Month: April 2019

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.

Posted by m6beds in M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Sleep Better
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.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Buying Tips, Bed Care, Buy The Right Bed, Dreams, Improve Sleep Patterns, Invest In A Bigger Bed, Investing in a Bed, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress
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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