If you’re having trouble sleeping, the first place you need to start looking for answers is right under your pillow: your mattress. A mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep, but many of us use a mattress that isn’t quite up to scratch. This can result in tiredness and irritability, as well as negatively affecting our mental and physical wellbeing.
Would Your Mattress Pass Its MOT
So do you need a new bed? There are a few questions that you can ask yourself to determine this.
Is your mattress eight years old or more?
The general rule of thumb is that a mattress should, according to the National Bed Federation, be replaced at least every eight years, and as often as every seven. While a mattress may carry a 10 year guarantee, that is usually for manufacturing defects and not for wear and tear so it’s important to consider that.
Have you recently had a better night’s sleep in a different bed?
If so, this may be a clear indicator that you need a new mattress.
Have you recently been waking up feeling unrefreshed or aching?
Tiredness in the morning can be a sign that your mattress is compromising the quality of your sleep. While aches and pains may indicate that your mattress does not align properly to your body. Both factors require immediate attention.
If you share a bed with another person, do you often find you disturb one another during the night?
Sleeping in a bed that is too small is a common problem for partners, and can cause disturbed sleep for both parties. Your bed should be between 10 and 15 centimetres longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. While in terms of width, you should be able to lie on your back, elbows out without touching anyone or anything. A standard double bed only has the same width for two people as a cot so when it comes to beds, think big.
Does the mattress have any visible signs of wear and tear?
Visual cues are key in determining whether or not a mattress is still fit for purpose: if it’s worn on the outside it may well be worn on the inside.
Is the mattress lumpy, uneven or sagging?
An uncomfortable mattress can adversely affect the ability of someone to sleep.