Month: April 2021

Tips for sleeping this summer

Tips for sleeping this summer

How heat can affect your sleep

The closer it gets to bedtime, our bodies naturally experience slight dips in body temperature which can help to trigger sleepiness. Body temperature then continues to dip until the early morning before gradually warming back up. This process is part of our internal body clock setup, known as our ‘circadian rhythm’. So, as you can imagine, adding a spike of heat into the mix on a balmy summer’s eve can make it harder to fall asleep and disrupt your normal rhythm.

You’re also more sensitive to temperature changes during the slow-wave and REM (rapid-eye movement) stages of sleep – the period of slumber where our bodies repair themselves and we get the restorative rest we all need and deserve. If it’s hotter in your bedroom than usual, the chances are your slow-wave and REM sleep will be disrupted, meaning you’ll get less quality sleep and miss out on all the benefits it brings.

Getting ready for a cooler night’s sleep

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep your core body temperature in check this summer before you even set foot in your bedroom for kip.

Firstly, it’s time to ease off on any late night exercise sessions. Although exercise can be a great way to reduce stress and your overall tiredness during the day, leaving it too late could mean your core body temperature spikes. As our bodies usually decrease in temperature before bed, a night gym session or midnight 5k could make it harder for you to nod off.

Secondly, you could always take a hot bath. Yes, you heard us right! It might seem counterintuitive, but a hot bath can help you sleep better on a hot summer’s night. Not only will you be more relaxed as you settle down, but moving from a steaming tub to cooler surroundings will help lower your body temperature. Just make sure you leave enough time between bath and bed for your body to properly cool down!

And lastly, before you go to bed, make sure you have donned the right summer sleeping attire. Now, for some this might mean ditching clothes altogether (hello sailor!) but for others, simply wearing some lighter than usual pyjamas could help you sleep a little better on warmer evenings.

Optimising your bedroom for summer sleeping

Is your sleep sanctuary too hot to sleep in? If your bedroom is letting you down, there’s plenty you can do to beat the high temperatures of summer.

Draw your curtains and switch on the fan

And we don’t just mean at night! Drawing your curtains or closing your blinds during the day could keep your bedroom at a cooler temperature so it’s less of a sauna when you try to get some shuteye at night. A bedside fan can also be a fantastic tool in your arsenal to combat summer heat and help circulate cooler air – just be sure you can cope with a bit of noise!

Get the bedsheets right

Natural bedding made from cotton or linen are ideal when it comes to selecting summer bed sheets, or you could invest in some bamboo or percale sheets if you’re feeling fancy. These fabrics are more breathable and can wick moisture away from your body, traits that come in handy when it’s too hot to sleep!

You could also consider swapping to a lower tog duvet for the summer months. Tog ratings relate to a duvet’s ability to trap warm air, so a 4.5 tog or lower will be better suited for those hot summer nights.

Picking the right mattress

A top quality mattress is the foundation for any good night’s sleep but they can also help to regulate our sleeping temperatures. If you find yourself overheating during the summer, a mattress with more natural fillings will be a much cooler option than a memory foam mattress which tends to trap in heat a lot more.

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The right time to replace your bed

The right time to replace your bed

Buying a bed is a big deal and can often feel like a purchase for life. But, just like your mattress and other pieces of furniture, your bed isn’t built to last a lifetime. In fact, your bed will be ripe for replacement after around 10 years, as it will have gone through more than its fair share of wear and tear over a decade of dreaming. Even after 7 years, a replacement bed could be the key to unlocking a better night’s kip and although you’ll want to get your money’s worth, you can’t put a price on sleep.

How to notice if your bed needs replacing?

There are many tell-tale signs that your bed is getting in the way of quality sleep. It’s time to conduct your very own bed MOT!

Firstly, think about your own nightly sleeping experience. If you’ve been tossing and turning in the night, waking up with aches and pains or can feel springs under the surface when you’re lying down, it’s possible that your bed needs to be upgraded. Creaks, moans, cracks and other noises are also big indicators that it’s time for something new so keep an ear out for your bed’s cries for help!

Beyond the feel and sound of the bed, you can also visually inspect whether there are signs of significant wear and tear. If you notice that the legs of the beds are worn out, the base of your bed is on the saggy side or your new mattress has sustained some unwanted damage, it’s time for a new bed!

Choosing the right bed for you

If you’re taking the plunge and opting to upgrade your sleep station, take a bow and get out that tape measure. Getting your measurements right is the most important step on your journey to better sleep as you need to know what dimensions you’re working with.

Once you’ve embraced your inner architect and got your bedroom mapped out, you can figure out what size bed will be best for you and your space. If you’re a solo sleeper who likes to spread out during the night, then perhaps a double bed is the way to go. Or maybe a king size bed is needed to cater for your partner’s flailing limbs in the night! You should also consider whether you need some extra storage from your bed and then turn your mind to aesthetics to figure out what kind of look you are going for from your interior design.

Struggling to decide what bed to go for next, contact us today and our customer services team will be happy to help.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Care, Choosing The Right Mattress, M6 Beds, Replace your bed
How air pollution may be disrupting your sleep

How air pollution may be disrupting your sleep

As public discourse surrounding climate change has become prominent once again it seems only right that this week’s blog focuses on this ‘hot’ topic. Climate change is not only affecting the plant but is also affecting our ability to get a good night’s sleep. The sleepless nights caused by air pollution may shorten your life expectancy and put you at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes. 

So, if you are not sleeping but cannot seem to work out what the problem is, it might be the air quality in the area where you live. The following are the different ways in which air pollution can impact our sleep. 

The 7 main symptoms of poor air quality which affect your sleep

The following are associated with air pollution:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Dry throat
  3. Headache
  4. Nausea
  5. Coughing
  6. Wheezing 
  7. Chest pain

If you experience these symptoms at night, they can seriously interrupt your sleep. 

Reduces quality of sleep

Studies suggest that if you live in an area with poor air quality, you are 60% more likely to have sleep problems. 

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, unable to get to sleep for long periods, it is probably that this is a result of the quality of air you have been exposed to throughout the day. 

Aggravates asthma

There are certain pollutants that are associated with an increased risk of uncontrolled asthma, which tends to flare up at night. This can cause breathlessness, coughing and wheezing which make sleeping impossible.

Increases the risk of obstructive sleep apnoea

Research has linked air pollution with sleep-disordered breathing. Data also indicates that those who have been exposed to certain pollutants for extended periods of time have an increased risk of suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). 

OSA is a disorder which stops you breathing as you sleep. Specifically, it makes the walls of your throat contract and block your airways for 10 seconds or more. If this condition is not managed it may increase your risk of having a stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure. 

Posted by m6beds in Air Pollution
Cleaning your mattress

Cleaning your mattress

Why should you clean your mattress?

It’s easy to clean your bedsheets, change your pyjamas and think that you’re resting your head on a bed full of freshness but the ugly truth is your mattress can absorb an awful lot of dirt in its lifetime.

Without a regular cleaning, your mattress can accumulate its fair share of dust, sweat and dead skin – not exactly the sleep sanctuary you crave after a long and tiring day! A thorough mattress cleaning could help tackle any allergy flare-ups you have been experiencing at bedtime and generally improve your health and sleep quality overall.

To top it off, a regular cleaning can also extend the lifetime of your mattress. A bit of TLC from time to time is all it takes to get the most out of your mattress, so it’s a win-win all-round!

The best way to clean your mattress

Now we’ve convinced you it’s time to give your mattress a good old spring clean, it’s time to gather your cleaning tools and hop to it. And step one on the mattress cleaning list is to deal with any pesky spots or stains.

For stains, it’s best to invest in a mattress cleaning spray or a carpet cleaner and lightly spray over the affected area. Then, using a cloth, dab the stain from the outside in (so you don’t accidentally make the stain bigger) and leave the spray to work its magic before wiping away with a wet cloth.

Step two – bicarb. When it comes to mattress cleaning tips, bicarbonate of soda is your knight in shining armour. Spread your trusty bicarb over your mattress and leave it for up to 24 hours to absorb any moisture and lurking odours.

Using a combination of cleaning solution and bicarbonate of soda should work very well against a variety of common household stains. Just remember that for any accidents involving blood or urine to attack the stains with your cleaning solution and cloth until they have disappeared before finishing them off with a dusting of bicarb. If you’re tackling a bedwetting incident, then your cleaning solution is best left to work its magic for a good period of time before using the bicarb. And if you’re facing a wine spillage, try using some sparkling water on the stain and some salt to absorb the spilt slurp of last night’s Pinot Grigio!

How often should you clean your mattress?

Unless you’ve got stains and spillages in need of urgent attention, you don’t have to clean your mattress every weekend. A twice-yearly spruce up will keep your mattress nice and fresh and increase its longevity, too. Aim to do at least one clean in the Spring or Summer so that you can let your mattress fully dry out in the sunshine and make a note in the calendar to revisit the process around Christmas time.

Top care tips for your mattress

Besides a regular clean and a proactive approach to stains and spillages, there’s plenty you can do to make sure your mattress stays in mint condition for longer.

Investing in a topper or protector is an easy win to improve its durability and regularly flipping or rotating your mattress can help distribute the fillings to level out wear and tear. Make sure to give your bedding a frequent wash and ensure you regularly vacuum around your bed too, as this will also help protect your mattress from building up unnecessary dirt and dust.

Posted by m6beds in Choosing The Right Mattress, clean your mattress, Mattress Care, mattress protector, Mattress Type, Mattresses, The Right Mattress