Your bed is by far the most significant element of a good night’s rest. It is near impossible to get a deep, effective sleep on an uncomfortable bed. Mattresses lacking comfort, space and support are likely to leave you waking tired and achy, and will also have a significant impact on your partner’s sleep, too.
Everyone is made differently, which is why different beds suit different bodies. You should select the best mattress for you, offering the correct support and comfort for your weight and build, and if someone else is going to be sharing the bed, spend extra time finding a bed that’s mutually comfortable. When we’re asleep it’s recommended that we maintain a good posture; a mattress too soft will cause us to slouch, while one that’s too firm can apply pressure to our hips and shoulders.
Large beds are always recommended, as they provide partners with plenty of space. Make sure you can both lie comfortably side by side without touching: you should both be able to put your hands behind your head and stick your elbows out without poking each other!
Something else to consider is the base that you’re using. Sometimes mattresses and bed bases don’t work well together, and the base that you tested out in the shop could be very different to the one you have at home. As such, it’s recommended that mattresses and bases are bought together, or alternatively make sure you test out your new mattress on a base that’s similar to your existing one.
Finally, bear in mind that most beds should be replaced after around seven years. It might not look worn out, but you can guarantee it doesn’t offer the same comfort and support as it did originally. And when you learn that we lose around half a pint of fluid every night, and shed a pound of dead skin cells each year, you might be more keen on a trip to the mattress shop!
Visit the National Bed Foundation for more bed-buying tips, or take a look at the Bed Buyer’s Guide which can be found under Helpful Leaflets in Useful Stuff. Here, you’ll find advice including the best mattress for back pain, the best mattress for a heavy person, and the best mattress for pressure relief.