As we head into Spring, our in-built human instinct tells us it’s time to de-clutter our house and spruce things up, ready for the longer days ahead. It’s also traditionally a time to start looking to buy new things for the home and garden.
This month we’re running our ‘May Be Time for a New Mattress’ campaign, so it’s a perfect time to think about whether your bed (the mattress and base) is still providing you with a healthy, comfortable night’s sleep – or has it seen better days?
To help you decide, here are six signs that will tell you if it really is time to think about investing in a new mattress:-
– You find yourself rolling into the middle of the mattress unintentionally. We all like a cuddle now and again, but if you’re getting a little too close to your partner every night, it could be a sign that your bed isn’t providing you with the same level of support it used to.
– You can hear strange noises at night. It’s likely to be a ‘BOING’ or a ‘creak’ A noisy mattress or base is a common cause of disturbed nights and will only get worse the longer you leave it.
– You wake up with aches and pains. It’s not just a sign that you’re getting older – especially if you didn’t go to bed with aches or pains. If your bed isn’t providing correct anatomical support, your muscles will be working overtime to compensate, resulting in common issues such as back, neck and hip pain.
– You are disturbed every time your partner moves in bed. Not only is this a sign that your bed isn’t providing independent support to each user, but it’s also a sign that you may need a bigger bed. A standard UK double-size bed, measuring just 4ft 6” wide (or about 135cm) gives each user less than a baby has in a cot! Consider up-sizing to a king size (5ft or 150cm in width) or even a super king size which is 6ft or 180cm in width. You won’t believe the difference it makes to get an undisturbed night’s sleep.
– Your mattress looks lumpy and bumpy. It’s OK if your mattress shows shallow body impressions where you lie – that’s to be expected and is just a sign of the fillings settling and moulding to your individual shape. However, if it shows signs of significant dipping or is misshapen – and is over seven years old – you really should think about buying a new one.
– You are embarrassed by the stains and discolouring. You should be using a mattress protector for added protection against spillages and seepages, but if your mattress shows these signs of discolouration, it could be a sign that it’s time for a new mattress.
– You find that you sleep better in other beds. Whether that’s in hotels or when you’re visiting friends and relatives, this is a sure sign that your own bed really needs replacing.
It’s important to remember if your mattress is still comfortable and supportive and you take good care of it, you can prolong its lifespan. However, we advise you regularly check your bed (mattress and base) using our Bed MOT to ensure you get the most out of it and the best quality sleep.