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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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How to dispose of your old mattress

How to dispose of your old mattress

If you’ve taken the plunge and invested in a comfortable new mattress for your bed, your next job is to get rid of the old one.

Unless you happen to own a van or know someone else with one, your mattress is probably going to be a bit bulky and heavy to dispose of without some help.

Some people who aren’t sure what to do with their old mattresses resort to breaking out the handsaw, chopping it up, burning the parts that they can and throwing the rest in the bin. Not only is this time-consuming, it’s also bad for the environment and the fumes from burning could be unsafe, so we suggest using one of the following methods instead.

Buy your new mattress from M6 Beds

The simplest way to dispose of your mattress is to buy your new mattress from M6 Beds! When you buy from us, we offer a like-for-like disposal service. So, if you buy a new mattress, providing your old mattress is dry and in a hygienic condition, we will take it away and dispose of it for free.

Sell

If your mattress is in good condition and isn’t too old you may be able to sell it online to someone local using a platform like Facebook Marketplace, eBay or Gumtree.

Donate

Not bothered about getting money for your old mattress?  Mattresses in good condition can also be donated to charities like The British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross.

Local council

For a fee, you can usually arrange for your local council to pick up your old mattress. If you want your mattress to be recycled, check with them how they will dispose of it as not all councils recycle them.

Recycle

If your local council doesn’t recycle old mattresses, then you may be able to find another service locally that will pick up and recycle your mattress for a fee.

Find out more about the mattresses we stock here at M6 Beds by giving our team a call on 01270 879 379.

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Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs Your Bed Needs to Be Replaced

Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs Your Bed Needs to Be Replaced

Many of us are now paying more attention to our health limiting the amount of sugar and fat we consume and exercising more yet few of us pay much attention to our beds. Beds are more than just places to sleep, they are the most important factor in getting the sleep you also need to keep healthy.

It is important, therefore, to spot the following warning signs your bed needs to be replaced.

Your mattress resembles a valley
If you strip off the sheets and your bed appears to be sunk in the middle, then this is a tell-tale sign that either your bed, mattress or both should be replaced.

You wake up with soreness and headaches
While there could be other causes for soreness and headaches when waking up in the morning and you should get those checked by a doctor, the culprit could well be a worn-out bed. If your mattress hasn’t been replaced for a decade or your bed is starting to look shabby with broken fittings underneath, it is time to start looking for a replacement.

Your bed doesn’t feel as comfortable as the one at the hotel
If you sleep like a baby in your hotel room or elsewhere and don’t feel like you could have had an equally good or better night’s sleep at home, this could be a clear indication that your mattress and possibly your bed needs replacing.

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Out Top Tips for Beating the Winter Chill in Bed

Out Top Tips for Beating the Winter Chill in Bed

As winter approaches and the nights get chillier it’s often a struggle to keep warm and while a bit of cold is nice if you want to snuggle up, being cold for the whole night is far from good for your health. So here are our top tips for keeping warm in bed.

Wear thick pyjamas
Wearing pyjamas is one of the best ways to keep out the cold if they are made from natural rather than man-made fibres. Team them up with bed socks and this will ensure that most of your body is covered stopping some of the effects of any draughts.

Exercise
It is important to take regular exercise for general health but it can also be useful to get your circulation going. An active body produced more heat and this should hopefully last you until bed time.

Hot water bottle
The good old-fashioned water bottle remains one of the best ways to keep your bed warm. The only downside is it will go cold by the early hours.

Ditch the summer duvet and swap for a winter one
There’s no point in struggling on with a summer duvet when temperatures plummet. Investing in a higher tog rated duvet will make a big difference to your comfort levels in cold weather.

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Most People Regret Buying Mattresses According To Poll

Most People Regret Buying Mattresses According To Poll

You might think that all mattresses are equal and there is little difference no matter what you buy but a recent poll suggests otherwise. According to the poll, more people regret their mattress purchase than anything else they buy for the home.

The poll was undertaken by home interiors company Hillary’s and included a sample of nearly 2,500 people. Of those 29% chose their mattress as the most regrettable purchase narrowly ahead of sofas. This is understandable considering that most people spend a good proportion of time sleeping and sitting on sofas.

Some possible reasons for people’s dissatisfaction with their mattresses will relate not only to the material but also how hard or soft it is and how big it is.

It can be particularly hard for couples to choose a double mattress that suits both partners needs because people can sometimes have different requirements. While some prefer a soft mattress, others may prefer a harder mattress with more support.

Material is also important. Memory foam for example can be great for some people and less hard on joints but for others, the material can be uncomfortably hot when it retains heat in warm conditions.

The answer to choosing a mattress you won’t regret buying is to try different mattress types and ensure that everyone who will be sleeping on it tries it out to make sure they are happy with the size and comfort. Also consider the quality, you tend to get what you pay for with mattresses.

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Old Beds Can Damage Your Health

Old Beds Can Damage Your Health

Why investing in a new bed is good for your health and wellbeing.

The optimum level of sleep an adult requires to be healthy is between 7 and 8 hours – any more or any less can be detrimental to your health, but there are few people who actually manage this on a regular basis.

So what’s the solution?

While much depends on lifestyle factors including, you could take a giant step towards a better night’s sleep with an investment in a new bed!

Many of the health problems caused by old beds relate to mattresses. A good mattress is an essential component of a good night’s sleep and numerous studies have found that sleeping on old mattresses can mean you’re getting less sleep than you should be.

Lack of sleep can lead to all sorts of problems such as stress, obesity, poor memory and you may even find yourself more at risk of having accidents, if you are tired and your reaction times are slow.

The accepted advice is you should change your mattress at least every 7 years and your bed too if it is starting to show its age.
Sleep is as important to us as the food we eat, so an investment in a new bed will always pay you back with far more than you put in.

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