How to Choose a Bed for You
You spend one-third of your life in bed, so it's important to choose your bed wisely.
The sleep council recommends changing your bed at least every 7-10 years. This is due to the materials in many beds deteriorating as much as 75% after 10 years of use.
Start with Support
The first decision you have to make has to do with a mattress's core, which provides the support. There are four common types: innerspring, foam, latex, and air-filled.
A good way to check if the bed you are lying on is too hard, too soft, or just right is to lie on your back, and slide your hand in the hollow of your back. If it slides in too easily, the bed may be too hard for you (leading to pressure on your hips and shoulders); if it’s a struggle to slide your hand in, then the bed is probably too soft. If you can move your hand with just a little resistance, the bed may be just right for you. Another useful test is to pop a set of keys behind your back. You shouldn’t be able to feel them!
One of the most common sleeping problems is not having enough space, so invest in as large a size as possible according to the space available in your home ( the bigger the better).
A good bed doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but remember how important a good night’s sleep is for your health and wellbeing. Decide which features are most important to you and keep those in mind when testing out options, so you get the most for your money.
Buy with Confidence and look for the NBF Mark of Approval label.
The National Bed Federation is the recognised trade association representing UK manufacturers of beds and mattresses and their suppliers.
Look for the National Bed Federation’s (NBF) ‘big tick’ mark of approval to be sure you’re buying a safe, clean and honest product from a reputable manufacturer.
The new Approved logo is only awarded to British manufacturers who pass rigorous independent testing by BMTRADA to ensure the mattresses they produce meet the UKs stringent flammability regulations.
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