Sleep Well

How Screens Spoil Kids’ Sleep

In the past two decades, we’ve seen an explosion in the number and variety of electronic devices with screens. While this is great for keeping in touch, enjoying entertainment and getting things done, there’s an increasing body of evidence, and plenty of first-hand experience, that says that too much time spent in front of a screen can harm sleep – especially in kids. The scale According to the National Sleep Foundation, some 43% of school-aged children have a TV or computer in their bedr...

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

Sleep is crucial for a child’s development, especially at an early age. It’s a time when they can reboot their energy levels, their bodies can grow, and essential hormones that are fundamental to their proper development are released. But how much sleep do children actually need to do all this? Newborn sleep During the first twelve weeks, a newborn baby will need to get plenty of rest. Although they may regularly wake up, they’ll typically go from needing around 16 hours in the first few ...

Classic Stories to Read With Children

Dim the lights, get comfortable and prepare your kids for an adventure they'll never forget - it's time for a bedtime story. Perhaps one of the only things that will convince kids to actually get into bed, reading stories to children at bedtime has been a well-loved practice for many, many years. There are so many amazing stories for kids currently out there, but today we're focusing on five classics children of all ages will love. Ideal for fuelling their imaginations, teaching them important l...

The Importance of Reading a Bedtime Story

Parents everywhere are sure to have experienced their child’s tantrums at bedtime at some point. Whether it’s age-old excuses of reasons why they’re just not tired, wanting to stay up for one more game, or the common internal battle of not letting themselves fall to sleep even though they’re shattered, children seem to have a million tricks up their sleeves to delay heading to the land of nod. Thankfully, children aren’t the only ones with clever methods for bedtimes. Reading a bedtime...

The Importance of a Bedtime Routine

No matter how tired they might be, children seem to never want to go to bed. As parents, we're sure you've heard every possible excuse as to why they should get to stay up just that little bit later, but with an efficient bedtime routine putting your child to bed will no longer feel like a battle every single night. Keep reading to view the benefits of establishing a bedtime routine and learn how to create one for your child. Aiding development Childhood is the most important time in a person's...

Five Reasons You Shouldn't Share Your Bed With Your Cat

They’re soft and furry, cuter than a teddy bear, and super-lovable (when they feel like it, of course), so it comes as no surprise that research has shown that over half of all dog and cat owners sleep with their animals regularly. But what about letting children sleep with your cats? Arguably feistier and a little less intelligent compared to dogs, are there any negatives to letting a cat share a bed with your young kids? Turns out the answer might be ‘yes’. They can disturb sleep A stud...

The Pros and Cons of Allowing Your Dog to Sleep in Your Bed

We all love our pooches, and having a constant companion is one of the main reasons most people choose to get a dog, but what about letting them share a bed with you? Having a cuddly critter nestled up to you or at the end of your mattress is a divisive choice, so what are the positives and negatives of letting Fido take a step up from the doggy bed? Pros There are lots of benefits from letting a dog share a bed with you, from making you feel more secure to simply warming up your duvet in the c...

Kids and Sleep: The Problem of Summer Sleeping

We all know that children can suddenly become experts in delaying tactics when the clock ticks around to bedtime! Excuses such as needing another drink, having to clean their teeth or do their homework are all too common.           In fact, we've found recently that the UK's kids are getting far more creative with their excuses! From claiming that there are mermaids under their bed, to insisting that they need to eat their toast in the bath first (we have no idea where ...

Tips for staying cool during the hot weather

During the summer months getting to sleep in warm weather can be difficult, especially if opening a window isn’t an option due to noise and hay fever allergies. We've put together some top tips on staying cool at night to help you sleep soundly this season: Keeping cool at night during the summer months is vital for making sure you get those well needed zzzs. Changing your duvet for a lighter one, such as a 4.5 tog, will help keep you cool and comfortable. If you often find yourself too hot t...

Lights out, better sleep

Believe it or not, your body has its very own internal clock. Although those that find it really hard to wake up on a morning may disagree, you naturally have the ability to keep track of time by yourself. Your body does this by responding to the level of light around it, which is why it's so important to consider your environment when sleeping. Artificial light Artificial light is thought to be worse than natural light for stopping you from getting to sleep. It's the blue light in the display o...

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