Month: March 2020

How to choose the right bed for growing kids

How to choose the right bed for growing kids

Toddler beds are an unnecessary extra expense

Although they’re all the rage, a toddler bed – which is essentially a frame that makes sure a child does not roll out of it at night as well as giving them a similar snug feeling to their cot – is something they will quickly grow too big for. ‘A toddler bed can be a good alternative for children who are finding the transition to a ”big” bed difficult’.

Cleanliness is important

It is extremely important to keep your Childs bed as clean as possible.

The best way to avoid a dirt mattress is:

  • clean bed sheets weekly, including pillow cases and duvet cover.
  • air out the bed with no sheets on for at least two hours when you change the sheets.
  • these two hours are ideal for cleaning the room, which includes both dusting and vacuuming.

In general, a clean and tidy home (and bedroom) is a good way of controlling the spread of illness.

The importance of having a good mattress

A good mattress will support your whole body and ensure that your spine is in a neutral position while you sleep. Finding the right mattress that will give ensure a great night’s sleep as your children are getting both the right support as well as the right comfort level.

 

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How to wash your duvet (at home)

How to wash your duvet (at home)

A duvet can be made from down or synthetic fibres. A duvet is an insert that is placed inside a duvet cover, much like a pillow with a pillow cover. Our preference is a duvet with a duvet cover – you can then protect your duvet and wash the duvet cover with sheets – this is a great option for keeping your bedding as clean as possible.

FRESHEN UP YOUR DUVET

If you need to freshen up your duvet, simply put it in the dryer on low heat with three wool dryer balls or three clean tennis balls. Try to stop the dryer every 10 minutes or so to redistribute the duvet and then repeat for a total of 30-40 minutes. This fluffs up the duvet and redistributes the filling for a freshened up bed. If you are wanting to kill germs but not wash it, put the dryer on high heat and keep an eye on it, rotating every 5-10 minutes and dry for 30 minutes.

This may be a good option during this time and the fight against coronavirus!

Follow the directions on your duvets instructions

Most bedding has care direction labels on them – always check those labels before putting them in the washing machine or dryer.

Remove the duvet cover if you use one. You will want to use a gentle detergent and set your washer on delicate or gentle, with a cold water cycle as well as its largest capacity. After your washer has completed it’s cycle, run it through the rinse cycle again. This is to make sure that all the detergent is removed from the duvet or comforter. We would advise you run the spin cycle an extra time as well to remove any excess water and help the comforter or duvet dry a little more quickly.

Make sure your dry the duvet thoroughly

Once the duvet is washed and the excess water has been wrung out by spinning, you can now place it in the dryer. If duvet is made from synthetic materials, dry on a low to medium heat cycle and avoid any high heat. Down and natural materials can’t stand much heat, so set your dryer on air or low and allow them to dry thoroughly. If you would like to fluff up your duvet again, put a couple tennis balls in some socks and toss them in to agitate and return the fibers to their natural state. Stop the dryer every 30 minutes or so to rotate the pillows around to make sure that they dry thoroughly and evenly.

Once the cycle is complete and your duvet is dry shake this well and leave to air before making your bed back up!

 

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M6 Beds Guide To Getting Better Quality Sleep

M6 Beds Guide To Getting Better Quality Sleep

For many people working, sleep is very important. Considering we spend nearly half of our life sleeping, it is an integral part of our lives. 

It is useful to not only get enough sleep but to get quality sleep too! Especially for working parents and entrepreneurs! 

Pillow Comfort

Your pillow will reveal a lot about your sleep habits. If it is too soft, you feel like you are sinking in and have to re-fluff it every so often, which disturbs your rest. Too hard and it feels like your head is resting on concrete. There is a fine line between soft enough, but firm enough that can be difficult to find. Luckily, there are more options for pillows now than ever before. If you are interested in purchasing new pillows, please don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll be more than happy to help – 01270 879379

Memory foam pillows are really popular because of the comfort they provide and allow you to stay asleep for longer. Breathable material pillows are useful as well because they give you sleep that is not interrupted by particles of dust and your sleep remains healthy. In any case, you want your pillow to be as comfy as can be so your nights are spent dreaming, not waking with an achy neck. To find out which pillow would suit you. Visit us today!

LIMIT your screen time before bed

Using your phone before you go to sleep not only stimulates your brain but the blue light emitted by all LED screens also interferes with the production of your much needed sleep hormones, melatonin. If you lying on your phone before bed, it is likely mean that you will have problems getting to sleep.

What are the best positions to sleep in?

Sleeping in the wrong way can cause or aggravate neck or back pain. It may also obstruct the airways to your lungs, leading to problems like obstructive sleep apnea.

Changing how you sleep is important. Not just in the form of what you do before sleep. When it comes to sleeping position, this may hold the key to improving your sleep quality. In particular, the ways your body reacts. Some people enjoy sleeping on their backs, as they feel like the elevation of their head can help to breathe. Some people enjoy sleeping on their stomachs because it feels more comfortable.

The left side is a more natural sleeping position. This may help you, but ultimately, it depends on what you feel is most comfortable for breathing and your internal organs.

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Sleep and Your Immune System

Sleep and Your Immune System

You need sleep to help your immune system

When everything is working correctly, and your body is in an overall healthy state, the immune system can ward off sickness. But since the immune system connects to your central nervous system, changes elsewhere in the body, such as a lack of sleep or excessive stress, can impact immune function. Lack of sleep causes degenerative effects throughout the entire body, so the immune system will not work as efficiently when you are sleep deprived, making you more susceptible to illness.

Additionally, sleep affords the immune system the chance to recoup and reevaluate how best to attack invaders. Without enough rest, it will have a difficult time developing antibodies and keeping up defenses.

Sleep Increases Immune System Response Time

Ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep can also improve the immune system’s response time.

When we cycle through all four stages of sleep, each stage performs specific functions that are important for proper health. One of those functions is the production of the protein cytokine (any of a number of substances, such as interferon, interleukin, and growth factors, which are secreted by certain cells of the immune system and have an effect on other cells).

This helps the immune system respond to harmful pathogens. Cytokines increase cell to cell communication, enabling the immune system to direct antibodies towards specific infections.

If we don’t cycle through all four stages of sleep at least five times each night (7 to 8 hours of sleep), our cytokine production will be limited. Without this vital protein, the immune system doesn’t have what it needs to fight off viruses.

Sleep Increases T Cell Production

White Blood Cells also play a vital role in immune function. These cells help the immune system attack and destroy harmful cells. Research has shown that sleep can improve your T Cell’s ability to fight off invaders.

How to get better sleep 

  1. Ensure you have a comfortable and supportive mattress. We have a range of these at M6 Beds.
  2. Keep your bedroom dark by using blackout curtains, blinds, or eye masks.
  3. Invest in a good quality pillow.

 

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