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Is it time for a Bed M.O.T?

Is it time for a Bed M.O.T?

With normal wear and tear a bed should last around seven years – but our quick Bed MOT can help to determine if your bed has had its day – and night! It’s a two-minute test that should be done every year after the first three to five years; and every six months after that.

Research shows buying a new bed can lead to a real improvement in sleep – up to an hour extra – and if you sleep better, you feel much better. Remember to buy as big as you can, spend as much as you can afford, and look out for the National Bed Federation’s Approved big tick logo to ensure you’re buying a product that is safe, clean, and honest.

The right bed is extremely important to health and wellbeing because our sleeping environment will affect the quality of our sleep – which in turn has a big effect on how well we feel, both physically and psychologically. A bed with the correct support, comfort, and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching.

Ideally try before you buy, as comfort and support are all down to personal preference. Take your time and spend at least 10 minutes lying down in your natural sleeping position – together if the bed is for two as it needs to be right for both of you.

Too often, people rush the bed buying experience – some spend less than two minutes trying them out! It’s a huge investment and time needs to be taken to choose the right bed.

Why don’t you come and visit us today and take the Bed MOT now!

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How to Furnish a Stylish First Home on a Budget

How to Furnish a Stylish First Home on a Budget

You’ve finally done it, you’ve made the big step and purchased your first home! All that saving and stress with chasing the solicitors was worth it. Now comes the fun part; you get to decide on how to furnish your new home!

But just how expensive is it to fully furnish your first home? Well, we looked into it for you, and as it turns out, it can be quite costly. In fact, furnishing your first home can cost nearly as much as your deposit. Ouch! So, to help you out, we’ve provided some top tips on how to furnish your first home stylishly, without breaking the bank!

Plan your vision

Start by envisioning how you want each room to look: will there be a running theme throughout your new home, or do you want each room to have it’s own individual style? It might be worth making a quick collage on your phone and see how colours and styles work together.

You can then make a note of the furniture styles you like. Having some kind of plan will be very helpful when you start shopping for stylish affordable furniture as it’ll keep you organised during a very chaotic transition.

Prioritise items

In the excitement of buying your first home, you may feel under pressure to get your house showroom-ready as soon as possible, but there’s no need to rush! Prioritise the essential furniture items that you really need: such as a bed, dining table or a sofa. It’s perfectly fine to furnish your new home piece by piece, rather than a full room at a time.

It may be a good idea to create a list of the less essential furniture items you want and keep it close to hand, so you can pick up the little extras whenever you have some spare cash. The more organised you are with your budget furnishing, the easier it will be when you come to treat yourself on the slightly more expensive furniture that you’ve had your eye on.

Pay attention to seasonal sales and promotions

Be strategic about when you purchase certain high price items. It’s never a bad idea to do your research beforehand – make a note of what you need and look around to find the best price. This can make a huge difference when you’re furnishing a new home on a budget. It might take more time, but it’s worth it in the end; especially when you find that style of modern, affordable furniture you’ve always wanted.

Focus on quality over quantity

Furnishing a new home on a budget is hard. We’ve already discussed prioritising the essential items, but you shouldn’t forget that the high price items need to be considered as an investment which will save you money in the long run.

So you might need to think about spending a little more money on furniture such as your bed frame and mattress, which will likely follow you to your next home. Focus your budget furnishing on items such as bedside tables and floor lamps which are much easier to replace if they break in a couple of years time.

Take your time and enjoy furnishing your first home

Once you’ve purchased your essential furniture items, there’s no shame in waiting a little longer before buying everything else, such as your decorative furniture pieces, for example. Keep in mind that it’s not worth compromising your first home that you’ve worked so hard to get, just to rush to fill the whole house in the first month. It’s an unrealistic goal, and you’ll most likely end up with a load of cheap furniture that you’re not entirely satisfied with.

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Benefits of a Super King Bed

Benefits of a Super King Bed

Get a better night’s sleep

If you’re serious about sleep and looking for unrivalled comfort with plenty of room to play with, a super king size bed is the way to go. Measuring in at a huge 6ft x 6ft 6” of mattress, say goodbye to restless legs and bedtime contortionism as you can rest assured your body will have the space it needs to settle into the perfect sleeping position for a quality night’s sleep.

Perfect for partners

No matter how much you love them, we all know how irritating it can be to be woken up by your better half tossing and turning in the early hours. In fact, super king beds are that luxuriously big, you might even struggle to spot your beloved on the other side – dreamy! In all seriousness, a super king mattress can alleviate the motion of your partner’s movements during the night meaning you are much less likely to be rudely awakened by any night-time fidgeting or flailing limbs.

Improves blood flow

Sleeping in a bed with less space can often constrict blood flow due to you having to curl up and place extra pressure on your joints and body. As you have a greater area to properly stretch out in a king-size bed, there is a much lower possibility of you waking up with numbness or painful pins and needles.

Provides extra storage space

In need of more storage space? We’ve got just the ticket. Ottoman super king size storage beds are a unique combination of style and functionality, as the base can be raised to reveal an enormous storage area for keeping clothes, bedding or other bulky belongings.

Creates a stunning centrepiece in a large bedroom

A big bedroom deserves a big bed – it’s a simple as that. Having a bed that’s in proportion to your large bedroom creates an inviting focal point that exudes comfort and warmth. Plus, with our range of upholstered, oak and crushed velvet super king bed frames, you can rest assured that your new bed will act as a spectacular centrepiece in your space that you’ll be hard pushed to want to get out of when morning rolls around.

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Top tips on how to stop a wooden bed from squeaking

Top tips on how to stop a wooden bed from squeaking

1. Buy a new mattress

If your investigations found your spring mattress to be the guilty party, we’re afraid the diagnosis is pretty bleak. Unfortunately, a creaking mattress means that your once trusty sleeping station has come to the end of its natural life. But it’s not all doom and gloom – in fact, it’s the perfect excuse for you to treat yourself to a new one! Visit our website to browse the stock we have available.

2. Tighten up loose fittings, joints and bolts

Did your creak test report findings of loose nuts and bolts? If so, it’s time to arm yourself with allen keys, screwdrivers and spanners to get your wooden bed frame tightened up! We would also recommend adding washers to your bed’s loose fittings if you don’t have them already, as this can sometimes help to hold joints together more solidly.

3. Apply some wax to the noisy area

If you’re still plagued by creaking after tightening up any loose bolts, applying some wax to lubricate the area could be just the ticket. WD40 or other specialist products of the same ilk should do the trick – all you need to do is simply apply the wax to the affected area to see whether that solves your unpleasant noise issues.

4. Sort your slats out

Broken slats? There’s a simple solution for that – replace them. Just take great care in ensuring you buy the right size to suit your wooden bed frame. Measure, measure and measure again!

5. Level any uneven flooring

If you’ve exhausted all of our tips above, chances are that another squeak-related issue could be the problem, such as uneven flooring in your bedroom. The best way to check for this is to crack out the spirit level from your toolbox and wedge a small piece of plywood or other piece of material under the rickety corner of your bed to level the playing field.

6. Buy a new wooden bed

The quickest and most reliable fix of all? Treat yourself to a brand new bed frame! At M6 Beds, we have a wide range of beds to choose from!

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How to stop a wooden bed from creaking

How to stop a wooden bed from creaking

Do you lie awake at night, staying as still as a statue to save yourself from another patience-wearing creak, wondering how to fix a squeaky bed? Well, wonder no more our sleep-deprived friend – our expert dream team at M6 Beds have got all the answers to your prayers for a squeak-free sleep!

Why do creaky wooden beds need fixing?

More than just being incredibly, unbelievably, unimaginably infuriating, a squeaky bed is actually terrible news for your quality of sleep. In fact, noises such as your bed creaking can prevent you from achieving the all-important deep sleep stage of your sleep cycle. This can lead to disrupted sleep patterns and a serious impact on your health, from increased stress levels, to low energy, high blood pressure and insomnia.

Do wooden beds squeak?

Yes! When a wooden bed frame squeaks and makes a noise it shouldn’t be making, it’s actually your bed’s own little (and albeit, very annoying) way of letting you know something’s wrong.

Wooden beds squeak for a whole host of reasons, but common causes can include loose joints, broken slats, a worn-out spring mattress or even heat expansion. More often than not though, a loose frame fitting or an old mattress will be the cause of your noise complaints and, luckily for you, it’s easy to search for the source of the problem!

How to identify the source of the creaking

To find out whether your spring mattress is to blame, remove the mattress from your bed and lay it on the floor. Next, it’s time for the creak test – lie down on your mattress and move around across its surface. If it groans with that all too familiar sound from your nightmares, you’ve found your problem. If it’s as quiet as a mouse, however, it’s time to initiate phase two of your inquiry – the wooden bed frame inspection.

To identify the cause of your bed’s creaking, gently rock its frame in different directions and listen carefully. Once you’ve narrowed down your search area to the source of the sound, make sure to thoroughly check for any loose bolts or joints nearby before moving onto our tips on how to fix the squeaking.

Check out our next blog to see how you can stop a wooden bed from squeaking!

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Ways to Help Get a Dog to Sleep

Ways to Help Get a Dog to Sleep

Most dogs are very energetic creatures. Craving constant attention and activity, their wholehearted enthusiasm and loyalty are why we love to have them in our lives. However, if that energy runs long into the night, it can result in disruptions to your own efforts to relax or to get enough sleep. So how do you get a dog to sleep? 

Like all animals, a dog will eventually tire and need sleep in order to regain their energy levels. Boost your own sleep pattern by following these tips to helping a dog get some shut-eye.  

1. Get plenty of exercise 

Just like us humans, part of staying fit and healthy is getting plenty of exercise. A handy secondary benefit of that is that come bedtime, your dog will have used up their bounds of energy and be ready to nod off.  

Depending on the size and breed of your dog, they’ll need a daily walk to ensure a night of uninterrupted sleep. In general, the bigger the dog the longer you’ll need to walk them to tire them out. Grab your dog’s lead and a tennis ball and head out to the local park for a walk.  

Aside from walks, you could grab any other opportunities to use up a bit of your dog’s seemingly endless energy reserves. If you’re out in the back garden, grab a Frisbee or ball and play a five-minute game of fetch. It will all count come bedtime.  

2. Think about where your dog should sleep 

Sometimes we don’t want to be without our dogs at any time, so it can be all too tempting to allow your fluffy, cuddly dog into your bedroom at night. However, if you find it sees you and your dog get a worse night’s sleep, you may want to reconsider.  

Studies, such as this one reported in Vice, have shown that sleeping with your four-legged friends can easily lead to disruptions during the night. The extra heat in the bed makes it more likely you’ll wake up, as does any movement that will take place throughout the night (which affects both you and your dog).  

Plus, the hairs that make their way into the bed can lead to itching and irritation of your skin. This can affect anyone but is particularly disturbing for those with asthma or skin complaints. It can be hard to say no and shut the bedroom door each night, but it can lead to better sleep all round.  

3. Create a cosy environment 

Dogs are just like us. They want a comfortable bed and a peaceful environment in which to sleep. For that reason, you need to review where your dog is sleeping and make sure it’s as cosy as possible. 

Invest in a nice comfortable bed and throw in a blanket and their favourite toys to make it as enticing as possible. Once you’ve nailed the bed, consider the surrounding environment. Is their bed in a warm part of the house? Solid floors beneath the bed might be a little hard or cold, so add a rug beneath the bed for extra warmth. Is it quiet and dark? Noises from outside and streetlights could wake your dog in the night and lead to barking. If you need to, move the bed into a quieter room and use blinds to block out any external light. 

4. Stick to a routine bedtime 

A dog needs to recognise when it’s almost time to hit the hay. To make sure this is the case, you’ll need to establish a routine. As much as you possibly can, make sure your dog eats their meals at the same time each day and heads out for a walk at roughly the same time. Make sure your last mealtime isn’t too late either, allowing food to digest properly before bed.  

When it comes to bedtime, be firm and stick to the routine. Be sure to include a final toilet trip every night; one thing that’s sure to cause problems in the night for a dog is the need to do its business. 

5. Consider any disruptions  

Changes to general life routine can cause disruptions to sleep too. Think of how you might struggle to sleep if you stop in a hotel for a night. The same logic can be applied to dogs. Have you recently moved home, or had to move your dog’s bed into a different room? If so, it might have a negative effect on their sleep. 

When a change in daily routine occurs, allow for some time to adjust. Just ensure you are applying all the other tips we’ve discussed here to allow for a smooth transition.  

6. Try sleep-inducing treats   

It isn’t recommended that anyone (or any dog) eat shortly before they go to bed, but products do exist that could give your dog that little push into the land of nod. Try bedtime treats with natural, sleep inducing-remedies like chamomile and see if it makes a difference. Just leave enough time for it to digest.  

For any dog-related sleep aids, always ask your vet. They might recommend melatonin (a sleep-inducing chemical) supplements or pills that can be added to a dog’s food. Before you try anything, be sure to consult an expert.  

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The Caveats of Napping and Power Napping

The Caveats of Napping and Power Napping

To reap the benefits of napping, there are some key caveats to take into consideration.  

Make Them Short  

When we say napping can bring about positive health change in your day, this is invariably referring to “power napping”.  

A power nap refers to a sleep that is short in duration – usually between 10 and 30 minutes. It’s something you might do at work on your lunch break, or during a Saturday afternoon before a night out.  

The scientific studies outline performance benefits based on naps of less than 30 or 40 minutes. This will stop you from dropping into a deep sleep state. Once you drop into a deep sleep, you’ll need a longer, night-time kind of sleep to feel any benefit when you wake up. If you end up sleeping for an hour or two, you’ll drift into a deep sleep and likely suffer from sleep inertia, a slightly impaired state of cognitive and sensory-motor performance, when you wake up. You’ll likely feel worse than you did before you went to sleep, experiencing fatigue and grogginess.   

Make sure you only nap in short bursts is key to ensure you experience all the benefits it can bring. 

Prioritise a Good Night’s Sleep   

The first question to ask yourself before you take a nap is “why?”. If the answer is that you consistently need to catch up after a poor night’s sleep, then you need to readdress your priorities.  

The link between regularly getting good sleep and your long-term health are well established. If you’re struggling to sleep at night, suffer from insomnia or sleep apnea, but you’re taking naps every day, those naps might be hindering your ability to drop off at night. Treat a nap as a mid-afternoon burst, but never as a substitute to a good eight hours each night.  

Napping Could Point to Illness   

If you’re spending big chunks of your day feeling tired but evening sleep isn’t a problem, it could be a sign of a more serious health concern. Studies, like this one in the American Journal of Epidemiology linked those who nap with higher rates of mortality. This isn’t to say that napping increases your chance of an early death. It points to the fact that people suffering from illness are more likely to nap during the day due to the fatigue that comes with their complications.  

Don’t Take Them to Late 

Naps don’t just have an optimum length; they also have an optimum time of day. Lunchtime is the best part of the day to head off for a nap – between the hours of 12pm and 2pm. Neatly coinciding with your office lunch break, it’s the perfect time to refresh and refocus in the afternoon. Leave it till 3pm or later, and you’ll likely cause disruption to your sleep later that night.   

Under the right circumstances, napping can have a hugely beneficial effect on your day. Offices across the world are starting to wake up to the benefits a nap can have on staff productivity if you give them the opportunity to have a calming snooze at lunchtime. If you get the chance to count some afternoon sheep, it could bring a boost in your performance long into the day.  

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Foods that fuel a great night’s sleep

Foods that fuel a great night’s sleep

Struggling to sleep? Your diet could be to blame. Unfortunately, the food we love the most could be causing sleep deprivation and consequently a whole host of mental and physical issues. 

In this article we will give you some insight into the top foods that could solve all of your sleep problems.

Carbohydrates

In order to avoid you blood sugars spiking before you go to bed make sure you eat complex carbs such as brown rice, wholegrains or starchy vegetables. Although branded by many as unhealthy, digestible carbohydrates may help us fall asleep faster and get better quality sleep. Specifically, carbs increase the availability of tryptophan in the brain – this is an amino acid which produces melatonin (the sleep-inducing hormone). 

Foods that are high in protein

B vitamins from protein are vital for the healthy functioning of the brain and are also involved in the production of melatonin. Any sort of deficiency, be it mild or severe, in any of these B vitamins is associated with poor sleep.

Vitamin B12 is present in animal foods (e.g. oysters, oily fish, poultry and eggs). Vegans and vegetarians may want to introduce more nuts and lentils into their diets are these foods are also full of protein. 

Zinc from cereal grains

Both human and animal studies have shown that an increase in zinc intake leads to improved sleep quality. 

The best sources of zinc include oats, wheatgerm, sesame seeds, oysters, meat and eggs. 

Seeds for the production of magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral which not only serves as a muscle relaxant but also enhances the secretion of melatonin which helps to promote sleep. 

Magnesium is found in shelled hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and almonds. A magnesium supplement may also be beneficial. 

Introducing the latter foods into your diet could not only help you fall asleep quicker but also improve the quality of your sleep, why not give it a go?

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Optimising your sleep schedule for night shifts

Optimising your sleep schedule for night shifts

Before your night shift starts

In the build-up to a night shift, there’s one fundamental question that is forever on your mind – to nap or not to nap? Whether you can sleep all day or not, having a nap during the day in the run up to your shift is a great way of diminishing your sleep debt and reducing your tiredness at work.

However, timing is everything and whilst we’re a huge fan of naps at M6 Beds, a planned-out sleep schedule is probably more effective if you’re working nights long-term.

Post night shift sleeping rituals

The trick to conquering a night shift sleep schedule is to find out what routine works for you and stick to it as best you can. For example, a hot shower or calming yoga stretch before bed could be the perfect way to relax your mind and ease yourself into a quality sleep.

In order to have the best chance of drifting off for a dreamy sleep, you need to replicate normal night-time conditions as best you can. As such, we’d recommend investing in some quality blackout blinds and a good pair of earbuds to help reduce outside stimuli such as light and noise.

Beyond your routine of getting ready for bed, there’s also the important issue of timing. On an average day, early birds wake up a few hours before heading into the office. So, although it’s tempting to hit the hay as soon as you clock off, it might feel more natural to hold off on your longer sleep and time it to wake up a few hours before your next shift so you feel more alert when it comes to worktime. That said, if you’re tired – you’re tired, and we know that sometimes the call of fresh sheets and a cosy duvet is too much to resist.

Improving your sleep in-between shifts

Planning ahead and trying to reset your body clock is essential to achieving quality sleep if you’re working nights. If you’re transitioning from a day to a night shift, you could plan to have a long afternoon snooze before the night shifts begin so you can get a head start on any sleep debt you might accrue.

Whether you’re nailing a good sleep pattern on nights or not, there’s always room to improve your sleep quality more generally. Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle is one of the best weapons in your arsenal when it comes to quality kip. Tackling some exercise in-between shifts could also help improve your sleep, as could cutting down alcohol and caffeine, particularly before bed.

Creating the ultimate sleep sanctuary

There are many different types of sleeping aids on the market designed to have you out like a light. Blackout blinds, or even a comfortable eye mask, could be a huge help if you’re bedding down as the sun starts to rise. Or perhaps some candles, sleep scents, or audiobooks could be the perfect tools to help you wind down after the night shift? But when it comes to creating the ultimate sleep sanctuary, your attention first and foremost needs to be on the bed!

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The different ways that sleep deprivation can affect your body

The different ways that sleep deprivation can affect your body

Sleep deprivation can take its toll on our bodies – it affects our skin, mood and immune system. This article explores the different affects and discusses how to improve your quality and quantity of sleep. 

Weakens your immune system

A lack of sleep can make you more susceptible to catching colds because sleep deprivation weakens your immune system and leaves you vulnerable to illnesses as your body can’t adequately fight infection. 

Other than getting more sleep there are other ways to boost your immune system. Ensure that you are eating fresh fruit and vegetables, exercising where you can and drinking lots of water. 

Causes weight gain

Studies have shown that those who have less sleep tend to gain more weight than those who sleep well. This has been explained by the fact that when you are not sleeping you have increased levels of ghrelin which is a hormone that increases your hunger.

Impacts your mental health

Sleep deprivation has a huge impact on your mental health. You might find that after a bad night’s sleep you struggle to concentrate on tasks and that you feel as if you have no energy. Additionally, a lack of sleep can promote anxiety and depression. It is therefore very important to get a good night’s sleep. 

Increases signs of ageing

Unfortunately, your face is usually the first thing to show signs that you are not getting enough sleep. You may notice that your complexion looks dull and slightly grey. Additionally, lack of sleep might lead you to notice signs of ageing much quicker than normal. This all happens because your skin requires quality sleep to regenerate. 

If you are struggling with sleep deprivation it might be that you need a new, comfy mattress to tempt you into bed earlier and to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. For any questions or queries call us on 01270879379.

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