Tuck yourself in for a great night’s sleep


There’s nothing better than having a really good night’s sleep.

Falling into the softest mattress, resting your head on luxury pillows and wrapping yourself in a comfortable, warm duvet and settling your body down for the next eight hours or so.

Sounds wonderful doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, us Brits can lose hours of sleep every night (yes, every night) because we don’t have the right type of bed – and there’s a whole science behind finding the right base, mattress, filling and that’s even before you consider the pillows, covers and duvet.

Considering you spend a third of your life in bed it’s one of the most important products you can purchase. Seeing as you are going to be spending so long on it it’s a life choice in many ways.

You want a good life so you are going to need a good bed. And mattress. And pillows. And duvet.

Without getting too technical, there are a number of things to be considered before you can start thinking about getting some shut-eye and this isn’t even thinking about the lifestyle you may lead.

On average you should be changing your mattress around every seven years, mainly because by then the springiness and life will have been pretty much worn down. All modern mattresses these days are given a Best Before End date, much like some of the products you might buy at a supermarket. But buying a bed and its accompanying mattress is nothing like nipping down to your local Tesco for a loaf of bread, this is important stuff!

The springiness of your mattress is also important; there are three main types, open coil, continuous spring and pocket spring. And then there’s the filling of it; cotton, wool, foam, polyester, hair, coir fibre pads and silk, cashmere or mohair. The choices are endless and the decision is decisive for how you are going to sleep.

It’s important to shop for the best value, not the lowest price. Some beds are cheap for a reason; they are not going to do you any favours in the sleep department. The better the construction, the better the support and comfort and the longer the bed will last.

Thankfully, as a customer, you are not alone. There are plenty of useful guides out there, such as the National Bed Federation who gives an in-depth insight into all things slumber.

And there’s Lefton’s Furniture Group, Blackpool’s biggest independent furniture store, who have been in the business of beds (and chairs, sofas, tables, lights etc…) for over 70 years.

Lefton’s prides itself on being experts on beds, as well as all sorts of furniture, and its team are only too pleased to help any queries you might have when it comes to getting the best night’s sleep.


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