Cornwall LivingIssue #119
The sound of sleep
Find your way to health, happiness and a restful night with help from the team at Christie’s Bed Shop.
At the end of a busy day, when the hustle and bustle of life has calmed and we step in through our front door in the evening, there is one thing we can always count on for calm, comfort and rest – our bed. However, many of us are sleeping on a mattress that might not be quite right for us, has passed its best, or isn’t giving us the support we need to get the most out of our sleep. With March marking National Bed Month, we thought it only too appropriate to take a look at exactly what we should be looking at when it comes to the perfect bed, with help from the Christie’s Bed Shop.
We spend around a third of our lives in bed, so if you’re having difficulty sleeping one of the first things to look at is your bed. What you sleep on plays a huge part in how well you doze. A comfortable, supportive bed can make the difference between a restorative night’s sleep and poor-quality sleep that results in tiredness and fatigue, with research showing that sleeping on an uncomfortable bed could rob you of up to an hour’s sleep. A recent statistic from The Sleep Charity suggests that 40% of adults and children suffer with sleep issues, and much of this could very well be down to our beds and mattresses.
While you could be doing all the right things when it comes to sleep – eating the right foods, exercising regularly, switching off gadgets before bedtime, winding down properly and sleeping in cool, quiet and dark bedroom – if you’re sleeping on an old, unsupportive and unhealthy bed you still won’t get a refreshing night’s sleep. Your bed is by far the most significant element of a good night’s rest. It is near impossible to get a deep, effective sleep on an old, uncomfortable bed. Mattresses lacking comfort, space and support are likely to leave you waking tired and achy and will also have a significant impact on your partner’s sleep, too. Quite often a mattress has worn out long before you realise. That’s why the National Bed Federation recommends replacing your mattress every 7-8 years, after which a mattress has been subjected to over 20,000 hours of wear and tear!
Investing in something that you’ll essentially be spending a third of your time using has never been more important, and your mental and physical wellbeing could certainly be improved with the right choice. The team at Christie’s Bed Shop are primed and ready with a wealth of knowledge and advice when it comes to beds and mattresses, and are on hand in their expansive Penryn showroom to help you find the perfect match for your individual needs. While buying online can be convenient and may be the only option for some, the surest way to find the mattress that works best for you is to try it out for yourself by popping off your shoes and getting comfy. The National Bed Federation suggests that you lie on a mattress for as long as ten minutes to get a feel for the level of comfort and support, and certainly try more than one.
From pocket-sprung and orthopaedic to memory and gel foam mattresses, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Christie’s, and with an incredible range of bedsteads to accompany them you’re sure to find your ideal match, with prices to accommodate any budget. A good way to check if the bed you are lying on is too soft, too hard, or just right is to lie on your back, and slide your hand in the hollow of your back. If it slides in too easily, the bed may be too hard for you (leading to pressure on your hips and shoulders); if it’s a struggle to slide your hand in, then the bed is probably too soft. If you can move your hand with just a little resistance, the bed may be just right for you.
There will never be a better time to shop for the perfect comfy new bed than throughout March’s National Bed Month at the Christies Bed Shop, as all beds and mattresses have up to 50% off; you might just find yourself upgrading to a mattress you may not have considered at full price! Whether you’re looking to re-gain control over sleepless nights, or improve on waking up with aches and pains on an old mattress, the team at Christie’s are on hand to help and personally guide you through their extensive range towards your perfect match.
Find out more
For more information on sleep issues and advice on how to prevent them, visit www.thesleepcharity.org.uk.
For information and statistics on all things bed, make sure to visit www.bedfed.org.uk.
The Christie’s Bed Shop
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