The Sleep Council offer a lot of advise on how to get a good nights sleep. The following information is just one section,taken from their web site. Well worth reading!
Buying the right bed in the first place is one thing. But, all
too often people don't notice the gradual deterioration of
their bed until the level of discomfort is quite extreme
- and think of how much time you must have spent in a
less than perfect bed by the time it reaches that
stage. It’s not just the bed’s deterioration through use
that you hould be aware of, either.
Our own individual needs and preferences change over
time, too. Changes in lifestyles or physical conditions
also affect our bed requirements.
Your mattress lifespan for offering optimum support
and comfort will vary depending on its quality, its
frequency of use, the wear and tear it undergoes (sadly,
a heavier person will wear out a bed more quickly than
a lighter one, a couple more quickly than a lone person),
and how well it’s been looked after. As a rough guide however,
even a good quality mattress, in normal use, should not
be expected to last more than about 10 years
The Sleep Council have devised a simple bed MOT (Mattress
Obsolescence Test), which they recommend should be done every
year after the first three-five years.
If you answer ‘Yes’ to three questions, you're not getting the best
possible night’s sleep. Five or more ‘Yes’ answers and it’s time to
buy a new bed.
■ ■ Is the bed 10 years old or more?
■ ■ Do you ever wake up with neck or back ache?
■ ■ Is the mattress cover torn or stained?
■ ■ When lying in bed, do you feel springs or ridges
beneath the surface?
■ ■ When moving in bed do you hear creaks,
crunches or other suspicious noises?
■ ■ Do you and your partner roll towards each other
■ ■ Is the bed too small to give an undisturbed
■ ■ Is the divan or base uneven or sagging?
■ ■ Are the legs and castors worn out?
■ ■ Would it be embarrassing if the neighbours saw
the bed without its covers?
To go the the Sleep Council web page, click here