Get a great night’s sleep!

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March is National Bed Month, so it’s timely that today we’re reviewing the Tweak Mattress. If you look closely at the photo of our bed, you’ll probably glean that we don’t share the same preference in pillows. I love a tall pile of thick, firm ones and he opts for a few sorry-looking, wafer-thin examples. And the differences in our sleep choices don’t end there. I’m a side sleeper and Justin often lies on his back. In addition, he has suffered from a herniated disc for the past few years. I’ve just started getting pain in my hips – oh the joys of getting older! I did a little research into the best mattress for back pain. A softer mattress suits the way I sleep and a firmer one is best for Justin and his bad back. How do we reconcile our sleep arrangements? Well, Tweak Mattress has come up with the perfect answer!

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Tweak Mattress bills it as “the ultimate mattress for couples”. You can unzip the quilted cover and mix & match the coloured tablet inserts depending on you and your partner’s preferred mattress firmness. And because they’re separate tablets, it reduces the energy transfer from one side of the bed to the other. This is a godsend if you share a bed with a restless sleeper – that’s me, with my regular episodes of restless legs! These are sandwiched between a pocket sprung base at the bottom and a temperature-regulating memory foam layer on the top.

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We’ve been giving it the bedroom equivalent of a road test this past week. So looking forward to it were we, that we even bought a brand new bed frame and bedding to complete the nocturnal joy. It’s been absolute bliss – the most comfortable mattress either of us has ever had the pleasure of sleeping on. Even sitting up in bed reading or watching television has become a much improved experience.

Do you and your partner have different sleep preferences?

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Tweak Mattress are so confident of their product that they offer purchasers an amazing 100 night trial. That’s over 3 months! If you’re not happy with the coloured comfort layer you’ve chosen, they’ll replace it free of charge. If you’re still not satisfied, they’ll organise collection and give you a full refund.

Here’s a short video demonstrating it’s features…

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Sleep tight with the S+ by ResMed

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Three of my all time favourite things are wrapped up into one with the S+ by ResMed – tech, stats… and sleeping!

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I was sent a sample to review and another to give away to one of our readers. As you may have seen in a previous post recently, I’m really interested in tracking my fitness levels and the quality of my sleep. I’m up for trying out any gadget that can help on either or both of those fronts.

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As ResMed explains:

The S+ measures movements using ultra low power radio waves (less than 110 of Bluetooth®). The basic principle is similar to the echo location system used by bats to hunt insects. The S+ transmits a short pulse of radio waves at 10.5 GHz and then listens for the echo of the pulse. As you move, the phase of the echo changes and is converted into a signal that reflects your movement.

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It may be ultra high tech, but was very easy to set up. Firstly, I plugged in the device, then downloaded the app to both my iPhone and iPad, I then linked them to the S+ by ResMed via Bluetooth. The app asked a few questions… height, weight, do I sleep on my back, front or side; do I sleep with a partner or pet; the size of the bed; type of mattress and pillows etc. I registered on the S+ website and then went through a dry run whilst lying on the bed in the dark. Just look at the difference between my breathing patterns on left and right!

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The app works continuously throughout the night to record breathing and movement to analyse the night’s sleep.

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Not only does it show all the different stages of sleep (and any disruptions) it reports – every 20 minutes – on the temperature, light level and any noise in the room. It also works out how much body & mind have been recharged overnight.

My nightly sleep details via the S+ app | H is for Home

It scores a night’s sleep out of 100 and shows where ‘points’ have been lost. On the night in question, it took me a long time to fall asleep, I had a coughing fit and I also had a mild case of restless legs which really didn’t help. I just didn’t get enough REM or deep sleep.

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Each night before setting the app, it asks questions such as how many caffeinated or alcoholic drinks had been consumed during the day. As you can tell from the scores on the following night, my sleep improved by 7%. Was it due to the couple of glasses of wine I consumed? Perhaps it was because the dog didn’t wake up, circle around and reposition himself, crashing into the side of the bed as he does most nights.

My sleep history recorded by the S+ by ResMed device

I’ve been using the monitor for less than a week so far, but I’m already totally hooked. I knew that for years I’ve been waking up each morning feeling exhausted, but not recalling the disruptions in sleep that have clearly been happening. The S+ mentor gives pointers as to how to up your score and, in so doing, improve your sleep.

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ResMed is offering an S+ sleep monitoring system to one of our readers. Just leave a comment telling us what keeps you awake at night.

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How to achieve a dreamy bedroom

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The bedroom should be a place to retreat into, a place to forget the stresses and worries of the day. A space that you find cosy and relaxing by night time enabling you to drift off – and refreshing and positive as you wake. So, set the scene for a good night’s sleep by creating a dreamy bedroom.

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Choose the right bed

Many of us keep the same old bed and mattress for many years beyond their best – quite surprising when you consider how much time we actually spend in bed over a lifetime – an average of a third by most estimates! Perhaps it’s time to consider a new mattress or complete change of look. Four-poster beds, sleigh beds and French provincial beds make climbing into bed feel so much more dreamy. Add fluffy pillows, soft blankets and throws so you can really snuggle in for the night.

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Sheets, blankets or duvet?

Which ever of these options you prefer, choose something that’s made of pure linen, 100% wool or Egyptian cotton. The quality of materials and thread-count, well… count. You want bed linen that keeps you warm but doesn’t make you over-heat. Sleep is only satisfactory if you’re comfortable; not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

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Light up the night

As you wind down and get ready for bed, the room lighting is very important. There’s nothing worse than a stark, bright overhead bulb in the bedroom. A directional bedside lamp might be required for reading, but also think about candlelight, flicker flame bulbs or fairy lights to create a relaxing mood and atmosphere. What about using one of those children’s night-lights that project stars or other shapes on the ceiling or walls?

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Make it scent-sational

The wonderful aroma of flowers, scented candles, room diffusers or linen spray creates a real haven of relaxation and natural calm. Lavender, in particular, aids restful sleep; so look for products that incorporate this beautiful fragrance. You could make your own pillow mist which is easily done by combining a little lavender essential oil, witch hazel and water in a little pump-action bottle.

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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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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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Etsy List: Duvet Day

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National Sleep in Day has got to be the best national day of the year! It falls on the last Sunday in October – the day that the clocks go back; the day we go from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time. On the 25th at 2am, we’ll auto-magically gain an extra hour; what will you be doing with your bonus 60 minutes?

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