Did you know?
- In your lifetime you’ll spend over 200,000 hours in bed. You’ll end up spending more time in bed than you do with any other household item including the couch, TV and kitchen items.
- Your body isn’t flat! It's a unique collection of curves, muscles, organs and bones that need the right support.
- When people get the sleep they need, they not only feel better but will also increase their odds of living healthier, more productive lives.
- Numerous studies have found that insufficient sleep can significantly increase a person's chance of developing medical conditions including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The 6 steps
1. Invest wisely
Buying a bed is a long term investment in your happiness, health and wellbeing. Take the time and effort and buy from a well-known, quality bed specialist to ensure you're getting:
- the right information
- great service
- value for money.
Buy the best valued, quality mattress you can afford. A great sleep sets you up for the day. A cheap bed isn't a bargain if you're sacrificing your sleep.
2. Shop with your partner
If you're buying a bed for two, you’ll both need to make the decision. Remember to: wear comfortable clothes shoes you can easily remove for lying down.
3. What size bed will you choose?
Choose a mattress where you have enough room to move. This goes for both of you if you're buying a bed with a partner. Measure the space where the bed will go. It's also handy to measure the doorways the bed will need to move through to ensure it will fit in the room!
4. Health needs or special bed features
Today you have a choice of beds made with various technologies and components designed to: help back pain sufferers minimise partner disturbance hinder allergies alleviate the buildup of heat in the bed help soothe muscle and joint pains provide extra edge support.
5. Test it!
Lie on the bed for at least 10 minutes - don't be shy. Try the bed with your partner at the same time. Lie in your usual sleeping position and ensure your hips and shoulders are comfortable. You can't judge if the bed has the correct amount of comfort and support by sitting on the edge. Comfort and Support The correct amount of comfort and support that's best for you is up to you. A good mattress will gently hold your body at all points and keep your spine inline, mirroring correct standing posture, no matter if your preferred sleeping position is on your back, side or stomach.
6. Buy for longevity
Ensure your mattress is durable. Durability will determine how long your bed lasts. Quality bed manufacturers back up their product with a 5- or 10-year guarantee. Ask our sleep specialists whether your mattress choice comes with a guarantee.
Buy the mattress and base together as an ensemble. Some beds and mattresses are designed to work together for maximum sleeping pleasure.