In the average lifetime we spend around 24 years tucked-up in bed, yet Bath residents have admitted to putting more thought into new clothes, holidays, TVs, washing machines and even sofas than what they bed down on.
According to an independent survey by online mattress company Leesa, 36% of people think picking a holiday destination is more important than choosing a mattress.
Over a third (32%) spend more time picking out new clothes than considering their sleeping spot, and nearly a fifth (19%) prioritise picking out a new shiny TV over anything else.
Just 14% of people said a mattress is one of the top three things they put the most thought into buying – less than the number who carefully consider sofas (15%) or washing machines (18%).
This is despite sleep, or lack of it, being a well documented contributor towards health problems including heart disease and diabetes.
Local residents might be wise to spend more time considering their mattress, with over a quarter (26%) of survey respondents from Bath admitting they rarely get a good night’s sleep (0 – 2 nights a week).
One of the biggest culprits, it would seem, is confusion around what makes a good mattress – and how often to replace it.
Co-founder of Leesa, Jamie Diamonstein, said: “ A mattress is a very personal product and its suitability can change over time – weight loss, weight gain and injuries can all affect how well you sleep.
“The survey results confirm our belief that many people don’t get a night’s sleep on a regular basis, nor do they put enough thought into their mattress.”
“Forget arbitrary figures about the number of years you’ve owned it or gimmicks and features, the best way to tell if a mattress is right for you is to sleep on it in your own home for around 30 days.”