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The Secrets Of Good Sleep

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Published 22 September 2017

The Secrets Of Good Sleep

We all know it's important to get a good night's sleep: for rest, relaxation and happiness. At Ideal World we want to stress the importance of getting rid of the stress of buying a new mattress. Plenty of mattress users out there are settling for second best, instead of a good night's rest.

And it's not just us that think this: Following a survey at the National Centre for Social Research with Oxford Economics found a strong correlation between a good night's sleep and happiness, boosting the average person's happiness index rating by 15 points: which was rated by participants as better than having more money!

If you really want to get the best possible night's sleep so you look and feel at your best, The Sleep Council recommends you start to think about replacing your bed after seven years. A mattress that looks OK, may not actually be OK, that's the hitch. Even after seven years, your bed may look okay but it may not be giving you the support or comfort you need for a healthy, refreshing night's sleep.

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Does Your Bed Pass Our MOT?

If you can't remember when you bought your bed or mattress or if you're unsure whether it needs changing then complete the Sleep Council Bed MOT check.

Simply answer the questions below.

  1. Is it seven or eight years old or more? The critical 'Seven year itch' can be a make or break moment for many marriages and mattresses.
  2. Did you have your best night's sleep recently with another one? (in a hotel or staying with friends?)
  3. Are you waking up more frequently un-refreshed and aching?
  4. Do you disturb your partner or are you disturbed by them when changing sleep positions?
  5. Does it look used or worn?
  6. Does it feel lumpy?
  7. Does it make suspicious noises in the night?
  8. Is it sagging - do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally in the middle of the night?
  9. Are the base, legs or castors lumpy, worn or wobbly?
  10. Would it be embarrassing if neighbours saw it without its covers?

If you answered, "yes" to any of the above, you may need a new mattress.

What types of mattress do I need?

Buying a mattress can be confusing, that's why we provide the mattress matrix to make selecting the correct mattress easy. We've explained all the different types of mattresses below:

Put a spring in your step with a pocket spring

Pocket springs are small, soft springs that work independently from each other. In old-style mattresses, springs were arranged in a big grid, all connected together like a big cage. Nowadays, pocket-springs are hundreds or even thousands of little springs, each in their own separate pocket, so the springs you lay on aren't connected to the ones you're not laying on. This eliminates "roll together" (when two people are in a bed with connected springs, it creates a dip in the middle and the two people roll into the valley.)

These are designed to adapt to weight and sleeping position of each person and the higher the pocket spring count the firmer the mattress. The firmness of the pocket springs act as shock absorbers aiding in the comfort of your sleep and support of your body. This gives a comfortable and luxurious feel to your sleeping experience.

Pocket Springs Mattress

Memory Foam: Remember the foam that's in your bed for good reasons

Originally developed under contract by NASA, it was designed to be used in the micro-gravity of orbit to give the manned space missions' astronauts a place to sleep, memory foam "remembers" the position it was in and springs back into shape, whilst being soft enough to provide comfort, but resistant enough to provide support for your body.

It moulds to the contours of your body and distributes body weight evenly offering a high level of support whilst avoiding pressure points. By the nature of its construction its designed to be hypo-allergenic and its supportive construction and enables the body to move naturally throughout sleep.

Memory Foam Mattress

The latest innovations in latex.

One of our best selling mattresses is the Dormeo Hybrid merging the key properties of both Pocket Sprung and Memory foam, meaning you get the best of both worlds, with the pocket springs for support and the memory foam for comfort, giving you the best deal with all the benefits of modern sleep technology crammed into one product.

How to get a good night's sleep

Modern life can really take its toll on our sleeping patterns. Emails, social media, games, TV, and the ability for anyone to contact you at any time can really mess with your sleeping habits. Although mattresses are key to comfort but there are also a few simple steps we can make as part of our night time ritual to get a good night's sleep.

Doing it in the dark
You sleep better in the dark at night-time, so using black-out curtains or an eye mask can really improve the quality of your sleep.
Keep cool
Make sure your room isn't too cold or too hot, but a slightly cool temperature of 16–18°C (60–65°F)
No distractions
Avoid having televisions, computers, mobile phones or LED displays (such as digital clocks) in your room as the lights, noises and distractions can keep you awake
Keep calm
Calming and soothing sights, fabrics and colours can really help the quality of your sleep. Avoid bright colours, and surround yourself with calm and familiar objects such as artwork, plants and photos of loved ones
Wind down
Reducing the intensity of lights, sticking to a bedtime routine, going to the bathroom, avoiding alcohol, technology and excitement in the last hour before bed can really change your sleep, as can avoiding napping during the day.
A good diet and an active lifestyle
Eating right and doing even gentle, low-impact activities can help you sleep, ask your doctor if you're unsure!