I recently bought a great new bed, and I am really pleased with my purchase. Here are my top tips for buying a new bed or mattress.
1). Test your bed before you buy, never purchase a mattress without having a lie-down test beforehand.
2). If your previous bed was very soft, do not change to an incredibly hard mattress. This will make the transition harder for your body to adjust to.
3). During the night most people toss and turn- to ease the stress on your joints buy a bed that does not have too much give, a mattress that is too soft will make it harder for your body to turn over putting a strain on your joint tissues.
4). However, it is important to get a mattress that will support the curves of your body; optimally when horizontal your spine should still retain its natural curve. Mattresses with visio-elastic filling are very good at achieving this; test the suitability of the mattress by pressing your flat hand on it, a visio-elastic mattress should shape around your fingers, providing comfort at pressure points’ on the body.
5). We sweat around 1 – 2 pints of sweat during the night; choose a bed that allows for good evaporation such as a divan or one with a slatted base that will allow for air circulation. Take into consideration that a base can alter the mattress so bear that in mind when purchasing both separately.
6). Divan bases come in different shapes and forms; a sprung edged divan, much like the name suggests has springs that go to the very edge of the base, increasing mattress life. A platform top base being solid will make your bed firmer.
7). If you and your partner are different weights it is worth looking into a super king-size bed frame that can accommodate two single beds. Allowing you to each purchase a mattress that will suit your weight and form.
8). Constantly woken up by your partners shifting and twitching; again two single beds will do the trick but if you cannot accommodate a super king-size bed in your bedroom proprietary spring mechanisms can alleviate the problem. Models such as Silentnight’s Miracoil and Sealy’s Posturepedic have twice as many springs that are less interconnected as you’re typical mattress reducing partner disturbance.
9). If you suffer from allergies or asthma be aware that it could be aggravated by your bed. There are hypo-allergic styles available on the market which may alleviate symptoms and invest in a cotton mattress protector which will also minimise irritation.
10). Once you have purchased your mattress ensure maximum longevity by flipping it over and turning it around.