5 Common Sleep Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Riddle me this – what’s something that we’ve been doing every single day for our whole lives, and yet can still get wrong sometimes? Sleeping. That’s right, sleeping is something that we can still do wrong no matter how old we are. As adults with adult responsibilities, sleep may not rank very high on our priority list, but it should. Poor quality sleep can affect our physical and mental health in many ways. Let’s look at some of the common sleep mistakes you didn’t know you were making and how you can fix them.

Using Your Phone in Bed

Let’s face it, this is a very common sleep mistake that all of us have done before (or still do). Last bit of scrolling on Instagram, late-night gossip sessions with your girlfriends or the latest episode of your favourite show – sometimes it’s hard to resist the absolute comfort of lying in bed and using your phone. However, the blue light that it emits can have an adverse effect on your sleep. It affects your circadian rhythm, making you feel more awake, resulting in you taking longer to fall asleep and having a sleep that isn’t restful.

As far as possible, avoid the use of any electronic devices that give off blue light, such as your phone, tablet or even TVs, right before you sleep to ensure that both your body and mind are ready for sleep. 

Not Having a Night-time Ritual

Well, if you are not using your phone in bed anymore, what should you do? Getting into bed and knocking out in seconds are for the lucky ones. For those not-so-lucky ones, you can design a simple night-time ritual for yourself. It could be as elaborate as setting up scented candles and meditating with a sheet mask or as simple as doing your regular skincare routine before writing in your journal.

Your night-time routine should help you wind down properly at the end of your day and prepare your body and mind for rest. Clearing your mind of the day’s stress and anxiety before you sleep greatly improves the quality of your sleep and waking experience.

Check out our tips on designing your ideal night-time ritual. 

Je Dors Full Set PJ in bright pink by Rawbought

Wearing Uncomfortable Clothes to Bed

The 20-year-old school T-shirt, your boyfriend’s oversized T-shirt that has seen better days – all nightwear that we believe don’t give you the necessary comfort you need for quality sleep. Your skin and body deserve better.

Invest in good quality sleepwear that suit your skin, body and the climate that you’re sleeping in. Warm, tropical weather calls for fabrics such as modal and cotton that wick moisture and heat from your body and regulate your body temperature through the night, allowing you to sleep in maximum comfort.

Inconsistent Sleep Patterns

Bedtimes are back and more important than ever. Going to bed at different times every day disrupts your body’s natural body clock, preventing you from having healthy and restful sleep.

Plan your day’s activities well and pick a bedtime that you can stick to. This allows for ample rest and restoration. Starting your night-time routine at the same time every day helps your body recognise that it’s time for rest.

Sleeping In (too much) on Weekends

Staying up during weekdays due to school or work and making up for lost sleep on weekends by sleeping in – sound familiar? It’s a habit that many of us have, but it might not be as restorative as you think. While you might be evening things out in terms of the number of hours of sleep, your body will still be losing out on quality rest during the week, when it needs it the most. Sleeping in too much on your days off (e.g. waking up in the afternoon) can cause more harm than good as it disrupts your sleep rhythm, making starting your week again that much harder.

Sleeping and waking up at roughly the same time gives your body a pattern to get used to, allowing it to be ready for rest and wakefulness.

Guilty of some, or even all of the common sleep mistakes above? Don’t be too hard on yourself. Take deliberate and consistent actions to introduce good sleep habits into your daily routines and you should be on the right track to getting a restful and restorative night of sleep.  If you fall off the wagon, just pick yourself and start again – there’s no shame in starting over.

How to Style Your Reika

Still choosing between staying cozy in PJs and dusting off your old streetwear from your closet? You don’t have to anymore. Our Reika Set perfectly bridges that home-street style gap, taking you from sleep to street in a second. Here are our favourite ways to style the Reika for the moments in between.

At Home Essential:

The Reika Set is the perfect loungewear for you to wear all day and night, if you have errands to run, or simply want a change from your comfy PJs, without compromising on the cosiness.

The Reika Oversized Boyfriend Tee allows you to feel free and easy. Heading out to the shops? Pair the Reika Tee with the matching curve cut shorts for a comfy, casual jaunt out.

Just had dessert and feeling too full? The Reika Shorts come with drawstrings that give you some breathing space when you need it the most.

Street Style Must-Have:

We love to pair our Reika Tee with denims – dress down in bright white shorts for a warm summer day, or dress it up in classic blue jeans for a night out with the girls.

The Reika Tee’s relaxed Boyfriend fit allows to you to style it the way you like. Leave it loose to keep it cool or turn up the heat by knotting the front of it to show off your summer bod.

Dial up the comfort level on your street style by heading out in our Reika Shorts. Pair it with a simple ribbed crop top or tee, and you’re ready for a casual hang with the gang.

Accessorise with your favourite sunnies and you’re all set to hit the streets in style and comfort.

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From Sleep to Street – The Reika Collection

The new normal is starting to look a bit more familiar – places are opening up and socialising is back on the menu. We can’t speak for everyone, but we’ve definitely gotten used to living in our buttery soft modal PJs all day every day.

What if we said that you can take the comfort of your PJs from your bed to the streets?

Buttery soft modal made loungewear by Rawbought, a sleepwear brand in Singapore that launched in mid-Dec 2020 by the Faruq sisters.

Introducing our new line of sleep-streetwear, the Reika Collection. Made from our signature modal fabric, this new collection is perfect for those who’re looking to refresh their wardrobe to reflect their new normal.

Japanese for “beautiful summer”, Reika evokes a sense of freedom, one that usually accompanies the season’s beautiful sunny days and cool nights. The tie-dye design in the colour Blue Mist lets you feel chic both when you’re out and about as well as in bed.

The Reika’s relaxed boyfriend fit allows you to feel free and cozy, just the way you like it at home. Its versatile fit allows you to pair it with any bottom, be it jeans, skirts, or the matching Reika curve cut shorts.

Whether you’re lounging at home on lazy afternoon or hitting the streets on a night out, our Reika will keep you feeling cosy and comfy all day long.

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How to Start Your Day Right

How you start your day pretty much sets the tone for the rest of your day. Waking up refreshed after a good night’s sleep, in a good mood with a clear idea of the day’s tasks and responsibilities can sound a little too good to be true, but you can make it your reality with a few simple changes to your daily routine. Here are some of our favourite tips on how you can start your day right.

Start the Night Before

Yes, that’s right. The first way you can start your day right is to end your last one well. Getting a good amount of high quality, restful sleep will definitely leave you feeling refreshed the next day. Plan a simple night time routine for yourself that allows you to wind down enough to feel ready for bed. It could consist of simple actions like doing your skincare, writing in your journal or reading a book.

Stretch Your Muscles

After a night of deep, restful sleep, your muscles would naturally be stiff. Doing some stretching exercises as soon as you get out of bed will help loosen them up and get blood flowing through your body. The increase in blood circulation also helps you feel more awake, so you won’t be tempted to sneak back into bed for those extra five minutes. This will give you an added boost to help you start your day right.

Black Carezza Lace Pyjamas by Rawbought, start your day right

Drink Water

After going an entire night without water, and in tropical climates, in an air-conditioned room, your body would be dehydrated. Drinking a glass of lukewarm or warm water first thing in the morning is a great way to rehydrate your body. Warm water also helps to kickstart your digestive system, ensuring that you flush out the built-up toxins as soon as possible. If you’re feeling a little fancy, you can add a slice of lemon in your warm water. It is a great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, that help you build up your immunity and metabolism. It’s a healthy way to start your day right.

Practise Meditation or Gratitude

Many people have found that meditating early in the morning has allowed them to have more energy and clarity when they start their day. Meditation or mindfulness can be tough for beginners, who struggle to fully clear their mind and focus. Another  way to get your mood right for the day is to practise gratitude. Take a couple of minutes to think of everything that you’re grateful for. As you reflect, you will start to feel more positive and your brain will release feel-good chemicals like dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. This will help you feel much better about your day as you start it right.

Words of Affirmation

Another way to get into the right frame of mind for the day is to read or listen to words of affirmation. Words have great power. So when you hear or read encouraging things at the start of your day, you will find yourself being more motivated to take on the day’s challenges. Words of affirmation can help build up your self-confidence bit by bit every single day, and lift your self-esteem.

You can prepare words of affirmation in many different ways – writing yourself notes to be read in the mornings, affirmation calendars, affirmation cards that you can revisit any time you want. If you prefer something that you can use on the go, there are many apps and podcasts that you can download to get your daily affirmations to start your day right.

Starting your day right is the first step to a happier and healthier you. You may not always have great days – you might oversleep one day, or fall sick another. Cut yourself some slack and don’t be discouraged. It’s the journey that counts, so pick yourself up and continue your routine.   

Why Modal Pyjamas are Best for the Summer

All-day air-conditioning, choking humidity and stuffy nights – the typical Singaporean summer, especially in our hottest months of May to August. Night-time comfort in our equatorial climate looks like thin, airy pyjamas made of breathable fabric that allows heat to escape easily. Modal is one such fabric that is best for tropical summers, guaranteed to give you the full-body comfort that you so need. Let’s take a look at the reasons why modal pyjamas are best for the summer.

Je Dors Full Set in Chalky Blue, Modal Pyjamas by Rawbought

Modal is Breathable

The semi-synthetic nature of the modal fabric allows heat to escape from your skin to the air easily, preventing heat retention in your body. This helps keep you cool during warm summer nights, especially for those of us who naturally run a little hotter. Modal pyjamas can help in regulating your body temperature throughout the night, ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep in maximum comfort.

Modal is Absorbent

Modal is 50% more absorbent than pure cotton fabrics, due to the nature of its blend. It also helps wick away moisture from your body, ensuring lasting comfort and ease. Its absorbency also ensures that fewer bacteria is collected, making it a more hygienic fabric compared to its cotton counterparts. This makes modal pyjamas perfect for both day-time lounging and night-time rest.

Modal is Buttery Soft

Modal fabric is known to be extremely soft and cool to the touch. Our Je Dors and Carezza Collections made of a modal-nylon blend feel like heaven on your skin, even after repeated washing and drying. Keep cool and feel luxurious this summer in our favourite modal pyjamas.

Shop our Je Dors and Carezza Sleepwear Collections here!