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A sound summer slumber


We all know there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to make us feel that much better to face the new day ahead, but as our weather starts to warm, we need to cool down our beds, both layer wise and appearance wise.

 

A winterweight duvet in the shade of hot chilli does not soothe a tired soul on a sweltering night. So, here’s the lowdown on keeping your bed stylish and your body temp down low this summer.

LIGHTEN THE LAYERS
If you haven’t already, think about investing in a lighter duvet or comforter of cotton, linen, silk, or any other lightweight fabric. A lightweight bedspread in fresh colours brings an instant breezy summer feel to rooms. Try a classic white, or mix it up with summery sorbets in pale pinks, purples and cornflour blues.

FAVOURITE FIBRES
Keep sheets and blankets in lighter colours too; remember, less heat is absorbed during the day with lighter colours. Layer thinner sheets and blankets to stay cooler or warmer as the temperature changes. The fabric in your sheets makes all the difference and natural options, like linen, cotton, bamboo and silk breathe and both look and feel luxurious.

THROWING SHADE
Matelassé (pronounced “mat-le-SAY”) blankets, coverlets, bedspreads, and pillow shams are the perfect layer of lightweight warmth. Matelassé is made from luxurious fabrics intricately woven on jacquard looms in Portugal and Italy. To avoid waking with cold feet, (we all know what that’s like) drape a lightweight wool throw over the end of your bed to keep them warm.


 

Dream big for beauty’s sake


Sleeping Beauty was put under a sleeping spell for 100 years, but it begs the question: was it really a curse or a blessing? Catching those Zs is a science-backed way to achieve an inner and outer glow, and here’s three ways to do just that.

Beauty sleep
“You look tired” are three words no one wants to hear. Dr Shelby Harris, a New York-based behavioural sleep-medicine specialist says sleep helps repair muscle damage and cell regrowth, improves brain function and regulates your mood. The key? Consistently having between seven- and eight-hours (and no, playing catch up at the weekend doesn’t count).

Princess and the pea
We’re recommending against putting your vegetables underneath your mattress, but we do suggest putting them into your body. So does registered dietitian and founder of wellness education studio, Nutritious Life, Keri Glassman. She says a well-balanced diet combined with at least 20-minutes of cardio exercise each day optimises your sleep – and therefore its benefits.

Screen queens
The one-more-episode mentality is a dangerous game to play before bed. Bingeing on streaming services or having one last scroll through social media keeps your brain active – resulting in a greater struggle falling asleep once you put your device down. The solution? Scientific studies suggest avoiding screens one to two hours before bed.


 

A luxury holiday at home: Dreamwool Beds


The whole world would agree: New Zealanders are some of the luckiest people on earth. With our national lock-down deemed a global success and our lives now mostly re-opened for business, we are enjoying a much more normal life than most these days.

 

 

But all that safety and security has not come without sacrifices from our team of five million.

Many of us are now longing for that annual mid-winter journey to the high summer of the Northern Hemisphere, or a cheeky beachside holiday to an idyllic island paradise in the South Pacific.

With New Zealand’s borders closed for a while longer, how can we treat ourselves to some world-class pampering from the comfort of home this winter?

David from Dreamwool Beds has just the solution. “Swap the luxury holiday for a luxury bed,” he says.

“It’ll last longer and make a bigger difference to your life!”

Just think how wonderful it would be to have that top-end resort experience every night.

The best sleep you’ll ever have starts with the highest quality merino wool, sourced directly from select South Island farms.

New Zealand made and natural in all the right ways, Dreamwool mattresses have been handcrafted in Christchurch for nearly 100 years.

Dreamwool’s breathable merino wool adjusts to changes in body temperature to maximise comfort and create perfect balance – never too hot or too cold.

And with four customisable pocketspring models and three all-natural Latex models, David says there really is a perfect Dreamwool fit for everyone.

“Your bed is the most important item in your house,” David says.

“You spend more time there than anywhere else in the home. And with the quality and craftsmanship of Dreamwool, you’re investing in the most luxurious sleep of a lifetime.”

So stop daydreaming about faraway destinations and pop down to Dreamwool’s showroom to test the superior quality and craftsmanship for yourself.

David and his team can’t wait to help you find your perfect Dreamwool fit. You can even complete your experience with resort-quality organic cotton sheets.

Enjoy a luxury holiday experience from the comfort of home this winter.

With Dreamwool’s slimmer, European style mattress and flexible slat base, you’ll be dreaming that you’re on the Riviera in no time!

For more information, visit the Dreamwool Beds showroom at 96 Disraeli Street, Sydenham, search www.dreamwool.com or call 0800 753 754.