Month: December 2020

Best drinks before bed

Best drinks before bed

HOT COCOA OR CHOCOLATE

A classic pre-bedtime beverage but hot cocoa isn’t to be confused with hot chocolate. Cocoa is powder without the fat from the cocoa butter whereas ‘drinking chocolate’ is shavings or pellets of chocolate melted and mixed with milk, cream or water. The drawback of hot chocolate is not just the caffeine but the sugar content.  It also contains phenylethylamine, which causes a natural high.

WARM MILK

It’s an age old remedy but calcium is known to aid restful sleep which is why many sleep experts recommend a nice warm mug of milk before bed! It is effective in stress reduction and stabilisation of nerve fibres, including those in the brain – plus the psychological link between milk and going to bed might be responsible for its sleep boosting properties.

HERBAL TEA

A herbal tea like chamomile is a better option. It is believed to have a soothing effect is probably due to the flavonoid apigenin, a secondary metabolite. Valerian and peppermint teas are also known to relax the body and soothe the stomach.

COFFEE/TEA

Avoid a coffee, black tea or green tea right before bed as the caffeine in them may be stimulating and keep you awake. However, some decaf varieties can get you into sleep mode in particular decaf green tea which contains theanine which has been proven to help reduce stress and promote more restful sleeping patterns.

NIGHTCAP

Say no to the nightcap! While alcohol can help you relax initially, it stops you from getting deep sleep – plus it leads to more awakenings in the night from dehydration and needing the loo!

CHERRY JUICE

Cherries are naturally high in melatonin, the hormone that triggers sleep and regulates your internal clock. Look for tart cherries since they have especially high amounts of melatonin and steer clear from supermarket cherry juice which are loaded with sugar.

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Best hot water bottles

Best hot water bottles

From body-length bottles and microwavable hotties to electric heat pads and eco-friendly plastic-free buys, there’s never been so many ways to get cosy.

The main thing to keep in mind is what you want to use it for. Is it simply for keeping your toes toasty in bed? Maybe you’re after something that works as heat therapy to soothe aches and pains? Or perhaps you’re on the hunt for a safe cosy for a child, a luxury gift for a friend or a worry-free buy for a less mobile relative?

YuYu Hot Water Bottle with Wearable Liberty Cover

The YuYu hot water bottle is 81cm long, getting you toasty from head-to-toe.

The bottle is also super-flexible and comes with an adjustable strap that means you can tie it around sore shoulders or an aching stomach for targeted – and hands-free – pain relief.

It holds the same volume of water as a regular hot water bottle so you only need to fill the kettle once and it’s not heavy to wear around the house.

There are lots of cover designs at various prices: super-soft fleece versions cost just £33, but the insulated covers made from Liberty fabric, priced £75, are too pretty not to shout about.

Hottie Microwave Highland Fling Red Tartan Hottie: £15.99

Filling a hot water bottle with boiling water can be a nerve-wracking task, particularly if hands aren’t as nimble as they once were.

This hottie doesn’t require filling or emptying and there’s also no fiddly stopper to worry about.

It consists of a “heat pack” (made of plant-based material and water) that you heat in the microwave, then slip inside a stretchy fabric cover. No flammable gels, grains or materials are used, which also reassured us.

Once snuggly in its cover, it radiated gentle warmth that kept us cosy for four hours.

Hotties are CE registered as a class 1 medical device for pain relief and could be helpful as heat therapy for conditions including arthritis, IBS and sciatica.

Eco-sustainable Rubber less Hot Water Bottle: £19.99

Rubber-free and made from 90 per cent renewable and recyclable materials, this is a great eco-conscious option.

Because it’s PVC free, it’s also odourless, which means you don’t get that rubbery whiff that sometimes comes with traditional options.

The bottle itself isn’t as flexible or soft as traditional designs, but when we filled it with hot water, it did soften up slightly.

We liked the diagonal zip on the fleece cover, which made it a doddle to remove from its inner bottle, and were impressed by its two-year warranty against leaks.

Extra bonus points for it being posted in paper and cardboard rather than unnecessary plastic (note to other retailers, we’d like to see more of this).

Boots Hot Water Bottle: £7.99

Did you know you should replace your hot water bottle at least every five years for safety reasons? Neither did we until now.

This hot water bottle is a great option if you need a new bottle, but your cover still has life left in it.

There are no bells and whistles to this design, but it’s easy to fill and empty, the screw lid is really secure, it’s latex-free (making it useful for those with a latex allergy) and it’s a sensible price.

It also comes with comprehensive and clear instructions that make you confident that you’re using it safely and effectively.

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Nanu The Hot and Not Duvet

Nanu The Hot and Not Duvet

Are we dreaming?

The Nanu Hot and Not duvet is innovative and the perfect gift idea for couples this winter.

Quite simply, some like it hot and some don’t. If you and your spouse are often locked in squabbles about the temperature of the bedroom, this duvet can easily settle the score.

The completely customisable duvet, will allow you to change the tog on the opposite sides of the duvet. So the human radiator can stop complaining they’re too hot.

Settle the score in the bedroom once and for all, both of you can now sleep in a temperature that’s comfortable for you.

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The best winter duvets

The best winter duvets

Now the winter months finally seem to be upon us, it’s time to start thinking about winter duvets. The days might be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean our sleep has to be.

A change of season doesn’t necessarily mean a whole new duvet – but of course, the duvet that was perfectly okay for use during summer isn’t going to serve you the same way in winter.

A general rule of thumb states as the temperature begins to drop, the tog on your duvet should increase. 10 togs or higher are usually the go-to for winter.

Natural Duck Down Duvet

This lightweight double duvet from John Lewis is filled with predominantly duck down and has a 100% cotton cover, offering a breathable and comfortable night’s sleep through the chilly winter nights.

Down tends to be a lot lighter and airier than feathers, that’s what gives this duvet a light feel without being overly weighty.

The duvet is sewn, creating evenly divided boxes within – meaning you’ll get an an even distribution of filling and never happen to find a cold spot.

Downland Duck Feather Down All Seasons 15 Tog Duvet

This duck feather and down duvet set is ideal for all of the seasons, all year round. At £94 it may seem quite a high price, but considering you get a summer and a winter duvet included – it’s not bad value at all.

The pack includes a 4.5 tog duvet that is perfect for sweaty summer evenings and a 10.5 tog duvet, which is great now the temperature has started to drop.

Once it gets mighty cold, you can join the two together for 15 togs of dreamy duvet goodness.

Silentnight Airmax Duvet 10.5 Tog

At under £35 this king sized duvet from Silentnight is great value for money and 10.5 togs is perfectly suited now it’s getting chillier.

The duvet has been specially constructed with air mesh walls to increase the air flow inside the duvet – offering you a warm night’s sleep without feeling stuffy.

Although 10.5 togs is around the mark we’d suggest for the temperature drop, it is suitable to use all year round if you tend to get chilly during the night.

RÖDTOPPA Duvet 12 Tog

You can always trust IKEA to deliver essential homewares. This double duvet has a weather appropriate 12 togs. Enjoy wonderful, densely woven fabric (236 thread count) exactly, sure to lock in the warmth for a cosy slumber.

The duvet is made from breathable materials and will offer you a comfortable and dry night’s sleep throughout the winter.

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