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Best Pillow For a Great Sleep – The Expert Buyers Guide

We start and end the day with our head on a pillow, but it is so often over looked when it comes to sleeping. it can make or break your sleep at night so it’s important to get the best one.

Whether you’re looking to solve your neck pain, or you’re a side sleeper looking for a recommendation, or maybe you need a new one but have no idea where to start.Whatever the circumstance you’ve come to the right place! Read on to find out everything you need to know about buying a new pillow

Best Pillows The expert buyer's guide

Not everyone has the same needs so it’s important to get the right one for you so if you have no idea then consider reading through the whole guide.

Be warned, this guide took a long time to put together and as a result is quite a big read!

But if you read it start to finish you too will be an expert on pillows. Pretty cool right?

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Best UK Mattress Toppers 2017 – The Expert Buyers Guide

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In my search for the best mattress topper I found the John Lewis Soft Touch Mattres Topper is the most suited to everyone. It’s 6cm depth gives it luxury softness and comfort while the box stich keeps all the filing in place so you can sleep tight night after night.

For those wanting more info I’ve put together this buyer’s guide so you know exactly what to look for. Then at the end I’ve included and reveiwed the top 7 mattress toppers. Here’s a quick overview of the mattress toppers that have been talked about!

NameThicknessFillingBest ForPrice
John Lewis Soft Touch Mattress Topper6 cmPolyesterComfort££
Extra Plush Quilted Bamboo Mattress Topper Mattress Pad2.5 cmBamboo Cover, Cluster Fibre FillingCooling££
Duck Feather and Down Mattress Topper12cmDuck Down & FeatherPure Comfort£
Devon Duvets British Wool Mattress Topper4 cmWoolLuxury Softness and Warming££
Merino Reversible Mattress Topper2 cmWoolSore Joints and Arthritis££
Ultimate Microfibre Mattress Topper With Silk7 cmSilkAlternative from Down££
Latex Plus Natural Mattress Topper8 cmLatexBack Pain£££

There are loads of great reasons to buy a mattress topper. They bring new life into an old mattress by adding comfort and snugness, they protect your mattress from dust mites and germs and stop your mattress from getting the inevitable sag.

Not to mention it’s a hell of a lot cheaper to buy a new topper than it is to buy a new mattress!

So when your mattress is getting a bit tired (excuse the pun!), but you don’t want to spend a fortune on a new mattress, it’s time to consider a good, comfortable mattress topper.

It’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 5-10 years. That simply is not an option for most people in the UK .

With the addition of a mattress topper, you can bring new life to your mattress and extend its usefulness keeping your mattress in almost brand new condition past. And since it’s recommended you change your mattress every 7-10 years this provides you with great value!

But let’s look at some of the other great benefits a mattress topper can provide before we get to reviewing the best mattress toppers available today.

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How To Choose The Best Mattress – An Expert Buyer’s Guide

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Choosing a mattress can be incredibly difficult.

There are so many different types, different prices different kinds and if you go to a showroom you’ve got nothing but sleazy salesmen upselling you at every turn. No fun.

So I put together this guide to bring you all the information you need when you’re buying a mattress.

I’ve broken it down into different sections starting with the types of mattress and then going into some of the different needs you might have to finish up with some of the extras you actually might need.

I hope you find it useful! If you’ve got any questions leave a comment at the end and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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Snoring: Could It Mean Something is Wrong?

Stop Snoring

There are all sorts of jokes about snoring. Unfortunately, that’s led many people to consider those loud sounds during sleep to be nothing more than annoying and harmless. In fact, chronic snoring could mean more than the fact that the individual needs to be rolled on his or her side. Getting to the root cause of your snoring will not only benefit you, but it will also present a snoring solution for your sleep partner as well. Here are some examples of when the snoring is a sign of a health issue that needs attention right this minute. 

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Sleep Paralysis The Living Nightmare – What When How and More

You open your eye’s and it’s the dead of night. You try to roll over and find yourself completely locked in place. As you start to panic you feel something pushing down on your chest and a presence in the room. You go to scream but your lips are locked in place and no sound will come out. You can’t move, you can’t speak, and you’re terrified.

That is the very real experience of people who have suffered from sleep paralysis.

Sleep Paralysis Demon
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Fortunately, there is a very real answer for what is going on while you experience these terrifying feelings. While sleeping your body goes through a cycle of sleep, from light sleep to deep and then REM sleep. REM sleep is the period where you normally dream, so to stop your body acting out the dream and possibly doing damage to you and those around you, your brain sends signals to your limbs which paralyzes them in place.

The problems occur when your sleep cycles get mixed up and you wake up during the REM cycle but your brain doesn’t catch up to tell you that it’s ok to start moving your body again. Not a nice feeling!

But as much as it’s not a nice feeling it is incredibly interesting, and as part of the mission here at The Dozy Owl to make sure everyone gets a good nights sleep I wanted to really look into sleep paralysis and see what I could find. I’m not a medical professional so consult your doctor before taking any advice given here. Check out the Table of contents below to jump to a specific section or just read it all the way through.

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Magnesium For Sleep – The Amazingly Quick Cure for Sleep Problems

Magnesium for SleepMagnesium and sleep are like tea and biscuits. You can try have one without the other but it won’t be the same.

Without getting enough in your diet you’re definitely going to find your sleep is suffering even if you don’t realise it.

Does magnesium help you sleep

A great big yes it does!

Studies have been done that have shown a lack of it in the body can lead to all sorts of sleep disorders.

Because magnesium is responsible for over 300 reactions in the body, it helps keep your body clock in order as well as increasing sleep efficiency.

It also helps your body produce melatonin, the sleep hormone, which helps your body fall asleep.

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Tea Before Bed – The BEST Way To Get To Sleep Fast

Tea to help sleepEveryone hates being unable to sleep.

Luckily, a cup of herbal tea before bed could be the answer!

There are so many benefits of having tea before bed:

  • Herbal tea helps you relax.
  • A drink before bed has been shown to improve sleep.
  • It puts you in a great routine for getting a good sleep.

On top of all that, the ingredients valerian root and chamomile have been shown to cause drowsiness and help you sleep.

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5 Insanely Simple Steps to Becoming A Morning Person (Infographic)

I’ve talked to a lot of people who struggle with mornings and many who don’t and I’ve figured out the 5 key steps that will transform you into a morning person.

Now, being a morning person doesn’t necessarily mean getting up at 5am for a 10k run every day. It just means that you can comfortably get out of bed every day without feeling like you want to die.

Now these 5 steps are simple and may not seem like they will have a big impact but trust me, they will be the beat of the butterflies wings causing the hurricane that shakes up your life, transforming you into your most badass self!

With that said let’s move on to the 5 steps that will help you become a morning person. I’ve made it into a handy infographic with more detail below. And if you have a blog you are more than welcome to use the infographic yourself just be sure to include a link back to The Dozy Owl!

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Operation Morning Person Step 1. Hydrate

Becoming a morning person starts the night before, with a nice glass of water before bed because one of the main causes of morning fatigue is dehydration. Although you need less water while you sleep you’re still going for 8 hours or more without drinking anything, and sweating in your sleep is not uncommon so your body needs the water to keep running smoothly!

A glass of water will help fight this fatigue and help you wake up refreshed and ready, it’s often the reason that so many people wake up tired after a solid 8 hours of sleep. So make sure you’re having a glass of water before bed. Not so much that you wake up needing the bathroom through the night but enough to hold you over till the morning. It may take a while to find the balance but the difference in waking up is phenomenal.

Step 2. Breakfast

Eat your damn breakfast! So many people just skip breakfast and it’s absolute madness. How do you think your body is going to operate to it’s fullest if you don’t give it any energy for 12 hours? Let me tell you, it won’t!

Breakfast is what it takes to kick start your morning, every single morning person starts the day with their breakfast because it’s what your body and brain need to get into gear and kick that tired feeling. I sometimes start work at 7 am which means getting up at 5 but I still force myself to have breakfast while my co-workers who don’t all find themselves flagging by 9am while I can keep on powering through.

It really makes a huge difference so when your next food shopping be sure to buy some nice foods for your breakfast.

Step 3. The Alarm Clock – No more Snooze

The alarm clock has become a thing of the past but in the age of the smartphone, I think it has become more important than ever before. An alarm clock means you can leave your phone in another room or turn it off altogether, not sit scrolling through facebook for hours on end when you should be sleeping.

And don’t get me started on the snooze button! The worst thing you can do in the morning is hit the snooze button, waking up to turn your alarm off and falling back to sleep doesn’t give you any more rest. It simply disturbs your sleep resulting you being more tired by the time you wake up. So don’t gradually wake up for an hour, learn to hear your alarm and get out of bed.

You can do this by moving your alarm across the room so you have to get up to turn it off, or get an alarm clock so loud you can’t help but wake up! Here are a few of the Alarm clocks we recommend here at The Dozy Owl

Step 4. Get a consistent 7-8 hours of sleep

Now you need to optimize your sleep. Since you’re not using the snooze button anymore and wasting an hour of your sleep it’s time to optimize it so you get a consistent 7-8 hours every night. This is how much sleep your body needs and how much sleep you need to give it! You need to work out when to set your alarm each night, if you go to bed at the same time every night then you can wake up at the same time, but if like most people you don’t have a set bedtime you need to adjust your alarm every night.

Once your body gets used to the same length of sleep every night it becomes much easier to wake up in the morning which is a great step towards becoming a morning person.

Step 5. The Bedtime Routine

The final step of operation morning person is the bedtime routine. We know we need 7-8 hours of sleep but sometimes falling asleep can be difficult, not to mention the act of going to bed when there’s so much interesting stuff to be doing instead! Well I can tell you it can all wait.

So go to bed! A proper bedtime routine makes it easier to fall asleep, gets you to bed in good time to get enough sleep and so makes you wake up feeling fantastic. So you need to get yourself a bedtime or at least a window of time, say between 10 and 11, that you stick to as when you go to bed. You also need some way to wind down which could be reading, meditating, journaling or even a good skincare routine can be a great way to wind down and trigger that going to bed feeling.

You also want to make sure you have a properly prepared bed so well made, a tidy room and proper bedding like nice comfy pillows. This makes going to bed a much more pleasant experience helping you create a routine you can keep up for a long time letting you fully embrace the morning person you were born to be.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it!

5 easy actionable steps you can implement to start your journey towards becoming a morning person. If you can manage to make only one change the most important step is drinking enough water before bed. That is the step that you will see the biggest and fastest results from. If you enjoyed this article be sure to share it with your friends!

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Best Hot Water Bottle – An Expert Buyer’s Guide

Flashy Hot Water Bottle

After extensive research I found that the Flashy is the best hot water bottle. It’s got a fleece case, well made so it won’t leak and has a nice wide top so it’s easy to pour into. Check it out further down the article.

Not for you? Not a problem, I’ve put together this guide to help explain some of the things you need to know when you’re buying a hot water bottle. Then I’ve put some of my favourite recommendations for the best hot water bottles.

Whether it’s a cold night or you’re looking for some pain relief hot water bottles are just so pleasant. Cosying up at night into a warmed bed is just the dream. I even know someone who has a hot water bottle in their cat’s bed for when it’s cold out! To each their own…

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Best Eye Mask UK – An Expert Buyer’s Guide

After a great deal of research I found that the Sleep Master is the best eye mask.

It’s got a sturdy strap that’s comfortable all around the head and keeps out the most light. Then the straps can be used to keep earplugs in place (you get a free pair with it) allowing for complete darkness and silence.

Don’t like the look of that one? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about sleep masks and see some more recommendations.

Any eye mask is still going to do great things for your sleep, no worry about side effects since your not eating anything and no worry of annoying anyone since it doesn’t make a noise. Let’s take a walk through the world of eye masks and find everything that we need to know.

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