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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

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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

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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!

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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! Check out the table below for a run down.

NameSound TypeVolume ControlBest ForPrice
LectroFan White & Pink Noise MachineFan or Digital White NoiseYesAll Round Use££
Dohm DS Dual Sound ConditionerFanNoAll Round Use££
Good Ideas NaturecareRecorded Nature SoundsYesNatural Sounds£
Ewan The Dream Sheepheartbeat and womb soundsNoBabies£
HoMedics Deep SleepDigital White NoiseYesBudget£

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Best Mattress Protectors – The Expert Buyer’s Guide

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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 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

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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.

I’ve put all the memory foam mattress toppers featured here into the table below letting you know the basics of what you need to know. Click on the name to be takes straight to it or read on for more information!

NameThicknessBest ForPrice
Silentnight Impress Topper5 cm or 2.5 cmBad Back££
John Lewis Luxury Mircrofibre6 cmLuxury Comfort and Pain Relief£££
Seafoam Memory Topper5 cmBudget£
Eggshell Memory Topper5 cmCooling and Nightsweats££
Wellington-Prima Travel Topper2 cmTravel££

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