We know how important sleep is, and although a top-quality bed is a great start in getting a restful night, there are a variety of factors that keep us Brits tossing and turning!
The Sleep Council has recently released its 2017 Great British Bedtime Report – aiming to shed some light on the nation’s sleeping habits. An off-shoot of the National Bed Federation, the Sleep Council aims to promote the physical and mental benefits of a good night’s sleep, and understanding how people sleep is a huge part of this.
Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council said: “It is the first time we have ever undertaken such wide-ranging benchmark consumer research, and being able to compare this year’s data against that produced in 2013 really helps to set the nation’s changing sleep habits into context”.
One key takeaway from the report is that we’re increasingly turning to the bottle to help us nod off: Men are more likely to use alcohol to help them drift off than women, and 45-54-year-olds’ are the biggest culprits when it comes to having a nightcap. But in total, 25% of respondents said they use alcohol to help them get to sleep, compared to just 16% back in 2013.
This is a worrying trend: not only because of the health risks associated with increased alcohol consumption, but, although it seems to help you get to sleep, alcohol can actually disrupt your REM cycle – reducing the overall quality of your sleep and often causing you to wake up earlier than you otherwise would have.
And this is reflected in the fact that we’re not getting as much sleep as before: 74% of us now sleep less than seven hours a night, with most us sleeping between 5 and 7 hours, and 12% getting fewer than 5 hours a night: up 5% from 2013!
The couple that sleeps together doesn’t necessarily stay together, as there’s an increasing trend for sleeping in separate bedrooms. In 2013, just 8% of those surveyed said they slept in a separate room to their partner – but in 2017 this has risen to 12% sleeping apart every night, and 24% sleeping apart at least some of the time.
It’s not just separate bedrooms, either. We’re also turning to bigger beds to get a bit of space from our sleep partners: with the number of respondents who own a king-sized bed jumping 12% – up to 32%. However, figures show that 47% are still sleeping in a standard double.
Over the last few years, the role technology plays in our quality of sleep and the stress of being always connected have both been discussed as public health issues – with France even making it illegal to ask employees to check their work emails after-hours! So it’s encouraging to see that less of us are bringing technology into the bedroom, or doing work when they should be sleeping.
Although the number of those checking social media before bed rose slightly (from 8% to 9%), checking emails has more than halved: from 14% to 6% – must be that French influence! And the number of people that report watching TV in bed has fallen too: from 38% to 30%, while those using a laptop or tablet in bed is down from 12% to 8% – and a surprising 38% of those polled said that they don’t keep a smartphone in their bedroom at all: encouraging statistics, as Lisa Artis put it, “TVs, laptops and games consoles all have a significant impact on our sleeping habits and using a gadget just before bed makes it harder to switch off mentally and wind down.”
We should spend as much as a third of our lives sleeping, to keep ourselves physically and mentally healthy. But sadly, almost half of us say stress is keeping us up. 25% report ‘partner disturbance’ as the thing that has them tossing and turning (perhaps this explains the trend for separate rooms and bigger beds) and 13% say that an uncomfortable bed leaves them unable to sleep.
“Bedtime should be a place where you can switch off, forget about the busyness of the day and relax. We can all suffer from worry and anxieties from time to time, but if its creating unhealthy sleeping habits, people should take action and get the peaceful night’s sleep they deserve.” – Lisa Artis, The Sleep Council
The stereotype goes that women are bigger worriers than men, so perhaps unsurprisingly, 51% of women find themselves up all night due to stress, compared to just 39% of men. And it could be money worries for some of us, since the survey found those who earn more are also prone to sleep more: 71% of those with a household income between £80,000 and £100,000 sleep on average more than six hours per night, whist 50% of those who earn under £10,000 sleep less than six; which could have a knock-on effect, since 23% of those polled say that a bad night’s sleep has a negative impact on their work performance, and 55% claim to feel more ready to ‘face the day’ if they’d slept well the night before.
If you’re finding it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, we’ve put together some tips to ensure you wake up feeling refreshed and well rested. Or take a look at the Sleep Council website, where you can find helpful advice on how to improve sleep quality.
The Sleep Council Great British Bedtime Report was conducted by questioning a sample of 5,002 people between 27 December 2016 and 4 January 2017 via an online survey, ensuring a similar sample to those questioned in 2013.
Great sleep starts with a great bed. But why is sleep so important? We’ve partnered with The National Bed Federation and Sleep Council to promote the physical and mental health benefits of a good night’s sleep, by answering a few common questions – and sharing some sleep facts you might not know.
It might seem like our bodies are simply ‘powering down’ for the night so that we’re not tired the next day, but sleep is actually crucial for our body and mind in many ways.
Anyone who’s suffered from insomnia, or even just had to get up early after a sleepless night, will know first-hand how important sleep is for our well-being. Not only does it restore energy and help us avoid exhaustion, but sleep repairs our bodies and refresh our muscles. And equally as importantly, as we sleep our brains take the opportunity to organise and store thoughts and memories from the day before.
We know that sleep refreshes our bodies and minds, providing energy for the day ahead. But sleep has a lot of hidden benefits you may not know about: we’ve picked out a few of the best ones, to inspire you to get an early night!
There’s a reason people tell you to ‘sleep on it’ when you’ve got a tough decision to make. Getting enough sleep is the best way to ensure you brain is firing on all cylinders, boosting your creativity and helping you to think well, so that you find the right solution to your problem.
If you find it difficult to say no to the office biscuit tin, it could be because you’re not sleeping enough. Studies have shown that people eat almost 300 fewer calories a day when they’re well rested. This is because the part of the brain that controls sleep also helps control appetite and metabolism. When you don’t get enough sleep, your hormones are out of whack: you make more hunger hormones, and less leptin – which tells you when you’re full.
While you’re sleeping, your brain is busy sorting through the new information you learned that day. The longer you sleep for, the more time it has to decide what to keep hold of, and what to forget. If you’re trying to learn something important, a good night’s sleep increases your chances of retaining it.
You’ve probably heard that adults need around 8 hours of sleep a day, and although this is a good baseline, we all have slightly different requirements. You’ll need different amounts of sleep throughout different stages of your life, depending on lifestyle, health and environmental factors. Listen to your body: You may find yourself consistently feeling refreshed after less than 8 hours – or it could take a little more shut-eye for you to be firing on all cylinders.
Sleep is split into Non-Rapid Eye Movement sleep, which is divided into three stages (NREM 1, 2 and 3) and Rapid Eye Movement sleep (REM). We cycle through these four stages throughout the night, starting with NREM 1 – which is a light sleep we can be easily woken from, and ending with REM sleep; the stage of sleep where we dream (this is why you can often remember your dreams as soon as you wake up). We need around one and a half hour of each stage to wake up feeling fully refreshed.
If you consistently wake feeling groggy despite having an uninterrupted night’s sleep, you’re probably not sleeping for long enough to experience all four stages. And if you find yourself feeling particularly drowsy and disorientated when you wake, it’s likely your alarm is going off during NREM 3 – a deeper stage of sleep, which is difficult to wake up from.
If possible, try sleeping for longer to ensure you’re getting all four stages in. Allow yourself to wake up naturally, or in a gentler way, so as not to interrupt NREM 3. There are even apps that monitor your movement throughout the night to determine when you’re no longer in deep sleep, and wake you (within a specified window) at the point where you’ll feel most refreshed.
Feeling consistently tired, napping during the day and constantly reaching for caffeinated drinks are the most obvious clues you’re not sleeping enough. You might also find yourself becoming more irritable, short tempered and unreasonable, or have trouble focusing on and remembering things that usually come easily to you.
Finally, although this seems counter-intuitive, one symptom of not enough sleep is actually insomnia – trouble falling or staying asleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping, The Sleep Council has some great resources to help you into the Land of Nod: from making sure your bedroom is a restful environment, to creating your perfect sleep routine.
Are you finding it hard to sleep at night?
No matter how comfortable your bed is, if your bedroom isn’t relaxing it can be difficult to drift off. Clutter, unnecessary distractions and even the wrong coloured walls can all prevent you from having a peaceful night.
So if you’re finding it hard to nod off and would like to transform your bedroom into a sanctuary for restful sleep, we’ve got a few tips to help you out.
The first step to making your bedroom more relaxing is getting rid of unnecessary objects, as a messy room can make it harder for your brain to switch off.
But decluttering can conjure up images of consigning your beloved possessions to the dustbin, or giving them to a charity shop – which many of us find difficult. If you like to hang on to things you love, try investing in some storage for your bedroom so that things you don’t often use are easily accessible but aren’t cluttering up your bedroom. We think an ottoman bed is a great shout, to maximise that under-bed storage area and keep your possessions close to hand.
Focus on only having things you use on a daily basis out in your bedroom, and keeping the rest in another room, or out of sight so it can be out of mind when you’re trying to sleep! Utilising bedside tables, the space above wardrobes and using dividers to make the most of your drawer space are all great ways to keep on top of the clutter.
A consistent nightly routine can send signals to your brain that it’s time to go to sleep. It’s up to you how you do this, but we recommend keeping everything you need for your chosen routine on your bedside table, (for example, a book, scented candle, glass of water) and consigning everything else to a drawer will make the space beside your bed feel calm and ensure you don’t forget to follow your routine! And adding a plant or fresh flowers to your bedside table will release oxygen and purify the air, helping you relax as you try to sleep.
We’re all constantly switched on these days, and it can be all too easy to check emails, update social media, or even do a bit of work in bed – and if you work from home or have limited space, you may even have a desk in your room.
But if you come to associate your bedroom with activities other than sleep and relaxation, it’ll be harder to switch off when it’s time to sleep. And what’s more, the blue light emitted by most electronic screens can trick our brains into thinking it’s daylight, keeping us up for longer. Ideally, enforce a ‘no electronics in the bedroom’ rule, but if that’s not practical, try to at least stop using them an hour before you want to sleep.
You might have a great bed and comfortable mattress, but it might not matter if your bedding isn’t right. Try and stay away from synthetic materials when it comes to sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers; instead, opt for breathable natural materials; thread count is a good guideline, but it’s more important that you like the way they feel.
Additionally, although you might like the look of beaded or sequinned pillows, lace ruffles on your duvet cover or other embellishments on your bedding, these can often be itchy, scratchy or stiff – not what you need when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep! Plain, good quality bedding and blankets will last longer and allow you to sleep in comfort.
A new lick of paint can transform your bedroom. Although bold colours might brighten up the rest of the house, in the bedroom, muted pastels and neutral colours make for a far more calming and restful atmosphere. If you want to add an accent colour, mix it up with cushions, a headboard and other accessories.
There is always a huge debate when people discuss the subject of how much sleep they need. For some it is a bit of a macho competition for who needs the least sleep. Others’ have to cut back on sleep to manage the amount of work they need to complete. Those who work shifts have other factors that affect how long and when they sleep. Also, some people confuse the sleep they need versus the sleep they can get by with.
It is pretty well established that a good night’s sleep plays an important part in our feeling good and our well-being.
Well Yes and No. There has been a lot of research into the need of the human being to have sleep. The University of California found that there are some people who only need 6 hours sleep a night and function normally. These people only form a small part of the population, about 3%.
In order to function at an optimum level and allow your body to recover correctly, then a good night’s sleep is an important factor in our well-being. The more you cut back on your sleep, the more you will cease to feel energetic and will not operate at your best. Sleep is a fundamental part, like nutrition and exercise that we need to manage to have a good quality of life. Losing just one hour’s sleep a night can affect the way you function. It is also a fallacy that you can make up lost sleep by “having a lie-in” at weekends. Because it is, in effect, disturbing your sleep rhythms you are not helping at all.
The average human takes between 10-30 minutes to actually fall asleep. Despite common misconception, sleep is not a continuous process. We tend to sleep in blocks of deep and near waking. These sleep cycles tend to last about 90 minutes.
For most people, a good night’s sleep will be between 5 and 6 of these sleep cycles. Different ages need differing amounts of sleep. When newly born, babies need anything between 12 and 18 hours sleep a day. This gradually reduces as they grow into children. The average adult needs roughly between 7½ and 9 hours sleep. We all know that teenagers seem to need a lot more sleep, well the reality is that this is true – between 8½ and 10 hours sleep.
One of the most important factors in getting a better night’s sleep is having a routine. So having a regular bedtime, waking up time and having a comfortable place to sleep will all contribute to a more effective lifestyle. In the ideal world, you would let yourself wake up naturally without an alarm clock. However, there is a reality that we all have to get up for work. It is difficult to think that your boss would accept an excuse for being late for work of “well I was just completing my natural sleep cycle”! One great tip is to take a snooze during the day to make up for sleep lost.
It is always advisable to reserve your bed for sleeping in. The use of television, a book to go to sleep with or doing work in bed will not help you. It also helps to avoid alcohol, caffeine, drinking too much fluid and big meals before you go to bed.
Make sure that you have a comfortable bed and mattress. This will vary depending on your size, weight, back problems, amount of exercise you do as part of your lifestyle. Having the wrong bed and mattress will mean that you wake up with aches and pains, have disturbed sleep or have trouble getting to sleep because of lack of comfort. It is not a magic cure in itself, but is an important factor to get right.
If you are tall and your legs hang off the end of the bed, then you are not going to e comfortable and sleep well. We always advise that a bed should be between 4 to 6 inches longer than your body. If 2 of you are sleeping in the same bed, then there needs to be room for you both to be comfortable. Both need to be able to turn over without unduly disturbing the other. Again we advise that if you both lie on your back with your hands behind your head, your elbows should not touch.
Take a look at some of our beds and mattresses to see how FD Beds can help you answer the question “How much sleep do I need” so you get a good night’s sleep at a great price – click here.
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
So a lot of us will know what it’s like to work nine till five, but have any of you ever considered sleeping it? No, we don’t mean 9am – 5pm, but rather sleeping 9pm – 5am. Not something you had considered? No, neither had we. That was until we came across a few articles suggesting we should…
According to this article, the best way to optimise your productivity and boost your energy levels is by getting an early night! Celebrities like Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow, and other successful women like COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg, are all tucked up in bed before 9pm, waking up in the early hours.
Apparently this is a common trend among successful CEOs, business heads and entrepreneurs of both genders. Apparently getting up early and performing actives before work such as exercising, planning your day, or doing a load of laundry, can help improve your productivity and add balance to your day. And with countless apparent health benefits and the prospective ability to help us improve in the workplace, could we midnight dwellers be missing a trick?
Here at FD beds, we think the best way for getting the perfect night sleep and waking up feeling energised is all in your bed! A supportive and comfortable bed can work wonders when it comes to optimising sleep. If you struggle to get to sleep, or find yourself restless through the night, it could be down to your bed! Old beds or low quality beds offer little support while you sleep. Although your bed may not feel particularly uncomfortable, it could be having a negative impact on your sleeping.
No one likes tossing and turning at night trying to get the sleep, so if it’s something affecting your life why not visit us at of showroom. We are bed professionals, and know everything there is to know about supplying individuals with their ideal bed. You can find us at – 5C Moat Way, Barwell, LE9 8EY – and then maybe you’ll be able to try out the 9 – 5 sleeping trick!
How do you sleep in bed with your partner? Cuddled up in a cosy, spooning position all night? Waking up in a warm embrace? Our guess is no, because let’s face it, most of us don’t! Life is not a Hollywood blockbuster, and in reality sharing a bed with your partner isn’t always the dream we see on the big screen.
A lot of medical research into sleep habits over the last decade suggests that couples who share a bed are more likely to live longer and stay healthier than those who sleep alone. It’s believed that sharing a bed boosts emotional well-being and lowers the risk of depression, and we can understand why. It can be lovely to share a bed with your loved one and naturally many people find it very comforting.
With that said a decent night’s sleep with your other half can sometimes be a real challenge. From the sly stealing of covers to loud, irritating snoring, what was once a warm body by your side can quickly become a recipe for restlessness and arguments – a far cry from good health and happiness.
So what can you do to make sleeping as one a more pleasant experience? We have a few tips –
Try a bigger bed?
Did you know that average sleeper will turn over 60 times in the night? It’s a wonder we don’t all fall out of our beds more regularly! For this reason, it’s important that you have enough space to move around, get comfortable and stretch out without disturbing your partner – and vice versa!
According to The Sleep Council, the easiest way to check if you have enough space in bed is to lie on your back next to your partner on the mattress, with your hands behind your heads, elbows out to either side. If your elbows touch, the bed is too small. We have a huge range of quality king size beds that are sure to give you and you partner the room you need!
Use two duvets
Another common cause of sleep disturbance between partners is stolen covers. It can be really irritating and can even cause arguments in relationships. The simplest solution to this issue we can find is to get your own set of bed covers! Having buying two duvets to cover each side of the bed separately stops cover-stealing and allows you to both have a cover in a tog and texture that you like.
Turn down the temperature
Being too hot in bed is horrible and very uncomfortable. It can make you more irritable and restless, and thus more like to get irritated by your partner’s movements! Our Blu Cool Memory Foam™ can massively help with maintaining a pleasant temperature in bed as its unique properties ensure that it does not retain body heat, thus providing the same unique properties of memory foam but without the heat.
Try a different bed
If your bed isn’t providing you with ultimate comfort levels, then you really are fighting a losing battle. Just like with overheating in bed, an uncomfortable bed can cause you to develop aches and pains which can make you restless. It’s much harder to get to sleep and much easier for your sleep to be disturbed if your bed isn’t comfy. A more suitable, comfortable bed is sure to help you and your partner sleep more harmoniously.
If you think your bed isn’t providing you with the night’s sleep you deserve, then please call FD Beds. We promise to help you sleep easy!
We Humans need four basic things to survive – food, water, oxygen and SLEEP.
All of us need a decent amount of sleep to be able to function and remain healthy – it’s very important for our overall health and well-being.
Did you know that you actually spend up to 1/3 of your life asleep? That’s a lot of time, so it’s pretty important you make the most of it. The overall state of your sleep-health and how well you sleep remains a vital question throughout our lives. It’s pretty common knowledge that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make it a priority.
Our sleep quality and the amount of sleep we get in affected by so many different things, from stimulants like coffee and energy drinks to room temperature and or lighting.
Below is the National Sleep Foundations guide to who much sleep you should be getting for your age.
So sleep needs differ from age to age, lifestyle and health. To determine how much sleep you need, it’s important to consider not just your age, but also to examine what lifestyle factors affect the quality and quantity of your sleep such as diet, work schedules and stress levels.
When your bed doesn’t provide you with good support and comfort, it’s probably having a negative effect on your sleep. A lot people are unaware that their bed maybe one of the reasons they haven’t been sleeping well. Beds and mattresses especially do not last forever!
If you’re worried that you are losing out on sleep, or not sleeping as well as you once did, it could well be your bed. If you wake up with aches and pains or get a better night’s sleep elsewhere and not in your own bed it’s more than likely that a new mattress could seriously improve you quality of sleep and perhaps you quality of life.
We have literally hundreds of beds that we promise will give you a dreamy night’s sleep. For advice on which mattress we think would suit you, please feel free to select the live support option to the right of our website!
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!
In January many of us make ourselves a promise to sleep better in the year. Once we have settled into a pattern however our bodies are used to sleeping at certain times of the night.
It can be hard to break this cycle but we have provided some steps to help reset your body clock so you can start the replenishing sleep cycle you want for yourself.
In the morning make sure you switch the lights on and open the curtains right way. Our body responds to light as if it was a cue for waking up. During winter make sure you have bright lighting on in the evening rather than subtle lamps as this will help keep your mind and body awake until you want to go to sleep.
Similarly towards the end of the evening switch from bright lights to soft lighting as this will suggest to your body that it’s getting closer to bedtime. Also it’s recommended to not use electronics with bright screens in the hour before you go to sleep.
Our body clocks also adjust to the times of day that we eat. It’s important that we try and eat at the same times every day to create a rhythm as this will also help our bodies understand what time of day it is.
If you’re struggling to remain asleep it might be wise to deliberately restrict the amount of time spent in bed. For example, if you keep waking from midnight till 7am it could help to go to bed at 2 and sleep solidly. Once you’ve achieved this then try expanding the amount of time spent in bed.
Everyone’s partial to a cup of coffee in the morning but some of us continue drinking it throughout the day, however cutting out the caffeine is often overlooked when trying to reset the body clock.
Nothing beats getting the body ready for sleep as well as a good relaxing wind down cycle. Hot bath, warm milky drink and reading in bed are a good way to relax the body.
However, if you’re finding it difficult to rest in your bed then the problem is more than likely the bed itself. 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.
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. Get in touch today!
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