Your bed is used more than any other piece of furniture in your home. If your bed is no longer providing proper support and comfort, it can affect the quality of your sleep.
If your spine doesn’t get the support it needs, muscle fatigue can set in, resulting in a poor night’s sleep. A good mattress will allow you to maintain a natural spinal alignment. Then your muscles become relaxed and sleep is deeper, more refreshing and much more beneficial.
If you are not sleeping as well as you used to, it might be time for a new bed. You should also consider replacing your pillows when you buy a new mattress.
How do I choose the right bed?
Decide your priorities and concerns in advance. For example, your priority might be: price, storage, access to the bedroom, or ease of getting in and out of bed.
Try a selection of beds so that you can establish your preferred one. Set aside enough time to do the job properly so you can appreciate the differences.
Buy for correct support and comfort for your weight and build – your old bed may now be too soft but firmness will not necessarily provide comfort.
Wear comfortable clothing, remove any outdoor gear and lie on the bed for quite a long time – at least 10 minutes. Lie down in your normal sleeping position and make some turns, too.
Try it together, if the bed’s for two. You both need to feel comfortable.
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. 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.
Check dimensions. Bed sizes are not standardised and even if they have the same name (eg King size) they may not be the same size – especially if the mattress and base are not from the same manufacturer.
You get what you pay for – both in product and service – so spend as much as you can afford.