Common Signs That You Need A Better Mattress

Common Signs That You Need A Better Mattress

Waking up with back ache? Neck cramp? Or are you just generally uncomfortable sleeping on your mattress? These are all signs that you need a better mattress. It can be hard to know which type of mattress to go with, especially with so many options being available, so we are going to explain the different types of mattresses.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Many people favour these mattresses, especially if they suffer from back pain, memory foam is a material that is renowned for its superior level of comfort. Memory foam contours to match the shape of your body, this ensures that your entire body is comfortable and supported by the mattress. We’d certainly recommend this type of mattress for those that are currently suffering from aches and pains when they wake up in the morning.

Pocket Sprung Mattresses

Pocket Sprung Mattresses have the same effect as a memory foam mattress, as it adjusts to contour and support your body. The springs within the mattress move independently in order to support your body size and shape.

Open Coil Mattresses

An open-sprung mattress contains one long piece of wire coiled into springs. It also has a border rod of wire that gives the mattress a firm edge and helps retain its shape. Open Coil Mattresses are ideal for occasional use, perfect for guest beds and they tend to be common for use on hotel beds.

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Beds Without Headboards

Beds Without Headboards

Why Choose a Bed Without a Headboard?

Save Space

Of course, the removal of a headboard means a little extra space is made available. If you have a low ceiling or have an awkward space to fit a bedroom into, then beds without headboards can make this a little easier.

Fit a Bed Under the Window

Perhaps there’s a window in your bedroom where you wish to place the bed frame. Without a headboard this task is made much easier.

What Styles are Available?

Low Beds

Our low bed collection is ideal for the loft or attic conversion and with the exclusion of the headboard, they’re perfect for those awkward spaces.

The Low Loft Bed (Space Saver) sits close to the floor to make the most of any restrictive height. With no headboard, it can be pushed up against the wall for saving even more space.

Standard Height Beds

If you’re looking for something with space for storage while still saving a little extra room then our Platform bed (space saver) is a stunning style for any bedroom. It provides plenty of room for our underbed storage boxes and excludes the headboard so you can style it however you like.

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Utilise under the bed with storage boxes

Utilise under the bed with storage boxes

Using the space under a bed can offer the most generous and easy way to increase the storage space in your bedroom and house, or especially in flats. Having great organisation and a place to store away any items is a key step to living a stress and clutter free life. There’s many ways which can help provide this space, including storage boxes and ottoman beds but here we discuss the different storage boxes you can use in your bedroom.

Why creating space is important

Better Sleep

A calm, relaxing atmosphere is a must for the perfect night’s sleep. One way to achieve this is through clearing away anything that could be in the way. Waking up to a clean bedroom is a guaranteed way to start off the day better.

A Safer Environment

Of course, with the floor being clear, you are much less likely to fall over and trip.  

Less Stress

A clearer bedroom can also offer a feeling of motivation, being better for your health. This can also help clear your mind of stress.

Ways To Create Space

Under-bed Storage Boxes

Our underbed storage boxes provide a large amount of space and are available in various sizes and colours, each ideal for a variety of reasons. These are compatible with any standard height beds and can be added at any time, including after purchase.  The standard internal height for storing is 19cm, giving ample space for spare bedding, pillows, duvets etc. 

Low beds do not offer the space of clearance needed for these storage boxes so ensure you choose a bed that’s a standard height to make the most of your space if storage is important.

Ottoman Beds

If you’re looking for storage which is already built into the bed frame, we recommend Ottoman Bed. We have various styles available, all offering a large amount of storage within the base of the bed frame. The easy to lift base makes any items quickly and easily accessible.

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How many pillows should you sleep with?

How many pillows should you sleep with?

Statement cushions have become a must-have item for any bedroom but how many cushions/pillows should you actually sleep with?

It turns out that it depends on which position you prefer to sleep in! Most people tend to sleep with two pillows beneath their head, but experts say this might not be the best for your body. 

Why Do We Sleep on a Pillow?

The Egyptians used stones to rest their heads on whilst they slept, to prevent bugs from crawling up their noses! This isn’t really a risk for us now in the 21st century, yet pillows are still seen as an essential sleep accessory.

Let’s first think about the way our spine, neck and head are aligned. When we walk around, our neck and head sit directly atop our spine. Why do we consider it comfortable to completely change this alignment whilst we sleep? 

In fact, some research shows that sleeping without a pillow could actually be much better for us! But we know that that isn’t always realistic to sleep without a pillow. They’re super comfy after all. So, how many pillows should you sleep with?

Sleeping Positions

Side Sleepers

The most common way that people sleep is on their side. It is recommended that side sleepers use two pillows – but, before you get excited, they aren’t both for beneath your head! 

To align your spine and ensure that you’re getting the support that you need, it is recommended to sleep with one pillow beneath your head, and one between your knees. This is because the leg you place on top when you sleep on your side can pull your spine out of alignment, leading to issues with your lower back and hip in the future. 

Back Sleepers

Sleeping on your back is proven to be the best way to sleep for supporting your spine. So, if you’re doing that, well done!  It is still recommended that you use one thin pillow beneath your head to maintain neck and spine health whilst sleeping in this position.

Laying on your back may be the recommended way to sleep, yet people often say that laying flat on their back is painful for their lower back muscles. 

Don’t worry though, we have a solution for that! Try putting a pillow beneath your knees to encourage your spine to stay aligned in its natural curvature, this should subsequently reduce any strain in your lower back. 

Front Sleepers

Sleeping on your front is proven to be the worst way that you can sleep for your health. Though sleeping like this could stop you from snoring, it’s terrible for your back and neck. Not only does it make it hard to keep your spine in its natural position through the night, but it also puts additional strain on joints and muscles. 

In this position, try not to have a pillow beneath your head. If you really need to, ensure that it is a thin, soft pillow. It is also a good idea to put a thin pillow beneath your pelvis. This will help to align your spine. 

Visit M6 Beds today and we can help you choose the perfect pillows for you and your requirements!

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What is a Sleep Diary?

What is a Sleep Diary?

A sleep diary is a daily record of your sleep habits. Often also known as a ‘sleep log’ or a ‘sleep journal’, they are popular among parents hoping to get their children into a routine or adults who feel fatigued.

Over a period of time, a diary is used to evaluate a person’s sleep and identify any recurring bad habits or interruptions, helping to diagnose a sleep disorder.

What should a sleep diary include?

There are many different formats a sleep diary can take. However, most will simply be a notebook where the following details are noted down following each sleep:

  • Bedtime 
  • Wake-up time 
  • How long it took to fall asleep (roughly) or if you have a smart watch this can track your hours
  • Number of sleep interruptions, and the period if prolonged 
  • Number of daytime naps (if any) 
  • Medication, exercise and any caffeine taken

Are There Sleep Diary Apps?

If you think you may forget to fill out a sleep diary daily, downloading a sleep app could help – especially if your phone is permanently attached to your hip. There are many different free and paid sleep diary apps that can help monitor your snooze time, REM sleep cycles and provide tips for improving rest quality. Some of the most popular include:

Sleep As Android

This is primarily an intelligent alarm clock app that helps wake you gently in the morning. However, it also has decent sleep cycle tracking capabilities and is compatible with wearable tracking devices such as Galaxy Watches and Fitbits.

It can score your sleep on duration, deficit, deep sleep percentage, snoring, efficiency and irregularity. Should you want to, you can even record your sleep talking using the app.

Sleep Time

This is a sleep analysis app and an alarm clock in one. It tracks your sleep cycle and quality, measures your resting heart rate when you wake up, and provides soothing soundscapes, to name a few features.

Pillow

An Apple app that can sync up with your Apple Watch, Pillow is a smart sleep assistant and will automatically analyse your sleep cycles. 

Like the other apps on this list, it has audio recording technology and alarm options. It can also suggest an optimal bedtime based on your recorded data, show your sleep trends, and allows you to add notes should you want to track the influence of food, drink, medication or exercise on your quality and length of sleep.

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What makes a four-poster bed so luxurious?

What makes a four-poster bed so luxurious?

The size– A four-poster bed is usually bigger than a standard size bed in the UK, but this is often why people are so attracted to them. They have a grand feel about them, which can make the people sleeping in them feel like royalty.

Timeless Design – This type of bed has been around since the 16th century, and there is a reason they have stood the test of time… they have a classic design. This type of bed comes in an array of classic and elegant shapes and designs. You can even get four-poster beds that come with hand-crafted and engraved markings, like ones you would find back in the day.

Traditional style – Even if you opt for a more modern four-poster bed, the four posts that come with the bed mean it’s kept its traditional vibe, as this concept for the bed hasn’t changed since its first release.

Setting the mood – With opulently draped curtains and grand pillars, four-poster beds could be seen as quite romantic and could make the perfect place for you and your partner to get some shut-eye.

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Top tips for buying a four-poster bed

Top tips for buying a four-poster bed

Four poster beds have four vertical columns, one in each corner, that usually support a tester or upper panel. These two features often allow curtains to be pulled around the bed to create a cosy and luxurious feel.

Known as ‘the bed of kings’ dating back to the 16th century, where they were originally created for practical reasons. Unlike today, the 16th century didn’t have central heating, so four-poster beds with curtains were used to keep the old out at night, ensuring whoever is in the bed keeps toasty at night!

Four-poster beds are often large, and therefore they suit bigger bedrooms more than anything. Because of this, four-poster beds were usually found in homes with rich people that had big rooms.

But moving onto the 21st century, four-poster beds have had a massive make-over. Unless you are looking for an old 16th-century style, most poster beds are now sleek and sophisticated.

What are the benefits of a four poster bed?

Privacy – Four-poster beds are perfect if you have a big family and have the issue of people coming into your room unannounced. They make for the perfect balance of allowing people to come into your room, but keep your bed private, especially if you are in it and asleep!

Protection – Four-poster beds are a great way to feel protected, even if you feel safe in your home, there’s something about me wrapped up under the covers surrounded by curtains that makes you feel cocooned from the outside world. These types of beds are also great in the summer when fly’s make their way inside.

Decorative – A four-poster bed can make an instant statement and is a great way to add personality to a room if you’re struggling with ideas. If you go for an older-looking four-poster bed, they could come with decorative designs that also add some elegance to space.

Warmth – Four-poster beds were originally made for keeping the warmth in, so if you live in an older house where doors and windows often let cold air through, a four-poster bed could be the perfect solution for winter nights. And when Summer comes around, you can simply take the curtains down and enjoy the cool nights.

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Is it time for a Bed M.O.T?

Is it time for a Bed M.O.T?

With normal wear and tear a bed should last around seven years – but our quick Bed MOT can help to determine if your bed has had its day – and night! It’s a two-minute test that should be done every year after the first three to five years; and every six months after that.

Research shows buying a new bed can lead to a real improvement in sleep – up to an hour extra – and if you sleep better, you feel much better. Remember to buy as big as you can, spend as much as you can afford, and look out for the National Bed Federation’s Approved big tick logo to ensure you’re buying a product that is safe, clean, and honest.

The right bed is extremely important to health and wellbeing because our sleeping environment will affect the quality of our sleep – which in turn has a big effect on how well we feel, both physically and psychologically. A bed with the correct support, comfort, and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching.

Ideally try before you buy, as comfort and support are all down to personal preference. Take your time and spend at least 10 minutes lying down in your natural sleeping position – together if the bed is for two as it needs to be right for both of you.

Too often, people rush the bed buying experience – some spend less than two minutes trying them out! It’s a huge investment and time needs to be taken to choose the right bed.

Why don’t you come and visit us today and take the Bed MOT now!

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High VS Low Beds

High VS Low Beds

What is the Ideal Bed Height?

For most, bed height isn’t really a consideration. However, there is a science to comfort. Generally, the optimum height should reflect your own, i.e. taller people have higher beds and shorter people have lower beds.

What is the Ideal Bed Height for the Elderly?

As we age, we become less nimble and a bed should be at a comfortable height to make getting in and out as easy and stress-free as possible. A very low bed may put strain on joints and muscles, and a high bed may require jumping up which isn’t always possible. 

Using the above idea of matching a bed with your own height, measure a comfortable sitting level – maybe using a favourite chair. This will make sitting and swinging legs in and out of bed much more comfortable. 

The average knee height of an adult is between 16” and 24” off the ground, meaning a bed within this range should be perfect. If in doubt, opt for a bed that is around the top of this range, as a high bed will have less impact on your joints than a low one, and a step could be used.

Can You Increase the Height of a Bed?

If your bed is too low, we would recommend replacing it. However, if you cannot afford to do that right now, risers placed under the legs of the frame can offer a temporary fix. Please do be careful using these though, as they will compromise the bed’s stability.

What is the Ideal Bed Height for a Toddler?

All of our children’s beds will have dedicated product info about their dimensions and their age suitability. However, generally, toddlers’ beds are low to the ground to avoid any dramatic falls or rolls out of bed as they get used to no longer sleeping in a cot.

Of course, bigger kids, who are used to sleeping in a bed, have many more options at varying heights, including mid-sleepers, cabin beds and bunks which all involve a ladder.

Are There Other Height Considerations?

Before purchasing a bed, we would always recommend thinking about where it will be located. For example, if you will be placing it in an attic room or space with an apex ceiling, make sure that there is enough head room and space for the headboard.

Otherwise, you may have to reconfigure the room. We have seen some people placing the bed 10 to 15cm from the wall in order to make their bed fit, because they did not make these considerations before buying. Others have simply spun the bed round so the footend is up against the wall, and headboard is in the middle of the room. 

It is also worth thinking about your storage options. Ottoman and divan beds are often higher than regular frames, so they have plenty of storage space. If you’re low on available floor space, these higher beds may be a good solution.

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At What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Bedroom?

At What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Bedroom?

Some siblings love sharing a room and may want to share for as long as they can, whereas other times that might have to because of lack of space and have no choice. Here M6 Beds discuss what age should siblings stop sharing a room and have some space of their own?

What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Room?

As children grow up and enter their preteen years, many recognise a need for more privacy. This is particularly true if a brother and sister share a room. As children enter double digits, we would recommend you start thinking about providing them with their own space.

What Are the Advantages of Sharing a Room?

Under the age of 10, there are many benefits of children sharing a bedroom, including:

  • It teaches children how to share and cooperate with others. 
  • It fosters a close sibling bond, thanks to the additional time they spend together. 
  • Fewer rooms are required, meaning families can share smaller homes.
  • They’ll never get lonely and have support nearby if they’re afraid of the dark.

What Are the Disadvantages of Sharing a Room?

Of course, there are also some drawbacks especially as they get older. For instance:

  • Younger siblings may disturb older brothers and sisters with crying or noise.
  • Different daily routines may see one sibling disturb the other’s sleep.
  • Squabbles can be common. 
  • There is a lack of privacy. 
  • Germs spread quicker. So, colds are more likely to be passed between siblings if they share a room. 
  • Space is limited should your child like a friend to sleepover. 
  • Mess and clutter become more concentrated in one space. 
  • Brother and sister might disagree on how they want the room to look or feel.

If your children do share a bedroom, maximise the space that you do have. Invest in a bunk bed or storage beds so the there is much ‘free’ space as possible for the siblings!

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