Month: October 2019

Should I buy my child a double bed?

Should I buy my child a double bed?

Have double beds really become the new norm for today’s kids?

If your child has been nagging you to swap their old single bed for a double that rivals yours, then you’re not alone.

Over recent years, sales of single beds have fallen whilst doubles have risen.  Studies have shown that this trend is due to more kids having a double bed in their bedroom.

One study suggested that the ‘digitalisation’ of kids’ bedrooms is to blame. Children are spending more time in their bedrooms playing and socialising on laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones, and a double bed allows them to do so in comfort.

Another contributing factor is families making purchasing decisions with longevity in mind. Teenagers often request a double bed, and when your teenager moves out, a bedroom with a double bed can easily be turned into a guest room, so a double may seem like a more future-proof option than a single.

Should I buy my child a double bed?

Whether or not a double bed is right for your child depends on a variety of factors including the size of their bedroom and your budget.

It may seem like a bit of a luxury if you always had a single bed as a child, but if your child has enough space and you can afford it, then why not?

Many retailers now even sell children’s bedding in double sizes because of the high demand.

Having an extra double bed in the house can also come in useful if you have guests visiting. Compromise with your child, they can have a double bed in their room, providing they’re happy to give it up when you have visitors.

If your child’s room is a bit small for a double, you could invest in a day bed instead. A day bed can be pushed away into a single when floorspace is required but pulled out into a double when they want space to sprawl or you have guests staying.

Having said that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping the single bed if that’s your preference. Many younger kids love the idea of having bunk beds for extra space and in case they have friends over to stay too.

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Pros and cons of memory foam mattresses

Pros and cons of memory foam mattresses

There’s a lot of hype around memory foam mattresses. Many people swear by them for a comfortable and pain-free night’s sleep, but they’re not right for everyone.

Read our honest guide to the pros and cons of memory foam mattresses to help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

Pros

Moulds to the shape of your body – The main advantage of choosing a memory foam mattress is the way it moulds itself to the shape of your body, keeping you feeling cosy and comfortable all night long.

Pressure relief – Memory foam evenly distributes your body’s weight to relieve those painful pressure points. This can help you sleep better and wake up feeling more rested and comfortable rather than full of aches and pains.

Warm – Memory foam mattresses absorb your body heat in order tomould to the shape of your body, keeping you feeling warm and comfortable even when it’s cold outside the covers.

Anti-allergy – Memory foam protects your mattress from dirt and debris, making it an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.

Cons

Can get hot – Whilst memory foam mattresses can keep you feeling lovely and warm in the winter, some people find them uncomfortably hot, particularly during the summer months.

New smell – Memory foam contains some chemicals, which means that when the mattress is brand new it can have a distinct smell to begin with. Taking the time to properly air the mattress before you begin using it can help to get rid of the smell quicker.

Price – Memory foam mattresses are generally more expensive than traditional coil or pocket sprung mattresses, so it’s important to be sure that it’s the right choice for you before investing.

Sinking – Some people find that they don’t like the feeling of “sinking” into the mattress. Once your memory foam mattress has adjusted to your sleeping position, it can also take a little bit of time to readjust to your body again if you change positions.

For further help and advice choosing a mattress, give our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379.

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Choosing a mattress when you suffer from back pain

Choosing a mattress when you suffer from back pain

Choosing the right mattress can be difficult at the best of times, but it’s even trickier when you suffer with back pain.

Investing in a new mattress is a big commitment, and one that could have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing, so it’s important to choose carefully.

When you have a bad back, the mattress you sleep on can either help to alleviate or aggravate back pain, significantly impacting your quality of life.

Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all for people with back pain. The type of mattress most suited to you will depend on many different factors including:

  • The severity of your pain.
  • The area of your back affected.
  • The cause of your back pain.
  • Your preferred sleeping position.
  • Your budget.

How can a mattress alleviate back pain?

Whilst the right mattress is unlikely to cure your back pain, it can help you to get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling less sore and more relaxed and rested.

The main thing that you want from your mattress if you have a bad back is support. Your mattress should distribute your weight evenly in order to relieve pressure points and support the spine.

A mattress that is too soft or too firm can cause your spine to become unaligned, worsening your symptoms.

What types of mattress are good for back pain?

Pocket spring mattress– Pocket sprung mattresses have individual springs that move independently, allowing them to distribute weight better than open coil mattresses.

Memory foam mattress– Memory foam mattresses use body heat to mould to the shape of your body, effectively relieving pressure points and keeping the spine aligned.

Medical grade reflex foam mattress– Medical grade foam moulds to your body shape just like memory foam, however it doesn’t require body heat to do so, making them a cooler more comfortable option.

For more help and advice choosing the right mattress, get in touch with our team here at M6 beds by giving us a call on 01270 879 379.

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6 bedtime drinks that encourage a good night’s sleep

6 bedtime drinks that encourage a good night’s sleep

Sipping one of these sleep-inducing drinks before bed could help you to get a better night’s sleep.

If you suffer from insomnia or are particularly restless at night, it’s important to watch what you drink before bed.

Swap drinks containing alcohol, caffeine, or sugar for one of these sleep-inducing beverages to relax before bed and improve your chances or sleeping soundly.

Herbal teas

Lemon balm

The herb lemon balm is part of the mint family and has been used to aid sleep since the Middle Ages.

Lemon balm aids sleep and helps to combat insomnia by relaxing muscles and calming the mind

Chamomile

Chamomile tea is made using the flowers of the chamomile plant and is characterised by its earthy but floral flavour.

When drunk as a tea, chamomile has a mild, natural sedative effect which not only aids sleep, but can also help to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.

Valerian root

Valerian root has been used to promote calmness, relieve stress and aid sleep for many centuries.

It isn’t as easy to find as chamomile and lemon balm in the herbal tea aisle in supermarkets since it can become addictive and so should be used sparingly and with care.

Warm milk

From birth we associate warm milk with comfort, cosiness and sleep.

Both cow’s milk and almond milk contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Almond milk also contains magnesium, which can help with relaxation.

Fruit drinks

Tart cherry juice

A recent 2010 study found that tart cherry juice can help you to stay asleep longer and sleep more soundly.

This is because the juice is rich in the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and the compounds tryptophan and anthocyanin which help the body to create more melatonin.

Banana smoothie

Bananas contain tryptophan, magnesium and potassium, which are excellent for inducing sleep and relaxing muscles.

Rather than munching a banana on its own, blend it up with some milk to create a delicious bedtime drink.

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