Archive | November, 2016

The 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel (EviesGran part 7)

27 Nov

20161127_091300-1For this challenge, I received some zeroUV  blue blocking glasses which I was asked to wear before bed, for one hour a day for a few weeks.

Devices such as smartphones and tablets are often illuminated by light emitting diodes, or LED’s, that tend to emit blue wavelength light, which can keep you awake for longer. The glasses block the blue wavelength light, therefore aiding a more peaceful night’s sleep after watching tv or using a smartphone before bed.

This was a difficult challenge for me as I already wear glasses and after trying to wear the zeroUV glasses over the top of my own, I found them very uncomfortable and to wear them alone without my own spectacles, defeated the object of the exercise as I couldn’t see to operate any of these blue light omitting devices!

I usually fulfil what is required of me for these Sealy challenges but because wearing the glasses proved uncomfortable and I was not able to relax with the zeroUV  glasses on, I wore them some days for a short time but did not wear them for the hour a day as specified on the challenge.  I always feel that being relaxed before bed aids a better night’s sleep and this challenge being uncomfortable wearing the zeroUV glasses, was not one that I felt helped.

I will interested to hear if any of the other Sealy Deeper Sleeper panel members who could wear them for the hour a day as stipulated, find them useful.

 

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall. 2016

24 Nov

 

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I was very happy to accept an invitation to the press preview of the Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall and also extremely pleased that after two days of torrential rain, a fine day was forecast for the preview evening on Wednesday 23rd November 2016.

After picking up Evie from School at 3.30pm we ate our picnic tea in the car and drove to Lotherton Hall Estate.

(The address is Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB.)

The invitation had said

‘Follow the dancing fairy lights around our fun and interactive Twelve Days of Christmas woodland walk’ and it was exactly that, from the partridge in a pear tree, chirping away and onwards….

The children Evie 7 and Isaac 4 loved pulling the rope to flap the wings of the Calling birds. They came upon the ‘geese a laying’ where they could throw bean bags and knock the eggs off, as on a coconut shy.

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The ‘swans a swimming’ was a ‘hook a duck’ pool. Lots of fun to be had there.

There were ‘drummers drumming’ with a little help from the kids and the ‘five gold rings’ were large and created  a tunnel of light to walk through.

The children spun the ‘ladies dancing’ to light up the figures and they raced round lighting them all up one by one till they were all lit up.

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and here are Evie and Isaac with the ‘maids a milking’

The Elf village was equally exciting with an area where Fairy doors  could be painted and glittered and  they both enjoyed making Reindeer food and bagging it up.

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The Elves were there looking splendid in their green outfits and of course I mustn’t forget our visit to Santa who chatted to the children as they gazed at him in wonder.

img-20161124-wa0001341There was hot chocolate for the children which they both really enjoyed, and a cafe area and gift shop here in the Elf Village too.

We walked through the Fairy Dell , and Evie loved the whispering sounds of the fairies and little doors and houses.

The House itself looked wonderful, decked beautifully and sounding very Christmassy, with music and carols in the hall

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We knew that the children had loved it when on the way back to the car, without prompting, Evie said ” That was great!” and Isaac cried and didn’t want to go home!

It was a lovely start to the Christmas season and the grown up had a good time too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel (EviesGran part 6)

1 Nov

A really heavy parcel arrived for this the 6th part of the 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Challenge and inside it was a lamp.new-lamp-unlit

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This lamp was made of Himalayan crystal salt and when the lamp was plugged in and the electric turned on, it is believed that negatively charged ions are created and sent into the air. Positive ions tend to be overproduced and reduce blood and oxygen supply to the brain, resulting in irregular and disrupted sleep patterns.  Himalayan pink salt lamps are natural negative ion generators, so can help reverse these symptoms.

As I walked in the room where the lamp was lit, I somehow felt to breathe more easily. Was it my imagination or not? I really don’t know but perhaps the negative ions made me feel this way.

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I already have one of these lamps in the house but had forgotten about it but when I felt this coolness in the air and the feeling of breathing in cool air, it brought back the memory that previously when I had switched on my older lamp, I had the same feeling of breathing deeper. It was a very relaxing feeling.

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The idea of this challenge was to use the lamp for a minimum of an hour a day and notice it on the days when the lamp was used, if sleep was better than when not using the lamp.

I actually have been away on holiday to the east coast of England for some of the time of this challenge, so haven’t used the lamp every day. Whilst away I had lots of fresh air and excercise and sea air (and a glass or two of wine) so to say I was in a strange bed, I slept quite well there too.

I do think there are benefits to be had by using the lamp and introducing the negative ions into the atmosphere and the light which is a gentle glow through the salt crystal walls of the lamp, gives a relaxed feeling to the room and especially when I used it for the hour before bedtime I think  it did help me to settle and I have slept well while using the lamp.