The bed I used to sleep on was an old hand me down and when I say old I mean old. This bed was somewhere in the vicinity of 25-30 years old. I was raised thinking that if something was still in working order then it was to be used until it wasn't anymore. It was as simple as that and since this bed was not full of exposed springs it was going to be good enough for several years to come. Besides it was free, you can't say no to free right? Needless to say I didn't get the best of sleep on this old rickety mattress. I would wake up with a sore back, my hips hurt and sometimes I was more tired in the morning than I had been when I went to bed the night before. I tried everything, I tried mattress covers, I bought feather beds to put atop the mattress, at one time I had a feather bed topper and a memory foam topper on the mattress at the same time! Do you know how expensive those things are? They cost me hundreds and hundreds of pounds and the rub of it is that I could have bought a whole new mattress for the same amount of money. All of this in order to "save" some cash in not buying a whole new mattress set. I finally broke down and bought a new Silentnight bed for a great price at MattressNextDay. The first night I spent on it was like heaven and now I can't imagine ever having slept on that old rag of a bed.