Beds ''should be changed after seven years''
Individuals hoping to get a sound night's sleep have been advised to consider the age of their mattress.
According to the Sleep Council, the average bed
will begin to offer lower levels of comfort to users after seven years, due to the fact it is used on a daily basis.
Indeed, research carried out by Dr Chris Idzikowski on behalf of the Sleep Council revealed that on average, people who traded in their old beds of more than seven years for a new one were able to achieve an additional 42 minutes of restful sleep every evening.
Meanwhile, a study by researchers Bert Jacobson, Tia Wallace and Hugh Gemmell of Oklahoma State University showed individuals who regularly suffer from back problems could see a 63 per cent improvement in their symptoms simply by trading in their old bed and mattress
for newer items.
The study showed that 80 per cent of adults will suffer back pain at some stage in their life and as part of the test they compared the effect of individuals sleeping on a brand new mattress with one that was at least five years old.
According to the findings, when people slept on the newer mattress they registered a reduction in the pain they felt, highlighting the significant additional support and comfort that can be achieved by investing in a new mattress on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, relaxation coach Andrew Johnson recently argued Brits may wish to replace their mattress even sooner in order to boost their quality of sleep, with four years the recommended timeframe offered by many bed manufacturers.
He commented: "It is amazing how many times people will change their shoes, their cars, move house - but they keep the same old mattress.
"Really you need to replace your mattress every three or four years - that is what the mattress manufacturers will tell you, but I [also] think it is a very good [piece of advice]."
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes