Over time, every mattress gets worn out and will need replacing in order to provide you with a good night’s sleep. If you’re feeling uncomfortable at night and struggling to sleep, it could be a sign that your mattress is coming to the end of its life.
The general guideline of when to replace a mattress is every seven years, which is quite an accurate time frame of a duvet’s life. But that doesn’t mean you should keep your current mattress if it’s causing you discomfort in any way.
If you’re having a hard time getting to sleep for any reason, be it an uncomfortable mattress or bed, or disturbances throughout the night by your partner, ask yourself – is it time for a new mattress?
The question comes around a lot “what mattress should I buy?”, and the answer is simply: whatever suits you. Obviously it’s important to choose a mattress of high quality but everything else – like the hardness/softness and size you choose is entirely down to your own personal preferences.
Lets run through the different options you’ll have to choose from so that you have a solid idea of what to shop for when looking for your new mattress.
It’s entirely down to you to decide how hard or soft your new mattress will be. Choose your new mattress based on past experiences – have you had hard or soft mattresses in the past, and which did you prefer? The best way to manage mattress shopping is to base everything on what you personally think feels the best, don’t let the salesman choose for you!
Some people have aches and pains, and think that buying a harder mattress will help to relieve them. It’s true that a mattress that supports your spine will help to relieve aches and pains – but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the bed has to be hard at all! Don’t shop for something uncomfortably hard in the hopes that it’ll help you recover from aches and pains, because it may not make much of a difference.
If you suffer badly, speak to your GP before you buy a new mattress and they’ll point you in the best direction.
If you’re having no issues with the current size of your mattress then there’s no need to upsize, but this is rarely the case. 75% of normal double beds are 4ft 6in (135cm) wide which leaves 2ft 3in worth of space for you and your partner, quite clearly not enough room for the majority of adults to sleep without being disturbed by one another.
If you are having trouble sleeping due to a lack of room or regular disturbances by your partner, then we highly recommend you upsize your mattress. There are loads of sizes to choose from but usually the simple 15cm increase from a double to a king size bed creates a noticeable difference without taking up much more bedroom space at all.
Generally when shopping for new mattresses and beds it’s wise to spend as much as you can afford. You need to think about a new mattress as an item that improves and ensures your wellbeing, rather than just a piece of bed furniture. When you’re in the market for a new mattress you should understand that money buys quality, so stretch your budget as far as you can to ensure you’re not left with an uncomfortable bed.
That’s not to say you need to spend £1000+ on a mattress, but it’s always best to pay a little more than you intended to – the results will soon be noticeable. Also note that over the intended 7 year life period of your mattress, each £100 you spend equates to less than 4p per day, so it’s a worthy investment!
Lee Longlands supplies a huge collection of quality mattresses for sale from a number of trusted companies. We have Hypnos Mattresses, Tempur Mattresses and a whole range of others. If you’re looking to buy a new mattress for your bed, come to us.