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However, given that a new bed and mattress can be expensive, it's worth ensuring that you are buying the right type - take a look at our guide to buying the perfect bed.
Divan or bedstead?
Before you hit the furniture stores, be clear about what type of bed will suit you. A bedstead can add style to your room and the range on offer is huge - from contemporary metal frames to classic wooden bedsteads, it is easy to find a style that fits with the rest of your home and prices can be very reasonable. If this is your preferred option, look for a "sprung slatted" base that will offer more comfort than a solid slatted base but with the same level of support.
Alternatively, you might want to consider a divan. Available with springs or without, for firm support, divans have two advantages - they often come with drawers which are excellent if you are in need of extra storage, and you have the option of adding a headboard for an added stylish touch.
The all-important mattress
Though the best bed for you won't necessarily be the most expensive, it is worth investing as much as you can afford in a good quality mattress. However tempting it may be, it is advisable to buy a bed and new mattress, particularly if you have a divan, as a new mattress on an old base may lose some of its benefits.
The traditional style of mattress is the open spring, the most commonly-used system, but a pocket sprung mattress is a more luxurious option. The springs work independently and this is ideal if there is a big weight or size difference between you and your sleeping partner.
But more recently memory foam and latex mattresses have increased in popularity - the visco-elastic memory foam mattress reacts to the heat of your body, allowing it to mould to your contours (excellent for keeping your posture correct), while a latex mattress has similar benefits.
If you're used to your old soft and cosy mattress, a new one may feel a little firm at first but remember, you can always buy a mattress topper for a little extra comfort.
Try before you buy
Once you are in the store, it's time to try out your options - now is not the time to be shy. Don't simply lie on your back for a few seconds, try out the positions you regularly sleep in, are you able to turn easily? If you sleep with a partner, you will both need to be there to ensure that both are happy with the choice.
Though some prefer a soft bed and others prefer a firm mattress, you must still be aware of getting the necessary support if you are to avoid those aches and pains.
A handy tip is to lie on your back with your hand flat under the small of your back - if the hand slides in very easily, the bed is likely too firm while if it is difficult to move, you may be sinking too far into a soft mattress.
Most importantly - take your time and don't be swayed by persuasive sales staff. The Sleep Council estimates that 80 per cent of people shopping for a bed spend less than two minutes trying out their options... and since we spend more than 120 whole days each year in bed, your purchase deserves a little more consideration!