A new mattress can be a big investment. Not only is it a large purchase, it’s also an important one. You spend around one-third of your life in bed asleep, so it only makes sense that you want to spend that time as comfortable and as well supported as possible.
Durability is also a factor. Most people don’t want to buy a new mattress every couple of years. When you buy a mattress, you expect it to last. You want it to be as comfortable in five or ten years as it was on the day you bought it. That means comparing the options to choose the right mattress to suit your needs.
Sleep is restorative. Having a good night’s sleep will usually give you more energy while allowing you to focus more easily on day-to-day tasks. Similarly, a bad night’s sleep can leave you irritable, tired and unable to concentrate.
However, the consequences of bad sleep do not end there. A lack of sleep – or good quality sleep – can contribute to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and depression, and can lead to accidents on the roads and at work.
Bad sleep has also been shown to affect productivity in the workplace, with the Sleep Health Foundation estimating reduced productivity caused by sleep deprivation costs the Australian economy $5 billion each year*.
TEMPUR research backs this up, with 38% of TEMPUR’s Sleep Survey respondents in Australia saying a bad night’s sleep severely affects their productivity at work.**
In fact, according to a report by Cambridge University and Rand Europe, commissioned by Vitality Health***, lack of sleep is the most prevalent cause of low productivity in the workplace. This study found that workers who slept for six hours or less each night were notably less productive than those who slept for seven or eight hours.
With so much dependent on a good night’s sleep, we have to look to our mattress to make sure it’s doing its job. A mattress has to be firm and supportive, yet perfectly comfortable. It has to be durable enough to stand the test of time while providing the best possible night’s sleep, every night, year after year.
When buying a mattress, there is plenty to consider. While the type of mattress – pocket-sprung, open-coil, latex or memory foam – is certainly important, mattress size is also a factor worth taking into consideration.
Bed sizes range from single to king, with the choice usually being affected by the size of the room, the preference of the sleeper, and the budget available. Choosing a mattress size may also be influenced by what the buyer already has at home.
If you have a certain size bed base, or bed frames of a particular size already, you may opt for a new mattress to fit those dimensions. Similarly, if you have certain bedding sizes in your linen cupboard at home, you may choose a mattress to suit that bedding.
From king single beds to queen size mattresses, much of the decision to buy will come down to personal preference. However, it’s usually best to invest in a mattress that is at least 15cm longer than the tallest person sleeping in the bed, in the largest size of bed the bedroom will allow.
When it comes to comfort and support, however, two mattresses may be better than one. Replacing king size mattresses with two single long mattresses can be a great option, allowing both people sleeping in bed to have the level of comfort and support they need for the best possible night’s sleep.
Comparing and buying mattress options can take time. It’s an experience that really shouldn’t be rushed. With an excellent understanding of the mattress buying process, TEMPUR makes it easy for you to find the right mattress for your needs.
To find your TEMPUR mattress, simply take a look at what’s on offer.
** TEMPUR: The Science of Sleep
*** TEMPUR: The Science of Sleep