I’ve always been one of those ‘asleep before my head touches the pillow’ types, and – to be honest – I felt pretty smug about it.
But last summer all that changed. I had a particularly stressful work contract that I just couldn’t switch off from, and it started affecting my sleep. Then the worry about not sleeping resulted in me (you guessed it) not sleeping some more.
After a couple of months it got so bad the one time I was awake all night. To clarify, I don’t mean drifting in and out of sleep, I mean literally wide awake until it was time to get up and get breakfast for the girls.
Yes, it was as awful as it sounds.
I tried exercising during the day, cutting out coffee, and not allowing myself catch-up naps during the day. I’d fall into bed, utterly exhausted, then just as I was about to drop into the sweet oblivion of slumber something would click in my head – it was almost a physical sensation – and my eyes would ping open again.
It got to the point where I dreaded going into my bedroom, which had always been my sanctuary, because I was so worried about the night ahead. I knew I was subconsciously linking my bed to the insomnia, so to snap my weird brain out of its holding pattern of sleeplessness, I stopped going to bed altogether. I’d let myself fall asleep on the couch, just to ensure I got SOME shut-eye and crawl up at silly o’clock the next morning. That’s just crazy, right?!
But then something happened… I was sent a DORMEO Memory Fresh memory foam mattress to try out. I was already slightly obsessed with memory foam – we had a topper on the bed, and I’d even cut an old one in two to make mini toppers for the girls’ bunk beds – so was intrigued to find out how an actual mattress would compare.
It arrived in a shrink-wrapped roll, which sprang into shape as soon as I cut it open. I then left it a couple of hours to give it an airing, and make sure it had fully plumped itself up. If I’m completely honest, I was bit dubious when I saw it; compared to my old innerspring mattress it seemed very thin, and I wasn’t convinced it would be very comfortable.
I was wrong.
It was the best mattress I’d ever slept on. EVER. It was lovely and firm, yet when I lay on it my body felt as if it was floating. Yes, I know that sounds a bit over the top, but I’m trying to get across just how good it was; even OH – who is the worst sleeper in the history of time – couldn’t believe how comfy it was, and he’s rarely impressed by anything.
That night, for the first time in more than two weeks, I fell asleep in my actual bed, at a (relatively) decent time, and didn’t wake up until the morning. This wasn’t just a mattress, this was a miracle mattress. A few weeks on, I’m still infatuated. I don’t dread going to bed any more, I actually look forward to pulling back the covers and climbing in.
I still haven’t totally kicked the insomnia (the night I smugly thought ‘I’ve kicked it!’ it came back just to show me who was boss) but it’s something I can live with now, rather than something that’s seriously affecting my life. The only thing that’s changed is my Dormeo mattress, so I feel very confident stating that’s why I’m literally sleeping better at night.
The cotton cover on the mattress is hypoallergenic and specially treated to protect against dust mites and bacteria. The best part is, you don’t have to remortgage your home to enjoy the benefits, because the exact king-sized mattress we tried is on sale right now at the discounted price of £239 (singles are £139, doubles are £199, and superkings are £289).
There’s only one downside… now it’s even harder to get out of bed in the morning!