SOUND ASLEEP BEDS
INDEPENDENT BED RETAILER
Sound Asleep Beds is an independent bed retailer with our shop showroom located in Newtownards North Down, Northern Ireland near to Belfast.
Our aim is to offer the best quality in beds and mattresses and offer the most comprehensive range of beds and mattresses in one location.
HELP & ADVICE
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for our overall well-being and productivity. Here are ten tips to help you improve the quality of your sleep:
- Stick to a consistent sleep schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body’s internal clock and establishes a consistent sleep routine.
- Create a sleep-friendly environment: Make your bedroom conducive to sleep by keeping it dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature. Consider using earplugs, eye masks, or white noise machines to block out disturbances.
- Establish a pre-sleep routine: Develop a relaxing bedtime routine that signals to your body and mind that it’s time to wind down. This could involve activities like reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation.
- Limit exposure to electronic devices before bed: The blue light emitted by smartphones, tablets, and computers can interfere with your sleep by suppressing the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Avoid using electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime.
- Avoid stimulants and heavy meals close to bedtime: Limit your intake of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, as they can disrupt your sleep patterns. Additionally, try to avoid eating large, heavy meals late in the evening, as this can cause discomfort and indigestion.
- Create a comfortable sleep environment: Invest in a supportive mattress, pillows, and bedding that suit your personal preferences. Comfortable sleep essentials can make a significant difference in your sleep quality.
- Regular exercise: Engage in regular physical activity during the day, but try to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime. Exercise promotes better sleep by reducing stress and increasing feelings of tiredness.
- Manage stress and anxiety: High levels of stress and anxiety can interfere with your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Consider incorporating stress management techniques into your daily routine, such as journaling, practicing mindfulness, or seeking support from a therapist.
- Limit daytime napping: If you have trouble sleeping at night, avoid long or late afternoon naps. If you must nap, keep it short (around 20-30 minutes) and avoid napping too close to your bedtime.
- Create a sleep-friendly mindset: Maintain a positive attitude towards sleep and prioritize it as an essential part of your self-care routine. Avoid associating your bed with non-sleep activities like work or watching TV. Train your mind to associate your sleep environment with relaxation and rest.
Remember, everyone’s sleep needs are unique, so it’s important to experiment with these tips and adapt them to fit your individual preferences. If you continue to experience persistent sleep issues, it’s recommended to consult a healthcare professional for further evaluation and guidance.
In terms of evolution, the human body hasn’t changed much over the last 200,000 years. We remain a culturally diverse species with one crucial thing in common – the need to sleep. Every single one of us needs to retire at the end of the day to relax, unwind and ultimately, switch off.
A mattress is arguably the most important piece of furniture you’ll ever buy. You’d be hard pushed to find someone who hasn’t ever spent a tortured night trying to doze off on an uncomfortable mattress; whether it’s too soft, hard, or just plain lumpy, you can guarantee you’ll wake up feeling worse than you did when you went to bed. So, the wisdom of buying the best you can afford shouldn’t go unheeded.
Sleep is an activity so personal, private, and unique that the notion of one size fits all approach to mattresses is absurd. Research has shown that compromising with a product that isn’t the best suited to your height, weight or sleeping style will undoubtedly lead to health problems later in life; all of which substantiates the case for choosing a high-quality alternative engineered to support your spine.
By inventing the pocket spring, Vispring changed how the world sleeps. It’s a reputation that they are proud of, so they’ve always been very careful to protect their status as industry leaders by maintaining our excellent production standards. After over a century in business they are still one of the only UK bed manufacturers to produce their own springs, which are made from the best Vanadium steel. Every mattress is made to order from start to finish at their Plymouth workshop. There’s a choice of 74 distinct spring types, and of course , we’re able to trailer the spring tension to your own specific needs – whether that’s soft, medium, firm or extra firm.
The Vispring Comfort Promise
Vispring always hope that those who make the decision to invest in a Vispring mattress will sleep happily ever after – but if you, after the first month’s sleep decide you’ve made the wrong choice of spring tension, we’re here to help. This is where the Vispring Comfort Promise swings into action and you may qualify for a one-time only exchange for a mattress of a different tension.
If you have purchased a mattress from Sound Asleep Beds, and followed the weight guide advice from our sales consultant, then you will have the correct tension for your body weight. If however, after 30 night’s sleep (but no more than 90 nights) you feel that a different tension would provide better sleep comfort, you will qualify for our Comfort Promise from Vispring.
Please note that in order for us to facilitate the switch to a new mattress, conditions state that the Comfort Promise only applies to mattresses purchased from an authorised dealer, this is the case at Sound Asleep beds. You must have tried the selected model in our store before purchase, and given individual advice by one of our bed specialists.
TIPS FOR GETTING A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
We all know important it is to get a good nights sleep for our general health and wellbeing. We have put together a few simple tips to help you get a good rest.
RECOMMENDED GUILDLINES FOR A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
1. Keep regular hours. Routine will program your body to sleep better
2. Create a restful environment. A comfortable temperature and as quiet and dark as possible.
4. Exercise! Regular exercise can relieve the stresses of the day, but not too close to bedtime.
5. Cut down on tea or coffee, as they interfere with your sleep. Try hot milk or herbel tea instead.
6. Don’t over indulge in food or alcohol. Both may help you fall asleep but will also interrupt it!
7. Don’t smoke! Smokers take longer to fall asleep and experience more disruption
8. Relax before going to bed. Have a warm bath or listen to some quiet music like a relaxation CD.
9. Deal with your worries or a heavy workload by making a to-do list for the next day.
10. Can’t sleep? Don’t lie there worrying about it. Get up, do something relaxing and try again.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR NEW BED
To ensure that you get the most out of your purchase, please follow our advice:-
…..Turn your mattress to make sure your mattress wears evenly and stays comfortable, you should do this every fortnight for the first three months, (side to and head to toe) then once a month after that.
….. Check your bed’s fixings regularly.They can come loose over time.
….. Use a mattress protector. This will make sure your mattress lasts as long as possible.
….. Keep your bed fresh by airing it thoroughly every few months for a few hours at a time.
…..Bend or roll your mattress as this can damage the springs and the fabric.
…..Sit on the edge of the bed as this will place undue pressure on the springs and borders.
…..Overload the storage drawers in your bed – they shouldn’t be used to store heavy or bulky items.
…..Walk or jump on your bed. It might be fun, but it can damage the mattress.
WHAT PILLOW IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Like the choice of a mattress, the choice of a pillow is a very personal matter. Although some people can sleep with their head on a block of wood, most of us are very particular about the type of pillow we use. Your head weighs more than 10 pounds, so your pillow needs to provide you with support as well as comfort.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING YOUR PILLOW -
Consider what position you like to sleep in when choosing your pillow. If you sleep on your back or stomach you might prefer a soft pillow or medium pillow that is not too thick and will mould to your head and neck to give you comfortable gentle support. Choose a firm pillow or dense pillow if you sleep on your side, as this will offer the most support for your spine, head and neck in that position. If you have wide shoulders and sleep on your side you may prefer to use two pillows – a popular combination is a firmer bottom pillow and a softer top pillow. If you suffer from neck problems, a memory foam pillow may provide the shape and tension you are after.
Find a pillow that makes you feel comfortable. Just because a friend or relative uses a particular type of pillow and finds it perfect for them, that doesn’t mean that it will be perfect for you. And when your pillow starts to lose its shape or support, it’s time to get a new one. Experiment with a variety of types, and stick with the one that provides you with the best night’s sleep.
The life cycle of a pillow is usually 2-4 years. Once pillows start to age, they no longer provide the support required for a good night’s sleep and can also become unhygienic. There are a few warning signs which may indicate that it is time for a new pillow, such as: the cover of your pillow becoming discoloured, you waking up with a neck ache and you waking up feeling wheezy or with a runny/blocked nose. It is worth remembering that we all loose up to 1 pint of sweat per night which stains and dirties the pillow cover, allows unhealthy fungi to grow inside and attracts dusts mites which can cause allergic reactions.
If you’re trying to determine whether your pillow is ready for replacement, try these tests. If you own a polyester pillow, fold it in half and place a shoe on top. If the pillow unfolds and knocks the shoe off, it’s still good. If the shoe wins. the pillow probably needs replacing.
If you have a feather pillow, fold it in half and squeeze out as much air as you can. (Leave the shoe out of this contest) When you release the pillow , it should unfold on it’s own. If not, its goose is cooked and the pillow needs to be replaced.
WHAT BED IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
The average person spends a third of their lives sleeping – the equivalent to at least 200,000 hours spent in the land of nod.
Investing in a decent bed will help your sleeping hours to be more comfortable and fulfilling, in turn helping you to make the most of the time you’re awake.
A good bed starts with a good bed frame – we’ve outlined the main types of bed below. Next, decide on the best mattress for you.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEDS
A divan bed is the most popular and simple style of bed available – and there are countless varieties on sale. Essentially, a divan is a base, on to which you add a bed mattress and headboard, sometimes as part of a bed package.
There are two types of divan base available. Pocket sprung divans have springs in the base, offering a softer top and extra comfort. Cheaper platform top divans have a hard top and will give a firmer feel, though the overall firmness of the bed will depend on the mattress you choose. Divan beds are simple and practical
Divan bed pros
Most widely available type of bed.
Tends to be cheaper than other types of bed.
Lots of sizes, shapes and storage options.
Divan bed cons
Less ornate and stylish than other varieties of bed.
Only some offer extra storage.
Bedsteads are slatted frames (as opposed to solid bases), usually made of metal or wood and comprised of a base, legs and headboard. They’re usually a more decorative option, with different colours, finishes and styles to choose from – from a traditional pine bedstead to a luxurious four-poster bedstead.
Upholstered bedsteads, clad with leather or faux-leather, are an increasingly popular option.Bedsteads can offer a more decorative style
Look great, with lots of styles available.
No need to buy a separate headboard.
Different slat types available to offer a harder or more flexible feel.
Storing items underneath the bed can look messy.
Usually need to be self-assembled.
Tend to be more expensive than divan beds.
As the name suggests, storage beds offer just that – lots of tidy storage options below or underneath the bed. They’re a great option if you’re short on bedroom space but want something a bit more stylish than a standard divan bed. Choose between storage drawers or an ottoman-style bed that fully lifts up, letting you store your belongings inside.
A storage bed is a good space-saving option
Storage bed pros
Lots of storage space!
Good for small bedrooms.
Lots of storage options.
Storage bed cons
Ottoman beds can be heavy and awkward to move or lift.
There are lots more types of bed on the market – often designed to meet a specific requirement or appeal to particular age groups.
Sofa beds and folding beds: flexible, compact bed options that work well in a guest bedroom, or where a bed won’t be used everyday.
Bunk beds: two beds in one for brothers and sisters in a shared bedroom – and lots of play fun for kids, too.
THE RIGHT MATTRESS FOR YOU
Your mattress is feeling lumpy and uncomfortable, you are waking up with back ache, you have a restless night. All these point to the fact that its time you had a new mattress. We spend up to one third of our lives in bed and if you do not have a good nights sleep then it can affect you the next day.
Sleep is a very important part of a person’s life as it is the time when our body and brain relaxes and revitalises itself. When choosing a mattress you will be confronted with a very wide choice and it can be very difficult in deciding which is the most suitable for you. First of all the type of mattress you choose will depend on the bedroom it is for and who will be using the bed. If it is for a child’s bedroom or a guest /spare bedroom, then the type of mattress chosen could be very different from what you would want for your main bedroom.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF MATTRESSES -
Open coil mattresses use one of the most long-standing methods of construction. Most people have slept on an open coil mattress at some point in their lives, and they are still some of the most widely-available mattresses on the market. Their construction means that they provide the support you need, whilst leaving plenty of room for a variety of fillings that help to provide you with comfort as well as support.
How an open coil mattress works
Open coil springs are usually about 5-6 coils high. A standard double bed has 325 of these coils, although some manufacturers may use more and, of course, the coil count increases as the mattress size rises to king and superking. The coils are all assembled into a single construction with helical wire. This is a thinner, spiral wire that joins the coils at top and bottom to form several rows. An outer rod is then fitted around the top and bottom of the finished construction to provide additional strength. Once the basic construction is completed, the mattress can be filled and the ticking applied.
As with most sprung mattresses, the tension, or firmness of the mattress can be altered by changing the thickness of the wire, the number of twists in the coil and the number of coils overall. In addition, an extra row of springs may be added at key points across the mattress to provide additional support. The continuous spring mattress uses the same basic construction principles as the open coil, but is made from a single length of wire that is essentially “knitted” together to form a single, sprung construction. The finished mattress springs are in rows, as with open coil, but are joined vertically. These springs are usually smaller than those used in open coil and use narrower wire, which makes them slightly softer. The fairly simple construction of the open coil mattress means that it is one of the most cost-effective mattresses on the market. If you are looking for a budget mattress, you will find a range of open coil mattresses that are both comfortable and affordable.
A pocket sprung mattress is made up from individual pocket springs. Working independently from each other, each pocket spring is enclosed within its own fabric pocket. This means that each spring reacts only when pressure is applied to that particular area. Each person sleeping on the mattress will have their own personalised support.
Pocket springs don’t move as a whole unit, and is particularly beneficial if:
- You and your partner are of different sizes & weights
- You have the tendency to toss and turn throughout the night
There are further benefits to pocket sprung mattresses that could make it the right choice for you.
- No transfer of movement
- Consistent firmness
- Total body support
- Pressure relief
Since pocket springs work independently from each other, pocket sprung mattresses support your body weight to a greater degree than an open coil spring system (also known as standard sprung). This can help you to feel comfortable and well-supported as you sleep, reducing the risk of pressure point build-up.
Memory foam mattresses work by becoming soft enough to mould around a person or body shape. This happens when the high-density, low-resilience foam reacts to body heat. When the pressure is removed, it returns to its original shape.
What are the benefits of memory foam?
- Increases blood circulation
- Reduces the strain on aching joints.
- Anti-microbial, reducing the number of bugs and mites that can aggravate allergies.
What are the different types of memory foam mattress?
- Traditional type
- Air cool
- Gel varieties
Memory foam doesn’t suit everybody as it retains heat and a number of people find the mattress too warm in the summer, choosing an air cool or gel mattress can help to resolve this issue. Some people can also have difficulty getting out of the bed in the morning as the foam cradles the body during the night.
Some new memory foam mattresses produce a chemical smell (known as off-gassing). This smell usually dissipates if the mattress is aired out for 24 hours after purchase, while some manufacturers use special treatment with eucalyptus to prevent it.