Is it time to buy a new mattress?

Do you have a long lie-in at the weekend? Or are you glad to get up and rub your aching back, after a night without sleep? The British Chiropractic Association found that 43% of sleepers say lying in bed makes their back or neck pain worse. Maybe it’s time to consider replacing your bed mattress?

 

Do I need a new mattress?

Our customers often ask us how often they should buy a new mattress. With many years’ experience of selling beds and mattresses, we know that they don’t all wear out at the same rate. The Sleep Council advises that signs a mattress might need replacing include:

  • Waking with aches and pains in your neck and back
  • Not sleeping as well as you used to in the same bed
  • Evidence of damage to the mattress or bed frame
  • The mattress is more than seven years old

 

Sometimes, all you need to do is to turn the mattress (either side to side or completely over, depending on the construction of the mattress). If you’ve had the mattress for a number of years though, you might want to consider a new one. It’s not always necessary to buy a new bed. As long as you make sure the mattress and the old bed frame are compatible, you can simply replace the mattress.

 

Try before you buy your new mattress

Now is the time to try out some new mattresses. By visiting a showroom, such as Gloucester Furniture’s shop in Barton, Gloucester, you can see which suits you best. If your old mattress was too soft, you can see whether firmer springing feels more supportive. If two of you sleep on the bed, it’s best for you both to try out a variety of new mattresses together.

 

Look after your back – choosing your new mattress

The British Chiropractic Association has produced a video, showing how to choose a new mattress

Your spine should be parallel to the bed, not dipping towards it (mattress too soft) or bowing upward (mattress too hard). A heavier person might need a different firmness than their lighter partner. Some ranges allow you to zip two single mattresses together, so that you both get the softness or firmness you prefer. Take your time and decide which you like best. Mattress protectors and frequent cleaning help to keep your mattress like new. Now you’re all set for a good night’s sleep.

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