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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep With Christy

We interrupt this blog post with some BREAKING NEWS.

“Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?”

Taken from the best selling author, scientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker’s book, Why We Sleep. The treatment is, you guessed it, sleep.

sleep tips

We all know we need sleep to function. We’ve naturally done it since we were born, so why do we struggle to understand it’s importance and do it well when we’re adults?

It can come down to many reasons, but here at Christy, we have a few tips on how you can get some serious shut eye and sleep well from tonight.

Your Duvet

Being to hot or too cold can seriously impact your sleep, but keeping your body temperature at the perfect point can be tricky, especially if someone is constantly stealing the duvet.

Make sure you have the right duvet for the season. A lighter tog of 4.5 is perfect for summer, 10.5 is great for all year round and 13.5 is best suited to the winter months. In fact we’ve written all about the different types we offer in the Christy Duvet Buying Guide.

You may also want to size up your duvet, to avoid any middle of the night, bed related arguments. If your bed is a King Size, size up your duvet to Super King and see how soundly you sleep.

The Perfect Pillow

Be as picky as Goldilocks when it comes to finding the just right pillow and settle for nothing less than perfect. Finding the right one could also prevent you or your significant other from snoring , which is a sure fire way to ensure a better night sleep immediately.

Our range of pillows are the perfect addition to your bedroom, from King Size to anti-allergy, we have the one for you.

Routine

Sticking to a routine is crucial to keeping your sleep on track. That means winding down for bed at least an hour before you intend to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, yes even at weekends!

Try to avoid heavy exercise, alcohol, sugary foods, caffeine and heavy meals in the evening, as all of the above can disrupt your valuable shut eye.

Sleep Spray

If you’re struggling to wind down and sleep, try a calming spray designed to be used in your bedroom. Sleep sprays formulated with lavender and chamomile oils will give you a relaxing and rejuvenating deep sleep. Inhale deeply and exhale all of your worries.

Quality Mattress

You wouldn’t continue to sit in a chair for eight hours a day if you were uncomfortable or not supported and the same should go for your mattress. If you’re struggling to drift of, waking up in the night or not feeling rejuvenated in the morning, your mattress could be to blame.

Invest in a quality mattress and consider both yours and your partners needs. If you both prefer different levels of firmness, consider getting a mattress that suits you both by getting a half and half one.

Not in the position to purchase a new mattress? No problem, there are a wealth of mattress toppers out there that can upgrade your quality of sleep overnight.

Meditation

Sometimes, as hard as it is, clearing the mind and concentrating on your breathing really can make all the difference to your sleep.

Try to do this during the day with an app on your phone such as Headspace or Calm and use your new found skills when it’s time to snooze.

No Devices

Keep your bedroom as device free as you can. No mobiles, tablets and definitely no work laptops. Blue light from these electronics can negatively impact your quality of sleep and keep you up for longer from aimlessly scrolling.

If you use your phone as an alarm clock, consider going old school and wake up with a clock or wake up light.


Have you got any tips on how to get a good nights sleep? Please feel free to drop them in the comments below.

 

What Are the Benefits of a Christy Towel?

With the increase in awareness about hygiene in the current climate, we thought we would share why Christy Towels are, what we think, the best in the world.

What Are the Benefits of a Christy Towel

Made to Last

No matter how many times you wash our towels, they just get better and better. In fact our Supreme Hygro Towels are designed to get fluffier the more you wash them.

Sustainable

Our towels are made so well, you won’t find that you need to replace them as frequently, meaning the environment and your bank balance will thank you. What’s more, the water used during the manufacturing of our towels is recycled rain water and doesn’t take from key drinking water supplies.

Quality Cotton

Whether you prefer Turkish, Egyptian or Supima, our towels are crafted with only the finest of cotton types from around the world. You can find out more about all things fibres here.

Coordination

The towel ranges at Christy come in a wide range of colours to suit your style. From the bright and bold Prism range, to the classic Renaissance and elegant Luxe, there’s something for everyone. What’s more our towel ranges match bath mats and robes, so you can coordinate or mix and match a much or as little as you like.


Which is your favourite Christy Towel?

 

How to Make the Most of Your Time at Home

With the country in somewhat of a panic about the recent pandemic, at Christy, we thought we would attempt to lighten the mood with our top tips on how to make the most of your time at home.

Christy working from home set up
Creating a comfortable work station is key!

Get Cosy

With all the comforts of being at home instead of your place of work, why wouldn’t you make it as releaxing and as cosy as possible. Plush throws, comfy cushions and new bedding make working from home all that more bearable and easy on the eye.

Read a Book

That book you never read that’s collecting dust, the one you started on holiday two years ago and never finished? Well now is it’s time to shine. With no commute into the office, use that time to sit down, put devices away and cosy up with a good story.

Get Creative

Bake, paint, draw or decorate, whatever takes your fancy you can now enjoy those little thing you may not have had time previously to do. Use what would be your usual lunch break sat at your desk to get creative. Who knows, it could even lead to a new career path in the future.

Exercise

Never has there been more of a need to try and stay as healthy as possible and exercise is an element that should be in all of our lives, 365 days a year. Of course, life gets in the way and it’s not always possible, but now you’re at home, how about some yoga in your bedroom, boxing in front of the TV or a run round the park. You’ll feel better for it and it could result in more productivity with your work.

Enjoy an Early Night

With fewer social occasions taking place, you’ll have more of a reason to wind down in the evening and have the early night you always dream of. Turn your devices off at least an hour before you go to sleep, bar them from the bedroom if you can and lie back in some sumptuous Christy bed linen.


We hope you enjoyed our tips on how best to spend the extra time you may have at home. Above all, stay healthy and happy, call your loved one’s who aren’t so close and look out for the not so fortunate.

 

How Christy and Welspun are Supporting International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s, at Christy we’re encouraging you to tell us what #EachForEqual means to you. In this post we show you how we’re supporting women around the world, not just on 8th March, but every day of the year.

international womens day 2020

What are Christy and Welspun doing to support IWD?

This year’s IWD theme is #EachForEqual, because an equal world is an empowered world. Christy and our parent company Welspun, understand this and fully support equal rights for all. Welspun is firmly committed to the empowerment of women, creating opportunity, providing training and fostering an environment that enables them to earn a livelihood and be self-reliant.

One such initiative is supporting women in sports, especially those from challenging backgrounds. Welspun offers crucial support to young women fighting to break through into the highest levels of their sport. The vision is to not just motivate women to take up sports, but also help them pursue their sport as a full time career.

Currently supporting 14 extraordinary women in a variety of sports including swimming, athletics, boxing, cycling, para-badminton and more, Welspun hope to expand that number to 25 by the end of 2020.

Another initiative supporting women’s rights is empowering women in promoting menstrual health throughout India. Welspun has enabled 38 entrepreneurs to reach out to nearly 8,000 women across a variety of towns and villages in India to be better supported every month. By the end of 2020, Welspun plan to create 100 entrepreneurs and reach nearly half a million women throughout the country.

How you can support IWD

There are many ways in which you can support equal rights, not just today but throughout the year. Here’s just a few ways you can promote #EachForEqual:

  • Support business who empower women’s rights and are making a difference with their actions
  • Encourage the conversation about equal rights at work, at home, in the coffee shop, wherever!
  • Show your support on social media with the pose and #EachForEqual

So put your arms together and strike the #EachForEqual pose to motivate other’s this International Women’s Day.

 

What the Christy team pack for a staycation

Here in the Christy HQ, all talk has turned towards staycations. Where will go, what we will do, and most interestingly, what are our top items to pack for a staycation.

We asked the Christy team what they pack for a staycation to find out what they couldn’t live without whilst having a relaxing break. Here is what they said…

Relax in the bath surrounded by candles
Love candles? Take them on your staycation!

“My memory foam pillow and Christy pillowcases. I can’t sleep without them!” Amanda – Visual Merchandising Manager

“Tea bags. There is nothing worse than having a bad cup of tea when you’re away from home.” Christine – Product Development Manager

“My Brixton robe from Christy. It come everywhere with me and is so lightweight, yet cosy.” Chloe – marketing Executive

Sitting by the lake sketching in my gown.
Take your robe everywhere

“Running shoes for discovering new trails.” Farook – National Sales Manager

“My Sketchbook and pencil case, inspiration is everywhere.” Laura – Digital Marketing Executive

The beauty of the staycation is that you can take whatever you fancy without the many restrictions that arise when going abroad. You don’t have to ditch your creature comforts or scrimp on the luxuries. What is more relaxing than that? What items do you pack for a staycation? Is there a specific thing that you just can’t go without?

Did you know that you can win this incredible staycation bundle with Christy!

 We are giving you the chance to win: 

Christy hot water bottle, Christy eye mask, Christy socks, Roberts radio, Worker Bee Tea, Lanson champagne, Molten Brown shower gelsk, Christy Supreme towel bundle, Jenga, Monopoly and Twister.

Click here to enter now

 

Staycation Locations

So, you have decided that 2020 is your year of the staycation. Good choice. The next question that you might be asking is where to go. Do you stay at home or jump in the car? Explore by ferry or travel by train? There are so many fabulous staycation locations on our doorstep, it can be hard to decide where to go!

Cornwall

Who needs the South of France when you have Cornwall on your doorstep. Think the pretty harbours of St Ives or the surfing hub of Newquay.

Lake District

Famed for it’s fells, lakes and iconic writers, the Lake District is in a league of it’s own. Choose from luxury spa stays, to tree houses and pretty cottage stays.

Picnic by the lake


Scottish Highlands

From the Cairngorms to Ben Nevis and whale watching to whisky breweries, the Highlands off er something for everyone. Stay on one of the many islands for ultra seclusion.

Northern Ireland

Take a trip to the County of Londonderry to experience beautiful coastlines, scenic walks and the iconic Giant’s Causeway. A beach side abode will be a sure way to relax and restore.

Manchester

Looking for a city retreat? Look no further than our home town of Manchester. This culture rich city offers everything from world class theatre to Michelin starred dining and an abundance of luxury apartments.

Treat yourself to a luxury apartment in the heart of Manchester for the perfect city staycation

There are so many places in the UK that make incredible staycation locations. If you are feeling inspired, check out our top staycation tips to get the most out of your trip.

 

Top Staycation Tips

Come rain or shine, what better way to make the most of the British Isles, than packing your bags and heading off on a staycation. The beauty of not crossing the border is the endless possibility of items that you can take with you. Everything but the kitchen sink! Having the option to take your creature comforts away with you is fabulous, but where do you draw the line? What to take, and what not to take? Here’s our top staycation tips on what you need to get the most out of your trip.

Take time to sit with a good book
Take time to sit with a good book

Read that book you never have time to read

With so many distractions at home, it’s nice to carve out that time on staycation to relax with a good read. With no luggage restrictions, you can even take a selection of books or a sketchbook depending on what you fancy.

Bring the spa to you

Why not hire a mobile massage therapist to come to you? Take your favourite Christy robe to make it feel like a real spa and relax in luxury.

Bring the spa feel with you
Bring the spa feel with you

Hire a chef

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, hire a chef to cook you a delicious meal. They may even do the washing up too!

Get your food delivered

Order ahead to save the stress. A food delivery on arrival can take the strain out of packing before hand.

Take a yoga mat

Exercising at home? It is a chore. Private yoga overlooking a lake? Bliss. If you don’t have a yoga mat, simply use a Christy bath sheet instead.

Have you booked an exciting staycation this summer? Are you now inspired to explore the UK whether it is a city break or getting away to the countryside? Take note of our top staycation tips and your trip will certainly be a treat.

 

Sleep: How does this affect you?

March, one of our favourite times of year. Spring is on the brink of fully blossoming – that’s right, more daffodils and baby lambs will be greeting you soon! It is also a particular favourite time of year for Christy HQ too, as this is the month of celebrating sleep.

National Bed Month* takes place between the 1st and 31st March annually. Founded by the Sleep Council, an organisation dedicated to improving peoples quality of sleep, this campaign encourages you to reflect on your nightly routine. Yes, that’s right, this is a month dedicated to improving the relationship between yourself, your bed and rest. Amazing.

Okay so this is not an excuse to ditch work for a month and sleep all day everyday (we can wish upon a star for that time but it doesn’t look like human hibernation will be a trend anytime soon). But, this is a good time for you to reflect on your routine, your well-being and ways to improve both.

Sleep is an imperative part of everyday life – we can instantly tell when we have not had enough sleep. We feel groggy, distracted, short-tempered, dazed, sluggish, we could go on…

Inspired by National Bed Month and our dedication to helping you with your sleep as much as possible, Christy decided to create an online survey to learn more about how sleep affects your day-to-day lives. The results that we found were eye-opening:

  • 59% of total participants struggle to get a good night’s sleep, 65% of the total were women and 47% of men respectively.
  • 35% of total participants found that sleep deprivation was as result of Stress.
  • 26% of total participants referenced Discomfort, and 25% of participants referenced Temperature (too hot and too cold) as a form of sleep hindrance.

Comfort, Stress, Temperature. Three important factors that influence sleep. Three things that you can change. Three things that you have an element of control over.

At Christy, we are dedicated to helping you as much as we can. Our products are designed with you in mind, and so is the information which we provide.

On that note, we would like to share with you some top tips on how to make your bed cosy, comfortable and a balanced temperature from our experts in the design department. Take a read below!

Lucy Ackroyd, Christy Design Manager: “If you love the feeling of crisp clean sheets in a smart hotel then you’re already realised the sensory benefits of pure cotton, high thread count bed linen  You may not know why they feel so good though. Firstly 100% cotton products are naturally breathable so they help to regulate your temperate and also moisture levels, stopping the clammy feeling you can experience with synthetic fibres. Secondly high thread count fabrics are smoother against the skin so as well a being much more comfortable you are less likely to feel tangled up or trapped by rougher fabrics that cling, especially to nightwear. The good news is also that superior quality cotton products have great durability and lifespan too making them a really worthwhile investment. Your sleep is worth it!”

Julia Galloway, Christy Design Manager: “Most of us, at one time or another, have suffered with stress in our lives and whilst there is no quick fix, there are a few things that we can do to help with our everyday mood.  Playing with colour is such a way and has been proven to have an effect on the way we feel.  Chroma Yoga and light therapy are becoming more and more popular as people start to look into mindfulness techniques in their own homes.  One quick way to add some colour is with a change of linens in your bedroom and bathroom, both of which should be a sanctuary and a place of rest when stress takes a hold of our lives.   As a guide, we’ve added some key words to help you understand how certain shades will affect your mood:

  • Soft blues can be calming, serene and tranquil.
  • Yellows can be stimulating, happy and energising.
  • Greens can be harmonious, refreshing and renewing.
  • Soft pinks can be soothing, calming and balancing.
  • Purples can be relaxing, inspiring and spiritual.
  • Greys can be grounding, calming and balancing.”

*The Sleep Council, founders of the National Bed Month campaign, is an organisation which investigates how sleep affects your health and well-being, and provides brilliant tips on how to get more of it. More time for dreaming and escaping to a paradise.

 

It’s bedtime!

A phrase that most children, nine times out of ten, dread.

The thought of stopping playtime is normally a walk down tantrum lane, but what if you can ease them into bedtime gently so that the fun never seems to stop.

With our  Junior collection  you can make your child’s journey to dreamville easy and fun!

Bath time is always an excitable occasion, full of bubbles, rubber ducks and water inspired adventures. But what is even more memorable is the moment you wrap your child up in a soft cotton towel for a cuddle.

Our Starlight towel is your little ones bath room accessory which is so soft that it is out of this world.

Looking for something similar but in pink? Look no further than our fun Polka towels. Celebrity mum Lateysha Grace chose it as one of her favourites – and it looks like her daughter Wynter loves it too!

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Caption: Thank you to @lateysha_grace for sharing this beautiful moment with us.

Pre-bedtime play would not be complete without the Christy Acorn Robe. With a fun tassel detail and lightweight nature, this is the essential style statement for your pride and joy.

The Titanium Acorn Robe is a colourway is a brilliant fit for Jedi infused adventures in a galaxy not so far away.

Also available in Soft Coral and Midnight – simply wonderful!

 

#LoveYourPetDay

At Christy HQ, we love chatting about all the silly and funny things our pets do! So to celebrate #LoveYourPetDay, we asked team Christy at Christy HQ to send us the cutest shots of their furry friends relaxing on luxury in true Christy style! Get to know our pets below and get ready to say aww and so cute a lot!

Firstly, we would like to introduce you to Frank the pug. Frank is only 2 years old, his mummy tells us that he hates the cold so loves snuggling up to keep warm. Here he is all wrapped up in his Christy Karina throw probably awaiting his cheese on toast as that’s his favourite treat!

Here we have Lady. Lady enjoys snoozing on the very best linens although her very expensive basket is only to the left of her, it doesn’t even get a look in when she knows that she can curl up on her humans Christy bed linen.

This isn’t any pooch taking a little nap on Romeo bed linen… This is a Batdog pooch, a superdog amongst the rest and it is clear to see from Bachus’ position that he is clearly taking a flight in his dreams. Batdog to the rescue!

Being a photogenic cat, Treacle has many poses which she turns on for the camera. Her mummy has told us that Treacle calls this pose her ‘don’t make me get up’ pose and we do not blame her! Christy bed linen is just too good to leave at any time of the day.

Now, Christine did start off by not allowing the dogs on the bed… but look at those puppy dog eyes, it’s hard to say no and Tyah just loves her Oslo throw!

Treacle the Labrador is not really fussed which Christy bed linen and throws she relaxes on as long as it is Christy

Move over human, this is my bed now! This doggo is certainly a royal; Harry the cavalier King Charles often wonders why the humans want to share his bed of Bude Christy dreams.

Ted does not like early mornings. In fact Ted usually lies in until around 11am in his Coniston bed linen and then he STILL needs a little encouragement to leave and go for a walk. His mum and dad are rather jealous of this as Ted usually spends more time in their bed than they do.

 

What a round up of beautiful pets. Make sure you are using the hashtag #MyChristy when you share your photographs of your furry friends on Instagram so we can like and share these!

 

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