What Your Sleeping Position Says About You

For many of us, we have a tried, tested and true way of sleeping each night. We all find different ways more comfortable than others, but did you know that studies have proven this could be a reflection of your personality? Whether it’s all a matter of generalisation or coincidence is up for debate, but we’ve dug a little deeper to get the lowdown on just what your sleeping position says about you.

Hugging The Pillow

If you hug a pillow or even your blanket while you sleep, you could be what’s known as a ‘Pillow Hugger’ sleeper. Generally speaking, pillow hugging sleepers tend to like being cuddled or held, as well as being cosy and comfortable in their day to day life. They cherish the relationships they have in their lives and hold important people above all else.

Soldier

A relatively stiff-seeming sleeping position, The Soldier sees the sleeper laying on their back with both arms down by their sides. Only 11% of people seem to sleep this way through the whole night, though up to 62% of people will start off on laying in this kind of position, before turning into other positions before they fall asleep, or while in the first stages. Soldier sleepers are quiet, reserved and may have high standards in how they see themselves and others around them.

Starfish/Spread Eagle

Sleepers that take on the starfish position will usually fall asleep on their backs, arms spread or up by the pillow. This also seems to be a more popular position with men. Generally speaking, starfish sleepers tend to be giving people and more selfless in their day-to-day lives. They are always willing to lend a helping hand or be a shoulder to cry on.

The Foetal Position

The most common sleeping position around, the foetal position is simple – if you tend to curl up like a baby, laid on your side with your knees bent towards your chest, then you sleep in this position. It’s more common amongst women than men, but up to 47% of respondents to sleep studies report sleeping this way. Foetal sleepers tend to be more sensitive at heart and may show signs of being introverted, shy or even anxious.

The Yearner

If you lie on your side, arms outstretched in front of you, then you’re sleeping in the ‘Yearner’ position. This is a particularly popular sleep pattern with the Boomer generation and isn’t as commonly found in Generation X or younger. Yearner sleepers are typically more cynical and complex, but open-minded. They can be slow with decision-making, but once their mind has been made up, they are firm in their decisions.

The Freefaller

This position typically sees the sleeper on their stomach, with hands up by the pillow and head turned to the side. Studies have suggested that this particular position is popular amongst younger generations, particularly millennials and Generation X, with suggestions that freefall-sleepers tend to be the more brash and bold amongst us. They can be outspoken and don’t tend to take criticism well.

The Log

The ‘log’ is considered one of the more uncomfortable sleep positions around, but for 6% of people, it’s the chosen position! This position sees the sleeper laying on their side with both arms straight down. Despite the stiff appearance of this sleep position, Log sleepers are said to be easy-going, more trusting of others and generally more social with their friends, family and peers.

Not In Bed At All

It could be time for a new bed! If you’re struggling to sleep at night due to discomfort or you’re waking up in pain, it may be time to invest in a new bedframe and/or mattress. Check your bedframe thoroughly – have any of the slats broken, or are things wobbly and uneven? How about your mattress? Is it showing signs of wear and tear? Have you replaced it in the past 7-8 years?

If you find that it’s time for a new bed and mattress, feel free to get in touch with our team. We can help you find the perfect replacement to suit you and your preferred sleeping style.

Does Counting Sheep Really Help You Sleep?: 6 Sleep Myths, Debunked.

From old wives’ tales to tips and tricks on social media, the world is full of advice for how we sleep. From tips to get a better nights sleep to apparent facts about what could or will disrupt how easily you enter the land of nod, you might find yourself wondering just how many of them are actually true. Does counting sheep really help you drift off? Are daytime naps your worst enemy for a good nights sleep? We’re digging a little deeper and debunking some of the most common sleep-related myths, below.

Counting Sheep Helps You Fall Asleep

The idea that counting sheep will help you fall asleep is one of the oldest in the book, so surely it must work? Well, the reality is that while it can help, in most cases, it doesn’t. A study conducted by Oxford University actually revealed that it appeared more likely that imagining a tranquil scene would help you fall asleep faster than counting sheep. The repetitive and monotonous motion of counting sheep jumping over a fence may not require enough mental energy to tire the brain out, whereas the act of visualising a more in-depth, tranquil scene could use more brain power and actually speed up the process of becoming tired and falling asleep.

You’ll Sleep Better On A New Mattress

Pictured: Lux Small Double4ft 1400 mattress

The truth behind this statement will ultimately depend on a few different factors, including whether your original mattress was good enough in the first place. A worn down or old mattress can cause aches, pains and general lower the quality of your sleep overall and in these cases, a new mattress could definitely improve the quality of your sleep. Similarly, if you bought the wrong mattress for your sleeping habits originally, a new one that caters for how you sleep and the levels of comfort you need could help you fall asleep faster, make you feel more rested as you wake up and reduce the risk of aches.

Alcohol Means Better Sleep

Whether you’ve done your fair share of drinking, or you’ve heard it on the grapevine, sleeping after drinking can sometimes feel like one of the deepest sleeps we’ve had. The reality is very different – while drinking a lot will make you tired and potentially knock you out faster, your sleep will often be fragmented. Even if you don’t fully wake up, alcohol can reduce the likelihood of reaching deeper levels of sleep, where dreams typically occur, and leave you feeling less rested as you wake up.

Daytime Naps Will Ruin Your Sleep

When it comes to naps, there seems to be two main types of people – those who swear by them and believe that naps are heaven-sent, and those who refuse to nap in fear of ruining their sleep. The myth at play here is that naps during the day will disrupt how well you sleep at night, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Those who suffer from insomnia may find that naps impair their sleep at night but for most of us, a nap can be as effective and as powerful as drinking two cups of coffee. A 20 minute nap alone can help give you a much-needed recharge and energy boost to get you through the rest of the day.

Cutting Out Caffeine Improves Sleep

The idea that cutting out caffeine will help you sleep better is another difficult one to prove or bust – in reality, some of us handle caffeine better than others and some will be more affected by our daily intake. The energy-boosting qualities of caffeine can lead to difficulties falling asleep at night if you’re drinking high caffeine drinks in the evenings, but a coffee in the morning or during the middle of the day is unlikely to have any huge impact on your nightly slumber. If you find that you’re struggling to drift off, cut out caffeine around 4-5 hours before you typically go to bed and see if it helps.

Warm Milk Helps You Drift Off Faster

Scientists and nutrition experts seem pretty torn on this one, but there does appear to be some truth to the theory that warm milk can help you sleep. As standard, milk contains an amino acid called tryptophan which works in our bodies to produce serotonin in the brain. Seretonin goes on to synthesise and create melatonin, which is the chemical that ultimately helps us to fall asleep. By that knowledge, milk, warmed or otherwise, should help to lull us to sleep. However, scientists also claim that the chemical make-up of milk features other amino acids that might counteract tryptophan, ultimately preventing us from ever feeling the benefits. In our opinion, it’s worth a shot to see if it works for you.

Whether you’re in need of a new bed for a better nights sleep or would like advice on where to start, feel free to get in touch with a member of our team, today.

Helping Your Kids Sleep In The Run Up To Christmas

In the weeks and days before Christmas, it’s not uncommon for kids to struggle with sleeping. The excitement can cause restless nights where neither you nor they get the sleep they so desperately need. Helping them get that all-important rest is crucial for your sanity and theirs, and for making sure that everyone is healthy and well-rested for the big day. But how do you calm down excited kids enough to get some good sleep in the run-up to Christmas? Here are a few tips to help you get them back on track.

Stick To A Normal Bedtime Routine

It can be easy to slip out of routine once schools break up and your kids are home all day every day. Keeping to their previous routine, however, can help to improve sleep across the board. Even if you push the time by an hour, keeping the same step-by-step routine, whether that’s reading a book, getting a drink before bed or even the basics like brushing their teeth and getting into pyjamas, these little things can bring a little more normality into day to day life and help keep things a little calmer before Christmas.

If you’re staying elsewhere over the Christmas period, try and keep the routine even while away, and discuss with other parents in the household how best to match up routines for all kids there.

Try And Be Active During The Day

Exercise is important for a number of reasons, but it’s also a great way to help your kids burn off some energy before the evening. It doesn’t have to be anything drastic every day – burning off excess energy can be as easy as playing with toys or playing games with you or their siblings. If you feel up to taking them for a walk or a run, it can be just as effective. At school, children will get time to get out and play with their friends which can help burn off that energy but while at home during the holidays, we need to get a little creative.

But Have Downtime Just Before Bed

As much as an active day can help to tire kids out by the evening, it’s just as important to give them some downtime at the end of the day. Chilling out together, whether that’s watching a movie, doing some relaxing activities or even giving them some time to draw or play calmly on their own can be a great way to help them wind down from the day and be mentally ready for bed. Avoid electronics and sweets close to bedtime too to help their mind switch off too and ultimately get a better night’s rest. 

Make Sure Their Room And Bed Are As Comfortable As Possible

A comfortable bed will not only help lull them off to sleep in the first place, but provide a better rest and, with any luck, put them in a better temperament the next day after a good rest. A new bed or mattress can even make kids excited to head upstairs and get to sleep. Why not invest in an early Christmas present and buy them a new, “grown-up” bed and mattress? It could do wonders for getting them to bed each night.

For more information about our beds or how they could help your kids sleep better this Christmas, get in touch with a member of our team, today.

Now’s The Time To Assess Your Bed – Is It Time To Replace Your Bed Frame?

As we head into the festive period, there’s no better time to treat yourself to a brand new bed frame, but do you really need one? Now is the perfect time to assess the quality of your existing bed and mattress and work out whether it’s time for a new one. A new bed can help us sleep longer, get a better quality of sleep and even leave us feeling more refreshed, less stressed and generally much better in ourselves – so, is it time to ditch your bed and replace it with a new one? Here’s what you can do to assess.

Is It Making Noise?

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Pictured: Ashvale Small Double 4ft Rustic Wooden Bed

There’s nothing quite as irritating as the sound of a bed frame creaking or squeaking every time you turn over in bed. While we can come to terms with them and simply get used to it, we should never settle for it regardless. Creaking and groaning can be a sign that the bedframe is wearing down, and it may be time for a replacement. The best way to check if this is the case is to do a full look over the frame and make sure that nothing has come loose, then determine from there whether it’s time for a replacement.

Does The Mattress Sit Right?

Does it feel like your mattress is sinking in in spots, or through the middle of the bed? While this could be a sign that the mattress needs replacing, it’s also just as commonly the fault of the bedframe itself. If the slats arent supporting the mattress any more, it’s time to invest in a new frame for the right level of support and to ensure that the mattress you do have lasts as long as it can.

Are There Signs Of Damage?

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Pictired: Amelia Small Double 4ft Upholstered Bed

This may be a given, but if your bedframe is damaged, it’s safest to invest in a new one as soon as you can. Splitting wood or bending metal can mean that the bedframe has just had too much wear and tear, and needs to be replaced. While there might only be a few cracks or splits, and while they may be small, it could mean that the wood or metal has become brittle and is at risk of splitting further or collapsing in the future. 

Similarly, if any of the slats on the bed have split or bent out of place, this is another sign that the bed frame may need to be replaced. You should be checking the slats relatively regularly, as misshapen or broken slats could mean poor sleep quality and damage to your mattress.

Check All Of The Fixings

You should be checking the quality of your bed frame periodically anyway, but it’s important to make sure you’re checking all of the fixings throughout the bed, including on the headboard. You should check for loose bolts or screws, bent screws, twisted bolts and more. This can be a sign of wear and tear or even be the result of another problem, such as a bent frame or split wood. Replacing fixings can be a temporary fix if any are broken or damaged, but a new bed frame should be considered if you can’t find the right replacements.

Are You Sleeping Well?

If you’ve found that you just aren’t sleeping as well as you used to, this could be a sign that something isn’t quite right with your bed frame or mattress. If your mattress is relatively new and you’ve slept fine on it so far, it could be that your bed frame is showing some wear or damage that might not be immediately obvious. Give your bed frame a complete check over and replace if there seems to be anything not quite right. 

If your mattress isn’t new and is near or over 7 years old, a poor nights sleep could be a sign you need to replace it. Mattresses lose their quality over years of use and can’t offer the same level of support and comfort, so should be replaced regularly to ensure that you continue to have a good night’s sleep.

Ask Yourself These Questions: 

The Sleep Council are an advisory group in the UK who offer advice and guidance on getting the best nights sleep for you and for your family. They report that swapping your bed for a new one could give you an extra 42 minutes of good sleep, but is this necessary for you just yet? They’ve put together some ‘MOT’ type questions to help you determine whether a new bed should be on the horizon:

  • Is your bed over seven years old?
  • Did you have a better nights sleep recently in another bed?
  • Are you waking up frequently aching and unrefreshed?
  • Do you disturb your partner when you move in bed? Are they disturbing you while doing the same?
  • Does it look worn?
  • Does the mattress feel lumpy?
  • Is is sagging? Do you and your partner roll towards eachother during the night unintentionally?
  • Are the base, legs or castors lumpy, worn or wobbly?
  • Would you be embarrassed if someone saw the bed and mattress without the covers?

You can go through the questions on The Sleep Council’s website and find out your answer.

For more information about our bed frames and whether you need a new one for yourself, feel free to get in touch with a member of our helpful team, today.

Which Bed Frame Is Right For Me?

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Pictured: Orville Oak Wooden Bed Frame

Our beds are some of the most personal spaces in our homes. We spend around a third of our lives in our beds on average, and so choosing the right bed frame for your home is ultimately a mixture of your personal desire, and what will work best in your space. From divan bedframes with plenty of storage, to spring-slatted models with a modern look, the possibilities are truly endless – here, we’ve gathered all the information you need to determine which bedframe is right for you.

What Types Are There?

Knowing what’s available to you make’s it much easier to decide which one you’d prefer for your bedroom. Each has its own pros and cons and the style can suit some rooms more than others. These types include:

  • Divan

Divan bed bases are typically one of the most widely available types, usually because of their lower cost. They also tend to be the most flexible, with most sizes available and different storage options depending on your needs. Divan’s typically come with the option to add a mattress and headboard as part of a package which can generally offer the best value compared to other types of bed.

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Pictured: Washington Small Double Divan Bed

Divan bases are typically a wooden frame covered with material, which could be anything from cotton and linen, to velour and velvet. They typically have a flat top to provide a firm surface for the mattress to sit on, however, their boxy style does mean that they aren’t considered quite as stylish as other types of beds available on the market.

  • Spring Slatted/Bedsteads

Stepping away from the solid base of a divan, spring-slatted beds, or bedsteads, are usually manufactured in wood or metal and are surprisingly flexible in terms of style and design. They are typically comprised of the base, legs and a headboard and are generally more unique in their styling and finishes depending on your preferences. 

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Pictured: Cosenza Light Cream Metal Bed

Slatted beds typically come with different slat types to cater to what you want from your bed. Different types can give you a harder or a more flexible feel when you lay down and in some cases, you may even find upholstery-covered options for that softer look. It’s worth noting that they can be more expensive than divan beds and that some self-assembly may be required.

  • Ottomans and Storage Beds

Ottomans and storage beds do exactly what they say on the tin – they offer plenty of storage, perfect for tucking away spare bedsheets, blankets, cushions and even clothes. Ottomans and storage beds are particularly useful for smaller bedrooms or houses that are short on space, with both lift-up and drawer-based storage available depending on what you need and who will be using the bed. Children can benefit from storage drawers for safety, while lift-up ottomans provide plenty of space without needing to ensure there’s room to open a drawer.

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Pictured: Mallory Black Faux Leather Ottoman Bed

Materials

The material that the bed is made of is also something worth considering depending on how you want things to look. From metal bed frames, to wooden or upholstered alternatives, having a good quality bed frame made from an equally good quality material will give you peace of mind that it’ll stand the test of time. But which material should you choose?

  • Metal

Available in both contemporary and traditional styles, metal bed frames are some of the most diverse available. Metal can be worked into any style and shape and will suit most bedroom designs, with the added benefit that metal frames are often cheaper than solid wood. It can’t be damaged by mould or insects either, meaning that metal is one of the longest-lasting materials for a bed frame available.

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Pictured: Faro Small Double Metal Bed

Metal bed frames are some of the cheaper options available but are mostly limited to the spring slatted/bedstead style of frame.  

  • Wood

Solid wooden bedframes are both traditional and rustic, yet can be easily customised and spruced up over the years with just a lick of paint or stain. Wooden frames are warmer than metal and have the additional benefit that they are resistant to moisture, even during the cooler months. Durability is also a crowning feature of well-made wooden bed frames, so it’s sure to be a long-lasting purchase worth the investment.

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Pictured: Missouri Pine Wooden Bed Frame

Wooden beds are, on average, more expensive than metal beds but this will ultimately depend on the wood used and the style of the bed itself. They can be heavier and more difficult to move due to their durability, so it’s worth bearing this in mind if you’re prone to moving home in the future.

  • Upholstered

Upholstered bedframes are becoming more and more popular over the years, not least due to their flexibility and customisation options. With an upholstered bedframe, you get all the benefits of a soft-touch frame that will help your bedroom feel warmer, with the added plus of choosing any kind of material that suits your decor and your personal style best. From simple cotton or linen, to velvets, velours, leather and more, comfort is a key defining factor.

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Pictured: Tamer Small Double Grey Fabric Bed Frame

Upholstered beds can be more expensive than other options depending on the material chosen, and the inner frame on divan styles. However, the range is vast, offering plenty of choice for any price bracket.

With the information above, you can better determine which bedframe will suit your personal style best. By considering the key features, as well as your own budget, style, space and more, you can pick the best 4ft bed frame to suit you with ease. For more information or advice, feel free to get in touch with our team, today.

Back To School: Are Your Family’s Beds Up To Scratch?

As the kids head back to school this month, it’s important that they, and you are getting the best sleep that you can. A good night’s sleep can set you all up for the day and for kids, studies have shown that adequate sleep can make them more alert, improve their attention spans, their behaviour and ultimately improve their ability to learn and their overall mental and physical health. For teens, adults and beyond, sleep is just as important for mood, health and more, so it’s important to make sure that every member of the household has a suitable bed. Question is, how do you know if your beds are up to scratch? We’ve put together some questions to ask yourself.

How Old Is The Mattress?

As standard, any mattress should be replaced every 7-10 years to ensure you’re always sleeping on the best possible one that you can. While we’re all encouraged to keep track of when we bought our last mattress, this hasn’t always been the case and so it’s easy to forget just how long you’ve been sleeping on the same one. To help you remember, you can write the date of purchase on the label when it arrives, to make it easier to ensure you’re buying a new mattress when it’s needed. The springs and padding, in particular, can wear down over time, leading to discomfort as you sleep so it’s important to do a check and replace you or your family’s mattresses as needed.

How Old Is The Bed Frame?

Bed frames last longer than mattresses, with some lasting decades before they start to show signs of wear, but it’s still important to keep an eye on the quality and integrity of your existing bed frames. If you’re finding that yours or your family’s bed frames are creaking, groaning or are on their last legs, now may be the perfect time to invest in new beds to ensure a comfortable and safe night’s sleep all-round. 

How Many Hours Of Sleep Are You/They Getting?

Have you noticed you aren’t sleeping as long lately, or that your children are up and about earlier than they used to be? If you’re finding that you or they are not getting enough sleep, this could be a sign that it’s time to check the quality of the beds and mattresses. If you aren’t sure how much sleep your children should be getting, the recommended number of hours is as follows: 

  • Infants & Babies: 12-16 hours (including naps)
  • Toddlers: 11-14 hours (including naps)
  • Pre-School: 10-13 hours (including naps)
  • Primary School: 9-12 hours
  • Teens: 8-10 hours
  • Adults: 7-9 hours

Without adequate sleep, concentration can drop, memory can suffer and our mental and physical health may pay the price. Make sleep a priority for both you and your children and if that doesn’t work, it may be time for a new bed.

Do You/They Feel Rested When You Wake Up?

If you’re getting enough sleep but still don’t feel rested, it could be a sign that your mattress or bed is in need of a refresh, and the same goes for your kids. It may feel completely normal for kids to complain that they’re tired from the moment they wake up, particularly as they move into the teenage years, but the reality is very different. If you aren’t feeling rested and refreshed when you wake up and there are no other apparent reasons (e.g. sleep disorders, disturbed sleep), this could be due to discomfort or tossing and turning throughout the night due to an uncomfortable or unsupportive mattress.

Do You/They Sleep Better In A Different Bed?

If you’ve been on holiday or stayed elsewhere and found that you’ve gotten a better night’s sleep, this can also be a sign that your own bed isn’t up to scratch. Whether it’s another bed, or even your couch, if other surfaces are feeling more comfortable than your bed, it’s time to invest in a new mattress or in some cases, a new bed frame. If the slats of the bed frame are broken or damaged, for example, this can affect the integrity of the mattress regardless of how new it is, leading to discomfort and a poor night’s sleep, so be sure to keep an eye on it’s quality just in case.

Are You/They Suffering From Aches And Pains?

Aches and pains can feel like just another part of growing up, but if you’re regularly going about your day with an achey back, neck or general stiffness, it could be because of your mattress. The older a mattress becomes, the less support it’ll be able to provide, which is why it’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 7 years, before it can lose the support completely. As the comfort layers wear down too, you may be able to feel the springs, which can create pressure points across your body and ultimately lead to you sagging into the mattress too. This can also be the case for children, so make sure you’re keeping track of their general wellbeing and any complaints of pain or discomfort. 

If you’re in need of a new mattress or bed, we have a wide range of 4ft options available for you to browse. Take a look at our variety, or get in touch for more advice.

Our Tips For Picking The Perfect Bed Online

When it comes to buying a bed, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one when there’s so much available on the market today. From wooden bed frames, to divans, metal beds and even ottoman storage beds to name just a few, choosing the right frame, mattress and even bed linen can be a tedious process that we don’t always get right first time. To help you in your search for the right bed for you and your room, we’ve put together some of our top tips, here.

Measure Your Room

First thing’s first, you need to measure your room to work out where the bed will sit best and how much space you have to work with. Small double beds are a happy medium between single and double beds, ideal for single sleepers or some couples, and can fit into small spaces where a double may be just too much. The best way to determine whether it’ll fit comfortably with space around to move is to measure the room, your existing furniture and where the bed will ideally go. 

Do Your Research

When buying a bed online, you won’t have the benefit of being able to see the frame in person in most cases and so it’s important to do your research. Looking at pictures, reading all of the information provided and even getting in touch to find out a little more about the product can give you peace of mind that what you’re buying is worth the cost and perfect for you.

Check Reviews

Another way to research a product is to look at reviews. This is a great way to get honest opinions about a product and to get a more realistic view of what you can expect from the product and from the company itself. This will give you a better insight where a showroom may not be available and will help you feel more secure in your purchase.

Check Returns Policies

No matter how much research you do or how secure you are in your decision to buy, it can still play out that the bed you buy online isn’t quite right for you. For this reason, it’s important to speak to the company to work out your options in terms of returns, and their terms and conditions relating to delivery and returns too. With that knowledge in mind, you’ll have additional reassurance that if things aren’t quite right, you know what to do to amend it.

Pick The Right Mattress For How You Sleep

Different mattresses work better for different positions when you sleep, so before going out and buying a new mattress, make sure you pay attention to how you usually sleep. Side sleepers generally benefit from softer mattresses with pressure relief but that still offer support, while stomach sleepers could benefit from pocket sprung mattresses for support, as memory foam and latex can feel suffocating. Those of us that sleep on our backs can usually get along with any mattress type, so it’s down to personal preference in terms of material and firmness.

What Mattress Should I Buy?: Our Mattress Buying Guide

Buying a new mattress should, in theory, be a simple experience but with so many different types with so many different price tags, knowing what’s best for you, your budget and your bedroom can seem daunting. To help you with your decision, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you get started.

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Pictured: Devine Small Double 4ft 1500 Pocket Spring Memory Fibre Divan Set

Do I Need A New Mattress?

Knowing whether you need a new mattress at all is the first step in your buying journey. Chances are, if your mattress is over five years old, your best bet is to invest in a new one, but there are other factors that can come into play and reduce it’s lifespan. For example, some mattress types work best with different bedframes and bases than others, to the point where wear and tear may happen faster. Similarly, not using a mattress protector could invalidate any warranties that you may have had on your mattress and so buying one new may be your best option. 

As a general rule, these warning signs could mean you need a new mattress: 

  • Soreness when you wake up
  • Lumpy-feeling mattress
  • Sleeping better away from home
  • You don’t feel rested when you wake up 
  • Your mattress squeaks or creaks
  • The mattress seems to be sagging

Online vs. In Store

The next thing to consider is whether you want to shop in-store or online. In the past, in-store shopping for mattresses has been the staple, but as shipping times have improved and more and more companies are offering 100-day testing periods or more, online shopping is much more convenient. Many of the mattresses you buy online nowadays will be delivered rolled up and in boxes depending on the mattress you choose, and will require set-up in the way of unrolling and allowing the mattress to ‘rest’ and ‘settle’ before you use it. You’ll also need to dispose of your old mattress yourself, but this can be easily arranged in most cases.

Shopping online prevents you from needing to go to a store or collect a mattress yourself if you don’t want to arrange the store to deliver and in most cases, the returns policy is simple and easy to navigate. You can take a look at our full range of mattresses available online to see the options available to you.

What Types Are There?

The next thing you need to understand is which types of mattresses are available so you can have a stronger standing when working out the best one to suit your needs. There are five main types, including pocket sprung, memory foam, latex, continuous or open coil and hybrids, though there may be other options available to explore too.

  • Pocket Sprung – This is the most common type and offers a more bouncy feel. The springs within the mattress are sewn into pockets and can be available in different tension levels to adhere to different support needs. Different mattresses will also have different filling between the springs, such as wool, gel and more. Take a look at our Harmony pocket sprung mattress.
  • Memory Foam – Memory foam mattresses were the must-have item not too long ago and have certainly withstood the demand. While you won’t get bounce with a memory foam mattress, they do mould to the shape of your body and give you support all the same. If you’re sharing a bed with your partner, this could be a great option if movement is likely to disturb them, as it’s unlikely that they’ll feel any shifting.
  • Latex

Latex mattresses function in a similar way to memory foam, but hold a little more spring and bounce. They’re usually crafted with natural latex, which is both resistant against mould and is antimicrobial, making for a long-term mattress as with any other type. They hold heat well, which is perfect for colder months, and some brands even claim that the mattress will last up to and beyond 20 years. This does mean that they can sometimes come with a higher price tag, but could be worth the investment. Take a look at our Pryde Talalay latex foam mattress. 

  • Hybrids

Hybrid mattresses come in different combinations, but are essentially any mattress that features more than one type. For example, you could have a pocket sprung mattress with a latex or foam top, or a foam mattress with a gel layer. These mattresses offer you the best of two worlds and will usually offer a solution to fill any downfalls of one mattress type with the benefits of another.

  • Continuous or Open Coil

For those on a stricter budget, continuous or open coil mattresses tend to be the cheapest, featuring either a single looped wire (continous), or single springs fixed together with one wire (open coil). They tend to have a shorter lifespan than other mattress types and if you go too cheap, you may find that they are also uncomfortable. This can be fixed with a foam topper, but the mattress itself can still begin to wear down faster than the other options above.

How Do You Sleep?

If you still aren’t sure on which mattress type would be best for you, you could take a look at your sleeping position to help you decide:

  • On Your Side

If you tend to sleep on your side, you’ll need a mattress that doesn’t put too much pressure on you. Softer mattresses that can still support your body weight are ideal, though foam or latex mattresses might not have as much pressure relief as pocket sprung alternatives. Some foam mattresses are designed with pressure relief points, however, which could still be good for side sleepers.

  • Stomach 

If you sleep on your stomach, memory foam or latex could feel too suffocating overall, so you may be better off with a pocket-sprung or hybrid mattress. Firmer beds offer the best support for stomach sleepers, though this may differ if you have health conditions or issues with your stomach at times. If this is the case, air-filled or medium-to-firm foam could work best.

  • Back

For those that sleep on their backs, you’ll usually be able to sleep on whatever type of mattress feels most comfortable to you, though something that both supports but has some give is best for the most comfortable night’s sleep. The best way to do this is to test the mattress out for the given period of time to see how you sleep but for the most part, you should be comfortable on most mattress types.

Mattresses are a very personal purchase, with everyone needing and liking different types. For more information about our 4ft mattresses or our small double beds, feel free to get in touch or browse our range to find out more.

Improve Your Night’s Sleep With These Tips

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our health and wellbeing, which is why it’s particularly frustrating when you can’t get a good enough sleep to feel rested in the morning. Getting into good habits with your bedtime and sleeping routines can help you make the most out of those precious hours, and make a huge difference in your life and everyday wellbeing. Try out these tips for better sleep quality:

Try And Stick To A Schedule

Having a set schedule for sleep by sticking to the same bedtime and wake-up time each morning and night will encourage your body clock to be far more regular. With better regularity in your sleep pattern, you stand a better chance at not only falling asleep faster, but staying asleep throughout the night and waking up naturally and well-rested come the morning.

Introduce A Relaxing Bedtime Routine

Whether it’s reading a book, trying out meditation or even just practising some breathing exercised, getting a good bedtime ritual going can help you relax and unwind at the end of the day, ready for a good night’s sleep. If you have a habit of overthinking or worrying about the next day while you’re trying to sleep, try and make a list before bed. Jotting down what you need to do the next day can help clear your head enough to sleep and recharge ready to get them done. Alternatively, try and jot down any anxieties or worries you have in a journal for the same effect.

Look At Your Bedroom And Bed

The layout of your bedroom or the comfort of your mattress and pillows can make a difference in how you sleep. There are a few things about the bedroom layout and set-up in particular that can affect how you sleep – noise, heat and even clutter can make a difference, so you’ll want to keep thing as quiet as possible and between around 15-20c for the most comfortable and optimum sleeping conditions. 

Similarly, you want a comfortable mattress and pillows that offer you full support to ensure that you aren’t left with any aches and pains when you want up. Most mattresses have a 9-10 year life span so if you haven’t refreshed your mattress or bed in over a decade, consider investing in a new one! 

Exercise Daily

Exercise isn’t only good for your physical health and wellbeing, but can help you sleep better too. It reduces stress, tires you out and if timed properly, can help you to maintain or reset your sleep-wake cycle. The best time for you to exercise can differ from person to person, so it’s worth trying out a few different times of day to see how your body handles it and determine the best time for you. 

Avoid Certain Food And Drink In The Evening

Alcohol, heavy meals and even cigarettes can disrupt how you sleep. While your body is working to handle the food or toxins you’ve ingested, trying to sleep can cause discomfort or even health issues by morning. Instead, eat or drink earlier in the evening or if you’ve been out for drinks, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the night too to keep your body hydrated enough to handle the alcohol.

Avoid Napping Where Possible

A good nap can be great for refreshing your mind and getting you ready for the second half of the day, but if you’ve been having trouble sleeping at night, it might be best to avoid napping during the day. Pushing through the tiredness in the middle of the day can help you reset your sleeping pattern and sleep through the night instead.

If You’re Struggling To Fall Asleep, Do Something Else

It’s best to keep your bed and bedroom for specifically sleep, so if you’re really struggling to sleep, get up and find something to do outside of your bedroom. Whether it’s browsing on a computer or watching some TV (though this should be ideally be avoided where possible), doing something relaxing outside of the bedroom until you feel tired can help your body to associate your bed with sleep rather than any other activities.

Getting good sleep is an important part of our health and comfort really is everything. Why not take a look at our range of 4ft beds and mattresses and treat yourself to a good night’s sleep?

Bed Size Guide: Is A Small Double Right For You?

Small double beds make for the perfect transition between a single and a standard double bed and are ideal for teens, young adults or couples who may have limited space in the bedroom. If you’re unsure whether a small double is too small or too big for your needs, our guide below can help you determine whether a 4ft bed is right for you or the new bed owner.

Who Are Small Double Beds Made For?

Small double beds aren’t made for anyone in particular in the way that a toddler bed might be, however it’s important to understand the space it gives you and determine your comfort levels from there. For single users such as teens or solo young adults, a small double bed can be a great way to get the luxury of space as you sleep without taking up as much room as a double or king-sized bed.

For couples who don’t mind giving up some space, a small double can still be more than enough for two sleepers at night, though this will really be down to personal preference and how much space you are used to having while sleeping in the same bed.

What Are The Measurements?

When buying a small double bed, both the frame and mattress will measure 4ft in width, and 6ft 3inches in length. Depending on the design, the bedframe may be slightly wider than the mattress in order to accommodate it or for usability or design purposes. We include all accurate measurements on each individual product’s page, so you can be sure your new 4ft bed fits perfectly into an alcove or any limited space that you have. All mattresses are standard 4ft small double bed size of 120cm by 190cm and will fit any standard small double frame.

Do I Have Enough Room?

If you are unsure if you have enough room for the bed frame within the given bedroom, you can find exact measurements for each product page, however, most of our frames are the standard 120 x 190cm, give or take a centimetre or two. 

Generally speaking, it’s advised that you have a bed-to-space ratio of around 1:3 or more in your bedroom, so you have enough room to comfortably fit the bed and move around without things feeling too cramped or closed in. Whatever the case, you should always allow 30 inches of space minimum between each side and the bottom of the bed and the nearest piece of furniture or a wall.

What Sheets Will I Need?

When purchasing a small double bed, you might have already noticed that small double sheets aren’t as common as double, single or king-sized ones. We have a range of bed linen available including pillows, duvets, mattress protectors and sheets that fit a small double bed perfectly, though it’s also worth noting that in most cases, an existing double blanket can still comfortably fit the small double mattress if you aren’t looking to buy a new quilt just yet.

Small double beds make for a spacious but space-efficient alternative to a single or a double or king-sized bed. All of our bed frames are designed with style and space-saving in mind, so why not take a look and choose the right one for your bedroom? Alternatively, get in touch to speak to a member of our team for more information.