Absolute Dark

In middle school, I learned of a temperature called “Absolute Zero.” Apparently, it’s so cold that everything on a molecular level comes to a standstill. In fact, Absolute Zero is so cold that scientists haven’t even reached it yet!

Introducing a concept I invented all on my own: Absolute Dark.

According to most sleep experts, people sleep best in the darkest room possible. Your alarm clock, sunlight, and TV’s produce light that can stimulate your brain and keep you awake. So turn the alarm clock away from you, get some thick light-proof curtains, and turn off that TV so you can get as close to Absolute Dark as possible!

See-through curtains like this won’t work when you fight the light:

And they don’t hide cats that well either 😉

Of course, this blog excludes those of us who are paranoid of the dark (like me!). I don’t mind the light from my alarm clock 🙂

“Can’t sleep without it!”

Despite being just a few months away from my 20th birthday, I still have a “blankie.” More specifically, it’s a quilt made by a great aunt, or something like that. It’s soft and it’s getting all these little rips in it, but I still love it. I sleep like a baby with it.

A picture of my quilt and I in Hawaii!

I take it with me whenever I won’t be sleeping in my own bed. I dragged it all the way from my home in NC to the Philippines, on the exact other side of the world, for a 7 week excursion. It spent a month in Hawaii with me a couple weeks ago… A week in Vegas… A cruise to the Bahamas… It’s gone to Myrtle Beach with me multiple times. Tennessee. Virginia. The San Francisco Airport. And, of course, it’s been with me all freshman year at High Point University. Needless to say, it’s well traveled. It doesn’t matter how “foreign” the bed is, I sleep just the same with my quilt.

A lot of people feel this way about the ChiliPad. They can always depend on a good night’s sleep when it’s working its magic. But don’t let me relay the news, here’s what they say:

I never want this to break down. I would not know how to sleep without it. My poodle says he loves it too. His side is so cool.. – Julie R.

This is the best thing I ever bought. It is used every night and is priceless. I didn’t know how much better I sleep till I forgot to turn it on one night and woke up in the middle of the night burning. – Kyle L.

My half of the bed is in the shop. I miss my chilipad!!!!! – Mary W.

I woke up middle of the night sweating and realized I forgot to turn it on! I wondered if it was making that much of a difference and apparently it was! – Linda S.

Some die-hard owners/fans/evangelists of the ChiliPad even travel with it. That’s how much they depend on a ChiliPad for that perfect night’s sleep.

Science is Backing “Beauty Sleep”

Beauty sleep is officially a concept in the science world! Researchers in Sweden conducted a survey where volunteers were photographed after 8 hours of sleep, then again after being awake for 31 hours.

The results:

“Sleep deprived people are perceived as less attractive.”

To back this up, get a mental image of yourself at its hottest. Did you look sleepy? Of course you didn’t! Sleep is obviously necessary for function, and it’s also necessary for aesthetic purposes.

Now ask yourself: do you get enough sleep at night? If your dark circles, red eyes, and yawning mouth answer “no,” then maybe it’s about time you try a ChiliPad. Sleeping at your ideal temperature will help you get a deep, restorative sleep that will have you waking up the next morning feeling good with a mega-watt smile like your favorite Disney character.

…Or this Bull Dog.

[Info from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11993944]

In conjunction with the last blog…

In conjunction with the last blog, where I took catnaps on cold floors when I didn’t feel the best, this blog is about what happens when I get chills.

Who takes hot showers when they feel cold? This girl does. And I know a few of you do too. It doesn’t matter if it’s the third shower of your day, the purpose isn’t to get clean, it’s to get warm.

And the feeling is delicious.

Even if you’re not the type who showers for warmth, who has experienced this: That cold winter morning when you just rolled out of bed and tripped your sleepy, cold self into the shower. And once you feel that steamy water trickle down your back, you’re content to just stand there all morning.

The ChiliPad is the exact same thing! Except that wonderful warm water isn’t showering down upon you, it’s flowing right under you through silicone tubes.

It doesn’t matter if you keep it cool or like it hot, the ChiliPad hits the spot 😉

Catnaps on Cold Floors

I love tiled floors. Yes, they’re beautiful. Yes, they’re also easy to clean. But I like them because they make a great place to snooze when you’re feeling sick. The cold feeling that chills your feet in the wintertime is unfortunate, but when you’re under the weather, it’s great to cuddle with!

So here’s “Doctor” Melia’s remedy for when you don’t feel the best.

  • Stomachache? Take a Tums and lay on your stomach on the floor.
  • Headache? Take a Tylenol and make sure your temple is touching the floor.
  • Feeling dizzy? You should be on the floor anyway. Gravity is not your friend right now.
  • Fever? This one’s obvious.

Lying out on my bathroom floor is also a great option after some time outside on a summer day. And Lord knows it’s been hot here in NC lately…

This is the same idea behind the ChiliPad. It does heat, but what most people like is the cooling feature. It can be just as lovely as catnaps on cold floors, but a million times more comfortable. It cools using circulating water, not electricity (or ceramic!). Aside from using it to sleep at night, it works wonders for when you don’t feel good.

Happy napping,

Melia

Happy Day-After-4th-of-July!

Let’s take a quick survey. How many of you… 

  • Saw some fireworks last night?

(This girl.)

  • Got less than 6 hours of sleep?

(Me!)

  • “YOLOed” despite having to work the next day?

(Check.)

  • Are experiencing a monster hangover?

Alright, so I’m not hungover, but I did go to a 4th of July thing last night out on the lake to watch fireworks. Then I played pool with some friends and lost, a lot. Long story short, I got to sleep around 2AM and woke up at about 7.

(Fireworks over Lake Norman)

Except I didn’t actually get out of bed till 7:30. Since I figured I would be blogging about the snooze button, I counted how many times I hit it this morning: 8.

I always purposely set my alarm clock earlier just so I can “gradually” wake up. The snooze button is my best friend when it comes to sleep, but according to menshealth.com, it’s not the best idea. The director of Sleep Disorders Center at NY Methodist Hospital says that those few precious minutes between snooze-slapping don’t benefit you.

It’s best to pretend to be a morning person by rolling out of bed the moment your alarm clock goes off, the first time. As much as I wish I could take my own advice… we’ll see how it goes.

Happy snoozing (sleep) and lack of snoozing (the button),

Melia

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How to be “Sushied”

I have this thing I like to do with blankets. Since I’m Asian, I call it being “sushied.” It’s pretty straightforward to accomplish. I’ve included expert drawings for your understanding.

1) Layer a few blankets on the floor.

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2) Lay on the edge and grab the side.

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3) Roll over like a dog a few times.

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The end product is this:

Sushied

You can see the resemblance right?

Sushi

Or if you like Mexican food better, you can call it being “burritoed.”

I like it because it feels like a big, tight hug from cozy blankets. If you find yourself doing this at night to keep warm, you could try other options. Like sleeping near a turned-on, open-door oven. Or moving to Death Valley.

Or getting a ChiliPad 🙂 Because it heats and cools to your heart’s desire.

Happy Sushi-ing,

Melia

Saving Newborn Lives: One cooling blanket at a time.

It’s not quite the ChiliPad, but the same concept behind the ChiliPad is used in hospitals to save newborns from brain damage.

Hold your breath and read this paragraph. One woman, Kalipay Acevedo, had a sudden placental abruption one month before her due date. This keeps oxygen and glucose from flowing into the baby’s brain, which leads to brain damage. The baby, Sianna Acevedo, couldn’t breathe for about 13 minutes. Take a deep breath. Assuming it took you 15 seconds to read that, imagine reading it 52 times before being able to breathe again. That’s how long Sianna was deprived of oxygen.

Now put your hand over your heart. An average adult’s heart beats at about 60-90 beats per minute. A newborn’s heart is expected to beat at 100-160 beats per minute. Baby Sianna’s heart was barely pumping at only 30 beats per minute.

Her life was on the line.

“I thought I lost her” said the mother.

They called in a priest to prepare for the worst.

As a final effort, she was quickly transferred by helicopter to the University of Florida. Neonatologist Dr.Weiss started a procedure called systematic hypothermia. Which is doctor slang for “put the baby on a cooling pad.” They cooled little baby Sianna’s body for 72 hours at 7 degrees below average body temperature.

(Photo by April Frawley-Birdwell/University of Florida)

Doctors are still looking for signs of brain damage, but none have appeared yet. Here’s the video so you can see for yourself how normal baby Sianna looks:

A very touching story indeed.

Melia

A Symphony for Sleepers

Depending on whether or not you live in a noisy area, opening the window at night can vastly improve your sleep. The fresh breeze gets air circulating through the room, which your body loves! Also, in some areas, the open window can cool off the room. Science has proven several times over that people sleep better in cooler areas. And if the temperature outside is a little too hot or cold for comfort, the ChiliPad can help make up the difference for a good night’s sleep.

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Background noise can also come wafting through that window. As I tip-tap-type away right now I can hear the soothing sounds of ocean waves and the gentle pitter-patter of rain.

During summer nights in North Carolina, I like to hear the cicadas scratch their rhythmic sounds and the crickets chirp according to the temperature. And if I’m lucky, I can hear frogs from a nearby pond croaking in their watery cradles.

In the fall, wind rushes through the dying leaves creating a shhhhhh sound reminiscent of a mother’s pleas for young ones to fall asleep.

In the winter, my dad would kill me if I opened the window while he’s paying for the heater to run. No background noises for me 😦

But the spring I love the most because of all the rain. I sleep like a cat when the window is open and the big raindrops are pelting the rooftop and the forest behind my house.

Sweet Dreams and Enjoy the Symphony,

Melia

Let’s admit it…

Let’s admit it, the human brain is smart. (Well, most of them are…) It handles all the little details of your body while managing to remember all those grand moments in your life. Yet despite this brilliancy, it’s still possible to trick it and manipulate it.

Things were fine and dandy for the cavemen who operated solely on the sun’s schedule, but along came today’s modern marvels. Countless studies have shown that exposure to light keeps your brain awake.

Ask yourself if you do any of these things before bed:

  • Watch TV
  • Get on your laptop
  • Text or browse the Internet from your cell phone
  • Play games or read on an iPad

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If your answer was yes to any (or all… guilty as charged) of those, it may be affecting the quality of your sleep. Your brilliant mind has fallen victim to the idea of “sunlight” coming from the screen, which tells it that bedtime is still at least a few hours away.

Even when all the lights finally shut off at the end of your long day, do you find yourself still wide awake? It’s because your brain believes your body is currently residing at 11AM instead of 11PM.

The best advice is to dim lights and avoid backlit screens beginning at one hour before bedtime.

…Unless of course you’re reading my blog 😉 Read it anytime. I wouldn’t hate it.

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