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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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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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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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Pros and cons of memory foam mattresses

Pros and cons of memory foam mattresses

There’s a lot of hype around memory foam mattresses. Many people swear by them for a comfortable and pain-free night’s sleep, but they’re not right for everyone.

Read our honest guide to the pros and cons of memory foam mattresses to help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

Pros

Moulds to the shape of your body – The main advantage of choosing a memory foam mattress is the way it moulds itself to the shape of your body, keeping you feeling cosy and comfortable all night long.

Pressure relief – Memory foam evenly distributes your body’s weight to relieve those painful pressure points. This can help you sleep better and wake up feeling more rested and comfortable rather than full of aches and pains.

Warm – Memory foam mattresses absorb your body heat in order tomould to the shape of your body, keeping you feeling warm and comfortable even when it’s cold outside the covers.

Anti-allergy – Memory foam protects your mattress from dirt and debris, making it an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.

Cons

Can get hot – Whilst memory foam mattresses can keep you feeling lovely and warm in the winter, some people find them uncomfortably hot, particularly during the summer months.

New smell – Memory foam contains some chemicals, which means that when the mattress is brand new it can have a distinct smell to begin with. Taking the time to properly air the mattress before you begin using it can help to get rid of the smell quicker.

Price – Memory foam mattresses are generally more expensive than traditional coil or pocket sprung mattresses, so it’s important to be sure that it’s the right choice for you before investing.

Sinking – Some people find that they don’t like the feeling of “sinking” into the mattress. Once your memory foam mattress has adjusted to your sleeping position, it can also take a little bit of time to readjust to your body again if you change positions.

For further help and advice choosing a mattress, give our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379.

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The Benefits of a Weekend Lie In

The Benefits of a Weekend Lie In

Ah the weekend lie in. This can be nothing more than a dream for parents or those with work commitments but if you can get away with a lie in at the weekend can bring many benefits. So let’s look at some of the obvious and not so obvious benefits of a few extra hours spent under the duvet.

Recharging your batteries
The working week can be hectic. If you’re in University lectures and coursework can take a tool on our brains. So why not just grab some extra hours in bed where you don’t have to think about exams or missed deadlines.

Improve your energy levels
For some people Friday nights can be late nights leaving next to no energy for the following day. Having a lie in can restore those energy levels and help you stay out later on Saturday nights or have more energy for sporting activities.

Spending quality time with family
It’s nice when all the family can enjoy a lie in without the distractions of TVs and mobile phones and having to rush around and get ready for school.

A lie in wouldn’t be a proper lie in without a comfy bed, so why not check out our range of beds?

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