A poor mattress can negatively impact your sleeping pattern, as well as your mental and physical health.
A 2017 survey by Aviva found 16 million UK adults suffer from sleepless nights: 67% struggle with disrupted sleep, while 23% manage no more than five hours per night. These figures are very concerning, especially when we consider their affect on cognitive performance.
Sleeping has a direct impact on our cognitive functions: it helps us to think clearly, remember information, and make important decisions. Lack of sleep can make it harder to focus, affecting both performance and productivity; it also reduces creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.
As we sleep, information is transferred from short to long-term as memories are reactivated and connections between brain cells are strengthened. Therefore, lack of sleep can make us forgetful, as well as affecting our ability to focus and retain information.
A good mattress can greatly help those struggling with sleepless nights. While it won’t magically cure sleeping disorders, it will help to create a supportive and comfortable sleeping environment. This will prevent any restless nights full of tossing and turning, helping you get the recommended nine hours.
A mattress should provide a flawless posture support to your body. When searching for a mattress, check it supports your entire body when lying in a neutral position; this will ensure proper spinal alignment. It should not be too firm, as this will push on the main pressure points of your spine, yet not too soft, as this will leave you unsupported and cause spinal curvature.
Experts at the UCLA Medical Centre coined the phrase “Goldilocks Zone” to describe the recommended range of softness to firmness for mattresses. Those falling outside the zone can cause serious back pain in the morning, something that can ultimately lead to a chronic problem.
If any of the following statements are familiar, then your mattress may be the cause of your back pain. First, you frequently wake up during the night for no apparent reason. Second, you often toss and turn or feel increased pressure on your body when sleeping in certain positions. Third, you feel “swallowed up” by your bed. Finally, your morning back pain eases after 20-30 minutes.
Dovetail have a wide range of Sherbourne mattresses available from our showroom.
Treat the one you love this Christmas with Dovetail…
Whether your mum has been hinting for new curtains, or your other half is desperate for a new sofa, Dovetail will have the answer. Our showroom stocks the best brand named furniture from around the world; from Duresta and Alstons to Sherbourne to Daro Cane, we have you covered!
Start the new year with a fantastic new sofa from Dovetail! We have four wonderful collections from you to chose from. First, Alstons, whose sofas are beautifully designed and upholstered, built with expert skill from high quality materials. Next, Parker Knoll, whose extensive range of beautifully designed upholstery are all handcrafted in Nottinghamshire.
Widely known and respected, Sherborne is our third option, offering a comprehensive selection of upholstery styles, including recliners, wing chairs and upholstered suites. Finally, Duresta, whose classic English style and subtly elegant pieces are on show in our Norwich showroom.
Daro Cane Furniture is the leading name for cane furniture and all-weather outdoor woven furniture. Therefore, they are the perfect choice for a Christmas present for a loved one—or even yourself!
From chairs to sofas to coffee tables, you are sure to find the perfect gift in their rattan furniture range. This includes their exclusive collaboration with Laura Ashley, producing high class woven furniture collection with fabrics from the acclaimed Laura Ashley collection!
Curtains & Blinds
Are your curtains looking a bit drab? Transform any room with a new set of curtains or blinds. Whether you want plain, patterned, art deco or classic, we will be sure to find the perfect style for you. From Harlequin to Nina Campbell, Scion to Regal Blinds, you won’t believe the choice available!
As the leading British manufacturer of electric ‘lift and rise’ recliners, Sherborne have also developed class-leading adjustable beds. Their exceptional strength can be used to assist in raising the user to a standing position, helping to take the weight off any aches or pains (and help prevent snoring!)
Check out Dovetail’s top 2019 summer design trends!
The design industry has spoken. The hottest interior design trends for summer 2019 are making themselves known across the high street. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are our pick of the 2019 interior design trends, all available to buy from Dovetail!
Mustard tones are the must-have shades for the summer months. Previous years saw smaller pops of mustard as the go-to trend, but 2019 sees a push towards larger statement furniture and accessories to create a bold splash of colour to your home. A surprisingly versatile shade, mustard partners well with teal, indigo blue, and white.
Dovetail loves the use of mustard in the following collections…
White is always a classic choice, but white on white is dominating the interior design scene this summer. Light, bright and clean, it enhances your space and guarantees both classy and stylish finish. Pair with dark wood and natural tones.
Dovetail feel inspired by the use of white by the following designers…
Duresta Club & Boutique — Sutherland Sofa (click here)
Orchard & Little — Trailing Orchid Wallpaper (click here)
#3 Granny Patterns
Forget out with the old and in with the new: this summer, old-fashioned becomes new fashion! ‘Granny’ patterns celebrates florals, busy fabrics and furniture with plenty of trim. Patterned sofas, curtains, and wallpaper are the perfect choice to bring ‘granny chic’ into your home.
Dovetail loves the use of granny patterns in the following collections…
Begin the year in style with Dovetail’s top three 2019 interior design trends!
The design industry has spoken. The hottest interior design trends for the new year are making themselves known across the high street, from cosmic patterns to warm and earthy tones. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are our pick of the 2019 interior design trends, all available to buy from Dovetail!
Designers have looked to the skies for their latest inspiration and the results are out of this world… From zodiac patterns to galaxy murals, cosmic inspiration is the name of the game. Whether you give a subtle nod to the night sky or go all-out with a celestial tribute, your room will look heavenly!
Dovetail LOVES the use of constellations in the following collections…
This year, it’s all about Frida Kahlo. Channel the spirit of Mexico’s iconic painter with dynamic, vibrant colours, lush patterns and high-energy wallpaper inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico.
Dovetail LOVE how the following collections were inspired by Freida Kahlo…
Duresta Club & Boutique — Amelia Sofa (click here)
Orchard & Little — Trailing Orchid Wallpaper (click here)
Did you know that velvet searches have increased by 400% over past six months? It is now the most searched for fabric in the UK! Luxurious, seductive and sumptuous, velvet sofas, cushions and carpets is the perfect way to add a bit of lavish to your home.
Dovetail LOVES the use of velvet in the following collections…
Did you know we spend almost 1/3 of our lifetime asleep?
As we all know, it’s important that you get a good nights sleep. It allows your body to restore and rejuvenate, as well as grow muscle and repair tissue. In fact, many studies have linked sleep deficiency to heart disease and diabetes, as sleep is also involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.
Dovetail have already written a blog on the importance of finding a comfortable and supportive mattress. But did you know your sleeping position is equally as important? From sleeping on your back to your front or side, we all have our favourite position. Read on to find out their benefits, and the affect they have on a good night’s sleep.
Are you one of the 7% of people that sleep on their back?
Sleeping on your back is often regarded as the ‘healthiest’ sleeping position for the spine and neck. This is because your back is straight rather than contorted, while your neck is in a neutral position. Also, it allows your mattress to fulfil its purpose and affectively support your spine.
For the more image conscious, sleeping on your back is a must. Those who sleep on their sides with their face squashed against the pillow are more likely to form wrinkles, while those who sleep on their backs will not!
However, sleeping on your back significantly increases the probability of snoring. As you lay on your back, your tongue falls to the back of your throat, restricting your airways and causing you to snore. For this reason, those suffering from sleep apnea should also avoid sleeping on their back. 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women are habitual snorers, so if you want to avoid being part of the statistic, roll over!
Are you one of the 13% of people that sleep on their front?
Despite being one of the most popular sleeping positions, there are few benefits to sleeping on your stomach. While it eases snoring and sleep apnea, it flattens the natural curve of the spine, resulting in lower back pain and, in some cases, airway blockage. Sleeping on your front also forces your head to one side, straining your neck.
Furthermore, the pressure on your muscles, joints, and organs increases as you sleep on your stomach. In an attempt to stay comfortable, you will spend more time shifting positions, resulting in disturbed, poor-quality sleep.
However, if you find this is the best position for you, try making some modifications. First, sleep with your forehead against the edge of a soft pillow rather than turning your head to the side. This will alleviate neck strain and lower back pain, while also ensuring your airway remains open. Another adjustment is to place a pillow under your hips to help prevent lower back twinges.
Are you one of the 69% of people that sleep on their side?
Sleeping of your side is by far the most popular sleeping position, and it is also very beneficial for your health. The fetal position (a position adopted by 41% of people) improves heart circulation, which is why it is a position often recommended by doctors during pregnancy. What’s more, it also eases heartburn and acid reflux!
However, there are a few downsides. Sleeping on your left side can put pressure on the stomach and lungs, while sleeping in the fetal position can restrict your diaphragm. Side-sleepers will also be familiar with the dreaded pins and needles caused by resting your head on your arm all night which restricts blood flow. Furthermore, as your shoulder supports most of your body weight, your neck and shoulder muscles can become constricted and tight.
So which mattress is best for each position?
Back sleepers should avoid airbeds and opt instead for a medium mattress (5 to 6 in firmness). If your mattress is too soft, your back and pelvis will sink too deep. However, if your mattress is too firm, your back will leave a gap between your lower spine and mattress surface, resulting in an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Memory foam mattresses will provide sufficient support give to keep your spine aligned.
Front sleepers should opt for medium to slightly firmer mattresses (4 to 7) to help keep their spine in a neutral position. A firmer mattress will prevent the pelvis from sinking too far down and arching your back. Also, stomach sleepers should avoid innerspring beds as they are too springy to be comfortable.
Side sleepers need a soft to medium mattress (3 to 6 firmness) so their hips and shoulders can sink deeply into the mattress, ensuring the spine stays aligned with the neck and back. A memory foam mattresses would be perfect as they contour your body, securing it in place to prevent pelvic rotation.
Dovetail have a wide range of Sherbourne mattresses available from our Norwich showroom, including sprung and memory foam. Click here to view our full range online. If you want more information, give us a call on 01603 488082 and we will do our best to answer your questions.
End the year in style with Dovetail’s top three autumn/winter interior design trends for 2018!
The design industry has spoken! The hottest interior design trends for autumn/winter 2018 are making themselves known across the high street, from bright and bold geometric designs to warm and earthy tones. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are Dovetail’s pick of the autumn/winter trends for 2018…
#1 Bright Shapes
These kaleidoscopic concoction of quirky shapes and vibrant colours are certainly a bold trend, yet remains fun and playful. Experiment with a variety of shapes, whether it be stripes, geometric or spots. Have the confidence to clash, and mix and match with a variety of colours. As long as you have fun, you can’t possibly go wrong!
Dovetail LOVES the use of bright shapes in the following collections…
• Axis Collection — Scion Wallpaper (click here)
• Elara — Vorwerk Carpet (click here)
• Alba Range — Cane Industries (click here)
#2 Pink, Pink, Pink!
From dusty to candy, pinks are all the range this autumn! The perfect antidote to the traditional earthy tones of fall, pink adds warmth and colour to any home. It also contrasts well with metallic shades and contemporary greys, so it is quite easy to incorporate into your home. Fun, flirty and fun, pink is the perfect way to brighten up your home.
Dovetail LOVES the use of pinks in the following collections…
• Chiswick — Duresta Club & Boutique (click here)
• Mirage — Duresta for Matthew Williamson (click here)
• Serendipity Prints — Blendworth (click here)
#3 Burnt Metallics
Of course, autumn wouldn’t be autumn without the warm, earthy tones of burnt copper and brass! The fiery, golden tones instantly provide elegance and rustic charm and provide that cosy, autumnal feel. Burnt metallics can be incorporated in both traditional and modern settings to enormous effect.
Dovetail LOVES the use of metallics in the following collections…
• Albert — Duresta for International Luxury (click here)
• Asuka Wallpaper — Harlequin (click here)
• Sonata Fabrics — Wemyss (click here)