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Buying the right mattress

Buying the right mattress

When you buy a new mattress, you’re also investing in yourself and your well-being. After all, if you’re getting the recommended eight hours of sleep every night, you’re spending about a third of your life in bed. So, how do you know when it’s time to invest in a new mattress—and how do you buy one you’ll love sleeping on for years to come?

How Long Should a Mattress Last?

If you’re making any big lifestyle changes in the near future—for instance, if you’re moving in with a partner and want to upgrade to a bigger mattress, or you’re shopping for a grown-up bed for your child—it’s obviously time to make the purchase.

If it’s been over a decade since you got a new mattress, it might be time to switch. Experts agree that mattresses should last around 10 years—sometimes even more, especially if it’s a high-quality product and you take great care of it over the years. But in general, you want your mattress to last for at least seven to eight years, preferably ten.

Types of Mattresses

Whether you’ve purchased a mattress before or this is the first time you’ve ever had to shop for one, you need to know what kinds of mattresses are on the market. These are the main types you’ll see as you shop—make your decision based on how you like your bed to feel.

Innerspring

An innerspring mattress is a mattress that’s primarily made up of metal coils, with a soft cushion around it. Over the years, these cushions have been made from anything from cotton to wool to feathers. These mattresses tend to be firmer and have some bounce to them.

Foam

These mattresses don’t have any metal coils inside, but are made entirely of layers of foam or memory foam, a synthetic material (essentially polyurethane) designed to support your body and adapt to it. Rather than rest on top of a memory foam mattress, your body will sink in a little and be cradled by the foam.

Latex

Latex is a natural material made from the sap of a rubber plant, but you can also find synthetic latex mattresses on the market. Rather than sinking in to the mattress like you would on a memory foam bed, the latex compresses and conforms to the general shape of your body while still having more bounce-back.

Hybrid

A hybrid mattress is the best of both worlds. The bottom layer of the mattress will be innerspring coils, while the top layer will be either foam or latex, depending on which material you prefer. How it feels will depend on whether you choose foam or latex.

If you are looking to purchase a new mattress, contact us today and we will be happy to help you find the perfect fit for you!

 

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Are sofa beds just a good as a sofa?

Are sofa beds just a good as a sofa?

Considering buying a sofa bed, but wondering if a plain old sofa might be wiser? In case you needed convincing, we’ve come up with the best reasons to buy a sofa bed not a sofa.

  • A SOFA BED IS AS COMFORTABLE TO SIT ON AS A SOFA

Approach buying a sofa bed just like you would a sofa, checking its frame and fillings for both quality of construction and how it matches your personal preferences. Sofa bed fillings include foam (for a firmer, smart-looking seat); fibre (for soft support); or plump feathers (for a soft, squashy looking sofa). Sofa beds do tend to feel firmer than sofas, so picking one with a combination of softer cushion types – fibre seat cushions and feather back cushions, for example – will give you the best balance without compromising on the look.

  • MODERN SOFA BEDS ARE JUST AS GOOD LOOKING AS SOFAS

Gone are the days when sofa beds were lumpy, heavy pieces of furniture you felt you had to reinforce the floor for. Many, sofa beds are as chic and svelte as they’re non-bed sofa counterparts. Just look at this Mid-century modern style sofa bed (below) for proof of our point.

  • SOFA BEDS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES

Sofa beds used to be narrow two-seaters at best. Now, there are beds in a box, loveseats, two-seaters, three-seaters and L-shaped, all of which can be easily converted into sleep surfaces to suit your space and guest numbers no matter what size your home is.

Function-wise, there’s plenty of choice, too, from pull-out sleep surfaces to sofa beds with backs that fold backwards to provide an instant double bed. Choose one that suits you best: pull outwards and you’ll need plenty of floor space in front of the sofa bed; fold backwards, and you’ll need to pull out the entire sofa before you can push the back down.

  • SOFA BEDS COME WITH CLEVER, SPACE-SAVING FEATURES

We know what you’re thinking: if you’ve got a sofa bed, you’ll need somewhere to stash all that extra bedding. Well, the good news is that many sofa beds come with hidden storage. And if you don’t want to keep bedding in there, they may great places to stick all that household clutter you’ve gathered and don’t have a place for.

Some now come with pull-out tables to hold food and drink, too. If you don’t believe us take a look for yourself!

  • SOFA BEDS ARE GREAT FOR KIDS’ SLEEPOVERS

If your child’s bedroom is small, a single armchair sofa bed or bed in a box in the corner is a useful buy; failing that, a double sofa bed in the living room will accommodate them, especially as they get older and want to stay up all night watching their favourite programme on TV!

  • SOFA BEDS ARE BETTER THAN SOFAS BECAUSE THEY SAVE SPACE

In a small house, flat or flat/house-share, sofa beds for small living rooms will be invaluable, giving you a spare bedroom when you need it at the drop of a hat.

Having a sofa bed in the living room, snug, TV room or in a bedroom makes perfect sense for families in larger homes, too, where guests might be frequent, but a guest bedroom not worth the space sacrifice.

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How working from home can impact on your sleep

How working from home can impact on your sleep

People working remotely is not a new concept, however the global pandemic of Covid-19 means that a large proportion of the nation are now working from home as advised by government guidelines to increase our social distancing.

But that doesn’t mean you can start enjoying a lazy 10am start every morning and an early clock off. For some though, working from home may increase productivity levels. For example, those who are night owls may find a routine that starts later in the morning and finishes later in the day more beneficial without being tied to your typical office hours.

Many people do not realise that working from home can impact on your sleep. Disruptions to your normal day to day routine can have a knock on effect on so safeguard your sleep with these following tips:

  • It is important to keep a regular daily routine to keep you mentally focused and your body clock in sync – our sleep/wake schedule is controlled by our body clocks and environmental cues. Don’t be tempted to hit snooze just because you don’t have to physically go into work and no one is monitoring your productivity. Make sure you get showered, dressed and have a balanced breakfast like you would for a normal ‘workday’. This will not only make you more productive but make you ready for the day ahead of you.
  • Before you start work or a mid-morning break, get some natural light – whether that’s a brisk walk or 10 minutes or your hourly allowance, sit in the garden with a morning cuppa. Natural light, which can still be effective on a cloudy or grey day, helps reset our internal body clock. It helps us get over feeling groggy when we have just woken up and makes us more alert.
  • Put boundaries in place. While there is flexibility in working from home, make sure you stick to your work hours as much as possible. Don’t be tempted to ‘be available’ at all times. Checking emails or even working too close to bedtime could see you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Have a designated area for working and where possible commit to using it only during work hours. And not in the bedroom, which should be used only for sleep. Working from your bed may seem appealing but it’s no good for your posture or productivity.
  • Take regular breaks. At home, you may find (with no other distractions) that you work solidly for longer so take the opportunity every hour to stretch your legs and get a change of scenery – walk the dogs or a spot of gardening while the weather is nice.
  • Keep hydrated. Without colleagues to do a ‘coffee round’ make sure you regularly have a drink. Keep a bottle of water on your desk and use tea making time to have a break from the computer screen.
  • Avoid fuelling up on caffeine in the afternoon when you hit the post lunch dip. Although there are significant individual differences in how caffeine affects each of us, give yourself enough time between your last caffeine intake and your sleep time to make sure that it does not interfere with your ability to get off to sleep. If you’re feeling lethargic in the afternoon, spend 10 minutes outside or put one of your favourite songs on to lift your mood.

Finally, invest in a good bed from M6 beds! Having the right mattress and pillows will impact your quality of sleep drastically. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Why you should stop making your bed now

Have you ever stopped to consider that making your bed first thing in the morning could be unhygienic?

On average, we spend one third of our lives in bed. That’s a lot of time spent wriggling around, shedding skin and sweating under the covers.

This creates the perfect environment for dust mites, microscopic critters that love damp and humid environments.

Studies have found that the average bed contains 1.5 million dust mites, and ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow is made up from dead dust mites and their droppings.

Whilst you may have been taught from a young age to make your bed as soon as you get up to keep your bedroom looking neat and tidy, this could actually be quite a disgusting habit.

Crawling out of a warm bed and immediately pulling up the covers traps the warm humid air in your bedding and mattress and helps to nurture the thriving colonies of dust mites.

A study performed by Kingston University, found that dust mites cannot survive in warm and dry conditions, so, great news, an unmade bed is healthier and more hygienic!

When you leave your duvet pulled back during the day it helps the bed to air, drying any moisture and killing off dust mites.

This is particularly important if you’re an allergy sufferer as dust mites can aggravate existing allergies and asthma.

Many people also vacuum their mattress to get rid of dust mites. This can be done once every couple of months or so by lightly sprinkling your mattress with baking soda, letting it sit for at least 15 minutes, and then vacuuming the baking soda back up.

This will not only suck up some of the live dust mites, but also a lot of the dead ones too.

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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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Suffer From Hip Pain? A New Mattress Might Help

Suffer From Hip Pain? A New Mattress Might Help

Anyone who has suffered from hip pain knows that it can be very difficult to find relief even when lying down in bed. Fortunately, there are things you can do that might ease the pain from an aching hip so that you can achieve a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Much of the pain emanating from a sore hip when lying down can be due to your mattress type. If your mattress is starting to show its age, then it may provide little support which leads to misalignment of joints, particularly those in your spine and hip.

Opting for a firm mattress will provide the much needed support you need to ensure your joints remain in alignment when you sleep. In terms of mattress type, memory foam and latex mattress are able to provide firmness around those pressure points and help position your pbody in a more natural sleeping position.

In addition to buying a new mattress you could also try placing a pillow between your legs if you typically lie on your side to go to sleep. Placing the pillow between your legs will take the pressure of whichever side of the hip is causing pain and can instantly relieve symptoms.

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Why Sofa Beds are a Good Investment

Why Sofa Beds are a Good Investment

Pushed for space in your home, have you ever thought of investing in a sofa bed?
With the scarcity of new homes for sale and the rising cost of land to build them on, it is little wonder that our houses seem to be getting smaller.

This isn’t a problem if you live alone or as part of a couple, but you soon become acutely aware of the lack of space when guests come to stay or you start a family. It’s only then you realise there simply aren’t enough spare rooms in the house to accommodate everyone in comfort.

This is what makes a sofa a bed such an ideal purchase. if you’re short of space in your home and don’t want to make your guests sleep on the floor when they come to stay with you occasionally, then a good quality sofa bed can be just as comfortable as a bed, and then you can simply fold it all away in the daytime.

Sofa beds have come a long way over the years from humble beginnings when they really were only for an emergency. Today you will find lots of stylish sofa beds that are both comfortable and stylish.

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