HYPNO-tize yourself to sleep without having to count sheep

People spend an average of 8 hours 21 minutes sleeping a day – but spend an average of 8 hours 41 minutes on media devices. The majority (81 per cent) of smartphone users have their phones switched on all the time, even in bed.

Getting a good nights sleep given the chaos in the world today is just not easy.

Thrive Global is a great resource for unplugging but recharging requires at least 7 uninterrupted hours of rest, relaxation and sleep.

I have been searching for the most comfortable mattress made from sustainable materials. Not so easy. Most commercial mattresses are made with synthetic materials, foam, and a longer laundry list of chemical laden fillers.

Is it any wonder that your body, and especially your skin may be reacting to these elements creating a disturbance in your internal functions and abilities to achieve deep sleep.

Here’s what I learned.

There are two basic types of sleep: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep (which has three different stages). Each is linked to specific brain waves and neuronal activity. You cycle through all stages of non-REM and REM sleep several times during a typical night, with increasingly longer, deeper REM periods occurring toward morning.

Stage 1 non-REM sleep is the changeover from wakefulness to sleep. During this short period (lasting several minutes) of relatively light sleep, your heartbeat, breathing, and eye movements slow, and your muscles relax with occasional twitches. Your brain waves begin to slow from their daytime wakefulness patterns.

But all if these things relate to how comfortable you are in what I feel is your personal cocoon. It’s everything from the mattress to the linens and the beautiful bed covers you choose to embrace the place you will spend a great deal of time in.

In researching this project…. to find the perfect mattress and linens, we traveled to London where we reviewed several 5 star hotels known specifically for their attention to detail. Especially the beds and linens. One of those places was Coworth Park.

At Coworth Park in Ascot I discovered the most beautiful linens in the world

I learned that Queen Elizabeth bestowed a Royal Warrant for bedding and upholstery to HYPNOS. They are the only luxury bed maker to actively supply the Royal family, Royal Household and the Royal residences. A Royal Warrant demonstrates the very highest standards in excellence, quality, service, and innovation. Hypnos has held Royal Warrants continuously since 1929.

Intrigued by this notion, I learned more about my need for rem sleep.

The first and most important detail I discovered is that Hypnos is 100% sustainable and it does not contain polyurethane foam. Did you know “Memory foam,” also known by its technical name “visco-elastic polyurethane foam” is an expanded polyurethane with additional chemicals to enhance its elasticity and viscosity. As with many other plastics, polyurethane is made from chemicals that you wouldn’t want to have for breakfast.

You know that sinking feeling immediately when you lay on one of those mattresses. If you want to know how bad these chemicals are read here.

Disgusted by what I learned, I decided that the investment I was about to make would be a benefit to my health, our health and our marriage. After all, we don’t play the numbers game.

We wanted only natural materials like Camel and Horse Hair, Joma Wool and Alpaca Wool. Best for humans and the environment. It makes sense. Dollars make good sense when you learn there are up to 5,000 individual coils in each handmade mattress.

I know we made the right choice…. just ask Queen Elizabeth what is her choice for the best sleep in the world.

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