Roughly one-third of our life is spent asleep. That’s around 227,468 hours snuggled up under the duvet. And researchers repeatedly tell us that the quality of our ‘shut-eye’ has a huge impact on the rest of our day. A restless night tossing and turning on a sagging mattress can have a negative effect on physical and emotional health, leaving us feeling listless and all out of energy. When it comes to the quality of your sleep, it really is time to wake up and smell the coffee. But how do you know if your mattress is to blame?
I Can’t get Comfortable
You may have a bad night every now and again. It’s hot. You feel unwell. Your partner is snoring for Britain! But when restless nights and morning discomfort become a routine thing, you need to take a look at your mattress. Is it failing you? How much more comfortable would you be on a new one? It might be time to try out something like the 5ft King Size Rest Assured British Wool Collection SOFTER mattress. It’s Good Housekeeping approved for comfort, softness and durability.
Sags and Dips
All mattresses sag with use and age, especially those that are larger, sit on a firm box spring frame or lack proper centre support. Once you begin to see your body impression hollowed out in the centre of the mattress you can guarantee that the sinking feeling is only going to get worse. Sleeping on worn springs and fatigued padding for 6-8 hours each night is a recipe for disaster. The weight-bearing areas of your body – from your shoulders to your buttocks – are likely to settle into a permanent plague of daytime aches and pains. The 5ft King Size Mammoth Performance Bedstead 19 Mattress could provide the perfect solution. Its Medical Grade Foam™ and PostureCell™ technologies not only deliver fantastic support but also provide pressure relief and heat dispersal, which are designed to provide ultra-restful sleep and improve health and well-being.
Once you find yourself positioning your body to curl around painful bumps and springs, it is definitely time to say ‘hasta la vista’ to your flagging, sagging mattress! Springs that prod and poke you as you slumber do not make great bedfellows. Besides, they creak and ping noisily every time you turn. Even the best mattress toppers struggle to contain them. It’s time to say, ‘out with the old, in with the new’.
Sharing the Pain
When you sleep with a partner, a worn-out mattress can quickly turn into a full-blown battle zone. If there’s two in a bed the middle of the mattress is likely to be especially fatigued, triggering a nightly rollercoaster ride as you both roll into the trough at the centre of the bed and bounce back out again. All that tossing and turning creates a sleepless night which can become particularly disruptive and frustrating. You need to find a new mattress that works for both of you, and quickly, if your relationship is going to survive! Something like the 5ft King Size Relyon Pocket Memory Classic Mattress. Boasting 1500 pocketed springs and elastic memory foam it is one of the most supportive mattresses on the market.
The Seven Year Itch
Turns out that the seven-year itch doesn’t just apply to people! The rule works for mattresses too! If you have been exploring the land of nod from the safety of your mattress every night for seven years, it’s probably time to buy a new one. Buyers sometimes ask, ‘Why bother thinking in terms of years if I still feel comfortable at night?’ The fact is that you probably think your mattress still feels OK because you are used to it. The next time you stay on a friend’s new guest bed or in a hotel, take a moment to focus on how good a new mattress actually feels. There you go! It’s time for a change.
Choosing a New Mattress
The best bed shops will help you pick a high-quality mattress that is just right for you along with the proper box spring, foundation or platform. Make sure you ask if a mattress is designed to be flipped and turned. Some ‘no flip’ or ‘never turn’ mattresses claim to be easier on your pocket but come with a more limited life. Check for good central bed frame support and reliable performance. Ask the professionals at The Sleep Shop for care and service advice before you buy, and away you go!
Finally, Flip it!
All mattresses need routine flipping in order to slow down the way the springs and upholstery settle into the sleeper’s body contours. Today’s modern mattresses boast thick layers of foam and polyester fibre padding which can quickly develop dips and hollows without flipping. Make sure that you flip your new mattress four times a year both head-to-toe and sideways.
Finally, take a moment to ask yourself three questions. How old is my mattress? Does it still support me? Do I get a good night’s sleep? If not, it’s time to act.