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According to the Sleep Council the average Brit gets 6 and a half hours sleep, which equates to 2372.5 hours in a year!

It’s as important as eating and we can’t function without it, yes, there’s no denying that sleep plays a huge role in our survival and overall wellbeing and we often dream about bed while we toil away in the office!


Lack of sleep can lead to many problems; some serious, some less so.

Not so sinister side-effects include:

–        Fatigue

–        Lack of motivation

–        Moodiness

–        Irritability

–        Reduced creativity and problem-solving skills

More serious repercussions include:

–        The inability to cope with stress

–        Reduced immunity

–        Frequent colds and infections

–        Concentration and memory problems

–        Weight gain

–        Impaired motor skills (which could lead to an increase in accidents)

–        Difficulty making decisions

–        Increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other health problems

With this in mind, it’s vital that we find the perfect bed and mattress to rest our weary heads on!


So, we’ve established that we need (and love) sleep, but what type of bed is right for you? And more importantly, which mattress matches your personality?

Carpetright divan bed with storage drawers and grey headboard

The bed frame itself is important in terms of visual attractiveness; however, whether you opt for a four poster, hand carved, 18th century frame, or a cheerful single, it is going to be your choice of mattress that most importantly affects your actual sleep, so let’s take a look at the different options available.


With open coil spring, memory foam, pocket sprung and even Latex to choose from, finding the right mattress can be a daunting task.


Open coil mattresses are usually the most reasonably priced so they’re a good choice if you’re on a budget. This type of mattress is made from a series of springs joined together by a single wire. You can find open coil mattresses in a range of standard sizes so you’ll be able to get one to fit all types of bed frame from a small single to a super king size.

Pocket sprung mattresses

A pocket sprung mattress is normally a slightly more expensive alternative to an open coil. Each individual spring is housed in its own fabric pocket and each spring works separately so if there’s a considerable difference in size between you and your partner your weight will be distributed evenly and you won’t end up rolling into each other as you sleep. Pocket sprung mattresses are an extremely popular type of mattress because of their long lasting durability.


Topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic material, memory foam mattresses mould to the contours of your body as you sleep so that less pressure is placed on the joints and spine. An orthopaedic version will have denser foam to offer firmer support. As we’ve said, it’s all about good weight distribution; this is what will ensure you have a peaceful slumber. Forget tossing and turning, with a memory foam mattress you are guaranteed to have a good night sleep as pressure point pain will be a thing of the past.


At Carpetright we combine the best mattress types to offer you mattresses with a combination construction, so you don’t have to compromise on comfort or price.

For plenty more sleeping advice, visit our blog section and get all the tips on how to get a better night’s rest!