Aromatherapy for the Restless

According to ApartmentTherapy.com, there are certain scents that help you relax and fall asleep. Some of these mentioned are: Lavender, Chamomile, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose, and Sandalwood.

People choose to utilize these as a pillow mist, wrist spray, candles, or incense.

Aside from the scent itself, the act of inhaling and deep breathing also helps the body relax and fall asleep faster.

While aromatherapy isn’t a fully solid theory in the scientific world, it’s definitely worth a shot. What’s the worse that can happen? You and your room smell better?

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 🙂

“Cooler than the flipside of my pillow…”

Alright, you guys love the ChiliPad. And there’s more Chili-Awesomeness to share…

Have you ever heard the phrase “you’re cooler than the flip side of my pillow”? Well, Chili Technology has torn that phrase apart recently with our pillows.

Now, BOTH sides are cool like the flip side because it’s a pillow with cooling gel cells. Also, our dreamy Cloud pillows are made with special coconut memory foam that’s designed with an open-cell structure that doesn’t hold as much heat.

If you’re a hot-headed individual, this pillow is for you!

It can be found right here: http://www.chilitechnology.com/Cloud.html

“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.

25% of Couples Don’t Sleep Together

Did you know that about 25% of couples don’t sleep together in the same bed?

There are several celebrity couples that are known to sleep in different beds, including: Scott Disick And Kourtney Kardashian, Ryan O’Neal And Farrah Fawcett, Kevin Jonas And Danielle Deleasa, and the recently divorced Katie Holmes And Tom Cruise.

This can be due to a number of reasons like loud snoring, excessive movement, or sleep walking and talking. One of the biggest reasons is different sleep temperature preferences. One likes it nice and toasty, while the other likes to see their breath crystalizing in the air in front of them. The end result is two separate beds in two separate rooms.

ChiliPad is here to save the day!

The ChiliPad can come as a dual-zone mattress pad, which allows couples to customize their half of the bed. Technology is a wonderful thing, and Chili Technology is helping couples everywhere sleep comfortably with each other.

 

Here’s a testimonial from Dr. Margueritte Gilkey – McDonald,NC:

“My hot flashes started about 5 years before menopause. I tried everything…. I was sweating and my husband freezing. But other than Estrogen treatments (with the risk of serious side effects) nothing was beating my hot flashes until ChiliPad™. Now both my husband and I can sleep comfortably. Join me in this drug free approach to comfort.”

[Source: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/70070135.html]

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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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

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