There’s one thing that we all do for a third of our entire lives, that takes little to no effort, and yet most of us are doing it wrong. Sleep.
Evaluating Your Mattress
- Is your mattress level when you run your hand over it? If it’s beginning to look sad and deflated, dented or worn it may be time to retire it.
- Do you find it hard to get to sleep, have to toss and turn to find a comfortable position on or wake up more than once a night?
- Do you wake up feeling tired, aching, have a tingling sensation in your legs or a headache?
- Are you over 40? Loss of muscle density as you age will mean a lack of natural cushioning for your body (And no, fat won’t cut it), and this sometimes affects women earlier than men.
- Is your mattress over 8 years old? This is the average optimal life of a standard mattress.
- Do your partner’s movements affect your sleep? A good mattress will allow movement to be absorbed and dissipated, meaning you can both move independently without having to wake the other.
- Do you look forward to lying down on your mattress? The positive metal effect of being thrilled by the comfort of your mattress cannot be discounted.
If you’ve answered ‘Yes’ to one or more of these questions then you may benefit from renewing you mattress or perhaps your bed. Below we will explore the variables that can affect the life of your mattress and steps you can take to prolong its life.
Change of use
Although a mattress may seem like a one size fits all purchase, once you’ve spent 5 months (on average 1,000 hours) sleeping in it, it will then be shaped definitively to your body.
Once a mattress becomes adjusted to the shape of a body it will never return to normal, meaning if you’re using a mattress once owned by someone else, if you’ve swapped sides with a partner, or if your body shape has changed (larger or smaller, we aren’t to judge) you might experience trouble when sleeping.
So how much sleep do you need?
According to research by the National Sleep Foundation (see image) for most adults an average of around 8 hours sleep is needed per night to ensure you feel fully rested.
If you rest for less than 7 hours per night regularly you risk getting into ‘sleep debt’ whereby you’ll feel increased fatigue, stiffness and agitation throughout your day.
To avoid this it’s vital you give yourself the best chance of an uninterrupted comfortable night’s sleep every night, and your bed and mattress are one of the key factors in doing so.
Evaluating your Bed
There’s no use in building a house on poor foundations, and in the same way the world’s best mattress can fall short if it doesn’t have adequate support beneath it.
When evaluating your own bed or choosing a new one it’s important to understand how it can affect the level of support you get from your mattress and how well your weight is distributed throughout the night.
- Check the slats or platform your mattress sits atop, is it stable?
- Are the fixings secure?
- Are there any cracks or visible compromises in the frame?
- Does it look warped or bowed?
- Then check the underside of your mattress has the mattress begun to change shape to fit the bedframe?
All of these issues can mean you aren’t getting the support you need from your mattress.
The front runner in creating luxurious, supportive beds and mattresses is arguably British bed manufacturer Vi-Spring. For well over a century Vi-Spring have been handcrafting bespoke mattresses to order in the UK, the pioneers of the pocket sprung divan bed even provided the beds for the suites and first class cabins of the Titanic. In 1932 Vi-Spring released the
World’s first ever pocket sprung divan and still to this day the combination of pocket sprung mattress and divan provides the ultimate sleeping experience. Vi-Spring use Vanadium Steel pocket springs that are placed in a honeycomb pattern inside the divan as well as carefully selected fillings such as platinum certified Shetland wool, bamboo fibre, cotton, Peruvian vicuna wool, South African mohair, cashmere, silk and horsehair. These fillings all contribute different attributes to your mattress such as absorbance, resilience, durability, temperature control, comfort, odour control and insulation.
Our bed experts in Lenleys, Roper Road, Canterbury will be more than happy to show you the wonderful effects of these divans first hand in store, and help you create your own bespoke bed fitted to your every need. As Vi-Spring say “a good night’s sleep will contribute to your long-term well-being, so it is well worth investing in the best bed possible.’
How to prolong the life of your new mattress
- Rotate your mattress one month, and flip it the next, or use a mattress topper therefore allowing the pressure to spread across the mattress.
- Do not bend or roll your mattress as this could compromise the springs and cause a lump or rupture in the surface.
- Ensure you have a good base for the mattress; check your bed has an even surface for the mattress to lie on and it doesn’t allow it to sag over time.
- Try not to habitually sit in on the edge of your mattress in one place, for example when getting dressed or waking up, over years this can place stress upon the border stitching.
- Do not allow children (or adults) to jump up and down on the mattress as the direct pressure in such a small area can damage pocket springs.
- Regularly check the fixings and castors of your bedstead or divan, ensuring they are tight and down give under pressure.
- Avoid purchasing a cheap mattress, filled with poor quality materials, this will become misshapen quickly and leave you with a poor night’s sleep yet again.
- If you have a new mattress, be aware that it can take up to a few weeks for your body to adjust to sleeping on a new surface, so don’t be disheartened if you don’t feel drastic effects immediately.