I often get asked which bed / mattress is the best? What bed or mattress should I buy?
It would be very easy for me to endorse “The Original Chiropractic Collection” range of bedding from “Sleepmaker”, and available at “Sleepy’s the mattress experts”. The Chiropractic Collection is endorsed by the Chiropractic Association of Australia. Experts from within the Association have worked with the bed-makers at “Sleepmaker” to come up with a range of beds that tick all the boxes from a Chiropractic viewpoint.
Does this make the question of which bed to buy easier? It would be easy to say “yes, only buy the Chiropractic range”. But you can be rest assured that the bedding ranges endorsed by the Physiotherapy Association, the Osteopathic Association, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Orthopaedic Surgeons would have all gone through rigorous testing to achieve the endorsements from each body. They are probably all very good and will provide countless hours of Zzzzzzzzzzs.
So which bed / mattress should I buy?
Well, I recommend that you do get a bed that has been endorsed by a professional body. But, beware! Make sure you read and check the endorsement. For example most bedding companies have a bed endorsed by a “Chiropractic body”. However, “Sleepmaker” is the only bed maker to have a range endorsed by The Chiropractic Association of Australia – the peak body representing Chiropractors in Australia. Caveat emptor.
My recommendations for buying a bed:
- Take your time. You don’t have to buy a bed the first time you go shopping. Keeping
- your old bed for another week will pay off by making the right choice and investing wisely. Your bed is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Don’t be cheap. A $3000.00 mattress that will last on average 8 to 10 years will cost you less than $1 per day. You will spend between 25% to 33% of your life for the next 8 to 10 years in this bed. Compare that to the cost of a car that you spend on average less than 4% to 6% of your day driving.
- Choose wisely. When you go shopping for a bed, don’t just lie on it for 1 to 5 minutes and fall in love with it. Lie on it for 1 to 4 hours (or longer). Remember you are going to spend 25% to 33% of the next 8 to 10 years of your life in this bed.
- Remember your pillow. When you are lying on the bed, use your own pillow. Take your own pillow for the “test sleep”. And remember, you should change your pillow at least every year.
- Don’t be sucked in. The right deal on the wrong bed is a bad investment that you will be paying for many years to come.
- Be patient. Don’t lie on more than 4 beds in any one testing. If you trial more than 4 beds in a row, you will lose your perspective on the previous beds. If you have to spend more than one weekend buying a mattress, it’s okay. You will use this for a long time.
- Don’t judge the bed by its cover. You can dress up a bad mattress with a good doona and some throw pillows, but that won’t help you sleep better. Don’t fall in with the adornments.
- Fall in love with the mattress. This is a long term relationship.
- Take your partner. If your bed is for two make sure you’re both happy with the decision. That too can be a long term relationship.