The eternal question among contract and commercial bed manufacturers is “what makes a bed comfortable and how do we optimise that?”
Here at Millbrook Contract Beds we invest every single bed we make with love. And we’re not just saying that either. Every commercial bed that we manufacture is lovingly handcrafted and designed. We’ve learnt over the years to invest our contract bedroom furniture with an unrivalled quality, so we can actually answer this question…
What makes commercial beds so comfortable?
Well, it has a lot to do with the mattress of course and what goes into that mattress, but it very much rests on (no pun intended) the quality of the bed base. The bed base comprises many of the qualities which make commercial beds durable and most of all, comfortable.
First, let’s talk about the mattress.
There are four types of mattress that can be purchased for commercial bed buying purposes:
1. Pocket sprung is the most common type of mattress. The individual springs reside within fabric pockets and are independent of one another. These springs react to the pressure and positioning of the person who lies on top and contour to suit the shape of the sleeper.
2. Open sprung/open coil is a mattress comprising of circular springs that weave together to make a single spring unit. By applying pressure to one of them, you apply pressure to all of them. All the springs are connected together.
3. Orthopaedic is universally considered the best choice of mattress for people who suffer with back pain or have trouble getting to sleep. Millbrook has a special range designed to suit people like this – The Therapy. The idea behind them is that they support the spine in the correct alignment whilst avoiding localised pressure points. Orthopaedic mattresses are designed to mould and contour to the shape of your body.
4. Foam is regarded as the least impressive of mattress designs. You’ll hear most people refer to them as Memory Foam as they work with the sleeper’s natural body heat moulding to the curves of the body. Memory Foam is generally designed to relieve uncomfortable pressure points. However, finding a reliable Memory Foam mattress can be a task as many of them merely ‘sink.’ The best Memory Foam mattresses spread.
Of course, every mattress has its own benefits and inherent values it’s just they just won’t always be compatible with every person. Comfort can often be a subjective experience.
The next step of identifying what makes commercial beds comfortable and why, is looking at the bed bases:
1. Slatted base is definitely the most common bed base out there and used on bedsteads. The bed base is made up from wooden slats that support the mattress offering a firmer base. However, this is not necessarily the most comfortable option just because it is the most common. People who used wooden slatted bed bases experience many problems down the line.
2. Sprung edge is widely considered one of the finer bed bases. A Sprung Edge has springs to make the base more supportive helping to avoid uncomfortable hard edges. Sprung Edge bases work in conjunction with the mattress, ultimately making the mattress last longer.
3. Platform top is constructed of wood with a padded base making the bed feel firmer. This is suitable to those who prefer a really firm comfort option with their bed.
4. Sprung slatted base uses curved wooden slats that adjust to the sleeper’s profile. The idea is to get the slats to work in synchronicity with the mattress exerting and liberating the pressure sensitive areas.
Comfort comes from design, material and combination. The design must be of high quality and the bed base well-built with the right materials and fabrics used for the inside of the mattress. Comfort comes from various factors combined, and as we all know comfort can be in the eye of the beholder.
Of course, never underestimate the degree of comfort that comes from good quality duvets and pillows! Our next blog will address this aspect of commercial beds in more detail.
Contract and commercial beds are very much about combining science and art together to provide optimum sleeping solutions with choices to suit everyone.
Dreams are complex little mysteries. They have the power to surprise us, make us happy and fulfil our fantasies. But where there are dreams, there are often nightmares lurking around the corner. Nightmares are terrifying dreams that cause our hearts to race; even after you wake up and realise that it was all a dream, your heart continues to pound and the fear stays with you in the darkness of the bedroom. Millbrook Contract Beds is fascinated with every aspect of dreaming, especially nightmares. They’re fascinating things. Continue reading »
As a hotelier, or someone who works in the hotel and leisure industry, you have to be very much aware of what goes into your hotel contract beds and how long you’ve had them for. Many of the blogs here on Millbrook Contract Beds serve as guides to dispense advice on what problems and scenarios exist with hotel contract beds and the potential resolutions to those problems and explanations of those scenarios. Millbrook’s holistic advice comes from over 60 years worth of experience, so if you want the best recommendations and knowledge on the subject of contract bed buying, disposal, and the industry specific ranges available, this is the right place to be.
Recent studies have shown us that a substantial amount of people only get approximately six hours of sleep a night, sometimes even less than that. This is not good for many reasons, the most important being that it is simply not good for general overall health. The key factor here is definitely the hotel contract bed. The Furniture Industry Research Association has said that “a bed can deteriorate by as much as 70% after ten years.” That is to say, from its brand new state to ‘worn down’ in that time. This is the principal contribution and cause to lack of sleep. For paying guests it is just simply unacceptable.
So what do you do if you have dozens to hundreds of rooms, all with hotel contract beds of different sizes, ages, shapes and makes? How do you test them all to ensure that they are adequate to provide the right sleep experience for guests? It sounds like a big job, but it doesn’t have to be. All it requires is some scheduling, careful staff redistribution and time-efficient planning. It is still surprising that as a business, some people still don’t make the connection between their guest’s complaints and that of the condition of their hotel contract beds – which may have been in use for a considerable length of time without being flipped or thrown out and changed.
The best way to tell is if your guests begin telling you that they have woken up with neck or back ache, or that they had a terrible night’s sleep. This is a clear indication that the contract beds you’re offering are not giving the correct level of support or comfort and need replacing. Most people need seven or eight hours of sleep a night to function properly the next day but with beds often being put far down on the list of what causes a sleepless night, it’s about time we started to focus on how important they really are in terms of reducing stress and helping people to function more acutely the next day.
It might sound made-up, but there was a revelation recently that will blow your mind if you’re part of a couple. We’ve all had moments in relationships where we’ve warred and rowed; one of the most common causes of arguments in the bedroom is the question of who gets to sleep where in the bed. Choosing your side is the first big drama thrown up by a burgeoning relationship because each person has to feel comfortable in their new domestic situation. As if that wasn’t enough, it now turns out that sleeping on a certain side can heavily influence your state of mind in the day. Continue reading »
Have you heard about sleep tourism? It’s the latest trend in tourism and travel right now. It sounds strange but it really is a genuine concept. Millbrook Contract Beds investigates this unusual craze.
Right now, all around the world there are hotels, spas and accommodations that are designed to act as sleepaways for sleep-deprived clientele. Insomnia and sleep deprivation problems afflict many people around the world and many of these “sleep experience accommodations” cater specifically to those who have difficulty drifting off to the land of nod.
Some of the getaways have added extras such as private consultations with sleep experts, aromatherapy treatments and massage therapies. It’s pretty innovative thinking. In addition to these optional extras many of these sleep tourist hotspots offer sleep-deprived clientele pillow menus.
Specialist hotels provide light and sound systems designed to help guests fall asleep and stay asleep plus zero gravity chairs or massage beds to snooze in. Count in the development of snore absorption rooms that literally do absorb the sound of snoring and you’ve got yourself a new emerging part of the tourism industry!
Catering to the sleep needs and the sleep problems of travellers seems to be on the rise, and we here at Millbrook Contract Beds think this can only be a good thing.
With the development of many new technologies and innovative ideas related to the world of sleep it appears that the ability to achieve a better, deeper, more satisfying sleep is open to everyone, or at least soon will be. At the moment, sleep tourism caters to people who can afford to spend on mega-impressive hotels with advanced facilities and amenities. Enough time needs to pass in order to bring these new sleep assistance technologies down to a more amicable price and to a more open market so that we all may experience sleep tourism.
In the meantime, there really is no reason why people and businesses cannot adopt the ideas of sleep tourism for their own purposes and benefits. Creating relaxing environments where sleep can be optimised really is what we’re all about at Millbrook once you get to the very heart of it.
As an individual you can create your own DIY sleep holiday that requires zero packing and zero expense. Unplug from the technologies already in your life such as phones, computers, internet, television, tablets etc. These devices have gone from being lounge-bound items (or for use outside the home) and somehow we have brought them into our bedrooms where the only real purpose of a bedroom should be to sleep! Unplug yourself from this world for an evening. Take the time to turn your bedroom into a more relaxing, open and de-cluttered space. We have written many blogs on how to achieve this before.
For hoteliers, you too can offer a slice of the sleep tourism experience by offering more from your contract beds and contract bed choices and sleep paraphernalia available. You don’t have to be a hotel of the future in order to offer your guests maximum comfort.
Sleep tourism is only growing bigger and more popular. This is the beginning of a new form of tourism altogether and while it is very specific and, arguably, strange, it seems like it is going to be a facet of the hospitality industry that’s here to stay.
Millbrook Contract Beds spends a lot of its time on Twitter and Facebook sharing our love of sleep with our followers. We regularly tweet and update about sleep facts and sleep related stories. So we thought, why not take all we have learned and collected over the past year of Tweeting and compile it into a comprehensive fact list? Bear in mind these are just a handful of the facts we have researched (in total there is probably more like 300 odd facts we have learnt about sleep, beds, dreams and sleep disorders).
#1 – People can sleep with their eyes open and not even be aware that they are doing it.
#2 – The average adult needs to sleep a total of 7 to 9 hours per day.
#3 – 50% of people over the age of 60 suffer with some type of sleep disorder.
#4 – The world record for the longest period without sleep stands at 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes. Although it is not recommended that people try to break it because…
#5 – A person needs sleep to function. To go without sleep for an elongated period without close medical supervision can be fatal.
#6 – If it takes a person more than 5-15 minutes to fall asleep every night it could mean that they are sleep deprived.
#7 – REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep causes the sleeper a paralysis that they are unaware of.
#8 –REM sleep kicks in after 90 minutes after we fall asleep and lasts for approximately 2 hours.
#9 – If you ever dream that you yourself are taking a nap during your dream it could be a sign that you need to relax and take it easy more. Sleeping in your own dreams can also symbolise that you are at peace.
#10 – New born babies typically result in 400-750 hours of lost sleep for new parents in the first year.
#11 – REM dreams are often characterized by bizarre plots, but non-REM dreams are repetitive and thought-like, with little imagery.
#12 – It is theorised by some sleep scientists that we dream to fix our experiences in our long-term memory – we dream about things that are worth remembering.
#14 – A scientific mystery remains so as scientists have still not been able to explain how shining a bright light on the back of human knees resets the brains sleep-wake clock.
#15 – Exposure to noise during the night can suppress immune function even if the sleeper doesn’t wake. Unfamiliar noise, and noise during the first and last two hours of sleep, has the greatest disruptive effect on the sleep cycle.
# 16 – “Natural alarm clock” (allowing people to wake up more or less when they want to) is caused by a burst of stress hormones. This is caused due to an unconscious anticipation of waking up.
#17 – It is unknown if any other species dreams as we do…
#18 – This should come as no surprise to parents but teenagers tend to sleep on an average of 10 hours per night.
#19 – The position that you sleep in reflects your personality.
#20 – Brains are far more active while they are sleeping than they are watching TV.
And there’s your lot… for now!
Insomnia and sleep interruptions can be down to a lot of different factors, but the sleeping environment can be a huge factor in whether or not you get a comfortable and restful night’s sleep. In fact, dodgy beds can be the root cause of back pain, sleep disorders and sleep interruptions. Millbrook Contract Beds specialises in beds that provide the ultimate comfort and we’ve got some handy tips to make sure that you are comfortable in bed this winter. Continue reading »
Millbrook Contract Beds has experience in quality beds and mattresses and we know our stuff when it comes to getting a restful and peaceful night’s sleep. One of the biggest causes of insomnia is the blurring of the line between bedroom and living room. Since televisions, smartphones and laptops became a driving force in our lives, we are no longer limited to specific locations when we want to watch a show, listen to music or check our Facebook pages. The line between living room and bedroom is almost invisible now and bringing these distractions into our bedroom suddenly stops the bedroom from being a quiet and restful place. It suddenly becomes a domain of distractions.
Our blog today is a little bit more light-hearted. We’ve been asking everyone in both the Millbrook Beds and Millbrook Contract Beds teams a simple question this week: what’s your favourite position?
Understandably, people were shocked at first, but we are talking about the positions you sleep in every night. According to some great research and infographics, the position you sleep in tells you a lot about your personality. So when you go to sleep tonight in your contract bed or Millbrook Bed at home, keep it in mind and keep a record when you wake up. You’ll be very surprised at the revelations.
We all know that losing sleep can stop you feeling 100%, but were you aware of the connection between insomnia and depression? Millbrook Contract Beds brings you another informative article on the subject…
Have you ever been asked how you are and responded with “depressed”? We all feel down and upset every so often – ups and downs are just part of being human – but depression is not a mood like this. Depression is a serious disorder which manifests as persistent anxiety, hopelessness and disinterest in things you may have enjoyed beforehand. It affects the way you think, the way you feel, and everything you do – even sleep.
Many things have been thought of as potentially bringing on depression. Most popularly accepted is the ‘diathesis-stress’ theory, where individuals with a greater genetic predisposition (a ‘diathesis’) to the condition consequently have a greater chance of falling into a depressive state following a triggering event (the ‘stress’). This may be anything as drastic as losing a loved one or as minor as a mild illness, depending on the individual involved and the context of the stress.
Regardless of the cause, depression is a condition that affects and disrupts every part of life. Recently, though, there have been several studies concluding that there is a definite connection between certain sleep disorders and depression. This relationship is not one directional – some are diagnosed with depression before sleep disorders, and others vice versa.
A complication of this is that insomnia and depression are both listed as symptoms of each other. In short, an individual diagnosed with depression may have difficulty sleeping, while insomnia itself may have a depressive impact on a person’s affect. This relationship makes the diagnosing and medicating processes difficult. Regardless, if you believe you have symptoms of one or both, Millbrook Contract Beds recommends you seek immediate medical treatment.
Insomnia itself can come under several guises – it is not just being unable to sleep. Difficulty getting off to sleep is one type of insomnia, and another type involves being unable to stay asleep, with the sleeper constantly waking early. When combined with depression, these two damaging conditions can worsen each other.
There are many therapies and medications available for both depression and insomnia, and several of these are designed to work with both conditions together. We recommend you speak with a doctor and seek treatment if you experience sleep disturbances and daytime drowsiness or if a mood disturbance interferes with your daily activities.
On a lighter note, remember to follow us on Twitter – we regularly post thought provoking or amusing sleep-related content and usually try and send you off to sleep with a smile. For now, that’s all from us at Millbrook Contract Beds – we hope you all sleep well!
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