Can you get your boss to pay for a new bed

The comfort of a new bed.

When looking at upgrading your house or getting something new for a new home one of the first things people think of is a new bed. A bed is a place for ultimately resting at night but also is a great place for relaxing and reading a book or watching TV or generally resting and relaxation.

When looking for a bed its all down to personal preference really, some people prefer hard sturdy mattresses that feel as if you’re sleeping on boards. While others prefer a bed that is so soft you sink into it as if you’re being swallowed up by a pillow monster.


Beds need to be comfortable as sleep is essential for everyone, as sleep helps significantly with maintaining a healthy body and mind. Going without a good nights sleep can cause major health damage and can put your life into disarray. You may think that I am being completely melodramatic and that I’m a sleep- aholic trying desperately to persuade you that my sleeping is under control and normal. But rest assured I am not a sleep-aholic, I enjoy my sleep but I’m not obsessed with it. If you’re a sceptical person then read on, and you’ll see how harmful lack of sleep can be.

Sleeping is the process in which your body recuperates from the day’s work and re-charges itself ready for the next day. Lack of sleep is becoming more of an issue within modern life, due to increased stresses and pressures. An example of sleep loss and the damage it can do is that seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance to a blood alcohol level of 0.05%. Basically put a lack of sleep can cause you to feel a little drunk and woozy. Defiantly not good if your driving or working heavy machinery.

Take the world record for lack of sleep is 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech along with memory and concentration lapses. Obviously this is an extreme case of lack of sleep but clearly lack of sleep is not good for you.

So now you’re all convinced that I’m not a sleep-aholic and that serious damage can be done if a good sleep is not attained then how do you get a good night’s sleep? Well there are lots of factors and issues involved in lack of sleep and I’m not a psychologist or doctor so I’m only going to focus on what I know and what I know is beds and mattresses.

Beds are the structural basis for which a mattress rests on. They can be made from metal or wood or any number of materials. Some beds have a frame that encases a mattress while others are simple a base for a mattress to sit on. Beds can be a way of expressing style due to the wonderful different varieties and shapes available from the luxurious four poster beds to divan beds. A new bed can completely transform a bedroom and help to give you a full night’s sleep.


The other section that completes a bed is a mattress, it can be argued to be the more important of the two sections that constitutes a bed. Mattresses are essentially springs wrapped in material but you can get a wide variety of different mattresses including pocket sprung mattresses, memory foam mattresses, continuous coil mattresses, open coil mattresses and pure foam mattresses or latex mattresses also for extra comfort if you’re the cushion swallowing monster type, mattress toppers as well.

With all these varieties of mattresses, it’s hard to figure out which one is best. Buying a new mattress is also a substantial purchase and you don’t want to be buying a mattress and then finding out it’s the wrong one and having to buy another. As stated earlier when buying a new bed, mattress or both it is down to personal preference. When purchasing a mattress if possible, it’s preferable to be able to try the mattress out. Unfortunately show rooms don’t let you have a sleep over for you to really test the mattress out, but at least you can sit on it and lay on it, meaning you can have a better idea of what type of mattress it is and if it’s for you.

At the end of the day you are looking for a mattress that is comfortable to you, as this will help you drift off to a restful nights slumber.

Briefly before I end this blog which was supposed to be short and to the point, yet has turned into a full blown essay I’m going to highlight one benefit (of which there are many) of a good nights sleep. This one point could be used as a good bargaining chip to get your employers to help pay for a new bed (although highly unlikely). This bargaining chip is increased concentration. It has been proven that a good night’s sleep leads to improved concentration. This in turn can lead to improved productivity and hence improved profits for your employers. Hopefully you see where I’m going with this and see what a potential bargaining chip this can be.

Well I’ll leave you with that potential gold dust piece of information and leave it up to you to try and thrash out a deal with your employers. If you’re self employed well unfortunately you’ll just have to work it out yourself. Thanks as always for reading and any comments are always welcome.