The sleepiest month of the year
National Bed Month is upon us in March where all things sleep
are discussed and highlighted across Britain.
Sleep has always been an important part of the nation's agenda
considering that it has such an impact on daily lives and health.
The Sleep Council has arranged March to be the sleep month in order
to remind us all of why a sound sleep is good for our health, as
well as passing on advice and knowledge on how best to achieve the
required sleep at night.
In 1988 a ground breaking study found that by switching an
uncomfortable old bed to a lovely new one meant an extra 42 minutes
of sleep! The overriding requisite of finding a good mattress is
making it a personal decision.
Many of us regard buying a mattress as being the same as buying a
hot meal, something where some consideration is taken, but there is
little regard to the long-term impact of the choice. Spontaneity
and hasty selection process has become a fixed part of contemporary
consumerism, but mattress shopping should surely be something we
take our time over, giving the long-standing nature of the
Virgil D. Wooten, MD, told Howstuffworks.com: "We spend about
one-third of our lives asleep, and most of this time is spent on a
mattress. Despite the amount of time we spend in bed, many of us
ignore our mattress until the springs start poking us through the
mattress pad. But a mattress has a lot to do with the quality of
sleep and, therefore, with how we feel during the day."
There are many misconceptions over what type of mattress suits
which kind of person. For example, it is not necessarily the case
that a firmer mattress is better for people with back problems, or
a softer mattress is better for people who suffer from disturbed
sleep. Mattress selection starts with the fundamentals: choose the
one that suits you.
Sleep expert Jim Horne believes our British reserve could be
keeping us up at night. He said: "I've always been puzzled why
people spend so little time choosing a bed when they are going to
spend maybe a third of their daily lives in such close contact with
it. During sleep the body relaxes, so it's important that when
choosing a mattress one takes time to physically and mentally
loosen up and test it properly."
Modern mattresses have been developed with the individual in mind.
Producers are well aware that no one sleeper is the same, and it is
therefore important that the mattress provides support regardless
of the shape or position they adopt.
Memory foam mattresses work in precisely this way, by responding
to the heat of the sleepers body and moulding their shape into the
mattress. Memory foam technology is now used on a wide variety of
mattresses to ensure that the sleeper gets both comfort and support
during the night, offering a sleeping experience that is unlike any
However, memory foam mattresses are not the solution for everyone.
Some sleepers prefer the traditional touch, without losing out on
the comfort and support qualities that memory foam mattress offers.
Miracoil mattresses are very similar to memory foam in the way that
they support sleepers on a personal level. However, they resemble
There are several Miracoil mattresses to choose from, each of
which offer zonal treatment that can be tailored to you. The
Miracoil 7 bed includes mini pocket springs which provide a
luxurious night's sleep. They are held under tension in fabric
pockets and are a third the size of normal springs. The beds are
finished off with a layer of Cirrus Airflow, which stops you
overheating for a deep healthy sleep.
There are many more mattresses to choose from that all have
properties relating to you. Finding the right one takes time, but
don't worry, you have a whole month to discover your perfect
Posted by Michael Ewing