Why Women Need More Sleep

Why Women Need More Sleep

If you are a woman who never feels like you have had enough sleep while any men that you know seem to get by and have plenty of energy then you are not alone. According to scientific studies, women need more sleep than men on average.

In fact one study by British sleep scientists found that women need an extra 20 minutes of shut eye per night than men and also suffer the additional problem of being less likely to get their full quota of 7-8 hours.

As many studies have shown, a lack of sleep can contribute to a wide variety of ailments and illnesses, therefore it is important for women to consider ways to attain the right level of sleep to avoid it having an impact on health.

Obesity, heart disease and diabetes are just some of the health problems that can be at least partly triggered by long term lack of sleep. With the average female only get around 6 hours per night a significant sleep deficit is often built up over time.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways women can ensure they get enough sleep. One is to establish a regular sleep routine. Going to bed on time is particularly important as is avoiding snoozing and caffeine.

Investing in a comfortable mattress can also help, if you are sleeping on the wrong type of mattress for your body then this can have a big impact on how comfortable your bed is.

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Why Snoozing Isn’t A Good Idea

Why Snoozing Isn’t A Good Idea

Getting back into the routine of work after a break can be difficult, particularly when we get used to having a lie in. To counter these effects, people often reach for the snooze button so they can try and recreate that feeling of not having to get up right away.

It could also be said that snoozing has never been so good with unlimited snooze times on phones and alarm clocks to help indulge the habit. Unfortunately, while snoozing might feel good, like any other pleasurable activity it has its drawbacks.

Scientists who have studied the effects of snoozing on our brains and bodies have found that it can hinder rather than help us tackle the day ahead once we have managed to make it out from under the covers.

This is because our sleeping patterns are much better when they are consistent. If you start to meddle with the normal sleep and wake times, this is where problems with sleep can begin.

When we sleep the body prepares itself by dropping the core temperature and other physiological changes that can be disrupted when we dip in and out of sleep while snoozing. This can make us even more groggy when we do eventually get up and mess with all sorts of things like our appetites and future wake up times.

Getting a good night’s sleep should help you avoid needing to reach for the snooze button so it is important to make sure everything is set up right to help you get your full 7 to eight hours including a good quality mattress.

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The Best Colour Paint For Your Bedroom

The Best Colour Paint For Your Bedroom

People often choose colours they like for the bedroom rather than what may be the best colours to choose for what needs to be a soothing environment. So what are the best colours to paint your walls and what are the colours to avoid?

While it is great to experiment with colour in any setting, it does require some skill in interior design to get it right. Most of us take colours for granted, but they can actually have a big influence on how we feel and out moods. This makes it all the more important to get it right in the bedroom which is the place where we start and finish each day.

Certain colours make a bedroom feel particularly soothing such as blue. According to experts, lighter shades of blue soothe the mind but avoid darker shades which are likely to have the opposite effect.

Delicate shades of pink and apricot also have a similar soothing effect to light blue and they tend to make a room feel warmer too.

Colours to avoid are brilliant white and yellow. The former is not something we are attuned to in the natural world while yellow is a colour that makes us pay attention which can leave us feeling a bit irritable side in the mornings.

Once you have opted for your wall colour you may need to invest in some complementary bed coverings and cushions to complete your new colour scheme.

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Circadian Rhythm Explained

Circadian Rhythm Explained

We might all think we are on a higher plane than other animals but we are just as much at the mercy of our environment as the next creature. Time has the most profound impact on all of us and one way time manifests itself directly on our bodies is via something called the Circadian Rhythm which is essentially our internal body clock.

The critical function of the Circadian rhythm is to tell our bodies when to rest and go to sleep and when to wake up. Each Circadian cycle lasts around 24 hours and as long as everything is working well it shouldn’t cause us any problems.

Unfortunately, in today’s world our Circadian cycles can be disrupted by anything from long haul flights to staring at mobile phone screens before bed time before bed time.

Circadian rhythms are strongly influenced by the amount of light our eyes are exposed to particularly the natural kind. This is why when it goes dark we tend to feel more tired. If the transition between day and night is disrupted in some way then this can lead to illnesses such as depression and place other stresses on our bodies and minds.

The relatively simple way to keep your body clock in good working order is to spend time out doors so that the eyes are exposed to plenty of natural light and keep regular bed times to get your body used to shutting down for sleep.

It is also worth paying attention to the environment we are sleeping in. Is your bed comfortable for example? Is the mattress suitable for your sleep position?

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Why Sofa Beds are a Good Investment

Why Sofa Beds are a Good Investment

Pushed for space in your home, have you ever thought of investing in a sofa bed?
With the scarcity of new homes for sale and the rising cost of land to build them on, it is little wonder that our houses seem to be getting smaller.

This isn’t a problem if you live alone or as part of a couple, but you soon become acutely aware of the lack of space when guests come to stay or you start a family. It’s only then you realise there simply aren’t enough spare rooms in the house to accommodate everyone in comfort.

This is what makes a sofa a bed such an ideal purchase. if you’re short of space in your home and don’t want to make your guests sleep on the floor when they come to stay with you occasionally, then a good quality sofa bed can be just as comfortable as a bed, and then you can simply fold it all away in the daytime.

Sofa beds have come a long way over the years from humble beginnings when they really were only for an emergency. Today you will find lots of stylish sofa beds that are both comfortable and stylish.

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What type of mattress should I choose?

What type of mattress should I choose?

When all you want is something comfortable to sleep on and take away the stresses of today’s living, you might find trying to choose the right mattress a stressful business too. Here at M6 Beds, we’re keen to take the stress out of helping you find the right mattress with the following tips!

How much should I pay for a good mattress?

The size of your budget will obviously have some bearing on your choices, but you do tend to get what you pay for with mattresses. The more expensive mattresses will not only be more comfortable but they will last longer too.

Coil or foam?

You will find a large choice of mattresses available in most bed stores including some hybrid examples but you biggest decision will be whether to go for foam or coil mattresses. Memory foam for example will fit around the contours of your body giving you a very comfortable night’s sleep. If you prefer your mattress bouncy, then it has to be coil. Most people now opt for foam.

How firm should it be?

Some people like a firm mattress, some prefer soft but a lot depends on what type of sleeper you are. If you sleep on your back then medium firm is better, if you sleep on your stomach, then it is advisable to err on the side of above average firmness. If you tend to sleep on your side then you may find a softer mattress more comfortable.

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Old Beds Can Damage Your Health

Old Beds Can Damage Your Health

Why investing in a new bed is good for your health and wellbeing.

The optimum level of sleep an adult requires to be healthy is between 7 and 8 hours – any more or any less can be detrimental to your health, but there are few people who actually manage this on a regular basis.

So what’s the solution?

While much depends on lifestyle factors including, you could take a giant step towards a better night’s sleep with an investment in a new bed!

Many of the health problems caused by old beds relate to mattresses. A good mattress is an essential component of a good night’s sleep and numerous studies have found that sleeping on old mattresses can mean you’re getting less sleep than you should be.

Lack of sleep can lead to all sorts of problems such as stress, obesity, poor memory and you may even find yourself more at risk of having accidents, if you are tired and your reaction times are slow.

The accepted advice is you should change your mattress at least every 7 years and your bed too if it is starting to show its age.
Sleep is as important to us as the food we eat, so an investment in a new bed will always pay you back with far more than you put in.

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Top 3 Things You Need to Know Before Investing In A Bed

Top 3 Things You Need to Know Before Investing In A Bed

Most of us will spend a third of our lives sleeping and as long as you have chosen wisely, the bed you decide to buy should last you at least ten years.

With this in mind you need to think very carefully before you decide which bed to go for. Ultimately the type of bed you choose will depend on many things including budget, the type of bed and size amongst other things, however here are out top 5 things to consider to ensure you choose the right bed for you.

Is it comfortable?

It might sound obvious that you should try lying on the bed before your buy it, but many people don’t. There is no substitute for trying the bed out before you buy and if you are buying with your partner, they will need to be comfortable too.

Is it the right size?

Beds come in many different sizes but the size of the bed needs to be right for your bedroom. The last thing you need is to purchase a bed and have it take up far too much space in a tiny bedroom.

Do you need extra storage?

Beds can be ideal places to store extra items. Drawers under the bed can be particularly handy allowing you to use the space in the room the bed is likely to dominate.

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