Month: March 2018

How Long Should You Sleep For?

How Long Should You Sleep For?

Eating your five a day, exercising regularly, brushing your teeth twice a day. These things are all actively considered to be great for your health – but this list is missing one of the most important things of all – sleep.

Getting the right amount of quality sleep is imperative to your overall good health, but it can be difficult to know both how much sleep you should get per night, and then how much sleep you’re actually getting.

Why is Sleep So Important?
We’ve already touched on the value of sleep – it’s tied into a healthy lifestyle. But what effects can poor sleep have on your physical and mental health?

Scientists have found that consistently not getting enough sleep on a recurring basis can have the same impact on your brain performance as though you’ve drunk a significant amount of alcohol. In short, you’re less creative, less logical, and ultimately worse at making decisions when you’re sleep deprived.

On the more physical side of things, some scientists stand by the notion that your brain is cleansed of “harmful plaques and waste” when you sleep. Some feel that there’s an association between sleep and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease – and others understand that a lack of sleep can contribute to the development of chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes.

The Perfect Sleep Length
Understanding the perfect amount of sleep varies a little bit depending on your age. With younger members of the family, the amount of sleep they need changes as they grow. The amount of sleep newborns need versus toddlers is radically different. But thankfully, sleep requirements begin to even out once you get to the teenage years.

Typically, the Sleep Foundation believes you should aim for sleeping durations similar to this once you’ve reached, or are nearing adulthood:

● 14 to 17-year-old – between eight and ten hours a night
● 18 to 64-years-old – between seven and nine hours a night
● 65-years-old and upwards – between seven and eight hours a night

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Why Buy A Divan Bed?

Why Buy A Divan Bed?

Divans are not to everyone’s taste, you either love them or you hate them but they do have an enduring popularity. So what has sustained demand over the years and why should you invest in one?

Extra storage
One of the big attractions of a divan bed has always been the extra storage space it provides in the bedroom. If your room is cramped, then you can add a lot of extra capacity with a Divan bed. Divan beds are also designed to fit the measurements of the mattress without adding anything extra to the length and width.

You can personalise them
It is a common misconception that Divan beds all look the same. This isn’t true when you consider that they usually don’t come with a headboard so you are free to choose your own to match your bedroom style.

They tend to be firmer than other bed types
A divan will come with a platform top which means you get some extra padding underneath. So if you prefer a firm mattress under you, then a divan could be the ideal choice.

Whether or not you opt for a divan is of course down to personal taste and they can be more expensive than alternatives. If you want to check out our range of Divan beds for yourself browse through the examples in our store.

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Should You Share Your Bed With a Pet?

Should You Share Your Bed With a Pet?

Sharing your bed with a pet might seem like a good idea, but the decision to do so does have its pros and cons.

The most likely animals people share their beds with tend to be cats or dogs due to the close companionship they offer.

If you let a dog sleep with you in your bed then you may improve bonding with the animal. Stroking dogs is known to be a great stress reliever and it may even help you get a better night’s sleep. However, there are certain drawbacks to allowing your dog to sleep in your bed.

Firstly, like most animals that spend a lot of time outdoors, they will be picking up plenty of dirt. This will then transfer to your bed and bring lots of bacteria with it. The same can be said for cats despite their reputation for being cleaner than their canine counterparts.

It is then necessary to consider the strong territorial instincts of your pets. Cats on dogs in particularly can get very possessive of their territory and once they have got into the habit of sleeping in your room or bed, that habit will be very difficult to break.

Ultimately everyone will have their view on allowing pets into their beds and it really depends on what makes you the most comfortable.

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Is A Memory Foam Mattress Right For You?

Is A Memory Foam Mattress Right For You?

If you’re deciding on which mattress to buy for a new bed the choice can be bewildering. With advances in mattress design taking place all the time those choices are only going to get wider. In recent years memory foam mattresses have become a popular choice and for many people, no other material will do. So is a memory foam mattress right for you?

Memory foam has a history dating back to the 1960s when NASA used it in the production of more comfortable seats for astronauts. Memory foam was able to relieve the pressure of extreme G forces and it was this quality which made the material perfect for mattresses.

Memory foam mattresses are able to mould around your individual body shape and also provide plenty of support so you get the best of both worlds when it comes to a comfortable sleeping position. Also if you suffer from allergies, you may find that memory foam will improve symptoms because you won’t be exposed to dust that gets trapped in spring mattresses.

One potential issue with memory foam is that it tends to trap heat which can make some people feel hot. On the other hand, for people who need the extra warmth, the extra heat is unlikely to be a problem.

When it comes to durability, a memory foam mattress is likely to be just as durable as other leading types of mattress which makes it a good long term investment.

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