Monday, August 24, 2009

Lose Weight by Sleeping?

Just by tucking in a little earlier tonight, that extra ten pounds you’ve been struggling to lose may simply fall off. You might think we’re dreaming but the correlation between sleep and weight is well documented. Try these tips for a week and watch the inches fall away!
  • Go to bed earlier – Count back from the time you wake up and calculate your bedtime from there. Can’t get to sleep early? Schedule a nap mid-day to ensure you’re getting a minimum of 7 hours within a 24-hour period.
  • Get your body ready for bed earlier – If you’re used to staying up later, start a pre-sleep ritual to signal to your body when it’s time to start winding down. Turn off the TV, your iPhone, your computer and pick up a book instead. Away from the bright lights of your computer, your body releases a hormone that makes you feel drowsy.
  • Cut out the caffeine – Sip your coffee, soda and tea before 3 pm so your body has a chance to get rid of the caffeine before bedtime. Alcohol may be a depressant, but it also prevents your body from falling into a deep, rejuvenating sleep.
  • Tweak the program – Women require more sleep than men (especially at certain times of the month) so it make take a while for you to find the number that works for you. If you rely on an alarm to wake up, try backing up your bedtime by 15 minutes until you wake up on your own.

Have you tried losing weight just by getting a better night’s sleep? Let us know how it works for you!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mattress Shopping How-tos

Do your research

It can help to research online before you hit the stores. If you are unsure what kind of mattress you need Naturally Organic Sleep carries many well-known brands and styles like Natura, Coaster, Essentia, Sleeprite, etc. and we have the ability to work with you on an individual basis, tailoring a sleep system that is guaranteed to provide you with restorative rem sleep that is so imperative for quality sleep and lifestyle. If you are unable to visit our shop, feel free to call or E-mail us with your concerns, we will try to get you on the right path.

Test for comfort

Take your time and lie down on a variety of mattresses. Spend several minutes lying in your normal sleeping position. If you have a sleep partner, make sure you shop for your new mattress together. Lie on the mattress at the same time, testing for partner movement and how it feels to each of you. Check for uncomfortable pressure points and the amount of surface cushioning.

Consider sleep style

To test a mattress correctly, you have to lie on it like you do at home. If you’re a side sleeper, you may need a mattress with more cushioning to support your hips and shoulders. A back sleeper’s weight is usually distributed evenly over the mattress surface. However, without proper support, regions of the back (such as the lumbar area) may undergo excess strain as it works to support the spine’s natural curves.

Finding online resources – Not mattress review and rating sites

There are a lot of great online resources to help you sort through the amazing amount of information about mattresses and sleep health. Remember to bookmark and print off info you find helpful.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Value of Sleep

Don't underestimate the value of sleep. Like proper nutrition and excericise, it is essential to feel our best. Without enough sleep, our senses dull and productivity decreases and mistakes and accidents are much more likely to occur. A study performed by reserachers at St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago suggests that the more REM sleep that we get, the more likely we are to awake feeling positive and upbeat. A better sleep, boosts the immune system, rejuninates the body, improves memory and motor activity.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Win a Bamboo Pillow - Sign up for our Monthly Drawings

Where else do you get a great hypoallergenic pillow with a lifetime guarantee for under thirty bucks.....Naturally Organic Sleep has monthly pillow drawings, everyone who completes our Contact Form is eligible. Win one at our September 15th Drawing!
If we select your entry we will ship to the address listed on your form at no charge of course.
On our site we provide great products with plenty of information on sleep so you can make an educated choice about what you want to sleep on.