Buy the best as a third of your life is on it

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WE spend a third of our lives asleep, so are you get­ting the most from your nightly rest? Your mat­tress won’t last for­ever. A com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors – changes in life­style, changes to your body as you age, the qual­ity of the mat­tress and how much you use it – will de­ter­mine how long it will pro­vide op­ti­mum com­fort and sup­port.

Buy­ing a mat­tress can be con­fus­ing, so fol­low this sim­ple guide to help you make the right choice.

Size does mat­ter. Is the bed big enough for you and your part­ner? Er­gonomic re­search has con­firmed that cou­ples sleep bet­ter in big­ger beds. En­sure you have enough room to spread out.

Seek sup­port. Cor­rect sup­port is vi­tal to healthy sleep. A good mat­tress and foun­da­tion will gen­tly sup­port your body at all points to keep your spine in the same po­si­tion as good stand­ing pos­ture – whether on your back or side.

Choose com­fort. Com­fort is as im­por­tant as sup­port in a mat­tress. Af­ter all, you can’t truly re­lax and have a peace­ful, rest­ful sleep if you aren’t com­pletely com­fort­able.

You can have both. Sup­port comes from the in­ner­spring unit and the com­fort level comes from the type of pad­ding. You can choose from softer or firmer com­fort lay­ers while be­ing sure you have good sup­port at the same time.

Be self­ish. You don’t want to be af­fected by your part­ner’s ev­ery turn and shift in the night. Find a bed that doesn’t bounce and creak ev­ery time your part­ner moves.

Qual­ity counts. The old rule of “you get what you pay for” ap­plies to beds as in ev­ery­thing else. You spend 26 years of your life in bed so buy the best bed you can af­ford.


Ip­swich Fur­ni­ture Court man­ager David Holdorf.

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