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Winter festival frolics

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for the whole family to start celebrating, so why not begin with the Wexford Winterland Festival?

Parents and children alike can take part in the action-packed programme of events which includes The Winterland Parade and The Christmas Express. Opening on November 24 and continuing right through until January, you’ll get the chance to wander through The Enchanted Forest, The Elves’ Village, The Workshop and Santa’s Reindeer Stables before meeting Santa Claus himself at Santa’s North Pole Experience.

Alongside meeting Mr Claus, you can also get your skates on and twirl, jump, pirouette, or glide around the rink at Wexford on Ice which will have stability aids on-hand for less experienced skaters.

With a little something for everyone, excitement for Christmas is sure to build!


Water-tight sleep

While we all know that not getting enough sleep can be bad for your health, a new study has shown that an extra negative effect needs to be added to this long list. Research from Pennsylvania State University, which examined the effect of insufficient sleep on hydration levels among adults from the US and China, has shown that sleep deprivation may cause dehydration.

Scientists found that people who regularly got six or fewer hours of sleep each night had more concentrated urine than those who got about eight hours per night.

“Short sleep duration was associated with higher odds of inadequate hydration in [American] and Chinese adults, relative to sleeping 8 hours,” the authors explain.

The study suggests that if you’re not getting enough sleep and you feel bad or tired the next day, you should drink extra water.


Cold-fighting pyjamas

When it comes to hitting the hay on these winter nights, nothing can be more of a deterrent to sleep than feeling cold. While it’s common to buy an electric blanket to keep you warm, heating up your pyjamas before you get into bed is also a great option.

The Pajamas Warming Pouch is a heated pouch that will keep you cosy all through the night. The pouch has integrated heating elements that reach 48ºC and a thermal satin interior that retains heat, resulting in toasty warm pyjamas in 10 minutes. The heating elements automatically maintain the temperature regardless of what’s inside and the unit only draws 50 watts-less than most light bulbs.

Despite the name, the pouch can also be used for towels, socks, or gloves for an extra layer of warmth. This would be the perfect present for those who feel the chills at night!