Do you suffer from restless nights? The size of your bed may be to blame. Although double beds are often considered the go-to option for couples, there are plenty of sizes to choose from. If you have a cohabiting partner, finding the right bed is fundamentally important to maintaining healthy sleep patterns. Depending on the personal preferences of you and your partner, an overly small bed may be uncomfortable and restrictive. A bed that is too large, however, may have a negative impact on intimacy and could make your bedroom feel cramped.
With 36% of adults complaining of poor sleep at least once a week, now has never been a better time to assess whether your bed is fit for purpose. To help you find the right bed size for you and your partner, therefore, we’ve put together a quick guide to common sizes below.
Why is bed size important?
Owning a well-sized bed could transform your life in the following ways:
Improved health and mood
A comfortable bed that allows you to move freely will help you achieve the recommended seven to nine hours’ worth of sleep per night. If a cramped bed causes insomnia or other sleeping-related problems, you may suffer from the following:
– Brain fog
– Overeating and weight issues
– Decreased fertility
– Decreased sex drive
– Anxiety and stress
Lack of sleep can also increase your risk of developing serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and more. It could even harm your immune system.
Improved relationship with your partner
A bed that is too big or too small could end up causing fights and intimacy issues with your partner, thereby damaging your relationship. If you feel cramped, you may start to feel irritated by your partner’s every move. If the bed is too big, on the other hand, you may be less inclined to show regular affection and you may start to drift apart. Try to find a balance.
Avoid back pain
Back pain is a very common complaint that could prevent you from carrying out everyday activities such as chores and exercise. By investing in an adequately sized mattress and bed, you can reduce the likelihood of back pain and ensure your body feels refreshed in the morning.
What sizes can I choose from?
Typical UK bed sizes include:
– Small single: Designed for children and young teens, this one certainly isn’t for couples!
– Single: While it may be possible to share a single bed with another person, it certainly isn’t comfortable or advisable.
– Small double (queen-sized): Small double beds are suitable for smaller adults who want to save on floor space.
– Double beds: Double beds are the standard bed size for couples and work in most bedrooms. Try a double bed before considering other options!
– King-sized: King beds are bigger than double beds and are suitable for larger bedrooms. A king-sized bed may be suitable if your feet hang over the end of a double bed.
– Super-king-sized: This is the largest bed size and is only suitable for large bedrooms with plenty of floor space. If you and your partner appreciate your personal space, this may be a suitable option.
What factors should I consider before purchasing a bed?
Before you purchase a new bed, consider the following factors:
– Your and your partner’s respective heights and weights: If you and your partner are relatively small, you probably don’t need a bed bigger than a standard double. If you’re both over 6ft, on the other hand, you may wish to consider king-sized or super-king options.
– The size of your bedroom: If your bedroom is on the smaller side, don’t even contemplate a king or super-king bed.
– Your personal preferences surrounding personal space: While some couples spend every night in each other’s arms, some prefer their personal space. Consider what type of sleeper you are before committing to a new bed.