It’s National Bed Month this March. A time to consider the importance that a good nights sleep can have on your overall health and well being. However, despite spending more than half of our lives in bed, a study in 2015 revealed that 57% of us neglect to seek advice when purchasing a new mattress and it could be having a detrimental impact on our sleep and overall health.
The research by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), carried out in partnership with leading bed manufacturer, Sealy, found more than half of us do not seek professional advice when choosing a mattress. A massive 40% spend less than half an hour selecting this vital household item – shorter than the average power nap.
In doing so, we’re putting our health at risk – an unsuitable mattress can contribute to back and neck pain, impacting on the quality of sleep we receive.
Despite these health implications of having a good night’s rest, of the small percentage of people who do actually seek advice when buying a new mattress, the majority simply look online (16%) instead of speaking with a professional from the industry. Only 1% would consult with their neighbours, 4% discuss with friends and just 9% seek guidance from a qualified chiropractor.
How do I know if my mattress needs replacing?
Are you and your partner getting comfortable nights sleep?
If the answer is no, your bed may be the problem.
Can you feel the springs through the mattress?
If the answer is yes, it is definitely time to buy a new one.
Is the bed more that 10 years old?
If the answer is yes, consider purchasing a new one – beds wear out and may sag or lose support with time.