Tips for Buying a Bed

Tips for Buying a Bed

Trying the mattress in the retail store

If you are unsure as to which bed you should choose, follow these four simple steps:

1. Try to be as relaxed when you try a potential bed as you are when you go to bed at home. Remove any thick outdoor clothing so that you feel as close to the comfort of home as possible.

2. Try all of the various levels of firmness and be thorough.

3. If you have the slightest doubt, try yet again.

4. If you are still unsure, choose the slightly firmer bed.

Once you have chosen the best mattress for you and your partner and the bed arrives at home, it will take a while to adjust to the new feel and support. Make sure you read the Respa care instructions included, as this will ensure optimal performance for a longer period of time.


Sleep is cool!

Feeling cosy in bed is a natural thing but certain mattress materials can lead to heat building up during sleep, which will eventually cause you to wake up.

Memory foam has been very popular, but its heat retention properties can cause overheating and difficulty remaining asleep throughout the night.

Additionally, memory foam is not a great choice for someone with back issues as it can soften over time and will also ‘creep’, resulting in sleeping out of alignment as you sink down deeper over the course of the night.

High quality polyurethane foam (HR polyfoam) and Latex are now known to be better choices. Latex has similar pressure relieving qualities to memory foam and will last much longer, not changing in softness or support with variations in temperature.

A cool, fresh sleeping environment is essential for deep, undisturbed sleep. Look out for our beds with Adaptive technology in the mattress covers. Adaptive reacts to evaporate any moisture or humidity in your mattress, keeping you cool comfortable and dry.


Twist and Shout!

If you’re often disturbed by your partner moving around during the night, it could be due to the springs of your mattress. Look out for the Respa beds that feature RespaForm pocket springs and multi spring layers like in the Pocket, Diamond, RepsaGel and Serenity Collections.


Caring for your bed or mattress

Do not bend or fold your new mattress, even for temporary storage. It will permanently damage the spring unit and invalidate your warranty.

Let the mattress breathe. Like a new car, a new bed may initially have a ‘new’ smell about it. All new mattresses should be aired for several hours to ensure that any new upholstery or synthetic odours are given the opportunity to fully dissipate.

Body shaped impressions are normal in your mattress. Impressions of up to 25-30mm indicate that the comfort levels in your mattress are conforming to your body’s individual contours. These will be minimised with regular turning.

Turn your mattress regularly, unless you have purchased a non-turn mattress. It is important that you turn your mattress from end to end and side to side every week for the first few months to ensure the fillings are evenly worn.

Your body will take a while to adjust to sleeping on a new surface, so don’t worry if your new bed doesn’t immediately meet your expectations. Give it time, it could take a few weeks.


Guidelines from The Sleep Council

Why are two similar mattresses so different in price?

Chances are they are not as similar as they seem. They might both claim to be of the same construction, but further investigation will probably reveal different material qualities, densities and amounts. If you want to shop comparatively you will need quite a lot of detail to make sure you are comparing like with like.


What sort  of bed should I choose if I have a bad back?

For a long time, it was believed that a hard bed was good for a bad back. Nowadays it is accepted that this is not necessarily the case, and a hard bed could in fact cause more damage. A supportive and comfortable mattress is the best option – regardless of construction. References to beds being orthopaedic, or similar medical terms, do not ensure that the bed has been professionally assessed or recommended. Rather, it is a term used by manufacturers to refer to extra firm models in their range.


What should I pay for a good mattress?

Prices of beds range from under €100 to several thousand Euros. As a general rule, you get what you pay for. Assuming a life span of 7 years, every €100 you spend on a new bed represents an investment of just 2.7 Cents per night . A bargain bed is not a bargain if you don’t sleep well.


Size really does matter

With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb your partner. You should be able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching. Your bed should also be 4-6 inches (10-15cm) longer than the tallest partner.


Find out more about The Sleep Council here.