October 2016

KJT on bed

Katarina’s Return from Rio

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Our Healthy Sleep Supporter and GB heptathlete, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, talks to us about her experience at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where she missed out on a podium finish, but came away with a world record.

“I have mixed emotions about my performance in Rio. I cannot deny that I am disappointed with my overall performance as I did not achieve what I set out to do and what I believe I am capable of doing but I have to keep things in context. I’m still young and have time on my side – people keep reminding me, at my age Team GB greats such as Jess and Mo hadn’t competed in an Olympics so to be pushing for medals already is great; it is very clear to me what I have to work on to be standing on top of the podium as a World Champion in London 2017 and further ahead, Olympic Champion in Tokyo 2020; and I gave it my all which is what I demand of myself.”

Although Katarina didn’t get the gold that was in her sights, she’s learnt a lot from her time out in Rio and is taking a positive from her world record in the High Jump.

“I’m delighted to have jumped a world record for my event in the High Jump. Ironically, as many people highlight to me, my jump of 1.98m was higher than the jump that actually won the Olympic High Jump title. Although this is something to keep in mind for the future, I don’t spend much time thinking about it now – I love the heptathlon and I’m hugely proud to have competed for Team GB in an Olympic Games. The pride I get in representing my country is something that I cannot put into words and the support I always get is something that I cherish. I love competing in major competitions and in front of big crowds so it was great to set a new British and Olympic heptathlon High Jump record at an Olympic Games and I’m hopeful that there will be much more to come.”

After the games, Katarina took time out to enjoy the city and relax after a high-pressure situation.

“After my event, I tried to take in the sights of Rio. It is a beautiful city with stunning scenery which those that follow me on Instagram will know I enjoyed. Since Rio I’ve spent a bit of time back home seeing family and friends. I’m in the off season which is an important time to rest, relax and recharge the batteries which I have done. I am very fortunate to get to travel to various parts of the world to compete but there’s no place like your own bed!”

As much as Katarina enjoys her sleeping regime (around 10 hours a night!) Katarina is looking forward to getting back into her strict training schedule.

“I’m now starting to do a bit of light training as I will have to be back in full training towards the end of the month. The next major event for me is the London 2017 World Championships which I am really looking forward to. It will be back at the London Olympic Stadium which I seem to perform really well at each year and am really looking forward to giving my all to become a World Champion in front of my home fans. Just saying that sentence makes me want to get back to training now …”

We’re already looking forward to seeing Katarina bouncing back in full force!


Clocks go back: What will you be doing with your extra hour?

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At 2am on Sunday 30th October the clocks go back and we all get an extra hour to do with as we please! So what will you do?

21 years ago The Sleep Council decided to name this day National Sleep In Day – designated the morning after the clocks go back as the one day of the year when we can linger in bed for a whole hour longer. Call us biased but for us it’s the perfect way to spend the extra hour!

Clocks go back - National Sleep In Day

As most of us don’t get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night, this day provides you with the ideal opportunity to enjoy some extra time in the warmth and comfort of your bed, without any of the guilt! Having an occasional lie-in is important to catch up on missed sleep but make sure your bed is up to scratch.

The Harmony Comfort Collection from Slumberland offers a unique blend of breathable, hygienic, supportive and ultra-comfortable materials which provide the ultimate night’s sleep and enhance your well being.

However for those active ones wanting to spend that extra hour other than snoozing, we’ve come up with our top 10 things to do with those 60 minutes:

  1. Put your new found time to good use and make the most of the day’s first meal with a leisurely cooked breakfast.
  2. Never have the time to exercise? – Now’s your chance! Go to the gym. Ride your bike. Have a swim. Using this time to be active will make you feel much more energised and set you up for the day ahead.
  3. Go visit family you don’t often get to see or pick up the phone to an old friend.
  4. Treat yourself to a day of retail therapy.
  5. Get outside! Wrap up warm and have a long leisurely autumnal walk or take the kids to the park.
  6. Having a good clear out! Spending the extra hour decluttering your home or doing the jobs you NEVER have time for will work wonders for your mood.
  7. Potter in the garden and plant your winter bulbs.
  8. Pick up that book you’ve been dying to get stuck into.
  9. Take inspiration from this year’s Great British Bake Off and use that extra hour to get baking – and even better there’ll be a yummy treat for you at the end of it!
  10. Just relax – whether that’s having a bubble bath, making a start on that series you’ve been meaning to watch or listening to some music.

So are you #TeamSnooze or #TeamPowerHour? Vote over on our Facebook page.

Steinhoff Bedding Group Receives Bed Manufacturer of the Year Runner Up.

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NBF h-comm 2016 panel MANUF-hi-res-NL

Steinhoff Bedding Group, manufacturer of beds and mattresses under the Slumberland, Myer’s, Relyon, Dunlopillo and Staples brands are delighted to receive recognition at this year’s National Bed Federation (NBF) Bed Industry Awards.

Now in their sixth year, the highly sought after awards are designed to recognise bed companies considered as ‘best in class’ over the past 12 months.

Anthony Joyce, Managing Director of Steinhoff Bedding Group said: “We are really pleased to be awarded Bed Manufacturer of the Year Runner Up. It’s rewarding for the whole business to be recognised in this way. Our three year investment plan was established earlier this year and we are well on our way to developing both our sites into world class manufacturing facilities.”

NBF Bed Manufacturer of the year - runner up

Photo (from left to right): Marcus Brigstocke– Bed Show Gala Dinner and Awards host, Mark Duff– Steinhoff Bedding Group’s Huntingdon Site General Manager, Richard Naylor– Steinhoff Bedding Group Marketing, Design and Development Director, Paul Little– Steinhoff Bedding Group Sales Director and Ebrahim Patel– President of the NBF.

With the quality of entries improving year-on-year, the competition this year was stronger than ever and the Steinhoff Bedding Group was commended for placing great emphasis on investment in new fleet, warehousing, training amongst its employees and driving sales points upwards.

Steinhoff Bedding Group has also made considerable marketing investment across their brands in the past 12 months and seen sales points driven upwards.

Paul Little, Steinhoff Bedding Group Sales Director said: “We are really proud of the lean manufacturing efficiencies in both the Huntingdon and Wellington sites; this recognition from the NBF highlights our ongoing commitment and puts us in good stead for further success next year.”