Tuesday, 7 January 2020

The quality of sleep you get matters…

It’s been tagged as the most amazing remedy—sleep. Scientific findings tell you it helps you live longer and boosts your immune system. It puts you in a great mood, reduces your risk of everything from heart disease to diabetes—and it’s completely free.

It has no side-effects and is available to everyone. “Taking steps to get a better night’s sleep could be the most important decision you would ever make,” says an expert, “Maybe you live with a world champion snorer or a sheet huger; perhaps you toss and turn until the wee hours. Now is the time to get things sorted out because recent research has found that the right amount of sleep can have an enormous effect on your long-term health—not just on how you feel the next morning.” 

Without regular sex, women risk mental disorder – Psychiatrist

According to a sleep expert, Dr Neil Stanley: “A good night’s sleep every night is just as important as diet and exercise. If you get a poor diet every day, that has long-term consequences. Exactly the same is true of sleep, but these days we know that it’s not just a matter of getting eight hours sleep. Avoiding health risks is about getting the right amount of sleep for you. Having less sleep than you need—or more—is the problem.

Back in the 1990s, a team of American researchers studied the sleep patterns of 459 female subjects aged between 50 and 81. Then they tracked them down 14 years later to see how many of them were still in good health. They found out that those who slept for five to six and a half hours a night had the best survival rate. Those who had less than five hours sleep or more than six and a half hours had the worst. The lesson? Too little sleep won’t increase your life’s span—but neither will too much.

The expert advises it’s time to throw out everything you thought you knew about sleep— that you need eight hours every single night just to function; that those who need more sleep are lazy or boring; and that sticking a lavender bag under your pillow or listening to a CD of whale sounds will somehow magically give you a solid 12 hours of sleep from now on, you could make the biggest and best lifestyle change ever—and all you need to do is lie still and relax. 

You don’t need eight hours:
Worried because you’re not getting the amount of sleep your mum insisted on? Don’t panic, says Dr Stanley. “The media says everyone needs eight hours, but that’s just not true. The amount of sleep people require varies a great deal—it can be from three to 11 hours, though most of us find that we need seven to eight hours. If you’re a three-hours-a night person, and you believe the hype and try to get eight, you’ll be spending five hours a night trying to have something you’re never going to get. 

So how do you work out the amount of sleep that’s right for you? “Scientifically,” says Dr Stanley: it is very complex to work out your actual biological sleep need. But there’s a simple technique—do you feel awake during the day? If you do, you’re getting enough sleep. If you don’t, you’re not,” Dr Stanley then tries to punch holes in some sleep myths:

Bin the lavender and ditch the chamomile:
We all know the standard advice for getting a good night’s sleep—Milky hot drinks, herbal preparations such as chamomile tea, lavender pillows, and getting rid of the TV in the bedroom. But Dr Stanley says there’s only one thing that will work being relaxed in mind and body. And how you achieve that state is up to you. “I hate the taste of chamomile,” he says, “I don’t like the smell of lavender, and listening to relaxing whale music just make me laugh, I’ve heard people eating bananas late at night because they’re supposed to help you sleep, or that a milky drink helps you. Well, milk, bananas, turkey and bread, all contain tryptophan, a chemical that helps your body produce melatonin, a hormone that tells your body it is night time.

But there is no evidence whatsoever that eating a small amount of tryptophan will help you sleep. The value of making a milky drink is that it’s a wind-down ritual—nobody ever did the vacuuming while boiling up some milk. You need to find your own ritual that helps you and nothing should be off-limits. If having the TV on when you go to sleep helps you, that’s fine.” 

Sleep is sexy—” Let’s face it,” says Stanley. “In today’s 24-hour society, sleeping is not regarded as a valuable way to spend your time. Margaret Thatcher famously only got four hours a night—and this is somehow good? There’s no implication that getting a good night’s sleep is a desirable, sexy thing. It’s negative. I personally need nine and a half hours’ sleep, I go to bed at nine every night and get up at half-past six. 

If you stand up and say that in front of an audience, they look at you as though you’re a friendless boring person. But if you say you eat your five a day or do your 10,000 steps, they all applaud and say, ‘Well done!’ We need to change the way we think about sleep, it’s been scientifically proved that getting the right amount of sleep won’t just make you feel better —it’s great for your skin and can even help you diet successfully.” 

Be a selfish sleeper: 
Fed up with your snoring partner? You’re not alone. A new survey discovered that one in four couples sleep in separate beds because one of them has an ‘unbearable’ night-time habit—and snoring was top on the list. Another problem which affected six out of 10 couples, was hugging the duvet, followed by restlessness. According to Dr Stanley: “A standard double bed is 135cm  wide. A standard child’s single bed is 90cm wide, so each of you sharing a double bed has nine inches less to sleep in than a child has! And when you’re both snoring and dreaming and hogging the duvet, no wonder you’re not sleeping well. 

Of course, some people like the feeling of safety and security that co-sleeping brings. But separate beds or bedrooms shouldn’t be off-limits as a discussion. A lot of people say they ‘Banish’ their partners to the back bedroom. Well, my wife and I don’t sleep together—she has her own bedroom. But she’s not ‘banished.’ That’s where she goes to sleep. It’s perfectly possible to have your own sleeping space and still have your intimacy. But sleep is the most selfish thing you can do. You can’t share your sleep with anyone. So don’t be scared of sleeping separately.” 

Bed King says that you need to be sure you’re sleeping on a suitable mattress - perfectly chosen for your sleep needs - find a bed shop that will be able to offer you the best bed advice.

Article source: http://enchantedbybeautifulbedrooms.weebly.com/blog/the-quality-of-sleep-you-get-matters

How To Fit a Headboard To Your Bed

Fitting a headboard to your bed couldn’t be simpler. There are three main ways in which to do this: you can either use a headboard with struts, a floor standing headboard or a wall-mounted headboard.
Headboards with struts
Headboards with struts are the most common form of fitting a headboard to your bed. The struts (wooden thin plank-like objects) are usually sold with your headboard at Bed King. These are shown below on the Vienna headboard.

These struts simply screw into the back of your headboard, whilst the other end will neatly fit onto the back of most standard divan beds. The size of your bed will dictate the size of the headboard you will need to purchase: so a king size 5ft bed will only fit a king-size 5ft headboard. This may seem like obvious information but you would be surprised at the number of people who don’t realise this!
struts on bed
Your divan bed should have two bolts on the back on the back of the divan (most divans include the bolts on both sides so you can decide which way to face your divan). These bolts unscrew, you can then put the headboard in place and then screw the bolts back in place. Some divans hide the screw holes for the bolts underneath the cloth and may not include the bolts.
If there are no bolts in place on the divan, the best thing to do is run your hand across the fabric at the top of the divan base to find the screw holes (usually situated 3 or 4 inches from the end of the divan base and towards the top of the base). If you have misplaced the divan headboard bolts for the headboard, don’t panic, we sell them in our shop.
The struts supplied with most headboards will allow you to slide the headboard up and down the back of the divan depending on how thick your mattress is and how high up you want the headboard to go. Once you’ve found the perfect height you just tighten the bolts on the divan and Ta da! the headboard will hold in place. Take a look at our Skye headboard with struts:
headboard blog 2
Floor standing headboards
Floor standing headboards are similar to those with struts but operate and look slightly different. Rather than including separate struts, the struts are part of the headboard which will reach down to the floor; this allows the headboard to stand in place behind the bed. In most cases the headboard will include a gap on the standing frame which is where the bolts can be screwed in allowing for a sturdy head end which won’t move about – like the Esher headboard below.
headboard blog 3

Wall-mounted headboards
Wall-mounted headboards or wall hung headboards are usually used for larger headboards which cannot be supported by struts or to make a visual statement. As you can see in the image below, mounting a headboard on your bedroom wall can really make a huge impact in your bedroom.
Wall hung headboards are popular in boutique hotels and should include wall mounting fixings. We always recommend you use a professional DIY expert when fixing your wall hung headboard to the wall, they will ensure the correct tools are used and that your wall will support the headboard you choose.

Top Tips For Fitting Your Headboard

1.)    If your headboard is missing either struts or bolts, don’t panic you can buy them in our headboard accessories shop.
2.)    If you are buying a new divan and plan to fix a headboard to it, ensure it has the screw holes to fit the headboard in place (if you are purchasing a headboard with struts or a floor standing headboard).
3.)    Always use a DIY expert if you plan to wall mount your headboard.
4.)    Get the right fabric and colour before ordering a headboard, use our free fabric sample service.

Article source: https://www.justheadboards.co.uk/blog/2014/10/how-to-fit-a-headboard-to-your-bed/

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

How Long Does A Mattress Last?

After logging tens of thousands of hours on your mattress and sleeping on it every night (with the occasional nap), it should come as no surprise that mattresses have a shelf life.
If you’re not sure when to replace it, you’re not alone — it’s not something people usually consider until they’re moving or have noticed telltale signs it’s time for a new one. The exact right time, however, depends on a variety of factors.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a mattress lasts between 7-10 years, depending on how well you take care of it. There are other signs to watch out for: waking up achy or in pain, deep sags or dips in the mattress, sleeping better away from home, or visible wear and tear. If you notice any of these, it’s probably time to replace your mattress.
Mattress lifespans also vary by type. There are three common categories of mattresses: innerspring, memory foam and hybrid. Considering the characteristics of each type can give you a better indication of how long your mattress may last.
In 2019, innerspring mattresses are considered old fashioned. These mattresses are supported by steel coils and are typically less expensive than other kinds of mattresses. They range in firmness from extra firm to pillow top.
Innersprings usually need to be replaced more often than other types because, after years of constant use, the springs can begin to agitate pressure points as you sleep, making you uncomfortable and lowering your overall sleep quality. These may last on the lower cusp of the 7-10 year range.
Memory foam mattresses are made up of several layers of dense foam and are designed to conform to your body’s contour. This type of mattress tends to last up to 10 years, but owners can notice permanent divots in the mattress if you continue to sleep in the same position night after night.
Hybrid mattresses are just that — a combination of memory foam and coils. These retain the classic supportive feel of an innerspring mattress with the pressure-relieving benefits that memory foam offers. Hybrids fall more in line with memory foam at the upper cusp of the 7-10 year standard.
However, if you wake up stiff and sore, you could be experiencing pressure points triggered by your mattress’ coils, or perhaps your standard sleep position has worn down foam in certain areas, resulting in minimal support. No matter the mattress type, keep an eye out for wear and tear even before the 7-10 year range is up.
Because of the constant pressure, your mattress endures each night, it will naturally age and depreciate over time. There are, however, steps you can take to extend the longevity of your mattress:
1. Rotate and flip your mattress every few months so it doesn’t get worn down as quickly. 
2. Use a mattress protector to extend the life of your mattress.
3. Clean it regularly.
There are two primary categories of mattress protection: keeping its shape and form and keeping it clean. By rotating your mattress at least every three months and being thoughtful about the strength and type of mattress, you’ll keep the bed in much better condition. On the other hand, keeping your mattress free of spills, crumbs, and dirt will not only extend its life but decrease the risk of bed bugs or dust mites in the crevices.
Let’s say your average mattress lasts you eight years. A lot can change in that amount of time — physical data, your sleeping preferences, the presence of a partner, etc. We spend nearly one-third of our lives sleeping, so it’s important to think seriously about the best mattress for you.
Luckily, shopping for mattresses doesn’t have to be a guessing game. There’s a scientific approach to finding a mattress customized to fit your precise sleeping needs. Bed King’s diagnostic sleep system Comfort Solutions Sleep Lab uses a combination of scientific data and mathematical calculations to make choosing a mattress that’s personalized for you much easier. With Comfort Solutions Sleep Lab’s™ expertise, you won’t have to worry about how long a mattress lasts for quite some time.

Article source: https://gloriousbedrooms.postach.io/post/how-long-does-a-mattress-last

Sunday, 29 September 2019

The Pros And Cons Of A Bunk Bed

Thinking about buying a Bunk Bed?
The advantages of having a bunk bed really do outweigh the disadvantages. The key is to find a bunk bed that is safe and comfortable and that most suits the needs of your family.
Taylor Bunk Bed, Loft Grey with White
Here is our list of pros and cons to help you decide.
1) More space
Invariably children’s rooms are smaller than other rooms in a home. Bunk beds allow you to use the same valuable floor space twice. Opting for two single beds in a shared room would mean less space for play and storage.
2) Separate beds
Of course one has to take family needs and cultural background into consideration when deciding on sleeping arrangements. Two beds will allow each child to have their own bed to sleep in. They will be given a chance to learn to sleep independently if they are not already good sleepers plus, they will be able to develop their own identity by having a personal retreat at the end of the day.
3) Planning ahead
Some more versatile bunks have the option of converting into two full sized single beds for later use.  Perfect for when your children are older or one day there might just be a chance of moving into a bigger house!
4) Sleepovers      
Turn your bunk into a triple bunk with minimum fuss. If extra space is required for an overnight guest and there is enough floor space available, then choose a  bunk that offers the addition of a pull out trundle on castors.
Décor Acacia clair Taupe Dragée
5) Attending to each child individually
If one of your children gets sick in the night or has an accident you don’t need to wake both of them up to attend to the situation. You might need to change sheets or give medication.
6) Additional storage
Some bunks come with lots of integrated storage space plus the option of adding storage drawers underneath the lowest bunk.
7) Lighting
By using clip on lamps with individual switches, children can stay up and read or snooze as they please without disturbing each other.
8) Every child’s dream
Apart from being functional, bunks can also be loads of fun for children.
1) Child Safety
This is certainly the main concern for anyone considering purchasing a bunk bed, so here we have provided some very important safety tips for children sleeping in bunk beds.
Bunk beds should only be used by children aged six or older. If one of your children is under six, plan on assigning the bottom bunk to the younger one. Lower bunks are not recommended for children under 3 years old.
There are chances that children can fall off the ladder when climbing up or down, so look for a bunk that has stairs with a wide tread which will be kinder to feet and safer to climb.
Décor Blanc Mégève Mastic
Stability of the furniture piece is key. The bunk should be sturdy and constructed of strong and durable materials.
If your home is prone to uneven floors, plan to use levelers.
Check that the ceiling height of the room is adequate. There has to be enough space left between the top bunk and the ceiling, so that the child or whoever is going to sleep in the top bed can sit up straight without bumping their head or feeling claustrophobic.
Ensure that the bunk you choose provides enough vertical clearance between the beds to enable the child in the bottom bed to sit up comfortably.
The guardrails of the top bunk should be on all four sides. Also, if the mattress used for the top bunk is too thick, then standard guardrails will not be sufficient to protect your child from falling out of bed.
Check product information for the maximum weight capacity, especially of the top bunk.
Look for bunks that have smooth, rounded edges to prevent nasty knocks and to ensure extra safety.
2) Assembly
Due to their size bunks will always come flat packed.  Some bunks can be tricky to build and may take several hours to assemble. If this is the case, then we recommend that these beds are built for you in situ by a recommended handyman.
If you plan to assemble yourself then you must follow all assembly instructions, so that it complies with British and European Safety Standard Regulations.  Don’t skip out steps. In situ assembly by two competent adults is recommended.
Parker Bunk Bed Competition
3) Making the beds
This is unfortunately not so easy when it comes to the top bunk as you have to climb the ladder plus you don’t always have direct access to both sides of the beds. Using a fitted sheet and a duvet tucked in at the foot of the bed, will help make this task more manageable. You can also keep a small step stool handy in the bedroom, so that you can reach the top bunk without having to use the ladder.
4) Navigating the ladder at night
Getting down the ladder in the middle of the night might be difficult for a child that is sleepy and tired.
5) Tucking your child into the top bunk
Giving them their goodnight hugs and kisses when they are in the top bunk can present a challenge. We recommend using a simple, sturdy step stool. It will turn out to be one of your most useful accessories for easily reaching the top bunk bed.
If you want to browse some excellent bunk beds - visit Bed King here.

Article source: https://www.nestdesigns.co.za/the-pros-and-cons-of-a-bunk-bed/

5 Sleep Solutions That Don’t Involve Medication

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not a newborn baby anymore and sleep has probably gotten steadily more difficult as you’ve grown up. I get it. We wind ourselves up throughout the day, deal with complex problems, put out small and large fires alike and by the time bedtime comes, sometimes our brains haven’t caught on yet. When that happens, you often have to get creative with tricking your brain into relaxing. Ideally, you should be looking at which beds give you the best night’s sleep.

Because Ambien is a dangerous and habit-forming drug, it’s not a suitable fix for everyone. If you’re looking for a non-narcotic route to a good night’s sleep, look no further. On this list, you’ll find 5 sleep solutions that don’t involve medication. From CBD to white noise machines and a bed air conditioning and heating system, there’s something for everyone to try so that sleeping well isn’t a random occurrence.
The Adjustable White Noise Machine With Your Rest In Mind

Why We Picked It: White noise machines are not just for napping babies. For those of us that live in environments that are either too loud or too quiet, white noise can provide a necessary calming effect that allows you to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer. The included LED nightlight allows you to read bedside before you fall asleep and it’s perfect for all ages.

The Sleep Aid That Won’t Leave You Groggy In The Morning

Why We Picked It: It’s not always easy to fall asleep. When you’re struggling to fall asleep, be it due to restlessness, anxiety or chronic pain, the Eaze full spectrum CBD pod from The Truth CBD Remiedies will bring you calming euphoria unlike any other sleep aid on the market. Lull yourself to sleep in utter relaxation with the psychoactive effects of THC.

The Blanket That Feels Like A Hug

Why We Picked It: Available in a variety of sizes and colors, this 100% cotton weighted blanket will fit in with any existing bedroom decor to deliver you unmatched comfort at bed time. Whether you enjoy to be cuddled or not, sometimes having another person with you or consistently spooning you throughout the night isn’t feasible. This weighted blanket will deliver you the feeling of being held throughout the night without overheating you.

The Temperature Regulator That Clips Onto Your Bed

Why We Picked It: The best things in life are the things you can feel but don’t necessarily see. That’s BedJet in a nutshell. It conveniently tucks under any bed with a 6-inch clearance underneath and can regulate your sleeping temperatures to your ideal comfort anywhere with 66°F and 104°F. It’s quiet, yet packs a powerful punch of instant comfort to you while you sleep. You can even set each side of the bed to your perfect preference so that you are your partner don’t have to compromise on your ideal sleeping temperatures.

The Pillow That’ll Work With You

Why We Picked It: If you, like me, have to reach a very specific level of pillow configuration before sleep is even a possibility then you probably need a new pillow. Eight Sleep’s Ultimate Pillow is that pillow. Try it risk free for 30 days and return it no questions asked if it doesn’t work for you. Hot sleepers be damned, this pillow will deliver you luxury comfort that is normally only reserved for vacations.

Ensure that your bed is suited to your sleeping position, body type etc. Make use of the Comfort Solutions Lab at Bed King today.

Article source: https://gloriousbedrooms.postach.io/post/5-sleep-solutions-that-dont-involve-medication