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The Importance of a Good Bed

By: Wendy Jacob - Updated: 27 Nov 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Asleep or not we spend a large part of our lives in bed. If you are a poor sleeper or suffering from sleep problems, you may not be aware that your bed is affecting the quality of your sleep.

Many people find they sleep better away from home. There may be a number of reasons for this – being away from the stresses of home and work, peace and quiet, less expectation of being able to sleep – or, possibly, the bed is more comfortable!

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The ‘right’ bed for a good night’s sleep will depend on a number of factors. People sleep in different environments throughout the world, from straw bedding on the floor, to a hammock strung between two trees. You need a bed that will give you the correct support and comfort, and provide you with a healthy space to sleep.

It is recommended that a bed should be changed every 8 – 10 years. We sweat an average of half a pint each night and the mattress is a haven for dust mites, conditions that may affect our health as well as our sleep. Wear and tear means that it may not be as supportive as it was when new – all reasons to take a regular look at the condition of your bed.

Size is Important

We are building smaller and smaller houses with a corresponding reduction in bedroom size. Meanwhile, average body weight is increasing. The standard double bed size is just 2ft 3ins (135cm) giving each person just 2ft 3ins of space – less than a baby in a cot!

Surprisingly, two thirds of the beds sold in this country are still standard size, although king size beds are becoming increasingly popular. Studies have shown that couples sleep better in a larger bed. There may be a number of reasons for this including the size of each person, sleeping habits and physical limitations such as back or mobility problems. So, it makes sense to check out your bed size when it's time to changing your bed.

Healthy Sleep

You are looking to create a healthy space that will help you sleep. If you or your sleeping partner suffers from back or joint pain, you should pay particular attention to the support of your mattress. It should be neither too hard nor too soft. It should give you support but be able to yield to the natural contours of your body.

If you and your partner are very different in weight and size, or have different preferences, consider beds that zip together. If you have any allergies, check out your bed and bedding. If you have experienced a good night’s sleep in a different bed, try and remember what was different. Was it the size, mattress, bedding, or just the fact that you were away from home?

Investing in Sleep

It is estimated that we spend at least a third of our lives in bed – that means we will have spent 16 years in bed by the time we are 50! It makes sense to choose carefully when investing in a new bed.

There are a wide number of styles and prices available so take a little time to consider your needs and your budget before buying. Buying a bed is an investment in your health and could be with you for up to ten years.

Tips for Buying Beds

You will sleep better in a bigger bed. If you are buying a double bed consider a king size bed (if space permits).

Consider the support of the mattress, does it match your needs, especially if you suffer from back or joint pain.

Check what your bed and mattress are made from if you have allergies or suffer from asthma.

Take time to test before purchase. Lie on the bed in comfortable clothing – take your coat and shoes off first!

If you are buying a double bed – take your partner. Lie on the bed together and see how it feels.

Make sure your new bed fits in your bedroom and you have enough access for delivery.

There are beds to suit all pockets. Try to invest in a bed that will last and give you a good nights sleep.

Sleeping Beautifully

Beds come in many styles. Divans are often sold separately and you chose a headboard that fits in with the style of your bedroom. There are bases in many styles from contemporary to traditional. These require a separate mattress so make sure you chose one that fits and is the correct weight for the support!

The style and size of your bed will be the focal point in the bedroom. Once you have chosen your bed you will have pleasure dressing your bed ready for that perfect night’s sleep.

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