There’s no two ways about it, sleep is important. On average, people spend a third of their lives in bed so it’s vital you get the right bed and mattress. It may sound dramatic, but a good night's sleep has a huge impact on your life. A bad mattress can end up costing you as much as two hours of sleep every night, not to mention the hundreds of health problems it can cause. A bad bed can cause everything from spinal problems to insomnia (which can lead to depression), so you really can’t underestimate the importance of it. How to tell if you need a new bed and mattress A lot of people take their bed and mattress for granted and simply see it as a place to lay their head at night. The problem with this is that people really don’t know what they are missing out on. But, there are a certain set of questions you can ask yourself to confirm whether you need a new bed or not: • Have you ever slept in a bed that you feel was better than yours? • Are your bed's legs or casters worn out or unsteady? • Do you wake up frequently during the night? • When you wake up, do feel tired with any aches or pains? • Do you regularly get disturbed due to the size of the bed? • Does your bed make suspicious noises during the night? • Would you be embarrassed if the neighbours saw it without the bedding? • Are there bumps and lumps in the mattress? • Do you and your partner roll into each other unintentionally? • Have you had it for more than seven years? This is the criteria set out by the world renowned Sleep Council who have put decades of research into the subject. If you answered yes to just three of these questions, you should invest in a new one. We have seen time and time again what a difference a good bed makes for people. And, for such an easily available item that everyone needs, a new mattress is perhaps the greatest investment you could ever make.