It’s the start of a brand New Year whem we all make resolutions that we hope(!) to keep.

And it’s always the usual suspects: eat healthily, exercise more, drink less etc etc. But there is one resolution that you could easily keep and that’s getting a good night’s sleep.

A good night’s sleep makes us all feel so much better and research has proved that buying a new bed can lead to a real improvement in sleep.

And January is the month when bed-mania hits Britain as retailers everywhere offer their biggest bargains of the year. So, if you’re going to invest in a new bed, now’s the time to do it!

With many top brands on offer for less than half price in the January sales, we are advising shoppers to:

– Spend as much as you can afford. Instead of buying the bed you might have chosen during a non-sale period more cheaply, take the opportunity to trade up to a more luxurious model.

– Buy as big a bed as you can: a roomy king-sized bed will ensure less partner disturbance during the night than a standard double (at just 4’6” wide it only offers each adult the same space as a child’s cot!). So take advantage of the low prices to trade up a size.

– Avoid the ‘Seven Year Hitch’ – the point at which existing beds may still look good but are beginning to offer less support than a new one. Seize the sales opportunity to invest in a better night’s sleep if your bed is seven years old or more.

– Only buy a drawer divan if you really need extra storage space: four drawers can account for well over £100 of the purchase price – money better invested in a good quality mattress. The same applies to other features – only go for them if they offer real benefits.

– Make shopping for a new bed a special trip – you’ll choose more wisely if you are not in a rush, tired or harassed.

– Dress sensibly and comfortably so you can lie down properly on a selection of beds in your normal sleeping position without feeling embarrassed.

– Once you’ve narrowed your choice down to between one and three beds, spend a good five to 10 minutes or more lying down on each one.

– If the bed is for two, you should try it out together.

– Remember that every £100 invested in a new bed costs less than four pence a night over seven years.

Are you looking to buy a bed in the sales? How much would you spend on a new bed?

Look forward to hearing your comments.

Lisa – The Sleep Council

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