Beds R Us Whangarei talks to Savvy readers on all the factors that contribute to a good night's sleep...

Sleep is the 'chief nourisher in life's feast'. It heals and restores the body, facilitating growth and playing a major role in maintaining general health and vitality. Sleep also assists mental function - helping everything from memory storage and retention to enabling new learning and development. It really can make a big difference in how productive and successful you are in life.

Mattress life span

Your mattress won't last forever. A combination of factors work together to determine how long your mattress will provide optimum comfort and support.

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Lifestyle

Changes in lifestyle, such as moving into a new home or getting married, may call for a change in your mattress.

Your Body

As we age, our bodies change. What was comfortable and supportive when you were 25 may not meet your needs when you're 35 or 45. Make sure that every mattress in your home meets the sleeper's current needs for comfort, support, and space.

Age and Quality

Don't look to the age of your mattress or the warranty to determine whether it's time for a new mattress. Neither are indicators of how long your mattress will maintain optimum comfort and support. A poor-quality mattress set can deteriorate quickly, while top-quality sets can provide comfort and support for a number of years.

Use

A mattress set that is used nightly or that gets more of a workout (e.g., you watch television or read in bed) will lose its comfort and support more quickly than a set that is used less often, such as a guest room bed.

Is it time to change your old bed?

Try this quick quiz:

Are you sleeping better or worse than you were a year ago?

Do you wake up feeling stiff and sore?

Are there visible signs of wear and tear on your mattress?

Does your mattress still provide enough space for both of you to move around comfortably during the night?

Is your mattress just plain uncomfortable for either one of you?

Is your mattress more than 10 years old?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it's time to think about replacing your bed.