Green Living Miscellaneous Natural Bedroom Organic Comfort Sleep Tips

Can’t Sleep?

Are you finding it difficult to fall asleep when the lights are finally turned out at night? 
Is it difficult to stay asleep for the entire period of the night?
Here are some easy tips that can help to ensure your quality and quantity of rest:

1. Turn down the lights!
     It can not be said enough that the amount of light reaching the retina can either
increase or decrease one's melatonin production which will determine a person's ability
to fall asleep quickly.
2. Avoid drugs such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
     While it may seem rather obvious as to why one must avoid such stimulants as caffeine 
and nicotine - because they are stimulants and they excite neural activity - the reason
behind why consuming alcohol before bed time may seem less clear. Because alcohol is a
depressant it works as an aid to SLOW neural activity and for many people it may help
in putting them to sleep; however, because alcohol is unnatural to the human body it will
disrupt one's internal biological clock and perhaps reset his or her sleep schedule.
In other words, we do not experience the basic sleep cycles while intoxicated as we would
sober. Also, drugs inhibit REM sleep, which is dream sleep, and in dreaming one's memory is
created to a certain degree and with these depressants a person is susceptible blacking
out and doing things they shouldn't then waking up without any recollection of it!

3. Create comforting pre-sleep routines
     As bedtime approaches a person may want to indulge in activities that sooth
brain activity. These activities will be as simple as reading a book, taking a
bath, and watching T.V. (though try to refrain from light emitting screens in
the ten minutes before sleep). Activities to avoid would be ones that involve
physical labor, and stress.


4. Assure a normal sleep schedule:
     In order for your body to rest easier it is imperative that one gets the same number
of hours of sleep per night and that they go to bed and wake up at particular times.
This is so that your body has time to wake up and get tired again all in a normal days cycle.

5. Exercise regularly:
     While exercising in the hour before sleep is not ideal - because is gets blood rushing
to all parts of one's body, making them feel alive - a good workout at some point during the
day would not go unrewarded. For one maintaining healthy habits such as these is good
practice, but also it fatigues your body, making a person more tired.

6. Manage shift work:
     What this means is only that if you are working the night shift multiple times
in a row you may be prone to sleep debt. Trying to work out your schedule so that you
are not losing so much sleep will be a good thing, but if this can not be done try to
create a dark atmosphere to your bedroom - dark curtains/shades, dark paint, low light,
and other things of that nature that can stimulate melatonin production in the brain.

     Finally we've reached our final tip and that is to assure that your body is
comfortable when trying to fall asleep. In the long winter months a thick wool comforter
will help in maintaining the appropriate body temperature with making a person sweat or
freeze to death. Sleeping on organic fibers such as cotton aid in natural comfort and
promotes deeper sleep, making it less likely for a person to awake in the middle of the night.

So there you have it, 7 tips that can help to eliminate stress and set your body back on track
to a natural sleep cycle - best of luck!


eric-SAT-picEric is currently a student and part-time team member for Norfolk, VA based business Organic Comfort Zone, manufacturers of CozyPure organic bedding and mattress. For more information visit or or call 757.480.8500.

Miscellaneous Sleep Tips

SLEEP: Brain Food for Students

If parents and students alike are curious about the effects of sleep on school performance, the answers are very clear. When a child – or an adult – does not get the proper amount of sleep then they are likely to do worse in overall achievements.

Many people use the term “brain food” when referring to meals or snacks that they enjoy during studying or other activities. However, while food is very important for the brain to function, and other parts of the body, it is imperative to get the rest that your body deserves. The food that out brain craves most is SLEEP!

The average teen needs about nine and a quarter hours of sleep each night to function at their highest level and many of them do not get it. In a recent study only 15% of teens attending school get the proper amount of rest needed. Going without a sufficient amount of sleep can influence a child’s mood in and out of the classroom. When a child wants to learn it will show and when a student is fantasizing about sleep in the middle of a chemistry class than they are more likely to spill the chemicals all over the place, or blow up the building than a student who has endured the proper amount of rest and is awake and ready to take on the world one chemistry experiment at a time. Now, while this example may seem a little extreme it does not deter from the fact that students grades are likely to suffer because of the lack of shuteye they may get throughout the week.


While these apprehensions about school performance are important what is most alarming is the quality of life of these students who do not meet an acceptable range of sleep each night. Many think that they can simply ‘catch up’ on overdue sleep when the weekend arrives and their assumptions are faulty because one is not sticking true to their internal biological clock that tells them when and when they should not be sleeping. The decrease in ambition and sound mind is even more prevalent in those involved in sports!

Athletes should be receiving the most sleep out of the student body and yet they are typically the ones that get the least. This is because sports programs tend to run into the evening and after all is said and done in that aspect of a students life they may struggle for many hours into the night on homework assignments that vary by the level of classes that they take. On the weekends these athletes are usually expected to rise and shine before the sun does and this can be hard on the persons physical and mental capabilities.

When a student is being awakened in the middle of a sleep cycle they tend to be more groggy and less open minded about the day ahead of them. This attitude follows them through their classes, their athletics, their jobs, and any other activities that they are accustomed to. Although many factors that contribute to this phenomena are somewhat social, a great deal are primarily biological.

Light can factor into the equation because when a body is surrounded by light the body knows not to produce a substantial amount of melatonin (Which is a key chemical produced by the brain that makes the body drowsy), this is due to the fact that in general our body’s are awake when the sun is shining and at rest when it is not. A good way to treat this is to TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!

Teens all over the world can take simple steps such as the one listed at the end of the previous paragraph. Others can include prioritizing sleep over social habits such as going onto Facebook or staying up late texting (when we are exposed to light-emitting screens we tend to feel less drowsy.) Perhaps taking a night off of your sports activities can help you get ahead on schoolwork that might have otherwise been put off because of athletics. This way you will be able to manage both your sports and studies for the rest of the week. School systems can do their part in assuring their students rest which would ultimately increase over passing rates for the school.

In a recent study it was shown that schools who had switched their start time from 7:15 to 8:40 reported a higher attendance rate and less students sleeping in class. Another statistic shown in this study was that the student depression rate went down! Is depression not something that teens especially must be careful about – what with all of their hormones raging inside of them all of the time!

These are all plausible ways to increase a students hours of rest, the best thing to do is to maintain a consistent bed time. With a persistent and rational sleep schedule your body will learn to adapt to everything else that it must endure throughout the day and the feelings of drowsiness and fatigue may not completely fade away, however, you will find that this will benefit your mood and behavior in many aspects of your life and your body and mind alike will thank you for it. Give it a try – it can’t hurt!

eric-SAT-picEric is currently a student and part-time team member for Norfolk, VA based business Organic Comfort Zone, manufacturers of CozyPure organic bedding and mattress. For more information visit or or call 757.480.8500.


Environment Green Living Miscellaneous

Happy Birthday Agatha!

Happy Birthday Agatha!!!

For those of you who are not familiar with the above mentioned, let me take a second to guide you to the wonder that is: Agatha Hahn.

She was not always big and strong, like many others of her kind she started small and unrecognizable compared to the woman that she has grown to be. She has survived twenty odd years – battling the fierce cold of the winter months and enjoying the stifling humidity of the hot summer months (because here in Hampton Roads there is no in-between) – and has grown to embody what we all wish to be: well-balanced, strong, unchanging, and vibrant. With every gust of wind she sways slightly, and with every drop of sun she reaches toward the sky for a warm embrace. She is content in her solid roots, and she is smiling as the rain washes away her grime and nurtures her elegance.

What is she? You might ask at this point. Well she could be nothing other than…a PLANT! That’s right, Agatha is our familial plant that has overseen our company since the beginning. She has not only taken deep roots in our business family, but she has also been happy to grow with us – in our show room, in our backyard, in the sunshine, in the cold – and through thick and thin she has never left us (how could she?).

Not only has Agatha been there for us since the beginning she embodies everything that we aim for here at the Organic Comfort Zone. She is strong but compliant with the wishes of the wind (as we are with our consumers, if you want Extra fill in your pillow, we’ll hook you right up!), she is also Eco-friendly and a firm advocate of green living (no really, just look at her!). She is a mighty woman who is firmly rooted in the idea of getting down and dirty when the time comes (get it?), and most of all she provides a sense of comfort in an almost enigmatic way – like the grandmother who keeps on fighting.

Once we had left her out in the cold and when we thought she was on the edge of death we took her in and covered her in organic CozyPure blankets and showered her with love and encouragement. With nothing but her browning buds and her wits left, she pulled through and proved to us all that even in our darkest moments if there is a will to fight on there is a way. She also showed us not to mess with her again and claimed her place in the household as a true heroine of fate and standing over six foot four feet tall she has risen to the occasion of providing warmth and comfort more than once.

So happy birthday Agatha and congratulations on making it thus far with us, you are a real trooper and even on our dark days you cheer us up with your vivid leaves of green and branches of gold. You keep our chins up, reminding us that the sun will come out tomorrow – and you should know, because without it you would shrivel up.



The OCZ family!


eric-SAT-picEric is currently a student and part-time team member for Norfolk, VA based business Organic Comfort Zone, manufacturers of CozyPure organic bedding and mattress. For more information visit or or call 757.480.8500.