Pillow talk: Beds boss lays down his advice
IT is spring, but looking out of the window some days you may not know it.
That’s why crawling into a comfy bed at night can be such a relief.
It’s also the foundation of a good night’s sleep, so choosing the right one is imperative to keep your spirits high.
“Most people don’t understand the jargon associated with beds and mattresses,” says Silentnight marketing director Nick Booth.
“But hopefully with a few useful tips you’ll be one step closer to finding the perfect mattress for you.
“Firstly, size matters. Surprisingly, two people sharing a standard double size bed have only as much personal sleeping space as a baby in a cot.
“Investing in a larger bed is beneficial as you are less likely to disturb your partner or be disturbed yourself.
“Although fully dependent on room size, the general rule on bed size should be the bigger the better.
“You should also know your numbers. You may have noticed that many mattresses have numbers in their product names.
“Although not an industry standard it often refers to the number of springs in a sprung mattress. So take note.”
Most experts state that it is better to buy a mattress and base together in order to elevate the feel and performance.
By simply buying a new mattress and putting it on an old or poor quality bed you may not enjoy the full benefit.
However one of the biggest questions asked is: which mattress should I choose for my bad back?
Nick said: “There is no definite answer to this. It comes down to a range of factors including weight, sleeping position and personal preference.
“What everyone needs though is a supportive and comfortable mattress. Buy a mattress with a guarantee, then if it’s not helping your ailments you can re-assess what firmness you need. Beds aside briefly, Silentnight advises that you wash your sheets weekly, as dead skin cells and bodily fluids rapidly build up.
“Buying a mattress that includes Purotex helps battle these mites and maintains a hygienically clean mattress.”
Nick concluded: “I also recommend you change your bed every seven years. This is because the materials in many beds can deteriorate by as much as 75 per cent in that time.
“And go the extra mile, if you can; mattress protectors maximise your mattresses’ life span by protecting them from spills, dust and dirt.”
●● Silentnight marketing director Nick Booth, inset, advises on best beds