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Everybody loves a bargain, it’s true. Anything we can find for a cheap price can really make our day; may that be a bed frame on sale, a nostalgic video game from your childhood at a car boot sale or even your favourite chocolate bar reduced in the shops. Saving money always brings a smile to our faces.

However, there are certain things that you would never buy simply because they are cheap. Take, for instance, a car. You would never, ever buy the cheapest car you can find. That’s because you know that a cheap car is going to cost you a fortune in repairs, probably many times over what you paid for it in the first place. In other words it’s a false economy.

Buying a mattress should be given the same thought and attention as you would buying a car, as a cheap mattress will cost you more than just money in the future. Cheap mattresses are not necessarily equipped to give your neck or spine any support and are one of the leading causes of insomnia, back pain, asthma and other allergies. A little bit of an investment into a better mattress is an investment into your future health – especially when you spend so much time in your bed.

We all need at least 6-8 hours quality sleep a night in order for our bodies to fully recuperate fully from a hard day’s work. To do that you need a mattress that will relieve pressure from your body and allow you to sleep soundly and comfortably.

So what’s the difference between a quality mattress and a cheap mattress? It can be hard to tell from just looking at a mattress in a photograph, but there are some key things to keep an eye out for.

The main difference between a cheap mattress and a good quality mattress is down to the materials used within the manufacturing. A cheap mattress means cheap materials, which is exactly why these mattresses will be useless and uncomfortable in just a few months. This means that you will need to keep replacing a cheap mattress – at least once a year – costing you a small fortune overall. Investing a little more in a quality mattress should give you for a minimum of 8 years.

Cheap mattresses, especially memory foam mattresses, will have a poor density, which will seriously affect the feel, response and durability of your mattress. The more density a memory foam mattress has, the more slowly it will mould to your body when you rest on it. This is beneficial as it means the mattress will relieve pressure on your spine more effectively and provide a better sleeping environment. This also means that your body will stay in that position while asleep. In a cheap, poor density mattress your body can toss and turn easily providing a poor sleep – it’s no different to a regular foam mattress.

Due to the low density these mattresses will sag and lose their form a lot quicker than better quality mattresses making them very uncomfortable to sleep on. These cheap mattresses can also use materials which affect allergies and asthma, which again will disturb sleep.

You should also be aware of cheap imports that don’t comply with rigorous UK safety standards. Buying from Big Brand Beds, you can be assured that all the beds and mattresses we sell comply with the regulations.

Investing in a good quality mattress might seem expensive at the time, but it will be more than worth its price in the long run. Not only will it keep your in tip-top shape through a great night’s sleep, but it will also last you years into the future.