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Temperature does affect your quality of sleep

Temperature does affect your quality of sleep

Your bed is where you spend over a third of your day and the quality of your mattress makes all the difference in obtaining a quality of sleep. We all know that as close to 8 hours of sleep a night is the recommendation for adults. But, temperature and comfort are also needed to complete that good night’s sleep.

According to GhostBed, the room temperature at bedtime should be matched to the internal body temp, which is naturally lowered during sleep. Experts have noted that the ideal room temp for the best sleep possible should be between 65 – 72-degrees Fahrenheit with the average at 65 degrees. This is where I keep my temperature. I set my range at 65-68 for night time in my home thermostat. In the summer I set it even lower because our room is upstairs so it fights to even stay as low as 65 all night.

I recently came across an article at the Sleep Foundation and learned that sleeping too hot can interfere with our thermoregulation. We can be so fatigued and head to bed with all intentions of passing out for a good night’s sleep and if our bed or room is too hot we may be unable to fall asleep regardless of how exhausted we are. Even if you do manage to fall asleep, good luck staying asleep because too hot of a temperature interferes with REM sleep. It interrupts that ‘cooling signal’ that tells our body it is rest time.

When choosing a mattress, you will find that many mattress brands understand the importance of sleeping cool and make their mattresses with a special cooling gel and technology combined with memory and latex foams to provide the most comfortable of rest possible. All brands seem to have their own combined technology to offer a mattress of various firmness and fabrics, but all with a goal of the cooler sleep our bodies desire.

GhostBed has several mattresses to choose from and they can be delivered, boxed making shipping a breeze. I took their new Marc’s Mattress Quiz (as in Marc Werner, Founder: GhostBed, Sleep Expert) and was recommended the GhostBed Natural. I love using pure, organic products like this mattress has and there are 5 comfort layers so I get that memory foam effect without sleeping too hot.

What makes your mattress even better is also making sure you have the right bedding. The mattress supports you and your blankets surround you. Whether you use cooling sheets or have wanted a weighted blanket to try, you may want to make sure you complete your mattress purchase by having the right bedding. Sleeping cool all night is going to bring you a deeper and better sleep.

A good place to start besides knowing the size and mattress type is to consider your sleep style – back, side, stomach and how hot or cold you sleep. In the end, the right mattress will be your own personal preference. No one can really tell you what mattress you will feel right in. What can happen is that your are guided by the answers to certain sleep questions to lead you to the right mattress features.

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Evolution Hoodie: Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds


Coffee Grounds to hoodie! Who would have guessed coffee grounds could be so comfortable and look so great? The Coalatree Evolution Hoodie is made from recycled coffee grounds and plastic bottles.

How? Simply put, used coffee grounds and plastic bottles are melted down and mixed to create small fibers. This blend of recycled products produces a very soft fabric with a water and odor-repellent coating.

This hoodie is by far, the most comfortable one I own and brings the most compliments. The fit is perfect and very true top size. The features seem endless. There are about 20 features in this one piece. For the sake of post length, I’ll list a few that stand out most to me…stay-put drawstrings, featherweight, moisture wicking and quick-dry material, soft & cozy, hand warming thumbholes and travel pouch.

My favorite feature of all is the kangaroo pocket that allows it to fold into itself and become a soft pillow. Once folded down into this pillow, you get a zipper closure, key and carabiner loop and travel pockets with velcro closures.

This hoodie (and pillow) is the best purchase you will make or gift. Coalatree products are all made with recycled materials and with sustainable products in green facilities. Visit Coalatree’s shop and find what you like best.

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New Aromatherapy Candles from Goddess Garden use 100% Pure Essential Oils

Goddess Garden Aromatherapy Candles with 100% Pure Essential Oils

From those that brought us wearable Aromatherapy, you can now clean burn their candle in your space. The Goddess Garden aromatherapy candle is designed to subtly and naturally diffuse 100% pure and therapeutic essential oils. There are 3 scents – Wild Rose, French Lavender and Yuzu Citrus.

Aromatherapy Candles

I love how my living room smells while burning one of the Wild Rose Aromatherapy candles. This scent is a mix of Rose & Jojoba. The ingredients in this candle are safe to burn and good for the environment with 100% essential oils and vegan ingredients. ZERO bees are harmed in the sourcing process in these natural soy wax and hand poured in Boulder, CO. candles.


Goddess Garden is vegan, leaping bunny certified to be cruelty free, free from parabens and synthetic fragrance, reef-safe, woman owned, and a certified B corporation. Shop for your candles or Aromatherapy products at the Goddess Garden shop.

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Nolah silky-smooth bamboo sheets bring you luxurious sleep

Nolah silky-smooth bamboo sheets bring you luxurious sleep

When I had the chance to try these silky-smooth bamboo sheets from Nolah, I got a set for my teen. Why? With 2 PE’s (mandatory 8th grade fitness + he chose elective PE this semester) and he plays basketball right now for his school team and will move into football next, he needs the best sleep of all of us. We always think about our own lack of sleep or busy days and our teens are just as busy. 6.5 hours of school starting early morning, fitness classes then sports practice and 5 days a week is a lot at 13 and older.

It is just as important to me that my teen gets just as good of sleep as we do. The right bedding makes all the difference in a good night sleep. This is proven. He loves his Nolah sheet set!

I have always jokingly (or maybe not jokingly) said that if I won the lotto, I would buy enough luxury sheets to have a fresh, brand new set on my bed every night. The feel brand new, luxury sheets is the best. You can feel the quality just taking them out of the bag (they arrive is a nice navy canvas tote, also).

Why is bamboo my favorite bedding and blanket material?

Benefits of Bamboo Bedding

  • Bamboo grows pesticide-free, self-regenerates when cut down
  • Keeps you dry, cool, and odor-free
  • Twice as soft as cotton
  • Every fiber has a built-in thermostat, and Mother Nature turned bamboo’s way down
  • Wicks moisture away from your body
  • Bamboo saves more trees, regenerates naturally and is one of the most eco-friendly resources on the planetBamboo naturally repels odors and allergens

Nolah is 100% made in the US and offers free shipping. Nolah started by finding a way to improve upon Memory Foam and Latex and is known for its Air Foam™ mattress that is 100% temperature neutral, as it doesn’t contain viscoelastic chemicals, unlike Memory Foam. Based on the feel of the sheets, I can only imagine how wonderful a night’s sleep on their mattress must be.

Keep Nolah in mind as you shop for bedding and mattresses that will truly change your quality of sleep as you knew it. They also make other bedding, pillows and weighted blankets. Visit Nolah today and learn more.