Sleep is essential to health and wellbeing. What else is there that impacts on how we think, perform, behave, look and feel?
Yet many of us underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep and what’s interesting is how much we are prepared to spend on a comfortable, supportive bed.
Our awareness campaign National Bed Month finished yesterday and it’s an initiative that marks the importance of a good bed – it is the foundation of a good night’s sleep, with research proving that sleeping on an old bed can rob you of up to an hour’s sleep.
For the duration of March we thought we’d find out how much people paid for the bed they slept on. Please bear in mind this was just a quick one-question poll so we didn’t have time to find out what size bed they bought too!
Here are the results
Just over half of those who answered the poll slept in a bed that cost £699 or less. A third spent as little as just £100-£399 while a further 20% spent £400-£699. It’s less common to spend less than £100 but worryingly 8% did.
For arguments sake let’s say those were double beds shared by two people. It means that over the average seven year lifespan the bed (at £399) cost only 7p per person per night. What else can you get for that? Not a lot!
Many of us would happily spend £2.50 a day on buying a hot frothy coffee but yet begrudge the idea of spending more than £700 on a decent double bed which actually only equates to 13p per person per night and if you spend £1,000 on a decent double bed, this only works out 20p per person per night!
The value of a good bed is recognised by 14% who spent more than £1,500 on their bed.
Buy the right bed and you could be investing into night after night of quality sleep. Remember, you’re going to spend over 20,000 hours on your bed over a seven year lifespan so it’s worth taking a little time and effort in the beginning to make sure you make the right choice. For more information on how to choose a new bed or other bed advice click here.