So many things have happened on September the 15th in the past

When you look back in history you can find so many different things to remember September the 15th for.  Way back in 1964 September the 15th was the day that the Sun newspaper was launched, it was then owned by the Mirror group and replaced the Daily Herald that had until that time traditionally been a Labour supporting paper and this was just a month before Harold Wilson was first elected Prime Minister on the 15th of October 1964 with a majority of just 4 MP’s.

This was in the days before a recliner chair was available in the UK and so you would have had to sit in your fireside chair to read the first editions of the Sun, initially it was launched as a traditional ‘broadsheet’  and promised to be both radical and independent. In 1969 it was taken over from the Mirror group of newspapers by Rupert Murdoch and he changed it to a tabloid style of paper as we still see it now.  (Probably not if you live in Liverpool) Shortly after that take over the Page 3 girls where introduced into the paper and probably anytime now they will disappear!

September the 15th 1963 was a terrible day in the American state of Alabama when riots erupted after 4 young African-American girls were killed when a bomb exploded at the Sunday school that they where attending, during the ensuing riots 2 more youngsters lost their lives, this was part of the perhaps still ongoing civil rights movement in the southern United States and occurred less than two months before President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in the heart of Texas one of the most powerful of the southern states.

President Johnson succeeded him and despite him being a southerner himself he made great strides during his time in office to improve the race situation in America.

On this Sunday the 15th of September take time to reflect as you sit in your recliner chair or your fireside chair and think about what you may have done or have been doing on September the 15th in years gone by! Perhaps it is your birthday or your wedding anniversary, is September the 15th a special day to you? It will be to someone

National Bed Month & Adjustable Beds


March is each year, National Bed Month, with its intention of making us all more aware of our sleep habits and conditions including whether or not it is the right time to select a new bed.

For those of us who need the extra support provided by an adjustable bed, it is even more important that we ensure that our existing bed is in the right condition to give comfort we need for a good nights sleep. It is so easy to keep using a bed long after it has passed its best, unlike sofas and riser recliner chairs we do not actually see our bed without clothes, unless we are changing those bedclothes and even then we don’t actually look at it and if someone else, such as a carer, is changing the bed then will just do the job and not look at the condition of the bed.

When though, you are not feeling at your best in the morning, very few of us will think it might be that the bed needs replacing, but let’s just stop and try to remember just how long is it since we last changed the bed?  With adjustable beds, there are more things to check over. Obviously, the mattress needs to be in very good condition to give the right levels of comfort and support, you do not want to see any big dips or permanent indentation and if the surface is no longer smooth then perhaps you might need to change the mattress. Is that though just a waste of money? If the base that contains the action is showing signs of wear that will stop it supporting you and functioning properly, if the slats are no longer fitting properly or the action is creaking then perhaps it is better to replace the whole bed completely. 

None of us ever what to spend money unnecessarily but our sleeping is part of important factors in maintaining our health, sleep that is disturbed by a bed that no longer supports us properly can cause so many other problems and the cost of a new bed which can help sleep properly is relatively little if you work it out over the life of a bed. The National Bed Federation, who promote National Bed Month, suggest we should change our bed every 8 years, I know from experience in the trade that goes back to 1959 that this will never happen.

However, if you work out the cost of replacing your bed over a more realistic 10 year period then something like the Bodyease Electro Neptune Adjustable bed in a 3′ 0″ size would normally be £435.00 (excluding VAT) but with a 10% discount to celebrate National Bed Month is now £391.50 (excluding VAT). This means that if you use the bed for 10 years the cost of the bed is £39.15 per year about 75p per week or around 11p per night. most daily papers cost around 50p per day and we then send them to the recycling bin! A new bed gives so much proper support, comfortable sleep and improved health and all for around 11p per night it has got to be the best value in any home.

For those people like me, who suffer from sleep apnoea, the right support is even more important and the fact that we need to wear a mask at night to ensure we have proper breathing means that the use of an adjustable bed can be so very beneficial.

It is not just adjustable beds that need replacing more regularly all those beds and mattresses that are lumpy and bumpy out in the world need replacing to ensure that the people in the UK get a good nights sleep and we can be bright and refreshed every day to enable us to put the Great in Great Britain after a great nights sleep.

Please feel free to contact me at or by telephone on 01492 548102 and I will do my best to advise you on what is the best bed or mattress for your needs.