Why is sleep so important for our wellbeing?

Sleep blog heading

At some point each of us will experience that feeling of lying in bed unable to sleep, whether it be as soon as we get into bed or if we wake in the middle of the night and are unable to drop back off. ‘A sleepless night is as long as a year’ is a Chinese proverb that we can all probably identify with and it is important that we take steps to help ourselves to get the best sleep we can, for the sake of our health and wellbeing.

Sleep allows our body to repair itself and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Without a good night sleep we can feel groggy, irritable and have a lack of energy. Poor sleep is also linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.[1]

Sleep hygiene

Many people can benefit from improving the quality of their sleep. The phrase sleep hygiene is often used to describe how lifestyle and environmental factors can affect our sleep. Positive sleep hygiene may help to improve sleep quality.

According to the MHF Sleep Report[2] the environment of our bed and bedroom can either help or hinder sleep; much depends on our own preferences. The obvious factors are noise, light, temperature and ventilation. Most of us prefer to sleep in a quiet environment. Earplugs may be useful for blocking out external noise although they do tend to amplify the body’s own internal noises which may be distracting.

Too much light can inhibit sleep since it affects melatonin levels; eye masks may be helpful. Room temperature is important, neither too cold nor too hot, although the ideal room temperature will vary from person to person. Ventilation can be improved by opening the window, although this is likely to alter the temperature and make the room noisier. It is important to feel comfortable in the bedroom environment, including selecting the right mattresses and pillows. People may need to experiment with all these factors until they find the ideal balance.

Sleep hygiene practices, such as those mentioned above, may help people improve their sleep quality, along with reducing caffeine in the evening, taking regular exercise and avoiding looking at phone/television screens just before getting into bed.

Nikken offers the Naturest® Sleep System that contains a range of products the may be beneficial to your sleep hygiene.

  1. Naturest Kenkopad® – A non-allergenic latex mattress topper that molds to your body’s contours and may improve your comfort and support.
  2. KenkoDream® Quilt – The ceramic coated fibres may help maintain a constant temperature.
  3. Naturest® Pillow – Fully adjustable by removing or adding filler, the breathable cover may help to regulate your temperature, keeping you confortable.
  4. Kenko Power Sleep® Mask – Made of soft breathable fabric, blocking out light may help improve your sleep at home or when traveling or working nightshifts.

Discover more about this range: http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/p/kenkodream-quilt.html

[1] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk
[2] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/sleep-report

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4 Tips For a Better Night’s Sleep

For some people, going to sleep is their favourite part of the day and they will do anything to get their uninterrupted 8-9 hours. To others it can be seen as an inconvenience in their busy life. Love or hate it, sleep is essential for your body. Not only does it leave you feeling rested and energised, but there is evidence that sleep leads to better body function, healing and overall better health. Here at Nikken we know the importance of a good night’s sleep, and work hard to actively encourage that everyone deserves a good nights sleep, today we are sharing our are our top tips;

1. Find a routine

Have a set time to go to sleep and wake up. Being in a routine means your body will fall into a natural rhythm. It will make going to sleep each night easier as your body will be in the routine of sleeping  Having a set routine can also help diminish stress, it eliminates the anxiety of not knowing what will happen. Although every day may be different, having a structure of when to sleep and be awake helps to keep calm.Routine Sleep

2. Wind down

Put away the phones, laptops and TV’s, take time each evening before you go to bed to let your body wind down and relax. Not only does cutting down your exposure to artificial light help melatonin production, which helps sleep, it also gives you the opportunity to break away from the busy world. Separating yourself from social media and the stress of life for just an hour before bed will help you slip into an easy, restful sleep.

Wind down

3. Avoid stimulants

Avoid all sources of caffeine and other stimulants before sleep including coffee, tea, caffeinated fizzy drinks and chocolate. The caffeine in these products will keep you awake for longer or lead you to have restless unsettled sleep, which is unproductive in helping the restorative effects of sleep.

Coffee cup and saucer on a white background.

4. Create a sleep environment

Ensure the room you sleep in is dedicated to sleep. Where possible make it a room where you only spend time in when sleeping, helping your body associates it with sleep and relaxation. Remove TVs, phones and other items that may disturb your sleep. Make your bed as comfortable yet supportive as possible. Try using items which encourage a good sleep environment like our Vital Night Pack. The pack uses items containing innovations such as RAM (Radial-Axis Magnetism) technology to help create a calming atmosphere, a massage effect surface and temperature regulation to ensure you have the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep.

Bedroom interior.

We know it isn’t always possible with our hectic modern lives to always get the perfect 8-9 hours per night, but if we can ensure the sleep we get is of the highest quality allowing our bodies the best opportunity to recuperate, relax and reenergise we have the best chances of getting the most out of every day. This month why not take advantage of our free delivery option on the Vital Night pack.

Vital Night Pack

What’s your top tip for getting a good night’s sleep?

 

 

5 Tips to Keep You Healthy This Winter

The days are getting shorter and there is a definite chill appearing in the air. This is the time of year when we can start preparing to protect ourselves against the common colds and flu that appear throughout winter. There are a few simple steps you can take to help protect you and your family from the winter attack.

Get plenty of sleep

Throughout summer we rarely sleep our recommended 9 hours a night, but in winter with darker nights we are more inclined to sleep longer. Feeling more rested means you have more energy through the day. Also having a lack of sleep can reduce your immune system leaving you more prone to illnesses.

Sleepmask

5-A-Day

All through the year we hear that we should have 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day but it is never more important than this time of year. The nutrients from fruit and vegetables will help keep your body in the best condition possible. It doesn’t have to be boring or expensive, try using seasonal vegetables added to normal meals it will not only give you the nutritional benefits but help fill you up at meal times. Frozen/tinned fruit and vegetables can still count just ensure tinned fruit isn’t in a sugar filled syrup, aim for one in natural fruit juices. Continue reading

Our Nikken Favourites

After asking our Consultants, customers, followers and fans what their favourite Nikken product is and why, we thought we would share what the Digital Team’s favourites are with our blog readers.

Donna – Digital Marketing & Events Manager

Donna’s Sleep System!

 

My Favourite Nikken product or products, is the entire Sleep System!  From the moment I first slept on a Nikken mattress back in 1999 – I have never been without it since.

I joined Nikken in 1999 and had never heard of the products or the Network Marketing opportunity and I had always had a few issues with my back, from falling out of trees and off climbing frames as a child, and then a car accident which jarred my back; all of these incidents caused me great pain over the years. At night when relaxing the muscles and trying to get to sleep, the pain was at its worst.

One of the first things I questioned when I joined Nikken was how well I slept and how my energy levels were.  After hearing about the products a very quick decision was made to purchase a Nikken mattress, and as I say, I have not been without it since 1999!

I’ve now upgraded to the new Nikken KenkoComfort® mattress and added the KenkoDream® Quilt and Naturest® Pillows for an all-round cosy and energising sleep.  I really love my Sleep System and the guest bed in my house is topped with a Nikken mattress also.

…even the pet dogs; Tia & Treacle the Boxers have Nikken KenkoDream® quilts!

Nadia – Digital Marketing & Events Supervisor

To pick one favourite Nikken product is a challenge in itself, and my family and friends would probably each have their own opinions and reasons for their top pick; however for me the Air Wellness™ Power5 Pro™ is a lifelong preferred product!

I suffer from many allergies, which are heightened in the summer months by pollen and grass and in the winter months by the dust in the air. The Air Wellness™ Power5 Pro™ helps me breathe easily, and makes the air around me feel fresh and clean so my airways are clear.

I sleep better when I know the air filter is doing its job in my bedroom, and with all the products endorsements who can argue with its effectiveness.

I would strongly recommend the Air Wellness™ Power5 Pro™ to any allergy sufferers like me, or anyone who simply wants to breathe forest fresh air!

Yasira – Digital Marketing & Events Coordinator


As winter is just around the corner, the KenkoDream® Quilt shoots straight to the top of my list as my number one Nikken product.  Nothing keeps me warm and snug during those frosty months quite like this product!

Being from the Canary Islands, the icy temperatures hit me hard and I love nothing more than wrapping up in my KenkoDream® Quilt while watching TV, or simply chilling out on the sofa.  It is amazing how quickly this product warms me up when I pull it on.

Jodie – Digital Marketing & Events Administrator

 Although there is so much choice, I would have to say my favourite Nikken product is the PiMag® Water System. We’ve got one here in our office to make sure we’re hydrated throughout the day.

I’ve never been keen on tap water and have always bought bottled water, but I think you can really tell the difference between this and the water system.

You can’t beat an ice cold glass of PiMag® water on a very sunny, but unusually hot day in the UK in October!

Coming a very close 2nd are the KenkoInsoles® which give me an all-day foot massage when walking around Nikken Europe HQ!

Eventually I’m going to kit my house out with Nikken products to create a healthier home environment :-).

What’s your Nikken favourite and why?

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Are you maintaining a Healthy Body?

“Striving to improve or maintain physical wellness is an integral part of living. Nikken’s focus is nutrition, exercise, restful sleep and freedom from discomfort, and its products are based on addressing these issues of everyday modern living.”

Over the forthcoming months we’re going to be writing 5 additional monthly blogs based on each area of Nikken’s 5 Pillars of Health philosophy. Today we’ll be starting with Healthy Body.

Your physical wellbeing is important so; Are you maintaining a healthy body? We’ve outlined a checklist of areas to take note of when looking at your personal fitness and wellbeing.

 

Nutrition and Eating Well

Are you feeling low, tired or stressed? If so, you could be running low on vital nutrients. A balanced diet helps, but alone these can be inadequate in providing your body with the level of nutrients that it really needs. Nikken’s products can provide that extra boost, in addition to a wholesome diet.

Kasai® Multi-Vitamin and Mineral for example, offers a wealth of essential minerals and vitamins – all in one tub!

A lack of Vitamin D can lead to back, leg and hip pain and, according to a recent survey, more than half of the adult population have insufficient levels of this Vitamin (Daily Mail Research, 2011).

Vitamin D is important for a healthy immune system as well as bone growth and the absorption of calcium – that is where OstoDenx® and CalDenx™ come in. Together, these food supplements are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to healthy bones and teeth!

Also, if you’re feeling a little irritable, your magnesium levels could be low. This deficiency can lead to feelings of anxiety and worry. Magnesium helps to maintain those healthy bones and gives us a boost of energy from our food. Try CalDenx™ with a diet that includes spinach, almonds and wholemeal bread; these are great sources of magnesium.

Our bodies are complex and need taking care of. Therefore there are many things to consider when thinking about our nutrition and it may not be necessary to take everything, but just to give certain problem areas a boost with nutritional supplements, in addition to a balanced and healthy diet.

Be good to your body and it’ll be good to you!

 

Exercising and Keeping Fit

We all know that it can be difficult to include more physical activity into our busy lives and sometimes we see it as a chore. However, with the right exercise plan, mental attitude and supportive fitness products, keeping fit doesn’t have to be taxing.

Every little bit of exercise counts; whether it be a quicker stroll or a day out cycling with the family, you’re helping your personal fitness, having fun and enjoying quality time with loved ones at the same time! Anything that gets your heart beat racing is benefiting your fitness levels.

In addition to exercising buddies, it is also important to find the perfect exercising equipment to motivate and support you. Having the right trainers that are kind to your feet and help keep them well ventilated will create stress-free exercise. Wouldn’t it be great if you could burn up to 20% more energy with every step you take by lining your trainers with CardioStrides®?

 

Sleeping and Relaxing

Are you someone who likes to ensure they have enough sleep every night? If so, you are someone who is making a great choice for a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is a vital part of this and it’s just as important as exercising and eating the right foods. Sleep helps us function properly and if we don’t get enough sleep, it will have adverse effects on the body.

Nikken has a variety of solutions, designed to help you de-stress, re-charge and escape the daily pressures of life. The Naturest Sleep Solution is a dream combination of products which have helped many people to improve their night’s sleep. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to face the day ahead.

Winding down and relaxing at the end of the day will help you sleep better too. A back massage is an ideal way to lose any tension in your muscles; the stimulating MagCreator® will help you do just that and help you get off to sleep…Zzzz!

 

Re-energising and Rejuvenating

Do you suffer with achy bones and strained joints? Maybe magnetic technology may be something you might want to consider. It is often used to relieve joint pains, aches and strains and the use of this for health goes back centuries.

Magnetic and far-infrared technology can be found in many of our products. It may sound very scientific (which it is) but our jewellery products are a great option, creating an elegant look in addition to gaining the real health benefits of this technology.

There’s nothing more energising and refreshing as clean purified water and fresh air. These can make us feel alert, awake and full of energy. We should be drinking up to 8 glasses of water a day to avoid dehydration which makes us feel slow, headachy and tired. How much water have you had today?

Eat well, keep active, relax and re-energise for total wellness.

 

Find out more…

Bring all of these areas together and what you have is an integrated and holistic approach to your wellbeing; the perfect balance.

If you’d like more information on any of the Nikken products that we’ve mentioned in our blog, please visit and flick through our digital online product brochure here http://issuu.com/nikkeneurope/docs/nikken-uk-b.