Do you know how much sleep your child needs?

The NHS website has some great tips to help ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep. Don’t forget to also have a browse through our range of children’s beds on our website, or pop to our showroom and see (and try) our ranges.

Choosing a new mattress can seem like a daunting task, so Chloe from the Bed Factory shares her advice to help you along your way to a better night’s sleep!

LIFE EXPECTANCY OF MATTRESSES

On average, mattresses tend to have a life of anything between 5-14 years depending on the quality of the materials used in the manufacturing process and how often it’s used. Hand side stitched mattresses tend to have a longer life expectancy due to all of the fillings being pulled in around the edges.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Always shop for the best value not the lowest price. Of course, there are some perfectly acceptable lower priced beds available, but the better the construction, the better the support and comfort: and the longer the bed will last. Don’t be afraid to ask the sales adviser how the bed is made, what type and what quality of materials are used. If the sales adviser can’t answer all your questions how will you really know what you are buying? The more informed you are, the better choice you will make.

WHAT TYPE OF MATTRESS SHOULD YOU GET?

There is no hard and fast rule to which mattress type you should buy, you just need to find the one that suits you. We always recommend visiting a bed showroom and having a lay-down as one person’s definition of firm or soft is different to the next person’s. You will typically have a choice between memory, open coil and sprung mattresses: each have their own characteristics so the best way to find what you like is to have a lay-down and test it out!

BUY BASE AND MATTRESS TOGETHER?

Divan bases last on average the life of two mattresses, however when it comes to frames we would recommend a new frame to be purchased with a new mattress in case the frame has deteriorated over time. We always recommend that when buying a mattress it is tried on the same type of base or frame that it will be going on to.

WHAT SHOULD I PAY FOR A GOOD MATTRESS?

Children’s mattresses can be purchased for under £100, however for two adults on a bed used every night you really need to start looking at spending from £200. Although you do get what you pay for, the most expensive is not always best and when finding the perfect mattress: it really is down to the needs of the individual, some people may find their perfect mattress at say £550 and do not like the support/feel of the dearer mattresses. Remember that for every £100 you spend on a new bed, it equals an investment of just 2.7p a night (assuming a lifespan of seven years).

Need to know more about which mattress is right for you? Just give us a call or pop to our showroom on Ransomes Euro Park (not the retail park).

Finding it hard to sleep?

If you feel you suffer from sleep apnea or any other sleeping disorder it’s advisable to get these checked by your GP. However, following the below tips might help you get some easier shut eye!

NO CAFFEINE

Most people need a cup of tea or coffee to actually become a functioning member of society! Remember that coffee releases energy quickly whereas tea releases it gradually. Be mindful of this in the hours leading up to your bed time.

POWER DOWN

In a world of gadgets we are finding ourselves constantly attached to one form of tech or another. Try and keep away from these devices around an hour before bed so your mind isn’t still plugged in.

EXERCISE

Regular exercise has been proven to provide better sleep – this doesn’t mean you have to join a football team just to get some sleep but a few minutes of exercise can make all the difference.

LATE EATING

while you sleep you should be getting rest – no digesting that pizza you craved half an hour before bed. Try to cut out eating late at night so your body can really rest.

NAPPING HABITS

While we would personally love to nap for hours during the day – it is recommended that you keep it to a maximum of 30 minutes and make sure it’s not too late in the day or evening.

BREATHING

Simple breathing exercises can make all the difference before bed. Deep breathing can calm your thoughts and body as the action is reported to be a naturally calming stimulant for the body.

WRITE THE WOES AWAY

If you have had a particularly hard day and things are still whirring through your head, even after your breathing exercises, write down the things that are bothering you. Getting the thoughts down on paper can help clear your mind from the clutter and assist in your drift to dreamland.

If you are after a better night’s sleep then perhaps a new bed might help? Come and see us on Ransomes Euro Park Ipswich and find your next bed.

We all know we should get a great night’s sleep, but what do we actually need? This great article from the Independent debunks some typical sleep myths.