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20 Ways to get Better Sleep

We’re always being told that, in general, we don’t get enough sleep. Countless studies have been done on the length and quality of our sleep over the last few decades, and the results aren’t particularly positive. It seems that, on average, we’re getting less sleep and poorer quality sleep than even a few decades ago.

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There is a whole host of reasons for this, but mainly it seems to be an unfortunate by-product of our hectic modern lives. But you can fight back! Hopefully, these tips will help you catch those Zs easier and for longer.

  1. 1. Eat a light dinner, and stop eating three hours before you go to bed.
  2. 2. Make your bed! A less cluttered room is easier to relax in.
  3. 3. Exercise or take part in more active hobbies during the day so you’re more tired in the evening.
  4. 4. Cut out caffeine from your diet. 
  5. 5. Consider taking a nap, but avoid napping for too long! Some research shows we’re biologically programmed to nap during the daytime, so you needn’t feel guilty!
  6. 6. Exercise in the early evening (if you haven’t already).
  7. 7. Eat a light dinner, and don’t eat three hours before bed.
  8. 8. Try listening to white noise to sooth you into a deeper slumber – (here are some of the best white noise machines)
  9. 9. Don’t listen to anything particularly loud an hour before you go to bed.
  10. 10. Take a warm bath about an hour before you go to bed.
  11. 11. Make sure your bedroom is at the right temperature (between 23 and 12 degrees, but research suggests 18 degrees Celsius is the optimum temperature).
  12. 12. Have a cup of camomile tea before bed (why not add some honey too?)
  13. 13. Have a routine before bed (brushing teeth, getting into your pyjamas, etc.)
  14. 14. Make sure your room is as dark as possible. Maybe invest in some blackout curtains, or an eye mask.
  15. 15. Open your curtains in the morning to start your melatonin cycle (and at sundown, dim your lights to help with this cycle too).
  16. 16. Buy a plant for your bedroom (Aloe Vera, Lavender and Jasmine plants have all been shown to help improve sleep).
  17. 17. Aim for the optimum length of sleep (7 to 9 hours for adults).
  18. 18. Don’t use any electronic devices an hour before sleeping. The blue light emitted by their screens has a negative effect on your circadian rhythm.
  19. 19. Try breathing exercises to relax yourself.
  20. 20. Don’t get too much sleep! Although it might seem counter-intuitive, too much sleep can actually carry some health risks.

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Hopefully, these tips will help you get a better night’s sleep, so you wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead. Poor sleep or a lack of sleep can have a big effect on our ability to function. In fact, lack of sleep manifests itself in the same way as being drunk does. So, not the best way to make those big decisions of your day! But if you get a high quality 8 hours sleep, you’ll be ready to take on whatever challenges your day throws at you.

You’ll get a great nights sleep when you hire a bed from us. We hope this post brought some helpful insight so you can finally get the perfect night’s sleep you’ve always wanted. Let us know if you have anymore sleeping tips on our Twitter or Facebook – we would love to hear about them!

 

Choosing the Best Mattress Topper for your Bed – Pros & Cons of each topper type

The bed is the centrepiece of your room, the one place you make a beeline for at the end of a long day. For many, it’s even the highlight of their day!

That’s why it really makes sense to make your experience as comfortable as possible. If you own and old thrifty mattress and the money it tight the best way to freshen it up is adding a good mattress topper. Toppers can also be great if your bed is a little too hard for comfort or if you’d like some extra warmth in the winter.

Mattress toppers vs. pads and protectors

A mattress topper is an extra layer you roll onto your bed for added comfort. They provide additional support and help keep you nice and cozy during cold weather.

Just to be clear, a mattress topper is not the same thing as a mattress protector – the latter being a thin cover meant to keep out moisture, mildew, allergens, dust, and pests.

It’s also not quite the same as a mattress pad. Pads are usually thinner and perform much the same function as the mattress protector while still providing some comfort.

This is the first decision you’ll have to make – which of these is the best option for you, a topper or a pad? We found the dilemma clarified in detail in this topper and pad guide on TheSleepStudies.com who have worked with us to help create this expert guide on choosing the best topper for your bed.

How to Choose the Best Mattress Topper for your money

At any bed store, you’ll find hundreds of mattress toppers to choose from. They come in all shapes and sizes, which can often be quite daunting to tackle.

To save time, effort, and money on your part, let’s address the advantages and shortcoming of each type.

Latex Toppers

A form of rubber, latex can either be synthetic or natural Talalay (made from Hevea Brasiliensis tree sap).

Pros

  • Latex toppers can be very firm. This gives them high durability and can provide good support (especially useful for people who have joint or back problems).
  • Despite its firmness, latex has low transfer motion. This simply means you won’t be disturbed by your bedmate moving around.
  • Latex is also anti-microbial and for the most part, anti-allergenic.

Cons

  • A latex surface can trap heat, so lying down on it for a long time might feel very warm.
  • It may also feel too firm or too bouncy to some people’s tastes.
  • It won’t work for people allergic to rubber or latex.
  • For those concerned with green living, natural latex can be costly.

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

This chemically-enhance polyurethane returns to its shape after use. Because it conforms to your body it provides ample support and comfort. It also comes in a variety of densities and, opposed to what most people think, it’s very different from latex.

Pros

  • Never wrinkles or gets bent out of shape.
  • Soft surface for added comfort.
  • Provides ample support for arthritic joints and similar problems.
  • Memory foam reduces motion, so you won’t be bothered by your bedmate’s movement.

Cons

  • Over time, it may start feeling hot.
  • Memory foam is more expensive than other materials.
  • You may have a hard time turning or moving around in bed.

Polyester Blends

Also known as fiberfill, this is a synthetic material but feels like feather or down.

Pros

  • Very affordable.
  • Unlike other materials, does not carry an odor.
  • Feels like feathers but is non-allergenic.

Cons

  • Does not provide much support or cushioning.
  • Over time, it can feel hot.
  • It may get lumpy through use.
  • It may also flatten over time.

Feathers and down toppers

These are much like feather duvets, and while they are incredibly soft they do not offer much support.

Pros

  • Feathers feel very soft and comfortable
  • Because of the air in between them they do not trap heat.
  • Easy to move around in bed or turn over.
  • Feather toppers do not cost as much as latex or memory foam.

Cons

  • Feathers can cause allergic reactions
  • You will need to occasionally fluff them up as they tend to flatten over time.
  • Feather make noise when you move on them and can wake up a bedmate.
  • Watch out for feather shafts sticking out of the cover.

Wool

Made from the fleece of sheep, wool toppers are rarer but provide an outstanding level of comfort.

Pros

  • Wool toppers are soft and comfy.
  • Provide the right amount of temperature regardless of weather. They feel cool in summer yet warm in winter.
  • Easy to move around in bed.
  • Wool is a highly durable material and wool toppers can last years.
  • Wool is antimicrobial. It is also hypoallergenic except for those allergic to wool.

Cons

  • Wool toppers are expensive and difficult to find.
  • New toppers may smell like sheep, at least at first.

A small price to pay for nice place to lay

While purely optional, mattress toppers are a great way to bring additional comfort to your bed. Hopefully this list gave you an idea of what topper best suits your taste. It’s a relatively small expense for the essential need of a good night’s rest.