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How many calories do you burn when your sleeping?

A person burns 0.92 calories for every kg in one hour of sleep. This will vary with your metabolic rate, so someone that is very active during the day, will also use up more energy when they are asleep.

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What is the best mattress for allergy sufferers?

A hypoallergenic mattress is the best. It prevents dust mites from penetrating the surface and settling inside the mattress. The anti-bacterial cover provides a clean and healthy sleeping environment. Dial a Mattress offer a silver active mattress which has a special fabric with hypoallergenic properties.

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Are memory foam mattresses hot?

Memory foam mattresses have previously been known for being the warmest mattress. While the mattress itself does not produce the heat, the dense foam retains your body heat while you sleep. Previously leaving the sleeper hot and bothered in the summer. However, advances in memory foam technology mean that the foam is no longer as dense leading to a cooler memory foam mattress.  The type of bedding that you are using on your memory foam mattress will also greatly affect the heat that it stores. Thicker duvets will help the mattress to retain heat throughout the night, and even during the day in summer. Switching to lighter duvets and thinner sheets will help to improve your temperature through the night.  Here at Dial a Mattress we also offer a number of mattresses that use cool touch fabrics such as cool feel memory foam and cool gel-type mattresses. Our collection of Memory Foam Mattresses are available in all sizes and our selection offers a mattress for each budget. If you require more information or you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

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How can I naturally sleep better?

Finding yourself wide awake hours after you planned to be asleep? There are a number of ways to naturally help yourself to get a better night's sleep. Firstly, ensuring that you have the right mattress for you can help to have a big impact on your sleep, or indeed how quickly you can drift into the land of nod. Find yourself a mattress that supports your back whilst offering you the comfort you need to settle down with ease. Ensure that you pair this with the right bedding, including lighter duvets in summer to reduce overheating. If your home is warm throughout the night in winter, you may not need a winter duvet, as you will find yourself unable to cool down.You may find that you cannot fall to sleep easily due to your lifestyle. Unfortunately, this is where you may need to listen a little closer to the advice of healthcare professionals. Ensuring that you are healthy physically will help you to get a better night's sleep. Having a healthy diet, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking are all ways to help improve your sleep. A good amount of exercise each day will also help to encourage deep sleep, we aren't saying you need to train for a marathon, light exercise will be enough. Reducing your screen time coming up to your bedtime will also help to improve how quickly you fall asleep. The blue light of your screen keeps your brain active, meaning that even after you switch your devices off, your brain is awake and working in overdrive, meaning you can't fall straight to sleep. Give reading or a crossword puzzle a go so as to avoid screens.If you find yourself requiring a new mattress more suited to you, head over to our mattresses page to see what we have that will be right for you. If you require more information on our mattresses please contact us today and a member of our expert team will be happy to assist you.

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How can you get to sleep in hot weather?

Finding yourself struggling to get to sleep, or indeed stay asleep during hot or warm weather is a common issue. Regulating your temperature during the night is not so easy when the weather outside is warm. By taking measures to cool yourself or the room down you can significantly improve the quality of your sleep. The first place to start is where possible, open windows. Allowing the fresh air to circulate in your room will cool the space during the night, while allowing you to breathe better. Adding a fan in front of an open window can help to push the cool air into the room. If you can't sleep with the window open, look at investing in a small aircon unit. These are much quieter than fans and should cool the air better.Make sure you swap over to summer bedding. This means packing up the 14 tog duvet, along with the fleece bedding until the temperature drastically drops. On hotter nights, swap out the duvet completely and opt for a nice light cotton sheet. Above all else, you can also look at investing in a cooler - feel mattress, such as cool gel, cool memory foam or cool touch fabrics.As with any time of year, sleep is easier if you live a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise, healthy eating and limiting alcohol will all help you to improve your nights' sleep. For more information on our range of cooling mattresses head over to our mattress page today, or you can contact a member of our team today. 

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How can you get to sleep of your stressed or worried?

Struggling to sleep while stressed is common. But there are a number of things that you can do to help yourself to get a good night's sleep and wake up feeling fresh and ready to face the day ahead.  There are a number of little signs that we don't always initially associate with stress that could be keeping you awake at night. These include: a headache, muscle fatigue and a stiff neck.  There are many methods of relaxation around, some might work for you others may not. It's all about finding what works for you. Some often used methods include; a warm bath, soaking in a warm bath can help to ease the pains of the day and soothe your body into a tired and relaxed state. A warm drink, whether this is hot milk, green tea or hot chocolate, this can also help to make you sleepy. Exercise is known to help you get a good night's sleep, it can also help to relieve stress, so this can help you with both issues.  There are also a number of herbal remedies to try including Kalms, visit your local pharmacy or health store to find the best for you. If you are currently going through an elongated period of stress, getting yourself into a nighttime routine can help to relieve some of that stress as you wind down and get ready for bed. Start with switching all gadgets off nice and early, from TVs, to phones and games. Pick yourself up a good book, or some simple puzzle books, it'll keep the harsh blue lights of screens at bay, and take your mind away from everything else to focus on those things. Make sure to set yourself a time limit to ensure that you put things down and turn the lights out at an early enough time to get a good night's sleep.  There are a number of things to avoid if you are aiming for a good night's sleep. Some of these should also be avoided where possible if you are experiencing stress. Things to avoid in an evening include; caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, stressful activities and computer work.  Find the best method of relaxation for you, and you can ease yourself into a good night's sleep, stress-free.

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How much sleep do you need?

How much sleep we need is impacted by our age and an assortment of health conditions. Babies up to around 4 years of age should be getting up to around 14 hours a day, but this can be at night and during daytime naps. Small children up to 5 should be getting anywhere between 10 and 13 hours of sleep a night.Children 6 - 13 require between 9 and 11 hours of sleep. Teenagers should aim for a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night.A standard healthy adult should aim to get between 7 and 9 hours of good sleep a night. These are ideals as stated by professionals who have studied the impact of sleep on the average individual amongst these ages. We know that there are a number of circumstances which can turn these into an impossible reality. From parents of small children who appear to not sleep at night, to teenagers who stay up all night on games, it can be difficult to see how these hours are achievable. Creating a routine in your household to help to aim for at least the minimum optimum sleep time can help to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the family within your home. Creating a routine and a cut off time for technology or play can help to reduce the brain's activity to ensure that it switches off early enough to get a good night's sleep. With small children, reading to them at night over allowing them to watch TV can help them to switch off and enter a deeper sleep, which might mean that the parents are treated to a full nights sleep instead of being woken up during the night. Check out our blog regularly for any tips you need to get to sleep. 

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How much sleep do children need?

Children of different ages require different amounts of sleep, and even within these rough guidelines, each child is different, some may need far longer than others. Babies up to around 4 years of age should be getting up to around 14 hours a day, but this can be at night and during daytime naps. Small children up to 5 should be getting anywhere between 10 and 13 hours of sleep a night.Children 6 - 13 require between 9 and 11 hours of sleep. Teenagers should aim for a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night.These are ideals as stated by professionals who have studied the impact of sleep on the average individual amongst these ages. We know that there are a number of circumstances which can turn these into an impossible reality. Creating a routine in your household to help to aim for at least the minimum optimum sleep time can help to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the family within your home. Creating a routine and a cut off time for technology or play can help to reduce the brain's activity to ensure that it switches off early enough to get a good night's sleep. With small children, reading to them at night over allowing them to watch TV can help them to switch off and enter a deeper sleep, which might mean that the parents are treated to a full nights sleep instead of being woken up during the night. The time your child spends active throughout the day can have an impact on how much sleep they will require. Increased levels of activity throughout the day can leave you finding your child settling down to sleep earlier and not stirring until the morning. For the best night's sleep for your little ones, head over to our Kids beds and treat them to a new, exciting place to lay their head. Head over to our blog for more information on getting your little ones off to sleep.

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How to choose a mattress for back pain

The right mattress for back pain varies depending on the individual. One that is perfect for one person's back pain, may work the opposite for another.  The best way to address the back pain, is to find the right mattress to support you. For example, sleeping on a hard floor will offer very rigid support, while sleeping on a pile of soft pillows will offer very little support at all.  Typical advice recommends that an orthopaedic mattress is the best option for individuals that suffer from back pain. However, this might not be the case for your circumstances. A good supportive mattress should mould to your shape while you sleep, while offering support, rather than just soft moulding. 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. Ensuring that measures are taken in your daily life and routine to reduce the risk of back pain can help you to get a good night's sleep even if your mattress isn't quite right for you. Include regular exercise to help improve the quality of your back muscles can help to reduce back pain over extended periods of time. Head over to our blog for more information on choosing the right mattress. 

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