The Sleep Council bed-month-2013 MARCH-ING ORDERS FOR OLD BEDS  The Sleep Council has for many a year designated March to be National Bed Month. As Spring approaches and we get into spring cleaning, ‘out with the old, in with the new’ mode, it’s an appropriate  time also to be thinking about giving grotty old mattresses their marching orders – and invest in a better night’s sleep with a comfortable new bed.

The Sleep Council’s simple bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test) can help to determine if your bed has had its day – and night! It’s a two-minute-test that should be done every year after the first three to five years; and every six months after that.

If you answer ‘Yes’ to three questions, you’re not getting the best possible night’s sleep. Five or more ‘Yes’ answers and it’s time to buy a new bed.

• Is the mattress seven years old or more?
• Would it be embarrassing if neighbours saw it without its covers?
• Does it make suspicious noises in the night?
• Did you have your best recent night’s sleep in a bed other than yours?
• Are you waking up more frequently unrefreshed and aching?
• Do you and your partner roll towards each unintentionally in the middle of the night?
• Do you have enough space to sleep comfortably?
• Is it sagging?
• Does it feel lumpy in the night?
• Is the bed too small to give an undisturbed night’s sleep?
• Is the divan or base uneven or sagging?
• Are the legs and castors worn out?

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