What Is The Right Temperature For Sleep?

Do you notice that it is hard to sleep on hot humid nights? Do you find yourself tossing and turning struggling to nod off and casting aside your duvet? Well this is all to do with how a good night’s sleep is dependent on temperature and particularly our core temperature which needs to be within a certain range to ensure we are comfortable.

Studies have shown that our core body temperature falls by as much as 2 degrees during sleep which means our temperatures drop from 37 degrees down to a range of between 35 and 36 degrees.

To achieve this important drop in core body temperature, the surrounding environment must also be kept as a temperature that allows the body to cool down. If this external temperature is raised during heatwaves and the accompanying hot sticky nights, then this is the reason why it becomes so difficult to sleep or at least sustain sleep for a full night.

While there are plenty of studies showing that excessive light can have an impact on quality and quantity of sleep, temperature is just as important. So to avoid discomfort, care should be taken to select bedding that helps regulate temperature such as cotton sheets rather than duvets.

When it comes to mattress choice if you suffer in the heat, then pocket sprung mattresses rather than materials such as memory foam are a better choice.

Posted by m6beds in M6 Beds, Sleep, Summer Bedroom, Temperature
What Colours Should You Choose For A Summer Bedroom?

What Colours Should You Choose For A Summer Bedroom?

This summer has turned out to be one of the hottest ever in the UK which makes a change considering the washouts we often endure in this country. All this nice weather can influence our thinking when it comes to interior design and there are some trendy colours to watch out for this season that have the potential to transform your bedroom into a place you’ll love to spend your midsummer nights in.

Vintage colours are very much in at the moment with paint companies bringing back various colours from the past including olive green.

Green was a popular colour in Victorian times and is perfect for larger bedrooms when you want a colour that is as soothing as it is cosy.

If your bedroom is smaller then darker shades of green are unlikely to be the best choice but this shouldn’t stop you experimenting with colours such as apricot orange. This is another classic colour for the bedroom making the space brighter. This colour goes particularly well with black and or brown to provide contrast.

When it comes to bedroom accessories and bed linen, yellow is the in colour for the season. This colour again adds brightness and lifts the mood which can give you that extra energy when getting up on those bright summer mornings.

Posted by m6beds in Bedroom, Buy The Right Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Summer Bedroom
The Pros and Cons of TV Beds

The Pros and Cons of TV Beds

TV beds divide opinion some people wouldn’t be without them while others see them as a distraction preventing a good night’s sleep. So what are the pros and cons of a TV bed and what are the reasons to buy or not to buy one?

The first thing to consider is your sleeping habits. Do you find that watching TV late at night makes it difficult for you to sleep? Well there are scientific studies which say watching TV at night is bad for sleep due to the effect of light on the brain. Obviously buying a TV bed is only going to make this more of a problem if you are affected.

Then again if you like a lie in during the morning having the TV to hand can actually help you wake up due to the same effect so you could argue that having a TV bed can help you wake up earlier in the morning.

Another issue to consider is interior design. If your bedroom is small and you have a bed with a large TV set into it, then the bedroom will automatically look cluttered no matter how well designed the bed is. In this case it might be better to have your TV hung on the wall and opt for a minimalist style of bed. If on the other hand you have a large bedroom, then a well designed TV bed can actually add to the room.

The appeal of TV beds are largely a matter of individual taste, some people like them while others prefer to keep the bedroom as a sanctuary free from distractions of electronic gadgets.

Posted by m6beds in M6 Beds, TV Beds
Hot Weather Sleep Hacks

Hot Weather Sleep Hacks

Summer often brings hot sticky nights so knowing how to combat these conditions will help you maintain the right amount of sleep so you’re not left feeling drained in the morning. With this in mind, here are our top sleep hacks for hot weather.

Cooling your bedroom
The first place to start is the room itself. It may sound counterintuitive but closing curtains during the day will help deflect some of the heat entering the home. You can also cool down your room with an electric fan or air conditioning unit, however these are likely to add significantly to your electricity bills. The natural way to allow cool air in is to open windows if security is not a concern.

Cooling your bed
If the bed feels too hot to sleep in, then it may be time to get rid of the duvet and use either a thin cotton bed sheet or the thinnest tog duvet you can find.

Cool your bedsheets and pillows
Did you know you can put both your pillow and bedsheet in the fridge as long as they are kept I sealed bags. You can then simply take them out when it’s time for bed and enjoy a nice cool start to your night’s sleep.

Posted by m6beds in Hot Weather, Hot Weather Sleep Hacks, Improve Sleep Patterns, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Sleep, The Right Mattress
Ways To Combat Shift Work Sleep Problems

Ways To Combat Shift Work Sleep Problems

Working shifts plays havoc with your body clock particularly when you are new to it. Our human bodies are built to be in sync with our environments and when these environments are changed they can have all sorts of impacts including sleep difficulties if you are awake all night and in bed during the daytime.

Some people may struggle to sleep at all during the day when it’s sunny outside and there is inevitably more noise. There is even a term for those suffering insomnia who work shifts called ‘shift work sleep disorder’.

This sleep problem arises when your natural circadian rhythm is disrupted and there are difficulties flipping the switch to stay awake at night and sleep during daylight hours.

The way to combat sleep issues caused by shift working are largely the same as for other minor sleep problems and include maintaining a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and keeping a regular sleep routine. The latter may be difficult however if shifts are always changing as is the case with some shift working jobs.

It can also be beneficial to ensure the room is dark and definitely a good idea to avoid caffeine in the early hours if you will need to get some sleep during the day.

A more practical way to improve the quality of sleep is to invest in a good mattress and a suitable pillow which can make a world of difference to your sleep quality which is as important as the quantity.

Posted by m6beds in Combat Shift Work Sleep Problems, Health, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Shift Work

How Older People Can Get Improve Sleep Patterns

While most of us when we were young were unlikely to experience any problems with sleep other than those caused by too much of it or partying until the sun came up, older people are often not so lucky.

As we age we are likely to sleep less than we did in our youth and there are actually scientific studies that have demonstrated insomnia levels are at 50% of the population from the age of 60.

This often leads to the myth that older people don’t need as much sleep as younger people but this simply isn’t true. Everyone needs approximately 7 hours of sleep every 24 hours to keep themselves healthy and allow the body to get the rest it needs.

Too little sleep can be a leading cause of all sorts of health problems if it isn’t dealt with.

One of the problems faced by older people is the decline in slow wave sleep that comes with advancing age which means sleeping becomes lighter and waking in the night becomes more likely.

The way to deal with this is to maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to ensure the mind and body are ready for sleep at the end of each day. It is also beneficial to take naps during the day to ensure you get enough shut eye but be sure not to over do it. Too much sleep can be as bad for you as too little.

Posted by m6beds in Improve Sleep Patterns, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Older People
Why Is Sleeping Hard In Hot Weather?

Why Is Sleeping Hard In Hot Weather?

After an unseasonably warm end to spring summer is upon us and there is a strong chance we could see temperatures soar even higher. Unfortunately, hot weather isn’t just confined to the daytime in the summer months, it can also continue through the night and into the early hours.

This can lead to problems sleeping when even taking the covers off offers little relief from oppressive heat. Hot sticky nights are notorious for affecting sleep and it is common to end up spending most of the night awake while tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable.

But have you ever asked what the science is behind this heat induced insomnia?

The answer is the complex relationship between our body temperature and sleep. Our body’s natural rhythms are tied to our external environments and this makes us sensitive to even small changes in temperature particularly at bed time.

Our body is attuned to temperatures cooling down through the afternoon and into the evening. This is why you will find it easier to sleep when the bedroom is cool and you can snuggle up in your sheets.

If the temperature is high at night than the effect is the opposite and the heat keeps the body in a wakeful state normally required for daytime hours.

So the key to getting a better night’s sleep in hot weather is to do everything you can to reduce the temperature in your bedroom by using fans or air conditioning and screening out sunlight.

Posted by m6beds in Hot Weather, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds
5 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep This Summer

5 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep This Summer

Most of us look forward to the summer with all those sunny days at the beach barbecues and so on to look forward to. But everything pleasurable has its downsides and one of them comes at night time in the summer months when you simply can’t cool off. So here are five tips on how to stay cool in the bed this summer.

Protect yourself from the sun
Wearing sun cream is essential if you want to avoid sunburn when you are out in strong sunshine for hours at a time. Sleeping with sunburn isn’t easy when your skin is burning hot, it simply adds to the discomfort on hot nights.

Keep yourself hydrated
Drinking cool glasses of water will not only help keep your body temperature down, it will also keep you hydrated and stop you waking up with headaches. It can also be beneficial to drink water along with alcohol to stop yourself getting dehydrated.

Don’t drink too much
Alcohol consumption often goes up at this time of year as we’re all out an about more. Alcohol isn’t great for sleep so it is worth cutting down if you want to reduce those nasty hangovers and interrupted sleep.

Avoid eating too much
Eating too much before bed time will increase the amount of work your body has to do so keeping meals light is important if you want to avoid overheating.

Keep out sunlight
Sunlight beaming into your room at 5am is often the culprit if you find yourself waking up earlier than usual. Simply investing in some thicker blackout curtains or blinds will help reduce the mount of light in the room and stop you waking up too early.

Posted by m6beds in Bedroom, Better Night’s Sleep, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Sleep, Sofa Beds
Why Pillow Choice Is Important

Why Pillow Choice Is Important

Do you find that you get so attached to your pillow you rarely swap it for a new one out of fear that you won’t be comfortable or get a good sleep? Pillows are of course an important part of our sleep routine but it is also important to consider if the old comfortable pillow is still doing its job in supporting you while you sleep.

Bad pillows can cause all sorts of physical problems if they fail to support your neck vertebrae including a stiff neck and even headaches. While you may put these ailments down to other causes, a simple change of pillow might help eliminate them altogether.

A good pillow will hold all your vertebrae in alingnment so that you don’t get problems with nerves being squeezed if your neck is too well supported or if your head has virtually no support on a pillow that is too soft to provide it.

So if you are planning to buy a new bed or mattress to gain that extra support you need, then it may also be a good idea to try out some pillows. Be sure to shop around for the pillow that is right for you. There is no one size fits all solution and there will be a wide variety of different fillings to choose from.

Posted by m6beds in M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Pillow Choice, Sofa Beds
Which Mattress Type Is Best For Athletes?

Which Mattress Type Is Best For Athletes?

If you’re an athlete sleep is a vital part of your routine. Sleep helps build muscle and aids recovery from work out sessions as well as lots of other restorative effects. It is also important for athletes to be able to get the support they need from choosing the right type of mattress. With this in mind, we look at the pros and cons of the most common mattress types suitable for athletes

Memory foam
Memory foam has increased in popularity over the past decade and offers an affordable alternative to most mattress types. The material used in memory foam mattresses is viscoelastic polyfoam which changes shape around the contours of the body when it is heated by body temperature. This makes ideal for those who like a softer mattress that doesn’t increase pressure on joints and the spine. The main disadvantage for some people with memory foam is its tendency to heat up. A memory foam mattress can also start to sag with age.

Coil Mattresses
Coil mattresses are the most popular type of mattress and as the name suggests the support in them is provided by steel coils. Coil mattresses are generally reinforced with layers of polyfoam to further bolster support and can be a good low cost alternative to other more expensive mattress types. Unlike memory foam, coil mattresses don’t conform to the body’s contours and support structures can deteriorate more rapidly than other mattress types.

Hybrid mattresses
If memory foam and coil mattresses don’t fit the bill then the compromise option is to go for a hybrid mattress. With a hybrid mattress you gain the benefits of memory foam and coils working together. One thing to consider with a hybrid though is the extra cost and the wide variety of firmness ratings. This means you will need to try out a few before deciding on which one is best. Also the memory foam component will still lead to problems with heat retention which can make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep if your temperature is already elevated from exercising.

For athletes like the rest of us choosing the right mattress is largely about how it feels to you individually. Cost can also be a factor but it is better to choose a mattress that will last and provide the necessary support.

Posted by m6beds in Athletes, Bedroom, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses