Month: December 2021

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.

Posted by m6beds in Better Night’s Sleep, Deep Sleep, Improve Sleep Patterns, M6 Beds, Sleep Better, Sleep Cycle, Sleep Patterns, Sleep Problems, Sleeping Apps
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.

Posted by m6beds in Bedroom, four poster bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, Mattress Type, New Bed, The Right Mattress