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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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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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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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Mobile phone apps to aid sleep

Mobile phone apps to aid sleep

Need some help falling asleep and staying asleep? These four popular mobile phone apps could provide you with the answer.

Whilst spending a lot of time looking at your phone’s screen before bed is not a good idea, switching on one of these apps could be beneficial.

None of these four apps require excessive screen time as they use audio to aid relaxation and promote a restful night, so turn one on, put your phone face down, and slip away into a peaceful slumber.

Headspace– The Headspace app makes meditation easy and accessible for everyone. Using short guided meditation sessions, users can learn simple techniques to help with relaxation and stress relief. These general techniques can be combined with the app’s ‘sleepcasts’ to help you wind down and relax for a restful night’s sleep.

Pzizz– This app has been designed using the science of psychoacoustics – that’s the psychology of how we perceive sound and its physiological effects.  The app offers a unique selection of ‘dreamscapes’, these are audio files containing a mixture of music, sound effects and voiceovers to help you to relax, fall asleep quickly and stay asleep. As well as a sleep mode, Pzizz also has a separate nap mode.

White Noise Lite– Static white noise plays at a consistent volume and frequency to aid relaxation and block out other distracting noises that may otherwise keep you awake. This simple white noise app allows you to choose from a selection of different static and ambient sounds to help you to fall asleep faster and enjoy an undisrupted night’s sleep.

Sleep Cycle– The Sleep Cycle app uses sound technology to track your sleep and provide you with an intriguing detailed analysis of your sleep pattern and quality. It also includes an ingenious alarm clock which will only wake you when you enter a light sleep phase, allowing you to wake up gently and feeling refreshed.

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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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