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Beat the heat for a great night’s sleep

Keeping cool in the summer 

While we all love to see the sunshine arrive, the accompanying heat can sometimes be difficult to bear at night.

An overly warm room can make sleeping difficult often leading to restlessness and discomfort. We know from research that the ideal temperature for a bedroom is between 16-18°C (60-65°F) but when those hot, sticky nights kick in it can be difficult to keep cool.

Tips on keeping cool 

Where possible, open windows and inside doors to help create a draught and allow the air to circulate within the bedroom.

If the sun is particularly hot, keep curtains drawn, or if you’ve blackout blinds, keep these closed to prevent the room from overheating during the day.

Consider changing your duvet to a lighter tog rating – a tog rating of 4.5 tog is ideal for warm summer nights. If this is still too warm, try sleeping under a cotton sheet.

Wear light cotton nightwear to keep the body’s core temperature at the right level.

A cool shower or bath before bedtime can also help refresh and cool the body in preparation for sleep.


Try and drink plenty of fluids during the day – preferably water – and have some to hand by the bed if you heat up during the night.

Keep your bed clean and fresh and stick to cooling cottons or silk bedding.

If you or your partner struggle to keep cool at night, make sure your bed is roomy enough for two!  Up-sizing to a King Size or Super King Size bed can make all the difference to getting a good night’s sleep.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol or a big meal as these can cause dehydration and digestion difficulties making it uncomfortable and difficult to drop off.

If you’re thinking of buying a new bed or mattress, consider a model that incorporates natural fibres or is topped in a cooling cover. The Myers Latex Charm 5′ Mattress is a great example of this with its Coolmax Cover providing a Cool and Comfortable sleeping environment.

What to do next

Stocking a wide range of leading bed brands and bedding, Armagh Beds.com and Dalzell’s of Markethill has an extensive selection of climate control mattress options to help you find the optimum sleeping temperature. With over 500 beds in stock including  leading brands KaymedKing Koil, Respa,DorluxOdearestSlumber NightSleeptightMyers and Staples there’s something for everyone at Dalzell’s.

What’s more, we offer a Free Delivery service and Free Collection Recycling of Your Old Bed across Northern Ireland and Counties Louth, Monaghan and Dublin, with competitive rates across the rest of Ireland. Our staff are on hand to advise on the best bed and mattress to suit your sleeping style. Call us on T: 028 3755 1260email or visit us in-store today for a great deal. Or why not view our great collection of beds and mattresses online at Armagh Beds.com.

How to Create the Perfect Sleep Environment

The Perfect Sleep Environment

Did you wake up this morning feeling refreshed? If not, you’re not alone. According to the recently published Great British Sleep Survey, people from Northern Ireland are considered among the ‘Worst Sleepers’ in the UK.

What Keeps us Awake?

Citing bodily discomfort, noise, partners, room temperature and light levels as the top five physical factors affecting sleep, “the racing mind” was considered the main cause of Sleeplessness. Affecting us both emotionally and physically, Sleep Deprivation significantly contributes to daytime fatigue and lack of concentration.

What Sleep Advice is Available?

Fortunately though, organisations such as The Sleep Council are here to help, and as a certified member of The Sleep Council, Dalzell’s of Markethill are fully trained to offer expert bed, mattress and sleep advice to our customers.  Or why not check out our Bed and Mattress Buyers Guides at Armagh Beds.com Still unsure if your Bed or Bedroom is giving you the Quality Sleep you deserve? Read on for some top tips  to creating the perfect sleep environment from sleep expert, Kathleen McGrath.

 Top Tips for the Perfect Sleep Environment:

  1. Just the Right Temperature – between 16 and 18 degrees centigrade. Feeling too hot or too cold in the night can lead to restless sleep and wakefulness.
  2. Kept dark. Light is a common sleep ‘robber’ so investing in a good pair of well lined curtains which keep the Light Out and the Room Dark can be really helpful.
  3. Free from Distractions. So lose the laptop, the mobile, the computer games, the television and anything else that is likely to distract from the serious business of sleep!
  4. Comfortable. And central to comfortable is a Good Supportive Bed – the bigger the better (for less partner disturbance) and as good as the budget can stretch to: we spend a third of our life in bed so why compromise on the cost of a good night’s sleep?
  5. Relaxing. The bedroom should be an oasis of Calm and Tranquility – uncluttered and devoted to the land of dreams.

What To Do Now…

As a certified member of The Sleep Council, Dalzell’s of Markethill takes your health and sleep needs seriously.  We want to make sure that you are getting the maximum benefit from your bed and mattress ensuring you years of restful, quality sleep.  At Armagh Beds.com we have produced a series of Bed and Mattress Buyers Guides so that you are assured of making the right choice for your individual comfort and support needs. Or why not Visit in-store today at Dalzells, your local Bedding Experts in N. Ireland. You’ll find us in Markethill’s Main Street with convenient free on-street parking, that’s just off the A28 between Armagh and Newry, a short 20 minute drive from Banbridge or Dungannon and 45 minutes from Lisburn down the M1. You can of course always place your order and gain expert advice from our experienced team over the phone on 028 3755 1260 or even by Email. However you decide to shop with us you can be assured of Expert AdviceA Great Deal and Free Delivery of your Bed or Mattress throughout N. Ireland and Counties Monaghan, Louth and Dublin City, with highly competitive rates available across the rest of the UK and Ireland.