Thursday, 31 August 2017

Perfecting a Back to School Sleep Routine

As we say goodbye to the summer, it’s time to get excited about the kids heading back to school, which means new uniform, new stationery, and of course, getting back into a sensible sleep routine!

After plenty of playtime and longer evenings, all the excitement can mean that getting back into a proper routine after the summer break can prove to be quite a challenge for everyone involved.
So we’ve come up with some tips to hopefully make your routine run a bit smoother and to make sure you or your little one don’t lose out on any sleep.

No time like the present! 
As the school mornings draw closer, consider implementing a new bedtime routine now. It will hopefully get everyone involved used to going to bed on time and getting up early!

Schedule mealtime 
Try and schedule in dinner time around your child's bedtime, making sure you leave enough time between their meal and sleep.

Check bedding and mattresses 
You’ll want your child to be getting the best sleep possible as they head back to school, so be sure to check their bedding and mattresses. Consider switching to a heavier tog duvet if they’re cold.

Take away tech 
After a summer break filled with later bedtimes and plenty of TV and games in the evening, this can be a difficult one to enforce, but removing technology from your child's evening routine will help them get accustomed to early nights and make for a less stressful bedtime.

Talk it through 
Explain to your child the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Getting them involved in conversations with regards to their bedtime will help them understand why you’re setting such a routine.

Have you and the little ones got back into your usual routine ahead of the new school term starting? Don’t worry if not, there is still plenty of time! Hopefully you’ll find some of our points useful. Leave us a comment below if you have used any of our tips for your bedtime.

Sleep Well!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Bake Off and Beauty Sleep

Tonight sees the start of the new series of The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4. We’re all very excited here at Bed Office, we can’t wait to meet all the new contestants and see just what they’re made of. One thing’s for sure: we are expecting to see a whole host of beautiful biscuits, perfectly proved loaves and those sumptuous show-stopping sponges!

If like us you have your alarms set just in time for the main event, no doubt you’ll probably be wanting something to enjoy whilst you’re tuning in! Fret not, we have the ideal recipe for you to make ahead of time so you won’t be left feeling hungry when all the excitement is over.

Our flapjack recipe is so versatile that you can add pretty much anything to them, making them as healthy or not-so-healthy as you like!
What’s more, these flapjacks are simple to make, so even your children can get involved, which is ideal if you have yourself a little budding baker at home!

Amongst other benefits, oats have been proven to be a great source of melatonin, which works as an aid to sleep, so if you’d rather enjoy Bake Off in peace, then these are a good treat to give your children with a glass of milk just before bedtime.

The recipe works well for creating healthy breakfast bars, simply add your favourite berries or mix of seeds, and when combined with peanut butter, they are a great way to start the day, keeping you energised after a full night’s sleep.

Whatever you decide, we hope you give this recipe a try, and who knows, you may find yourself getting a better night’s sleep in the process!

50g of Soft, Unsalted Butter
2 tbsps of Smooth Peanut Butter
3 tbsps of Maple Syrup
2 Ripe Bananas Mashed
250g Rolled Oats
100g Raisins

Preheat your oven to 160c and prepare a square baking tin (approx. 20cm), lightly greasing and lining with baking paper.
Melt the maple syrup and butter in a pan over a medium heat until smooth and silky.
Add the mashed banana and mix thoroughly until combined.
Transfer the banana mixture to a large bowl and stir in the rolled oats and raisins before pouring in your tin.
Place the tin in the preheated oven and bake on the middle shelf for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Once baked and cool, cut into squares and serve.

Sleep Well!

Friday, 25 August 2017

And you thought Mattressman was just a mascot...

Mattressman is probably one of the most adorable superheroes going, so we thought we’d tell you a little more about him.

Mattressman loves being good to the planet. That's why he doesn't just sit back and leave our landfill sites to deal with the 7.5 million mattresses that are discarded there each year. Mattressman does something different, something better: he recycles.

Mattressman has saved thousands of used mattresses over the years from ending up on the scrap heap, taking a stand against the millions of people who simply take their old mattress down the dump, where they’re left to gather mold and make our planet that little bit less beautiful. 

To crack down on the number of mattresses finding their way to UK landfill sites, Mattressman initiated a local recycling service, which for a small fee, collects like-for-like items and transports them to a British recycling centre for processing. Once there, your old mattress, bed frame or divan is broken down into its constituent parts. The springs are then sent to steel mills for repurposing, the foam sanitised and reused for things like carpet underlays and anything else is harvested for energy production. 

So the next time you find yourself looking into those big round eyes of our much loved mascot, remember that Mattressman’s much more than just a gimmick, he’s our superhero.

Sleep Well! 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Don't Lose Sleep Over Your GSCE Results!

We’d like to say a big congratulations to everyone receiving their GCSE results today!

One thing is for certain: the hard work is finally over! Now is the time to enjoy the moment, no matter your results! Remember that you have plenty of options available to you, along with lots of support should you feel the need to discuss your results and the next steps!

Surrounding yourself with lots of positive people when you first open your results may be the best option for you. However, it is just as healthy to want to open them on your own. Whatever you decide, make sure you remain calm and try not to panic!

Understanding your results is important when assessing your next steps. You may already have a good idea of what you want to do and the results you need to achieve this, but if you’re struggling to understand your results, have someone go through things with you - ask your teacher; they're there to help!

Also, if you don't get the results you're expecting, don't worry. Speak to your teachers or family members to work out your next steps. We know that it can be disheartening not to get the results you want, but there is always the option to retake your core exams in Maths and English.

Whatever happens, keep yourself relaxed, and whether it’s good or bad news, spend the evening doing something you enjoy. This will help you to de-stress, so your routine doesn't suffer and you get the best night’s sleep possible.

Sleep Well & Congratulations!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A Five Star Service!

Here at Mattressman, we have been delivering better sleep to dreamers across the nation since 2004. We have continued to build upon our reputation as Britain's biggest online mattress specialist since those humble beginnings, and with the help of our customers and their feedback, we have made some really important improvements to how we operate as a business.

Maintaining a high level of customer service is paramount to a successful business. Our customers continually drive our business forward, which is why we are so proud to have gained a consistent five-star score (9.3/10) on Trustpilot. With that being said, though, we also understand that there's always room for improvement, which is why we encourage our customers to provide us with regular feedback.

At Mattressman, we appreciate complaints and believe that nothing beats a good piece of constructive criticism, because it is our customers' feedback that propels us forward and allows us to maintain our high level of service. This regular feedback also gives us the knowledge that we need to improve our services and ensure that we don't make the same mistake twice.

If you’ve got something you’d love to tell us, you can reach out to us via our social media channels or by getting in touch with our customer service team!

Sleep Well! 

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Why put a price on a good night's sleep?

If you’re stuck with an old, saggy thing that feels more like a park bench than a bed, is it really a good idea just to grin and bear it? Or is there a simpler way?

Well, first of all, it’s never a good idea to lay on an uncomfortable mattress. That discomfort is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, so don’t ignore it! Secondly, you don’t have to worry about spending hundreds of pounds on a brand new mattress right away, because we offer one of the best interest-free finance options available, which means you could be sleeping on a brand new mattress the very next day without spending a penny.

Get down to Mattressman and ask one of our sleep experts to process an application for you. Alternatively, if you prefer ordering things online, simply visit our website and select our finance option at the checkout. Deko, our finance provider, will then ask you a few simple questions before letting you know if you’ve been accepted. It’s that easy!

So, with our free next-working-day delivery to anywhere in the UK mainland and our pocket-friendly finance options, you can have the one you love and pay for it later! 

If you don’t think finance is right for you, here are some quick, inexpensive ways to make your old mattress more comfortable.

Mattress toppers - these are great for revitalising old mattresses on a budget. We have several on our website, from hotel-quality toppers with percale covers to memory foam varieties infused with Charcool.

Check your bed frame - If your mattress isn’t properly supported, then you won’t feel properly supported either. Check the slats to make sure they haven’t warped and that there are no large gaps.

Flip and rotate - Sometimes the fibres inside your mattress, particularly when it’s new, can clump, creating uncomfortable bulges or dips. Regularly flipping and rotating your mattress will ensure the fillings settle evenly, and prevent any awkward lumps and bumps from developing. Single-sided mattresses only require rotating, whereas 2-sided mattresses require both flipping and rotating. You can read more about mattress care on our blog here. 

With these tips and our interest-free finance, there should be nothing standing in the way of you getting a great night’s sleep, so why wait until payday? 

Sleep Well!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Our Superhero Delivery Service

We know there's nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep, so we try our best to deliver your items as quickly as possible. We operate the world’s only superhero delivery service, transporting your items at lightning-fast speed, plus we’re always on the lookout for ways we can improve - our tech team just needs a little more time to crack teleportation! 

We offer free next-working-day delivery to the UK mainland, and we are adding new postcodes to our 2-man delivery service all the time. Beyond our local delivery network, we work with external delivery companies to offer a one-man delivery service straight to the first entrance of your home.

All orders outside of our local delivery area enjoy free, fast delivery 4 days a week, although the availability of our 2-man delivery service depends on where you live. We also deliver at weekends and can arrange for deliveries to the UK mainland to arrive on Saturday between 8am-6pm. This service will incur a charge and your order must be placed before 4pm on Friday. Our delivery service to the Isle of Wight is the same.

Delivery to the Isle of Man is charged at £54 and the service is based on a 3-5 day turnaround. Deliveries to Northern Ireland are charged at £12 with a 3-5 day service, and if you require delivery to the Republic of Ireland, it is charged at £24 and based on a 3-5 day turnaround. Delivery to the Channel Isles, Scilly Isles and Scottish Offshore are charged at £42 on a 3-5 day service and delivery to Grampian and the Highlands is free of charge on a 3-5 day service. 

We also operate a fantastic like-for-like disposal service that collects and recycles old mattresses, bed frames and divans, and costs just £20 per item.

Sleep Well!