Sleep Positions

Did you know that how you sleep in bed says a lot about you? Learn about it below

  1. Fetus

The most popular position where people sleep in a curled-up manner. Women are twice as likely to sleep like this and said it was their most common sleep position. They are said to have a tough exterior but still sensitive, appearing shy but warming up quickly.

  1. Log

Sleep on your side with both arms down? You are a social, easy going person who is trusting but sometimes to the point of being gullible so watch out! Continue reading Sleep Positions

What Do You Wear to Bed?

This isn’t that type of conversation but what you wear to bed makes a difference in how you sleep. It is not only the comfort and fit of your pajamas but the psychological effect of changing into your specific bedtime clothes. Even going to bed in the same sweats you’ve been wearing while binge watching TV all day can make it difficult to transition into sleep.

Since temperature effects how you sleep, what you wear to bed is just as important.
Cotton
Like a dependable pal, cotton is the usual go to as people are comfortable with this material. It’s easy to care for and soft to the touch. But this material can be problematic if you get hot or have night sweats. Does anyone want to get up in the middle of the night to change out of damp or wet pajamas?

Flannel
A first choice in cold weather, flannel is warm and breathable as well as being soft and durable. It’ll keep you cozy but if you sleep with a lot of layers on top or with a heavier blanket or quilt like I do, flannel will heat you up like a slow roasted chicken in the oven.

Silk
We usually think of silk as being a more luxurious type of sleepwear but it is good at thermoregulation—it keeps you warm when you are cold and cool when you’re hot. This slinky material is problematic though if you like to sleep on satin sheets creating a slippery experience that’ll keep you up during the night. Also, silk tends to have a higher price tag and the delicate handling isn’t always the most practical.

Polyester
This fabric is no longer the outcast of sleepwear fabric as it can be blended with other materials (cotton) to increase softness and durability. It is great for the moisture-wicking properties it contains.

Bamboo
These fibers are hypoallergenic so allergy sufferers, this might be perfect for you. The fabric is soft, silky, and biodegradable (how environmentally conscious of you). Like polyester, it is good at wicking moisture away.

Au Natural
You are not alone, a lot of people like to sleep in the nude and feel more comfortable with nothing between them and their sheets. Studies have shown that you sleep better when you sleep cool so sleeping this way can be an effective and alternative to keep your body temperature lower.

How to Sleep with Sunburn

Sunburn occurs when we are overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, which causes our skin to not only appear red but become swollen that is hot to the touch. In addition, it can be painful, tight, and itchy, and severe burns can cause even more symptoms like headaches, fever, and chills, making it even more difficult to fall asleep.

Now while the first thing to do once you are burned is to get out of the sun, here are some tips to help you feel a little better, and maybe a bit better rested.

Moisturize

  • We’re not just talking about lotion here; after a cool shower, pat your skin and apply some aloe vera (moisturizer with vitamins A and E work as well)—it is both moisturizing and cooling. Helpful tip when looking for and applying aloe vera, find one that is 100% and chill it in the refrigerator for some extra cool relief.

Drink Plenty of Water

  • This might seem like an obvious one but it is important. Sunburn draws fluid to the skin, increasing your chances for dehydration so drinking plenty of water throughout the day tends to be a good idea.

Wear Loose, Breathable Clothing

  • Wearing constrictive clothing can cause you more pain so it generally helps to wear clothing made from cotton.

Apply Hydrocortisone

  • If you have itchy, swollen skin, hydrocortisone will definitely help relieve those symptoms and they come in convenient applications such as ointments, creams, sprays, and lotions.

Take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen

  • These anti-inflammatory medications can help to reduce swelling, redness, and discomfort. (Follow the label for all directions and side effects when taking this medication).

Don’t Rub Ice on Your Skin

  • We get it, you’re hot, ice is cold, and it should cool you down. But don’t do it! Putting an ice cube on the sunburnt part of your skin can cause more damage. Experts say to stick to a cool bath or shower or a cool compress to help reduce the pain.

Got any more helpful tips and tricks? Leave it in the comments below!

Sleep Mythology

Bedtime routines differ around the world, but so do myths. In America, we have Rip Van Winkle, the man who slept for twenty years. We have Sleeping Beauty, who was placed under a spell that only true love could break. But what about other cultures?

Because the name Tanda comes from Hindi origins, it seemed only fair to start there. In Hindu mythology, the god Vishnu, slept on the cosmic ocean and created the universe during sleep.

In Greek mythology, Hypnos is the personification of sleep. As the story goes, Hypnos was able to trick Zeus and put him to sleep, while he helped the Danaans win the Trojan War. The word “hypnosis” is derived from his name. This is because of the sleep-like state a person is in when they are hypnotized.

The Domovoi appears in Slavic folklore. He is a protective house spirit that watches over occupants as they sleep. If he is kept happy, he will help in household chores, but if he is angered, he acts similar to a poltergeist. His behavior tells of the future.

These are just some of the sleep myths around the world. We could go on and on, but rather than tell you the rest, how about you dream of them?

 

8 Foods to Aid in Sleep

Ever get those late night cravings but have a hard time falling asleep afterwards? Try one of these 8 foods instead:

  1. Almonds
    • Almonds are a magnesium rich food that increases the quality of sleep and act as a muscle relaxer.
  2. Lettuce
    • Lettuce contains lactucarium, which has sedative properties.
  3. Tuna
    • Tuna is high in B6, which the body uses to make melatonin and serotonin. It also aids in regulating the body clock.
  4. White Rice
    • White rice is high on the glycemic index, quickly raising blood pressure, making it easier to fall asleep.
  5. Honey
    • Honey is a natural sugar that slightly raises insulin, allowing tryptophan, an amino acid that is a precursor to melatonin, to enter the brain.
  6. Hummus
    • Chickpeas are rich in tryptophan as well as folate and B6. Folate helps regulate sleep patterns, while B6 regulates the body clock.
  7. Cheese
    • Cheese is high in fat so use sparingly. However, cheese also contains calcium that helps the brain use the tryptophan found in dairy to produce melatonin.
  8. Bananas
    • Bananas are perhaps the most nutrient dense before bed snack. They contain tryptophan, magnesium, and potassium.

 

Bon appétit & sleep tight!

Beat the Heat

It is scientifically proven that sleeping cooler means sleeping better. Here are some tips and tricks to cool down in the summer heat.

  • Take a cool shower
  • Wear loose, breathable pajamas
  • Use blinds to keep the hot sunlight out during the day
  • Try a damp compress
  • Invest in a cool-to-the-touch mattress
  • Unplug gadgets
  • Stay hydrated
  • Remember, heat rises, so get low
  • Avoid using the stove
  • Ditch your partner for the night

Drinks for Bed

It’s easy to reach for a nightcap when you have trouble falling asleep. However, those alcoholic beverages will not actually aid in sleep. They may help you fall asleep faster, but alcohol close to bedtime is linked to having a less restful slumber. You may wake up more throughout the night and have more nightmares. So rather than reaching for a nightcap, why don’t you try one of these natural drinks for bed?

Milk: although more commonly given to children, a glass of warm milk can provide a warm, calm feeling throughout the body. Milk also contains tryptophan which can aid in inducing sleep.

Chamomile Teathis tea is the Tanda teams bedtime drink of choice. Chamomile is a nerve relaxant and mild sedative promoting relaxation.

Tart Cherry Juicecherries contain melatonin which helps regulate sleep.

So if you have trouble falling asleep, try one of these beverages…. Or all three.