How many hours is a good night’s sleep?

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Sleep is something that many people take for granted, but that should not be the case. If you don’t get enough sleep then you can end up experiencing difficulties in your life. You can find it difficult to concentrate when you’re working or studying. You can even cause danger on the roads if you attempt to drive your car while you are tired from lack of sleep.

The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep each night to remain healthy; even missing out on as little as half an hour’s sleep can make you feel really tired. You shouldn’t experience any major problems if you do not miss out on sleep very often, but if it starts to happen fairly often then you can find yourself starting to feel irritable and stressed out. We’re going to take a look at some things you can do in order to try and ensure that you get the seven to nine hours sleep you need each night.

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Making sure your bed is comfortable

One of the most important things you can do in order to try and ensure you get a good night’s sleep is make sure you have a comfortable bed on which to sleep. The idea of comfort varies from person to person; some people prefer their bed to be soft but others need a firmer level of support. This is often especially the case if a person suffers from back or neck pain.

The most important thing to do is make sure that the bed you have is comfortable for you. Do you need a firm mattress? Could a new mattress topper provide you with the support you need? You can take a look at online advice from experts such as Sleep Judge to get further information on how to make sure you’re comfortable when you sleep.

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Switching off the lights

Most people switch off the lights in the room when they go to sleep but that is not always enough to ensure that you get the good sleep that you need. You need to make sure that the room you’re sleeping in is as dark as possible. Any light that is present can disrupt your sleep pattern. This is especially the case with the blue light that is emitted from electronic devices such as laptops and smartphones. You should never attempt to fall asleep in a room where one of these devices is switched on because you will find it difficult to fall asleep and remain asleep.

The amount of sleep you need to remain healthy varies depending on the individual but it normally lies in the seven to nine hours per night range. Making sure you have a comfortable bed to sleep on, and ensuring that you sleep in a dark room, are both important factors in determining whether you’re able to get the sleep that you need.

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Get their look: Converted factory bedroom

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We’ve chosen a converted factory bedroom for this week’s Get their look post.

The space retains an industrial feel with painted brickwork, wood panelling, old cast iron radiators and pared back fixtures & fittings… and the monochrome colour scheme with its layers of grey and white.

It’s bright and airy – we’re big fans of Crittall Windows, they’re beautiful to look at from indoors or out and allow huge amounts of light to flood into a space.

Texture and femininity are introduced through soft furnishings like the cushions & throw – and vintage feel wallpaper mural.

  1. Rigale Coolie industrial pulley wall lights
  2. Loveletter Mural wallpaper
  3. Panelling colour: Little Greene’s Dark Lead
  4. Malone bedside table
  5. Faux fur cushion
  6. Charcoal super soft fleece cushion
  7. Draycott throw

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Get their look: Dramatic bedroom

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We’ve chosen a dramatic bedroom space for this week’s Get their look post.

The bold colour scheme and geometric lines immediately grab your attention. They’re attained through both painted wall pattern and furniture form – with an off centre ceiling light adding a further twist.

The hard-edged patterns are softened by flowers, oriental floor rug and very comfortable looking bed with its cushions and woollen throw.

It’s a very interesting and clever design when you take it all in.

  1. Rope lampshade
  2. Blur palette from Dulux Colour forecast 2013
  3. Kartell Componibili circular storage unit, 2-tier, white
  4. Link Easy Chair armchair, by Tom Dixon
  5. Cream waffle throw
  6. Red side table
  7. PERSISK MIX oriental rug, low pile, handmade

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5 things we do in bed… it’s not just for sleeping!

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Many people see their bedroom as a sacred shrine to sleep. You read articles advising insomniacs to remove unnecessary distractions such as computers and mobile phones from the room. Luckily, both of us rarely have trouble dropping off to sleep. It’s said that you spend a third of your life in bed – for us it could be getting on for up for a half! Here are some of the things we get up to in bed… no sniggering there at the back!

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Work

We both work primarily from home, and a lot of that time is actually working from bed. Working mornings begin before we even get out of bed; we’re on the iPad or laptop answering emails, browsing social media… and even blogging. They’re all jobs done from the comfort of bed. Speaking of comfort, upholstered beds & headboards give necessary support to your back. They can be beautiful as well as practical, we especially love the pretty floral patterned example from Button & Sprung in our main image. Get extra help from bolsters and cushions.

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Read

If you enjoy reading in bed, you’ll need decent lighting. A wall-mounted reading light frees up limited bedside table space. The bulb should be bright enough so you don’t strain your eyes, but not so bright that you dazzle yourself. Get a lamp with an adjustable, directional arm so that you (and your page-turner) don’t disturb or keep the other person awake.

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Eat

We usually have coffee in bed first thing most days, but breakfast in bed, especially at the weekend – now that’s a real real treat. A tray laden with fresh coffee, croissants, fruit, bacon & egg… along with newspapers and the radio… bliss! Come to think of it, it’s been a while – Sunday it is.

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Watch TV

We love watching films and gorging on box sets such as House of Cards and Scandi dramas. We have a large TV mounted on the wall opposite the bed in our upstairs den. It’s such a comfortable position to watch the screen from. The perfect place to switch off and relax in the evenings – wood-burner crackling, pillows plumped up, a snack or chocolate treat close to hand.

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Store stuff

Your bed can take up a huge amount of the space in your bedroom. Make it a multi-functional, practical piece of furniture by having an ottoman or under-drawers. You can never have too much storage space! You’ll find a large selection of divan beds with drawers and king-size ottoman storage beds on the Button & Sprung website. Bedding, towels, out-of-season clothes, shoes or, in my case, the overspill of vintage handbags can all be stored out of the way until needed.

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Between a vintage bed frame and a sleepy place: the Bruno Mattress

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Every great picture starts with a great frame – and so should your mattress. Regardless of whose bedroom it is that we’re seeking to rejuvenate, we’ve always thought that the bed itself is the most important place to start (and why shouldn’t it be? If you’re anything like us, it’s where you’ll likely spend most of your time).

Below, we’ve compiled photos of our top 3 wish list bed frames that we want to use in future projects (are there any that we really shouldn’t have left out? Leave a comment below – we’d be interested to hear your opinions!):

Vintage rattan bed frame, side table and chair

Vintage rattan bed

Victorian iron bed

Victorian iron bed

Hand made four poster bed

Hand made four poster bed

For all that we love vintage bed frames, we’re strong believers in spending money on buying a good quality mattress to go with it. Sleep is important – and we’re quite sure that we seldom get enough of it. Life’s too short to suffer with back pain from a bad mattress, and that’s why a good mattress is one thing on which we just won’t compromise. A new mattress that we’ve found which just doesn’t compromise is the Bruno Mattress.

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In a world where everything seems to be evolving and we’re given more and more options, it’s refreshing to introduce a company which has sought to make life a little simpler. We’ve recently stumbled upon the Bruno Mattress, brought to you by a small Berlin-based start-up company founded by Felix Baer and Andreas Bauer. The mattress has recently been launched in the UK following great success in Germany and France, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it!

But why has the Bruno Mattress been received with such success?

Ultimate Comfort: After trialling and testing various materials and compositions with sleep experts, the founders at Bruno Sleep believe they’ve engineered the perfect mattress for all types of sleepers – regardless of body shape or sleeping position. That’s why Bruno comes in just one model comprised of a precision cut 7-zone support base, a 3cm 100% natural and organically farmed latex top layer and soft quilted cover top which can be easily removed for washing.

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Quality Materials: Bruno Interior takes pride in sourcing sustainable materials that are of the highest quality. Each mattress is assembled by hand by a family-owned and operated fabric manufacturer in Saxony, Germany.

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Peace of Mind: The Bruno Mattress is only available to buy online and is delivered to your door in a box! Bruno Interior uses a direct to customer business model – cutting unnecessary costs involved in traditional mattress selling (i.e. packaging, delivery lorries and middle men) – and are able to pass these savings of 30-40% direct to customers, which is reflected in the mattresses’ fair price. We’re so confident in our mattresses, we offer our buyers a 101 night trial period.

Getting a Bruno Mattress out of its box

Despite what you’ve been told (and what you have experienced as a buyer), don’t believe that you have to spend a huge sum of money on a mattress to get high quality. Just because a mattress is a necessity, that doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of pounds. With Bruno, quality and comfort come at a fair price.

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Get their look: Serene bedroom

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Relaxation and sleep come best in a serene bedroom – and we’ve chosen the perfect example for this week’s Get their look post. The colour scheme is very natural with subtle shades of cream and soft grey. Silvery, weathered wood and light oak sit beautifully. Their are lots of pillows, cushions and warm textiles. There’s a lovely calm flow with layers of tone and texture. Nothing jars or jolts. A wonderful space to read, relax, snooze or sleep.

  1. Woollen throw
  2. Headboard
  3. Lampshade
  4. Candlestick lamp base
  5. Elm wood storage trunk
  6. Mini alarm clock
  7. Full-length mirror
  8. Rope cushion
  9. Chevron cushion

Get their look: Serene bedroom | H is for Home