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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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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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Best Divan Beds – The Expert Buyer’s Guide

Divan Bed

Divan beds are great.

The practical storage underneath makes them ideal for tidying away bed linen, towels, shoes or anything else. Way better than putting all your stuff under the bed on the floor and letting it slowly become one with the dust!

In this guide I’m going to talk you through a bit about the different types of divans before getting down to telling you which ones are best!

Types of Divan Bed


These are the most common having drawers built into the base for additional storage. Usually, it’s either two or four drawers, four drawers with two on each side or two which can either be two very big drawers or a drawer on each side of one-half of the divan itself.

Lift Up

These completely lift up giving you full access to storage in the divan itself. The mattress lifts up and you have a huge area for storage. This is definitely the best is storage is what you need as it easily gives you the most room of all of them.


Finally, you have divans without any storage, this help to add additional comfort or support but aren’t what I’m going to be focussing on in this guide.

Benefits of a Divan Bed

There are two main benefits to using a divan bed, they are:


The most obvious are that you get a whole lot more storage room. Of course, you can keep stuff under a normal bed, but that’s always a whole lot messier than if you have dedicated storage to work with. Besides, no one wants to keep clothes or bed linen on the floor!


Divan beds tend to make mattresses firmer than if they were on a slatted bed. The extra support under the mattress translates through so it’s often a good choice for those who tend to wake up with back pain.

The Best Divan Beds Reviewed

And without further adieu, we have the best divan beds available in the UK today! I’ve linked through to where you can buy them from so you can order yours today.

Best Cheap Divan Beds

Silentnight Ortho Miracoil Mattress and Divan Storage Bed and Mattress Set

Silentnight DIvan Bed

  • Base & Mattress
  • Two Drawers
  • Orthopedic levels of Support
  • Knitted Quilt Top For added Comfort
  • Firm Feel
  • 5 Year Guarantee

Price & Reviews

This combination divan base and mattress is great value. The open coil spring system in the mattress give it really responsive support. The filling is a combination of polyester and springs, which is why this is the price it is. Polyester isn’t the best material but is still plenty comfortable for a good night’s sleep.

The two drawers in the base are either side of an end and give you ample storage for spare clothes, bedding, towels and the like but I wouldn’t put anything too heavy in it.

You get a 5-year guarantee which is a testament to the quality of products Silentnight always produce. Alongside that this bed has an EU eco-label which means all the materials and manufacturing process have met strict standards of being eco-friendly.

Comes available in a single, double or king size.

Bottom line – You get what you pay for and that is a comfortable firm mattress and divan base with two good sized drawers for storage.

John Lewis The Basics Collection Divan Storage Bed and Mattress Set

Kids Divan Bed

  • Base & Mattress Included
  • 2 Year Guarantee
  • Budget Friendly
  • Medium Firm Feel
  • Slide Storage

Price & Reviews

This is really the most budget friendly divan bed you can buy, I wouldn’t recommend it for an adult as the mattress quality isn’t very high (due to the price) but a child will get on just great.

There is a sliding door which lets you access the storage underneath perfect for linen and the likes. Where it really excels is if you have children occasionally staying with you if you have grandchildren, nieces, nephews of anyone else they will be quite happy in the spare room on this bed and when their not there you still have the handy storage underneath.

Comes as a single but a double is available if you search through John Lewis

Bottom line – A great occasional use kids bed.

Best Divan Base

John Lewis Non-Sprung Ortho Divan Bed Base

Divan Base

  • Base Only
  • 7-year Guarantee
  • 4 Drawers
  • Wheel Base
  • Firms up Any Mattress

Price & Reviews

This Divan base is excellent at making any mattress firmer. The non-sprung makes it sturdy for any mattress that sits on top of it, giving you a firmer feel while you sleep and more support for aching backs and joints.

The four drawers is a great touch as well, doubling the storage room of the other divans talked about so far. This base is designed for an orthopedic mattress but will work just as well with any other type of mattress.

Be aware that if you have a wooden or laminate floor that the divan does have wheels on the bottom, this makes it great for rolling out the way and hovering underneath but does mean that it can roll away if you move around a lot in your sleep. If you have a look at the FAQ at the end I’ve given a recommendation for some casters.

The Non-Sprung Ortho Divan comes as a single, small double, or king size.

Bottom line – Great Storage with the four drawers and 7-year guarantee shows the quality of the build.

Best Storage Divan Bed

John Lewis Maxi Store Divan Bed (Mattress Not Included)

John Lewis Divan Bed

  • Base Only
  • Maximum Storage
  • 7-Year Guarantee
  • Wheel Base

Price & Reviews

Mattress not included this bed has the absolute best storage available of any divan bed. The way it lifts up even with a mattress on top gives you access to ample storage within. The storage inside is sturdy and you could even get some individual boxes to help organise things once they’re in there.

The base itself is quite firm with not much padding sitting on top of the “lid” giving great support for any mattress.Again it has a wheelbase so be aware that it can roll about if you don’t get coasters of some kind for the wheels.

The Maxi Store bed comes as a single double or King Size

Bottom line – If storage is the priority this bed is the way to go.


Do These Divans Come With Headboards?

No, none of the divan beds here come with a headboard but you can buy them separately from John Lewis while ordering your bed.

What Can I Do To Stop My Bed Rolling Away?

You can get castors that the wheels sit in to stop them rolling. Make sure you get ones with rubber on the bottom otherwise you could end up scratching the floor if the bed. Click here for Rubber castors you can buy from Amazon that will do the trick nicely.

What’s The Shipping Like?

John lewis always provide great customer service and their shipping department is no different. You should find the delivery drivers both friendly and courteous. There have even been reports of them putting special shoe covers so as not to damage new carpet customers have had put in!

Where Should I Go If There’s A Problem With My Order?

John Lewis will help you out with that, I’m here to review and recommend the divans but have no part in the purchasing or shipping of the product itself.

What if I None of The Above Divans Suit My Needs?

Leave me a comment below with what you’re looking for and I will do my very best to help you out.

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Best White Noise Machine – The Expert Buyer’s Guide

Best White Noise Machine

Living somewhere noisy sucks.

Constantly woken up by traffic noise, parties going on downstairs, your partner rumbling away snoring beside you.

Or there’s nothing worse than checking into a hotel only to find out it’s got paper thin walls so you can hear the neighbors talking let alone everything else!

That’s where the white noise machine comes in.

They are specifically designed to give off a gentle background noise that covers up unwanted sounds from the environment while not disturbing you so you can finally get the peace and quiet you deserve.

In this buyer’s guide I’m going to talk you through the different aspects of a sound machine before getting down to reviewing the best white noise machines available today!

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Best Mattress Protectors – The Expert Buyer’s Guide

John Lewis Micro-Fresh Waterproof Quilted Mattress Protector 2

Mattress protectors are an absolute bedding essential.

They help increase the life of your mattress and keep it fresh, after all, it’s a lot easier to get yourself a new mattress protector than replace the whole mattress!

I know I for one am a very sweaty sleeper, and I know a lot of other people are too. That’s why a waterproof mattress protector is an essential. And if you have a tendency to drink in bed you don’t have to worry about spills or anything else soaking through to the mattress and ruining it. Be that a child who has a tendency to wet the bed or an adult suffering incontinence problems.

You can get quilted non-waterproof protectors which protect from dust mites and add some extra comfort to a bed but if you’re going to do that you might as well get a mattress topper. That said they do provide additional breathability which helps prevent night sweats but so do some waterproof protectors. The main difference is the material they are made from and if that might cause you some sort of allergy problem.

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Best UK Mattress Toppers 2017 – The Expert Buyers Guide


In my search for the best mattress topper I found the John Lewis Soft Touch Mattres Topper is the most suited to everyone. It’s 6cm depth gives it luxury softness and comfort while the box stich keeps all the filing in place so you can sleep tight night after night.

For those wanting more info I’ve put together this buyer’s guide so you know exactly what to look for. Then at the end I’ve included and reveiwed the top 7 mattress toppers.

There are loads of great reasons to buy a mattress topper. They bring new life into an old mattress by adding comfort and snugness, they protect your mattress from dust mites and germs and stop your mattress from getting the inevitable sag.

Not to mention it’s a hell of a lot cheaper to buy a new topper than it is to buy a new mattress!

So when your mattress is getting a bit tired (excuse the pun!), but you don’t want to spend a fortune on a new mattress, it’s time to consider a good, comfortable mattress topper.

It’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 5-10 years. That simply is not an option for most people in the UK .

With the addition of a mattress topper, you can bring new life to your mattress and extend its usefulness keeping your mattress in almost brand new condition past. And since it’s recommended you change your mattress every 5-10 years this provides you with great value!

But let’s look at some of the other great benefits a mattress topper can provide before we get to reviewing the best mattress toppers available today.

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Best Sofa Beds – The Expert Buyer’s Guide

Buying a sofa bed

Sofa beds are great.

Just fold it out and anyone can happily stay the night. No wasting time blowing up an air mattress that’s deflating as fast as it’s blowing up. No overpaying for a hotel.

Turn your dining room into an extra spare room. Great for the kids coming home to visit!

Even free up some space in a studio apartment.

There are so many great reasons for getting a sofa bed but it’s hard to choose the right one. That’s why I put together this guide. I’ve looked into A LOT of sofa beds and have confidently come up with the best ones available for you to order today.

I’ve provided links through to where you can buy them to keep things nice and convenient. But before we get into which sofa bed is best we have to think about a few things:

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Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper UK – Goodbye Morning Back pain

While searching for the best uk memory foam mattress topper I found that the Silentnight Impress is most suited to everyone it can give your bed a lovely comfort upgrade while proving more than enough support to ease a bad back.

Memory foam mattress toppers are a great budget alternative to buying a new mattress and can take your bed to the next level of comfort while providing greater support for your back.

Good bye aching back hello fresh happy morning!


But before we delve into the depths of this guide let’s take a look at some of the things you need to know before you choose a memory foam mattress topper.

Or if you already know what you want, have a look at the contents below jump to the section you’re looking for. Every topper I recommend is available on Amazon so you can order yours today!

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Choosing the Best Electric Blanket Made EASY

buying a heated blanket

Keeping warm at night is a problem for many. If you’re too cold you wont be comfortable and so your sleep suffers.

Once upon a time you would have had a tin pan full of hot coals slid under your mattress but today we have the luxury of an electric blanket.

I’ve put together this buyer’s guide to help you understand everything there is about buying the best electric blanket. If You’ve got any concerns then check out the F.A.Q at the bottom but if there’s something your still unsure of then leave a comment and I’ll help you out.

After extensive reseach I’m pleased to say that the best electric blanket is the Dreamland Sleepwell heated mattress protector. It’s awesome duel control as well as 6 heat settings and the cost of as little as 1p a night you can’t go wrong! Read on for the full low down on what’s best.

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Best Pillow For a Great Sleep – The Expert Buyers Guide

We start and end the day with our head on a pillow, but it is so often over looked when it comes to sleeping. it can make or break your sleep at night so it’s important to get the best one.

Whether you’re looking to solve your neck pain, or you’re a side sleeper looking for a recommendation, or maybe you need a new one but have no idea where to start.Whatever the circumstance you’ve come to the right place! Read on to find out everything you need to know about buying a new pillow

Best Pillows The expert buyer's guide

Not everyone has the same needs so it’s important to get the right one for you so if you have no idea then consider reading through the whole guide.

Be warned, this guide took a long time to put together and as a result is quite a big read!

But if you read it start to finish you too will be an expert on pillows. Pretty cool right?

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