Beds are important. It’s the one place where we spend more time than anywhere else. It should be the place where our bodies and minds recover, recharge and reset, ready for the new day. Why then are most of us sleeping on a worn out bed?
The bedding industry is keen to tell us the benefits or orthopaedic mattresses, pocket springs and memory foam. Some manufacturers are also very happy to charge as much as £15,000 just for a mattress! At that level of investment is it any wonder that so many of us put off spending the price of a holiday on something that no one else will see? Like a holiday it’s not how much you spend that really matters, it is really about how your bed makes you feel. Our beds should be a haven, somewhere we look forward to being.
Surprisingly, upgrading your sleep may not even involve buying a new mattress. Here are some inexpensive improvements to consider:
- Flip it – you mattress has 4 positions, simply flipping it end to end or over on itself will give you a revived surface. Ideally, do this every time you change the sheets to prevent indentations forming and at least doubling the life of your mattress.
- Top it off – If your mattress has begun to sag whichever way you turn it and you don’t have funds to replace it. A cost-effective (short term) fix is a memory foam mattress topper. These can be up to 4 inches thick and will smooth out the dips whilst moulding to your sleeping position. From £20
- Go soft on top – Whilst a firm sleeping surface is recommended for posture you can still add some comfort with a microfibre mattress topper. These create a fluffy top layer giving a cosy feeling as you get into bed. From £24
- Add some bounce below – if your bed simply has a flat base IKEA sells sprung birch slats that adjust to body weight and increase the suppleness of your mattress. From £24
Whilst these additions above and below your existing mattress will make a significant difference, you should still aim to replace your mattress after five to ten years of nightly use.