Would it be fair to say that everything in life seems to get more complicated as soon as you hit 50? Not exactly, but at the same time there are more than a few boxes that need to be ticked when it comes to health and wellbeing. The fact that we spend at least a third of our entire lives in bed should get across the importance of having a quality bed and mattress at home. This counts double for the over-50 crowd, for whom looking after things like back health and posture matter far more than they may have 30 years ago. It’s no longer as simple as choosing from the first upholstered beds that catch your eye – now you need to think about your health with even more priority.
The good news however is that this doesn’t have to make the process any more difficult. In fact, with the help of a few expert tips and guidelines, it really couldn’t be easier to snap up a fantastic bed and mattress that will go on doing its job quite flawlessly for years to come.
Entrance and Exit
For example, something that’s often overlooked about the bed as a whole is the rather important matter of getting in and out of it. There are times and places for futons and the kinds of beds that are just a few inches above ground-height – this generally isn’t one of them. In short, the more bending and stretching you have to do to get in and out of bed, the more likely you are to tear or pull something you’d rather not have. Not that you want to be climbing ladders to get in and out of the thing, but at the same time it’s important to choose a bed that you can gracefully slide in and out of with ease.
While it might have been interpreted as a badge of honour for years, most are now aware that orthopaedic doesn’t mean a great deal at all. It’s never a good idea to simply see this badge and assume the bed will be good for you as all it really means is that the mattress is extra firm. Suffice to say, there’s a fine line between extra firm and so damn firm it’s more of a punishment than a pleasure to use. So it’s a case of using common sense to guide you and choosing a mattress with the firmness that’s right for you – not just one that uses buzzwords to sell itself.
Consider Foam Mattresses
While the very best foam mattresses on the market don’t come cheap, they come with three very large advantages over many other mattresses. For one thing, they are extremely comfortable – having been designed in conjunction with NASA, quality memory foam mattresses give you the feeling you’re floating on a cloud of air – pure bliss. Secondly, they’re hypoallergenic which means that if you’re the type with sensitivities to normal mattresses and materials, these are the beds for you. Last up, foam mattresses do not need to be turned like regular mattresses so if you’d rather do your back a favour and forego the backbreaking labour, a foam mattress could again be the mattress for you.
It’s common for people to assume that adjustable beds with elevating feet and head positions are only for really old people and those with serious illnesses. This couldn’t be further from the truth, however – are luxury leather reclining chairs only for the sick and infirm? Of course not – they’re for anyone with a taste for luxurious comfort and wonderful ease of living. These days, adjustable beds are more affordable and of higher quality than ever before. So rather than just writing them off as something you don’t need or at least don’t need yet, think about those lazy Saturday mornings wallowing in pure luxury and think again.
Last but not least, be sure to factor in temperature control and warmth in general when buying your bed. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just the bedding you choose that determines how warm or cool you’ll be at night – so too does your mattress. Mattresses with thicker, softer tops tend to add more warmth to the affair and so too do those coated in synthetic materials. Each mattress type and specification will play a role in heating or cooling the bed in general to one extent or another, so it’s a good idea to be selective if you’re the type that either gets too hot or too cold at night.