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Keeping warm on a cold winter’s night

  • Wear night clothes such as pyjamas or a large T-shirt to keep you warm. Natural fibres such as wool, cotton or silk will keep you warmer than synthetic materials.
  • Have a warm bath just before you go to bed. This will gently warm and relax you to help you feel sleepy.
  • Have a warming, milky drink.
  • Try some exercise to get the circulation going to help keep the body warm - but don’t do vigorous exercise too close to bed time as you may feel too invigorated to sleep.
  • Keep the bedroom warm, but not too hot, and free from draughts.
  • Use several layers of bedding rather than one single layer. Layers will trap warm air and are easily removed if you get too hot.
  • A hot water bottle is an ideal way to keep warm once in bed. Electric blankets are ideal. Under blankets will warm the bed up before you retire for the night, while over blankets maintain a constant temperature throughout the night.

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Bed Buyers Guide

Buying a mattress can be confusing, but at Beds R Us buying a bed is easy, so follow this simple guide to help you make the right choice.

Size does matter. Is the bed big enough for you and your partner? Ergonomic research has confirmed that couples sleep better in bigger beds. Part of being comfortable in bed is making sure you have enough room to spread out. You should buy the biggest bed that fits your budget and your bedroom.

Seek support. Correct support is vital to healthy sleep. A good mattress and foundation will gently support your body at all points to keep your spine in the same position as good standing posture - whether you’re lying on your back or side.

Choose comfort. Comfort is just as important as support in a mattress. After all, you can’t truly relax and have a peaceful, restful sleep if you aren’t completely comfortable.

You can have both. Support comes from the innerspring unit and the comfort level comes from the type of padding. You can choose from softer or firmer comfort layers while being sure you have good support at the same time. It all depends on your personal comfort level.

Be selfish. When you share your bed with a partner, you don’t want to be affected by their every turn and shift in the night. Find a bed which allows you both independence of movement so that your side of the bed doesn’t bounce and creak every time your sleeping partner moves.

Quality counts. The old rule of "you get what you pay for" applies to beds as in everything else. If you scrimp and buy a poor quality bed now, you may be paying later in terms of lost sleep. Shop for the best value, not the lowest price. You spend 26 years of your life in bed so buying the best bed you can afford is a healthy investment in your lifestyle.

Ask for help - at Beds R Us we are always happy to give you all the expert help and advice you need on how to choose a bed or mattress.

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Why do we sleep?

Sleep is the "chief nourisher in life’s feast". It heals and restores the body, facilitating growth and playing a major role in maintaining general health and vitality. Sleep also assists mental function - helping everything from memory storage and retention to enabling new learning and development. It really can make a big difference in how productive and successful you are in life.

Astonishing Sleep Fact! According to a study carried out by Australian scientists, just one sleepless night has the same effect on co-ordination, reaction time and judgment the following day as consuming up to the weekly limit of alcohol recommended in Britain - 14 units for women and 21 for men - at one sitting.



Falling asleep rapidly when you are ready and waking up when you want to, feeling refreshed and ready for the day, then remaining bright, alert and happy until you next want to sleep - that’s good sleep. How do you rate?If the answer is "not so good", that’s even more reason to come and see us.
Science has extended what the ancient Hindus knew, that there are three states of mind: wakefulness, dreaming sleep, and dreamless sleep. We now recognize at least five stages of sleep.

Stage 1 - drowsiness
Stage 2 - light sleep
Stages 3 and 4 - deep sleep or slow wave sleep
Stage 5 - REM (dreaming sleep).

Using this technology it has been possible to quantify how different factors disturb sleep. If you wake up in the morning having slept through the night, but nonetheless feeling awful, tests show a common cause is an uncomfortable bed, generating continual tossing and turning because you are getting sore and stiff. Sleep is likely to be less refreshing than it should be and consequently, despite the amount of time spent in bed, you still won’t feel good. This causes daytime fatigue and tiredness.

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