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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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Buying the right mattress

Buying the right mattress

When you buy a new mattress, you’re also investing in yourself and your well-being. After all, if you’re getting the recommended eight hours of sleep every night, you’re spending about a third of your life in bed. So, how do you know when it’s time to invest in a new mattress—and how do you buy one you’ll love sleeping on for years to come?

How Long Should a Mattress Last?

If you’re making any big lifestyle changes in the near future—for instance, if you’re moving in with a partner and want to upgrade to a bigger mattress, or you’re shopping for a grown-up bed for your child—it’s obviously time to make the purchase.

If it’s been over a decade since you got a new mattress, it might be time to switch. Experts agree that mattresses should last around 10 years—sometimes even more, especially if it’s a high-quality product and you take great care of it over the years. But in general, you want your mattress to last for at least seven to eight years, preferably ten.

Types of Mattresses

Whether you’ve purchased a mattress before or this is the first time you’ve ever had to shop for one, you need to know what kinds of mattresses are on the market. These are the main types you’ll see as you shop—make your decision based on how you like your bed to feel.

Innerspring

An innerspring mattress is a mattress that’s primarily made up of metal coils, with a soft cushion around it. Over the years, these cushions have been made from anything from cotton to wool to feathers. These mattresses tend to be firmer and have some bounce to them.

Foam

These mattresses don’t have any metal coils inside, but are made entirely of layers of foam or memory foam, a synthetic material (essentially polyurethane) designed to support your body and adapt to it. Rather than rest on top of a memory foam mattress, your body will sink in a little and be cradled by the foam.

Latex

Latex is a natural material made from the sap of a rubber plant, but you can also find synthetic latex mattresses on the market. Rather than sinking in to the mattress like you would on a memory foam bed, the latex compresses and conforms to the general shape of your body while still having more bounce-back.

Hybrid

A hybrid mattress is the best of both worlds. The bottom layer of the mattress will be innerspring coils, while the top layer will be either foam or latex, depending on which material you prefer. How it feels will depend on whether you choose foam or latex.

If you are looking to purchase a new mattress, contact us today and we will be happy to help you find the perfect fit for you!

 

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How working from home can impact on your sleep

How working from home can impact on your sleep

People working remotely is not a new concept, however the global pandemic of Covid-19 means that a large proportion of the nation are now working from home as advised by government guidelines to increase our social distancing.

But that doesn’t mean you can start enjoying a lazy 10am start every morning and an early clock off. For some though, working from home may increase productivity levels. For example, those who are night owls may find a routine that starts later in the morning and finishes later in the day more beneficial without being tied to your typical office hours.

Many people do not realise that working from home can impact on your sleep. Disruptions to your normal day to day routine can have a knock on effect on so safeguard your sleep with these following tips:

  • It is important to keep a regular daily routine to keep you mentally focused and your body clock in sync – our sleep/wake schedule is controlled by our body clocks and environmental cues. Don’t be tempted to hit snooze just because you don’t have to physically go into work and no one is monitoring your productivity. Make sure you get showered, dressed and have a balanced breakfast like you would for a normal ‘workday’. This will not only make you more productive but make you ready for the day ahead of you.
  • Before you start work or a mid-morning break, get some natural light – whether that’s a brisk walk or 10 minutes or your hourly allowance, sit in the garden with a morning cuppa. Natural light, which can still be effective on a cloudy or grey day, helps reset our internal body clock. It helps us get over feeling groggy when we have just woken up and makes us more alert.
  • Put boundaries in place. While there is flexibility in working from home, make sure you stick to your work hours as much as possible. Don’t be tempted to ‘be available’ at all times. Checking emails or even working too close to bedtime could see you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Have a designated area for working and where possible commit to using it only during work hours. And not in the bedroom, which should be used only for sleep. Working from your bed may seem appealing but it’s no good for your posture or productivity.
  • Take regular breaks. At home, you may find (with no other distractions) that you work solidly for longer so take the opportunity every hour to stretch your legs and get a change of scenery – walk the dogs or a spot of gardening while the weather is nice.
  • Keep hydrated. Without colleagues to do a ‘coffee round’ make sure you regularly have a drink. Keep a bottle of water on your desk and use tea making time to have a break from the computer screen.
  • Avoid fuelling up on caffeine in the afternoon when you hit the post lunch dip. Although there are significant individual differences in how caffeine affects each of us, give yourself enough time between your last caffeine intake and your sleep time to make sure that it does not interfere with your ability to get off to sleep. If you’re feeling lethargic in the afternoon, spend 10 minutes outside or put one of your favourite songs on to lift your mood.

Finally, invest in a good bed from M6 beds! Having the right mattress and pillows will impact your quality of sleep drastically. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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3 great excuses to invest in a new bed in 2020

3 great excuses to invest in a new bed in 2020

Hankering after a new bed but not sure that you can justify the expense? Here are three great excuses to invest in a new bed in 2020.

Sleep is vital to our health and wellbeing, and the average person spends around 25 years of their life sleeping.

With so much of our lives spent asleep, it’s well worth investing in a bed that is comfortable and that you enjoy spending time in.

If you’ve fallen out of love with your existing bed, here are three great excuses to make 2020 the year you invest in a new one.

You plan to redecorate your bedroom

If you’re planning on redecorating your bedroom this year, you may find that your existing bed doesn’t fit in with your new décor. A new bed can completely makeover your bedroom, particularly if you go for a different style. If your bedroom is feeling cluttered and lacking storage, a new ottoman bed could be just what you need. If you want to add some elegance to your bedroom, a decorative metal bed frame could provide the wow factor.

You want to improve your health and wellbeing

Sleep is vital to our mental and physical health and wellbeing, helping the body to heal, repair and recharge itself. So, if your new year’s resolution was to become healthier, a new bed could play a vital part in this. Throughout your life the type of mattress, pillow and bed you require to get a good night’s sleep is likely to change too. If you have begun to suffer aches and pains upon waking up, then you may benefit from a memory foam mattress or a reflex foam mattress. If you are getting older or suffering from a health condition, you may find that you can get a better night’s sleep with an adjustable bed.

Your existing bed is very old

Whilst a new bed or mattress is a long-term investment, you can’t expect either to last forever. On average, you will find that most bed frames and mattresses are ready to be replaced after eight to ten years. If your mattress has become uneven or uncomfortable, or your bed frame is squeaking, rickety or worn, then it’s probably served its time.

For help or advice choosing a new bed, speak to our team here at M6 beds by giving us a call on 01270 879 379.

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Tips for staying warmer in bed this winter

Tips for staying warmer in bed this winter

Creating a warm and comfortable sleeping environment is key to achieving a restful night’s sleep.

Once the winter months come around, you’ll soon notice the chill in the air last thing at night and first thing in the morning.

If you regularly find yourself feeling cold in bed then it could be having a negative impact on your sleep quality, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Once you climb into bed you should quickly begin to feel warm and cosy, and if you don’t, then it’s time to make some changes to your bed and sleeping habits.

Here are our top tips for staying warmer in bed this winter.

Invest in a memory foam mattressMemory foam mattresses mould to the shape of the body, relieving pressure points for a more comfortable night’s sleep. The foam inside a memory foam mattress absorbs and retains body heat in order to change shape, creating a warm and cosy sleeping environment.

Bed socks – Sleeping in bed socks not only keeps your feet feeling toasty, it can also help to regulate your external body temperature, helping you to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

Layer up with blankets – Layer up the blankets on top of your duvet to trap air and insulate your bed. Using multiple blankets also allows you to add and remove layers depending on the temperature. Choose blankets in wool or fleece rather than synthetic materials for extra warmth.

Hot water bottle – Fed up with climbing into a cold bed? Fill a hot water bottle with hot water and pop it under the duvet to warm the bed up before you climb in.

Winter Duvet – When the cold weather hits, switch to a warmer winter duvet with a higher tog or a down, wool or hollow fibre filling.

According to the Sleep Council, the ideal temperature for the bedroom is a cool 16–18 degrees Celsius. Be careful not to create a sleep environment that is too hot as this can cause restlessness.

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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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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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Which Bed Size is Right For You?

Which Bed Size is Right For You?

If you are thinking of investing in a new bed you may not be aware there are currently six standardised bed sizes to choose from. Which one you go for of course will depend a lot on how much space you have in your bedroom and how much room a person needs when under the covers.

The 6 different bed sizes are small single, single, small double, double, king size and if you like your bed to be massive, super king size. Some shops might even stock queen sized beds which are slightly smaller than a king size.

Full dimensions of each of the main bed types can be found below:
Bed Sizes
Bed Sizes Feet / Inches Inches Centimetres
Small Single 2ft6″ x 6ft3″ 30″ x 75″ 75 x 190cm
Single 3ft″ x 6ft3″ 36″ x 75″ 90 x 190cm
Small Double 4ft″ x 6ft3″ 48″ x 75″ 120 x 190cm
Double 4ft6″ x 6ft3″ 54″ x 75″ 135 x 190cm
King Size 5ft″ x 6ft6″ 60″ x 78″ 150 x 200cm
Super King Size 6ft″ x 6ft6″ 71″ x 78″ 180 x 200cm

While the easy answer to choosing a bed is simply to go for a standard single for a child over the age of 6 the options can be a bit more complicated for couples.

Beyond the size of the room, it has to be considered how easy it will be to get a king size bed and mattress into a house or apartment. A super king is nearly two ft wider than a double bed which presents its own problems.

Then it comes down to comfort. Do you as a couple like to sleep close together or far apart? A Super King may take longer to warm up than a cosy double for example.

Whichever bed size you are looking for we have a wide choice of options at M6 Beds.

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Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs Your Bed Needs to Be Replaced

Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs Your Bed Needs to Be Replaced

Many of us are now paying more attention to our health limiting the amount of sugar and fat we consume and exercising more yet few of us pay much attention to our beds. Beds are more than just places to sleep, they are the most important factor in getting the sleep you also need to keep healthy.

It is important, therefore, to spot the following warning signs your bed needs to be replaced.

Your mattress resembles a valley
If you strip off the sheets and your bed appears to be sunk in the middle, then this is a tell-tale sign that either your bed, mattress or both should be replaced.

You wake up with soreness and headaches
While there could be other causes for soreness and headaches when waking up in the morning and you should get those checked by a doctor, the culprit could well be a worn-out bed. If your mattress hasn’t been replaced for a decade or your bed is starting to look shabby with broken fittings underneath, it is time to start looking for a replacement.

Your bed doesn’t feel as comfortable as the one at the hotel
If you sleep like a baby in your hotel room or elsewhere and don’t feel like you could have had an equally good or better night’s sleep at home, this could be a clear indication that your mattress and possibly your bed needs replacing.

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