Bedroom Trends

Relax yourself to sleep

Relax yourself to sleep

We know how important it is to get enough good quality sleep each night. Sleep is so much easier when you are relaxed. When you are stressed or anxious you may find that your brain is too busy worrying about things that you have not done, or thinking about things that did not go well in the past, making it hard to sleep. Also, when you are anxious or stressed, your body becomes alert and aroused, also making sleep much harder.

When you are anxious or stressed over a long period your body produces more cortisol, which is our “stress hormone”. Increased cortisol makes us feel extra alert and ready to face any threats. In addition, when you are in an immediate threat situation, your body will produce adrenaline to increase your heart rate and elevate your blood pressure. Increases in these threat and stress hormones disrupt sleep.

What can you do to relax?

There are many things you can do to help you relax and reduce your levels of stress and anxiety.

Take some time and effort to prioritise your bedroom itself. Make your bedroom a place you really want to be Choose natural materials where possible and calm colours – blue is a particularly good colour for a bedroom. Also, make sure that your mattress (from M6 beds!) is really supportive and comfortable so that you feel really relaxed in bed itself. M6 Beds have a wide range and variety of greta mattresses and pillows to choose from. Visit us anytime, simply call to book an appointment for a time that suits you!

If your bedroom is calm and decluttered, then you will feel calmer at bedtime. Do not have piles of paperwork, or dirty laundry in your bedroom as that will only make you think about everything you have not done – increasing stress.

Scents are also a good way to help us relax. Lavender is a well known relaxing fragrance. You  could use a lavender pillow spray, or a diffuser in the bedroom with some lavender essential oils to fill the air with the relaxing smell of lavender. In addition to lavender, there are also other relaxing fragrances such as jasmine, bergamot, valerian and vanilla. This is not a complete list though, as any fragrance you love and makes you feel happy will help you to relax. You could put some of your favourite fragrances in an oil burner and enjoy while you have a long warm bath, or pop a few drops on a tissue under your pillow just before bed.

Relaxation techniques can also help you to sleep better. Slow, deep breathing can be done during the daytime when you are feeling anxious, or at bedtime to help promote sleep. There is a deep breathing technique recommended by the NHS where you breathe slowly in through your nose, and try to fill air deep into your lungs (into your belly), and then breathe out slowly through your mouth. The NHS recommend that you breathe in for a count of 5 and then out for a count of 5, and to continue this for 3-5 minutes.

You can help yourself to be more relaxed at nightime by looking at what you are doing during the day. Exercise is a great way of de-stressing, so go for a run or a brisk walk during the day to help relax tension. Try not to exercise too close to bedtime though. Also, see if there is anything you can do about some of the things you are worried about… get your tax return in early, or call that friend you have been meaning to for ages, so that you feel you have accomplished something by the time you go to bed.

Lastly, make sure that you have a wind down time before you go to bed. If you are working right up until bedtime them you will still be thinking about work stress instead of relaxing off to sleep. Stop working an hour before bed, and read a book or have a warm bath to wind down before you go to bed.

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5 bedroom interior design trends for 2020

5 bedroom interior design trends for 2020

Bored of your bedroom’s outdated décor? Here are five bedroom design trends to watch in 2020.

If you’re thinking about making over your bedroom this year, we’ve got some fresh interior design tips to inspire you. 2020 is set to be a year for embracing elegant, natural and calming décor to create a relaxing bedroom that is right on-trend.

Hushed and natural colour palettes and hues

In 2020 bright and dark colours are out and calming, natural palettes and hues are in. Think beige, cool blue, sage green and burnt dusty reds for a bedroom that is relaxing, sophisticated and stylish.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been a re-emerging interior design trend for several years now and looks set to keep gaining popularity in 2020. Geometric and botanical wallpaper designs in earthy colours are set to be big this year. Apply wallpaper to your whole bedroom or to just one feature wall depending how daring you feel.

Multi-functional and modular furniture

Designers and TV personalities like Marie Kondo have made minimalism trendy. Multi-functional and modular furniture can help us to declutter our bedrooms and create the tidy, organised and spacious interiors we dream of. Think purpose-built, bespoke, modular wardrobes and ottoman beds with useful built-in storage.

Natural textiles

As many of us search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably, natural and eco-friendly textiles are becoming a popular addition to the bedroom. In 2020 we expect to see more bedrooms kitted out with curtains, throws and bed linen in natural cotton and woven rugs, plant pots and storage baskets in jute, seagrass and rattan.

Plants

What better way to complement a natural colour palette and eco-friendly textiles than by bringing nature itself inside? Add elegant trailing plants to high shelves and large leafy plants to the bedside for a bedroom that is brimming with life. Bringing plants indoors also has the added benefit of improving your bedroom’s air quality.

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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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M6 Beds – Tips for creating an inviting and homely guest room

M6 Beds – Tips for creating an inviting and homely guest room

Help guests to get a good night’s sleep when staying in your home by creating an inviting and homely guest room.

Make guests in your home feel welcome by putting some thought into how you furnish and decorate your guest room.

With a few simple changes you can transform the space from box room to comfortable and relaxing retreat.

Maximise space– If like many people, your guest room is a little on the small side, be space-conscious when furnishing and decorating it. Use the tips in our blog ‘How to gain more space in a small guest room’ to make a small room feel more spacious.

De-clutter– Apart from what’s tidied away into storage behind closed doors, only leave visible decorative items and essentials. Keeping your guest room tidy and minimal will make it feel fresh, airy and relaxing.

Invest in a comfortable bed– Chances are that your guests will be asleep during most of the time that they spend in your guest room, so its worth investing in an inviting and comfortable bed. If you’re not ready to invest in a new bed, then a mattress topper could provide guests with some extra comfort in the meantime.

Indoor plants– Indoor plants don’t only look beautiful, they also refresh and oxygenate the air, creating a fresh, comfortable and healthy environment.

Be generous with pillows and blankets– Help your guests to get a comfortable night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed by offering a selection of blankets and pillows. Depending on personal preference and the individual’s sleeping position, different guests will prefer different pillows so provide a variety of firm and soft pillows. Some people may feel the cold more than others too, so add some cosy blankets for layering up on the bed if needed.

For help and advice choosing a suitable bed for your guest room, give our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379 and we will be happy to help you.

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5 reasons you need a mattress protector

5 reasons you need a mattress protector

Covering your mattress with a mattress protector is key to keeping it clean and hygienic, as well as increasing its longevity.

As careful as we try to be with our mattresses, sleeping on them every night makes getting them dirty unavoidable, and they’re not the easiest items to clean.

Mattress protectors are affordable, practical and comfortable, so popping one over your mattress as a precaution is a bit of a no-brainer.

What is a mattress protector?

Mattress protectors are simply fitted directly over the top of your mattress in the same way as a fitted sheet.

Usually made using cotton, polyester or lycra, most mattress protectors are designed to be liquid-resistant, comfortable and breathable.

Why use a mattress protector?

A mattress protector will stop an accident from damaging or staining your mattress, increasing its longevity and making your investment go further.

Mattress protectors are effective at protecting from:

Dust mites– There are some dire stats out there about dust mites and your bed. It is said that a used mattress contains somewhere between 100,000 and 10 million dust mites! A mattress protector creates a barrier between you and then. However, if you suffer from a dust mite allergy you may be better off looking for an anti-allergy barrier cover.

Bacteria– Whilst spills can be wiped and scrubbed away, it’s not easy to deep cleanse a mattress. And with the average person spending one third of their life in bed, it’s easy to see how bacteria can quickly build up. A mattress protector slows down the process and creates a barrier.

Bodily fluids– You’ll be particularly glad of your mattress protector for times when you or another family member are unwell. Protect your mattress from becoming smelly from excessive sweating or vomiting. This is particularly relevant if you have a baby or young child in the house.

Spills– A relaxing cup of tea or breakfast in bed can end in disaster if you spill something without a mattress protector in place.

Allergens– If you suffer from allergies or have very sensitive skin, then you’ll need to take extra care to stop your bed collecting too many dust mites and other allergens. A mattress protector not only acts as a barrier, it can also be whipped off along with your bed sheets and regularly washed clean of allergens.

For further advice on how to care for your mattress, read our mattress care guide.

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Bunk Bed Safety Tips

Bunk Bed Safety Tips

If you are considering buying a bunk bed you will no doubt be thinking of all the benefits. Kids love them and they are a great space saver. They also provide more room for those all-important sleep overs if bedrooms are small and you have difficulty accommodating your children’s friends. So, it all sounds like a win win right?

The answer is yes it certainly is as long as you have purchased your bunk bed from a company that has paid attention to all the safety features a bunk bed should have. Even if this is the case, however, here are some tips to reduce risks when your kids playing and climbing up on bunk beds.

Always look for the British Standard
Bunk beds should always conform to British standards for safety. The number you are looking for is BS EN 747:1993

Guard rails are a must
The top bunk should have guard rails to prevent children falling off the top bunk while playing or sleeping.

Follow all the safety instructions
Furniture tends to arrive flat packed for mum or dad to assemble. This opens up all sorts of possibilities that the bed may not be put together correctly or corners cut. Remember all the parts are there for a reason and if any are missing inform the manufacturer.

Don’t allow kids younger than 6 to sleep on the top bunk
It is recommended that kids only kids aged 6 and above should use the top bunk.

Don’t allow kids to play on the top bunk
Young children often push the boundaries when they are playing and if they are doing this at height, all sorts of accidents are possible.

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How To Get Sleep Fit This January

How To Get Sleep Fit This January

The New Year for most people means a fresh start. This is commonly the case when it comes to fitness, eating, drinking and even marriages but what about sleep? Does anyone even consider this equally important part of our existence?

If you do find yourself struggling when someone asks you what your New Year’s resolution is you could always say to sleep better. If the person asking happens to find that funny, you can say with confidence that it’s the best place to start when you are trying to improve most areas of your life.

Getting enough sleep means you will probably eat less. Science has shown that we tend to eat more when sleep deprived and at least some of this overeating is done when we’re spending more time awake at night. Munching on bowls of crisps late at night is never good for the waist line.

It is also a fact that sleep is a vital component when it comes to recovery from exercise. Getting enough sleep time is vital to maintaining fitness and building muscle.

The cause and effect relationship is less clear when it comes to marriages and drinking but the latter will certainly have an impact on the quality of sleep. You may even find that you become more tolerant of your husband or wife if you are not too tired to put up with them.

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2019 Bedroom Trends

2019 Bedroom Trends

The bedroom like other rooms in the house will see an evolution in design in the coming months, so what can we expect to see this year?

Luxurious fabrics, fixtures and fittings
One thing we are still likely to see in 2019 is an abundance of luxury fabrics which has been an enduring trend in recent years. From velvet headboards, cushions and curtains, a style influenced by the bedrooms of the wealthy celebrities where no expense is spared on luxury.

Four posters are due for a comeback
Nothing says luxury bedroom more than an elegant four poster and beds that make a statement are going to be the must have in 2019. Beds are of course the centrepiece of any bedroom and designers are constantly looking for ways to make them more than just furniture to sleep on. From tv beds to innovative storage beds, we will again see plenty of new models hitting the market to tempt buyers into changing outdated beds this year.

Design with a conscience
Alongside the trend for luxury we will also see the growing influence of eco conscious design with liberal use of natural materials and colours. With the future of the planet now firmly in the spotlight people are becoming more aware of how materials we often take for granted can have a significant environmental impact.

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