A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~Irish Proverb
Life is too short to sleep on low thread-count sheets. ~Leah Stussy
(or without a Dry Moon Pillowcase)
May sleep envelop you as a bed sheet floating gently down, tickling your skin and removing every worry. Reminding you to consider only this moment. ~Jeb Dickerson
Consciousness: that annoying time between naps. ~Author unknown
I’ve had such bad insomnia the sleep cops have issued a warrant for my rest. ~Terri Guillemets
Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. ~Thomas Dekker People
The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~John Steinbeck
Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it’s time to get up. ~Author Unknown
Sleep ’til you’re hungry, eat ’til you’re sleepy. ~Author Unknown
That drowsy feeling we get when we are tired reminds us how important sleep is for our brain functioning, including memory, decision-making, reaction time and mood. It’s important, too, for the rejuvenation of the physical body and for weight control.
A good sleep routine contributes to weight management because sleepiness and deprivation are related to:
* increased cortisol which increases our appetite.
* the tendency to fill-up our plates with more food than if rested.
* increased cravings foods high in carbs, fat and calories.
* selecting unhealthy foods at the grocery store.
* a slowing of the metabolism.
In addition, sleeping rather than staying up late, quite simply keeps us from getting hungry and snacking (but if you must – read Eating [be-]For Sleeping ).
In short, recent studies suggest that sleep is a primary factor in weight loss and management.
Image displays the light teal Dry Moon Pillowcase
The mid-day snooze has traditionally been viewed as a habit of lazy or uninspired people. However, this perception has recently taken a full turn – and rightly so. Popular articles on the performance enhancing effects of catching a few z’s taken by NFL and NBA players and Olympic, college, and high school athletes has underscored the value of resting.
Other benefits of napping are:
Improved health from a boost of hormones which support the immune system
Increased alertness and reduced errors on task requiring attention to detail
Improved mood due to an elevation of ‘feel good’ serotonin
Increased relaxation provided by taking a short break from daily stresses
Improved memory from the consolidation of memories into long term storage
Reduced fatigue from a natural source!
The most important beauty tool is not found in a make-up bag. The best thing we can do for healthy skin is get good quality nightly sleep. As we slumber away, our body is in the midst of amazing renewal and rejuvenation processes, for instance:
- collagen is replenished – preventing wrinkles
- blood flows to the skin – producing a healthy radiant glow
- skin is hydrated – rebalancing moisture
- growth hormones rise and protein is produced – allowing cells to repair damage
- the immune system is fortified – inhibiting flare-ups of skin diseases (i.e., psoriasis, eczema)
For healthy skin:
- remove make-up to clean pores and prevent acne flare-ups.
- apply moisturizer before going to bed, the impact is enhanced during the evening renewal process.
- wash your pillowcase regularly to keep it clean of bacteria and dust mites.
- sleep on the satin side of a plush and posh differently-sided Dry Moon Pillowcase; the extra smooth fabric reduces friction and prevents facial creases and wrinkles.
Eating before going to bed can interfere with quality zzz’s and weight control. There are times, however, when a late night snack or drink is needed to stop hunger pangs. Top choices that boost sleep and conquer cravings are a:
* slice of cheese
* cup of plain yogurt
* handful of walnuts, almonds or pistachio nuts
* slice of whole wheat bread with a dab of peanut butter or piece of turkey
* bowl of oatmeal
* hard boiled egg
Terrific drink options are a glass of cherry juice, chamomile or green tea.
Desserts should be enjoyed in the early evening and not as a late night snack. Chocolate contains caffeine and sweet treats create havoc on blood sugar levels which, in turn, disrupts the sleep cycle.
If you frequently wake-up drenched and tired, it’s helpful to know that night sweats are:
41% of adults report on medical checklists that they experience night sweats at least once a month.
NOT FOR WOMEN ONLY
While more common for women due to the hormonal changes associated with menopause, pre- and post-pregnancy, 1/3 of all men have night sweats. Andropause is real. Like women, men’s testosterone levels decrease and body temperature regulation is altered.
The highest rates are in mid-life but young adults and seniors experience night sweats frequently too
Age Women Men
18-40 42% 35%
41-55 61% 40%
56-69 43% 38%
>70 29% 26%
HAVE MANY CAUSES
In addition to hormonal fluctuations, night sweats may be exacerbated or caused by:
- Illness or fever
- Side effects of medication and surgery
- Sleep apnea
- Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar
- Hot and spicy foods and alcohol
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Hormone disorders
~ The plush terry side of a Dry Moon Pillowcase absorbs sweat so night sweats won’t interrupt your sleep.
You know how to get a good night’s sleep – stick to a regular schedule, avoid caffeine, and skip the late snacks. Try these tips for a great nights sleep:
- Wear socks to bed.
Feet are the first part of the body to cool down, keeping them warm reduces night awakenings
- Go to bed as early as possible.
Many of our bodily systems recharge and recover between the hours of 11pm and 1am. Our circadian rhythms are set for us to go to bed after sundown.
- Sleep in complete darkness & keep the light off when using the restroom.
Light stops the production of a sleep hormone, melatonin.
- Don’t ‘sweat’ the bedroom temperature.
What is the best room temperature for sleep – they one that feels best to you.
- Do something enjoyable, but not too exciting or upsetting, before sleeping.
Read a travel book. Wait until morning to pay bills!
- Skip the alcohol.
Although it may be initially relaxing, later it will cause mid-night awakenings and prevent falling into the deepest, healing, stage of sleep.
- Take a hot shower before bed.
The body’s falling temperature will help you fall asleep.
- Sleep on a Dry Moon Pillowcase.
The low twist imported terry fabric absorbs sweat from the head, the warmest part of the body, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
If we live to be 90 years old, we will have slept for 30 years of our lives! Sleep is important – possibly more essential than diet and exercise in predicting longevity and the prevention of some diseases.
People who sleep 8 hours a night live longest. Research has found that the quality and quantity of sleep a person has gotten before being exposed to a virus or infection is a major factor in whether or not they become ill. High quality sleep boosts and restores the functioning of our immune system.
Dry Moon Pillowcases were created to prevent sleep disturbance. The high absorbent, low twist, all cotton terry fabric allows people with night-sweats and hot flashes to sleep through the night.
At night or at noon – rest is best with a Dry Moon
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