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

During my search for the best duvet in the UK I found that the Fogarty Wool Duvet is most suited to everyone. It’s comfortable through all seasons with its natural climate control keeping you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. Then as a bonus, it’s hypoallergenic and has crimped squares to stop it bunching up.

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!

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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 memory foam mattresses 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.

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 memory foam 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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Hyde & Sleep Mattress Review – Luxury Comfort at Affordable Prices

Hyde and Sleep Mattress

“>Hyde & Sleep had the vision to help Britain improve the way it sleeps.

Their solution was to design the ultimate luxury mattress at an affordable price.

But as they delved into their research they found that people tend to fall into one of two camps, some like foam while others like traditional springs.

So they created both!

They have a hybrid mattress, featuring a combination of 2000 tiny springs and memory foam, and a pure memory foam mattress containing, you guessed it, memory foam!

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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

Drawer

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.

Non-Storage

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:

Storage

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!

Firmness

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.

F.A.Q

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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Simba Mattress Review – From Thread Makers to Mattress Experts

Simba Mattress Review

The Simba Mattress combines the familiarity of a spring mattress with the comfort and support of modern foam.

It’s hybrid system of spring and foam make it great for every type of sleeper with a bounce familiar to those used to a traditional spring mattress. With a great night’s sleep at the core of their philosophy, you can’t go wrong.

And the mattress get’s delivered in a nifty little box all rolled up and vacuum-packed! All in all, it’s a pretty nifty mattress and I was very impressed so decided to write this review.

Let’s start off with a bit about Simba as a company (as opposed to a character from the Lion King)

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Vispring Mattress Review – The Best in The Business

Vispring mattress Review

Vispring mattresses are regarded as the absolute best in the business. For good reason!

This is a general review of why the Vispring Mattresses are the best in the Business even if they aren’t the most affordable!

You can Shop John Lewis for a Vispring Mattress for those who are interested.

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