We only really notice our beds when there's something wrong with them. Your bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home, yet it's easy to take it for granted. Always there when we need it, it's the place we turn to when we're tired, ill or just need some peace and quiet, and for many people, it provides an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you're packing a suitcase on top of it or hiding Christmas presents under it, your bed is a constant, but often ignored, part of your life. Why our beds are important Without good quality sleep, we just can't function properly. Our bodies need time to reinforce what we've learned or experienced during the day and to prepare us for the day ahead. Experts recommend that children, including teenagers, get at least 10 hours sleep every night, and adults require about 8 hours. Failing to get the good sleep we need makes us irritable and reduces our concentration, which in turn can have a knock-on effect at work, school and home. A good bed and a supportive mattress are key to the quality of sleep we get - which is why we shouldn't forget the important role that beds play in our lives. Don't take your bed for granted Remember how important it is to look after your bed. If you have care instructions, follow them so that you get the most out of your bed and mattress. Protect your bed from damage by not using it as an extra storage surface and not allowing children or animals to bounce and play on it. Turn your mattress so that you're using it evenly, and watch out for the tell-tale signs that your bed or mattress are coming to the end of their useful lives - sagging mattresses, protruding springs or coils, stained fabric or damaged bases are all signs that you need to start looking at new beds. 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.