Bed MOTs urged for Brits
People across the UK could be sleeping in beds that are not
suitable and past their prime, according to the Sleep
As a result, the organisation is urging people to carry out a bed MOT to ensure they are able to get a
restful night's sleep in order to boost their overall
There are a number of questions which the council has urged Brits
to consider about the state of their bed and mattress, with a focus on
delivering better sleep for all.
Brits should ask themselves whether their present mattress is more
than seven years old - as by this time it could no longer be
providing an optimum level of support during rest.
Furthermore, they should consider whether they would be comfortable
with others seeing it without any covers, as if not, then it could
time for a change.
Warning signs that a mattress may be on its last legs include it
making suspicious noises during the night as sleepers move around,
as well as partners unintentionally being rolled towards or away
from each other during their night, which could highlight a
breakdown in the mattresses support.
Lumps and bumps in a mattress are also not a good sign, while
sagging is a surefire indication that a replacement is
Moreover, Brits should ask themselves when they last had their best
night's sleep and note whether it was in their own bed or another -
if it was another, then replacing their own mattress could
significantly improve the quality of their sleep.
A final question should be whether individuals are often waking
with aches and a lack of freshness, as if so, their mattress could
be to blame.
Earlier this month, the Sleep Council also published a number of
helpful tips for partners to effectively share a bed, including
ensuring the bed is an "oasis of tranquillity" for both
In order to achieve this, the bed should be comfortable for both
individuals, while also being large enough so neither person feels
cramped during the night.
Posted by Michael Ewing