The importance of a good night's sleep cannot be understated. Not getting a restful sleep every night doesn't only affect your mood and concentration, it can also affect your physical health and quality of life, especially if you suffer from aches and pains.
A good sleeping posture is important for a healthy sleep. That's why you should always choose bedding that gives you all the support you need, while also being comfortable at the same time. Upgrading to a luxury mattress and bed frame is an investment in your health that will keep paying off for many years of sound sleep.
Why is a good night's sleep important?
A restful sleep is a pillar of overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, it's also one that many people neglect. The most recent Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults found that almost half of Australians don't get enough sleep, and this problem is getting steadily worse with today's '24/7' lifestyle.
Getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep per night is common across all age groups, including children. Inadequate sleep has been linked to an increased risk of health concerns such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. It can also affect mood and behaviour, making feelings of anxiety or depression more likely.
Sleep deprivation can also impact on productivity and concentration, with almost 30% of Australians saying they sometimes make errors at work due to tiredness or sleeping problems. More critically, daytime tiredness and fatigue can impair reaction times, with as many as 5% of Australians admitting to having had an accident in the past year caused by drowsiness.
If you have trouble drifting off to sleep at night, or you wake up feeling tired and not refreshed, upgrading your mattress could help you to sleep more soundly. If you think you might have a sleeping disorder such as insomnia, restless legs or obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), you should talk to your GP. They can give you a professional diagnosis and recommend treatments or they may refer you to a sleep specialist.
How often should you change your mattress?
We spend around a third of our lives sleeping, which makes the mattress the most used item of furniture in most homes. With so much use, mattresses are subject to wear and tear over time, and this can lead to them losing their shape and no longer giving you the support you need. If you often wake up with aches and pains in your neck, shoulders or back, an old and worn-out mattress could be the culprit.
So how long does a mattress last? That depends on its quality, how often it's used and how well you take care of it. Organisations such as the Better Sleep Council recommend replacing a mattress every seven to ten years, but this can vary. A high quality foam or natural latex mattress can be expected to last for longer than a cheap mattress that will lose its shape and develop lumps more easily.
How to choose a mattress
Buying a mattress is a decision that shouldn't be rushed, especially if you have a specific issue such as back pain or neck pain that you're managing. As well as choosing the right size to fit your bed frame and a style to match your bedroom decor, you should also take the time to research the different types of mattresses available, which are designed for the needs of different sleepers.
If you don't know whether you prefer a hard or soft mattress, innersprings, memory foam or latex, talking to your doctor and visiting a mattress warehouse near you to try out their products for size should help you decide. If you have specific requirements, a high-end luxury mattress could be the answer, offering unmatched support and pressure relief to improve the chances of a healthy and comfortable sleep every night.
Soft or firm mattress?
While you might naturally assume a soft mattress is more comfortable, many people find that they benefit from the extra support offered by firm latex, foam or springs. If you're not sure whether a soft or hard mattress is right for you, thinking about your sleeping position could give you the answer.
- If you tend to sleep on your back, a medium-firm mattress strikes the ideal balance of comfort and support.
- If you sleep on your front, a firm mattress may be necessary to help keep your back and neck in alignment.
- If you sleep on your side, a soft mattress will adapt to your body's curves and reduce the pressure on your hips to help you sink into a comfortable sleep.
Springs, foam or latex?
Another important decision to make is whether you prefer a spring, foam or latex mattress. Each option has its advantages.
For the ultimate comfort every night, a luxury memory foam mattress will adjust to your body's shape over time to create the ideal sleeping position. A high density foam mattress can offer the firmness of springs if you need added support.
Latex is another good choice for people who need more support at night. A natural latex mattress with open cells helps to distribute heat evenly, to help you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Latex is also naturally antibacterial and non-allergenic.
A foam or latex mattress will usually last longer than an innerspring mattress, but these can sometimes be ideal if you prefer a firmer and well-supported sleep. A high-end mattress with independent pocket springs will make sure your head, shoulders, back, waist, hips, thighs and calves are all getting the support they need by distributing the pressure evenly.
Some luxury mattresses combine springs with memory foam or latex for the best of all worlds.
What to look for in a luxury mattress
Make sure you're getting the most from your new luxury mattress by comparing features online and in your local mattress showroom. Ergonomic design and technologically advanced fabrics will improve your chances of a restful sleep, with indulgent comfort layers making even a hard mattress feel comfortable and welcoming.
Look for a non toxic mattress free from harmful chemicals to help keep your family safe. If anyone in your home has allergies, a latex mattress is naturally anti-allergenic, but other types of mattresses can also be treated to keep away bacteria, dust mites and other allergens.
DeRUCCI's designers have created an inspiring range of innerspring, foam and latex mattresses available in king and queen sizes to suit every sleeping style.
How to choose a bed frame
If you're also shopping for a new bed, luxury bed frames can also help you to settle down to a comfortable sleep. While your mattress will need to be replaced after a number of years, luxury bed frames that are well looked after can last a lifetime, so it's important to get it right.
The first practical decision to make is what size of bed you want. A designer queen bed frame is more than adequate for a single sleeper and can also suit couples who like to sleep close together. It will also take up less space in your bedroom – ideal if you have a small room or want to save floor space. If you have a larger room however, and you love to spread out, a double or king size bed frame could be the perfect fit.
Whether you're going for a classic or contemporary look in your bedroom, DeRUCCI's range of luxury bed frames has options to suit every home style, available in light, dark and natural tones to set the mood you desire. A black, white or brown leather bed frame offers timeless appeal and easy maintenance, or you may prefer the soft velvet feel of a fabric bed frame to help you relax.
As well as style, these beautiful bed frames are also available with added features to improve convenience and give an extra comfort boost. Some of our luxury leather bed frames have under-bed storage to help keep your room free from clutter. Many are also available with adjustable electric headboards to help support your head and neck when you're sitting up. All designer bed frames in the DeRUCCI range are available in both king and queen size, and designed to be a perfect fit for your new mattress.
Complete your designer bedroom makeover
When you've found the perfect bed frame and mattress to suit your taste and your sleeping style, see our other designer bedroom furniture to complete the transformation.
From fabric and leather nightstands to comfortable and supportive pillows, our talented design team have created complementary pieces that can be mixed and matched with leather, fabric or wooden bed frames, giving you endless options to create harmony or drama in your bedroom.
Visit your nearest DeRUCCI mattress warehouse in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to see our complete range of luxury mattresses, bed frames and designer Italian furniture and take your new mattress for a test drive. We'll help you find the perfect fit for a restful sleep, every night.
Sleep Health Foundation. 2016 Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults: https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/pdfs/surveys/SleepHealthFoundation-Survey.pdf