How to choose the right bed for growing kids

How to choose the right bed for growing kids

Toddler beds are an unnecessary extra expense

Although they’re all the rage, a toddler bed – which is essentially a frame that makes sure a child does not roll out of it at night as well as giving them a similar snug feeling to their cot – is something they will quickly grow too big for. ‘A toddler bed can be a good alternative for children who are finding the transition to a ”big” bed difficult’.

Cleanliness is important

It is extremely important to keep your Childs bed as clean as possible.

The best way to avoid a dirt mattress is:

  • clean bed sheets weekly, including pillow cases and duvet cover.
  • air out the bed with no sheets on for at least two hours when you change the sheets.
  • these two hours are ideal for cleaning the room, which includes both dusting and vacuuming.

In general, a clean and tidy home (and bedroom) is a good way of controlling the spread of illness.

The importance of having a good mattress

A good mattress will support your whole body and ensure that your spine is in a neutral position while you sleep. Finding the right mattress that will give ensure a great night’s sleep as your children are getting both the right support as well as the right comfort level.

 

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How to wash your duvet (at home)

How to wash your duvet (at home)

A duvet can be made from down or synthetic fibres. A duvet is an insert that is placed inside a duvet cover, much like a pillow with a pillow cover. Our preference is a duvet with a duvet cover – you can then protect your duvet and wash the duvet cover with sheets – this is a great option for keeping your bedding as clean as possible.

FRESHEN UP YOUR DUVET

If you need to freshen up your duvet, simply put it in the dryer on low heat with three wool dryer balls or three clean tennis balls. Try to stop the dryer every 10 minutes or so to redistribute the duvet and then repeat for a total of 30-40 minutes. This fluffs up the duvet and redistributes the filling for a freshened up bed. If you are wanting to kill germs but not wash it, put the dryer on high heat and keep an eye on it, rotating every 5-10 minutes and dry for 30 minutes.

This may be a good option during this time and the fight against coronavirus!

Follow the directions on your duvets instructions

Most bedding has care direction labels on them – always check those labels before putting them in the washing machine or dryer.

Remove the duvet cover if you use one. You will want to use a gentle detergent and set your washer on delicate or gentle, with a cold water cycle as well as its largest capacity. After your washer has completed it’s cycle, run it through the rinse cycle again. This is to make sure that all the detergent is removed from the duvet or comforter. We would advise you run the spin cycle an extra time as well to remove any excess water and help the comforter or duvet dry a little more quickly.

Make sure your dry the duvet thoroughly

Once the duvet is washed and the excess water has been wrung out by spinning, you can now place it in the dryer. If duvet is made from synthetic materials, dry on a low to medium heat cycle and avoid any high heat. Down and natural materials can’t stand much heat, so set your dryer on air or low and allow them to dry thoroughly. If you would like to fluff up your duvet again, put a couple tennis balls in some socks and toss them in to agitate and return the fibers to their natural state. Stop the dryer every 30 minutes or so to rotate the pillows around to make sure that they dry thoroughly and evenly.

Once the cycle is complete and your duvet is dry shake this well and leave to air before making your bed back up!

 

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M6 Beds Guide To Getting Better Quality Sleep

M6 Beds Guide To Getting Better Quality Sleep

For many people working, sleep is very important. Considering we spend nearly half of our life sleeping, it is an integral part of our lives. 

It is useful to not only get enough sleep but to get quality sleep too! Especially for working parents and entrepreneurs! 

Pillow Comfort

Your pillow will reveal a lot about your sleep habits. If it is too soft, you feel like you are sinking in and have to re-fluff it every so often, which disturbs your rest. Too hard and it feels like your head is resting on concrete. There is a fine line between soft enough, but firm enough that can be difficult to find. Luckily, there are more options for pillows now than ever before. If you are interested in purchasing new pillows, please don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll be more than happy to help – 01270 879379

Memory foam pillows are really popular because of the comfort they provide and allow you to stay asleep for longer. Breathable material pillows are useful as well because they give you sleep that is not interrupted by particles of dust and your sleep remains healthy. In any case, you want your pillow to be as comfy as can be so your nights are spent dreaming, not waking with an achy neck. To find out which pillow would suit you. Visit us today!

LIMIT your screen time before bed

Using your phone before you go to sleep not only stimulates your brain but the blue light emitted by all LED screens also interferes with the production of your much needed sleep hormones, melatonin. If you lying on your phone before bed, it is likely mean that you will have problems getting to sleep.

What are the best positions to sleep in?

Sleeping in the wrong way can cause or aggravate neck or back pain. It may also obstruct the airways to your lungs, leading to problems like obstructive sleep apnea.

Changing how you sleep is important. Not just in the form of what you do before sleep. When it comes to sleeping position, this may hold the key to improving your sleep quality. In particular, the ways your body reacts. Some people enjoy sleeping on their backs, as they feel like the elevation of their head can help to breathe. Some people enjoy sleeping on their stomachs because it feels more comfortable.

The left side is a more natural sleeping position. This may help you, but ultimately, it depends on what you feel is most comfortable for breathing and your internal organs.

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Sleep and Your Immune System

Sleep and Your Immune System

You need sleep to help your immune system

When everything is working correctly, and your body is in an overall healthy state, the immune system can ward off sickness. But since the immune system connects to your central nervous system, changes elsewhere in the body, such as a lack of sleep or excessive stress, can impact immune function. Lack of sleep causes degenerative effects throughout the entire body, so the immune system will not work as efficiently when you are sleep deprived, making you more susceptible to illness.

Additionally, sleep affords the immune system the chance to recoup and reevaluate how best to attack invaders. Without enough rest, it will have a difficult time developing antibodies and keeping up defenses.

Sleep Increases Immune System Response Time

Ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep can also improve the immune system’s response time.

When we cycle through all four stages of sleep, each stage performs specific functions that are important for proper health. One of those functions is the production of the protein cytokine (any of a number of substances, such as interferon, interleukin, and growth factors, which are secreted by certain cells of the immune system and have an effect on other cells).

This helps the immune system respond to harmful pathogens. Cytokines increase cell to cell communication, enabling the immune system to direct antibodies towards specific infections.

If we don’t cycle through all four stages of sleep at least five times each night (7 to 8 hours of sleep), our cytokine production will be limited. Without this vital protein, the immune system doesn’t have what it needs to fight off viruses.

Sleep Increases T Cell Production

White Blood Cells also play a vital role in immune function. These cells help the immune system attack and destroy harmful cells. Research has shown that sleep can improve your T Cell’s ability to fight off invaders.

How to get better sleep 

  1. Ensure you have a comfortable and supportive mattress. We have a range of these at M6 Beds.
  2. Keep your bedroom dark by using blackout curtains, blinds, or eye masks.
  3. Invest in a good quality pillow.

 

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Why you should stop making your bed now

Have you ever stopped to consider that making your bed first thing in the morning could be unhygienic?

On average, we spend one third of our lives in bed. That’s a lot of time spent wriggling around, shedding skin and sweating under the covers.

This creates the perfect environment for dust mites, microscopic critters that love damp and humid environments.

Studies have found that the average bed contains 1.5 million dust mites, and ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow is made up from dead dust mites and their droppings.

Whilst you may have been taught from a young age to make your bed as soon as you get up to keep your bedroom looking neat and tidy, this could actually be quite a disgusting habit.

Crawling out of a warm bed and immediately pulling up the covers traps the warm humid air in your bedding and mattress and helps to nurture the thriving colonies of dust mites.

A study performed by Kingston University, found that dust mites cannot survive in warm and dry conditions, so, great news, an unmade bed is healthier and more hygienic!

When you leave your duvet pulled back during the day it helps the bed to air, drying any moisture and killing off dust mites.

This is particularly important if you’re an allergy sufferer as dust mites can aggravate existing allergies and asthma.

Many people also vacuum their mattress to get rid of dust mites. This can be done once every couple of months or so by lightly sprinkling your mattress with baking soda, letting it sit for at least 15 minutes, and then vacuuming the baking soda back up.

This will not only suck up some of the live dust mites, but also a lot of the dead ones too.

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The top reasons to invest in a bigger bed

The top reasons to invest in a bigger bed

If you or your partner are suffering from disturbed sleep, it could be a sign that you’ve outgrown your bed.

On average, people spend one third of their lives lying in bed, so it’s important to your quality of life that you ensure that your sleep environment is as comfortable as possible.

If you feel like your sleep is constantly being disturbed by the other person in the bed with you, then this is a sure sign that it’s time to invest in a bigger bed.

Beds are available in a variety of sizes, from the standard double, to queen size, king size, and even larger European sizes. Moving up a size may not be as expensive as you think and could have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing, helping you to feel more rested and refreshed.

Here are the top two reasons why people choose to invest in a bigger bed.

Disrupting each other’s sleep

Did you know that the average person wriggles around between 60 and 70 times each night? Sleeping in too close a proximity to someone else can cause your sleep to be constantly disrupted, making you feel tired and irritable the following day, and sometimes even effecting your health, memory and concentration. A bigger bed offers the space to move around freely without disturbing, or being disturbed by, your significant other.

You’ve had or are having a baby

If you bought your bed as a couple and have since gone on to have children, then your bed might be starting to feel a little cramped. Even if you swore never to bedshare with your children, they have a habit of finding a way to wriggle their way in when you’re too tired to protest! You may also find a bigger bed beneficial during pregnancy, when a growing bump can cause extra tossing and turning during the night and the introduction of bulky body pillows into the bed too.

Ready to upgrade to a bigger bed? Visit M6 Beds and browse our showroom containing over 160 beds of varying sizes.

 

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Is too much sleep bad for you?

Is too much sleep bad for you?

Getting enough sleep helps to look after our physical and mental wellbeing, but is it possible to get too much sleep?

When it comes to sleep, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Getting enough sleep is very important as it helps our bodies to rest and regenerate, ready for the next day. But there’s a fine line between getting your beauty sleep and oversleeping.

The amount of sleep needed each night differs from one person to the next and changes over the course of a person’s lifetime. However, as a rough guide, experts usually recommend that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night.

If you find that you’re sleeping significantly more than this, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder or medical problem.

Research has found that people who regularly oversleep are more at risk of developing several serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Oversleeping is also a common symptom of several sleep disorders, including:

  • Idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Hypersomnia

People who sleep for more than 10-12 hours a day may be suffering from a sleep disorder called Hypersomnia.

Symptoms of hypersomnia include sleeping excessively, including during the day, difficulty waking from sleep, sleep inertia and cognitive impairment.

What to do if you’re oversleeping

If you find yourself regularly oversleeping or feeling excessively tired, it’s important to speak to your doctor so that they can check that the problem is not a symptom of a more serious health condition.

If, after being examined by a doctor they find no cause for concern, the following tips may help you to deal with oversleeping.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Avoid medications that cause drowsiness where possible.
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How often should you wash your bedding?

How often should you wash your bedding?

Whilst there’s nothing better than climbing in between fresh sheets, changing the bedsheets is an arduous task that many people are guilty of putting off for longer than they’d like.

Whilst your bedsheets may look clean enough, have you considered the amount of dirt, sweat and debris that could have built up under the covers?

According to an article published in Metro, 28% of Brits change their bedsheets once a week, 40% every fortnight, and 24% wait 3-4 weeks before washing their bedding – where do you fall?

According to experts, the following timescales should be used as a rough guide as to how often you should wash your bedding to keep it hygienic.

Sheet, duvet cover and pillowcases

Whilst the majority of us leave our bedsheets on for two weeks before washing them, most experts recommend that bedsheets are changed for clean ones weekly.

Make sure that you’re washing your sheets on a hot wash of at least 60 degrees to kill pathogens.

Mattress protector

Unless you spill something on your mattress protector, you can usually leave it a couple of months between washes as it’s not being directly lain on.

Duvet and pillows

Many people are guilty of only ever washing their bedsheets and neglecting to wash their pillows and duvet. Over time, your pillows and duvet will collect a huge amount of dead skin and dust mites, which can be unhygienic and exacerbate allergies.

You will benefit from washing your duvet and pillows at least twice per year. If your washing machine’s drum isn’t big enough or you have no means of drying them then this may be a job for the dry cleaners.

Whilst these timescales can be used as a rough guide, if any of the following apply to you, then you will benefit from cleaning your bedding more frequently.

  • You suffer from allergies.
  • You have pets that are allowed in the bedroom.
  • You or your partner sweat a lot in bed.
  • You have a young baby.
  • You have eaten in bed.
  • You have been unwell.

If it’s time to invest in a new pillow, mattress, or mattress protector, visit M6 Beds, we stock a huge range of high quality bed accessories at affordable prices.

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The pros and cons of putting a nightlight in your child’s bedroom

The pros and cons of putting a nightlight in your child’s bedroom

Will a nightlight keep your child awake for longer or help them to relax and fall asleep faster at bedtime?

We’ve put together the pros and cons of using a nightlight to help you decide whether it is right for you and your child.

Pros

Fun designs available – if your child fights going to bed, having a fun nightlight that they’ve picked out themselves can help to make going to bed a more attractive prospect.

Makes it easier to check in on them – if you check in on your child before going to bed, a nightlight can make it easier for you to see that they’re sleeping soundly and comfortably.

Can relieve a child’s anxiety – at some point most children will go through a phase of feeling afraid of the dark or having nightmares. A nightlight can help to quell anxieties, relaxing your child and making it easier for them to fall asleep and have a restful night’s sleep.

Light the way if your child gets up in the dark – if your child needs to get up in the night for a toilet trip then a nightlight can make them feel more comfortable about doing so. This can be particularly useful if your child has bunk beds or a raised bed and has to navigate a ladder in the dark.

Cons

May disrupt your child’s natural sleep pattern – Scientific research shows that we sleep better in complete darkness and any kind of light, including artificial light, can disrupt our natural sleep pattern. A light sleeping environment can prevent the body from releasing the natural sleep hormone melatonin which is responsible for making us feel tired and helping us to relax and fall asleep.

Can be distracting – Some nightlights may have the opposite effect to what is desired and stimulate your child when you most want them to relax and go to sleep. This can be particularly true of nightlights that move or play music.

May cause a child to fear the dark – When babies are first born, they have no fear of the dark. By introducing a nightlight to their bedroom very early on they may grow up used to it always being light and so develop a fear of the dark as it is so unfamiliar to them.

Whether or not you choose to add a nightlight to your child’s bedroom is a personal choice, there is no right or wrong answer. Many people find that a child may need a nightlight during certain periods of their childhood, for example during toilet training, when they are sick, or if they become afraid of the dark. Children often grow out of these phases and then no longer require the nightlight.

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Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Prevent your kids’ bedroom from becoming cluttered and untidy with these creative space-saving tips.

If your kids share a bedroom, it can be challenging to design a space that provides them with a comfortable amount of floor space to play.

Here are our top space-saving tips for creating a shared kids’ bedroom that is fun, functional and uncluttered.

Bunk beds

One of the best ways of freeing up floor space in your kids’ bedroom is by investing in bunk beds. Not only are bunk beds a practical solution, they’re also a lot of fun and most kids will love the novelty of bunking together.

Utilise wall space

If your kids’ bedroom is lacking floor space, putting shelves and hooks on the walls can help to add extra storage to the room. Be careful not to add too much to the walls though or you risk making the room look cluttered.

Multi-functional furniture

Choose the furniture for your kids’ bedroom carefully, investing in multi-functional pieces whenever possible. Choose beds that include underbed storage, a desk or dressing table that also has shelving, or even a toy chest that doubles as a seat.

Fold-down desk and chair

If the kids need a desk in their bedroom but you’ve run out of floor space, try attaching a fold down desk on hinges to the wall. Pair the desk with a fold up chair and both can be tidied away when not in use.

Less is more

Small bedrooms feel even smaller when they are very busy, untidy or full of clutter. Encourage minimalism and get into the habit of sorting through your kids’ old clothes and toys regularly and either getting rid of items they have outgrown or putting them in storage.

To find out more about the bunk beds we stock here at M6 Beds, give our team a call on 01270 879 379.

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