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National Bed Month

March is National Bed Month so we’re looking at how important your bed is and offering advice on types of beds that might help you sleep better. We spend a third of our life in our bed and it plays an important part in our health and well-being. Not only can an uncomfortable bed leave you with aches and pains, but it can disturb your sleep, leaving you tired and with the unpleasant effects tiredness can cause.

What To Look For

As mobility specialists, we know that people with mobility issues and older people, may spend longer periods in bed or require something more from from their bed. But what to think about first? Whilst it might be important that your bed looks nice and suits the décor of your bedroom (which is why we have a range of styles and fabrics available), the size of the bed is one of the first things you should think about. If you share your bed with someone, it’s important that you both have enough room so that you don’t disturb each other. Bigger is better, but at a minimum, you should ‘be able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching’ (National Bed Federation).

Whilst it might seem an obvious point to make, be sure your mattress is compatible with your bed. For a start, whilst both your base and mattress might be called the same name, e.g. king size, sizes aren’t standardised so dimensions may differ. And if you’re choosing an adjustable bed, make sure the mattress is designed to move with a bed with this mechanism.

A Bed That Works For You

As well as thinking about if a bed is comfortable to sleep on, you might want to think about what else it can do for you. Whether you have reduced mobility or not, an adjustable bed from our range has added benefits. At the touch of a button, you can be sat upright without needing pillow to prop you up if you’re reading or watching TV.

Choosing an adjustable bed also future-proofs your sleep by being ready for whatever life throws at you. The effects of common ailments such as a chesty cough or acid reflux, can be helped with an adjustable bed by raising the back rest. Raising the foot of the bed can help improve circulation and reduce swelling, should this ever be something you need.

Making Your Choice

We’ve mentioned style and fabrics, and also size, but there’s even more to think about before choosing your next good night’s sleep. Firstly, is it a single or dual mechanism adjustable bed you need? A single mechanism will raise the whole mattress. This might be fine if you choose to have a large bed just for yourself! However, if there are two of you, you might not both enjoy the same positioning. But, with a dual mechanism bed, you can both select your own comfortable position. This is great if you enjoy sleeping flat, but live a snorer who would benefit from the head section being elevated to open the airways and reduce snoring.

The Next Level

Having developed our understanding of mobility aids over the last 60 years, we know that the height of a bed is often important. And we don’t just mean choosing a bed that has a constant height. For anyone who needs a bed that has a variable height, a profiling bed (also known as a nursing bed or care bed) is an excellent choice. Depending on the needs of the individual, profiling beds are available that either raise up to allow easier access for someone administering care, or lower to the ground with a user-friendly hand control. For example, an easier transfer from a wheelchair can be achieved when the height of the bed can be adjusted to suit the height of the wheelchair’s seat. The ability to lower the bed to the floor to reduce injury from falling or the addition of bed rails (check mattress depth when choosing a compatible mattress) are also features available.

Caring For Your New Bed

Here are a few tips to ensure your bed lasts as long as it should and also feels and moves as you need it to:

You can also expect some degree of body impressions in your mattress as it conforms to your body’s shape. This is completely normal.

Night Night!

It’s no coincidence it seems that as well as March being National Bed Month, it is also the month of World Sleep Day. On Friday 15th March, the World Sleep Society aim to celebrate and highlight the importance of sleep. With this in mind, we’ve got our top tips- apart from finding the ideal bed and mattress for you- to getting a better night’s sleep.

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Next Steps

Our advice is always to try out a bed before purchasing. We have four stores across Sheffield, Derby and Rotherham where our fully trained mobility experts can best advise you and show you our range of products. We only sell beds to our surrounding areas of South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire so that we can best serve our customers should they need us once they have their new bed in their home. This is part of our commitment as British Healthcare Trade Association members, to only sell a product if it’s the right one for the customer and to support them fully in the aftercare period.

Can’t make it to one of our stores? Scroll down and book a free, no-obligation home assessment with one of our friendly specialists. You can also find out more about individual beds and mattresses in our online shop.

Find out more about why you should buy a bed from Clark & Partners this National Bed Month.

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