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    • How to look after your memory foam mattress

      How to look after your memory foam mattress

      By looking after your mattress, you can help to prolong its life and in turn it will provide you with support and comfort, night after night.

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      Air your mattress

      When you first receive a memory foam mattress, it can carry a distinctive smell. We recommend removing the outer plastic packaging as soon as you receive your mattress. If possible, place the mattress outside or near a window on a dry, non-humid day. Prop the mattress up so it ventilates from all sides. The longer the foam product airs out, the less noticeable the odour will be. Please note the odour is not dangerous and will fade naturally.

      Use a mattress cover

      It’s not a pleasant thought, but we lose around a quarter of a litre of moisture every night. A mattress cover will help absorb some of this moisture before it gets to the mattress. All our memory foam mattresses come complete with a removable and washable cover helping to keep your mattress fresh night after night. Replacement covers are also available here.

      Keep it clean

      Each time you change your sheets, why not give your mattress a hoover too? This will remove dead skin cells and dust that builds up during the night helping to keep your mattress a clean, sleeping environment.

      Rotate your mattress

      Although you don’t need to flip a memory foam mattress, it is a good idea to rotate the mattress every couple of months instead.

      Invest in a solid bed base

      Make sure you have a solid, supportive bed base to support your memory foam mattress. A sprung slatted base works well too and allows ventilation.

      Don’t make your bed!

      And finally… breaking all rules here but we advise not making your bed as soon as you get up. This way, you’ll allow your mattress and bedding to breathe and any moisture created in the night will be evaporated.

      What do you do to keep your bed and mattress clean?

    • Have a Cool and Comfortable Sleep during Hot Weather

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      Having a good night’s sleep can be difficult in hotter weather. As the temperature rises, so does the heat in your bedroom, making it hard to stay comfortably cool during the night. Here are a few top tips to help you avoid a sweltering sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed.

      1) Sleeping in cotton bed linen is a great way to keep cool as you sleep as the material works to absorb sweat. When the weather is warmer, it can be tempting to sleep naked. However, going au naturel can actually make you feel even hotter as there is nothing to help the moisture to evaporate between your body and the mattress. Wearing cotton nightwear will solve this problem as the material is breathable, unlike nylon and silk.

      2) Investing in a fan is smart purchase during hot weather. An electric fan will encourage sweat to evaporate as it helps to move air around your body. A fan also encourages air flow in your room, keep your bedroom open and place the fan in the corner, facing your bed. Try not to leave the fan too close to your face, neck and shoulders as the cold air can cause your muscles to stiffen and tense up.

      3) There is much debate whether to keep your windows open or closed during the night. Throughout the day, keep all blinds and curtains closed to trap the cooler air in the house. During this time you should keep your windows closed as the outside temperature is often much hotter than the temperature inside your house. If you prefer to keep your windows open during the day then only open windows in the shade and keep the windows which get the most sunlight, closed. An hour or so before bedtime open your bedroom window to increase air circulation. However, just before you sleep, close your windows again to avoid heating your room back up as the outdoor temperatures start to increase again. Be careful if you live in a ground floor flat or bungalow as it poses a higher risk of burglary.

      4) Drinking water continually throughout the day will help keep you hydrated through the night. Avoid drinking lots of fluids before bed as stimulating more trips to the bathroom will interrupt sleep and prevent you from maintaining a cool resting temperature. Also avoid drinking large quantities of alcohol as it can cause dehydration, affecting the quality of your sleep and making you more likely to wake up.

      5) About an hour or so before you get into bed, place your sheets and pillowcases in the freezer. Once you have taken your bed linen out of the freezer and re-made your bed, it should stay cool for around 30 minutes, just enough time for you to drop off to sleep.

      6) Investing in a temperature regulating mattress or mattress cover will also help to keep you cool during the night. A Coolmax Memory Foam Mattress is innovatively designed using unique fibres which allow breathability, and also disperses moisture to keep you dry during the night. Or purchase a mattress cover as a quick and simple solution to prevent overheating during the night. An Outlast Mattress Cover for example is the perfect choice for thermally incompatible couples who share a bed. Outlast technology is proven to create a temperature balance which eliminates sleep disturbance and the need to toss and turn during hotter climates.

    • 5 Advantages of Using a Memory Foam Mattress Topper

      1) SAVES YOU MONEY

      If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a memory foam mattress, a memory foam mattress topper may be the perfect solution. It is a cheaper alternative of experiencing the pressure-alleviating benefits of memory foam without the higher cost. A memory foam mattress topper fits on top of your current mattress, giving you an added layer of comfort. Be warned though, purchasing a topper is not a ‘cheap fix’ to your old mattress if it is worn and in need of replacement. A memory foam mattress topper works best when placed on a mattress which is still in good condition.

      2) DURABLE

      A memory foam mattress topper is great way to make your current mattress last longer. Although a topper is less durable than a memory foam mattress itself, it is a great solution and provides added comfort which is designed to improve the durability of your current mattress. When purchasing a memory foam mattress, density is an important consideration as density is directly associated with durability. The same applies with toppers, choose a memory foam mattress topper with a higher density and it will last you even longer.

      3) VERSATILE

      There is a huge range of memory foam mattress toppers available in single, small double, double, king size and super king size. This means you can find a memory foam topper that will be a perfect fit for your current mattress. They can travel with you if your sleeping space often changes and they are easy to clean and maintain.

      4) SUPPORTIVE

      A Memory Foam Mattress Topper can be easily attached to your existing mattress, refreshing your bed and eliminating the aches and pains associated with an older mattress. A topper incorporates the same orthopaedic qualities with an ability to absorb movement and bodyweight to offer full support during the night. If your mattress has become softer over the years, a topper will restore a supportive firmness.

      5) COMFORTABLE

      All our memory foam mattress toppers are made from the highest quality memory foam with a unique elasticity that moulds around the shape of your body whilst you sleep before returning to its original shape when not in use. This malleable design means you benefit from complete body support, ensuring a comfortable and undisturbed sleep. A memory foam mattress topper has all the comfort benefits of a memory foam mattress.

    • Choosing the Best Memory Foam Mattress

      Finding the best memory foam mattress can be quite daunting with the range of options that are available. However there's no need for any more sleepless nights with our top tips for finding the best memory foam mattress for you and your partner. There are few things you need to consider before purchasing your memory foam mattress including:

      Firmness

      When finding the right mattress, take note of its firmness rating as this will affect how soft/firm the mattress surface will feel. The firmness measurement takes into account how much ‘give’ the mattress allows when weight is applied to its surface. To put it simply, a softer mattress will have a more malleable feel whereas a firm mattress will take much more weight to compress and change.

      A medium soft mattress is ideal for those who tend to sleep on their side, as the softer memory foam will allow the hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress surface for a more supportive sleep.

      Medium memory foam mattresses are the most popular choice for customers and the ‘best of both worlds’ in regards to firmness. Depending on the depth of the layers, a medium mattress will feel comfortable for the largest proportion of sleepers. Some research also indicates that a medium firmness helps reduce back pain more effectively than a firmer mattress. A medium rating offers great support without feeling too firm.

      A medium firm mattress is perfect for the indecisive sleeper. If you like to change position whilst you sleep, from your side to on your back, then a medium firm memory foam mattress responds to your movements with a firmness that still offers comfortable support.

      Finally, a firm memory foam mattress provides the least amount of ‘give’ when pressure is applied therefore can provide good support for sleepers who adopt a front or back position. If you require a mattress of orthopaedic quality, then a firm mattress offers an optimum level of comfort which eliminates joint pain and muscle aches.

      Size

      When upgrading to a memory foam mattress, considering the best size for you and your partner is important. If you are a lone sleeper and have limited room space then choosing a single memory foam mattress is the most affordable and logical solution. A single sized mattress is also a great way for your child to experience the luxury of memory foam or if you would like a comfortable space for an overnight lodger to stay in your guest bedroom.

      A small double memory foam mattress is the next size up and is the ‘halfway house’ between single and double. It is the ideal choice if you have limited space or need a mattress for a smaller guest room. They are 4ft wide, compared to the 4ft6 width of a regular double, giving you the space for two people but without taking up too much floor space in your room.

      A double memory foam mattress is a popular size as it provides enough space for two sleepers without causing each other disturbance during the night. You can upgrade the size of your mattress to king size or even super king size if you prefer to spread out whilst you sleep and you have the budget and floor space to accommodate a luxuriously large sleeping space.

      There is also the option of a euro size memory foam mattress. The euro memory foam mattress range is the same size as IKEA king size mattresses. So if you have recently purchased your new bed from IKEA or abroad you will need the euro size mattress to provide a perfect fit.

      Brand

      It’s often hard to know the market-leading brands in memory foam mattresses and the best choice for specific sleeping needs. Each brand often has a particular selling point which sets them apart from their competitors.

      For example, an outlast memory foam mattress will balance your body temperature and prevent overheating during the night. The unique design is the outlast fabric works by drawing out heat as you begin to get too hot, and then stores the heat energy ready to be released for when you cool down. This means you’re much less likely to wake from overheating.

      Alternatively, a 4th generation memory foam mattress promotes effective dispersion of body heat and moisture due to the gel particles infused in the foam’s structure. The distinctive structure of the 4G foam creates a breathable pathway for heat to pass through the non-compressed memory foam ensuring your mattress maintains aeration during the night.

      Whatever mattress you opt for, ensure it ticks all the boxes for you. Read our guide to the best memory foam mattresses for helpful advice on how to combat common problems many sleepers suffer with on a night.

    • Tour de Yorkshire - Stage 3

      The dreamiest places to stay during the Tour de Yorkshire

      Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire starts in Wakefield; the home of sculpture. The route goes on to encounter 6 brutal climbs and ends with a sprint finish to Roundhay Park in Leeds.

      Stage 3 on Sunday 3rd May will start in Wakefield and finish in Leeds - 167km

      8. The Woodman, Kirkburton
      The Woodman Inn is a picturesque country pub in Huddersfield with a beautiful selection of individually designed guest rooms. In addition to the charming atmosphere and locally sourced food, you're guaranteed a great night's sleep on their memory foam mattresses!

      9. 42 The Calls, Leeds

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      This 4-star boutique hotel is situated on the riverside just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Leeds city centre. In addition to their unique rooms and super comfy beds (which are HUGE!), 42 The Calls is worth a stay for their delicious breakfast! The 'legendary' breakfast is famous for its choice of 12 different types of sausage; the perfect start to the last day of the Tour!

      10. The New Ellington, Leeds
      After a few days on your feet, why not treat yourself to a night of luxury at The New Ellington? The New Ellington offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Leeds city centre with their 34 uniquely decorated bedrooms. The hotel bar, The Gin Garden, offers a decadent surrounding to relax in and has an impressive 144 types of gin on the menu!

      Where will you be staying for the Tour? It's not long to go until the Tour de Yorkshire commences so make sure to book your stay soon! Memory Foam Warehouse would like to wish all the cyclists the best of luck and we look forward to cheering you on as you pass by our Wakefield headquarters!

    • Tour de Yorkshire - Stage 2

      The dreamiest places to stay during the Tour de Yorkshire

      Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire starts in Selby and is described as ‘one for the sprinters’. The route takes riders through East Yorkshire ending in the beautiful city of York.

      Stage 2 on Saturday 2nd May will start in Selby and finish in York - 174km

      5. Rudstone Walk, South Cave
      This 400 year old converted farm house really encapsulates the essence of the Yorkshire countryside. With beautiful views, delicious home cooked meals and a warm welcome, Rudstone Walk is the perfect place to unwind. Pets are also welcome so you can bring your furry Tour supporters!

      York cycle stop unique pod One of the pods at York Cycle Stop

      6. York Cycle Stop, York
      Perhaps you feel like getting back to nature with a night or two in a tent? Why not upgrade from the campsite and stay in a unique York Cycle Stop pod! The best friend of cyclists, each pod has a designated storage area for your bikes and is situated close to some of Yorkshire's best cycle routes, including the Way of the Roses. If the Tour de Yorkshire hasn't tired you out of course...

      7. The Grange Hotel, York
      The Grange Hotel in York promises to make your Tour de Yorkshire experience a luxurious one. The statement décor combines traditional and modern with a truly grand result. If you're lucky you might end up in one of the rooms with a stunning four poster bed! The food is also exceptional and The Brasserie is the perfect place to unwind for a spot of post-Tour relaxation.

      Check back soon for the dreamiest places to sleep along the Stage 3 route!

    • Tour de Yorkshire - Stage 1

      The dreamiest places to stay during the Tour de Yorkshire

      This May, the first ever Tour de Yorkshire will take place with routes winding through the breathtaking Yorkshire countryside; often proclaimed 'God's own county'. The cyclists will cover 320 miles over the course of 3 days, being treated to stunning views along the way. Whether you are cycling, spectating or fundraising, a great night's sleep is crucial to your daily performance and wellbeing. To help you out, Memory Foam Warehouse has been busy researching the dreamiest places to stay along the way. So here we go... the 10 best sleeps along the Tour de Yorkshire route starting with Stage 1:

      Stage 1 on Friday 1st May will start in Bridlington and finish in Scarborough - 174km

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      1. Fourth Farm, Gransmoor nr. Bridlington
      Fourth Farm's idyllic setting is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day of cycling. These beautiful converted farm buildings have spacious rooms and sumptuous beds creating the perfect sleep environment! The cottages are a stone's throw away from the beaches of Filey and Bridlington too if you fancied a dip in the sea!

      2. Keld Head Farm Cottages, Pickering
      Whether you're craving a dip in the pool to unwind after a busy day on your feet or looking for a traditional pub lunch, the Keld Head Farm Cottages are an ideal place to relax and rest your head.

      3. Keldy Forest Cabins, Cropton
      Nestled deeply in a wooded valley, the Keldy Forest Cabins promise a truly peaceful night's sleep after the busy excitement of the Tour de Yorkshire. What better way to prepare for a dreamy slumber than jumping in the hot tub and relaxing in the sauna?

      4. The Russell Hotel, Scarborough
      Scarborough continues to be a firm family favourite set on the stunning Yorkshire coastline. The Russell Hotel combines the best of both worlds with lovely gardens and sea views; and it's just a short journey to the fun and games Scarborough has to offer.

      Scarborough Coastline The stunning Scarborough coastline

      We'll be releasing the best places to stay for a good night's sleep for Stage 2 shortly so please check back soon!

    • What to eat before bed for a great night’s sleep

      What to eat to guarantee a great night's sleep!

      There are many aspects of everyday life that can have an impact on the quality of our sleep. What you eat and drink, not just before dinner but throughout the day, can affect the way we sleep. Check out our tips below for a better night’s sleep tonight!

      We all know that ‘Breakfast’ means ‘breaking the fast’ and are always being told that it’s the most important meal of the day. But did you know your evening meal is also highly important? It’s imperative to eat enough at dinnertime to sustain your body throughout the night to allow you to fall in to a deep sleep. A hearty yet balanced and easy to digest meal is essential to avoid a fragmented sleep.

      great night's sleepTry to avoid foods rich in protein (meat, fish, cheese, nuts and lentils) later in the day as they tend to heighten alertness. Eat your protein at lunchtime instead and aim for complex carbohydrates such as brown rice or sweet potatoes for dinner along with dairy products which are also known to promote sleep. Try eating two to three hours before heading to bed to give your body chance to digest your evening meal.

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      It sounds obvious but try to avoid caffeine before bed; if possible try to avoid it after noon or at least 5 hours before bedtime to guarantee a good night’s sleep. Instead, opt for herbal teas containing chamomile, lavender or valerian which are all plants known for their calming effects and can actually help aid sleep.

      We've all experienced the drowsy feeling and instantly falling asleep after a few glasses of wine. However, although alcohol can quickly send you to sleep, it does interfere with the quality of sleep later on. Sleep is lighter and interrupted with frequent waking through the night which won’t set you up for a good day!

      What do you eat to get a good night’s sleep? Are you a caffeine fiend or a herbal tea lover? Tell us what you think!

    • Red Nose Day 2015

      Red Nose Day 2015

      The biggest ever Red Nose Day is kicking off nationwide this Friday and here at Memory Foam Warehouse, we have an amazing weekend of fundraising activity planned!

      We will be running a competition in-store from Friday 13th March until Monday 16th March where customers will be invited to guess the amount of red balloons in an Ottoman bed. The winning guess will receive a Maxicool memory foam mattress topper and there will be prizes for the runners up too! The winner will be announced on Tuesday 17th March.

      Red Nose Day 2015

      Staff will also be attending work on Friday dressed up in their favourite onesie to celebrate Red Nose Day -we'll have to make sure no-one falls asleep on the job!

      Comic Relief do some amazing work both here at home in the UK and in Africa. We will be donating all money raised to the charity and you can see here how this money will be well spent.

      We'd love our customers to join us and take part in this fun fundraising event so if you're in the area pop in and say hello! The Wakefield showroom is located behind Tubs & Taps on Chantry Bridge, Wakefield and is open 9am-6pm daily and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

    • National Bed Month March 2015

      National Bed Month has now been running for more than 20 years and promotes the importance of staying healthy with the help of a good night’s sleep. The awareness campaign by The Sleep Council began in 1990 with the intention of using retailers like Memory Foam Warehouse to endorse the need for a comfortable sleeping environment

      Lisa Artis, spokesperson for the Sleep Council explains, ‘we are urging all retailers to get behind this annual promotion. It’s a great opportunity to promote the importance of a good, comfortable bed for a good night’s sleep’. The campaign is primarily an educational tool for the consumer, relaying the importance of a good mattress which should always be replaced when needed.

      The Sleep Council is a useful source of knowledge for consumers looking for a bed or mattress and what they should consider. The campaign not only raises awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep for optimum health and wellbeing but provides helpful advice and tips to improve the quality of your sleep.

      Choosing the right bed can be tricky but if you follow The Sleep Council’s advice then you can look forward to great night’s sleep. As mattress buying is a big investment, consumers want to feel reassured they have bought a quality product. Simply look out for the ‘big tick logo’ and you will know that you have bought a bed from a safe and honest bed manufacturer. Created by the National Bed Federation, the ‘NBF approved’ logo means that bed manufacturers have been independently audited and authenticated as producers of hygienic and high quality mattresses. Jessica Alexander puts it simply, ‘The new NBF Approved logo means people can buy a mattress in the certain knowledge that it is safe, clean and honest.’

      This year, The Sleep Council have also released a revision of their famous Bed Buyers Guide. As demand for information on how to choose the right bed remains higher than ever, the guide gives consumers all the relevant advice needed to make an informed purchase. You can access the guide online from The Sleep Council’s website.

      Memory Foam Warehouse have an extensive range of NBF approved memory foam mattresses, providing a comfortable sleep night after night. With a shared dedication of highlighting the importance of a safe and hygienic sleeping environment, all our mattresses offer unique health benefits so you can wake up feeling refreshed.

      For more information about National Bed Month, go to The Sleep Council’s campaign information page and find out their essential guidelines with the right bed as the number one priority.

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