Pillow Choice

The importance of a good pillow

The importance of a good pillow

Struggling to get a decent nights sleep or find your self tossing and turning trying to get comfortable?

Most people spend at least one-third of their lives with their head on a pillow. The older you get, the more you realise the importance of having a good pillow.

Not only does the pillow need to be a good one, but it needs to be one that is suited to your body, your health, and the way that you sleep.  Check out this list to learn more about how to choose a good pillow.

Pillows truly affect the way that you go about your day, and you probably aren’t even aware of this fact. Your pillow affects the way that your neck aligns with your spine, which can either alleviate or put more strain on your back and shoulders, affect headaches, and have an overall impact on how restful your sleep is. In order to determine the best pillow for you, consider the shape of your spine as well as the position you sleep in for most of the night.

Choosing the right pillow for your sleeping patterns

Back Sleepers

Those who spend most of the night lying flat on their backs should choose a flat, thin pillow that also supports the head and the spine. Wedge pillows are great for providing this support.

Side Sleepers

Those who spend most of the night lying on their sides need a contoured pillow that provides firm support. In most instances, it is healthy for side sleepers to place a pillow between their legs. This pillow allows the spine to stay in alignment, and will leave the back feeling less strain from sleeping on the side.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers do not need much support for their head when sleeping. The thinner the pillow, the better, as this will prevent the head from rising too much and putting strain on the neck. In many instances, stomach sleepers will find comfort from placing a pillow under their stomachs to prevent lower back pain.

If you have any questions or require advice on the best types of pillows to purchase, please get in touch today by calling 01270 879379 or book an appointment at our showroom today.

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How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress

How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress

There are three common types of mattresses: innerspring, foam, and adjustable. There’s no one “right” material to choose, but in general, side sleepers need a softer mattress, stomach sleepers need a firm one, and back sleepers fall somewhere in between.

Beyond the types of mattresses and firmness, you’ll need to think about a few other factors. From sleep style to negotiating with a bedfellow, here’s what to look for based on your needs:

If you like a bed with bounce

Traditional innerspring styles have that familiar bouncy feel and may be firmer. Interconnected coils are extra-durable, but individual “pocketed” coils, each covered with fabric, reduce the ripple effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves.

If you prefer a firmer base

Memory foam options have less spring and offer more pressure relief. To determine quality, look at the density and thickness of the foam, which will determine how deep you’ll sink. The newer, online mattresses generally use several different layers of foam, with heavier ones on the bottom for support and lighter, cooler kinds on the top for comfort.

If you want a plush top

Innerspring mattresses typically have either a fiberfill or foam outer layer, covered in quilted ticking. But even if you want an uber-plush feel, don’t be swayed by a thick-looking pillowtop as it can compress over time. It’s often best to choose a firmer, well-quilted mattress, and then cover it with a replaceable mattress topper.

If you like to change it up

Consider an air-filled mattress. Two side-by-side chambers allow you and your partner to customise the mattress firmness separately. There are also foam mattresses with soft and firm sides, so you can just flip it over as needed, and modular designs that let you move around the springs on the inside.

If you sleep on your side

You’ll want a surface that will support your body weight, and conform to your shape. Innersprings may have more pressure relief than some foam or latex mattresses, but a soft foam mattress or one with built-in pressure relief points around the shoulders and hips can work for side sleepers, too

If you sleep on your stomach

The last thing a stomach-sleeper probably wants is an enveloping memory foam — it would feel smothering! Instead, a firmer bed will provide the best support. Consider a firm foam, dense innerspring, or air-filled mattress.

If you sleep on your back

You’ll want something in the middle — a surface that supports, but has some give so your spine is kept in a healthy alignment. You’ll find happiness with any of the mattress types, but you should do your best princess-and-the-pea impression to see what feels best to you.

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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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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 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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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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Would I benefit from an electric adjustable bed?

Would I benefit from an electric adjustable bed?

If aches and pains make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, then you could benefit from an adjustable bed to gain extra control over your sleeping position.

Here at M6 Beds we stock a range of high quality electric beds that can help those suffering with aches, pains and more serious health problems to get a restful night’s sleep.

What is an adjustable bed?

Electric beds consist of different sections that can be adjusted to help find a comfortable and supported sleeping position.

By adjusting the bed’s different sections, you can effectively mould the bed to the shape of your body, relieving pressure points and providing optimum support to reduce aches, pains and fatigue.

The sleeping position most suited to you will depend on your individual health problems or areas of discomfort. A few of the most popular positions include lying with the feet raised, the head and feet raised, or in the contour position to support the curve of the back.

What health problems can an adjustable bed aid?

Whilst the benefits of an adjustable bed can be enjoyed by anyone, they can be particularly helpful for those being kept awake at night be aches, pains and health problems.

A few common problems that feel the biggest benefit of an adjustable bed include:

Back problems– When you lie on a flat mattress, there are areas of your back that are not supported, causing pressure points and unnecessary strain.  Adjusting the shape of your bed can help to provide even support to minimise and ease discomfort and help you get a good night’s sleep.

Mobility problems– If you have mobility problems, an electric bed will make it easier and less painful to get in and out of bed. Simply raise the back and feet section of the bed to a more upright position before swinging your feet down to the floor.

Swollen legs or feet– Raising the foot section of your bed can provide temporary relief from swollen feet and legs for a more comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep.

You may also benefit from an adjustable bed if you suffer from any of the following:

  • Acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Neck and shoulder tension.
  • Circulation problems.

Find out more about our range of adjustable beds and how they could help you to start sleeping more soundly by giving a member of our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379.

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How to gain more space in a small guest room

How to gain more space in a small guest room

If your guest room is very small, it’s important to plan carefully before furnishing the room to get more from the space you have.

Use the tips in this blog to gain more space in your small guestroom and create an inviting and cosy space for visitors.

Choose the right bed– Consider your requirements carefully and shop around for the right bed for your guestroom. The right option will largely depend on the size and shape of the room in question. Day beds and guest beds are generally no bigger than a single bed, with the option to extend them into a double bed when needed. This provides you with more floorspace when the bed isn’t in use. If you choose a day bed you also gain a comfortable and attractive space to sit and relax when the room is not being used by guests. If storage is your issue, then an ottoman bed provides plenty of storage underneath the bed base, making excellent use of otherwise wasted space.

Multi-purpose furniture– Gain more space by investing in multi-purpose furniture rather than multiple pieces of furniture. Choose a bedside table with shelving or a cupboard underneath, a storage chest that doubles as a seat, and a bed with storage space.

De-clutter– Keep your guest room minimal and free from clutter to maximise space and create a relaxing atmosphere.

Be clever with storage– Be smart with the space you have by arranging furniture to minimise wasted space. Buy furniture that fits snugly into the room or invest in custom-built furniture. If you are left with any small gaps between furniture try to make use of them by installing shelves on the wall, a tall and narrow table or storage unit, or simply an attractive basket for storage. Make use of your wall space by adding shelving for storage. Be careful to keep your shelves looking tidy and avoid filling them with clutter.

Use mirrors– Whilst mirrors don’t give you any physical extra space, they are effective at creating the illusion of space in a small bedroom.

To find out more about any of our guest room beds, or to discuss your requirements in detail with one of our experts, give our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379.

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What is the difference between hypoallergenic and anti-allergy bedding?

What is the difference between hypoallergenic and anti-allergy bedding?

With almost half of the UK’s population suffering from at least one allergy, there is huge demand for allergy-friendly bedding.

If there’s one thing that can really disrupt a good night’s sleep, it’s the uncomfortable symptoms of an allergy. With lack of sleep affecting everything from our performance at school or work to our mood, we’ll do anything to keep allergies at bay during the night.

One of the best ways to protect yourself from allergens at night is to invest in bedding that reduces allergens or creates a barrier between you and them.

But with so many options available, all the different products and terminology can be confusing. We’re going to explain some of the differences to help you to make informed buying decisions.

Hypoallergenic vs anti-allergy

Hypoallergenic and anti-allergy are terms that are often used interchangeably, but actually refer to two different properties.

Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic bedding is less likely to trigger allergies because it is made from materials that reduce the number of allergens present or keep allergens at bay.

Made from natural materials, hypoallergenic bedding is gentle on the skin unlike synthetic fabrics which can cause irritation.

Natural hypoallergenic materials also have a high thread count. Materials with a high thread count are woven more tightly, creating a better barrier between you and allergens.

Anti-allergy

Anti-allergy bedding, on the other hand, is chemically-treated to prevent dust mites from surviving within it.

Anti-allergy options are usually made from synthetic materials, allowing them to be washed at a high temperature to get rid of allergens.

It is possible to get an allergy-friendly version of most bedding products, from your basic mattress, duvet and pillow, to protectors and encasements.

Speak to one of our experts here at M6 beds by giving us a call on 01270 879 379 for further advice about which of our products are most suitable for allergy sufferers.

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Which pillow suits my sleeping position?

Which pillow suits my sleeping position?

If you find yourself tossing and turning every night, or waking up feeling stiff every morning, it could be your pillow that’s to blame.

Whilst selecting the right mattress is very important to your health and comfort, your pillow can have just as much of an impact on your quality of sleep.

Choosing a pillow suited to your preferred sleeping position can dramatically improve your comfort.

Use our guide below to make sure you’re sleeping on a suitable pillow.

Back sleeper –Back sleepers will be most comfortable using a pillow of thin-medium thickness. Thick pillows can push your head too far forward when lying on your back, causing discomfort over time. Memory foam pillows are also a great option for back sleepers, as they mould to the shape of your neck to provide consistent support.

Stomach sleeper –Sleeping on your front isn’t recommended as it can put stress on your lower back, but if this is your preferred sleeping position a very thin and soft pillow, or no pillow at all will provide the most comfort. You may also benefit from placing a thin pillow under your stomach to prevent lower back pain.

Side sleeper –Side sleepers will get the best support from firm pillows of medium–high thickness, as elevating your head more will help to align your neck and spine. Side sleepers may also benefit from placing an extra pillow between their knees to prevent hip and back pain.

Mixture –A medium pillow provides a good compromise for those that move around a lot in the night.

Don’t forget to replace your pillow every 18 – 24 months for optimum comfort as pillows do tend to lose their shape over time.

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