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The current topic is your mattress. It is your single most important item of furniture and can make a huge difference to your well being. Most older style mattresses need turning regularly. It is better not to do this either on your own, or immediately following chiropractic care. Individual sleep needs vary, but we do spend on average a third of our lives asleep! The general thinking is that this item has a lifespan of around 10 years. After this, it is time to think about changing it. The following hints may be helpful:

* TIME FACTORS. Do not be in a hurry to buy a new mattress. It is usually prudent to spend 2-3 half days in a variety of stores choosing a new one rather than making a hurried purchase.

* TRY IT OUT. Buying online is tempting, but do visit high street stores and try out their demonstration stock. If your mattress is old the quality and feel of a new one may surprise you greatly. Don't forget that your current one has aged gradually.

* NON TURN. Many modern mattresses are "non turn" so check this out if this feature will be important for you.

* REMOVAL OF OLD MATTRESS. Most reputable stores will remove your old one for you. If this is important do check this before your purchase.

SALES. Don't forget the winter and summer sales for potentially great savings.

* DATE IT. It is a good idea to mark the label with the date of purchase of a new mattress

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