Good night, sleep tight – in organic cotton
Sleep is important for all of us, and particularly vital for children. Bodies and brains need rest to rejuvenate and grow. But it isn’t always easy to achieve.
Children are constantly busy. They run gleefully between play and learning, from piano to swimming, always chattering and leaping about. Some of us grow out of this energetic lifestyle, and others don’t!
"I’m always on the go. I love doing things until I hit rock bottom. Then I need my 12 hours of sleep, and I’m on the go again."
~ Maria Sharapova
We all know what life is like the day after a bad night’s sleep. Grumpy, groggy and irritable, we find it hard to concentrate and productivity escapes us. This is no different for our children, and where we might resort to caffeinated drinks the kids have to muddle through the day sleepy and confused.
Good sleep helps our immune system – we tend to fight off more illness if we sleep more – that’s why having a cold seems to wipe us out. Children who have slept well perform better at school with more concentration and so they learn a great deal more. Children need at least 11 hours sleep a night– even up to the age of 12.
This is easier said than done, and as we know all children are not the same. My own children are completely different. One could easily sleep 11 hours or more if I let her, and the other fights sleep every night. It feels like her brain is on full alert all the time and it takes her a long time to slow down in the evenings. This isn’t a learned habit - she was born this way! She slept for just 20 minutes at a time for the first 18 months of life. I read every self help book I could get my hands on, and have tried everything. To help her sleep I have learnt that the basics are important. I hate to say it but we have to have a routine: bath, story, bed. Lying in bed for a story and then snuggling up in the dark before you drop off helps me to sleep too.
With your children spending so many hours of each day in bed, their sleep environment is important. Many of us prefer to dress the bed in natural fabrics rather than synthetic blends, which means choosing cotton. But not all cotton is the same. It is one of the world’s dirtiest crops, yet cotton is one of the most widely offered choice for kids’ clothes. But with care, we can seek out organic traceable cotton products.
Only 1% of the world’s cotton is organically produced. Regular cotton production uses insecticides and pesticides but the growers of organic cotton, and their families, are safe from the toxic chemicals running through their fields, food and water supply. The soil is replenished and maintained through crop rotation and the cotton is primarily rain fed (using less water). Because organic cotton is hand-picked, the softness of the fibre remains intact and the fibres have not been broken down or weakened by pesticides. This makes organic cotton softer and more hard wearing/durable. Free of harsh chemicals, waxes and formaldehydes, organic cotton can be softer and gentler on sensitive skin.Our skin is incredibly absorbent, and most skin allergies are caused by chemical exposure.
All iameko products are produced using organic cotton, chemical free dyes and ethical manufacturing processes. Because you have to be able to sleep at night.