Should you take your shoes into your bedroom?

 

In many homes, shoes can be found abandoned in almost every room, including the bedroom. However, removing shoes before entering a home appears to be gaining a following once again.

There are three main reasons that people chose not to have shoes in their homes:

  1. spiritual reasons- to avoid shoes carrying in bad energy in from the outside world
  2. hygiene reasons – to avoid shoes harboring bad germs
  3. practical reasons – to avoid shoes staining the light carpets.

Karen Kingston, International best selling author and clutter clearing expertsays: “My personal favourite is to have a shoe cupboard somewhere just inside the main entrance so you can take your shoes off as soon as you enter and store them hidden from view”.

Whilst you may not be able fit a shoe cupboard at your front door, it’s not great to have a big pile of shoes there either. If you are tight on space here are some ideas:

  • Remove your shoes as you enter your home and carry them to where you store them
  • Wipe them clean before putting them away
  • Keep them inside a closed chest or cupboard rather than out in the open
  • If possible, store them separately to your clothing
  • Get rid of any shoes you never wear to save space

One big ‘hell-no’ is putting your shoes on soft furnishings such as beds and couches. Putting your dirty shoes on or near your sleep sanctuary is ludicrous. Remember your bed should be clean, fresh and germ-free. If you can’t make your house shoe-free at least try and make your bedroom a shoe-free zone.

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Sleep states – what they are and what you gain by moving through them

If all the talk about REM and non-Rem sleep boggles your mind then look no further than this blog. Here we will help you figure out what these types of sleep are and why they are necessary for your physical and emotional health.

Non-REM Sleep includes the first 3 stages of sleep. From Stage 1 to stage 3 the sleep gets deeper, the muscles get more and more relaxed and the breathing rate slows. It is during non-REM sleep that:

  • The muscles are repaired. As the muscles relax and the person becomes floppy, it is easier for blood to flow bringing oxygen and nutrients most to where they are needed.
  • Muscle memory is laid down. In the brain, successful motor pathways are chosen and reinforced. This allows us to do familiar tasks with more coordination and speed the next day. For example, how to get dressed, how to work the new safe key or how to do a side plait in your hair…

REM Sleep is the final stage of sleep and whilst the body appears relaxed, the brain is at the peak of its electrical activity – most notably in the prefrontal area of the brain. This is the area responsible for human behavior – patience, judgment, strategy and reasoning.

  • Research has shown that REM sleep helps to consolidate emotional human memories. That days data is sorted and only the pertinent information is stored for future use. This prevents a ‘cluttered’ mind and allows us to have clarity of thought the next day. It is often why you wake up with the answer to a difficult problem.
  • REM sleep also prevents chronic mood disorders characterized by anxiety and depression. It is during REM sleep that serotonin and dopamine are created and stored – allowing you access to happy hormones as and when you need them.

Both REM sleep and non-REM sleep are necessary and serve a specific purpose for the body. The primary function of both our light-sleep and deep-sleep phases is to have a regenerative effect on various processes in the body.

A good night’s sleep would involve cycling through the four sleep stages allowing the brain and body to regenerate, preferably waking at the end of a sleep cycle.

Sleep cycles in adults vary between 80 – 110 minutes in length. It is possible to have as few as 3 or as many as 6 sleep cycles per night depending on your body’s natural rhythm.

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Nokia Sleep could change how you feel about sleep

Nokia Sleep is a Wi-Fi enabled pad that fits under your mattress. It has multiple sensors to detect and record your:

  • sleep cycles
  • sleep duration
  • sleep interruptions
  • sleep phases (including light, REM and non-REM sleep) and
  • snoring

Each morning it provides you with an individualized Sleep Score to indicate the quantity and quality of your sleep. It also goes on to provide advice as to how you could improve your score.

Whilst there are many sleep trackers available on the market that do just this, what makes the Nokia Sleep truly remarkable is its ability to integrate with all internet-connected things in your home to provide the optimal sleep or waking environment. This is known as ‘If this then that’ (IFTTT) technology as it can automatically control your lights, thermostats and more after receiving information from the sensor pad under your mattress.

For example:

  1. Should the Nokia Sleep detect that you are too hot then the Smart Home control feature will automatically adjust your home thermostat to make you more comfortable and prevent your sleep being disrupted.
  2. If you jump into bed to read, your lights will automatically dim.
  3. Should you want to rise by a particular time, then your lights and even your Smart TV could be turned on to assist you to wake up.

The Nokia Sleep is set to hit stores such as Amazon in late January 2018. The Nokia Sleep will sell for around $100 or approximately R1230.

If you want to be one of the first South Africans to get your hands on this technology then you can sign up here for notifications.

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to improve your sleeping environment. There is a wide range of Sealy mattresses and products available that are designed in order to help you get a great night’s sleep.

The Trumps sleep in separate rooms – should you do the same?

Many couples make use of two beds to get a better night’s sleep. But is sleeping in different bedrooms taking it a step too far? US magazine recently reported that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania rarely share a bedroom, whether living in the same state or not. Whilst the Trump’s sleeping arrangements seem to be getting a lot of bad press, many sleep experts are saying it’s not such a bad thing. In fact, many happily married couples opt for separate bedrooms in a quest for better sleep.
Here are the pros and cons to consider:
PROs of separate beds
• If your partner snores or has restless legs syndrome, your sleep is disturbed. In your own bed, you will get a better night’s sleep, which enhances how you feel about yourself and your close personal relationships (that’s more warm and fuzzy feelings all around)
• Double the bedding (you don’t have to share the duvet!)
• Sleeping well makes you more productive at home (less squabbling about the dishes)
• Sleeping well makes you more productive at work (less squabbling over money troubles)
CONs of separate beds
• Considerably less intimacy and closeness (and unplanned romantic encounters)
• Even though one in four married couples sleep in separate beds, many people feel embarrassed by the decision to do so
• More anxiety about safety and security (there is no one to nudge awake when you hear scary sounds late at night)
• Double the bedding  (you will need to wash an extra set of linen!)
• Double the cost when travelling (no cashing in on per person sharing vacay deals)
But what if you could have the best of both worlds? 
Imagine a mattress that limits partner disturbance by using individually wrapped springs/pockets. With the Sealy Crown Jewel Posture Pocket both partners get what they need to get a good night’s sleep.
The range consists of:
1. Nested pocket – firm comfort catering for the heavier sleeper
2. Soft Touch pocket – medium comfort
3. Pocket-on-Pocket – plush comfort
Get to your nearest Sealy stockist  to experience this sleep technology for yourself. You may just get to keep your loved one at your side all night long!
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