By sleepcounciladmin on February 23, 2016
Next week signals the start of our annual awareness event, National Bed Month (March) – the month dedicated to improving a good night’s kip with a comfortable, supportive bed.
As a good night’s sleep can’t always be guaranteed, it is up to you to regularly assess sleep quality and comfort levels. It may, or may not, seem obvious but the best place to start when working towards a better night’s sleep is your bed.
Did you know for instance that when replacing an uncomfortable bed with a new one we get nearly an hour’s extra sleep? Now who doesn’t want that?
A bed with the correct support, comfort and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching. Remember, if you’re not comfortable in bed your sleep won’t be as deep.
Here’s are top five tips for buying a new bed:
1. Spend as much as you can afford – you get what you pay for – both in product and service. Plus it’s probably one of the most important investments you’ll make, not just for your home but also for your own wellbeing! Remember, every £100 you spend represents less than 4p a night over seven years.
2. Spend time trying out the mattress – ideally at least 10 minutes – to find the one that is most comfortable for you and your partner. Wear comfortable clothing, remove any outdoor gear and adopt your normal sleeping position.
3. Don’t forget a bed is a mattress and a base working together – don’t consider them in isolation.
4. Look for the NBF Approved ‘Big Tick’ label to be reassured that the mattress you’re buying is safe, clean and honest.
5. Think big – larger beds are more comfortable. Being disturbed by a sleeping partner is one of the most common complaints. With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another.