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Getting Ready for the Big Christmas Family Lunch

Oak Table

When the dark nights close in it only means one thing for us Brits …..Christmas is coming….said John Snow.

Christmas is all about family time, sitting around the dinning table playing games and drinking tea, whilst Taid takes control of the TV remote suspiciously eyeballing the circled programs in the Radio Thames.

This year it’s your turn to cook the family Christmas meal and you’re all prepared. The Turkey was ordered 4 weeks in advance and its been seasoning since last night.

While the Turkey is in the oven you’re busy laying the old faithful dining table, carols are playing and everyone is arriving wearing their bad-but-good Christmas jumper.  Hubby is passing the mulled wine and directing everyone to the dining room, dinner will be served soon.

Drop Leaf Oak Table
There’s a commotion and you come see what is going on and that is when it hits you!  There’s not enough space on the table for the entire family. Oh no! The little stools come out, the side boards gets pushed up to the edge of the table to make everyone fit. Nian and Taid are on the tall chairs the kids are on bean bags….ow no this just wont do.

No fear Pine & Oak are here. Order your made to measure dining table and chairs with us and it will be with you on time for Christmas. Nobody wants to see the Christmas meal photos look like a Mexican wave because the lack of space.

Our extendable Oak tables start from as little as £249 and chairs start from £69. We’ve got an incredible range of Oak tables for the price of pine ready to delivery now and if you add a coordinating side board you can get a special price of £200.00.

If you’d like to see the full range of tables come visit our Warehouse, Lon Parcwr, Ruthin LL15 1NJ and pick yours for Christmas, we are open 7days a week.

Have a nice Christmas


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The Secrets of Beauty Sleep…shhh

An hour before midnight is worth three afterwards. That’s the age-old saying. But does it have any substance when talking of beauty sleep?

According to sleep doctors, when it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to the fountain of youth.

Our bodies repair themselves and recover when we’re sleeping. That is why a good night’s sleep is so important when it comes to keeping looking fresh and young.

According to Geoff Wright, an expert in chronobiology (the study of the body clock), says: ‘There are set times when our body clock dictates that various processes take place in hair and skin’.
‘From 8pm to 11pm is the time for hydration, while 11pm to 3am is the time for regeneration, and 3am to 5am is the time for resting.’

And keeping to this is as easy as going to sleep! Get between 7 to 9 quality hours of sleep each night and you will be able to see the effects almost immediately.

If you’re getting fewer than 6 hours, it’s already affecting your appearance, says Michael Breus, PhD, without you noticing straight away, one night of poor sleep and your skin changes into a dull looking colour meaning it has not had enough time to repair itself during the night.

Here are the six beauty benefits of getting enough rest.

1. Fewer Wrinkles
Skin makes new collagen when you sleep, which prevents sagging. More collagen means skin is plumper and less likely to wrinkle.

2. A Glowing Complexion
Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow. Ignore your beauty sleep and your complexion can look dull, pasty and lifeless.

3. Brighter, Less Puffy Eyes
When it comes to dark circles or bags under your eyes, those only happen when you’ve had a restless night.
Staying well-hydrated and elevating your head with an extra pillow at night, can also help reduce swelling.

4. Healthier, Fuller Hair
Hair loss, breakage, damage, and even growth can all be affected by lack of sleep. Hair follicles gain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from blood flow. Since blood flow decreases when we’re sleeping less, “hair gets nutrients and vitamins, it weakens, and it has difficulty growing.

5. Happier, Healthier Appearance
When you’re tired, your facial expressions change in subtle and consistent ways. We tend to furrow and frown more. Couple that with red, swollen eyes, dark circles, sagging eyelids, and paler skin, this is a true sign that you’re exhausted. I think it’s time to go to bed now!

What kind of sleep?

Go to bed at a regular time. Set the alarm for the same time each day, even at weekends to develop a regular sleep-wake rhythm. This is important to reset your body clock.

Make sure the bedroom is dark. Maybe it’s time to invest in a pair of black out curtains!

No coffee, tea or hot chocolate (they contain caffeine) before bed. Instead drink chamomile tea with a drop of milk.

Try deep breathing, or tensing and relaxing different groups of muscles around the body. This is extremely helpful if you tend to wake up with a tight neck and back.

Don’t exercise immediately before going to bed. Instead stretch your muscles ready for sleep.

Add a few drops of aroma therapy oils, we recommend lavender, neroli or ylang ylang, to your bedtime bath or alternatively use a diffuser in the room one hour before bedtime.

The right mattress is crucial. Your heels, back of the head and buttocks should sink just below the surface.

Your neck, backs of the knees and hollow of the back should rest on the surface. As we said in the previous article, maybe it’s time to change your mattress and reset your entire sleeping routine!

We have an extensive range of beds and mattresses at our showroom in Ruthin. We even stock an amazing range of sports therapy mattresses that have been used but some of the biggest Olympic and Paralympic stars.

Come visit our showroom at Lon Parcwr, Ruthin, LL15 1NJ. We’re open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Alternatively give us a call on 01824 707295 or on our freephone on 08007 311 490 if you are interested in inquiring about a specific type of mattress!

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Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep should be on everyone’s priority list. Sleeping enough is so important that even a week of sleep deprivation can cause a great deal of problems in the long run.

Knowing the obvious benefits of a good night’s sleep is no longer enough: you may feel well-rested and energized, in a better mood and ready to focus on the important things but we have found throughout the years of working with our customers, that although they seem to be well aware of the benefits of a good night’s sleep, the information they seem to lack in is the alarming health side effects of not sleeping well or enough. Side effects include problems such as the increase of headaches, short term memory loss but most importantly the risk of cardiological problems.

Healthy mind, body and soul

Your mind: A study by Mitch Leslie has shown that people who suffer from insufficient sleep and drive are just as dangerous as those who drink and drive! The problem with lack of sleep besides the obvious tiredness is that it results in a lack of focus and ultimately a slower reaction which can lead to road accidents.

Your heart: Cardiologists can tell you that not getting enough sleep can lead to heart problems such as high blood pressure and increased chance of heart disease. This happens because when you’re not sleeping enough, your body is stressed and releases cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone.” The effect of this hormone in your heart is that it makes your heart work much harder than it needs to in order to function normally. Straining it when it should be resting.

Another thing to consider, excluding other risk factors such as family history and body weight, is that sleeping fewer than six hours a night on regular basis can increase your risk of stroke by four times that of someone who gets the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night.

Your immune system: Sick and tired of being sick and tired? A study by Mayo Clinic shows that people who don’t get enough sleep are predisposed to catching colds more easily, and really struggle to get rid of bacterial and viral infections in general.

Let’s look at how getting a good night’s sleep can benefit you and your health.

Sleep the recommended 8 hours per night and you may be able to decrease your diabetes risk by helping you maintain a healthy weight

Studies have suggested that insufficient sleep can alter the way the body processes glucose. This inappropriate processing of sugar is one of the factors that can lead to type 2 diabetes. In other words, when you’re not getting enough sleep, ghrelin (appetite control Hormone) production is increased, while leptin (the hormone that tells your brain when you’re full) levels decrease. So unbalanced levels of ghrelin and leptin can lead you to struggling with eating urges meaning you are more likely to eat unhealthy meals. So sleeping enough can help you reduce your risk of diabetes in two ways, by making sure your body processes glucose properly but also by regulating the levels of hormones in your body that control cravings and fullness sensation.

Now onto the interesting facts about sleeping enough.

Did you know that getting enough sleep can improve physical performance?

Sleep enough and you will be faster, with better coordination, your reaction time will be quicker and your muscles will recover more easily after a workout.

Did you know that sleeping well helps boost your mood?

A well-rested night makes it much easier for anyone to get out of bed in the morning which in return sets you off for your day in much better spirits than if you were to wake up feeling worse than when you went to sleep in the first place.

Did you know that not getting enough sleep even makes you react differently to pain?

Studies have found that people who lack sleep are more intolerant to pain in comparison to those who sleep 9 hours per night and are able to withstand discomfort for 25% longer.

And lastly, did you know that sleep deprivation plays an important role in skin aging?

There we go ladies, what we most feared! Not sleeping enough increases skin aging prematurely. I’m sure we all want to keep looking 39 so it’s time to go to bed!

While on the subject of bed, did you know that is now said that you should change your mattress every 7 years?

You mattress plays an important role in sleep quality and it can be the culprit to your sleep quality decrease. So why not change your mattress now by clicking here!

At Pine and Oak Direct we have a huge choice of mattresses in all sizes with a choice of soft, medium or firm comfort to fit all needs and budgets. You will also find a luxurious range of pine and oak bedframes.

Come pay us a visit now, you can find us at Lon Parcwr, Ruthin, LL15 1NJ.

P.S. As a thank you for reading our blog, when purchasing anything from our store, if you quote this reference “BL1” we will give you 10% off your bill right there!

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