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It’s often said that there are two types of people in the world – those who set one alarm for the morning and those who need to set 6 or more alarms so they can snooze in-between. But is the snooze button an ingenuous way to help us get up in the morning or is it something that is actually dangerous for our health?

True, it might seem like you’re squeezing in a luxurious extra 10 or 20 minutes of sleep in, but by pressing that snooze button you might just be making it harder for yourself to get up in the long run. This is because when we sleep we go through cycles that last around 45 minutes. By setting your alarm earlier in order to snooze longer you are not only cutting into a sleep cycle, but there’s also no way you can make it through another sleep cycle in 10 or 20 minutes so you are actually getting less sleep overall. It is far more advantageous to set your alarm for the time you need to get up and get up then.

Is the Snooze Button Bad for You?Your body actually starts waking up around an hour and a half before you wake up. During this time your core body temperature heats up (which makes you feel alert and less groggy when you wake), if you keep pressing that snooze button your body starts to get confused and think “so why did I start waking up”? By continuing this cycle it causes you to be in that confused and groggy state and is also the reason why we think our beds are so comfortable and cosy in the morning – and who would want to leave that! No wonder we want to stay hidden away in our beds.

Yet the snooze button doesn’t just affect you in the morning, it will also affect your body in the long run. Humans adore routine, and your sleep schedule is no different. If we confuse our bodies by getting up at 7:00am one day and 7:30am the next, our body won’t know what time to wake-up and, worse, what time to get to sleep at night. This means we can have trouble getting to sleep at night, which further eats into our rest time and makes us enough more tired in the morning!

This is also a problem at weekends, as even as we do spend all week getting up at the same time, if we spend our weekends sleeping in to 10am or so then your body goes back to square one. You might even make your sleeping schedule even worse through social jet lag! Instead you should try your best to set your alarm for the same time every morning and get straight up. Your body will soon fall into this routine and you’ll probably find yourself waking up naturally at this time feeling alert in no time at all.

True, it can feel brutal getting up early in the morning on a weekend, but you might be surprised at how much you enjoy having a full weekend ahead of you rather than wasting half the day sleeping. 

You might also be someone that doesn’t need a snooze button, or for that matter an alarm clock. Is your body naturally synced to your waking hour, or are you just sleeping on an old uncomfortable bed? If it’s the latter, we can certainly help.

Our business was established in 1882, so we know a thing or two about retailing and the selling of beds and mattresses. If your bed is past it’s best and you are waking every hour, you really should pay us a visit if you live in the South-East. We’ve got a bright airy showroom at Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0AD full of beds.

We also have a knowledgeable team working there. Each colleague has received extensive product training and visited several of our supplier’s factories to see the bed and mattress making process. More recently we have visited Dunlopillo, Hypnos, Myers, Relyon and Slumberland. So, you can be assured of the best possible advice when making a very important purchase.

But where do you begin?

It’s always a good thing to have a budget in mind. The more you can spend on a mattress the better. After all, you do get what you pay for. Then decide whether you want a traditional divan bed or a bed frame.

Divan & mattress

Serene BedsYou might need additional storage space, so consider one of the drawer options. You might need even more storage space. If this is the case, an ottoman base or the Hypnos Hideaway base will give you maximum storage. Our divan bases can be upholstered in a large choice of fabrics. Once you’ve chosen the perfect colour for your bedroom, you might want a matching headboard. There’s plenty to choose from. Do you want to make a dramatic statement? If so a floor standing euro wide headboard is just the thing. These headboards are approximately 10cm wider on each side of the bed. Both Hypnos and Relyon have a great range of these. Alternatively, you might want a standard strutted headboard, or perhaps something to compliment the rooms; a wooden or metal headboard.

Bed frame

Our Serene range of bed frames, whether wooden or metal come with sprung slats. These give a softer feel than a solid wooden slat. There are several finishes in both wood and metal and can be delivered within 3-5 days. The Serene Soloman in Nickel is pictured.

Mattress

The only way is to try them. You’ll know immediately if you don’t like one. It’s just a case of narrowing down the options. Take your jacket off and hide your inhibitions. You really do need to lie in the positions you do when sleeping. Believe me we’ve seen it all – some very funny. And it’s important to use the same number of pillows.

You can do plenty of research online before venturing out. And if you’ve any queries, don’t hesitate to call us on 01273 857388. We’d love to hear from you.

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