How to De-stress before going to bed – Getting A Good Nights Sleep

Throughout the day our brain is flooded with information, our minds are kept active and more often than not we don’t get a moment of time to ourselves. When bedtime strikes many people are left with thoughts circling around their heads and are simply unable to switch off. It is always a great idea to try and de-stress and calm the mind before attempting to sleep that you stand the best chance of getting a good night of shut eye. Take a look at our great tips to leave the hustle and bustle of the day behind and relax into the night.

In the evening:

Have a warm drink – a warm drink will help your body to relax, just make sure you stay away from anything that contains caffeine as that will have the opposite affect.

Light a candle and dim the lights – bright lights will keep your senses alert, create a calming and serene atmosphere.

Stay away from stimulants, yes that includes bright phone screens. There are certain apps designed to help you de-stress and get to sleep, some of which are so sophisticated that they have an inbuilt timer to close the app to avoid you having to operate your phone again.

Lavender is a good scent for relaxation. Some people recommend spraying lavender on your pillows and duvet cover to create a relaxing aroma (more…)

3 Top Tips To Get Your Children To Sleep On Christmas Eve

Christmas is an exciting time of year, particularly for those Children who almost can’t contain their excitement for Christmas Day. Combined with this excitement often comes a struggled to get to sleep/ a disturbed nights sleep on Christmas Eve as they wait for Santa to bring the presents they have asked for. Getting the kids tucked up in bed and off to the land of nod at a reasonable hour on Christmas Eve can often lead to a more enjoyable Christmas Day for everyone. We have put together some top tips to help your children and ultimately you get a good nights’ sleep.

Keep them busy during the day on Christmas Eve
Make sure the children are up at a reasonable hour for starters, you don’t want them oversleeping on Christmas Eve so that they aren’t tired in the evening. A great way to tire out them in the day is keeping them busy with activities. Check your local area for any Christmas themed activities, if there doesn’t seem to be anything arranged, create your own fun and take them out for some fresh air. Allow them to have a run around and use up a lot of their energy so that when evening comes they are tired and ready to sleep. The final activity for the day could be to leave a Mince Pie and Sherry out for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph. (more…)

 How To Prolong The Life Of Your Mattress

It is argued that humans spend one third of their life time in bed, approximately 8 hours every day (night). Therefore, we often spend a lot of time and money choosing a mattress that is right for us. No one wants to go through the hassle of getting a new mattress every few years and sleep experts suggest that on average your mattress can last you between 5-7 years if you take of it. Here we identify some 4  top tips in prolonging the life of your mattress.

Change your bed sheets on a regular basis – You should put clean bedding on every one to two weeks. As the human body produces a lot of oil it can build up on the sheets and be absorbed into the mattress layers. Particularly if you are someone that sweats a lot, you should be aware of how much of this is getting through to the mattress. (more…)

The Different Stages Of Sleep – Sleep And Its Importance

You might think that you are out like a light when you shut your eyes and fall asleep, however your body is actually going through an incredible process. There are 4 different stages of sleep that people will commonly experience on a cyclical basis every single night. Each of these stages has its own purpose in helping our bodies relax, regenerate, fix and prepare function for the next day.

So what are the different stages of sleep?

  • Awake
  • Light Sleep
  • Deep Sleep
  • REM Sleep (Rapid Eye Movement)

Light Sleep

During light sleep you can be woken up easily, you might find yourself drifting in and out of sleep as your senses are still pretty alert at this point. If you have ever had that jumping or falling sensation whilst you are falling asleep this can be contributed to this stage of the sleep cycle. During this stage your body is beginning to unwind and prepare you for a deeper level of sleep. Your heart rate will begin to decrease during this stage. Scientists argue that this stage of sleep is important for your bodies mental and physical recovery. (more…)

Top Tip For A Good Nights Sleep On Holiday

Holiday season is in full swing and although this fills many of us with excitement there are plenty of us that are filled with dread at the thought of being away from our very own bed! If we don’t sleep well then we are likely to be grumpy, tired and miserable for the day ahead (this is the last thing we want when on holiday). Our team at Exmouth Bed and Pine have put together a variety of top tips to help you try and get a good nights sleep when you are away on holiday!

  • Okay so taking your bed with you is pretty much off the list, but taking your pillow with you is definitely a little more achievable, especially if you are travelling within the UK or by car. Most of us get use to a certain pillow, by taking your pillow with you, you should be provided with a little home comfort.
  • If you are flying into a different time zone, the earlier you can get use to it the better. When you depart the UK and get on your flight set your watch to the time in your expected destination so that you can try and get into this new bed time routine. This should help you get a decent nights sleep when you arrive so that hopefully you aren’t left tossing and turning unable to sleep because it is the middle of the day back home.
  • The conditions in the environment you are going to be sleeping in are likely to be very different to your conditions at home, if you are use to sleeping in pitch black and silence, then we advise taking an eye mask and earphones to help create an environment that you are normally use to.
  • If you are travelling to a hot country, you might want to make sure that your accommodation offers air conditioning particularly if you are someone that gets affected by the heat. Be sure to check what temperature the hotel has set the room temperature too and make sure you adjust it to suit your needs.
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise – exercise has been proven to help get a better nights sleep so just because you are on holiday you shouldn’t give this a miss! Find some time to add it to your schedule, even if its just a walk exploring your new surrounding, your body will be grateful.
  • If you are feeling particularly tired of a morning get outside and enjoy some daylight. Daylight can help set your body clock.


How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

More and more often, people are understanding the importance of sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle. In this article, we’re sharing some tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:


When trying to sleep, it helps if you aren’t too hot or too cold. A way to ensure this is to purchase suitable bedding for the winter and for the summer. If you’re too hot, you may find that you get restless in the night, and if you’re too cold, you may find that you are unable to fall asleep.

Your mattress can play a big part in temperature regulation also. Mattresses with natural materials will be the best for this.


If your bed is not comfortable, you will not get a good night’s sleep. Ideally you need comfort, space and support from your bed to give you the best rest possible.

Which mattress you should get will vary from person to person due to their body shape and weight and also due to personal preference. When testing mattresses before purchase, ensure that you try one with a base similar to yours at home or you may feel like you’ve made the wrong choice once you get it home and realise how different it feels.

It is recommended that you replace your mattress after 7 years of use to ensure that comfort, support and cleanliness can be improved. (more…)

Protect your flooring from heavy wooden furniture

Pine and oak furniture makes a beautiful addition to any home. Its strong and durable nature makes it a great investment that will stand the test of time, but it’s heavy and can easily damage your floors with scuffs, scratches and dents.

Like your pine and oak furnishings, your flooring is an investment and so ensuring that it stays as well-preserved as possible is key. Below are some protective measures you can take to protect your flooring:

Always Lift Furniture

Solid wood furnishings are heavy and dragging them across any type of flooring can put it at risk of damage. This is particularly important to note for wooden or tiled floors as the furniture could scratch or scuff these surfaces. When pieces are too heavy to lift, you could try placing a towel underneath them and then slide them across the floor. This will protect both your furniture and the floor from damage. (more…)

How Your Bed Affects Your Sleep

On average, we spend around a third of our lives asleep, and we require a fair amount comfort and support to make this possible. A mattress that is old or cheap will not provide you with the necessary support required to prevent any aches and pains, nor will it provide the comfort required to improve the overall quality of your sleep, so it may be time for you to invest in a bed that will give you a great night’s sleep every single night.

According to the Sleep Census, 46% of people wake up in the night due to an uncomfortable bed. This means that nearly half of all people in the 5 countries that were surveyed are not getting a good night’s sleep due to something as fundamental as their bed. People with good quality sleep see many benefits, such as improved mental performance, sped-up weight loss and reduced stress levels. They are also able to fight off illness better and will have improved relationships with friends, family and co-workers. (more…)

How to Repair Scratched Pine and Oak Furniture

Whilst pine and oak are both strong woods that make for excellently sturdy and durable furniture, daily wear and tear can put them at risk of surface damage. It’s known that caring for your furniture will prolong its life and keep its appearance looking clean and fresh, but whilst we do what we can, scratches do happen. However, there are a number of ways in which surface damage can be repaired, allowing you to restore your furniture to its former brilliance.

Minor Scratch Furniture Repairs

Luckily, repairing minor scratches is straightforward. You can easily reduce the appearance of a scratch by using your regular treatment wax and buffing it with a soft cloth. Alternatively, you could try rubbing the flesh of a walnut, pecan, or brazil nut over the scratch. This will instantly minimise the appearance of the raw scratch as the oils darken the wood so that it matches the rest of the furniture. You will need to use the warmth of your finger to rub the surface in order to help the oil sink in. (more…)

How to Care for Pine and Oak Furniture

When you invest in furniture, you need to know that it will withstand the test of time with its strength and durability. Pine and oak furniture can easily handle everyday life, but there are ways in which you can ensure you get the longest possible life out of your purchase, and to keep it looking new. Here are a list of do’s and don’ts to remember when it comes to caring for you pine and oak furniture:


Clean Regularly with Natural Products

Much of our furniture is finished with a protective clear lacquer, this just needs a regular dust and occasional natural polish. If a spill should occur, wipe with a damp cloth then dry quickly with a dry cloth.

Some wooden furniture is finished with wax as it protects the grain of the wood and conditions the surface, preventing cracking. Items should be re-waxed every 6-12 months.

Danish Oil is another great product for protecting and conditioning your wooden furniture.