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.

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.

Sports Therapy: The Future of a Good Nights Sleep

Here at Just 4ft Beds, we are proud to bring to you the Sports Therapy collection! An exciting range of 4ft mattresses targeted at those with an active lifestyle, the health conscience or just those who suffer with aches and pains on a daily basis – guaranteed to be a game changer in the mattress industry!

Sports Therapy Logo June 2013

Designed to aid in recovery as you sleep, there are four mattresses within this range each with different beneficial aspects:

  • Airstream – with its vertical cool hypoallergenic fibre layer, this mattress offers the utmost comfort and ventilation needed for a good night’s sleep.
  • Gel Feel – featuring a Gel Feel foam layer, this mattress uses the latest technology to provide a constant mattress temperature as you sleep.
  • Bluecool – perfect for those who sleep in the same position throughout the night, the Blu-cool technology is developed to combat the heat generated from your body as you sleep, staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter – meaning you receive a therapeutic and rested sleep no matter the weather.
  • Talalay Latex – Talalay latex is a natural material and is considered to be the best quality latex in the world. This mattress is mildew resistant and has anti-allergenic properties – perfect for suffers of eczema, asthma and other allergies.

Did you know that the number 1 reason for waking up in the night is a change in temperature? Your body heat can’t escape from the mattress, so your bed warms up meaning you then become unsettled. The air flow technology used within this range is designed to expel warm air from the mattress as we move naturally in the night, providing a constant flow of cool air.

Each one of these mattresses are comprised of a multi zone foam unit – this means they provide active pressure point relief whilst the castellated comfort cells provide comfort and support where needed most. Finished with a mesh border and air flow technology, the Sports Therapy range regulates body temperature throughout the night therefore achieving an uninterrupted healthy sleep.

A good night’s sleep can do wonders for both physical and mental health. According to latest research, achieving a comfortable 7 or 8 hour sleep every night can relieve stress and boost your mood as well as slowing down the ageing process. Getting a quality nights sleep is vital in aiding in recovery from aches and pains and leaves us feeling refreshed in the morning. We buy top quality exercise equipment and healthy food that preps us for activities, so why not invest in a comfortable mattress to further benefit our health?

The Sports Therapy range comes with a 5 year warranty and to ensure you receive only the best, this range has been tried and tested by professional athletes – here’s what some of them had to say!

 

“I have had just a few nights on my sports therapy mattress. I have already noticed Sports Therapy Mattressesthe positive influence it has had on both my sleep quality and recovery. I would thoroughly recommend this product” – Professional Cricketer

“Rest and recovery are just as important as training. With my new Sports Therapy mattress I feel refreshed, renewed and ready to go every morning.” – Rugby Player

“As a swimmer, I regularly wake up ridiculously early in the morning, so getting a quality night’s sleep is vital to ensure that I am recovered for the next day’s training. Since having the Sports Therapy mattress, as soon as my head hits the bed, I’m asleep within a few minutes which means I wake up feeling refreshed and ready for training. I would definitely recommend this mattress for other elite athletes.” – Triple Paralympic medallist

“I have been using the Sports Therapy Mattress now for just over a week and have been delighted with how comfortable the mattress in comparison to my previous sprung mattress. The quality of my night’s sleep has noticeable improved already as it is so much easier to get comfortable, the feel is extremely soft and provides the right amount of support for me also. As a sport’s professional it is important for me to get a good night’s sleep to feel revitalised ahead of playing in a tournament, I am delighted with the product so far and would recommend this mattress to all who would need to improve their sleep, and wake up feeling refreshed and pain free!! – Professional Golfer

 

Complete the experience with the Sports Therapy pillow – using the same airflow technology as the mattresses, this pillow allows cool air to flow between the head and neck, maintaining an even temperature throughout the night. Encased in a Bug guard treated soft knit fabric, with the Sports Therapy range you are guaranteed a therapeutic nights sleep from head to toe!

March Is National Bed Month

Did you know that March is National Bed Month? National Bed Month is all about raising awareness about the importance of sleep, after all a good night’s sleep is vital for a healthy lifestyle as it ensures productivity and alertness and gives our bodies much needed time to recover and recuperate ready for the next day ahead.

National Bed MonthThere are many factors that contribute to achieving a peaceful sleep; ensuring that your bedroom is a calm and relaxing environment, keeping lighting to a minimum, avoiding caffeine and other stimulants before you hit the sack and of course making sure you have the right bed to actually fall asleep in! National Bed Month reiterates just how important sleep is so what better time than now to start thinking about the best bed options to make sure you slumber in comfort and style.

As we all know, mattresses are a pivotal part of our bedtime experience and we all have different tastes when it comes to what makes the perfect mattress.

Whether it’s memory foam, open coil, orthopaedic, or pocket sprung, choosing your ideal mattress is a very personal thing and Just4ftbeds are here to help with a variety of mattresses in a range of sizes and designs.

Memory Foam mattresses are a popular choice due to the fact that they mould to your shape, resulting in full body comfort that’s practically bespoke to you. They are a very comfortable mattress option ideal for people of any age with many memory foam mattresses coming equipped with pillow tops for additional comfort.

Open coil mattresses are coil sprung and are generally firm, therefore great for people who love a bit of support. On average, coil sprung mattresses feature approximately 300 individual coils connected by a wire that creates an overall ‘spring’ effect.

On the other hand, Pocket Sprung mattresses feature coils that work independently and are sewn into individual fabric pockets. Pocket Sprung Mattresses provide great support and ae an ideal option for people of any weight.Types of Small Double Mattresses

Many people swear by Orthopaedic mattresses. Traditionally on the firmer side, Orthopaedic mattresses cradle the body and provide great support for people who suffer with back issues and those with perfectly healthy joints. There are a variety of Orthopaedic mattresses available including mattresses with open coil springs and Orthopaedic mattresses that can be rolled up for convenient storage.

No mattress is complete without a small double divan – besides, every bed needs a good base!

Small double divan beds are available to purchase in a variety of options so you’re sure to find one that perfectly complements your mattress and bedroom. Choose from low divans, four part divans or divans with storage and complete with your bed set with something stylish and comfortable.

Low divan beds are an on trend option and ideal for thicker mattresses while four part divans are easily transported and ideal if you have a narrow hallway or smaller doorframes.

Storage divan beds are a perfectly discreet space saving storage option for any bedroom. Storage divans provide hidden space for storing your linens, spare pillows, blankets and even clothing away and out of site without compromising on space. Storage divans are available in a choice of colours and finishes to suit you.

With National Bed Month in full swing, isn’t it time you considered whether you’re really getting a good night’s sleep? Browse a wide range of mattresses and small double divan beds today at Just4ftbeds and find just what you need to achieve the sleep you deserve.

WIN a Bottle of Champagne!

Christmas is a stressful time of year so what better time to sit back, relax and enjoy a bottle of quality champagne, especially if it’s free! This year at Just 4ft Beds we are giving you the chance to win a bottle of lovely bubbly to celebrate Christmas in style.

All you have to do is place an order and apply the code BUBBLY5 to be entered into our prize draw. As well as being in with the chance of winning some fine champagne, you will also receive 5% off your purchase!

This competition runs from Friday 14th December until Thursday 27th December so order quickly, and don’t forget to use BUBBLY5, to enter!

Finding Your Ideal Small Double Bed

With over 250 products to choose from, we are confident that our collection of wooden, metal and upholstered small double beds will impress everyone. Ranging from budget prices to luxury items, at the height of interior fashion or traditional in style, we are sure you will find something you love.

Need a guide to buying or simply overwhelmed by the vast selection? Well, below is a breakdown of a few of our star products ready to inspire you in creating that key look in your bedroom.

Wooden Beds
The Farmhouse 4ft Bed is ideal for those favouring a country styled interior. Made from solid Ash, this bed boasts a beautiful natural wood finish that will look fantastic in any bedroom and will suit any colour scheme. The matching cross style headboard and foot end give this bed a unique look, making it the perfect focal point for a traditional bedroom.

 

The simple but stylish Esther Walnut Bed Frame will provide a more contemporary look. The unusual horizontally slatted headboard, together with the rich walnut finish, gives this bed a modern look whilst looking warm and welcoming at the same time. Paired with dark walnut furniture, this bed will help to create a luxurious looking bedroom without that lavish price tag.

A bespoke beauty, the Beethovan Sleigh Bed offers a classic look that is both chic and elegant. Handcrafted in theUK from home grown Ash, this stunning sleigh style bed features an exquisite woven cane headboard and foot end making it a wonderful feature for any setting. Available in 7 different wood finishes, ranging from light oak to rich mahogany, this bed can be customised to suit your existing bedroom.

Metal Beds
For elegance on a budget the Teramo Metal Bed is the perfect solution. Available in black for a more striking look, or white for a feminine look, this sophisticated metal bed features a decorative head and foot end with an ornate swirl design, giving it a real touch of class.

The Detroit 4ft Bed will stand out in any modern bedroom. With a metal frame complemented by wooden posts, this combination of materials lends this bed a trendy look that will make a quirky focal point for any up to date bedroom. Choose either a black metal frame with black wooden posts, or a silver metal frame with natural wooden posts to suit your own style.

Upholstered Beds
The stunning Verona Faux Leather Bed will add a glamorous look to your bedroom. Upholstered in black or cream faux leather, featuring a show stopping buttoned headboard with a subtle scroll top, and sat on delicate dark wooden feet, this luxurious bed will suit all interior styles, from classic vintage to contemporary designer.

Designed with easy living in mind, the Lucus Upholstered Ottoman Bed offers comfort, style and practicality. Available in a choice of 2 fabrics, oxford blue or stone, this uncomplicated ottoman bed and its simple headboard will suit any trendy interior. With an easy-lifting mechanism in place, the slatted area of this bed lifts to reveal a spacious storage area underneath, ideal for holding bed linen and accessories.

So that’s a brief introduction to what we have to offer here at Just 4ft Beds. As well as a great selection of wooden, metal or upholstered beds, we also have a fantastic range of 4ft divan beds, sofa beds, futons and folding beds, and why not take a look at our mattress and bed linen section for those finishing touches to add to your bedroom.