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!
Happy New Year! Is your new year resolution to get more sleep? Or to be specific to get your child to go to bed?
Now is the perfect time to start that bed time routine. The excitement of Christmas is over; the disruption is over now it’s time to get that sleep routine sorted out.
As with any routine the key is consistency, you should stick to the same things every night and if they go to stay over at grandparents ask then to follow the same routine.
You will find that it will take a few days for the routine to work but once it’s in place you will wonder why you didn’t do this before.
Here is our suggested routine for a toddler:
- Bedtime snack with some warm milk
- Bath time, use a lavender bubble bath to help sooth them
- Get them dressed into their bedclothes
- Put them in bed
- Have a chat about both of your days that will help them relax
- Story time; try not to choose something too exciting
- Kiss them goodnight and leave them to fall asleep
- If your child doesn’t like the room too dark then leave a night light on for them or of they prefer it really dark then an easy blackout blind is perfect.
You can also read:
Sleep Routine for Your 6 Months Old
Sleep Routine for Your 1 Year Old
Blackout blinds are not just great from Children but can come in very handy when you are pregnant as well.
It’s really important to take care of yourself during pregnancy and lack of sleep can make leave you run down and feeling terrible.
Tiredness tends to be at its worse during the first and third trimester though some women find they are tired throughout the whole pregnancy, especially if you already have children.
A good night’s sleep can really benefit you and if you can get in the odd lie in that’s even better. If you find that you are having trouble sleeping at night caused by frequent trips to the bathroom or pregnancy insomnia then daytime naps could be the answer.
If you find it hard to nap during the day then a blackout blind can really help, I always found it was too light nap in the day. Get a travel blackout blind so you can use it during pregnancy and while baby is in your room and then you can move it to their room afterwards.
Of course if you are at works it’s less easy to catch a nap but even 10 minutes when you get home will help. Make the most of nap times when you start your maternity leave it; store up that sleep you will need it when baby comes!
Just one more sleep to go until the big day!
We want to wish you a very merry Christmas and we hope you have an amazing day.
If you are worried about getting the children asleep tonight then read our tips on getting them to sleep on Christmas Eve.
Travelling this Christmas? our top 5 travelling with children posts may be of some help to you.
Where ever you are this year we know it will be magical.
Christmas is a really exciting time of year for everyone especially children. It’s really tempting to let them stay up late, however you run the risk of having very tired children the next day as they are bound to get up early!
Here are our tips on getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve:
- Try and stick to your bedtime routine as much as possible.
- Keep them active all day so they are tired. You may want to take them for a walk after dinner.
- Try not and get them too excited I know it’s hard but if you get them too worked up they will never go to sleep.
- You could try taking them to bed a little earlier as they will try and stay awake as long as possible.
- Make sure their room is calm and dark, you could use a blackout blind to do this.
- A warm milky drink before bed can help relax them.
- If they get out of bed send take them straight back to bed.
We hope these tips are helpful and you have a great Christmas Eve
You’ve packed the presents, the travel cot, and enough clothes for a month. Don’t forget the travel blackout blinds!
Being away from home can make it difficult to get your child to sleep, it will be new to them and they will be excited. You can help make the transition easier for them by sticking to your normal bedtime routine.
A travel blackout blind will help as well and once the room is dark they won’t realise they are somewhere else.
We have a few different types of travel blackout blinds for you to choose from:
Go Anywhere Portable Blackout Blind
Gro Anywhere Travel Blackout Blind
Blackout In An Instant
Stick On Blackout Blinds
Make sure you add a travel blackout blind to your packing list!
Last weekend our family visited Iceland for a short break.
Iceland is a smallish island, about 60% of the size of England but much more sparsely populated, situated in the North Atlantic Sea, between Greenland and the UK. It takes 3 hours to fly there. As one of my friends on her way to Cornwall from north-of-London pointed out, we were happily settled in our accommodation before they were.
We knew it would be colder in Iceland than the UK, so we took warm clothes, fleeces and waterproofs. We knew food that our 4 year old son would eat might be scarce, so we bought some of his favourite snacks. And we knew that we’d be doing some long, potentially child-boring tours with a group of complete strangers, so we bought a bunch of iPads and Nintendos to keep the kids quiet on the bus.
What we didn’t count on was the time of year and the fact that in summer, it never gets properly dark in Iceland. They have a kind of dusk for a couple of hours, but really, it’s still pretty light, even at midnight. There were roller blinds installed in the apartment we stayed in but they weren’t a brilliant fit: light still came in around the sides. My body was exhausted but my poor, confused brain insisted it was day time and wouldn’t let me sleep.
The kids had a rough first night, but managed to sleep well after that. I, on the other hand, lay there wide eyed and stared at the ceiling for hours, wishing I’d thought to pack some travel blackout blinds.
Everyone knows parrots are smart: their intelligence is often compared to that of small children, but did you know that parrots, like toddlers, also need lots of sleep?
Most parrots kept as pets come from countries that live on or around the the equator and these countries have very little variation in day length between the seasons. As a rule, most parrots do best when they get 9-10 hours sleep every night.
Signs of sleep deprivation in parrots can include feather plucking, screaming, phobic behaviours and aggression. If your bird gets less than 9 hours sleep every 24 hours and is exhibiting any of these behaviours, it would be worth increasing the amount of time it spent sleeping.
But how do you get a bird to go to sleep?
Ideally your bird should have free access to a smaller sleep cage and so should be able to signal when it wants to go to bed. You can then cover the cage with a thick blanket or fitted cover which will encourage the bird to sleep soundly.
Another option is to put the sleep cage in a room with black out blinds over the windows. These will stop any sunlight disturbing your pet before they have had the pre requisite 9-10 hours and will prevent birds from pulling at their covers and disturbing them.
Whether you have a dedicated home theatre room, or just a home theatre system set up in your every day living room, you will find viewing more pleasurable if you can darken the room while watching movies.
If you have a basement theatre, then the chances are good that you have no windows down there anyhow. If you have windows, you may decide to black them out or you may prefer a temporary solution such as close fitting blackout blinds that use velcro, suction cups or double sided tape. Some people even go as far as attaching blackout blinds to the wall and ceiling in order to make the screen look like it is floating in mid air.
Black out blinds will block out all external light while you are using your home theatre and will help you get the best possible picture quality out of your equipment.
The less of your surroundings that you can see, the more you will be able to focus on on the movie you are watching. You will not have to turn the picture’s brightness up to maximum and so the colours on the screen will be brighter and more vivid.
Also, there will be no reflection or shading on the walls, ceiling or screen to distract you from your film. Just add soft drinks and popcorn and you will have the best seats in the house.