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Ways a Mattress Topper can improve your sleep

Ways a Mattress Topper can improve your sleep

Did you know? One in three adults don’t get enough kip! Whether it’s a cup of coffee too many or scrolling Insta keeping you blinking past bedtime, lack of sleep means cranky mornings and bad moods.

The bohemian chic bedroom is a perfect place to relax and unwind in the weekend. Accompanied by soft neutral colours, you can dot your room with cushions or blankets while adding rugs from artisan suppliers for extra charm!
There are plenty more ways that this trend could take form – try hanging artist pieces on walls as well if possible so they create depth when viewed head-on at least.

The benefits of a mattress topper

Mattress toppers add a layer of comfort

Of all the things a bed should be, comfy is number one. A topper adds a layer of comfort to your mattress that will make it very hard to get out of bed in the morning. The fluffy layer glides over your mattress, which can transform the feel of your bed. Is your current mattress a tad too hard or getting on a bit?

A memory foam mattress topper will bring it back to life without the hassle of having to change it, saving you money and time to improve your sleep. A win, win, win. How is that for a hat trick? Being comfortable in bed can help ensure you get the proper night’s rest you need to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Mattress toppers keep bedtimes fresh

Mattress toppers get another gold star when it comes to keeping bedtime clean and fresh. For bonus points, choose naturally anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic fabrics like bamboo. A topper with a bamboo cover will bring all the benefits of an eco-friendly wonder plant to your bedroom.

Bamboo is the perfect material for your bedding. Not only does it keep you cool and refreshed, but its anti-microbial properties mean that no nasty bacteria will be able to attack! Plus with a removable cover making cleaning easy as pie – what’s not love about that?

Mattress toppers promotes alignment of your neck, spine and hips

Whether it’s too much sitting or skipping those morning stretches, modern life can have our bodies all out of whack. This can make life and moving around rather uncomfortable. What gives? Well, bedtime! A good mattress topper can help promote proper neck, spine and hip alignment while you sleep.

Hydro-foam gel mattress toppers excel in the alignment department. The technology adapts to your sleeping position, keeping you supported and snoozing all night comfortably. Knowing you are taking care of your body is another reason to sleep soundly. And better sleep will have you waking up feeling on top!

Mattress toppers help you achieve an early night!

Is all of this talk of bed making you tired? Before you take a nap, there is one more reason a mattress topper can help you sleep. Knowing your bed is cool, comfy and relaxing will make early nights all the more tempting. Let’s face it, sometimes getting those eight hours of recommended sleep can take a back burner to work deadlines, Netflix and keeping up with your social life. 

Though not prioritising rest can eventually lead to burn-out. Self-care is vital to wellbeing, and that starts with getting plenty of good, quality sleep. If you’re in need of a few more early nights, a mattress topper will have you counting down till bedtime and waking up feeling magic!

Want more information about what would be the best mattress to suit you and your needs? Contact us today!

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Common Signs That You Need A Better Mattress

Common Signs That You Need A Better Mattress

Waking up with back ache? Neck cramp? Or are you just generally uncomfortable sleeping on your mattress? These are all signs that you need a better mattress. It can be hard to know which type of mattress to go with, especially with so many options being available, so we are going to explain the different types of mattresses.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Many people favour these mattresses, especially if they suffer from back pain, memory foam is a material that is renowned for its superior level of comfort. Memory foam contours to match the shape of your body, this ensures that your entire body is comfortable and supported by the mattress. We’d certainly recommend this type of mattress for those that are currently suffering from aches and pains when they wake up in the morning.

Pocket Sprung Mattresses

Pocket Sprung Mattresses have the same effect as a memory foam mattress, as it adjusts to contour and support your body. The springs within the mattress move independently in order to support your body size and shape.

Open Coil Mattresses

An open-sprung mattress contains one long piece of wire coiled into springs. It also has a border rod of wire that gives the mattress a firm edge and helps retain its shape. Open Coil Mattresses are ideal for occasional use, perfect for guest beds and they tend to be common for use on hotel beds.

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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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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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The best pillowcases for your skin

The best pillowcases for your skin

Why Specifically for Skin?

Sometimes, it’s the things easiest to overlook that cause the most damage. This is often true of the bedding we choose and the negative effects it can have on skin and hair. You can spend hours brushing, finessing, moisturizing, oiling, and doing all sorts of other treatments to your hair. You can wash, tone, deep clean, and exfoliate your skin. But if you’re not taking care of that skin at all times, it’s an exercise in futility.

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can actually lead to dry skin, which can cause itching, redness, rash, scaling and peeling, and other irritation. None of this is good for skin and spending eight hours a night – and sometimes more – with your face pressed to a material that strips it of necessary oils and minerals can be detrimental. It can make you age faster, showing wrinkles sooner, and take away that fullness, softness, and brightness that comes with youthful skin.

Instead, you should focus on materials that will ease the aging process. There are actually pillowcases for skin that will assist with keeping it moisturised and infused with the important vitamins and amino acids to enliven your appearance and make you look younger than you are.

Even dermatologists agree that sleeping on silk pillowcases can help reduce and even reverse the aging process, keeping skin as well as hair healthier longer. Silk has a lot of properties that are ideal for skin, or if you have trouble with the idea of the price of pure silk, satin (woven from polyester) imitates a number of these features.

What Makes the Best Pillowcases for Skin the Best?

Let’s consider the properties of silk – and in many cases, satin – pillowcases that make them the best pillowcases for the skin.

Wrinkle Resistant

One of the biggest problems with waking up in the morning after a hard sleep is looking in the mirror and seeing creases on your face from the way the pillowcase wrinkles while you sleep. As if the initial appearance isn’t bad enough, these particular marks seem to last forever and can be very embarrassing.

Silk and satin pillows are smooth and slippery, with wrinkle resistant properties that avoid the ‘pillow’ marks on your face when you’ve had a particularly difficult night or slept harder than usual.

Long Term Age Defiance

Even more important, silk helps reduce age-related wrinkles by infusing skin with much needed natural properties. The anti-aging formulas used in night creams and other facial products contain amino acids that help keep skin young and healthy, giving it a glowing appearance and a certain shine. Silk contains the same amino acids, so your skin and hair become infused with these through the night, giving you eight hours of therapy when you choose the right pillow case rather than just a few minutes a day.

Moisture

A number of materials literally drain away oils and moisture from your already dry skin. Silk and satin do the opposite. Because they are not dry and absorbent, you’ll find that your skin stays moist longer, with less irritation, which not only aids in overall skin health but keeps you younger and fresher longer. You’ll have fewer rashes, less peeling and scaly skin, and more balanced skin hygiene, even reducing the oiliness of certain spots on your face.

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Sleep Trends the World Over

Sleep Trends the World Over

Sleep is an odd business. We spend a third of our lives doing it, without it we go mad and die, and yet the world over, there is no one way to sleep. In our 21st Century western world, it’s widely accepted that we should aim to sleep 7-8 hours per night, on bed with a high quality mattress and a pillow. But this has not always been the case, and indeed there are many peoples in the world today whose sleeping habits would seem very unusual to us indeed.

We think of bed as a place of warm, softness, and we often remove our jewellery, wear comfortable clothes and let our hair down in order to get the most out of the relaxing experience. But sleep methods and patterns develop everywhere depending on the specific needs of the people who practiced them.

Sleep like an Egyptian

The Ancient Egyptians slept on headrests made of wood or stone. This may sound to us like a thoroughly unpleasant experience, but these austere supports had their advantages in the searing heat of Northern Africa. They raised the head, keeping it cool and away from crawling, biting insects. They were often decorated with spells and incantations to ward off evil and heal the sick. These headrests were valuable assets as they were often found amongst the grave goods of the dead. A soft pillow would only have led to a hot, sweaty, itchy night’s sleep for an Egyptian.

In fact, headrests are still in use today among various indigenous tribes from all over Africa. They are a practical response to the heat, and useful for nomadic peoples whose resting places change frequently.

Glamorous Geisha

The use of the headrest in Africa may also have originally related to some of these incredible tribal coiffeurs, whose protection may have made the use of any other supports impossible.

Sacrifice of comfort in sleep for the sake of fashion or beauty is also practiced by the Japanese Geisha. These highly trained and refined entertainers traditionally sport sublimely complex hairstyles which cost vast amounts of money and time to construct. The Geisha also goes through significant pain during the hairdressing process. It is therefore in everyone’s interest to keep the hair in immaculate condition.

For this reason, a Geisha sleeps with her neck on a small wooden support or takamakura. This can cause crippling pain and sleep deprivation, and keeping the head balanced on the stand is a difficult skill to master. During her training period, a Geisha’s mentor may pour rice flour around the base of the stand, meaning if her head slipped in her sleep, flour sticks to her hair oil and she has to go through the excruciating pain of having it restyled. Eventually, the girl learns her lesson, and some older Geishas say that they can’t sleep without their neck rests, so used have they become to the discomfort.

No sleep for the wicked

For the war-like Vikings, sleeping was a practical necessity rather than an enjoyable experience, and as such, they had no specific sleeping space within the home. The Viking family slept individually wrapped in furs and lying on benches attached to the walls of the Longhouse. In the day, the benches were used for sitting on, for cooking or as work-benches – an unsurprising practice perhaps for such a hardy race.

The Spartans were another culture famous for its merciless warriors, and as such, took a very hard line on comfort. From the age of seven, Spartan boys were enrolled in the agoge – a brutal training system which lasted for approximately 10 years. The Spartan boys had to undergo horrific trials which turned them away from society and made them into hardened fighting machines. One of the lesser challenges included a forced rejection of sleeping comforts. Boys had to collect razor-sharp rushes from the river bank with their bare hands. They used these rushes as a mattress, and sleeping on their lacerating beds, were exposed day and night to the elements, with only a single rough cloak as a covering.

Are you looking for a new mattress? Contact us today and we’d love to help you choose the perfect mattress for you!

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How to clean your mattress

How to clean your mattress

Mattresses are a large investment and should be cleaned regularly, especially considering you typically spend six or seven hours each night on yours. But how do you clean your mattress?

If you buy correctly, mattresses can be among the most expensive and longest lasting items in your home so it is best to take care of it by regularly cleaning it. Mattresses can harbour several types of unhygienic matter including dust mites, dead skin, dirt and other debris, especially if you do not use a mattress protector (these can be purchases in our showroom!).

Below, M6 Beds have compiled a guide to explain how you can effectively clean your mattress to keep it in tip-top shape.

Why do you need to clean a mattress?

Regardless of how often you change your bed linen, you must still give your mattress a thorough clean every so often – after all what’s the point in having lovely clean linen if you mattress is dirty.

Mattresses may not look unclean, but according to the Sleep Council, the average adult loses 285ml of fluid each night.

Humans also shed around 454g of dead skin during one year, most of which is left in one’s bed.

How often should you clean a mattress?

Cleaning schedules for mattresses differ based on the type of mattress and the individual sleeping on that mattress.

However, generally, it is suggested one cleans their mattress at least every three to six months.

Many experts believe mattresses should be vacuumed on a monthly basis and those with allergies should make sure to vacuum mattresses more often to remove dust and other allergens.

How to clean your mattress

If your mattress is stain-free, the cleaning process is uncomplicated and easy to complete quickly.

To clean a stain-free mattress you should strip your bed and wash the bed linen.

Begin cleaning your mattress by gently vacuuming the surface of the mattress using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner, making sure the attachment is clean before you begin.

You should be sure to go over any nooks and crannies thoroughly to ensure you pick up every last bit of dust and other debris.

Next, rotate your mattress from head to toe if it is one-sided, or flip it if its two sides.

Air your mattress for a few hours to allow the fabric to breathe, leaving the window open if possible to allow fresh air to circulate.

You can also steam clean your mattress.

You should begin by following the same guidance as above but adding this step before remaking the bed.

To do this you will need a garment steamer and using this tool you should go over the mattress holding the nozzle as close to the mattress fabric as you to help kill any dust mites lurking near the surface.

You should then vacuum the mattress again to remove these mites.

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How Often Should You Wash Your Bedding? 

How Often Should You Wash Your Bedding? 

There are few better feelings than climbing into clean sheets after a long day. While a good run through the washing machines brings comfort and a fresh smell, a regular clean is important for our health. We know it’s important, but exactly how often should you change your sheets?

How Often Should You Wash Your Bedding? 

Bedsheets, pillowcases and duvet covers should be front of the line for a regular wash because they have the most regular contact with your body; you should also be wary of keeping your pillows and mattress clean. Here is how often you should be washing your bedding:

How often should you wash your sheets? (Every 1-2 weeks) 

How often you should wash your sheets can depend on you, but everyone should be stripping their bed at least once a fortnight. You should consider washing them once a week if you have any dust or pollen allergies, you or your partner sweat a lot, either of you is unwell, or if a pet sleeps in bed with you. If you don’t, you may be increasing the chance of running into some of the issues we mentioned earlier.

How often should you wash your pillows? (Every 3 months) 

You can get away with washing your pillows a little less often than the sheets but it’s still recommended you wash the pillows at least every 3 months. Despite the covers, your pillow still picks up the likes of body oils, dead skin cells and dust mites. If left too long, it can be a health risk, as well as pretty unpleasant.

How often should you wash your mattress? (Every eight years)

Although your mattress is better protected than pillows and sheets, it’s recommended you replace your mattress every eight years. Worn out old mattresses will be covered in sweat, dead skin and mites, they could also be to blame for people getting a poor night’s sleep. Buying a fresh one and treating yourself to a mattress top will not only be beneficial for hygiene but could be the key to sounder sleep at night.

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Does your bed need an MOT?

Does your bed need an MOT?

When should you change your mattress?

If you really want to get the best possible night’s sleep so you look and feel at your best, The Sleep Council recommends you start to think about replacing your bed after seven to ten years.

  1. Is it seven or eight years old or more? The critical ‘Seven year itch’ can be a make or break moment for many marriages and mattresses.
  2. Did you have your best night’s sleep recently with another one?
  3. Are you waking up more frequently unrefreshed and aching?
  4. Do you disturb your partner or are you disturbed by them when changing sleep positions?
  5. Does it look used or worn?
  6. Does it feel lumpy?
  7. Does it make suspicious noises in the night?
  8. Is it sagging – do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally in the middle of the night?
  9. Are the base, legs or castors lumpy, worn or wobbly?
  10. Would it be embarrassing if neighbours saw it without its covers?
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The importance of a good pillow

The importance of a good pillow

Struggling to get a decent nights sleep or find your self tossing and turning trying to get comfortable?

Most people spend at least one-third of their lives with their head on a pillow. The older you get, the more you realise the importance of having a good pillow.

Not only does the pillow need to be a good one, but it needs to be one that is suited to your body, your health, and the way that you sleep.  Check out this list to learn more about how to choose a good pillow.

Pillows truly affect the way that you go about your day, and you probably aren’t even aware of this fact. Your pillow affects the way that your neck aligns with your spine, which can either alleviate or put more strain on your back and shoulders, affect headaches, and have an overall impact on how restful your sleep is. In order to determine the best pillow for you, consider the shape of your spine as well as the position you sleep in for most of the night.

Choosing the right pillow for your sleeping patterns

Back Sleepers

Those who spend most of the night lying flat on their backs should choose a flat, thin pillow that also supports the head and the spine. Wedge pillows are great for providing this support.

Side Sleepers

Those who spend most of the night lying on their sides need a contoured pillow that provides firm support. In most instances, it is healthy for side sleepers to place a pillow between their legs. This pillow allows the spine to stay in alignment, and will leave the back feeling less strain from sleeping on the side.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers do not need much support for their head when sleeping. The thinner the pillow, the better, as this will prevent the head from rising too much and putting strain on the neck. In many instances, stomach sleepers will find comfort from placing a pillow under their stomachs to prevent lower back pain.

If you have any questions or require advice on the best types of pillows to purchase, please get in touch today by calling 01270 879379 or book an appointment at our showroom today.

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