How to choose a mattress
Set your embarrassment aside when buying a new mattress, says Sleepyhead’s marketing manager Warren Roach. Bring a magazine and snuggle down for a good length of time… in store.
“It feels foreign climbing and lying on beds in store, but we encourage people to spend as much time as they like on the bed. Bring a magazine, go and lie down and have a read for half an hour,” he recommends.
Bouncing up and down on the end of the bed, something Warren sees often, is not going to help you choose the right bed, he says. “This isn’t going to show how you’re going to sleep on the mattress. Others will lie on their back and I’ll ask, ‘Do you sleep on your back?’ They don’t. Try the bed as you would in normal sleep conditions. After a few minutes you’ll feel any uncomfortable aches and pains,” he says.
Suffering from back pain? Don’t buy into the myth that a firm bed will help. “You’ve got to have good back support and natural spinal alignment while you’re sleeping. Sleeping on something very hard and rigid that can’t contour to the shape of your body isn’t going to help. You can get a bed with very strong support, but it doesn’t have to be firm,” he says.
Signs your bed might need replacing: your partner rolling into you in the night, or waking with aches and pains. >