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7 Stress Busting Tips to Help You Sleep

7 Stress Busting Tips to Help You Sleep

Not all stress is bad, right?

You know the drill. It’s Sunday evening, you’re lying in bed just about to nod off when, pop!, you’ve just joined the wide awake club.

Whether it’s work, family, financial or health worries, all these stressful thoughts can make it difficult to fall asleep, and even stay asleep!

If stress is really that bad for our sleep, what can we do to make it better?

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Fall Back…to Sleep!

A Guide to Vacuum Packed Mattresses

As the evenings draw in and the mornings become increasingly darker, autumn marks the beginning of our shorter days. And with the clocks going back this weekend, Sunday 26th October, it’ll not be too long before we’re waking up in the dark, and travelling home in the dark too.

One consolation in all this gloomy nighttime talk of course is that precious extra hour we’ll get in bed. Yes, it’s the one time in the year when we don’t need an excuse to have a lie-in. But did you know that that extra 60 minutes of slumber is not just a guilty pleasure but it is actually good for you?

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Sleeptember Stress Busters

Sleeptember Stress Busters

With the launch of Sleeptember the Sleep Council’s latest research found that 90% of people admit to suffering from some form of stress in their lives, with almost two out of five saying they are regularly, frequently or constantly stressed.

In Northern Ireland 88% of people say they suffer sleep problems when stressed (UK Highest) and 76% have suffered from a sleep disorder. A further 46% say they regularly, frequently or always are stressed.

With millions of people caught in a vicious cycle of stress and sleepless nights the month of September has been identified by health professionals as being one of the most stressful months for many.

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The Benefits of a Sleep Diary

Keeping a Sleep Diary

One of the most common questions our customers ask our staff when buying a new bed is: ‘Will this help me sleep better?’ The simple answer is yes, especially if you’ve been experiencing sleep disturbance because of an old, worn and uncomfortable bed. However, replacing an old bed with a new bed is only one part of the solution in ensuring a good night’s sleep.

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Spotlight on King Koil Orthopaedic Mattresses

Founded by Samuel Bronstein in 1898, King Koil has for over a century manufactured the highest-quality beds and mattresses in the market today.  One of the leading Orthopaedic Bed brands in the world, King Koil produces some of the most advanced Spinal Comfort mattresses and is the only brand endorsed by the International Chiropractors Association for the support its mattresses provide.

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Is Your Bed a Pain?

Did you wake up this morning with aches and pains? Well, you’re not alone. Recent research by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) found that nearly one in three people experience back and neck pain after a night’s sleep. The survey also found that one third (33 per cent) of people only change their mattress once every ten years, despite recommendations by The Sleep Council to do so every seven.

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Make a New Bed Your New Year’s Resolution

Now that the Christmas festivities are over for another year, many of us are turning our attention to making New Year Resolutions for the incoming year.  Whether it’s giving up something or starting afresh with a new regime, there’s no better resolution to make than promising yourself a great night’s sleep.

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Top Tips on how to Survive the Party Season

Sleep Tips

As the Christmas party season beckons, how many of us are beginning to worry how all those late nights will affect us? Well OK, it’s probably not the first thing you’re thinking about. There’s the outfit to sort, the babysitters to organise and of course, the working week to contend with first!

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What’s Your Ideal Bed of the Future?

It’s fair to say we all love our beds. Given that we spend a third of our lives in them we want to make sure they offer us the best possible comfort and support. Not just determined by the layout of our bedroom and the space we have available, our bed choices are influenced by our design preferences and lifestyle aspirations.

However, have you ever wondered what your ideal bed of the future might look like? (Image courtesy of The Sleep Council)

Bedroom of the Future

The latest research from The Sleep Council found that people in Northern Ireland have a very clear idea of what their bed and bedroom of the future looks and feels like.

  1. 46% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future
  2. 38% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions
  3. 35% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc
  4. 30% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

Our Choice of Beds for the Now! 

Self-cleaning / bacteria resistant beds sound amazing, but did you know that right now such a bed actually exists? Part of Respa’s Physiotech Collection of Beds and Mattresses, the Respa Exhilar8 Divan Bed  incorporates Sleepfresh Technology and Purotex Active Bed Cleanser and Allergen Control to create a cool, fresh and hygienic sleeping environment.

Mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions are not just a thing of the future as can be seen in the Kaymed Gel Miami 2000 Pocket Gel Divan Bed. Incorporating K3Gel – an innovative technology that provides the pressure relief of visco elastic – this bed is clinically proven to Sleep 3 Degrees Cooler than a standard foam bed. What’s more, the K3Gel cubes contour to the body, Soothing and Reviving Tired Bodies.

Whilst we can’t promise a Smart Bed to monitor your vital statistics when you sleep we can recommend the Respa Flotation Comfort Electric Bed  This luxurious adjustable bed enables Independent Adjustable Sleeping Positions to offer Relief for Sufferers with Back or Joint Problems. What’s more, this luxurious pocket sprung and memory foam electropaedic bed is on special offer right now at Dalzells!

Seasonally adaptive lighting in the bedroom? Well, we predict that that’s not so very far away. Why not pop over to our sister site armaghelectrical.com and chat with our team there – they’d be the people in the know !

What to do next

We at Dalzells like to think we’ve got our fingers on the pulse when it comes to new bed technology. Stocking 500+ beds from leading brands Respa, King Koil, Kaymed and Staples, we’ve a great selection of beds and mattresses that could be part of your future! Our expert staff are on hand to offer advice on choosing what suits your individual circumstances best and as a Sleep Council accredited retailer, you’re guaranteed quality, independent advice about choosing the right bed for you. Located in Markethill, Co Armagh, we’re a family owned business with a set of business values you’d like to expect but don’t always get nowadays. Conveniently positioned near to Newry we are a short drive from major towns and cities across Northern Ireland, including Lisburn and Cookstown. In addition to our Free Delivery and Free Collection & Recycling of Your old Bed service in Northern Ireland and Counties Louth, Dublin and Monaghan, we’ll also unpack and set-up your New Divan Bed in a room of your choosing and dispose of all the packaging. Call us on 028 3755 1260. Contact us by Email, or why not Visit in-store today!

*Delivery throughout the rest of Ireland available at Highly Competitive Rates


Celebrate National Sleep In Day with a Lie In!

As a parent of small children it’s not often I get a chance of a lie-in but with next Sunday, 27th October marking National Sleep In Day – the day that we can turn back our clocks by an hour – you never know, it might just happen!

Northern Ireland Sleep Habits

According to a major report published by The Sleep Council, the average person in Northern Ireland has less sleep than the rest of the population in the United Kingdom averaging just 6hrs 19 minutes of sleep per night.

Some 46% of people reported that worry or stress was keeping them awake at night, and scarily, 26% have used alcohol as a remedy to help them get to sleep.

So how do we ensure we get that all important sleep, never mind that all too precious lie-in?

Top Tips on Getting a Lie-in

  • As National Sleep In Day falls at the weekend we can justify turning off those alarm clocks next Sunday morning and allow our bodies to wake naturally. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, it may be that you need to go to bed earlier.
  • Turn off gadgets and phones so you have no background stimulation to interfere with your sleep. Many people also rely on the alarm clock on their mobiles to wake them up – make sure it’s turned off just in case!
  • If you have blackout blinds or curtains it’s best to have them closed tight and drawn to prevent daylight from seeping through. Even a little bit of morning light can wake the drowsiest of sleepers.
  • Is your bed preventing you from having a good night’s sleep? If your bed is too hard, or too soft, it might be stopping you from experiencing a deep slumber. Not sure if your bed is giving you the proper support? Take the Bed M.O.T. and find out.
  • With the colder nights coming back we’re tempted to turn up the thermostats to keep the chill out. Temperatures around 12-13°C (53-55°F) are usually too cool to be able to drop off. Conversely, anything over 24°C is more likely to cause restlessness. Bedroom temperatures should be between 16-18°C but if you you like your bed to be a bit warmer why not try an electric blanket to take the edge off – cheap to run too!
  • Of course you can always layer up your bed with duvets and pillows for extra snuggly comfort. Or dig out those bed socks and keep your feet from feeling the autumn chill!
  • Avoid alcohol the night before. Not only will it  interrupt your sleep later in the night but it will play havoc with sleep patterns.


What to do next

Dalzell’s is a Sleep Council accredited retailer so our staff are always on hand to offer advice for those who wish to buy a new bed or mattress. Situated in Markethill, we’re convenient to most major towns and cities across Northern Ireland. Positioned halfway between Armagh and Newry, we’re but a short drive from Dungannon and Portadown. Even if it’s not convenient to Visit us in-store, our online shop armaghbeds.com features many of our extensive range of beds and mattresses for you to shop from the comfort of your home. You can always telephone us 028 37 55 1260 or Email us if that’s how you prefer. With Free Delivery throughout Northern Ireland you can rest assure that you’ll get a great deal and excellent customer service from our family run business. What’s more, we also provide Free Collection & Recycling of your Old Bed when we deliver your new bed or mattress. This great Free Delivery and Free Recycling Service is extended further to our customers in Counties Louth, Dublin and Monaghan with very competitive rates throughout the rest of Ireland.