Something utterly amazing has happened at Design Sheppard HQ. I’m a bit loathed to write it down here in case I jinx it but here goes….My youngest daughter has started sleeping through the night!!!! I was almost starting to think that it was never going to happen, but a few days before she turned three she suddenly stopped waking up at night. Just like that. No warnings, no build-up, just bam! A whole night’s uninterrupted sleep.
And my god, it’s amazing! Isn’t it amazing? Any parents out there, or any insomniacs for that matter, will tell you just how badly a lack of sleep can break a person. There is a reason why sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture. But you’ll never truly understand just how badly it can mess you up until you have lived through it.
Now that I’ve been sleeping through the night for about two weeks, I feel like a new person. Actually that’s not exactly true, a more accurate description would be that I feel like my old self again. My drive, motivation, and ambition have returned. I wake up excited to start a new day and no longer feel utterly overwhelmed by absolutely everything. I just generally feel like I can take on the world and I’m so excited by what the future has in store now that I’m back.
This may sound a bit dramatic to anyone who hasn’t experienced this, but I literally feel like I’ve been living in a weird haze for the past six years and that haze has finally lifted and I’m now able to think straight and see clearly again. It’s such a relief to feel like I’m finally living again and not just surviving.
Anyway, over the past few months, my husband and I have been making a few small changes in our bedroom with a view to finally cracking on with the bedroom makeover we started back in 2014! (I kid you not, four years later and we’re still going!). You can see the bedroom moodboard I made here, the blinds we’ve added here, the artwork we added here, the new bedding we have here, how we’ve cosied the space up with some LED candles here and some steps we have taken to transform the bedroom into a happy haven here.
Not long ago we finally got our dream bed from Made.com (affiliate link) with a beautiful upholstered headboard. I feel like a proper grown-up now. So it seemed like a really good time to get a new mattress and pillows for the bed. Particularly as I recently researched how our beds can trigger allergies due to the dust mites that live in them.
Remember those hideous statistics I shared? That our beds can harbour up to two million house dust mites and the average pillow can double in weight over a period of six months due to dust mite faeces? That according to The Sleep Council the average adult loses 284ml of fluid each night and sheds around 520g of dead skin over the course of a year, much of which ends up in our beds? I was positively sickened by all of this.
We were actually really happy with our old mattress. It was super comfy and still had a good four years of life left in it, but once I’d seen those stats I just couldn’t unsee them. So we decided it was the right time to get a new one. Now I’ve probably been asked to review most mattress brands over the past few years but I finally decided to go with OTTY.
So what made me opt for OTTY? Well, some of the other bed in box brands have worked quite extensively with interiors bloggers and influencers but I hadn’t come across anyone who had worked with OTTY yet. So I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to try out a different brand and share my thoughts with you. Plus the CEO and founder of OTTY is a Polish guy called Michal Szlas, (he moved to Yorkshire with his family at the age of 14) and I have a bit of a soft spot for Poles.
Also, OTTY is a hybrid mattress, which means it combines the support of pocket springs with the comfort of memory foam. I’d never slept on a hybrid mattress before. Our last mattress was memory foam and all the others before that only had springs, so I was really interested to see how this combination would compare in terms of comfort and support.
As with all bed in a box brands, the OTTY mattress arrived vacuum packed in a box. It was actually super heavy so I’m glad my husband was around to manoeuvre it into the bedroom and remove it from the box, although I could have done this alone if necessary.
Inside the box was a handy little tool that was designed to help remove the packaging. I thought this was a great idea as using scissors has the potential to damage the mattress. Once you’ve sliced down through that first layer of packaging you can unfurl the mattress and get it into position on the bed.
You then need to remove the final layer of plastic packaging so that the mattress can inflate itself. It is then recommended to leave it for up to four hours so it can expand fully to its usable size. But it may take 24-48 hours for it to reach optimum comfort levels. And it’s worth noting that the corners and edges may be the last parts to fully expand.
Once we’d unpackaged it and watched it slowly expand we were both really eager to get on and test it out. I had my fingers crossed it would be more comfortable than our previous mattress as nobody wants to replace a really comfy mattress with something that’s not as comfy regardless of how many dust mites have taken up residence in it.
My husband was instantly impressed and said it was definitely more comfortable. However, he was worried that he was going to roll off the side as there seemed to be absolutely no resistance on the edge. However, once we had given the mattress adequate time to expand and settle this was no longer the case, which was a relief.
My first impression was that it was a little firmer than our memory foam mattress and I did worry that I might not find it quite as comfortable. I used to sink into the old mattress a little more whereas this one doesn’t seem quite as soft.
This extra firmness can be put down to the 1710 top quality encapsulated pocket springs that can be found in the double mattress (the number varies according to the size of the mattress). These springs are up to five times the size of some of the other brands of mattress on the market. This means they they provide a lot of extra support and stability.
The pocket springs are encapsulated in memory foam and this is then topped with an added layer of memory foam that has been injected with a special ‘Cool Blue Gel’. This cooling gel has been designed to regulate body temperature and keep you cool at night. One of the major complaints about memory foam is how hot it can get. We never found that our previous memory foam mattress got us all hot and bothered, so I knew that with the added cooling gel we’d have no problem with the OTTY. And I’m happy to report that it really does keep us nice and cool even in winter with the heating on.
The combination of pocket springs and foam not only makes the OTTY super supportive and comfortable, but it also minimises motion transfer and ensures that you are not affected by the movements of your partner in bed at night.
You can clearly see in the images above just how the mattress moulds to your body. And after I’d slept on the mattress for a few nights I didn’t find it as firm as I first thought. It really is extremely comfortable, and cradles your body nicely no matter what position you sleep in.
One thing I really like about the OTTY mattress though is the fact that it has a removable, washable cover. There is a zip on the underside of the mattress so you can detach the top and sides from the base of the cover and wash separately. You have to wash at max 40c and tumble dry on low heat to avoid shrinkage but this is a huge advantage over other mattress brands for me. Especially now I know how our beds are full of dust mite poo!
The underside of the mattress is also covered in these little raised dots to give it extra grip so that it doesn’t move or slide around. This is just another nice little design detail that you just don’t see on similar mattresses. Everything about this mattress is really well thought out. I feel like so much consideration has been given to even the smallest details and this just gives it the edge for me.
We were also sent a pair of the deluxe memory foam pillows to try out. From reading other reviews I could see that the pillows were getting a mixed reaction. Most people seemed to love them but there were a few customers who weren’t fans.
Personally I really like them. They are extremely supportive, as you would expect from memory foam, and they really do mould to the shape of your head and neck. When we first unpacked them I was a little bit apprehensive as they looked so solid and so thick. But as soon as I laid upon the pillow I knew that this was revolutionary. When sleeping on my back or side it is absolutely dreamy and I get the best night’s sleep.
However, if I end up inadvertently rolling onto my front then I wake up with a stiff neck and I think that’s because of how thick the pillows are. I’m obviously just not used to having such thick pillows. You might not have the same issue and actually a lot of the reviews I read found the exact opposite, that they weren’t deep enough. As I said before it’s a very personal thing. But if you’re a back or side sleeper then I can’t recommend these pillows enough.
My husband had been complaining about a sore neck and back for a few weeks and he was adamant that our old pillows were causing it. He’d started sleeping without any pillows at all but that hadn’t really helped either. After the first night sleeping with his new OTTY pillow all his aches and pains had disappeared. He loves the pillows and said that we are never buying another type of pillow again. He’s fully converted.
As an added bonus the pillows feature the same cooling gel as the mattress so they keep your head and neck nice and cool while sleeping. The cover is also removable just like the mattress so that makes it easy to keep clean.
As with most bed in a box brands, OTTY offers a 100 day trial and guarantees a full, no quibble refund if you are not 100% satisfied. That means it’s completely risk free and you can give it a go without worrying about whether or not you will like it. If you don’t you simply return it.
And if you do like it and decide to keep it, you benefit from a 10 year guarantee. Considering that the Sleep Council and the National Bed Federation both recommend you change your mattress every seven years, I think this is a pretty sound investment.
So that’s our OTTY mattress review after using it for about a month. Let me know if you have any questions I haven’t answered and I’ll do my best to answer them. Also let me know if you have an OTTY too and how you’ve got on with it.