The Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every seven years, depending on how comfortable or supportive it feels. There are a variety of factors that can affect how you’re your mattress needs to be replaced: including, how you sleep on it, how well you take care of it, and how often it’s rotated.
A good rule of thumb is that if you’d be ashamed to let your friends or neighbours see your mattress – if it’s stained, sagging or otherwise looks worn out – it’s probably time to replace it. But it’s far more accurate to listen to your body. Ask yourself the following questions: if you ask mainly yes, it could be time to go mattress shopping.
We all know it’s far more relaxing to sleep on a new, supportive and comfortable mattress than an older, worn out model. However, if the promise of a better night’s sleep isn’t enough to tempt you into buying a new mattress, there are heath implications if you’re consistently sleeping on a mattress that’s too old.
The most obvious sign your mattress is past its best is when it begins to look and feel saggy. You might think this only happens to sprung mattresses, but the truth of the matter is, foam mattresses will also become misshapen over time, causing them to sag in some places, and feel lumpy in others.
If your mattress is uneven in this way, it won’t support your body correctly, meaning you don’t get the refreshing night’s sleep you need – but also potentially causing persistent neck, back and joint pain – that may need medical attention if not addressed.
Many dust mites and small spiders feed on the dead skin cells we all shed as we sleep, making old mattresses an attractive home for them.
Although insects are natural, and there’s nothing inherently harmful about them, it’s not very nice to think about! Some of us may be allergic to these bugs without realising it, resulting in painful and itchy bites if we sleep on a mattress that’s too old.
Bed bugs are also often found in old mattresses. They cause itchy red bites, and can often be seen congregating on the mattress seam – so if you think you might have them, it’s crucial to replace your mattress as soon as possible, since this is the only way to get rid of them – and they spread quickly, to other mattresses in your home – but also potentially to any other bed you sleep in.
If your bedroom is damp, your mattress could be full of mould. Although most strains are harmless, they can trigger allergic reactions in an unlucky few. If you often find yourself waking up coughing or wheezing, with watery, itchy eyes, or itchy dry skin, you could be experiencing a reaction to mould – and it’s probably time to replace your mattress.
Something slightly less harmless that could be living inside your old mattress is bacteria and fungi. An old mattress is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria: dark, warm and humid. Studies have shown that some older, poorly looked after mattresses can contain strains such as norovirus and even MRSA – which can be extremely harmful to our heath.
Once you’ve replaced your mattress with a supportive, bug and bacteria free model, you’ll want to keep it that way as long as possible. Here are a few tips to maximise the life of your mattress:
The right mattress and a good quality bed frame are the foundation for a good night’s sleep, but for many of us, even the most comfortable bed doesn’t guarantee a restful night. And if you’re not sleeping well, you’re not alone! A 2012 survey found that 70% of us don’t feel we’re getting enough sleep: that’s a lot of tossing and turning!
You might think that not sleeping enough isn’t a big deal – after all, a bit of coffee in the morning and most of us are on our way, even after only a few hours of shut-eye. But in reality, poor sleep can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health.
Studies have shown that continually going without enough sleep can increase your risk of developing diseases such as breast cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. And the toll of an irregular sleep pattern can even make it more likely that you’ll be overweight or obese, due to low serotonin and melatonin levels leading to an increase in cravings for sugary foods and simple carbohydrates.
All our bodies are different, but most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep a night. You might be able to get by on a little less, or need a little more, depending on your biology and lifestyle. As long as you wake up feeling well rested most of the time, you’re probably getting enough sleep.
As we age, our sleep patterns change and we may find ourselves getting less sleep – this isn’t because our bodies need to sleep less in old age, but rather because it’s more likely we’ll suffer from disturbed sleep as we get older.
The good news is, there’s no law that says all our sleep has to be taken in one chunk! So if you’re consistently getting 5 hours of sleep per night, it’s perfectly healthy to take a nap in the afternoon if you have the opportunity.
Most of us see insomnia as a chronic condition where the sufferer sleeps very rarely, or for a very short amount of time, to the point where they need to seek medical help. But in actual fact, insomnia simply is defined as being awake when you want (or need!) to be asleep – and one in three of us have it!
You could be suffering from insomnia if:
More than three times a week on a regular basis. And/or:
The ideal sleep temperature is different for everyone, but as a rule, most of us will sleep well if the room is between 16-18C and free of draughts. Too-hot temperatures can make you restless, and if your room is too cold or draughty you’ll find it difficult to nod off – so layer up with extra blankets and thick socks if your house runs cold!
When our bodies sense light, they assume it’s time to start the day – which is why so many of us are woken up early in the summer months by sunlight streaming through the window. Install thick curtains or blackout blinds – or simply wear an eye mask to ensure you sleep well.
There’s nothing wrong with watching TV in the evening or using your phone or computer before bed – but try to limit these activities to the living room. Your bedroom should be a place of rest and relaxation only: gadgets can hinder your sleep. Especially since mobile phones and computers both give off blue light, suppressing melatonin and making it hard to get to sleep.
Not everyone likes complete silence when they’re falling asleep, and soft, repetitive sounds or ‘white noise’ can aid sleep. But sudden, loud or ongoing noise is a huge culprit in keeping us awake – so wear earplugs if you live in a noisy area, and try not to fall asleep with the TV on as if the tone or level of your background noise changes it may wake you.
Even if your bedding is comfortable, your room is dark, quiet and cool, and you’ve left the gadgets outside, if you’re not fully relaxed, you may find it difficult to sleep. Try having a sleep routine to help you wind down from the day and trigger sleep mechanisms. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same times every day – even on weekends – to teach your body it’s time to sleep once it gets to a certain time. A hot bath and/or non-caffeinated drink an hour before bed can help achieve this, as can swapping scrolling through your phone for a chapter of a good book.
Councils are warning people not to buy mattresses from door-to-door sellers.
The Local Government Association – which represents councils in England and Wales – said some “scam traders” were selling dirty mattresses that had been thrown away.
Others were importing them without the proper safety certificates. The mattresses are then repackaged – often in branded wrapping.
Some sellers pretend a local hotel is selling them after ordering too many.
Councils across England have dealt with mis-sold mattresses:
Devon and Somerset Trading Standards said it had received 20 complaints about mattress scams in the first half of the year – up from just two in the same period in 2014
In April, Dorset County Council prosecuted a man for possessing 213 mattresses that failed fire safety tests
In March, Enfield Council successfully prosecuted a father and son for using fake “Dreams” trademarks
Councils in Norfolk and Wiltshire have both received three complaints about mattress sellers this year
One of the fake mattresses seized by Enfield CouncilI
One of the fake-branded mattresses seized by Enfield Council
Simon Blackburn, the chairman of the LGA’s safer and stronger communities board, said: “These fly-by-night sellers don’t care about the risks these mattresses pose, they just want to make a quick buck and leave you with phoney details so they can’t be traced.
“These mattresses may be described as memory foam but are carefully wrapped so you have no idea what you are buying.
“They generally fail fire safety tests and are often worn-out, dirty and unhygienic items destined for the tip.
“Anyone offered a cheap mattress on their doorstep should not buy one.”
Always buy mattresses from a reputable retailer, even better when they carry the national bed federation (NBF) logo showing its been made by an approved UK bed and mattress manufacturer.
We love the summer here at FD Beds. Long, warm evenings, BBQ’s with friends and family, picnics in the sun – what’s not to love? Well one part of the summer that isn’t as lovable is bedtime. We’ve all been there – tossing and turning at all hours stuck to the sheets? Being too hot to sleep is horrible, and it can leave you feeling exhausted, irritable and worn out the next day – meaning you can’t enjoy the summer sun during the daylight hours!
But fear not- we are here to ease your summer sleeping habits with our Blu Cool Memory Foam™! This is no ordinary memory foam, its unique properties ensure that it does not retain body heat. This means that while it still provides the same unique properties of memory foam, it does so without the heat.
Research shows that there seems to be an ideal temperature for sleep and when this temperature is very high, it can take you longer to fall asleep, and once sleep is achieved, it is more likely to be disturbed. With a Blu Cool Memory Foam™ mattress you are much more likely to keep you core temperature from rising as you mattress will no retain your body heat. This allows for a much more settled and better quality sleep!
So what are you waiting for?! Don’t let the hot summer evening affect your sleep and spoil you summer. Call us on: 01455 200 111 for more information about our Blu Cool Memory Foam™.
Other tips for keeping cool during hot summer nights-
Choose cotton sheets – Light bed linens made of lightweight cotton are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.
Drink plenty – Drink lots and lots or ice-water and keep some with you and in the fridge over night for a refreshing cool down.
Cold water bottles – During the summer fill your hot water bottle and stick it in the freezer to create a bed-friendly ice pack!
Cold sheets – You can effectively cool down a whole room by hanging a cold wet sheet in front of an open window. The breeze blowing in will help to bring down the room’s temperature
We know that when purchasing a new bed, or any piece of furniture for that matter, waiting around for 8-10 weeks can be a real annoyance. Whether your mattress is damaged and unusable, or you are moving into a new unfurnished home, if you are in need of a new mattress quickly, FD Beds are here to help!
We now have a collection of divan beds and mattresses available from our store for express collection! The majority of this fantastic collection will be ready for collection the very next day – and we may even have some ready the very same day!
We can offer this amazing service as we manufacture from our own factory. What’s more, we also have a very popular range of mattresses that can be easily collected in any car as they are vacuum packed and so effortlessly transportable.
We are proud to be leading UK manufacturers and suppliers of divan beds, leather, wooden and metal beds, bunk beds and mattresses!
Our showroom is based in Barwell, near Hinckley, so if you live around – Hinckley, Leicester, Coalville, Nuneaton, Coventry, Solihull, Leamington Spa, Sutton Coldfield, Rugby, Tamworth and Lichifield, you are under 30 minutes away from collecting a bed or mattress!
If you are in need of a mattress quickly, but don’t want to scrimp on quality, you know where to come! This amazing service is available from Monday to Friday. Please do not hesitate to call us on 01455 200 100 to find out more!
You may have guessed but we think beds are great. After a long hard day we all dream of getting into our nice cosy beds and forgetting all our troubles. We have literally hundreds of bed to choose from here, and we’ve been thinking about different styles of beds and how they have come to exist. We’ve compiled this list of some regular and some more unusual style beds and where they come from. We hope you find it interesting –
The Japanese Futon
A futon is traditional Japanese bedding made up essentially of a padded mattresses and quilts, which can be folded up and stored away during the day. This style of bedding exists to allow the room to serve purposes other than as a bedroom during the daytime. The popularity of the futon in the eighties and nineties drew attention to the simplicity of Japanese style. We associate Japanese style with this simple low level sleeping, and futon style beds are still popular throughout the Western world. Futons are thought to be good for body and mind as they are thin, which means they’re usually harder than a firm western mattress. Japanese people believe that a soft bed makes your body soft.
The humble Divan
A divan bed is the most popular and uncomplicated style of bed there is – and there are numerous varieties to choose from. In effect a divan is a simple box base on to which you add a bed mattress. There are two types of divan base available. A pocket sprung divan which has springs in the base which offers a softer top and extra comfort. A platform top divan has a simple hard top and gives firmer feel, though the overall firmness of the bed will depend on the mattress. We pride ourselves on the wide range of quality Divans we have on offer.
The four-poster bed
For centuries, the bed has been a sign of wealth – the richer the man, the better the bed. To this day people still aspire to owning a four poster bed for their luxurious feel and grand appearance. Introduced in the 15th century it features vertical columns in each corner that support an upper panel. There are a number of antique four-poster beds in existence dating to the 16th century and earlier, many of which are highly ornate.
When we think of a hammock we usually picture a desert island, palm trees and a stretching coastline, but they were actually developed by native inhabitants of Central and South America for sleeping. A hammock is essentially a sling made of fabric that is suspended between two points and is used for swinging, resting or sleeping. They were used as beds on ships by sailors to provide a comfortable place to sleep while maximising space. They were also used by explorers or soldiers travelling in wooded areas as comfortable above-ground beds. These days they are popular around the world for relaxation and are commonly used as a lightweight bed on camping trips.
The Bunk bed
The ingenious result of stacking one bed frame on top of another, allowing two or more people to sleep in the same room while maximizing available floor space. They are most commonly used in places where bed space needs to be maximized, such as dormitories, hostels, children’s bedrooms, prison cells, or university halls of residence. A variation of the bunk bed is the loft bed which is elevated like a bunk bed, but without the lower bed freeing floor space for other furniture. Bunk beds also originate from ships where they were used to maximize space.
The Water Bed
A form of waterbed was invented in the early 19th century by the Scottish physician Neil Arnott to prevent bedsores harming the disabled or ill. It comprised a bath of water and a rubber canvas covering, on which bedding was placed. Arnott did not patent it which meant anyone to make a bed with this design. The modern waterbed was created by Charles Prior Hall in 1968. The water bed shapes exactly to the body which can help to minimise pressure on the joints and removes pressure from the spine.
Remember, we are leading UK manufacturers and suppliers of divan beds, leather, wooden and metal beds, bunk beds and mattresses from our showroom based in Barwell near Hinckley. If you’re in need of a new bed, look no further! Visit us today.
Find yourself struggling to get to sleep? We all know that too much caffeine can drastically affect your sleeping patterns and rumours suggest that a late night snack of cheese on toast can lead to nightmares, but some foods and ingredients can actually aid a good night of sleep.
Changing your mattress after a 6-8 year ownership and bed frame after a lengthy amount of time will help you sleep more comfortably with more support for your body, but the right ingredients can support your mind.
Here FD Beds explore just some everyday foods that could help you sleep tonight:
Bananas are rich in potassium and contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan, which is triggered by darkness and has been proven to promote relaxation.
As if anyone needs an excuse to eat chocolate. However, believe it or not, dark chocolate can help you get to sleep due to its ingredient serotonin which has many health benefits including relaxation for your body and mind.
Containing magnesium which promotes muscle relaxation and proteins which stable bloody sugar a handful of almonds an hour before bed will switch you from an alert cycle to a rested-and-digested cycle ready for bed.
Whether consumed as a fruit juice or whole, cherries boost the body’s supply of natural melatonin which has been proven to help people with insomnia following a study of people suffering with insomnia who drank a cup of cherry juice twice daily.
Apparently responsible for the increase in glycine chemical levels in the body, which relaxes nerves and muscles, drinking camomile herbal tea before you sleep could help you fall into a deeper sleep faster.
Full of natural sugar, honey raises natural insulin which makes more of a way for amino acid tryptophan to enter the brain. Mix a teaspoon with camomile tea for a rested night of sleep.
Looking to make sure that your sleeping environment is at its most optimum levels before the stress of Christmas shopping and festivities arrive? Browse our website for a full range of mattresses of various supports and bed frames in an array of styles or pop into our Leicestershire showroom.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club has won the 2014 LV= County Championship. Liam Plunkett, Andrew Hodd, Richard Pyrah, Dan Hodgson and Moin Ashraf, members of the winning team, aid their recovery by sleeping on a FD Beds Sports Therapy mattress.
It has been a particularly successful season for Richard Pyrah who secured the club the County Championship with the winning catch. The club has also awarded Richard with A Benefit Year in 2015.
FD Beds Sports Therapy mattresses are specifically designed for anyone with an active lifestyle, from professionals to an amateur sports people. At the centre of each of the mattresses is a multi-zone foam unit with individual castellated comfort cells which create air channels. These enhance ventilation and airflow while cooling the mattress. This unique combination promotes therapeutic sleep by alleviating pressure points and easing aches and pains.
For further information on FD Beds’ Sports Therapy collection, please call 01455 200 111 or click here.
The ability to get a good night’s sleep shouldn’t come down to hints and tips, but sometimes when the events of daily life get in the way such as work commitments, social engagements and stress it can be easy to forget how to turn off and get a rested sleep.
Essential for good physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, the consequences of not getting little or poor quality levels of sleep can be overwhelming, upsetting hormones, appetite and can even lead to medical conditions such as obesity and heart disease.
With this in mind FD Beds have put together a quick reminder of how to ensure you get not only a good night of sleep but a rested one too:
The right mattress
Remember the story of Goldilocks and the three bears? It took two attempts before she found a bed that was just right.
Just like Goldilocks, finding a decent mattress isn’t as clear cut as just picking the right one. To add to the mix, there are a diverse range of mattress materials, firmness and designs to choose from and if you’re not sure what benefits each has, then how can you reap the benefits? From latex, memory foam, right through to pocket spring, the choices are limitless.
Try a few out, pay close attention to the way you sleep and particular areas of your body that need more support.
Similarly if your mattress is older than 10 years, lumps and bumps could’ve made an appearance and it could be time to upgrade.
The right pillow
Pillows should ideally be replaced every two years as over time a build up of old skin cells; mould and dust mites could be present.
These day pillows have plenty of different softness levels meaning that you can tailor yours to support common problems such as back, neck and shoulder pain.
Bear in mind that a good pillow will align your head with your shoulders making sleeping less of a strain on your joins and vertebrae.
Varied fillings should also be tried and tested to see if they suit you, such as hypoallergenic fillings for those who are vulnerable to sneezing and natural fibres for temperature efficient sleeping.
The mood of your bedroom will be key in creating the perfect sanctuary to relax and recharge. Make sure that your bedroom only contains essentials such as a bed, bedroom furniture, and curtains/black out blinds while remaining uncluttered.
If you store work papers or have a television in your room this will distract you and lead your mind to wander.
Consider wearing an eye mask and switching on mood music to de-clutter your own mind.
When the lights are off a bedroom should be dark, quiet and cool.
When skin is warm it help s to reduce the rate your blood circulates around your body, cooling your body down and in turn helping you get a better night of sleep. If you usually sleep naked in bed consider wearing lightweight pyjamas which aren’t too tight and restrictive but aren’t too loose to irritate skin.
If you do wear pyjamas, ensure that they are made from natural materials which allow your skin to breathe with ease and not sweat or over heat at night.
The inability to sleep, or insomnia feeds on the minute details of life from relationship troubles to money worries and thoughts of the last television programme you watched.
The soft blue light which emits from mobile phones, laptops, tablets, digital clocks and televisions can be an ingredient in the meal that insomnia eats as the short waves of blue artificial light emitted by these technologies can interfere with sleep even with your eyes closed.
Research conducted by the National centre for Biotechnology Information has shown that exposure to artificial light suppresses t he production of melatonin which controls sleeping and waking cycles meaning that a reduction in the hormones therefore associated with sleeplessness.
Avoid artificial light at least 30 minutes before bed.
AT FD Beds, we specialise in peaceful and rested nights of sleep. Browse our website, contact us or visit out Barwell, Leicestershire showroom to see how we can help you have sweet dreams.
It is official: September marks the start of the most stressful period of the year.
To many of us this will not be very surprising news, after all September is the beginning of the academic new year for children, teenagers, and students. This means that it is also the start of the year for employees in the education sector as well as thousands of people who are starting a new job as many employers choose to recruit staff in this month.
For students and teachers in particular, they have just finished a relaxing 6-week break (longer for those who have completed their GCSEs) and so the thought of having to wait 3 months for their next holiday feels like a lifetime.
As the next few months are considered to be a build up to Christmas, needing to save up money for the festive season is another thing that begins to weigh on the mind.
A recent study conducted by the Sleep Council concluded that nearly 90% of people admitted to suffering from stress-related issues with almost 40% identifying themselves as being regularly or constantly stressed.
75% of those surveyed stated that problems with stress caused them to have difficulty sleeping, and unfortunately a vicious cycle could come into play as almost a third of those surveyed said that difficulties getting to sleep instigated increased levels of stress.
You too might be finding that you are struggling to get to sleep. If you have tried sleeping in different positions, temperatures, and even different rooms in your home then you might feel at a loss to identify how you can get to sleep more easily.
Furthermore, it may be beginning to take a toll on your professional (or school) life because a lack of sleep almost always leads to a drop in concentration levels. Particularly if you are still learning at school or university, you need a good level sleep to help you focus and study as effectively as possible.
So what are some of the key things that you should do to help you de-stress and sleep more easily?
Exercising helps you to de-stress because it is a simple way to let off steam, stretch your body, and release tension. In addition to the many physical advantages of exercise, experts have found that it releases chemicals in your brain that help you to feel good.
Physical movements also enable you to get your heart beating faster and perspire to the extent that by the time you go to bed your body is exhausted and so sleep comes much more naturally.
Sometimes we feel that doing exercise is wasting time that we should be dedicating to getting our work done. However, allowing your body to stretch will mean that you will get to sleep more quickly and have a lot more energy to throw into your work the next day.
Watch What You Eat
Like exercise, what you eat can affect your mood, concentration, and overall happiness. Not only do we feel very guilty and down about ourselves following a binge on junk food, it is also very low in nutritional value but high in calories which means that it can cause you to feel bloated, unhealthy, and generally depressed.
A simple, healthy diet can reduce stress as it avoids the highs and come downs that are produced by lots of caffeine or sugar-intensive foods. If you are a regular drinker of wine, you might be amazed that by cutting down on it you will not only notice your weight reducing but you will feel a lot more refreshed following a sleep and therefore less exhausted during the day.
Make a Plan
Sometimes it feels as though there is so much to do that we are never going to get to where we need to be or achieve what is required – and this can cause anxiety particularly in the night when there is little else to distract you. However, just by making a simple plan you can feel less lost and more focused on achieving your goals.
Whether you are planning to gain a promotion, to present a project at work / school, or even to lose weight – the first step should always be a thorough, detailed plan that you can look at in the morning, follow, and ultimately complete.
Planning prevents thoughts from becoming stress and instead transforms them into action.
Invest in the Right Bedroom Furniture
For you to organise yourself and feel motivated in the morning you need to have had a good night’s sleep. As we have discussed, there are lots of reasons that cause troubles sleeping, the main one being stress; and unfortunately stress can prevent sleeping and so the cycle continues.
If you have slept in the same bed for years –or if you recently moved into a new bed but have had other things on your mind such as getting used to a new home – then you may not have noticed that the mattress you are sleeping on is not actually very comfortable.
Sleeping on the right mattress is imperative to a good night’s sleep – you need to feel as comfortable as possible from the moment you get into bed.
At FD Beds we specialise in beds and can find the right one for you, whether you need a new memory foam one that will mould itself to suit you or a pocket sprung mattress for extra luxury in the night.
Whatever you need, our friendly staff will help you to find the perfect bed to assist you in a peaceful night and a stress-free day.
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