Lungi’s bedtime routine and a chance to win!

If you’re like a lot of people, you know the importance of sleep and how it affects your well-being. Sealy South Africa recently collaborated with beauty blogger, Lungi, who tells us all about her bedtime routine in her latest blog post. Click here to read Lungi’s blog post, and for the chance to win a Sealy mattress protector and two Sealy pillow protectors.

Your bedtime routine and your skin

Did you know that sticking to a good beauty bedtime routine is vital to maximising your skincare efforts? Our skin is hard at work regenerating cells at night when we sleep. You could take advantage of that fact by practising the right beauty bedtime routine so you’ll wake up to healthier and beautiful skin.

We’re all familiar with the story of Sleeping Beauty. The fact that sleep and beauty are intertwined is not just a fantasy. Studies show that sleep benefits our appearance in more ways than one. When we sleep, our body focuses on repairing and renewing our skin, thus providing that nourishment it needs that we can’t get during the daytime.

Below are two key beauty benefits of a good night’s sleep:

  • Reduce wrinkles

Collagen prevents sagging and keeping your skin beautiful and smooth. Your night’s rest is essential because that’s when your skin produces more of this all-important protein.

  • Look and feel fresh

Proper sleep doesn’t just make you feel fresh and ready to take on the world the next morning, it will make you look better, too! No more puffy eyes from your lack of zzz’s and your skin will take on a noticeable, healthy glow as well. You’ll be ready to take on the world while looking good doing it.

How to get into a proper bedtime beauty routine

  • Make sure your sleeping arrangement are comfortable

There’s nothing like curling up in a nice warm bed after a long day. Therefore, it’s important to choose the right mattress that’s suitable for your comfort and personal preferences. A good mattress will offer all the support your body needs. It keeps your spine in the right alignment regardless of how you sleep.

Don’t forget a quality bed linen as well. You don’t want to toss and turn all night because your bed linen is causing you allergy issues and discomfort. Choosing the right fabric is also important to stay cool or warm so you can sleep soundly throughout the night. Sealy’s range of sheeting is made from 100% cotton percale, with a minimum 200 thread count.

Protect your mattress and pillow with a Sealy mattress protector and a Sealy pillow protector. Our mattress protectors and pillow protectors are fully elasticized and easy to fit – making this a convenient and inexpensive way to protect and prolong the life of your Sealy mattress and Sealy pillow.

  • Go to sleep at the same time every night

As with everything in life, you have a better chance of doing something if you stick to a routine. Keeping the same bed time every night helps you to doze off more quickly.

  • Apply your skin products before you go to bed

When we go to sleep, your skin tends to absorb the products you apply more smoothly. That’s why beauty products are more effective when used before going to bed, and you can see the results more clearly.

Use a product that is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants to lock moisture in your skin and prevent wrinkles and fine lines. This will help improve skin elasticity and protect it from damaging skin conditions. 

Sleeping adequately and getting seven to nine hours of sleep every day will have a noticeable difference in the way you look. People will start to see that you look better and more vibrant in as little as two weeks. Make sure you keep that bedtime beauty routine, your body will thank you for it!

You won’t believe what bicarbonate of soda can do to your mattress

You sleep on your mattress for about 7 hours every night – do you ever clean it? You would be surprised to know how bicarbonate of soda can help!

Step 1: Wash
Remove all bedding and mattress protectors and give them a good wash. Do not wash or wipe your mattress with a damp cloth. A soggy mattress is not a happy mattress. Mattresses are not meant to get wet and this act will void your Sealy Warranty.

Step 2: Sprinkle
Using a sieve or colander, sprinkle the mattress with a little bicarbonate of soda. Let them sit on top of the mattress for a few hours. The bicarbonate of soda should absorb any moisture as well as any offensive odours from sweat, urine, coffee or wine. Check your mattress warranty before using this method.

Step 3: Vacuum
Vacuum your mattress gently to remove any dirt, pet hair, dust, dust mites as well as all the bicarbonate granules. Use only the round mouth of the vacuum pipe to suck up the granules. Beware of excessive vacuuming which will damage your mattress fibres.

Step 4: Air
Nothing kills bacteria faster than fresh air and sunshine. Open the windows and curtains and let in as much fresh air and sunlight as you can. Even better, take your mattress outside if you have a suitably dry, clean and sunny area.

Don’t forget to put your mattress protector back on!

Protect your now beautifully clean mattress with a mattress protector – it can give your mattress an extra five years of life! Sealy mattress protectors repel allergens as they are made from bamboo fabric known for their non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-dustmite properties.

Like these Sealy Top of Bed products? Visit www.sealy.co.za to find a stockist near you.

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

Beat the dust – how to rid your bedroom of dust and dust mites

Unfortunately, most of the dust that is found in your bedroom comes from yourself (and your pets) rather than from the outside world. As dead skin and hair cells break off they form dust -the perfect environment for dust mites to live and breed.

Dust and dust mites can interfere with your sleep: Many adults and children are allergic to dust and can suffer from symptoms such as congestion, sneezing and even snoring. A dust mite infestation will present with itchy bites and cause great disruptions to your sleep.

To get your best night’s sleep you need to beat the dust and dust mites.
Here’s your hit list, from least to most effort.

• Delay making your bed by one hour to allow the mattress and linen to air out. Dust mites love damp, dark places.

• Buy a high-quality mattress protector to trap the dust mites inside your mattress and prevent liquids from moving into your mattress.

• Use a wet cloth to dust all hard surfaces in your bedroom. Vacuum all soft furnishings and hard to reach cornices.

• Get your mattress professionally cleaned, alternately leave your mattress in the sun and fresh air once a week.

• Launder all duvet inners, mattress covers, pillows and pillowcases. The method will vary depending on the material you have chosen ie. polyester versus goose down. Ensure everything is ell dried before you make your bed again.

• Replace curtains with blinds and wipe these regularly. Alternately, remember to dust curtain rails and wash your curtains monthly.

• Ensure all clothing items are well-organised in spacious closets where air can circulate- dust mites hate fresh air and sunlight.

• Get rid of bedroom carpets altogether so that dust cannot accumulate in the fibres. Replace with loose carpets or mats that can be regularly shaken and washed.

Read more:

Bed bugs – the most common sleep critter

Bed bug solutions