Back To School: Are Your Family’s Beds Up To Scratch?

As the kids head back to school this month, it’s important that they, and you are getting the best sleep that you can. A good night’s sleep can set you all up for the day and for kids, studies have shown that adequate sleep can make them more alert, improve their attention spans, their behaviour and ultimately improve their ability to learn and their overall mental and physical health. For teens, adults and beyond, sleep is just as important for mood, health and more, so it’s important to make sure that every member of the household has a suitable bed. Question is, how do you know if your beds are up to scratch? We’ve put together some questions to ask yourself.

How Old Is The Mattress?

As standard, any mattress should be replaced every 7-10 years to ensure you’re always sleeping on the best possible one that you can. While we’re all encouraged to keep track of when we bought our last mattress, this hasn’t always been the case and so it’s easy to forget just how long you’ve been sleeping on the same one. To help you remember, you can write the date of purchase on the label when it arrives, to make it easier to ensure you’re buying a new mattress when it’s needed. The springs and padding, in particular, can wear down over time, leading to discomfort as you sleep so it’s important to do a check and replace you or your family’s mattresses as needed.

How Old Is The Bed Frame?

Bed frames last longer than mattresses, with some lasting decades before they start to show signs of wear, but it’s still important to keep an eye on the quality and integrity of your existing bed frames. If you’re finding that yours or your family’s bed frames are creaking, groaning or are on their last legs, now may be the perfect time to invest in new beds to ensure a comfortable and safe night’s sleep all-round. 

How Many Hours Of Sleep Are You/They Getting?

Have you noticed you aren’t sleeping as long lately, or that your children are up and about earlier than they used to be? If you’re finding that you or they are not getting enough sleep, this could be a sign that it’s time to check the quality of the beds and mattresses. If you aren’t sure how much sleep your children should be getting, the recommended number of hours is as follows: 

  • Infants & Babies: 12-16 hours (including naps)
  • Toddlers: 11-14 hours (including naps)
  • Pre-School: 10-13 hours (including naps)
  • Primary School: 9-12 hours
  • Teens: 8-10 hours
  • Adults: 7-9 hours

Without adequate sleep, concentration can drop, memory can suffer and our mental and physical health may pay the price. Make sleep a priority for both you and your children and if that doesn’t work, it may be time for a new bed.

Do You/They Feel Rested When You Wake Up?

If you’re getting enough sleep but still don’t feel rested, it could be a sign that your mattress or bed is in need of a refresh, and the same goes for your kids. It may feel completely normal for kids to complain that they’re tired from the moment they wake up, particularly as they move into the teenage years, but the reality is very different. If you aren’t feeling rested and refreshed when you wake up and there are no other apparent reasons (e.g. sleep disorders, disturbed sleep), this could be due to discomfort or tossing and turning throughout the night due to an uncomfortable or unsupportive mattress.

Do You/They Sleep Better In A Different Bed?

If you’ve been on holiday or stayed elsewhere and found that you’ve gotten a better night’s sleep, this can also be a sign that your own bed isn’t up to scratch. Whether it’s another bed, or even your couch, if other surfaces are feeling more comfortable than your bed, it’s time to invest in a new mattress or in some cases, a new bed frame. If the slats of the bed frame are broken or damaged, for example, this can affect the integrity of the mattress regardless of how new it is, leading to discomfort and a poor night’s sleep, so be sure to keep an eye on it’s quality just in case.

Are You/They Suffering From Aches And Pains?

Aches and pains can feel like just another part of growing up, but if you’re regularly going about your day with an achey back, neck or general stiffness, it could be because of your mattress. The older a mattress becomes, the less support it’ll be able to provide, which is why it’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 7 years, before it can lose the support completely. As the comfort layers wear down too, you may be able to feel the springs, which can create pressure points across your body and ultimately lead to you sagging into the mattress too. This can also be the case for children, so make sure you’re keeping track of their general wellbeing and any complaints of pain or discomfort. 

If you’re in need of a new mattress or bed, we have a wide range of 4ft options available for you to browse. Take a look at our variety, or get in touch for more advice.

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