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Mattress buying guide

Mattress buying guide

Types of mattress

Open spring mattress: Also known as open coil or continuous coil mattresses. These contain one long piece of metal wire coiled into numerous springs. There’s also an additional border rod or wire to maintain shape and provide structure. It’s a great value for money option, although sides are machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched, but they are lighter than other models, making them easy to turn. They tend to be less supportive than other mattresses too, so are most suited to guest bedrooms or as children’s beds, where they are used occasionally or will need to be replaced regularly anyway.

Pocket spring mattress: This type of mattress is more luxurious, as it’s made from individual, small springs housed in their own pocket of fabric. This means each spring moves independently, providing more support than open spring mattresses. You can buy soft, medium or firm versions, depending on your preference, and they are more breathable than memory foam or latex mattresses (so ideal if you’re always getting too hot during the night). These are heavy to turn though, and can be filled with natural materials such as lambswool which may agitate allergies. This is a good option if you’re looking for a bed for two people, as the separate springs will cater for your different needs and weights, while they will also minimise the risk of you rolling towards your partner in the middle of the night.

Memory foam mattress: These more modern mattresses are made from memory foam, which is a mouldable material that also responds to temperature and weight, and has hypo-allergenic properties. This means it will mould to the shape of your body, absorb your weight and relieve pressure on your joints. Not everyone likes the sinking motion of this type of mattress, and it can get rather warm, but it’s ideal for those who need support or suffer from a bad back, as it will maintain posture and align your spine horizontally when sleeping on your side.

Hybrid: Drawing from a combination of materials that usually include memory foam, latex and pocket springs, hybrid mattresses are designed to give a more balanced sleeping experience. They often come with a pocket-sprung base and a memory foam top layer, providing both comfort and support – alleviating aches and pains by responding to your body’s shape.

Continuous and coil: A popular budget option, a continuous coil mattress is made from a single looped wire, while an open coil mattress is made from single springs fixed together with one wire. These are significantly cheaper than other mattress types, but be warned that with the attractive price tag comes the likelihood of these mattresses wearing out and sagging quickly. These mattresses also move around a lot with you as you sleep – as they are designed as one unit – so if you or your partner tosses and turns in the night, we’d suggest you consider other options.

Mattress firmness

How firm your mattress is will affect how well you sleep. The type of firmness you need will depend on your sleeping position, height and weight. Here we explain what level of firmness is best for what type of sleeper.

Soft: Side sleepers or those who change positions during the night are best suited to soft mattresses. This is because the way you sleep already relieves pressure from your spine so you want your mattress to mould to your body’s natural position.

Medium soft: This is ideal for those who change their sleeping position during the night, as it will still mould to your body position but provide a little more support.

Medium firm: This is best for people who sleep on their back as you require extra lower-back support, which this type of firmness offers.

Firm: This type of mattress is ideal for those who sleep on their front, are over 15 stone or suffer from back pain. This is because it will keep your back in a relatively comfortable and stable position without allowing you to sink into it as you sleep, which can cause lower-back pain.

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The Best Pillowcases for Skin Features

The Best Pillowcases for Skin Features

Depending on how you sleep, the features that will work best for you in pillowcases that are good for your skin can vary, but they all revolve around the same things. One is the material, another is the closure options, and a third is the structure of the pillowcase itself.

Material

Of course, silk is best because of its many healthy properties. However, satin is smooth and wrinkle resistant as well, and its construction eases the way that your skin reacts to dryness. It will help retain moisture almost as well as silk, and it keeps you from worrying about unsightly marks on your face.

Silk is best, and you want to consider momme weight, which is similar to thread count in standard linen or cotton pillowcases. Momme weight gives you an idea of how fine the silk threads are and the quality of the pillowcase. Typically, a momme count between 16 and 22 is ideal, with a luxurious feel and high-quality weave.

Enclosure

You want your pillow to remain within its shell, so finding a pillowcase that is completely enclosed is a good idea. This keeps your face from coming into contact with the pillow itself, which may be made of a material less conducive to health factors. An envelope enclosure works well, folding over to keep the pillow encased without the concern of your face or hair coming into contact with a zipper. However, a hidden zipper enclosure is also a welcome decision, since it guarantees you keep the pillow covered and also covers the zipper so it’s not a danger to your skin or hair.

Construction

This is where the decision becomes personal. For some, getting a pillowcase that is 100% silk or satin on both sides is best because it assists in protecting your skin even if you like to flip your pillow over during the night. You never run the risk of sleeping on a surface that is going to dry you out or leave marks on your face.

On the other hand, some people move around a lot in their sleep, and the slippery surfaces of silk and satin on the bottom of the pillow could cause it to move away, leaving you sleeping on the sheets instead. In these cases, it might be better to choose a pillowcase that is silk or satin on top and a different material underneath that gives it better traction for less chance of sliding away from you while you sleep.

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How to remove mattress stains

How to remove mattress stains

When it comes to removing mattress stains, you should try to get rid of them as soon as they occur as it will then be much easier to remove the stain.

You should check the mattress label before applying any cleaning product as not all products are suited to all mattresses.

If you are unsure about a product and its suitability for your mattress, you should test the solution on a small part of the stain before proceeding with the entire stain.

To remove a mattress stain you can use any of the following methods.

Cold water and baking soda

  • Begin by dabbing the stain with a little cold water being careful not to soak your mattress and avoid rubbing so the stain is not spread further.
  • This method with cold water alone is often effective, but if not add a little baking soda to the water and apply to the stain, leaving it for 30 minutes before dabbing it with cold water and leaving it to dry.

Diluted washing up liquid in water

  • Try diluting washing-up liquid in water and then gently dab the stain with a cloth or sponge.

Upholstery cleaner

  • For more stubborn stains it is best to use an upholstery cleaner, but you should always read the label thoroughly before using this method.
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Exposure to blue light from phones and computer screens ‘makes it harder to fall asleep’

Exposure to blue light from phones and computer screens ‘makes it harder to fall asleep’

Researchers say exposure to blue light could increase the risk of damage to eyesight and make it harder to fall asleep.

Work an arm’s length from the screen

Fully extend your arm and work from a distance – looking from your eyes to the end of your fingertips.

Use this as a minimum distance to reduce the stress on your eyeballs. 

20/20/20 

Simply put, every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for a minimum of 20 seconds at least 20 feet away.

This will help to reset your visual systems and eye through any long periods of screen work.

Screen height

Height and level of your working screen can have a big impact on eye strain and posture.

Research has shown that it is better for the screen to be located higher than the users’ watching level – the middle point should be 5-6 inches below the straight line of the users’ vision.

This makes the space between upper and lower eyelid more open, often resulting in dryness of the eyes.

Consider your device

Usually the biggest, newest phone is best, but not for your eyes. An iPhone X is 20 per cent brighter than an iPhone 6 and emits higher levels of blue light.

This is the difference of a 100 per cent increase in harmful blue light exposure!

Put a post-it note on your screen titled ‘BLINK’.

Normally, in a minute, we blink up to 20 times. This is controlled automatically by our central nervous systems so we’re not conscious of blinking.

While on screens, this is actually reduced to 3-5 times a minute meaning our tear films cannot be maintained and the eye does not remain lubricated.

A post-it-note on your monitor saying ‘Blink’ should help you consciously make an effort to blink. It’s simple but definitely works.

Advice

Buying a new bed or mattress is one of the most important purchases you can make and ensuring you pick the right one to suit your individual needs is incredibly important. There are so many different types of mattress, places to buy them from and varieties is feels and components, it can feel like a complete minefield!

Here at M6 Beds our aim to guide you through this minefield, showing you beds which best suit your needs, your required level of comfort and pressure relief required to get that restful night sleep. We’ve compiled a list of ‘common mistakes’ to avoid when mattress shopping to ensure you choose your perfect bed.

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Study shows one in three Britons working from home are no longer setting an alarm to wake up

Study shows one in three Britons working from home are no longer setting an alarm to wake up

How the coronavirus lockdown is impacting our sleeping habits: Study shows one in three Britons working from home are no longer setting an alarm to wake up.

An article from the Daily Mail have reported on a study from 23andMe suggesting that people are no longer setting alarms to wake up for work during the lockdown.

  • A survey for 23andMe found that people are now ‘naturally waking up’ at 7.06am
  • This is 48 minutes later than they used to wake up when they travelled to work
  • Sleep experts say this is allowing people to wake during the natural REM sleep 

A study for 23andMe found that the average wake-up time for people working from home had shifted by 48 minutes to 7.06am from 6.18am before the pandemic.

Researchers say this later wake-up time is much closer to the natural genetic wake up time of 7.55am and could have positive benefits on mood and brain function to aid a more productive day.

Sleep experts say waking up naturally increases our chances of doing so during REM sleep – which is the optimal state to transition from being asleep to being awake.

More people are also experiencing more vivid and intense dreams, something that could be due to waking during REM sleep.

‘Everyone dreams 4-5 times a night, but we can only remember a dream if we wake up during it,’ a sleep expert has said.

The study has also suggested that a fifth of Brits say they are struggling to get to sleep due to the lockdown keeping them indoors and not getting out and about with working like they typically would during an average day.

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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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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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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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Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Prevent your kids’ bedroom from becoming cluttered and untidy with these creative space-saving tips.

If your kids share a bedroom, it can be challenging to design a space that provides them with a comfortable amount of floor space to play.

Here are our top space-saving tips for creating a shared kids’ bedroom that is fun, functional and uncluttered.

Bunk beds

One of the best ways of freeing up floor space in your kids’ bedroom is by investing in bunk beds. Not only are bunk beds a practical solution, they’re also a lot of fun and most kids will love the novelty of bunking together.

Utilise wall space

If your kids’ bedroom is lacking floor space, putting shelves and hooks on the walls can help to add extra storage to the room. Be careful not to add too much to the walls though or you risk making the room look cluttered.

Multi-functional furniture

Choose the furniture for your kids’ bedroom carefully, investing in multi-functional pieces whenever possible. Choose beds that include underbed storage, a desk or dressing table that also has shelving, or even a toy chest that doubles as a seat.

Fold-down desk and chair

If the kids need a desk in their bedroom but you’ve run out of floor space, try attaching a fold down desk on hinges to the wall. Pair the desk with a fold up chair and both can be tidied away when not in use.

Less is more

Small bedrooms feel even smaller when they are very busy, untidy or full of clutter. Encourage minimalism and get into the habit of sorting through your kids’ old clothes and toys regularly and either getting rid of items they have outgrown or putting them in storage.

To find out more about the bunk beds we stock here at M6 Beds, give our team a call on 01270 879 379.

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4 reasons to make your child’s bedroom a tv-free zone

If you’ve been considering giving in to your child’s constant nagging for a television in their bedroom, we’ve got 4 reasons to think again.

In today’s modern age, children’s bedrooms are often a hub of screens and technology. But have you stopped to consider the impact that having a television in the bedroom could have on your child’s health and wellbeing?

Here are four reasons to think twice about putting a television in your child’s bedroom.

Encourage them to do other things

In today’s technology-rich, constantly connected world, kids are spending more time than ever before glued to screens. Kids without televisions and other gadgets in their bedrooms are forced to find alternative things to do like read, learn a new skill, play outside, or do something creative.

Prevent them from staying up late watching tv

If your child has a television in their bedroom it may become difficult to regulate what time they’re watching it until. Children who regularly stay up late watching TV can find it difficult to concentrate the following day as they become tired and irritable.

Reduce blue light before bed

Numerous studies have concluded that looking at screens before bed can disrupt our natural sleep patterns. This is because electronic screens give off blue light which causes our body to suppress the production of melatonin. Melatonin is very important for helping our bodies to regulate our sleep/wake cycle and without melatonin we may struggle to get to sleep and stay asleep.

Monitor what they’re watching

If your child has a TV in their bedroom you don’t only relinquish control of when they’re watching it, but the content that they have access to as well. Children with televisions in their bedroom could easily gain access to inappropriate content such as very scary, violent or sexual programmes or films. Watching something inappropriate for their age could disturb or confuse them or cause nightmares.

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