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When is it time for a new bed?

Buying a bed should be a happy experience and here at Amazing Emporium we hope this guide will point you in the right direction. The bed that is right for you is a very individual decision based on your own assessment of what you find comfortable.
A good bed should be a priority as after all we do spend more than a third of our lives in it. It is a big investment and rightly so as it is very important.
When a bed is no longer providing proper support and comfort, it affects the quality of our sleep. A new bed may not be a wonder cure to life's stresses, but it certainly should help you get a better night's sleep, leaving you refreshed and ready to face the world. As a guideline, we recommend that most beds should be replaced after eight to ten years.

A few points that should help you decide on purchasing a new bed:

  • The right bed is a very subjective choice.
  • To ensure you maintain the best possible support and comfort, replace your bed every 8-10 years.
  • A comfortable, supportive new bed will help you get a good, refreshing night's sleep.
  • An old bed no longer offering good support could add to, or even cause, a back problem.
  • Old beds are also likely to harbour dust mites and dust mite allergen - a real worry for the nations growing number of asthma sufferers and also bad for skin conditions such as eczema.

How to choose a new bed:

A few points to think about before you go shopping for your new bed.

  • Price: The basic rule is, spend as much as you can afford. Of course, there are some perfectly acceptable, lower priced beds around, which will be far preferable to an unhygienic second - hand bed shaped to someone else's body and sleeping positions. But generally the more expensive the bed, the better the construction and the more fillings they have and therefore the more durability, support and comfort they provide.
  • Turning: Most mattresses need to be turned regularly to ensure even wear and tear and can be quite heavy.
  • Width: Buy as big a bed as you can fit in your bedroom. Disturbance from a partner is one of the most common causes of sleeping complaints, largely eliminated in bigger beds. The larger the bed, the more room there is to move about.
  • Mattresses and slatted bedsteads: All types of mattresses construction are now offered to go with slatted bases. If you are not buying the two together as a complete unit, make sure the manufacturer has recommended the mattress's use with the type of base unit you want.
  • Purchasing: Always purchase and choose to buy from a branded and reputable company.

Mattress Information:

What is Visco Elastic?

Memory foam visco elastic is a new technology that is changing the way we sleep. The visco elastic material moulds your body helping to relieve excess pressure and improving blood circulation, meaning less tossing and turning, ultimately resulting in less interruption to your normal sleep pattern. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people with broken sleep patterns, painful joints, back and spine problems, diabetics and those who simply want a comfortable nights sleep.
The visco elastic material was originally developed in the 1970's at NASA Ames Research Centre in order to improve the seating comfort and absorb G-forces in spacecrafts. Visco elastic memory foam is now increasingly being used in mattress construction. The premium quality, high - density foam has magnificent capabilities of absorbing energy and is extremely temperature sensitive. These two features combined create excellent pressure relieving features. The material forms itself to the shape of any object/pressure applied, returning to its original shape when the object/pressure is removed.
As an added benefit the structure of the visco elastic memory foam makes it impossible for dust mites to penetrate the mattress. This creates a cleaner and healthier environment ultimately providing the setting for a truly comfortable, therapeutic sleep. It is also ideal for those who suffer from airbourne allergies and hayfever as dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergies within the house.

What is Latex?

Latex in its natural form is a remarkable material which is derived from the sap of rubber trees. It is known for its distinguishing elastic properties and durability. A latex mattress can be constructed of 100% latex or as a water based latex (latex mixed with water). A latex mattress is the closest you can get to a memory foam mattress without paying for the visco elastic technology. For examples of Latex mattresses please go to the 'Latex' section under the mattresses category in our product section.

What is Visco Elastic with Pocket Sprung Interior?

Visco elastic is now available with open coil spring units, pocket sprung units and as a full block unit (no springs) as detailed above. Usually the visco elastic is thinner on sprung interior mattresses (between 2-4cm of visco elastic) compared to a full block mattress, which can go up to a depth of 24cm with 10cm of visco elastic. Pocket sprung visco elastic should be avoided unless they are extremely competitive and you are on a limited budget, alternatively, you may wish to consider a latex mattress as an alternative budget choice.

What are the orthopaedic benefits of Visco elastic and memory foam?

If you suffer from any form of back, shoulder, neck or hip pain then you will know what a challenge it can be to get a good night's sleep. Back pain alone is so prolific that 40% of UK adults have suffered from back pain lasting more than a day, and shockingly, 15% of those are in permanent pain.
Foam mattresses and in particular memory foam visco elastic are naturally orthopaedic creating pressure reducing properties. These provide a natural contour to your body with the ultimate aim of keeping your spine as straight as possible. This pressure relief helps to relieve the symptoms of back ache, allowing you to get a restful and comfortable nights sleep. The ultimate orthopaedic mattress experience can be found with visco elastic mattresses using technology pioneered and developed by NASA in the 1970's to reduce the effects of G-Force on astronauts at take off.
A visco elastic and foam mattress is not just the preserve of orthopaedic users as the conditional mattresses can reduce tossing and turning by up to 80%. This lays the foundations for a restful, relaxed and more productive sleep.