By Lisa Artis on June 16, 2017
The bed is often overlooked when it comes to getting a good – or a bad – night’s sleep! And yet it plays a pivotal role.
Past research shows that sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress can rob you of up to an hour’s vital, restful sleep. Instead of waking up refreshed, revitalised and ready to face the world, sleeping on a grotty old bed is likely to give you a disturbed night and a stiff neck or back in the morning.
And it was pleasing to see that eight in 10 appreciated that their mattress impacted on how well they slept – whether that’s good or bad!
It’s worth noting that while a mattress may look okay, after seven years, it may not be giving you the support or comfort you need for a healthy, refreshing night’s sleep.
Independent research carried out showed that beds as little as six years old could offer significantly less support and comfort than a new one, thanks to wear and tear not just from body weight and movement but also sweat and debris such as skin, scales, hair etc – not a nice thought is it?!
If your sleep is suffering, it’s worth checking if your mattress is to blame. If you’re unsure, the National Bed Federation (NBF) has a simple Bed MOT you can answer online here.
And if you need a new one, the NBF has lots of advice on how to buy a new one. Look for a mattress that offers correct support and comfort levels. It is important you make time to try out a variety of mattresses to find the one that is most comfortable for you, and your partner. Size matters so opt for the biggest size you can – and spend as much as you can afford. For added reassurance that the mattress you’re buying is safe, clean and honest look for the NBF Approved ‘big tick’ label.