National Bed Month (March) kicks off on Sunday making it the perfect time to think about why your bed should be your new best friend!
With research* showing more than one in 10 people (13%) find an uncomfortable bed disturbs their sleep – and nearly as many (12%) recognising a new bed would help them sleep better at night – a great bed, like a great friend, should offer comfort and support.
You could be doing all the right things when it comes to sleep – eating the right foods, limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake and exercising regularly. You may also be following sound advice and switching off your screens an hour before and winding down properly. Hopefully you’ll even be sleeping in a cool, quiet and dark bedroom.
You could be practising all these things daily, but if you’re sleeping on an old, unsupportive and unhealthy bed you STILL won’t get a refreshing night’s sleep. Interestingly, only 22% of people surveyed in the 2017 Great British Bedtime Report thought that a new bed would improve their sleep. And yet our own research a few years back found that when replacing an uncomfortable bed, a new bed was associated with an increase of 42 minutes sleep.
Don’t underplay the importance of a bed in getting a good night’s kip. A comfortable, supportive bed will ensure you move less, wake less, aren’t disturbed by your partner as much and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching. And when we sleep better – we look better, feel better and perform better!
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If you’re unsure whether your bed is past its best, then look out for the signs such as its age, has it become noisy, do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally, is it sagging or even lumpy? You can read more in our Bed Buyers Guide.
And while shops may still be shut, you can still buy online. Just make sure you read our top tips first here. Equally make sure you look for the National Bed Federation’s mark of approval to be sure you’re buying a safe, clean and honest product from a reputable manufacturer and you can always use our Find a Retailer for those who stock NBF Approved member beds.
National Bed Month – there’s never been a better time to buy a new bed.
* An online survey was conducted by Atomik Research among 2,001 respondents. The research fieldwork took place between the 8th and the 12th of August 2019. Atomik Research is an independent creative market research agency that employs MRS-certified researchers and abides to MRS code.