Ever bought a new item of clothing, thinking it looks great, only to get home and regret your decision?

Regretting a purchase doesn’t end with clothing either. A new study has discovered the five most common household items that Brits wish they hadn’t bought. Impulse buying and listening to other people’s recommendations were cited as the top reasons for their poor choices.

And top of the list of most regretted purchases was a mattress. The reason? It’s too uncomfortable.

We also know that if you are uncomfortable in bed you don’t sleep well. In fact our own research showed that sleeping on an old bed could rob you of up to an hour’s sleep – yet the deterioration may be so gradual and invisible that many people fail to make the connection between an uncomfortable bed and poor sleep.

Mattress shopping can often be an overwhelming experience – from the number of different options available to not actually knowing what you need in the first place – so it’s no wonder many end up with the wrong one.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some top tips from the National Bed Federation on bed buying:

  • Decide your priorities and concerns in advance. For example, is it :-
    price, storage, access to bedroom, turning the mattress, getting in and out of bed, overall size or shape, a health issue, etc
  • If possible, try a selection of different beds for comparison before you buy. Make sure you try out a bed for at least 10 minutes.
  • Buy for correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.
  • Lie down in your normal sleeping position and make some turns, too. Wear comfortable clothing and remove any outdoor gear.
  • Try it together, if the bed’s for two.
  • Don’t forget a bed is a mattress and a base working together – don’t consider them in isolation.
  • Think big – larger beds are more comfortable.
  • You get what you pay for – both in product and service – so spend as much as you can afford.
  • Look out for the NBF ‘Big Tick’ Approved label to be reassured that the mattress you’re buying is safe, clean and honest.

For more information why not read the Bed Buyers Guide here.

You should spend as much as you can afford on a new bed – it’s probably one of the most important investments you’ll make, not just for your home but also for your own wellbeing! Remember, you’re going to spend around 20,000 hours on your bed during a typical seven year lifespan so it’s worth taking a little time and effort in the beginning to make sure you make the right choice.

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