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Mattress buying guide

Mattress buying guide

Types of mattress

Open spring mattress: Also known as open coil or continuous coil mattresses. These contain one long piece of metal wire coiled into numerous springs. There’s also an additional border rod or wire to maintain shape and provide structure. It’s a great value for money option, although sides are machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched, but they are lighter than other models, making them easy to turn. They tend to be less supportive than other mattresses too, so are most suited to guest bedrooms or as children’s beds, where they are used occasionally or will need to be replaced regularly anyway.

Pocket spring mattress: This type of mattress is more luxurious, as it’s made from individual, small springs housed in their own pocket of fabric. This means each spring moves independently, providing more support than open spring mattresses. You can buy soft, medium or firm versions, depending on your preference, and they are more breathable than memory foam or latex mattresses (so ideal if you’re always getting too hot during the night). These are heavy to turn though, and can be filled with natural materials such as lambswool which may agitate allergies. This is a good option if you’re looking for a bed for two people, as the separate springs will cater for your different needs and weights, while they will also minimise the risk of you rolling towards your partner in the middle of the night.

Memory foam mattress: These more modern mattresses are made from memory foam, which is a mouldable material that also responds to temperature and weight, and has hypo-allergenic properties. This means it will mould to the shape of your body, absorb your weight and relieve pressure on your joints. Not everyone likes the sinking motion of this type of mattress, and it can get rather warm, but it’s ideal for those who need support or suffer from a bad back, as it will maintain posture and align your spine horizontally when sleeping on your side.

Hybrid: Drawing from a combination of materials that usually include memory foam, latex and pocket springs, hybrid mattresses are designed to give a more balanced sleeping experience. They often come with a pocket-sprung base and a memory foam top layer, providing both comfort and support – alleviating aches and pains by responding to your body’s shape.

Continuous and coil: A popular budget option, a continuous coil mattress is made from a single looped wire, while an open coil mattress is made from single springs fixed together with one wire. These are significantly cheaper than other mattress types, but be warned that with the attractive price tag comes the likelihood of these mattresses wearing out and sagging quickly. These mattresses also move around a lot with you as you sleep – as they are designed as one unit – so if you or your partner tosses and turns in the night, we’d suggest you consider other options.

Mattress firmness

How firm your mattress is will affect how well you sleep. The type of firmness you need will depend on your sleeping position, height and weight. Here we explain what level of firmness is best for what type of sleeper.

Soft: Side sleepers or those who change positions during the night are best suited to soft mattresses. This is because the way you sleep already relieves pressure from your spine so you want your mattress to mould to your body’s natural position.

Medium soft: This is ideal for those who change their sleeping position during the night, as it will still mould to your body position but provide a little more support.

Medium firm: This is best for people who sleep on their back as you require extra lower-back support, which this type of firmness offers.

Firm: This type of mattress is ideal for those who sleep on their front, are over 15 stone or suffer from back pain. This is because it will keep your back in a relatively comfortable and stable position without allowing you to sink into it as you sleep, which can cause lower-back pain.

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Should I buy my child a double bed?

Should I buy my child a double bed?

Have double beds really become the new norm for today’s kids?

If your child has been nagging you to swap their old single bed for a double that rivals yours, then you’re not alone.

Over recent years, sales of single beds have fallen whilst doubles have risen.  Studies have shown that this trend is due to more kids having a double bed in their bedroom.

One study suggested that the ‘digitalisation’ of kids’ bedrooms is to blame. Children are spending more time in their bedrooms playing and socialising on laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones, and a double bed allows them to do so in comfort.

Another contributing factor is families making purchasing decisions with longevity in mind. Teenagers often request a double bed, and when your teenager moves out, a bedroom with a double bed can easily be turned into a guest room, so a double may seem like a more future-proof option than a single.

Should I buy my child a double bed?

Whether or not a double bed is right for your child depends on a variety of factors including the size of their bedroom and your budget.

It may seem like a bit of a luxury if you always had a single bed as a child, but if your child has enough space and you can afford it, then why not?

Many retailers now even sell children’s bedding in double sizes because of the high demand.

Having an extra double bed in the house can also come in useful if you have guests visiting. Compromise with your child, they can have a double bed in their room, providing they’re happy to give it up when you have visitors.

If your child’s room is a bit small for a double, you could invest in a day bed instead. A day bed can be pushed away into a single when floorspace is required but pulled out into a double when they want space to sprawl or you have guests staying.

Having said that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping the single bed if that’s your preference. Many younger kids love the idea of having bunk beds for extra space and in case they have friends over to stay too.

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Would I benefit from an electric adjustable bed?

Would I benefit from an electric adjustable bed?

If aches and pains make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, then you could benefit from an adjustable bed to gain extra control over your sleeping position.

Here at M6 Beds we stock a range of high quality electric beds that can help those suffering with aches, pains and more serious health problems to get a restful night’s sleep.

What is an adjustable bed?

Electric beds consist of different sections that can be adjusted to help find a comfortable and supported sleeping position.

By adjusting the bed’s different sections, you can effectively mould the bed to the shape of your body, relieving pressure points and providing optimum support to reduce aches, pains and fatigue.

The sleeping position most suited to you will depend on your individual health problems or areas of discomfort. A few of the most popular positions include lying with the feet raised, the head and feet raised, or in the contour position to support the curve of the back.

What health problems can an adjustable bed aid?

Whilst the benefits of an adjustable bed can be enjoyed by anyone, they can be particularly helpful for those being kept awake at night be aches, pains and health problems.

A few common problems that feel the biggest benefit of an adjustable bed include:

Back problems– When you lie on a flat mattress, there are areas of your back that are not supported, causing pressure points and unnecessary strain.  Adjusting the shape of your bed can help to provide even support to minimise and ease discomfort and help you get a good night’s sleep.

Mobility problems– If you have mobility problems, an electric bed will make it easier and less painful to get in and out of bed. Simply raise the back and feet section of the bed to a more upright position before swinging your feet down to the floor.

Swollen legs or feet– Raising the foot section of your bed can provide temporary relief from swollen feet and legs for a more comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep.

You may also benefit from an adjustable bed if you suffer from any of the following:

  • Acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Neck and shoulder tension.
  • Circulation problems.

Find out more about our range of adjustable beds and how they could help you to start sleeping more soundly by giving a member of our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379.

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M6 Beds – Tips for creating an inviting and homely guest room

M6 Beds – Tips for creating an inviting and homely guest room

Help guests to get a good night’s sleep when staying in your home by creating an inviting and homely guest room.

Make guests in your home feel welcome by putting some thought into how you furnish and decorate your guest room.

With a few simple changes you can transform the space from box room to comfortable and relaxing retreat.

Maximise space– If like many people, your guest room is a little on the small side, be space-conscious when furnishing and decorating it. Use the tips in our blog ‘How to gain more space in a small guest room’ to make a small room feel more spacious.

De-clutter– Apart from what’s tidied away into storage behind closed doors, only leave visible decorative items and essentials. Keeping your guest room tidy and minimal will make it feel fresh, airy and relaxing.

Invest in a comfortable bed– Chances are that your guests will be asleep during most of the time that they spend in your guest room, so its worth investing in an inviting and comfortable bed. If you’re not ready to invest in a new bed, then a mattress topper could provide guests with some extra comfort in the meantime.

Indoor plants– Indoor plants don’t only look beautiful, they also refresh and oxygenate the air, creating a fresh, comfortable and healthy environment.

Be generous with pillows and blankets– Help your guests to get a comfortable night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed by offering a selection of blankets and pillows. Depending on personal preference and the individual’s sleeping position, different guests will prefer different pillows so provide a variety of firm and soft pillows. Some people may feel the cold more than others too, so add some cosy blankets for layering up on the bed if needed.

For help and advice choosing a suitable bed for your guest room, give our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379 and we will be happy to help you.

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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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Which Bed Size is Right For You?

Which Bed Size is Right For You?

If you are thinking of investing in a new bed you may not be aware there are currently six standardised bed sizes to choose from. Which one you go for of course will depend a lot on how much space you have in your bedroom and how much room a person needs when under the covers.

The 6 different bed sizes are small single, single, small double, double, king size and if you like your bed to be massive, super king size. Some shops might even stock queen sized beds which are slightly smaller than a king size.

Full dimensions of each of the main bed types can be found below:
Bed Sizes
Bed Sizes Feet / Inches Inches Centimetres
Small Single 2ft6″ x 6ft3″ 30″ x 75″ 75 x 190cm
Single 3ft″ x 6ft3″ 36″ x 75″ 90 x 190cm
Small Double 4ft″ x 6ft3″ 48″ x 75″ 120 x 190cm
Double 4ft6″ x 6ft3″ 54″ x 75″ 135 x 190cm
King Size 5ft″ x 6ft6″ 60″ x 78″ 150 x 200cm
Super King Size 6ft″ x 6ft6″ 71″ x 78″ 180 x 200cm

While the easy answer to choosing a bed is simply to go for a standard single for a child over the age of 6 the options can be a bit more complicated for couples.

Beyond the size of the room, it has to be considered how easy it will be to get a king size bed and mattress into a house or apartment. A super king is nearly two ft wider than a double bed which presents its own problems.

Then it comes down to comfort. Do you as a couple like to sleep close together or far apart? A Super King may take longer to warm up than a cosy double for example.

Whichever bed size you are looking for we have a wide choice of options at M6 Beds.

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