Month: February 2020

Why you should stop making your bed now

Have you ever stopped to consider that making your bed first thing in the morning could be unhygienic?

On average, we spend one third of our lives in bed. That’s a lot of time spent wriggling around, shedding skin and sweating under the covers.

This creates the perfect environment for dust mites, microscopic critters that love damp and humid environments.

Studies have found that the average bed contains 1.5 million dust mites, and ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow is made up from dead dust mites and their droppings.

Whilst you may have been taught from a young age to make your bed as soon as you get up to keep your bedroom looking neat and tidy, this could actually be quite a disgusting habit.

Crawling out of a warm bed and immediately pulling up the covers traps the warm humid air in your bedding and mattress and helps to nurture the thriving colonies of dust mites.

A study performed by Kingston University, found that dust mites cannot survive in warm and dry conditions, so, great news, an unmade bed is healthier and more hygienic!

When you leave your duvet pulled back during the day it helps the bed to air, drying any moisture and killing off dust mites.

This is particularly important if you’re an allergy sufferer as dust mites can aggravate existing allergies and asthma.

Many people also vacuum their mattress to get rid of dust mites. This can be done once every couple of months or so by lightly sprinkling your mattress with baking soda, letting it sit for at least 15 minutes, and then vacuuming the baking soda back up.

This will not only suck up some of the live dust mites, but also a lot of the dead ones too.

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The top reasons to invest in a bigger bed

The top reasons to invest in a bigger bed

If you or your partner are suffering from disturbed sleep, it could be a sign that you’ve outgrown your bed.

On average, people spend one third of their lives lying in bed, so it’s important to your quality of life that you ensure that your sleep environment is as comfortable as possible.

If you feel like your sleep is constantly being disturbed by the other person in the bed with you, then this is a sure sign that it’s time to invest in a bigger bed.

Beds are available in a variety of sizes, from the standard double, to queen size, king size, and even larger European sizes. Moving up a size may not be as expensive as you think and could have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing, helping you to feel more rested and refreshed.

Here are the top two reasons why people choose to invest in a bigger bed.

Disrupting each other’s sleep

Did you know that the average person wriggles around between 60 and 70 times each night? Sleeping in too close a proximity to someone else can cause your sleep to be constantly disrupted, making you feel tired and irritable the following day, and sometimes even effecting your health, memory and concentration. A bigger bed offers the space to move around freely without disturbing, or being disturbed by, your significant other.

You’ve had or are having a baby

If you bought your bed as a couple and have since gone on to have children, then your bed might be starting to feel a little cramped. Even if you swore never to bedshare with your children, they have a habit of finding a way to wriggle their way in when you’re too tired to protest! You may also find a bigger bed beneficial during pregnancy, when a growing bump can cause extra tossing and turning during the night and the introduction of bulky body pillows into the bed too.

Ready to upgrade to a bigger bed? Visit M6 Beds and browse our showroom containing over 160 beds of varying sizes.

 

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Is too much sleep bad for you?

Is too much sleep bad for you?

Getting enough sleep helps to look after our physical and mental wellbeing, but is it possible to get too much sleep?

When it comes to sleep, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Getting enough sleep is very important as it helps our bodies to rest and regenerate, ready for the next day. But there’s a fine line between getting your beauty sleep and oversleeping.

The amount of sleep needed each night differs from one person to the next and changes over the course of a person’s lifetime. However, as a rough guide, experts usually recommend that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night.

If you find that you’re sleeping significantly more than this, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder or medical problem.

Research has found that people who regularly oversleep are more at risk of developing several serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Oversleeping is also a common symptom of several sleep disorders, including:

  • Idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Hypersomnia

People who sleep for more than 10-12 hours a day may be suffering from a sleep disorder called Hypersomnia.

Symptoms of hypersomnia include sleeping excessively, including during the day, difficulty waking from sleep, sleep inertia and cognitive impairment.

What to do if you’re oversleeping

If you find yourself regularly oversleeping or feeling excessively tired, it’s important to speak to your doctor so that they can check that the problem is not a symptom of a more serious health condition.

If, after being examined by a doctor they find no cause for concern, the following tips may help you to deal with oversleeping.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Avoid medications that cause drowsiness where possible.
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How often should you wash your bedding?

How often should you wash your bedding?

Whilst there’s nothing better than climbing in between fresh sheets, changing the bedsheets is an arduous task that many people are guilty of putting off for longer than they’d like.

Whilst your bedsheets may look clean enough, have you considered the amount of dirt, sweat and debris that could have built up under the covers?

According to an article published in Metro, 28% of Brits change their bedsheets once a week, 40% every fortnight, and 24% wait 3-4 weeks before washing their bedding – where do you fall?

According to experts, the following timescales should be used as a rough guide as to how often you should wash your bedding to keep it hygienic.

Sheet, duvet cover and pillowcases

Whilst the majority of us leave our bedsheets on for two weeks before washing them, most experts recommend that bedsheets are changed for clean ones weekly.

Make sure that you’re washing your sheets on a hot wash of at least 60 degrees to kill pathogens.

Mattress protector

Unless you spill something on your mattress protector, you can usually leave it a couple of months between washes as it’s not being directly lain on.

Duvet and pillows

Many people are guilty of only ever washing their bedsheets and neglecting to wash their pillows and duvet. Over time, your pillows and duvet will collect a huge amount of dead skin and dust mites, which can be unhygienic and exacerbate allergies.

You will benefit from washing your duvet and pillows at least twice per year. If your washing machine’s drum isn’t big enough or you have no means of drying them then this may be a job for the dry cleaners.

Whilst these timescales can be used as a rough guide, if any of the following apply to you, then you will benefit from cleaning your bedding more frequently.

  • You suffer from allergies.
  • You have pets that are allowed in the bedroom.
  • You or your partner sweat a lot in bed.
  • You have a young baby.
  • You have eaten in bed.
  • You have been unwell.

If it’s time to invest in a new pillow, mattress, or mattress protector, visit M6 Beds, we stock a huge range of high quality bed accessories at affordable prices.

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