear normally, instead of just changing to boring, bulky tops and dresses – feeling sexy and yourself is very important in maintaining your mental health and stability during this change.

2. Get some reading done - Here’s a list of great reads about motherhood. In particular, have a look at What to Expect the First Year and Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood. Of course, you’ll really only learn when the baby actually comes, but it’s good to read about other experiences, tricks and opinions – especially to get a bit of a laugh! You may also find it useful to join and follow sites such as Mother & Baby and NetMums.

3. Start looking at deals for all of your baby essentials - Boots is a great place to go for deals: have a look here. They also have their own Parenting Club, giving Mums more points per pound, deals and offers, plus free packs and magazines. IF you have a day to yourself, do some window-shopping and look around the shops and websites to see what’s on offer before rushing at the end, where you could be missing out on a deal.

4. Start taking your vitamins and watch your diet - This article by NHS Choices is great for providing all of the information you need about vitamins and health during your pregnancy. Too much Vitamin A is to be avoided, as this can harm your baby, but it is important to maintain healthy levels of: Folic Acid (helps prevent birth defects), Vitamin D (regulates calcium and phosphates for good bones and teeth), Iron (to maintain energy and blood levels, preventing anaemia) and Calcium (for helping to develop strong bones and teeth in your baby). It’s also important to have as much fibre in your diet as possible, especially to prevent or ease constipation.

5. Try to alleviate morning sickness - Most of the time, this is something that you will not have any control over. There aren’t explicit ways for everyone to completely stop this, but you can find what works for you to alleviate it and make you feel less groggy. Try out different things, whether it be a slither of chocolate, some green (or normal) tea, or a slice of plain wholemeal bread. According to the NHS Choices site, ginger often helps. The only universal tips we can give you is don’t over or under-eat!

6. Get some #easysleep with easyblinds - You’re going to need this for both you and your baby! Your symptoms may be giving you less sleep at night, but don’t let that stop you from kipping in the day. Also, once baby comes along, you’ll need more sleep during the day as nights will be spent nursing your newborn! Our blackout blinds can help to get your child into a healthy routine. Take a look at what we offer on our homepage.

 

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Confessions of Your Vigilant Infant

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According to a recent study, posted by the dailymail.co.uk, infants are a lot more vigilant than we give them credit for, mainly because they want to decrease the likelihood of another sibling.

Harvard scientists state that babies are naturally “programmed” to urge more attention from their mothers. Professor David Haig said: ‘Night waking increases in the second half of the  first year of infant life and is more pronounced for breastfed babies.’

The study also claimed that breastfeeding at night can lead to amenorrhoea in mothers – in other words, their fertility remains at an all-time low. Low fertility = less chance of siblings = SUCCESS! Monopolisation of Mummy complete!

Well we know that babies are attention-seeking, but is this really the reason? If only we could speak baby…

So what do you think? Have you recently given birth soon after a previous child? Or are you trying again and finding it difficult?

On another note, here’s a link to some funny baby videos – the Gangnam Style baby is pretty hilarious!

 

 

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Safer Blinds, Safer Kids!

According to RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), at least 27 deaths across the UK have been due to looped cords since 1999 (14 of which have occurred since the start of 2010). RoSPA also found that most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in the bedroom, and occur in children between 16 months and 36 months old, with the majority (more than half) happening at around 23 months.

Their advice to ‘make it safe’ is first and foremost: install blinds that do not have a cord, making it safer!

So, for safer kids, look no further than easyblinds! We are dedicated, not only to giving you and your child great sleep with our effective blackout material, but also to providing 100% safety and satisfaction.

You’ll never have to worry again! #GoCordless

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Mother’s Day: We Love Mums!!

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Michelle Obama

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

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So what do these four famous women have in common? Their Mums, of course! In less than 5 hours, it’ll be Mothering Sunday – the one day a year when Mums are (or should be!) guaranteed to a) get a breakfast in bed and b) put their feet up and get never-ending praise from their little ones (or big ones!) – what’s not to love?! According to clareflorist.co.uk, Mum’s across the globe will be celebrating in the UK, Ireland, Nigeria and Bangladesh; but what do Mums actually want this year?

According to a poll taken by the dailymail.co.uk, Mums want:

1. To spend time with their children (47%)
2. Spend the day out with the  family (35%)
3. Taken  out for a meal (34%)
4. Be  spoilt by the family all day (32%)
5.  Have an uninterrupted lie in (30%)
6.  See their own mother (30%)
7. Have breakfast in bed (26%)
8. Spend time with the whole  family (26%)
9. Spend time  with their partner (24%)
10. Have a cup of tea in bed (24%)

So which one of these do you most crave? Tweet us @easyblinds or message us on Facebook!

Happy Mothering Sunday, Mummies!!

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Study Finds Less Sleep = Less Brain Cells

According to a recent BBC article, mice that had prolonged lack of sleep had their brain cell capacity reduced by 25%, as stated by the Journal of Neuroscience. This is apparently the first study to have found that reduced sleep correlates with reduced brain cells.

US scientists believe that this mirrors the brain activity in humans, meaning that reduced sleep can could cause serious problems.

Read the full article here.

So, for those of you missing out on sleep, what should you do? Here’s a few tips!

1. If possible, stick to a routine. The body-clock is vital!

2. If you can’t sleep with any noise, try some earplugs.

3. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and big meals before bed.

4. And if you can’t sleep with any light, try our blackout blinds!

 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, How To Get A Good Nights Sleep, Sleep Experts, Sleep Routines, Uses for blackout blinds

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Blackout Blinds

You already know that Blackout Blinds are a must if you want a good night’s sleep for your family.

But we are sure there are some things you didn’t know about Blackout Blinds:

 

Did you know they save lives?

They don’t only get humans to sleep, they work well for Parrots!

If you have a home theatre system then you NEED a blackout blind.

Do you know what to expect when you get your blackout blinds?

Did you how easy it is to fit Easy Blackout Blinds? Let us show you.

 

They say you learn something new every day well today you have learned 5 new things.

 

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Sleep Expert – Tracey Hogg the Baby Whisperer

In our first sleep expert feature we discussed Gina Ford’s method, today we will introduce you the Tracy Hogg the Baby Whisperer.

Tracy’s method is a much gentler approach to sleep but still involves a nightly routine.

Tracy uses the EASY method:

E – Eat

A – Activity

S – Sleep

Y – You (time for you)

One of her main no-no’s is feeding your baby to sleep. Baby should not be feed to sleep and they will not learn to self sooth.

The EASY method takes around 4 hours a night and 1 ½ hours a nap time.

It is a long routine but thousands of parents swear by EASY.

This is an ideal routine some a parent that wants a gentle approach.

Tracy Hogg has written several baby books that will teach you’re the EASY Method.

 

Posted in Preparing for baby, Sleep Experts, Sleep Routines

Sleep Routines at Different Stages

Here at Easyblinds we believe a good sleep routine is the key to a good night’s sleep for both you and your child.

Whether your child is a newborn or a toddler we have a suggested bedtime routine for you:

Newborn Sleep Routine

6 Month Old Sleep Routine

1 Year Old Sleep Routine

Toddler Sleep Routine

The key to any successful routine is consistency.  Once you have decided to start one then it is important to do the same thing each day.

Make sure that everyone that is involved in your child’s care knows the routine and sticks to it.

It will take a few days for the routine to stick and then you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

 

Posted in Better sleep for toddlers, How To Get A Good Nights Sleep, Sleep Routines

How to Fit Your Easy Blackout Blind

When you receive your Easy Blackout Blind Kit you will have everything you need apart from a measuring tape and scissors.

In your Easy Blackout Blind Kit you get:

Blackout material, self-adhesive Velcro® brand hook fastener tape and instructions.

You will be very surprised how easy it is to fit:

  1. Cut the easyblackout blackout material to the shape and size required (or cut to make more than one blind).  Where possible we suggest allowing an overlap of approx. 2cm around each side.
  2. Apply the hook Velcro® (supplied) around the window frame.  Please note that this is suitable for upvc frames and is not recommended for wooden frames where the adhesive may pull paint away when the Velcro® is removed.
  3. Press the easyblackout blackout material against the hook Velcro

We even have a video to help you along.

Happy fitting!

 

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