Month: December 2019

4 reasons to make your child’s bedroom a tv-free zone

If you’ve been considering giving in to your child’s constant nagging for a television in their bedroom, we’ve got 4 reasons to think again.

In today’s modern age, children’s bedrooms are often a hub of screens and technology. But have you stopped to consider the impact that having a television in the bedroom could have on your child’s health and wellbeing?

Here are four reasons to think twice about putting a television in your child’s bedroom.

Encourage them to do other things

In today’s technology-rich, constantly connected world, kids are spending more time than ever before glued to screens. Kids without televisions and other gadgets in their bedrooms are forced to find alternative things to do like read, learn a new skill, play outside, or do something creative.

Prevent them from staying up late watching tv

If your child has a television in their bedroom it may become difficult to regulate what time they’re watching it until. Children who regularly stay up late watching TV can find it difficult to concentrate the following day as they become tired and irritable.

Reduce blue light before bed

Numerous studies have concluded that looking at screens before bed can disrupt our natural sleep patterns. This is because electronic screens give off blue light which causes our body to suppress the production of melatonin. Melatonin is very important for helping our bodies to regulate our sleep/wake cycle and without melatonin we may struggle to get to sleep and stay asleep.

Monitor what they’re watching

If your child has a TV in their bedroom you don’t only relinquish control of when they’re watching it, but the content that they have access to as well. Children with televisions in their bedroom could easily gain access to inappropriate content such as very scary, violent or sexual programmes or films. Watching something inappropriate for their age could disturb or confuse them or cause nightmares.

Posted by m6beds in Buy The Right Bed, Children Bedtime Stories, Improve Sleep Patterns, Investing in a Bed, Kids Sleeping Patterns, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, Mattress Type, Memory Foam Mattress
Preparing your guest bedroom for Christmas

Preparing your guest bedroom for Christmas

Christmas is a time for visiting and entertaining family and friends. If you’re hosting guests over the festive period, use the tips in this blog to create a welcoming guest bedroom.

If your guest bedroom has been lying dormant for a while and is feeling a little neglected, leave yourself plenty of time to spruce it up before the guests descend at Christmas.

Here are our top 5 tips for giving your guest bedroom a festive makeover.

Test the mattress

If you know that the mattress in your guest bedroom is old, it’s a good idea to sleep in the bed for one night yourself or at least lay down and test the mattress to check that it is still comfortable.

Some mattresses may simply need to be turned over or given a good hoover and airing, whilst others may require replacing to ensure that your guests have a comfortable night’s sleep.

New bedding

Make sure that your guest bed has a suitably warm winter duvet on it to keep guests warm during the night. Investing in a new duvet cover set can instantly makeover a bedroom, choose a Christmassy design to give the room a special festive feel.

Christmas decorations

Adding a couple of Christmas decorations can make the room feel lived in and cosy for guests at Christmas.

Festively-scented candle

Lighting a candle with a Christmassy scent like pine, cinnamon or orange can help to get rid of any stale smells and provide guests with a warm welcome.

Add extra blankets

Over the Christmas period the weather can get particularly cold and different people are comfortable sleeping at different temperatures. Adding two or three blankets to the end of your guest bed allows guests to layer up as much or as little as they like to achieve a comfortable sleeping temperature.

Posted by m6beds
Tips for helping children sleep more soundly on Christmas Eve

Tips for helping children sleep more soundly on Christmas Eve

For many children around the world, Christmas Eve is the most exciting and magical night of the year.

As they settle down beneath their sheets to await the arrival of Father Christmas, his reindeer, and a stack of presents, it’s no wonder that many excited children struggle to drift off to sleep on Christmas Eve.

Here are five tips for helping your kids sleep more soundly on Christmas Eve and wake up feeling refreshed on Christmas Day.

Get plenty of fresh air

Go for a walk and get plenty of fresh air somewhere where the kids can run around and let off steam to help tire them out on Christmas Eve. A trip to the park or a brisk family walk in the countryside or a local wood or forest can also be a lovely way to spend time together.

Hide the sugar

At Christmas the cupboards are usually bursting with tins of chocolates, packs of biscuits and other sugary treats. Make an effort to put all the treats away after lunch on Christmas Eve to help prevent a sugar-induced high keeping the kids buzzing all night long.

Turn off the screens

The blue light that technology emits can have a negative effect on our ability to switch off and get to sleep at night. On Christmas Eve, instead of gathering around the television or a games console, instigate a screen-free family games night to help children wind down before bed.

Stick to routine

This one can be difficult at Christmas, but wherever your plans take you, try to stick to your kids’ normal bedtime routines as much as possible. If you can keep them going to bed and waking at roughly the same time as usual, then it can help to prevent them getting overtired and the ensuing bedtime dramas.

Wind down and relax

Christmas is a magical time of year full of trips and activities which can leave children feeling overtired and hyperactive by the end of the day. Have several screen-free, wind-down activities planned for evenings when the kids are bouncing off the walls to help them to calm down ready for bed.

Posted by m6beds in Bedroom, Better Night’s Sleep, Children Bedtime Stories, Choosing The Right Mattress, Christmas Bedroom, Christmas Eve, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds
Tips for staying warmer in bed this winter

Tips for staying warmer in bed this winter

Creating a warm and comfortable sleeping environment is key to achieving a restful night’s sleep.

Once the winter months come around, you’ll soon notice the chill in the air last thing at night and first thing in the morning.

If you regularly find yourself feeling cold in bed then it could be having a negative impact on your sleep quality, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Once you climb into bed you should quickly begin to feel warm and cosy, and if you don’t, then it’s time to make some changes to your bed and sleeping habits.

Here are our top tips for staying warmer in bed this winter.

Invest in a memory foam mattressMemory foam mattresses mould to the shape of the body, relieving pressure points for a more comfortable night’s sleep. The foam inside a memory foam mattress absorbs and retains body heat in order to change shape, creating a warm and cosy sleeping environment.

Bed socks – Sleeping in bed socks not only keeps your feet feeling toasty, it can also help to regulate your external body temperature, helping you to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

Layer up with blankets – Layer up the blankets on top of your duvet to trap air and insulate your bed. Using multiple blankets also allows you to add and remove layers depending on the temperature. Choose blankets in wool or fleece rather than synthetic materials for extra warmth.

Hot water bottle – Fed up with climbing into a cold bed? Fill a hot water bottle with hot water and pop it under the duvet to warm the bed up before you climb in.

Winter Duvet – When the cold weather hits, switch to a warmer winter duvet with a higher tog or a down, wool or hollow fibre filling.

According to the Sleep Council, the ideal temperature for the bedroom is a cool 16–18 degrees Celsius. Be careful not to create a sleep environment that is too hot as this can cause restlessness.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Buying Tips, Bedroom, Bigger Bed, Choosing The Right Mattress, Christmas Bedroom, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, mattress protector, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress