There was a definite time in my twenties (like the entire decade) when I suffered from a serious case of FOMO. The Fear Of Missing Out was just too much and I found it virtually impossible to turn down any party invite, trip away or night on the town. I remember always thinking that nothing was going to happen if I stayed in – and so I always had to go out, just in case I missed ‘that occasion’ that friends would be reminiscing about for years to come. Or I missed that chance meeting with the love of my life – who I was still yet to meet.
I didn’t realise it at the time, but those periods of FOMO were at a time in my life when I wasn’t particularly happy, and I was searching for something else. Since settling down and having got those party days well and truly out of my system (aside from the odd mum night out), I seem to have acquired a new case of FOGO – Fear Of Going Out! Don’t get me wrong, I make the most of any chance I do get these days to have a rare night out, but they are few and far between. For the most part, I’d much rather curl up at home with a good book or a Netflix binge any day.
Sleep after children…
Aside from finally finding contentment, I know that having a toddler has a lot to do with my desire to crash into bed at the earliest opportunity. And I don’t just mean because she has me running around after her all day. No, I still haven’t forgotten those sleepless nights of the newborn days. I’ve always loved my sleep but I totally worship it now, and will never, ever take it for granted again…
My bed is like the haven I never want to leave in the morning and can never wait to return to in the evening. Yet sleep still seems to elude me…no sooner has my head touched the pillow does it seem to be 5.30am again and the toddler is piercing my sweet reveries with her cries: “MAAAAAMMMMMMMAAAAA?!” “DADDDDDDAAAAAA?!” It would be cute if it didn’t feel like the middle of the night. I do love this time of year, but boy do I hate these dark mornings as I fumble around in the blackness looking for my phone to confirm that it is in fact only 2am…how the hell is it 5.30? And why is she awake so early anyway? What’s the point of that Grow Clock…?
Alas, our bed seems to have taken on a whole new purpose. Not only is it our bed, it seems to now be a bed where the whole family congregates each morning – the dog included. Each of us trying to draw out that state of warm and content sleepiness – whilst the toddler prods, pokes and sits on us.
Thankfully, our bed has always been extremely comfortable, thanks to a (pretty expensive) memory foam mattress. Ever since the hubby and I got together I’ve slept like a baby (aside from when the actual baby came along) and I’ve always vowed that I would stick to memory foam over sprung. The mattress is now over eight years old and I’ve known for a while that it was time for a new one, but I’ve been reluctant since I was unsure that I’d be able to match it on the comfort scale.
A better night’s sleep with Leesa
Leesa recently got in touch to offer us one of their luxury mattresses to try, so of course I jumped at the chance! Leesa mattresses are built with three layers of high quality foam to deliver cooling bounce, contouring pressure relief and core support and they have one aim – to help everyone sleep better. In fact, they’re so sure that people will love their mattresses that they actually offer a 100 night trial. If you don’t like your mattress after at least 30 days, they’ll give you a 100% refund.
I also love the online ordering process when buying a mattress from Leesa. As someone who really doesn’t have a clue about whether I need a soft mattress, medium or firm, Leesa’s promise to simply provide ‘the best’ feel for everyone certainly appealed. I really don’t have time to walk around stores testing out the comfort levels of various mattresses. And let’s be honest, you’re not actually going to sleep in the store now are you?
The magic trick…
On top of that, Leesa mattresses come vacuum packed in a box. Yes you heard right, in a box! Don’t ask me how they do it, but I think it’s genius. I’ve been yelled at far too many times trying to hoist the old mattress up the stairs and over the pesky banister. Luckily we live in a bungalow these days, but the box delivery still meant that I was able to carry it through the house to our bedroom and through the door frame easily on my own.
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first – surely this mattress wasn’t going to be as thick or robust? But trust me when I say that unboxing it is actually like a magic trick! The instructions on the box told me to place the vacuum packed mattress on the bed before opening the outer plastic wrapper. Once unwrapped and unrolled it literally expanded straight away.
The mattress takes 24 hours to expand to its proper size, but we slept on it that first night (probably about 10 hours later) and it was a DREAM. I can confirm that Leesa’s claims are all true and this mattress really does deliver an exceptional level of comfort. I love how soft and welcoming it feels, yet it also has a great level of support so that you don’t sink into it and can freely move about. Apparently all to do with those three layers of premium foam which all work together to allow airflow and adjust to your body.
Both the hubby and I have a tendency to overheat at night and with our old mattress it wasn’t unusual for one of us to wake up in the middle of the night thinking that we’d woken up in the Dubai sun. This is apparently a common complaint with memory foam and Leesa claims to have cracked it. We’ve been sleeping on our new mattress now for over two weeks and we’re yet to wake up in the night once.
What’s the cost?
I never thought I’d say it but as much as I loved our old mattress, I do love our Leesa more. And that’s in spite of (and because of) the much more reasonable price tag. Since Leesa only operates online, they’re able to sell their mattresses at a lower price than the high street stores – a premium mattress without the premium price tag. Their mattresses cost £590 for a double, £690 for a king, and £740 for a super king. And in my opinion, a good night’s sleep is worth every penny.
What’s more, when you purchase a mattress with Leesa you can sleep well knowing that you’re helping to give something back. For every ten mattresses that are sold, Leesa donate one to homeless and at risk men, women and children. They also plant a tree for every mattress sold to help offset their carbon footprint.
As if I needed any more excuses not to leave my house, I’m now planning to ‘hit the sack’ even earlier every night. I’m finally making time to rediscover my love of reading – something which seemed to abandon me during those sleep-deprived days of early parenting. I’m currently engrossed in ‘Girl On The Train’, and cannot wait to curl up and get snug in my bed each night as the plot unravels.
Now I just need Leesa to invent a sleeping aid for toddlers so that I can sleep in past 5.30am…
Leesa have kindly offered readers of Mum in Brum £50 off one of their mattresses. Simply visit their website to receive your discount.
Disclosure: I was kindly gifted the Leesa mattress in return for an honest review. As always, all opinions are entirely my own.