By sleepcounciladmin on November 5, 2013
Research shows that an uncomfortable mattress can rob you of up to an hour’s vital, restful sleep. Our Bed MOT will help you determine if a new mattress would improve your chances of a better night’s sleep. It’s recommended that you conduct this MOT every year after the first three years of new bed ownership.
- Is your mattress seven years old (or older)?
- Do you wake up stiff and achy every morning?
- Does your mattress have lumps, or sag noticeably?
- Do you sleep better in a different bed, such as one at a friend’s house or a hotel?
- Would it be embarrassing if neighbours saw it without its covers?
- Does it make suspicious noises in the night?
- Do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally?
- Do you have enough space to sleep comfortably?
If you have answered yes to three or more questions, then it’s definitely time for a new mattress.
However, if sleeping on a bad mattress can give you a backache, buying a new one can be a headache. What brand to buy, how much to spend, whether to buy a spring or memory foam mattress, too many questions can leave you floundering.
Here’s our top tips for buying a new bed:
- Decide your priorities and concerns in advance. For example, is it :- price, storage, access to bedroom, turning the mattress, getting in and out of bed, overall size or shape, a health issue, etc
- If possible, try a selection of beds for comparison before you buy.
- Buy for correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.
- Lie down in your normal sleeping position and make some turns, too. Wear comfortable clothing and remove any outdoor gear.
- Try it together, if the bed’s for two.
- Don’t forget a bed is a mattress and a base working together – don’t consider them in isolation.
- Think big – larger beds are more comfortable.
- You get what you pay for – both in product and service – so spend as much as you can afford.
Remember, you’re going to spend over 20,000 hours on your bed during its seven year lifespan so it’s worth taking a little time and effort in the beginning to make sure you make the right choice.