Monthly Archives: May 2011

Not getting enough sleep

Lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain, though experts aren’t exactly sure why. A recent study found that women who slept 5 hours a night were more likely to gain weight than women who slept 7 hours a night.

Some studies have shown that losing sleep could affect metabolism by making you feel hungry, even if you’re not. Sleep deprivation may affect the secretion of cortisol, one of the hormones that regulates appetite. There’s also a theory that we move around less when we don’t get enough sleep, which means we burn less calories.

Getting enough sleep is crucial if you’re trying to lose weight, not just because of how it affects you physically, but mentally as well. Sleep deprivation makes you cranky, confused and can even make you feel depressed or angry.

Make sleep a priority by trying to get to bed at the same time each night, shooting for about 8 hours, if you can manage it.

If you want to lose weight, experts say you need to get enough sleep. Specifically, researchers have reported that women who sleep 5 hours or less per night generally weigh more than women who sleep 7 hours per night.

Women, Who Sleep Less, Eat Less…and Still Gain

Researchers have looked at exercise habits to determine if they could account, in part, for the findings. But they didn’t discover any differences in exercise levels or physical activity that would explain why the women who slept less weighed more.

“Prior studies have shown that after just a few days of sleep restriction, the hormones that control appetite cause people to become hungrier,  women who slept less might eat more,” says lead researcher Sanjay Patel, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH

“But, in fact, they ate less. That suggests that appetite and diet are not accounting for the weight gain in women who sleep less.”

“We don’t have an answer from this study about why reduced sleep causes weight gain, but there are some possibilities that deserve further study,” Patel says. “Sleeping less may affect changes in a person’s basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you burn when you rest). Another contributor to weight regulation that has recently been discovered is called non-exercise associated thermo genesis (involuntary activity, such as fidgeting.) It may be that if you sleep less, you move around less, too, and therefore burn up fewer calories.”

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Only 2 Days left…

Only 2 days left and then the gold mattresses go back to regular price.

Save up to 50%

Check out these prices on the slumber Land. Twin at $999, Double or Queen for $1499 and King for $1999.

The Gold collection is constructed to provide each sleeper with supreme comfort, long-lasting support to provide correct natural body alignment, and healthy natural materials.

The Basic Components, 100% natural latex, 100% premium New Zealand wool and certified organic cotton. It can be custom built for each sleeper.

The Dormio Gold Mattress Collection is about better quality and healthier sleep, 100% natural foam latex. Excellent at providing long term comfort, support and correct spinal alignment, it is naturally biodegradable and naturally anti-microbial.

The Gold Mattresses are covered in 100% certified organic cotton with a 100% pure New Zealand wool comfort layer, free of synthetics and petroleum products.

Domio Slumber Land Mattress…for a deeper and healthier sleep

The Dormio Slumber Land mattress is available in firm or medium  densities. The 6 blocks of 100% natural latex that comprise the core, have pin core construction to increase the comfort and breathability of the mattress. For beds accommodating two sleepers, each side can be chosen according to that sleeper’s body weight, shape and any underlying medical concerns. A thick layer of carded 100% New Zealand wool sits on top of the latex core to provide maximum moisture control and therapeutic benefits. The Dormio Slumber Land is covered with a zipped on 100% certified organic cotton knit with a certified organic cotton sateen base that is washable.

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Getting Better

We’re trying to get even better……

Certain types of natural or organic bedding products are just hard to find.

Our sheet selection is going from just one type to over ten. Whether it’s organic cotton or natural bamboo bedding that you are looking for, we offer both in many different colours.

Your bed should be the best place on earth. There’s nothing better than snuggling up with your loved one on a cold winter’s night or lounging in the sunlight on a lazy summer morning. Make these experiences even more heavenly by dressing your bed in organic cotton or bamboo. Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton is grown from untreated seeds and without the use of synthetic fertilizers, harsh insecticides and pesticides.  Hypoallergenic and silky smooth to the touch, you’ll wonder why you aren’t already sleeping on organic cotton.

Bamboo is often considered the most luxurious form of bed linen, bamboo sheets are ideal for those who require only the cleanest of bed linens and for those who cannot sleep without the highest form of linen luxury. Bamboo sheets are antibacterial and also antifungal. In terms of luxury, it is extremely difficult to find bed linen that matches the quality of high grade bamboo sheets. They are ideal for people with allergies and those who like a cool bed as they are a great temperature regulator.  We have a variety of colours to choose from.

Sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers and pillow shams now all available in organic and bamboo.

Come check out our new display and be dazzled by our new great selection.

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Dormio Slumber Land Mattress…for a deeper and healthier sleep

This sale is coming to an end on May 31st

This is a great time to replace your kid’s bed with something more natural and something more comfortable.

The natural latex core stays naturally clean and unlike petroleum based foam mattresses, latex doesn’t break down. This is the only mattress you’ll ever have to buy for them.

The Dormio Slumber Land mattress is available in firm, medium or soft densities. The 6″ blocks of 100% natural latex, that comprise the core, have pin-core construction to increase the comfort and breathability of the mattress.

For beds accommodating two sleepers, each side can be chosen according to that sleeper’s body weight, shape and any underlying medical concerns. A thick layer of carded 100% New Zealand wool sits on top of the latex core to provide maximum moisture control and therapeutic benefits. The Dormio Slumber Land is covered with a zipped on 100% certified organic cotton knit with a certified organic cotton sateen base that is washable

Available in: Luxury, medium, firm or dual comfort

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Dust Mites Up Close and Personal

The dust mite, a cosmopolitan guest in a human habitation. Dust mites feed on organic detritus such as flakes of shed human skin and flourish in the stable environment of dwellings. Dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide. The mite’s gut contains potent digestive enzymes that persists in their feces and are major inducers of allergic reactions such as wheezing. The mite’s exoskeleton can also contribute to allergic reactions.

The body of a dust mite is just visible against a dark background in normal light. A typical dust mite measures 0.4 millimetres (0.016 in) in length and 0.25-0.32 millimetre (0.0098-0.013 in) in width. Both male and female adult dust mites are creamy blue and have a rectangular shape. The body of the dust mite also contains a striated cuticle. Dust mites have eight legs

The average life cycle for a male dust mite is 10 to 19 days. A mated female dust mite can last up to 70 days, laying 60 to 100 eggs in the last 5 weeks of her life. In a 10-week life span, a dust mite will produce approximately 2,000 fecal particles and an even larger number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles.

Dust mite survives in all climates, even at high altitude. Dust mites thrive in the indoor environment provided by homes, specifically in bedrooms (mattresses) and kitchens. Dust mites survive best in mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding, with figures around 188 animals/g of dust. Even in dry climates, dust mites survive and reproduce easily in bedding (especially in pillows), deriving moisture from the humidity generated by human breathing, perspiration and saliva.

Dust mites consume minute particles of organic matter. Dust mites have a simple gut; they have no stomach but rather diverticulae, which are sacs or pouches that divert out of hollow organs. Like many decomposer animals, they select food that has been pre-decomposed by fungi.

Allergens produced by dust mites are among the most common triggers of asthma. Studies have shown the mean attributable fraction of adult asthma due to atopic sensitization was 30% and 18% for sensitization to dust mites. Taken into consideration this could mean as many as 1.2 billion people could have some form of chronic sensitization to dust mites.

Typical symptoms of dust mite allergies are itchiness, sneezing, inflamed or infected eczema, watering/reddening eyes, sneezing repeatedly and frequently; e.g., on waking up sneezing 10 or more times, runny nose and clogging in the lungs.

At present, the best form of treatment for dust mite allergies is avoidance of dust mites and their allergens combined with medication such as anti-histamines. The environment of bedding is optimal for most dust mites, and comparative studies have shown that the density of dust mites in mattresses to be on average greater than 2500/gram of dust.  Cleaning beds with most vacuum cleaners will not remove dust mite allergens, but instead throw them into the air and increase their volatility. Some bedding is beneficial as it makes the environment difficult for the dust mites. This bedding should also be breathable (wool) and be able to withstand frequent washing. A home allergen reduction plan has been recognized as being an essential part to the management of asthma symptoms  and therefore all aspects of the home environment should be considered (proper vacuuming, use of air cleaners, etc.)

Misconceptions

It is commonly believed that the accumulated detritus from dust mites can add significantly to the weight of mattresses and pillows. Fecal matter of dust mites will increase over time.

Allergy and asthma sufferers are also often advised to avoid feather pillows due to the presumed increased presence of the house dust mite allergen.  Polyester fibre pillows contained more than 8 times the total weight of detritus and 3.57 times more micrograms of detritus per gram of fine dust than feather pillows.

A simple washing will remove most of the waste matter. Exposure to temperatures over 60 °C (140 °F) for a period of one hour or freezing, exposure to temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F), will typically prove fatal to dust mites; a relative humidity of less than 50% may also be fatal. Ten minutes in a household clothes dryer at lethal temperatures has been shown to be sufficient to kill all the dust mites in bedding. Dust mites reproduce quickly enough that their effect on human health can be significant.

As dust mites like warm, fluffy furniture and materials, they are most likely to be found on beds, couches, carpets, rugs, toys, and curtains. Washing will not completely remove all mites or their droppings, but it will remove at least 90%. It is best to have a carpet free house if dust mites or any house pests are dangerous for a person as flat surfaces are easier to clean and vacuum. If a person is allergic to dust mites, anti-mite mattresses or mattresses which prevent any house pests should be used. Rubber mattresses are not dust mite friendly.  Regular cleaning and washing of areas where dust mites thrive is necessary to keep them and their waste to a minimum.

Asthmatic patients should avoid using feather filled pillows. Pillows with synthetic fillings are also a risk factor for severe asthma. Wool or latex pillows are not dust mite friendly.

 

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