EDITORIAL FEATURE: Sleep away the blues this Blue Monday…


It’s the start of a New Year, but for many January isn’t the happiest of months. Blue Monday occurs on the 3rd Monday of January each year which this year falls on Monday 18th and is termed as ‘Blue Monday’ due to experts believing it is the most depressing day of the year.

This is due to bad weather, Christmas debts, the end of the festive season and low motivational levels, all taking their toll on people by Monday 18th January. These factors can contribute to lack of sleep resulting in higher stress levels. By getting a good nights sleep these ailments can be dramatically reduced, helping you to feel refreshed and in better health.

It is suggested by experts that people spend more than a third of their lives in bed. That said, although adults should get eight hours of sleep a night most only average 6 hours. This is mainly down to our fast paced lives and busy work schedules causing stress levels to rise and insomnia to set in.

A good mattress is therefore paramount in aiding a comfortable night – the perfect mattress confirms to your body – not the other way around. Investing in a mattress that provides optimal comfort, will in turn help to improve health and wellbeing making you feel happier upon waking from your slumber.

There are many mattresses available on the market and it’s always best to purchase one that has been approved by the National Bed Federation. Some popular mattresses include;

Memory Foam – an innovative material designed to shape itself to the contours of your body and mould back into shape when pressure is released.

Pocket Sprung – more luxurious, with up to 3,000 individual small springs housed in separate fabric pockets. They tend to have hand-stitched sides for strong, stable edges and are usually padded with fillings such as cotton, lambs wool and mohair.

Bonnell Sprung – an open coil sprung unit and the most common type of spring used in a mattress. They come in different types of firmness. Soft, Medium and Firm.

Orthopaedic – provides firm support, distributing the body weight to alleviate stress on the spine, relieving painful pressure points, and helping to maintain proper posture.