Find yourself wide awake every night? We asked a leading mattress expert for tips on beating insomnia.

Australians are estimated to lose almost 15 days’ of sleep each year, according to research by national mattress retailer, Sleepy’s.

Findings showed 70 per cent of us stay awake worrying, with more than half claiming nighttime worrying was stopping them from getting the recommended eight hours’ sleep.

Melissa Martin, Sleepy’s mattress expert and product development manager, says sleep is essential for our overall health and wellbeing.

“Not getting enough can have a negative impact on our day-to-day lives, causing us to under-perform at work or lose our tempers far too quickly with family and friends.

“As a first step, you should look at whether you are sleeping on the right mattress for your needs. If your spinal alignment is out or you’re sleeping on a mattress that isn’t offering you support where you most need it, this could be making your sleeplessness worse as discomfort will prevent your brain from ‘switching off’ into rest mode,” she says.

With people likely to spend one-third of their lives in bed, Australian online retailer Sleep Suite’s owner Gulsen Ellal shared her tips with Bmag on purchasing a quality mattress.

Make sure it’s Australian made

Ellal says it will likely be more expensive, but the quality of materials and workmanship will see it last much longer.

Check the comfort guarantee

Ellal stresses the importance of purchasing a mattress that includes a comfort guarantee of longer than 30 days as it takes at least that long for a mattress to contour to your body.

“Much like a pair of shoes…you can’t be certain that a mattress is right for you until you try it out. As purchasing a mattress is such an expensive decision, it’s important to know that your retailer will help you if you have made the wrong decision for your body,” she says.

Buy is if you are an Asthma or allergy sufferer

Ellal says even if you’re not Asthmatic or suffer from allergies buying a mattress specifically with those things in mind can be beneficial.

“You may find you will start to suffer from allergies if your mattress is not Healthguard treated to make it mould, mildew and dust mite resistant,” she says.

Buy from a reputable company

She says purchasing your mattress through a manufacturer who has been in the business many years, is likely to be quite reputable and has survived in the industry for a reason.

Choose guarantees over warranties

Ellal urges people to ensure their mattress comes with a 5 or 10 year guarantee rather than a 5 or 10 year warranty.

“Warranties don’t cover all aspects of the mattress whereas if your mattress fails in any way within the guarantee time period, your manufacturer will repair it fully, at no cost to you. As with any warranty or guarantee, always read the terms and conditions carefully,” she says.

Do you suffer from insomnia? Will you use these tips or do you have your own tips to share with bmag readers?