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    6 Ways To Help Your Baby Sleep Better

    6 Ways To Help Your Baby Sleep Better

    There is nothing in this world that takes away the joys of having a newborn baby. But while the newest addition to the family is a blessing, the difficulties in getting your baby to sleep can be frustrating. Staying up all night making sure your baby is falling asleep can impact your own health. It is extremely important to arm yourself with key infant sleep facts, develop a plan, implement it and stick to it. Before you know it, your baby will be sleeping 11–12 hours at night and taking proper naps throughout the day and you’ll regain your energy and be back to full strength!

    1. Understand how a baby sleeps

    You may think that keeping a baby awake longer will allow them to fall asleep quicker when bedtime comes. In fact, the opposite is true. The more a baby sleeps, the more they will sleep. Keeping a baby awake in hopes of tiring him out will only result in over-stimulation and lead to the baby to have more difficulty falling asleep later.

    2. Follow a cycle

    Get your baby into a cycle throughout the day. The baby immediately eats after waking up from sleep. Then the baby is awake for a while to play and roam around freely, then the baby goes back to sleep. Repeat. Implementing this cycle is multi-purpose. Babies have the most energy immediately after waking up and therefore making them more inclined to take a full feeding. By feeding your baby after sleep instead of before, it disassociates eating with sleeping. When using this cycle, a feeding before bedtime is typically only feeding before sleep.

     

    3. Give your baby time

    The sound of your baby crying in the middle of the night is usually a signal to go check on them. This may inadvertently encourage bad sleeping habits as often times, a baby wakes up babbles, and goes back to sleep. This is normal sleeping behavior which could be disrupted if you intervene too soon. Give your baby a chance to readjust and go back to sleep by himself.

    4. Play light sounds

    Even the slightest noise can wake your baby up in the middle of the night. It is difficult to create a completely silent environment and therefore it can help to play a neutral sound that would cancel all others. A fan is a good option, however, it is important to ensure that the fan is pointing away from your baby to avoid the brisk chill it sends off. You can also use a white-noise machine or download an MP3 version of the sound and play it through the night. In time, the sound becomes a sleep association, cueing your baby to relax and go to sleep when the sound is played.

     

    5. Nighttime is for sleeping

    The sounds of distress may have you rushing into the room only to find your baby moving around, ready to play. This is even more likely if your baby is going through a developmental growth spurt like learning to crawl. At the end of the day, your baby is only human, and like all humans, when you learn a new skill, you’re eager to practice. It is important to reinforce the fact that nighttime is not the time to play. If your baby is chatting and making noises, ignore them. The goal is to let them entertain themselves until they’re ready to go back to sleep.

    6. Stop nursing throughout the night

    Feeding your baby in the middle of the night isn’t the only way to get them to go back to sleep. It may feel like sometimes nursing is necessary to get your baby to go back to sleep, but in fact, 90 percent of 6-month-olds can sleep through the night without snacking. Once you get the green light from your paediatrician to crease night feedings, you can slowly reduce them.

    Bonus Tip: Your crib sheets matter!

    Believe it or not, your baby does feel the difference in the comfort of the bedding they’re sleeping on. A soft, comfortable sheet can make a difference in your baby’s sleep experience. On top of being more comfortable than cotton, a sheet with bamboo properties have natural antibacterial agents, are produced with fewer toxins, and absorb and evaporate humidity. Kyoto Threads is launching a Kickstarter Campaign at the end of October to help launch our Plant-Based Bamboo Bed Sheets. These innovative bed sheets will also be available as crib sheets. Support our Kickstarter campaign by keeping in touch here.

     

    Are our dreams slowly putting the Earth to sleep?

    Are our dreams slowly putting the Earth to sleep?

    Wait. Don’t think or answer this question just yet. Instead, consider these ones: Do you know what your bed sheets are made of? And, have you ever wondered how the fabric might be rocking you to sleep, while it is slowly bringing our Earth into a deep, deep sleep?

    Your choice of bed sheets affects the longevity of the Earth. It works against sustainability. It dehumanizes children through forced labor. It kills the Earth.

    But at the end of a long tiring day, when work, parenting, thinking, and being-on-the-go is over, who wants to think about how their choice of bed sheets matters for a more sustainable Earth?

    The truth of the matter is that if we really care for a sustainable world, we ought to care about what we sleep in.

    Cotton is no sweet candy

    Chances are that your bed sheets are made from cotton. That’s because cotton is the leading crop for most fabrics. Cotton is a soft fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, but although it sounds as delightful as cotton candy, cotton is actually a villain in the world of crops.

    Not only is cotton unsustainable, but it also toxic to humans lives.

    And before you light the bulb in your head and think of how organic cotton might be different, let me enlighten you by saying that unlike food, textile products do not need to be certified organic to be claimed as such. Organic cotton might, in other words, be a fallacy, which we call greenwashing.

    But let’s just stick to cotton in general. It’s a sad story, really. Amongst all agricultural commodities, cotton uses the largest amounts of water! In fact, to produce one bed sheet, cotton needs 2,700 liters of water. Can you imagine?

    Well, get this: cotton exhausts the soil due to its environmentally unsustainable production methods. Cotton uses 25% of the world’s pesticides and 7% of all fertilizers. As if this was not enough damage, one to three percent of cotton workers suffer acute poisoning from the chemicals used on cotton crops. And, you spend one-third of your day sleeping. How might the residues of pesticides affect you?

    Cotton is a sticky problem, and when you fall exhausted on your bed, you deserve not only comfort, but a clean, dreamy consciousness…you could be sleeping in better sheets while sending green dreams into the night for a more sustainable home sweet home: Planet Earth.

    And so Bamboo grew

    And has always been growing. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing natural resources on the planet, capacious of growing up to one yard a day. Remember when Hiroshima was bombed? Bamboo was the first plant to grow back: It greened the land.

    You see, bamboo sprouts new stems as soon as it is harvested. This means that natural ecosystems are not threatened, and so right there, bamboo is a better plant to produce bedsheets. And although weaving bamboo into bed sheets might at a first glance highlight bamboo’s external value, bamboo is much more than a commodity.

    Bamboo roots absorb greenhouse gases and transform them into green growth. It is water-friendly, requiring 200 times less water than cotton, and producing not just one bed sheet, but one pound of fabric.

    So far so good?

    I’ll address two potential burst-bubbles against bamboo sustainability right now: Bamboo’s chemical and dying processes. Whoever thought that good things would come easily was wrong… but let me assure you, Bamboo bed sheet production has a happy ending.

    Actually, if it has a happy ending, it is because Kyoto Threads has battled for the production of bamboo sheets 100% sustainable and green, and against chemical processes that could make the production process a bit green-less.

    Go big or go home, right?

    Kyoto’s Threads: 100% sustainable

    Kyoto Threads makes bamboo bed-sheets that are 100% sustainable. It overcame the challenges of chemical and dying processes. How?

    Let’s back up a little bit. I’ll share a very general description of how bamboo is manufactured into bed-sheets.

    When bamboo is harvested, it needs to be crushed, fabricated, and then weaved. But the weaving of most bamboo sheets is done with a Rayon method where there are about thirteen toxic chemical solvents. It then needs to be dyed, otherwise, you would have only white bed-sheets. Colourful bed-sheets are pretty, but guess what… most dying processes require using more chemicals.

    Kyoto Threads dislikes that not only for the green-less implications it has on Earth but also for the non-toxic comfort that any other bed-sheets fail to offer you.

    And so, it innovated.

    Instead of weaving bamboo with a rayon method, it does so with lyocell, a non-toxic solvent that is 100% recyclable and reusable. And, instead of dying with chemicals, it uses a natural plant that is entirely non-toxic AND gentle for the skin.

    In fact, this dying method originates from traditional Asian medicine plants and supports the skin’s protective shell characteristics, in addition to balancing the body’s temperature.

    Green for the Earth, Green for you, Green for everyone.

    So, let me drill you with the same question I asked at the very beginning of this text: Are our dreams slowly putting the Earth to sleep?

    But let me also offer you consolation and support by reminding you that Kyoto Threads can help you make transformative changes.

    Remember Kyoto’s protocol in 1992? It set out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the world. You don’t really need me to remind you how delicate our environmental situation has gotten, and we could talk politics and make this a whole lot more complicated and frustrating. But the point is to make transformative choices.

    Become-with Kyoto’s threads for a green(er) Earth

    When you choose Kyoto’s threads, you are making the choice of becoming-with nature. At night, you can let yourself fall in a comfortable skin-friendly bed and know that what you are really enjoying is the touch of nature on your skin.

    We need not a greener Earth, but a green Earth. And so, if we care really for a sustainable world, we ought to care about what we sleep in.

    Kyoto Threads is on a mission to create the world’s most sustainable bed sheet and we need YOUR help making this all happen with our Kickstarter campaign launching soon. Find out more and stay up to date on our project here. Just by subscribing to our email list you’ll automatically be entered to win a free set of our innovative sheets!

     

     

    6 reasons why bamboo is better than cotton

    6 reasons why bamboo is better than cotton

    You may think of bamboo as that cool looking plant that grows larger in parts of Asia. What you may not know about Bamboo is that it offers a wide variety of applications from construction materials and textiles to musical instruments and of course, linen. It seems somewhat counterintuitive that on one hand bamboo can be used as a solid material in the construction of homes but on the other hand can be turned into a soft, silky fabric that you rest your head on at night. Not only does bamboo offer a more comfortable fabric over cotton, there are also significant environmental reasons for favoring bamboo in the making of bed sheets. Let’s explore.

    Bamboo consumes less water

    The process of growing bamboo versus growing cotton is much less water intensive. Bamboo requires one-third the amount of water to grow than is necessary for cotton. Bamboo has always been a self-sufficient crop that needs no irrigation and uses water much more efficiently than cotton and other trees. In fact, while bamboo uses only 12 gallons of water to produce one pound of fabric, cotton requires over 200 times more.

     

     

    Bamboo is a self-replenishing resource

    One of the magical qualities of bamboo is that it rarely, if ever, needs replanting. The plant will almost miraculously sprout on its own with one acre of bamboo yielding 10 times more than one acre of cotton. Cotton requires heavy amounts of harvesting and re-planting each year which can be incredibly labor intensive. When Japan’s Hiroshima was bombed, Bamboo was the first plant to grow back, bringing green back to the land.

    Bamboo grows at incredible speeds

    Bamboo sticks actually grow incredibly fast. Certain species of bamboo can grow 91 cm (3 feet) within a 24-hour period, a rate of almost 4 cm per hour. The rapid growth of bamboo allows the plant to be fully harvestable within 3–4 years all while replenishing the crop on its own. Stare at plant long enough and you may be able to notice it growing right in front of your own eyes!

     

    Bamboo consumes fewer chemicals

    As a result of bamboo’s efficiency in replenishing itself and its rapid growth speed, the plant hardly needs any pesticides or fertilizers to grow. In fact, the roots pull in sunlight and greenhouse gases and convert them into new green growth. Pesticides and fertilizers are used in the production of cotton with 25% of the world’s pesticides and 7% of the world’s fertilizers coming from cotton alone. Cotton may also experience more crop waste where bamboo is naturally resistant to insects or infecting pathogens.

    Bamboo is softer

    Although bamboo is used as a building material and as a higher specific compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete, it can actually be woven into one of the world’s softest fabric. Viscose from bamboo has been compared to some of the most luxurious fabrics like silk and Egyptian cotton but costs much less. Not only is the fabric softer than cotton, but it is also hypo-allergenic and can be worn by anyone without allergic reactions or skin irritation.

    Bamboo is more absorbent, clean, and breathable

    Whether you use bamboo clothing or bamboo bed sheets, your body emits moisture and sweat onto the fabric. Nothing is more annoying (or distasteful) than lying damp sheets. Bamboo can take in three times more water than its weight and is 40% more absorbent than even the finest organic cotton, wicking moisture away from the skin much faster and keep you dry and comfortable. Bamboo also contains a useful antimicrobial property called “Bamboo Kun”. This natural antimicrobial bio-agent helps reduce bacteria that thrive on materials and on the human skin. These amazing characteristics help regulate your body temperature, helping you stay cooler, drier, and cleaner at night and creating an exceptional sleeping experience.

    Now that you’re aware of all the wonderful qualities of bamboo, could you ever imagine going back to sleeping on cotton? At Kyoto Threads, we're working on developing an innovative bed sheet made out of bamboo and dyed using a natural plant-based dyeing process. Keep up to date with our campaign by subscribing here, as a bonus, by signing up you'll automatically be entered to win a free set of sheets!

     

     

    5 crazy places people have tried to sleep

    5 crazy places people have tried to sleep

    Have you ever been so tired you just couldn’t keep your eyes open and just drifted into a deep, peaceful sleep right there on the spot? Who am I kidding, we’ve all been there! Whether it be caused by a heavy workload, the stress of a school year or the result of uncomfortable bed sheets (although we have a fix for that), the burden of our everyday lives can leave us feeling sleep deprived, and as a result, can impact our health and daily productivity. So when it comes to snoozing, you’d be surprised at the places people have tried, although sometimes unsuccessfully, to sleep. While we all love cozying up in our bed, when it is out of reach we have to settle for some unusual places.

    On the job

    Maybe the most common one (or maybe that’s just me). When things get busy at work and you have to put in those long hours, it can get hard to keep your eyes open at your desk. Next thing you know your boss is tapping you on your shoulder looking for some answers. All you people that work from home, be honest, you’ve snuck in a quick afternoon nap here and there.

     

    Public transit

    It’s tempting to take advantage of your long commute to work to sneak in a quick snooze. You’ll probably wake up full of pain in your neck and back (damn those train seats) but it does feel good. Be careful though, you may the subject of pictures from strangers if you pass out in an awkward position like this guy did.

     

    Doctor’s Office

    The doctor’s have it coming for them, no? They make us wait an absurd amount of time in relatively quiet and warm waiting rooms making you all nice and drowsy. Then they call you and ask you to wait in their office fully equipped with a bed (ok, maybe it’s not exactly a bed). How can you turn down that opportunity to doze off? Baring the awkward encounter upon the doctor’s arrival into the office, it may not be such a crazy place to sleep.

    Toilets

    Yep, toilets. If it hasn’t happened to you (I hope it hasn’t), I’m sure you know someone it has happened to. The only thing worse than falling asleep on the toilet is getting caught falling asleep on the toilet, pants around your ankles, bent over in prone position, drooling all over your thighs. Thankfully pictures can always be deleted from Facebook.

    Benches

    Homeless people aren’t the only ones that take advantage of these conveniently located make-shift beds. When the sun’s beaming down on a beautiful day and you’ve yet to have your morning coffee, the park bench becomes a little hard to resist.

    Getting a good night’s sleep can be tough, however, not if you have a comfy set of sheets to rest on. Kyoto Threads is on a mission to create the world’s most sustainable bed sheet!

    Using bamboo as a raw material, a lyocell fiber, and plant-based dying process, our bed sheets offer a luxurious and silky feel while maintaining a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach. They’re really the first of their kind!

    We need YOUR help making this all happen with our Kickstarter campaign launching soon. Find out more and stay up to date on our project here.

    PS. by subscribing to our email list, you’ll automatically be entered to win a FREE set of our incredible sheets!

     

    6 tips for a better night's sleep

    6 tips for a better night's sleep

    We’ve all been there. Tossing and turning, eyes wide open, constantly staring at the clock counting down the hours till your alarm goes off, wishing you could just doze off into a blissful, peaceful sleep. You employ every trick in the books; count sheep, recall your day hour by hour, run through situations in your head that will probably never happen, but none of it works. Eventually, you wake up in the morning feeling hazy, clouded, and far from refreshed. Not getting a good night’s rest can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, and diabetes among others. The good news is, there are measures you can take to ensure you rest well, and lead a more productive and healthier lifestyle.

    1. Stick To a Regular Sleeping Pattern

    Our bodies love routine. Going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning will help you set your internal biological clock. Try to keep a regular bedtime (within 15 minutes) and wake up time on a daily basis. Soon enough, your body will naturally start to feel tired at that time of night and naturally wake up just prior to your alarm going off. Once you disrupt your sleep cycle, it can take several days for your body to get back on track.

    2. Disconnect At Least One Hour Before Bed

    From everything. Your smartphone, tablet, laptop, tv, smartwatch, computer, VR headset, game console…anything I’ve missed? This is critical for a proper rest. The blue light from your devices blocks melatonin production, leading to a poor night’s sleep. Turn your devices on do not disturb while you sleep so they don’t light up throughout the night and keep your electronics far away from your bed. Blue wavelengths boost attention, reaction times, and mood, but they are the most disruptive at night, even without you noticing them, according to the Harvard Medical School.

    3. Limit Caffeine, Alcohol, and Other Beverages

    It’s difficult to say how long before going to sleep should you stop drinking caffeine because it affects everyone differently, but it’s something everyone should experiment with. If you have trouble sleeping one night, take a mental note of when your last cup of joe was. As a general rule of thumb, it is best to avoid caffeine 4–5 hours before bedtime. A glass of wine before bed may initially produce drowsiness but after a few hours it disrupts sleep cycle and may prevent deep REM. It also may be smart to avoid drinking other beverages, because, you know, there’s nothing worse than your body waking you up to send you to the washroom in the middle of the night.

    4. Read

    Yep, read. Before bed, in the morning, on the bus…reading is good for you! And it’s especially helpful when trying to fall asleep. Reading a book will help you feel calm, take your mind off of the hectic day you just had and relieve tension. Don’t use your tablet to read (see number 2 for why), pick up a physical copy of the latest bestseller. A couple pages in and you’ll notice your eyes starting to feel heavy and head bobbing back and forth. Added bonus: reading has a ton of other health benefits!

    5. Stay Active During the Day

    Break up your day by stepping outside and getting some natural light whenever possible. Natural daylight stimulates the body’s production of melatonin. This substance helps promote sleep and also acts as a preventative factor in the development of breast cancer. Be productive during the day, work hard, and get plenty of exercises. When put on your PJs at night and jump in bed, you’ll feel tired but accomplished and you’ll be out like a lamp.

    6. Avoid Long Naps

    Sure the trusted 20-minute power nap can always be counted on to give you that extra boost you need throughout the day. But even short naps tend to severely disrupt your sleep cycle and can be enough to keep you up all night. If must nap, try to keep it under 20 minutes and do so before 5 pm, otherwise you’ll have difficulty getting sleep at bedtime.

    Bonus Tip: Buy Amazing Bed Sheets

    Really. An investment into a high-quality pair of bedsheets will make all the difference in your sleep quality. You spend a third of your life sleeping, might as well make sure you fall into the most comfortable bed sheets when your tired body hits the sack at night. At Kyoto Threads, we're working on developing an innovative bed sheet made out of bamboo and dyed using a natural plant-based dyeing process. Keep up to date with our campaign by subscribing here, as a bonus, by signing up you'll automatically be entered to win a free set of sheets!