A guide to the perfect evening with House Babylon & APOTHEM

To us, the hours leading up to bedtime are sacred. Having a healthy evening routine means your body begins slowing down and preparing for a restorative night’s sleep.

 

We’ve teamed up with Apothem Labs in putting together a guide to the perfect evening wind down. By shifting the focus on to those precious hours before bed, we take the pressure off of sleep and rather begin to enjoy the process of easing into slumber.

 

We all know how important it is to take time for yourself, so for this night-time ritual, put aside a couple of hours just for you.

 

Start by running yourself a hot bath with APOTHEM UNPLUG CBD Bath Salts, the Epsom salts in this botanical blend help to act as a mild sedative to help prepare the body for a restful night. Light House Babylon Palmyra candle, letting the warm, woody aroma of fresh cypress and cedarwood fuse with the eucalyptus of the bath salts.

 

After a nice, long soak step into your House Babylon bathrobe. Crafted from organic Turkish cotton and Oeko-Tex certified to reassure you it’s fully free of any harmful chemicals. Ultra-fluffy and super absorbent thanks to the long cotton fibres, this terrycloth bathrobe is the ultimate post-bathe treat.

 

Before getting into bed, reach for your LIGHTS OUT CBD Drops, taking around 4 to 5 drops, and leaving them under your tongue for 60 seconds. Formulated with the highest quality pure CBD, soothing L-Theanine, calming Chamomile and regulating 5-HTP these botanical drops are designed to calm the mind and release tension. Wrapped up with the natural flavours of vanilla and caramel, to ease you into your bedtime routine and enable a more restorative night’s sleep.

 

Finally, get tucked up into your House Babylon bed linen. Made from Egyptian cotton grown along the Nile Delta, the buttery soft and smooth feel with extra-long cotton threads make for an excellent, comfortable night’s sleep. Snuggle up, grab your favourite book or listen to a sleep cast before drifting off into bliss.

 

For the next week, in celebration of World Sleep Day, you can receive 25% off all Apothem & House Babylon products with the code APOHOUSE.

 

 

 

What is the best thread count for bed sheets?

We have always been told that when it comes to buying high quality bed sheets, we should purchase those with the highest thread count. Unfortunately, this is a lie that we have been sold by linen companies for the last few decades who have used this as a tactic to win over big profits.

 

In 2017 the International Trade Commission issued a general exclusion order banning bedding companies from importing sheets with exaggerated thread counts. This action was taken due to a high number of companies boasting an unrealistic number of thread counts.

 

In this blog we will go step by step into what makes a great bedding set and why thread count isn’t the most important factor to consider.

 

What is a thread count?

This measures how many threads are in one square inch of fabric. To determine the thread count, the vertical (warp) and horizontal (weft) weave of the fabric are added together. For example, a fabric that has 300 threads vertical and 300 horizontal in the square inch means it has a 600-thread count. 

 

Knowing the thread count is important because this indicates how comfortable the sheets are, as well as their quality. Anything below 180 will be thin and have tiny holes within the fabric.

 

It is also important to pay attention to bed sheets that have too high a thread count. Although it seems impressive, sheets with a 1,000-thread count will most likely be worse than those with a 300-thread count. This is because some manufacturers inflate their threads by using multiple-ply yarn, which is when lots of individual threads are twisted around each other. This then creates bedding that is less-durable and uncomfortable.

 

What is the best thread count for bed sheets?

According to a variety of specialists, the best sheets have a thread count between 300 and 600. If you prefer your set to feel thicker and cosier, then one with a 600-thread count would be best. This being said, you can still find good quality sheets that have a thread count under 300 and you can also find poor quality sheets in the 300 to 600 range. It’s important to pay attention to the fibre content and construction as they’re more important in determining the quality of a set of sheets.

 

What is the best indicator of good quality sheets?

To know how good a set of sheets are it’s important to pay attention to the quality of the cotton that is used. Organic cotton tends to be softer and safer than your typical cotton, making it a great choice if you’re after a comfortable nights sleep on natural sheets.

 

Great cotton, like Egyptian cotton, is naturally an extra-long staple cotton. This means the threads are naturally strong and long, creating fabric that is soft and durable. You also need to consider the diameter of the yarn used to produce the sheets. The number of the yarn represents how fine or thick they are, with the higher the number creating finer yarn. Cheaper and lower quality sheets will be made up of thicker yarns sitting around the number 30 while some high-end sheets are made up of conventionally grown cotton with yarns that are incredibly fine with the size 100 or above. 

 

How do you know if you’re buying good quality sheets?

 

As we have covered, thread count isn’t the only aspect when it comes to judging the quality of bed sheets. If you can’t afford to spend the money that a high-count thread sheet requires you can buy one with a lower thread count. You just need to make sure it meets the requirements needed when it comes to fabric, weave and ply count.

 

Sheets that are made from single-ply and high-quality cotton but with a lower thread count will most likely be more comfortable and durable than a polyester sheet that has a high thread count. Aim to purchase single-ply sheets that are made from long-staple cotton and have a thread count between 300 and 600. With all of this in mind, don’t forget your own personal preference. If you like your sheets even if they don’t meet the suggested requirements, then that’s all that matters!

 

The Effects Of Polyester

These are the effects polyester has on your health – and why you should ditch it completely

 

What is polyester?

Polyester is the most popular of all synthetic materials on the market and is derived from coal, air, water and petroleum. Unfortunately, it can take a toll on your health and your sleep. The fibre is a type of plastic and, because it has a very synthetic feel, it is often produced with a blend of natural components like cotton to try and weaken this feeling. Most bedding sold around the world is cotton-polyester blends.

 

How is polyester produced?

Polyester is a petroleum by-product that is formed from a chemical reaction between an acid and alcohol. The reaction is known as polymerization. During this reaction molecules combine to form a larger molecule which normally takes place in a vacuum at a high temperature. The fibres are then stretched until they’re about five times their original size, with the resultant arrangement of molecules being very strong.

 

There are then a variety of methods that can be followed to manufacture it. The four basic forms are filament, staple, tow, and fibrefill.

 

Why shouldn’t polyester be in your bed?

Put bluntly, polyester is a toxic material that has a slew of toxic chemicals embedded in it which means there are a variety of health issues associated with it. It has been confirmed that it carries carcinogens and excessive exposure to the material can cause respiratory issues.

 

It also has proven to cause skin issues or make existing skin concerns worse. This means it has the ability to cause rashes, eczema and dermatitis. It is best that the material is avoided, especially if you have sensitive skin.

 

Polyester also doesn’t regulate your body temperature while you sleep as synthetic materials don’t breathe.  This means that the litre of body vapour everyone loses each night won’t be absorbed. This will leave your body feeling damp, making you hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

 

The material has also shown to have an effect on immune systems, especially those of children. Due to their immature immune and liver systems they are a lot more sensitive to chemicals than adults. When choosing bedding for children you want to avoid synthetic fibres and the less chemical processing and fewer finishes added to the material the better.

 

What do we recommend?

For the best night’s sleep, we recommend purchasing materials that are 100% natural and organic. This is because they are safer for your health, aren’t packed with toxic chemicals, are better for the environment and allow your body to breathe. Opting for high-quality cotton bed sheets is a great option.

 

Fascinating Facts About Sleep

These are the fascinating facts about sleep you didn’t know

Most of the information we have about sleep has only been discovered within the last two decades and there is still so much to discover. Since a lot of this information is quite new, there is still important information people don’t know. So, what exactly happens when you’re busy counting sheep? We at House Babylon have shared some of the most interesting facts we found.

 

Deaf people sometimes use sign language while sleeping

There have been a variety of cases where deaf people who use sign language have been witnessed using it in their sleep. There have also been stories of those who are able to hear but have learnt sign also doing it.

 

Although there isn’t a lot of research surrounding this yet, a 2017 case study describes a 71-year-old man with a severe hearing impairment observed signing fluently. The researchers were able to get some insight into what he was dreaming about by decoding his signs.

 

41% of the British population sleep in the foetal position

The foetal position is when people curl their knees towards their body while sleeping. Unsurprisingly it gets its name from the word ‘foetus’ as it’s seen as a similar position to the one a baby is in when inside their mother’s womb.

According to research, double the number of women sleep this way compared to men. It has been said that people who sleep this way are shy when you first meet them but open up quickly.

The five other sleeping positions that have been discovered are the log, starfish, yearner, soldier and freefaller.

 

Those who are born blind don’t have dreams involving sight, instead they experience emotion, sound and smell

Blind people dream as much as a sighted person does but the age they became blind may impact what they dream about.

Those who are born blind or become blind at a young age don’t have visual imagery in their dreams. Those who become blind after turning five or six years old are able to see in their dreams, meaning that there is a window in the development of the brain in which the ability to have visual dreams is established.

 

Although most people associate dreams with visual imagery, other things like sounds, touch and movement can also be involved in the dream process.

According to research that has been conducted over decades, most sighted people’s dreams contain both visual and kinesthetic elements. More than half of dreams contain sound but it is rare for people to experience dreams that feature smell, taste and pain. In comparison to this, blind people are more likely to report feelings of touch, taste, and smell in their dreams compared to sighted people. This most likely due to the fact that their waking experience relies more on these senses. 

 

You forget 50% of your dream within five minutes of waking up

According to sleep research we lose half of our dream within the first five minutes of waking up and, after an additional five minutes, 90% of our recollection is gone. This is most likely because humans are forward-thinking in nature which means remembering something as soon as we wake up isn’t easy. Other research, which was conducted by the dream researcher L. Strumpell, said it could be because we normally remember things by association and repetition. Since dreams are unique and often very vague, this makes remembering them difficult.

 

It’s a myth that you shouldn’t wake someone who is sleepwalking

We have always been told that waking someone up who is sleepwalking can result in dire consequences, such as causing a heart attack or brain damage. Although this isn’t true, waking them up isn’t a pleasant experience for the sleepwalker. 

Waking a sleepwalker up could result in them being temporarily confused or distressed, which means it could be better to guide them back to their bed. With 15% of the population being sleepwalkers, this is important information to know.

 

Babies don’t dream

Although babies spend half of their life sleeping, neuroscientists believe it has a completely different purpose for them than dreaming. While babies are sleeping their brain is developing pathways and connections that will help them to learn as they grow.

According to various studies babies start dreaming around the age of two but what they see while their asleep develops as they grow. The dreams of toddlers are snapshots that mainly feature images and familiar imagery, like someone eating.

It is around the ages of five to nine that children start seeing moving images and have characters in their dreams. They’re also better at remembering what their dreams consisted of. Kids start appearing as central characters in their dreams around the age of eight and they also become longer and more complex.

 

This is how to choose the perfect duvet

When trying to find yourself the perfect duvet there are a variety of things to consider, such as your sleeping habits and the current season.

To make finding the right one easier for you we have compiled this duvet buying guide. We cover the three basic tips on what you need to consider when making the decision: the duvet filling, the tog rating and fill power.

We have also included some of the accreditations you should watch out for. This will provide you with the extra guarantee that you are getting your hands on the right duvet.

 

1. Duvet Filling

A duvet is only as good as its filling, as this is what makes a duvet absolutely heavenly or utterly appalling. You have two options when it comes to choosing: natural or synthetic.

Natural filling

Natural fillings are a great option as they’re soft, warm, long-lasting and tend to be more breathable than synthetic materials. They’re also machine washable, durable and biodegradable.

Down and feather fillings are the most popular choices, which includes both goose and duck, and have better insulation than synthetic duvets.

Down: Down is the fluffy layer under the exterior of the bird’s feather. Compared to feather, it is lighter and typically longer-lasting. This is the best option if you’re after a duvet that’s a great natural insulator as it provides three times more warmth than synthetic versions.  Down duvets are soft, fluffy and provide a lot of warmth.

Feather: These duvets are filled using the flatter, larger and heavier outer-layer of bird feathers, which means that more feathers are required to achieve the same insulation as down. It’s often a cheaper version but they can be spiky if the duvet cover isn’t thick enough.

Down and feather: A lot of companies use a combination of the two so as to provide a good amount of weight and warmth.

Silk: Although this isn’t a widely available option, because it’s lightweight and durable it’s a great choice. Other benefits of a silk duvet include the fact that it’s hypoallergenic, has good temperature regulation and can be both hand and machine washed.

Wool: This is another hypoallergenic and durable option and it’s also recyclable. Due to the nature of the wool it means it regulates temperature well and works to take away moisture from the skin.

Natural filled duvets using goose or duck feathers have better thermal insulation than synthetic duvets. This means you don’t need as much filling to achieve the same tog rating, often making them lighter. We always suggest encasing your duvet in 100% cotton to ensure breathability, durability and moisture absorbency.

 

Synthetic filling

Synthetic fillings are light, cheap and durable; they’re a great choice if you want an easy-care option. They provide the same warmth as natural fillings and are a great option for those who suffer from allergies as they’re able to be washed frequently.

The only problem with synthetic filing is that they also trap heat and can’t absorb moisture, which could lead to sweat. This means it’s harder for the duvet to regulate your temperature and could result in you needing to kick it off in the middle of the night.

 

2. Tog Rating

The tog rating is important to consider when making your decision as this is what relates to the duvet’s warmth. To make it simple, the higher the tog rating the warmer the duvet.

Fillings up to seven tog are lighter and airier, making them ideal for the summer months. Higher togs are more suitable for the colder months.

We recommend you buy a higher tog if your bedroom is not well-insulated or if you prefer to keep the windows open at night. Retailers often recommend buying a higher tog for the winter months but a 4.5 tog can work equally well if you live in a well-insulated space.

 

3. Fill Power

Fill Power is the universal rating system for goose and duck down that is displayed in the form of a number. It measures the volume taken up by the filling in the duvet and is an indicator of how fluffy the duvet is going to be.

The higher the fill power the warmer, lighter, airier and more breathable a duvet can be. A high fill power rating also indicates the insulating ability the down will have.

Fill power can range from 450 to 900 with good fill power being 700 and above.

What is the difference between bamboo and cotton?

It goes without saying that your bedding is amongst one of the most important things to consider when furnishing your bedroom.

It is also one of the most confusing decisions you will have to make. With so many new alternative environmentally friendly bedding options popping up, it’s difficult to know what the right set of bedding for you could be.

For many years now, Egyptian cotton has been a byword for good cotton. In recent years, bamboo sheets have become synonyms with durability and coming from a renewable source. The question is overall, which are the better sheets?

Bamboo

Sustainability:

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable plants on Earth, making it more eco-friendly to grow than cotton. As the tree is one of the fastest growing trees on the planet, manufacturing the sheets poses no substantial environmental threats because the source is easily renewable.

Bamboo has a less of an environmental impact and a smaller carbon footprint than cotton. It also doesn’t rely on pesticides, fertilizer and water to grow. It is also naturally resistant to insects or infecting pathogens.

Manufacturing process:

Today there are three different types of bamboo fabric on the market, with the main differences between them being the manufacturing process of the fibres used.

Most bamboo sheets on the market are Rayon bamboo, made using the viscose process. This involves dissolving the bamboo cellulose in strong chemical solvents, such as chlorine bleach, sodium hydroxide, sulphuric acid and carbon disulphide. All these chemicals are both environmentally damaging as well as highly toxic for humans. Most bamboo sheets on the market are so heavily treated with chemicals, they no longer show any sign of the bamboo plant itself.

Tencel bamboo, also known as lyocell, is made with fibre through the lyocell process. This involves the use of non-toxic solvents to dissolve the bamboo, making it a minimal waste option with low emissions.

The production process of bamboo linen is the same as other linen fabrics, like cotton. Unfortunately, this tends to wrinkle easily and isn’t the softest material available.

Comfort:

Bamboo sheets are far more comfortable than your average low-quality cotton set. To get a luxurious cotton set, you are looking at buying certified Egyptian cotton with more than a 400-thread count. Softer bamboo fabrics require greater chemical processing and the end product is a softer feel.

100% natural bamboo bed linen, which is expensive and extremely hard to find, often isn’t as soft as bamboo rayon and in some cases not even as soft as cotton.

Durability:

Bamboo fabrics tend to be a more durable option than cotton but they do require a lot of attention. You have to be gentle when running cleaning cycles and you should make sure to follow the instructions regarding whether you should run them under warm or cold water. They can also be air dried or you can tumble dry them on a low-heat setting.

Cotton

Sustainability:

The cotton plant is not as environmentally friendly as bamboo and is grown using a lot of pesticides, with some of the chemicals used having been marked as hazardous to human health. Most people also underestimate the full environmental impact of cotton – it takes 2,700 litres to make one t-shirt.

Though organic cotton has gone great strides to make sure that their environmental impact is less, the process still isn’t perfect.

Manufacturing:

Cotton is not normally grown in the UK as it needs hot, wet and humid conditions and a sunny summer, so most cotton is imported from elsewhere. While being grown cotton also requires a great amount of water, pesticides and fertilisers. This being said, it is possible to grow cotton in a greenhouse or polytunnel in the south of the UK.

The process of making cotton sheets from cotton transforms the raw fibres into threads, yarn and fabric by following two processes: the spinning process, where raw cotton is turned into thread, and the weaving process, where the thread is woven into fabric.

Comfort:

Egyptian cotton sheets are considered the most luxurious type of bed sheets as they’re soft, comfortable and are designed with the sleeper’s utmost comfort in mind.

These sheets should offer a crisp but smooth feel with no snags in the material or annoying puckers from sleep. They’re constructed using multiple cotton threads that are woven together to create a large piece of fabric. High-end cotton sheets, typically known as Egyptian cotton, are constructed using long fibres instead of the short ones generally found in pure cotton sheets and will have a softer, silkier feel with each higher level of thread counts.

Durability:

Cotton bed sheets have a long lifespan, even if they’re used every day. Some people have owned the same cotton bed sheets for decades, with absolutely no sign of wear and tear. Although they may experience fading in colour over time, this doesn’t mean that they are ready for the trash. Many people find a second use for cotton sheets.

Conclusion

Authentic and certified bamboo sheets (just like Egyptian cotton sheets) are rare to find. Some bamboo bedding on the market can be hazardous for humans and the environment and the all-natural variety is nowhere as soft, durable or wrinkle resistant as cotton.

Cotton bedding is generally a much safer bet when compared to bamboo. This is because it isn’t chemically treated, remains softer, cheaper and more durable.

It can be difficult getting your hand on quality bedding that isn’t dangerous, uncomfortable or manufactured unethically. The textile industry isn’t heavily regulated, if at all. This throws customers in a pool of highly toxic products wrongly labelled as “Egyptian Cotton” Or “Eco-friendly Bamboo”. Your best option is to purchase your bedding from a trusted company with certifications on their sourcing, manufacturing and delivery.

Material

Bamboo-Based Fabric

Cotton

Pros

Breathable

Exceptionally soft if chemically treated

Eco-friendly (ONLY if mechanically processed)

Breathable

Exceptionally soft

Moisture absorbent

No chemical processing needed

Cons

Requires slightly gentler care

Most bamboo fabrics require great chemical processing

Highly toxic for human consumption and the environment

Prone to wrinkles

Less durable

Requires more water for growing


Cost

£50 and up for chemically treated bamboo

£250 and up for 100% natural bamboo

£50 and up for inferior cotton

£150 and up for superior cotton


Lifespan

5-10 years 5-10 years

 

5 interior design trends to spice up your home in 2019

Whether you are into minimalist, colour-burst or bohemian flair these interior design trends are bound to inspire some quick renovations in your home. 

For many of us our homes are our pride and joy, however few of us change the décor often. With new interior design trends and styles emerging every year, there are plenty of new ways to give your home a quick refresh, even if it’s just buying some new pillows and painting walls.

Here are five 2019 interior design trends to spice up your home.

Botanical Greens – Let’s get leafy

In modern society, we are self-conscious about the earth and its divine’s creatures, so why not bring eco-friendly into our walls? We have left floral prints behind and botanical prints and greens are very in style. Think lush plants, gold accessories and English gardens, free of any floral prints that goes well in every season. Don’t forget to add some big, healthy plants for the aesthetics

Yelling for Yellow

No wonder yellow is in season as summer is approaching, from bright yellows to rich mustards, yellow is everywhere. Yellow has been in season for a while and it doesn’t seem like it’ll be slowing down. You can use yellow for colour pops instead of an all-out décor. Pillows, chairs and or flowers are nice accessories for tipping your toe into colour-bursts.

Simply Scandinavian

Has Scandi ever been out of style? No. Scandinavian style has been one of the go-to styles year after year. The soft, nude and neutral colours bring balance and allow for a more modest look. If you’re looking for a different feel, you can add rustic accessories or furniture to create a more cabin feel or you can add white to go for a more glam look. Your choice.

Coral Reef

Hot pink may be long dead but pink hues still rule spring summer 2019. Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019, is Living Coral according to them it’s ‘an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.’

The palette includes terracotta, sand and sun-drenched colours evoking lazy summer feels.

 

Say it with Slogan

Think about it, say it, slogan it! Slogans have killed the catwalk this year. This interior design trend says “shouting at home”, from the popular ‘live, love and laugh’ to political, puns or personalized sayings. Candles, paintings and again pillows are good places to add your sassy slogans to your furniture. Say it out loud and proud!

You still have six months left in the year to refresh your home, why not seize this opportunity for inspiration and modernize your home? If you’re looking for a cheap renovation, simply choose chairs, pillow and paintings. Don’t tell us we are not saving you from breaking the bank.

Mindfulness Meditation for Better Sleep

It has proven that meditation has major physical and mental health benefits. There are meditation types that will allow you to focus on releasing daily stress, finding peace and bliss for a night of better sleep.

 

The following meditation will target different areas that may stop you from instantly hitting the pillow and snoozing.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation involves training your mind to focus on your experiences, thoughts, emotions, and sensations by controlling your breathing, mental imagery, and self-awareness.

Let’s say you’ve had a scuffle with one of your work colleagues over a work deadline and you exercised control over your emotions. Mindfulness meditation before bed can help you visualise the encounter and process the negative emotions you restricted so you can let that negative energy go.

Similarly, this can help to fully re-experience and acknowledge positive emotions you’ve felt during the day, this can help you appreciate the positive aspects of your life long term. Research has shown that mindfulness meditation can help improve impulsiveness, emotion reactions, reduce fixation on negative emotions and overall relationship satisfaction.

Mindfulness requires self-observation, and despite being exhausting, it can lead to a more relaxed state of mind aiding sleep.

It’s important to know that there isn’t a right answer when meditating, but following these steps may help to dive in.

Choose your seat — Find a spot that makes you comfortable.  Whatever you’re sitting on — a chair, a cushion or sofa — the spot must provide you stability.

Notice your legs — You can choose the standard crossing legs (if you already do seated yoga posture, go ahead). If on a chair, it’s good if your feet are on the ground to prevent you swinging them.

Straighten — Do not stiffen your upper body, that may put too much pressure and you won’t be able to relax. The spine has a natural curvature, let it be there.

Upper arms parallel — Having the arms parallel to your upper body will help you into a comfortable position. If your arms are too far forward, you’ll slouch. It’s fine if you take a while to find the perfect position, you’re tuning the strings of your body and that takes time.

Author:
Leila Pereira
Journalism Student
Passion:Cinematography

The many benefits to sleeping naked!

 

Sleep is one of the most amazing function that the human body performs. A good night’s sleep can help you a lot in day to day activity. But what if you could double the benefits from sleeping without doing absolutely nothing? Here are some benefits of sleeping naked

1.  BUILDS CONFIDENCE

“A University of Melbourne study found that confident people earn higher wages and get promoted more often than their less confident counterparts.” – Forbes.  Sleeping naked builds confidence. It makes you more comfortable in your skin as a result more confident in you awake life.

2. BOOSTS FERTILITY

Studies have shown that sleeping naked boosts fertility in men. Men who sleep in boxers have less DNA fragmentation in sperm (i.e. higher quality sperm) than men who sleep in tighty-whiteys.

3.SLOWS AGEING

This may come as a bit of a surprise. When you sleep naked, your body produces more melatonin. Melatonin is known as a sleep inducing hormone but it is responsible for much more than that. It has high anti-oxidant properties which result in slowing down the ageing process.

4. REDUCES STRESS

Stress can hamper with your cortisol levels, this can be restored by rest. A lower body temperature is known to provide healthy conditions for restoration of cortisol. Sleeping naked keeps your body temperature at a low which ultimately results in the proper restoration of cortisol and hence less stress.

5. BETTER SKIN

Believe it or not, sleeping naked can make your skin better. When you sleep without any clothes on your skin gets to breathe. Sleeping naked is also beneficial for your genitals health.

How your dog may be helping you to get a better night’s sleep

There are many benefits to having a dog in the house, but did you know they can also help you get a better night’s sleep? We’ve invited Kathryn Eccles, Ecommerce Manager at pet supplies retailer Millbry Hill, to tell us more about it.

We love dogs in the UK. So much so that the PDSA has noted a quarter of UK adults share their home with a four-legged friend. There are many great reasons to bring a dog into your home: you’ll have unquestioning companionship, lowers levels of stress, and they’ll keep you active. Not only that but, according to new research, you might also be able to sleep more soundly with a dog in your bed. With that in mind, I’m going to share four ways that your dog could help you get a better night’s sleep.

They make you feel safe

Dogs are naturally territorial animals. Though they have been domesticated, they still have instincts to defend their territory and protect their pack. Not only that, but their heightened sense of hearing means they are pretty good at alerting us to anything that is out of place, especially at night time. It’s like having your own personal security alarm that can, depending on the breed, also act as a security guard and protect you from an intruder. Having your companion sleep in bed with you can also help you to feel emotionally secure throughout the night.

They help you relieve stress

Simply having a dog in the home will make you happier, helping to lower your levels of anxiety and stress. Pet therapy is becoming a popular form of treatment for decreasing stress, especially at places such as university, where students are often under lots of pressure. One study showed that this interaction with dogs actually decreases anxiety and blood pressure.

How well you sleep is directly linked to your state of mind, and if you are stressed, your sleep will suffer. Keeping your canine companion next to you in bed can help you to relax, lower your stress levels, and get a good night’s sleep.

They get you up in the morning

If you have trouble getting up in the morning, then sleeping with your dog could help give you that extra boost to get out of bed. Try getting into the habit of feeding them as soon as you wake up. That way, they will eagerly help you get out of bed at this time every day. It’s the best kind of alarm clock — no blaring alarm sounds, just a cute face that’s excited to see you. By getting into a regular routine, you will improve the quality of your sleep as your body adapts to a set time frame. On some mornings you may not want to get up at that time but, in the long run, it’s good for you.

They stop you from feeling lonely

No one wants to feel alone through the night, especially during the winter months, and having your trusty companion by your side can beat this problem. Just like humans, dogs love to snuggle up and get close. This will help you both to feel warm, secure, and comfortable, allowing you to be at peace and get a good night’s sleep. If you are someone who gets hot in the night, then sleeping with your pup might not be a good idea. Instead, bring their bed into your bedroom and set it close by. That way, you can still get the benefits of having a dog nearby without overheating.

Whether you have trouble nodding off, or you think you sleep like a baby, bringing a dog into your bedroom can have many benefits. They may be disruptive from time to time but, overall, they’ll help you get to sleep.  

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