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In the average lifetime, we spend on average 24 years tucked-up in bed – often not getting a good night’s sleep.

Yet Gloucestershire residents have admitted to putting more thought into new clothes, holidays, TVs, washing machines and even sofas than what they bed down on.

According to an independent survey* by online mattress company Leesa, 36% of people think picking a holiday destination is more important than choosing a mattress. Over a third (32%) spend more time picking out new clothes than considering their sleeping spot, and nearly a fifth (19%) prioritise picking out a new shiny TV over anything else.

Just 14% of people said a mattress is one of the top three things they put the most thought into buying – less than the number who carefully consider sofas (15%) or washing machines (18%).

This is despite sleep, or lack of it, being a well documented contributor towards health problems including heart disease and diabetes. Residents might be wise to spend more time considering their mattress, with over a quarter (26%) of survey respondents from Gloucestershire admitting they rarely get a good night’s sleep (0 – 2 nights a week).

One of the biggest culprits, it would seem, is confusion around what makes a good mattress – and how often to replace it. To help shoppers sleep better at night, mattress veteran Jamie Diamonstein from Leesa has put together a simple 3-step guide to mark National Bed Month.

1. When should I replace my mattress?
When you’re not sleeping well.

Forget the arbitrary figures about the number of years you’ve owned your mattress. If you’re getting great sleep every night, why change something that’s working for you? But, if you’re regularly finding it difficult to sleep, struggle to get comfortable in bed, or can clearly feel lumps and bumps in the mattress – it’s worth considering a change.

A mattress is a very personal choice, and its suitability can change over time. Weight loss, weight gain and injuries can all affect how well you sleep.

2. Which features should I look out for when I’m buying a mattress?
Forget about gimmicks and features. A mattress either helps you sleep better or it doesn’t.

There’s so much unnecessary confusion in the marketing of mattresses. Extravagant terminology and diagrams are often used to promote features that are difficult to substantiate.

3. How can I tell if a mattress is right for me?
Sleep on it, at home.

Trying a mattress in a showroom is an artificial situation – not many people sleep fully clothed with a sales advisor hovering by them. And, of course, ten minutes isn’t enough time to fully understand how your body and muscles respond to the mattress over time. It can take up to 30 days for someone to fully get used to a new mattress.

*Survey of 1,533 people nationwide conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Leesa in January 2016.
*Gloucestershire figures taken from South West statistics – representative of the region.

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