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Choosing A Bed For A Good Night Sleep

May 21, 2008
According to research, the average Women spends 27 years of their lifetime asleep in bed. 8 hours per night sounds slightly luxurious. But according to research, that's how long most women spend in bed. For the average men, this figure is closer to 25 and a half years. Women may not believe that the opposite sex spends less time in bed, but in reality this is the case.

So, if so much of our time is spent in bed, why do we spend so little time selecting a suitable bed to sleep in? Have you ever looked to find a bed that is the most comfortable for you or do you tend to go for one of the more popular beds from a large show room? Your bed is crucial to providing you with a good nights sleep, rest and recover properly and providing the foundations of a healthy lifestyle. So here are some tips to getting a good night sleep by choosing the right sort of bed.

Firstly, determine how well you are sleeping. If you get to sleep well and are comfortable throughout the night, then there may be no need to change your bed. However, it's more than likely your old bed is just suffering from wear and tear. So, if you are sleeping comfortably, then still need a new bed, then look to replicate your bed as closely as possible. From everything including the firmness and texture of the mattress to the size of the bed that you used to.

However, if you are not sleeping so well, what are the full range of factors you need to consider when looking for a new bed?

To start with, consider the size of bed you require. If you sleep with a partner, ensure the bed can comfortably accommodate both of you and some additional space. The bed should provide ample sleeping space length wise. Do not buy a bed that is too short. Hanging your feet out the end of a bed can cause problems with your circulation and blood flow.

Next, work out which mattress will suit you best. By this, we are referring to the firmness of the mattress. Commonly, people who sleep on their side are more comfortable on a softer mattress. Those who sleep on their front or back usually prefer a harder mattress. However, in terms of benefit to the posture, it is best to seek medical advice before purchasing a particular firmness of mattress. A doctor or nurse will be able to advise you on the exact sort of mattress you need if you are suffering from back or neck pains during sleep.
About the Author
David Whelan writes for Coop Bed Shop, an online store where you can buy beds , mattresses and other bedroom furniture. Coop Bed Shop is part of the Co-operative Group.
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