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UK weather: Had a bad night’s sleep?

UK weather: Had a bad night’s sleep?

Drink plenty of water

It may seem like an obvious one, but drinking plenty of water is often overlooked. Cool down from the inside out by staying hydrated with plenty of liquids. It is recommended to drink between 1.5 and 2 litres per day.

Avoid Alcohol

Bad news for some, but forecasters advise against drinking alcohol in the intense heat, as well as teas and coffees, which act as diuretics and can cause dehydration.

Switch the fan on

Fans can help your body regulate its internal temperature – and sticking a pan of ice cubes in front of it can make the circulating air even cooler. If you haven’t got one handy, fill a hot water bottle with cold water instead.

Sleep on a lower floor

If your home has several floors, it might be worth sleeping downstairs.

Freeze a flannel

Sticking a washcloth in the freezer can be especially refreshing to place on your forehead as you lie in bed.

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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.

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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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What Is The Right Temperature For Sleep?

Do you notice that it is hard to sleep on hot humid nights? Do you find yourself tossing and turning struggling to nod off and casting aside your duvet? Well this is all to do with how a good night’s sleep is dependent on temperature and particularly our core temperature which needs to be within a certain range to ensure we are comfortable.

Studies have shown that our core body temperature falls by as much as 2 degrees during sleep which means our temperatures drop from 37 degrees down to a range of between 35 and 36 degrees.

To achieve this important drop in core body temperature, the surrounding environment must also be kept as a temperature that allows the body to cool down. If this external temperature is raised during heatwaves and the accompanying hot sticky nights, then this is the reason why it becomes so difficult to sleep or at least sustain sleep for a full night.

While there are plenty of studies showing that excessive light can have an impact on quality and quantity of sleep, temperature is just as important. So to avoid discomfort, care should be taken to select bedding that helps regulate temperature such as cotton sheets rather than duvets.

When it comes to mattress choice if you suffer in the heat, then pocket sprung mattresses rather than materials such as memory foam are a better choice.

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