Medical professionals recommend that fully grown adults get a minimum of eight hours quality sleep a night but in reality most people generally only get around six or seven hours sleep and it’s low quality. There are a number of reasons for getting low quality sleep which include:
- Discomfort – an uncomfortable bed is one of the main reasons for a poor night’s sleep.
- Uncomfortable temperature – if your bedroom is too hot or too cold, the quality of your sleep will be affected.
- Other people – if you share your bed with a spouse, your poor quality sleep might be due to them disturbing you with their sleep discomfort.
- Noisy Surroundings – it’s difficult to sleep in a noisy environment which includes other people’s snoring or background noise from neighbours, traffic or railway lines.
The major cause of discomfort in bed, and other people’s discomfort too, can easily be addressed by choosing the right bed to offer you a comfortable night’s sleep. In this article we look at how to choose the right bed.
The size of bed you choose is really important to getting a good night’s sleep. There are two main sizing issues which you need to look for when selecting a new bed – length and width. You need to find a bed that is longer than your height when laid stretched out. This will ensure that your feet aren’t dangling over the edge of the bed when you’re sleeping as this can cause back and leg ache.
Most single bed lengths start at 196cm whilst the length of king size beds are typically around 210cm. Width can vary too depending on the style of bed you buy. Single beds and king singles are designed for just one person to sleep in. Double beds, queen beds, king sized beds and super king beds are all designed for two people to sleep in. Think carefully about whether you’d like metal beds or wooden beds as well.
Headboard and Footboard Designs
The headboard and footboard that your bed has can affect your sleeping comfort too. If your bed is too short and also features a footboard, it can result in you not being able to stretch out, causing discomfort whilst you sleep, especially in the ankles and the knees. If you want to have a bed with a footboard, make sure the length of the bed is comfortable first. A headboard works in a number of ways, one of which is to make sure the pillows don’t fall down the back of the bed which is a common cause of discomfort. A well-fitting headboard will keep your pillows in place whilst you sleep as well as offering comfort for you to sit up in bed.
Probably the most important element of any bed is the mattress. It is the mattress that offers your body support as well as comfort whilst you sleep. A mattress that is too soft can cause your body to sag instead of being supported which can put strain on your joints. Equally a mattress which is too hard can cause pressure on joints which is uncomfortable. Most mattresses come with a firmness rating which can include; medium, firm or extra firm. There are also spring options to choose from including pocket sprung, open coil or Mira coil – all of which offer different levels of support.
Most online bed retailers are able to help you with the selection of your bed and mattress to ensure you get what you require for a great night’s sleep.