FAQ's - Choosing a Bed

Is your bed helping you to get a good night's rest and to wake up refreshed. On the other hand is it not giving you the support you need and you are waking up poorly rested and stiff or in pain?

With up to a third of our lives spent in bed, it is worth taking some time to choose the right bed for you.

As osteopaths, we are very aware of the problems that can arise from a poor choice of bed. The most common questions that we are asked about beds are;

Do I need a new bed?

It is equally important that people of all ages sleep on beds that give the correct support. The questions to ask to establish whether you need a new bed are as follows:

  • Is the mattress more than ten years old?
  • Is the mattress floppy, uneven or lumpy?
  • Can you feel the springs easily?
  • Do you and your partner roll together unintentionally?
  • Do you regularly wake up with back, neck, shoulder or hip pain?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may need to start looking for your new bed.

What type of bed should I choose?

A recent survey of our patients showed that 75% of them think a hard, orthopaedic bed is the best choice if you suffer from a bad back. This is not true! If you buy a bed that is too hard you will get a great deal of pressure building up on your hips and shoulders. Also, as your back tries to conform to the bed you will put strain on your low back and neck.

The correct bed for you will be comfortable and supportive, holding your spine level, allowing for ease of movement, yet moulding to the contours of your body and providing support for its hollows and curves.

When shopping for a bed, try these tips:

  1. Take off your outdoor clothes and lie on each bed you test for as long as you can – up to twenty minutes if you are brave enough.
  2. Look to buy the mattress and base together. If not, make sure the mattress is made for the type of base you already have - i.e. slatted or sprung etc.
  3. Take your partner with you as this can make a big difference to how you feel about a bed when someone is lying next to you.
  4. Larger beds tend to allow you more freedom to move around at night and reduce stiffness and pain in the morning.

 What is the best way to look after a bed?

We have found that water beds and memory foam mattresses are not as comfortable and supportive as sprung beds. We recommend pocket-sprung beds with a medium to medium-soft firmness. Remember all manufacturers grade their beds differently so you must try them first.

We have recently discovered a great bed shop in Rugby, believe it or not, called Rite Price Furniture. We would recommend you start your search there, talk to Craig, he is passionate about beds. (Try their Harrison Beds). Then look around at other beds and you then can make an informed choice.

Once you have purchased your mattress, remember:

  • a majority of mattresses need regular turning (between every six weeks to three months). Get someone to help you turn it
  • vacuum your mattress every week to help reduce the build-up of allergens, e.g flaked skin
  • there is no absolute best choice of bed. Be satisfied that it is right for you before you buy, as it may be difficult to change it afterwards.
  • the term 'orthopaedic mattress' is meaningless - and often means that it is too hard.

We supply a mattress topper that is great if you have purchased a mattress that is too hard. They will slightly soften the mattress enough to give you a great nights sleep but the ideal is to buy the correct mattress in the first place.

Deluxe (3" thick) Mattress Toppers are available to order from the Rugby Osteopathic Centre: 

30” Single  2’6” £ 49.00
36” Single 3’0”
£ 59.00 
54” Double 4’6” £ 74.00
60” King    5’0” £ 79.00
72” King    6’6” £ 89.00
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Rugby Osteopathic Centre, 69 Albert Street, Rugby
Warwickshire, CV21 2SN, Tel: 01788 560646, Fax:01788 571318
Email: reception@rugbyosteopaths.co.uk

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