06 Jun

Ways To Care For An Ageing Mattress

When it comes to a healthy night’s sleep, following these tips can help care for your ageing mattress allowing you to sleep better. The following tips allow to keep your mattress fit for purpose into its later life.

Experts recommend that you replace your mattress every 8 years. This ensures that your mattress is giving you the support you need, is hygienic & provide you with the sleep you need.

Independent experts have found that older mattresses that suffered years of wear and tear significantly lost height & contained a covering of skin cells, dust and fibres. Dust mites in old mattresses can also affect allergies. Have a look at our tips below to ensure you will get eight restful years on your mattress.

 

Regularly Rotate: Make sure you regularly rotate your mattress to vary the areas of prolonged impact when you sleep as your mattress can suffer from dips and compression after long term use. Also check to see if your mattress is turnable & make sure you turn your mattress regularly as well.

Air It: Make sure when you first purchase a mattress, the mattress is aired for around four hours. You should regularly air your mattress throughout it’s lifetime. airing the mattress allows body moisture to evaporate from it. Taking the opportunity to ventilate your mattress by removing bed covers etc for 20 minutes a day and longer periods when you are away from home will preserve freshness.

Use A Mattress Topper/Protector: Using a mattress topper or a protector preserve the condition of your mattress & also add a level of comfort to your bed. For advice on toppers/protectors contact our customer services on 0141 554 0792.

Avoid Sitting On The Edge: Try and avoid sitting on the edge of your mattress for prolonged periods of time. We all do it from time to time, but try finding a chair as sitting on the edge of the mattress can have detrimental effects.

Vacuum: Make sure that you vacuum your mattress every two to three months. This is something that many people don’t do and it can impact the hygiene of your mattress. Make sure to vacuum to ensure that you are getting rid of dead skin cells and dust mites that have gathered on your mattress.

Don’t Fold It/Walk or Jump on It: If you need to move your mattress, make sure you don’t fold it as it can damage the interior and will reduce the quality of the comfort & support of your mattress. As well as folding, don’t walk, stand or jump on your mattress as this will also damage the contents of the mattress.

 

 

 

27 May

Mattress Topper or Mattress Protector?

When you buy a mattress, you are sometimes confronted with the questions ‘Do you want a mattress topper?’ and ‘Do you want a mattress protector?’. Very often, if you know what the difference between the two is, the answer would be ‘Yes’ to both questions. But, many people do not know the difference and only choose one of the two – thinking that they are essentially the same thing. This is not true. There is a significant difference between them, and it is important to know if you are planning on buying a mattress.

Mattress Topper or Mattress Protector

What is a Mattress Topper?

A mattress topper acts as an extension of the mattress. It gives the mattress a little extra height, depth, and cushioning, making the mattress more comfortable and durable. You can also buy a mattress topper for your old mattress if you want to spruce it up a bit. It will breathe new life into your mattress and give you extra comfort. When you buy sheets for a mattress with a mattress topper on, you need to look for sheets with extra depth (if you’re buying fitted sheets) or a bigger sheet (if you are buying normal sheets).

What is a Mattress Protector?

A mattress protector is like an extra sheet that you put on your bed. It has a special insert in the middle that is waterproof and prevents liquids such as sweat from staining and wetting your mattress. It is relatively thin, so it will not add any height or depth to your mattress. Some protectors also help to keep the bed fresh by preventing dust mites and other allergens from getting onto the mattress.

Can You Use the Two Together?

You can easily put a mattress topper on your old or new mattress and then cover it with a mattress protector. That way you extend the lifespan of both the mattress as well as the mattress topper. Then you make the bed with the sheets and other bedding that you want to put onto the bed for maximum comfort.

If you are not sure about your options, speak to our friendly staff here at Beds Glasgow. We have the knowledge and experience to give you sound advice and guidance about the mattress accessory that will suit your needs.

05 May

Choosing a Mattress for Your Child

Your child spends approximately 12 hours a day in close contact with his/her mattress – either sleeping or resting on the bed, or even just playing on the bed. It is, therefore, vital that you choose the right mattress for your child. His or her whole development – from brain functions and bone growth to hormone development – depends on the quality of sleep that he/she gets. If the childdoes not get a good night’s sleep due to being uncomfortable on the mattress, it could have a serious impact on their development.

Choosing a Mattress for Your Child

How Do I Choose A Mattress For My Child?

There are many different kinds of mattresses on the market that would be suitable for your child – depending on your budget and the type of child that you have. When considering the mattress, you need to consider the following:

  • Posture: New research shows that a plush bed for a small child will not affect the spine’s development adversely as the body is naturally curvy.
  • Off-Gassing: Some materials and fabrics give off subtlegasses when they are new. You need to choose a mattress that doesn’t give off gasses or store the mattress until the off-gassing period has passed.
  • Allergies: Your child may have allergies to certain materials. Make sure that you are aware of these allergies before choosing your mattress. Mattresses may also trap dust and mites, which cause allergic reactions in children. When you choose a mattress, make sure that your mattress is the safest possible brand in terms of allergy issues.

There are also a number of support types to consider. These can include:

  • Innerspring open coil
  • Innerspring pocket coil
  • Memory foam (this includes latex foam and futon).

The mattress also has a variety of comfort levels to consider. When you look at a mattress for your child,all the above considerations will determine the comfort level of the mattress that you decide to buy.

If you have any questions, our friendly staff here at Beds Glasgow will be able to give you advice and guidance on which mattress to choose. Contact us via this website or come in and have a chat with one of our consultants.

19 Apr

3 Things to Know About Your Mattress

Did you know that you will spend about a third of your life lying on your bed? When you think about it in these terms, the bed is one item of furniture you cannot afford to ignore. And if the bed is that important, then obviously so is the mattress. When buying a new mattress, there are a few useful things you should know. This will help you make the right buying decision.

3 Things to Know About Your Mattress

1. Does it Contain Flame-Retardant Material?

British law states that a mattress must contain some sort of flame-retardant to comply with British regulations (BS 5852: 1982 Part II & BS 7177). This is to protect you in the case of a fire. The problem is that many artificial flame-retardants are made from toxic chemicals. One of the most common is polybrominated diphenyl, which can be harmful to health.This is something to consider.

2. Could Your Allergies Get Worse?

Sometimes wool is used as mattress stuffing. Unfortunately, wool is one of the main breeding grounds for dust mites, which can cause allergies to flare up. Many people have allergic reactions to a mattress and do not know why;it is often from the wool.

3. Does a Mattress Contain Pesticides?

Cotton and synthetic fibres are often contained within mattresses. There may or may not be pesticides within these fabrics. The only way to avoid this issue is choosing a mattress made from natural materials.

How Do You Make Sure Your Mattress is Safe to Health?

All you need to do is ask questions. The best way to make sure that your mattress has what you need is to ask the retailer. Find out what mattresses are made from as well as what checks they go through to ensure comfort and support. At Beds Glasgow, we go out of our way to answer all the questions customers ask of us the best we can.

18 Apr

Sleep Apnoea and Your Mattress

It is often joked about. It is an irritation, and very often it leads to one of you going to sleep on the couch in the living room. The snoring is terrible, and neither of you gets a good night’s sleep. The condition is called sleep apnoea, and it can be a very serious medical condition.

Sleep Apnoea and Your Mattress

Why is it important to diagnose sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is defined as not getting enough air when sleeping, resulting in waking with headaches, grogginess, and irritability, and generally being more tired. In severe cases, the sufferer may stop breathing altogether for quite long stretches at a time; in fact, there have been instances of people dying of the condition.

What causes sleep apnoea?

The most common causes of sleep apnoea are:

  • Being overweight
  • bad sleeping posture
  • drugs
  • unhealthy lifestyle
  • age.

How can a new mattress help with sleep apnoea?

It is well known that the right mattress provides the necessary support for your body to achieve a good sleeping posture. Combined with the correct type of pillow, the mattress plays a crucial role in your quest for a good night’s sleep. Sleep apnoea prevents you from achieving the deep sleep that you need to wake up rested and ready for the day. When your mattress helps your sleep posture, you will be less likely to snore or develop sleep apnoea, and therefore you’ll have the peaceful sleep that you need.

This is why you need to be very careful when choosing your next mattress. Although you may be tempted to pick a cheap, softer mattress, this may be the totally wrong choice for your situation. If you are shopping in-store, speak to one of our mattress experts and try out the mattress before you commit to buying. If you’re shopping online, feel free to contact us for any information you require. It is important that you and your loved ones get the sleep (and rest) needed and deserved.

Sources:
1. http://www.eclipsemattress.com/sleep-blog/detail/5-factors-that-cause-sleep-apnea/
2. http://www.us-mattress.com/sleep-apnea-mattress.html

17 Apr

Why a Bad Bed Can Ruin Your Libido

In an earlier post, we discussed some of the symptoms associated with an uncomfortable mattress, and one of these was that a poor mattress could affect your libido. Libido issues can be a worry for both men and women. However, it is something that could be addressed through something as simple as buying a mattress and bed that suits you.

But how does an uncomfortable mattress affect libido?

Can a Lack of Sleep Cause Mental Health Problems?

When you sleep, you are not just resting and rejuvenating your body; you’re doing the same for your brain. A lack of comfortable sleep means the brain is not recovering adequately from the toils of the previous day. Over the course of weeks and months, this can increase the likelihood of anxiety and depression.

And yes – anxiety and depression are issues known to decrease libido. If you have been feeling down in the dumps for no apparent reason, it could be down to your mattress. Moreover, mental health problems caused by a lack of sleep means being less productive and less happy overall.

Does a Lack of Energy Reduce Libido?

There are different stages of sleep essential for a good night’s rest. If that sleep is interrupted for any reason, you will not get theeventual deep, restful sleep that allows the body to recover. Quite often, those who sleep on uncomfortable mattresses wake up feeling more tired than they were before they went to bed.

Lack of energy due to being tired means a detrimental effect on libido.

Poor Sleep Lowers Testosterone Levels

A lack of testosterone is something often associated with getting older. Nevertheless, more young people are now experiencing the same effects of low testosterone levels. When these young people finally get to bed after a night of partying or whatever,trying to sleep on an uncomfortable mattress means no restful sleep, as discussed above, which then also affects testosterone levels. Loss of libido will eventually occur.

As you can see from the above, an uncomfortable mattress could be a significant contributing factor to libido issues. Better sleep equalsimproved physical and mental health. Take a look at your mattress– is it as comfortable as it should be?

21 Mar

How Long Does It Take to Get Used to a New Mattress?

Recently,we have been talking about some of the symptoms of an uncomfortable mattress. Let’s say that you’ve recognised that you need a new mattress and have bought one (hopefully from us). Falling in love with a new mattress is the exception rather than the rule. For most people, a little time is needed to get used to a new sleep system.

How Long Does It Take to Get Used to a New Mattress
Does it Take Long?

Most find they need up to a month to get used to a brand-new mattress. This period may be longer if you previously used a ‘bad’ mattress for an extended period. Sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t sink and squeal is a new experience for the body, and it needs to get used to that. Sometimes, the fantastic adaptation benefits the body affords can also be a curse too.

What Should You Expect During the Adjustment Period?

Experts are well aware that there’s an adjustment period that comes with mattresses. But no new mattress should be uncomfortable. What you may experience is more tossing and turning than you are used to as the body gets used to the new mattress.

This is especially noticeable with a memory foam mattress, which moulds to the body. Think of it as the body’s way of finding the most comfortable position in a new sleeping spot.

Don’t Give Up Too Soon

Not falling in love with your mattress immediate y does not mean you should give it up. Mattresses can sometimes be like a new pair of shoes. You need to break it in. Try out your mattress for a few weeks before reaching a conclusion that it is not what you expected.

If you do decide to exchange the mattress for another one, you will need to go through the adjustment period again. This is why retailers are so careful with educating consumers about when they should and should not give up on a mattress.

It is also why the industry standard has been to offer a ‘comfort guarantee’. Retailers offering guarantees from the 30-day mark are taking into account the adjustment period.

How did you deal with your adjustment period?

15 Mar

Yes – It’s National Bed Month Again

Welcome to the month of March. If you are in the bedding industry, you know what that means: we are now in the midst of National Bed Month. If you are not in the industry, you may not know that 2017 marks the 27th straight year of recognising National Bed Month in the UK. This is the month we talk about mattresses, sleeping, and all things beds. We are on board here at Beds Glasgow.

National Bed Month

So what exactly is National Bed Month? It is an annual campaign to help raise awareness of sleep-related issues and how these can be addressed through quality bedding. The campaign is a great educational opportunity inasmuch as many people don’t understand how poor quality bedding interrupts good sleep.

Do you follow our weekly blog posts? If so, you know our previous two posts listed signs suggesting you might be sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress without knowing it. Now consider the fact that longevity has a lot to do with whether the mattress you are sleeping on is comfortable. A high-quality mattress should last between 10 and 20 years before breaking down sufficiently enough to interrupt your sleep. Of course, you will pay more for quality.

Better Sleep Is Much Needed

From our perspective, there is another topic – sleep deprivation – that is just as important to talk about during National Bed Month as the quality of your mattress. Numerous studies over the last couple of years clearly show that kids are getting less sleep and suffering for it both physically and emotionally. And, unfortunately, they are learning bad sleep habits from parents who are not giving enough attention to good sleep.

If you are sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress, now would be a good time to replace it. But please pay attention to your sleep habits too. Make a point of establishing a routine bedtime, disconnect (turn off electronic devices) at least an hour before bed, and remove the TV from your bedroom. Make bedtime sleep time for at least 8 to 10 hours per night. You will be better off for it.

06 Mar

3 More Symptoms of an Uncomfortable Mattress

In a previous post, we addressed three symptoms of an uncomfortable mattress. All three were things you might experience without realising that you are suffering because you’re not comfortable when you are sleeping. We’ve decided to follow-up that post with three more symptoms.

Keep in mind that it is entirely possible to sleep on an uncomfortable mattress for months before figuring out that it is causing you problems. The six symptoms listed between these two blog posts are intended to help you work out if your mattress needs to be replaced.

3 More Symptoms of an Uncomfortable Mattress

1. You Are Gaining Weight

People who are not sleeping enough present a higher risk of gaining weight. This is due to two factors. First, a lack of restful sleep alters the chemical balance in the body and makes it more difficult for a person to feel full after eating. Second, sleep deprivation can lead to overeating as the body attempts to compensate for the lack of energy. If you are gaining weight inexplicably, it may be because you are not sleeping well.

2. You Are Forgetting Things

We all expect to experience minor memory issues as we age, but routinely forgetting things for no apparent reason is another matter altogether. Not getting enough sleep could be the culprit. Here’s the deal: sleep plays an important role in forming memories in the brain. If you’re not getting enough sleep, many of those memories that would otherwise take root do not. Both short- and long-term memory can be affected.

3. Your Libido Is Dropping

Restful sleep is essential to a healthy libido. Research has shown that not getting enough sleep can reduce the sex drive in both men and women. In men, it can even be a contributing factor to erectile dysfunction and low sperm count.

As you can see, restful sleep is essential to a lot of areas of everyday life. If you’ve noticed any of the six symptoms we’ve listed in our combined blog posts, take a second look at whether your mattress is behind them or not.

05 Mar

3 Symptoms of an Uncomfortable Mattress

Imagine seeing a television advert in which a spokes person asks if your bed mattress is really comfortable. You eventually come to the conclusion that you don’t really know. In fact, you’ve never thought about whether you’re comfortable enough in bed to get a good night’s sleep.

Sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress without knowing it is not that unusual. Most mattresses just at the verge of breaking down begin to make their occupants just uncomfortable enough to interrupt sleep yet not enough to make it obvious that a lack of comfort is the problem.

Symptoms of an Uncomfortable Mattress

Here are three symptoms that suggest you might be sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress:

1. You’re Drowsy During the Day

If you are uncomfortable in bed, you may doze off without ever falling into REM sleep. REM sleep is that deep sleep we all need. Finding yourself constantly drowsy during the day at least tells you you’re not getting enough restful sleep, and the reason may be the comfort of your mattress. You may be just comfortable enough to fall asleep but not enough to find that place of REM rest.

2. You Wake up with Back Pain

You don’t actually have to be restless all night to know you’re sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress. Waking up every morning with back pain is a good sign that your mattress is no longer providing the kind of support you need. Remember that a mattress should provide enough support to keep your spine and head properly aligned throughout the night. One that is beginning to break down doesn’t provide that support.

3. You Toss and Turn All Night

There are plenty of people who toss and turn all night, attributing their sleeping problems to stress or an inability to turn the brain off. Stress and thinking too much certainly can interrupt sleep. However, physical discomfort can have you tossing and turning without you even realising it. If you find yourself waking up multiple times during the night just to turn over, there’s a fairlystrong likelihood you’re not comfortable.