November 09, 2023
Improving your overall well-being begins with good sleep. Not only does quality rest improve our performance, but also strengthens our immunity and relieves stress. Considering we spend a third of our lives in bed, a comfy mattress is a must. However, with so many mattresses around, it’s easy to miss the mark. So, how can you choose the perfect one? Why not start by checking out our buying guide for the best mattresses in Ireland? We'll show you how to choose a model that fits your requirements, preferences, and budget.
Experts suggest getting a new mattress every 8-10 years. If your current mattress is causing you back or joint pain, sags uncomfortably, or has simply seen better days, it's probably time for an upgrade. Do you feel that the shopping process might be too overwhelming? Fear not! We’re going to walk you through all the things to consider when you’re looking for the best mattresses in Ireland.
The first step is selecting the right mattress size for your bedroom and sleeping habits. The standard mattress sizes available in Ireland are:
- Single (3’ x 6’3”) 90cm x 190cm;
- Small Double (3’11 x 6’2”) 120cm x 190cm;
- Double (4’6 x 6’3”) 135cm x 190cm;
- King (5’ x 6’6”) 150cm x 200cm;
- Super King (6’ x 6’6”) 180cm x 200cm.
Here, you should consider how much personal sleeping space you’d like to have and the dimensions of your bedroom. Couples usually prefer King or Super King, while singles and kids are okay with Singles and Small Doubles. Needless to say, before purchasing a new mattress, you need to measure your bedroom and existing bed frame to ensure it will fit the space.
The next critical factor you need to take into consideration is mattress firmness Your comfort will depend on it. Softer mattresses provide more contouring and pressure relief, while firmer options offer enhanced support. Are you a side sleeper? Then you should take a closer look at softer mattresses. It is because they cradle hips and shoulders, thus reducing pressure points. Do you prefer to sleep on the back or stomach? In this case, firmer mattresses, which provide even spinal alignment, will be more beneficial.
Best for side and light sleepers who tend to move in their sleep. They are also a great choice for those who want to sleep in the mattress as opposed to sleeping on the mattress.
- Good contouring paired with pressure relief;
- Reduce pressure on the shoulder and hip areas;
- Great for light sleepers who need that extra comfort to fall asleep.
Medium Soft Mattresses
They are a great option for most sleepers and a no-brainer for couples who both want different levels of comfort. We call them the compromise mattresses.
- Ideal for side sleepers;
- Pocket sprung versions provide good spine alignment;
- Not too soft, not too firm – a compromise solution for couples.
Because they don’t sink in, firm mattresses are ideal for back and stomach sleepers. They are also a preferred choice for people who suffer from back pain.
- Keep the spine aligned;
- Prevent the pelvic area from dipping;
- Very supportive with no sagging at all;
- Comfortable for heavier sleepers.
Still not sure what mattress is best for you? It is a good idea to test out a mattress in person to determine your ideal comfort level. Lay on a mattress you’d like to purchase in your typical sleeping position for at least a few minutes to understand how it truly feels.
Along with size and firmness, the mattress type plays a key role in sleep quality as well as joint and back pain relief. Here is an overview of the best mattresses in Ireland in terms of their construction:
Bonnell Spring Mattresses
Otherwise known as open coil mattresses, these are some of the cheapest options around. Inside, they have a single continuous coil responsible for support, as well as a padding layer for cushioning. Such a design comes with a number of drawbacks, namely increased motion transfer and noise. Most importantly, Bonnell spring mattresses tend to sag and lose support when used regularly. We recommend them only for spare rooms and rental accommodations.
- Increased motion disturbance;
- Can be noisy;
- Provide little to no support;
- Reduced durability since they tend to become saggy over time.
Pocket Sprung Mattresses
These models provide excellent motion isolation as each pocket sprung is individually encased to operate independently. This results in minimal partner disturbance.
- Individual pocket sprung units adjust to body shape and sleeping position;
- Reduced partner disturbance since weight is distributed across individual springs;
- Allow more consistent support and firmness across the mattress;
- Complete body support while you sleep.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam conforms closely to the body to relieve pressure points. While using this type of mattress, it feels contouring rather than bouncy. Moreover, memory foam is great at absorbing motion. On the downside, they can lead to heat build-up. That being said, plant-based and gel-infused options feel cooler.
- Excellent pressure relief and contouring;
- Great motion isolation;
- Work well for side sleepers;
- Available in a range of firmness levels;
- Less bouncy.
Some of the best mattresses in Ireland have the best of both worlds. The Sleep Shop hybrid mattresses combine pocket-sprung support systems with latex or high-density foam to provide sleepers with great comfort and support. Such a design results in a number of benefits, namely, responsive support and pressure relief.
- Pocket sprung foundation provides great support;
- Foam layers contour to the body;
- Promote airflow;
- Excellent durability;
- All our mattresses have edge-to-edge support.
Natural or synthetic latex feels springy and responsive. It contours to the body like memory foam but with added bounce. Apart from that, latex sleeps cool and is naturally antimicrobial. If you have allergies, natural latex is an excellent choice due to its hypoallergenic properties.
- Great support with a slight bounce;
- Naturally hypoallergenic;
- Prevent heat build-up;
- Good motion isolation;
- Dense and quite durable.
Designed to promote spinal alignment and ease pain, orthopaedic mattresses are typically firm with targeted support zones. Thanks to their construction, they help relieve pressure points, which makes them suitable for back and stomach sleepers. All our orthopaedic mattresses have edge-to-edge support to ensure great support. In addition, they provide an increased sleeping area with no sagging around the edges.
- Designed to promote spinal alignment and correct posture;
- Can provide targeted support to the back, hips, and shoulders;
- Often made with firm materials offering stability and minimizing sagging;
- Helpful for people with back pain, arthritis, injuries, or other conditions;
- Provide increased support along the edges to make getting in and out easier;
How to Choose the Best Mattresses in Ireland
Now that you know more about the various types of mattresses, you can focus on the ones that really meet your needs. Still, there are a few more factors left that can affect your choice.
First and foremost, you should consider your body type. Lightweight people often prefer soft mattresses that allow more sinking in. At the same time, heavier individuals require the support of a firmer model to keep the spine aligned.
Additionally, your regular sleeping position plays a role. Do you prefer to sleep on the back? Then it is important that your spine remains straight. Hence, a medium-firm to firm mattress will help keep everything aligned. Are you a side sleeper instead? Then you can benefit from a softer surface providing pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
Think about your personal preferences as well. Do you like sinking deeply into a mattress or floating lightly on top? Your answer will determine whether you’ll benefit from contouring memory foam or buoyant latex. Also, you need to decide if you prefer bounce or motion isolation.
Last but not least, any medical conditions should factor into your decision. If you suffer from back pain, you’ll do best on mattresses that cushion pressure points while supporting proper posture. For example, memory foam, latex, and orthopaedic options are excellent at easing aches and pains.
Where to Buy the Best Mattresses in Ireland
By keeping all these criteria in mind, you’re sure to find your perfect match. Investing in the optimal mattress tailored to your body and sleep preferences will result in higher-quality sleep and waking up recharged.
Are you looking for the best mattresses in Ireland but not sure where to start? Look no further than The Sleep Shop! We're your ultimate destination for all things sleep-related. Our extensive selection of mattresses ensures you'll find the ideal mattress for your peaceful slumber. Contact us today to start your journey to better health. Our knowledgeable staff is here to walk you through all the options to help you discover that perfect match. Your path to the perfect night's rest begins with The Sleep Shop.
September 21, 2022
Mattresses of course are sold worldwide and sizes will vary between country to country. The sizes of mattresses are different in Europe compared to Ireland and the UK.
Choosing the right size when replacing your old mattress is very important so it fits your bed frame. More and more European bed frames are being sold in Ireland so be carefully when choosing the correct mattress size. The Sleep Shop Athlone is here to advice you.
For example, a standard UK and Ireland single is 90cm by 190cm, where a European single is 90cm by 200cm, so its longer and wouldn't fit a UK standard single bed frame.
At The Sleep Shop, our mattresses are available in both European sizes and Uk/Ireland sizes. You can see all sizes available on the chart below or if you need something bespoke please let us know at email@example.com
September 21, 2022
Sleeping on your front has huge drawbacks with many sleepers experiencing some type of pain. This position can place pressure on your lower back and neck if your mattress isn't providing enough support in the pelvic area or your pillow has to much loft. Our mattresses and pillows are the most comfortable available in Ireland
Sleeping on your stomach may reduce snoring or help reduce sleep apnoea issues but research has proven sleeping on your stomach is the worst position overall. We supply some of the best pillows in Ireland
Front sleeping will place stress on your spine and in turn to other areas of the body. Unless you’ve somehow figured out how to breathe through your pillow, you have to turn your head to one side while sleeping on your stomach. That puts your head and spine out of alignment, twisting your neck. You will not notice the damage this will cause after one night of stomach sleeping, but over time problems will develop. The Sleep Shop mattresses will improve your posture and reduce stress ,improving your sleep.
If you find it hard to change position, these are some tips to help make it more comfortable.
Use a thin pillow:
The thinner your pillow is on the mattress the better, less loft on your neck or even better ,try sleeping with no pillow at all. The nearer your head is to the mattress, the less pressure you will feel.
Stretching before bed and first thing in the morning when you rise will help you loosen up and stretch out your muscles. Soon we will be added yoga videos to our website which will provide some useful tips.
Place a pillow under your pelvis:
Similar to when you sleep on your back, keeping a pillow here will help with spinal alignment.
Keep your legs flat
Try to keep your legs as flat and as equal as possible. This should stop your spine from twisting relieving any strain.
Keep your body as aligned as possible
Relaxing your body in a neutral position. Place your hands along your side, make sure your lumbar spine and hips are straight, and your spine is not curved or twisted.
Sleeping on a firmer mattress is ideal for stomach sleepers and the pocket bio is a very suitable choice(please add link to product)
Call into The Sleep Shop Athlone for advice and view some of the best mattresses and pillows in Ireland
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September 21, 2022
A survey carried out in the UK shows that the average person keeps their duvet for far too long; 7.6 years to be exact. This same report suggested that up to 5 years was long enough to keep your duvet before changing.
The quality of duvets vary and this also determines their life span. Since your duvet doesn't support the weight of your head or body like your pillows and mattress, the filling material doesn't wear down as quickly.
One obvious sign its time to change is if your duvet has started to loose its warmth and the filling has started to loose it fluffiness and looks flat. If your duvet filling starts becoming a bit lumpy or compressed after washing, give it a good shake. If this doesn’t bring the filling back to life, then it’s probably time to invest in a new duvet!
The Sleep Shop is now stocking 13.5 tog 100% cotton cover duvets in all UK sizes.
Cotton is breathable, which means you don’t sweat as much.
You can make your bedroom a haven of comfort by choosing your bedding with care.,if you need any advice please free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 086 0846501
September 21, 2022
Sleep Hygiene is about creating a routine to give yourself the best chance to sleep well each and ever night. Achieving a greats sleep is vital for both your physical and mental health.
Struggling to fall asleep or experiencing frequent sleep disturbances maybe be caused by poor sleep hygiene. Maximising your sleep schedule and creating better lifestyle habits before you go to bed and when you rise will help improve the chances of optimizing your sleep.
The www.Hse.ie has put together a check list
Establish a regular sleep pattern
1.Set the alarm for the same time every morning for seven days a week, at least until your sleep pattern settles down. The Sleep Shop pillows and mattresses will help you achieve a regular good nights sleep.
2.Get up at the same time every day, even if you did not fall asleep until late.
3.Do not sleep during the day.
During the evening
1.Ensure you ‘put the day to rest’. Think it through and use a notebook if necessary. Tie up “loose ends” in your mind and plan ahead.
2.Try to keep yourself fit by performing light exercise in the late afternoon or early evening (later than this can disturb your sleep).
3.Have a regular routine before sleep, whereby you wind down during the course of the evening and avoid anything that is mentally demanding within 90 minutes of bedtime.
4.Keep your sleep for bedtime (i.e. avoid falling asleep or snoozing in the armchair).
5.Do not drink too much caffeinated substances (e.g. coffee, tea and certain soft drinks) and only have a light snack for supper. Try decaffeinated milk-based or herbal beverages.
6.Do not drink alcohol to aid your sleep. It may help you fall asleep, but you will almost certainly wake up during the night.
7. Make sure your bed is comfortable and the bedroom is not too cold (but not too warm) and is quiet (use earplugs if necessary). At bedtime.
8.Go to bed when you are ‘sleepy tired’ and not before.
9.Do not read or watch TV in bed.
10.turn the lights off when you get into bed.
11.Relax and tell yourself that ‘sleep will come when it’s ready’. Enjoy relaxing even if you don’t fall asleep at first.
12.Do not try to fall asleep. Sleep cannot be switched on deliberately but attempting to do so may switch it off! If you have problems getting to sleep.
13.Try not to get upset or frustrated as sleep problems are quite common and they are not as damaging as you might think.
14.If you are awake in bed for more than 20 minutes, get up and go into another room.
15.Do something relaxing for a while and don’t worry about tomorrow. Read, watch television or listen to quiet music and after a while you should feel tired enough to go to bed again.
16.Remember that people usually cope quite well even after a sleepless night. Only return to bed when you feel “sleepy tired”
17.Establishing a good sleep pattern may take a number of weeks; however, you should remain confident that you will achieve it by working through this guide.
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April 28, 2022
You have decided, now is the time to change your mattress. A mattress is perhaps the most important piece of furniture you can buy for your home and considering you will spend a third of your life sleeping on it, its vital you choose correctly.
Here are a few things to consider before going shopping.
Research on line to get a better understanding of the different types of mattresses on offer and price points
2. Shop together.
If the mattress is for two make sure to shop together, so both are happy with the purchase.
Set aside enough time to this properly. Don’t shop if in a hurry or when feeling tired as all mattresses will feel comfortable.
4. Test Drive
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes. Try each one in the position you would sleep in and don’t be afraid to re try. This is an important purchase ,take your time and don’t feel rushed by the salesman.
It’s best to shop for value and not for the lowest price. The dearest mattress is not always the best or most suitable but there are many reasons why it costs more. It’s a personal choice.
Watch out for gimmicks when buying your mattress and watch out for how loosely the word orthopaedic and medically approved are used. If this is on a label ask more and find out which organizations have approved these?
Comfort is subjective to the individual. Don’t be led by ratings saying soft medium and firm. There's no industry rating standard. So remember try, try and try again.
Always ask about the warranty and what’s covered.
8. Bad Back
A firm mattress is not always best for a bad back it must be supportive. Again remember there isn’t a one mattress that’s fits all. Every back issue is different and please don’t fall into the trap of a salesman telling you an orthopaedic mattress is best.
Research your store before shopping. Specialist shops tend to have the best and most up to date selection and staff tend to be more knowledgeable and well trained. They are
selling one product as opposed to many in a general furniture store.
April 28, 2022
When decorating their bedroom most people will focus on the elements that reflect their needs when they are awake.
Your bedroom might offer convenience by day, but there is a chance it may have different impact at night. You still spend a third of each day there, so a hot, bright ,cluttered room can and will disrupt your sleep keeping you lying awake for a period of time, which can mean bad news for your waking health.
Creating and maintaining the prefect sleep environment is very important for achieving the best possible quality sleep which is vital for your health and well being.
Here are some useful tips to help you turn your bedroom in to a tranquil, relaxing environment.
1.De Clutter your room. A tidy room means a tidy mind. A bedroom is designed as a place to rest and relax.
2.Room temperature is very important. It shouldn’t be too hot or too cold .Ideal temperature is 16-18 degrees (60-65f)
3.Avoid using bright or stimulating colours when decorating. Softer colours will make you feel calm.
4.Keeping your room dark and cool will help improve your nights sleep. Black out blinds will prevent any natural daylight from disrupting your sleep.
5.Say no to technology in the bedroom. Blue light is one of the biggest sleep disruptors. Keep mobile phones, tablets ,laptops and other such devices out of the bedroom.
6.Your bedroom should be for sleep and sleep only. Avoid treating it like an extension of your office.
7.Plants are great idea for improving the air within your bedroom. Such plants like English Ivy or the Mother in laws tongue are easy to keep and with huge health benefits .
8.Certain smells can have a calming effect. Lavender and germanium are ideal for making you relax before sleep. We also stock lavender and germanium candles and a lavender pillow spray to help you drift off to sleep.
9.Bedding ,including sheets ,blankets, pillows and your mattress, can have a huge impact on your sleep. If old and worn out its time to change. Pillows and mattresses should complement each other to maintain the natural alignment of the spine. This is important to prevent back and neck pain and in some cases headaches.
We believe the foundation to a greats nights sleep is the correct mattress and pillow. How old is yours and is it offering the support and comfort you deserve.
Why not visit our website today to learn more.Because Sleep Matters.
April 28, 2022
When is the last time you changed your pillow and I am not on about the pillow case. According to a recent study by a well-known bedding company, nearly all asked (92%) where aware of what can live and grow inside your pillow, which nearly 30% of your day is spent on.
The main reason for looking to change a pillow, was it had become lumpy, followed by it looked stained and then it failed the sniff test.
Did you know one third of the weight of a two year old pillow consists of dead skin, dust mites and their faeces? How disgusting spending up to 8 hours a night lying on this.
Pillows should be washed and changed more regularly, just because it looks clean and smells clean does not mean it’s clean. Follow the instructions for best results.
Waking at night with a stuffy nose, nasal drainage, and itchy skin is no way to get great nights sleep. A good test to tell if a pillow is past its sell by date is to fold it over and see if it springs back, if it doesn’t, time to say goodbye.
Cheaper pillows then to have a shorter life span, they roughly need to be changed every 6 months or less. Better quality pillows depending on the filling and how they are maintain then to have a longer lifespan and should be changed roughly every one to two years.
Online or in store at The Sleep Shop we have a great range of well-priced pillows to suit all sleepers.
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April 28, 2022
Shopping for a new mattress? The last thing you want to do is regret the size you choose. Your mattress is a long term investment and at The Sleep Shop we believe bigger is better.
The majority of Irish couples sleep in a standard double bed which is only 135cm(4ft 6) wide, providing each sleeper with just 67.5cm(2ft 3) of sleeping surface. This is the same area a baby has in a cot.
The king size mattress is 150cm (5ft) wide and 200cm (6ft 6)long. The mattress is wider and longer than the standard double giving the sleeper more space and extra length.
Partner disturbance is one of the most common causes of poor sleep. Sleeping in a larger bed, you are less likely to disturb one another. You should be able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching.
Here are 5 reasons why bigger is better.
1.Because you spend a 1/3 of your life in bed, make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
2.Because it doesn’t cost a whole lot more to upgrade. Over seven years, every €100 spent on a new bed costs just 3.9p per night.
3.Because the average person will toss and turn some 60 to 70 times a night – so you want to put as much space between you and your partner to reduce the disturbance factor.
4.Because 16 other countries can’t be wrong! Top of the league are Belgium, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Finland and Switzerland where most people sleep in a roomy 160cm by 200cm bed. By contrast in Ireland we still buy more 135cm by 190cm mattresses.
5.Because once you’ve slept in a king-size, you’ll never want to be a second-class sleeper again!
When not view our range of king size mattress today
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April 28, 2022
The next day starts the night before. When you wake each morning refreshed and energised, your day is off to a good start. Your bedroom environment plays an essential part in helping you achieve quality and consistent sleep and shouldn’t become your office, gym or a playroom.
Creating the ideal Sleep environment, you should consider the following:
- Room temperature is vitally important, not too cold or too warm, between 16c-18c is ideal. A bedroom which which is too warm, too cold or draughty can seriously impact on your sleep
- A tidy room means a tidy mind. De-cluttering your room, leaving it nice and clean will help you relax at bedtime. Make the bed the focal point can help you streamline the room.
- When decorating avoid using bright stimulating colours, softer tones are better and easier on the eye. Neutral or muted tones and light pastels help you wind down and make the space feel calmer.
- Light pollution is a huge issue, try black out blinds or even a sleep mask to insure darkness in your room, enabling a better night’s sleep.
- Your bedroom is for sleeping in; don’t let it become an extension of your office, remove any distractions.
- Tempting as is it to catch up on the latest box set, say no to technology in the bedroom.
- Blue light is another big issue; leave your phone, tablet and laptop outside your bedroom. Turn off 90 minutes before going to sleep. If you do have to work or study, try using blue block glasses.
- Decorate your bedroom with family photos that make you feel good helping you to relax.
- Plants like a Spider plant or English ivy is easy to keep and acts as an air purifier helping you sleep better.
- Certain smells can help you relax. Lavender and germanium are ideal for making you relax before sleep. Candles or a humidifier are an ideal way to make room smell more sleep friendly.
At the Sleep Shop we also believe the foundation to a great’s night’s sleep is the correct mattress and pillow. How old are yours? Are they still giving the right support? If not ,why not call in store today, mention this blog and get 10% off. T/C apply.
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April 28, 2022
Good quality Sleep is vital as it allows your body to recharge so you’re ready for the next day. But, did you know that using your electronic devices before bedtime can have a huge impact on how you sleep. Cutting out screen time at night is probably the number one thing you can do to improve your sleep immediately.
The artificial blue light from electronic screens can trick your body into producing daytime hormones such as cortisol, which can confuse your bodies natural preparation for sleep.
Technology can make you time blind. We all have done it, checking something on Facebook or Instagram for a minute and 30 minutes later you have found yourself sucked into a black hole, scrolling through something completely different than you went to check for.
When you are sleeping you don’t need your phone, it doesn’t need to be nearby. If you have to have your phone in the bedroom, make sure you leave it far enough away so you cant just reach out and touch it.
Healthy sleep is important, and poor sleep can have many negative effects on your health. Your bedroom should be a room for sleeping in. Everybody needs somewhere to relax and unwind and get your brain into the state it needs to prepare for a good night’s sleep.
The best solution to limiting screen-time in the bedroom is to simply remove them. Dedicate other rooms in your house to work and entertainment instead and make your bedroom a screen-free zone. Switching them off 90 minutes before bedtime gives you and your brain a chance to relax and prepare for bed.
If you must us screens in the bedroom invest in some good quality blue block glasses or many phones now have a blue light blocker built into them that can be switched on at night. You can usually find this in the settings on your phone and you’ll know it’s working because your screen will change colour.
If you want to improve your sleep-wake cycle, then reducing your time on electronic devices can help greatly. The blue light emitted from electronic devices can affect your sleep health and bedtime routine.
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April 28, 2022
A weighted blanket is exactly as it sounds — a blanket which is filled with either glass or plastic beads to spread weight evenly across your body and create calming comfort to help you sleep. Reviews have shown that sleeping with a weighted blanket can improve your sleeping patterns and help you drift off sooner.
Our weighted blanket is filled with glass beads and covered in a luxurious soft fabric ,standard blanket weighs is 8kg but can be made to order. Ideally it should weigh 10% of the persons body weight.
Weighted Blankets simulate deep-pressure stimulation to help relax the nervous system, creating a similar sensation of being held or “hugged”. Deep-pressure stimulation may help relieve the perception of pain, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve your overall sleep quality.
Weighted blankets provide many benefits that help you feel calm and relaxed as you drift off to sleep. Rest easier with calming, hugging comfort from The Sleep Shop.
Browse our weighted blankets and other luxury bedding to create the ultimate sleep sanctuary,night after night.
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April 28, 2022
happens so slowly you don’t even notice, until
one morning you will wake up not feeling as
refreshed or perhaps with some lower back pain
as the support has gone.
Most people undervalue the importance the
correct mattress plays in achieving a deep
restorative sleep. You will spend 1/3 of your life
asleep, why not make sure this time is spent
sleeping on a comfortable, supportive and
durable mattress and enjoy the many
health benefits got from a great nights sleep.
These are some signs, you might need to
.Is your mattress is 8 years or older?
.Is you have slept better in another bed?
.Is you wake feeling tired and sore?
.Is its looking worn out, frayed and sagging?
.Is it makes strange noises at night?
If so, it may be time for a new mattress
Those who sleep on an uncomfortable mattress
on average, sleep one hour less, than those that
For further information, why not visit our website
March 17, 2021
Struggling to Sleep.
Finding it hard to fall asleep? If so one of the things to consider is improving your bedroom.
Many of us are unaware that our surroundings can and will affect the way we sleep.
To maximize your night’s sleep you need to have the right setting.
Here are some useful tips to help you turn your bedroom in to a tranquil, relaxing environment.
- De Clutter your room. A tidy room means a tidy mind.
- Room temperature is very important. It shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. Ideal temperature is 16-18 degrees(60-65f)
- Avoid using bright or stimulating colours when decorating. Softer colours will make you feel calm.
- Keeping your room dark and cool will help improve your night’s sleep. Black out blinds will prevent any natural daylight form disrupting your sleep.
- Say no to technology in the bedroom. Blue light is one of the biggest sleep disruptors. Keep mobile phones, tablets, laptops and other such devices out of the bedroom.
- Your bedroom should be for sleep and sleep only. Avoid treating it like an extension of your office.
- Plants are a great idea for improving the air within your bedroom. Such plants like the English Ivy or the Mother in laws tongue are easy to keep with huge health benefits.
- Certain smells can have a calming effect. Lavender and germanium are ideal for making you relax before sleep. We also stock Lavender and germanium candles and pillow spray helping you to drift off to sleep.
- Pillows and mattresses should complement each other to maintain the natural alignment of the spine. This is important to prevent neck pain, back and in some cases headaches.
We believe the foundation to a great night’s sleep is the correct mattress and pillow. How old is yours? And is it offering the support and comfort you deserve.
Why not visit our website to learn more about sleep and the products we sell.
Because Sleep Matters
March 17, 2021
How much Sleep is enough?
The ideal sleep varies depending on the person's age.
We have all heard of someone who sleeps only 4 hours a night,and comments like there is plenty of time to sleep when you die.
In today’s fast moving society people are connected 24 hours a day. Mobile phones, emails and social media are a constant intrusion in our daily lives. We need to switch off and make time for ourselves to recover physically and mentally.
For far too long people have taken for granted their sleep and have placed less and less importance on it. However there is now a growing awareness and understanding of sleep.
The average person in Britain and Ireland sleeps a little over 6½ hours a night and it is reported that over 1/3 of us sleep between 5-6 hours a night. Most believe that they can catch up on weekends and days off…But the fact is if you regularly lose sleep or choose to sleep less than needed, the sleep loss adds up and is referred to as sleep debt and there is no getting it back.
During a normal night's sleep, your body follows a predictable pattern moving through the 5 stages of sleep, each stage lasts 90 minutes and is known as a sleep cycle.
Stage 1.This is the period between wakefulness and sleep and is best described as light sleep.
Stage 2.Your breathing and heart rate slow,your body temperature starts to drop.
Stage 3.Deep sleep starts, hormones are released and your body starts making repairs.
Stage 4.This is very deep sleep and blood is directed towards your muscles, helping restore physical energy.
Stage 5.During this stage your heart will increase along with your body temperature, your mind is active and your dreams more vivid.
The average adult needs between 7-9 hours’ sleep. . Ideally you should have the same bed time and wake time. Condition yourself to go to sleep at certain time. Make it a routine. If you want to wake at 6.30am you should count back in 90 minute blocks, so to get 7 and half hour sleep you should be asleep by 11pm.
The most important issue with sleep is the quality of sleep one gets. To have a more energetic start in the morning, set your alarm clock in accordance with your sleep cycle and not the standard 8 hours. Waking during a cycle instead of the end can cause you to feel groggy and tired in the morning.
Kultreet Chaudhary a well-respected neurologist said “timing your sleep is like timing an investment in the stock market, it doesn’t matter how much you invest, it matters when you invest”.
If you have any questions please feel free to email at email@example.com
October 12, 2020
At the Sleep Shop we believe the foundation to a great night’s sleep is the correct mattress and pillow. It is the difference between a restorative night’s sleep and poor quality sleep that leads to tiredness and fatigue.
Finding the right mattress is so important – because we spend so much of our lives sleeping, having a comfortable and supportive mattress is key to essential rest.
Your mattress won’t last forever; even if it looks alright it may not be providing the right support or comfort you need. Even if someone’s mattress has served them well, there comes a moment when it’s time to move on.
So, let’s talk about how people know that their mattress has run its course –
The life span of your mattress will vary depending on the quality and how you care for it. Here are a few 5 things to consider when deciding if you need a new mattress.
- Have you had your mattress for 8 years or more? - The average mattress lasts between seven and 10 years – if it has been over 10 years since you have purchased your current mattress, it’s probably time for an upgrade.
- Have you had a better night’s sleep elsewhere? - You might want to replace your mattress if you notice that you sleep much better on a different mattress. For example - if you wake up with a stuffed-up nose or a bit sore, and then you sleep in a hotel and wake up with none of those problems, well, this could mean your mattress is the cause of your problems.
- Do you wake with aches and pains? - If you're waking up in the morning with serious pain, this could be a sign your mattress is not as comfortable or supportive as it used to be. You could be experiencing pain in your shoulders and hips because the mattress is not relieving pressure on those areas. Morning pain is not something to just get used to and can lead to further issues.
- Is your mattress showing signs of wear and tear or sagging? - If a mattress is starting to wear and tear, it’s an obvious sign that someone might need a new mattress. Sagging can also occur when the coils in a mattress start to weaken or the memory foam begins to lose its shape. One can partly tell that a mattress is sagging if there is a noticeable body impression in the mattress
- Allergies. Are you someone who wakes up every morning with watery eyes, a runny nose, and a headache? The allergens in the mattress might be causing this. When mold, mildew, and dust invade a mattress, they might make issues with allergies worse. There are some materials that can help prevent the buildup of allergens, so allergy sufferers may want to look for these particular materials when purchasing a new mattress.
If you are answering yes to one or more of these questions, it’s time to change your mattress. Try not to wait till your mattress is completely worn out. Research has shown sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress could rob you of up to an hours sleep a night.
To assist you on your journey towards a new mattress, we have put together a Mattress Matchmaker that will ensure you find the right one for you!
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