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Birmingham Crowned 'Fit For A King'

It’s official – the people of Birmingham live like kings, after shopping research reveals that Birmingham are the nation’s biggest buyers of king size beds. The research* by online bed retailer Time4Sleep.co.uk, delves beneath the sheets to analyse bed sales throughout the UK, revealing a super-size increase in the popularity of larger beds. Size does matter to the nation’s sleepers, as the online retailer also reports that sales of ‘super’ king size beds are up by a whopping 78% in ...

Why buy a new bed?

When you think of March, do you automatically think of your bed? Gradually improving weather and the promise of a bit too much chocolate at Easter may not have you daydreaming about snuggling down under your duvet as a cold frosty winter might, but there's one very good reason to turn your thoughts to your bed this month: March is The Sleep Council's National Bed Month. This campaign aims to remind everyone just how important getting a good night's sleep is, and to raise awareness of the role a ...

Sleep like an Olympian

As per usual, when there's a big sporting event taking place, there's no escaping it. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have been no exception, especially with the nation keen to relive the highs experienced during the incredibly successful London 2012 games. The Winter Olympics may only last for 16 days, but the preparation and legacy that's typically left behind spans a much greater length of time. This time around, the legacy of the games is to be left in the hands of Russia, but the prep...

Adele wins her 10th Grammy in her sleep!

The Grammy Awards are famed for recognising the best in music. From albums to singles, composers and new artists alike are all recognised in the music industry's biggest award ceremony. However, it's not often that a successful artist remains in bed whilst the awards are being dealt! This is exactly what singer-songwriter Adele found herself doing during the 2014 ceremony. She won the Grammy for the best song written for visual media with her song Skyfall, and the award joins the list of Oscar a...

Miami 911 dispatchers caught sleeping through the job

Though we've seen studies on the negative impact of working the night shift in recent weeks, there are a few professions in which you'd really hope the employees would be awake and on their game – particularly when you're talking about police and fire service dispatchers. When you call the emergency services in the US, the 911 dispatchers are the people who talk to you and guide you through the situation before potentially sending the police or fire service your way. It is because of their im...

Lack of sleep can encourage growth of cancerous tumours

It is by no means news to us that sleep deprivation can have dire negative effects on the body. A good night's sleep is responsible for keeping the level of hormones balanced in the body, along with many other health-promoting functions. When we don't regularly get the amount of sleep our bodies need to perform at their optimum – especially if the immune system is already compromised with something like cancer – the body begins to shut down in various different ways. According to the Dail...

Even Olympians struggle with early starts!

They are the epitome of human strength. Olympic athletes, for many of us, hold an almost superhuman status, achieving things with their bodies that will only ever be a dream for the rest of us. Perhaps this is the reason that many of us assume that athletes mustn't struggle as the rest of us mere mortals do in the morning. Someone that can run that far, or swim that fast can't struggle to escape the duvet, can they? According to Olympic rower Pete Reed in The Telegraph, getting out of bed in the...

Peter Andre's having sleepless nights with his new baby girl

It feels like just weeks ago that the media went into a frenzy over the news that Peter Andre and his girlfriend, medical student Emily MacDonagh announced their pregnancy. Now, they are proud new parents to a baby girl – whose name hasn't yet been revealed. In his most recent Now! Magazine column, Peter commented on becoming a father again and how he was back to work sooner than they originally thought. "Originally, my plan was to work all of January and have February off, but now the baby...

Teenagers need later school starts

The average teenager needs between eight and nine hours of sleep a night. However, the distractions of the modern world mean that teens' bedtimes are creeping later and later – not a good remedy for early starts the following morning – to the point where sleep deprivation in young adults is at an all-time high. Many American high schools begin their day at eight in the morning, or sometimes even earlier – but a new study has shown that an early morning start may not be conducive to their a...

Study links night-shift work to sleep-health chaos

When the majority of us tuck ourselves up in bed on an evening, it's easy to forget about the army of night-time workers that are only just beginning their working day. Without them, hospitals, roads, emergency services and many other unnoticed-until-you-need-them services would just come to a standstill, resulting in bedlam the next day when the regular nine 'till five workers awake. Working the night shift is rarely something that's looked forward to, and now there's another reason why se...

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