Month: August 2019

Wind down activities to try including in your toddler’s bedtime routine

Wind down activities to try including in your toddler’s bedtime routine

A consistent bedtime routine can help your toddler to wind down before bed, drift off faster, and sleep more soundly.

Helping your toddler with their bedtime routine can be a lovely way to spend some quality time together at the end of a busy day, away from distractions.

It is recommended that a bedtime routine takes somewhere between 30 minutes and one hour.

There are some basic elements of the bedtime routine that you will always keep, like changing into pyjamas, and brushing teeth, but as your toddler grows and develops, you may want to add in some new activities too.

Here are a few ideas for fun and calming activities to try with your toddler to help them get ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Talk about their day– Help your toddler to reflect on their day by asking what they’ve done, what made them happy, and what they’d like to do the next day.

Read a book– Let your child pick a book and read them a bedtime story.

Toddler yoga– Practising yoga has numerous mental and physical benefits. It is thought that it can help to improve their focus, strength, and coordination, as well as improving mindfulness and reducing anxiety and stress. There are now plenty of toddler yoga books to buy and free guided sessions available on YouTube to help you get your toddler stretching and feeling relaxed before bed.

Applying moisturiser– It’s a good idea to apply a natural moisturiser to your child’s delicate skin regularly, so why not combine it with a relaxing massage before bed?

Sing a lullaby– Singing a lullaby to or with your child can be a soothing end to the day.

Storytelling– Rather than reading a book, tell your toddler stories from your childhood, from your imagination, or ask them to tell you one.

Bath– Add a couple of drops of a relaxing essential oil like lavender to your toddler’s bath and let the scented warm water do its magic.

Meditation – Teaching your toddler some basic meditation techniques and practising them before bed, is not only fun, but teaches them a valuable lesson in how to switch off and calm a busy mind.

Posted by m6beds in Better Night’s Sleep, Buy The Right Bed, Children Bedtime Stories, Kids, Kids Sleeping Patterns, M6 Beds, Toddler’s bedtime routine
What’s the difference between memory foam and reflex foam mattresses?

What’s the difference between memory foam and reflex foam mattresses?

Before choosing a foam mattress, read this blog to find out the key differences between memory foam and reflex foam mattresses.

Both memory foam and reflex foam mattresses can provide more superior support than traditional pocket sprung and open coil mattress because of their ability to mould to the body’s shape.

Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam mattressesare made from a temperature-sensitive material that reacts to body heat, moulding its shape to the body’s contours.

This helps to provide optimal pressure distribution, relieving pressure points for a more comfortable night’s sleep.

This makes it an excellent choice for people with aching joints and muscles.

Reflex foam mattresses

Medical grade reflex foam mattressesrespond to the weight and shape of the body, moulding to its contours and providing a comfortable night’s sleep.

This type of foam mattress is excellent for ensuring good spine alignment and is popularly used as an orthopaedic mattress.

Key differences between memory foam and reflex foam

Temperature sensitivity

Memory foam mattresses require body heat in order to mould to the body’s shape, whilst reflex foam mattresses do not. A memory foam mattress will absorb body heat, which can make some people feel uncomfortably warm at night. Reflex foam, on the other hand, is not temperature sensitive, allowing it to provide a cooler, dryer and more comfortable sleeping surface.

Sinking

Some people feel like they ‘sink’ into memory foam mattresses, making it difficult to move around and get comfortable at night. Reflex foam does not experience the same sinking as memory foam.

To speak to a member of our team about our memory foam and reflex foam mattresses, and for advice on which option is more suited to your requirements, give us a call here at M6 Beds on 01270 879 379.

Posted by m6beds in M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, reflex foam mattresses
How to sleep better when you’re going through the menopause

How to sleep better when you’re going through the menopause

Hot flushes, sweating, and insomnia are just some of the uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause that can disrupt sleep.

Sleepless or disrupted nights can have a negative effect on your health and wellbeing, so it’s important to do everything you can to create a comfortable sleep environment during the menopause.

Here are just a few ways to keep cool and ward off discomfort from hot flushes during the night.

Wear light and airy clothing to bed–Whilst it may be tempting to sleep naked to keep cool, wearing the right clothing can actually keep you feeling more comfortable when a hot flush strikes. This is because if you sweat when you’re naked, the sweat will remain on your body and bed sheets, and when it cools you will be left feeling damp and clammy. If you wear loose fitting clothing made from natural or specialist materials, the clothing can wick the sweat away from your body to keep you feeling dry and comfortable all night.

Choose bedding in natural materials– Avoid bedding made from cheap, synthetic materials. Instead, invest in bedding made from 100% cotton or silk, these materials are softer, cooler and more breathable. Allowing air to circulate and keeping your body cooler during the night.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed– Both alcohol and drinks containing caffeine can disrupt sleep, so it’s best to avoid drinking them as much as possible, particularly in the evening. Alcohol can actually cause night sweats, so drinking it before bed could also trigger a hot flush.

Keep your bedroom cool–Keep your bedroom at a cool and comfortable temperature by ensuring the heating goes off well before you head to bed. During the hotter months, keep your curtains or blinds drawn in the day to prevent the sun heating up the bedroom and open your window in the evening before bed to get some cool air circulating.

Invest in a high quality, temperature-regulating mattress – As well as your pyjamas and bed sheets, your mattress also plays a big part in how hot you feel in bed. Investing in a good quality mattress can help to regulate your temperature and keep you feeling cool during the night. Reflex foam mattresses and mattresses with a natural filling like cotton, silk, mohair or horsehair can be particularly effective at helping you to regulate your body temperature.

For further help choosing a mattress and bedding that will keep you cool and comfortable at night. Give our team of experts here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379.

Posted by m6beds in Bedroom, Buy The Right Bed, Health, Hot Weather, Improve Sleep Patterns, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds
How to get a good night’s sleep in hot weather

How to get a good night’s sleep in hot weather

With glorious days of sunshine comes sticky, uncomfortable, and restless nights. Here’s how to get a good night’s sleep during a heatwave.

During this July’s record-breaking hot temperatures, some parts of the country soared to a roasting 38.5 degrees Celsius.

As we’re more accustomed to milder summer weather here in the UK, many of us were feeling sweaty, uncomfortable and tired after hot, restless nights tossing and turning in bed.

Very hot temperatures put us at risk of dehydration, overheating, heatstroke, and exhaustion, so it’s important to take precautions to keep cool.

Use the tips in this blog to create a comfortable sleep environment and keep cool at night to help you stay rested and refreshed during the hot weather.

  • Keep the curtains or blinds in your bedroom drawn throughout the day to keep the room cooler.
  • Drink plenty of water during the day and keep a glass of water by your bedside.
  • Avoid exercising within 3 hours of going to bed.
  • Have a cool shower or bath just before bed to lower your body temperature.
  • Turn off electrical devices in your bedroom.
  • Open your bedroom window when you go to bed, but not before, to keep out hot air.
  • Keep a spray bottle by your bedside to spritz your face with cold water if you wake up hot and sweaty.
  • Wear cotton night clothes.
  • Sleep with a thin sheet over you.
  • Turn on a fan.
  • If you have a fan, put a pan of ice in front of it to cool the air it’s circulating.
  • Sleep with a hot water bottle filled with ice and water.
  • Invest in a mattress with a natural filling.

High quality mattresses with natural fillings can keep you cool during the night and help your body to regulate its temperature. Cotton, silk, mohair, and horsehair fillings are particularly effective at keeping you cool whilst you sleep.

Give our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379 to find out more about any of our mattresses.

Posted by m6beds in Hot Weather, Hot Weather Sleep Hacks, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds