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Best Mattress For A Bad Back – A UK Expert Buyer’s Guide

Back PainThere’s nothing worse than your sleep being ruined because of your bad back. And it’s a horrible catch 22, your sore back stops you getting a good sleep, and then not getting enough sleep can make your back sorer!

Well let’s end the vicious cycle by having a look at some of the best mattresses for a bad back you can get in the UK. But first, let’s have a look at some of the different things we have to consider so you can decide what’s going to be best for you.Take a look at the table below to see the run down of the mattresses we’ve looked at.

NameMattress TypeGuaranteeFirmnessPrice
Sealy Posturepedic PearlHybrid - Latex1 YearMedium££
Relyon Memory Superior Ortho SupportHybrid - 1500 Pocket SpringsNoneMedium-Firm££
John Lewis OrthoPocket Sprung7 YearFirm£££
Happy Beds Ortho Royale OrthopaedicSpringNoneMedium-Firm£
Silentnight Stratus Miracoil OrthoOpen Coil5 YearFirm£

How does A Mattress affect Back Pain

Mattresses can do a lot to make your back feel much better but an old mattress can be the worst possible thing for your back.

Basically what happens is that if your mattress is the wrong tension your spine distorts while you’re lying down. Check out the diagram below to see what I mean:

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Best Cheap Mattress UK – An Expert Buyer’s Guide

Best Cheap Mattress

It’s no secret that mattresses are expensive, but sometimes we need a new mattress and can’t afford to opt for the best. There is an element of you get what you pay for with a mattress So I put together this guide to help you find the best cheap mattress. I’ve included to what you need to look out for and then provided my 5 favourites with a review of each. Check out the table below for the run down.

NameMattress TypeGuaranteeFirmnessPrice
Silentnight 3-Zone SupportMemory FoamNoneVaries across the mattress£
Silentnight Stratus MiracoilOpen Coil5 YearMedium-Firm£
Happy Beds OrthopaedicOpen CoilNoneFirm£
Silentnight 1000 pocket SpringPocket SprungNoneMedium-Firm££
Happy Beds Hybrid 2000HybridNoneMedium-Firm££

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

The mattress filling is the heart and soul, it is the most important factor and defines what kind of feel and comfort it has. Luckily there are only a couple of different fillings that come up here so let’s have a look at what they are.

Memory Foam

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is known for its support and comfort allowing you to sleep like your lying on a cloud. Memory foam itself is what’s known as a viscoelastic material, this just means it gets softer when it’s touched by something hot. So when you lie on a memory foam mattress it gets softer and moulds around your body. This keeps your spine aligned as it should be stopping morning aches and pains and letting you sleep comfortably.

The problems are they tend to be very hot unless they are split up into different layers that allow for airflow and proper cooling. Another problem is when you roll over you can tend to leave behind a big groove that takes some time to bounce back. So for people who move around a lot you can get woken up by lying on the bumps you made, it doesn’t take long for them to go away but it can be long enough to wake you up.

Even on a budget you can pick up a semi decent memory foam mattress, but the problems that memory foam has to tend to be quite prominent. So if you’re a hot sleeper who’s prone to night sweats then I’d recommend a spring or hybrid. But if you tend to wake up with a sore back then memory foam will be perfect for you.

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Best Hot Water Bottle – An Expert Buyer’s Guide

Flashy Hot Water Bottle

After extensive research I found that the Flashy is the best hot water bottle. It’s got a fleece case, well made so it won’t leak and has a nice wide top so it’s easy to pour into. Check it out further down the article.

Not for you? Not a problem, I’ve put together this guide to help explain some of the things you need to know when you’re buying a hot water bottle. Then I’ve put some of my favourite recommendations for the best hot water bottles.

Whether it’s a cold night or you’re looking for some pain relief hot water bottles are just so pleasant. Cosying up at night into a warmed bed is just the dream. I even know someone who has a hot water bottle in their cat’s bed for when it’s cold out! To each their own…

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Best Eye Mask UK – An Expert Buyer’s Guide

After a great deal of research I found that the Sleep Master is the best eye mask.

It’s got a sturdy strap that’s comfortable all around the head and keeps out the most light. Then the straps can be used to keep earplugs in place (you get a free pair with it) allowing for complete darkness and silence.

Don’t like the look of that one? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about sleep masks and see some more recommendations.

Any eye mask is still going to do great things for your sleep, no worry about side effects since your not eating anything and no worry of annoying anyone since it doesn’t make a noise. Let’s take a walk through the world of eye masks and find everything that we need to know.

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Choosing the Best UK Duvet Made EASY – An Expert Buyers Guide

I wrote this guide to save you time in all the research that comes from duvet shopping and tell you exactly what you need to know. The I give a round up of the best duvets available in the UK so you can find the one that’s right for you! Check out the table below for a run down and if you want to go straight to the duvet you like the look of. Otherwise keep reading!

NameFillingTogBest ForPrice
Fogarty Pure Wool Climate ControlWoolN/AEveryone and Everything!££
Homescapes All SeasonsFeather and Down9 + 4.5All Year Round££
All Seaons Mulberry SilkSilk9Luxury Comfort All Year Round£££
Silentnight Easy StorageHollowfibre4.5Summer and Easy Storage£
Spring Summer LightweightDown4.5Summer££
Silentnight Hi-ThermHollowfibre15Winter£
Homescapes Ultra WarmDown and Feather15Winter££
UltrabounceHollowfibre4.5, 10.5 or 13.5Budget£
Just Like DownHollowfibre4.5, 10.5 or 13.5Budget£

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This guide is quite thorough so take your time reading it through or consider bookmarking it for later when you have more time. But if you read it start to finish you too will be an expert!

I’ve put together a table of contents so you know exactly what to expect and if there’s a section you want to jump to just click the link and it’ll jump you down to the right section.

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21 Natural Sleep Aids – The BEST ways to fall asleep and wake up refreshed

Falling asleep is hard.

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Whether it’s falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up everyone goes through periods where they struggle.

Luckily I’ve got you covered with this complete guide to natural sleep aids. Because no one wants to have to start taking mystery chemicals to knock them out each night when there are so many effective natural cures that can help you sleep. Some are different types of natural supplement and food whereas others are natural tips which will help you sleep better.

I’ve started with all the best natural sleep aids for falling asleep and then carried on to helping you wake up refreshed and alert.

Best Natural Sleep Aids for Falling Asleep

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Best UK Memory Foam Mattress – an Expert Buyers Guide

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam mattresses are held as being some of the best at helping to stop aches and pains. Aside from that, they’re damn comfy!

The problem is there’s a lot of information out there about the pros and cons of buying a memory foam mattress so actually choosing one is hard work.

Well, I’ve put this guide together to help cut through the noise and help you make an informed decision about whether a memory foam mattress is right for you. I’ve included some recommendations of the best memory foam mattresses at the end which you can check out, check out the table below for a run down.

NameTrial PeriodGuaranteeFirmnessPrice
Eve Sleep100 Days10 YearsMedium-Firm£££
Brighter100 Days10 YearsVaries across the mattress£££
Hyde & Sleep100 Days10 YearsMedium-Firm££
Silentnight 7-ZoneN/A5 YearsVaries across the mattress£
Tempur Original DeluxeN/ANoneMedium-Firm££££

What is memory foam?

Let’s start off at the beginning. Memory foam itself is what’s known as a visco-elastic material, once the jargons stripped away this just means that it becomes softer when it’s exposed to heat.

So when you lie on a memory foam mattress the heat from your body causes it to soften and mould around you. It was first developed in the 70s by Nasa as a seat material that could withstand trips to outer space! From there it became usable by the public and several scientists pioneered to get the comfortable memory foam mattresses we know today.

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Best Clock Radio – An Expert Buyer’s Guide

Best Clock Radio

A clock radio may seem a little obsolete these days. But in the age of the mobile phone, they’re more valuable than ever!.

I’m avidly against having mobile phones near the bed. Sure having an alarm on your phone is handy but there are so many drawbacks:

Disadvantages of mobile phone alarm

Before Bed Facebook

It is far too tempting to sit and play on your phone before you go to bed. A quick check of facebook and before you know it you’ve lost an hour which could have spent sleeping.

Mobile light stops melatonin production

When your eyes are exposed to the light that comes out of your mobile phones your body stops the production of melatonin. This is the hormone that goes around your body telling it that it’s dark so it’s time to go to sleep. Without it falling asleep is all the harder which is why it’s much better to go to bed with a book.

Work Emails

Loads of people have a work email address connected to their phone. And what’s the harm in checking it before bed? Well, how often do you check work emails and get good news? Not very often I wager. And anything that you can do to sort the problem won’t happen until morning. So if you’d waited and found the email in the morning you could still fix it and you won’t have wasted the night frustrated and worried about what might happen.

Keep the mobile away from the bed and get yourself an alarm clock instead. Better yet get yourself a radio alarm clock for even brighter mornings.

Advantages of Radio Alarm Clocks

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Brighter Mattress Review – Wake up To A Brighter Tomorrow

Brighter Mattress Review

The Brighter Mattress company want to make a brighter Britain. And I like that! They don’t just want to sell you a mattress, they want to make sure you get a great sleep so you can wake up brighter the next day.

With 7 zone support ensuring you get support exactly where you need it and active Coolmax technology throughout it’s a mattress well worth your time. Which is exactly why I’m reviewing it! Now onto the details.

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How to Choose the BEST Bed Sheets – An Expert Buyers Guide

The Best Bed Sheets Reviewed

Bed sheets are so often overlooked.

And until you’ve slept on a luxury soft sheet you don’t know what you’re missing out on!

But with so many different materials to chose from it can be tricky to know what to look for.

Like why is Egyptian cotton better than regular, and is a thread count of 1000 the only way to go? In this guide, I’m going to explain exactly what to look for when buying your next bed sheets. Then at the end, I’m going to review some of my personal favourites and provide some of the best recommendations.

Why are we counting threads?

Thread count is an important factor when buying a bed sheet, but it’s good to know what that actually means. Basically what you need to know is that the thread count is the number of strands of material per square inch, it’s on the thought that the higher the thread count the smaller the thread has to be making it feel softer.

But it’s actually a little more complicated than that, thread count was first introduced in America as a marketing term with “higher = better” but with that people made new manufacturing techniques that could basically double weave the threads together doubling the thread count without actually providing any more comfort.

Think of it like “fat-free” foods, true there fat-free and less fat is healthier but if it’s all replaced with sugar then it kind of defies the point.

Don’t get me wrong thread count is still important but the best bed sheets aren’t necessarily the highest thread count. For instance, the main difference between 1000 thread count and an 800 thread count is price, they will feel damn near the exact same. And if you find a 1000 thread count sheet that seems an absolute bargain it’s probably a scam. It gets worse though with some companies offering a thread count of over 2000! It’s simply unnecessary.

The ideal thread counts are between 200-800, with 800 being the most luxurious and 200 being budget friendly yet comfortable.

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