A proper nights kip should never be underestimated… at Qbic we believe this is a basic essential for all our guests.
To insure you get the perfect nights sleep at your home away from home, we offer the best beds with mattresses that are handmade and organically produced in sunny Devon by our friends at Naturalmat. The choice to delve into an uninterrupted sleep in one of our brand new cosy windowless rooms. To celebrate National Bed Month we have sourced some top tips on how to get that perfect nights sleep, PLUS ever wondered if you’re a starfish sleeper or a freefaller? Find out below and what this might say about your personality…
TOP TIPS FOR A PERFECT SLEEP
1. Stick To A Sleep Schedule
Sticking to the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night. You should find you’ll start to wake up naturally too – no more snooze button!
2. Exercise Daily
Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity; do this at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep.
3. Avoid Afternoon Naps
Especially in the afternoon, a 20 minute power nap may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can’t fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help.
4. Avoid Late Night Eating, Drinking And Smoking
Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can disrupt sleep. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to sleep. Try to avoid eating large meals for two to three hours before bedtime. If you’re still hungry have a light snack 45 minutes before bed.
5. Stay Cool
Evaluate your room and design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool – ideally between 16 and 18 degrees.
6. Avoid Screens
Avoid using electronic devices such as laptops and mobiles before going to bed, the light emanating from the screens of these devices is activating to the brain so can make it harder to fall asleep.
7. Avoid Noise And Light
Free your bedroom from any disruptive noise and light. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, “white noise” machines, humidifiers, fans and other devices.
A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep. Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading.
9. Get Comfy
Sleep on a comfortable and supportive mattress and pillows. Check the life expectancy – 9 or 10 years is the average for most good quality mattresses. Make your room attractive and inviting for sleep with comfortable pillows that are also free of allergens.
SLEEP POSITIONS EXPLAINED
1. The Soldier
The Soldier position is where you sleep on your back with your arms by your sides. Only 8% of sleepers claim to get the most sleep this way.
Those who find themselves sleeping this way are typically: quiet, reserved, and hold both themselves and other people to high standards and strict moral codes.
2. The Pillow Hugger
Pillow huggers love to get snug and cuddle in bed, holding high values to the close, personal bonds in their life.
Those who find themselves sleeping this way typically: cherish relationships with their family, friends or a significant other over everything else.
3. The Starfish
Starfish sleepers are comfortable and carefree, sprawling out over the entire bed.
Those who find themselves sleeping this way are typically: eager to lend an ear or give a helping hand making them a great friend. They don’t necessarily like being the centre of attention, but don’t mind if they find themselves there from time to time.
4. The Fetal Position
The fetal position is when you curl your knees in towards your chest like you’re tucked into a safe little ball. This is one of the most popular positions, particularly within women.
Those who find themselves sleeping this way are typically: quite tough on the outside and can come across shy when you first meet them, yet they are actually big softies on the inside, opening up and relaxing quickly.
5. The Freefaller
This is where you’re lying on your stomach with your arms wrapped around your pillow and head turned to the side.
Those who find themselves sleeping this way are typically: bold and sociable on the outside, but typically don’t have the thick skin to deal with criticism or absurd situations.
LAYERS OF A NATURALMAT MATTRESS
Each of our unbelievably comfy mattresses have been handmade by our friends in sunny Devon, creating the mattresses by hand ensures that they have complete control over the quality. The mattresses are made from natural raw materials, absolutely no synthetics are used at all. All the natural fibres used are sustainable and renewable sources, and where possible they are from authenticated organic sources, buying from farmers located within a 50 mile radius of their factory. See below the layers of a naturalmat, by material and why it is used:
1. Organic Coconut Fibre – for breathability
2. Natural Latex – for spring
3. 100s Of Individual Pocket Springs – for support and comfort
4. Organic Lambswool – for insulation
5. Natural And Organic Materials – including organic cotton
6. Every Detail Is Hand Crafted – including the buttons
7. With Anti-Bedbug and Dust Mite Protection
8. For Comfort And Support And Luxury That Lasts
BENEFITS OF COIR
Move over coconut water, there’s a new super substance derived from the coco palm that’s taking the world by storm. Introducing coir, a natural fibre harvested from the husks of ripe coconuts and used to make our healthy mattresses. Its benefits have long been celebrated by those in the know, sleep experts, bed makers and those who just need some decent shut-eye have been looking for products to aide sleep, and on pretty much every level, coir is a bedroom hero.
Packed with sleep-enhancing goodies, coir is naturally breathable, absorbent and supportive creating a great environment for getting the eight hours recommend by the National Sleep Foundation. It’s also naturally springy and incredibly durable unlike synthetic foams, so there’s no chance you’ll be lying on any chemical nasties found in polyurethane foam, which is so often used in the production of manmade mattresses. Asthma and allergy sufferers are also discovering the benefits of coir which supports easy breathing thanks to its natural anti-dust mite qualities.
Naturalmat are one of only a handful of companies making 100% natural mattresses in the UK and they have long been advocates of the hairy nut fibre that plays such a starring role in their products: “We discovered coir about 20 years ago and now we source it from the world’s only certified organic coconut plantation in Sri Lanka,” says founder Peter Tindall. “It’s naturally springy as it is designed to protect the actual nut when the coconut falls from the tree which makes it a fantastic material for mattresses. It’s also strong and breathable so you’ll be comfortable in bed which is vital for good sleep and all of the health benefits that brings.”