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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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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.  

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How Often Should You Change Your Bed Sheets

How Often Should You Change Your Bed 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 change 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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Making the Most of your Guest Room

Making the Most of your Guest Room

Know Your Space

Dust off your tape measure and plan how much room can be allocated for a comfy bed, a handy bedside or even a signature piece of furniture.

Feng shui is a real thing and taking the time to strike the ideal balance of furniture to floorspace will help your guests to feel truly relaxed.

Find the Right Bed

So, what size bed is best for a guest bedroom? Finding the right bed largely depends on the size of the room itself, but that doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on storage. Try these beds out for size:

Single Ottoman Bed

A single ottoman bed is a great option to maximise space in a small room whilst also providing additional storage for luggage or bedding, as the ottoman bed mattress is simply raised to reveal a large capacity storage area within.

Single Guest Bed with Trundle

Contemporary single guest beds – also known as trundle beds – are a fantastic space-saving solution as an underbed easily slides out from under the main bed frame to provide additional sleeping space.

Day Bed

No matter the size of your room, a day bed is a fantastic way to transform your guest bedroom into a multifunctional space. As well as having an additional underbid, our day beds provide extra seating space as they can be used as a sofa in the day!

Posted by m6beds in Bedroom Trends, Better Night’s Sleep, Guest Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Spare Bed
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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How to Get More Deep Sleep: 5 Tips

How to Get More Deep Sleep: 5 Tips

Given the importance of deep sleep, it’s worth considering what steps you can take to maximise it. Much of the advice you can give is similar to general advice on getting a good night’s sleep. Here are five of the best tips for topping up your deep sleep.   

1. Reduce Stress 

Stress is one of the biggest disruptors of general health and wellbeing, and it can have a significant knock-on effect on your quality of sleep. Spending your nights in bed tossing and turning reduces the amount of time you are asleep, limiting the amount of deep sleep you’ll gain. 

Reducing stress is easier said than done, but there are things you can do to help relax your mind. Try meditation, a calming evening bath, or regular exercise (a well-known stressbuster) to start brining those stress-levels down.  

2. Establish a Routine  

Routines are important to your body. A consistent, established body clock will do wonders to anyone hoping to get more deep sleep. Try to stick to a regular bedtime and, even across weekends, make the effort to wake up at the same time each morning.  

If you find yourself staying up late on a Friday and Saturday night, but then unable to sleep in later, your ability to get enough deep sleep each night will be hindered. 

3. Stay Healthy  

Lifestyle can play a significant part in the quality of your general sleep cycle. Exercising is a vital part of any healthy lifestyle. Among the many benefits you’ll see is a handy boost to the quality of your sleep.  

Tire out your mind and body by heading out to the gym or the local park for a run. Just be sure to time it correctly. Leave it too late and your body won’t have had the necessary time to wind back down, leaving you full of energy when you hit the hay. Give yourself at least a few hours of time to wind down post-activity.  

4. Block Out Light  

The sun plays a huge role in regulating your sleep pattern. Body clocks can be woken up by the sun rising, regardless of how much deep sleep you’ve had. Know that feeling of grogginess and fatigue that feels like you haven’t even been to sleep? That occurs when you wake up during deep sleep.  

This can be a bigger problem during summer when the sun rises earlier. If you find the sun bleeding in through your curtains, disrupting your sleep, you might want to invest in some good quality blinds or blackout curtains. 

Even in your room, take steps to minimise any distracting light that could wake you from deep sleep. Are your TV and laptop standby lights switched off? Will your phone light up if you receive a late-night text? These can all be barriers to your deep sleep, so take steps to block out as much light as you can.  

5. Get the Room Temperature Right  

One other significant boundary to deep sleep can be temperature. It’s no secret that we struggle with sleep more during the increased heat and humidity of the summer months. Our body temperature needs to drop a couple of degrees to get off soundly to sleep. A warm room can see your body temperature rise, bringing sweats and irritation in the night. 

To keep cool, think about wearing breathable pyjamas and invest in some lighter, fresher bedding. If needs be, purchase a small fan so you’re bathed in cool air throughout the night. 

The principles of getting the right amount of deep sleep are not dissimilar to those of sleep in general. Given how vital deep sleep is in the cycle of sleep, putting the time into finding the right methods and routine for good sleep could be the key to feeling fitter and more productive during the day.  

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What is Deep Sleep?

What is Deep Sleep?

We all know that getting your head down for seven, eight, or nine hours of sleep each night is optimum for health and wellbeing – but is it as easy as just tallying up those hours? 

The quality and type of sleep you’re getting is just as valuable as the amount of sleep you get each night. One of the most vital stages of sleep is “deep sleep”. This guide discusses what deep sleep is, where it comes in the sleep cycle, and how you can ensure you’re getting enough of it.  

How Deep Sleep Fits into the Sleep Cycle 

A night’s sleep contains five distinctive stages. The first four are non-REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep stages and the fifth and final is a REM sleep cycle.  

Deep sleep occurs during stages three and four, which are both non-REM sleep stages. During the deep sleep period your body will be: 

  • In its calmest state – your heartbeat and breathing are slow, and your muscles are relaxed 
  • Relaxed and switched off – your brain activity is at its lowest throughout the whole cycle 
  • Cool – your body temperature is at its lowest 
  • Fast asleep – it’s more difficult to wake up during deep sleep than in any other sleep stage 

Occurring in the first half of the night, the first cycle of deep sleep lasts from 45 to 90 minutes. Subsequent deep sleep stages do occur, but they will gradually shorten in time. Once complete, your sleep cycle moves to REM sleep, where your heart rate and breathing increase and you’re most likely to dream. 

Why Deep Sleep is so Important 

Deep sleep is the most important sleep stage to maintaining good health and wellbeing. During deep sleep, your body and mind are in the best place to recover. The following takes place during deep sleep:  

  • Repair and growth of muscle tissues and bones 
  • Reinforcement of immune system 
  • Restoration of energy levels  
  • Rebalancing of blood sugar levels and metabolism 
  • Consolidation of memories 

Ultimately, deep sleep is your body’s opportunity to recover and repair, both mentally and physically. The more deep sleep you’re able to get, the more your body is able to recover.  

How Much Deep Sleep Should I Get? 

According to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research, a healthy human should get around 13%-23% of deep sleep every night. Based on eight hours of sleep, that amounts to between 62 and 110 minutes.  

Of course, people of different ages require different amounts of sleep. This is particularly true of children. Toddlers require 11-14 hours each night, and that number decreases slowly to around 8-10 for teenagers. Keeping the same principle as above, children require more deep sleep than adults to recover sufficiently for the next day. 

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How to get back into a healthy sleep routine after the summer holidays

How to get back into a healthy sleep routine after the summer holidays

As the summer holidays draw to a close we notice a change in our sleeping habits. As a result of lie-ins, late nights, too much screen time and indulging in sugary foods our bedtime routines become disrupted and this can be hard to shake.

Come September, when the schools and offices begin to open their doors once again, it is important that we re-establish a healthy sleep routine. This article provides some tip-tops for children and adults alike.

Limit your screen time

Though it is tempting to spend your down-time catching up on what is going on in the world, messaging friends and family or watching a film before bed, this will only make it harder to sleep.

The blue light emitted from your screen, be it your TV, phone or tablet, will negatively impact your sleep. This is because it impacts the melatonin (the sleep-inducing hormone) levels in your body, which makes it more difficult to fall asleep. 

This does not mean you cannot watch TV or scroll through social media for the entire evening. However, it is advised that you create a technology-free environment at least 30 minutes before bedtime as this will give you enough time to relax and wind down before sleeping. 

Re-establish a bedtime routine

With holidays, weekend trips and sleepovers it is easy to let your normal routine slip during the summer holidays. Sometimes it can be hard to get some semblance of routine back however we have three top tips to help you out:

  1. Enjoy a relaxing bath will promote sleep: The drop in your body temperature mimics the body’s natural decrease in temperature as it prepares itself for sleep.
  2. Create a calm sleeping environment: Avoid going on your phone or any other device in the run-up to bedtime as bright lights will tell your brain it is not time to sleep. 
  3. Try some relaxation techniques: Some of the most useful of these include meditation, reading and puzzle-solving.

Make sure you have the right mattress

Creating a cosy and comfortable sleep environment is key to a good sleep. A comfy bed will both naturally encourage you to start your bedtime routine earlier and increase both the quality and quantity of your sleep. 

If you are in need of a new mattress or have any questions or queries please call us on 01270879379. 

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