How to makeover your bed without replacing it

How to makeover your bed without replacing it

Makeover your bed to fall in love with it all over again.

We’ve all done it before, daydreamed longingly about the warm, soft, enveloping embrace of our bed.

If you feel like you and your bed have drifted apart recently, it’s time to mix things up in the bedroom.

Here are a few simple ideas for making over your bed and regaining that spark.

Change your bed’s headboard

If you’re tired of the way your bed looks but don’t want to invest in a full new frame, changing your headboard is an inexpensive way of completely changing its aesthetics.

Whether you’re looking for a bold upholstered headboard, or a more minimal metal or wooden one, here at M6 Beds our team can help you to choose the perfect style.

Change your mattress or add a topper

If you’re more concerned about comfort than aesthetics it could be your bed’s mattress that’s letting you down. Get rid of an old or uncomfortable mattress and invest in a brand new one that suits your requirements for luxurious comfort.

Mattresses come in all different shapes, sizes and materials these days including open coil, pocket spring, natural filling, memory foam and medical grade foam. Choosing the right type of mattress for you will make a significant difference to your comfort and quality of sleep.

If you can’t afford a new mattress at the moment, then an inexpensive mattress topper could provide you with some added comfort in the meantime.

Invest in new bedding

New bedding can have a positive impact on both your comfort and your bed’s visual appeal. Select bedding made from high quality materials in a design that complements your bedroom’s décor. Bed sheets made from natural materials like Egyptian cotton, bamboo and silk tend to be more breathable and cooling than manmade materials and softer, smoother and more luxurious against the skin.

For help and advice with making over your bed, get in touch with our team here at M6 Beds by calling us on 01270 879 379.

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Creating the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep

Creating the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep

Making a few simple changes to your bedroom could help you to sleep more soundly and improve your health and wellbeing.

A good night’s sleep has countless benefits, it can improve your mood, keep you healthy, and help you to perform at your best during the day.

Use the tips in this blog to turn your bedroom into the perfect environment for falling asleep fast and sleeping more soundly.

Comfortable mattress and bedding

On average, we spend one third of our lives in bed, so it’s worth investing in a good quality mattress to make the space as comfortable and inviting as possible.

Take the time to figure out which mattress and bedding best suits your sleeping style and requirements to ensure that you are properly supported and comfortable whilst you sleep.

Choosing the right mattress and bedding will not only help you to get a better quality of sleep, it can also help to improve your posture and reduce stiffness, aches and pains.

Remove technology

Gadgets and technology don’t have a place in the bedroom. Not only can using electronic gadgets immediately before bed stimulate our minds, making it more difficult to get to sleep. The blue light emitted from screens can also disrupt our natural circadian rhythm by suppressing our body’s production of melatonin, causing a disrupted night’s sleep.

Add blackout curtains

Keep your bedroom as dark as possible to help to regulate your body’s circadian rhythm and improve the quality of sleep you’re getting. Reducing both natural and artificial light can help you to achieve the optimum amount of sleep, leaving you feeling alert and rested the next morning.

Make it quiet

Making sure that your bedroom is quiet can help you to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Eliminate unwanted noise from your bedroom by banishing technology that could emit noisy notifications or annoying whirring or buzzing sounds. If noises that are beyond your control are keeping you awake, try using a white noise machine to block out distracting sounds. White noise machines play at a consistent frequency and volume which many people find soothing.

Improve your quality of sleep by speaking to one of our experts here at M6 beds about which of our mattresses can provide you with the highest level of comfort. Give our team a call on 01270 879 379 and we’ll be happy to help.

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Tips for getting some sleep if your partner snores

Sleeping in the same bed as someone who snores can cause significant sleep disruption and annoyance.

Getting into bed with a loved one and cosying up under the covers for a good night’s sleep should be relaxing and comforting, unless of course your significant other is a snorer.

Whilst most people can still function ok after one or two nights of disrupted sleep, if constant thunderous snoring is keeping you awake night after night it will begin to drive you to despair.

Whilst disrupted sleep is very irritating, it can also have more serious effects on your health and wellbeing, so it’s very important to find a solution that helps you to get more sleep if your partner snores.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Ear plugs– Soft foam ear plugs may be your first port of call. You can purchase cheap sleep-specific ear plugs that are soft and comfortable when you lie against them, you’ll hardly feel that they’re there and they should dim the racket to a more bearable level.

Background noise– Some people swear by white noise machines and other background noises to help them to get to sleep. Whilst adding more noise into the mix may seem counterintuitive, background noises like white noise play at a soothing, consistent frequency that can help mask the sound of snoring and give you an alternative noise to focus on.

Go to bed earlier– If you struggle to get to sleep because of your partner’s snoring it may help to go to bed earlier than them. With a head start, you can get to sleep before the noise begins.

Help them try to stop snoring– Often, there is a reason why someone snores. Work with your partner to experiment with different lifestyle changes to see if their snoring can be cured or reduced.

Sleep separately– If all else fails then it’s not worth damaging your health and wellbeing over sleeping in the same bed. Continue to work on finding the root cause of your partner’s snoring and sleep in separate beds in the meantime. Don’t forget to set aside alternative times in the day for spending much-needed quality time together.

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Napping dos and don’ts

Follow these simple dos and don’ts to start getting more out of your daytime naps.

If you’re feeling sleep deprived, napping can help to aid relaxation and combat fatigue, improving your mood and performance for the rest of the day ahead. That is, if you’re doing it right.

Follow these simple napping dos and don’ts to start feeling the full benefit of your naps.

Napping dos

Nap for less than 30 minutes– Power napping is the way forward! Usually you will find that if you keep your naps less than 30 minutes long you will wake up feel refreshed, bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Any longer and you increase the risk of suffering from sleep inertia, where you wake up feeling disorientated and groggy.

Nap in a relaxing environment– Always try to find somewhere cool, comfortable, dark and quiet where you can lie down for your nap. This will help you get good quality sleep and wake up feeling relaxed. Drawing the curtains in your bedroom is the best option.

Nap in the early afternoon– We tend to naturally feel more tired in the early afternoon just after lunch, so this is a great time to nap if you’re going to! Any earlier and you may struggle to get to sleep and any later and your nap could interfere with getting to sleep at night.

Napping don’ts

Nap after 3pm– Napping after 3pm is usually a bad idea as it can interfere with your ability to get to sleep at night. If your naps start to impact your sleep at night, then it will only increase your fatigue the next day and so the cycle continues.

Nap for too long– Waking up at the wrong point of your sleep cycle can really backfire, making you feel groggy, grumpy and worse than you did before the nap. Keep your naps under 30 minutes long where possible, and if you do feel like you require a longer nap then aim for around 90 minutes as this is roughly the length of a complete sleep cycle.

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How to deal with a child that hates bedtime

Most children will go through a phase at some point in their lives where going to bed seems like the worst thing in the world.

As an adult, it’s hard to imagine how the prospect of getting into bed could possibly be so terrible, but the world is an exciting place for children and lying in bed is boring!

If you’ve come to dread the nightly battle of bedtime, try implementing some of the tips in this blog for a more peaceful approach.

Change the time– If your child is taking a long time to get to sleep or becoming overly upset about bedtime, it could be because they’re going too early or too late. Try adjusting bedtime by 15 minutes at a time until you find a time that suits your child. Different children have different sleep needs, and when we get overtired the body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol which can make it difficult to fall asleep.

Change the routine– If your current routine isn’t working, change it. Perhaps you’re not giving your child enough quiet time to wind down before bed, or maybe introducing a bath at bedtime would help to relax them, or perhaps you simply need to change the order of the routine.

Be positive about sleep– If your child hates bedtime then it’s important to remember to speak positively about sleep and going to bed and never use it as a threat or punishment. Speak to your child about the benefits of sleep and try rephrasing “it’s time for bed” with something like “let’s go and have a cuddle and read a story”.

Create a bed your child loves – Work with your child to create a sleep environment that they enjoy to spending time in. Invest in the bunk beds,princess canopy, or Thomas the Tank Engine bed they’ve always wanted. Try using a star projector, glow in the dark stars for the ceiling, a new duvet set, or a CD of soothing sounds or music. It’s worth giving whatever it is that makes your child look forward to getting into bed a try, as it could help to break the negative association with sleep.

Be consistent– Once you’ve found a routine or technique that seems to work, stick with it consistently so that your child always knows what to expect.

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Foods to eat for a good night’s sleep

A few tweaks to your diet could help you to start nodding off quicker and sleeping more soundly.

Poor quality sleep can leave you feeling fatigued, irritable and demotivated during the day, and over time can even begin to affect your overall health and wellbeing.

With over one third of the UK population suffering from insomnia, it’s important to understand what can be done to naturally encourage a sound night’s sleep.

Just a few of the lifestyle changes that can be made to improve sleep include exercising regularly, creating a comfortable sleep environment, sticking to a sleep routine, and eating foods that promote sleep.

So, which foods should you be adding to your diet, and how do they help you to sleep better?

Some foods have relaxing properties that help to calm our minds, others contain sleep-inducing hormones that perform processes in our bodies that help us to nod off and get a good night’s sleep.

Sleep-inducing foods

Here are a few of the best foods to eat with your evening meal to promote a good night’s sleep.

Nuts – Nuts like almonds and walnuts are an excellent source of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Almonds also contain magnesium, which is said to improve sleep quality and is often recommended to those that suffer from insomnia.

Warm milk – Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan as well as the hormone melatonin. Your body turns tryptophan into a B vitamin called Niacin which is then used to create serotonin, a chemical that is involved in sleep regulation. There is also psychologically something very comforting and relaxing about a warm mug of milk before bed.

Herbal tea – If you can’t face warm milk, try a soothing mug of herbal tea instead. Chamomile, valerian root and passionflower tea are all said to have particularly relaxing properties.

Fruit – Kiwi fruits and tart cherry juice both have high melatonin and serotonin content. Bananas are also a good source of tryptophan.

Starchy carbs – Some studies have shown that eating starchy carbs with your evening meal can help you to fall asleep faster.This is thought to be because eating them boosts production of tryptophan and serotonin.

And the top foods to avoid?

Foods and drinks containing caffeine and sugar should be avoided too close to bedtime as they can energise you, leaving your mind racing and your eyes wide open.

Drinking alcohol in the evening should also be avoided because although it may help you conk out quicker, it often results in a disrupted night’s sleep.

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What is the difference between hypoallergenic and anti-allergy bedding?

What is the difference between hypoallergenic and anti-allergy bedding?

With almost half of the UK’s population suffering from at least one allergy, there is huge demand for allergy-friendly bedding.

If there’s one thing that can really disrupt a good night’s sleep, it’s the uncomfortable symptoms of an allergy. With lack of sleep affecting everything from our performance at school or work to our mood, we’ll do anything to keep allergies at bay during the night.

One of the best ways to protect yourself from allergens at night is to invest in bedding that reduces allergens or creates a barrier between you and them.

But with so many options available, all the different products and terminology can be confusing. We’re going to explain some of the differences to help you to make informed buying decisions.

Hypoallergenic vs anti-allergy

Hypoallergenic and anti-allergy are terms that are often used interchangeably, but actually refer to two different properties.

Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic bedding is less likely to trigger allergies because it is made from materials that reduce the number of allergens present or keep allergens at bay.

Made from natural materials, hypoallergenic bedding is gentle on the skin unlike synthetic fabrics which can cause irritation.

Natural hypoallergenic materials also have a high thread count. Materials with a high thread count are woven more tightly, creating a better barrier between you and allergens.

Anti-allergy

Anti-allergy bedding, on the other hand, is chemically-treated to prevent dust mites from surviving within it.

Anti-allergy options are usually made from synthetic materials, allowing them to be washed at a high temperature to get rid of allergens.

It is possible to get an allergy-friendly version of most bedding products, from your basic mattress, duvet and pillow, to protectors and encasements.

Speak to one of our experts here at M6 beds by giving us a call on 01270 879 379 for further advice about which of our products are most suitable for allergy sufferers.

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How to make your bed an allergy-free zone

How to make your bed an allergy-free zone

Allergies can cause real discomfort at the best of times, but it you find yourself regularly suffering the symptoms whilst in bed it can begin to impact your overall health and wellbeing.

A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy and rested body and mind. If you’re finding that your sleep is constantly being disrupted by symptoms of an allergy, then it’s time to act to make your bed an allergy-free zone.

Here are our top 6 tips for banishing allergens from your bed.

Hypoallergenic or anti-allergy bedding– A hypoallergenic or anti-allergy mattress, pillows, duvet, cases and covers can all help to ward off dust mites and reduce your contact with allergens.

Mattress encasement– Those with allergies may benefit from investing in a zippered, anti-allergy mattress encasement. Standard bedsheets allow allergens like dust and dust mites to pass freely through the fabric. A mattress encasement creates an effective barrier between you and the allergens.

Vacuum your mattress– Vacuuming your mattress regularly is an important part of caring for your mattressand keeping it clean. If you have allergies you may wish to increase the frequency with which you perform this job. Rather than vacuuming the mattress monthly you may wish to do it every time you change the sheets.

Shower before bed– Throughout the day you will collect allergens on your clothes, skin and hair, and showering before bed will help to prevent those allergens then being transferred to your bed.

Keep pets away– There’s nothing cats and dogs love more than curling up on your duvet and pillows in the cosiest spot in the house. Whether or not you’re allergic to your pet, they can carry unwanted allergens in their fur so banning them from the bedroom is a no-brainer.

Don’t store things under the bed– That rarely used space just below your bed can quickly gather dust and turn into a breeding ground for dust mites. Keep it clear from clutter to make it easier to regularly vacuum under the bed.

Speak to one of our experts here at M6 beds by giving us a call on 01270 879 379 for further advice about which of our products are most suitable for allergy sufferers.

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3 theories about dreams

3 theories about dreams

Most people have a collection of dreams that will stay in their minds forever, either for their happy, disturbing, or downright bizarre nature.

Throughout history people have always been fascinated by dreams, from the Ancient Greeks to history’s most famous psychologist Sigmund Freud, everyone has had theories about why we dream and what our dreams really mean.

The three most prominent theories about dreams are:

Predictions about the future

Many of us have experienced that strange feeling of déjà vu that we’ve previously dreamt what we’re now experiencing, making it not so hard to imagine how the Romans and the Ancient Greeks believed that dreams could predict the future.

Insights into our unconscious minds

Psychoanalysts of the 19thand 20thcentury like Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud came up with the theory that our dreams are an insight into our unconscious minds. This theory prompted the creation of many dream dictionariesexplaining what each different aspect of a dream could symbolise. Many people still enjoy ‘decoding’ the hidden meaning behind their dreams in this way.

Random thoughts without meaning

Many modern neuroscientists now believe that our dreams don’t have any real meaning, they’re just a side-effect of the neurological activity that occurs whilst we sleep. When we sleep our brains consolidate our memories, processing what we have learnt that day, storing some information and getting rid of the rest. Some people believe that random thoughts and dreams are triggered by this process.

Whatever you believe about dreams, there’s no denying that its fascinating what our minds can come up with whilst we’re fast asleep.

Even if they don’t have any true meaning or insight, there’s no saying that we can’t still be inspired or learn from our dreams. So, create an inviting and relaxing space to sleep, get comfortable, and get dreaming.

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Why sleepless or disrupted nights are bad for your health

Why sleepless or disrupted nights are bad for your health

Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling grumpy and irritable the next day, but did you know if can also be bad for your health?

Without sleep, we wouldn’t survive very long. Even after just one night of disrupted sleep many people will experience a negative impact on their mood and mental functioning. This is because our bodies use the time that we sleep to perform some very important jobs that are vital to our wellbeing.

Why is sleep so important?

Our brains use those valuable hours that we are asleep to process everything it has learnt during the day and for the body to restore and repair itself.

Just a few important processes that happen whilst we sleep include:

  • The stress hormone, cortisol, lowers.
  • Your brain creates long-term memories.
  • Hormones are released.
  • Cells in your body grow and repair.
  • Your immune system fights inflammation and infection.

What problems can sleep deprivation cause?

Prolonged periods of disrupted sleep or sleep deprivation will not only cause extreme fatigue but can also be a real danger to our health and wellbeing.

Just a few of the health problems that can be caused by sleep deprivation include:

  • Impaired memory
  • Weakened immunity
  • Mood swings
  • Mental health problems like anxiety and depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure resulting in a risk of heart disease
  • Higher risk of diabetes

It is said that the optimal amount of sleep required by the average adult is somewhere between 6 and 8 hours a night. If you are regularly getting less sleep than this then you may find yourself yawning a lot and feeling very drowsy and irritable during the day, sure signs that you’re sleep deprived.

Getting enough sleep is vital to your health, and the average person will spend one third of their life in bed, so it’s worth investing in a bed, mattress, and bedding that are comfortable and inviting.

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