Should we sleep in second-hand beds? You often see second-hand beds and mattresses for sale; you may have been offered a used bed when you bought your first house, or when a friend or family member has bought a new bed. It's always tempting to take advantage of offers like these, especially when money is tight, but buying or accepting a second-hand bed might not always be best for you. Wear and tear Beds are subject to a lot of wear and tear. We spend over 30% of our lives in our beds - an average of 8 hours out of every 24 - which is longer than we spend using any other piece of furniture in our homes. Consequently, beds simply can't stay in the same condition as they were when we bought them. Mattresses sag, rip and lose their overall effectiveness. Bases can be bashed, castors broken, legs damaged and bases or slats dented and cracked. Whilst the bed might still be standing and the mattress might still fit, the bed really isn't fit for its ultimate purpose - giving you a good night's sleep. Hygiene We sweat, on average, between half a pint and a full pint of fluid every night. This sweat goes straight through our bedding and into pillows and mattresses. In addition, we are shedding skin all the time - a significant proportion of all the dust in our house is dead skin. Where beds are concerned, the warm, moist conditions created by the amount of time we spend in bed, combined with the dead skin we leave behind makes for the perfect conditions for dust mites. Too small to be seen by the naked eye, dust mites live on the skin we lose and their excrement can cause runny noses, itchy eyes and more severe allergic reactions. Second-hand beds are likely to be full of dust mites already - not the best way to make a fresh start. Wherever possible, turn down the offer of second-hand beds and buy a new one yourself. You can be sure that you will be getting a bed that's in good condition, with a new, fresh hygienic mattress, giving you the best possible start. Bed Next Day sells a range of traditional and contemporary single, double, king and superking beds, most of which are available with next day delivery. Brands include Silentnight, the Original Bedstead Company, Sprung Land and Sealy. Take a look at the beds available on our website, www.mattressnextday.co.uk and order online today, or call 0844 3911 222 if you have any questions.