National Back Care Week 2020

When it comes to caring for your back, one of the most important factors is how you sleep, and what you sleep on. That’s why, here at the UK Bed Store, we are supporting National Back Care Week 2020. This year the awareness week falls from 5th October to 9th October.

What is National Back Care Week?

National Back Care Week was created to raise awareness of those who suffer with back conditions, or who do a manual role that may impact the health of their back.
Many of us take a healthy back for granted and do not appreciate the struggle that individuals may be going through on a daily basis.
The theme for this year is back pain in nursing. Many nurses struggle with back pain, especially later in their career. Due to the constant lifting and shifting of patients and equipment they are more susceptible to back injury or long lasting pain. This week can help to highlight the daily struggles and how important it is to care for your own back.

Back Pain In Nursing

Due to the nature of the job, caring for others means that they will have to undertake manoeuvres that will eventually take their toll on our nurses. While in recent years there has been a push on manual handling guidance and an encouragement to follow these lifting and shifting guidelines, it may not always be possible due to the “item” being moved being a human being, usually an unwell one at that. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to avoid this.
So, where possible, we promote our nurses ensuring that outside (and inside where possible) work doing the best they can for their backs. This includes regular massage or chiropractor appointments, fitness to improve the muscles in the back and the use of a good quality mattress.

How Your Bed Can Help Your Back

It’s long since been known that what you sleep on can have a huge impact on your back. Sleeping on a hard floor, in comparison to sleeping on a supportive mattress makes a big difference.
Typical advice recommended that an orthopaedic mattress is the best for individuals struggling with back pain. However, this advice might not be accurate for you. When looking for a mattress you should look for one that is supportive to you. This includes moulding to your shape and how you sleep. For example a smaller individual who sleeps on their side, would find it extremely uncomfortable to sleep on an extra firm mattress as it would not contort to their body shape. Whereas a softer or a memory foam mattress would mould to the right shape, offering fuller support.
Where two individuals share a bed, both need to be taken into consideration, and ideally either a mutual ground or a mattress that reduces the movement felt by the other person such as a pocket sprung or memory foam mattress where the movement is contained.

If you are looking for a new mattress and struggle with back pain, contact one of our experts here at UK Bed Store who will be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements, finding you the best support.


Keeping warm this Autumn

So many of us struggle to keep cool in summer, which can greatly impact the quality of your sleep. But what about keeping warm as the weather starts to get cooler? And what really is the best temperature for you to get a great night’s sleep?
There are so many things that impact the quality of our sleep on a daily basis, from stress, to aches and pain, a screaming child to a partner taking up the whole bed. Don’t let the temperature be another factor.

What Is The “Optimum” Sleeping Temperature?

This can be subject to interpretation. So some of us may believe that sleeping in a cooler room gives you a better night’s sleep and prepares you for the day ahead, meanwhile others consider a warmer sleep to offer them a deeper and fuller sleep.
So what does “The Sleep Council” say on the matter?
“Your body is at its lowest temperature when you’re asleep, so a cool 16-18°C (60-65°F) is thought to be an ideal temperature in a bedroom. Temperatures over 24°C (71°F) are likely to cause restlessness, while a cold room of about 12°C (53°F) will make it difficult to drop off.”

How Can I Keep Warm In A Cool Room?

While your room is ideally slightly cooler (yes even into the winter) It doesn’t mean that you cannot use other aids to warm yourself up to fall asleep. If you are one of the many that wants to be warm when you fall asleep, even if your room is at the optimal temperature, there are a number of ways to warm up that can be removed throughout the night.
A great method of warming you up to fall asleep is the trusted hot water bottle. They have always been a firm favourite in many households, and we fully support this. They are at their warmest while you fall asleep, cooling down as the night goes on, allowing you to cool to a good resting temperature.
You may wish to wrap up in warm PJ’s and some nice thick socks. Again this is a great method, if you get to warm you can always peel back the covers to regulate your temperature.
The most common warming method is to add a couple of extra throws or blankets onto your bed. These are great as if you wake up too warm you can peel these away, and the inside of your bed will stay warm enough for you to fall back into a cosy sleep.

Do I Need To Change My Bedding To Suit The Season?

For those of you who already do this, it might seem like an odd question. But there are many of us that keep the same duvets all year round and change our external conditions.
While no one is going to directly tell you that you need to change your duvet to suit the temperature outside, there are a number of benefits to investing in a winter/summer option. And if space is an issue, vacuum bags are great at squashing even the thickest of winter duvets right down.
When it comes to regulating your sleeping temperature, the duvet plays the biggest part. If you are trying to sleep under a giant feather winter duvet in the middle of summer, you’ll quickly find it uncomfortable. And likewise for the thinnest duvet in the heart of winter. Finding a duvet that suits the season will help to reduce the need of other aids such as additional blankets and woolly socks.

Here at the UK Bed Store we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. That’s why you won’t find us walking around like zombies first thing in the morning! If it’s time to upgrade your bed or your mattress to help improve your sleep get in touch today! Our expert team is on hand to support you throughout the process.

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Sleeping Well When Working from Home

Whilst people working remotely is not a new concept, the global coronavirus outbreak has led to large portions of the nation now working from home for the next few weeks.

However, this doesn’t mean you can start enjoying a lazy 10 am starts every day and clocking off early. For some, this practice will increase their productivity levels; with others finding it easier to work at night instead of the day – perhaps if they also have to home school their children.

Working from home does have an impact on your sleep, with disruptions to your regular routines having a knock-on effect, so for our latest blog, UK Bed Store is sharing the best ways to continue sleeping well.

8 Ways to Keep Productive Working from Home

1. Keeping to a regular daily routine will maintain your mental focus and keep your body clock in sync. Don’t be tempted to hit the snooze button just because you do not have to physically go to work. Have a morning shower, dress for work and have a balanced breakfast like you would on a ‘normal’ day.

2. Before your working day begins or during a mid-morning break get some natural light, whether this is a brisk walk or 10 minutes in the garden with a cup of tea. Natural light is still effective on cloudy or grey days and helps us to reset our internal body clock.

3. Make sure you put boundaries in place and try to keep to your working hours as much as possible. Try not to be available ‘all the time’ such as checking emails or working too close to bedtime as this could impact the time you fall asleep.

4. Create a designated area for working (if possible) and commit to using it only during working hours. Try not to make this space your bedroom, as working from your bed is not good for posture or productivity.

5. Take regular breaks every hour to stretch your legs and get a change of scenery.

6. Working from home can have effects on your mental health, which in turn can have an impact on your sleep. While you may miss the office or factory floor banter, there are platforms such as Skype that will help you stay connected, plus you can see and speak to your colleagues.

7. Stay hydrated by making sure you regularly have a drink. Try keeping a bottle of water on your desk and use time making a brew for a break from your computer.

8. Finally, avoid stocking up on caffeine during the afternoon when you hit the post-lunch dip. Although caffeine affects us all differently, give yourself enough time between your last caffeine intake and bedtime so it doesn’t interfere with your sleep. If you start feeling lethargic in the afternoon, spend 10 minutes outside or put on some of your favourite songs to lift your mood.

Considering a New Bed? Get in Touch Today

If you are looking to treat yourself to a new bed, look no further than UK Bed Store.

Please contact us today if you have any questions about our range of mattresses and bed frames.

National Bed Month

National bed month, Time to upgrade?

Here at UK Bed Store we personally LOVE national bed month! What better way to spend the month than making the most out of your bed! But, will this month make you think about upgrading and treating yourself to a new bed? Perhaps a king-size? Or maybe a luxurious leather frame?
The perfect bed is waiting for you. Whether the bed is just for you, a bed to share, a fun child’s bed, or the old favourite cabin bed for that teen that needs a bit more storage space!

National bed month

This year the whole month of March is devoted to the love of our bed. After all it is where we spend around one third of our lives.
This month it’s all about creating awareness of getting the best nights sleep and ensuring that your bed is helping you to get that! Recent studies have shown that reducing screen time before bed can vastly improve your quality of sleep. While we can’t sell you a bed that will tell you to put your phone down at bedtime (yet!), we do have a wide variety of snooze-worthy beds and mattresses that will help you revamp your nightly routine.

Choosing the best upgrade

With so many options on offer, how do you know you’re making the right choice? The best way to help make your decision is to make a list of expectations for your new bed. Have you considered;
• The size you want/need – is a standard double big enough or are you looking for a little more room? Maybe try a king-size.
• Who is the bed for? Small children don’t need a luxurious leather double bed, why not have a look at some of our fun kid’s beds
• Low on space? We have a great selection of ottoman and divan beds available to suit your space
If you think you’ve made the perfect selection but are a little worried in case its not everything you hoped for? Don’t worry, our easy returns mean that you get to return the bed and try again!

Did you know?

There’s so many interesting facts about beds that you may not know! And some you probably don’t want to know! Here’s just a few, how many did you already know?
• Tutankhamun’s bed was made from pure gold and ebony.
• A traditional Japanese bed is essentially a matt (known as a shikibuton) laid on the floor, which is rolled up during the day to allow the space to be used.
• Over 10 years the average mattress almost doubles in weight, this is caused by dust and dead skin cells being held inside (is it time to change your mattress?)
• The first waterbeds were goatskins filled with water, used in Persia nearly 4,000 years ago

UK Bed Store

Here at UK Bed Store we don’t want to sell you the most expensive bed we can. We want to sell you the right bed for you, that suits your needs and your budget. We offer a vast selection from Divan to Ottoman, from fabric to leather and from metal frame to wooden. We are sure to have something that will catch your eye. Have a browse through our online catalogue to find the right bed for you. For any queries or to speak to a member of our team contact us today.

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Essential Sleeping Tips with UK Bed Store

Here at UK Bed Store, we offer a fantastic range of beds and mattresses to help you get the best night’s sleep possible.

As the Dalia Lama once said,
“Sleep is the best meditation.”

If you are struggling with either waking up in the night or just not getting enough sleep which leads to fatigue during the day, why not read some of our essential sleeping tips below.

Six Tips for Creating Perfect Bedroom for Sleep

1. Forget About Work – The purpose of your bedroom is to relax, so try to keep any reminders of work in another room.
2. Serene Space – The more pleasing environment, the better night’s sleep you will get. If you are thinking of re-decorating, then consider soothing colours such as blue or putting tranquil pictures around the room.
3. De-Clutter – Having clutter everywhere will destroy any relaxing vibe in your bedroom. You could choose one of our divan beds which are a perfect storage solution for clutter.
4. Keep the Noise Down – Even in sleep we still process background noises, so leaving a TV on standby or your phone on will only act as distractions to sleep. Creating an environment where there is minimal noise will help switch your mind off ready for sleep.
5. A Comfortable Bed – Having a comfortable bed is a must but also carefully choose your sheets, pillows and mattress will create the most relaxing sleep space.
6. Make Your Bed Every day – According to a survey from the National Sleep Foundation, those who make their beds every day generally slept better than those who don’t.

Get the Bedroom of Your Dreams with UK Bed Store

UK Bed Store have been providing the finest bed frames, mattresses and bedroom furniture plus we work with renowned brands like Silentnight, Birlea and Serene Furnishings.

If you’d like to know more about our product range, please get in touch today and speak to our team of specialists or come and pay our showroom in Staffordshire a visit.

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Dispelling Mattress Myths with UK Bed Store

Knowing which mattress will suit you and your family can be a tricky task if you believe some of the common myths.
Amazingly the average person will only buy three or four mattresses during their lifetime, so choosing the best one is a crucial task.

Here at UK Bed Store, we have over four decades of experience in providing the finest mattresses including renowned brands such as Birlea.
In our latest blog, we are going to look at myths about mattresses and give you the truth about them.

The Truth About These Mattress Myths

Myth 1 – Turning Your Mattress Doubles Its Lifespan
In the past mattresses were designed to sleep one side only, but technological developments in spring manufacturing and mattress fillings mean you no longer need to flip it.

Myth 2 – A Firm Mattress is Good for Bad Backs
If you have a back condition, then having a firm mattress was always the first advice you used to get from a GP. The most important thing about your mattress is choosing one that offers the correct support for your spine. A mattress that’s too firm will cause pinching of nerves which leads to pins and needles and reduced blood flow.
Ultimately if your mattress has seen better days (or is over 7 years old) you should consider investing in a new one that provides better back support.

Myth 3 – Memory Foam Mattresses Make You Sleep Hot
Back in the 1990’s memory foam mattresses had a reputation for sleeping warmer than your traditional spring interior range.
Foam technology has developed so much since then with cooling gel particles and the introduction of smart fabrics regulating your body temperature with heat retention a distant memory (excuse the pun).

Myth 4 – Mattress Toppers Is Perfect Substitute for a new Mattress
If your old mattress is showing wear and tear, then investing in a cheap mattress topper will not help revive its fortunes.
Investing in a new mattress is the best solution and will prove value for money with the average one lasting up to 7 years.

UK Bed Store has a wide range of mattresses such as Coil Spring, Pocket Springs and memory foam and latex blocks.

Relax on Mattresses from UK Bed Store

From our store in Leek, Staffordshire UK Bed Store can provide the finest mattresses and beds range for customers all over the country.
If you have any questions about any of our products, please contact us today.

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Sleeping Comfortably on Bunk Beds for Kids

UK Bed Store is the leading supplier of bunk beds for kids guaranteed to give your little ones the best night’s sleep.
Our range of bunk beds are great choices for both children and teenagers plus they’re a clever space saving solution available in a wide range of widths and lengths.

Plus we work with a range of high profile brands including Julian Bowen, Birlea, Sweet Dreams and Serene Furnishings!
Here we are going to look at how to create the perfect sleeping environment for your children.

Sleep Advice for Kids

The first thing you will need to check is the quality of your child’s mattress, making sure their spine, shoulders and hips are supported properly. If their mattress is showing signs of wear and tear or is over 7 years old, you should consider investing in a new one.
You should also take a look at things from your child’s perspective, so try lying down on their bed and taking a look around to see if there are any things that need changing to create a calm and relaxing environment.

This could include making it feel more homely by adding a picture of the family within eye range of the bed and ensure stimulants such as toys are tidied away before bedtime.
Try to keep the temperature in the bedroom between 16 and 18 degrees and also consider blackout blinds if your child is easily woken or a light sleeper.

When it comes to their sleep routine, 8:30 pm is considered the golden hour where they should begin to wind down, perhaps have a bath or shower 30 minutes before bedtime.
By 9:30 pm they should be tucked up and counting sheep to ensure that they get the recommended amount of sleep.

Order Your Bunk Beds for Kids from UK Bed Store

With over four decades of experience, you won’t find better suppliers of bunk beds for kids than UK Bed Store.

If you’d like to find out more about our bunk bed range please get in touch today.

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Beat the Overnight Heat with UK Bed Store

As temperatures start to increase as summer approaches, this can sometimes cause uncomfortable and sleepless nights due to the heat.
UK Bed Store leads the way for upholstered beds with a wide variety guaranteed to satisfy your tastes and budget.
Here we are going to share some handy tips to make sure you can get a comfortable night’s sleep on one of our luxurious beds such as one of our upholstered range that varies from single to super king size.

Top Tips to Keep Cool at Night

1. Keep the Blinds Shut – According to industry statistics around 30% on unwanted heat comes from your windows. So by utilising shades, curtains or blinds will keep your indoor temperature much lower and prevents your house from becoming a miniature greenhouse which can be frequent for south and west facing homes.
2. Blackout Curtains – A slightly more robust option is installing blackout curtains which are said to reduce heat gain in rooms by up to 33% whilst naturally insulating the rooms they’re installed in.
3. Keep That Door…Open! – Whilst in Winter it’s good to seal heat into your rooms to make them nice and toasty, in the summer having doors between rooms open adds a natural air flow which helps keep them cooler at night.
4. Change the Sheets – Changing your bed sheets is a great way to freshen up your room but also switching to cotton sheets as it breathes easier and is naturally cooler is a sensible choice.
5. Focus on Body, not Home Temperature – If you get too hot in the night, the chances are this will be your own body temperature and not necessarily your room’s temperature. Way to combat increased body temperature include sipping cold drinks and applying a cold cloth to strong pulsed areas such as the back of your neck and wrists.

Stay Cool and Comfortable with Upholstered Beds

For over 40 years UK Bed Store has worked with some of the finest brands including Sweet Dreams, Birlea and SilentNight supplying the highest quality metal and upholstered beds.
If you’d like to know more about any of our products please contact us today or come and pay our showroom a visit in Leek, Staffordshire.

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Helping New Parents Grab a Moment of Sleep!

Having a comfortable and high-quality bed is essential for new parents. Babies have been stealing the headlines lately. The new Royal arrival, full name Archibald Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Monday 6th May to national adoration.

Becoming a parent can be a rude awakening, excuse the pun, for couples who previously enjoyed peaceful sleep routines. All new parents, including Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, need to make sure they get their 40 winks as much as baby Archie!

Sleeping Tips for New Parents

So, if you’ve recently had a newborn here are some essential tips to help the whole family sleep comfortably –
Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps – Although they wake frequently, babies do cram in lots of sleep during the day, so we’d recommend trying to snooze when they do if possible.
Share Night Time Responsibilities – If your partner can help out with nappy changes and bottle feeding this will help share tasks and free up time for you to sleep.
Create a Sleeping Environment – Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet, dark and clutter free and most importantly your bed is comfortable. If you’ve had your mattress for over 7 years you may need to consider replacing it. With all the focus and excitement on your newborn, don’t forget to be kind to yourself, a new bed or mattress is something to aid those much needed moments of rest and sleep.
Treat Yourself – If you want a complete change to prepare for parenthood, investing in a new bed could be the best money you spend this year. UK Bed Store is the leading providers of all different kinds of upholstered, leather and adjustable beds.
Get Rid of Distractions – We know you’re probably too busy! But avoid having TV, laptops, tablets and mobile phones in the bedroom and try not to have ‘screen time’ an hour before you’d like to sleep. If you’re not feeling tired within an hour of this, we’d recommend getting up until you feel sleepy; then return to bed.

Perfect Bed Range for New Parents

Since we started trading in 1975, UK Bed Store has been the leading provider of beds, mattresses and bedroom furniture across the country.
We have plenty of new parents visit us and call regularly looking for new beds for themselves, so if you’d like to know more about our products please get in touch today…and congratulations to all new parents from everyone at UK Bedstore!

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The Best Night’s Sleep on Metal Beds for Over 55’s

Metals beds from UK Bed Store are one of the most popular options for a wide range of customers including children, parents and people over 55 years old.

Here we are going to look at methods to get a better night’s sleep if you’re heading towards retirement age.
Control the Temperature
Sometimes older men and women struggle to settle in bed due to temperature fluctuations, such as getting too warm during the night.
We would recommend wool, alpaca, silk or bamboo duvet covers which will help regulate your body temperature plus a mattress that offers breathable options. If you have a partner who snores and keeps you up at night you could also consider one of our adjustable beds. This sort of bed will mould itself to your individual sleep postures and help combat snoring.

Get into Routine
If you have trouble winding down at night there could be multiple factors for this, including:

Do you watch television late at night?
Are you browsing on your phone in bed?
Do you drink caffeine after 5pm?

These are all common reasons why your body isn’t switching off at bedtime, so here’s some alternatives to gradually wind down peacefully –

  • Try to walk at least 30 minutes per day getting plenty of sunlight
  • Take a nice warm bath
  • Read a book in bed for around half an hour before your usual bedtime to relax

If you need to relax more at night you could consider the 4-7-8 method, which helps focus your breathing patterns.

  • First empty your lungs of air
  • Breathe in quietly through your nose for 4 seconds
  • Now hold your breath for 7 seconds

Exhale forcefully through your mouth, pursing the lips and making the ‘whoosh’ sounds for 8 seconds
Repeat this cycle up to 4 times (if required)

Studies from the Sleep Council have shown men and women over 55 should be aiming to be asleep by 10:30pm and to achieve this you should aim to have your final meal of the evening before 8pm.
Between 9:30pm and 10:30pm is considered the ‘Golden Hour’ where you can undertake one or more of the wind down techniques, we looked at above. With plenty of practice this should ensure you get at least 7 hours of sleep and are refreshed come the morning.

Talk to the Experts for Metal Beds

UK Bed Store has over 40 years of experience providing the finest range of metal beds, mattresses, headboards and other bedroom accessories to customers all over the country.
If you’d like to know more about our range of products please get in touch or come and pay us a visit at our showroom in Leek, Staffordshire.