The right bed and good sleep will help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for anything!
At Kiwi Bed and Sofas we encourage you to come and try out our beds and take your time to find the best value, quality mattress and bed for a good nights’ sleep.
Come in and talk about your next bed with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We’ll take you round our showroom and spend the time to make sure your new bed provides all the comfort, space and support you need every night to wake up refreshed and ready to start your day. The technologies and design employed in beds today varies massively and we’re sure we’ll stock a bed that you’ll be wanting to take home and sleep on.
- Decide your priorities and concerns in advance. For example, is it: price, storage, access to bedroom, turning the mattress, getting in and out of bed, overall size or shape, a health issue, etc
- If possible, try a selection of beds for comparison before you buy. Set aside enough time to do the job properly so you can appreciate the differences.
- Buy for correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.
- Try it together, if the bed’s for two. You both need to feel comfortable.
- Think big – larger beds are more comfortable. Being disturbed by a sleeping partner is one of the most common complaints. With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another.
- Check dimensions. Bed sizes are not standardised and even if they have the same name (eg King size) they may not be the same size – especially if the mattress and base are not from the same manufacturer.
- Allocate enough time for sleep. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise, so it’s important to allocate the right amount of time in your day for sleep and plan the rest of your schedule accordingly. Getting a good night’s sleep means 7–8 hours each night for adults (including older adults), 9–10 hours for teens, at least 10 hours for school-aged children and 11–12 hours for preschool-aged children.
- Create consistent sleep habits. As creatures of habit, we’re usually more successful when following a routine. Sleep is no different. From your pre-sleep ritual to going to bed and waking up at the same time, you’ll find that consistency makes it easier to fall asleep each night.
- Create a comfortable sleep environment. Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet and comfortable – especially your bed. It may take some experimenting and an investment on your part, but finding an ultra-comfortable bed and pillow is invaluable. We spend one-third of our lives in bed, making it the one area of your life you don’t want to compromise on comfort.
- Turn it off before bed. Whether it’s television, reading, email or texting, give yourself a nice window of time to unplug and relax before bedtime. Your body should associate your bed with sleep and these activities ramp up your brain activity rather than relaxing it. Television and bright light can also suppress melatonin production – making it difficult to fall asleep.
A warranty card usually comes in the packaging or attached to the side of your new mattress. It is important to read through the warranty for it may have care instructions specific to your type of mattress. In addition to your warranty’s specific instructions the following Do’s & Don’ts provide general instruction that is good to know.
- Do use a mattress protector or mattress pad. A washable mattress protector is a must to protect your mattress from stains, soiling and liquid damage. Stain and soiling of a mattress will void the manufacturer’s product warranty. A breathable and water resistant mattress protector is best for sanitation and protection of your investment.
- Do use a sturdy and appropriate support system. Most mattresses must have a strong foundation or frame to perform properly. See your warranty for frame instruction that will satisfy and comply with the warranty requirements.
- Do rotate your mattress. It is highly recommended that you occasionally rotate your mattress even if it is not required by your product warranty. Rotating your mattress will allow the padding materials to settle evenly and reduce body impressions. Body impressions are a normal occurrence in premium bedding where the upholstery layers settle and conform to your body shape for support. Rotating your mattress will increase the comfort-life and longevity of the product.
- Do let the mattress breath. Just like any other new product, a new mattress might have a residual odor left over from the manufacturing and packaging process. To help dissipate the “new product” scent, you should remove the packaging and let the mattress air-out before putting on any linens or mattress protection. Weather permitting; you can expedite the process by opening the bedroom windows.
- Don’t remove sewn tags. The information printed on ‘law-tags’ and other sewn on labels provide important information about your product and serve as a means of identification should you have a warranty claim. Removal of tags is not illegal but it may void your rights to warranty coverage.
- Don’t allow your mattress set to become stained or soiled. A mattress protector is very important for sanitary reasons and also to protect your warranty rights.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals or dry-cleaning type fluids to clean your mattress. Such chemicals may damage the internal components of the mattress. Vacuuming and spot cleaning with a mild detergent are recommended to help keep the product sanitary.
- Don’t bend or fold your mattress. Excessive bending or folding of the mattress, when moving product from one location to another, will cause unnecessary damage and void your warranty.
- Don’t jump or stand on your mattress. Although using your mattress as a trampoline is fun, abuse of this kind will surely damage the internal components and void your warranty.
Dodging your sleep to watch the last episode of your favourite programme on Netflix or finishing the last level on your gaming console (well we know it’s addictive and fun), can take a toll on your health and productivity.
While there are many good mattresses for sale and technologically mastered pillows which help you sleep better, undisturbed and ensure you wake up fresh and rejuvenated, can your smartphone hack into your sleep patterns and help you sleep better?
Luckily, technology is here to help.
If you have a strong determination to improve your sleep quality and patterns, Doctor Slumber from Slumberzone has handpicked some essential mobile apps that can be very handy. Go ahead and download a few of these from the Google play store or iOS app store and rejuvenate.
Ready to experiment with technology in your bedroom suites after investing in a great Kiwi bed, mattress and pillows then take a look at these:
Sleepbot is one of the most comprehensive app to track sleep on Android app store, loaded with features and free to download.
It’s revolutionary technology uses your phone sensors to track your movement and the noises you make at night to calculate quality of the sleep you’re getting.
You can also set smart alarms for that time when you’ll wake up feeling naturally. Equipped with the goal-setting features and sleep advice included in the mobile app, it covers just about all areas to track your sleep.
Big time favorite on iOS app store for a long time, Sleep Cycle is now on Android app store as well, though you have to pay to download the app. So what do you get for your money? It tracks your sleep patterns through your movements and can also give you a gentle nudge in morning when you’re in the period of light sleep.
Sleep cycle developers say that you should place your phone in a corner of your mattress just before you go to sleep to get the best results.
Snoring may not bother you at all, but it surely bothers people around you. There are few things you can do to address this problem. The very first step is to realize you have a problem. There are many mobile apps in the market to monitor and measure your snoring, that’s where Snore Lab comes in.
Snore lab helps you measure, record and reduce your snoring. It features advanced snore detection technology and measures intensity of your snoring. It also allows you to compare snoring across nights. You can grab this app from the Apple iTunes app store.
This is a simple application that is still a whole lot of fun. You open it when you are about to sleep, a preset timer counts down (while waiting for you to fall asleep) and records ambient sounds while you sleep. Keeping all parts of the recording that are stronger than a certain size, which would normally be any conversation while you sleep. When you wake up, you get a list of audio bits of the night to give you stats, if you sleep talk and what you say if you did.
This app was initially created to help astronauts (NASA) fall asleep, so beware – some big words ahead!
Binaural Beats – These types of beats help train your brain to stay asleep and sleep better.
Psychoacoustic Music – This is the kind of music that is composed specifically with low tempo and frequency. This helps slow your brain waves to help you relax and ultimately sleep better.
All of these come from multiple years of studies to combined to form the perfect sleep app.
Our favorite feature of this app is the alarm. The alarm is set to wake you up gradually with a gentle five minute revive cycle. When the alarm initiates, the sound is a little different and slowly changes to activate and wake up your brain. This is much better than the alarm sound that you normally wake up to.