Do you have difficulty sleeping? Do you have an aching back? Do you suffer from headaches? Do you toss and turn when you finally fall asleep? Do you go on holiday and sleep better on the hotel bed than on your own bed? These could all be signs that you need a new bed.

A good bed is a long term investment because you will probably use it for about ten years and spend around one third of your life in it. So make sure you choose wisely when you do go bed shopping.

Here are some pointers to ensure you make the right choice when you buy a new bed:

Comfort above all else

Unless your new bed is comfortable, you will not enjoy sleeping in it. Sit for a while on the bed and ask yourself these questions when you are thinking about comfort. Is it soft enough to be comfortable yet firm enough to give support? Does it feel comfortable when you sit on it? Does it conform to the shape of your body?

If you cannot find a comfortable position no matter how you lie, it’s probably not the right mattress for you.

Position, position, position

Consider the position which you sleep in. If you sleep on your tummy, you would probably prefer a softer mattress. If you sleep on your back, you may want something more firm. When testing a mattress in the store, lay on it for a few minutes in the position you usually sleep. If it’s not comfortable, move on to the next bed.

If you share a bed with someone, be sure to shop together. When you lie next to each other, you shouldn’t roll toward each other and one person shouldn’t feel motion as the other leaves the bed. If a bed is too soft, you will sink into it and put unnecessary strain on your muscles, or roll towards the middle. If it is too hard, it will not mould to the contours of your body. Size matters

The general rule of thumb is to buy the biggest bed you can fit into the room. The larger the bed, the more room you (and your sleeping partner) have to move in the night without disturbing each other. Remember, size does not only mean the width but also the length of the bed, which should be 10-15cm longer than the tallest sleeper.

However, if you have a small bedroom, you might not have room for a king size bed. Remember to leave enough space to easily get in and out of the room and to allow for opening windows, cupboards and closets.

The perfect match

With all the bed and mattress shops and marketing around it’s easy to get confused about where to shop and what to look for. Shop around a bit and try as many beds as you can before making a final decision. Ask friends, lie on some in the stores, spend a night in a good hotel, and try as many as you can. In this way you’ll improve your experience and you’ll spend your money wisely.

In-store testing

Now if you want to buy a new bed, you just have to go to a showroom and try as many beds as you can. Take your time and try more than one bed in the showroom to ensure you make the right choice. To test a bed, make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes, take off shoes and lie down on the bed.

Don’t just sit on the edge and bounce up and down, actually lay down and stay there for ten minutes or more. If the store doesn’t like you doing this then they’re in the wrong business – take your money to a different store. Do not be embarrassed about lying on the beds in the showroom – that is what they are there for!

Remember that taking the time to try a new bed is a 10-minute investment to ensure you get 10 years of comfortable sleep.

Oh, and don’t go shopping for a mattress when you’re tired, because when you’re tired, any mattress will feel good.

Looking for a new bed? Let GetMore find you the best suppliers and prices in your area, call us today on 084 11 438 48.

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