A few weeks ago I started to feel a bit down as nighttime baby feeding was really starting to take its toll. A good night’s sleep was but a distant memory and deep sleep is something that continually evaded me. Don’t get me wrong, this is all part of being a new mother and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but just occasionally I can’t help longing for more than three consecutive hours of sleep. I know that day will come sooner than I realize but in the meantime an acute lack of sleep really can affect your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. So when I had the opportunity to review a deluxe memory foam mattress from Dormeo, an international bedding specialist, I simply had to accept the offer. It’s at this point I must admit that I had never actually heard of Dormeo before, but then again I can probably only name two bedding specialists as it’s not really something I have paid all that much attention to until now. I feel pretty ridiculous even saying that because we spend approximately a third of our lives in bed so surely this is the one piece of furniture that we should pay special attention to. Anyway, after a quick bit of research I learnt that Dormeo operates in 40 countries and has been around for about 10 years providing high quality Italian-made memory foam mattresses.
Most of the reviews I read on their website were pretty positive so I was looking forward to our mattress arriving. It didn’t take long before it turned up surprising both myself and my husband. We’d been expecting a delivery that was, well, mattress shaped, but to our astonishment what arrived was rather more tubular. Dormeo mattresses, we learnt, come vacuum-packed, and we were pretty happy they do as it made it much easier to move around the flat. Because of the fact that they come so tightly rolled though, you need to open them up and leave 12 hours before sleeping on them to allow them to inflate again. My husband reluctantly agreed to one more night’s sleep on our old mattress while we waited for our new Dormeo one to be fully ready.
Once the necessary 12 hours had elapsed we were able to transfer the mattress to our bed and give it a proper test. On first impressions I was impressed with how it looked. As with all Dormeo memory foam mattresses it came with a cotton cover that offers hypoallergenic, antibacterial and dust-mite protection. This is great for me as I have suffered from asthma since the age of seven, plus it’s also nice to know that the place where you spend so many hours is not only clean but also healthy. Beneath the special cotton cover you’ll find 4cm of memory foam. Of this, 2cm is sewn directly into the cover and then there is a further 2cm of memory foam to provide extra comfort. Beneath this is a layer of anti-allergic silicone fibre padding and then the final layer is made up of 16cms of Ecocell foam.
The memory foam reacts to your body’s temperature and adapts to your body’s shape to provide a greater level of weight-distributing support and comfort and to guarantee a better night’s sleep. The patented Ecocell core has a unique 3D open cell structure that allows for greater ventilation and prevents a build-up of heat and humidity on the sleep surface. In addition to this, the mattress has small air vents that supply extra fresh air to the mattress (and also help the mattress to fill with air once it has been unpacked from its vacuum wrapping).
I honestly had no idea that mattresses could be so complex. It’s just not really something I’ve thought about all that much. I just thought memory foam mattresses were regular foam with a layer of memory foam on top. I guess I’ve always just taken great sleep for granted, well until I got pregnant of course. It hadn’t really occurred to me what a difference a great mattress can make to the quality of your sleep. But I guess when you usually have no issues sleeping you just wouldn’t question it.
But when we first laid down on the Dormeo mattress it was immediately evident just how much better it was than our previous memory foam mattress. In fact, so much so that I started to question whether or not there had even been any memory foam in our previous memory foam mattress. Those 4cms really do make a huge difference to the comfort of the mattress. Within seconds our bodies had been enveloped in the mattress like it was giving us a calming and comforting hug. The surface of the mattress molded to cradle our bodies in the most supportive way and we felt like we were lying on a cloud. What’s also great is that the memory foam is strong enough to provide support for the heavier areas of the body while retaining perfect memory. And I think that is what I noticed the most.
Apparently the Deluxe mattress has a comfort grade of soft so it is most suited to those of us who like to sleep mainly on our stomach or side but prefer a softer mattress. I definitely prefer to sleep on my front or on my side so the added softness of this mattress is just perfect for me. I did notice though that it is not quite as comfortable when lying on my back but according to Dormeo a slightly firmer mattress is better for this particular sleeping position. Not that it matters as neither my husband nor I are big back sleepers, but just in case you are, I thought I’d mention it.
We’ve been sleeping on our new Dormeo mattress now for about three weeks. I didn’t want to write my review too soon as I really wanted to give it a good long trial run so that I could be sure that the comfort we were experiencing wasn’t just some kind of fluke. It was possible after all that the mattress just appeared super comfortable because our previous one wasn’t and that the novelty could wear off in time. But I’m delighted to report that this is not the case. Whilst I am still getting no more than three consecutive hours of sleep, the sleep that I do get has undoubtedly improved in quality. I used to be hyper aware of every movement I made in bed and never fully drifted off into a deep state of sleep. Now when I wake up to feed Matylda I have no recollection of the hours just past and I feel far more rested and rejuvenated…well as much as I can be in three hours I suppose. And how about my husband? Well he now falls asleep in record time each night. Before I even have a chance to turn over and snuggle down into the duvet I can tell from his breathing that he is already off in the land of nod where he will remain uninterrupted for at least six whole hours…not that I’m jealous or anything!
So all in all I think it’s safe to say that we are delighted with the Dormeo Memory Deluxe. I just wish I had had this back when I first got pregnant as I’m sure I wouldn’t have had half the problems sleeping as I’ve had until now. But hopefully this review will at least help some of you avoid poor quality sleep. Just remember, a third of our lives!!! It’s worth investing in a decent mattress. And if you’re not totally convinced by my review then why not try out a Dormeo mattress for yourself. Dormeo even make the process risk free for you by offering a 60 night in-home trial so if for any reason you don’t love your new mattress you can return it for a full refund or a replacement.
UPDATE : I wrote this post in September 2014 and have had lots of comments and emails from people asking me how the mattress has fared after all this time. So far (February 2016) we have had no problem whatsoever with the mattress. The foam has not split or sagged and we are still happy with it. It is still extremely comfortable.
Disclosure: This post has been written in partnership with Dormeo who provided the product for us to review. However, all the opinions in this review are our own and we stress that we only collaborate with brands and companies that we genuinely like and believe that our readers will like too.