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6 Tricks to Guarantee the Best Sleep of Your Entire Life

19 May

Night time never seems long enough. Try these 7 tips to help you have the best sleep of your life.

Far too many of us have known the desperation of lying awake at night, knowing morning will come far too soon, starting a day of exhaustion. But there are steps to take to minimize the likelihood of tossing and turning and even allow you to wake refreshed and energized. Here are seven tips for getting the best sleep of your life.

Ban Blue Light

It may be tempting to catch up on your favorite show, a funny video or Facebook as you wind down, but the blue light from your phone may be causing more harm than you think. According to Web MD, those “short waves of blue light may interfere with sleep.” Turn off the TV, computer, or anything else that emits blue light an hour before going to sleep or you may compromise your sleep altogether.

Stick to a Sleep Schedule

Do you look forward to a nice weekend sleep-in? The Mayo Clinic doesn’t think that’s such a good idea. “Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.”

Exercise

Getting regular exercise during the day makes for a better night. Just don’t try working out right before you go to bed, or you might be too energized to go to sleep.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

If you drink anything containing caffeine, limit it to earlier in the day. Even eating chocolate in the evening can disrupt sleep. While a little warm milk may help you doze off, hot chocolate has a counter effect. According to WebMD, a light evening snack of complex carbs and dairy help induce sleep.

Take Some Time to Wind Down Properly

A bedtime routine isn’t just a good idea for kids, the National Sleep Foundation recommends a bedtime ritual for adults, as well. A nice ritual such as reading, taking a warm bath, listening to soft music or meditating helps separate sleep time from the activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety and brings closure to your day.

Evaluate Your Room

You may be a big fan of design and colors in your bedroom, but it’s best to design your room around what your body needs to sleep comfortably. Sleep.org recommends setting the thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees and removing outside noises that may disrupt your sleep. A pillow for your knees may help reduce lower back pain, and finding the right pillow and sheets that are soft and comfortable, even hypoallergenic can make all the difference.

Cariloha believes everyone deserves a little luxury and comfort — even when you’re asleep. Visit Cariloha.com to discover other ways Cariloha can help you sleep at night and make you feel like you are literally sleeping on clouds.

Embrace Your Inner Yogi with Bamboo Fit

8 May

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Bamboo Fit is a unique range of yoga apparel including pants, tank tops, sports bras, jackets, and V-neck tops. Each garment is carefully created using bamboo, a material with special qualities that’s ideally suited for this type of exercise. Read on to discover why Bamboo Fit can help you discover your inner yogi.

Apparel is Naturally Soft

The first thing that most consumers notice about clothing made from bamboo is how incredibly soft it feels. Many people say it’s similar to the way that cashmere or silk feels against their skin. That’s because bamboo fibers have a naturally rounded surface, so they’re not abrasive to the touch. It makes bamboo garments incredibly comfortable to wear, especially for people who have sensitive skin and allergies.

Wick Moisture Away

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Fabric made from bamboo is naturally absorbent, so it’s the ideal material for yoga clothes. Whenever you start sweating, from a big workout or the heat of a Bikram class, the material of your Bamboo Fit clothes will wick away the extra moisture from your skin. This natural benefit will make you feel much fresher while you’re working out.

Products Feel Comfortable All Year Round

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The unique properties of bamboo make this material ideal for year round yoga practice. The cloth has miniscule spaces in the weave that allow it to breathe. This means you’ll feel cooler when you wear it, even when your Bikram instructor turns up the heat. On the flipside, bamboo is an excellent insulator so you’ll feel cozy wearing your Bamboo Fit clothes even during a winter yoga session.

UV Resistant

Yoga classes on the beach are no problem either when you’re wearing Bamboo Fit apparel. Bamboo has been proven to block around 98 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Along with your sunscreen, bamboo will give you an extra layer of protection when you’re exercising outdoors.

Naturally Odor Resistant

The bamboo plant features a natural odor-resistant and hypoallergenic agent known as bamboo kun. These properties of the plant’s fibers are found to be present in bamboo clothing and accessories, so your Bamboo Fit clothes won’t grow nasty odors or attract unwanted allergens. That should give you extra peace of mind if you’re prone to leaving your gym clothes in your duffle bag after your yoga session.

Garments are Eco-Friendly

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Yoga’s become a popular way to relieve stress and stay in shape, but this ancient art holds a deeper meaning that connects practitioners to nature. As they adopt the poses of animals and trees, and salute to the moon and sun, yogis find themselves reconnecting with the natural world. So it makes sense to invest in yoga apparel which works in harmony with the planet.

Bamboo canes can grow one meter every day, so harvesting it is a very sustainable practice. Its roots retain water and hold the soil together, so its presence actually improves the Earth. This contrasts with cotton, whose plants are destroyed during harvest, leaving the soil vulnerable to erosion and water run-off.

Bamboo also doesn’t need a lot of water to grow. Most of the world’s bamboo plantations get all they require from natural rainfall. Compare that to a cotton plantation, which can require up to 20,000 liters of water to cultivate just a kilogram of fabric.

If you hate chemicals, you will love bamboo. This crop doesn’t attract pests or diseases, so farmers don’t need to resort to nasty sprays. In contrast, cotton farming uses 10 percent of the world’s pesticides and a quarter of its insecticides.

Whether you’re a yoga novice or a seasoned yogi, Bamboo Fit apparel can help you work out in comfort and style.

Resources:

http://balance.chakrahealingsounds.com/eco-friendly-yoga-clothing-organic-bamboo-fabric/

http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/9-things-you-need-know-about-bikram-yoga

http://www.cariloha.com/womens/bamboo-fit.html

http://life.gaiam.com/article/whats-meaning-behind-your-favorite-yoga-pose

http://www.undressrunways.com/news/2014/8/18/bamboo-clothing-assessing-its-eco-credentials

Sleeping in Bamboo Sheets, Blankets is Simply Divine Experience

1 May

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Cariloha’s irresistibly soft bamboo blankets (available in knit and plush) and bamboo sheets (available in Cal King, King, Queen, Full, Twin and Split-King sizes) are part of a growing movement to live a lifestyle of natural luxury in your own home. Bamboo bed sheets provide the perfect solution for all your household bedding needs. Everyone can enjoy a softer, comfier night’s sleep.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Read what this unbiased review has to say about Cariloha bamboo blankets and bamboo sheets and decide for yourself.

Cariloha Bamboo Sheets & Blanket Review
By Powered by Mom

In my home, Cariloha bamboo products are an absolute favorite – whether it’s their clothes, towels or bedding. My daughter had been hinting that she’d like some bamboo sheets and a blanket like I had on my bed. Lucky for her, we received some just in time to enjoy for spring and they’re great for gifts any time of year. Instead of chocolate, give super soft bamboo clothes, blankets, sheets and more!

My daughter received Cariloha’s newest version of the awesome bamboo throw blanket. Now, at first, hers looks just like mine, but I soon discovered that they had actually improved this blanket. I didn’t think that was possible as I already thought it was a fabulous blanket! While mine has the super-soft, fluffy bamboo on the one side, the other side is a flat material. While still comfy and soft, they did improve upon it.

The new version has the soft and fluffy material on both sides. On one side, it’s a shorter pile but none the less it’s the same, so you can use either side of the blanket. My daughter was in heaven as she always tries to steal mine, and I didn’t like to give it up.

The Cariloha Bamboo Blanket is a perfect length to go on her twin size bed. She didn’t want to come out of the super soft coziness of the blanket, not to mention the bamboo sheets underneath.

I don’t blame her for not wanting to get out of the bed. Between her blanket and her bamboo sheets, which feel like silk, it’s simply divine to stay in bed. Now, the sheets do wrinkle quite easily, but for me that doesn’t matter. We don’t want anything but bamboo sheets, as they live up to the saying that they’re crazy-soft sheets, and they’re moisture wicking and have anti-odor properties, too! Not only that, bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource as well!

Read Powered by Mom’s entire review of Cariloha’s bamboo blankets and bed sheets here.

Sleep Better in Bamboo Sheets

10 Apr

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It’s no secret a good night’s sleep is essential to your physical health and sense of well-being. It improves your ability to think on your feet, learn new skills, and get along with others. If you aren’t sleeping well, your life suffers. Bamboo sheets solve a multitude of sleeping problems. Whether you suffer from hot flashes, hate the scratchy feel of cotton-blend fabrics, or worry about more sustainable textiles, you’ll sleep better in bamboo sheets. Here are some of the advantages bamboo sheets have to offer.

Indescribably Soft

Bamboo textiles have a sheen that rivals silk, and a hand feel that compares to cashmere. Bamboo viscose fabrics get softer with every wash, and they resist unsightly and uncomfortable pilling that interfere with deep sleep. Most bamboo sheets have a 300 to 400 bamboo thread count, which actually exceeds the softness and comfort of 1,000-count Egyptian cotton sheets.

Great for Thermal Regulation

Bamboo sheets wick away moisture better than other natural fabrics. If you are a hot sleeper or in the throes of menopausal night sweats, you’ll love the way bamboo sheets keep you comfortable. Bamboo plants are highly water-absorbent; they can absorb three times their weight in water. Bamboo sheets share that quality, easily wicking away sweat for quick evaporation to keep you cool. Bamboo also has incredible insulating properties, so you stay warm in winter and cool in summer.

Repels Odor

Textiles made from bamboo fibers are naturally resistant to odors that cause sheets to smell bad in warm weather. “Bamboo kun” is a naturally occurring substance in bamboo sheets; it is odor-resistant and anti-fungal, even after frequent washings. Unlike cotton sheets that absorb and retain odors from sweat and other bodily fluids, bamboo sheets stay fresh and odor-free between washings.

Naturally Anti-Allergenic

Those with allergies and sensitive skin have several choices in bedding materials, but most anti-allergenic sheets are treated with chemicals to reduce allergic reactions. Bamboo sheets are naturally anti-allergenic; in addition, bamboo plants require virtually no pesticides or harmful chemicals during the growth process, further reducing the potential for sensitivity. Bamboo textiles also require far less dye than their cotton counterparts, meaning that bamboo sheets require far fewer non-organic and earth-friendly components.

Move with You

Bamboo’s incredible lightness and softness make it a perfect choice for comfortable bedding textiles. Unlike stiffer cottons and synthetic rayon fabrics, bamboo sheets move with you as you shift positions during the night. Most people change their sleep positions more than five times each night; bamboo sheets don’t restrict your body’s natural movements during sleep. Their unique draping characteristics let them easily move with you, letting you stay asleep no matter how many times you change positions during the night.

Good for the Environment

Bamboo is highly sustainable. Some strains of bamboo grow at an astonishing rate of 12 to 24 inches per day, and they require no fertilizers, pesticides, or even irrigation to sustain their miraculous growth. Bamboo regenerates itself, growing back to its full size and glory after being harvested without needing to be replanted.

Cotton, on the other hand, accounts for 10 percent of all the agricultural chemical use worldwide. And cotton is water-hungry: It takes over 5,200 gallons of water to produce enough cotton for just one pair of jeans and one T-shirt.

Bamboo is also biodegradable. Discarded bamboo sheets and textiles won’t languish in landfills taking years to decompose like synthetic fabrics. Bamboo sheets are natural and organic and decompose like other organic plant matter and don’t release harmful gases into the environment.

If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, consider switching to soft, breathable, and environmentally friendly bamboo sheets.

Resources:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

http://www.moneypit.com/article/high-quality-bedding-egyptian-cotton-bamboo-or-silk

http://thegreenlivingcenter.com/node/137

http://www.thesleepcenteraz.com/movement.html

http://www.moneypit.com/article/high-quality-bedding-egyptian-cotton-bamboo-or-silk

http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/03/better-cotton-initiative-making-sustainable-cotton-mainstream/

http://blog.cariloha.com/bamboo-5-facts-latest-eco-friendly-textile/

Westend Fashion Reviews Cariloha Bamboo Clothing

26 Mar

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Once you’ve felt the difference in softness, comfort and style from Cariloha’s eco-friendly bamboo fabrics, you may never feel like wearing anything else. You’ll simply long to embrace that naturally comfortable lifestyle that Cariloha provides every single day. And, with clothing, bedding, fitness wear, and bath goods all made from bamboo, you can truly make that happen.

To help illustrate the point, here’s an honest, unbiased review from Westend Fashion describing her discovery and enjoyment of Cariloha Bamboo Clothing. We hope it gives you further insight into the world of bamboo before you make the plunge into natural luxury…

A recent trip to Antigua brought about a new and interesting find on the fashion market: Bamboo Clothing! This is something totally refreshing to me. The Caribbean guarantees lots of sunshine and the unique bamboo material guarantees features that adapt to that environment.

Still, these items of clothing are just as loveable at home because of their extensive comfort. Cariloha is the name behind my recent holiday purchases – it offers a broad range of clothing and accessories which can be found on their website. I am already desperate to make another Cariloha buy- a light and colourful bamboo scarf, an even newer fashion!

What to expect from BAMBOO in fabric:

Comfort
Moisture Wicking
Breathable
Anti-odour
UV protection
Lightweight

These two fun, vibrant tops are super practical and cute with the extra detail of a string tie at the bottom. They look simple but are so soft and light, ideal for a sunny holiday or cosy lounge around at home.

Read the rest of Westend Fashion’s review of Cariloha Bamboo Clothing here.

Cariloha Launches Spring 2015 Bamboo Hat Collection

13 Mar

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Cariloha this week launched its spring 2015 bamboo hat collection, which is made from eco-friendly bamboo-fabric blends and designed and inspired by Cariloha’s product managers. All bamboo hats are available exclusively at Cariloha stores and on Cariloha.com

This season’s bamboo hat line features versatile fitted sports-mesh hats (unisex in black and white), fitted Jacquard hats (unisex in black, charcoal, dry dock and Carolina blue), classic six-panel adjustable-strap mesh hats (unisex in black and white), adjustable Jacquard hats (unisex in black, light gray, and navy), and women’s cadet hats (black and white). All hats are sewn together with lightweight bamboo fabric – some including poly-mesh backs or a polyester blend.

“These bamboo hats are some of the most refreshingly cool, naturally comfortable hats you’ll ever wear because they’re made from ultra-soft, environmentally friendly bamboo,” said Scott Brady, Cariloha AVP of Communications. “Each hat features a breathable, modern design and a clean, sophisticated look that complements several clothing styles and color stories within Cariloha’s current bamboo apparel lines.”

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With this spring hat launch, Cariloha store owners, upon ordering for their stores, can now choose to customize each bamboo hat with one of five different logoed-patch embellishments. They can also choose to add a store location namedrop to their hats, further customizing hats for Cariloha customers.

“Hats complement or complete an outfit, and they shade your eyes and head from the sun, but what makes these bamboo hats so special is that they feel softer and lighter than your typical hat, and they wick away moisture and repel odor naturally,” said Brady. “They’re also trendy and stylish and will keep customers’ heads cool and comfortable.”

Cariloha Bamboo hats come with a 90-day quality guarantee. If the hats don’t live up to the customers’ expectations, Cariloha will replace them free. Retail pricing is $32.

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Adjustable Mesh Hats
• Mid-profile; structured fit.
• Velcro back; sleek, thin fit and construction.
• Bamboo icon on branding clip on hat back.
• Hat Front: 100% bamboo. Hat Mesh Back: 100% poly/mesh.
• Custom Cariloha bamboo taping on hat interior.

Adjustable Jacquard Hats
• Low-profile.
• Sturdy, buckle closure.
• Bamboo icon on branding clip on hat back.
• Custom Cariloha bamboo taping on hat interior.
• 40% Bamboo Charcoal / 60% Polyester

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Fitted Mesh Hats
• Mid-profile; structured fit.
• Hat Front: 100% bamboo. Hat Mesh Back: 100% poly/mesh.
• Air sports mesh for breathability and comfort.
• Custom Cariloha bamboo taping on hat interior.
• Two sizes: S/M and L/XL

Fitted Jacquard Hats
• Mid-profile; structured fit.
• Cariloha bamboo branding embroidery on the back of hat.
• Custom Cariloha bamboo taping on hat interior.
• 40% Bamboo Charcoal / 60% Polyester
• Two sizes: S/M and L/XL

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Women’s Cadet Hats
• Hat is made of 100% bamboo.
• Cariloha branding tag on hat bill.
• Decorative patch on back center of hat.
• Penny Velcro pocket.
• Plaid interior of hat.
• One size fits most.

Wrap up in Bamboo Clothing Fashion this Spring

12 Mar

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Warmer weather gets us excited for cooler outfits. Cariloha’s bamboo clothing and accessories help regulate your temperature, wick moisture away from your body, and keep you 3 degrees cooler than cotton-based fabrics. Your best options for cool, comfortable fashion are lightweight and airy clothing made with cooling fabrics. According to many fashion experts, bamboo is earning the top spot in casual and athletic wear that keeps you cool, dry and comfortable – no matter your surroundings.

You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Read this unbiased media review about Cariloha’s bamboo clothing and decide for yourself.

Wrapped up in Bamboo Fashion for Spring & Summer
By Diva Fabulosa

I got my first bamboo shirt from Cariloha Bamboo and it became my favorite workout shirt because of its soft silky feel and comfortable wear. It is twice as soft as cotton, 3 degrees cooler, and it wicks moisture away from the body. This summer season I got three new Cariloha pieces to add to my growing bamboo fashion collection.

First is a Bamboo Dolman Shirt in Charcoal shade that I can use for casual or sporty looks. It has a curved hem that falls like a deep scoop and it doesn’t have a set-in sleeves. What I like about the cut of this shirt is that you can wear it three ways. It can be worn with layers, off-shoulder, or simply as it is. It can also be worn with shorts, pants, or short skirts.

My second addition is a Bamboo Linen Pants with drawstring-tie waist, front patch pockets, and button-closure pockets in the back. Aside from the stylish design, I like the lightweight and airy feel that you get when wearing these linen pants. Take it with you to the beach and pair it up with flip flops or flat sandals for a casual afternoon stroll.

I decided to get a Geo Bamboo Infinity Scarf to complement my existing Cariloha shirts and other tees in my wardrobe. The scarf is made of 100% viscose from bamboo and printed with geometric shapes in bright and bold colors. You can wrap it on your head to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun or on your neck and shoulders during cool evenings.

Read the rest of Diva Fabulosa’s review of Cariloha bamboo clothing here.

What’s your favorite bamboo clothing style? How does it make you feel in warm or cold weather?

Cariloha Launches Spring 2015 Bamboo Shirt Graphic Tee Collection

5 Mar

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Cariloha’s made-from-bamboo graphic tees are available exclusively at Cariloha stores and on Cariloha.com

Bamboo clothing, bedding and bath goods retailer, Cariloha, this week launched its spring graphic tee collection for men and women. Each design is printed on Cariloha’s eco-friendly bamboo-blended fabrics and designed and inspired by Cariloha’s Art and Illustration team.

Available exclusively at Cariloha stores, and online later this month, the spring collection features nine new women’s bamboo shirt designs and nine new men’s all offered on 20+ different color combinations and shirt styles.

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“The new designs provide customers with an assortment of on-trend, comfortable shirts that are adaptable and fashionable enough to be worn in multiple settings and occasions,” said Scott Brady, Cariloha VP of Communications. “Not only are they in high demand right now, but they’re also mixed in with several unique, tonal colors that customers will love.”

Cariloha’s Bamboo shirts, featuring new graphic prints, are made from Cariloha’s proprietary viscose-from-bamboo blends, which consist of 70% viscose from bamboo (in most shirts) and 30% organic cotton for additional structure and ideal drape. Shirt styles include V-necks, hoodies, crew neck, scoops, racer tanks, Dolmans, and pocket crews. Shirt retail pricing is $34.

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“If customers are from a warm, humid climate, the hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking properties of our bamboo shirts help regulate temperature and help prevent skin irritation, unlike non-bamboo shirts,” said Brady. “Allergies, odors and heat are repelled easier because of the naturally occurring bamboo properties, which make the shirts ideal for a long, hot day away from home.”

You can see the entire bamboo shirt spring 2015 graphic tee collection here.

Cariloha Bamboo shirts come with a 90-day quality guarantee. If the shirts don’t live up to customers’ expectations, Cariloha will replace them free. Cariloha Bamboo shirts are machine washable and tumble dried low, so maintenance is easy and worry-free. Shirts get even softer after washing.

Which men’s design do you like best? Which women’s design do you like best?