Need some mattress advice? We can help. Most of us purchase a mattress once every few years, and few of us realise how important it is to make sure we choose the right one. It's true that the quality of your mattress is more important than the quality of your bed, but mattresses are easily ignored in favour of cool bedsteads or practical divans. Why is the mattress so important? It's the mattress not the base that provides you with most of the support you need while you sleep. Although the bed base can have an effect on your overall comfort, it isn't as important as the quality of the mattress you choose. Picking the wrong mattress can result in nights of interrupted or uncomfortable sleep, which in turn will make you irritable and reduce your effectiveness at home, work or school. Research has shown that you need a good night's sleep in order for your brain to take in everything you've experienced or learned during the day, and to allow your body time to prepare for the day ahead. The wrong mattress can ruin your chances of getting the quality sleep you need. How do I choose a new mattress? Ideally, you should buy a new mattress and a new bed base at the same time. Putting a new mattress on an old base rarely works and can actually invalidate the mattress manufacturer's guarantee. There are a few basic steps to choosing a new mattress that can help you find exactly the right one for you: ? Measure up - the bigger the bed and mattress you can fit in your room, the better. Standard double size beds really aren't big enough for two people, so if you can fit a king or superking bed into your room, do so. ? Research - take the time to read useful articles on the internet and in magazines as well as looking at interior design and health guides. All of these places will have some useful information about the importance of a good mattress, and outline the differences between the various types available on the market. ? Try out - you must try out some mattresses. You spend over one third of your life in bed, so it seems ridiculous to buy a mattress that you've never tested. In an ideal world, you should lie on several different types of mattress so that you can find out which suits you best. You may prefer a pocket sprung mattress for example, or be bowled over by memory foam filling. ? Bargain hunt - it's possible to get great deals on the mattress of your choice, simply by shopping online. Once you've decided what type of mattress you're looking for, search for online sales and discount offers that can help you to save money. Mattress Next Day is probably the largest mattress superstore on the internet. Selling a wide range of mattresses from leading manufacturers, we can offer quality mattresses at fantastic prices. Our next day delivery service is free or, if you prefer, you can select your own delivery date. We can even guarantee delivery before 9.30am on request. Take a look at our range of mattresses now at www.mattressnextday.co.uk, or call us on 0844 3911 222 for more information.