This is a question I’m often asked and the answer is more than a just a number. My usual response to this question is to ask the questioner how much they think a good night’s sleep is worth. Your new bed is your tool to achieve quality sleep, which leads you to lead a healthier, happier, higher performing lifestyle.
Most people buy very few beds in their lifetime. Although the current retailer marketing on TV promotes a bed change every 8 years or so, the reality is people keep their beds for much longer. In view of this, what people know about beds is usually based upon what they learned when they bought their last one, probably over a decade ago. Their knowledge, including their perception of the price of a new bed, is out of date.
A more appropriate question for you to ask is: 'How much do I have to spend to buy a bed in which I will sleep well every night so that I wake up feeling refreshed, recharged and ready for the day ahead?'
In our original question, we have to quantify ‘good’. To judge a bed as ‘good’ is subjective. Whether a bed is good depends upon what it’s being compared to. Usually a bed buyer will compare their new bed with their old one. In this case, most new beds will be good because they’re better than the one they’re replacing. If the old bed was still good, you’d keep it. A fairer comparison is to compare the new bed with other new beds in the same shop.
More importantly, a bed can be judged as ‘good’ if it enables you to achieve high quality sleep night after night. To do that a bed should be comfortable AND supportive. Add into the mix durability and your mattress will perform properly for longer. There is a point in the future, when your mattress’s performance, the ability for it to be both supportive and comfortable, begins to decline. Once started, the decline can be rapid, so ideally this point should be as far into the future as possible.
The price tags on beds range from hundreds of pounds, to tens of thousands of pounds and of course, usually, the more you pay, the better the product, but the cost of a good bed must be measured in more than just money. When buying your new bed it’s prudent not to think of a number and buy your bed based upon its price tag, but to select a bed based upon it’s suitability for you to maximise your sleep quality for some time.
Your bed is your foundation for achieving a good night’s sleep. Without a good bed, all other effort to sleep well is compromised. Don’t miss out on the multitude of personal benefits you will experience by sleeping well.
It's better for you to spend your money buying the right bed than to save your money by buying the wrong bed.
Your author Jerry Cheshire is the proprietor at NBF award winning, sleep specialist retailer Surrey Beds in Purley, Surrey. Follow him on twitter @thebeducator