How often do you spend sleepless nights, tossing and turning in bed and trying to get comfortable, and the next morning you wake up tired and broken? Of course, you can blame the mosquitoes, which the vaunted Fumitox does not help, you can blame the full moon or magnetic storms. But maybe your bed is to blame. She can be both friend and foe. Do you have a good bed? The typical bed life is about ten years. In a fat person, it can become unusable even faster. In addition, needs and preferences change with age. Do we need a new bed?
Answer simple questions:
- Does my neck or lower back hurt after sleep?
- Is the bed too small?
- Are springs and bumps getting in the way?
- Do my spouse and I roll into the middle of the bed?
- Is the bottom of the bed crooked?
The tradition of using a thing "to the last" is a stand in our culture, but we will not save on a bed where we spend at least a third of our lives …
A good bed creates maximum comfort and is tailored to the individual characteristics of our body. Most beds consist of a body and a mattress, with comfort being mainly mattress dependent. The mattress, in turn, consists of several parts. First comes the fabric upholstery that connects all the pieces together, then there are layers of filler that make the bed soft and allow it to absorb your body's moisture. The third part, on which the elasticity and density of the mattress depends, as a rule, is based on hardened steel springs. There are different ways to provide elasticity, but the general rule is that the more springs and the thicker the wire from which they are prepared, the higher the elasticity.
Recently, foam and latex mattresses have become widespread, they are lighter than spring ones. But a good mattress is only good when it matches the base of the bed, for which it is usually designed. The deep, drawer-like housing acts as a shock absorber, allows the mattress to breathe and thus significantly extends its life. There are beds with a half-open bottom made of solid metal or wooden slats and springs, which provides ventilation of the mattress. Depending on the elasticity of the rails and springs, the bottom can be rigid or flexible.
How to choose a bed?
What should you keep in mind when buying a mattress? Before going to the store for a new bed, decide what is most important to you: cost, size or health? And don't hesitate to try the mattress in the store. Lie down, take different positions, especially those in which you sleep.
- Convenience and support. The mattress should not be as hard as a board. A bed that is too hard can worsen back problems. Listen to your body and it will tell you what is best for you. Lie on your back. If you can put your hand under your back, but the hand is difficult to pass, and if you can calmly turn around, then the mattress suits you in terms of elasticity. A good mattress should support your body so that your spine remains level when you lie on your side. A fat person needs a firmer bed.
- Width. Choose a bed that will not restrain your freedom of movement. If you are buying a bed for a married couple, remember that with a standard double bed, each adult is allocated no more space than a child in a crib.
- Equipment. If possible, buy a mattress and case as a set, which will provide you with comfort and protect your spine from overload. The old bottom can ruin the new mattress, as well as affect the manufacturer's warranty.
- Health problems. Of course, they are different. If you are allergic to dust or natural materials used to stuff mattresses (for example, seaweed), then a mattress with synthetic fibers or foam may be suitable for you. It should be noted that allergens do not collect in slatted beds and water mattresses. Water mattresses also allow you to distribute body weight evenly, so it is suitable for those who painfully endure compression of body parts in contact with the bed. For older people, pay attention to the height of the bed. Your feet should be touching the floor when you sit on the edge of the bed. It will also make it easier for you to stand up and lie down if the edge of the bed is firm.
- Quality. The expression "The miser pays twice" is often true. Therefore, based on your means, buy the best quality bed.
- Dimensions. If you have limited living space, you might consider buying a bed that rises up to the wall or opens like a wardrobe. Another option is to purchase a foam mattress that can be easily rolled out on the floor. These mattresses are sold for sleeper sofa beds.
Proper care of the bed will significantly extend its life. Take the time to read the care instructions issued by the manufacturer. When you get your bed home, remove the plastic wrap from it as soon as possible. This will prevent condensation and keep the bed from getting damp, moldy and rotting. And here are some more tips:
- For the first months, every one to two weeks, and then every three months, turn the new box-spring mattress from one side to the other and unfold it with the headboard towards the feet. This will ensure proper distribution of the filler and keep the mattress flat. The foam mattress does not need to be turned over.
- Never fold, bend or squash the spring mattresses. When adjusting the mattress, use the special handles, but do not hold the mattress by its weight, so as not to damage the fabric upholstery.
- To keep the mattress clean, use a removable cover that can be cleaned or washed. Vacuum the mattress and bed base regularly to remove lint and dust; clean stains with soap and water.
- Do not allow anyone, including children, to jump on the bed. Try not to sit in the same place on the edge of the mattress.
Your bed is not just an investment of money, it is an investment in a third of your life, which can significantly affect the other two-thirds. If you choose your bed carefully and take care of it, it will serve you for a long time.