Quick - March! Off we go! Spring’s on its way, and with nature waking up, and longer days (and shorter nights) ahead, we turn our thoughts to “what’s up”?
BE A NAP-STER!
Naps often get a bad rap, but not by us. However, with hybrid work weeks and work-from-home, naps and the encouragement of National Napping Day on March 14, short power naps of 10 – 20 minutes or nap meditations may have found their niche in our lives. One caveat! Don’t nap too late in the afternoon, or you will wreck your proper sleep. (For more about Springtime sleeplessness, scroll down!)
ZZZZZOUNDS! WORLD SLEEP DAY, MARCH 18
A day that celebrates and amplifies the benefits of sleep to health, and mental well-being. You don’t need to convince us. With busy multi-tasking lives set against all life’s challenges, our own Sir Cadian team believes a good night’s rest is non-negotiable. Our approach is simple: we switch off, power down, avoid carb-rich meals, and limit liquids so we don’t have to get up during the night. We also make ourselves the most comfortable we can through our choice of soft eco-friendly bedding, and of course, comfortable sleepwear. For more info: https://worldsleepday.org/
Spring officially begins Sunday, March 20th. Time to check out what’s sprouting in the garden, and look at changing that carb-rich diet you defaulted to over winter to something lighter. Longer nights and warmer temperatures mean safer commutes, longer and safer runs, and getting back outdoors. But there’s another thing that Spring and longer days influence and that’s sleep! Read on below!
LOSE AN HOUR…LOSE SOME SLEEP?
Feel like Springing out, but too tired? Not to worry - chances are it's due to that spring-forward hour change! Apparently, even a small change in the amount of daylight we receive can affect sleep duration. The hormone to blame? The sleep hormone, of course - melatonin. Best triggered by darkness, as days get longer, the brain produces less of this essential sleep hormone, and it, in turn, affects our usual sleep patterns. With later bedtimes and earlier risings some seasonal fatigue can be anticipated, but it doesn’t have to be ongoing. To adapt: consider sticking to a regular sleep/wake schedule, and use black-out blinds to prevent early light from sneaking in and waking you up. It helps, too, to keep the body cooler - maybe it’s time to switch out that winter comforter for a lighter quilt. Alternatively, when you wake up at 5:45 a.m. with the birds chirping, maybe it’s time to get up and seize the day.
…OR HOW ABOUT LOSING A LAYER?
When Sir Cadian’s canine mascot Bolita started shedding it was a reminder that we could do the same by removing those winter layers from our bodies. If you are in the mood for shedding a layer or wanting something new to take on your Spring Break, take a browse at our stylishly hard-working leisurewear Essentials.
WOMEN MAKE HISTORY
March is Women’s History Month - a great time to celebrate the contributions women have made to our world. Here are some of the women the Sir Cadian team considers inspiring: Karys: Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, philanthropist, and an inspiration for all female entrepreneurs. Beliza: Malala Yousafzai - Pakistani activist for female education and world's youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize. Ale: Mary Jackson - mathematician, aerospace engineer, and most famously NASA’s first black female engineer. Patrisha – Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist, and dedicated activist on behalf of wildlife and conservation. Laura - Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter who overcame her own physical challenges to create a body of work that through her depiction of self, and the world around her, made her one of the world’s most popular and recognizable artists. How about you? What woman through her accomplishments has inspired you?Thanks for reading! Have a great month!
Karys & Ale