Look After Your Bed

Benefits of Sleep

Benefits of Sleep

Sleep Boosts Immunity

You may be catching every cold and flu around, but it’s your bedtime that really does the trick. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt our immune system so we’re less able to fight off bugs!

Sleep can slim you

Sleeping less may lead to weight gain! Studies have shown that people who sleep 6 or fewer hours a day tend to put on more pounds than those with 7-hour stretches.
The risks for obesity are higher too, so if you’re struggling keep up your regular sleeping schedule tomorrow night (or any other).

It’s believed to be because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).

Sleep boosts mental wellbeing

Chronic sleep debt can lead to long-term mood disorders like clinical depression and generalised anxiety disorder in adults.


A single sleepless night may make you irritable or moody the following day, which is not surprising given that lack of proper rest has been linked with increased levels bad stress hormones throughout your body over time!

When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than 6 hours a night.

Sleep prevents diabetes

Chronic sleep debt can lead to long-term mood disorders like clinical depression and generalised anxiety disorder in adults.


A single sleepless night may make you irritable or moody the following day, which is not surprising given that lack of proper rest has been linked with increased levels bad stress hormones throughout your body over time!

The connection between sleep and diabetes has been studied for years, but recently new research connects it with a surprising cause. When people don’t get enough good quality rest they are more likely to develop type 2 Diabetes because their bodies process glucose differently which can lead them into an energy crisis faster than normal.

Sleep wards off heart disease

The more you lack sleep, the harder your heart works to keep going. The link between long-standing sleeplessness and an increased workload on our vital organ may seem tenuous at best but studies show that there are serious consequences when this goes untreated including inflammation in addition to higher rates of hypertension or even stroke!

How to catch up on lost sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep, there’s only one way to compensate – getting more sleep.

It won’t happen with a single early night. If you’ve had months of restricted sleep, you’ll have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks.

Starting on a weekend, try to add on an extra hour or 2 of sleep a night. The way to do this is to go to bed when you’re tired, and allow your body to wake you in the morning (no alarm clocks allowed!).

You might sleep up to 10 hours a night at first. After a while, the amount of time you sleep will gradually decrease to a normal level.

Don’t rely on caffeine or energy drinks as a short-term pick-me-up. They may boost your energy and concentration in the short term, but can disrupt your sleep patterns even further in the long term.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Care, Bed Cleaning Tips, Better Night’s Sleep, Improve Sleep Patterns, Invest In A Bigger Bed, Kids Sleeping Patterns, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Make a Bed, Mattress Care, mattress protector, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Preventing Nightmares
High VS Low Beds

High VS Low Beds

What is the Ideal Bed Height?

For most, bed height isn’t really a consideration. However, there is a science to comfort. Generally, the optimum height should reflect your own, i.e. taller people have higher beds and shorter people have lower beds.

What is the Ideal Bed Height for the Elderly?

As we age, we become less nimble and a bed should be at a comfortable height to make getting in and out as easy and stress-free as possible. A very low bed may put strain on joints and muscles, and a high bed may require jumping up which isn’t always possible. 

Using the above idea of matching a bed with your own height, measure a comfortable sitting level – maybe using a favourite chair. This will make sitting and swinging legs in and out of bed much more comfortable. 

The average knee height of an adult is between 16” and 24” off the ground, meaning a bed within this range should be perfect. If in doubt, opt for a bed that is around the top of this range, as a high bed will have less impact on your joints than a low one, and a step could be used.

Can You Increase the Height of a Bed?

If your bed is too low, we would recommend replacing it. However, if you cannot afford to do that right now, risers placed under the legs of the frame can offer a temporary fix. Please do be careful using these though, as they will compromise the bed’s stability.

What is the Ideal Bed Height for a Toddler?

All of our children’s beds will have dedicated product info about their dimensions and their age suitability. However, generally, toddlers’ beds are low to the ground to avoid any dramatic falls or rolls out of bed as they get used to no longer sleeping in a cot.

Of course, bigger kids, who are used to sleeping in a bed, have many more options at varying heights, including mid-sleepers, cabin beds and bunks which all involve a ladder.

Are There Other Height Considerations?

Before purchasing a bed, we would always recommend thinking about where it will be located. For example, if you will be placing it in an attic room or space with an apex ceiling, make sure that there is enough head room and space for the headboard.

Otherwise, you may have to reconfigure the room. We have seen some people placing the bed 10 to 15cm from the wall in order to make their bed fit, because they did not make these considerations before buying. Others have simply spun the bed round so the footend is up against the wall, and headboard is in the middle of the room. 

It is also worth thinking about your storage options. Ottoman and divan beds are often higher than regular frames, so they have plenty of storage space. If you’re low on available floor space, these higher beds may be a good solution.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Heights, Bedroom, Bedroom Furniturre, Better Night’s Sleep, Bigger Bed, Invest In A Bigger Bed, Investing in a Bed, King Size Bed, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds
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.

Posted by m6beds in Bad Back, Bad Hip, Bed Buying Tips, Bed Size, Bedroom, Buy The Right Bed, Choose Your Perfect Mattress, Choosing The Right Mattress, Choosing the right pillows, clean your mattress, Invest In A Bigger Bed, Investing in a Bed, Look After Your Bed, Lower Back Pain, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Sleep Better, The Right Mattress
What Is the Best Way to Wash Your Bedding? 

What Is the Best Way to Wash Your Bedding? 

Now you know how often you should be washing your bedding, here are some tips and tricks to keeping them squeaky clean.

The best way to wash your bedding is selecting the hottest setting the material can stand. The hotter the water, the better job it will do taking out all the pathogens and critters that have found their way onto your bedsheets. It’s worth checking the labels before you dive in and destroy your bedding, some linens can’t be washed in high temperatures or put in the dryer without sustaining damage.

A solution to this would be hanging them out to dry outside. Sunlight is a natural antimicrobial agent and kills mites so makes a better option than drying them inside. One final tip would be to iron your bedsheets once they’ve been cleaned. This will further sanitize more sensitive linens without committing them to a long soak in boiling water.

It can feel like washing your bedding is a bit of a drag, but it’s important for health and hygiene. A handy tip to avoid leaving your bedding too long when you can’t be bothered is to have two sets of sheets and pillow and duvet covers. This way, it’s a quick replacement when two weeks comes around, allowing you to wash the dirty bedding another time. Following the advice in our article will help you take care of your health when you head off for a snooze each night, with the bonus of being able to regularly jump into fresh sheets.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Care, Clean Bedding, Duvet Care, Investing in a Bed, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, Mattress Type, Washing Bed Sheets
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!

 

Posted by m6beds in Bed Buying Tips, Bed Care, Bedroom, Better Night’s Sleep, Better Sleeo, Bigger Bed, Choosing The Right Mattress, Choosing the right pillows, Duvet Care, flip a mattress, flip or rotate a mattress, Good Investment, Improve Sleep Patterns, Invest In A Bigger Bed, Investing in a Bed, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, mattress protector, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Old Beds, Old Beds Can Damage Your Health, Old mattress, Pillow Choice, Pillows, reflex foam mattresses, Right Pillow, rotate my mattress, Sleep Better, Sleep Quality, The Right Mattress
Exposure to blue light from phones and computer screens ‘makes it harder to fall asleep’

Exposure to blue light from phones and computer screens ‘makes it harder to fall asleep’

Researchers say exposure to blue light could increase the risk of damage to eyesight and make it harder to fall asleep.

Work an arm’s length from the screen

Fully extend your arm and work from a distance – looking from your eyes to the end of your fingertips.

Use this as a minimum distance to reduce the stress on your eyeballs. 

20/20/20 

Simply put, every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for a minimum of 20 seconds at least 20 feet away.

This will help to reset your visual systems and eye through any long periods of screen work.

Screen height

Height and level of your working screen can have a big impact on eye strain and posture.

Research has shown that it is better for the screen to be located higher than the users’ watching level – the middle point should be 5-6 inches below the straight line of the users’ vision.

This makes the space between upper and lower eyelid more open, often resulting in dryness of the eyes.

Consider your device

Usually the biggest, newest phone is best, but not for your eyes. An iPhone X is 20 per cent brighter than an iPhone 6 and emits higher levels of blue light.

This is the difference of a 100 per cent increase in harmful blue light exposure!

Put a post-it note on your screen titled ‘BLINK’.

Normally, in a minute, we blink up to 20 times. This is controlled automatically by our central nervous systems so we’re not conscious of blinking.

While on screens, this is actually reduced to 3-5 times a minute meaning our tear films cannot be maintained and the eye does not remain lubricated.

A post-it-note on your monitor saying ‘Blink’ should help you consciously make an effort to blink. It’s simple but definitely works.

Advice

Buying a new bed or mattress is one of the most important purchases you can make and ensuring you pick the right one to suit your individual needs is incredibly important. There are so many different types of mattress, places to buy them from and varieties is feels and components, it can feel like a complete minefield!

Here at M6 Beds our aim to guide you through this minefield, showing you beds which best suit your needs, your required level of comfort and pressure relief required to get that restful night sleep. We’ve compiled a list of ‘common mistakes’ to avoid when mattress shopping to ensure you choose your perfect bed.

Posted by m6beds in Blue Light, Buy The Right Bed, Choosing The Right Mattress, Choosing the right pillows, comfy bed, Computer Screen, Coronavirus, COVID19, Improve Sleep Patterns, Invest In A Bigger Bed, Investing in a Bed, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Make a Bed, Mattress Care, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Pillow Choice, science of nodding off, Sleep, Sleep Better, Sleep Distruption, Sleep Quality, Sleep study, Temperature
Tips for staying warmer in bed this winter

Tips for staying warmer in bed this winter

Creating a warm and comfortable sleeping environment is key to achieving a restful night’s sleep.

Once the winter months come around, you’ll soon notice the chill in the air last thing at night and first thing in the morning.

If you regularly find yourself feeling cold in bed then it could be having a negative impact on your sleep quality, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Once you climb into bed you should quickly begin to feel warm and cosy, and if you don’t, then it’s time to make some changes to your bed and sleeping habits.

Here are our top tips for staying warmer in bed this winter.

Invest in a memory foam mattressMemory foam mattresses mould to the shape of the body, relieving pressure points for a more comfortable night’s sleep. The foam inside a memory foam mattress absorbs and retains body heat in order to change shape, creating a warm and cosy sleeping environment.

Bed socks – Sleeping in bed socks not only keeps your feet feeling toasty, it can also help to regulate your external body temperature, helping you to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

Layer up with blankets – Layer up the blankets on top of your duvet to trap air and insulate your bed. Using multiple blankets also allows you to add and remove layers depending on the temperature. Choose blankets in wool or fleece rather than synthetic materials for extra warmth.

Hot water bottle – Fed up with climbing into a cold bed? Fill a hot water bottle with hot water and pop it under the duvet to warm the bed up before you climb in.

Winter Duvet – When the cold weather hits, switch to a warmer winter duvet with a higher tog or a down, wool or hollow fibre filling.

According to the Sleep Council, the ideal temperature for the bedroom is a cool 16–18 degrees Celsius. Be careful not to create a sleep environment that is too hot as this can cause restlessness.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Buying Tips, Bedroom, Bigger Bed, Choosing The Right Mattress, Christmas Bedroom, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, mattress protector, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress
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.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Buying Tips, Bed Care, Bed Size, Bedroom Trends, Buy The Right Bed, Good Investment, Guest Bedroom, Homely guest room, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Right Pillow
How much sleep do children need?

How much sleep do children need?

Children who are very drowsy during the day or behave excessively irritable or emotional may not be getting enough sleep.

These are just a few of the commonest signs of sleep deprivation in children. Other signs can include hyperactivity, trouble concentrating, falling asleep during the day, difficulty waking up in the morning, and clinginess.

Sleep is extremely important to your child’s growth, health, and development, and the amount of sleep that they will need as they grow is constantly changing, so it’s important to keep adapting their bedtime accordingly.

Below you can find the recommended hours of sleep required by children of different ages according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Newborns (0-3 months):14-17 hours
Infants (4-11 months):12-15 hours

Toddlers (1-2 years):11-14 hours

Pre-schoolers (3-5 years):10-13 hours
School-aged Children (6-13 years):9-11 hours

Teenagers (14-17 years): 8-10 hours
Young Adults (18-25 years): 7-9 hours

Every child’s requirements will be slightly different, so these times should be used as a rough guide only.

Your child needs both the right amount of sleep and good quality sleep. If you find that they are taking a very long time to get to sleep, waking up very early, or suffering with disrupted sleep, then you need to work out what’s causing their sleep problems.

Consider changing the time your child goes to bed, changing their sleep environment, or implementing a bedtime routine to help them wind down before bed to get a more peaceful and restful night’s sleep.

If your child fights sleep, try using the tips in our blog how to deal with a child who hates bedtimeto tackle the bedtime struggle.

Here at M6 beds we stock a variety of comfortable beds and bunk bedssuitable for children. Get in touch with our team of experts by calling us on 01270 879 279 to discuss your requirements in more details and find out more about our products.

Posted by m6beds in Buy The Right Bed, Children Bedtime Stories, Investing in a Bed, Kids, Kids Sleeping Patterns, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Make a Bed, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, The Right Mattress
3 theories about dreams

3 theories about dreams

Most people have a collection of dreams that will stay in their minds forever, either for their happy, disturbing, or downright bizarre nature.

Throughout history people have always been fascinated by dreams, from the Ancient Greeks to history’s most famous psychologist Sigmund Freud, everyone has had theories about why we dream and what our dreams really mean.

The three most prominent theories about dreams are:

Predictions about the future

Many of us have experienced that strange feeling of déjà vu that we’ve previously dreamt what we’re now experiencing, making it not so hard to imagine how the Romans and the Ancient Greeks believed that dreams could predict the future.

Insights into our unconscious minds

Psychoanalysts of the 19thand 20thcentury like Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud came up with the theory that our dreams are an insight into our unconscious minds. This theory prompted the creation of many dream dictionariesexplaining what each different aspect of a dream could symbolise. Many people still enjoy ‘decoding’ the hidden meaning behind their dreams in this way.

Random thoughts without meaning

Many modern neuroscientists now believe that our dreams don’t have any real meaning, they’re just a side-effect of the neurological activity that occurs whilst we sleep. When we sleep our brains consolidate our memories, processing what we have learnt that day, storing some information and getting rid of the rest. Some people believe that random thoughts and dreams are triggered by this process.

Whatever you believe about dreams, there’s no denying that its fascinating what our minds can come up with whilst we’re fast asleep.

Even if they don’t have any true meaning or insight, there’s no saying that we can’t still be inspired or learn from our dreams. So, create an inviting and relaxing space to sleep, get comfortable, and get dreaming.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Buying Tips, Bed Care, Buy The Right Bed, Dreams, Improve Sleep Patterns, Invest In A Bigger Bed, Investing in a Bed, Look After Your Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress