Month: June 2019

Why you need to banish technology from the bedroom now

Why you need to banish technology from the bedroom now

Make this one simple change in the bedroom to start enjoying better quality sleep every night.

Watching your favourite tv show, playing video games, or catching up with social media late in the evening could be having a serious effect on your quality of sleep.

Having a digital detox during the hours before bed will not only improve your sleep, it could also have a positive impact on other areas of your life too.

How does technology negatively effect sleep?

Blue light – Your body’s circadian rhythm is largely controlled by light. Exposing yourself to too much of the blue light emitted by technology late in the evening can confuse and disrupt this natural rhythm, making us feel alert when we should be getting sleepy.

Stimulation – Whether you’re playing a video game, watching a film, or scrolling through Instagram, each of these activities are highly stimulating for your brain. Stimulating activities trigger our bodies to release the stress hormone cortisol which speeds up heart rate and keeps us feeling alert, making it more difficult to get to sleep when we turn the lights out.

Distractions – We live in a world of constant distraction with the ping of notifications constantly coming through on our mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. The urge to keep checking what we’re missing on our emails, favourite news channels and social media is strong. By keeping technology out of the bedroom, you remove the temptation to keep refreshing Facebook or reading work emails, allowing yourself the time you need to effectively wind down before bed.

Benefits of banishing technology from the bedroom

Health and wellbeing– Sleep is extremely important to our health and can affect weight, immunity, mental health, sex drive and fertility. Lack of sleep has also been linked to increased rates of diabetes and heart disease.

Digital detox time– Removing technology from the bedroom will force you to find things to do to before bed that don’t require screens. Reading, yoga, and meditation can all be excellent ways to relax, and without technology you can give whatever you choose to do your full concentration.

Relationships– Removing technology from the bedroom fosters better human interaction, giving you a chance to spend time with loved ones without the distraction and lure of constant mobile phone notifications. Check in with each other, find out about one another’s days, and have meaningful and intimate conversations to strengthen bonds and improve relationships with those you love.

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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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How to makeover your bed without replacing it

How to makeover your bed without replacing it

Makeover your bed to fall in love with it all over again.

We’ve all done it before, daydreamed longingly about the warm, soft, enveloping embrace of our bed.

If you feel like you and your bed have drifted apart recently, it’s time to mix things up in the bedroom.

Here are a few simple ideas for making over your bed and regaining that spark.

Change your bed’s headboard

If you’re tired of the way your bed looks but don’t want to invest in a full new frame, changing your headboard is an inexpensive way of completely changing its aesthetics.

Whether you’re looking for a bold upholstered headboard, or a more minimal metal or wooden one, here at M6 Beds our team can help you to choose the perfect style.

Change your mattress or add a topper

If you’re more concerned about comfort than aesthetics it could be your bed’s mattress that’s letting you down. Get rid of an old or uncomfortable mattress and invest in a brand new one that suits your requirements for luxurious comfort.

Mattresses come in all different shapes, sizes and materials these days including open coil, pocket spring, natural filling, memory foam and medical grade foam. Choosing the right type of mattress for you will make a significant difference to your comfort and quality of sleep.

If you can’t afford a new mattress at the moment, then an inexpensive mattress topper could provide you with some added comfort in the meantime.

Invest in new bedding

New bedding can have a positive impact on both your comfort and your bed’s visual appeal. Select bedding made from high quality materials in a design that complements your bedroom’s décor. Bed sheets made from natural materials like Egyptian cotton, bamboo and silk tend to be more breathable and cooling than manmade materials and softer, smoother and more luxurious against the skin.

For help and advice with making over your bed, get in touch with our team here at M6 Beds by calling us on 01270 879 379.

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Creating the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep

Creating the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep

Making a few simple changes to your bedroom could help you to sleep more soundly and improve your health and wellbeing.

A good night’s sleep has countless benefits, it can improve your mood, keep you healthy, and help you to perform at your best during the day.

Use the tips in this blog to turn your bedroom into the perfect environment for falling asleep fast and sleeping more soundly.

Comfortable mattress and bedding

On average, we spend one third of our lives in bed, so it’s worth investing in a good quality mattress to make the space as comfortable and inviting as possible.

Take the time to figure out which mattress and bedding best suits your sleeping style and requirements to ensure that you are properly supported and comfortable whilst you sleep.

Choosing the right mattress and bedding will not only help you to get a better quality of sleep, it can also help to improve your posture and reduce stiffness, aches and pains.

Remove technology

Gadgets and technology don’t have a place in the bedroom. Not only can using electronic gadgets immediately before bed stimulate our minds, making it more difficult to get to sleep. The blue light emitted from screens can also disrupt our natural circadian rhythm by suppressing our body’s production of melatonin, causing a disrupted night’s sleep.

Add blackout curtains

Keep your bedroom as dark as possible to help to regulate your body’s circadian rhythm and improve the quality of sleep you’re getting. Reducing both natural and artificial light can help you to achieve the optimum amount of sleep, leaving you feeling alert and rested the next morning.

Make it quiet

Making sure that your bedroom is quiet can help you to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Eliminate unwanted noise from your bedroom by banishing technology that could emit noisy notifications or annoying whirring or buzzing sounds. If noises that are beyond your control are keeping you awake, try using a white noise machine to block out distracting sounds. White noise machines play at a consistent frequency and volume which many people find soothing.

Improve your quality of sleep by speaking to one of our experts here at M6 beds about which of our mattresses can provide you with the highest level of comfort. Give our team a call on 01270 879 379 and we’ll be happy to help.

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