• What Type of Snorer Are You?

    Just in case you didn't know, it’s National Stop Snoring Week! The favourite week of tired spouses across the UK, National Stop Snoring Week was launched to raise awareness of the various types of snoring, how they can affect our health and wellbeing, and how they can be treated.

    If you constantly wake up others (or yourself!) with your snoring, here are some top tips on finding out which type of snorer you are and what you can do about it.

    How do I find out which type of snorer I am?

    The easiest way to find out which type of snorer you are is to ask for help from that angry, awake person sitting up in bed next to you! Get your partner to film you sleeping or to make notes about how you snore; tell them to write down anything noteworthy such as whether you snore with your mouth open or whether there are any particular positions that make you snore more than others.

    If you prefer to sleep alone, you can always set up a camera yourself or simply make note of how you feel when you wake up; if your mouth is dry you likely sleep with it open, while symptoms such as nasal pressure or waking yourself up from lack of breath can provide clues as well. There are also some easy tests you can do at home to give you more of an idea of which type of snorer you are.

     

    The Mouth Snorer

    The Test: If you’re able to make a snoring sound with your mouth open but not when it’s closed, it’s likely that you’re a mouth snorer.

    The Cause: There are a number of causes of mouth snoring, ranging from the way you position your head and neck while sleeping to the way your jaw rests. Overly relaxed jaw, tongue and mouth muscles can all cause breathing obstructions and snoring. 

    The Treatment: Mouth snorers benefit most from products that help them maintain correct head, neck and jaw alignment while sleeping. Mouth pieces and chin straps can both be helpful, while an anti-snore or memory foam pillow can be useful if the snoring is caused by poor head or neck position in bed.

    The Nasal Snorer

    The Test: Try breathing in and out through one nostril at a time. If you find breathing harder through one or both nostrils, you might be a nasal snorer.

    The Cause: Lots of different nasal conditions can cause snoring, with blocked sinuses, deviated septums and allergies being some of the main culprits. 

    The Treatment: People who snore due to blockages or obstructions in the nasal passage can really benefit from nose strips, which keep your airways open while you sleep. Lots of nasal conditions can also be easily fixed with medication or surgery so it’s worth visiting your doctor if breathing strips don’t help.

    The OSA Snorer

    The Test: If you often wake yourself up snoring, gasping or choking, or your partner reports frequent lapses in breathing while you sleep, you could be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 

    The Cause: OSA is caused by a drastic blockage of the airways, which can itself be the result of allergies, being overweight, tonsil or other throat conditions, thyroid problems, or pronounced overbites.

    The Treatment: If you recognise any of these symptoms, a doctor’s visit is in order as sleep apnea can be a very serious condition. You may need to undergo a sleep study or use special breathing apparatus at night. Surgery can also sometimes be helpful if the OSA is caused by natural physical traits.

    Stop snoring! Our top tips

    If your snoring isn’t that severe or you just want to try something while you wait for that doctor’s appointment, here are a few top tips that might help in the meantime.

    • Keep your bedroom clean: Even if your allergies aren’t severe, dust can still cause breathing problems at night so keep your home clean and bedding fresh to avoid this. A hypoallergenic pillow can also help to keep nasty allergens away.
    • Use supportive bedding: A memory foam mattress or pillow can help to keep you properly aligned while sleeping and prevent breathing obstructions.
    • Try sleeping on your side: Sleeping on your side rather than on your back can also provide you with better alignment for your breathing. Try using a supportive pillow to stop you rolling over.
    • Try to lose weight: Excess weight can be a cause of all the different types of snoring, so you might find that focussing on weight loss solves the problem.

    Will you be taking part in Stop Snoring Week? Let us know how you get on via Facebook.

  • How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?

    Happy National Bed Month! Brainchild of The Sleep Council, National Bed Month is all about raising awareness of healthy sleep habits so it’s the perfect time to check in with yours and make sure you’re getting the most out of your bedtimes.

    This month, we’ll be looking at everything you need to know to get the best night’s sleep, starting with one question that we often get asked: Just how often should you change your mattress? Continue reading

  • Furnishing Your Children’s Bedroom

    While we love redecorating full stop, there’s no denying that there’s nothing more fun than decorating a child’s bedroom, and what better time than National Bed Month to get started?

    From quirky storage options to all-out fun features, furnishing a child’s bedroom is the perfect opportunity to let your creativity run wild.

    If you’re about to freshen up your little one’s room, here are some of our top furnishing tips. Continue reading

  • Refresh Your Bedroom this Spring

    Spring has OFFICIALLY sprung! While most of us like to get a bit of spring cleaning done, the new season is actually the perfect opportunity to ditch all that sleepy winter decor that’s keeping you under the duvet and refresh your bedroom with a bright new look that’ll have you jumping out of bed like a ray of spring sunshine.

    Here are 2018’s biggest spring interior trends and how you can achieve them: Continue reading

  • Fitted Bedroom Furniture Explained

    If there are three things we like a bedroom to be, they are: beautiful, spacious, and organised. If you live in a home where space is limited, beautiful is easy to achieve but spacious and organised can be a bit more tricky!

    One fab way to maximise any bedroom is with fitted furniture. Here’s why we love it: Continue reading

  • Welcome 2018 - Looking Back at 2017

    The Christmas decorations may be away, but we've got plenty of reasons for you to be excited about 2018, particularly after such a great 2017. Speaking of 2017, we wanted to take the chance to look back on the best parts of an excellent year. So join us on a journey looking back through 2017, and let us know your favourite parts of the year. Continue reading

  • The 12 Days of Bedco 2017

    Christmas is just around the corner, and those of you with incredible memories may remember that last year we ran a competition called ‘The 12 Days of Bedco’ to really get everyone in the mood for Christmas. Well, because so many of you loved the competition, we’re delighted to launch the 2017 edition of the 12 Days of Bedco. Continue reading

  • Bedco Summer Competition

    At Bedco, we love the Summer; it really is our favourite time of year. To celebrate our love of the Summer, we’re giving away a great prize to one lucky winner, in our Summer Giveaway. To win this fab prize, you will need to enter on Facebook, answering one simple question. The answer to the question lies within this blog post.

    While we’ve got your attention, we wanted to share with you the top products available at Bedco this Summer.

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  • Top Tips for Sleeping When Pregnant

    Whether you’ve had little ones before or you’re expecting for the first time, you’ve probably noticed that getting a comfortable night’s sleep isn’t all that easy when you’re pregnant - especially in the later stages.

    However, with new research highlighting the dangers of certain sleep positions, it’s becoming even clearer that how you sleep is just as important for your baby’s wellbeing as it is for yours.

    Here are some top tips on what to try and what to avoid... Continue reading

  • How to Work Around Your Partner’s Sleeping Pattern

    It’s the age-old tale: two souls from warring families fall in love and succumb to a lifetime of late nights and grouchy mornings.

    No, we’re not misremembering Romeo and Juliet, we’re talking about when Early Birds and Night Owls collide.

    If you and your partner are struggling to cope with each other’s sleeping patterns, here are some things you can try... Continue reading

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